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New and Reintroduced Plants

from Pleasant Run Nursery

The list below contains plants new to our production for this year, or those which are being reintroduced into production after being unavailable for several years. These plants were not included in the current year’s catalog.

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    Redpointe® ('Frank Jr') Red Maple is an attractive introduction of this very adaptable native tree, developed by J Frank Schmidt and Son Nursery in Oregon.  They chose this selection because of its broad but upswept branching pyramidal habit.  Acer rubrum Redpointe® has a strong central leader and leathery dark green foliage.  The crowning glory is the vivid red early fall color, followed by a regular tidy silhouette in winter.  One of the fastest growing Red Maples in the marketplace.

    Height: 45 Feet
    Spread: 30 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Armstrong Gold® ('JFS-KW78') Columnar Red Maple comes from the extensive selection work done at J Frank Schmidt's nursery in Oregon.  Acer rubrum Armstrong Gold® has bright golden orange fall foliage on a very tight upright form.  Besides having good tolerance for a wide range of environmental conditions (as do Red Maples in general), Armstrong Gold® makes an excellent street tree because of the dense columnar form.  The tiny red flowers appear in April and are followed by red winged samaras (seeds).

    Height: 40 Feet
    Spread: 12 Feet
    Zone: 4

    White Baneberry is also called 'Doll's Eyes' because the small white berries end in a black dot making this native (and toxic) fruit resemble the staring eyes of old fashioned dolls.  The delicate white flower spikes appear above Astilbe-like foliage in spring, followed by the striking white fruit in summer.  The berries are poisonous so animals will not eat them.  Actaea pachypoda naturalizes easily in moist but well-drained woodlands.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 30 Inches
    Zone: 3

    'Storm Cloud' Blue Star is the prettiest Amsonia we have seen, with large terminal clusters of bright sky blue star shaped flowers set off by almost black stems, the stems are particularly showy as they emerge in the spring, looking like thin black Asparagus,  The narrow leaves open to an attractive dark green.  Amsonia 'Storm Cloud' was found in moist shade in Alabama by those extraordinary plantsmen, Tony Avent and Hans Hansen, and they picked a particularly apt name for this beautiful native.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Red Riding Hood' Windflower is an addition to the Fantasy™ series of Anemones, developed by Yoshihiro Kanazawa of Japan.  The rose red single flowers cover the compact plants starting in late July and continuing into October with the prolonged bloom period and the strong compact habit, Anemone x Fantasy™ 'Red Riding Hood' makes and excellent late summer to fall container plant.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 5

    Ground Hog™ Black Chokeberry ('UCONNAM012') was developed in Connecticut by Dr Mark Brand, to answer the need for tough native groundcover shrubs.  Aronia melanocarpa Ground Hog™ stays low while suckering to a wide, densely branched groundcover thicket.  The delicate white spring flowers are followed by glossy black fruit in late summer (an important food source for wildlife).  Then the crowning glory is the vivid orange and red fall foliage.  Because of Ground Hog's™ vigorous spreading habit it would work well as a slope stabilizer.

    Height: 1 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 3

    'Ice Ballet' Swamp Milkweed produces fragrant bright white milkweed flowers in flat clumps (umbels) in July and August.  An important native host for Monarch butterfly larvae, Asclepias 'Ice Ballet' is an excellent addition to rain gardens, bioswales and moist meadows.  The white latex is repellent to deer and rabbits, so the clumps get larger and showier with time.  The blooms are followed by the classic milkweed pods which release silky white seeds when ripe.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 3

    'Miss Molly' Butterfly Bush starts blooming in July and continues all summer without deadheading.  The fragrant flowers are pinkish rub red and plentiful.  Buddleia davidii 'Miss Molly' is a midsized Butterfly Bush, so it works well in the back of perennial beds as well as a low hedge.  Butterflies and hummingbirds consume the nectar all summer.  Another beauty from Dr Dennis Werner of NC State, who crossed 'Miss Ruby' with 'Attraction' to produce 'Miss Molly'.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Pugster™ 'Blue' ('SMNBDBT') Butterfly Bush blooms throughout the summer and into the fall, producing large blue flowers on sturdy short stems. The growth habit of Buddleia x Pugster® 'Blue' is very compact, making this a good candidate for containers and perennial borders. The blooms are fragrant, and attract butterflies and other pollinators all summer. The Pugster® series from Spring Meadow shows better winter cold tolerance than other dwarf Buddleias.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 6

    Carex divulsa or Grassland Sedge has fine green arching leaves emerging gracefully from the central clumps.  Carex divulsa makes an attractive substitute for grass in areas where there is tree cover, and spreads to make a neat green groundcover in areas of sun or shade.  It is evergreen in warmer winters, and low maintenance at all times.  The small interesting flower stalks or culms emerge from the foliage in April, turning bronze as they mature.

    Height: 15 Inches
    Spread: 30 Inches
    Zone: 4

    European Hornbeam has been used often and very effectively as a tightly pruned hedge or screen in formal settings in Europe, and this application is being used increasingly here in the USA. Carpinus betulus is a tough, fine twigged tree which takes pruning very well and tolerates a wide variety of soil conditions. We are growing it as a low branched shrub for hedging and screening. Examples of this use can be found at Brooklyn Botanical Garden and also on Eastern Long Island.

    Height: 40 Feet
    Spread: 30 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Rustic Glow' Hardy Mum is one of the Global Warning Mum™ introductions.  Like the other excellent Sinclair Adam Jr hybrid Chrysanthemums, it blooms in mid to late fall, adding not only vivid color to the garden, but also much needed food for pollinators.  The daisy-like flowers are bright orange yellow, with multiple blooms per stem.  The foliage is a clean green all summer, and the patch grows wider over time.  We were introduced to this delicate beauty by our friend Nora Sirbaugh, a great and passionate NJ gardener.

    Height: 20 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 4

    Golden Star is an attractive low growing groundcover.  The bright yellow five petaled flowers appear amongst the slightly fuzzy green leaves in mid to late spring.  Chrysogonum virginianum likes consistently moist conditions and will often rebloom sporadically after the initial flower display.  This native groundcover is deer resistant and works well around moist woodland gardens.

    Height: 6 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'General Sikorski' Clematis is a vigorous climbing vine with large lavender blue flowers set off by soft yellow stamens.  Clematis 'General Sikorski' starts blooming in late spring and continues throughout June.  Like a number of other Clematis, 'General Sikorski' will often rebloom in late summer and early fall.  This vigorous vine needs something to cling to, so plant it with a trellis or beside a shrub which it can grow up through. Prune after 1st flowering.

    Height: 10 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Sherry Sue' Summersweet has very fragrant white flower spikes which are displayed on pinkish red new growth stems.  Clethra alnifolia 'Sherry Sue' blooms in July and August, providing nectar for a number of pollinators.  It is found naturally in boggy areas throughout the Northeast, and is particularly useful because of its deer resistance and suckering habit.  Introduced by the JC Raulston Arboretum in North Carolina.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Einstein™ ('Novacleein') Summersweet blooms in July and August, producing 12" white flower spikes.  The blooms are fragrant and somewhat curly because of their unusual length.  Clethra alnifolia Einstein™ is a compact form of Summersweet, making a good deer resistant shrub groundcover.  It gets its name from the curly flower habit, a little wild like Einstein's hair.  Introduced by Star Roses in 2015.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Snow Tower' Korean Dogwood is an upright form of Cornus kousa, which makes it ideal for a tight space.  The large white flowers (bracts) emerge in late May and June, a little later than most Korean Dogwoods.  The very showy flower display is followed by round red fruit in late summer which are very attractive to birds and mammals.  'Snow Tower' Dogwood has reddish purple fall color, and would make an excellent small street tree with several seasons of interest.  Found by Gary Handy of Handy Nursery in Oregon.

    Height: 15 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Cornus sericea First Editions® Firedance™ (‘Bailadeline’) is a compact Redosier Dogwood found by Terry Schwartz of Bailey Nurseries in Minnesota, so you know this lovely Dogwood is cold tolerant. The airy white spring flowers produce attractive white berries in summer, serving as good for birds. The fall foliage color is deep red to purple, and it is followed by red twigs for winter interest. Since Redosier Dogwoods sucker, Fire dance™ works well for stabilizing slopes.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 2

    'Longwood Chimes' Fragrant Winterhazel produces 3" pendant clusters of soft yellow flowers in March and April.  The blooms appear before the green foliage emerges, and are extremely fragrant as well as showy.  Corylopsis glabrescens 'Longwood Chimes' becomes a large shrub with a broad habit.  it was chosen for its excellent blooming characteristics by Longwood Gardens, from plants given to them by the US National Arboretum.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 12 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Yuki Snowflake® ('NCDX1') Deutzia blooms heavily in April and May, covering this low mounding shrub with a multitude of bell-like white flowers.  The delicate green leaves are held on arching branches which root when touching the soil making Deutzia x Yuki Snowflake® an attractive shade tolerant groundcover.  The foliage turns shades of burgundy in fall and is most colorful when grown in full sud.  A lovely hybrid from the work of Dr Tom Ranney of NC State.

    Height: 2 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Kodiak® 'Red' ('G2X885411') Bush-honeysuckle is a multi-purpose small shrub.  The new growth emerges in shades or red and bronze in spring and summer.  The spreading branches are tipped with sulfur yellow trumpet shaped flowers for an extended period, attracting butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators.  Then in the fall, Diervilla Kodiak® 'Red' puts on an extraordinary show as its leaves turn bright red.  Use as a specimen or a low hedge.

    PRN Preferred: The coppery color of the new foliage is more intense than 'Copper', and the fall color is a gorgeous bright red.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Kodiak® ‘Black’ (‘SMNORSF’) Bush-honeysuckle is one of the newer Proven Winners® introductions of this colorful adaptable native shrub. The name comes from the dark bronzy burgundy new growth which makes a dramatic setting for the sulfur yellow flowers which are produced at the tips of the branches for most of the summer. Diervilla rivularis Kodiak® ‘Black’ has something to offer everyone: native, colorful foliage in summer and fall, flowers for pollinators and deer resistance.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 5

    ‘Fiery Meadow Mama’ Coneflower is an unusual Echinacea, with yellow drooping petals that flush to red at the cone. The petals are topped by deeper red cones, which provide important food for the birds when ripe. Echinacea ‘Fiery Meadow Mama’ has a prolonged bloom period, from late June into August. This color breakthrough looks wonderful with grasses and other prairie plants.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 5

    ‘Raspberry (‘TNECHKR’) Coneflower has deep raspberry red horizontal flowers held on strong short stems. Echinacea Kismet® ‘Raspberry’ is a compact version of the Kismet® series from Terra Nova, and is notable for its long bloom period, with individual flowers holding their color for several weeks. This Coneflower is a great addition to perennial borders because of its short stature and the great number of flowers on each plant.

    Height: 16 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4

    ‘Intense Orange’ (‘TNECK10’) Coneflower is one of the Kismet® series from Terra Nova Nurseries’ breeding program. The large fragrant deep orange flowers appear in late June and are produced for an extended period through the summer. The cones in the centers of the horizontal petals are a darker orange, and provide an important food source for native birds when ripe. Pollinators also benefit from the food provided by this showy native.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4

    ‘Yellow’ (‘TNECHY’) Coneflower is a butter yellow compact Echinacea of the Kismet® series from Terra Nova. The horizontal bright yellow petals surround a greenish cone and are held on sturdy short stems. Kismet® 'Yellow' Coneflower blooms heavily from late June through August, and the individual flowers retain their color for several weeks. Deadheading prolongs the bloom period but the seed heads are an important source of winter food for small birds.

    Height: 16 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4

    ‘Green Twister’ Coneflower is an unusual combination of colors, with horizontal petals of chartreuse flushing to dark pink at the base. The cones are dark red, and showy throughout the summer. Echinacea ‘Green Twister’ is a natural mutation of Echinacea Magnus, introduced by Jelitto Seed. Since it is a seed strain, the flowers will vary somewhat from plant to plant, making this interesting color combination more ‘wild’ looking.

    Height: 30 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4

    ‘Aloha’ Coneflower is one of the Prairie Pillars™ series from Terra Nova Nurseries. The petals are a soft yellow surrounding an orange cone. Echinacea ‘Aloha’ starts blooming in late June and continues into August, providing lots of nectar and pollen for butterflies and other pollinators. The strong stems and clean green foliage make ‘Aloha’ a good maintenance-free addition to perennial borders, just make sure to leave the seed heads on for birds in the fall and winter.

    Height: 28 Inches
    Spread: 32 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Blue Cap' ('Blaukappe') Sea Holly blooms in July and August, producing silvery blue spiky flowers in abundance.  The unusual cone-shaped blooms are held on thistle-like silvery foliage and are attractive to butterflies and other pollinators.  Eryngium 'Blue Cap' performs well in hot dry areas and is salt tolerant, so seashore locations are a perfect place for this unusual perennial.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 5

    Narrow green leaves emerge from tan culms in late spring, adding to previous season's foliage.  Vase-shaped, clumping, deer resistant and semi-evergreen.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 6

    ‘Jacob’ Christmas Rose is a lovely new release from those prolific hybridizers Heuger-Blumen of Germany the upright white blossoms appear in mid-winter, above glossy green foliage. Like other Helleborus, Helleborus niger HGC® ‘Jacob’ retains its flowers for a long time as they mature from bright white to soft light green. ‘Jacob’ blooms even earlier than other H. niger cultivators.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 5

    Frostkiss® 'Molly's White' Lentown Rose has lots of lime to white sterile flowers starting in February.  A product of Hellebore breeder Rodney Davey's work, Frostkiss® 'Molly's White' has evergreen foliage with an attractive overlay of silver netting on the green leaves.  This Hellebore starts in winter and continues until April, when the flowers take on shades of green.  Deer resistant and long lived, Hellebore 'Molly's White' is a great addition to shade gardens as well as woodland sites.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Penny's Pink' ('ABCRD01') Lenten Rose is one of Rodney Davey's Frostkiss® series, with large mauve pink sterile flowers above the evergreen foliage from February to April.  The leaves are marbled with silver netting and are attractive all year.  'Penny's Pink' was named after the famous English plantswoman Penelope Hobhouse.  The purple flower buds on purple stems open to shades of pink and transition to green as the spring progresses adding interest and change to shade gardens.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 5

    ‘Dark and Handsome‘ Lenten Rose comes from Hans Hansen’s amazing work at Walters Gardens. The dark green evergreen foliage is topped with lots of dark purple large double flowers starting in February. Helleborus ‘Dark and Handsome’ is one of the Wedding Party® Series, and the deep color is a striking addition to any winter shade garden. The flowers persist until April, unbothered by winter pests. Try this double beauty in winter containers.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 5

    Ice N’ Roses® ‘Red’ has dark green evergreen foliage which makes a great setting for the winter display of lovely rosy red flowers, emerging in late January. Yet another beauty coming from the Hellebore Gold Collection® from Heuger Blumen’s work in Germany, this selection has a particularly intense color that makes it a great cut flower as well as a good winter container choice. Ice N’ Roses® ‘Red’ is a cross between H. niger and H. orientalis.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 16 Inches
    Zone: 5

    ‘Champion’ (‘COSEH 730’) Lenten Rose starts blooming in late January, producing lots of soft pink buds which open to lovely white flowers. The blooms are accented by strong upright pink stems and lustrous dark green leaves. Helleborus ‘Champion’ flowers age to a soft green and remain an attractive element well into April. ‘Champion’ Lenten Rose is also marketed as Helleborus ‘Winter’s Bliss’, and is a cross between H. niger and H. smithii, produced by Heuger Blumen of Germany.

    Height: 16 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 5

    Ice N’ Roses® ‘Rose’ Lenten Rose is one of the earlier bloomers in the HGC® series. The flowers emerge in December, with lots of pink buds and strong upright stems. The petals are pink on the backs and have pink edges which transition to white at the centers. The bloom period is very long (as it is with all Hellebores), and the evergreen foliage is attractive throughout the winter. A hybrid H. argutifolius and H. lividus.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 16 Inches
    Zone: 5

    Citron Daylily is one of the favorite perennials of David Rubin, the principal of Land Collective in Philadelphia. The 5” lemon yellow blooms are produced in big numbers on tall scapes in June and July over fountain-like green foliage. The refined flowers look more wild than most Daylilies, making this a good choice for more natural looking landscapes. The vigor of the clumps enables Hemerocallis citrina to function as a tall ground cover when planted in mass. And most exciting of all, Citron Daylily is a night bloomer, opening its fragrant showy blooms near sunset.

    Height: 42 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 3

    Summerific® 'Holy Grail' Common Mallow starts blooming in July and produces a large quantity of deep red 8" flowers through early fall.  The flowers are set off by the purple to black maple-shaped leaves, making for a vividly showy tall perennial in the garden.  Hibiscus 'Holy Grail' is highly tolerant of wet sites, so it is a great addition to ponds, bioswales and sunny rain gardens.  Another amazing beauty for Hans Hansen of Walters Gardens.

    Height: 48 Inches
    Spread: 54 Inches
    Zone: 4

    ‘Brother Stefan’ Plantain Lily is named after the brother of Hosta hybridizer Olga Petryszyn. This spectacular large Hosta has corrugated blue green leaves that have deep yellow irregular centers. The flowers are shades of white and crown the showy foliage in early summer. Hosta ‘Brother Stefan’ has thick leaf cuticles, which increases its tolerance of slugs and hot temperatures. This plant really lights up shady gardens. Named ‘Hosta of the year’ in 2017.

    Height: 22 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 3

    Summer Crush® ('Bailmacfive') Endless Summer® Bigleaf Hydrangea blooms throughout the summer, producing lots of raspberry red to vivid purple mophead flowers.  The habit is compact, with glossy dark green leaves that tolerate sun well.  Hydrangea Summer Crush® is a new exciting rebloomer form Bailey Nurseries, resulting from the work of  Dr Michael Dirr with reblooming Hydrangea.

    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Gatsby Pink® ('JoAnn') Oakleaf Hydrangea starts blooming in June, producing large white upright panicles.  As the flowers age, they take on shades of pink which are attractive for a lengthy time throughout the summer.  The disease free green foliage takes on shades of red and burgundy in the fall, and as Hydrangea Gatsby Pink® matures, the exfoliating tan bark adds winter interest.

    Height: 6 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Moonlight Waves' Japanese Iris blooms in June producing large flat white flowers with lime and yellow centers ('signals').  The strap-like green leaves are clean and dramatic all summer.  When in bloom, Iris 'Moonlight Waves' looks like floating handkerchiefs above sword-like foliage.  This is a favored plant in the famous "White Garden" of Sissinghurst in England.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Contrast in Styles' Siberian Iris has ruffled bi-colored petals, with white and yellow veined signals surrounded by large deep purple margins and styles.  Iris siberica 'Contrast in Styles' starts blooming in late May following German Irises and preceding Japanese Irises.  Siberian Irises are very tolerant of a number of soil conditions, and are particularly attractive in rain gardens and around ponds.

    Height: 30 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 3

    Slippery Slope™ Chinese Roof Iris was found in Sichuan by Darrell Probst (of Coreopsis and Epimedium fame). He introduced it because of its size and vigor, as well as the  beauty of its blue purple veined flowers.  The centers (signals) of the largest petals are white with dark purple veining.  The green leaf blades stay clean and attractive all summer, and Iris tectorum Slippery Slope™ expands to making  low growing attractive groundcover.  This  is an Iris that works well as a green roof plant.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 30 Inches
    Zone: 5

    Gin Fizz® (‘RIKAG’) Chinese Juniper gets its name from the showy blue green berries which add beauty to the evergreen foliage in the fall and winter. Juniperus Gin Fizz® has an upright pyramidal shape which requires little pruning. The name is a play on words because Juniper berries gave their characteristics flavor to Gin and Tonics. Birds also enjoy the berries in winter.

    Height: 18 Feet
    Spread: 10 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Raspberry Glow' Mountain Laurel comes from Dick Jaynes of Broken Arrow Nursery, and is a sibling of Kalmia 'Sarah'.  The buds are raspberry red, opening to a vivd deep pink in May and June.  The ballet skirt shaped flowers are borne in large clusters over deep green lustrous foliage.  Kalmia 'Raspberry Glow' tolerates a wide range of light conditions, and is one of the few broadleaf evergreens that is deer resistant.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Lance-leaved Loosestrife has burgundy to maroon delicate foliage appearing in spring. The small but plentiful yellow blossoms appear in early spring and continue throughout the summer, making an attractive crown to the dark foliage. Lysimachia lanceolata var. purpurea is a subtle but tough native ground cover, spreading by rhizomes in both full sun and light shade. The expanding patches of Lance-leaved Loosestrife function as weed suppressors.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4

    ‘Royal Purple’ Magnolia was hybridized by New Zealand Magnolia breeder Peter Cave. Thought to be a sprengeri var. ‘Diva’ seedling, this beautiful fastigiate tree produces large and luscious bright purple flowers. The tepals are a darker purple on the exterior, offset by a paler pinkish purple on the inside. Because of the upright narrow habit, this would be an excellent Magnolia for tighter spaces.

    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 6

    Wild Beramot is a lovely native perennial that thrives in prairie conditions and poor soil sites.  The pinking lavender tube-like flowers are held in a circle around the bracts, and persist through mid to late summer.  The aromatic foliage is deer resistant and smells minty when brushed against.  Monarda fistulosa is a good addition to wild flower gardens and prairie gardens.  Wild Bergamot is a reliable self-seeder and a wonderful butterfly and hummingbird attractor. 

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 30 Inches
    Zone: 3

    Horsemint or Spotted Bee Balm is a native which flourishes in sandy or well drained sites.  The tubular creamy pink flowers are spotted with purple, but their pinkish green lanceolate bracts are really the attention grabbers.  The circular flower clusters extend up the purplish stems for an extended time in July and August, providing important food for butterflies, pollinators and hummingbirds.  The leaves are narrow and fragrant when touched.  Monarda punctata gets the common name Horsemint because it used to be used as medicine for horses.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 4

    Sugar Buzz® 'Bubblegum Blast' Bee Balm has an amazing number of bright pink flowers starting in July.  The Sugar Buzz® series from Hans Hanson and Walters Gardens is notable for the compact habit and the excellent mildew resistance.  The 2" blooms are held on strong upright stems, so Monarda x 'Bubblegum Blast', works especially well in containers as well as perennial borders.  The showy flowers are a great source of nectar for both hummingbirds and pollinators.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 32 Inches
    Zone: 4

    Sugar Buzz® 'Pink Frosting' Bee Balm is another heavy blooming mildew resistant winner from Walters Gardens  Sugar Buzz® series of Monardas.  The flowers appear in mid summer and cover the aromatic green foliage.  The color is a strong lavender pink and the habit is compact making it a good candidate for containers.  The showy blooms attract lots of wildlife to the garden, but not deer which do not like Bee Balm.

    Height: 16 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'First Arrival' Itoh Peony was introduced by Roger Anderson of Wisconsin in 1986, but the intersectional Peonies have only become well known fairly recently.  'First Arrival' produces large ruffled pink flowers in late spring and early summer over clean green foliage.  The Itoh Peonies combine the best characteristics of both parents, with mildew resistant leaves and compact tight habits.  Their long bloom period makes them a welcome addition to perennial borders.

    Height: 30 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 4

    ‘Panther’ (‘N5’) Ninebark is a beautiful columnar Physocarpus that combines deep purple foliage with a tight upright habit. The pink flower clusters appear in spring and provide food for pollinators. The purple disected leaves maintain their dark color all summer, taking on reddish hues in fall. An introduction from Bloomin’ Easy®, a program from Van Belle Nursery of British Columbia.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 3

    Explamation!™ ('Morton Circle') London Planetree is a hybrid selection by Dr George Ware at the Morton Arboretum.  The controlled cross is between our native Sycamore and the Asian species.  Platanus x acerifolia Explamation!™ gets its name for its very upright pyramidal in the winter landscape.  In addition to its very upright regular straight habit, Explamation!™ is also resistant to both Anthracnose and frost cracking, so it makes a very versatile fast growing shade tree which tolerates a broad spectrum of site conditions.  Introduced by Chicagolad Grows®.

    Height: 60 Feet
    Spread: 40 Feet
    Zone: 4

    ‘Ruby Slippers’ Solomon’s Seal emerges in spring with red stems supporting the clean green leaves along the length of the stems. Delicate pendant white flowers hang below each pair of leaves in late spring. The blooms are delicately fragrant, and the cut stems make an attractive addition to flower arrangements. Since Polygonatum ‘Ruby Slippers’ spreads slowly to make a solid mat, this Solomon’s Seal makes an excellent shade ground cover.

    Height: 20 Inches
    Spread: 20 Inches
    Zone: 3

    Beacon® ('Bonnie and Mike') was discovered by Dr Michael Dirr, and named after him and his wife Bonnie when introduced by J Frank Schmidt and Son of Oregon.  Quercus bicolor is one of the most adaptable Oaks for wet sites and urban conditions, and Beacon® had the added distinction of being tightly columnar.  This enables it to be used in narrow spaces and as an excellent street tree.  The lustrous dark green foliage turns and attractive golden yellow in fall.  The tan acorns provide and important food source for wildlife, and as Dr Doug Tallamy points our, native Oaks are critical for bird survival.

    Height: 40 Feet
    Spread: 15 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Pennsylvania Rhododendron is a late blooming deciduous Azalea resulting from a controlled cross made by Weston Nurseries between R. periclymenoides and tow other named cultivars.  The flowers appear in June and July in shades of deep pink with orange yellow throats.  Our friend Larry Kuser of Fernbrook Nursery recommends it for its great fragrance and its neat compact habit.  The fall color is shades of copper red.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Weston's Lemon Drop' is a lovely hybrid deciduous Azalea from Weston Nurseries' extensive breeding work.  The buds are peach colored, and open to a soft yellow in May and June.  The flowers of this interspecific hybrid are fragrant, and the bluish green foliage turns reddish maroon in fall.  The Mezzit family of Hopkinton, MA has contributed a huge number of excellent Rhododendrons to the gardening world, and this one is one of the best ones.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 8 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Ringo™ Shrub Rose ('ChewBullseye') comes from the breeding work of Chris Warner of England.  The single flowers are very unusual in that they open bright yellow with red centers, and as they age they change to soft yellow and then white with pink centers.  Since Rosa x Ringo™ blooms all summer, there is a constant display of all the color forms, Ringo™ has clean disease resistant foliage and has won awards in a number of international Rose trials.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Oso Easy Peasy™ Rose ('Phyllis Sherman') is a reblooming Shrub Rose, producing clusters of small deep pink semi double flowers from early summer through early fall.  The bright green foliage is disease resistant, and Rosa x Oso Easy Peasy™ is low maintenance because the blooms are self-cleaning.  Butterflies and other pollinators are drawn to the flower display.  Because of its tight compact habit, Oso Easy Peasy™ Rose performs well in perennial beds and makes a good small hedge.

    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 4

    ‘Black Tower’ (‘Eiffel 1’) Elderberry is an upright shrub which offers several seasons of interest. The dark purple finely cut leaves emerge in spring and are crowned in May and June by two-toned pink flat flower clusters. In the fall Sambucus nigra ‘Black Tower’ displays reddish purple berries which birds consume with relish. The delicate leaf pattern and the columnar habit make ‘Black Tower’ an exciting element in the landscape. Can also be used as a hedge or screen. Bred by Kenneth Tobutt of England.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Sieboldi Stonecrop has bluish green round fleshy leaves which turn shades of dark pink in the fall. The flower clusters also appear in late summer and fall, in shades of rose pink. Sedum sieboldi makes a showy low growing ground cover, as the foliage is very regular and neat. The habit is weeping when in a container or on a wall. Excellent addition to dry rock gardens and very cold tolerant. (New name is Hylotelephium).

    Height: 10 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 3

    ‘John Creech’ Caucasian Stonecrop was brought to the US from Siberia by Dr. John Creech of the National Arboretum in 1971. The rounded flat fleshy leaves are paired along the ground hugging stems, forming a thick evergreen mat in dry, poor soil sites. The foliage is green in summer but takes on shades of burgundy in fall and winter, the flower clusters of Sedum spurium ‘John Creech’ appear in mid summer in shades of pinkish red. This is a great Sedum for green roofs because of its excellent heat and cold tolerance.

    Height: 2 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 3

    ‘Vera Jamison’ Stonecrop was found in England by Vera Jamison as a spontaneous cross in her garden. The round flat leaves start as grayish green and turn deep burgundy as the sun grows stronger. The stems add to this beauty in shades of purple, and the late summer flower clusters are dusky pink. Excellent for rock gardens and mixed containers. (New name is Hylotelephium).

    Height: 10 Inches
    Spread: 10 Inches
    Zone: 3

    Candy Corn® ('NCSX1') Spiraea is a very showy addition to Spring Meadows's Double Play® series.  The foliage emerges in early spring in shades of red, turning to yellow and orange as the leaves mature.  The pinkish purple flowers appear in May and June. If trimmed lightly after blooming, Spiraea Candy Corn® will continue to produce to produce the beautiful contrasting new growth.  Spiraea Double Play® Candy Corn® comes from the great breeding work done at NC State.



    Height: 2 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 4

    National Road™ Pondcypress was found by Earl Cully (the father of Betula nigra Heritage®) growing beside the old National Road in Norwich, Ohio. He chose it for its obvious excellent cold tolerance (it had been there since the 1830s) and beautiful pyramidal shape. The deciduous foliage is fern-like and a soft green. The fall color is shades of amber and tan, falling to make a delicate tan rug under the tree. Taxodium National Road™ is tolerant of a wide range of conditions, from wet to dry and sun to partial shade.

    Height: 60 Feet
    Spread: 40 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Tall Verbena or Brazilian Vervain is not a hardy perennial for the Mid Atlantic area, but this beautiful annual self-seeds vigorously in perennial beds.  The clumps of tiny purple flowers are held on tall thin stems and make a lovely airy show from July through September.  Butterflies love the late season flowers and they make a pretty addition to cut flowers because of the long clean stems.  We enjoy this tough reappearing annual in our gardens year after year.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 7

    Spice Girl® ('Spito') Koreanspice Viburnum blooms in April and May, producing extremely fragrant flower clumps that are pink in bud turning to white snowballs when open.  The medium green foliage is more deer resistant than most Viburnums, and the leaves turn attractive shades of red in fall.  Viburnum carlesii Spice Girl® does well in sun and partial shade.  It would make a lovely fragrant hedge as well as an attractive specimen.

    Height: 6 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Leatherleaf Viburnum is a staple shrub for deer county, because the somewhat hairy puckered leaves are not tasty to deer.  The foliage is evergreen, and is topped by flat creamy white cymes (flower clumps) in late spring.  The long lasting fruit bunches turn red in early fall and mature to glossy black, often persisting into December.  Viburnum rhytidophyllum makes an excellent large hedge when planted in masses, and is dense enough to serve as a green fence.

    Height: 10 Feet
    Spread: 10 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Alleghany' Lantanaphyllum Viburnum comes from the breeding work done by the legendary Dr Don Egolf of the National Arboretum.  The creamy white flat flowers clumps appear in May and June.  They are followed by attractive red fruit in summer which ripens to blue black and is rapidly consumed by birds.  The leaves are dark green and broader and shorter than V. rhytidophylloides.  'Alleghany' is a cross between rhytidophyllum and Lantana, so it makes a dense semi-evergreen hedge.

    Height: 10 Feet
    Spread: 10 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Chicagoland Blues™ (‘Daniel Seark’) Chastetree is a beautiful compact Vitex with silvery green leaves held on dark stems. The blue flower spikes appear in mid summer and are produced throughout the rest of the summer. Vitex x Chicagoland Blues™ was selected by Kris Jarantowski of the Chicago Botanical Garden from a group of Vitex crosses.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 5