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Connecticut River Coastal Conservation District, Inc.

Middletown office:
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 PLANT AND SEEDLING SALE

Spruce up your landscape and support your local conservation district! The Annual Plant 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 2017 plant sale will take place April 28-30 at Tanger Outlets in Westbrook.  The 2017 brochure and order form are now available on our website (download PDF brochure). We encourage you to order early for the best selection! Advance orders are due April 7, 2017, but there will also be extra plants available for purchase at the sale. 

This year we are excited to have two new special boxed selections, one designed to attract pollinators (including butterflies and hummingbirds), and the other to attract birds (songbirds as well as hummingbirds). They come 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 a variety of 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, along with the brochure and order form, will be posted soon on the "Plant Info/Photos" tab on this page.

More information about the plants, 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!
THIS CHART IS NOW UPDATED FOR 2017!!

CLICK HERE FOR 2017 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

Arrowwood Viburnum
Viburnum dentatum

CT  RG  P

A dense, hardy and versatile viburnum with something to offer in every season! Creamy white flowers appear in late spring, bundled into lovely flat-topped clusters; blue-black berry-like drupes follow in  summer, ripening completely in early fall; and  the lustrous dark green leaves take on lovely fall shades of yellow, glossy red or reddish-purple. Fast growing and great for naturalizing. Forms dense thickets, providing excellent cover and nesting sites for birds, which also consume the abundant fruits. It also attracts butterflies and is larval host of the Spring Azure butterfly and  Hummingbird moth. 

Azalea, Pinxterbloom
Rhododendron periclymenoides 'Deep Pink'

CT  RG  P

This especially deep pink colored  Pinxterbloom cultivar flowers in early spring, signaling its arrival! Trumpet-shaped flowers are showy, fragrant and long-lasting. Hardy, easy to grow, and unlike most deciduous azaleas will bloom in part shade, which it prefers. Best grown in moist, well-drained soils, but tolerates dryish, sandy or rocky soils. Mixes well with Mountain Laurel, spring bulbs and shade-loving perennials. Good for massing, as a specimen, and in borders, woodland gardens, shade gardens, in foundation plantings or as a hedge. Attracts butterflies, beneficial insects, hummingbirds, and provides cover and nesting sites for songbirds.

 

(for habit only--this is not the 'Deep Pink' cultivar)

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
'MA Hybrid'

CT  RG  DR  P

Vigorous selection with darker green leaves and fuller, growth than the species. Excellent low growing low maintenance evergreen ground cover suitable for difficult sites. White-pink flowers bloom in spring; dark green leathery foliage turns bronze-red in fall; red berries and red exfoliating branches add interest in winter. Does best in sandy well-drained soil; salt and wind tolerant. Attracts bees, butterflies, and birds. See USDA fact sheet for more info.

 

Beach Plum
Prunus maritima

CT  E  P
An excellent plant to please native insects, birds and humans alike, with its rounded form, deep green foliage, abundant small white blossoms in mid-spring, edible plum-like fruit in summer, and bright red fall foliage. Perfect for grouping to create a habitat rich thicket, and for borders and hedges. Easy to grow and low maintenance, and tolerates salt, wind, rocky soil and even drought. Also good for erosion control. Attracts birds and other wildlife, which each the fruits, and is of special value to native bees according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Plums make delicious jams and jellies!

 

 

Blackberries
Rubus
'Chester Thornless'

E  P

One of the more winter hardy and productive thornless varieties! Produces large, high-quality fruit with good flavor, and plants are vigorous and disease resistant. Clusters of white, 5-petaled, rose-like flowers in spring give way to firm, glossy blackberries of excellent eating quality, ripening early to mid-August. Semi-erect 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: profuse white or pink flowers in spring; savory blue fruit in summer; long-lasting yellow-red-burgundy fall foliage; and the twisted, peeling stems and red or yellow-green bark in winter. Blooms spring through summer. Edible berries ripen July-August. 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!

Creeping Cranberry
Vaccinium macrocarpon 'Pilgrim'

CT  RG  E  P

Excellent, hardy low growing evergreen ground cover, especially for damp sites and near salt water. Tiny, delicate leaves on many branches spread wide and rapidly; delicate pink flowers bloom in mid-May and provide a nector source for butterflies and other pollinators; dark green leaves turn mahogany red in fall; and plentiful large tasty red berries in fall add to plant's beauty and provide a source of food for birds. Plant in groups for a fruitful landscape bonanza.
 

Creeping Juniper
Juniperus horizontalis 'Bar Harbor'

CT  DR

Compact evergreen ground cover with flat, trailing branches. Soft textured blue-green foliage turns purplish 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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Honeysuckle, Trumpet
Lonicera sempervirens 'Alabama Crimson'

CT  DR  P

 

Also known as Coral Honeysuckle, this is one of the showiest of the vining honeysuckles, with blue-green leaves, multi-colored tubular flowers, and glossy red berries. This vigorous, deciduous, twining vine typically grows 10-15'. Large, non-fragrant, narrow, trumpet-shaped flowers are scarlet to orangish red on the outside and yellowish inside. Flowers appear in late spring at stem ends in whorled clusters, and attract hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. Small ornamental red berries form in late summer-early fall, and are attractive to birds. Excellent vine for trellises, arbors and fences, and can also be grown unsupported as a ground cover.    
Inkberry
Ilex glabra 'Densa'

CT  DR  RG

Excellent evergreen with broad dense upright habit, attractive lustrous dark green foliage, and jet black berries. Ideal for low hedge or grouping, for a small foundation space, or as a specimen. Very hardy and easy to grow! Tolerates a variety of landscape conditions, including sandy soils or places prone to exposure to road salt or seaside conditions, heat, drought, sun, shade and transplanting. Also grows exceptionally well in urban areas. Provides year round cover for birds, and berries provide an excellent food source. Also provides nectar for small pollinators. See USDA fact sheet for more info.  

Mountain Laurel
Kalmia latifolia

CT  P

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.

Ninebark
Physocarpus opulifolius 'Diabolo'

CT  P

This stunning multistemmed deciduous shrub has excellent color, appealing form, and interest in any season! Striking deep burgundy-purple mapleleaf-shaped foliage darkens through the summer; showy rounded clusters of pink-tinged creamy white flowers bloom in late spring and redden as they go to seed; leaves turns bronzy red in fall; and even the layered bark is of interest in winter. Very adaptable in terms of soil conditions, drought resistant, easy to grow, and fast growing. Good as a specimen plant or planted in groups, in hedges and screens, in mixed shrub borders, and on banks and slopes for erosion control. Attracts butterflies and birds.  

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 ends 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.  
 

Pussy Willow
Salix discolor

CT  DR  RG  P
Excellent multi-stemmed wildlife plant! Showy, silvery flowers resembling small bottlebrushes bloom in late winter on bare stems before leaves appear. The flowers provide early season pollen for native bees; flower buds are eaten by finches, grouse and cardinals; and the blue-green leaves are a larval food source for several butterflies (Mourning Cloak and Viceroy). When planted densely in clumps, it provides good cover and nesting sites for a variety of birds. Good as an accent plant, for hedges and screens, in mass plantings and naturalizing, in rain or water gardens, and for erosion control. Prefers full sun and moist soils, but grows in part shade and tolerates somewhat drier soils better than most other willows.
Raspberries
Rubus idaeus '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 Osier Dogwood
Cornus sericea

CT  DR  RG  P

Beautiful multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with four season interest and great wildlife value! Best known for its showy bright cherry red stems in winter, Red Twig dogwood also features textured green, oval leaves in spring that provide a striking contrast to the colorful red bark; frothy creamy white clusters of tiny flowers mid to late spring; white to light blue berries in summer; and great red-purple fall color. Provides food and shelter for birds. Also provides dense cover for a variety of wildife. Attracts butterflies and is larval host of the Spring Azure, Celastrina ladon. 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 'Roseum'

CT  RG  P

Spectacular native cultivar! Well-branched open 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. Large, long-lasting showy globes of clear 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 naturalizing or groupings. Does best in moist, well-drained soil. Provides cover for wildlife and nesting sites for songbirds, and attracts butterflies and other pollinators.

 

 

Serviceberry (Shadbush)
Amalanchier laevis

CT  DR  RG  P 

Pure white flowers and bronzy-red foliage of this serviceberry genus light up the landscape in early May! Beautiful delicately scented  flowers provide nectar for early bees and butterflies. Mid summer fruits ripen to brilliant violet pink, aging to deep blue purple when fully ripe. In fall, foliage provides a colorful brilliant show, first turning yellow, then orange, then bright red. Even in winter, it remains attractive with its smooth silver bark. Found in dry to moist woods, fields and thickets, it tolerates most any garden situation. It blooms more in full sun, but has a more open and graceful habit in shade. It is drought tolerant once established, but will grow taller and faster in consistently moist soils. Amelanchier can be grown as a small tree or pruned to become a densely branched shrub  It makes an attractive multi-stemmed specimen plant, or grouped together forms an innovative hedge that will attract wildlife and birds, which love the berries. Berries are edible and can be eaten raw, cooked, and even made into wine!

 

Strawberries
Fragaria x ananassa 'Jewel'

E

Midseason variety recommended for home gardeners due to overall quality and consistent performance. Produces large firm berries with superb quality and flavor, also excellent for freezing. Performs well over a wide range of growing conditions. Hardy and vigorous. A great edible ground cover! Click here for growing information and more.

 

Summersweet
(aka Sweet Pepperbush)

Clethra alnifolia
'Compacta'

CT  DR  RG  P

A compact, dense Clethra with lustrous glossy dark green foliage.  In late summer, abundant, long, very fragrant white bottlebrush-like flower spikes attract butterflies and bees. Leaves provide an excellent show of golden-brown fall color. 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. This beautiful selection retains a compact shape without pruning. Great massed in naturalized landscapes, and an excellent addition to a foundation, border or woodland edge. 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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Sweetfern
Comptonia peregrina

CT  DR  RG  P

Loved for its glossy fragrant fern-like foliage, short stature and ability to colonize tough sites! Ornamental interest includes male catkins in spring that give way to spikey nutlets. This interesting and vigorous plant is great for native plant gardens or naturalized areas where it can be left alone to spread. Low growing with a dense, mounded habit when grown in full sun. A good choice for planting along stream or pond banks, for rain gardens, for areas with poor soil, and for stabilizing slopes or embankments. Drought tolerant. Attracts birds and butterflies, and is larval host of the Grey Hairstreak butterfly (Strymon melinus). 

   

Sweet Gale
Myrica gale

CT  RG  P
This dense, rounded low growing shrub features fragrant lance-shaped glossy blue-green leaves whorled on stems. Greenish-yellow catkins appear before the leaves; male and female on separate plants.  Spikes of clustered “cones” produce tiny winged nutlets. Sweetgale thrives in wet soil conditions where few others can, and also tolerates brackish and saltmarsh conditions. Good for mass planting, hedges, screens and naturalizing. Provides cover and nesting sites for birds, which also eat the ornamental fall fruit. Also attracts butterflies.

Winterberry, female
Ilex verticillata
'Red Sprite'

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.  This very popular, award-winning dwarf form matures to only 3 to 4 feet tall, with a mounded habit. Early blooms produces numerous, very large red berries which persist well into the winter, providing interest and important wildlife food. Released by USDA, this cultivar is widely considered to be one of the best winterberries. Good for naturalizing. Attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators. See USDA fact sheet for more info.

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Winterberry, male
Ilex verticillata 'Southern Gentleman'

CT  DR  RG

Extremely hardy deciduous male holly with dense, lustrous, rich deep green foliage on an upright, rounded form. Matures to 6 to 8 feet tall, and 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.

PERENNIAL GROUND COVERS-FLOWERING PERENNIALS-FERNS-GRASSES

Barren Strawberry
Waldsteinia fragaroides

CT  DR  P
A delightful, carefree easy growing ground cover! Covered in buttercup-like flowers in spring. Its strawberry-like glossy foliage looks great throughout the growing season. Perfect for front of the border, and for rock gardens.  

Short Toothed Mountain Mint
Pycnanthemum muticum

CT  RG  DR  P
Vigorous and easy to grow ground cover, with lustrous aromatic leaves and showy silver bracts. Leaves have a minty, clean aroma when crushed. Good choice for the meadow or wildflower garden. Attracts butterflies.  

Violet
Viola labradorica
'Purpurea'

CT  DR  P
Blue flowers throughout the entire growing season attract butterflies, and attractive bronze foliage. The many uses for Violas include naturalizing, edging, in rock & alpine gardens or in your perennial border. Provides a ready source of food for butterflies, which love to flutter about the flowers.  

Wild Stonecrop
Sedum ternatum

CT  DR  P
A nice easy to grow ground cover, with succulent, evergreen foliage and clusters of white star-like flowers that bloom en masse in spring. Hardy and drought tolerant, making it a great choice for xeriscaping.  

Beard Tongue Penstemon Digitalis
'Husker Red"

CT  DR  P

Beautiful deep bronze-red leaves all year, give rise to 2-3’ spikes with profuse small white bell-shaped flowers attached to dark rose-wine stems in June. A much loved native perennial known to bloom a long period of time when spent flowers are removed. Flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators for nectar.  Songbirds such as cardinals and goldfinch eat ripe seed from the flower stems in fall and winter. This taller variety can stand alone or is attractive grouped together. Great as a cut flower!

 

Bee Balm
Monarda fistulosa
'Claire Grace'

CT  DR  E  P
Extremely showy soft lavender pin cushion like flowers, with excellent, shiny foliage. Very long-blooming when spent flowers are removed. Flowers are a magnet for butterflies and hummingbirds, and are of special value to native bees according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Easy to grow and multiplies quickly. Good for the middle or front of the border or smaller gardens. Great as a cut flower! Flowers are also edible, and aromatic minty leaves can be used to make tea.  

Butterfly Weed
Asclepias tuberosa

CT  DR  P

One of the showiest native perennial flowers, good for massing in large drifts or sprinkling throughout a meadow! Large orange flowerheads emerge in early summer and continue into fall. Long-lasting flowers provide a nectar source for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, and leaves are a food source for monarch butterfly larvae. Great for cutting, and also dried in flower arrangements. Easy to grow, and once established in your garden, which only takes one season, tolerant of heat, humidity, cold, drought, and poor soil. An excellent choice for butterfly gardens, meadows, or naturalized/native plant areas. Also effective in sunny borders.

 

Spotted Joe Pye Weed
Eupatorium maculatum 'Gateway'


CT  RG  DR   P

A popular Joe Pye Weed cultivar that is more compact than the species, shorter and bushier with tighter and thicker flower heads. This clump-forming perennial features serrated, lance-shaped, dark green leaves on sturdy, wine-red stems. Showy, large domes of tiny, dusky rose-pink flowers bloom mid-summer to early fall, attracting butterflies and other pollinators. Flowers give way to attractive seed heads, which persist well into winter. Good in borders, cottage gardens, meadows, native plant gardens, wild/naturalized areas or water margins. Makes a good cut flower!

 

Wild Geranium
Geranium maculatum
'Ha
zel Gallagher'

CT  P

A lovely white flowering version of the pink wild geranium seen in woodlands. Large pure-white flowers that bloom from April through June are striking against the dark-green, deeply lobed leaves. A good choice for woodland and natural gardens, borders and massing. Drought tolerant once established. Attracts butterflies and bees. 

   
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 and other pollinators. Drought tolerant when established.  Excellent in fresh or dried arrangements. Use in cooking, sachets, potpourri and baths.

Oregano
Origanum vulgare
'Italian'

DR  E  P

Aromatic and popular culinary herb, with oval, dark green leaves and spiky white to pink flower stalks. Flowers from June to August. Easy to grow in the garden. Makes a nice edging plant and ground cover, requiring little maintenance. Also makes a good container plant. Likes bright sunny areas but can also take some morning or afternoon shade. Drought tolerant once established. It is also fairly salt tolerant so will grow in gardens by the shore. High in antioxidants, and useful for relieving headaches and coughs.
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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 'Tricolor' 

DR  E  P

Compact, many branched shrubby perennial, with strongly aromatic leaves that are used fresh or dried in cooking. This selection serves double duty in the garden, as both a culinary herb and an ornamental perennial. Multi-colored leaves are splashed with green, pink, cream and purple, forming a low evergreen mound. Upright spikes of showy, profuse two-lipped lavender-blue flowers appear in early summer. 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 'French'

DR  E  P

Easiest herb to grow! This generally upright, woody-based perennial is grown primarily as a culinary herb. This low growing creeping variety has smaller leaves and a sweeter flavor than 'English' thyme. 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. Works well as a ground cover, border edger or filler for a container combination. Perfect in rock gardens, rock walls, in between flagstones or simply planted in the garden. Tolerates moderate foot traffic. Drought tolerant once established. Attracts butterflies and bees. Use fresh or dried in cooking, and for teas, potpourri and baths.
 

Oak Fern
Gymnocarpum dryopteris 'Plumosum'

CT  DR    

One of the showiest native Oak Ferns, especially in spring. 8-10" plumed form, with delicate, small, three-lobed chartreuse fronds are held nearly erect. Has a spreading habit, forming a small patch of branching triangular fronds, with the tiny leaflets overlapping and ruffled. Makes a good low, shady area ground cover, and is beautiful for edging in woodland or rock gardens.

 
Hidden Dropseed
Sporobolus clandestinus

CT
A great ornamental grass for naturalizing with narrow medium green, mostly upright blades and wheat-like inflorescence in the fall. Seeds fall readily in the fall, and provide food for birds, attracting many species to your yard. Drought tolerant.  
Little Bluestem
Schi
zachyrium scoparium

CT  DR  RG

A native grass perfect for naturalizing in sunny locations, with spiky blades, wispy silvery flowers, and a spectacular display of vivid fall colors. Slender, blue-green stems, appear in August, reach 3 ft. by September and become radiant mahogany-red with white, shining seed tufts in the fall. Color remains nearly all winter. An upright and clump forming habit. Remains attractive as an architectural feature through winter. Good for grouping, in mid to back of the border, in a rock garden or placed by itself as an accent plant.  Flowers and foliage are good in fresh and dry arrangements. Tolerates poor soils and is drought tolerant. Easy to grow!

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

POLLINATOR GARDEN IN A BOX 
Selection of pollinator-attracting plants, all CT natives, to bring a vivid splash of nectar-rich blooms to your yard! Will attract a variety of pollinators, including butterflies and hummingbirds. Plants come packaged in a rustic, hand-made 12" x 17.5" pine box (see example in photo below). Includes 1 tree, 3 shrubs and 12 perennials. Tree and shrubs are in quart size pots; perennials are plugs. The box includes plant descriptions and information specific to the pollinator theme.

 


 

 

Cranberry viburnum
Viburnum trilobum

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Large flat-topped clusters of creamy white flowers bloom in May, providing nectar for butterflies, native bees and other pollinators. Flowers are followed by clusters of brilliant red fruit that stay on the plant into late winter. Three-lobed dark green leaves have a reddish cast when new, then turn yellow, red, and purple in the fall.  Prefers well drained moist soils in full sunor part-shade. Grows to 8-12 feet tall and wide. Works well as part of a privacy screen or informal hedge. Plants provide good nesting sites and cover for birds. Berries are a great source of winter food for birds and other wildlife. Host to Spring Azures, Scoopwings, and Tussock Moth, to name a few.

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


Steeplebush
Spirea tomentosa

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Rounded deciduous shrub with erect, slender, wand-like unbranched stems and dark green foliage. Abundant, showy steeple-shaped spires of pink to rose-purple flowers bloom from early July through August. Orange to reddish-brown bark and gold-auburn fall color provide interest throughout the seasons.  Can be used effectively in groupings and border areas, and thrives along the banks of streams and ponds. Does best in sunny, moist soil but grows in a wide variety of conditions. Attracts butterflies; is of special value to native bees; and is a larval host to the Columbia silkmoth. Provides cover and nesting for wildlife, and birds feed on fruits.

Red Oak
Quercus rubra

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Majestic hardwood tree that supports over 500 species of Butterflies and Moths (Tallamy 2007). Dark, lustrous green leaves (grayish-white beneath) with toothed lobes, sharply pointed at the tips. Leaves turn brownish-red in autumn. Insignificant flowers in separate male and female catkins appear in spring. Produces acorns in the fall. Prefers sun and well-drained soil, and tolerates dry poor soils. Typically grows to 60 feet, and is a rapid grower. Tolerant of drought and air pollution. Generally a durable and long-lived tree.  

Anise Hyssop
Agastache foeniculum

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Spiky purple flowers attract many and last far into the season! 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 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. 

 
Joe Pye Weed
Eutrochium (Eupatorium) fistulosum
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A most impressive and statuesque plant growing up to 8 feet and more–the largest of the Eupatoriums–with 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.
Palespike Lobelia
Lobelia spicata
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A dainty lobelia with tall spikes covered in beautiful pale blue flowers in the summer. Grows to 3 feet tall. Enjoys full sun and average garden soil. More tolerant of dry conditions than other lobelias. Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators.

Sneezeweed
Helenium autumnale

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Large and numerous daisy-like bright yellow flowers bloom July through October, providing welcome color in late summer and fall. Prefers sun and average to moist soils, and tolerates drought. Grows 3 to 5 feet tall. Attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators. Best used in borders, meadows and wild gardens. Make a good cut flower!

Despite its common name, Sneezeweed does not present problems for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. Its pollen is distributed by insects, not wind.  The plant gets its name from the old days when it was dried, and used as snuff to make one sneeze to rid the body of evil spirits!

Sundrops
Oenothera fruiticosa

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Hardy and versatile, this 1 to 2 foot tall plant has showy golden-yellow four-petaled flowers and lance shaped leaves. Blooms in summer, long into the season. Great for many pollinators, and is of special value to native bees according to The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Also attracts birds, including hummingbirds. Loves full sun and well drained soils, and tolerates drought.

 

Swamp Hibiscus or Swamp Rose Mallow
Hibiscus moscheutos

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This compact, well-branched shrub-like perennial features showy, large white and pink flowers. Blooms late summer through fall, and provides a good source of nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies. Does best in full sun and average to wet soils. Will grow 4-7 feet tall. Ideal for container planting. Drought tolerant when established. Can handle brackish waters.  

Thin-leaf Mountain Mint
Pycnanthemum tenuifolium

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This erect, many-branched, clump-forming mint features profuse terminal clusters of small, two-lipped whitish to lavender flowers with pale purple spots. Blooms in mid to late summer. Leaves are extremely narrow, almost needle-like, and all parts of the plant emit a strong, mint-like aroma when crushed. Grows 1-3 feet tall.  The flowers of narrow-leaved mountain-mint attract a wide variety of insects including butterflies, skippers, bees, wasps, beetles and flies. Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators, and is of special value to native bees according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Can be used in teas.

Thousand Flower Aster
Boltonia asteroides

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A profusion of gorgeous pinky purple daisy-like flowers cover this plant in late summer to fall. Narrow gray-green leaves and sturdy stems add to the visual appeal. Grows up to 4 ft tall and prefers full sun and average  soil. Great cut flower. Many insects are attracted to this plant, including butterflies, long and short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, skippers, moths and beetles. Supports Conservation Biological Control (a plant that attracts beneficial insects that prey upon pest insects) according to the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.  

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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White Snake Root
Ageratina altissima

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A great plant for shady gardens, with late season showy white blooms, July to October. Stems are erect and branching, and mature height is 1-3 feet. Enjoys well drained woodland soils and can handle full sun if soil is rich and stays moist. Easy to grow. Attracts butterflies and other pollinators. Supports Conservation Biological Control (a plant that attracts beneficial insects that prey upon pest insects) according to the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.  

Wild Stonecrop
Sedum ternatum

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This low-creeping sedum produces small, attractive white blooms in late spring on flowering branches. Leaves are succulent and light-green. Very nice for year round interest with its glossy thick leaves. Prefers sun to partial shade, and grows in a variety of soil conditions. Plants grow to 6 inches tall. Makes an excellent ground cover or border plant. Very tough, and great for rock gardens! Attracts butterflies and other pollinator, and is a larval host for the Variegated Fritillary (Euptoieta claudia), and nectar source for the Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus). Drought and salt tolerant.

Wild Sweet William
Phlox maculata

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Upright perennial with bright green lance shaped glossy foliage, and large conical clusters of fragrant pink summer blooms. Attacts many butterflies, birds and hummingbirds. Enjoys full or part sun, and average, well drained soils. Grows to 2-3 feet. An excellent plant for perennial borders, cottage gardens, wildflower meadows or native plant gardens. Good fresh cut flower. 

 

 

 

BIRD GARDEN IN A BOX  
A multi-colored selection of shrubs and perennials, all CT natives, to attract songbirds and humminbirds to your wildlife garden! Plants come packaged in a rustic, hand-made 12" x 17.5" pine box . Includes 1 tree, 3 shrubs and 12 perennials. Tree and shrubs are in quart size pots; perennials are plugs. The box includes plant descriptions and information specific to the bird theme.

Arrowwood Viburnum
Viburnum dentatum

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A dense, hardy and versatile viburnum with something to offer in every season! Creamy white flowers appear in late spring, bundled into lovely flat-topped clusters; blue-black berry-like drupes follow in  summer, ripening completely in early fall; and  the lustrous dark green leaves take on lovely fall shades of yellow, glossy red or reddish-purple. Fast growing and great for naturalizing. Forms dense thickets, providing excellent cover and nesting sites for birds, which also consume the abundant fruits. It also attracts butterflies and is larval host of the Spring Azure butterfly and Hummingbird moth.  

Black Chokeberry
Aronia melanocarpa

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Versatile multistem shrub with showy white  flowers in spring, edible juicy purple-black summer fruit that attracts birds, and wine red fall color! Grows to 3 to 8 feet tall, and 6 to 10 feet wide. Does well in sun to part shade, and adapts to many soil conditions. Ability to withstand wet conditions makes it suitable for growing on the margins of ponds or streams. Excellent addition to naturalized areas with  its suckering, spreading growth habit. Fruit makes tasty jams and jellies! See USDA fact sheet for more info.

Winterberry
Ilex verticillata

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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 produce numerous, beautiful bright red berries that persist well into the winter, providing interest and important wildlife food for numerous species of non migrating birds. Does well in sun to part shade, and prefers regular to moist soils. Grows to 8 feet tall. Good for naturalizing. Attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators. See USDA fact sheet for more info.

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Red Cedar
Juniperus virginiana

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Fast growing pyramid-shape evergreen with a gnarled fluted trunk, flat needles and blue berries. Provides year round cover for wildlife, and berries are enjoyed by many birds, especially Cedar Wax Wing. Gray to red-brown exfoliating bark is of ornamental interest, and provides nesting material for many. Prefers full sun and drier soils, and grows to 25 feet tall. Prickly foliage is browse resistant. Good for difficult sites. Attracts songbirds, butterflies, small mammals. See USDA fact sheet and USDA plant guide for more info.

Anise Hyssop
Agastache foeniculum

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Spiky purple flowers attract many and last far into the season! 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 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. 

 

Beard Tongue
Penstemon digitalis

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A versatile and hardy plant with showy light pink flowers that look like a delicate foxglove in early summer. Grows 2 to 2.5 feet tall, in most any type of soil, in part shade to full sun. Drought tolerant once established. Flowers attract hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators, and seeds are enjoyed later in the season by birds. Of special value to native bees according to The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Black-eyed Susan
Rudbeckia hirta

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Cheerful, sunny yellow dasiy-like flowers with rust colored centers bloom summer to fall, providing a long lasting nectar source; ripe seeds are happily consumed by birds for protein source. Prefers full sun and rich, well drained soils, and grows 1 to 3 feet tall. Will self sow. Attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators. Drought tolerant. Makes a good cut flower.  

Flat-top Aster
Doellingeria umbellata

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White flowers with yellow centers bloom at the end of summer. Late season seeds rich in proteins provide a great source of food for birds to fatten up before winter. Prefers moist rich soils and may get up to 5 ft tall if conditions are right. Attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators.
 

Grey Goldenrod
Solidago nemoralis

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The perfect choice for difficult locations! Pale yellow fluffy flowers bloom later in the fall than other goldenrods. Prefers a dry, sunny location. Grows to 2 feet tall. Extremely hardy and a wonderful late season seed source. Seeds persist into the winter months, providing a lasting food source for birds. Attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators, and is of special value to native bees and supports Conservation Biological Control (a plant that attracts beneficial insects that prey upon pest insects) according to the Pollinator Program at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.    

Indian Grass
Sorghastrum nutans

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This beautiful ornamental grass is a showy accent plant that gives height to a garden and provides winter interest. Features broad blue-green blades, and large, plume-like, soft, golden-brown seed heads. Fall color is deep orange to purple. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil. Grows 3-8 feet tall. The seeds are eaten by many birds, and the long leaves provide nesting material. Also attracts butterflies. Excellent for planting on slopes to prevent erosion!

Lanceleaf Coreposis
Coreopsis lanceolata

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The long-blooming golden-yellow flowers of Lanceleaf Coreopsis create a fantastic display. Blooms in the late spring to early summer. Butterflies are regular visitors, and songbirds feed on the ripe seeds in late summer. Grows 1-2 feet tall and 1 foot wide. Prefers full sun and dry sandy soil. Makes a terrific cut flower! Of special value to native bees according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation 

 

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. Of special value to native bees according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation  http://images.mobot.org/TropicosImages2/PlantRecordImages/prod/large960/00007000/7612_A745-0901044.jpg

Showy Tick Trefoil
Desmodium canadense

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Very adaptable perennial with beautiful pink spikes of flowers in the summer! Flowers are visited by hummingbirds, and the seeds are enjoyed in summer by many birds. Also attracts butterflies and other pollinators. Grows to 3 ft tall in average garden soil, full sun. Showy Tick Trefoil is in the pea family and provides nitrogen to the soil. Drought tolerant.

Tall Coreopsis
Coreopsis tripteris

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A sturdy plant and a great birdfeeder! Sunny yellow blooms, July through September, produce seeds in late summer. Prefers full sun and well drained soils. Height is impressive, growing up to 6 feet tall! Attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators. Drought tolerant. Of special value to native bees and supports Conservation Biological Control (a plant that attracts beneficial insects that prey upon pest insects) according to the Pollinator Program at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Virginia Strawberry
Fragaria virginiana

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A great ground cover that produces delicious tiny wild strawberries. A sweet treat for the birds and us too! White flowers in the spring attract butterflies and other pollinators. Grows 3 to 6 inches tall. Great for dry areas, and shade to full sun. Of special value to native bees and supports Conservation Biological Control (a plant that attracts beneficial insects that prey upon pest insects) according to the Pollinator Program at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Water Avens
Geum rivale

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A low mounding perennial, with early summer flowers that attract hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators, and seed heads that are enjoyed by birds later in the season. Nodding bell-shaped flowers have orange petals with red-purple sepals; seed heads are round and fuzzy. Prefers moist to average garden soil, in part shade to sun. Grows 1 to 3 feet tall. Makes a great addition to bog or water gardens. Also attracts turtles!

 

 

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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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