Inkberry, Ilex glabra

Ilex glabra, commonly called Inkberry, is an up-right evergreen native to North America. This plant grows from Nova Scotia to Florida and west to Louisiana, where it is normally found in sandy woods, swamps, and bogs. Inkberry is in the family Aquifoliales. It prefers rich, moist soil and grows best … Read More

Yellow Anise Tree, Illicium parviflorum

Illicium parviflorum, commonly called Yellow Anise Tree, is a large up-right, suckering evergreen. The genus name comes from the Latin illicium meaning allurement or inducement from the enticing aromatic scent. Anise can reach 15-feet tall by 10-feet wide. Native to southeastern U.S., it has been destroyed completely in Georgia … Read More

Black Chokeberry, Aronia melanocarpa

Aronia melanocarpa, commonly known as Black Chokeberry, is native to eastern North America from Canada to Georgia. Chokeberry is in the family Rosaceae. It is usually found in boggy, low woods, swamps, and moist thickets. Chokeberry is an open, up-right, deciduous bush that becomes leggy with age. Removing root suckers … Read More

Mountain Mints

Mountain Mints are a native perennial wildflower found throughout North America from Maine to Michigan and as far south as Florida and Texas. They thrive in fertile, moist, well-drained soil. Mountain Mint have also been found in barren spots in the Midwest and in pine barrens. They can grow in … Read More

Carolina Allspice, Calycanthus floridus

Calycanthus floridus, commonly known as Carolina Allspice, Sweet Shrub, or Strawberry Bush is a deciduous, erect, well-rounded shrub. It is native from Pennsylvania to Florida and as far west as Kentucky and Tennessee. It grows 6-feet tall by 10-feet wide. Carolina Allspice prefers well-drained, loamy soil but will grow in … Read More

‘Mt. Airy’, Fothergilla gardenia

Fothergilla gardenia or ‘Mt. Airy’ is sometimes called dwarf fothergilla and is native to the coastal plains of the Southern U.S. and is in the family Hamamelidaceae. Mt. Airy grows from 3 – 6 feet tall and does best in medium moisture with dappled sun. It prefers rich, acidic soil … Read More

‘Wild Columbine’, Aquilegia canadensis

Aquilegia canadensis, or wild columbine is a native herbaceous biennial in the Ranunculaceae family. It is easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Columbine prefers rich, moist soil like that found in its native woodlands but will tolerate most soils as long as drainage … Read More

‘Oakleaf Hydrangea’, Hydrangea quercifolia

Hydrangea quercifolia, or oakleaf hydrangea is a deciduous shrub, that grows up-right and broad-rounded. It is multi-stemmed and spreads by suckering. It may reach 6-to 8-feet tall. Oakleaf hydrangea grows easily in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. It needs some sun to bloom … Read More

‘Sweet Pepperbush’, Clethra alnifolia

Clethra alnifolia, commonly called Sweet Pepperbush, is in the family Clethraceae. Sweet Pepperbush grows in mounded clumps and can reach a height of 10-feet tall. It is native to North America from Maine to Florida and as far west as Texas. Sweet Pepperbush is a rounded, suckering, densely branched deciduous shrub … Read More

Silky Dogwood

Cornus amomum, commonly called silky dogwood, is native to North America from Newfoundland to Florida. It prefers average to medium wet soil that is well-drained and slightly acidic. A layer of mulch should be used around the base to keep the roots cool and moist in summer. Silky dogwood may … Read More