Gerald L. Klingaman
A cold-hardy deciduous shrub introduced to gardens in the mid-nineteenth century and still prized by gardeners, this hybrid of Spiraea cantonensis and S. trilobata evokes memories of grandmother when its arching branches are laden with clustered white flowers in late spring and early summer. The dense domed flowerheads attract bees, butterflies, and ants in search of pollen and nectar. A twiggy plant that spreads by root suckers, this medium-sized shrub has small, blue-green, somewhat...
James H. Schutte
Prairie dropseed is a perennial, warm season grass which produces a mophead of emerald green, hair-like foliage accompanied by tall airy stems of fragrant pink flowers in late summer. It is native to the prairies and grasslands of central North America from southern Canada to Texas.
The long, narrow blades of this clump-forming grass form an arching fountain of foliage which often curls as its ends sweep the ground. The leaves are scented when crushed. In late summer, tall stems bear airy panicles...
American bladdernut is admirable because of its glossy, attractive, three-part leaves and curious-looking fruits. This variably medium to large shrub, rarely a small tree, is naturally found in moist-soil woodlands, especially along stream banks. It's native to southeastern North America, east of the Great Plains from Ontario to the Florida Panhandle. It attains an upright habit with somewhat spreading branches.
American bladdernut's bark is mainly smooth and a mottled blend of gray-tan and white....
James H. Schutte
(Central Avenue Coralberry, Coralberry)
Showy in fruit and tough in constitution, 'Central Avenue' is a selection of coralberry, a small to medium-sized deciduous shrub from eastern North America. This cultivar is valued for its prolific display of small red fruits which bow the branches in fall. A rounded, suckering shrub of dense habit, it bears insignificant creamy white, pink-flushed flowers in summer. Pea-sized fruits develop in autumn, taking center stage once frost causes the small oval dark-green leaves to fall. The coral-red to...
A variegated selection of a tough hardy eastern North American shrub, 'Spun Sugar' features small white-edged leaves from spring to fall and masses of bright fruit from fall into winter. Borne in the thousands on dense twiggy stems, the pea-sized purple-red berries take center stage once the small, gray, cream-rimmed leaves drop. The berries persist well into winter, attracting hungry songbirds. Insignificant pink-flushed flowers precede the fruits in summer. This cultivar eventually forms a rounded...