Asclepias tuberosa Hello Yellow
Asclepias tuberosa – ‘Hello Yellow’ Milkweed

‘Hello Yellow’ is a cheerful cultivar of Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) featuring bright yellow flower clusters. Native to Michigan and widely distributed throughout the United States, Butterfly Weed is a vigorous milkweed variety that produces clusters of flowers that bloom from early summer until frost. In addition to being a nectar favorite for butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, and other beneficial insects are drawn to this long blooming Milkweed. Like most Asclepias, this plant is happiest in well-drained soils, but it will put up with a lot of hardship, including poor, dry soil and long periods of drought. It needs full sun and plenty of it to reach its peak performance.

Available – May 2017

Grown in 4.5″ square pot.

All of our plants are grown without the use of harmful pesticides and are safe for developing larvae.

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Asclepias tuberosa Hello Yellow
Asclepias tuberosa – ‘Hello Yellow’ Milkweed

Asclepias tuberosa ‘Hello Yellow’ Milkweed is a cheerful cultivar of Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed) featuring bright yellow flower clusters. Native to Michigan and widely distributed throughout the United States, Butterfly Weed is a vigorous milkweed variety that produces clusters of flowers that bloom from early summer until frost. In addition to being a nectar favorite for hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies it is an important food source for developing Monarch larvae. Like most Asclepias, this plant is happiest in well-drained soils, but it will put up with a lot of hardship, including poor, dry soil and long periods of drought. It needs full sun and plenty of it to reach its peak performance.

Available – May 2017

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Boehmeria cylindrica- False Nettle
Boehmeria cylindrica- False Nettle

Host Plant – Red Admiral, Eastern Comma, Question Mark

Preferring wet-mesic and semi-shady sites, Boehmeria cylindrica lacks the stinging hairs of some of its nettle cousins. Stringy heads of tiny yellow-green flowers form between leaf stems in summer. Moths and butterflies are attracted to this modest plant.

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Gaillardia grandiflora – ‘Mesa Peach’ Blanket Flower
Gaillardia grandiflora – ‘Mesa Peach’ Blanket Flower

Outstanding performers in the landscape or container, the Gaillardia Mesa™ series features well-branched, uniform habits and will flower in the first year. Mesa™ Peach displays intense peach-colored flowers dipped in golden yellow – blooms early and doesn't fade all season!

Available for shipping mid May

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Helenium flexuosum – ‘Tiny Dancer’ Sneezeweed
Helenium flexuosum – ‘Tiny Dancer’ Sneezeweed

This great floriferous native is very attractive in the garden and in flower arrangements. Its delightful brown spherical cones are surrounded by a flowing fringe of bright yellow reflexed petals looking like hundreds of yellow skirted dancers in motion. The foliage is compact and bushy. Tolerant of a wide variety of conditions, H. flexuosum blooms from mid-summer into fall. Native from Massachusettes to Florida.

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Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Viette’s Little Suzy’
Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Viette’s Little Suzy’

Culture

Easily grown in dry to medium, organically rich to average, well-drained soils in full sun. Best bloom occurs in full sun, although plants will tolerate some light shade. Plants prefer consistent moisture throughout the growing season, with some tolerance for drought once established. Good air circulation is appreciated. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage additional bloom. Plants slowly spread in the garden by rhizomes.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Rudbeckia fulgida which occurs in both dry and moist soils in open woods, glades and thickets. An upright, rhizomatous, clump-forming, free-blooming coneflower which typically grows to 3′ tall, often forming colonies in the wild. Features daisy-like flowers (to 2.5″ across) with yellow rays and brownish-purple center disks. Prolific bloom production over a long mid-summer to fall bloom period. Oblong to lanceolate, medium green foliage. Good cut flower.

Genus name honors Olof Rudbeck (1630-1702) Swedish botanist and founder of the Uppsala Botanic Garden in Sweden where Carl Linnaeus was professor of botany.

Specific epithet means shining or glistening.

VIETTE’S LITTLE SUZY is a compact, upright, rhizomatous, clump-forming, free-blooming coneflower which typically grows only 10-15″ tall. Features daisy-like flowers with yellow rays and dark brownish-purple center disks. Prolific flower production over a long mid-summer-to-fall bloom period. Oblong to lanceolate, medium green foliage. Good fresh cut flower.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

Mass in bold drifts in the perennial border, cottage garden, meadow, native plant garden or naturalized area. Provides excellent bloom and color for the late summer. Good cut flower.

A compact cultivar.

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Rudbeckia subtomentosa – ‘Little Henry’ Dwarf Black-eyed Susan
Rudbeckia subtomentosa – ‘Little Henry’ Dwarf Black-eyed Susan

Sweet coneflower or sweet black-eyed Susan

A shorter version of the popular ‘Henry Eilers’
Delightful quilled yellow petals
Perfect for smaller landscapes
Introduced by Terra Nova Nurseries

The most darling little selection of native sweet coneflower you’ll ever see! This is a third shorter than ‘Henry Eilers’; the height has great appeal, but it is the unique petals that draw the most attention. Surrounding the traditional brown-eyed Susan cones are narrow quills that jet out all around it. A wonderfully compact, upright and vigorous introduction from Terra Nova.

Available for shipping mid May

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Rudbeckia triloba Three-Lobed Coneflower
Rudbeckia triloba Three-Lobed Coneflower

Three-lobed coneflower Interesting Notes

Rudbeckia triloba is a bushy, free-flowering, 2-3′ (to 5′) tall biennial or short-lived perennial that readily self sows and is very effective for naturalizing. It features masses of 1-2” wide, daisy-like, golden-yellow flowers with flat, purplish-brown centers on hairy stems from late summer to early fall. The thin, rough textured upper leaves are oval to lance-shaped and sometimes three-lobed at the base. Performance is best in moist but well-drained, humus-rich soil in full sun. Perfect for an informal garden, it also makes a good cut flower. Plant with Echinacea purpureaEutrochium maculatumConoclinium coelestinumSymphyotrichum laeve, and Vernonia novaboracensis. – Mt. Cuba Center

1997 Georgia Gold Medal Winner: Three-lobed Coneflower (Rudbeckia triloba) is a knockout in the late summer landscape with its showy floral display of bright yellow flowers. Like other Rudbeckia species, Three-lobed Coneflower is very drought – heat – and pest-tolerant. It’s an excellent choice for rock gardens, banks or other drought-prone sites. Native to the United States, Three-lobed Coneflower is well-adapted to poor soils and requires little care. It’s an excep­tional perennial for the low-maintenance gardener.

Plant Characteristics: Three-lobed Coneflower starts bloom­ing about the first week in August, and flowering continues well into September. It blooms a few weeks after Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ and a month after the species Rudbeckia hirta is past its prime, so it’s a great plant for a garden suffering from midsummer blahs! – State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Gold Medal Plant Program

Rudbeckia triloba Growing and Maintenance Tips

Prefers sandy or loamy, moist soils, but is drought resistant. Spreads slowly by rhizomes. Deadhead to prolong blooming season. Propagate by seed, cuttings and division. Cut back to the ground after first frost and mulch to protect roots for the winter. Outstanding in mass plantings, as a border perennial, or in rock or low maintenance gardens.

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Senna hebecarpa – Wild Senna
Senna hebecarpa – Wild Senna

Host Plant – Sulphur, Clouded Sulphur, Orange Sulphur

Wild Senna is a versatile plant that we think deserves more recognition as a great choice for garden or restoration projects. Its lovely, bright yellow flowers bloom July-August, attracting many bees and butterflies. Autumn brings beautiful leaf colors and the formation of long black pods with seeds favored by larger birds like wild turkeys. A horizontal root system provides strength against winds, allowing the plant’s stately (4-6′) beauty to be appreciated even after the storm. Some gardeners use this sun-loving plant to form a hedge.

It is virtually indistinguishable from its relative, Maryland Senna (Senna marilandica) until the two species have ripe seeds. The Wild Senna will readily open its pod and the seeds will fall out, whereas the Maryland Senna seed pods will stay tightly closed.  Other than this, it is very hard to tell the two species apart.

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Solidago odora- Anisescented goldenrod or sweet goldenrod
Solidago odora – Anisescented Goldenrod or Sweet Goldenrod

Anisescented goldenrod or sweet goldenrod
Licorice-scented foliage when crushed
Stunning fall color
Attractive to pollinators
Wonderfully fragrant leaves give off an anise scent when crushed, reminiscent of licorice candy! The lance-shaped leaves are a glossy, smooth dark green. S. odora has a tidy, clump-forming habit and is not weedy or aggressive in the garden. Attracts butterflies, bees, ladybugs, lacewings and other beneficial insects. Its high ecologial value and handsome appearance make it a valuable addition to wildflower gardens, meadows and naturalistic borders.

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Solidago sphacelata – ‘Golden Fleece’ Dwarf Goldenrod
Solidago sphacelata – ‘Golden Fleece’ Dwarf Goldenrod

Another fantastic Mt. Cuba introduction. A stunning show of sprays of golden yellow flowers from mid-August through September. Semievergreen heart-shaped leaves. Truly an excellent groundcover and bee and butterfly charmer! Hairstreaks, sulphurs and skippers are particularly attracted to goldenrod. Monarchs visit it during their autumn migration.

Goldenrod Interesting Notes
Golden Fleece autumn goldenrod was discovered in 1985 as a spontaneous garden seedling in Eden, North Carolina. It was evaluated under diverse conditions at Mt. Cuba Center and determined to be a low-growing, compact form of the species suitable for use as an herbaceous perennial groundcover only reaching 18” tall. Multi-branched stems arise from basal rosettes of broadly rounded foliage and are covered with a profusion of golden-yellow floral spires from mid-September to October. It performs best in full sun with average moisture but is tolerant of a range of conditions from sunny and dry to partial shade. 'Golden Fleece' is hardy in zones 3-8. It won the Internationale Stauden-Union’s Award for an outstanding new plant in Switzerland in 1994. – Mt. Cuba Center

In many of the gardens I design, I use goldenrod to give late summer and fall gardens just the right autumnal color. Luckily for urban dwellers with limited gardening space, goldenrod also can be grown quite successfully in a container. Beautiful in the garden, goldenrod does double-duty as a long-lived cut flower. In Europe, where goldenrod has long been shown the appreciation it deserves, it is sold by the bunch, and gardening catalogs offer more cultivars than are available in the States.

Solidago sphacelata 'Golden Fleece' Growing and Maintenance Tips

Native to calcarous woodlands and rocky pastures from Virginia to Illinois south to Kentucky and Georgia. Prefers somewhat fertile, sandy, well-drained soils in full sun. Propagate by seed or division every 3-4 years. Cut back to encourage rebloom. Used in butterfly and wild gardens or as a groundcover or border perennial.

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Zizia aurea – Golden Alexanders
Zizia aurea – Golden Alexanders

Zizia aurea is one of those natives that every garden should have. It is fairly easy to grow and, although short-lived, will self-seed and persist in many sun/soil situations. Zizia is an important plant to a number of short-tongued insects that are able to easily reach the nectar in the small yellow flowers. Black Swallowtail caterpillars will feed on its leaves.

Golden Alexanders have a long bloom time, giving the garden/prairie some well-deserved early color for several weeks in late spring to early summer when many other plants have not yet flowered.  Also called Golden Zizia, Golden Alexanders will tolerate a lot of shade but prefer full sun or light shade.

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