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.
Earlybird™ ‘Purple Yellow’ Columbine has large bicolored flowers with soft yellow center petals and purple spurs. The blooms appear in mid to late spring over attractive delicate foliage. The habit is compact and the big flowers face out and upward instead of hanging down. Aquilegia x Earlybird™ ‘Purple Yellow’ performs best in some shade and cooler temperatures.
Earlybird™ ‘Red Yellow’ Columbine blooms in mid to late spring, producing yellow open petals surrounded by red spurred petals. The flowers face upward and are much larger than the native Columbines. The delicate green foliage of Aquilegia x Earlybird™ ‘Red Yellow’ forms a compact clump and performs best in some shade.
Side-oats Grama blooms in late summer and early fall, producing interesting side bracts (‘spikelets’) which hang down on one side of the stems. As the seeds mature, they dry to an attractive tan which looks like oats moving in the breeze. Bouteloua curtipendula is a Tall Grass Prairie Plant, growing vigorously in warm weather. It is a larval host for several skipper butterflies and moths, and the mature seedheads feed a multitude of birds and small mammals.
‘Yuletide’ Camellia blooms in late fall and early winter (hence the cultivar name). The single red flowers have showy yellow stamens in the centers of the flowers. Camellia sasanqua ‘Yuletide’ has an upright but compact habit, with lustrous dark green evergreen leaves. Since ‘Yuletide’ is a zone 7 Camellia, it should be planted in a sheltered spot and protected from winter winds and afternoon sun.
Rising Fire® (‘Uxbridge’) American Hornbeam originated in Ontario and was introduced by J Frank Schmidt and Sons. Carpinus Rising Fire® has all the great attributes of Carpinus caroliniana, but the habit is columnar and tight. Its neat green summer leaves take on shades of orange and red in fall, and its 2” hanging seed bracts provide food for wildlife in the fall and winter. American Hornbeam is a very adaptable tree which will thrive in both woodland and urban sites.
Winecraft Gold® (‘MINCOJAU3’) Smokebush was bred in France by Corinne Liquiere. The neat round leaves emerge in orange to chartreuse shades, maturing to lime green by mid summer. Cotinus coggygria Winecraft Gold® is crowned with greenish pink smoke-like inflorescences in early summer on old growth, so do not prune in spring. The habit is compact and the fall foliage is a clean yellow. Winecraft Gold® is more scorch resistant than earlier yellow cultivars.
‘Snow Cream’ Paper Bush is an exciting introduction from Plant Delights (Tony Avent) and the JC Raulston Arboretum. The winter hardiness is greater, so the flower display is more reliable in our colder climate. The extremely fragrant pendent tubular yellow flower clumps bloom almost all winter after the tropical-looking large green leaves have fallen. The bark is smooth and brown, also giving a surprisingly tropical look. This is a Daphne cousin worth having! Plant Edgeworthia ‘Snow Cream’ in a sheltered spot to avoid harsh winter winds
‘Autumn Gold’ Maidenhair Tree is a symmetrical male Ginkgo with an attractive spreading habit. Ginkgos are dioicous, and the fleshy seeds from the females smell awful, so its important to select male cultivars. Ginkgo biloba ‘Autumn Gold’ was an introduction by Saratoga Horticultural Foundation in 1955, chosen for its shape, pest resistance and great tolerance of difficult urban conditions. The fan-shaped green leaves turn a lovely yellow in fall, and make a beautiful gold carpet when they fall. Ginkgos are among the oldest living trees, with fossils of their leaves from 150 million years ago.
Orange Sunrise™ (‘KLMT’) Vernal Witchhazel comes from Roy Klehm’s extensive breeding work with Hamamelis. The flowers appear on the bare branches in late winter, in shades of light orange. The strap-like petals are showy at a time of year when there is so little in bloom, and Orange Sunrise™ supplies nourishment to winter pollinators on warm days. The summer foliage is green, turning yellow in fall. Propagated by cuttings, so no suckering.
‘Beholden’ Vernal Witchhazel is a great cross between Hamamelis ‘Amethyst’ (purple) and Hamamelis ‘Holden’ (yellow to orange). Like Chris Lane’s introduction ‘Holden’, Hamamelis vernalis ‘Beholden’ is a very early Witchhazel, starting to bloom in late fall. The strap-like flower petals are a vivid orange and fragrant, on a sturdy non-suckering shrub (propagated from cuttings, not grafted). The great Hamamelis expert Tim Brotsman hybridized this lovely native.
‘Blue Moon’ Vernal Witchhazel blooms in February and March, producing purple to bluish violet strap-like flowers. The fall color is shades of yellow and the habit is vase-shaped. A classic eastern woodland shrub. We grow Hamamelis ‘Blue Moon’ on its own roots so suckering is not a problem.
Grape Fizz™ (‘KLMNN’) Vernal Witchhazel is an introduction by Roy Klehm. The ribbon-like winter flowers are reddish purple and fragrant. They are borne on bare branches and provide important food to winter pollinators on warm days. The foliage is green, turning to shades of orange and yellow in fall. Hamamelis vernalis Grape Fizz™ is compact in habit, and grown on its own roots instead of being grafted.
‘Spring Bounty’ (‘KLMPP’) Vernal Witchhazel was introduced by Roy Klehm. The flowers appear in late winter and early spring, in attractive shades of reddish purple. The green summer foliage is followed by yellow leaves in the fall. Hamamelis vernalis ‘Spring Bounty’ is a tough native shrub that performs well in sun and shade. Since it is propagated by cuttings rather than grafting, it does not suffer from suckering understock.
‘Upchurch’ Ozark was selected by Brian Upchurch, a great nurseryman from North Carolina. The ribbon-shaped flowers open in late winter in shades of orange and yellow. The habit is more upright than most Witchhazels, making this native shrub a good choice for tighter spaces. Hamamelis vernalis ‘Upchurch’ is a good source of food for pollinators active in winter. We grow it on its own roots to avoid suckering problems.
Woodland Joy™ (‘KLMLL’) Vernal Witchhazel is another attractive selection by the great plantsman Roy Klehm. The ribbon-like flowers are shades of deep orange, displayed on bare branches in winter. Hamamelis vernalis Woodland Joy™ has nice green foliage throughout the summer, followed by yellow leaves in the fall. With the winter fragrance, Witchhazels are a welcome cut branch inside the house. Suckering will not be a problem because Hamamelis vernalis Woodland Joy™ is propagated by cuttings.
‘Gadsden Goliath’ Daylily blooms in mid summer, and produces huge (9.5”) spider-like red flowers with deep yellow midribs and throats. The flowers are held on 36” scapes emerging from narrow green blade-like leaves. The flower shape is unusual and showy in the back of perennial beds. Hemerocallis ‘Gadsden Goliath’ is tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions. Introduced by Reinke in 1990.
Berry White® (‘Renba’) Hardy Hydrangea which has its flower color progression spelled out in its name- white blooms maturing to berry pink and red. Hydrangea paniculata Berry White® is a mid-sized First Editions® introduction with roundish white panicles starting in July. The blooms age through shades of pink, raspberry red and wine red, before staying tan throughout the winter. The cooler the nighttime temperatures, the deeper the red colors.
Quick Fire Fab® (‘SMNHPM’) Hardy Hydrangea differs from Hydrangea Quick Fire® because the flowers are very large mopheads rather than more open panicles. Hydrangea Quick Fire Fab® begins blooming earlier than most paniculatas, and produces a quantity of white blooms which age to rose and then red as the days shorten and the night grows cooler. They make great dried cut flowers, holding the red colors through the winter.
Mountain Laurels have a very broad native range, from Florida to Canada and as far West as Ohio. Kalmia latifolia blooms from late spring to mid summer, varying with differing temperatures and altitudes. The cluster of buds are often darker than the open flowers, with colors of red to pink. The ballet skirt-shaped vary from dark pink and burgundy to pale pink and even white. The evergreen foliage is a lustrous dark green. Kalmias prefer cool shady moist sites with good drainage. Dick Janes of Broken Arrow Nursery has introduced many showy selections.
‘Super Blue’ Lily-turf is an evergreen groundcover which is crowned by showy bluish purple flower spikes in late summer. The blooms are produced on stiff green stems, and make a great short addition to cut flower arrangements. The green strap-like foliage spreads slowly to make a very weed-resistant mat in shady well drained locations. Liriope muscari ‘Super Blue’ has the showiest flower spikes of the Lily-turfs.
Emerald Spire® (‘Jefgreen’) Flowering Crabapple came from the breeding work of Dr. David Lane of British Columbia. This is a very tight upright Crabapple which produces fuchsia pink flowers in mid spring. Malus x adstringens Emerald Spire® has large bright green foliage which is disease resistant. Emerald Spire® Crabapple has large bright red fruit in fall, adding another season of beauty. Since Emerald Spire® is slow growing as well as very upright, this is a good candidate for small gardens, narrow spaces and street trees.
‘Purple Haze’ Catmint produces a multitude of lavender blue flower spikes, displayed on a mat of aromatic grayish green foliage. The bloom period of Nepeta x ‘Purple Haze’ is very long, especially if cut back after the first heavy flowering. This member of the Mint family is attractive to a variety of pollinators and unattractive to deer and rabbits. An introduction from Terra Nova® Nurseries. ‘Purple Haze’ would make a beautiful hanging basket plant because of its prostrate habit.
Russian Sage is a wonderful resilient perennial for dry, sunny and sandy locations. Perovskia atriplicifolia produces showy blue flower spikes in July and August, providing nectar for a number of pollinators. The foliage is beautiful as well, with delicate dissected silvery leaves on woody stems. Russian Sage is thoroughly deer, rabbit and groundhog resistant (that’s the voice of experience!).
‘Katsura’ Japanese Andromeda produces strings of white fragrant bells on pendent panicles in early spring. The new growth emerging in spring in vivid shades of bronze and red. The new leaves mature in summer to a lustrous green. The flower buds for the next year start developing in the summer and add to the winter interest by taking on shades of purple and red. Pieris japonica ‘Katsura’ is evergreen and should be protected from afternoon winter sun.
‘Moonshine’ Lungwort is the most silvery of the Pulmonarias we grow. The small ice blue flowers appear in mid spring over the mildew resistant foliage. The leaves are more rounded, with narrow dark green margins and green flecks on the bright silver surfaces. Pulmonaria x ‘Moonshine’ is a Terra Nova® introduction which seems to handle our warm and humid East Coast summers well.
‘Sissinghurst White’ Lungwort blooms in mid spring, with clusters of white flowers emerging from pale pink buds. The foliage is dark green speckled with white flecks. Pulmonaria x ‘Sissinghurst White’ is named for the famous English “White” garden at Sissinghurst Castle designed by Vita Sackville-West.
Streetspire® (JFS-KWIQX’) Hybrid Oak is a beautiful fastigiate tree,it features shorter and sturdier branches with better branch angles. Handsome dark green leaves which become a rusty red in fall, then leave drop cleanly which is unusual for this group. The leaves are lustrous and similar to Quercus alba leaves. Quercus Streetspire® was chosen by Keith Warren and J Frank Schmidt and Sons Nursery for its excellence as a street tree. It shows great tolerance of a wide range of soil types and urban conditions. A cross between Quercus robur and Quercus alba.
Autumn Rouge® (‘Conlea’) Hybrid Azalea blooms in both late spring and early fall. The large semi-double flowers are a deep reddish pink. The evergreen foliage is attractive all year, taking on darker shades in winter. Rhododendron Encore® Autumn Rouge® comes from the hybridizing work of Robert E. Lee, introduced and promoted by Flowerwood Nursery in Alabama. Dr. Michael Dirr says that Autumn Rouge® is one of the hardiest Encore® Azaleas.
Black-Eyed Susan is considered a biennial, but since it seeds so readily, Rudbeckia hirta does not disappear from the garden. This native wildflower has deep yellow petals surrounding a black cone, which are an important food source for pollinators and songbirds. Rudbeckia hirta thrives in a wide range of site conditions, and is an excellent candidate for naturalizing in meadows and along woodlands and roadsides. Deadhead to prolong flowering.
‘Blackjack Gold’ Three-lobed Coneflower starts blooming in mid summer and continues into early fall. The deep yellow rounded petals surround black cones, covering the green foliage for a longer time than many Rudbeckias. The flowers are somewhat smaller and borne on sturdy stems, making Rudbeckia triloba ‘Blackjack Gold’ a good cut flower. Introduced by Jelitto Seed, ‘Blackjack Gold’ is considered a biennial which reseeds in gardens but can overwinter well if deadheaded before fall.
‘Prairie Glow’ Three-lobed Coneflower produces bicolored daisy-like flowers. The delicate gold petals have red eyes surrounding the black cones. The bloom period of Rudbeckia triloba ‘Prairie Glow’ starts in July and continues into early fall, especially if deadheaded. Three-lobed Coneflowers are an important food source for native bees, beetles and butterflies because of the long flowering season. A biennial, ‘Prairie Glow’ seeds readily in meadows, gardens and sunny disturbed areas like roadsides.
‘Purple Knockout’ Lyre-leaf Sage is a native Sage which has bright purple basal foliage, especially in spring and early summer. The flower spikes are largely inconspicuous but attract bees and butterflies. Salvia lyrata ‘Purple Knockout’ seeds readily and can form a dense groundcover in a sunny location, much like purple Ajugas do in shade. ‘Purple Knockout’ performs best in well drained sites, and with its showy basal foliage would make a good green roof candidate.
Flirty Girl™ (‘Minsnow3’) False Hydrangea-vine starts blooming in early summer and reblooms periodically throughout the summer. The lacecap flowers are mildly fragrant and have very showy sterile florets which are cream colored. Schizophragma hydrangeoides Flirty Girl™ is a vigorous, long-lived woody vine which prefers some shade. It is stunning grown on tall stone walls or large trees, and it also can be used as a vigorous shade groundcover.
Double Play Doozie® (‘NCSX2’) Spirea is a compact shrub from Proven Winners®. The new growth emerges in shades of red, maturing to a clean green. The flowering period begins in spring, with purplish red flower clumps covering the mounded foliage. Spirea japonica Double Play Doozie® reblooms throughout the summer, especially if trimmed lightly periodically.
Blue Diddley® (‘SPVACBD’) Chastetree has a very compact form, but a multitude of cone-shaped lavender blue flowers from mid summer to fall. Vitex agnus-castus Blue Diddley® can be regarded as a very rigorous perennial, as it periodically dies to the ground (like many dwarf Buddleias), only to spring back up in late spring. Dead wood should be pruned out, and periodic deadheading will intensify the bloom display. Attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies, not attractive to deer.
Summertime Blues™ (‘Helen Froehlich’) Chastetree blooms from mid summer to fall, producing large upright lavender blue spikes with black stems. Vitex x Summertime Blues™ comes from the hybridizing work of Kris Jarantoski, formerly of the Chicago Botanic Garden, so you know it’s winter hardy. The habit is compact and rounded, making Summertime Blues™ a good mid-sized shrub for sunny well-drained locations. Introduced by Plants Nouveau.