Including Aquilegia, Aruncus, Aster, & Astilbe

"Among the most beautiful of hardy flowers," William Robinson once proclaimed in reference to this easily grown, quick-to-establish European member of the Lily family. And we fully agree. Enchanting, starlike white flowers embellish slender leafless stems arising from a base of narrow grassy foliage. The seed spikes are equally lovely. Naturalize in a warm, sunny spot with fertile, well drained soil, and don't forget to cut a few of its flowers for your next bouquet.

Blooms May-June.

Size: 2' 0" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Anthriscus

Cow Parsley

Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’ (P-1201)

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<i>Anthriscus sylvestris</i> ‘Ravenswing’

Esteemed for its dark coloring, Cow Parsley offers a layered 18 in. mound of luscious, bronzy plum-colored fern-like foliage. In early summer, branched flowering spikes hold airy umbels defined by small white flowers and pink bracts. Surround this beauty with Aster ‘Lady in Black’ and Berberis ‘Concorde’ for a rich blend of opulent purple leaves. Keep the blooms trimmed back to ensure an attractive habit.

Blooms July.

Size: 2' 0" – 2-1/2' high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Antirrhinum

Perennial Snapdragon

<i>Antirrhinum hispanicum</i> ‘Roseum’

Awash with pastel charm, droves of soft pink flowers pose all summer long atop a silvery blue, low growing mound that can take the heat. Perfect for the rockery, a wall or along a pathway, this carefree perennial easily links stronger colored plants, while its thin curvy stems clad in glaucous, round fuzzy leaves crave a bright, sheltered well draining niche.

Blooms June to mid-September.

Size: 12" – 15" high x 8" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Antirrhinum sempervirens</i>

A soft, evergreen palette of silky-haired, gray-green leaves and trailing, fuzzy silver stems set off the glistening, uplifted racemes of creamy blooms. Each two-lipped blossom is accented with a pale yellow throat striped in lilac.

Exhibiting a fortitude for dry conditions and a small mounding presence, this pretty bushlet is ideally suited to the rockery or along a path where it soothes rough edges, and can be accompanied by Diascia ‘Coral Canyon’ and Nepeta ‘Select Blue’.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 6" – 8" high x 12" – 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Aquilegia

Columbine

This genus deserves its lofty names, which mean “eagle” and “dove,” because its intricate flowers have been said to resemble birds in flight. Beyond the symbolism of the flowers, the finely textured, widely varied species possess a gracefulness that is likely to carry you to heights of enjoyment. Whether delicate dwarfs or bold, long-spurred varieties, Columbines are characterized by fernlike three-lobed leaves. They are best suited for naturalizing in a semishaded woodland, but the smaller species will thrive in a rock garden with some shade.

Traversing the subalpine meadows of Europe’s Alps and Apennines mountains, this tall arresting species flaunts nodding dark purple blooms with short spurs and prominent yellow stamens that stretch well beyond the rich-as-velvet nearly black petals. Strong lanky stems anchor the mesmerizing blooms, while the handsome glaucous greenery provides contrasting foliar hues for Hakonechloa m. ‘Aureola’ and Lysimachia ‘Aurea’.

Blooms April–early June

Size: 18" – 20" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

<i>Aquilegia buergeriana</i> ‘Calimero’

Dangling like delicate Japanese lanterns, the plum and soft yellow blossoms are topped with wispy, tapered spurs that curve inward. Like an ideal small-space ornament, this compact Aquilegia offers a demure mound of foliage and arresting colors.

Blooms May–mid-June.

Size: 8" high x 8" – 10" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Discovered by Kansas’ Dyck Arboretum of the Plains and introduced by Jelitto Seeds, this superb softly hued gem is shorter than its wild eastern cousin. The nodding, small spurred blooms dress up with pretty pink outer petals, encompassing a buttery yellow corolla. All this floral loveliness tops refined 3-lobed ferny foliage that can be nestled amid Asarum or Helleborus.

Blooms May–July

Size: 10" – 12" high x 10" – 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

<i>Aquilegia chrysantha</i> ‘Denver Gold’

Bathed in brilliant golden yellow hues, fragrant extra large blossoms, some reaching over 3 in. across, achieve an elegant grace note as long tapered recurving spurs stream from behind. Promising a repeat bloom with attentive deadheading, the blithe open flowers are borne on well-branched stems above a compact ferny mound of lobed bluish green leaves. The native species, Aquilegia chrysantha, wanders throughout the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico, while this robust Plant Select introduction brings an illuminated show to woodland gardens, the rockery and even a cut bouquet.

Blooms April–May.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 15" wide.

Zone 3/4.

As if in flight, ‘Yellow Queen’s long outward-curving spurs trail behind its cheerful, bright yellow flowers. Soaring on tall slender stems above bushy and bluish green, fernlike foliage, the upfacing, fragrant blooms are good-sized and abundant. Owing its vigor and floriferous nature to its wild southwestern cousin, Aquilegia chrysantha, this cultivar makes a sunny partner for the lush purple leaves of Anthriscus ‘Ravenswing’.

Blooms April–May.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Promising plenty of nodding vivid blue-violet flowers brightened by white centers, this sturdy Columbine forms a tidy low growing mound with lobed deep green foliage. Nestled along a stone wall or garden path, ‘Blue Angel’ bestows enchanting detail.

Blooms April–early June.

Size: 8" high x 10" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Aquilegia</i> ‘Kristall’

In the woodland garden, its lengthy stems display large, pure white long-spurred flowers. For a spirited combination of blue and white, try planting this elegant cultivar with Brunnera ‘Dawson’s White’.

Blooms April–May.

Size: 2' 0" high x 15" wide.

Zone 3/4.

<i>Aquilegia rockii</i>

Some 75 years ago, Joseph Rock gathered seed from this elegant beauty in China’s Szechwan kingdom. Elevated on stems that mimic a dancer’s grace, the pendant flowers are richly colored in deep lilac shades. White-edged corollas enhance the large, short-spurred blooms above a pleasing foliar mound.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 15" – 20" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Hailing from central Asia, this splendid species beckons us with large, dazzling deep blue flowers described by short spurs and clear white corollas. The nodding, hummingbird and butterfly friendly blooms reside on graceful 14 in. stems above a cold-hardy blue-green mound of glaucous rabbit- resistant leaves. Happiest in fertile soil and coastal sun, or bright shade elsewhere, A. sibirica can be tucked into troughs, rock work or alpine gardens.

Blooms May–June

Size: 14" high x 10" – 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Exhibiting the easy elegance that assures Columbine‘s well-known charm, exquisite short-spurred, double flowers dressed in deep ruby red hues rest atop long, sturdy stems like lazy nodding bells. Sumptuous against a winsome clump of bluish green ferny leaves, the blooms create an intoxicating color echo when combined with Epimedium x rubrum’s red blossoms and the dark foliage of Heuchera ‘Blackout’.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 2' 0" – 2-1/4' high x 15" wide.

Zone 3/4.

Aquilegia vulgaris ‘Blue Barlow’ (P-1913)

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A shining star of the cut flower trade, ‘Blue Barlow’ prances elaborate fully double deep violet-blue blossoms—upward-facing, spurless and nearly 2 in. across—on tall lithe stems. Gray-green divided foliage shapes a tailored lacy mound below the plush, long lasting Dahlia-like inflorescences that everyone adores, especially hummingbirds and butterflies. Ideal for bright dappled recesses, this uniquely beautiful Columbine appreciates well-drained, compost-rich soil and a cut back after the blooms are spent.

Blooms May–July

Size: 2-1/2' high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

A merry union of speckles, splotches and streaks in Irish green, chartreuse and golden hues embellish each marbled leaf, rendering no two alike. Spurred deep purple pendulous flowers, poised on tall slender rosy stems lend splendid dark accents. Deemed the most treasured of variegated Aquilegias, this colorful Jelitto Seeds introduction gilds a shady nook, while a hard trim after blooming refreshes its leafy clump.

Blooms April–May.

Size: 2' 0" high x 15" wide.

Zone 3/4.

<i>Aquilegia vulgaris</i> ‘William Guiness’

‘William Guiness’s dark purple blossoms skirt snow-white corollas, lending dramatic contrast and an element of surprise. Deeply incurved spurs stand sentinel over each nodding bloom, which rises 2 ft. on lean steady stems from a leafy bluish green mound. Set this dark knight near the gilt foliage of Campanula ‘Dickson’s Gold’ for a captivating union.

Blooms May–June

Size: 2' 0" high x 15" wide.

Zone 3/4.

<i>Aquilegia vulgaris</i> ‘Woodside Gold’

We grew this unusual cultivar from seed, and its intensely golden springtime foliage gradually transmutes into light yellow summer garb, imparting a bright glow to darker garden corners. Gorgeous bicolored blue and rose blooms heighten the display while the deep greens of Pulmonaria ‘Benediction’ and Omphalodes ‘Joy Skies’ furnish an invigorating contrast.

Blooms April–May.

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 12" – 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Aralia cordata</i> ‘Sun King’

Bold, brilliant and tropical-style, this newly introduced phenomenal cultivar was first spotted by Barry Yinger in a Japanese nursery. Large golden yellow compound leaves grow up to 3 ft. long on energetic reddish brown stems, quickly framing a bushy rounded clump that turns lime-green when there’s too much shade. Topped with 2 ft. tall spikes of honeybee friendly small white flowers, ‘Sun King’ promises statuesque beauty wherever it’s planted, be- witches birds with its purplish black berries and enjoys moist well draining sites.

Blooms July–September

Size: 4' 0" – 5' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Aralia racemosa</i>

Gracing the shade garden with a quiet textural beauty, this slowly colonizing North American perennial inhabits wooded areas, from New Brunswick to North Carolina and west to Utah and New Mexico.

Large, stout aromatic rhizomes sprout a multitude of abundantly branched glabrous stems and shrubby dark green compound foliage. The lush heart-shaped leaflets are toothed and unfurl in bronzy shades. Numerous round airy starbursts, defined by tiny cream-colored flowers, light up long terminal panicles like 4th of July sparklers. Glistening dark purple berries add additional appeal, while the spicy roots flavor root beer and yield medicinal remedies for broken bones, inflammation and asthma.

Surprisingly adaptable and easily maintained, Life-of-Man relishes bright shade, average moisture and fertile locales.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 3' 0" – 5' 0" high x 3' 0" – 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Arisaema

Cobra Lily or Jack-in-the-Pulpit

These exotic-looking Calla relations comprise a vast genus primarily found in the Himalayas, China and Japan. While the sparsely produced leaves are carved into 3 or more leaflets, the curious inflorescence features a fleshy club-like spike that’s packed with tiny flowers and encompassed by an over arching flower bract. Fertile, humus-rich and evenly moist soil helps keep the Cobra Lilies charmed.
<i>Arisaema candidissimum</i>

Lustrous arrow-shaped leaves, which often grow 2 ft. wide, wait ‘til early summer to burst forth with dramatic tropical appeal. Affixed to sturdy 15 in. stalks, sensational hooded flowers, resembling pink pitchers, are enhanced by striking stripes of translucent milky white vertical veins. Undemanding, deer resistant and more sun-tolerant than other Arisaema, this lusted-after Cobra Lily pledges a glorious colony, produces offsets freely and launches bold bright orange-red seed pods in late summer.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 15" – 18" high x 10" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Arisaema consanguineum</i>

Jewel of the woodland garden, this elegant, easy-to-grow species is found throughout southwestern China. A whorl of numerous narrow leaflets with slender drip-tips and undulating edges crowns each tall stately stem. Conjuring mysterious images of a cobra poised to strike, the otherworldly inflorescence is borne from a petiole beneath the foliage. It is defined by a purplish brown and greenish white-streaked spathe with an elongated hood that tapers to a pendulous, very long, threadlike tip. Clustered, bright scarlet berries create a colorful grand finale. Fertile, humus-rich and evenly moist soil will keep the Cobra Lily charmed.

This plant will be shipped from fall through mid-spring. Most of the plants will be shipped dormant and bare-root unless we have potted ones which have sprouted.

Dormant Arisaemas in containers must not be kept wet. Water them in their pots only when the soil gets bone dry—about twice a month.

Blooms June.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Armeria

Sea Thrift

A plethora of pretty pink pom poms garnish short neddlelike green leaves, which sculpt a tidy tigthtset mound. Bobbing on tough, wiry leafless stems well above the grassy evergreen cushions, dense flower heads are described by minute spiky blooms and papery bracts.

This cute little European gem maintains a well-groomed guise in spite of seaside conditions and poor soil. It appreciates free drainage, benefits from deadheading and makes an undemanding addition to small scale plantings, the rockery or a pot.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 6" high x 8" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Artemisia

This plant has been used to ward off lightning, revive the weary traveler, repel moths and for deworming—hence, Wormwood. We prefer to think of the Greek goddess Artemis who, it is said, was so pleased to discover its many practical applications that she named it after herself. An annual trim guarantees a neat appearance, otherwise Artemisias are simple to grow and virtually pest free.

Providing welcome contrast to the garden’s leafy green palette, this incandescent Huntington Botanical Garden introduction yields a soft textured billowing dome of deeply dissected silver-gray foliage on wellbranched upright stems. Similar to ‘Powis Castle’, save for larger less sculpted leaves, ‘Huntington Gardens’ is a refined woody perennial, clad in delicate silky hairs, that can be ensconced near the middle or back of the border, where it juxtaposes broad leaves, sword-shaped blades or fiery colored flowers to great effect. It produces somewhat inconspicuous grayish yellow leafy flower heads and relishes lean, fast draining dry soil.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.

Zone 6/7.

Artemisia lactiflora ‘Guizhou’ (P-0180)

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Its upright growth habit and unaromatic green leaves are similar to Artemisia lactiflora, but the purple-red stems of this Chinese species make it otherwise quite unique. The strong, upright stalks reach 4 ft. in the first season and hold large branched panicles of white flowers. In the company of other tall perennials such as Aster ‘Bluebird’, this plant will create a striking fall border. To highlight its reddish stems, plant Panicum virgatum ‘Warrior’ nearby.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 5' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Artemisia ludoviciana</i> ‘Valerie Finnis’

‘Valerie Finnis’ dons silvery white leaves so soft and showy you’d think they were felt. Lobed near the tips, the wide aromatic foliage lines stout, generally erect gray stems, forming a compact, noninvasive clump that makes a luminous counterpoint to lush greens or bronzes.

This prized perfect-for-drying Mugwort can be pinched to maintain its textural form and lightly sheared when dense yellowish gray flower panicles appear. Thwarting deer and tolerant of both poor or dry soil, the Western Mugwort demands excellent drainage and mopes in high humidity.

Blooms August.

Size: 15" – 18" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Plentiful small round buds and fluffy, pastel pink blooms populate gracefully tapered sheaves, and set against the deep purple branching stems they seem to sparkle. The elegant, airy flowers reign over an impressive textural foil of jagged-edged dark green leaves.

Blooms August – September.

Size: 5' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Artemisia versicolor ‘Sea Foam’ (P-1507)

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<i>Artemisia versicolor</i> ‘Sea Foam’

Brimming with texture, ‘Sea Foam’ hosts a frothy display of incandescent silver-gray foliage. Swirling, curly, filigreed leaves are draped like finely cut lace along vigorous firm woody stems. Not intrusive and tight-set, this low mounding shrubby perennial can take it hot but not humid, needs well drained soil, makes a good winter statement and occasionally yields cute, little yellow buttons on downy white flower spikes.

Blooms August.

Size: 8" – 12" high x 2' 0" wide.

Zone 4/5.

Aruncus

Goat's Beard

When you think of a woodland setting, think Aruncus. With elegant, feathery ivory plumes, Goat’s Beard is similar to and combines well with Astilbe, although it is airier in form. A terrific understory for tall canopies of Styrax japonicus or Maples, it thrives in moist soil, and is a natural beside a pool or stream. Place Aruncus where you can view it from the south, to take advantage of its tendency to lean toward the sun. It’s a popular cut flower.

<i>Aruncus aethusifolius</i>

Topped by creamy white plumes of minute star-like flowers, fine ultra-chiseled foliage and red-tinged stems shape a tidy dwarf habit that works well as a ground cover around flat stones and rocks. This small gem can also be tucked into the front of the border with broad-leafed Epimediums nearby.

Blooms late May–mid-June.

Size: 8" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Aruncus dioicus</i> ‘Kneiffii’

While the species is a larger perennial hailing from Missouri, this compact, daintier 1889 version sprouts Japanese Maple-like leaves, finely hewn with thread-like segments. Sheer cream-colored plumes of minute starry blooms twinkle above the ultra-fine deep green hummock. Ideal as a cut flower, fresh or dried, and for gardens short on space, ‘Kneiffii’ can be massed along streams or ponds and in moist shady borders or woodland gardens.

Blooms June–July

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Zone 3/4.

<i>Aruncus dioicus</i> ‘Zweiweltenkind’

Shorter and sturdier than the species, this German hybrid does well in windy areas. Dispelling all images of a stocky work plant, its name means “child of two worlds,” and it is indeed otherworldly.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Aruncus</i> ‘Horatio’

Steeped in elegance, yet remarkably steadfast, this exquisite perennial was bred by noted German nurseryman, Ernest Pagels. ‘Horatio’ is a meticulously crafted cross between Aruncus aethusifolius and Aruncus dioicus, prized for its unique sparkling plumes of tiny cream-colored blooms, which splay out in a horizontal fashion from bronze-tinted upright stems. Fresh green fernlike foliage forms a bushy base beneath the airy star-shaped flowers.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 3' 0" – 3-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Asarum

Wild Ginger

Stretching out by underground rhizomes, the Wild Gingers are handsome woodland dwellers whose large-leafed, low growing colonies flourish in moist, shady niches. Long petioles elevate their polished, usually heart-shaped foliage while darkly colored, three-lobed blooms add intrigue.

Sojourning in the dark wooded areas of western North America from California to British Columbia and Montana, this lustrous semi-evergreen perennial presents bold heart-shaped bright green leaves that smell like ginger when they’re crushed. Wide-spreading rhizomes sprout a low somewhat open patch, enhanced by long slender petioles, silky new growth and intriguing triangular rusty brown blooms. Ideal as an understory ground cover, Wild Ginger resists slugs and deer, enjoys loose organic soil, adapts to moist or dry conditions, and makes a verdant companion for Polygonatum ‘Variegatum’, Anemone ‘Glacier’ and Dryopteris ‘Brilliance’.

Blooms April–June

Size: 6" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Asarum caudatum f. album</i>

A lover of loose leafy soil, this native of western North America grows in the deep shade of redwood forests and pine woods, spreading its rhizomes to form wide patches of foliage. The 3 petals of the earthy wine-colored flowers end in long tapering wisps under deeply embossed, heart-shaped leaves. Combined with Beesia deltophylla, which is equally shade-loving, the red colors are even more enchanting.

Blooms April – June.

Size: 4" – 6" high x 0" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Asarum splendens</i>

“Splendid” seems like too modest a word to proclaim the elegance of this ginger's foliage! Glistening, broadly arrow-shaped, deep green leaves flaunt dramatic silver marbling and come spring, 2 in. wide dark purple blossoms with white throats. Situated among Podophyllum hexandrum, easy-to-grow Asarum splendens sculpts a show stealing, illustriously patterned ground cover in just a few years that appreciates warm, humid summers while resenting cool ones.

Blooms April – May

Size: 8" high x 0" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Asclepias

Milkweed, Butterfly Weed

A big-time butterfly attraction, particularly for the Monarch at larval stage, this American-born perennial promises an irresistible, long lasting summertime display in a well-drained mixed border or more informal venue. The Butterfly Weed’s showy flowers look exceptional in cut arrangements, either fresh or dried, while its slender seed pods lend decorative accents.

Asclepias incarnata ‘Cinderella’ (P-1783)

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This easily grown floriferous cultivar hosts large, compact rosy pink umbels packed with petite white flowers set in dark red bracts. Sprouting from a sizable taproot, the late-to-emerge noninvasive clump of numerous, erect branching stems celebrates vibrant-looking, vanilla-scented blooms. Selected from the wild species that inhabits Missouri’s swamps and wet meadows, ‘Cinderella’ thrives surprisingly well in drier sites and can escort Baptisia ‘Solar Flare’ or ornamental grasses like Molinia or Panicum.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Asclepias incarnata ‘Ice Ballet’ (P-0565)

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A floriferous white-blooming selection of Missouri’s native Swamp Milkweed, ‘Ice Ballet’s straight sturdy stems lift tight-knit, delicately fragrant pearlescent umbels and silky haired seeds. Lance-shaped, slender deep green leaves cloak the attractive compact habit, which can be added to butterfly gardens, sunny borders or stream sides, where it lures hummingbirds as well as butterflies, especially Gray Hairstreaks and Queens. This easy-care cultivar tolerates clay, deer and wet soil.

Blooms July–August

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

<i>Asclepias tuberosa</i>

One of the most garden-worthy of all the Milkweeds, this brilliant orange flowered butterfly and hummingbird attraction can be found roaming many eastern and southern North American roadsides, prairies, glades and fields. Tuberous roots, narrow lance-shaped green leaves and clumping, upright hairy stems support the showy flattened dense umbels and unique, silky tailed slender seed pods, which can be added to cut arrangements. A recent recipient of the 2017 PPA as well as a rugged, yet long blooming contender for borders, massed plantings or stylized meadows, Butterflyweed can handle deer, drought, erosion and shallow rocky soil, but detests poorly drained sites.

Blooms July–September

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Asphodeline lutea</i> <i>Asphodeline lutea</i>

Native to the eastern Mediterranean, this clumping member of the Lily family greets spring with intriguing spirals of tightly wrapped bladelike foliage, patterned like green candy canes. Emerging from blue-hued grassy tufts, these leafy flowering spikes soon become dense with fragrant citron-yellow, star-shaped blooms, which look striking in drifts beside Omphalodes ‘Cherry Ingram’ and Euphorbia ‘Jade Dragon’. Zoë was the first to discover the hard, marble-sized, green fruit that appears after the flowers fade.

Blooms April–June.

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Astelia chathamica ‘Silver Spear’ (P-0718)

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Silvery and swordlike, the stiff foliage grows in clumps and bears some resemblance to a Yucca. Highlighted with subtle bands in many shades of muted green and silver, the broad reflective leaves will make a dramatic presentation in your favorite container, or try planting Astelia as a specimen with Muhlenbergia rigens and Salvia melissodora in the rockery. Hailing from New Zealand, this unusual member of the Lily family prefers well drained soil.

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Astelia nivicola ‘Red Gem’ (P-1641)

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<i>Astelia nivicola</i> ‘Red Gem’

Superimposed with the silky luster of abundant soft white hairs, the elegant sword-shaped foliage dons irregular, bronzed maroon stripes on an olive green background and luminous silver hues on smooth flipsides. Channeled, foot long basal leaves forge a stiffly arching evergreen tussock, arising from short thick rhizomes.

Introduced by Duncan & Davies Nursery, this dramatic New Zealand Lily relative makes an unparalleled container candidate that fancies well-drained acid soil and part shade in hot climates.

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Aster

Michaelmas Daisies

We never tire of Aster’s cheerful daisy faces and the profusion of colors and sizes that make up this genus, from 6 ft. giants to tiny dwarf alpines. Our Asters, large and small, are tried and true performers in ordinary garden soil and full sun. Generally late summer bloomers, they provide lots of oomph when other perennials have petered out.

Aster asperulus (P-1307)

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<i>Aster asperulus</i>

With a not-too-tall, high-spirited presentation of lavender-blue daisies, this compact, rarely offered Aster should find its way into more gardens.

Sturdy, wine-tinged, open branched stems maintain a pert straight-up stance carrying the big buds and two in. wide, thin rayed flowers. Rising above unusual, large green leaves distinguished by toothed margins, prominent veins and a somewhat fuzzy surface, the long blooming, sunny-eyed blossoms make a vivacious match for the darkly beautiful Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’ above our stone wall.

Blooms late July–October.

Size: 15" high x 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Aster ‘Bill’s Big Blue’ (P-0621)

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AVAILABLE SPRING 2019

Blooming long after other flowers have faded, Asters are associated with afterthought and cheerfulness in old age. This Ed Carman selection is one of the largest Asters we offer, with clean-looking foliage right to the ground on strong, upright stems culminating in sprays of blue-violet flowers. Bring cheer to the fading days of summer by planting ‘Bill’s Big Blue’ with Helianthus and other stately late bloomers.

Blooms late September–early November

Size: 4' 0" – 5' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Kudos to Dr. Jim Ault at the Chicago Botanic Garden for this recently introduced distinctive Aster ‘Snow Flurry’ descendant. Fine textured close-knit branches with small linear green leaves grow upward, then somewhat horizontally before assuming a unique weeping aspect during the summer, which is heightened by a phenomenal profusion of ½ in. wide pure white flowers. The long-lasting floral train nearly veils the entire plant and lays claim to its name, while ‘Bridal Veil’s stoic habit handles drought, salt spray and mildew.

Blooms mid-September–early October

Size: 2' 0" high x 4-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Aster</i> ‘Cassie’

Pretty pink 1-½ in. flowers gather in festive clusters as they top sturdy stems clad in toothed linear foliage. Several layers of frilly petals swirl around the bright yellow eyes, delivering spirited color to the front lines of a perennial border, while Gaura ‘Pink Cloud’ and the darkly red Angelica gigas take up the rear.

Blooms August–early October.

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Aster</i> ‘Coombe Fishacre’

With a billowy habit, a reliable floriferous nature and fine foliage that looks dapper all season long, ‘Coombe Fishacre’ is one of our favorite Asters. Its deep green leaves cover sweeping branches all the way down, while a slew of lilac flowers warmed by rosy brown centers roost above. Well after the blooms have faded, the seed heads add intriguing colors and shapes.

This first-class Aster never needs staking and can be planted in large drifts amid Miscanthus ‘Nippon’, Molinia ‘Bergfreund’ or Eupatorium ‘Gateway’ for glowing pink echoes.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Aster cordifolius</i>

FTD should get to know this perky, rarely seen Aster, and so should you. Buds form early and fool us into thinking they’re about to bloom, but they wait until the plant reaches full height. When it does, a mass of blue-violet on erect, wiry, wine red stems leaves us breathless. Try planting Teucrium f. ‘Azureum’ in front and Molinia ‘Windspiel’ as a backdrop. When flowering ends, we find the stems and seed heads of Aster cordifolius so delightful, we leave them on for winter interest.

Blooms August–early October.

Size: 4' 0" – 5' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Aster cordifolius ‘Avondale’ (P-1746)

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Selected from a versatile Aster indigenous to our southeastern mountains, ‘Avondale’ greets fall with a jovial long lasting barrage of small, yellow-eyed pale lavender-blue daisies atop tidy slender green foliage. Acquiescent to varied light, it exhibits an upright open habit in sunny spots and becomes more relaxed and arching in darker recesses. Ignored by deer, but coveted by butterflies, floral arrangers, and gardeners, this floriferous wonder endures dry shade once established, favors well-drained soil and can be planted en masse along woodland fringes, meandering amid Geranium ‘White Ness’.

Blooms mid-August–early October.

Size: 20" – 2-1/2' high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Zone 3/4.

<i>Aster cordifolius</i> ‘Chieftain’

Lifted on tall strong stems, a starry haze of umpteen, tiny, pale lavender-blue daisies lining branched upright sprays earned this impressive celebrity an AGM award and a place in our garden. Rich green tailored foliage stays fresh, while the sunny-eyed flowers lend an ethereal look to the fall landscape that can be juxtaposed against the coarser beauty of Vernonia crinita. Let shrubby roses or more sturdy perennials provide support in the back of the border, otherwise it will need staking or a spring pinching to ensure a shorter stature.

Blooms mid-August – October.

Size: 5' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Aster cordifolius ‘Little Carlow’ (P-0255)

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‘Little Carlow’ is lush and cheerful. Its flowers are larger and a deeper violet-blue than those of Aster cordifolius, and they have bright yellow centers. The green leaves, which reach to the ground, are also broader and darker. It blends well with tall grasses like Calamagrostis and Panicums and contrasts with yellow flowering plants such as Achillea ‘Marmalade’.

Blooms mid-August–early October.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Aster divaricatus (P-0023)

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<i>Aster divaricatus</i>

Small white flowers like finely cut daisies, with a yellow center, and elongated heart-shaped, coarsely toothed, dark green leaves, are displayed in large clusters on sinuous, purple-black stems. This Aster is better-known in Europe, where it’s used to light up shady urban gardens. We find it indispensable in the country too, for its tolerance of dry, shady sites. A good plant for the front of the border, try it with Hypericum kouytchense or broad-leafed perennials.

Blooms mid-July–September.

Size: 15" – 18" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Our anticipation soars as we wait for round buds to finally unfurl a galaxy of small starry blooms twinkling in rose-tinged lilac shades. Beneath the profuse late season display, tiny green leaves stay fresh for months, garnishing stiff branching stems, which angle out and form a well-mannered mound. Illuminated by citron-yellow centers with red streaks, the dainty daisies easily gratify companions like Achillea ‘Hella Glashoff’ or Origanum ‘Bristol Cross’.

Blooms mid-August–September.

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Mirroring autumn’s warmth, this Aster’s unexpected golden floral hues bring a glittery Midas touch to the late season border. Arching branched sprays of copious small daisies with narrow buff white petals and prominent rich yellow centers rise above the well-groomed, dense leafy clump, which makes a congenial neighbor for Astrantias and Pennisetum spathiolatum.

Blooms September – October.

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Zone 3/4.

Beloved by late season garden aficionados, florists and butterflies, this exceptional Aster spotlights wispy crisp white clouds of petite yellow-centered daisies hovering above well-tailored tiny green leaves that form a vigorous bushy clump. ‘Monte Cassino’s’ delicate illuminated texture becomes a simple-to-place ethereal filler, perfect for juxtaposing against bolder perennials such as Persicaria or Crocosmia.

Blooms late August–September.

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Aster</i> x <i>frikartii</i> ‘Mönch’

In some gardening circles, ‘Mönch’ is acclaimed as one of the ten best perennials. Prolific, 2-1/2 in. lavender flowers bloom lavishly for months on end. The clear color blends with so many others: light pink Geranium renardii ‘Mavis Simpson’, Phlomis lanata, Penstemon ‘Ruby’ and those yellow Kniphofia ‘Vanilla’.

Blooms July–October.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

If you are looking for a Aster with engaging late season color, impeccably handsome mildew resistant foliage and a medium-sized frame that never needs staking, look no farther! Clad in glabrous, bluish green leaves, the vase-shaped clump showcases numerous broad, bouquetlike clusters of single, one inch wide, delicately rayed petals gathered by gilded centers. The jubilant floral display is elevated on red-hued stems and seems to cover the entire top half of the plant. Undeterred by varied moisture levels and soil types, ‘Bluebird’ is a Mt. Cuba Center introduction.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 4' 0" high x 2' 0" – 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Aster laevis</i> ‘Climax’

Unfurling later than most Asters, droves of spectacular soft blue-mauve flowers embroidered with yellow eyes signal autumn's arrival on beefy upright stalks. This erect strong growing perennial dons dense dark green leaves that maintain their winsome mildew-free appeal ‘till the caramel-colored seed heads begin to fade. A compelling presence for the mixed border, ‘Climax’ complements other fall bloomers such as Helianthus ‘Dakota Queen’ and Persicaria ‘Fat Domino’.

Blooms mid-September–October

Size: 2-1/2' – 5' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Aster lateriflorus ‘Bleke Bet’ (P-1303)

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Purchased when we were touring British nurseries nearly 20 years ago and sadly forgotten about, this peerless Aster recently grabbed our attention. Dashing, deep purple-infused green foliage and dense well-branched twiggy stems lift an exuberant profusion of small, rose-centered white daisies, whose fine-hewn petals mature with soft pink shades. Strong, tall and upstanding, seldom offered ‘Bleke Bet’ delivers late, long-lasting flowers plus refined texture, while escorting companions such as Eryngium yuccifolium and Calamagrostis ‘Cheju-Do’.

Blooms September–October

Size: 4' 0" – 4-1/2' high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Aster lateriflorus ‘Lady in Black’ (P-0700)

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<i>Aster lateriflorus</i> ‘Lady in Black’

Shrouded in mysterious tiny black-purple foliage, ‘Lady in Black’ offers sprays of small white flowers with a healthy blush of pink. Unlike ‘Prince’s tight clumping habit, this tall and elegant Dutch lady has spreading upright stems that spread over time.

Blooms September–October.

Size: 3-1/2' – 4' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

A preeminent star of the fall show, ‘White Lovely’ entertains petite, thin-petaled white daisies tinged lilac when mature and brightened by sunny-side-up yellow eyes. The copious, late summer flowers are borne along horizontally branched leafy sprays of arching and wide-angled, purple-streaked stems with small, slender dark green foliage that never tuckers out.

We like to plant Monarda ‘Violet Queen’ and Melianthus ‘Antonow’s Blue’ behind while headlining this elegant Aster right up front.

Blooms August–early October.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

A “real winner” is how the late celebrated plantsman and author Christopher Lloyd described this form of our versatile eastern North American native Aster. Slow spreading rhizomes plus toothed heart-shaped leaves compile an attractive green basal rosette, bearing upright red-imbued stalks and broad, openly branched flat-topped clusters of rich lavender blue daisies with yellow centers that age to rose. Floriferous, mildew-free and adaptable, ‘Twilight’ can tolerate dry shady niches and serve as an easy-care ground cover at a woodland’s edge or be added to cottage gardens and perennial borders.

Blooms August–September

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Zone 3/4.

<i>Aster novae-angliae</i> ‘Harrington’s Pink’

Celebrated by Graham Stuart Thomas for conveying “much garden charm,” this well-loved Aster’s attraction is her pink flowers and her tall profile. Lavish quantities of delicate gold-centered daisies house nearly 50 layered, extra fine rays each, while cresting thick, straight, somewhat woody branched stalks.

Bred by Mr. Hilliard from Williamsburg, Iowa, the robust, grayish green clump crowded with stem-clasping, bristle-rough, 4 to 5 in. long leaves tolerates wet soil and some shade, resists mildew and can accompany Sedum ‘Indian Chief’ and blue blooming Asters.

Blooms August – September.

Size: 3' 0" – 5' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Lose yourself, like the linear, dark green fuzzy foliage, in a sea of royal purple flowers held on erect stems. Mildew resistant, compact and bushy, the handsome symmetrical mound becomes engulfed with 1-½ in. wide, golden-eyed, vividly colored daisies in a truly breathtaking spectacle, especially when planted en masse.

Dr. Richard Lighty developed this easy-care, late season show stopper that makes a sterling addition to arrangements and a captivating counterpoint to Stipa arundinacea.

Blooms August – early October.

Size: 18" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

<i>Aster novi-belgii</i> ‘Blue Danube’

This Aster’s alluring flowers promise a late season hurrah. Supported by stiff branching stems lined with verdant linear foliage, the blooms are the size of silver dollars, and layers of their closely set blue-violet petals radiate from yellow and maroon centers. ‘Blue Danube’ lends an air of elegance in the midst of Calamagrostis brachytricha and Angelica gigas.

Blooms September–early October.

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

When this cultivar first bloomed in our garden, we were delighted to see such large flowers! A breathtaking contrast of pure white blossoms against handsome, verdant foliage with wine-colored veins creates a presentation even more spectacular than that of ‘Climax’. Combine with Origanum ‘Ed Carmine’ for a showy summer farewell.

Blooms September–early October.

Size: 2-1/2' – 5' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Introduced in 1960 by the legendary South Dakota-born cattle rancher and plantsman Claude Barr, this hard-working native plains Aster may be small on stature but is big on bloom. Densely arranged low spreading gray-green leaves forge a vigorous sturdy base that puts on a mighty fine fall showing of sweet sugary pink daisies with burnt orange centers. Withstanding drought, some afternoon shade and a wide range of soil, including clay, ‘Dream of Beauty’s remarkable floral output and tailored compact habit can be staged atop a garden wall or along a pathway.

Blooms September–October

Size: 12" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Aster oblongifolius</i> ‘October Skies’

Named for copius sunny-centered, fine-rayed daisies which mirror the azure atmosphere of a New England autumn day, this Aster was also selected for its tidy short stature and easygoing, stalwart disposition. Its small, narrow green leaves emit a light scent when handled and form a close-knit, low bushy mound, withstanding poor sites with dry, rocky or sandy soils. While the species is one of the last wildflowers to bloom in the eastern U.S., 'October Skies's lavender-blue flowers naturally look good after an early frost, make a jaunty additional to an arrangement and always beckon butterflies or other winged visitors.

Blooms September-October

Size: 18" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Zone 5.

Aster oblongifolius ‘Raydon’s Favorite’ (P-1611)

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Mr. Raydon Alexander of San Antonio, Texas, said this hearty mint-scented Aster was his favorite, and we’re sure you’ll agree. Originating near Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, drought tolerant ‘Raydon’s Favorite’ quickly forges a valiant, dense mound that gets buried under multitudes of bright blue-lavender daisies. With late richly colored flowers, distinguished by sunlit yellow eyes and fine-textured single rays, and a no-fuss, orderly nature, it proves indispensable in the fall border.

Blooms September – October.

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Zone 3/4.

<i>Aster</i> ‘Ochtendgloren’

Conjuring a zestful spirit as summertime wanes, this elegant Aster parades branched heads of dainty pink starlike blooms and darker pink buds. The long and narrow, densely set foliage that lines its stiff, sturdy stems is handsome right to the ground. Claiming Aster pringlei lineage, ‘Ochtendgloren’ merrily partners with Pennisetum ‘Moudry’ and Geranium ‘Buxton’s Variety’ in front of our Beech hedge.

Blooms August–early October.

Size: 4' 0" – 5' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Aster pyrenaeus ‘Lutetia’ (P-0631)

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<i>Aster pyrenaeus</i> ‘Lutetia’

‘Lutetia’ is one of our favorite low growing Asters, and by summer’s end you’ll see why. Its pink buds open into a charming blanket of large, yellow-centered, pastel daisies with delicately splayed lavender petals, completely hiding the loose mound of finely textured foliage and intertwined, wiry, deep purple stems.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Aster tataricus ‘Jindai’ (P-0632)

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<i>Aster tataricus</i> ‘Jindai’

The name may sound like one of the bad guys from Star Wars, but this unique Aster is definitely on our side with its upright bearing and lush textural appeal. Not as towering as its moisture-loving Asian counterpart, ‘Jindai’ spawns huge, serrated rough-to-the-touch leafage on stout shorter stalks and abundant branched sprays of late-blooming violet flowers engraved by large saffron eyes. A stand-alone for the mixed border, its assertive look can offset finer textured plants like Spiraea ‘Ogon’ and Phlox ‘David’.

Blooms September–November

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

<i>Aster turbinellus</i>

With a carefree cant, green, lance-shaped leaves have a lively look all season. Lean, dark violet-streaked stems give way to airy, lavender-colored sprays of glassine blossoms whose open petals are caught in a vivid yellow center. The red hues in the stems of Panicum ‘Shenandoah’ and Echinops enliven this Aster’s rich verdure.

Blooms September–October.

Size: 4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Prized for an ebullient white floral display that’s both early and long lasting above plucky green leaves and an amenable pest-free bent, this mostly eastern American native gives you good reason to usher it into your garden. The straight staunch stalks yield ovate to lanceolate-shaped leaves beneath niveous, flat-topped branching clusters of spaced, thin-rayed flowers with creamy yellow centers. Beloved by bees and butterflies, Aster umbellatus is well-suited for cottage gardens, nectaries and sunny perennial borders, favoring moist sandy sites but adapting to dry conditions as well as clay soil and some shade.

Blooms August–September

Size: 4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Astilbe

False Spiraea

Where would gardening be without Astilbes? A showy group of herbaceous perennials, full and fluffy spires of spectacular feathery plumes rise above finely cut foliage of green and bronze. A natural for bold, vertical statements, its hardiness belies its delicate form. All prefer to lounge in cool, moisture-retentive soil, with partial to full shade (inland). One of the best perennials for woodland plantings, they’re also lovely cut flowers.

The cultivar name translates to “august light”, alluding to its magnificent feathered scarlet-red plumes that are touted as blooming later than most other arendsii. The erect fluffy flowers ascend on slender stems from a lustrous, bushy fern-like clump of young leaves imbued with rubescent shades plus mature dissected deep greenery. Another spectacular George Arends creation, this Astilbe looks best in sweeps, makes a long-lasting addition to cut arrangements and wards off rabbits as well as deer.

Blooms July–August

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Like a grand finale of summer, soft pink, long blooming flower spikes at least a foot tall start heading skyward in late summer and keep going until autumn. Their upright appearance makes for a perfect blend with Molinia, Stachys ‘Primrose Heron’ and Geranium ‘Orion’.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Astilbe chinensis ‘Pumila’ (P-0031)

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It’s a happy chance that this exquisite low growing Astilbe makes a dense, weed-proof ground cover with its glossy, deep green leaves. We plant it under the dappled light of large Hydrangeas, and by midsummer ‘Pumila’s rosy mauve flowers put on a colorful display.

Blooms mid-July–September.

Size: 12" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Favored for its spectacular upright architecture, 'Purpurlanze' sprouts handsome ternately lobed dark green foliage crowned by straight lance-shaped purple spires, whose soft tightset appearance begs a caress. Blooming later than most Astilbes, plus tackling more sun and drier conditions, this showy cultivar’s statuesque accents span nearly 3 seasons. Relish it in woodland fringes with companions like Persicaria ‘Fat Domino’, Sedum ‘Red Cauli’ and tawny-plumed grasses.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

This vigorous perennial is indeed superb with urbane jagged-edged foliage, narrow dense spikes of vibrant lavender pink blooms and a rugged stately constitution that handles more heat and drought than other Astilbes. Distinctive cut leaves emerge a mahogany red and later turn deep green beneath strong, straight-backed tall flowering stalks. One of the latest of the genus to open, the stunning blossoms precede rich chocolate brown dried seed heads, forging a statuesque presence in the winter garden.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Lustrous, heavily divided crinkly foliage that sculpts an impeccable small-sized mound sets this AGM winner apart from other Astilbes. Grounded by compact, low growing dark green leaves and reddish hennasuffused young growth, short stiff upright stems unfurl attractive pyramidal spires of miniature deep rosy pink flowers. Enduring drier soil in shady spots and nearly full sun in cool summer regions, ‘Perkeo’ can enrich the front lines of a border, a shady rock garden or patio container.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 10" high x 10" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Astilbe</i> ‘Ellie’ <i>Astilbe</i> ‘Ellie’

A preeminent white flowering variety, this japonica hybrid promises to soothe your senses with its large, snowy white plumes. Sharply toothed leaves gather in a lustrous dark green foil for the branching pyramidal-shaped spires whose bright lacy blooms fade to green as they wane. Like a breathe of fresh air ushering in summer, ‘Ellie’s incandescent beauty can be shown off en masse, escorting Heuchera ‘Cinnabar’s frosted foliage.

Blooms May – June.

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide.

Zone 3/4.

<i>Astilbe</i> ‘Flamingo’

Flamingo pink and proud of it, long arching, plump floral fingers extend out, gracefully cascading from the slightly fragrant, well branched upright panicles. These tapered, broad, airy towers give a long ladylike showing, while a handsome dark green clump of glistening, jagged-edged leaflets does the footwork. An esteemed Astilbe arendsii descendant, ‘Flamingo’ never needs staking, easily melds mauves and blues, and holds our interest into winter when its bushy blooms impart rich brown tones.

Zone 3/4 (pp#12664).

Blooms July – August

Size: 2-1/2' high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Astilbe ‘Ostrich Plume’ (P-0033)

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<i>Astilbe</i> ‘Ostrich Plume’

Large, open-branched fluffy plumes of petite rich coral pink flowers make a stylish weeping gesture above lush dark greenery, earning this heavy blooming thunbergii hybrid a coveted AGM and celebrated status as one of the most graceful Astilbes. Cultivated since 1952, ‘Ostrich Plume’s delicate looking blooms and vigorous fern-like mounds, which feature sharply toothed compound leaves and bronze-tinged new growth convey dreamy Impressionistic accents, especially when surrounded with Astrantia ‘White Giant’.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 3' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Living up to its name, this dazzling Alan Bloom arendsii selection spotlights feathered pristine white flowers and gleaming medium green compound leaves. The majestic, broad triangular spires top slender upright stems above tailored deeply hewn toothed leaves, imparting a classic combination of green and pearly white. Easily grown ‘Snowdrift’ can be utilized as an edging plant along paths and ponds or be massed as a spectacular ground cover.

Blooms May–June

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Astilboides tabularis</i> <i>Astilboides tabularis</i>

The great, broad planes of this magnificent Chinese native bring an unmatched calm to shady garden spots. Recessed in the center where thick, hairy stalks are attached, the bold foliage emerges in un-ique bright green shades, and later matures to light green. Nearly 2 ft. across, each slightly lobed, umbrellalike leaf is gracefully scalloped. Strong, dark, flowering stems soar aloft to 5 ft., hosting heavy, drooping plumes of star-shaped, creamy white flowers. Once considered a member of the genus Rodgersia, this monumental Astilboides thrives in moist, humus-rich soil.

Blooms June–early August.

Size: 5' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Astrantia

Masterwort

According to Smith’s Exotic Botany of 1805, “The more refined admirers of Nature” rate Astrantia among their favorite blossoms. The flowers bloom like tiny enchanting fireworks: a star burst of bracts surround the spray of small flowers and splashy groups of buds shoot out from branched stems like the finale on the Fourth of July.

If a natural look is what you’re after, plant Masterworts near a shady patio or path where you can enjoy their detail. This is an ideal flower for arrangements, fresh or dried.

Astrantia major ‘Buckland’ (P-1612)

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<i>Astrantia major</i> ‘Buckland’

For its robust stature and endless supply of light-hued, good-sized blooms, ‘Buckland’ earns its keep in our garden. Each pearl green ruff houses an airy, dusky pink mound, brimming with intrigue and soothing shades. This Astrantia major and Astrantia maxima hybrid boasts nearly a six-month long floral show that tempts bees, butterflies and gardeners, while crowning stout branched stems and tightset 5-lobed, verdant toothed leaves.

Blooms mid-June – October.

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Astrantia major</i> ‘Canneman’

Slender yet sturdy, the long erect stems host bouquets of delicate domelike flowers cradled by upturned bracts in soft pale pink shades. The large, intricate blossoms complement lush, palmately lobed basal foliage. Named for a Dutch gardener, this vigorous Astrantia imparts a sophisticated flair to any garden setting that’s dappled with light.

Blooms mid-June–September.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Astrantia major</i> ‘Claret’

A dark drama is played out when ‘Claret’ is cast in a supporting role at the shady edge of the garden border. Dark red “pincushions” neatly cupped in bracts, and nearly black stems have an air of mystery as they rise from the luxuriant palm-shaped foliage. With long lasting flowers, ‘Claret’ is like a fine wine—something you want to always have on hand.

Blooms mid-June–September.

Size: 22" high x 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Esteemed for the glorious borders she created at Hadspen House, Nori Pope introduced this sought-after richly hued beauty. ‘Hadspen Blood’ is considered one of the darkest red cultivars, flaunting intricately detailed deep carmine floral mounds that shine like rubies over large lustrous palmate leaves. Stage near Persicaria ‘Red Dragon’ and savor the lavish union.

Blooms mid-June–September.

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Astrantia major ‘Lars’ (P-1090)

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Celebrating bright and cheerful colors, crowns of maroon bracts deliver gorgeous cherry red floral mounds with lighter pink centers. ‘Lars’s blooms loll high above broad deep green lobed leaves on slender stems. This energetic Danish cultivar looks a bit like an overly exuberant Italian Flat Parsley and makes an unparalleled up-front cottage-style filler that is easy to care for.

Blooms mid-June–September.

Size: 2' 0" – 2-1/4' high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Copious extra large white domed umbels plus spiky niveous collars with green-tipped bracts become a study in refinement, poised on ‘Madeleine van Bennekom’s stand of lithe branched stems and openly set deep green foliage. Ideally planted on the woodland’s fringe, this enduring well-groomed beauty imparts illuminated floral allure to neighbors such as Leycesteria ‘Golden Lanterns’ and Deschampsia flexuosa.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 15" – 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Distinguished by its uniquely colored blooms and valiant upright silhouette, this spectacular new cultivar debuts large, rounded sprays of petite, purple-infused burgundy flowers resting upon showy silver and crimson-hued bracts. Shiny, toothed palmate dark greenery elevates the bountiful floral display that unfolds from spring ’til October and makes a gorgeous full-toned match for Rodgersia ‘Bronze Form’ and Geranium ‘Anne Thomson’.

Blooms June–September

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Touted as one of the longest flowering of all Astrantias, ‘Pink Pride’ will impress you with large pleasantly pink pin-cushion-like blooms. Green and rose-blushed bracts cradle the rococo flowers above a medium green foil of chiseled lusty green leaves and upright steadfast stems. Lovely in a swath along a partially shaded path, it makes a compelling companion for other extraordinary beauties such as Rodgersia ‘Braunlaub’ or Tricyrtis lasiocarpa

Blooms mid-June–early October.

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Astrantia major ‘Roma’ (P-1434)

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Evoking antique lace, pin cushionesque rosy red flowers are cozied within a decorative silver-hued rosette of pointy bracts. Slim branching stems plus handsome loosely arranged deep green foliage compose the durable coddle-free clump. A stylish contender for bright shady areas, ‘Roma’s artful blooms embellish mixed plantings under trees, along waters’ edge or in a border.

Blooms June–August

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Astrantia major</i> ssp. <i>involucrata</i> ‘Shaggy’

“Outstandingly strong and bold,” is how the late British garden writer Christopher Lloyd referred to this ornate beauty. Especially long, soft-looking bracts, white and green-tipped, cradle delicate, frosty pale pink corsages and earn ‘Shaggy’ its name. Planted en masse and superimposed against Actaea, the sturdy striated stems and deeply cut spring green leaves make a verdurous statement.

Blooms June – August.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Slightly reminiscent of a refined Queen Ann’s Lace, large greenish white domed flowers reside atop a stiff spidery ruff of green-tinged white bracts, while riding wiry stems and palmately cut, dark green toothed leaves. Coveted by butterflies, floral designers and horticulturists, ‘White Giant’ emphasizes long lasting blooms with mesmerizing detail and a lovely enduring presence that can be sprinkled amid Sesleria ‘Greenlee’, Geranium ‘Havana Blues’ and Aster ‘October Skies’ for natural panache.

Blooms mid-June–September.

Size: 2' 0" – 2-1/4' high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Astrantia ‘Moulin Rouge’ (P-1545)

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AVAILABLE SPRING 2019

<i>Astrantia</i> ‘Moulin Rouge’

Resembling an elaborate centerpiece, domed flower heads, backed in pale green and tipped in burgundy make a glittery appearance on stiff, maroon-black pointed bracts. This darkly colored base is unique and sets ‘Moulin Rouge’ apart from other Astrantia cultivars. Strong supple stems and glossy, deeply lobed greenery give way to the sumptuous pageant of large, long blooming inflorescences that cast their beguiling spell upon the garden. (pp#16549)

Blooms June – August.

Size: 18" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Athyrium

Lady Fern

Our highly ornamental offerings fashion distinctive fronds sprouting from a deciduous clump that relishes shady damp recesses. Old leaves can be left standing throughout the winter and cut back in the spring, just after the new ones burst forth.

We applaud the New England Wildflower Society for discovering this fantastic sturdy form of the native Lady Fern, which roams the eastern and central areas of our country. Forging an elegant vase shape, uniquely colored red-violet stems are hard to miss and look especially vibrant against artful light green, lacy foliage. The dense deciduous clump maintains a fresh appearance as new delicate-looking leaves unfurl throughout the growing season. Unfazed by deer, rabbits and poor clay soil, easily maintained ‘Lady in Red’ spreads gradually and lends bold colorful accents to perennial plantings or woodland gardens.

Size: 18" – 3' 0" high x 18" – 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

This hauntingly beautiful hybrid inherits stellar attributes from each parent, A. niponicum var. pictum and A. filix-femina, thanks to the breeding efforts of Virginia’s Nancy Swell. Strutting a straight-up formal stance, delicate-looking silver-laced new fronds continue to unfurl throughout the season alongside mature leaves that present soft pewter hues, celadon greens and burgundy accents. Easily grown 'Ghost' illuminates woodland shadows with subtle lacy shimmers and a reliable sturdiness.

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Athyrium niponicum</i> var. <i>pictum</i>

In stunning painterly strokes, olive-greens, blues and metallic silvers are splashed across the elegant tapered fronds. garnet-colored midribs etch a fervid counterpoint. Renown for its unwavering hardiness, the ever popular japanese painted fern slowly spreads to form a low growing, textural clump that gracefully weeps, softening the edges along paths, containers or the rockery and electrifying the shadows with Carex ‘Island Brocade’, Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ and Pulmonaria longifolia ssp. cevennensis.

Tolerant of some drought once established, this refined deciduous fern fancies shade, moisture and well draining, humus-rich soil.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide.

Zone 3/4.

Living up to its name, this swank Casa Flora selection boasts reliable color, beguiling texture and vigor aplenty. The fronds’ luminous silver-washed margins sparkle against posh, dark violet-red interiors, while somewhat twisting pinnules render an elegant ruffled appearance. Lasting well into fall and tolerant of occasional drought once established, undemanding ‘Regal Red’ can be featured in cut arrangements or squire fellow shade lovers such as Mukdenia, Begonia ‘Heron’s Pirouette’ and Pieris ‘Little Heath’.

Size: 12" – 18" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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