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deKoven House Community Center
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Phone: 860-346-3282
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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 2016 plant sale will take place April 29, 30 and May 1 at Tanger Outlets in Westbrook--A NEW LOCATION.  The 2016 brochure and order form are now available (open PDF brochure).  Order early for the best selection! Advance orders are due April 8, 2016, but there will also be extra plants available for purchase at the sale. 

We are excited to have two special plant groups again 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 can be found 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!
NOW UPDATED FOR 2016!!!

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

American Hazelnut
Corylus americana

CT  E

Also known as American Filbert, this shrub is prized for its tasty nuts—by people and wildlife! Multi-stemmed form with a rounded shape, and open spreading base. Makes a good specimen tree, adapts well to nonformal areas, and hedges make good windbreaks and visual screens. It bears annual, abundant crops of small, sweet tasting nuts, 2-3 years after planting. Plant in multiples (2 or 3) to ensure cross-pollination and a good crop. Produces red female flowers and yellowish-brown catkins on the same plant, but is not self-fertile. Fall color varies from orange, to rose, purplish red and yellow. Nuts are preferred by squirrels, deer, turkey, woodpeckers, pheasants, grouse, quail and jays. The male catkins are a food staple of ruffed grouse throughout the winter. Grows best in full sun/part shade, and in acidic, alkaline, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, well-drained and clay soils. Drought-tolerant.

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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  RG  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  RG  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.

Christmas wintergreen
Gaultheria procumbens

CT  DR  E

Dense, compact hardy evergreen ground cover, acid soil and shade loving. Provides an excellent fall and winter show, with red-tinged, dark green foliage, and large persistent edible red berries.    

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. https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/a8/19/4f/a8194f81581f28d1717b3575a7c7ac4e.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 'Shamrock'

CT  DR  RG

Excellent evergreen with compact habit and attractive lustrous dark green foliage. 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 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  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.

Paw Paw
Asimina triloba

CT  RG  E  P

This little known shrub-like tree bears the largest edible fruit native to the US, indigenous to 26 states, from northern Florida to Maine and west to Nebraska. Paw Paw has a creamy, custard-like flesh with a tropical flavor, which is often described as a combination of mango, pineapple, and banana. Long tapered bright green leaves turn yellow-green in fall. Large fragrant purple flowers attract butterflies and fruit is eaten by birds and mammals. Naturalize in a native plant or wild garden, or grow in a shrub border or woodland margin. Also effective in damp areas along ponds or streams, and good for rain gardens.  

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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 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 Mulberry
Morus rubra

CT  E  P

Bring berries, birds and other wildlife to your garden with a valuable native mulberry tree! Songbirds, game birds, small mammals and people enjoy the abundant dark, juicy red mulberry fruits. This medium-sized tree with a broad rounded crown and dense branching makes a handsome shade tree, and is also good choice for understories or woodland borders. It prefers moist areas and rich woods, but it will also tolerate dry areas. Avoid planting the tree near sidewalks, sitting areas, clotheslines, or driveways, since fallen fruits and bird droppings may be a nuisance. Variable shaped leaves turn yellow in fall. Berries are good fresh, in jams, juices and wines, and in pies and other baked goods. Attracts birds and butterflies, and is a larval host of the Mourning Cloak. See USDA plant guide for more info.  http://www.wcpermaculture.org/files/mulberry_b.jpghttps://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRTq2dbK0WWr1kmze6twFCadbnMq1h5-S0roCGxn60IHj4-rmSN6Q

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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 'Roseum'

CT  RG  P

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, showy globes of lavender pink flowers in mid 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.

 

 

 

Steeplebush
Spirea tomentosa

CT  RG  P 

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.

 


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
'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  P

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

Bee Balm
Monarda didyma
'Pink Lace'

CT  DR  P
This petite bee balm has pale pink flowers with darker magenta centers blooming mid-summer to early fall.   Keeps blooming when spent flowers are removed, and will flower on the first year's cuttings unlike most. Unique blooms are a magnet for butterflies,  hummingbirds and other pollinators.  Easy to grow and multiplies quickly. Great for the middle or front of the border or smaller gardens. The aromatic foliage smells like mint when crushed and is often used to flavor teas. Flowers are god for cutting.  

Black-eyed Susan
Rudbeckia fulgida
'Goldsturm'

CT  DR  P

One of the most popular perennials, easy to grow and an excellent choice for providing color in late summer. Multi-branching plants have a sturdy, upright habit, and a long blooming season. Gold daisy-like flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators. Flowers have a distinct dark brown central cone and are held on branching stems. Black seed heads remain attractive throughout the winter and the seeds provide a source of food for small birds. Especially showy in mass plantings. Use for borders and naturalizing. Easy to grow in average, moist, well-drained soils in full sun, though it is fairly drought tolerant once established. Great as a cut flower.

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Cardinal Flower
Lobelia cardinalis


CT  RG  DR   P

This spectacular plant is real show stopper, with its long-blooming brilliant red tubular flower spikes set against green and purple-bronze foliage. Each individual spike of flowers opens from bottom to top and stays in bloom for several weeks. A favorite of hummingbirds, and also attracts butterflies and other pollinators. It is perfect for damp or poorly drained soil. Excellent sites to grow this plant include stream banks, water’s edge, meadow margins, and garden soils less prone to drought stress. Makes an excellent cut flower.

 

Coneflower
Echinacea purpurea
'Virgin''

CT  DR  E  P

A compact version of the familiar species plant, noted for its upright habit and long summer bloom. Showy large white flowers with overlapping petals surround green center cones. Blooms mid-summer through fall, much later than most coneflowers. 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.

   

Obedient Plant
Physostegia virginiana
'Vivid'

CT  RG DR  P

Easy to grow and makes a great cut flower! This upright, compact cultivar blooms in summer through the fall, featuring showy spikes of snapdragon-like clean rose-pink flowers. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Clump-forming and will spread. A good choice for a wildlife garden or sunny meadow, or as part of a grouping or mass planting. Also appropriate for borders and rain gardens.
 

 

Tickseed
Coreopsis
'Moonbeam'

CT  DR  P

A real standout for your perennial garden, with abundant star-like pale yellow flowers above delicate, fine-textured, needlelike foliage. Blooms heavily from June through August, with repeat bloom until frost. Attracts butterflies. Complements many colors, and is a rare plant that can't be used badly. It makes a superb front-of-the-border plant, and is excellent for massing, naturalizing or as a specimen plant. Also makes a good ground cover. Grows in well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Tolerates a variety of soils, thriving on poor soils, and is tolerant of heat, humidity and drought. 

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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 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.
 

Christmas Fern
Polystichum acrostichoides

CT  DR  

 

Shade-loving, robust, leathery fern with glossy, green fronds year-round, and silvery fiddleheads that emerge in early spring. Easy to establish and grow in the right conditions. Makes a good evergreen border or accent plant. Though it can be used as a ground cover, it has a clumping habit and will not form a continuous carpet the way some ferns do. Tolerates drought. Evergreen foliage provides winter interest. Good for cutting for flower arrangements.     http://www.psu.edu/dept/nkbiology/naturetrail/speciespages/speciespics/fiddleheadweb.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

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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

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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.

 

 


 

 

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.

 


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.

Summersweet
Clethra alnifolia

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Densely-branched, rounded, deciduous shrub that typically grows to 3-6' (less refquently to 8') tall and is noted for producing a late summer bloom of sweetly fragrant showy white flowers, attracting hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. An excellent, trouble-free shrub, good for massing is conspicuous areas in lawns or shrub borders where its attractive foliage, fragrant summer bloom, good fall color and tidy winter appearance can be showcased. Slender, upright habit makes it ideal for planting in narrow spaces in the perennial border or around foundations. Also a good shrub for wet areas, such as low spots, stream banks or ponds/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. Of special value to native bees according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation; birds also eat the fruit. See USDA fact sheet for more information.

Trumpet Honeysuckle
Lonicera sempervirons

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Excellent twining vine with prominent blooms for full sun. One of the showiest of the vining honeysuckles, the beautiful, slender climbing vine is visited frequently by hummingbirds. Leaves are smooth, glossy, paired and semi-evergreen. Blooms May to June, with flowers at stem ends in whorled clusters. Showy, large, non-fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers are scarlet to orange-red on the outside and yellowish inside. Small red berries mature in fall and provide food for birds. Vines also provide cover and nesting sites for birds. Also attracts butterflies. Typically grows 10-15' (less frequently to 20'). Best grown on trellises, fences, arbors or pergolas. 

 
Columbine
Aquelegia canadensis
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Well-known for it showy, nodding, bell-like, red and yellow flowers in April-May. Delicate foliage remains attractive throughout the summer. Growns up to 2 feel tall. Blooms attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. A wonderfual addition to native plant gardens, woodland gardens, cottage gardens or naturalized areas. Also effective in borders. Likes moisture but must be in well-drained soils. Drought tolerant.
Common Milkweed
Asclepias syriaca
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The largest of the milkweeds, growing 3-5 feet tall. Showy large fragrant flower clusters bloom in summer. Flowers can vary in color from nearly white to deep pink-purple. The fragrance is very delicate, and numerous native pollinators will benefit during its long bloom time. Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators and is the host plant for Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus) and caterpillar. Prefers moist to dry soils with full sun, and needs lots of elbow room!

Wild Indigo
Baptisia tinctoria

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This upright, shrubby indigo attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators with its yellow flowers that bloom in late spring to early summer, May to June. Features small, bright yellow to cream, pea-like flowers in numerous clusters on stems extending above a foliage mound of clover-like, gray-green leaves. Flowers give way to small inflated seed pods which turn black when ripe and have ornamental interest. Grows 2-3 feet tall. Best as a specimen or in small groups, and in naturalized settings. Can handle poor soil conditions as long as it is in a well-drained area, and is drought tolerant. Excellent for erosion control. Makes a good cut flower.

 

White Turtlehead
Chelone glabra

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An excellent, sturdy perennial with deep-green, boldly veined leaves on short stalks, and showy long-lived flowers. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.Late summer-fall blooming, weather-resistant hooded flowers are white, borne in short, upright, terminal spikes. Uniquely shaped tubular flowers resemble turtle heads, with a sparse yellow beard inside each lower lip. Grows 1 to 3 feet tall. Found in moist swampy spots, it's perfect for damp or poorly drained soil, and works well next to a pond, downspout, or in a rain garden. With adequate moisture it will also perform well in the garden. 

   

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.  

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

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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Hairy Beard Tongue
Penstemon hirsutus

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Open, stalked clusters of trumpet-shaped white to pale violet-rose flowers bloom in early summer, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies! The tubular, lipped flowers are very slender, about an inch long. Foliage is lance-shaped with a sparse covering of long, bristly hairs, and stems are wooly. Grows 12-18 inches tall. Prefers full to partial sun. Is of special value to native bees according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.  

Wild Solomon's Seal
Polygonatum biflorum

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This beautiful plant features fragrant bell-shaped green-white flowers that dangle from knee-high arching stems in May. The flowers give way to blue-black berries later in summer and the foliage turns gold in fall. Plants spread slowly forming handsome stands. The foliage stays remarkably clean and can be used in flower arrangements all summer long. Grows 1-3 feet tall. A wonderful woodland addition, but can also handle partial sun. Easy to grow in dry to moist, well-drained soil in part to full shade.  Prefers moist soil, but is also fairly drought-tolerant. Makes a good groundcover for steep slopes and other areas. Flowers are visited by ruby-throated hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators. Provides fruit for birds and small mammals in late summer, and  cover for wildlife.   

Narrowleaf 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.  

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

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.jpghttp://farm1.staticflickr.com/42/94614202_fad3f5e763_z.jpg

 

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.

Summersweet
Clethra alnifolia

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Densely-branched, rounded, deciduous shrub that typically grows to 3-6' (less refquently to 8') tall and is noted for producing a late summer bloom of sweetly fragrant showy white flowers, attracting hummingbirds, butterflies and bees. An excellent, trouble-free shrub, good for massing is conspicuous areas in lawns or shrub borders where its attractive foliage, fragrant summer bloom, good fall color and tidy winter appearance can be showcased. Slender, upright habit makes it ideal for planting in narrow spaces in the perennial border or around foundations. Also a good shrub for wet areas, such as low spots, stream banks or ponds/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. Of special value to native bees according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation; birds also eat the fruit. See USDA fact sheet for more information.

 

Gray Dogwood
Cornus racemosa

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Thicket forming deciduous shrub with multi-stemmed habit, upright, erect branches, and greenish-white blossoms in open terminal clusters. Young twigs are reddish and fruit stems remain conspicuously red into late fall and early winter. Good reddish-purple fall color. Flowers attract butterflies, and birds and other wildlife love to eat the plentiful white berries! Grows to 6-8 feet tall and 10-12 feet wide. Very adaptable; tolerant of sun or shade, and wet or dry soils.  See USDA fact sheet for more info.

Shrubby St. John's-Wort
Hypericum prolificum

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This hardy long-blooming shrub produces yellow flowers July through September, loved by butterflies and other pollinators. Flowers are followed by cone-shaped seed capsules. Naturally rounded shape with upright branching and exfoliating, pale orange or reddish-purple bark. Smooth, dark to blue-green, fine-textured foliage becomes yellow-green in fall. Grows 1-4 feet tall. Prefers part sun-part shade. Adapts to a variety of soil conditions and is even flood tolerant.   http://www.wildflower.org/image_archive/640x480/PCD1277/PCD1277_IMG0069.JPG  http://www.earthtonesnatives.com/plant_photos/1295_photo.jpg

Swamp Rose
Rosa palustris

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Multi-stemmed shrub with arching branches and highly fragrant long blooming (June to Sept.) pink flowers. Provides a good source of nectar for butterflies and other pollinators; fruits (rose hips) provide food for birds; and plants provide excellent wildlife cover. Delicate leaves are brilliant red in fall. Grows 6-7' tall and wide. Grows best in part shade or full sun and wet to moist soils. Salt tolerant. Of special value to native bees, and provides nesting materials/structure for native bees according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation See USDA plant guide for more info.

 

Common Yarrow
Achillea millefolium

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This common roadside bloomer has fern-like foliage with a spicy aroma. Produces white flowers in the summer (July to Sept.), arranged in large, compact clusters at the top of the stem, each cluster consisting of one or more flower heads. Attracts butterflies. Grows 2-3 feet tall. Prefers full sun with well-drained, sandy soil. Drought tolerant. Of special value to native bees according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
 

Wild Indigo
Baptisia
tinctoria

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This upright, shrubby indigo attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators with its yellow flowers that bloom in late spring to early summer, May to June. Features small, bright yellow to cream, pea-like flowers in numerous clusters on stems extending above a foliage mound of clover-like, gray-green leaves. Flowers give way to small inflated seed pods which turn black when ripe and have ornamental interest. Grows 2-3 feet tall. Best as a specimen or in small groups, and in naturalized settings. Can handle poor soil conditions as long as it is in a well-drained area, and is drought tolerant. Excellent for erosion control. Makes a good cut flower.

Lanceleaf Coreopsis
Coreopsis lanceolota

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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.    

Hyssop-leaf Boneset
Eupatorium hyssopifolium

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Clouds of tiny white fringed flowers bloom on flat topped clusters August to November. Leaves are finely textured. Prefers dry, sandy soil in a sunny location. Grows 1-3 feet tall. Attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators.
   

Wood Geranium
Geranium maculatum

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A beautiful, easy to grow native, great for naturalizing in the woodland garden! Lovely showy, pink, five-petaled rose purple flowers are a spring favorite. Leaves are distinctive and deeply lobed. Blooms late spring into early summer. Enjoys woods and meadows with rich, well drained soils. Spreads readily, forming stunning patches, and makes a good groundcover. Attracts butterflies and other pollinators, and is of special value to native bees according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.    

Purple-headed Sneezeweed
Hellenium flexuosum

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This sneezeweed has a deep purple center disk that contrasts nicely with its bright, yellow petal rays! Blooms in the late summer. Prefers full sun with moist, well-drained soil. Grows 1-3 feet tall.Attracts birds and butterflies with its seeds and its nectar, and is of special value to native bees according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.    

Hairy Bush Clover
Lespedeza hirta

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The foliage of this plant has a velvety, fuzzy texture, and clover-like cream colored  flowers bloom in summer on numerous cylindrical stems. Stems remain erect through the winter when the seedheads have turned dark brown, and seeds provide food for birds and other wildlife. Prefers sunny locations with dry, well-drained, sandy soil. Grows 1-3 feet tall. It is attractive to birds and butterflies. A larval host plant for the Hoary Edge butterfly, Achalarus lyciades. Also fixes nitrogen in the soil.


 

 

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

Monkey Flower
Mimulus ringens

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Two-lipped, blue-purple flowers look something like a monkey face, hence the name! Blooms in late summer. Prefers moist to wet soils, and sunny to partially sunny spots. Will naturalize via rhizomes and self-seed when happy. Grows 2-4 feet high.  A good choice for rain gardens. Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators, and is a larval host and nectar source for the Baltimore checkerspot (Euphydryas phaeton)    

Brown-eyed Susan
Rudbeckia triloba

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Produces abundant bright yellow daisy-like flowers with jet black centers that fade to brown. Blooms from late summer through fall. A short-lived perennial, it self-seeds readily, flowering in its second year. Remove spent flowers to encourage additional bloom and/or to prevent any unwanted self-seeding. Leave old flowers on the plant if you want to feed the birds! Prefers moderate moisture, but tolerates most conditions, including drought, once established.  Grows 2-5 feet tall and up to 4 feet wide. Easy to grow and a good choice for borders and mass plantings. Makes a great cut flower. Attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators.    

Little Bluestem
Schizachyrium scoparium

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A very ornamental bunchgrass with fine-textured foliage, slender blue-green stems and stunning fall color! Forms very dense mounds 18-24 inches high and up to 12 inches wide. Stems appear in August, reach 3 feet by September and become radiant mahogany-red with white, shining seed tufts in the fall. Color remains nearly all winter. Tolerant of a wide range of soils, except wetlands, and low maintenance. Good in mixed borders or naturalized settings. Attracts a variety of wildlife, including small mammals, birds and butterflies. A larval host for several skipper species: Dusted Skipper (Atrytonopsis hianna), Indian Skipper (Hesperia sassacus), and Crossline Skipper (Polites origenes).  Provides nesting materials/structure for native bees according to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation See USDA plant guide for more info.

 

 

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.    

 

 

FERTILIZER TABLETS  Slow release 2-year fertilizer tablets for root feeding evergreen and hardwood seedlings and trees, shrubs, and fruit, flower and shade trees.  These long-lasting tablets are not water soluble, but depend on action of soil bacteria to convert nutrients into a plant usable form. Easy to use, completely non-burning and promotes vigorous growth. The tablet is simply dropped into the hole at the root zone of the plant at planting time (near, but not touching the roots). Tablets are 10 grams each, 20% Nitrogen, 10% Phosphoric Acid, 5% Potash.

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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