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Fragrant Abelia

Abelia mosanensis

Fragrant Abelia has very fragrant pink tubular flowers with white centers that bloom in May and June. The glossy green foliage turns orangey red in fall. Abelia mosanensis is very hardy and easy to grow. This plant was introduced from Latvia. (New name is Zabelia tyaihyonii)

H: 5 Feet  ·   S: 5 Feet  ·   Zone: 4


Abelia x grandiflora 'Rose Creek'

Abelia x grandiflora 'Rose Creek' provides a wonderful presence in the landscape with its plentiful fragrant white flowers and red-tinged stems on new growth. 'Rose Creek' Abelia will bloom beginning in May and last through the summer into September. (New name is Linnaea × grandiflora 'Rose Creek'.)

H: 4 Feet  ·   S: 3 Feet  ·   Zone: 6


Abelia x zanderi 'Little Richard'

A spreading, rounded shrub, 'Little Richard' Abelia has glossy dark green leaves that sometimes will be tinged bronze. Provides wonderful white, fragrant flowers through the summer until frost. (New name is Zabelia tyaihyonii 'Little Richard'.)

H: 3 Feet  ·   S: 3 Feet  ·   Zone: 6

Bear's Breeches

Acanthus mollis

Acanthus mollis offers unusual pink-mauve flower spikes with white interior petals and purple calyces in July, held 3' to 4' above large shiny leaves. Bear's Breeches needs a shady, moist protected spot in the landscape.

H: 36 Inches  ·   S: 36 Inches  ·   Zone: 6

Spiny Bear's Breeches

Acanthus spinosus

The pinkish mauve flower spikes with white interiors of Spiny Bear's Breeches look the same as those of Acanthus mollis, but the leaves look more spiny (they aren't) and the plant is more cold tolerant. This plant makes an amazing show for 2 months in the summer on the north side of our house.

H: 36 Inches  ·   S: 36 Inches  ·   Zone: 6

Paperbark Maple

Acer griseum

Few trees are as showy as the Paperbark Maple, with its cinnamon colored exfoliating bark. The fine-textured leaves have 3 leaflets and change from dark green with silvery undersides in summer to shades of red and bronze in fall. Acer griseum makes a neat oval-shaped small tree which fits into both small and large scale landscapes well.

H: 30 Feet  ·   S: 20 Feet  ·   Zone: 5

Red Maple

Acer rubrum Armstrong Gold® PP25301

Green summer foliage turns bright golden orange in fall. Excellent street tree with good tolerance to a number of environmental conditions.

H: 40 Feet  ·   S: 12 Feet  ·   Zone: 4

Red Maple

Acer rubrum October Glory® PP2116

October Glory® Red Maple has green leaves following the attractive red flowers which are one of the earliest signs of spring for us in the Northeast. The fall color of October Glory® is a deep rich red and occurs 2 weeks later than other cultivars. This oval-shaped, wet site tolerant tree was found by our father, William Flemer III and has proved to be one of the best cultivars for Southern hot summers.

H: 40 Feet  ·   S: 25 Feet  ·   Zone: 4

Red Maple

Acer rubrum Redpointe® PP16769

Leathery dark green foliage, insignificant blooms in spring. Strong central leaded and vivid red early fall color.

H: 45 Feet  ·   S: 30 Feet  ·   Zone: 4

Sugar Maple

Acer saccharum 'Green Mountain' PP2339

Inconspicuous greenish yellow flowers appear in April before the leathery dark green leaves emerge. The oval shape is beautiful, as is the yellow to orange fall color.

H: 70 Feet  ·   S: 45 Feet  ·   Zone: 4

Sugar Maple

Acer saccharum Legacy®

Dense, glossy, tatter-resistant foliage takes on an array of stunning reds, oranges and yellows in the fall. Drought resistant.

H: 50 Feet  ·   S: 35 Feet  ·   Zone: 4

Tatariam Maple

Acer tataricum Hot Wings® PP15023

Ornamental small tree or large shrub with spectacular red, orange and yellow fall color. Small yellow flowers in early May give way to clusters of bright red samaras in August. Tolerant of alkaline soils.

H: 16 Feet  ·   S: 16 Feet  ·   Zone: 4

Acer tataricum Rugged Charm®
Tatariam Maple

Acer tataricum Rugged Charm®

Deciduous shade tree with a compact, upright oval form that features glossy green foliage throughout the growing season, bright red samaras in the late summer, and a palette of reds, oranges, and yellows in autumn. Drought tolerant.

H: 25 Feet  ·   S: 15 Feet  ·   Zone: 3


Achillea ptarmica 'Peter Cottontail' PP31756

Round button-like white flowers cover green mounded plant in mid to late summer. Deer resistant and dry site tolerant.

H: 20 Inches  ·   S: 20 Inches  ·   Zone: 3

Azure Monkshood

Aconitum carmichaelii 'Arendsii'

The cobalt blue flowers of Azure Monkshood appear in late summer and early fall. Aconitum carmichaelii 'Arendsii' blooms for a long period, and Dr. Alan Armitage says "it's the best late flowering Monkshood in cultivation."

H: 36 Inches  ·   S: 24 Inches  ·   Zone: 4

Fischer's Monkshood

Aconitum fischeri

Spikes of deep azure blooms appear from August to October Great for deterring rabbits, deer, and slugs due to highly toxic sap.

H: 24 Inches  ·   S: 12 Inches  ·   Zone: 4

Dwarf Golden Sweet Flag

Acorus gramineus 'Minimus Aureus'

Dwarf Golden Sweet Flag is a wonderful plant for walkways as well as rain gardens and stream edges, because it is tolerant of foot traffic as well as significant moisture. The evergreen foliage is like tiny thick bladed grass tufts and when crushed, it releases an attractive sweet scent. The tufts slowly expand to make a short yellowish green mat. Although it looks like a grass, Acorus gramineus 'Minimus Aureus' is actually more closely related to the Iris family.

H: 4 Inches  ·   S: 8 Inches  ·   Zone: 5

Sweet Flag

Acorus gramineus 'Ogon'

'Ogon' Sweet Flag has bright yellow stiffly upright leaves that are a vivid addition to a wet site in the shade. The clumps of Acorus 'Ogon' get larger with age. This Sweet Flag is evergreen so it provides great winter interest. Introduced into the US by Barry Yinger. Per Diane Guidone formerly of Rumson, NJ, Acorus withstood salt inundation in the recent hurricanes really well.

H: 15 Inches  ·   S: 12 Inches  ·   Zone: 5

White Baneberry - Doll's Eyes

Actaea pachypoda

White flower spikes appear above green Astilbe-like foliage in spring. White berries with a black dot on the end, looking like doll's eyes, appear in summer. The fruit is highly toxic.

H: 24 Inches  ·   S: 30 Inches  ·   Zone: 3

Snakeroot - Cohosh

Actaea racemosa

Snakeroot or Cohosh is a spectacular addition to the late summer flower garden with tall, rocket-like spires of ivory white, fragrant flowers which are held high above the green foliage. The bloom period is longer than a month and insects love it (great for nature photographers). Actaea racemosa is best in moist, shady locations.

H: 72 Inches  ·   S: 48 Inches  ·   Zone: 4

Branched Bugbane

Actaea simplex 'Atropurpurea'

Branched Bugbane has fragrant white flowers in late summer, over purplish bronze foliage. By mid summer the leaves take on a green hue. Bees and butterflies love the blooms. Per noted plantsman David Culp, Actaea do very well under Black Walnuts.

H: 48 Inches  ·   S: 36 Inches  ·   Zone: 4

Kamchatka Bugbane

Actaea simplex 'Hillside Black Beauty' PP9988

'Hillside Black Beauty' Kamchatka Bugbane has white fragrant flowers in late summer that tower over dark purple foliage. A great source of nectar and pollen for insects. The leaf color is particularly intense in early summer before bloom time.

H: 48 Inches  ·   S: 36 Inches  ·   Zone: 4

Branched Bugbane

Actaea x 'Chocoholic' PP24821

'Chocoholic' Bugbane is shorter than other dark purple Actaeas, but what it lacks in stature it makes up for in the beauty of its foliage. The leaves emerge in the spring as a dark bronzy purple and turn more green by mid summer. The fragrant white flower spikes tower over the foliage in the late summer, attracting all manner of pollinators. This is particularly attractive when paired with shade tolerant gold foliage plants. Consistent moisture is necessary for the best performance.

H: 36 Inches  ·   S: 24 Inches  ·   Zone: 4

Maidenhair Fern

Adiantum pedatum

Five Finger Maidenhair Fern is a lovely woodland native, thriving in moist humus rich soils. Preferring cool summer temperatures, Adiantum pedatum is hardy all the way to zone 2. The bright green airy fronds are made more attractive by the shiny wiry black stems. Since Maidenhair Fern spreads by rhizomes on the surface of moist soils, it can eventually form an excellent woodland groundcover. This fern will not perform well in full sun or hot summer sites.

H: 18 Inches  ·   S: 18 Inches  ·   Zone: 2