2014 NEW Plants!!

Fruits & Vegetables

 

First Editions® Sweet Cherry Pie™ Cherry

 Sweet Cherry Pie Cherry Prunus ‘Eubank’.  PPAF.  Sweet Cherry Pie™ First Editions® Eubank Cherry.  From Wisconsin orchardist Bill Eubank, this new sour pie cherry has the sweetest tasting cherries we’ve ever sampled, and although not quite for fresh eating like a Bing, they are fantastic for jams, jellies and pies.  A great tree for the home orchard or commercial orchard.

Full sun

Zone 3-7

H 15′

 

Chipman’s Red Rhubarb

 Chipman's Rhubarb Rheum ‘Chipman’s Canada Red’.  Large stalks, yields 4 – 12 lbs. per crown. Color won’t fade during cooking. Sweetest of all, needs less sugar when baking than others. Harvest well into fall, seldom goes to seed. Rhubarb is a long lived perennial. Dependable producers of red stalks. Simmer, boil or bake. Perfect for preserves. Takes 2 years before ready to harvest.  Leaves of rhubarb are poisonous.

Sun

Zone 3-8

H 2-3′

 

Perennials

 

Charme Anthemis

 Charme Anthemis Anthemis tinctoria ‘Charme’.  PP15,200.  Charming, 1 inch wide, bright yellow flowers appear in early summer and may continue to rebloom until early fall if deadheaded.  The finely cut, feathery foliage forms a tight, symmetrical mound that is attractive even when the plant is not in bloom. Use it for mass planting or in containers.

Sun

Zone 3-9

H 12-16″

 

Sun King Aralia

 Sun King Aralia Aralia cordata ‘Sun King’.  Looking for something uniquely different for shade? Try this tropical-looking golden beauty with large compound leaves that measure up to 3 feet long!  An excellent complement to hostas and woodland perennials, ‘Sun King’ emerges mid-spring with bright gold leaves held on nicely contrasting reddish brown stems.  If given at least a few hours of sun a day, the foliage will remain yellow all summer. In heavier shade, the foliage ranges from chartreuse to lime green.  This plant quickly forms a large clump of foliage which amazingly resists deer browsing.  It reportedly grows just three feet tall and wide, though many plantsmen believe it will grow larger over time.  In mid to late summer, interesting racemes of tiny white flowers are produced followed by deep purplish black, inedible berries.  Like most Aralias, the flowers attract honeybees.

Part shade

Zone 3-9

H 3′

 

Amber Moon Astilbe

 Amber Moon Astilbe Astilbe chinensis ‘Amber Moon’.  PPAF.  This Astilbe is useful for brightening up the shade garden as well as providing beautiful long-stemmed flowers for fresh and dried bouquets.  The foliage emerges bright chartreuse yellow in spring with a tinge of red pigment in the newest leaves.  It provides a bright spot of color and lacy texture to the shade garden in spring and then greens up a bit by late summer.  Very tall, strong, blush red stems carry rose pink flower panicles in midsummer.

Part shade

Zone 4-9

H 34-38″

 

Color Flash Astilbe

 Color Flash Astilbe Astilbe x arendsii ‘Astdev’.  PP17,343.  Ablaze with color all season long, Color Flash creates a mound of foliage that first emerges green, but then matures with striking shades of burgundy, purple and green, making it a colorful foliage plant throughout the growing season.  The pink plumes sparkle against the brilliant foliage in early summer.  Great for semishade gardens, mixed with other perennials, whether in mass or singly.

Partial shade

Zone 4-9

H 10-12″, W 15-18″

 

Look at Me Astilbe

 Look At Me Astilbe Astilbe chinensis ‘Look at Me’.  PPAF.  ‘Look at Me’ was bred to reach a top height of just 15 to 17 inches tall, but even that close to the ground, it is sure to capture attention.  Because of its disciplined growth habit, ‘Look at Me’ spends all its energy on blooms, creating huge plumes of creamy pink flowers that bloom in succession on dramatic red stems.  The blooms come on in early- to midsummer, adding a gorgeous raspberry-pink accent to the front of a shady border or any sheltered bed or container.  The massed effect is stunning; use ‘Look at Me’ as a groundcover in shady spots or as a cluster in the woodland garden.  And of course the splendid foliage is a welcome addition to the vase!

Partial shade

Zone 3-8

H 16″

 

Presto Coreopsis

 Presto Coreopsis Coreopsis grandiflora ‘Presto’.  (Tickseed).  This award winning coreopsis has the unique combination of a dwarf habit and large flowers.  It looks fabulous in containers and also works well as a bedding plant or as edging.  From early through late summer, a plethora of 2 inch diameter, golden yellow, semi-double to double flowers are produced atop compact, rounded mounds of dark green foliage.  This is a very showy perennial!  Coreopsis is easy to grow, making it a good choice for beginners.  One plant will provide you with long-lasting cut flower bouquets all summer long.

Full sun

Zone 4-9

H 6-8″

 

New Millennium Dwarf Stars Delphinium

 New Millenium Dwarf Stars Delphinium Delphinium New Millennium™ ‘Dwarf Stars’If you love the look of traditionally tall Delphiniums but they’re just too tall for your use, you’re in luck!  From the breeder of the New Millennium Hybrids comes a brand new series of truly dwarf Delphiniums that have all the beautiful characteristics of their taller cousins except their height!  Topping out under 2 ½ feet tall, these new dwarf Delphiniums never need staking and won’t fall over in their pots.  They can be grown near the front to middle of the border and work better in windy sites than taller varieties.  This new series will be sold in single color strains in future years.  In its first year of introduction, we are offering this mixed color strain of ‘Dwarf Stars’ which includes a variety of purple, blue, mauve, pink, lilac, and cream colored flowers.  Some have contrasting central bees and others are solid in color.  All share a bushy, well-branched habit and strong flower stems.

Full sun or light shade

Zone 3-7

H 18-30″

 

Magnus Superior Coneflower

 Magnus Superior Coneflower Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus Superior’.  A new and improved version of the highly popular cultivar ‘Magnus’, this cultivar has deeper lavender pink blossoms, darker stem color and larger coppery orange cones.  Consistent growth habit.  Blooms in mid summer, and if deadheaded, will bloom well into autumn.  Excellent variety for rain gardens.

Full sun

Zone 3-8

H 40″, W 18″

 

Fluffy Ruffles Lenten Rose

 Fluffy Ruffles Lenten Rose Helleborus ‘Fluffy Ruffles Mix’.  This premium double hellebore mix includes only the very best hand pollinated flowers produced from carefully collected seed which is custom blended by the breeder himself.  Because of his meticulous work, 99% of the flowers produced by the plants in this mix are double—a tremendous improvement in hellebore breeding.  This strain of extra vigorous, 2 ½-3” large flowered cultivars includes in a broad spectrum of flower colors including red, black, green, pink, yellow, and white.  They typically bloom for about 12 weeks and the flowers look fresh long after they are spent, greatly expanding their shelf life and season of interest in the landscape.  Mature four year old plants typically bear 40-60 flowers per season in early through mid-spring.  Hellebores are the harbingers of spring, blooming for six weeks or more beginning in late winter.  They are often flowering during the Christian season of Lent, from which they get their common name, Lenten Rose.  This is the perfect plant for naturalizing in moist, woodland areas where its extensive root system will spread as far as it is allowed.

Partial shade to full shade

Zone 4-9

H 18-22″

 

Fire King Daylily

 Fire King Daylily Hemerocallis ‘Fire King’.  A dramatic improvement over older orange daylilies.  A profusion of brilliant orange flowers with heavily ruffled petals, a slightly darker red-orange halo, and a yellow-orange throat are produced atop strong, straight, well-branced, heavily budded scapes.

Full sun to partial shade

Zone 3-9

H 30″

 

Inwood Daylily

 Inwood Daylily Hemerocallis ‘Inwood’.  Huge, Very pale peachy yellow (almost cream) flowers with a sharply contrasting plum purple eye and matching picotee edge on the petals.  Yellow-green throat.  Slightly fragrant.  Heavily budded scapes.

Full sun to partial shade

Zone 3-9

H 30″

 

Pandora’s Box Daylily

 Pandora's Box Daylily Hemerocallis ‘Pandora’s Box’.  This elegant, fragrant daylily grows vigorously to produce loads of cream flowers with prominent cranberry purple eye, emerald green throat, and beautifully ruffled petals.  Color is completely sunfast.  Blossoms open well after cool nights.

Full sun to partial shade

Zone 3-9

H 24″

 

Primal Scream Daylily

 Primal Scream Daylily Hemerocallis ‘Primal Scream’.  One of the most sought-after daylilies available today; winner of the 2003 Stout Medal (the highest honor a daylily can receive). If you’re looking for the WOW! factor in daylilies, you’ve found it here with ‘Primal Scream’. Nothing comes close to the spectacular 7 1/2-8 1/2 inch, glimmering tangerine orange, gold dusted blossoms and green throat of this selection. Officially classified as “unusual form”, the tepals are narrow, twisted, and recurved with loosely ruffled edges. These gigantic blossoms are presented in late midsummer on tall, graceful, willowy scapes above the attractive arching foliage. With such a distinctive presence, ‘Primal Scream’ is sure to steal the show in the garden when it’s in bloom.

Sun

Zone 3-9

H 34″

 

Siloam Peony Display Daylily

 Siloam Peony Display Daylily Hemerocallis ‘Siloam Peony Display’.  Pity the poor Daylily that wants to be a Peony … or perhaps pity the Peonies that cannot possibly be as beautiful as this spectacular double-flowered, reblooming, extended-day, multicolored Daylily!  Siloam Peony Display is simply eye popping, and we recommend you find a place of honor for it immediately!  These flowers are fully 6 inches wide and nearly as “tall,” with ruffled blooms combining soft shades of red, rose, pink, peach, and gold.  The highlighted, shimmery overlay they boast is called “diamond dusting,” and you can really see why it’s such a prized feature.  Siloam Peony Display is simply brighter and fuller than most other Daylilies, hands down!  The blooms begin in midsummer and put on a very heavy show for many weeks, then repeat into early autumn.  And unlike traditional Daylilies that, true to their name, just bloom for a day, Siloam Peony Display is one of those lucky varieties that gets to jump and gun and open the night before its day of glory!  With this in mind, you might consider planting it near the patio or other entertainment area in the garden, so that guests can enjoy its newly-opened blooms!  Truth is, Siloam Peony Display has a lovely rosy-pink eyezone, but who can find it under all those petals?!

Full sun to partial shade

Zone 3-9

H 18″

 

Christa Coral Bells

 Christa Coral Bells Heuchera villosa ‘Christa’.  PP20,764.  Distinguished from ‘Carmel’ by its stronger orange coloring and smaller habit.  New leaves are rose purple with a peach underlay.  Peachy orange color dominates with maturity.  Pink flowers.

Partial shade to full shade

Zone 4-9

H 8-10′

 

Citronelle Coral Bells

 Citronelle Coral Bells Heuchera ‘Citronelle’.  PP17,934.  This sport of H. ‘Carmel’ has bright lemon-yellow foliage with silvered undersides.  Performs better with a little more shade than the dark-leaved varieties.  Small, creamy white bell flowers mid to late summer.  Nice compact habit.

Full shade to partial shade

Zone 4-9

H 10-12″, W 9-18″

 

 

DOLCE® Blackberry Ice Coral Bells

 DOLCE Blackberry Ice Coral Bells Heuchera DOLCE® ‘Blackberry Ice’.  PPAF.  This vigorous grower forms a robust clump of remarkably iridescent purple leaves with black veining.  Foliage develops a luminescent pewter overlay in summer.  Produces cream flowers on reddish scapes.

Shade to part shade

Zone 4-9

H 10-12″, W 20-26″

 

DOLCE® Cinnamon Curls™ Coral Bells

 DOLCE Cinnamon Curls Coral bells Heuchera DOLCE® ‘Inheuredfu’.  (Cinnamon Curls™).  PPAF.  This classy selection forms a tidy, compact mound of glossy, ruffled leaves in a blend of coppery orange, red, and purple tones.  Spring color is fiery orange-red.  Grown for its beautiful foliage; insignificant flowers.

Shade to part shade

Zone 4-9

H 8-12″, W 18″

 

Magnum Coral Bells

 Magnum Coral Bells Heuchera villosa ‘Magnum’.  PPAF.  Villosa hybrid with absolutely huge foliage, large deep burgundy-red 8-10″ leaves with darker veins and a light silver overlay, white flowers mid summer, this one will impress.

Sun to shade

Zone 4-9

H 10-12″

 

MARVELOUS MARBLE Coral Bells

 MARVELOUS MARBLE Coral Bells Heuchera americana ‘Marvelous Marble™’.  This economical selection is one of the first seen Heucheras that changes color through the seasons.  In spring, the new foliage emerges purple.  Through the seasons, the foliage matures to deep green with prominent reddish purple veining and a light silver overlay.  The flower stems are quite short, bearing creamy white flowers a bit earlier than is typical for Heucheras.

Partial shade

Zone 4-9

H 8-12″

 

Sweet Tea Foamy Bells

 Sweet Tea Foamy Bells Heucherella ‘Sweet Tea’.  PP21,296.  ‘Sweet Tea’ forms a clump of large, dissected foliage in a very unique shade of orange.  The spring foliage is a delicious shade of apricot orange with a burgundy center blotch, and as the weather warms up the foliage darkens in color.  Coppery orange, russet, and cinnamon tones dominate in summer.  Though small white flowers appear in late spring, this plant is really grown for its unique foliage color.  The special orange coloration of ‘Sweet Tea’ makes it a wonderful plant to complement the entryway of brick houses or containers on brick patios.

Partial shade

Zone 4-9

H 20″

 

Midnight Marvel Hibiscus

 Midnight Marvel Hibiscus Hibiscus ‘Midnight Marvel’.  PP24,079.  Absolutely stunning!  Combines the deep wine purple, maple-like foliage of ‘Summer Storm’ and the scarlet red, 8-9″ flowers of ‘Cranberry Crush’.  Relatively compact habit; intermediate in size between its parents.  Indeterminate bloomer; very long flowering selection.

Full sun

Zone 4-9

H 4′

 

Banana Cream Shasta Daisy

 Banana Cream Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum superbum ‘Banana Cream’.  PP23,181.  Huge 4-5″ flowers open lemon yellow, brightening to light butter yellow and finally to creamy white as they mature.  Buds are produced at each axillary shoot, ensuring a long season of bloom.  Vigorous grower with excellent disease resistant, compact, dark green foliage.

Full sun

Zone 5-9

H 15-18″

 

Little Rocket Ligularia

 Little Rocket Ligularia Ligularia stenocephala ‘Lanternchen’.  PP14,621.  A Future Plants® introduction from Marco Fransen of the Netherlands.  This is a dwarf variety of Ligularia, reaching a height of only 20″.  Because it is a tetraploid, the flowers are truly substantial with dark buds opening to bright yellow flowers in midsummer.  Best grown in cool, moist locations in part shade, like the edge of a pond.

Partial shade

Zone 4-9

H 20″, W 18-24″

 

Osiris Cafe Noir Ligularia

 Osiris Cafe Noir Ligularia Ligularia stenocephala ‘Osiris Cafe Noir’.  PP21,351.  A new member of the “Osiris” series of Ligularia, this interesting selection emerges very deep purple-black, then transitions through shades of bronze before maturing to olive green.  Like ‘Osiris Fantaisie’, the leaves of this variety are similarly thick and leathery with serrated margins.  Yellow flowers are produced on 20″ stems in mid to late summer.

Full sun

Zone 4-9

H 20-24″

 

Tutti Frutti™ Lupine

 Tutti Frutti Lupine Lupinus ‘Tutti Frutti™’.  Tutti Frutti is a luscious confection of color combos, including midnight purple and magenta, persimmon and gold, butter and cream, pink and primrose, two-tone pink, purple with coral — the permutations are almost endless!  They need well-drained soil, but are not fussy about its type, thriving even in loose, sandy soils that many plants find unfriendly. The blooms begin in early summer and continue through July, absolutely breathtaking on spikes up to 2 feet long. In the garden, this mix makes a fine backdrop.

Full sun or light shade

Zone 4-8

H 36-40″

 

Orange Gnome Lychnis

 Orange Gnome Lychnis Lychnis arkwrightii ‘Orange Gnome’.  Brilliant, orange-scarlet flowers measuring 1.5 inches across are produced in abundance beginning in early summer and lasting nearly 8 weeks. The foliage is nearly as pretty as the flowers, having a purplish-bronze cast over the naturally dark green leaves. The contrast is dazzling!  After flowering, the swollen seed pods provide additional interest to extend the season.

Full sun

Zone 3-9

H 12-15″

 

Little Titch Catmint

 Little Titch Catmint Nepeta racemosa ‘Little Titch’.  The smallest Nepeta yet.  Forms the classic mound of gray-green foliage and will bloom much of the summer with purplish-blue flowers.  Great size for front of the border, edging, or rock gardens.  Fragrant foliage, both drought and seaside tolerant.  Discovered at Four Seasons Perennials in Great Britain.

Full sun to part shade

Zone 4-8

H 8-10″, W 12-15″

 

Hanadaijin Tree Peony

 Hanadaijin Tree Peony Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Hanadaijin’.  Large, semi-double to double, rosy purple blooms grace this old Japanese tree peony selection midseason.

Sun

Zone 3-8

H 36″

 

Kinkaku Tree Peony

 Kinkaku  Tree Peony Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Kinkaku’.  Kinkaku (or “Golden Temple of Nara”) is a beautiful Japanese Tree Peony.  This wonderful Tree Peony, like all Tree Peonies, is stunning in full bloom.  It has huge, deep-yellow blossoms that can be up to 8-inches or more across!  They bloom in late spring to early summer for 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the weather.

Sun

Zone 3-8

H 36″

 

Kokuryunishiki Tree Peony

 Kokuryunishiki Tree Peony Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Kokuryunishiki’.  One if the most amazing of all tree peonies.  Every single flower is unique, randomly and irregularly striped white and purple.  It has to be seen to be believed! Slightly slower growing than some of the other cultivars, but well worth the wait for the spectacular blooms!  Large semi-double reddish purple flowers with pinkish flames.

Sun

Zone 3-8

H 38″

 

Meikouhou Tree Peony

 Meikouhou Tree Peony Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Meikouhou’.  “Treasure of Emperor”. Double white petals have a slight cranberry tinge at the very center. A mustard-yellow center. 

Sun

Zone 3-8

H 36″

 

Taiyo Tree Peony

 Taiyo Tree Peony Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Taiyo’.  Taiyo or “The Sun” is a Japanese Tree Peony with large, dark-red blossoms.  The wavy or ruffled petals look and feel like satin, and appear in a semi-double form.  This beautiful Tree Peony, like all Tree Peonies, is stunning in full bloom.  Tree Peonies bloom in late spring to early summer for 2 to 3 weeks, depending on the weather.

Sun

Zone 3-8

H 38″

 

Yachiyotsubaki Tree Peony

 Yachiyotsubaki Tree Peony Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Yachiyotsubaki’.  Yachiyo Tsubaki or Eternal Camellias.  One of the best of all tree peonies and ideal for a first foray into these beautiful plants. Large semi double flowers of bright coral pink with silky smooth petals. The foliage is a distinct smokey bronze and a perfect foil to the flowers. Vigorous and dependable, quickly forming an attractive garden shrub with year round interest. Even the winter stems are an attractive pinky red.

Sun

Zone 3-8

H 54″

 

Flamenco Dancer Poppy

 Flamenco Dancer Oriental Poppy Papaver orientalis ‘Flamenco Dancer’.  PP20,123.  Beautiful true red blossoms with fringed petals stand like torches in the bright sun of the late spring and early summer garden.  Measuring 4-6 inches across, even just a few blossoms have tremendous color impact.

Full sun

Zone 3-7

H 30″

 

Pacific Hybrids Primrose

 Pacific Hybrids Primrose Primula ‘Pacific Hybrids’.  Large flower size and clear, vibrant colors.  Flowers freely in a wide range of colors including yellow, maroon, lavender, white, pink, and blue-violet.  Most have large eyes of contrasting colors.

Partial shade to full shade

Zone 3-8

H 6-8″

 

Raspberry Splash Lungwort

 Raspberry Splash Pulmonaria Pulmonaria ‘Raspberry Splash’.  PP12,138.  This Pulmonaria has a somewhat upright growth habit, with sharply pointed silver marked foliage.  The small bell-shaped flowers arrive in May and are a raspberry coral color.  Excellent for use in the shade garden, mixed with hostas, ferns and astilbe.

Shade

Zone 4-9

H 12″, W 12-15″

 

Viette’s Little Suzy Rudbeckia

 Viette's Little Suzy Rudbeckia Rudbeckia speciosa ‘Viette’s Little Suzy’.  PP8,867.  ‘Viette’s Little Suzy is a compact, upright, free-blooming cone flower featuring yellow daisy-like flowers.  This dwarf Rudbeckia reaches only about half the height of ‘Goldsturm’.  Choose this easy-to-grow, compact variety for the border or containers.  It also makes a lovely cut flower.

Full sun

Zone 3-9

H 12-18″, W 18-24″

 

Sensation Deep Rose Salvia

 Sensation Deep Rose Salvia Salvia ‘Sensation Deep Rose Improved’.  PPAF.  One of the very best new Salvias we’ve trialed.  Brighter pink flowers and improved habit compared to ‘Sensation Rose’.  Forms a robust, compact clump of rugose, green foliage.  Extremely floriferous; bright pink flowers on dark purple stems.

Partial shade to full shade

Zone 3-8

H 6-8″

 

Pure Joy Sedum

 Pure Joy Sedum Sedum ‘Pure Joy’.  PPAF.  Forms a low mound of small, blue green, serrated leaves in spring.  Matures into a short, semi-upright clump of light green foliage which becomes completely covered by a dome of bubblegum pink flowers.  Perfect for edging and rock gardens.

Full sun

Zone 3-9

H 10-12″

 

Color Guard Yucca

 Color Guard Yucca Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’.  Sword-like bright creamy-yellow leaves with green edges radiate upward from a central crown.  Leaves are flushed with rose in fall and winter.  Sturdy stalks bear creamy-white flowers.

Full sun or light shade

Zone 4-10

H 2-3′

 

Ornamental Grasses

 

Blonde Ambition Grama Grass

 Blonde Ambition Grama Grass Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’.  PP22,048.  This stunning cultivar is larger than the species.  It creates an abundance of horizontal seed heads, which resemble elegant, petite flags.  They emerge chartreuse and transform to blonde and hover above thin, blue-green, 2′ stems.

Sun

Zone 4-9

H 1′, 2.5-3′ with blooms

 

Eldorado Feather Reed Grass

 Eldorado Feather Reed Grass Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Eldorado’.  PP16,486.  Has distinctive golden- and green-variegated foliage.  Stems retain a honey hue, but may fade in extreme heat.  Elongated inflorescences top off the stems and can reach 6′.  It shares characteristics of its parent, C. x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’.  A vigorous grower in well-drained soil, full or part sun.

Sun

Zone 4-8

H 3-5′

 

Variegated Feather Reed Grass

 Variegated Feather Reed Grass Calamagrostis x acutiflora ‘Overdam’.  A sport of C. x acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’ with creamy white and green variegation along the length of its leaves.  Will tolerate heat and humidity when planted in part shade, but prefers cool nights.  Clumping foliage reaches 18″; stems with airy seed heads tower 5-6′ above the mound.  Cut back at the end of winter for new growth and late spring flowering.

Sun

Zone 5-7

H 1.5′

 

Gold Fountains Carex

 Gold Fountains Carex Carex dolichostachya ‘Kaga Nishiki’.  Named for its flowing, arching shape and bright color.  leaves feature green centers surrounded by gold borders.  Useful as a ground cover in shade gardens in the South, yet hardy to zone 5.  if planted in sun, needs adequate moisture to look its best.

Sun or light shade

Zone 5-9

H 1′

 

Ice Dance Sedge

 Ice Dance Sedge Carex morrowii ‘Ice Dance’.  This popular substitution for Hosta grows in an arching shape to 12″.  Spreads slowly by rhizomes;  suitable as ground cover.  Enlivens shady areas with vivid deep-green centers and white margins on half-inch-wide leaves.  Evergreen in mild climates.  Will take sun in cooler climates.  Does best in rich, moist soil.

Shade to part shade

Zone 5-8

H 1′

 

Variegated Palm Sedge

 Variegated Palm Sedge Carex muskinumensis ‘Oehme’.  Subtle yellow variegation and an upright palm-like habit make it irresistible in shade or part shade.  Breezy, open habit is reminiscent of bamboo.  A great container or landscape plant; provides upright structure and textural interest when combined with other perennials and annuals.  Can tolerate sun with moist soil and grows about 18″.

Shade to part shade

Zone 5-9

H 1.5′

 

Striped Broad-leafed Sedge

 Striped Broad-leafed Sedge Carex siderosticha ‘Variegata’.  This moist-loving sedge is an alternative to Hosta.  Each distinctive, tapering, green, 1.25″ wide leaf has a bright, white border.  Grows in a 10″ clump.  Spreads very slowly by rhizomes, making it a good ground cover candidate.  It is not evergreen and should be cut back during dormancy.

Shade

Zone 5-8

H 8″

 

All Gold Hakone Grass

 All Gold Hakone Grass Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’.  Brightens landscapes with its gilded-yellow foliage and mounding, cascading habit.  Lovely in containers.  Handles sun in cool moist climates; requires shade in hot, dry environments.  Spreads slowly by rhizomes to form a ground cover.  Prefers rich, organic, well-drained soil.

Sun

Zone 4-7

H 1.5′-2′

 

Huron Sunrise Maiden Grass

 Huron Sunrise Maiden Grass Miscanthus sinensis ‘Huron Sunrise’.  Well-loved for its profuse plumes.  Copious beautiful burgundy-hued inflorescences rise above green, arching foliage from late summer and into fall.  It is a wonderful plant for screening or as a special specimen.  This lovely grass was developed by Martin Quinn of Ontario, Canada.

Sun

Zone 4-9

H 5′

 

Variegated Maiden Grass

 Variegated Maiden Grass Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’.  One of the most popular in its genus with fine textured, slender foliage.  Defined white variegation runs along the leaf margin.  Grows in a neat, upright, arching form.  Creates powerful design prospects in “white gardens,” mass plantings, or specimens.  Tan plumes appear early fall.  Can tolerate light shade and maintain its form, although full sun is ideal.

Full sun or light shade

Zone 5-9

H 4′

 

Porcupine Grass

 Porcupine Grass Miscanthus sinensis ‘Strictus’.  An upright and colorful grass known for horizontal yellow bands on its foliage.  In fall, reddish, fan-shaped seed heads extend about 1′ above the foliage.  Foliage and flowers are used in fresh and dried flower arrangements.  markings are similar to M. sinensis ‘Zebrinus’, but ‘Strictus’ has an erect habit.  A unique specimen, screen, or border.

Sun

Zone 5-9

H 7′

 

Variegated Miscanthus

 Variegated Miscanthus Miscanthus sinensis ‘Variegatus’.  A classic ornamental grass.  Features beautiful, wide leaves.  Cream-colored stripes on deep green run the length of the blades, giving this plant a white appearance from a distance.  Grows in a traditional arching shape to 5′ with red-tinted blooms.  Tall enough for screening or backgrounds; also a good size for borders, specimens, or masses.

Sun

Zone 5-9

H 4′

 

Dallas Blues Switchgrass

 Dallas Blues Switchgrass Panicum virgatum ‘Dallas Blues’.  PP11,202.  Stands out in the landscape with blue, three-quarter-inch-wide leaves and billowy, pink-colored seed heads.  This native cultivar is an excellent substitution for large exotic ornamental grasses.  Drough tolerant and undemanding about soil.  Provides food and shelter for birds and wildlife.  Cut back in spring before new growth appears.

Sun

Zone 4-10

H 5′

 

Dwarf Fountain Grass

 Dwarf Fountain Grass Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Hameln’.  It is the right size to fit many landscapes.  Grows in a 2′ fountain shape, and produces pretty bottlebrush blooms.  Requires little maintenance; thrives in full sun and dry conditions.  Turns ordinary edges into lush borders, works well as filler, or as a specimen in small patios.  Lovely in decorative urns.

Sun

Zone 5-9

H 1.5′

 

Ground Covers

 

Blue Glitter Sea Holly

 Blue Glitter Sea Holly Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’.  Selected for its shorter crop time, higher yield for cut flower production, and brighter flower color.  Shimmering blue blossoms on silvery blue stems.  Blue-green, non-spiny leaves.

Full sun

Zone 4-8

H 6-8″

 

Dark Reiter Geranium

 Dark Reiter Geranium Geranium pratense ‘Dark Reiter’.  From Jelitto Perennial Seeds comes this attractive dark-leafed selection that forms a compact mound of finely cut, plum purple foliage.  Leafy scapes carry clusters of nicely contrasting, lilac blue flowers.

Full sun or light shade

Zone 4-8

H 8-10″

 

Vines

 

First Editions® Atomic Red™ Trumpet Vine

 First Editions Atomic Red Trumpet Vine Campsis radicans ‘Stromboli’.  First Editions® Atomic Red™ Trumpet Vine.  Dark red buds open to orange-red trumpet-like flowers which deepen in color as they mature to an incredibly bold red.  Tubular flowers are larger than the species measuring 3-4″ long.  A vigorous vine, it will climb on stone or woodwork.  An outstanding vertical accent to add color to a sunny fence or wall.

Full sun

Zone 4-9

H 20-30′

 

Asao Clematis

 Asao Clematis Clematis ‘Asao’.  4-5″ deep rosy-pink flower with white center bar on each petal.  Very free flowering in spring with attractive seed heads.  An outstanding Clematis from Japan.  Pruning Type 2.

Full sun to partial shade

Zone 4-9

H 6-8′

 

Cardinal Wyszynski Clematis

 Cardinal Wyszynski Clematis Clematis ‘Cardinal Wyszynski’.  A magnificent, very free flowering Polish introduction with large 6-8″ glowing crimson flower, each highlighted by a central cluster of dark anthers.  A very vigorous Clematis.  Blooms July-September.  Pruning Type 3.

Full sun

Zone 4-9

H 8-12′

 

Sapphire Indigo Clematis

 Sapphire Indigo Clematis Clematis ‘Cleminov51′.  PP17,012.  This unique clematis stays true to name with long lasting dark purple blooms that fade to deep blue.  It has stunning dark purple to black anthers.  It is a continuous bloomer June – September.  It can be trained as a climber or grown as a shrubby groundcover with no support.  Pruning Type 3.

Full sun to partial shade

Zone 4-9

H 5′

 

Josephine™ Clematis

 Josephine Clematis Clematis ‘Evijohil’.  PP12,912.  This variety has flowers with 6-8 base petals which are almost bronze, tinged with green and a darker bar.  Inner petals are lilac with pink bar.  As the flower ages the base petals fall away giving a pom-pom effect.  Blooms June-August.  Pruning Group 2.

Full sun

Zone 4-9

H 8-9′

 

Rosemoor™ Clematis

 Rosemoor Clematis Clematis ‘Evipo 002 (N)’.  PP15,797.  This “rose” colored large flowered clematis has a distinct reddish/purple color with yellow anthers, which contrast spectacularly with the color of the petals.  its flowers are 5-6″ in diameter and bloom on both the previous season’s stems and on current season’s growth, giving it a flowering period from May to Sept.  Pruning Type 2.

Full sun

Zone 4-8

H 10′

 

Diamantina™ Clematis

 Diamantina Clematis Clematis ‘Evipo039′.  PP20,638.  An exceptional, free-flowering clematis with 4-6″ pom-pom like blue/purple double flowers.  Diamantina has many flowers on each stem and each flower last up to 4 weeks.  Repeat flowering throughout the summer.  This double clematis far outperforms any other double clematis currently available!  It grows to a height of 7 feet. Pruning Type 2.

Full sun

Zone 4-9

H 7′

 

Clair De Lune™ Clematis

 Clair De Lune Clematis Clematis ‘Evirin’.  An Evison/Poulsen cultivar is a compact free-flowering plant.  The flowers retain their color best in a shady area.  The flowers are 6-7″ and have a base color of white which is suffused with pale lilac becoming darker at the edge of the eight wavy petals and stunning dark anthers.  Blooms June, July and late August.

Partial shade

Zone 4-8

H 7′

 

Jackmanii Superba Clematis

 Jackmanii Superba Clematis Clematis ‘Jackmanii Superba’.  Rich velvet purple, 5″ open flowers.  More rounded and slightly largerflower than Jackmanii.  Blooms July-September.  Pruning Type 3.

Full sun

Zone 4-9

H 10+’

 

Nelly Moser Clematis

 Nelly Moser Clematis Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’.  Pale pink with red bar down the middle of each petal.  Will grow in semi-shade.  Blooms June and September.  Pruning Type 2.

Full sun to partial shade

Zone 3-9

H 6-10′

 

Warsaw Nike Clematis

 Warsaw Nike Clematis Clematis ‘Warsaw Nike’.  A rich velvet reddish purple variety which produces 5″ wide open flowers in late May through September.  Flowers are composed of six to eight overlapping petals, each deeply grooved along the center.  Pruning Type 2.

Full sun

Zone 4-8

H 8-12′

 

Shrubs

 

Viking Chokeberry

 Viking Chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa ‘Viking’.  One of the best cultivars known for its incredibly large clusters of black fruit.  Attractive white flowers in late spring along with glossy dark green leaves that turn to vivid hues of red and orange in the fall offer multi season interest.  Easy to grow and maintain.  Developed in Eastern Europe for commercial fruit production and can be used to make jams, jellies, and many other fruit products.  Berries are high in vitamins and antioxidants.

Full sun to part shade

Zone 3-8

H 6-8′, W 5-6′

 

Admiration Barberry

 Admiration Barberry Berberis thunbergii ‘Admiration’.  PP16,921.  This exciting dwarf red barberry was selected for its show stopping bright orange-red foliage with contrasting yellow margins.  Leaf color continues throughout the summer, turning brilliant red in fall.  Broad, upright growth requires little or no pruning to maintain.  Makes a spectacular display in the garden border.  2010 Award of Garden Merit of the Roal Horticultural Society (RHS).

Full Sun

Zone 4-8

H 12-18″, W 18-24″

 

Green Velvet® Boxwood

 Green Velvet Boxwood Buxus ‘Green Velvet’.  A COPF introduction.  A broadleaf evergreen selected by Sheridan Nursery.  Slow growing, rounded plant well suited for a low hedge.  Has good green color in winter.  A 1997 Styer Award Winner and 1998 Michigan Growers’ Choice Award Winner. (C®).  Does well in protected zone 4 areas.

Full sun or light shade

Zone 4-9

H 2-3′, W 3′

 

Purpleleaf American Hazelnut

 Purpleleaf American Hazelnut Corylus americana ‘Purpleleaf Bailey Select’.  This native shrub produces edible nuts in clusters of 2 to 4.  This large rounded plant is great for naturalizing the landscape.  The pest-free dark purple summer foliage develops a burgundy fall color.

Full sun to partial shade

Zone 3-9

H 6-8′, W 6-8′

 

First Editions® Lotus Moon Pearlbush

 First Editions Lotus Moon Pearlbush Exochorda x macrantha ‘Bailmoon’.  First Editions® Lotus Moon™ Pearlbush.  White, round flower buds open to 5 petaled flowers, about 1½” across.  Flowers cover 90% of shrub in late April/early May (MN).  Borne in 7-12 flowered racemes at ends of short lateral stems from branches of previous years growth.  Prune after flowering.

Full sun

Zone 4-7

H 4-5′, W 3-4′

 

Endless Summer® Bloomstruck™ Hydrangea

 Endless Summer Bloomstruck Hydrangea Hydrangea macrophylla ‘PIIHM-II’.  PPAF.  Endless Summer® Bloomstruck™ Bigleaf Hydrangea.  Bloomstruck, the newest addition to the Endless Summer Collection, lives up to the promise of Endless Blooms, and then some.  This reblooming mophead flowers on old and new wood and has perfectly rounded flowers averaging 3½-5″ across.  The intense rose-pink, violet or blue flower heads are held upright on striking red-purple stems.  Flowers are violet-blue to blue in acidic soil.  Glossy dark green leaves with red petioles and red veins add to this plant’s presence and make it stand out before flowers ever open.  Bred by Dr. Michael Dirr, Plant Interductions, Inc, in GA, Bloomstruck has above average heat tolerance and high disease resistance, especiall to powdery mildew.  Fall color is a lovely reddish purple.

Full sun to partial shade

Zone 4-9

H 3-4′, W 4-5′

 

Bobo® Hydrangea

 Bobo Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata ‘ILVOBO’.  PPAF.  This dwarf hydrangea will turn heads!  Developed by the same breeder as Pinky Winky™, Bobo is a delightful dwarf hydrangea that is engulfed by large white flowers in summer.  The flowers are held upright on strong stems, and continue to grow and lengthen as they bloom.  This early blooming variety has already won the Gold Floral award for best novelty plant, and is an undeniable asset to any small garden.

Full sun

Zone 3-8

H 30-36″, W 36-48″

 

First Editions® Strawberry Sundae™ Hydrangea

 First Editions Strawberry Sundae Hydrangea Hydrangea paniculata ‘Rensun’.  PPAF.  First Editions® Strawberry Sundae™ Hydrangea.  Strawberry Sundae™ is a delicious new compact hydrangea from the French breeder of Vanilla Strawberry® Jean Renault.  Similar in many ways to Vanilla Strawberry with one important exception, its smaller stature.  Flowers emerge creamy white in mid summer, change to pink and finally to strawberry red.  The flowers will remind you of a refreshing strawberry sundae ice cream treat on a hot summer afternoon.  With its compact habit this hydrangea can add color to a small space garden or container and the fantastic flower color lasts well into fall.  Excellent for fresh cut and dried flower arrangements.

Full sun to partial shade

Zone 4-8

H 4-5′, W 3-4′

 

Navy Lady Rose

 Navy Lady Rose Rosa ‘AC Navy Lady’.  PP23,288.  A rich, dark velvey red semi-double rose of substance.  Bloom is strong in early summer then repeats in several flushes throughout the season.  Dedication to the thousands of Canadian women who served in the Womenis Royal Canadian Naval Service.  Own root.

Full sun

Zone 4-8

H 2-3′, Semi-double 3″ flower

 

Bullata Spirea

 Bullata Spirea Spiraea japonica ‘Bullata’.  This tiny dense spirea is a lovely rock garden plant with bright crimson red flowers in summer.  The foliage looks almost evergreen like because it’s so dense.  Perfect for a small space.

Full sun to part shade

Zone 4

H 12-18″, W 12-18″

 

Trees

 

First Editions® Vanilla Strawberry™ Hydrangea Tree

 First Editions Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea Tree Hydrangea paniculata ‘Renhy’.  PP20,670.  First Editions® Vanilla Strawberry™ – Tree Form.  Now available in tree form, perfect for small landscapes or urban gardens.  The enormous flower panicles are a blend of vanilla and strawberry, held upright on red stems.  They emerge creamy white in mid summer, change to pink and finally to strawberry red.  New blooms give the plant a multicolored effect in late summer and early fall.  The red coloration persists for at least 3-4 weeks.  The habit is upright becoming cascading later in the season.  Excellent for frest cut and dried flower arrancements.

Full sun

Zone 4-8

H 6-7′, W 4-5′

 

First Editions® Gladiator™ Crabapple

 First Editions Gladiator Crabapple Malus x adstringens ‘Durleo’.  PP20,167.  First Editions® Gladiator™  is an excellent ornamental tree with a profusion of bright pink flowers followed by small reddish-purple fruit on a stately, upright crown.  Glossy bronze-purple leaves look lush all growing season long.  Ideal ornamental tree for space-challenged sites including under power lines, as a small, boulevard tree or planted in a row for a screen.  High disease resistance.

Sun

Zone 2-8

H 20′, W 9′

 

Northern Red Oak

 Northern Red Oak Quercus rubra.  (Red Oak).  The fastest growing Oak and one of the easiest to transplant, this tree is great for street use or as a landscape tree.  The foliage is dense and lustrous and leaves hang on the tree into winter.  Named the 1999 Iowa Tree of the Year.

Sun

Zone 4-8

H 60-80′, W 50′

 

Novelty Plants

 

Australia Canna Lily

 Australia Canna Lily Canna x generalis ‘Australia’.  Very dark burgundy-black foliage with orange-red flowers, thick glossy foliage maintains color all summer.

Full sun

Zone 6-9

H 3-4′

 

Rosemond Cole Canna Lily

 Rosemond Cole Canna Lily Canna x generalis ‘Rosemond Cole’.  Red/orange and yellow border, forest green foliage.

Full sun

Zone 6-9

H 3-4′

 

Lemon Grass

 Lemon Grass Cymbopogon citratus.  Comes from a family of grasses valued for adding lemon flavor to cooking and fragrance to perfumes.  Broad, green foliage grows in an upright and arching shape.  Use as a quick growing annual, backdrop, specimen or in sweeps.  Its shape, size and color look gorgeous in large decorative urns on patios or decks.  Thrives in full sun and heat.

Sun

Zone 8-10

H 3′

 

Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass

 Burgundy Bunny Fountain Grass Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Burgundy Bunny’.  PP21,917.  Takes P. alopecuroides ‘Little Bunny’, add red highlights in summer and intense-burgundy fall color, and you’ve got ‘Burgundy Bunny’.  it grows in a compact 1′ mound.  In summer, petite bottlebrush plumes rise a bit above the foliage.  Beautiful in containers, and it excites borders or foreground plantings.  Its small size makes it an excellent grass for small spaces.  Drought tolerant once extablished.

Sun

Zone 6-10

H 1′, 1.5′ with bloom

 

Purple Fountain Grass

 Purple Fountain Grass Pennisetum x advena ‘Rubrum’.  Easy and fast growing.  Often used as colorful specimens, in masses, filler in perennials beds or in containers.  Garnet color contrasts with deep greens, blues and yellows.  Maintains its shape and color throughout summer and blooms remain lovely until frost.

Sun

Zone 9-10

H 3′, 4′ with flower

 

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