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    Korean Feather Reed Grass has beautiful airy pinkish inflorescences in September, above strong green foliage. It is shade and moist site tolerant and blooms much later than other Feather Reed Grasses.

    PRN Preferred:  Unsurpassed inflorescenses in the shade, combines with other perennials in mass for a striking impact.

    Height: 48 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 4

    Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' has tan seedheads, is early blooming and has an upright habit; it starts blooming in mid June. A 2001 Perennial Plant of the Year, 'Karl Foerster' Feather Reed Grass was named after our friend Tim Foerster's cousin, the great German nurseryman. Winter foliage is a pale tan, and 'Karl Foerster' shows excellent salt tolerance.  Karl Foerster found this lovely spontaneous cross at the Hamburg Botanical Gardens.

    Height: 48 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Overdam' Feather Reed Grass has green and white foliage and tan upright inflorescences. Thriving in both sun and shade, this is one of our favorite grasses. Winter color is a whitish tan.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4
    The pale blue flowers of Calamintha nepeta 'Blue Cloud' appear during the summer over delicate, aromatic foliage. It reblooms well if cut back after initial blooming. Dry site tolerant. Bees and insects love the flowers.
    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 5
    'White Cloud' Calamint has lots of white flowers from June to October above fragrant oregano-like leaves. A dry site tolerant plant. From Canyon Creek Nursery in California. A great food source for bees and insects.
    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 5

    Lesser Calamint is a blooming powerhouse, covered with delicate light blue flowers from June to October. The foliage is attractively aromatic, releasing a minty scent when touched. This hard-working perennial is a reliable source of nectar for butterflies and bees, so it’s always busy with insect life. Calamintha performs best in well-drained sites with good air flow, and is neatened up by a haircut in mid-summer. An excellent filler around leggier perennials, and the 2021 Perennial Plant of the Year.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Early Amethyst' Beautyberry abounds with large quantities of small lilac fruits in the fall. Originally from Brookside Gardens in Maryland.  This is the same plant as C. 'Issai', per Barry Yinger.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Pearl Glam® (‘NCCX2’) Beautyberry produces purple foliage starting in spring. The small white flowers are held all along the branches in summer, and they mature in the fall to lots of bright purple berries. Callicarpa x Pearl Glam® is another amazing hybrid from Dr. Tom Ranny’s tireless work at NC State University, and can be used as a hedge plant or as a garden specimen. A Proven Winners® introduction.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Wine Cups or Purple Poppymallow is a native groundcover which forms a wide sprawling mat of green dissected leaves. The large magenta-purple cup-shaped flowers appear from late spring through summer, and are especially showy on sunny days. Callirhoe involucrata produces a deep tap roof, which makes it tolerant of dry conditions but difficult to move. Host plant for Gray Hairstreak. The sprawling habit would make Wine Cups a good candidate for walls and rock gardens.

    Height: 6 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 4

    Calycanthus floridus has dark maroon flowers in May and June that are often fragrant. Fall color is yellow. Sweetshrub is wet site tolerant, as well as dry shade tolerant.  Calycanthus is distantly related to Magnolias.

    Height: 6 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Athens' ('Katherine') Sweetshrub has yellow flowers in May and June that are consistently fragrant. A great introduction from Dr. Michael Dirr in Athens, Georgia; it was named after his daughter Katherine. It is wet site tolerant.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 4
    'Edith Wilder' Sweetshrub is a lovely selection of this adaptable native plant, first appearing at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore, PA. The reddish maroon flowers are strongly and consistently fragrant, and are displayed profusely on the upright branches. The foliage is rounder than many of the other forms, and is held at right angles to the stems. Fall color is a good clear yellow. Wet site and dry site tolerant, deer resistant and native, what more could you ask?
    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Michael Lindsey' Sweetshrub has reddish brown flowers that are consistently, gorgeously fragrant, blooming for a prolonged period in April and May over dark, lustrous green foliage. Fall color of Calycanthus floridus 'Michael Lindsey' is a clear yellow. Selected by Allen Bush of Holbrook Farm & Nursery in North Carolina. It is also wet site tolerant. Extremely verticillium resistant per Rick Darke.

    PRN Preferred:  Heavy bloomer, fragrant flowers, lustrous foliage with good fall color.  Reblooms sporadically throughout the summer.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Burgundy Spice' Sweetshrub represents a radical color change in Calycanthus foliage, with lustrous deep burgundy leaves throughout the summer.  We selected for darker foliage over a number of years, coming up with 2 beautiful purple colored sports.  We chose the best one to name Calycanthus floridus var purpureus 'Burgundy Spice'.  The maroon flowers appear in May and June, and have the classic mango and pineapple fragrance of good Sweetshrub selections.  The fall foliage adds another season of enjoyment, turning attractive shades of yellow and amber.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Hartlage Wine' Sweetshrub has amazing reddish maroon flowers with yellow centers starting in May and continuing to fall. A very exciting Sweetshrub named after an extraordinary plantsman, Dr. J.C. Raulston, developed by Richard Hartlage and the JC Raulston Arboretum. It used to sport my favorite plant name, xSinocalycalycanthus x raulstonii.

    PRN Preferred: The showy red and yellow flowers are produced throughout the summer.

    Height: 10 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 5
    Camellia japonica 'Greensboro Red' has semi-double, trumpet-shaped light red flowers on an upright plant in April and May. The original plant came from England in the early 1800's and was such a favorite in Greensboro, NC, that it was named the 'City Flower'. 'Greensboro Red' Camellia is evergreen and a spring bloomer.
    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 6

    Camellia ‘Victory White’ is a spring blooming japonica selection which produces large white anemone-form flowers in April and May. ‘Victory White’ Camellia was introduced from Japan by K Sawada in the 1930s. The habit is vigorous and upright, with lustrous evergreen foliage. The semi-double white flowers have bright yellow stamens crowning the centers.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 6
    Camellia oleifera 'Lu Shan Snow' has single white flowers and is evergreen and very cold tolerant. Released by the US National Arboretum and used extensively by Dr. William Ackerman in his hybridization program for hardy Camellias. Fall blooming.
    Height: 6 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 6

    ‘Kanjiro’ Camellia blooms in late fall and early winter, producing masses of semi-double cerise pink flowers. The evergreen foliage is lustrous and dark green. Camellia sasanqua ‘Kanjiro’ is a zone 7 Camellia, so it needs to be planted in a protected location, avoiding exposure to afternoon sunlight and winter winds. The reward for siting it correctly will be lots and lots of flowers.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 7

    Camellia x 'April Blush' has semi-double blush pink flowers in April and May. An introduction from Dr. Clifford Parks, 'April Blush' is an evergreen spring blooming Camellia.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 6

    Camellia x 'April Kiss' has rosy red formal double flowers and an upright habit. 'April Kiss' is a Dr. Clifford Parks selection that blooms in April and May and is evergreen.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 6

    'April Remembered' Camellia is an early spring blooming evergreen, at its peak in April.  The large semi-double flowers are a creamy soft pink, with yellow stamens accenting the centers.  This is another zone 6 beauty from Dr. Clifford Parks and Camellia Forest Nursery, and it is equally useful as a specimen or as a hedge.  Just make sure it has wind and sun protection in the winter.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 6

    Camellia x 'April Rose' has double rosy pink formal flowers and blooms in April and May. 'April Rose' Camellia is an introduction from Dr. Clifford Parks and is evergreen.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 6

    Camellia x 'Long Island Pink' has single pink flowers that bloom in the fall and a nice compact habit. 'Long Island Pink' Camellia was found on Long Island, NY and is evergreen.

    PRN Preferred:  A compact neat form, very cold tolerant.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 6

    ‘Long Island White’ Camellia produces single white flowers with attractive gold stamens in fall. The lustrous dark green foliage is evergreen. Camellia x ‘Long Island White’ was found on Long Island, NY, and has shown good winter hardiness.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 6

    Camellia x 'Spring's Promise' has single reddish salmon flowers in spring, with some blooms opening consistently in the fall. It has glossy evergreen foliage.

    PRN Preferred:  Blooms in both spring and fall.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 6

    'Survivor' Camellia blooms in early fall, with large single white fragrant flowers that start out tipped by soft pink on the ends of the petals. It is evergreen and upright in habit. Its name indicates its excellent cold hardiness, and it results from a C. sasanqua and C. oleifera cross made by Dr. Clifford Parks.

    Height: 6 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 6

    'Freya' Clustered Bellflower is covered with purplish lilac star-shaped flowers in May and June. The foliage is green and somewhat pubescent, and is almost completely covered by the flower display for almost 4 weeks. An introduction from Arie Blom of the Netherlands.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Iridescent Bells' ('Irbella') Bellflower blooms in June and July, with light lavender bell-shaped flowers which emerge from eggplant purple buds.  The green foliage is clean and Campanula 'Iridescent Bells' has an upright habit, displaying the hanging flowers nicely.  If deadheaded after blooming this Bellflower reblooms in the late summer and early fall.  A Burpee Introduction which has been praised by the Royal Horticultural Society.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Kent Belle' Canterbury Bells is a long blooming beautiful perennial which produces 2" violet blue hanging bells from June through August. The flowers are produced in quantity, bending the stems over with their weight at times. Campanula x 'Kent Belle' spreads slowly to make a good sized clump, and is very attractive in both sunny and shady mixed perennial beds. The long stems make lovely cut flowers. An introduction from England.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Pink Octopus' Bellflower has very unusually shaped blooms which actually look like pink Octopuses.  The hanging bright pink petals are very narrow and long, and are carried above fuzzy dissected leaves.  Campanula x 'Pink Octopus' spreads rapidly in average soil, making a showy groundcover when in bloom in June and July.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Sarastro' Bellflower is a hybrid from Sarastro Nursery in Austria, producing a neat green clump with beautiful dark purple downward facing bells held on 18" spikes.  Campanula x 'Sarastro' is a cross between C. punctata and C. trachelium, hybridized by Christian Kress.  Most Campanulas need cool summer temperatures to thrive, but 'Sarastro' Bellfloower is much more heat tolerant, which makes it a good candidate for mid Atlantic perennial gardens.  Use as a slow groundcover, or naturalized on the edge of the woods.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 4
    'Morning Calm' Chinese Trumpetcreeper has huge open-faced flowers that are orange, apricot and yellow. Slower growing and more woody, Campsis grandiflora 'Morning Calm' knows its place in the landscape better than the native form. Introduced by the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, NC.
    Height: 20 Feet
    Zone: 6

    Appalachian Sedge is a fine-textured green clump-forming Carex that performs really well in very shady dry woodlands. The habit is arching, like a green fountain, so Appalachian Sedge is particularly attractive in mixed shade containers. Grows well on slopes and is a host plant for several caterpillars. The very fine texture makes it a great filler plant.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 3

    'Blue Zinger' Glaucous Sedge has beautiful grayish blue foliage that is similar in color to Festuca 'Elijah Blue', but 'Blue Zinger' is much more tolerant of different sites, going from shade to full sun. Carex flacca 'Blue Zinger' spreads rapidly to make a good tight groundcover.

    Height: 6 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4

    Gray's Sedge is a tall Carex which thrives in wet and shady locations.  The light green semi-evergreen foliage grows 2', and is topped by 3' flower stems.  The blooms rapidly turn to fascinating 1" spiky stars which are attractive in flower arrangements, fresh or dried.  Carex grayi thrives in moist to wet conditions, so it naturally occurs along stream banks and edges of ponds.  It is a striking addition to rain gardens and bioswales, and tolerates full sun if kept moist.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 5

    Bunny Blue® ('Hobb') Glaucous Woodland Sedge has steel blue evergreen foliage produced by a neat, easily divisible clump. Carex Blue Bunny® prefers a woodland location, but will tolerate sun if the moisture is good. Because of its bright color and neat habit, it looks particularly attractive when colonizing a shady site (both moist and dry). A selection by Bob and Lisa Head of GardenDebut.com.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 5

    ‘Everglow’ Japanese Grass Sedge is a new introduction in the EverColor® series from Irish hybridizer Pat Fitzgerald. ‘Everglow’ is a morrowii selection, but unlike Carex ‘Ice Dance’, this sedge has multicolored, fine evergreen blades with stripes of green, white and soft orange. The orange color intensifies in cooler fall temperatures, so Carex ‘Everglow’ is a great choice for winter containers. Like its siblings, ‘Everglow’ is a clumper.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 6

    'Ice Dance' Japanese Grass Sedge has green and white striped foliage. 'Ice Dance' Kan Suge is a great evergreen groundcover that can cover a large, shady area rapidly and easily. The small flowers appear above the foliage in May.  Introduced to the US by Barry Yinger.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Everillo' Weeping Sedge starts the summer season with lime green mounding foliage that rapidly turns a vivid yellowish gold. Like its relatives, 'Evergold', and 'Everest', 'Everillo' is evergreen, so it lights up the garden throughout the year. Carex 'Everillo' was found by Pat Fitzgerald of Ireland, as a naturally occurring sport of 'Evergold'. The graceful, flowing habit of the narrow leaves makes this sedge an excellent addition to mixed containers.

    PRN Preferred: Bright gold evergreen foliage lights up the garden all season long.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 6

    'Everest' ('CarFit01') Weeping Sedge is a lovely sport of Carex 'Evergold', with ivory white margins bordering the dark green evergreen leaves.  The soft flowing foliage does well in woodland settings and in mixed shade containers, as its bright white stripes make a showy display.  The habit is clumping.  Found in 2006 by Pat Fitzgerald of Ireland.

    PRN Preferred:  More vivid and vigorous than its ‘Evergold’ parent. Foliage arches up from the crown and weeps gracefully.

    Height: 10 Inches
    Spread: 16 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Evergold' Golden Sedge has yellow and green striped evergreen foliage. It is stunning as a container plant. This sedge looks good virtually year-round, and Bruce Crawford of the Rutgers Gardens has found that it is tolerant of full sun and poor soils as well. Wow!

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 16 Inches
    Zone: 5

    Pennsylvania Sedge has fine green leaves which are semi-evergreen, spreading slowly by rhizomes to form a tough groundcover in shady areas. Most effective if planted in mass. It can be used instead of grass in the shade. It is very tolerant of foot traffic as well. Mow infrequently.

    PRN Preferred: Makes a really good grass substitute for shady locations.

    Height: 8 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 4

    Seersucker Sedge lives up to its common name with its wide green leaves that are "puckered like Christmas ribbon", as those articulate folks at North Creek Nurseries say. It tolerates moist locations and adds winter interest because this Carex is evergreen.

    PRN Preferred:  We love the unique, seersucker texture of the foliage and the purplish inflorescences.

    Height: 10 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 4
    'Prairie Fire' Orange New Zealand Sedge has thin long green blades in summer that take on shades of bronze, orange and red in fall and winter. Evergreen and of striking winter interest. Do not cut back old foliage until May or later. Good drainage is critical for this plant.
    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 7

    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

    Fastigate European Hornbeam is an excellent tree for urban or formal sites because of its tight, extremely regular form and excellent disease resistance. When young, Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata' is narrow and very upright, but it broadens into a dense tight pyramidal oval as it matures. The leaves are neat and relatively small, and since the form never needs pruning, Carpinus is a maintenance-free tree. Even without foliage, the dense branching makes this an excellent screening tree in winter.

    Height: 40 Feet
    Spread: 25 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Frans Fontaine' European Hornbeam is more columnar than Carpinus betulus 'Fastigiata', but is equally resilient in urban and suburban conditions.  The narrower habit makes Carpinus 'Frans Fontaine' a good candidate for narrower spaces or street tree applications.  The fall color of the tidy foliage is a clear yellow, and winter interest is provided by the upright, densely branched form.  Since all Carpinus varieties are a fall digging hazard, container production makes the planting season much longer.

    Height: 40 Feet
    Spread: 20 Feet
    Zone: 5

    American Hornbeam is a tough, beautiful native tree which performs well in a wide variety of site conditions. Its green veined leaves and habit look somewhat like American Beech trees, and its interesting 2" hanging winged seed bracts add to its appeal in summer. It performs very well when transplanted from containers, and can be used in full sun or shade locations as well as sites which are periodically flooded. The fall color is attractive, varying from yellow through orange to reddish purple hues. It can be pruned to make a good tight hedge, like its European cousin, C. betulus. 2020 PHS Gold Medal Plant!

    Height: 35 Feet
    Spread: 25 Feet
    Zone: 3

    Beyond Midnight® Bluebeard ('CT-9-12') produces abundant deep cobalt blue flowers in late summer to early fall.  The foliage is lustrous and disease resistant, growing on a compact habit.  Caryopteris Proven Winners® Color Choice® Beyond Midnight® need excellent drainage to thrive, and should not be cut back until spring.  The foliage has an attractive minty fragrance, which may be why deer and rabbits leave it alone.  A good plant for full sun containers.

    Height: 2 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Longwood Blue' Bluebeard has bluish violet flowers and grayish green aromatic foliage. 'Longwood Blue' blooms later than other Caryopteris, in mid to late summer. Dry site tolerant.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 5

    New Jersey Tea is a tough, adaptable native shrub with pretty white fluffy lilac-shaped flowers in June and July. The flowers have a lovely delicate fragrance.  The fruits of Ceanothus americanus are subtle but interesting 3-sided capsules and the seeds are consumed by turkeys and quail.  It does very well in seashore settings and dry sites.  The name New Jersey Tea was coined during the American Revolution because its leaves were used as a substitute for imported tea.

    PRN Preferred:  An adaptable native with showy fragrant flowers in summer.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Prairie Sentinel™ (‘JFS-KSU1’) Common Hackberry is a member of the Elm family which has excellent tolerance of all kinds of soil conditions and temperature challenges. Prairie Sentinel™ was found in Kansas by Kansas State University and introduced by J. Frank Schmidt Nursery of Oregon. It was selected for its tightly columnar habit, which makes it an excellent street tree option. The green coarse foliage is disease free, and the operative word to use about Celtis Prairie Sentinel™ is “tough”, according to Dr. Michael Dirr.

    Height: 45 Feet
    Spread: 12 Feet
    Zone: 3

    Sugar Shack® ('SMCOSS') Buttonbush is a more compact version of our interesting native Cephalanthus.  The white puffball flowers appear in mid to late summer, attracting butterflies and other pollinators.  The blooms are followed by red mace shaped fruit and burgundy foliage in the fall, providing food for wildlife as well as visual interest.  Cephalanthus is very wet site tolerant (we first saw it while canoeing as little children), so it is an excellent bog, bioswale or rain garden shrub.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Duke Gardens' has dark evergreen foliage and a tight, compact form. 'Duke Gardens' Plum Yew is excellent in shade but will tolerate sun as well. Originally found at The Sarah P. Duke Gardens in North Carolina, as a branch sport of C. 'Fastigiata'.

    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 6

    Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Fastigiata' has evergreen foliage and a wide columnar habit. It makes a good pillar-like conifer for foundation and formal plantings. Fastigiate Plum Yew is a slow growing alternative to upright Taxus in deer country.

    Height: 10 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 6

    Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Prostrata' has dark evergreen foliage and looks like Taxus baccata 'Repandens' on steroids. Prostrate Plum Yew loves shady, dry locations. Best substitute for low growing Taxus in deer situations.

    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 8 Feet
    Zone: 6

    Ceratostigma plumbaginoides is a Leadwort or Plumbago with cobalt blue flowers in late summer. The green foliage turns a reddish purple in the fall. The new foliage appears late in the spring.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 5

    Cercis canadensis is a classic harbinger of spring, with pinkish lavender pea-shaped flowers covering its branches in April ("cauliflory"). The green heart-shaped leaves of this Eastern Redbud turn yellow in the fall, and the zigzag branching habit in the winter adds to the appeal of this large shrub or small tree.  The flowers are actually edible, so they make an attractive addition to spring salads.

    Height: 30 Feet
    Spread: 25 Feet
    Zone: 5
    'Ace of Hearts' Eastern Redbud is a long-awaited dwarf form of Cercis canadensis with magenta pink flowers in April and May. It was found by Paul Woody of North Carolina.
    Height: 12 Feet
    Spread: 10 Feet
    Zone: 6

    'Alley Cat' Eastern Redbud has foliage liberally splashed with white, and its striking variegation is stable and scorch resistant.  The dark pink pea-shaped flowers emerge in April just before the leaves begin to show in shades of copper pink and soft green.  As the foliage matures, the white emerges and makes a lovely contrast to the green.  Alan Bush found Cercis 'Alley Cat' in an alley near his home in Kentucky, and gave it to Harald Neubauer of Hidden Hollow Nursery to introduce.

    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 20 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Appalachia' Red Eastern Redbud has deep reddish purple buds that open to bright neon pink flowers in April and May. Cercis canadensis 'Appalachia' was found by Dr. Max Byrkit in Maryland.  2021 PHS Gold Medal Plant.

    Height: 30 Feet
    Spread: 25 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Burgundy Hearts® ('Greswan') Eastern Redbud is a refinement of the 'Forest Pansy' theme, with pinkish lavender April flowers followed by reddish purple lustrous foliage. The heart-shaped leaves hold their dark color longer in the summer, taking on reddish wine tones towards the fall. Introduced by Greenleaf Nurseries.

    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 20 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Carolina Sweetheart® ('NCCC1') Eastern Redbud is an unusual new Cercis, from NCSU in partnership with the North Carolina nurserymen.  The heart-shaped leaves emerge in April, in shades of bronzy purple with vivid pink and white margins.  The tricolor effect is striking, and since it follows the classic lavender purple flower display, Cercis Carolina Sweetheart® is a dramatic standout in the landscape for a long period.  By mid summer the foliage is primarily bronze green, but the new growth continues to be colorful.

    PRN Preferred: A combination of 3 colors on the new growth, very unusual and striking.

    Height: 30 Feet
    Spread: 25 Feet
    Zone: 6

    Flame Thrower® (‘NC2016-2’) Eastern Redbud came from JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, NC. They’re onto something new and different, as the leaves emerge reddish burgundy and rapidly mature to yellow and green, giving a multicolor effect. The pink pea-shaped blooms appear on the bare stems before the foliage emerges. A really striking small specimen tree, especially in late spring and early summer.

    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 15 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Forest Pansy' Eastern Redbud has rose purple flowers and reddish purple foliage in April and May changing to bronze by fall. The foliage is strikingly beautiful in spring and early summer.

    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 18 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Lavender Twist™ ('Covey') Eastern Redbud has purplish rose flowers in April and May on an umbrella-shaped crown. Lavender Twist™ is a great introduction from Tim Brotsman, found by him in New York State in the garden of Mrs. Covey.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 10 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Royal White' Eastern Redbud is a classic white flowering Cercis which was selected by the late great Dr. JC McDaniel of the University of Illinois. He chose it for the large, plentiful pea-shaped flowers produced abundantly in April. Since the parent tree was found in Bluffs, Illinois, the cold tolerance is excellent. 'Royal White' is vigorous and faster growing than other white forms, and we're glad to be able to keep this tried-and-true selection in circulation.

    Height: 30 Feet
    Spread: 25 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Ruby Falls' Redbud is a weeping form of 'Forest Pansy', long awaited by avid plantsmen and brought to us by Dr. Dennis Werner of NCSU. The velvety purple foliage is displayed on graceful weeping branches, making a spectacular show in spring and early summer before it ages to greenish bronze. Its rosy purple flowers emerge before the leaves unfold. The name was chosen by 5 year old Porter Neubauer of Tennessee, undoubtedly a great future nurseryman.

    PRN Preferred: A great combination of habit (weeping) with color (deep velvety purple).

    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 8 Feet
    Zone: 6

    The Rising Sun™ ('JN2') Redbud is one of the most stunning plants we have ever seen, with foliage that starts as peachy apricot, maturing through chartreuse-yellow to a final deep green. Since all three color phases are present at the same time in late spring and summer, the effect is spectacular. The blooms are the classic Redbud lavender in April and May.  It was found and introduced by Ray Jackson of Belvidere, Tennessee.

    Height: 15 Feet
    Spread: 12 Feet
    Zone: 5

    ‘Vanilla Twist’ Eastern Redbud is a cross between C. ‘Royal White’ and C. ‘Covey’, resulting in a weeping, white flowered Cercis. ‘Vanilla Twist’ combines the cold hardiness of one parent with the floriferousness of the other, and is stunning in April and May when covered with the white pea-shaped flowers. This exciting color breakthrough comes from the hard work and dedication of Tim Brotzman of Madison, Ohio (The introducer of C. ‘Covey’).

    Height: 12 Feet
    Spread: 8 Feet
    Zone: 5

    The stems of White Chinese Redbud are covered in white flowers in April, followed by attractive heart-shaped leaves. Cercis chinensis 'Alba' ('Shirobana') is a hard-to-find Chinese Redbud.

    Height: 10 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 6

    Cercis chinensis 'Don Egolf' has branches that are absolutely covered with pinkish lavender flowers in April, followed by heart-shaped neat glossy foliage. It does not bear seed pods as much as other cultivars. 'Don Egolf' Chinese Redbud is a wonderful plant named after one of the world's greatest plantsmen, Dr. Don Egolf, who is much missed in the plant world.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 6

    'Kay's Early Hope' Chinese Redbud was named after NC State's wonderful Women's Basketball Coach Kay Yow, because its pinkish lavender flowers appear at the same time as NC State's basketball tournaments.  Upright and vase-shaped in habit, 'Kay's Early Hope' is covered with blooms for a longer period than most Cercis chinensis cultivars.  It was introduced by the JC Raulston Arboretum from a plant grown in their extensive collection for many years.

    Height: 15 Feet
    Spread: 15 Feet
    Zone: 6

    'Oklahoma' Redbud has rosy magenta flowers in April and May, followed by leathery green heart-shaped leaves.  Coming originally from Oklahoma and Texas, it shows better heat and wind tolerance than other Cercis.  Warren and Son Nursery first found this tough plant in the mountains of Oklahoma, which may explain its greater hardiness than other texensis varieties of Redbud.

    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 18 Feet
    Zone: 6
    'Merlot' Redbud is a very exciting cross of 'Forest Pansy' and texensis 'Texas White', made by Dr. Dennis Werner of NCSU (he is clearly a very busy plantsman). The texensis genes enable Cercis x 'Merlot' to resist heat better, resulting in more lustrous, deeper purple foliage. The rose-purple flowers appear in April and May; finishing just as the leaves are emerging.
    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 18 Feet
    Zone: 6

    'Pink Pom Poms' Redbud is another beautiful introduction from the work of Dr Dennis Werner of NCSU and Alex Neubauer of Hidden Hollow Nursery.  The double flowered Cercis c. 'Flame' was crossed with Cercis r. Oklahoma, resulting in much bigger, showier double dark pink to purple flowers.  When in  bloom in April and May, 'Pink Pom Poms' is absolutely breath taking, and the huge flower display is not followed by seedpods because the blooms are completely sterile.  The green heart-shaped leaves appear after the blooms, and are glossy and attractive.

    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 15 Feet
    Zone: 5

    The Double Take Orange™ Floweringquince series comes from the work of Dr. Tom Ranney of NCSU's Mountain Research Station in Ashville, N.C. It has very large bright orange double flowers on compact thornless plants. The blooms appear in April for an extended period, with some sporadic reblooming in summer.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Double Take Pink™ Floweringquince is another beauty from Dr. Tom Ranney, with very large double deep pink flowers in April. The blooms resemble Camellias in their size and color intensity. The compact plants are thornless, and their branches make lovely cut flowers to bring inside in early spring.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Double Take Scarlet™ Floweringquince is the third release from Dr. Tom Ranney's team in Ashville, NC, with very large dark red double flowers. The thornless plants bloom for an extended time in April, sporadically reblooming in summer.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Dragon's Blood' Floweringquince is a compact thornlessshrub with amazing flower power.  The double blood red flowers are produced in great quantity all along last year's branches in April and May, persisting for a long time since they are primarily sterile.  Chaenomeles 'Dragon's Blood' is not a particularly new cultivar but is very hard to find for some reason.  Dr. Tom Ranney used it with great results as one parent in the crosses that produced his spectacular Double Take™ Series of Floweringquinces.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Northern Sea Oats has showy oat-like seedheads in August over green foliage. Great for dried grass arrangements. Birds and woodland animals love the seeds especially in winter. It seeds itself readily along forest edges.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 5

    Our native Turtlehead is a wonderful plant for wet sites and rain gardens. In late summer Chelone glabra produces tall spikes of white flowers which are thought to look like the heads of turtles (use your imagination). The green foliage is clean and disease-resistant. Butterflies love its flowers, especially the Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 5

    ‘Black Ace’ Turtlehead does extremely well in moist and wet locations, as it is usually found in swampy sites. The white flower spikes look like clusters of snapdragons, carried on dark green to blackish stems and leaves. The blooms appear in mid to late summer, and are an important nectar source for butterflies and other pollinators. Since Chelone glabra ‘Black Ace’ spreads by stolons, it eventually makes a large clump and can be used to stabilize pond and stream edges. Selected by Craig Moretz.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Hot Lips' Turtlehead has clear pink flowers in July, shiny green foliage, and is wet site tolerant. It spreads slowly to make a large patch eventually, so it can be used as a tall groundcover. This is a wonderful introduction selected by Native Plant guru Dale Hendricks, which he named after a co-worker as a nickname.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Tiny Toruga' ('Armtipp02') Turtlehead is a compact descendant of 'Hot Lips', with the same deep pink flowers which resemble Snapdragon buds.  The leaves emerge in the spring in shades of bronze and turn to deep green as the flowers emerge in July and August.  Chelone 'Tiny Tortuga' colonizes slowly and loves moist to wet areas.  If you studied Spanish in school, you'll recognize 'Tortuga' as 'Turtle', and get the name pun.

    PRN Preferred:  All the great attributes of "Hot Lips" but a more compact form.

    Height: 16 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 4
    Chionanthus retusus 'Tokyo Tower' becomes covered with white panicles in May and June. This Chinese Fringetree is a shiny leaved fastigiate form, with beautiful tan and gold exfoliating bark. Harald Neubauer of Hidden Hollow Nursery in Tennessee brought it back from Japan, under the original name of 'Ivory Tower'.
    Height: 10 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 6

    White Fringetree has intensely fragrant, fluffy white panicle flowers in May, followed by bird attracting bluish purple fruit if plant is female (dioecious). Although fruit only appears on the female plants, the flowers on the male plants are showier due to their longer petals.  Fall color ranges from a yellowish green to to a bright golden yellow.  Chionanthus virginicus is also wet site tolerant.

    Height: 15 Feet
    Spread: 10 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Hillside Sheffield Pink' Hardy Mum has shell pink flowers for a long time in late summer and early fall. This tough perennial has been re-introduced by Fred McGourty of Hillside Gardens. The clumps will get bigger every year and works as an effective groundcover and weed suppressor.

    PRN Preferred:  Tons of blooms on a very late blooming perennial. 

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    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

    'Superstar' Golden Star makes a lovely delicate green carpet in shady and sunny locations. The slightly fuzzy green foliage is studded with lots of bright yellow simple flowers in mid to late spring, with some reblooming when moisture is adequate. Originally named after the American Rock Garden Society's Norman Singer, this native groundcover is both deer resistant and very easy to grow. 'Superstar' was renamed to reflect the fact that the foliage is significantly cleaner and more vigorous, remaining attractive long after the vivid flower display finishes. James Brown, the Carex King of New Moon Nursery, says it's his favorite Chrysogonum.

    Height: 5 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 5

    American Yellowwood is a beautiful native tree that should be used in more landscapes. The flowers are very fragrant, with lovely white pea-shaped flowers appearing in May and June on long pendulous panicles. They provide excellent food for bees and other insects, and they resemble a more refined Wisteria flower. The foliage emerges in spring as a chartreuse green during the summer, finishing up as a bright yellow in fall. The bark is an attractive grayish brown, very smooth textured and closely resembling Beech bark. Cladrastis kentukea tolerates both acidic and alkaline soils, and prefers adequate moisture.

    Height: 40 Feet
    Spread: 40 Feet
    Zone: 4

    We are often asked questions about pruning Clematis, and cultivars are often divided into groupings (1, 2 and 3) which are guides for optimal pruning.  Based on our own experience at Pleasant Run Nursery (and to simplify things), we have designated our Clematis into Group A and Group B.  

    Group A:  Cultivars which benefit from a light pruning in late winter or early spring, followed by a light pruning after the summer bloom period.  The second pruning encourages the large flowered cultivars to rebloom in late summer.

    Group B:  Species and Cultivars which tend to be more vigorous growers.  They preform best with a yearly hard pruning in late winter or early spring.  Always remove dead stems, and cut the Group B plants back to 1' to 2'. 

    Avant-Garde™ ('Evipo 033') Clematis comes from the Evison/Poulson hybridizing program. The 3" flowers are a showy combination of red surrounding pink petaloid stamens, making the blooms look almost double. The bloom period is July to September. Since Avant-Garde™ is a heavy bloomer, the show is very eye catching.

    Height: 10 Feet
    Zone: 5

    ‘Blue Angel’ Clematis produces a quantity of large sky blue flowers on vigorous twining stems for an extended period throughout the summer. An introduction from the breeding work of Brother Stephan Franczak of Poland. Clematis ‘Blue Angel’ can be pruned in late winter or early spring.

    Height: 10 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Bourbon™ ('Evipo 018'(N)) Clematis is another exciting introduction from the Evison/Poulson breeding program.  The large (5") flowers are a bright red, set off by bright yellow anthers.  Although shorter than many Clematis, the flower display is impressive.  Bourbon™ blooms June to August and would make an interesting addition to large mixed containers.

    Group A:  Benefits from a light pruning in late winter or early spring, followed by a light pruning after the summer bloom period.  The second pruning encourages the large flowered cultivars to rebloom in late summer.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Duchess of Edinburgh' Clematis is a very showy vine, with quantities of double white flowers in May and June. Blooms are large and long lasting.

    Group A:  Benefits from a light pruning in late winter or early spring, followed by a light pruning after the summer bloom period.  The second pruning encourages the large flowered cultivars to rebloom in late summer.

    Height: 10 Feet
    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. 

    Group A:  Benefits from a light pruning in late winter or early spring, followed by a light pruning after the summer bloom period.  The second pruning encourages the large flowered cultivars to rebloom in late summer.

    Height: 10 Feet
    Zone: 5

    The rich pink ruffled flowers of Clematis 'Hagley Hybrid' bloom from June to July. The blooms are large and very showy.

    Group A:  Benefits from a light pruning in late winter or early spring, followed by a light pruning after the summer bloom period.  The second pruning encourages the large flowered cultivars to rebloom in late summer.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Clematis 'Henryi' has large white flowers with brown anthers. Blooms June to August.  We love this Clematis for the brilliant whiteness of its flower.

    Group A:  Benefits from a light pruning in late winter or early spring, followed by a light pruning after the summer bloom period.  The second pruning encourages the large flowered cultivars to rebloom in late summer.

    Height: 15 Feet
    Zone: 5

    The large velvet purple flowers of Clematis 'Jackmanii Superba' bloom in June to September and will rebloom dependably. The classic large purple Clematis.

    Group A:  Benefits from a light pruning in late winter or early spring, followed by a light pruning after the summer bloom period.  The second pruning encourages the large flowered cultivars to rebloom in late summer.

    Height: 10 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Clematis 'Multi-Blue' has large dark blue to purple flowers which are double, made even showier by the frilly white tipped stamenoids. Blooms for an extended time starting in June and the flowers persist longer because they're double and therefore sterile.

    Group A:  Benefits from a light pruning in late winter or early spring, followed by a light pruning after the summer bloom period.  The second pruning encourages the large flowered cultivars to rebloom in late summer.

    PRN Preferred:  Large long blooming flowers.  Once the petals fall the anthers remain for added interest.

    Height: 10 Feet
    Zone: 5

    The bicolor pink flowers of Clematis 'Nelly Moser' have a darker pink stripe on each petal. Blooms May to June and again in September. Blooms are large and striking.

    Group A:  Benefits from a light pruning in late winter or early spring, followed by a light pruning after the summer bloom period.  The second pruning encourages the large flowered cultivars to rebloom in late summer.

    Height: 10 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Clematis 'Niobe' has large magenta flowers with yellow anthers. Blooms May to June and again in September. The color makes the flower look velvety.

    Group A:  Benefits from a light pruning in late winter or early spring, followed by a light pruning after the summer bloom period.  The second pruning encourages the large flowered cultivars to rebloom in late summer.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Nubia™ (‘Evipo079’) Clematis is a beautiful introduction from Raymond Evision. The large flowers are a deep crimson red, on a somewhat compact vine. Clematis Nubia™ is part of the Boulevard® series, and performs well on trellises and fences. A very cool use for Clematis is in combination with shrubs, where the plants can support the vine and display the flowers. Nubia™ should be pruned in late winter or early spring.

    Height: 6 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Clematis 'Rhapsody' has large sapphire blue flowers set off by yellow anthers. Blooms July to August. We have been very impressed with the flower color and length of bloom time.

    Group A:  Benefits from a light pruning in late winter or early spring, followed by a light pruning after the summer bloom period.  The second pruning encourages the large flowered cultivars to rebloom in late summer.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Zone: 5

    The deep blue bell-like flowers of Clematis 'Rooguchi' have lighter, upward-curving interiors. A scrambler, not a climber (needs to be fastened to support). Blooms June to September, and one of our favorite vines.

    Group B:  Species and Cultivars which tend to be more vigorous growers.  They preform best with a yearly hard pruning in late winter or early spring.  Always remove dead stems, and cut the Group B plants back to 1' to 2'. 

    Height: 6 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Sapphire Indigo™ Clematis ('Cleminov 51') is a short non-clinging vine with gorgeous purple-blue flowers in June and July.  It can be used as a loose open groundcover, but it works even better if allowed to twine up through small shrubs and sturdy perennials.  The 4" blooms open as an open-faced purple and mature to a beautiful sapphire blue.  Hybridized by INRA in France and introduced into the US by Conard Pyle Nurseries.

    Group B:  Species and Cultivars which tend to be more vigorous growers.  They preform best with a yearly hard pruning in late winter or early spring.  Always remove dead stems, and cut the Group B plants back to 1' to 2'. 

    PRN Preferred:  A long blooming sprawler, excellent when used in mixed borders.

    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Clematis 'The President' has large deep purple flowers. Blooms from June to September. A dependable rebloomer, and a striking vine to run up through shrubs and small trees.

    Group A:  Benefits from a light pruning in late winter or early spring, followed by a light pruning after the summer bloom period.  The second pruning encourages the large flowered cultivars to rebloom in late summer.

    Height: 10 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Clematis durandii has deep blue flowers of 4 petals with creamy, showy anthers, on a non-clinging, scrambling vine. Blooms July and August. Unusual and very striking.

    Group B:  Species and Cultivars which tend to be more vigorous growers.  They preform best with a yearly hard pruning in late winter or early spring.  Always remove dead stems, and cut the Group B plants back to 1' to 2'. 

    Height: 6 Feet
    Zone: 5

    The white fragrant flowers of Sweet Autumn Clematis are prolific. This Clematis grows very rapidly to a large size. Blooms September and October, with small star-like white flowers.

    Height: 25 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Princess Diana' Scarlet Clematis has beautiful tulip-shaped flowers in June and July, with fairly consistent reblooming in early fall. The up-facing blooms are soft pink on the outsides and dark-rose pink on the insides, making a lovely two-toned effect. The habit is scrambling, and needs some support.

    Group B:  Species and Cultivars which tend to be more vigorous growers.  They preform best with a yearly hard pruning in late winter or early spring.  Always remove dead stems, and cut the Group B plants back to 1' to 2'. 

    PRN Preferred:  Unique tulip-shaped deep pink flowers followed by silky seed heads.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Duchess of Albany' Scarlet Clematis has clear pink bell shaped flower which have a deep rose bar in the centers of petals for a lovely bi-colored effect. Blooms prolifically starting in July through September. Shows more heat tolerance than many Clematis.

    Group B:  Species and Cultivars which tend to be more vigorous growers.  They preform best with a yearly hard pruning in late winter or early spring.  Always remove dead stems, and cut the Group B plants back to 1' to 2'. 

    Height: 15 Feet
    Zone: 6

    The sky-blue bell-like flowers of 'Betty Corning' Italian Clematis bloom July to September. The habit is vigorous and it covers a trellis rapidly. All C. viticellas are highly resistant to Clematis wilt.

    Group B:  Species and Cultivars which tend to be more vigorous growers.  They preform best with a yearly hard pruning in late winter or early spring.  Always remove dead stems, and cut the Group B plants back to 1' to 2'. 

    Height: 20 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Etoile Violette' Italian Clematis has multiple small deep purple flowers. Blooms heavily from July to September on a fast growing vine.

    Group B:  Species and Cultivars which tend to be more vigorous growers.  They preform best with a yearly hard pruning in late winter or early spring.  Always remove dead stems, and cut the Group B plants back to 1' to 2'. 

    Height: 20 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Madame Julia Correvon' Italian Clematis blooms for a prolonged period from late June to September, producing a large quantity of 3" bright reddish wine flowers with yellow stamens. The viticella Clematis types flower on new growth, so they do well with a hard pruning in late winter to early spring. As a self-clinging vine, 'Madame Julia Correvon' does very well growing up trellises or winding up small trees or through large shrubs. The roots are happiest in cool shade and the tops prefer full sun.

    Group B:  Species and Cultivars which tend to be more vigorous growers.  They preform best with a yearly hard pruning in late winter or early spring.  Always remove dead stems, and cut the Group B plants back to 1' to 2'. 

    Height: 12 Feet
    Zone: 4

    The large violet flowers of 'Venosa Violacea' Italian Clematis have vivid white centers running down each petal, giving it a bi-color effect. Blooms July to September.

    Group B:  Species and Cultivars which tend to be more vigorous growers.  They preform best with a yearly hard pruning in late winter or early spring.  Always remove dead stems, and cut the Group B plants back to 1' to 2'. 

    Height: 15 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Tom's Compact' Summersweet is the most compact we have seen of the Summersweets. This fragrant white flowered beauty was found and introduced by a great nurseryman of our area, Tom Dilatush. We've been waiting a long time to get our hands on Clethra alnifolia 'Compacta' and to top it off, it is wet site and salt tolerant.  The tight branching structure provided excellent shelter for birds throughout the year.

    PRN Preferred:  Compact dense habit, never needs pruning.  Loved by pollinators.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 4
    'Hummingbird' Summersweet has very fragrant white flowers in June and July. This selection is a compact form that is both wet site and salt tolerant. Clethra alnifolia 'Hummingbird' is an introduction from Calloway Gardens.
    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 4
    'Ruby Spice' Summersweet has very fragrant dark pink flowers in June and July. It is both wet site and salt tolerant. Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice' was found by Andy Brand of Broken Arrow Nursery in Connecticut.
    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 4

    '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
    'Sixteen Candles' Summersweet has very fragrant white flowers in June and July. It is both wet site and salt tolerant. Clethra alnifolia 'Sixteen Candles' was introduced by Dr. Michael Dirr and has an improved upright growth habit and is compact in size.
    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Summer Sparkler, formerly 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 Summer Sparkler is a compact form of Summersweet, making a good deer resistant shrub groundcover.  Introduced by Star Roses in 2015.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Sweetfern is a small but widely suckering shrub that energetically colonizes dry, acidic, sterile areas. Foliage is green and fragrant (it's in the Bayberry family), with a fern-like texture. The semi-evergreen leaves turn bronzy green in the winter.

    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 2
    Lily of the Valley has white extremely fragrant bell-like flowers in May. Convallaria is a good groundcover for tough shady sites. Some orange fruit may appear in fall.
    Height: 6 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 2
    The semi-double yellow flowers of 'Early Sunrise' Tickseed have orange centers. It blooms for an extended period in June and July. Deadheading prolongs the flower display.
    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4

    ‘Gold standard’ Tall Tickseed blooms in mid summer and is covered with bright yellow daisy-like flowers with black cones. This selection was introduced by the Mt. Cuba Center in 2015, when its performance topped their Coreopsis trials for habit, disease resistance and long bloom period. Coreopsis ‘Gold Standard’ came from seed collected in Alabama, and was named by Mt. Cuba. Since ‘Gold Standard’ spreads by rhizomes, this very tall perennial performs well as a wild looking groundcover or as an addition to tall meadows.

    Height: 62 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 3

    'Moonbeam' Threadleaf Tickseed has pale yellow flowers and is an excellent repeat bloomer. For best performance, deadhead after first flush of blooms. 1992 Perennial Plant of the Year.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Zagreb' Threadleaf Tickseed has gold flowers, an upright habit, and forms a large vigorous mat eventually. Blooms June to August, especially if deadheaded.  2020 PHS Gold Medal Plant!

    PRN Preferred:  Very disease resistant foliage, does not flop.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 5

    ‘Mercury Rising’ Tickseed is another exciting result of hybridizer Darrell Probst’s work, with wine red daisy like flowers on a cold-hardy plant. A cross between C. grandiflora and C. verticillata, ‘Mercury Rising’ blooms throughout the summer on a broad mounding habit. The yellow centers are particularly striking in the surrounding velvety petals. Deadheading after the first flush of flowers makes the rebloom showier.

    Height: 16 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 5

    The deep yellow petals of 'Jethro Tull' Tickseed are fluted like little tubes, providing a long blooming summer show. Another winner from the people who brought you the Big Sky™ series of Coneflowers.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 4

    Ivory Halo™ ('Bailhalo') Tatarian Dogwood has brightly variegated leaves that emerge in spring with green centers surrounded by large ivory white margins. The flat topped creamy flowers in May and June are followed by white summer fruit. The fall color is pink and reddish purple, and the winter stem color is dark red and showy. Prune out older canes in the spring to maintain the winter stem show.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Pagoda Dogwood is a lovely, subtle woodland native tree with attractively layered horizontal branching. The flat fluffy ivory flowers appear in late spring and are powerfully fragrant. They are followed by bluish black fruit in August which are attractive to birds. The fall color is often a mild reddish purple, followed by a winter interest element provided by the purplish horizontal twigs and branches.

    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 25 Feet
    Zone: 3

    'Appalachian Spring' Flowering Dogwood has white flowers in April and May and good red fall foliage. 'Appalachian Spring' is resistant to Dogwood Anthracnose! Introduced by the University of Tennessee. Blooms heavily at a young age, but is a slow starter as a young tree.  The parent plant was found in the wild in Maryland, where all the surrounding C. floridas were dead of Anthracnose.

    PRN Preferred:  A more disease resistant native Dogwood cultivar.

    Height: 30 Feet
    Spread: 25 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Autumn Gold' Flowering Dogwood produces the classic white bracts in mid to late spring.  The green summer foliage is followed by vivid yellow fall color, making Cornus florida 'Autumn Gold' a real color break for this great native species.  The fall foliage is followed by a showy winter twig display in shades of yellow to orange.  For a really spectacular example of this unusual Cornus, visit the wonderful specimen at the Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, Delaware.  'Autumn Gold' was found as a chance seedling by the legendary Don Shadow of Tennessee.

    Height: 25 Feet
    Spread: 20 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Cherokee Brave™ ('Comco No. 1') Flowering Dogwood blooms in mid to late spring, producing dark pink bracts with white centers.  The leaves emerge in shades of burgundy in early spring and mature to green in summer.  The fall color is attractive shades of maroon and red, accented by the bright red fall fruit, much prized by wildlife.  Cornus florida Cherokee Brave™ shows good resistance to mildew, which is one of the reasons why Commercial Nurseries of Tennessee selected it.  Cornus florida fruit is an important food source for migrating birds.

    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 20 Feet
    Zone: 5
    'Cherokee Chief' Flowering Dogwood has ruby red flowers and reddish new growth in April and May. Cornus florida 'Cherokee Chief' has good resistance to Dogwood Anthracnose. Introduced by Hawkersmith Nursery in Tennessee.
    Height: 30 Feet
    Spread: 25 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Cherokee Princess' Flowering Dogwood is a vigorous disease resistant selection which has large white flowers followed by bright red bird-attracting fruit. The fall color is a good red, and plantsman Don Shadow says that it is his favorite classic white Dogwood because of its beauty and ease of growth. Introduced by J C Higden of Kentucky.

    Height: 30 Feet
    Spread: 25 Feet
    Zone: 5

    ‘Cloud 9’ Flowering Dogwood is a showy example of one of our most beautiful native trees. The flat flowers, consisting of 4 white overlapping 2” bracts, appear in quantity in April. The white flowers complement both Cercis and Prunus which bloom at the same time. The habit is somewhat ‘Japanese’ because the branching appears in tiers, like ‘cloud pruned’ trees. The green summer leaves are followed by reddish purple fall color and shiny red fruit (an important food source for wildlife). Cornus florida ‘Cloud 9’ was patented in 1961 by Chase Nursery of Alabama.

    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 20 Feet
    Zone: 5

    ‘Dixie Colonade’ Flowering Dogwood was found by Don Shadow in Alabama. The flower parts are surrounded by the classic white bracts, but Cornus florida ‘Dixie Colonade’ is unusual in that its habit is distinctly columnar. The red fruit in fall is complimented by reddish foliage. This is a Cornus florida for small gardens and tight spaces.

    Height: 22 Feet
    Spread: 8 Feet
    Zone: 5

    ‘Erica’s Appalachian Sunrise’ Flowering Dogwood is another good selection from the Tennessee Agricultural Experimental Station’s breeding work. Cornus florida ‘Appalachian Sunrise’ produces deep pink bracts which have white centers surrounding the actual flowers. The foliage emerges in spring in shades of burgundy, maturing to green in summer and red in fall. The wildlife-friendly red fruit in fall is also showy. Cornus ‘Erica’s Appalachian Sunrise’ is mildew resistant, so it is a good grower in the Northeast.

    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 15 Feet
    Zone: 5
    'Jean's Appalachian Snow' Flowering Dogwood has large bright white flowers in April and May that are very showy because their bracts overlap. 'Jean's Appalachian Snow' is one of the best recent introductions from the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station for powdery mildew resistance. Good red fall color, and blooms at a young age.
    Height: 30 Feet
    Spread: 25 Feet
    Zone: 5

    There have been a number of Flowering Dogwoods in the trade that have bloomed with multiple bracts, but this particular selection is one of the best.  The white flowers are sterile, and are composed of 17 to 24 large bracts which make the extremely showy.  The habit is slow growing and compact (probably because Cornus florida 'Plena' puts so much energy into blooming), so this classic Dogwood fits into small gardens as well as along the edges of woods.  The fall color is an attractive reddish purple.

    Height: 12 Feet
    Spread: 12 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Greensleeves' Kousa Dogwood has dark green leaves with prominent veins, and is a heavy flowering rapid grower, with excellent red fall color. 'Greensleeves' is a selection by Polly Wakefield of Milton, Mass. A very heavy fruiting Dogwood, and wildlife love the fruit, as do our Labrador Retrievers.

    PRN Preferred:  A very heavy bloomer with excellent fall color and lots of fruit.  All around great landscape plant.

    Height: 30 Feet
    Spread: 25 Feet
    Zone: 5

    ‘Little Poncho’ Kousa Dogwood is a compact Korean Dogwood which blooms heavily in spite of its small size. The showy white bracts surround the actual flower parts in May and June. These are followed by large red fruits in fall which look like little hanging Christmas ornaments. The clean disease-resistant green foliage turns attractive shades of red and purple in the fall. This is a good Dogwood for smaller gardens and spaces.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Cornus kousa Samaritan® ('Samzam') is a wonderful introduction by Lake County Nursery of Ohio as one of their Biblical Series. Samaritan® has creamy white margins on the green leaves. Flowers in June are white bracts, but the striking variegated foliage is the eye catcher, especially when it turns pink, burgundy and red in the fall. The "Zam" refers to Jim Zampini.

    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 18 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Scarlet Fire® ('Rutpink') Kousa Dogwood is a lovely new introduction from Dr Tom Molnar's work at Rutgers University. The bracts, appearing in June, are a dark strong pink which hold up well in our hot summer weather and often are showy for up to 8 weeks. Cornus kousa Scarlet Fire® is a juvenile bloomer and vigorous grower, with clean disease resistant foliage. The classic red hanging fruit follows the flowers and the fall foliage color is also shades of red. This is the most pink, heaviest flowering Kousa Dogwood we know.

    PRN Preferred:  Plentiful dark pink flowers, heavy bloomer at an early age.  The best pink we have seen.

    Height: 25 Feet
    Spread: 20 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Wolf Eyes' Kousa Dogwood has white flowers in June and variegated white and green foliage with striking red and pink fall color. It is a Manor View Farms selection. It prefers a shady location.  This is Richard Hesselein's favorite variegated Dogwood.

    Height: 6 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 5
    Cornus kousa var. chinensis becomes covered with white flowers in June, followed by showy pendulous red fruit that attracts birds. Fall color is a showy deep red, and exfoliating bark on mature plants adds to winter interest.
    Height: 30 Feet
    Spread: 25 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Cornelian Cherry flowers in March, when very few other shrubs or small trees are blooming. The bright yellow flower umbels cover the branches for several weeks. According to the JC Raulston Arboretum, this is the best Cornus mas for tolerance of heat, with excellent disease free leathery green leaves and virtually no fruit. Fall foliage can be reddish purple some years, but will not be showy on other years. When in bloom, people often think it’s a large Forsythia.

    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 15 Feet
    Zone: 5

    'Kintoki' Japanese Cornel Dogwood has small brilliant yellow flowers in March, interesting multi-colored bark, and vivid red fruit in fall. It blooms 2 weeks earlier than Cornus mas and was selected in Japan as an excellent cut flower plant. 'Kintoki' was introduced into the US by Barry Yinger through Brookside Gardens.

    PRN Preferred:  Very showy early yellow blooms, exfoliating bark and brilliant fall color and bright red fruit, a true multi-season plant.

    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 10 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Cornus sanguinea Proven Winners® Color Choice® Arctic Sun® ('Cato') is a variety of Bloodtwig Dogwood that has great winter interest because twigs are bright yellow at base flushing to blood red. Leaves are a good bright yellow in fall. From Andre van Nijnatten, who also brought us 'Winter Flame'.

    Height: 5 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 3

    Arctic Fire® 'Red' (‘Farrow’) Redosier Dogwood is a beautiful native shrub which lights up the winter landscape with bright red twigs (great for winter containers). Cornus Arctic Fire® 'Red' has green ovate leaves in spring which are topped with flat ivory flower clusters (cymes) in May and June. Ornamental white berries (good food for birds) and deep red leaves follow in the fall. Redosier Dogwoods should be pruned back hard every 1 to 2 years, because the new growth provides the winter color.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 3

    Cornus sericea 'Baileyi' has white flowers followed by bluish fruit. Excellent red fall foliage defoliates to expose reddish purple twigs for winter interest. 'Bailey' Redosier Dogwood is a Bailey Nurseries introduction. It is relatively salt tolerant. Cut the old wood back frequently to maintain the best winter color.

    Height: 6 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 2

    The light green disease-resistant summer foliage of 'Cardinal' Redosier Dogwood is followed by vivid, cherry red stems in winter. Developed by Dr. Pellet and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, so you know it's tough. Most effective if the old wood is cut back yearly. It is relatively salt tolerant.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 3

    Kelsey’s Dwarf Redosier Dogwood is a dwarf Cornus sericea, with an attractive rounded habit and the characteristic red twigs in the winter. The small white flowers (cymes) appear in late spring and are followed in late summer by white berries (drupes) which are attractive to birds. Cornus sericea ‘Kelseyi’ has attractive yellow fall foliage, and with its short rounded habit makes a good foundation plant as well as a short winter interest hedge.

    Height: 3 Feet
    Spread: 3 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Buttercup Winterhazel has delicate lemon yellow panicles in March and April. The habit of Corylopsis pauciflora is broad but delicate, with small, neat leaves.

    PRN Preferred:  A smaller neater habit.

    Height: 6 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 6
    Spike Winterhazel has long yellow, very fragrant panicles in March and April. Corylopsis spicata makes a wonderful cut flower branch to bring inside in the late winter.
    Height: 10 Feet
    Spread: 8 Feet
    Zone: 5

    Veitch Winterhazel is a showy, fragrant addition to the winter garden with primrose yellow, 2" pendant flowers set off by reddish anthers. Corylopsis veitchiana blooms in March on bare branches and then produces foliage that starts out bronzy and turns to green, with glabrous undersides.

    Height: 8 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 6

    'Royal Purple' Smokebush has pink smoke-like flowers in June and July which are highlighted by brilliant purple leaves, which turn a reddish purple in fall.

    Height: 10 Feet
    Spread: 6 Feet
    Zone: 4

    Winecraft Black® Smokebush ('NCCO1') produces deep purple velvety leaves in spring which are topped by dark pink smoke-like inflorescences in June.  The contrast between the flowers and foliage is striking.  After blooming, Cotinus Winecraft Black® does not fade as many other purple leaf plants do, retaining its dark purple color until fall, when the leaves turn beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red.  All Cotinus benefit from a periodic pruning to promote new growth.

    PRN Preferred: A showy combination of long lasting purple foliage and a compact habit.

    Height: 6 Feet
    Spread: 5 Feet
    Zone: 4

    American Smoketree bluish to dark green leaves and unique greenish smoke-like flowers in July.  The fall color is spectacular, with shades of yellow, red and purple hues.  The bark is also a beautiful gray and mature trunks become scaly for additional winter interst.  Cotinus obovatus makes a very large shrub or an attractive small tree.

    PRN Preferred:  As noted by Dr. Dirr "may be the best of the all American shrub/trees for intensity of (fall) color." and we agree.

    Height: 30 Feet
    Spread: 25 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Grace' Smoketree has pink flowers in June and July with bronze new foliage which turns to purple. Cotinus x 'Grace' has luminous reddish purple fall foliage. From Peter Dummer, formerly at Hillier Nurseries in England.

    Height: 20 Feet
    Spread: 8 Feet
    Zone: 4

    'Winter King' Green Hawthorn has white flowers in late spring, brilliant orange fruit well into the winter, and silver bark. Fruit are eaten by many birds including cedar waxwings. Crataegus viridis 'Winter King' is one of our favorite multi-season small trees.   It is also salt tolerant.

    Height: 30 Feet
    Spread: 25 Feet
    Zone: 4
    The bright red flowers of 'Lucifer' Montbretia appear on long arching stems in July. Blooms for an extended time above broad, Iris-like foliage. Excellent cut flower and a hummingbird magnet. Crocosmia 'Lucifer' is a plant that needs good drainage.
    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 5

    ‘Spanish Ballerina’ Montbretia blooms in mid summer, producing tall arching stems with beautiful orange and yellow star-like flowers. The foliage is sword-like and the flower panicles are displayed well above the leaves. When the blooms are finished, the stems of seedheads continue to be interesting. Crocosmia x ‘Spanish Ballerina’ grows from corms similar to Gladiolus, and benefits from being divided every 3 to 5 years.

    Height: 30 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 5

    The blackish green evergreen foliage of 'Black Dragon' Japanese Cedar has an interesting irregular texture on an upright plant. Cryptomeria japonica 'Black Dragon' is much slower and smaller than C. 'Yoshino', so excellent for smaller spaces. It is also salt tolerant.

    Height: 10 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 6

    Dwarf Globe Japanese Cedar is a dense rounded evergreen which adds a lot of color to the year-round landscape. The tight needles are a vivid bright green in the summer. In the fall and winter, they turn bluish purple with shades of rust. Since it is both pest resistant and compact, 'Globosa Nana' works well as a foundation evergreen, especially where deer are a problem. Pruning will probably never be needed to keep its neat habit.

    Height: 4 Feet
    Spread: 4 Feet
    Zone: 5
    'Radicans' Japanese Cedar is very similar to Cryptomeria 'Yoshino' in texture, habit and hardiness, but its habit is tighter and darker green, with more resistance to winter leader problems. A very useful and rewarding conifer, one that Doug Webber of Blue Sterling and John Stella both prefer to 'Yoshino'. It is also salt tolerant.
    Height: 40 Feet
    Spread: 15 Feet
    Zone: 6

    'Yoshino' Japanese Cedar has dark green foliage and an upright habit. It is surprisingly shade and salt tolerant. It makes a large hedge very rapidly.

    Height: 40 Feet
    Spread: 15 Feet
    Zone: 5
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