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Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob’s Ladder Polemonium reptans Height: 3-4 feet Light: Sun to part shade Soil Type: Moist, well-drained soil Bloom Time: Late March – May Flower Color: Lavender-blue Foliage: Blue-green Jacob’s Ladder is mounding in form, making a beautiful groundcover for garden beds of woodland settings. Prefers…

Mayapple

Mayapple Podophyllum peltatum Height: 1-2 feet Light: Part shade – shade Soil Type: Moist, well-drained soil Bloom Time: April – May Flower Color: White, which turns into crab apple sized edible fruits that ripen in early summer Foliage: Green Walking through woods in spring, you…

Narrowleaf Silky Golden Aster

Narrowleaf Silky Golden Aster Pityopsis graminifolia Height: 2-3 feet Light: Sun to part shade Soil Type: Prefers dry, sandy soil (will rot if kept too wet) Bloom Time: Mid spring – mid fall Flower Color: Bright yellow Foliage: Grown for silver/gray foliage, evergreen, herbaceous Soft,…

Ostrich Fern

Ostrich Fern Matteuccia struthiopteris Height: 3-6 feet Light: Sun to shade Soil Type: Moist to swampy or boggy Bloom Time: Non-flowering Flower Color: N/A Foliage: Bright grass-green Resembling ostrich feathers, tall elegant fronds of Ostrich Fern create an instant “woodsy” effect for shady and sunny…

Pink Muhly Grass

Pink Muhly Grass Muhlenbergia capillaris Height:3-4 feet Light: Sun to light shade Soil Type: Handles a wide range of soil types. Highly drought tolerant Bloom Time: Late summer to early winter Flower Color: Rose/mauve to magenta Foliage: Grown for foliage, good fall color Great plant…

Purple Milkweed

Purple Milkweed Asclepias purpurescens Height: 2-4 feet Light: Sun – part shade Soil Type: Dry-average, well-drained soil Bloom Time: May – June Flower Color: Purple to purplish red Foliage: Yellowish to dark green On the “Endangered” list in several states, Purple Milkweed is easy to…

Red Chokeberry

Red Chokeberry Aronia arbutifolia – rose family [Rosaceae] Height: 6-13 feet (3-5 feet wide) Light: Prefers full sun (for best flowers and fruit production) but tolerates partial shade Soil Type: Thrives in wet, well-drained soils and can tolerate flooding, but also does well in drier…

Royal Fern

Royal Fern Osmunda regalis Height: 4-6 feet Light: Equally happy in shade or full sun Soil Type: Very wet soil Growth Rate: Fast Flower Color: Produces reddish-brown fronds in midsummer Foliage: Very long fronds with lance-shaped leaves. Grown for foliage. Deciduous Truly regal in form,…

Sassafras

Sassafras Sassafras albidum Height: Typically 20-30 feet, but can reach more than 80 feet Light: Full sun to part shade Soil Type: Dry to moist soils Bloom Time: March – May (Fruits mature August-September) Flower Color: Yellow, pleasantly fragranced Foliage: Mitten-shaped leaves. In fall leaves…

Smooth Blue Aster

Smooth Blue Aster Symphyotrichum laeve, syn. Aster laevis Height: 1-5 feet Light: Sun to part shade Soil Type: Moist soil, but is very drought tolerant. Can also handle seasonal flooding. Bloom Time: August – October Flower Color: Small blue flowers with yellow disk centers Foliage:…