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SAXIFRAGA stolonifera

June 10th, 2020

Pubescent, rounded gray-green foliage is marked with silver. Undersides are maroon red.  Spreads by red stolons from which “plantlets” dangle.  Small white flowers in spring. Marginally hardy here, but makes a great hanging basket!

CAREX buchananii ‘Firefox’

May 11th, 2020

Narrow copper-colored blades provide interest in containers.  Will overwinter in Vermont with adequate snow cover. 

LOBELIA speciosa ‘Vulcan Red’

April 28th, 2020

Spikes of intense red flowers over dark purple foliage bloom from midsummer into fall. A hummingbird and butterfly magnet.  Not reliably hardy here, but worth growing as an annual.

DELOSPERMA floribunda ‘Starburst’

April 20th, 2020

Large lavender-pink blooms centered in white through most of the summer.  Succulent mats of foliage can spread 20 inches. Some consider Zone 5 hardy.

DELOSPERMA ‘Hot Cakes’

April 20th, 2020

Brightly colored starry flowers are scented vanilla.  Blooms through the summer over succulent foliage. For protected troughs.

ASARUM splendens

April 15th, 2020

Large, heart-shaped, dark green foliage mottled with silver. Semi-evergreen.  Dark purple flowers in early spring are hidden under the foliage.  Hardy to zone 5 with protection.

MAGNOLIA macrophylla ssp. ashei

April 8th, 2020

A more “dwarf” form of big leaf magnolia growing to 15-20 feet with smaller leaves — only 2 feet long!  Large dinner plate flowers in spring and early summer.  Listed as Zone 6, but will grow in colder zones, but no blooms.  It’s worth growing for the tropical-looking foliage alone.

GAURA ‘Stratosphere Pink Picotee’

May 24th, 2019

Butterfly-like light pink blooms all summer on an upright plant.  Best if not fed too heavily.  Heat and drought tolerant. May sometimes overwinter.  

AGASTACHE cana ‘Heather Queen’

May 13th, 2019

Spikes of rose pink flowers through the summer attract many insect pollinators and hummingbirds.

PODOPHYLLUM ‘Spotty Dotty’

April 27th, 2019

Large, lobed umbrella-shaped leaves are chartreuse with bizarre chocolate spotting.  Large garnet flowers are clustered under the foliage.  Worth a try in sheltered Zone 5 gardens.