(Catawba Grape, Fox Grape)
First introduced in the mid 1800s, 'Catawba' is a red fruited cultivar of the North American fox grape; though some believe it may be a Vitis labrusca and Vitis vinifera hybrid.
This hardy, woody vine is primarily grown for its edible fruit but also has attractive rich green lobed leaves that turn burnished shades of orange and gold in fall. In early to midsummer it produces inconspicuous fragrant flowers followed by clusters of red grapes that ripen in mid-autumn. These are...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Concord Seedless Grape, Fox Grape)
Known for its delicious, seedless, deep-blue fruits, 'Concord Seedless' derives from Vitis labrusca, a hardy deciduous vine native to eastern North America. This cultivar produces bunches of firm, seedless grapes that are smaller than those of 'Concord'. Their scent and flavor are often described as having a "foxy" quality. They ripen in late summer, midway in the grape season. The fruits are "slipskin", with the outer skin freely slipping off the juicy inner flesh. Their lack of seeds makes...
(Interlaken Grape, Seedless White Grape)
Prized for its delicious gold-green fruit, 'Interlaken' is a selection of Vitis labrusca, a hardy, deciduous, woody vine native to eastern North America. An early-fruiting variety, it produces firm, seedless, sweetly flavored grapes that ripen in late summer, a week earlier than those of 'Himrod'. It has attractive deeply lobed rich green leaves that turn burnished shades of orange and gold in fall. Inconspicuous fragrant flowers precede the fruits in late spring and early summer.
An excellent groundcover for shady sites, barren strawberry is a low, mat-forming, semi-evergreen perennial from moist to dry woods of eastern and central North America.
This hardy perennial spreads by underground runners to form dense carpets of strawberry-like leaves that persist through winter in milder climes. Emerging in early spring, the three-parted, jagged-edged leaves are bright green maturing to dark glossy green. Few-flowered clusters of bright yellow, five-petaled blooms appear on...
(Minuet Weigela, Weigela)
A dwarf hybrid of the long-popular deciduous shrub Weigela florida, 'Minuet' packs a springtime punch with its dark pink, bell-shaped flowers and graceful arching habit. It often reblooms sporadically in summer. Hummingbirds find the blooms irresistible and so will you. The oval leaves are purple-tinged.
This extremely cold-hardy cultivar tolerates full sun to light shade and thrives in average soil. It doesn’t require regular pruning, but if you want to shape it, prune in summer after...
(Foamy Bells, Pink Frost Foamy Bells)
Foamy bells is a hybrid resulting from a cross of Heuchera (coralbells) and Tiarella (foamflower) resulting in clump-forming plants with both showy flowers and foliage. ‘Pink Frost' is distinguished by its deep green leaves that shimmer with silver markings and develop a maroon tinge in fall. In late spring through summer, small bright pink flowers are arranged on candle-like stalks that are twice the height of the plant.
Pink frost foamy flower thrives in partial sun to part...
This prickly, suckering large shrub from moist woods of central and eastern North America was once valued as a medicinal plant. It has little ornamental merit.
The glossy, aromatic, pinnately compound leaves of common pricklyash emerge in early to mid-spring, soon after its tiny greenish-yellow flowers appear. The leaves have 5 to 11 elliptic to oval leaflets and are alternately borne along the spiny gray branches. Male and female flowers occur on separate plants, with female plants producing...
James H. Schutte
Blooming profusely amid graceful tufts of grasslike foliage, the starry flowers of rain lilies seem to appear like magic following the drenching rains of summer. Tough, easy to grow and quick to multiply, these perennials are native to tropical regions of Central and South America. Their linear, sometimes flat, upright to arching leaves rise from small bulbs, multiplying to form dense clumps. Evergreen in warmer climates, the foliage may go dormant in cold winter weather or during pronounced droughts....