(Common Serviceberry, Downy Serviceberry, Juneberry, Shadbush)
Snowy white flowers fill the branches of downy serviceberry in mid-spring followed by violet-red berries and a bright fall foliage display. A rounded deciduous shrub to small tree, it will produce root suckers and create a shrubby thicket in natural settings. It is native across the whole of eastern North America from Quebec down to Texas. In the wild, this adaptable tree can be found in many sites from lowland wetlands to dry, upland woods and rocky or sandy bluffs. Its slightly tart and sweet reddish...
Mark A. Miller
(Allegheny Serviceberry, Cumulus Allegheny Serviceberry)
This heavy blooming Allegheny serviceberry has a more narrow upright form than average. ‘Cumulus’ is an exceptional small tree admired for its beautiful spring flowers, edible summer berries and glorious fall color. This multi-stemmed deciduous small tree is North American in origin and naturally inhabits moist open woods and meadows.
Bronzy new leaves awaken in spring alongside its delicate white spring flowers. The simple oval leaves quickly turn medium green and burst into glorious shades...
A vigorous Allegheny serviceberry cultivar, 'Majestic', has many wonderful ornamental and cultural features. It is very fast growing and reaches nearly twice the height of wild-type plants while maintaining a tall and narrow habit. It produces many drooping racemes of white flowers in spring, followed by prolific summer fruit and dark, reddish-orange fall color. It is also notably resistant to hot and humid weather. It was first released in 1990 and developed by William Flemer III or Princeton, New...
Mark A. Miller
(Apple Serviceberry, Juneberry)
Birds will flock to the Juneberry for a taste berry treat in very late spring, and gardeners will sigh over the beauty of the white spring flowers and vibrant red and yellow fall foliage. Especially astute gardeners will manage to harvest the edible, sweet, purplish black fruits before the birds pluck them all from the tree.
Great debate and uncertainty remains as to the origins of this deciduous large shrub to small tree. Clearly native to eastern North America, taxonomists can't agree if it's...
Noted for its outstanding orange fall color, 'Autumn Sunset' is also exceptionally heat and drought tolerant. Beautiful in flower, form and fall leaf color, the apple serviceberry is a shrubby small tree that warrants use in a variety of garden settings. It is a naturally occurring hybrid that combines the vigor, adaptability, and beauty of its two parents, Allegheny serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis) and downy serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea). Many ornamental cultivars have been...
(Bishop's Weed, Bullwort)
There is no better cutflower for airy, wildflower looks. The large, white, parasol-shaped flower clusters of Ammi majus look just like larger versions of Queen Anne's lace blooms, but the plant is not as weedy. This fast-growing annual originates from regions along the Mediterranean, so it can withstand drought and warmth once established.
Fine, lance-shaped, compound leaves of soft green line the tall stems. In summer, the big lacy white blooms appear and should be cut regularly to keep...
(Bastard Indigo, Desert False Indigo)
Although having lovely green foliage, the desert false indigo's habit find few gardeners in love with it. The blue-violet to indigo colored flower spikes occur in midsummer. A spreading but also upright, rather unkempt deciduous shrub, it is native to a wide expanse of the eastern United States and southcentral Canada as well as in moister canyons and steamsides in the southwest America deserts. Often considered weedy, it is a tough, durable plant.
The pleasant bright green leaves are made up...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Climbing aster is so named for its very long, arching stems which mingle among neighboring shrubs and other vegetation for support. Native to coastal regions of the southeastern United States, this woody subshrub is found naturally at the edges of swamps and wet woods. It is grown in gardens for its showy, late-season display of fragrant, lavender-pink flowers.
The rambling, branched stems of climbing aster are covered with light gray fuzz. They may reach as much as 12 feet (4 meters) in length,...
(Blue Ice Bluestar, Bluestar)
This is one of the best bluestars for the garden. Discovered at White Flower Farm in Connecticut, 'Blue Ice' is a dwarf hybrid that is believed to be a cross between among Amsonia tabernaemontana and Amsonia montana. It is a heavy-flowering, vigorous selection that looks good even after it has stopped blooming.
In spring this bushy perennial puts forth stems lined with linear green leaves that become covered with loose clusters of blue starry flowers. These are highly attractive...