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Aquilegia canadensis 'Little Lanterns'
Aquilegia canadensis 'Little Lanterns'
Common Name: Wild Columbine / Eastern Red Columbine
Attracts butterflies, bumblebees and hummingbirds Flowers for an extended period of time in spring Thrives in sun or shade; will self sow and naturalize Finches and buntings eat the seed Deer and rabbit resistant Resists leaf miner

'Little Lanterns' is a compact columbine that only grows 10" tall. Deep red and yellow nodding flowers top blue-green foliage for many weeks in spring. This is a good choice for shade gardens, woodland gardens, rock gardens and naturalized areas.

Height: 8-12 Inches
Spread: 8-12 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Aster divaricatus
Aster divaricatus
Common Name: Woodland Aster / (Eurybia divaricata)
Nectar plant for butterflies and other pollinators Seed source for songbirds Provides nesting material for birds Grows in sun or dry shade Great groundcover

Asters are the backbone of many late summer and fall landscapes. The white woodland aster is a terrific ground cover and is especially valuable because it grows so well in dry shade. Thin, nearly black stems are topped with clouds of white flowers in early fall.

Height: 18-24 Inches
Spread: 18-24 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Aster ericoides
Aster ericoides
Common Name: White Heath Aster
Lightly fragrant flowers attract butterflies A favorite of the Pearl Crescent butterfly Thrives in dry, open sites Rhizomatous root system helps stabilize soils Deer resistant while providing great cover Perfect groundcover for dry shade

A low, dense groundcover that is smothered in 1/2" single white flowers with gold centers in September. A good strong grower and a totally new look and use for an aster. Narrow grey-green foliage is a great host plant for many varieties of butterflies. Easy to grow, this tolerant perennial thrives as a groundcover in dry conditions. Butterflies flock to the masses of tiny flowers for nectar in early fall.

Height: 12-36 in
Spread: 18-24 in
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 or 5 -8
Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady in Red'
Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady in Red'
Common Name: Lady Fern
Easy to grow; tolerates a wide range of soil and light conditions Provides seasonal cover for birds and other wildlife Good groundcover in shaded areas Colorful fronds can be used in fresh arrangements

'Lady in Red' has sultry red stems surrounded by bright green, lacy fronds. New fronds arise gracefully from the crown all season long, keeping plants from getting worn looking. Clumps are dense and upright. This deciduous fern is vigorous and easy to grow. Ferns provide seasonal cover and hiding places for ground feeding birds such as ovenbirds, waterthrushes, wood thrushes, robins and Carolina wrens.

Height: 2-3 Feet
Spread: 1-3 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Carex pensylvanica
Carex pensylvanica
Common Name: Pennsylvania Sedge
Excellent ground cover for dry shade Provides seasonal cover for birds and other woodland wildlife Birds and small mammals feed on the seed Semi-evergreen lawn alternative Deer resistant

This sedge forms short clusters and spreads slowly by rhizomes to form a lush carpet. This thick mat of growth provides excellent seasonal cover for foraging small songbirds and the insects and other small animals they love to eat. Reddish-brown, thimble-like flowers top the narrow, fine textured leaves in spring. A number of birds and small mammals feed on the seeds.

Height: 6-8 Inches
Spread: 6-8 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Chasmanthium latifolium
Chasmanthium latifolium
Common Name: Northern Sea Oats
Larval host for: Pepper & salt skipper, Bells roadside skipper and Bronzed roadside skipper Provides nesting sites, protective cover and food for birds Use foliage and flower in fresh or dried arrangements Seeds eaten by small mammals and granivorous birds Seed stalks are decorative in dried arrangements Good winter interest, very hardy Deer resistant

Drooping seed heads hang in clusters from slightly arching stems topping an upright clump of bamboo-like foliage. Green leaves turn copper in fall and the seed heads emerge green but turn purplish bronze by late summer then dry to a straw color. The more water it receives, the more tolerant it will be of intense sun, but it still prefers shade. Clumping grasses like this provide nest sites and winter cover for quail, sparrows and other wildlife. They also provide fall and winter seeds for a number of birds including cardinals, towhees, juncos, sparrows and finches.

Height: 3 Feet
Spread: 1-3 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-8
Cornus racemosa 'Geauge'
Cornus racemosa 'Geauge'
Common Name: Gray Dogwood
Attracts butterflies, host plant for Spring Azure butterfly Nutritious white berries have licorice red stems Attracts Cardinals, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker and Eastern Bluebirds Tolerant of a wide range of conditions including poor or wet soils Unique glossy,black-green leaves stand out against mahogany-re new growth Easy to grow, can be trimmed into a hedge

Gray twig dogwood is a deciduous shrub bearing dome-shaped clusters of white flowers in late spring. The flowers give way to clusters of small white berries held on licorice red stems, a delightful contrast. Gray-green leaves turn dusky purple-red in fall. This thicket-forming shrub is a good source of food and cover for birds and other wildlife. Can be used as a hedge and for erosion control on slopes. 

Height: 7-8 Feet
Spread: 4-5 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Dennstaedtia punctilobula
Dennstaedtia punctilobula
Common Name: Hay-scented Fern
Thrives in moist soil and shady areas Distinctive, striking yellow-green frond color Provides great texture when in wave plantings Perfect for holding soil in reclaimed areas Essential source of color for small animals Grows and will spread even in sun

This plant's yellow-green fronds are distinctive as they rise and arch to create great texture and an aggressive carpet of foliage for moist areas. It's perfect for massing and reclamations in shade, while it provides essential cover for woodland animals.

Height: 24-30 Inches
Spread: 30-36 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Geranium maculatum 'Espresso'
Geranium maculatum 'Espresso'
Common Name: Cranesbill
Good source of early season nectar for butterflies and native bees Provides cover for wildlife, especially toads Will grow in dry shade under hardwood trees Foliage holds its chocolate color all season Excellent groundcover

Bold red-brown foliage keeps its color all season long. Pale pink flowers stand out against the handsome leaves in spring. This is a good groundcover in shaded areas with dry soil. Attracts native bees, butterflies, skippers and chipmunks love the seed.

Height: 12-15 Inches
Spread: 18-24 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Heuchera americana 'Dale's Strain'
Heuchera americana 'Dale's Strain'
Common Name: Coral Bells
Outstanding foliage display Nectar source for hummingbirds Provides cover for small wildlife Will grow in dry shade under hardwood trees Great deer resistant edging plant or groundcover

'Dale's Strain' has unique silver-blue marbled foliage that grows in handsome mounds. It is an excellent drought tolerant ground cover for shady areas. Long wands of white flowers attract native bees and hummingbirds when they bloom in spring.

Height: 12-24 Inches
Spread: 15-18 Inches
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-7
Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet'
Itea virginica 'Henry's Garnet'
Common Name: Virginia Sweetspire
Fragrant white flowers attracts butterflies and other pollinators Stunning fall color lasts for many weeks Provides protective cover for wildlife Tolerant of a surprising range of conditions from boggy to dry soils

Prized by gardeners for its beauty and its versatility.  It grows well in sun or shade, in boggy soil as well as average garden soil. Fragrant, white flower spikes, 3-6" long, cover the shrub with flowers in early summer. Dark green leaves turn scarlet and crimson in fall, sometimes persisting until December. 'Henry's Garnet' is known for having larger flowers and superior fall color to that of the species.

 

Height: 3-4 Feet
Spread: 5-6 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 5-9
Juniperus virginiana
Juniperus virginiana
Common Name: Eastern Red Cedar
Dense evergreen provides year round cover and nesting sites for many birds 80 species of birds feed on the fruit Host plant for olive hairstreak butterfly Fragrant foliage and wood Adapts to almost any growing condition and makes a good windbreak

This evergreen conifer is the best bird attracting tree in Eastern North America. Its 25' pyramidal form provides dense cover year round, and its shredding bark is used by many birds for nest construction. Female trees produce round, gray or bluish berry-like cones which 80 species of birds adore. Cedar waxwings earned their common name because of their reliance on the fruit.

Height: 25-30 Feet
Spread: 10-12 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9
Juniperus virginiana 'Glauca'
Juniperus virginiana 'Glauca'
Common Name: Silver Eastern Redcedar
Foliage color and form are perfect for hedging Provides year round cover and nesting for birds Host plant for olive hairstreak butterfly Thrives in poor soils and tolerates shade well Profuse berries are a native songbird magnet Easy to grow, adapts to most growing conditions

'Glauca' features silvery-blue needle like foliage and a tidy upright form that is perfect for a variety of landscape situations. It provides outstanding cover for a myriad of native songbirds while providing food in the form of copious small blue berries. Easy to grow and tolerant of poor soils.

Height: 25-30 Feet
Spread: 10-12 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 2
Nyssa sylvatica
Nyssa sylvatica
Common Name: Black Gum
Heavy nectar producer, drawing all kinds of pollinators Insect eating birds visit the tree to feed on pollinators Excellent fruit for a number of birds Beautiful in the fall with multiple foliage colors on one tree Will grow in wet as well as dry soils

Black gum is a stately, slow-growing, deciduous tree with a straight trunk and rounded crown (more pyramidal when young). Small, greenish-white flowers appear in spring and are not showy, but they are an excellent nectar source for honey bees, native bees and other pollinators. Insect-eating birds such as kinglets, phoebes, pine warblers and others visit the tree to feed on the small insects it attracts. Flowers give way to oval, 1/2" long, dark blue fruits that are attractive to a variety of birds. Foliage turns spectacular scarlet, yellow and orange in the fall.

Height: 30-40 Feet
Spread: 20-30 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9
Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Common Name: Virginia Creeper
Good source of berries for birds in late summer and early fall Provides cover and nesting sites for a variety of birds Larval food for a number of hawk moths Good fall color Fast grower adapted to a wide variety of conditions

Virginia creeper is a deciduous, woody vine that climbs vigorously. Attaching to walls and other surfaces with adhesive disks, handsome, five-fingered leaves emerge purplish in spring, mature to green in summer and change to purple or crimson-red in fall. Clusters of small green-white flowers give rise to dark blue or black berries, which are a bountiful source of food for migrating songbirds in late summer and early fall. Attracts chickadees, nuthatches, mockingbirds, catbirds, finches, flycatchers, tanagers, swallows, vireos, warblers, woodpeckers, and thrushes. A larval host for several species of sphinx moths.

Height: 40-50 Feet
Spread: 40-50 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-9
Symphoricarpos albus
Symphoricarpos albus
Common Name: Common snowberry
Provides dense cover and nesting for birds and small mammals Great nectar source for butterflies and native insects Birds, game birds and small mammals love its profuse berries Easy to grow and tolerant of most soils Great for massing and naturalizing A critical host for the Sphinx Moth

This old fashioned, deciduous shrub forms a neat thicket with arching branches. June flowers are small, white to pink colored and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Pure white berries last into winter and native birds devour them. Easy to grow and tolerant of all but very wet soils.

Height: 3-5 Feet
Spread: 4-6 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4-10
Vaccinium angustifolium 'Brunswick'
Vaccinium angustifolium 'Brunswick'
Common Name: Lowbush Blueberry
Fragrant flowers provide nectar for butterflies and other pollinators Larval food source for several butterflies Fruit is relished by birds and other wildlife after it ripens in summer Good nesting sites and cover for birds Very cold tolerant ground cover that grows well in dry, acidic soil

Clusters of bell-shaped, white flowers tinged with red bloom in spring. Flowers are followed by tasty blue berries, which ripen in summer. The fruit is a favorite among humans as well as birds, small mammals and box turtles. Lowbush blueberry has lustrous blue-green leaves that turn bronze, scarlet and crimson in fall. It grows well in dry, acidic, nutrient poor soil.

Height: 8-12 Inches
Spread: 2-3 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 2-5
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Northland'
Vaccinium corymbosum 'Northland'
Common Name: Highbush Blueberry
Flowers provide nectar for native bees, butterflies and other pollinators Larval food source for several butterflies The fruit is relished by birds and other wildlife Plants provide good nesting sites and cover for birds Well adapted to a variety of growing conditions Plant more than one variety to ensure best fruit set Great fall color and a good replacement for Burning Bush (Euonymus alatus)

Clusters of dainty, waxy, bell-shaped, white flowers bloom in spring. Flowers are followed by tasty blue berries, which ripen in summer. The fruit is a favorite among humans as well as birds, small mammals and box turtles. 'Northland' has bright green leaves that turn orange in fall. It is also well adapted to a variety of growing conditions. Reddish stems can be attractive in winter.

Height: 4 Feet
Spread: 4 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Viburnum prunifolium
Viburnum prunifolium
Common Name: Blackhaw Viburnum
Flowers provide nectar for butterflies and other pollinators Plants provide excellent nesting sites and cover for birds Red-purple foliage contrasts with blue-black fruit in the fall Berries are a great source of food for birds and other wildlife in fall Grows well in dry soil

Blackhaw is a large, upright, multi-stemmed, densely twiggy deciduous shrub that can be pruned to grow as a small tree. Creamy white flowers in flat-topped clusters to 4.5" across appear in spring. Flowers provide nectar for butterflies, native bees and other pollinators. Flowers give way to blue-black, berry-like fruits, which are a good source of food for birds and wildlife in fall and early winter. This handsome plant has glossy dark green leaves changing to shades of red and purple in fall.

Height: 10-12 Feet
Spread: 6-8 Feet
USDA Hardiness Zone: 3-9