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Sambucus Instant Karma™   (Sambucus nigra) A showy variegated Elderberry with attractive bluish-green leaves edged with a neat variegated leaf margin that starts out gold in the spring and changes to cream as the season progresses. Big, lacy, pure white umbels in late spring followed by clusters of purple/black berries in late summer that are sought after by wildlife. A big improvement over older variegated sambucus. 6’-8’ tall. Deer resistant. Zone 4.

Sambucus Straight-Laced™     Deeply cut foliage is jet-black, with large pink inflorescences on an upright plant with a unique, irregular habit, 6-8’ tall by 4-6’ wide. Very architectural and, unlike others, this elderberry holds its dark foliage color all season long. Terrific accent plant in the perennial or shrub border. Also great as a stand-alone specimen. Best performance and color is displayed in rich, evenly moist, well-drained soil, in sun. Deer resistant. Zone 4.

Spiraea betulifolia ‘Glow Girl’   Reddish buds open to pure white blooms in spring nicely superimposed over lemon-lime foliage that holds its color well, doesn't burn in summer and transforms to rich burgundy in fall. At 3'-4' tall, it’s just right for foundation planting, group planting for accent and/or larger, no-hasstle groundcover, and for positioning in mixed borders to add structure and serve as an anchor for perennials and annuals. Like all spiraea, 'Grow Girl' practically takes care of itself, looking great all season with very little effort on the part of the gardener, and, let's face it, we can all use a few effortless plants in the garden! For full sun with average soil. Low to average water needs. Attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant. Zone 3.

Spiraea Double Play® Big Bang    The Double Play® Series offers plants that extend the color interest beyond flowering. 'Big Bang' starts with a massive display of super-sized, pink flowers over foliage that glows orange in spring and changes to bright yellow in summer. It's a tidy, accommodating size, 2'-3' tall, and there aren't many places in the landscape where it would not be an asset. Sun, with average soil. Low to moderate water requirements. Nice in containers. Attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant. Zone 4.

Spiraea Db Pl Painted Lady 175

Spiraea Double Play® Painted Lady     Brightly variegated yellow and green foliage and hot pink, late spring flowers. Great for perennial gardens, patio containers or any place you want a splash of color. The variegation is very stable and very consistent, 2’-3’ tall.. Attracts butterflies, deer resistant. Zone 4.

Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon’    A beautiful japanese selection with bright yellow, willow-like leaves. This fine textured shrub shines all season long adding bright color and textural contrasting in mixed shrub plantings, as a focal point in the perennial border and as a stand-alone specimen. Attractive white flowers appear in early spring. The fall color is bronze. Grows 3-4 ft. tall. Best in full sun.. Zone 4.

Stewartia pseudocamillia      (Japanese Stewartia) Distinctive multi-colored exfoliating bark, large white flowers in summer. 30-40' at maturity, fantastic fall color. No disease or insect problems. Zone 5. A gem!

Syringa (Lilac)    Lilacs are sentimental favorites with fragrant spring flowers excellent for cutting. Ideal conditions are fertile, organic rich soil with a pH close to neutral and, for best flowering, a position in full sun. It’s not a bad idea to add some lime at planting time. Every gardener has seen plants growing in conditions far from idea, and doing very well thank you very much! No question, these are resilient shrubs which, once established, seem capable of thriving in a range of conditions as demonstrated by the numerous big old plants that have survived for decades in farmsteads and churchyards throughout New England.

    Bloomerang® Pink Perfume New     This latest addition to the Bloomerang series has the same multi-season flower show, only this time in pink. The fragrant blooms will perfume the spring garden, then again from midsummer to fall. 4’-5’ tall with an equal spread with handsome, dark green, spade-shaped foliage. Valued for fragrant flowers through summer and for its attractive, small, dark green, spade-shaped foliage, all of which make it a terrific choice for shrub borders, for mixed perennial borders,(that’s how we use it), and for specimen/focal point positioning. Full sun, with average fertility and moisture and a pH somewhere close to neutral,( add a bit of lime if soil is acidic). If pruning is required, do it after the spring bloom. Deer resistant. Very hardy, zone 3.

Syringa x 'Bloomerang Purple'

Syringa Bloomerang® Purple   A dense, compact Lilac with an intense mid-May bloom followed by more deliciously frangrant blooms throughout the summer and into the fall. The May bloom covers the plant with large, upright clusters of purple/pink flowers and then this initial show is followed-up with substantial repeat blooms through the rest of the season. It’s a one-of a kind plant, easy to grow and especially useful in smaller spaces because of its dense, compact form, growing only 4-5’ tall by 3-4’ wide. Will grow in average soil in sun, but really flourish in rich, organic, well-drained soil with a pH that’s neutral or slightly higher. Zone 4.

    Scent and Sensibility Pink New   A dwarf lilac that’s wider than it is tall, with loads of dark pink buds that open to very fragrant, soft, lilac pink flowers. From the same breeding program that produced Bloomerang® but without the season-long, reblooming gene. A sweet little lilac just 3’ tall by 4-5’ wide, appropriate for specimen, groundcover use. Zone 3.

Syringa x hyacin Declaration 175

x ‘Declaration’ New 2018    (hyacinthiflora) Features a smaller, denser form coupled with amazing flower power and color. While most vulgaris and other hyacinthiflora Lilacs tend to overpower smaller sites, 'Declaration' is perfect for growing near a patio or smaller foundation area. It makes an even bigger statement than most other Lilacs with flower cones that can stretch to up 9-15" long creating quantities of massive panicles of strongly fragrant, reddish-purple blooms. Plant 'Declaration in half to full day sun in moist, well drained soil. 7-9’ tall. Zone 5.

Syringa lilac Sunday 175

x 'Lilac Sunday'    From the Arnold Arboretum. Pink, fragrant flowers appear in mid-May and are produced in great abundance in panicles not only at the branch tips, but also further back along the stems at lateral buds, creating an amazing flower display. We have a nice specimen growing at the nursery, so come in, take a look, and see if you don’t agree. Zone 2.

    x ‘Royal Purple’    (hyadcinthifolia) For those looking for a dark purple lilac, we think we have just what you’re looking for. Here’s an early blooming hybd. with fragrant, dark purple double flowers, as purple as ‘Yankee Doodle’. 10’-12’ high. Attracts butterflies, deer resistant. Zone 2.  

Taxodium distichum ‘Pendula’     Fresh, ‘Granny Smith’-green, needle-like foliage on long, weeping branches many of which cascade to the ground. To maintain this form, plants must be staked. They will continue growing upright so long as they’re staked but, once they reach the top of the support, stems will arch over and create a beautiful cascading form. Though they look like evergreen conifers during the growing season, they are actually deciduous shrubs that will drop their needles in fall. Even without needles, plants are attractive in winter for the graceful downward swoop of the bare branches. Highly recommended for accent/specimen use. Best in sun with evenly moist soil though tolerant of a range of soil types. Zone 5.

Taxodium distichum ‘Peve Minaret’     (Bald-Cypress) A real attention-grabbing, "what-is-it?" shrub. Much smaller and very differently looking than Taxodium distichum more commonly seen in gardens. Short needles are thickly bunched on the closely held ascending branches that develop a neat, slender conical habit, at maturity reaching 10' in height with a width of 2-3'. Does well on a range of soils, wet, dry, sandy or heavy so long the pH is acidic. Likes sun. Offers something different for smaller gardens and is just plain fun to grow for its ability to launch garden visitors into a usually unsuccessful identification frenzy. Hardy at least through zone 5 and probably into 4.

Vaccinium angustifolium (Lowbush Blueberry)  see under Edibles

Vaccinium corymbosum (Highbush Blueberry)   see under Edibles

Viburnum Cardinal Candy™ New    (V. dilatatum) A special shrub with improved hardiness and persistent shiny scarlet red fruit. Fruiting is strong, even without another pollinator in the area. In spring, plants are awash with fragrant, creamy white, flattened flowers heads, followed in late summer-fall by a brilliant display of scarlet red fruit which holds its bright color, undiminished, into winter. 6-8’ tall but can be maintained at a lower height through pruning. Likes reasonably moist soil that’s on the acidic side. Sun to light shade. Deer resistant. Zone 5.

Viburnum Tandoori Orange® New          (V. dilatatum), This first-ever orange fruited V. dilatatum comes from a cross between red fruited Cardinal Candy™ and yellow fruited ‘Michael Dodge’. In late May, and continuing for almost two weeks, highly fragrant, white, 5” wide, flat flower clusters blanket the foliage, followed in late summer/ fall by large, showy clusters of orange fruit.  Adding to the show is the orange/red fall foliage. 6-8’ tall. Planting a different clone in the vicinity greatly improves fruit production. V. Cardinal Candy™ is the pollinator we're offering. For sun to light shade with evenly moist soil. Tolerant of soil pH, but prefers a slightly acidic situation. Deer resistant. Zone 5.

Viburnum Lil’ Ditty®       (V. cassioides) A dwarf viburnum that’s a puffball of creamy-white, fragrant flowers in late spring. Very cute, and perfect for tucking into the front of foundation plantings, perennial and shrub borders, and for accent/specimen siting. Emerging spring foliage is attractively tinted burgundy and, in fall, takes on beautiful shades of orange-red-purple. June flowers are followed by clusters of highly ornamental berries that start out green then change to pink, then red, finally black, and persist through winter or until they become a tasty meal for hungry birds. Only 1'-2' high. Best in sun with reasonably moist, rich, acid soil. Zone 3. Cross pollination results in heavier fruit production and it's recommended that two different cultivars be planted in close proximity,- no more than fifty feet apart. Two possible cross-pollinators are V. nudum 'Brandywine' and 'Winterthur', (V. nudum is a closely related species that works as a cross-pollinator.

Viburnum nudum Brandywine™      (V. nudum) 'Brandywine' delivers one of the most beautiful berry displays to be found on any plant, with loads of breathtaking berries that transform over summer from green to shades of vivid pink and blue. Foliage is lustrous green in summer and takes on gorgeous shades of dark maroon-red in autumn, still retaining a brilliant, glossy sheen. Habit is dense, compact with a relatively low height of only 5-6'. It is recommended for best fruit set that two clones be planted in close proximity. We are carrying the cultivar 'Winterthur' as well as 'Brandywine'. Grow in sun to light shade in rich, moist but well-drained soil. Zone 5.

Viburnum nudum ‘Winterthur’      Exceptionally beautiful foliage and fruit on compact, low-growing plants. Large, white, flower panicles in spring are followed by clusters of berries that begin white and evolve to hot pink and then blue. Foliage is also beautiful when in summer the large, elongated green leaves carry a glossy luster that continues to be evident in autumn on leaves that turn a brilliant wine-red. We've had a 'Winterthur' here in our border for five years and it's only 5' tall, albeit it is having to deal with our silty, sandy, very well drained soil. Prefers rich, evenly moist but well-drained. It is recommended for best fruit set that more than one cultivar be planted close together. We carry 'Brandywine', (same beautiful foliage and berries ), as well as 'Winterthur'. Grow in sun to light shade, in rich, moist but well-drained soil. Zone 5.

Viburnum p.t. Molly Schroeder 175

Viburnum plicatum f. plicatum ‘Molly Schroeder’     An outstanding pink flowering Doublefile Viburnum with large, 4" wide, pink, flat-topped flower clusters lifted above the foliage on 2" pedicles. Flowers nest atop the full lengths of the horizontal branches creating a perfect balance of form and beauty. Unlike earlier pink Doublefiles, 'Molly Schroeder' is said to hold its color through the bloom period, mid to late May. Grows to 8' high with wide spreading, horizontal branching. An undemanding shrub that does well in average to rich, evenly moist, well-drained soil, in sun to part shade. If grown in sun, soil should be reasonably moist. Zone 5.

Viburnum p.t. 'Shasta'

Viburnum plicatum f. tomentosum ‘Shasta’    Large, glistening white, flat disc-shaped flowers carried well above the foliage all along the wide-reaching, horizontal branches. Blooms late May into June and does best in sun to light shade with rich, moist but well-drained soil. Beautiful in bloom because of the way the flowers are lifted high above the foliage. 10’ high with an equal or greater spread. Zone 5.

Viburnum sieboldii New     A large shrub with ornamental attributes to spare, but one whose singular beauty has so far escaped the attention of the general gardening public. Foliage is dark green and glossy. In May-June huge, white flowers are prominently and profusely displayed on red-colored, much-branched pedicles. In Aug-Sept. flowers relinquish their places on the pedicles to the exceptionally showy fruit which starts out orange-red and gradually changes to deep red and may persist for up to 3 months. Like the flowers, the fruit is prominently displayed above the foliage on the beautiful red pedicles. A large shrub 12-14ft. tall but easily maintained at a lower height through pruning. Best sited in full sun or part shade, in moist, well drained soil. Zone 4.

Viburnum Spice Baby™     A compact Koreanspice viburnum,(V. carlesii), with fragrant, white, snowball clusters in spring on compact, low-growing plants, only 3’- 5’ tall. Smaller and more compact than V. carlesii but with the same delightfully fragrant, early spring flowers that bloom just ahead of or simultaneously with the leaves. Use in mixed borders, in foundation plantings and in lightly shaded areas where the flowers really pop. Worth growing for the fragrance alone! For sun to light shade with rich, reasonably moist, somewhat acidic soil. Zone 4.

Viburnum x juddii

Viburnum x juddii (Judd Viburnum)   Grows 6-8' tall and in late April-May produces masses of 3" panicles with the most intoxicating fragrance. When compared with V. carlesii, juddii is judged equal in flower size and fragrance and superior in disease resistance. We've had a mature specimen here at the nursery for years, and every year it perfumes the entire square acre of the sales yard! Grow in sun in good soil that is moist but well drained. Zone 4. At left, early bloom. To the right, full, fragrant bloom.

Viburnum x juddii

Weigela Czechmark Trilogy™ New      Bred and selected for hardiness, extra large flowers and vivid color, these weigela represent some of the best Czech introductions to date. Trilogy™ offers an improved compact habit with larger, more brightly colored flowers in hues of white, pink and red appearing at the same time above glossy foliage, spring blooming, 3-3’ tall. Prefers full sun with even moisture. Deer resistant. Zone 4.

Weigela My Monet Sunset

Weigela My Monet® Sunset     A dwarf Weigela with gold/cream/green summer foliage, taking on attractive red tints in fall. Plants have a dense rounded cushion, only 12”-18” tall. Grown primarily for its stunning foliage but will put out occasion soft pink flowers. Effective for accent, conspicuously showy. Best in full sun with average soil. Deer resistant. Zone 5.

Weigela praecox ‘April Snow’    Just can’t wait to see some early spring color in the garden? Well, this is the shrub to deliver it. Loads of white, flaring-tubular, fragrant flowers from mid to late April and into May. Flowers are typical looking to those of the more familiar garden weigela but, in the case of ‘April Snow’, they’re brilliant white and fragrant, and at least two weeks ahead of W. florida types. 4’-6’ tall by 3’-5’ wide. Blooms on old wood so any pruning should be done immediately after flowering. Best in sun, in average, reasonably moist but well-drained soil. This is a newly introduced garden shrub that will add excitement to foundation plantings, to shrub and perennial borders and to specimen siting. Seed collected in northern China by Harlan Hamernik of Bluebird Nursery. Zone 5.

Weigela Spilled Wine     Dark red, wavy leaves form the background for hot-magenta flowers. At only 2' high by 3' wide, Spilled Wine is smaller than W. Wine & Roses and very useful for tucking into foundation plantings, for mixing with perennials and for use as ground cover to cover larger areas. Heaviest bloom occurs in May-June on last years wood with some bloom through summer on new growth. With its ornamental foliage and hummingbird attracting flowers, Spilled Wine delivers season long interest. Plant in full sun, average soil. Zone 4.

Weigela x Hybrida ‘Wings of Fire’     3’- 4’ tall by 3’- 4’ wide with a dense compliment of large leaves that start out green and begin taking on bronze tones, (not purple), in early summer and then get seriously, fire-red in fall. Since individual leaves transition from green to bronze at a different rate, both colors are present in a flashy assortment throughout summer. Summer flowers are pink, flaring trumpets, form-fitted to hummingbird beaks. All this plus sturdy, wind and rain defying, red stems. Easy in average soil, in sun. Makes a handsome, foliage shrub with flowers as a bonus. Zone 4.

Wikstroemia trichotoma 175

Wikstroemia trichotoma       A choice little gem with a very clean, neat appearance. Leaves are " -" long, narrow-ovate, olive green lightly suffused with the merest hint of yellow, abundant, yet adequately spaced so as not to interfere with the play of light through the branches. Habit is a tidy, rounded form with stems carried somewhat horizontally creating an airy, delicate impression.  Flowers are small, sulfur yellow trumpets profusely borne throughout the branches starting in mid August and continuing until frost. Not having a clue as to its cultural preferences I placed it in full sun in average to good, well drained soil where it has thrived. Grows 3' tall, possibly to 4', with an equal spread. Its debut in our border created quite a buzz. It has the effect of drawing you back for a second look and I've made it one of the plants that I revisit every day on my morning rounds before opening for business.

Zenobia pulverulenta     Striking, dusty blue foliage that brings loads of color and textural contrast to shrub and perennial borders and even to foundation plantings. It's all about foliage with this shrub. Leaves are 2-3" long, narrow-oblong, somewhat willow-like with a light, airy quality that allows a gentle rustling on the slightest breeze. Color is decidedly silvery blue-green throughout the season, turning yellow suffused with red in fall. White, fragrant, bell-shaped, ⅜" wide flowers occur in nodding clusters, May-June. Requires acid, evenly moist, well-drained soil in full sun to light shade. Will languish in dry soil. Grows 2-3,(6)' high with a round, graceful form. Zone 5.

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