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Iris cristata blue

An adorable little groundcover Iris, for partial shade with very good drainage. Will slowly spread, forming nice sized colonies, but never a nuisance. A very tough plant, sure to become one of your favorite early spring bloomers!

Wildlife benefits: Great early nectar source for Native Bees and Hummingbirds.

Hardy to zone 4.

4" pot $7.00


Iris cristata "Alba"

The rare white form of our native Iris cristata, with slightly larger leaf and blossom. 

Unlike most white forms or variations, this is not a weaker grower, but actually a bit more vigorous. 

Also likes the fast drainage and partial shade.

Wildlife benefits: Great early nectar source for Native Bees and Hummingbirds.

Hardy to zone 4.

4" pot $8.00


Jeffersonia diphylla (Twin Leaf)

*THREATENED IN NY STATE

I'm not sure if I like this wonderful plant best as it newly emerges (as shown in the pic), or when it's green butterfly leaves are fully open, with the large white poppy blooms. And then....it IS really cool when ripe seed is spilled from the beer stein-like vase that the seeds ripen in....Suffice it to say, this is one of the most interesting native woodland plants you will ever grow!

Seems to prefer a slightly alkaline soil and very good drainage. Partial to full shade.

Wildlife benefits: Produces no nectar, but pollen in great amounts, which is collected by our native bees and woodland pollinators.

Hardy to zone 4.

Gallon Pot $10.00


Luzula acuminata (Hairy Woodrush)

A fuzzy dwarf grass for the edge of the woodland garden, only getting about 1' tall here for us, and liking a moist, but well draining soil.

Wildlife Benefits: Cover for small creatures.

Gallon Pot $10.00


Maianthemum canadense (Canada Mayflower)

Sweetest little groundcover, and so easy to grow!.

Satiny leaves with clusters of tiny white blooms, will colonize quickly if happy. (Happy= shade and very well draining humus soil.)

Wildlife benefits: Pollen source for Native Bees and Pollinators. Berries are a food source for Ruffed Grouse, White-Footed Mouse, and Eastern Chipmunk.

Hardy to zone 3.

4" pot $6.00


Osmunda cinnamomea (Cinnamon Ferm)

One of our tall, (4-5 feet), well behaved native ferns, looking fresh and crisp throughout the growing season and looking especially lovely when sporting it's "cinnamon dusted" fertile fronds!

Likes a moist, well draining soil.

Wildlife Benefits: Larval host plant for several Moth species. Good source of cover.

Gallon Pot $10.00


Osmunda regalis spectabilis (Royal Fern)

Have you ever seen a more majestic fern?

This is another one of our well behaved Native ferns, getting about 3-4 feet tall, and clumping. 

Likes a moist soil with good drainage.

Wildlife Benefits: Excellent cover for many small creatures.

Gallon Pot $10.00


Pachysandra procumbens (NATIVE Pachysandra)

Why would anyone grow that Asian stuff when you can grow this fabulous native, instead? EVERGREEN, and the cold actually brings on this beautiful chocolate/silver patterning to the leaves. Springtime it will produce white bottlebrush blooms. Slow moving groundcover.

Shade to partial sun and any moist, well draining soil.

Wildlife benefits: Woodland pollinators appreciate the very early spring blooms. Superb year round cover for many.

Hardy to zone 4.

Gallon pot $12.00


Petasites frigidus var. palmata  (Arctic Sweet Coltsfoot)

*ENDANGERED IN NY STATE

A NATIVE Petasites! Big luscious leaves, bizarre bloom, and typical Petasites habit of scooting around. Likes a moist, acidic soil and full to partial shade.

Wildlife benefits: The early spring blooms are covered in Native Bees and Pollinators. Host plant to the Alaskan Swallowtail Butterfly.

Hardy to zone 4.

Gallon pot $10.00


Phlox divaricata (Woodland Phlox)

Fragrant blooms in the perfect shade of blue. A  reliable, tough as nails, staple in any native shade garden!

Likes any soil in partial shade.

Wildlife benefits: Important as an early nectar source for Hummingbirds and Butterflies, Moths, as well as Native Bees and many other pollinators. Supports 8 Lepidoptera Butterfly species.

Hardy to zone 4.

Gallon Pot $10.00


Phlox stolonifera

Lovely native groundcover, evergreen, extremely drought tolerant and looks great with everything else in the shade beds! Never crowds out other plants due to it's shallow root system, as long as they are over 4" tall (Taller than the phlox). 

Shade to partial sun and a very well draining soil.

Wildlife benefits: Important early source of nectar for butterflies, Hummingbirds and Native Bees. Supports 8 Lepidoptera Butterfly species.

4" Pots $7.00


Podophyllum peltatum (Mayapple)

Inspiring when planted in sweeps or natural groupings, Mayapple will eventually form large colonies. 

Here they are shown with Trillium grandiflorum, Mertensia (Virginia Blue Bells), and Tiarella cordifolia, or native Foam Flower.

A nice loose, rich, well draining soil is best, in partial shade.

Wildlife benefits: Larval host plant for the Variegated Fritillary. Great pollen source for Native Bees and Pollinators. Large leaves offer cover for many woodland creatures. Robins and many small mammals eat the fruit. Supports 4 Lepidoptera Butterfly species.

Hardy to zone 4.

Gallon pot $10.00


Polemonium repens (Native Jacob's Ladder)

Lovely foliage and dainty clusters of true blue blossoms. A compact plant in comparison to the garden center hybrids, and tough as nails, a long-lived perennial unlike most hybrid varieties.

Partial sun and any rich, moist, well draining soil.

Wildlife benefits: HIGH VALUE to Native Bees and Pollinators for it's abundant pollen and nectar. Also a nectar source for Butterflies, Skippers and Moths.

Hardy to zone 4.

Gallon pot $10.00


Polygonatum commutatum (GIANT Solomon's seal)

(One of our gallon pots getting loaded to go to market, and not even a mature plant yet.)

This architecturally impressive native really can get up to 6 feet in the garden under optimum conditions.

Likes very well draining soil, and just a bit of sun.

Hardy to zone 4.

Wildlife Benefits: Nectar source for Hummingbirds. Pollen and nectar source for many Bees, including Bumbles, Halictid and Anthophorid. Many Woodland Birds enjoy the ripe berries.

Gallon Pot $18.00


Polygonatum pubescens (Solomon's seal)

Wildlife Benefits: Nectar source for Hummingbirds. Pollen and nectar source for many Bees, including Bumbles, Halictid and Anthophorid. Many Woodland Birds enjoy the ripe berries.

5 Pint Pot $8.00


Pyrola elliptica (Shinleaf)

Great little groundcover for a very acidic, moist, shady and well draining site.

Whorls of semi-evergreen, rounded leaves and the sweetest white blossoms rise up in late spring.

Likes an acidic, moist, but well draining soil in full to partial shade.

Wildlife benefits: Important early nectar and pollen source for native bees and pollinators. Supports 2 Lepidoptera Butterfly species as a larval host plant.

Hardy to zone 4.

4" pot $7.00


Sanguinaria canadensis (Bloodroot)

Every Native Woodland Garden must have a good stand of Bloodroot!

One of the most welcome sights of Spring, is the tightly clasped leaf, topped by pristine white buds ready to burst, (followed by one of the most unique and attractive leaves!)

Typical humus soil with good drainage and full to partial shade.

Wildlife benefits: Important early nectar source for Native Bees and Pollinators. Valuable cover for many small woodland creatures and birds. Larval host plant for 2 Lepidoptera Butterfly species.

Hardy to zone 4.

Pint pot $8.00


Sanguinaria c. "Multiplex" (Fully double form of our Native Bloodroot)

Truly one of natures wonders. This fully double form of our native bloodroot is an explosion of unbelievable beauty. Equally amazing is it's vigor in the garden. This form gets larger AND spreads even faster than the straight native single petal species.

And loose, rich woodland soil with good drainage. Performs best with some cool sun (Morning and early evening)

Wildlife benefits: Not as valuable a nectar source as the single petal. Still a great hiding place for small mammals, amphibians and birds.

Hardy to zone 4.

Pint pot $18.00


Thalictrum dioicum (Early Meadow Rue)

A low growing Thalictrum, never getting tall than 1' here in the gardens, and looking perfect throughout the growing season with mounds of elegantly cut foliage. In Spring will be topped with delicate, Baby's-breath like blooms. Likes good drainage.

Wildlife Benefits: Larval host plant for several Moth species. Excellent cover for many small creatures like frogs, toads, salamanders and small birds.

5 Pint Pot 8.00


Tiarella cordifolia

A groundcover with foliage as spectacular as the flowers. White tapered, bottlebrush blooms with maple-like leaves that look great through the entire growing season!

Slightly acidic and evenly moist soil.

Hardy to zone 4.

Wildlife benefits: Early nectar source for Native Bees. Provides dense cover for small woodland creatures. Host plant for the Common Buckeye Butterfly and the Phaon Crescent Butterfly.

5 Pint pot $8.00


Trillium cuneatum (Toadshade)

One of the most spectacular foliage Trillium!

A very easy Trillium to grow in partial shade and a nice rich, loose soil that is moist with good drainage. Will clump up nicely and also self-sows well.

Wildlife benefits: Larval host plant for 3 Lepidoptera Butterfly species. Cover for many woodland creatures.

Hardy to zone 4.

5 Pint pot $10.00


Trillium erectum red

*Listed as Exploitably Vulnerable in NY State.

Trilliums are the crown jewels in any woodland garden. 

Trillium erectum, (or "stinkin' Benjamin"), is one of our local natives, getting quite large, (about 1 foot tall and leaves reaching about 6" across, each.)

Contrary to popular belief, they are not hard to grow, as long as their soil is rich, loose, and well draining. 

Partial sun will make a stronger plant than full shade.

Wildlife benefits: Birds and many small mammals will eat the fruit. Pollen source for Native Bees and Pollinators.

Hardy to zone 4.

5 Pint pot $10.00


Trillium grandiflorum

*Listed asExploitably Vulnerable in NY State

One of the more common Trillium, but also one of the showiest, and easiest to grow. 

This Trillium is a great clumper, forming many stems/blooms off the same rhizome over the years and self-sowing readily.

Loose humus soil with good drainage, and partial shade. (Again....some "Cool" sun in the morning and early evening will produce stronger plants than full shade.)

Wildlife benefits: Birds and many small mammals will eat the fruit. Pollen source for Native Bees and Pollinators.

Hardy to zone 3.

5 pint Pot $10.00


Trillium luteum

Unique yellow bloom, but the real "WoW" is the foliage, in my opinion. 

Trillium luteum is very easy to grow in a garden setting.  Also a great clumper over time.

Likes a rich, humus soil with ample moisture, but also great drainage.

Wildlife benefits: Birds and many small mammals will eat the fruit. Pollen source for Native Bees and Pollinators.

Hardy to zone 4.

5 Pint pot $10.00


Uvularia perfoliata (Merry Bells)

The sweetest dangling yellow bells on stiff upright stems, that will colonize quite well in a neutral to limey, well draining soil.

Wildlife benefits: An early pollen source for Native Bees. Larval host plant for Lepidoptera Butterfly species.

Hardy to zone 4.

5 Pint Pot $8.00


Vancouveria hexandra (Insideout Flower)

An absolutely gorgeous West Coast Native, that forms a dense, slow moving groundcover.

Elegant little white parachute blooms in early spring, and fabulous foliage all the way through until frost.

Likes a moist, well draining soil with a bit of sun.

Wildlife benefits: Heavy producer of pollen for Native Bees and Pollinators.

Hardy to zone 4.

Gallon Pot $10.00


Viola pubescens (Wild Yellow Violet)

Unusual color for a Violet, these cheery yellow blooms that light up the woodland garden. Also pretty well-behaved for a Viola, as they don't seem to do a lot of self-sowing here in our gardens., but they do form nice beefy clumps in a few years.

Like rich, moist, well draining soil and partial shade.

Wildlife benefits: Larval host plant for many Fritillary Butterfly species....(Great Spangled Fritillary, Meadow Fritillary, Aphrodite Fritillary, Diana, Atlantis fritillary, & Silver-Bordered Fritillary.)

*Violas have very high wildlife value! They are larval host plants for over 27 Lepidoptera Butterfly species!

Hardy to zone 4.

4" pot 8.00


Viola sororia "Freckles"

Who doesn't love the cheery spring blooms of Violets? Purple specks and splashes of dark purple on white petals, make this an intersesting and unique Viola.

Partial shade and any soil. EASY!

Hardy to zone 4.

Wildlife benefits: Larval host plant for many Fritillary Butterfly species....(Great Spangled Fritillary, Meadow Fritillary, Aphrodite Fritillary, Diana, Atlantis fritillary, & Silver-Bordered Fritillary.)

*Violas have very high wildlife value! They are larval host plants for over 27 Lepidoptera Butterfly species!

 

4" Pot $7.00


Viola sororia "Magenta"

An heirloom Violet with an abundance of dark pink blooms. Prolific bloomer!

Hardy to zone 4.

Wildlife benefits: Larval host plant for many Fritillary Butterfly species....(Great Spangled Fritillary, Meadow Fritillary, Aphrodite Fritillary, Diana, Atlantis fritillary, & Silver-Bordered Fritillary.)

*Violas have very high wildlife value! They are larval host plants for over 27 Lepidoptera Butterfly species!

 

4" Pot $7.00


Viola triloba

Really neat foliage on this native Violet, and quite variable in form. Typical purple colored bloom.

Has the tendency to self sow a bit, forming a nice little patch in no time!

Likes draining soil with an even amount of moisture.

Wildlife benefits: Larval host plant for many Fritillary Butterfly species...Great Spangled Fritillary, Meadow Fritillary, Aphrodite Fritillary, Diana, Atlantis Fritillary, & Silver-bordered Fritillary.)

Hardy to zone 4

Wildlife benefits: Larval host plant for many Fritillary Butterfly species....(Great Spangled Fritillary, Meadow Fritillary, Aphrodite Fritillary, Diana, Atlantis fritillary, & Silver-Bordered Fritillary.)

*Violas have very high wildlife value! They are larval host plants for over 27 Lepidoptera Butterfly species!

4" pot $7.00


Waldsteinia fragarioides (Barren Strawberry)

Beautiful evergreen, native groundcover that will grow in the dry shade with ease!

Pretty little yellow buttercup blooms in spring and handsome evergreen foliage all year long.

Wildlife benefits: Early pollen source for Native Bees. Evergreen cover.

Hardy to zone 3.

4" round Pot $6.00


Zizia aurea (Golden Alexander)

Lovely umbels of gold on crisp, neat foliage, with leaf edges looking like they've been stitched with fine white thread.

Easy in any moist, but well draining soil with about 1/2 day sun.

Wildlife benefits: Larval host plant for the Eastern Black Swallowtail, the Missouri Woodland Swallowtail. Nectar source for many Butterflies, Native Bees and Pollinators.

Hardy to zone 4.

5 Pint Pot $8.00