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Type Botanical Name Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON ‘George Reynolds’ Exbury Deciduous Azalea

Large yellow blooms marked with an orange blotch.  Fall color is a coppery bronze.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON ‘Holy Moly’ Deciduous Summer Azalea

A late-blooming azalea hybrid developed at Carlson’s Gardens. Hot coral flowers on a vigorous plant. Blooms late June into July.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON kiusianum ‘Best Pink’ Evergreen Rhododendron

Very dwarf and unique with an interesting layered growth habit. Flowers are pale pink, tipped clear rose. Semi-evergreen.

10-12 inches Sun/Part Shade 5
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON ‘Knap Hill Red’ Exbury Deciduous Azalea

Very showy bright red flowers in spring.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON ‘Landmark’ Evergreen Rhododendron

The “red-flowering PJM” with deep pink flowers early in the spring.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON ‘Lemon Drop’ Deciduous Summer Azalea

Peach buds open to lemon yellow flowers in mid-July.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON ‘Mandarin Lights’ Deciduous Lights Azalea

A hardy ‘Lights’ cultivar with mandarin-orange flowers in spring.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON maximum ‘Roseum’ Rosebay Rhododendron

Large, wide growing New England native with late spring pink flowers.

8-10 feet Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON ‘Millenium’ Deciduous Summer Azalea

Deep red flowers in summer with glaucous blue-green, mildew-resistant foliage. Bred at Weston’s Nursery in Massachusetts.

4-5 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON mucronulatum Korean Rhododendron

Rosy purple flowers in early spring before the leaves emerge. Try with forsythia!

4-8 feet Sun/Part Shade
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON mucronulatum ‘Cornell Pink’ Korean Rhododendron

Blooms in late April with clear pink flowers before the leaves emerge. A bright pop of color in early spring. Lovely with white narcissus.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON ‘Nova Zembla’ Evergreen Rhododendron

An old and reliable variety with deep magenta-red blooms. Large-leaved.

4-6 feet Part Shade/Shade 4
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON ‘Pink and Sweet’ Deciduous Summer Azalea

Fragrant pale pink flowers in late June. From Weston Nursery.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON ‘Pioneer Silvery Pink’ Evergreen Rhododendron

Light pink blooms in spring. An upright-growing, small-leaved semi-evergreen cultivar.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON ‘PJM Elite’ Evergreen Rhododendron

A small leafed cultivar superior in all ways to the original with a later bloom time so those late frosts are not a worry. Purple flowers in early spring.

4-5 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON prinophyllum ‘Marie Hoffman’ Roseshell Azalea

A triploid form of the Vermont native species with larger, clear pink fragrant flowers.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON ‘Purple Gem’ Evergreen Rhododendron

Small bluish-green leaves and masses of small violet flowers.

2-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON ‘Purple Passion’ Evergreen Rhododendron

Dark violet-purple flowers on large trusses. A large-leaved form with a dense, rounded habit.

4-6 feet Part Shade/Shade 4
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON ‘Rosy Lights’ Deciduous Lights Azalea

Fragrant bright rose-pink flowers in late May. A very hardy and reliable ‘Lights’ azalea.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON schlippenbachii Royal Azalea

Upright growing with the leaves in whorls around stems. Beautiful soft pink flowers just before the leaves. Doesn’t always bloom for us, but the foliage is worth it.

6-8 feet Part Shade/Shade 5
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON viscosum ‘Pink Mist’ Swamp Azalea

A form of a native azalea with delicate pink blooms. Fragrant flowers in June.  Upright habit.

8-10 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON ‘Weston’s Innocence’ Deciduous Summer Azalea

Very fragrant white flowers in late June. Fall color is burgundy.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON ‘White Lights’ Deciduous Lights Azalea

Pale pink buds open to blush-white flowers in this lovely hardy “Lights” hybrid.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON ‘Windbeam’ Evergreen Rhododendron

White flowers edged in apricot, fading to pink over time. Lovely multicolored effect in spring. Small-leafed.

2-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON yakushimanum ‘Ken Janeck’ Evergreen Rhododendron

Considered one of the best ‘Yak’ hybrids. Heavily indumented large leaves. Pink flowers fade to white. Habit compact and mounding.

2-4 feet Part Shade/Shade 4
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON yakushimanum x smirnowii Evergreen Rhododedron

Beautiful foliage with silvery indumentum on the new growth. Lovely pink flowers.

4-6 feet Part Shade/Shade 4
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON yakusimanum ‘Skookum’ Evergreen Rhododendron

Slow growing to 4′ with bright red flowers and white filaments.

2-4 feet Part Shade/Shade 4
Tree/Shrub RHODODENDRON yakusimanum ‘Yaku Sunrise’ Evergreen Rhododendron

Blush pink flowers edged in darker rose held in rounded clusters. The leaves are dark green and  slightly curved with thick indumentum underneath. Though listed as Zone 6, we’ve done well with the yak hybrids here, so we’re going to give this one a try!

2-3 feet Part Shade/Shade 6
Tree/Shrub RHUS aromatica ‘Gro-Low’ Gro-Low Fragrant Sumac

Excellent for bank control. Glossy green foliage turns scarlet to orange in the fall.

28-30 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
Tree/Shrub RHUS typhina ‘Tiger Eyes’ Cutleaf Sumac

Bright yellow cutleaf foliage contrasts with fuzzy purple-pink stems. Slow-spreading and great fall color.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
Tree/Shrub ROSA ‘Above and Beyond’ Hardy Climbing Rose

A Bailey Nurseries First Editions introduction, this is a super hardy climber with profuse semi-double apricot blooms in spring.  Some repeat bloom in summer.  Disease-resistant.

10-12 feet Sun 3
Tree/Shrub ROSA ‘Apricot Drift’ Hardy Shrub Rose

Low-growing groundcover rose with excellent disease resistance. Beautiful double apricot blooms through the summer.

18-24 inches Sun 5
Tree/Shrub ROSA ‘Blanc de Coubert’ Rugosa Shrub Rose

Fragrant double white flowers over typical rugose foliage. Repeat bloomer.

6-8 feet Sun 3
Tree/Shrub ROSA ‘Champagne Wishes’ Easy Elegance Shrub Rose

Apricot buds open to double creamy white flowers tinged with apricot.  Blooms late spring through the fall.  The plant is hardy and disease-resistant.

3-4 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub ROSA ‘Frau Dagmar Hastrup’ Rugosa Shrub Rose

Single flesh-pink blooms open from pointed buds. Excellent hips.

2-4 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub ROSA ‘High Voltage’ Easy Elegance Rose

An Easy Elegance rose from Bailey nursery with lots of double yellow blooms on upright canes through the summer.  Foliage is clean and disease-resistant.

4-5 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub ROSA hugonis Father Hugo's Rose

Lovely 2” pale yellow single flowers cover this rose in late spring.  Small red hips follow in late summer.

6-8 feet Sun 5
Tree/Shrub ROSA ‘Knock Out’ Hardy Shrub Rose

Cerise buds open to cherry-red single blooms. Very disease-resistant. Crown hardy to Zone 4 when mulched.

2-4 feet Sun 5
Tree/Shrub ROSA ‘Livin La Vida’ Hardy Shrub Rose

Bright coral, double flowers through the summer over glossy dark green foliage.

2-3 feet Sun 5
Tree/Shrub ROSA ‘Lotty’s Love’ Rugosa Shrub Rose

A hardy First Edition rose with very large, cinnamon-scented semi-double mauve blooms.  Everblooming.  Typical disease-resistant Rosa rugosa foiage.

3-4 feet Sun 3
Tree/Shrub ROSA ‘Mystic Fairy’ Easy Elegance Shrub Rose

Everblooming clusters of red blooms with pink tones. Disease-resistant.

30-36 inches Sun 5
Tree/Shrub ROSA Oso Easy ‘Paprika’ Hardy Shrub Rose

Bright orange blooms fade to a yellow-centered coral on a mounding plant. Everblooming and disease-resistant.

18-24 inches Sun 5
Tree/Shrub ROSA ‘Ramblin’ Red’ Climbing Rose

A R. ‘Henry Kelsey’ seedling with better red color and better disease resistance.

8-10 feet Sun 3
Tree/Shrub ROSA ‘Red Drift’ Hardy Shrub Rose

Low-growing groundcover rose with excellent disease resistance.  Small red flowers through the summer.

18-24 inches Sun 4
Tree/Shrub ROSA rugosa Rugosa Shrub Rose

Flowers are single pink and fragrant followed by orange-red hips. Has great hardiness and durablility.

6-8 feet Sun 2
Tree/Shrub ROSA ‘Screaming Neon Red’ Hardy Shrub Rose

Brilliant single red flowers through the season.  Hardy and disease resistant.

3-4 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub ROSA ‘Sea Foam’ Hardy Shrub Rose

Clusters of small, double white flowers. Everblooming late into the fall.

2-4 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub ROSA ‘Therese Bugnet’ Rugosa Shrub Rose

Large soft pink double flowers are fragrant. Foliage is an attractive gray-green. Repeat bloomer.

5-6 feet Sun 4
Tree/Shrub ROSA ‘William Baffin’ Hardy Climbing Explorer Rose

Clusters of double pink flowers. Repeat bloomer. Very hardy.

6-8 feet Sun 3
Tree/Shrub ROSA ‘Zephirine Drouhin’ Bourbon Climbing Rose

Profuse semi-double cerise blooms cover this rose in spring and again in the fall.  Very fragrant!  Added bonus are nearly thornless canes and mildew-resistant foliage.

15-20 feet Sun/Part Shade 5