Cary Award for Distinctive Plants
From By Peggy Anne Montgomery
An endowment from noted plantsman Edward A. Cary established the Cary Award for Distinctive Plants for New England in 1997. Horticulturists from across New England have selected more than 45 Cary Award winners to draw attention to unusual and underused plants and, above all, to help consumers choose plants with proven records of success. It's not surprising that many of the winners are native plants. So please let me introduce you to some of the best landscapes plants for New England - that just happen to be natives!
New England Natives Win Awards!
Many Cary Award Winners are Natives
It's not surprising that many of the winners are native plants. So please let me introduce you to some of the best landscapes plants for New England - that just happen to be natives!
Little King River Birch
Betula nigra 'Little King' (Also known by its trade name, Fox Valley™)
Perfect size for smaller gardens
Gracefully peeling bark in shades of cream, apricot and brown
Larval host plant for many butterflies including tiger swallowtails
Blooms in late May and early June with fragrant white flowers
Female plants have lovely blue fruit in late summer
Attracts birds and butterflies
This tree is on fire in the fall!
Heavy nectar producer, drawing all kinds of pollinators
Black fruit provides tasty morsels for songbirds
Ruby Spice Summersweet Clethra
Clethra alnifolia 'Ruby Spice'
Flowers in July and August with bright pink blossoms Flowers are delightfully fragrant and long-lasting, up to six weeks
Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds enjoy the nectar
White flowers in late spring, which have the scent of honey
Native butterflies and insects flock to the blooms
Yellow, orange and red fall color is superb!
Little Leaf Laurels
Deep green, glossy foliage is always attractive
Clusters of pale pink flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds
Evergreen shrubs provide year round protective cover for wildlife
White Pine 'Soft Touch'
Pinus strobus 'Soft Touch'
Perfect for today’s urban gardens, just 3’ tall
Twisted blue needles are soft to the touch
Provides year round cover for all kinds of beneficial wildlife
A deciduous azalea, light pink flowers light up the woodland landscape
Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies with its ample supply of nectar
Exhibits a beautiful red fall color
Low Bush Blueberry
Beautiful in spring with waxy flowers that attract bees
In July and August birds relish the sweet and juicy blue fruits
The glowing red fall color is nothing less than spectacular
Highly regarded ornamental, nectar source for butterflies
Seed from spent flowers is a delicacy for birds
Known for its ethno-botanical uses - fiber, medicine, soap etc.
Bearberry or Kinnikinick
Glossy foliage, interesting flowers and fruit, great groundcover
Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
Berries are enjoyed by birds and other wildlife, great fall color
Rhus aromatica ‘Gro Low’
Spring flowers attract butterflies
Red berries are eaten by birds and other small mammals
Great fall color, drought tolerant, deer tend not to eat it
Sibbaldiopsis tridentate (formerly Potentilla tridentate)
In May and June glossy leaves are topped by small white flowers
Bright red autumn color remains throughout the winter
Flowers attract small bees in springtimeClick here to print this page