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Florida Anise Tree

Illicium floridanum

This broad-leaved evergreen shrub is an underused gem poised for wider use in shady, dry gardens beneath evergreen trees like white pine (Pinus strobus). Florida anise tree is an upright-rounded shrub, reaching 10′ tall, that requires shady conditions in our climate and acidic soils. It has a delightful mid-late spring flowering display, producing dark burgundy-red star-shaped flowers held above its fragrant evergreen foliage.

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Yellow Trillium

Trillium luteum

Striking yellow, three-petaled flowers, borne atop mottled grayish-green to blue-green leaves, makes yellow trillium an especially attractive perennial. Yellow trillium is among the easiest of all trilliums to grow and thrives in filtered shade, well-drained, and neutral to alkaline soils.

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White Wild Indigo

Baptisia alba

The white terminal flower spikes of white wild indigo contrast beautifully with its strongly ascending smoky purple stems in early summer. It prefers full sun to partial shade and deep loamy, well-drained, alkaline soils, though it is tolerant of a lower pH range.

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Carolina Allspice

Calycanthus floridus

Carolina allspice is a robust and unusual flowering shrub worthy of use in almost any garden. As its glossy new foliage appears, strawberry-pineapple scented, burgundy wine-red, globe-shaped flowers emerge in great profusion along the stems.

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Blue Flag

Iris versicolor

 

Moist and wet areas provide the perfect setting for blue flag in the garden. In late spring to early summer, Iris versicolor produces stems containing several striking blue 3-4” flowers with a prominent yellow blotch on 2-3’ tall plants. Its sword-like, upright foliage is an attractive accent to the summer garden. In addition to wet conditions, blue flag grows well in average soil and filtered shade to sun. Blue flag makes an excellent focal point in a small pond or can be used in an area that is too wet for other garden plants.

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Woodland Phlox

Phlox divaricata

This charming wildflower creates a haze of blue in the spring atop delicately branched stems as it spreads happily in the woodland garden. Woodland phlox is an herbaceous perennial that is among the most reliable and carefree plants, producing large clusters of fragrant lavender blue flowers on 6-10″ tall stems. Woodland phlox performs best in well-drained, neutral to slightly acidic soils in shade, though it will tolerate morning sun.

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Fire Pink

Silene virginica

With brilliant red flowers in clusters atop long slender leafless stems, fire pinks are a delightful invitation to hummingbirds. From a rosette of dark green foliage, the stems arise 1-1½’ tall to display the red, five-petaled flowers from mid-spring to early summer. This clump forming herbaceous perennial plant prefers well drained, acidic, poor nutrient soils in filtered shade to sun. Fire pink is ideal for a rock garden, woodland garden with low competition or rocky/sandy slopes.

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False Solomon’s-Seal

Maianthemum racemosum

False Solomon’s-seal is an attractive herbaceous perennial with an upright arching form and creamy white, terminally-borne billowy flowers produced in spring. The flowers are followed in summer by glossy red berries that persist well into autumn. False Solomon’s-seal grows to 24” tall and has lanceolate, medium-green leaves that alternate along the stem and can become butter yellow in autumn.

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Mountain Laurel

Kalmia latifolia

Kalmia latifolia is an attractive broadleaved evergreen flowering shrub that grows well in acidic, well-drained soils and part shade to full sun. Plants typically reach 5-8’ tall and wide with attractive glossy green foliage.

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Showy Skullcap

Sculleria serrata

Under-appreciated by most gardeners, showy skullcap is worth adding to almost any garden. The striking terminal spikes of lavender-blue flowers in late spring provide a splash of color after most spring wildflowers have faded.

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