(Eastern Larch, Newport Beauty Eastern Larch)
A tiny, dense foliar balled shrub teeming with blue-green needles, Newport Beauty dwarf tamarack also greets fall with golden yellow foliage. Native to much of Canada and the extreme northern United States, it's a dense, dwarf, deciduous conifer that very slowly becomes a rounded mass.
The needles are mildly blue-green, short, three-sided and arranged densely in spiral clusters atop short stubby spurs. The short, young branchlets are held out from the dense congestion of foliage. With considereable...
James H. Schutte
A tall and narrow tree with somewhat upward-held branches, the Siberian larch has finely textured, soft needles that become yellow in autumn and drop before winter. From the mountains of Europe eastward into northern and central Asia, this cone-bearing tree is deciduous with a sienna brown bark that is scaly and lightly ridged. With age it attains a very narrow pyramidal shape.
In spring the thin yellow-gray branches fill with short, soft, light green needles that have two white bands on their...
(Bog Labrador Tea, Labrador Tea)
Once you've encountered the green leaves with rolled edges and fuzzy tan undersides, you'll likely never forget the Labrador tea shrub. This broadleaf evergreen has an open, rounded to spreading shape. It's native to the peaty soils and cool bogs of North America from Greenland to Alaska southward across Canada into the northern United States. In some American states it has become an endangered species.
The densely woolly twigs have long oval leaves, mainly arranged alternately but often in whorl-like...
(Marsh Labrador Tea, Muskeg Tea, Wild Rosemary)
Circumboreal in origin, wild rosemary is a plant of the Northern latitudes, bringing white blossoms to rocky terrain normally cloaked in lichen and moss. More prostrate in habit with some upright but spreading stems, this small mounding shrub is native to lands around the North Pole, including northern Europe and Siberia, and Greenland, Canada and Alaska in North America. Plants are usually buried under snow in winter and grow and bloom in the short summer when snow has fully melted away.
(Duckmeat, Frog's Buttons, Ivyleaf Duckweed, Star Duckweed)
From late spring to fall frost, the still waters on ponds, lakes and the edges of slow-moving streams may reveal a floating mat of star duckweed. Native to the cool-summer areas of the Northern Hemisphere, star duckweed sinks to the bottom of the body of water in winter to escape death by freezing.
When ice disappears and water warms up in spring, the dormant leaf bodies of star duckweed rise up to the water's surface. Floating atop the water, the light to medium green leaves of star duckweed...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Grown for its white daisies that appear relatively early in the season, this rhizomatous perennial is a common wildflower of European and West Asian grasslands. It is widely naturalized in the United States.
Spreading mats of dark green, lobed or toothed, spoon-shaped leaves give rise in late spring to erect stems topped with yellow-eyed white daisies. Flowering continues for 2 or 3 weeks. Plants often self-sow if not deadheaded. Double-flowered cultivars such as 'Angel' are typically sterile,...
(Double Oxeye Daisy, Oxeye Daisy)
The pretty double daisies of this long-blooming dwarf oxeye really stand out. Angel Daisy™ is a patented perennial that was bred by Daniel McDonald in Cobbitty, New South Wales, Australia. It is a clump-forming hardy perennial that’s perfect for small borders and containers.
In spring Angel Daisy™ offers neat clumps of green toothed leaves. In late spring to early summer it sends up many double anemone-type daisies of white with yellow-green centers. These flowerheads are lightly fragrant and...
James H. Schutte
The classic white Shasta daisy is vigorous, pretty and easy to grow and ‘Alaska’ is a particularly tall upright cultivar that will stand out in the border. This hybrid between Leucanthemum lacustre and L. maximum is a vigorous dependable herbaceous perennial perfect for sunny early season flower borders.
In spring, Shasta daisy puts forth a dense low-growing clump of glossy, lance-shaped, toothed leaves. In early summer these give rise to tall upright leafy stems topped with...
Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc.
The classic white Shasta daisy is vigorous, pretty and easy to grow. This hybrid between Leucanthemum lacustre and L. maximum is an old-fashioned herbaceous perennial that's perfect for sunny early season flower borders.
In spring, Shasta daisy puts forth a dense low-growing clump of glossy, lance-shaped, toothed leaves. In early summer these give rise to tall upright leafy stems topped with large white daisies with deep yellow centers. These bloom for a discrete period of...
(Loddon Lily, Summer Snowflake)
The delicate flowers of summer snowflake will add elegance to early season borders. Native to Europe and western Asia, this hardy bulbous perennial plant is notable for its ease of growth and old fashioned charm.
The vigorous summer snowflake has long deep green strap-like leaves in a thick clump. In mid- or late-spring (or earlier in mild climates), knee-high, leafless stems bear up to eight white nodding flowers at their tips. The lantern-shaped flowers have six toothed green-tipped lobes....