October 12, 2010
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False Blue Indigo

False Blue Indigo Baptisia australis Description & Overview False Blue Indigo is a shrub-like perennial with attractive, soft blue-green foliage all season. In spring, open spikes of 1″ indigo-blue flowers emerge, followed by attractive seedpods that can be used in dried arrangements. While the blooms are early-season, the unique texture […]
October 12, 2010
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Canadian Columbine

Canadian Columbine Aquilegia canadensis Description & Overview Canadian Columbine is an interesting shade plant with dainty, fan-shaped foliage. Numerous, nodding red flowers with yellow centers are borne on slender stems in late spring and early summer. Delicately beautiful, this plant is an excellent choice for alkaline environments in partial shade. […]
October 8, 2010
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Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke Geum triflorum Description & Overview Prairie Smoke is an excellent native perennial for all season interest! In spring sprays of pendulous pinkish-white flowers explode into a striking display of smoky-pink feathery plumes creating a billowy cloud of “smoke”. Its fern-like mounds of foliage remain attractive all season and […]
October 8, 2010
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Fischer Monkshood

Fischer Monkshood Aconitum fischeri Description & Overview CAUTION: All parts of this plant are poisonous. Handle with care. The stunning, deep-blue flower spikes of Fischer Monkshood provide a beautiful, (but deadly) vertical accent to the garden. Individual blooms are helmet or hood-shaped. Attractive, deeply lobed foliage makes this plant a […]
September 21, 2010
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Autumn Fantasy Maple

Autumn Fantasy® Maple Acer x freemanii ‘DTR 102’ PP7,655 Description & Overview Autumn Fantasy Maple is a Freeman Maple cultivar with rapid growth, good branch angles, consistent red fall color, and a wide site tolerance. This selection can be considered an improvement on Autumn Blaze® Maple due to its improved […]
September 19, 2010
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Green Mountain Boxwood

Green Mountain Boxwood Buxus x ‘Green Mountain’ Description & Overview Green Mountain Boxwood is a pyramidal form that is a cross between English (B. sempervirens) and Korean (B. microphylla) species. The Korean parentage makes Green Mountain very cold tolerant. Unless they are planted on a very windy site or are […]
September 17, 2010
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Katsura Tree

Katsura Tree Cercidiphyllum japonicum Description & Overview Katsura Tree is a first-rate landscape plant with four-season interest and a fine texture. In spring, minute inconspicuous flowers bloom just before the foliage emerges with a reddish-purple color, maturing to a cool-blue green. The heart-shaped leaves turn a spectacular display of yellow […]
September 11, 2010
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Common Hackberry

Common Hackberry Celtis occidentalis Description & Overview Common Hackberry is a large, Wisconsin native shade tree with a vase shape canopy. It tolerates tough sites and excels in urban plantings. Hackberry has characteristic wart-like bark and dark-red to purple fruits, lending itself well to bird-centric landscapes. Core Characteristics Wisconsin Native: […]
August 11, 2010
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River Birch

River Birch Betula nigra Description & Overview Excellent for wet soil conditions. Beautiful exfoliating cinnamon-brown bark exposes the pink inner bark. Resistant to bronze birch borer. River birch is also known as Black Birch, Red Birch, and Water Birch. Core Characteristics Wisconsin Native: Yes USDA Hardiness Zone: to zone 3 […]
August 10, 2010
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Montrose White Calamint

Montrose White Calamint Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta ‘Montrose White’ Description & Overview Montrose White Calamint is a very long-blooming perennial flower that is loaded with small white flowers from summer through fall. It’s favorite of many of our staff members for its extremely long bloom period, its resistance to animal […]
August 5, 2010
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Tamarack

Tamarack Larix laricina Description & Overview Tamarack is a Wisconsin native deciduous conifer. Unlike most evergreens and conifers, the Tamarack tree loses its needles each winter season. It possesses a narrow, open conical form with horizontal branching and drooping secondary branchlets. The soft, bright blue-green foliage turns a rich golden-yellow […]
July 31, 2010
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Summer Beauty Ornamental Onion

Summer Beauty Ornamental Onion Allium ‘Summer Beauty’ Description & Overview Summer Beauty Ornamental Onion is a fine mid-sized onion for nearly any well-drained condition. They are drought tolerant and long-lived. This pink flowering onion puts on a show right in the heat of summer, later than most other onions in […]
July 31, 2010
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Millenium Ornamental Onion

Millenium Ornamental Onion Allium ‘Millenium’ Description & Overview ‘Millenium’ is a hybrid allium of unknown parentage, selected for its tidy foliage and 2″ round, rose-purple flowers that bloom July-August. It makes an excellent addition when growing en masse or as part of a border. The name ‘Millenium’ is a nod […]
July 31, 2010
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Nodding Pink Onion

Nodding Pink Onion Allium cernuum Description & Overview Nodding Pink Onion is a Wisconsin native perennial. Like other onions, it’s foliage is tufts of long, grass-like leaves. In summer, the stems are topped with a single bulb containing numerous white-to-pink flower clusters. Ornamental onions have a characteristic pungent onion aroma. […]
July 30, 2010
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Amethyst Falls Wisteria

Amethyst Falls Wisteria Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’ Description & Overview Amethyst Falls Wisteria is perfect for smaller spaces, this gorgeous twining vine grows at about a third of the rate of Asian wisteria. Blooms at an early age, with its lightly fragrant purple racemes weeping gracefully downward. Use in containers […]
July 30, 2010
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Carrion-flower

Carrion-flower Smilax herbacea Description & Overview Carrion-flower is a Wisconsin native perennial vine that dies back to the ground each season. It’s typically found on moist forest edges and climbs on nearby plants or structures with twining tendrils. The 1” round clusters of green flowers are fly pollinated. Female plants […]
July 30, 2010

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Engelmann Ivy

Engelmann Ivy Parthenocissus quinquefolia var. engelmannii Description & Overview Engelmann Ivy (aka. Virginia Creeper) is a large, fast-growing, five-leaved ivy. Overall this is a great grower and hardy to Midwestern zones, and while it’s not a true icy, it is a spectacular vine. The leaves start out as white and […]
July 29, 2010
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Limber Honeysuckle

Limber Honeysuckle Lonicera dioica Description & Overview Limber Honeysuckle is a Wisconsin native vine. It’s a low, climbing, vine-like shrub with arching branches. In late spring, expect a display of showy red, stalk-less flowers with yellow stamens. Afterwards, it forms green fruits that mature to a vibrant red-orange. It’s deciduous, […]
July 29, 2010
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American Bittersweet

American Bittersweet Celastrus scandens Description & Overview American Bittersweet is a Wisconsin native climbing vine with colorful clusters of orange fruit capsules that open to reveal red seeds. Celastrus scandens is dioecious, meaning you need a male and a female plant to get fruiting. This is a multi-season vine, offering […]
July 29, 2010
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Autumn Revolution™ American Bittersweet

Autumn Revolution American Bittersweet Celastrus scandens ‘Bailumn’ PP19,811 Description & Overview Autumn Revolution is a fast-growing vine well-known for its fall color and orange fruit. It has many of the same qualities as the native American Bittersweet, except it’s monoecious meaning you don’t need a separate male and female plant […]
July 29, 2010
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Hydrangea Vine

Hydrangea Vine Hydrangea anomala petiolaris Description & Overview Hydrangea Vine is one of the best flowering vines for shady areas. It produces clusters of aromatic, 6-10” flat-top white flowers in summer. Stems are a dark cinnamon-brown color with exfoliating bark that splits and peels. Fruit capsules remain throughout winter to […]
July 28, 2010
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Pink Champagne Clematis

Pink Champagne Clematis Clematis x ‘Kakio’ Description & Overview Pink Champagne Clematis is an early-flowering, compact clematis ideal for containers and smaller gardens. It produces festive, deep-pink flowers in summer that can reach 6-8” in diameter. The petals are uniquely striped with white bars. Pink Champagne will bloom in early […]
July 28, 2010
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Superba Jackman Clematis

Superba Jackman Clematis Clematis x jackmanii ‘Superba’ Description & Overview Superba Jackman Clematis is one of the most popular of the clematis vines. It boasts showy, deep violet-purple flowers that are slightly broader than those of C. ‘Jackmanii’ and will cover this climbing vine throughout most of the summer. It’s […]
July 28, 2010
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Blue Light Clematis

Blue Light® Clematis Clematis ‘Vanso’ PP15,953 Description & Overview Blue Light Clematis is a delightful, award-winning sport of Mrs. Cholmondeley Clematis. It has large, violet-blue to pale blue flowers. The distinctive, prolific blooms easily measure five to six inches wide, are doubles in spring, and semi-double in fall. It’s an […]
July 28, 2010
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Vancouver Danielle Clematis

Vancouver™ Danielle Clematis Clematis Vancouver™ ‘Danielle’ Description & Overview Vancouver Danielle is an early blooming clematis! It has exceptionally large, brilliant violet-blue flowers with a striking reddish bar through the petal centers and red-tipped stamens. With its compact habit, it is ideal for containers or smaller gardens. Like all clematis, […]
July 28, 2010
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Sweet Summer Love Clematis

Sweet Summer Love Clematis Clematis ‘Sweet Summer Love’ Description & Overview Sweet Summer Love is an easy to grow and maintain clematis with great hardiness for upper Midwest and Wisconsin climates. Another award winning, vigorous clematis option! It produces small but profuse cranberry-violet flowers in July and August, sometimes into […]
July 28, 2010
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Rouge Cardinal Clematis

Rouge Cardinal Clematis Clematis ‘Rouge Cardinal’ Description & Overview Never failing to impress, these brilliant, velvety crimson blooms grow on a woody vine with leathery-textured, green foliage. Rouge Cardinal Clematis is a compact vine, making it an excellent choice for containers and small spaces. It’s also great for covering a […]
July 28, 2010
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Sweet Autumn Clematis

Sweet Autumn Clematis Clematis paniculata Description & Overview While the name is ever-changing, Sweet Autumn Clematis produces a cloud-like appearance of deliciously scented, small, creamy-white star-like flowers in early fall followed by attractive feathery seed heads. It’s a vigorous grower that can be used in a variety of garden and […]
July 28, 2010
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Niobe Clematis

Niobe Clematis Clematis ‘Niobe’ Description & Overview Expect large, 5-7” velvety ruby-red flowers with contrasting ivory stamens. Niobe Clematis is another award winning clematis! It’s considered to be one of the best reds on the market and is a vigorous grower. Clematis in general have a wide range of uses […]
July 27, 2010
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Ernest Markham Clematis

Ernest Markham Clematis Clematis ‘Ernest Markham’ Description & Overview Ernest Markham Clematis is an award winning and very reliable clematis cultivar valued for its large, open, magenta-pink flowers. Train it to climb along a trellis, arbor, or fencing, or leave unsupported to ramble through medium to tall shrubs. It creates […]
July 25, 2010
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Trevi Fountain Lungwort

Trevi Fountain Lungwort Pulmonaria ‘Trevi Fountain’ PP13,047 Description & Overview Trevi Fountain Lungwort is an excellent low-maintenance perennial for use as a border or groundcover. Its intense blue flowers in early spring add a pop of color when few other perennials are blooming. The low foliage of Trevi Fountain shines […]
July 25, 2010
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Zagreb Coreopsis

Zagreb Coreopsis Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’ Description & Overview Zagreb Coreopsis is a compact, clump forming plant with airy, thread-like bright green foliage. Daisy-like golden-yellow flowers are borne above the foliage throughout the summer. This selection is longer-lived than ‘Moonbeam’, making it a fine replacement that has a place in any […]
July 25, 2010
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Ironwood

Ironwood Ostrya virginiana Description & Overview Ironwood is a small, slow-growing pyramidal tree native to the dry understory in our local oak woods. Its small mature size is great for restricted spaces and the tree will thrive in sun or heavy shade. While it has shown promise as a street […]
July 20, 2010
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St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort Hypericum kalmianum Description & Overview St. John’s Wort is a handsome dense, rounded shrub with charming blue-green foliage. Abundant bright yellow flowers bloom in summer. The stems and seedheads appear varnished in winter adding a unique texture to the landscape. May also be known as Kalm’s St. […]
July 15, 2010
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Dwarf Goatsbeard

Dwarf Goatsbeard Aruncus aethusifolius Description & Overview An especially attractive dwarf version of the more familiar, taller, “Goatsbeard”. Core Characteristics Wisconsin Native: No USDA Hardiness Zone: to zone 3 Mature Height: 8″-12″ Mature Spread: 12″-16″ Growth Rate: Moderate Growth Form: Perennial Light Requirements: Partial Shade Site Requirements: Intolerant of dry […]