Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Landscape

Whether you have on old home or a new one you will benefit from trees and shrubs. Deciduous trees such as maples shade your property in the summer from intense heat and in the winter allow the sun to warm your home. And evergreens planted as windbreaks allow you to use your heat more efficiently.

Landscaping and landscape design goes beyond just creating beautiful designs. And while most elements will remain what they are for years to come, the one thing that most do it yourselfers and some professionals overlook is the space that tiny little sprouts will occupy when they become mature plants and trees.

You need to keep in mind the mature size of trees in proportion to the size of your home and other landscaping elements. Large trees can dwarf a small home and small trees can look like shrubs placed around a very large home. Know the mature size of trees and keep them in perspective.

Here are some favorites we have available here in our Nursery:

Viburnums (5 kinds), Arborvitae (5 kinds), Beautyberry, Ninebark, Dogwoods, Weigela, Spirea, Junipers, Abelia, Japanese Barberry, False Holly, Hydrangeas (many varieties), Boxwood, Japanese Holly Dwarf Crepe Myrtle

Monday, August 19, 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


Native plants are those that evolved naturally in North America. Native plants in a particular area are those that were growing naturally in the area before humans introduced plants from distant places.

Landscaping with native plants has several appealing factors.

Native Plants Save Energy - These plants have evolved and adapted to local conditions
over thousands of years. They are vigorous and hardy, so they can survive winter cold and
summer heat. Once established, they require no irrigation or fertilization. They are resistant to most pests and diseases.

Native Plants Stay Put - Each native plant species is a member of a community that includes other plants, animals and microorganisms. The natural balance keeps each species in check, allowing it to thrive in conditions where it is suited, but rarely become invasive.

Native Plants Are Interesting - The diversity of native plants includes interesting flowers and foliage. Native shrubs and trees provide a variety of heights, shapes and textures.


1. Protect native plant communities and minimize habitat destruction.
It is very important to conserve existing areas of native vegetation as a whole, functioning unit. If disturbance is necessary, strive for minimum habitat destruction.

2. Landscape with native plants.
When new areas need to be planted, use native plants. These hardy and adaptable plants
do well in a wide variety of conditions and have a much better chance of success in gardens.

3. Learn more about native plants.
Research and learn what plants are native to your area.

4. Buy nursery-propagated native plants.
Cultivars should be predictable in attributes like height, color, blooming period or absence of seed, pods, thorns -- qualities many gardeners want. If your goal is genetic diversity -- ask for straight species grown from local seed sources (and not cultivars). Plants grown from
seed have much more variety than cloned cultivars.

5. Do not remove native plants from the wild.
Taking native plants from the wild depletes native populations.

6. Practice responsible landscaping techniques.
The first rule of responsible landscaping is to plant the right plants in the right environment. Never introduce invasive plants to your landscape that will aggressively spread off your
property and invade native plant communities.

It’s up to all of us to keep our waterways clean and healthy. Native plants bring benefits to land and water resources, wildlife and people and you can have them in your own yard!

Well-established native plants control erosion by holding the soil with their roots. They reduce flooding by slowing runoff. Trees, shrubs and groundcovers clean water by filtering out sediment and pollutants before they reach lakes and streams. Fish and wildlife depend on native plants for food, shelter and cover.

A naturally cared for native landscape is healthy for kids, pets and our environment. Your yard makes a difference!

Ten Reasons To Use Native Plants
1. They do not need pesticides or fertilizers and that is better for kids and pets.
2. They need less water and that saves money and resources.
3. Use them instead of grass and spend less time moving, raking and watering.
4. Attract wildlife, birds and butterflies.
5. Great for creating drought-tolerant yards.
6. Less expensive than non-native plants.
7. Help control erosion and reduce runoff, keeping pollutants out of our waterways.
8. Survive better than many ornamental plants.
9. Reduce problems with weed species.
10. Make your yard a true, natural habitat.

Broadleaf Evergreens
Ilex glabra (Inkberry Holly) ‘Gold Mine’ ‘Shamrock’
Kalmia latifolia (Mountain Laurel) ‘Elf’ ‘Little Linda’ ‘Minuet’ ‘Peppermint’
Leucothoe fontanesiana (Drooping Leucothoe) ‘Rainbow’ ‘Scarletta’
Mahonia aquifolium (Oregon Grape Holly) ‘Compacta’
Prunus laurocerasus (Cherry Laurel) ‘Otto Luken’

Needled Evergreens
Chamaecyparis nootka (Alaska Cedar) ‘Glauca Pendula’ ‘Green Arrow’ ‘Pendula’
Cupressus arizona (Arizona Cypress) ‘Blue Ice’
Juniperus communis (Common Juniper) ‘Compresa’ ‘Gold Cone’ ‘Golden Totem Pole’
Juniperus horizontalis (Creeping Juniper) ‘Bue Rug’ ‘Limeglow’ ‘Mother Lode’
Juniperus scopulorum (Rock Mt. Juniper) ‘Sky Rocket’ ‘Wichita Blue’
Picea glauca (White Spruce) ‘Conica’ ‘Jeans Dilly’ ‘Rainbows End’
Picea pungens (Colorado Spruce) ‘Globe’ ‘R.H. Montgomery’
Pinus strobes (White Pine) ‘Blue Shag’ ‘Soft Touch’
Thuja occientalis (Eastern Aborative) ‘Degroots Spire’ ‘Emerald Green’ ‘Golden Globe’
‘Hetz Midget’ ‘Holmstrup’ ‘Little Giant’ ‘Mr. Bowling Ball’ ‘Rheingold’ ‘Rockwood Gold’
‘Teddy’ ‘Umbraculifera’
Thuja plicata (Giant Aborative) ‘Greenn Giant’
Tsuga canadensis (Canadian Hemlock) ‘Jeddeloh’ ‘Pendula’ ‘Stockman’s Dwarf’

Deciduous Shrubs
Acer parviflora (Bottlebrush Buckeye)
Amelachier alnifolia (Saskatoon Serviceberry0) ‘Regent’
Aronia arbutifolia (Red Chokeberry) ‘Brilliantissima’
Aronia melanocarpa (Black Chokeberry) ‘Autumn Magic’ ‘iroquois Beauty’
Calycanthus floridus (Sweetshrub) ‘Athens’
Carpinus betulus (Common hornbean) ‘Fastigiata’
Ceanothus x pallidus (New Jersey Tea) ‘Marie Simon’
Clethra alnifolia (Summersweet) ‘Hummingbird’ ‘Ruby Spice’ ‘Sixteen Candles’
Cornus sericea (Redosier Dogwood) ‘Arctic Fire’ ‘Baileyi’ ‘Cardinal’
Fothergilla gardenii (Dwarf fothergilla) ‘Blue Mist’ ‘Blue Shadow’
Fothergilla major (Large Fothergilla) ‘Mt. Airy’
Hamamelis vernalis (Vernal Witchhazel)
Hamamelis virginiana (Common Witchhazel)
Hydrangea aborescens (Smooth Hydrangea) ‘Annabelle’
Hydrangea quercifolia (Oakleaf Hydrangea) ‘Alice’ ‘Amethyst’ ‘Little Honey’ ‘Pee Wee’
‘Sikes Dwarf’ ‘Snow Queen’ ‘Snowflake’
Hypericum frondosum (Golden St. Johnswort) ‘Sunburst’
Hypericum kalmianum (Kalm’s St. Johnswort) ‘Ames’ ‘Blue Velvet’
Ilex verticillata (Winterberry) ‘Berry Heavy’ ‘Berry Nice’ ‘Jim Dandy’ ‘Red Sprite’ ‘Southern
Gentleman’ ‘Winter Red’ ‘Winter Red/Jim Dandy Combo’
Itea virginica (Virginia Sweetspire) ‘Henry’s Garnet’ ‘Little Henry’
Lindera benzoin (Spicebush)
Myrica penslyanica (Northern Bayberry)
Philadelphus (Snow Dwarf Mock Orange) ‘Snow Dwarf’
Physocarpus opulifolius (Common Ninebark) ‘Diablo’ ‘Summer Wine’
Potentilla fruticosa (Bush Cinquifoil) ‘Abbotswood’ ‘Goldfinger’ ;Mango Tango’ ‘Pink Beauty’
‘Primrose Beauty’
Prunus pumila var. depressa (Dwarf Sand Cherry) ‘Gus Mehiquist’
Rhus typhina (Staghorn Sumac) ‘Tiger Eyes’
Viburnum dentatum (Arrowhead viburnum) ‘Blue Muffin’ ‘Chicago Lustre’
Viburnum nudum (Smooth Witherod) ‘Brandywine’ ‘Winterthur’
Viburnum trilobum (American Cranberry Viburnum) ‘Alfredo’ ‘Redwing’

Acer rubrum (Red Maple) ‘Burgundy Bell’ ‘Red Sunset’ ‘Sun Valley’
Acer saccharum (Sugar Maple) ‘Green Mountain’
Amelanchier x grandiflora (Serviceberry, Juneberry) ‘Autumn Brilliance’
Betula nigra (River Birch) ‘Fox Valley’ ‘Heritage’
Carpinus betulus (Common hornbean) ‘Fastigiata’
Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud) ‘Ace of Hearts’ ‘Alba’ ‘Appalachian Red’ ‘Flame’ ‘Forest
Pansy’ ‘Lavender Twist’ ‘Little Woody’
Cornus florida (Flowering Dogwood) ‘Cherokee Brave’ ‘Cherokee Princess’
Crataegus viridis *Green Hawthorn) ‘Winter King’
Gledistia triacanthos (Honeylocust) ‘Skyline’ ‘Sunburst’
Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweet Gum) ‘Burgundy Blush’
Magnolia grandiflora (Southern Magnolia) ‘Edith Bogue’ ‘Little Gem
Magnolia virginiana (Sweetbay Magnolia) ‘Henry Hicks’
Malus (Crabapple) ‘Adirondack’ ‘Camelot’ ‘Candie Apple’ ‘Donald Syman’ ‘Louisa’ ‘Prairie Fire’
Nyssa sylvanica (Black gum tree or Tupelo) ‘Wildfire’
Populus tremuloides (Quaking Aspen)
Oxydendrum arboretum (Sourwood)
Quercus palustris (Pin Oak)
Quercus phellos (Willow Oak)
Quercus rubra (Red Oak)

Aristolochia durior (Dutchman’s Pipe)
Campus radicans (Trumpet Vine) ‘Flamenco’ ‘Flava’ ‘Summer Snowfall’
Celastrus scandens (American Bittersweet(
Gelsemium sempervirens (Jasamine) ‘Margarita’
Wisteria frutescens (American wisteria) ‘Amethyst Falls’

Adiantum pedatum (Northern maiden fern) ‘Imbricatum’
Agastache (Hyssop, Licorice Mint) ‘Apricot Sunrise’ ‘Pink Panther’
Agastache rupestris (Rock Annie Hyssop)
Agastache pallida x A. mexicana (Agastache hybrid) ‘Tutti Fruitti’
Amsonia hubrichtii (Narrow leaf blue star flower)
Amsonia tabernaemontana (Eastern blue star flower) ‘Blue Ice’ ‘Blue Star’
Aquilegia caerula (Rocky Mountain columbine) ‘Red Hobbit’
Aquilegia canadesis (Canadian columbine) ‘Canyon Vista’ ‘Corbett’ ‘Little Lanterns’
Aquilegia chysantha (Texan columbine) ‘Yellow Queen’
Arisaema dracontium (Green dragon)
Arisaema triphyllum (Common Jack or Indian Turnip)
Asarum canadense (Canadian Wild Ginger)
Asarum shuttleworthii (Shuttleworth’s Ginger) ‘Fallowway’
Asclepia incarnata (Samp Milkweed) ‘Ice Ballet’
Asclepias tuberosa (Butterflyweed) ‘Gay Butterflies’ ‘Hello Yellow’
Aster divaricatus (White wood aster)
Aster lateriflorus (Calico aster) ‘Lady in Black’
Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster) ‘Alma Potschke’ ‘Fanny’s Aster’ ‘Hella Lacy’
‘Purple Dome’
Aster novae-belgii (New York Aster) ‘Sapphire’ ‘Snow Flurry’ ‘Winston Churchill’
Aster oblongifolius (aromatic Aster) ‘Raydon’s Favorite’
Athyrium felix femina (Lady Fern) ‘Veronia Cristata’ ‘Victoriae’
Baptisia ‘Carolina Monlight’ ‘Purple Smoke’
Baptisia alba (White Indigo)
Baptisia australis (False Indigo)
Baptisia leucantha (Prairie False Indigo)
Baptisia sphaerocarpa (Yellow Indogo)
Boltonia asteroides (Bolton’s Aster) ‘Jim Crockett’ ‘Pink Beauty’ ‘Snow Bank’
Boltonia asteroides var. latisquam ‘Nana’
Callirhoe involucrate (Common wine cup)
Campanula rotundifolia (Common Harebell) ‘Olympia’ ‘Thumbell’
Centaurea (Bachelor’s Button)
Chelone glabra (Turtlehead)
Chelone lyonii (Pink Turtlehead) ‘Hot Lips’
Chrysogonum virginianum (Golden Star) ‘Allen Bush’ ‘Pierre’
Coreopsis auriculata (Mouse-ear Tickseed) ‘Nana’ ‘Zampfir’
Coreopsis grandiflora (Common Tickseed) ‘Baby Sun’ ‘Domino’ ‘Early Sunrise’ ‘Heliot’
‘Santa Fe’ ‘Sundancer’ ‘Sunburst’ ‘Sunray’ ‘Goldfink’
Coreopsis rosea (Rose Tickseed) ‘American Dream’ ‘Limerock Passion’ ‘Limerock Ruby’
‘Sweet Dreams’
Coreopsis tinctoria (Tall Tickseed)
Coreopsis verticillata (Thread Leaf Coreopsis) ‘Creme Brulee’ ‘Golden Gain’ ‘Golden Showers’ ‘Moonbean’ ‘Zagreb’
Corydalis sempervirens (Rock Harlequin)
Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman’s Breeches)
Dicentra eximia (Fringed Bleeding Heart) ‘Adrian Bloom’ ‘Aurora’ ‘Candy Hearts’ ‘ Dragon
Heart’ ‘Ivory Hearts’ ‘King of Hearts’ ‘Luxuriant’ ‘Snowdrift’ ‘Snowflake’ ‘Zestful’
Dodecatheon meadia (Shooting Star(
Dryopteris felix-mas (Male Fern) ‘Barnesii’ ‘Cristata Martindale’ ‘Linearis Polydactylon’
Dryopteris goldiana (Goldie’s Fern)
Echinacea pallida (Pale Coneflower)
Echinacea paradoxa (Yellow Coneflower)
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Conelfower) ‘Coconut Lime’ ‘ Fragrant Angel’ ‘Indiaca’ ‘Kim’s
Knee High’ ‘Kim’s Mop Head’ ‘Magnus’ ‘Pink Double Delight’ ‘Pink Shuttles’
‘Razzamatazz’ ‘Rubin’s Glow’ ‘Ruby Giant’ ‘Sparkler’ ‘White Swan’
Eupatorium fistulosum (Hollow Joe-Pye Weed) ‘Bartered Bride’ ‘Little Joe’
Eupatorium perfoliatum (Boneset(
Eupatorium rugosum (White Snakeroot) ‘Chocolate’
Filipendula rubra (Queen of the Prairie) ‘Venusta Magnifica’
Gaillardia grandiflora (Blanket Flower) ‘Arizona Sun’ ‘Baby Cone’ ‘Burgundy’ ‘Goblin’
‘Golden Goblin’ ‘Mandarin’ ‘Summer’s Kiss’ ‘Torchlight’
Geranium maculatum (Cranesbill) ‘Elizabeth Ann’
Helenium autumnale (Dog Tooth Daisy) ‘Coppelia’ ‘Feursiegel’ ‘Morheim Beauty’
‘Red-Gold Hybrids’ ‘Wyndley’
Helianthus angustifolius (Swamp Sunflower) ‘Gold Lace’
Heliopsis helianthoides (False Sunflower) ‘Asahi’ ‘Ballerina’ ‘Prairie Sunset’ ‘Summer Nights’
‘Summer Sun’ ‘Tuscan Sun’
Hepatica acutiloba (Liver Leaf)
Heuchera americana (Coral Bells) ‘Green Spice’ ‘Petite Pearl Fairy’
Heuchera villosa (Hairy Alumroot) ‘Autumn Bride’ ‘Bronze Wave’ ‘Brownies’ ‘Caramel’
‘Citronelle’ ‘Mocha’
Iris cristata (Crested Iris) ‘Alba’ ‘Eco Bluebird’ ‘Powder Blue Giant’
Iris louisiana (Louisana Iris) ‘Ann Chowning’ ‘Black Gamecock’ ‘Clorific’ ‘Full Eclipse’
‘Pegalletta’ ‘Sea Wisp’
Lobelia cardinals (Cardinal Flowers) ‘Queen Victoria’
Lobelia siphilitica (Giant Blue Lobelia)
Mertensia virginica (Virginia Blue Bells)
Monarda didyma (Common Bee Balm) ‘Aquarius’ ‘Blue Stocking’ ‘Clare Grace’ ‘Colrain Red’
‘Dark Ponticum’ ‘Fire Ball’ ‘Grand Marshall’ and many more
Oenothera fruticosa (Common Sundrops)
Osmunda cinnamomea (Cinnamon Fern)
Osmunda regalis (Royal Fern)
Panisum virgatum (Switch Grass)
Penstemon digitalis (Smooth White Penstemon) ‘Husker Red’
Phlox divaricata (Woodland Phlox) ‘Blue Elf’ ‘Charles Ricardo’ ‘Loamphamii’ ‘London Grove
Blue’ ‘Clouds of Perfume’ ‘ May Breeze’ ‘Montrose Bicolor’ and many more
Phlox manculata (Spotted Phlox) ‘Flower Power’ ‘Natasha’
Phlox paniculata (Summer Phlox) ‘Baby Face’ ‘Becky Towe’ ‘Blue Boy’ ‘Blue Paradise’
and many more
Phlox stolonifera (Creeping Phlox) ‘Blue Ridge’ ‘Bruce’s White’ ‘Home Fires’ ‘Pink Ridge’
‘Sherwood Purple’
Phlox subulata (Moss Phlox) ‘Autropupurea’ ‘Candy Stripe’ ‘Coral Eyes’ ‘Crimson Beauty’
‘Emerald Blue’ ‘Foot Hill’ ‘Snow Flake’ ‘White Delight’ and more
Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant) ‘Miss Manners’ ‘Olympic Gold’ ‘Vivid’ ‘Variegata’
Podophyllum peltatum (May Apple)
Polygonatum biflorum (Small Solomen’s Seal)
Ratibida columnifera (Prairie Cornflower) ‘Red’ ‘Yellow’
Rudbeckia fulgida (Orange Coneflower) ‘Goldstrum’ ‘Viette’s Little Suzy’
Rudbeckia subtomentosa (Sweet Coneflower) ‘Henry Eilers’
Rudbeckia maxima (Great Coneflower)
Sisyrinchium angusfolium (Common Blue-Eyed Grass) ‘Lucerne’
Smilacina racemosa (False Solomen’s Seal)
Solidago rugosa (Showy Goldenrod) Fireworks’
Solidage sphacelata (Autumn Goldenrod) ‘Golden Fleece’
Spigelia marilandica (Indian Pink)
Spiranthes odorata (Nodding Lady’s Tresses)
Stokesia laevis (Stokes Aster) ‘Blue Danube’ ‘Mary Gregory’ ‘Omega Sky Rocket’ ‘Peaches
Pink’ ‘Silver Moon’
Termopsis caroliniana (Carolina Lupine)
Tiarella cordifolia (Allegheny foamflower) ‘Black Snow Flake’ ‘Collina’ ‘Dark Star’ ‘Neon Lights’
‘Oak Leaf’ and many more
Tradescentia virginiana (Virginia Spiderwort) ‘Caerulea Plena’
Trillium erectum (Stinking Benjamin)
Trillium grandiflorum (Great White Trillium)
Trillium luteum (Yellow Trillium)
Verbena Canadensis (Rose Verbena) ‘Homestead Purple’ ‘Sissinghurst’ ‘Taylortown Red’
Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s Root) ‘Alba’ ‘Apollo’ ‘Lavender Towers’ ‘Pink Glow’
Viola labradorica (Violet)
Viola pedata (Birds Foot Violet) ‘Eco Artist Palette’
Yucca filamentosa (Adam’s Needle) ‘Bright Edge’ ‘Color Guard’ ‘Golden Sword’