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Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, Inc.

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deKoven House Community Center
27 Washington Street
Middletown, CT 06457

Phone: 860-346-3282
Fax: 860-346-3284

Shrubs, Flowers and Tree Seedlings!

ButterflyTHINK LOCAL―PLANT NATIVE & EDIBLE! CELEBRATE EARTH DAY AND ARBOR DAY AT OUR ANNUAL SHRUB AND SEEDLING SALE

Spruce up your landscape and support your local conservation district! The Annual Shrub and Seedling Sale held in April is our main fundraising event for the year. All proceeds fund our natural resources technical and educational programs and services. 

At this annual event we offer a wide variety of hard-to-find native plants, including potted shrubs, ground covers, grasses, ferns, flowering perennials, herbs and bare root evergreen seedlings. Almost all plants are Connecticut natives. 

Each tree, shrub and flower you plant enhances our environment by providing food and cover for wildlife, cleaning the air, curbing the greenhouse effect, cutting energy costs, reducing soil erosion, improving water quality and beautifying our community.

Planting information and other resources are available at the sale, and Master Gardeners are on hand to answer your gardening and planting questions. 

Most plants are pre-ordered, though extras are also available the days of the sale.   Some plants are in limited supply so it is best to order in advance to secure your choices.  Contact us for more information, or if you would like to be placed on our mailing list to receive a copy of the brochure and order form.


Check out these links for additional information:
UCONN Plant Database
Connecticut Botanical Society
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Edible Landscaping, National Gardening Association
Edible Flowers, What's Cooking America
Alternatives for Invasive Ornamental Species, CT Agricultural Experiment Station

Our 2015 plant sale will take place April 24, 25 and 26 at the Old Saybrook Shopping Center (Stop & Shop plaza), Boston Post Road and Elm Street, Old Saybrook (same location as the past five years).  The 2015 brochure and order form are now available (open PDF brochure).  Order early for the best selection! Advance orders are due April 6, 2015, but there will also be extra plants available for purchase at the sale. 

We are excited to have two special plant groups this year, the Hummingbird Special and the Butterfly Special, groups of hummingbird or butterfly attracting plants packaged in a rustic, reusable, handmade pine box, perfect for a special gift. We are also selling the popular Organic Compost from Collins Powder Hill Farm in Enfield. And once again, the sale features pollinator plants, edible landscaping plants, wet-loving plants for rain gardens, and plants suitable for waterside buffer gardens. 

Photographs and more detailed descriptions of all plant selections are posted on the "Plant Info/Photos" tab on this page.

More information about the plants offered, including photographs, along with information about edible landscaping and other resources, can be found at the websites listed below.

Check out these links for additional information:
UCONN Plant Database
Connecticut Botanical Society
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Edible Landscaping, National Gardening Association
Edible Flowers, What's Cooking America
Alternatives for Invasive Ornamental Species, CT Agricultural Experiment Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shrubs, Flowers and Tree Seedlings—Photographs and More! UDATED FOR 2015!!

CLICK HERE FOR BROCHURE & ORDER FORM (open PDF)

Codes: CT=CT native species; DR=Deer resistant; RG=Good for Rain Garden; P=Pollinator plant; E=Edible

SHRUBS, GROUND COVERS AND EDIBLES

Asparagus
Asparagus officinalis
'Purple Passion'

E

An excellent highly productive addition to any asparagus planting! Purple Passion is a unique asparagus variety, distinguished by its special attractive purple color, mild nutty flavor, and tenderness. Easy to grow, with high yields and disease resistance. When cooked, the bright purple color is reduced, but when served fresh in salads it provides a colorful and flavorful accent.  Once established, an asparagus bed can produce for up to 15 years.

 
Bearberry
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

CT  DR  P

Excellent low growing evergreen ground cover suitable for difficult sites. White flowers bloom in spring. Bronze fall foliage and red berries in winter add interest. Does best in sandy well-drained soil; salt and wind tolerant. Low maintenance! See USDA fact sheet for more info.

 

Blackberries
Rubus
'Triple Crown'

E  P

Very hardy thornless variety known for its flavor, very large berries, productivity, vigor, and disease resistance. Clusters of white, 5-petaled, rose-like flowers in spring give way to firm, glossy blackberries of excellent eating quality, bearing from the end of July thru August. Semi-erect, the canes can be trellised or pruned in summer to an easy picking height of 42". Good for fresh eating, jams, jellies, and pies! Attracts birds and butterflies.
 

Blueberry, highbush
Vaccinium corymbosum

CT  RG  E  P

Upright, spreading, multi-stemmed shrub with four season interest. Blooms spring through summer. Edible berries ripen July-August. Foliage yellow-red-burgundy in fall, bark is red or yellow-green in winter. See USDA fact sheet and USDA plant guide for more info.
Blueberry, lowbush
Vaccinium angustifolium 

CT  RG  E  P

Showy, profuse white flowers produce small very flavorful blue berries mid-summer, with the distinctive "wild" blueberry flavor. Glossy, deep green leaves turn scarlet burgundy in fall. Excellent selection for borders or naturalizing. Spreads with underground stems and a mature planting can form a dense ground cover.  Attracts wildlife!

Bunchberry
Cornus canadensis

CT  E  P

Excellent ground cover for moist, woodland areas or shade gardens. Low- growing, bright green plants reach only six inches tall, but spread indefinately by rhizomes just below the soil surface. Early May through September they produce typical Dogwood blossoms, consisting of a cluster of tiny greenish flowers surrounded by four creamy white bracts. In late summer, the flowers are replaced by clusters of vivid coral red, edible berries that are a food staple for many species of birds and other wildlife. In the fall, the shiny, deeply veined foliage turns to a beautiful burgundy-red.

 

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Creeping Cranberry
Vaccinium macrocarpon

CT  E

Excellent low growing evergreen ground cover, especially for damp sites and near salt water. Tiny leaves on many stems spread rapidly; green leaves in summer turn mahogany red in fall. Edible red berries in fall add to plant's beauty. Very hardy!  

Creeping Juniper
Juniperus horizontalis

CT  DR

Compact evergreen ground cover with flat, trailing branches. Intense silver-blue foliage is light purple in winter. Excellent for mass planting as turf substitute; rock gardens and overhanging rock ledges; and erosion control on light to moderate slopes. Heat and drought tolerant; resistant to salt damage. Grows well in almost any well-drained soil.

Elderberry
Sambucus canadensis 'Adams'

CT  RG  DR  E  P

Great wildlife plant with edible fruit! American elderberry is a thicket-forming shrub with bright green foliage and profuse large flat-topped clusters of small, fragrant white flowers in spring. The flowers are a good source of nectar for pollinators. This variety was selected for its large clusters of dark blue to black fruit in late summer to fall. The fruit is an outstanding source of food for birds and other wildlife. Old stems provide overwintering sites for insects, and birds such as woodpeckers forage in the clumps for insects. Excellent for naturalizing in moist soil. Fruit is good for jam, pies, syrup and wine! See USDA fact sheet and USDA plant guide for more info.

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Grape, seedless
Vitis 'Concord Seedless'

E

 

Easy to grow and very productive seedless grape variety. The sweet deep purple fruits are highly regarded as pie grapes, and excellent for fresh eating, juice, wine, jam and jelly. The fruit resembles Concord in color and has the great flavor, vigor and productivity of the original, but no seeds! Also, the clusters and berries are slightly smaller. Ripens in mid to late September, slightly ahead of the original Concord. Fragrant, white flowers in June are followed by medium to small size fruit with a thin, slip skin. Foliage is large, lobed, dark green in the summer with some fall color, and vines have shaggy bark. Vines are vigorous and winter-hardy. Gnarled, twisted mature vines with shaggy bark are attractive in the winter landscape. Tolerates a wide range of soil conditions, but must have good drainage. Plants are self-pollinating.

In general, grapes are easy to grow, and a little careful effort will reward you with large crops of fruit. Grape vines usually begin producing the second or third year after planting, and a mature vine will yield 15-20 pounds annually.  The vines also have ornamental value; large leaves cover a wall, form a privacy screen, or offer overhead shade. Can be grown on a trellis or arbor. Provides shelter and food for birds. 

 

Honeysuckle, Bush
Diervilla lonicera 'Copper'

CT  DR  P

 

Not a true honeysuckle, but with showy long-lasting honeysuckle-like yellow flowers and glossy green foliage. Leaves unfurl coppery-red, then turn deep green. Bell-shaped, nectar-filled flowers appear in early summer and last through summer. Fall foliage is a colorful display of yellow to orange. Capsule-like fruit is a songbird favorite in fall and winter. Attracts butterflies. Good for slopes or hillsides, borders, hedges or screens and for naturalizing or erosion control. Can be grown on a trellis. http://woodyplants.cals.cornell.edu/images/medium/pid-84-13.jpg

Hydrangea, Smooth
Hydrangea arborescens

CT  DR  P

Easy to grow shrub with low, rounded habit. Large showy clusters of flat, white flowers open in June and last for many weeks. Plants bloom most of the summer. Flowers are a key source of nectar for native insects and butterflies, and plants provide cover for birds. Thrives in part shade and tolerates deep shade; good for grouping in dappled sun.  Flowers can be used in fresh or dried arrangements. 

 
 
Inkberry
Ilex glabra 'Densa'

CT  DR  RG

Excellent evergreen with compact habit and lustrous dark green foliage. Ideal for low hedge or grouping, or for a small foundation space. Very hardy and easy to grow! Tolerates a variety of landscape situations, including sandy soils or places prone to exposure to road salt or seaside conditions. Provides year round cover for birds and black berries provide an excellent food source. Also provides nectar for small pollinators.  See USDA fact sheet for more info.  

Mountain Laurel
Kalmia latifolia

CT

The CT State Flower! One of the most beautiful, long-lived broad leaved evergreen shrubs. Slow growing and very hardy with striking clustered flowers. Good for massing and borders. Tolerates full sun, but grows best in partial shade.

New Jersey Tea
Ceanothus americanus

CT  E  P

Dense shrub with full habit and bright green leaves throughout the summer. Billowing clusters of tiny, fragrant white flowers appear on long stems in late spring and early summer. Young twigs are noticeably yellow and provide subtle winter interest. Ideally suited for wood edges or along the back of a border. Also good for hedges, screens or naturalizing, and effective as a shrubby ground cover for hard-to-grow areas such as dry rocky slopes and banks. Drought tolerant. Flowers attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Turkeys, quail and other birds eat the seeds. Flowers are good for cutting, and leaves make an excellent tea.     http://www.missouriplants.com/Whitealt/Ceanothus_fruits.jpg

Pagoda Dogwood
Cornus alternifolia

CT  P
 

Wonderful specimen tree with distinctive tiered pagoda-like form and alternate leaves, usually multi-stemmed. Very fragrant creamy or yellowish-white flowers form clusters at the end of branches, held upright along the horizontally tiered branches. Berries follow, changing gradually from green to red to purple-black, on red stalks.   Flowers attract pollinators; berries are a valuable food source, enticing birds and other wildlife. Fall interest with yellow to purple-red foliage. Winter appeal with interesting branching pattern and light brownish-grey bark. Grows in a wide range of conditions, from full sun to fairly heavy shade, and requires cool, moist, well-drained soil.

 

 

Raspberries
Rubus ideaus 'Joan J'

CT  E  P

High-yielding, thornless, early primocane (produces fruit on new growth each year) raspberry variety, with large firm, flavorful berries. Ripens late summer through fall. The glossy, pinkish red fruit releases easily from the stem, and canes are self-supporting and smooth (no spines!) making harvesting more pleasant. Fruit is good for jam, freezing and delicious fresh. Attracts birds and butterflies. Very good resistance to pests and diseasest. Received an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society! Click here for growing information and more.  

Red Chokeberry
Aronia arbutifolia 'Brilliantissima'

CT  DR  RG  E

Fragrant white flowers in spring, scarlet fall foliage, and persistent berries for winter interest make this plant valuable in all seasons. Prolific clusters of spring blooming white to pinkish flowers provide nectar for early butterflies and pollinators. Abundant shiny red fruit ripens in late summer and persists through winter, providing late season berries for birds. Glossy foliage turns brilliant red in autumn, making it a good alternative to the non-native, invasive burning bush (Euonymus alatus). Compact growth provides cover for wildlife. Vase-shaped with arching stems, it is great for borders, mass plantings, naturalistic areas, and hedges in sunny to partly shady sites. Adaptable to a wide range of conditions, including wet or poor soils; useful for bank stabilization/ colonization; and drought-tolerant, salt-tolerant, and pest-free. Berries are good for jam!

Red Osier Dogwood
Cornus sericea 'Baileyi'

CT  DR  RG

Beautiful multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with four season interest and great wildlife value!  Best known for its showy bright cherry red stems in winter, this Red Twig dogwood cultivar also features textured green, oval leaves in spring that provide a striking contrast to the colorful red bark; frothy white clusters of tiny flowers mid-spring to summer; white to light blue flowers in summer; and great red-purple fall color. Provides food and shelter for birds. Likes moisture and is ideal for wetter parts of the garden, but is also very adaptable and tolerates poor soils. Great for grouping or massing, for mixed or shrub borders, screens, natural landscapes, and bird and winter gardens. Very hardy! See USDA fact sheet for more info.

Rosebay Rhododendron
Rhododendron maximum 'Independence'

CT  RG  P

Well-branched habit, rounded shape, extreme hardiness, late bloom time, dark evergreen foliage, and ability to flower in dense shade makes this a handsome addition to the background of a  woodland shade garden, or to shaded groupings. Showy globes of bright pink flowers in late June-early July are carried over deep green foliage, and  stems are reddish, especially in fall. Good as accent or specimen plant, for hedges or screens, and for mass planting. Provides cover for wildlife and nesting sites for songbirds, and attracts butterflies and other pollinators.

 

 

 

St. John's Wort
Hypericum frondosum 'Sunburst'

CT  P 

This small, dense, upright, mounded deciduous shrub noted for its large showy bright golden yellow flowers and attractive glossy rich bluish-green foliage. Blooms in June and July.  Flowers give way to reddish-brown narrow ovoid fruit capsules that ripen in September and persist well into winter. Attractive exfoliating reddish-brown to purplish bark develops on mature stems. The ‘Sunburst’cultivar is popular for its slightly larger flowers (to 2” diameter) on a more compact plant (to 3’ tall). Good for hedges, shrub borders, foundations, and massing. Drought tolerant. Attracts butterflies and other pollinators, and provides cover for ground feeding birds.

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Strawberries
Fragaria x ananassa 'Honeoye'

E

Early-midseason variety recommended for beginners and home gardeners, and suited for organic growing. Produces large firm berries with superb quality and flavor, also excellent for freezing. High yields over long fruiting season. Hardy and vigorous. A great edible ground cover! Click here for growing information and more.

 

Summersweet
(aka Sweet Pepperbush)

Clethra alnifolia
'Hummingbird'

CT  DR  RG  P

Compact, slowly spreading clethra cultivar with a more mounding shape and more prolific flowers than the species. In mid to late summer, abundant, long, very fragrant white bottlebrush-like flower spikes on upright branches bloom for 4-6 weeks, and attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Serrated, glossy, dark green leaves turn a striking yellow in autumn. Flower spikes give way to spikes of dark brown seed capsules, which persist into winter and provide continuing interest. Somewhat unique among the summer-flowering shrubs due to its ability to bloom well in shady locations. Great massed in naturalized landscapes, and an excellent addition to a border or woodland edge. Compact, rounded habit makes it ideal for small gardens or around foundations. Also a good shrub for wet areas, such as low spots, stream banks or pond/water garden edges. Best planted in part sun but tolerates all light conditions. Prefers well-drained organic soil but adapts to a variety of soils. Salt tolerant. See USDA fact sheet for more info.  

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Swamp Azalea
Rhododendron viscosum

CT  RG 

An upright growing, multi-stemmed, deciduous plant with sweetly scented flowers and lustrous blueish-green foliage. In July multiple buds at branch ends open to display masses of white, star shaped flowers with a spicy, clove-like fragrance. Easy to grow and naturalizes well in semi-shaded woodland areas. Planted in mass, its fine texture, flower display, and flame red fall foliage make this shrub truly amazing. Stems are distinctive red-brown color, providing winter interest. Prolific flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies and song birds. Happy in poorly-drained soil and wetland areas, making it a good choice for rain gardens. Also tolerates some drought. Good accent or specimen plant, in borders, for hedges and screens, for massing, and for erosion control. Tough and winter hardy.

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Winterberry, female
Ilex verticillata
'Jolly Red'

CT  DR  RG  P

Another great wildlife plant! Deciduous holly with deep green lustrous foliage spreads to form multi-stemmed thickets that provide good cover for birds.  Early blooms produces numerous, very large red berries which persist well into the winter, providing interest and important wildlife food.  Good for naturalizing. Attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators. See USDA fact sheet for more info.

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Winterberry, male
Ilex verticillata

CT  DR  RG

Deciduous holly with deep green lustrous foliage spreads to form multi-stemmed thickets. Pollinates females (see above), which produce bright red, persistent berries in winter. Only one male is needed to pollinate many female bushes planted nearby. Good for naturalizing.
FLOWERING PERENNIALS-FERNS-GRASSES

Aster, New England
Aster novae-angliae
'Purple Dome'

CT  DR  RG  P
Compact heavy blooming variety, that provides a welcome burst of late season color. From late summer to mid-fall, is covered with semi-double, deep purple, daisy-like flowers. Attracts butterflies. Great as a border specimin and for cut flowers, which have exceptionally long vase life. Beautiful planted in mass. http://www.sunnyborder.com/images/bigplant/ASTPD-L.jpg  

Blue False Indigo
Baptisia australis

CT  DR  P

Spectacular shrub-like perennial with tall spikes of lavender-blue pea-shaped blooms that rise above compact bluish-green foliage. Flowers are followed by large, inflated nearly black seed pods providing an additional interesting element. Lupine-like flowers attract butterflies. Flowers are great for cutting, and seed pods can be used in dried flower arrangements. Looks great in any natural or informal setting: planted alone as a focal point; in the mid to back border; or in a naturalized garden setting. Turns silvery-grey in late fall. Low maintenance.

Brown-eyed Susan
Rudbeckia triloba
'Prairie Glow'

CT  DR   P

Prolific, long-blooming, bi-colored daisy-like flowers. Easy to grow, adding color for a long period of time from summer into fall. Use for borders, mass planting and naturalizing. The flowers attracts butterflies and other pollinators, and birds like to eat the seeds in the spent flowers. Easy to grow in average, moist, well-drained soils in full sun, though it is fairly drought tolerant once established. Works well planted with ornamental grasses, asters and Joe-pye weed. Great as a cut flower.

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Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea
'Kim's Knee High''

CT  DR  E  P

Acompact version of the familiar species plant,  noted for its short habit and long summer bloom. Showy large, clear pink flowers, with red-tipped orange cones, first bloom late June to early July, then in mid-late Aug., a second set of blooms appear. The fragrant blooms produce abundant nectar for butterflies and other beneficial insects. Seed produced by spent flowers attract goldfinches and other songbirds. Looks great planted in groups, which has the added benefit of attracting more butterflies. Adaptable and tolerant of extremes of heat, humidity, cold, and even drought when established. Thrives in any well-drained soil, and blooms best in full sun and good garden soil that dries out a bit between waterings, but can take almost any conditions. Good in border fronts, rock gardens or part shade areas of open woodland gardens. Leaves, flowers and roots can be used for tea. Great as a cut flower. 

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Helen's Flower
Helenium
'Mardi Gras'

CT DR  RG  P

Overlooked and underutilized, Helen’s Flower is a real performer in the fall garden, long-blooming, with brilliant colors! Petals are a lavish blend of yellow and orange-red, with deep brown, mounded center cones. Great for a back border or as the focal point of a perennial bed. Excellent cut flowers.

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Tickseed
Coreopsis
'Red Satin'

CT  DR  P

Sunny Border Introduction! A superior selection for its sturdy upright stems, fine threadleaf foliage, and deep wine-red flowers that hold their color through the summer heat. Abundant deep wine red to ruby red flowers (1.5") with orange centers, bloom all summer over fine-textured foliage. Its tighter, clump forming habit makes it perfect for use as an accent plant in the perennial garden. Also excellent for massing or as a specimen plant; towards the middle of a sunny border; or in containers. Attracts butterflies.
 

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Lavender
Lavandula angustifolia
'Munstead'

DR  E  P

Low-growing shrub-like perennial.  Features aromatic silvery-gray vegetation topped in summer with stems of showy, fragrant, white to purple-violet hued flowers.  A favorite for herb gardens or in the perennial border. Attracts butterflies.  Drought tolerant when established.  Excellent in fresh or dried arrangements. Use in cooking, sachets, potpourri and baths.

Oregano
Origanum vulgare

DR  E  P

Aromatic and popular culinary herb, with oval, dark green leaves and spiky white to pink flower stalks.  Easy to grow in the garden.  Makes a nice edging plant and ground cover, requiring little maintenance.  High in antioxidants, and useful for relieving headaches and coughs.
 

Rosemary
Rosemarinus officinalis

DR  E  P

One of the most popular herbs for the garden! Shrub-like herb with intensely fragrant evergreen needle-like leaves used fresh or dried for cooking, and for aromatic oil. Individual branches of most rosemaries are held upright at various heights, creating a tight but interestingly irregular habit. Long-lasting, fragrant light blue flowers attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Fragrant branches can be used for dried arrangements or in cut flower bouquets. Drought tolerant. This is a tender perennial that should be grown in containers or dug up and potted, and brought inside for winter.  Container plants are attractive additions to patios, decks and other sunny areas around the home. Leaves and flowers can also be used in sachets.  
Sage
Salvia officinalis 

DR  E  P


Common sage is grown for both its culinary properties and its excellent ornamental qualities, including it showy, profuse flowers. It's a compact, many branched shrubby perennial, with evergreen strongly aromatic grey-green leaves that are used fresh or dried in cooking. Whorls of two-lipped, lavender-blue flowers (to 1 inch long) in long, upright spikes appear in late spring.  A natural for containers or small hedges. Very easy to grow, performing nicely in the garden and attracting butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. A standard in the herb garden, it's also effective mixed with perennials in borders, cottage gardens, and in wild or naturalized plantings. Drought tolerant. Leaves can also be used in potpourris.

Thyme
Thymus vulgaris

DR  E  P

Easiest herb to grow! This generally upright, woody-based perennial is grown primarily as a culinary herb. Highly aromatic needle-shaped green leaves reach their peak just before plants flower. Whorls of tiny, tubular pink to lilac flowers appear on stem ends in late spring to early summer. Foliage forms dense, ground-hugging mats. Perfect as a low spreading ground cover in rock gardens, rock walls, in between flagstones or simply planted in the garden. Tolerates moderate foot traffic. Drought tolerant once established. Attractive to butterflies and bees. Use fresh or dried in cooking, and for teas, potpourri and baths.
 

Lady Fern
Athyrium angustum forma rubellum
'Lady in Red'
 

CT  DR  

 

This attractive New England Wildflower Society selection with delicate, lacy light green elliptic fronds and contrasting vibrant burgundy-red stems is a standout in the shade garden! A breathtaking flush of new fronds appears in the spring, with new leaves appearing throughout the season for a continuously fresh look. Hardy and easy to grow, with slow spreading habit (spreads about 3 feet in 5 years). Excellent choice for woodland gardens, shade gardens or shaded border fronts. Good for cutting for flower arrangements.  http://www.sunnyborder.com/images/bigplant/ATHLR-L.jpg  
Switch Grass
Panicum virgatum 'Ruby Ribbons'

CT  DR  RG

Exciting switchgrass cultivar developed by UConn, with an upright habit and intensifying color with the seasons progression. Soft blue-green foliage with red overtones emerges in spring, and turns dramatic deep wine-red in late summer/fall. Flowerheads appear late summer, and ornamental seedheads provide winter interest. Plant in  groups for dramatic effect! Good in beds and borders, as a specimen plant. Makes a good dried flower. Easy to grow and drought tolerant.

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BARE ROOT TREE SEEDLINGS

Douglas Fir
Pseudotsuga menziesii

DR

Large evergreen tree with conical form. Excellent Christmas tree, or shade or lawn tree. Moderate to rapid growth. Needles are short, soft, spirally-arranged, with blue-green to gray-green color. Bark is smooth on young trunks; reddish brown ridges with age. Not for dry or poorly drained sites. Dislikes high winds.

Eastern Red Cedar
Juniperus virginiana

CT  DR

Fast growing pyramid-shape evergreen with flat needles. Gnarled fluted trunk and gray to red-brown bark of ornamental interest. Prickly foliage is browse resistant. Good for specimen trees, masses, screens, windbreaks or hedges, and difficult sites. Attracts songbirds, butterflies, small mammals.

Eastern White Pine
Pinus strobus

CT  DR

Rapid grower with broad pyramid to dense column-like shape. Thin soft needles are light green with a bluish cast. Smooth gray to gray-green bark, becomes furrowed with age. Very versatile; use as an ornamental, Christmas tree or windbreak. Good specimen for parks or other large spaces. Easily transplanted and grown, but not tolerant of strong winds, salt, and vulnerable to ice/heavy snows.

White Spruce
Picea glauca

CT  DR

Fast growing, very hardy compact tree with narrow, conical form. Needles are short, 4-sided stiff pointed blue-green needles. Good for Christmas trees or ornamentals; in windbreaks, screens, hedges, and mass plantings; and along the seashore, due to salt tolerance.


SPECIAL THEMED BOXED PLANT COLLECTIONS

HUMMINGBIRD SPECIAL 
Selection of hummingbird-attracting shrubs and perennials, all CT natives, to bring a vivid splash of nectar-rich blooms to your yard! Plants come packaged in a rustic, hand-made 12" x 17.5" pine box (see example in photo below). Includes 4 shrubs and 12 perennials. Shrubs are in quart size pots; perennials are plugs. The box includes plant descriptions and information specific to the hummingbird theme.

American Black Currant
Ribes americanum

CT  DR  P  E

A small shrub, about 3-6 feet tall and wide, with slender woody stems that are erect and ascending, sometimes slightly arching. Prefers full sun to partial shade, and tolerates most soil types but does best in moist to wet areas. Flowers are small, bell-shaped and white, hanging in loose clusters. They are followed by dark purple to black berries, enjoyed by wildlife. Attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators, and mammals, as well as hummingbirds. The edible berries can be used to make jelly, wine, or pie; they can also be used to flavor black tea.

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Buttonbush
Cephalanthus occidentalis

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Naturally occurring in wetlands, this showy  multi-branched shrub is very adaptable in the landscape. Slow to leaf out in spring, foliage is a rich glossy green, with red veins and midribs beneath, and bronze, burgundy, or yellow tones in autumn.  Fragrant long-lasting round clusters of white flowers appear in June-July and serve as a source of food for pollinators. Flowers mature into spherical fruit that turns golden brown in autumn, persisting into winter and attracting wildlife as a food source. Prefers moist to wet soil conditions, making it a good choice for rain gardens. One of the most flood-tolerant shrubs! Grows best in fertile, rich, moist, neutral to acidic soil, in full sun. Tolerates clay soil. See USDA plant guide  for more info.

 


Meadowsweet
Spirea alba

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A woody mound-shaped shrub, 3-6 ft. tall and wide, with fine textured, erect unbranched stems.Deciduous foliage is yellow-green, turning golden-yellow in fall. White meadowsweet sweetens meadow landscapes in mid-summer with its cone-shaped spires of tiny white or pale pinkish flowers borne at the ends of leggy stems. Does well in gardens where it can grow in full sun yet have its feet wet or moist. Dense stands make an unusual hedge. In addition to attracting hummingbirds, this species is a host for the larvae of the Spring azure butterfly (Celastrina ladon).

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Northern Bush Honeysuckle
Diervilla lonicera

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Glossy, deep green leaves serves as a backdrop for showy yellow flowers on this small, mound-shaped, deciduous shrub (3- 4 feet tall and 3-5 feet wide). Not a true honeysuckle, but has honeysuckle-like flowers, which appear in early summer and last through summer.  Small, bell-shaped flowers are yellow-green at first, becoming orange or purplish-red. Dark-green leaves change from yellow to orange-red in autumn, and its capsule-like fruit is a songbird favorite. Prefers full sun to partial shade and fertile, well-drained soil, but adapts easily to poor, rocky soils, and dry and moist locations. Drought tolerant. This easy to grow plant is perfect in small spaces, and good for borders, edging, mass planting, naturalizing, or as a specimen. In addition to hummingbirds, attracts beneficial insects, butterflies and songbirds.   
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Cardinal Flower
Lobelia cardinalis

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Showy perennial with cardinal red flowers in erect 8 inch terminal spikes, and finely-toothed, lance-shaped, dark green leaves. Typically  2-3 feet tall (infrequently to 4 feet). Velvety flowers have a tubular shape and two lips, with the three lobes of the lower lip appearing more prominent than the two lobes of the upper lip. Blooms July to September. Flowers are very attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Provides late summer bloom to the perennial border, wild garden, native plant garden or woodland garden. Excellent for butterfly or bird (hummingbird) gardens, and also effective at the edge of ponds or streams. Since most insects find it difficult to navigate the long tubular flowers,cardinal flower depends on hummingbirds, which feed on the nectar, for pollination.  http://www.wildflower.org/image_archive/640x480/PCD1324/PCD1324_IMG0055.JPG  http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/aa/7c/28/aa7c28663b743d37a7938ac053b3dcbd.jpg

Great Blue Lobelia
Lobelia siphilitica

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A blue counterpart to the Cardinal Flower (see above). Spikes of showy brilliant blue flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden! Flowers are tubular, and 2-lipped, with the three lobes of the lower lip appearing more prominent than the two lobes of the upper lip. Flowers arise from the upper leaf axils forming a dense terminal spike atop stiff, unbranched, leafy stalks, typically 2-3 feet tall. Light green leaves are finely-toothed and lance-shaped. Provides outstanding late summer color to the perennial border, wild garden, native plant garden, woodland garden, or naturalized planting. Also effective for wet meadows, or pond or stream edges. Naturalizes easily in moist soils, but tolerates periods of drought. Of special value to native bees according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. http://www.wildflower.org/image_archive/640x480/SAW/SAW_02076.JPG  http://www.wildflower.org/image_archive/640x480/RWS/RWS_IMG0933.JPG

Anise Hyssop
Agastache foeniculum

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Erect branches of mint-and-licorice-scented, medium green leaves end in fuzzy spikes of small but showy lavender flowers, highly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Grows to 3 to 5 feet tall and 1 foot wide, and reseeds freely. Best in full sun to part shade, and moist to dry, well-drained soil. Drought tolerant. A good choice for borders, wildflower gardens, herb gardens, butterfly gardens or meadows. Flower spikes are attractive additions to fresh cut or dried arrangements. Flowers are also edible and a great addition to salads.
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Threadleaf Bluestar
Amsonia hubrichtii

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A graceful and long-lived native plant with very fine feathery foliage, and clusters of star-shaped steel blue flowers in May and June on an upright, bushy plant. Excellent golden fall color. Thrives in full sun or part shade, and prefers moist, average or dry soil. Slow to grow at first, but takes off in the second year. Fall color is brightest in full sun. Use in borders, rock gardens, native gardens, cottage gardens or open woodland areas. Drought tolerant. Makes good cut flowers.

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Milk Vetch
Astragalus canadensis

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This member of the legume family, also called Canadian Milk Vetch or Rattle Weed, is an important food source for many pollinators and birds, attracting hummingbirds, song birds and butterflies. Blooms in summer, June-August, with many creamy pale yellow or greenish pea flowers hanging down slightly in dense racemes atop often clustered, leafy stems. Light brown seed pods appear after the flowers fade. Grows 1-4 feet tall. Prefers sandy, well-drained soil in a sunny location. It is a common nectar source for pollinators, and the seeds may be eaten by Wild Turkey.   http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/prairie/photox/cn_milkvetch1.jpg http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/prairie/photox/cn_milkvetch2.jpg

Beard Tongue
Penstemon digitalis

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A much loved native perennial, featuring profuse small but showy flowers on spikes above lustrous dark green leaves. Tubular, two-lipped one inch white or light pink flowers bloom April to June on 2 to 3 foot branching stalks. Flowers attract hummingbirds, as well as butterflies and other pollinators. Known to bloom for a long period of time when spent flowers are removed. Songbirds such as cardinals and goldfinch eat ripe seeds from flowers stems in fall and winter. Grows 3 to 5 feet tall, and 1.5 to 2 feet wide. Grow in full sun, in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil. Mass in sunny borders, wild gardens, native plant gardens or naturalized areas. Great as a cut flower!   http://www.wildflower.org/image_archive/640x480/SAW/SAW_02582.JPG

Prairie Phlox
(also Meadow Phlox)

Phlox maculata

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An excellent summer-blooming plant, with mauve-pink flower heads on top of sturdy stems with thick, glossy leaves. Flowers are fragrant and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Grows to 2-3 feet, and spreads to 2 feet. Prefers sun to part sun. A good choice for the perennial border, wildflower meadow or native plant garden.  http://www.earthtonesnatives.com/plant_photos/1138_photo.jpg

Forked Blue Curls
Trichostema dichotomum

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This dainty plant features small but exceptional intense blue flowers. Lower petals are distinctively spotted and the stamens and styles are long and curled.  Blooms August to October.  Grows from 4 inches to over 2 feet tall, and does best in full to part-sun, in dry, sandy soils.  Attracts hummingbirds for its nectar, and is of special value to native bees according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. http://www.ncwildflower.org/images/plants/Trichostema_dichotomum_Wilmington_late_Sept_2012_006_resized.jpg http://farm1.staticflickr.com/42/94614202_fad3f5e763_z.jpg

Hyssop Skullcap
Scutellaria incana

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An underutilized gem, that adds an enticingly different flower form and cooling violet-blue to a sunny border or bright woodland at the height of summer heat, and continues into early fall. Small, two-lipped, purplish blue flowers bloom on branching, loose racemes July to September. Easily grown in average, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Grows 2 to 3 feet tall, and spreads 12 to 16 inches wide. Does best in dryish, sandy or clay soils. Drought tolerant.  Good in wildflower gardens, cottage gardens, native plant gardens, open woodland areas, or meadows. Attracts butterflies as well as hummingbirds. Makes a good cut flower.   http://www.wildflower.org/image_archive/640x480/SAW/SAW_03501.JPGhttp://www.earthtonesnatives.com/plant_photos/1167_photo.jpg

Meadow Blazing Star
Liatris ligulistylis

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Adds vertical accent and bright late summer to fall bloom to your garden! Tall (3 to 5 foot) wands of brilliant rosy purple flowers open from densely packed crimson buds in August and September Thrives in full sun or partial shade and well-drained, even dry, soil. Good for rock gardens, and for massing in native plant and cottage gardens.  Also beautiful in borders, where it looks best planted in groups. Liatris is excellent for cutting and for drying, Attractive to hummingbirds, a favorite of many butterflies, and goldfinches enjoy the seeds in fall.   http://images.mobot.org/TropicosImages2/PlantRecordImages/prod/large960/00007000/7612_A745-0901044.jpg

Purple Wild Bergamot
Monarda fistulosa

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A great naturalizing wildflower and a magnet for butterflies and hummingbirds! Wild bergamot, known by many other common names, is a hardy garden standard, with brilliant showy blooms and pleasantly fragrant foliage. Clusters of lavender flowers, looking like ragged pompoms, bloom in clusters atop open-branched stems. Flowers are long (up to 1½ inches) and narrow, and markedly two-lipped. Each flower head rests upon a whorl of showy, purple-tinged, leafy bracts. Blooms July to August. Grows 3-4 feet tall. Best grown in moist to slightly dry soils, in full sun to part shade. Provides color and contrast for the perennial border, wild garden, native plant garden, meadow, herb garden, naturalized planting or along ponds or streams. Attractive to bees, hummingbirds and butterflies, especially when massed. Good for cutting. Aromatic minty leaves can be used to make tea, in salads, and for seasoning; flowers are also edible. 

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BUTTERFLY SPECIAL 
A multi-colored selection of shrubs and perennials, all CT natives, to attract beautiful, bright butterflies to your wildlife garden! Plants come packaged in a rustic, hand-made 12" x 17.5" pine box . Includes 4 shrubs and 12 perennials. Shrubs are in quart size pots; perennials are plugs. The box includes plant descriptions and information specific to the butterfly theme.

New Jersey Tea
Ceanothus
americanus

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Dense shrub with full habit and glossy bright green leaves throughout the summer. Billowing clusters of tiny, fragrant white flowers appear on long stems in late spring and early summer. Young twigs are noticeably yellow and provide subtle winter interest. Ideally suited for wood edges or along the back of a border. Also good for hedges, screens or naturalizing, and effective as a shrubby ground cover for hard-to-grow areas such as dry rocky slopes and banks. Drought tolerant. Flowers attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, and is a larval host and nectar source for the Spring Azure butterfly, Celastrina ladon. Turkeys, quail and other birds eat the seeds. Flowers are good for cutting, and leaves make an excellent tea.

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Spice Bush
Lindera benzoin

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Oval upright shrub with tiny aromatic yellow-green flower clusters along branches before deep green leaves develop, providing early season nectar to butterflies and bees.  Summer foliage provides cover for birds, and red berries provide food.  Showy yellow foliage in fall. Versatile and easy to grow!  Perfect for grouping as a backdrop or screen in any location, even in shady, moist areas.  See USDA plant guide for more info.

Chokecherry
Prunus virginiana

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This showy, fast growing shrub grows to 12-20 feet tall, and features ornamental blooms and fruits. Produces dense clusters of white flowers in the spring followed by red fruit ripening to dark purple from August to September. Prefers moist soil and plenty of sun. Good for erosion control. Valuable to wildlife, attracting birds, butterflies and other pollinators, and mammals. A nectar source for the California Hairstreak butterfly, Satyrium californica, and of special value to native bees according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Berries are edible and tart tasting, and make good preserves and jelly.  http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_t4MIXLdITZw/TCkEb0TMRtI/AAAAAAAAGzw/VmQoGiLmleg/s1600/Chokecherry+Blossoms+Prunus+virginiana.JPG  https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1421/1176228301_c68b00b32a_z.jpg?zz=1

Nannyberry
Viburnum lentago

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This shrub features attractive showy white flower clusters, dense glossy dark-green summer foliage, wine-red fall color, and bluish-black berries that persist through winter providing a good source of food for wildlife. Blooms in May, and fruit develops in drupes at ends of branches in September.  Grows 15-20 feet high. Prefers sun to partial shade, but is adaptable to a wide range of conditions. Very tolerant of many soil types. Good in shrub borders, for hedges or screens, and for naturalizing. Attracts birds and butterflies, and is a larval host of the Spring Azure butterfly, Celastrina ladon.  Songbirds, gamebirds, and mammals eat the fruit in winter. Berries are edible and may be eaten off the bush when ripe or used in jams and jellies.

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Anise Hyssop
Agastache foeniculum

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Erect branches of mint-and-licorice-scented, medium green leaves end in fuzzy spikes of small but showy lavender flowers, highly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Grows to 3 to 5 feet tall and 1 foot wide, and reseeds freely. Does best in full sun to part shade, and moist to dry, well-drained soil. Drought tolerant. A good choice for borders, wildflower gardens, herb gardens, butterfly gardens or meadows. Flower spikes are attractive additions to fresh cut or dried arrangements. Flowers are also edible and a great addition to salads.
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Blue Wild Indigo
Baptisia australis

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Spectacular shrub-like perennial with tall spikes of lavender-blue pea-shaped blooms that rise above compact bluis-green foliage. Flowers are followed by large, inflated nearly black seed pods providing an additional interesting element. Lupine-like flowers attract butterflies. Flowers are great for cutting, and seed pods can be used in dried flower arrangements. Looks great in any natural or informal setting: planted alone as a focal point; in the mid to back border; or in a naturalized garden setting. Turns silvery-grey in late fall. Low maintenance.

 

Thousand Flower Aster
Boltonia asteroides

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This member of the legume family, also called Canadian Milk Vetch or Rattle Weed, is an important food source for many pollinators and birds, attracting hummingbirds, song birds and butterflies. Blooms in summer, June-August, with many creamy pale yellow or greenish pea flowers hanging down slightly in dense racemes atop often clustered, leafy stems. Light brown seed pods appear after the flowers fade. Grows 1-4 feet tall. Prefers sandy, well-drained soil in a sunny location. It is a common nectar source for pollinators, and the seeds may be eaten by Wild Turkey.   http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/prairie/photox/cn_milkvetch1.jpg http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/prairie/photox/cn_milkvetch2.jpg

Joe Pye Weed
Eupatorium fistulosum

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A most impressive and statuesque plant growing up to 8 feet and more–the largest of the Eupatoriumswith hollow purple stems accented by large (8-12 inches), rounded, tight clusters of pink or purplish-mauve flowers. Late summer blooms last into fall and are a magnet for butterflies, which flock to the flowers. The whorls of textured leaves look great all season long. The height of Joe Pye Weed makes it an excellent backround plant in border perennial beds, but is also majestic standing alone. Flower color is darker in cooler weather. Does best in full sun, and prefers wet meadows but will do nicely in rich garden soil that is not allowed to dry out. An important pollen and nectar plant, it attracts butterflies (particularly the Swallowtail butterfly) and other pollinaters.  https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6123/6014444136_aa359f503d_z.jpg  http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/d1/80/0a/d1800a7556ce89aa3a6d091a9f5fdff8.jpg

Blanket Flower
Gaillardia aristata

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A lower growing perennial (6-12 inches tall) that adds bright red and yellow blooms to your garden June through August. The inch-long petals have yellow, 3-toothed tips and dark red bases. Enjoys full sun and average garden soils. Attracts butterflies and is of special value to native bees according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/94/Gaillardia_aristata2.jpg  

Round Headed Bush Clover
Lespedeza capitata

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This drought tolerant plant has leaves with dense white hairs that make the foliage look silvery. Produces clover-like yellow/white flowers with purple centers in the late summer, held in clusters along the upper part of the stem. Stems remain erect through the winter when the seedheads have turned dark brown. Grows 2-5 feet tall. Prefers well-drained sandy soil in a sunny location. Seeds provide food for birds and other wildlife. Host plant for the Eastern Tailed-Blue butterfly, Cupido comyntas.  https://sp.yimg.com/ib/th?id=HN.607999449244306260&pid=15.1&P=0  https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8284/7736859360_874ab1a674_z.jpg

Meadow Blazing Star
Liatris ligulistylis

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Adds vertical accent and bright late summer to fall bloom to your garden! Tall (3 to 5 foot) wands of brilliant rosy purple flowers open from densely packed crimson buds in August and September Thrives in full sun or partial shade and well-drained, even dry, soil. Good for rock gardens, and for massing in native plant and cottage gardens.  Also beautiful in borders, where it looks best planted in groups. Liatris is excellent for cutting and for drying, Attractive to hummingbirds, a favorite of many butterflies, and goldfinches enjoy the seeds in fall.   http://images.mobot.org/TropicosImages2/PlantRecordImages/prod/large960/00007000/7612_A745-0901044.jpg

Narrow Leaf Mountain Mint
Pycnanthemum tenuifolium

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A profusion of small flowers bloom mid-to late summer and provide an excellent source of nectar for butterflies. The narrow needlelike silvery foliage is very aromatic (minty) and has a compact clumping habit. Long-blooming flowers are white to lavender with pale purple spots, growing in terminal flower clusters composed of numerous, small, two-lipped corollas. Grows 1-3 feet tall, and does best in full sun or part shade. Attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators, and is of special value to native bees according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Dried leaves can be used as flavoring and in teas.

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Hyssop Skullcap
Scutellaria incana

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An underutilized gem, that adds an enticingly different flower form and cooling violet-blue to a sunny border or bright woodland at the height of summer heat, and continues into early fall. Small, two-lipped, purplish blue flowers bloom on branching, loose racemes July to September. Easily grown in average, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Grows 2 to 3 feet tall, and spreads 12 to 16 inches wide. Does best in dryish, sandy or clay soils. Drought tolerant.  Good in wildflower gardens, cottage gardens, native plant gardens, open woodland areas, or meadows. Attracts butterflies as well as hummingbirds. Makes a great cut flower.  http://www.wildflower.org/image_archive/640x480/SAW/SAW_03501.JPG http://www.earthtonesnatives.com/plant_photos/1167_photo.jpg

Blue Stem Goldenrod
Solidago caesia

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A beautiful, easy to grow perennial that shows off in shady as well as sunny areas. Small, graceful, arching sprays of tiny, yellow clusters of flowers bloom all along the purplish stem in early autumn.Grows 1-3 feet tall, and forms attractive open clumps without spreading aggressively. When planted in large numbers, the flowers form streaks of gold shooting off the stems. Prefers moist, well-drained soils in full sun to shade. Tolerant of poor, dry soils and is somewhat drought tolerant once established. Contrary to popular belief, Goldenrod does NOT cause hay fever!  Attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators, and is of special value to native bees according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Makes a great cut flower.  https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3732/9885891493_4c3e068303_z.jpg  http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2011/10/14/nyregion/14autumnunfolds5-cityroom/14autumnunfolds5-cityroom-blog480.jpg

Smooth Aster
Symphyotrichum laeve

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This fall-blooming plant features numerous attractive fragrant violet flowers with yellow centers, and blue gray leaves. Flowers bloom in large open branching clusters at the top of the plant. Grows 1-3 feet tall. Does best in full sun and average to dry soils. Attracts butterflies and other pollinators; is of special value to native bees according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation; and is a larval host and nectar source for the Pearl Crescent butterfly (Phyciodes tharos). Makes a great cut flower.  http://www.rockymountainsflora.com/details/Blue%20Simple/Smooth%20Aster-73.JPG  http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/be/66/08/be6608f1d0c90da6e5354e929190aa30.jpg

Golden Alexander
Zizia aurea

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With a long bloom time, this perennial provides early color for several weeks in late spring to early summer when many other plants have not yet flowered. Produces showy umbels, with separate clusters of tiny, yellow flowers that gather into a large, flat-topped flowerhead, the middle flower of each umbel being stalkless. Dry seedheads turn purple, adding summer interest. Grows 1 to 3 feet tall. Fairly easy to grow and self-seeding, it will persist in many sun/soil situations. Tolerates a lot of shade but prefers full sun or light shade, and moist to wet soil. An important plant to a number of short-tongued insects that can easily reach the nectar in the small flowers. Attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators, and is a larval host for the Black Swallowtail butterfly (Papilio polyxenes).

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COLLINS ORGANIC COMPOST  Produced locally!! 40 pound bags of premium quality soil amendment made from fully composted leaf and cow manure.  The compost is odor free, and rich in organic matter, slow release nutrients, and beneficial microbes.  Improves soil fertility, drainage, texture and moisture holding ability.  Additional benefits of using Collins Organic Compost include improved plant and root growth; prolonged release of nutrients to the soil; improved soil porosity and aeration; increased disease resistance; improved and stabilized soil pH; improved resistance to wind and water erosion; improved soil structure.  The perfect soil builder for many uses, including  residential gardens and lawns.  Also approved for use in organic production.  From Collins Powder Hill Farm in Enfield.
 
 

Check out these links for additional information about plant choices and landscaping:
UCONN Plant Database
Connecticut Botanical Society
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Edible Landscaping, National Gardening Association
Edible Flowers, What's Cooking America
Plants for a Future, Edible Uses
Alternatives for Invasive Ornamental Species, CT Agricultural Experiment Station
Celebrating Wildflowers, U.S. Forest Service
 

 

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