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Type Botanical Name Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
Tree/Shrub ARISTOLOCHIA durior Dutchman's Pipe

Fast-growing vine with large heart-shaped leaves and pipe-like flowers. Seen on the porches of many older homes!

10-12 feet Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
Tree/Shrub ARONIA melanocarpa ‘Low Scape Mound’ Black Chokeberry

A new low, mound-shaped cultivar from Proven Winners.  Same great shiny foliage, red fall color and black fruit of the species and just as tough.

12-24 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial ARTEMISIA stelleriana ‘Silver Brocade’ Beach Wormwood

Wide, lobed, silvery foliage and prostrate habit. Doesn’t sucker.

3-4 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial ARUNCUS aethusifolius Dwarf Goatsbeard

Creamy white flower spikes over attractive delicate ferny foliage in early summer. Lovely red fall color.

10-12 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial ARUNCUS dioicus Goatsbeard

Our native goatsbeard with creamy white plumes June through July. Dramatic and easy.

4-5 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial ARUNCUS dioicus ‘Whirlwind’ Goatsbeard

Creamy white plumes June through July. Dramatic. Shorter than the straight species with lacy foliage.

26-28 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial ARUNCUS ‘Horatio’ Goatsbeard

A cross between A. aesthusifolius and A. dioicus. Bronze stems with cream flowers. Foliage turns corals to reds in the autumn.

30-36 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial ASARUM arifolium Wild Ginger

Choice woodland groundcover with shiny arrow-shaped evergreen leaves highlighted with silver.  Early purple flowers hide under the foliage.

6-8 inches Part Shade/Shade 5
Perennial ASARUM canadense Wild Ginger

Native non-evergreen ginger with lustrous heart-shaped leaves. Unusual flowers hidden under the foliage. Makes a great groundcover.

6-8 inches Part Shade 2
Perennial ASARUM europaeum European Ginger

Distinctive shiny round leaves on an evergreen groundcover for humusy shade.

6-8 inches Part Shade 4
Annual ASCLEPIAS curassavica Scarlet Milkweed

Clusters of small red-orange flowers tipped with yellow.  Blooms through the summer and attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.  Sap is poisonous.

2-3 feet Sun Tropical
Perennial ASCLEPIAS incarnata ‘Cinderella’ Swamp Milkweed

Soft pink flowers in showy clusters in July.  Milkweeds are excellent pollinator plants.

12-18 inches Sun 3
Perennial ASCLEPIAS incarnata ‘Ice Ballet’ Swamp Milkweed

Showy white flowers in summer. Long lasting. Good cut.

36-42 inches Sun 3
Perennial ASCLEPIAS speciosa Showy Milkweed

Round umbels of starry pink to purple flowers on stout stems over coarse, oval blue-green foliage.  Similar to common milkweed, but less spreading.  Great for monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

30-36 inches Sun 3
Perennial ASCLEPIAS tuberosa Butterfly Weed

Large heads of brilliant orange flowers July through August. Best in drier conditions.

22-24 inches Sun 4
Perennial ASCLEPIAS tuberosa ‘Gay Butterflies’ Butterfly Weed

Mixture of yellow, orange and red flowers. Drought tolerant.

22-24 inches Sun 4
Tree/Shrub ASIMINA triloba ‘Shenandoah’ Paw Paw

An eastern native with large tropical leaves and custardy, banana-flavored fruits. A beautiful and exotic tree that has been hardy for us!  This cultivar with large, yellow fruit.

15-20 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub ASIMINA triloba ‘Susquehanna’ Paw Paw

An eastern native with large tropical leaves and custardy, banana-flavored fruits. A beautiful and exotic tree that has been hardy for us!  This cultivar with large, sweet yellow fruit later than A. ‘Shenandoah’.

15-20 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial ASPERULA nitida ssp. hirtella Alpine Woodruff

A dense cushion of dark green, needle-like foliage is covered with pink tubular flowers in summer.  From limestone regions of Turkey.

2-6 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial ASTER azureus Sky Blue Aster

A midwest native aster with arrowhead-shaped leaves and blue-violet flowers in fall. 

2-3 feet Sun 3
Perennial ASTER cordifolius ‘Little Carlow’ Heart-leaved Aster

Wonderful billowing medium blue aster for late fall. 

2-3 feet Sun 3
Perennial ASTER divaricatus Eastern Star’ Wood Aster

Dwarf aster for partial shade with white flowers on striking dark mahogany stems in September.

10-12 inches Part Shade 3
Perennial ASTER ericoides ‘Bridal Veil’ Heath Aster

This taller selection from a cross with A. ‘Snow Flurry’ has fine-textured foliage and an arching habit.  It’s covered with small white flowers in the fall.  From the Chicago Botanic Garden.

24-26 inches Sun 4
Perennial ASTER ericoides ‘Snow Flurry’ Heath Aster

A dense carpet of snow-white daisies in the fall. Looks great with heathers and sedums.

8-10 inches Sun 4
Perennial ASTER laevis ‘Blue Bird’ Smooth Aster

Single violet-blue 1″ flowers in large clusters throughout the fall. 

3-4 feet Sun 4
Perennial ASTER novae angliae ‘Alma Potschke’ New England Aster

Hot salmon-pink flowers August through September.

36-42 inches Sun 3
Perennial ASTER novae angliae ‘Marina Wolkonsky’ New England Aster

Dark violet flowers in autumn on strong stems.

48-54 inches Sun 3
Perennial ASTER novae angliae ‘Purple Dome’ New England Aster

Outstanding compact habit and strong purple flowers in Aug-Sept make this a favorite Aster of ours. Stunning massed with Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’.

16-18 inches Sun 3
Perennial ASTER oblongifolius ‘October Skies’ Aromatic Aster

Sky blue fall flowers on a compact plant. Drought and poor soil tolerant.

15-18 inches Sun 4
Perennial ASTER oblongifolius ‘Raydon’s Favorite’ Aromatic Aster

Sky blue fall flowers on large, bushy plants. Drought and poor soil tolerant.

3-4 feet Sun 4
Perennial ASTER ‘Vibrant Dome’ Aster

Possibly a cross between A. ‘Purple Dome’ and the taller A. ‘Alma Potschke’, this hybrid is covered with semi-double raspberry-red daisies through September.  Compact, mounding habit.

16-18 inches Sun 3
Perennial ASTER ‘Wood’s Blue’ Dwarf Aster

Lavender blue flowers in September on a compact plant.  Mildew and rust resistant.

12-14 inches Sun 4
Perennial ASTER ‘Kickin Carmine Red’ Aster

A compact mounding aster covered with magenta red daisies from late summer through mid-autumn.

2-3 feet Sun 4
Perennial ASTER ‘Kickin Lilac Blue’ Aster

A compact mounding aster covered with lilac blue daisies from late summer through mid-autumn.

2-3 feet Sun 4
Perennial ASTEROMEA mongolica Mongolian Aster

Small, semi-double daisies cover this plant through the summer.  (Formerly listed as Kalimeris pinnatifida ‘Hortensis’)

22-24 inches Sun 4
Perennial ASTILBE ‘Amber Moon’ Astilbe

Chartreuse gold foliage tinged with red matures to green. Rose-pink flower spikes on strong stems in midsummer.

30-36 inches Part Shade 3
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Alive and Kicking’ Astilbe

Dark rose-pink flowers on a robust plant. Midseason bloomer.

36-42 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Finale’ Astilbe

Airy light pink blooms in late summer over low mat-forming foliage.

14-16 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Lighthouse’ Astilbe

Large red plumes are held way above the foliage in early summer.

24-30 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Mighty Chocolate Cherry’ Astilbe

A very large-growing Astilbe with large cherry red flower plumes held on chocolate stems. Blooms mid to late summer. Foliage emerges red and turns green.

36-42 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Mighty Pip’ Astilbe

A striking tall Astilbe with light pink plumes in midsummer.

48-54 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Milk and Honey’ Astilbe

Prolific creamy white flowers age to light pink. Attractive silver-marbled foliage. More drought tolerant than other Astilbes. Mid to late season blooms.

28-30 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Pumila’ Astilbe

Lavender pink flowers over low mat-forming foliage. A good ground cover. Blooms in August.

8-10 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Purple Candle’ Astilbe

Strong purple-rose plumes in August.

30-36 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Visions’ Astilbe

Bronze-green foliage and fragrant dark purple flowers mid to late season.

14-16 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Visions in Red’ Astilbe

Deep red buds open to dense, upright deep pink plumes. Compact bronze-green foliage and red stems. Mid to late season bloom

14-16 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Visions Inferno’ Astilbe

Pink midsummer blooms fade to an attractive apple green.

24-30 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE ‘Chocolate Shogun’ Astilbe

A new intro from Japan with the darkest foliage yet.  Chocolate brown leaves through the season.  Light pink blooms in the summer.

20-24 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE crispa ‘Liliput’ Dwarf Astilbe

Salmon pink flowers over tight crinkled dark green foliage.  

6-8 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE ‘Delft Lace’ Astilbe

Salmon pink buds open to light pink blooms in midsummer. Foliage emerges burgundy and fades to dark blue-green.

22-24 inches Part Shade 4