Important Notes, please read;
New plants available as of 6-18 22; Royal and Cinnamon ferns, Pasture juniper, Great blue lobelia, Blue flag iris and many others, read on!
The nursery is open only on the weekends by appointment only. Please, no drop in visits, I am not always on site.
It is strongly recommended that you submit a list of plants you are interested before you visit. Not everything is in stock all the time and inventory changes rapidly.
Plants can be picked up any time using our self-serve option after a pre-arranged date, time, and payment are discussed.
Prices and availability subject to change.
Shrubbery and Trees
Not all of our shrubs are seed grown; some are vegetatively propagated from stem cuttings and root pieces.
- Abies balsamea, Balsam fir
- Highly adaptable tree that can live in cool dense forested wetlands to much drier upland white pine forests. Certain trees take on a prostrate (ground hugging) growth pattern, forming more of a ground cover. Stiff dark green needles give the tree a rather rigid stance. Plant in thickets to provide outstanding cover and protection for our feathered friends. Cones develop on the tippy top where they are harvested by squirrels and cached away for a critical food source in the lean winter months. Makes a great Christmas tree too. Why don’t we see more of these in our landscapes?
18″-24″ size, $28.00
- Amelanchier canadensis, Shadbush
- Small tree/large shrub; produces a flush of bright white flowers in the early spring before much else is going on; birds feast on the red berries that come out later in the summer; attractive smooth gray bark; does best in part sun, rich loamy soils with ample moisture.
- 2 gal size, “16”-18″ tall on avg, well branched, $20.00
- Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Bear berry
- An outstanding little shrub that will grow in some really tough situations. I have seen it growing at the base of Mount Kineo in Moosehead Lake in broken up rock and a little bit of soil. I find it growing sporadically in the dry acidic woods here in southern Maine. There is one spot where the plants are growing on ledge outcrops in less than 1 inch of soil and appear to be quite content. Never more than a few inches off the ground, this adventurous plant is always looking for more ground to occupy, albeit slowly. Consider using bearberry in place of non-native ground covers like those big box store junipers and those dastardly Vinca’s. We typically offer the ‘Massachusetts’ variety.
1 gallon pot size, $25
- Aronia melanocarpa, Black chokeberry
- Highly adaptable shrub, growing in both saturated wetlands and bone dry sandy soils, tends to remain more compact in the latter; tart berries are loaded with beneficial phytochemicals; dark colored anthers contrast against bright white flower petals.
12″-24″ high, $26.00
- Cephalanthus occidentalis, Button bush
- Grows in wetland areas full sun to nearly full shade, masses of spherical flower clusters attract lots of pollinators, particularly attractive to large butterflies like Fritillaries and Yellow swallowtails. It does quite well in upland soils but needs a good amount of shade and organic matter. I find it growing in and around vernal pools, when these areas are flooded in the spring amphibians such as salamanders and frogs will use the stems of button bush to anchor their eggs. Ducks eat the seeds that develop in the fall.
Large well developed plants, 12″-18″, 3-4 gallon pots, $45 (cultivars)
Medium sized nicely branched specimens, 12″ + high, seed grown, $35
- Clethra alnifolia Summer sweet, Pepperbush
- This is such a common plant in the trade, it is hard to believe that it’s a rare native plant for the state of Maine; southern Maine is at the northern end of this plant’s natural range. When you get further south into New England it becomes very common. It has a strong association with gravelly cobble that can be found around certain lakes and ponds here in southern Maine. In cultivation it grows well in loamy garden soil that has good moisture retention. Intensely fragrant flowers remind one of a narcissus, a sort of stinky-sweet. Pollinators, including hummingbirds, love them. Multi-stemmed growth habit typically growing waist high.
15-18″ tall, 2 gallon size $40
- Comptonia peregrina, Sweet fern
- It’s not a fern and it’s not sweet, but it’s a really wonderful pioneering plant capable of growing in poor, sandy soils. Attractive leaves have a spicy minty scent when crushed. A friend of ours, Elder Ron, says that a tincture of the leaves, attached to your clothing, will keep mosquitoes away. Nitrogen fixing bacteria reside in root nodules; these help parent plants and also adds nitrogen to the soil for future plant establishment. Spreading colonies stabilize soils. Another good choice for hell strips.
2 gal size, 12″ high $22.50
- Cornus (Swida) ammomum, Silky dogwood, red willow
- Forms thickets along shaded stream banks and wooded wet areas. I have several patches that grow along my road and they always produce large amounts of attractive blue drupes (fruit). Birds and other critters must really like them because the fruit disappears quickly after ripening. This is a great example of a plant that creates both habitat and food. The dense thickets are wrapped in a cloak of leaves during the growing season rendering birds almost invisible. Branches tend to grow outward and downward from a multi stemmed axis, making a complex three dimensional shelter.
12″-16″ plants, $18
- Cornus (Swida) racemosa, Gray dogwood
- Another thicket forming species of dogwood that will make a naturalistic looking drift. A good choice for a piece of the landscape that needs to be occupied by a wildlife friendly shrub. Fruit is white in color and comes out a bit earlier than other dogwoods. Attractive red colored fruit stems hang on after the fruit disappears. Fruit said to be consumed by at least 100 species of song birds. Also said to be a preferred browse for deer (isn’t everything?!), which may or may not be a good thing. Maybe this could be used to feed the deer instead of your garden or other plants? Will live in sun to part shade, dry to moist soils.
12″-16″ plants, $18
- Cornus (Swida) sericea, Red osier dogwood
- Revered for its bright red branches that add a bold kick to the winter landscape, especially when piercing a blanket of snow. Similar habit to silky and gray dogwood, it forms dense tangled thickets in wet areas in the wild, but takes well to upland situations in our gardens. Reported to be invasive at times when it makes its way into fields. Many varieties have been selected from this species to try to attain the brightest red stems, interestingly, yellow stem color varieties have also been selected. In the wild, stem color is usually a dulled down red to brownish yellow color.
12″-16″ plants, $18
- Diervilla lonicera, Bush honeysuckle
- Honeysuckles! Our first thought is non-native invasive asiatic species like Morrow’s. We can relax, we do have a few native species of honeysuckle, like this one. Bush honeysuckle can be found in shade to sun, it competes best in dry, well drained, poor soils (who hasn’t got those conditions in at least a few places on their property?); attractive yellow flowers turn orange after they are pollinated. With time, forms nice drifts of multi-stemmed plants, looks particularly good when planted on hillsides. The height of this shrub is one of its most useful features in the landscape, it fills the size niche that few other shrubs can; its not a creepy crawly like bear berry, a bit taller and less persnickety to get established than low bush blueberry. The size can be a disadvantage for the attention deficit gardener, as it can be quickly out gunned by taller growing brambles, invasives, and natives. Keep it cleared of competition for best results, and watch it evolve into dreamy drifts.
12″-24″ ft high, $14.00 (THIS SIZE/PRICE OPTION SOLD OUT FOR THIS YEAR)
15″-18″, 2 gallon pot size, $40 (Now available!)
18″-24″, 5 gallon pot size, well branched, impressive specimens, $60 (SOLD OUT FOR NOW)
- Hamamelis virginiana, Witch hazel
- Tall multi-stemmed under story shrub of deciduous forests. I have one growing in my front yard that started its life in shade, but is now in full sun for most of the day. It is doing okay, but its leaves look stressed much of the time now. Interestingly, it now seems to set seed every year. Plants growing in the deep shade only set seed once every 3 to 5 years. Leaves have been used for centuries as a powerful astringent for toning the skin and taking care of ailments in more discrete places. Crepe paper like pastel yellow flowers come in late fall, well after every other shrub has finished fruiting, much less flowering. This plant has a long, bizarre, and unique seed development period; flowers are pollinated in the fall by moths, after fertilization, embryo development goes dormant throughout the winter and resumes at some point in the spring. Seeds mature in the fall of the proceeding year. The seeds will then take two years to germinate after going through a cold-warm-cold-warm cycle. Wow. Why? How? How did the flowering of this plant get set back so far into the season? We can only speculate.
15″-18″, 2 gallon size; $26.
- Ilex verticilata, Winter berry
- A very common shrub of wetlands and poorly drained areas. I have a wonderful scrub-shrub/Black tupelo wetland in back of my house that is thickly forested with winter berry. It is a sanctuary for wildlife year round; a delightful chorus of bird song through out the summer; chickadees and hares flit through the branches above and below in the winter. It seems to be an important anchor species, certainly a dominant one. It shares ground with high bush blueberry, choke berry, mountain holly, male berry, and shad bush. I have always looked to mother nature for guidance; here she shows us the many companion plants that work well together, we can use this as a template to guide our efforts in our yards. During the growing season, this is not a very showy species. In the winter it lights up like a neon light, those bright red berries burning bright in the other wise dull landscape. Dainty flowers are barely noticeable, but they are to bees and other pollinators who show up in surprising numbers. Male and female plants. Since this species is grown for the berries, many varieties of this plant are geared towards production of known males and females.
Smaller sizes available later on in season.
Available now; 3 gallon pot size, 2-2.5 ft high, sexed plants, $48
- Juniperus communis, Pasture Juniper
- We native plant folks are always on our soapbox telling you “Don’t plant this, plant this! You don’t have to plant those non-native cultivar box box store junipers, you can plant one of our wonderful native ground covers, pasture juniper! Yes, it is a bit slow growing, but in the blink of an eye that scabby piece of land that nothing else will grow on will be covered in a luxurious, albeit prickly undulating sea of blue green tranquility. Pasture juniper rolls across the landscape like a carpet, providing habitat and food for all manner of animals. Needs full sun and dry well drained soils to be happy. I’m happy to finally be able to offer this one, I have been recommending it for years…………
2 gallon pot size, $25
- Juniperus virginiana, Eastern red cedar
- Slow growing, medium sized conifer tolerant of poor sandy and salty soils; found growing on the coastline here in southern Maine, the further south you go the more common it becomes inland; full sun. The Marginal Way sea-side trail in Ogunquit, Maine has a number of old specimens flanking the trail that you can go see. There is even a grove of them where you can sit and watch the ocean roll by. These plants are seed grown.
1-2 gal size, 12″ tall; $12.00 (not currently available)
- Larix laracina, Tamarack
- This is a deciduous conifer; we associate conifers as being evergreen, like pines and hemlocks, but not this one. The needle shedding probably evolved as a way to manage water loss in the long cold winters of its preferred northern climes. The flexible, soft green needles aren’t coated with the thick waxy layer that most evergreen conifers have. Needles turn a beautiful golden color before dropping in the fall. It is uncommon here in southern Maine, but increases in abundance the further north you travel. Grows in wetlands in the wild, but adapts well to upland areas. Really quite a striking specimen tree.
2 ft high, 2 gallon pot, $42
- Lindera benzoin, Spicebush
- Splendid medium to large shrub of shady forested wetlands. At the northern end of its range here in southern Maine, it’s starting to pop up more and more (am I getting better at noticing it or is the range extending northward?), bright little yellow flowers cover the branches in early spring, scarlet red berries in September are relished by birds, male and female plants, THESE PLANTS ARE UN-SEXED. Delicate greenish blue leaves have that distinctive spicy sweet smell when rubbed or crushed. Host plant for the spicebush swallowtail butterfly. Grows well in loamy garden soils with shade.
3 gal size, 2.5-3 ft (nice specimens!) ; $70.00
5 gallon size, seed grown, $32.00 (SOLD OUT FOR NOW)
- Myrica pennsylvanicum, Bayberry or Wax berry
- Early colonists to New England were said to have removed the waxy coating from the berries to make into candles. (I have always wanted to try this myself, wouldn’t that be cool, wax berry candles.) Typically found above the high tide line where they can make a living despite the insults the ocean throws at them. Tolerant of salt, quick draining sandy soils, low soil fertility, and low moisture levels. An exceptional selection when you have spots that won’t grow much else. This is a perfect substitute for rugosa rose, which is pretty, but not native, and arguably invasive. Birds love the berries in the fall. Unsexed plants.
3 gal size, 2.5-3 ft (nice specimens!); $70.00
- Nyssa sylvatica, Black Tupelo, Button bark
- These trees have fascinated me for as long as I’ve known about them. Mature specimens form striking silhouette against the sky as the branching structure is compact and angular. They do not have the arching well developed canopies that oaks and maples do. They remind me of the baobab trees in Africa; huge trunks but not much branching. Male and female trees, females produces blue fruit high in the canopy that are coveted by birds. Typically found in wetlands, but like so many of our natives, they will grow happily in upland soils. Fall color is a spectacular red inferno. At the northern limit of its range here in southern Maine, where it is uncommon but not rare.
15″-18″, 18″-24″ $25 to $40 (very limited availability)
- Picea glauca, White Spruce
- One of a trio of native spruce trees (black and red spruce being the other two) that we have growing in the southern Maine area. Each one grows in a specific habitat. This is the more common of them, growing in many of the inland forested wetlands. Grows to about 30 to 40 feet, when in wetlands, shorter when growing in uplands. My dad planted one in our field at least 40 years ago, if not more, it is doing well, but is barely 20 feet tall. This is common among wetland plants; they grow tall and skinny in their wetland habitats, and stay shorter when in upland areas. Fantastic shelter for birds, seeds provide an important food source for birds and mammals. Seeds are heavily predated by seed eating insects, which are probably fed upon by birds and other animals; the circle of life….
12″-15″, 15″-18″; $20-$30
- Picea marinara, Black Spruce
- This spruce is picky about where it grows; most commonly associated with kettle hole bogs and other open sphagnum bogs. They seem to be intolerant of competing tree growth, and will die back if infringed upon by other woody species. Tend to have a stunted growth form, looking like miniature trees, even though they are decades old. This is due to nutrient restrictive environments of the acidic bogs that they grow in. I haven’t tried growing these in upland areas, but I bet they would take, probably keeping that stunted bonsai look.
18″-24″, 2 gal pot size, $26
- Picea rubra, Red Spruce
- Grows in two very different places in Maine, but not in between; along the immediate coast and in the mountains. What is it about these two seemingly dissimilar habitats that appeal to this species? I’ll have to ask one of the trees next time I see one. Slender growing tree to about 20-30 feet. Said to be good for making musical instruments like violins. As all of our native spruce, they provide excellent habitat for birds and provide food for a great number of animals. Don’t plant poorly suited Colorado blue spruce or other non-native conifers if you live by the ocean, make the natural choice and plant red spruce.
18″-24″, 2-3 ft, $25-$40
- Pinus strobus, White pine
- Maine is the Pine Tree State due to the ubiquity of this species. The pine cone and tassel is the state flower. (Evidently, somebody didn’t consult with a botanist to be told that pines are gymnosperms, and gymnosperms do not bear flowers, but oh well.) Big tall growing trees long used for their excellent lumber. The legendary King’s Pines were used for masts on British sailing ships back in the colonial days and before. They have wonderful wildlife qualities too, providing habitat and food for so many animals. I have been recommending white pines more and more now, especially to replace hemlocks due to the hemlock woolly adelgid becoming more prevalent here in southern Maine. Makes a nice border hedge, more airy then the stiffer growing spruces.
18″-24″, 2 ft-3 ft, 3 ft-4 ft and larger available, $24 to $40 and up.
- Prunus maritima, Beach plum
- Dune dwelling shrub of the Atlantic coast; tolerates the salty sandy bare bones beach sand and thrives in garden loam; provides food for many animal species; prolific bloomers- excellent pollinator plant in the spring and lots of critters feed on the plums in the fall; plums make delicious jams and jellies; needs full sun, anything less stunts growth. Rarely encountered in the wild anymore, certainly due to rampant coastal development, but also, perhaps, to natural scarcity to begin with here in southern Maine.
2-3 gal size, 12″-14″ high; $25 (Now available!)
- Prunus pumila, Sand cherry
- Suckering colonial shrub that tolerates a variety of challenging soil types including poor, excessively drained soils. Nice spreading ground cover over time for those tough spots that we may typically plant some non-native juniper in. Covered in a profusion of small white flowers in early spring. Small plum like fruits appear in August. Like so many natives this should better known and more widely available…give it a try.
2 gal pot size, $24.50
- Quercus rubra, Red Oak
- “The mighty oak”. We have heard this term for a long time, but come to find out, the oak is mightier, than we could have imagined.Doug Tallamy (Mother Nature already has cleared him for sainthood) has just published another mind blowing book, The Nature of Oaks(2021), that details just how important this keystone species is. Hundreds of species of caterpillars feed on the leaves. These caterpillars in turn are food for scores of baby songbirds that need this critical source of protein to grow. The acorns feed large numbers of animals from acorn weevils to turkeys to deer and bears. Red oak is salt tolerant and is a good tree choice if you live near the ocean.
Available later in the season, $15
- Rhododendron viscosum, Clammy or swamp azalea
- Native azalea growing in swamps and along lake shores, tolerates some shade, but not constantly; like so many of our wetland species this plant adapts well to upland garden soils, albeit growing a bit smaller, extra organic matter is appreciated to retain and moderate moisture levels; delicate white flowers emerge in the spring; true to its namesake the leaves and flowers are covered in sticky viscous glands.
2 gal size, 18″ tall; $20.00
- Rosa virginiana, Virginia rose
- Native rose species tolerant of sandy, salty, poor soils, salt spray from ocean; this is a good native replacement for that ubiquitous beach rose; doesn’t form those impenetrable hedges that beach rose does; amiable to loamy, better garden soils too; good choice for those “hell strip areas” right next to the road that get sand, salt, soil compaction and beatings from the snow plow.
1-3 gal size, $15.00
- Sambucus canadensis, Elderberry
- Likes sun to part shade, loamy soils with good moisture retention; flowers attract lots of pollinators and berries feed lots of birds; elderberry has a very impressive list of health and nutritive benefits that have been utilized for centuries including proven protection against colds and flu; a suckering cane-type shrub that will form small colonies.
- Salix bebbiana, Beaked willow
- Shrub or small tree of moist to wet places including wet ditches, swamps, and wetlands, often found growing with other willow species; fast growing multi-stem species capable of forming large colonies; great plant for stabilizing any matter of lake or stream shore from erosion; leaves are hairy and pale green on the under side. Willows support an enormous variety of lepidopterous larvae, that in turn feed newly hatched chicks in the spring when large amounts of high quality protein are at a premium. According to Wikipedia; “This is the most important species of diamond willow, a type of willow which produces fine, colorful wood used for carving.”
18″-24″ tall plants, large stems and well branched; $20.00 (SOLD OUT FOR NOW)
- Salix discolor, Pussy willow
- This classic harbinger of spring, the pussy willow, is pleased to grow in a variety of soil types and moisture regimes; the fuzzy pussy cat toes that emerge in March are the developing flower clusters that will serve the reproductive needs of the species. Willows support an enormous variety of lepidopterous larvae, that in turn feed newly hatched chicks in the spring when large amounts of high quality protein are at a premium.
1 gal size, rooted cuttings, $17.00 (Now available!)
- Salix nigra, Black willow
- A fast growing species tolerant of very wet soils. We see it mostly as a shrub to small tree size around here some where between 6 and 30 feet. Excellent choice for holding soil in place and minimizing erosion. According to wildflower.org- “This is the largest and most important New World willow, with one of the most extensive ranges across the country. In the lower Mississippi Valley it attains commercial timber size, reaching 100-140′ (30-42 m) in height and 4′ (1.2 m) in diameter . Also a shade tree and honey plant.” I had no idea this modest willow could grow into such a monster! An important food source for lepidopterous larvae, which in turn feed our wonderful feathered friends. Willows have an outsized, under appreciated role in our ecosystems and need to be planted more extensively landscapes.
Nice specimens, well branched, 18″-24″ in height, 3 gallon pot size, $40
- Spiraea latifolia, Meadowsweet
- Common, low growing, bushy shrub of wetlands and fields. Forms relatively compact, but dense colonies; I like to think of these as island-like sanctuaries, as they often form wildlife shelters where there may not be many other refugia. More often then not I will find birds nests nestled between the branches. Lovely foamy flowers attract a number of insect pollinators in the spring. Dainty green leaves add lovely texture to the landscape. Exfoliating brown bark adds winter interest. Tiny seeds feed small mammals in the winter. Salt tolerant species, I consistently find meadowsweet growing around the high tide line and on the edges of salt marshes. Good choice for seaside planting and perhaps hell strip areas.
- Spiraea tomentosum, Hardhack/Steeplebush
- Typically associated with wetland meadow areas, but will grow well in upland soils; full to part sun. Spikes of frothy pink flowers attract lots of pollinators; fuzzy light green leaves; looks great planted in patches/drifts.
12″-15″,18″-24″ sizes available, $24-$32
- Vaccinium angustifolium, Low bush blueberry
- Tolerates sun and shade, poor dry acidic soils. Spreads over large areas in time producing those delicious sweet blueberries. Good early spring bee plant. Give this one a little while to get going; I think that it relies extensively on mycorrhizal associations, and these relationships can take time to develop. NOT grown from seed. This species is most often propagated using rhizome pieces.
1-2 gal size 12″+ tall; $25.00
- Vaccinium corymbosum, Highbush blueberry
- Medium sized multi-branched shrub growing in and around wetlands. Blueberries come out in July and are delicious to both people and wildlife. We have many pick your own blueberry farms here in southern Maine, and this is the species they use. Look into any garden catalog and you will find a number of commercial varieties that have been developed from the wild one. These are non-varietal selections. Although they can be grown in upland areas, they must have acidic soil with lots of organic matter to retain moisture.
18″-24″; 3 gallon pot $46
- Viburnum cassinoides, Wild raisin, smooth witherod
- “Will the real Viburnum cassinoides please stand up?” There is some confusing nomenclature swirling around this species. Sometimes known as Viburnum nudum var. cassinoides or just Viburnum cassinoides. This is the northern occurring species that we have growing here in Maine; you may have seen it growing in moist areas along a sunny road side, or along power line right of ways. It will catch your eye in mid to late spring when a profusion of frothy flowers erupt from the upper most branches. Multi-stemmed habit like so many of our native viburnums provides habitat for animals and structure to the landscape. You can get a nice naturalized look when you plant these in drifts; excellent component for native shrub hedges. This plant is perhaps most noteworthy for the way its fruit changes colors from white to pink to blue. Our most impressive viburnum (hobblebush would contend).
12″-15″; 2 gal size,$22.50
12″-15″, 2 gal size (VERIFIED SEED GROWN IN MAINE! LOCAL PROVENANCE) $37.50
- Viburnum dentatum, Arrowood viburnum
- Most often associated with open moist to wet areas in the wild, such as power line right of ways. Multi-stemmed plants typically growing upright, straight as an arrow. White flower clusters about the size of a tennis ball come out in the spring and attract large numbers of varied insect pollinators. Those flowers give way to a similar sized cluster of azure blue fruit, which are eagerly consumed by birds. It’s hard to get the seed collection just right on this species, because the birds eat them so quickly. I use this as an important metric, that is, the time it takes for the fruit to completely disappear after it ripens. This tell us us how important certain species are to birds, and guides us in choosing the most high impact plants to landscape with. This is one of the higher impact shrubs; it provides shelter, food for pollinators, and food for birds. This species can harbor viburnum leaf beetle.
12″-15″, 2-3 gallon pot size; $34
- Viburnum lentago, Nannyberry
- This is our tallest growing species of viburnum, often looking more like a small tree than a shrub. I see it forming thickets a lot, growing from moist edges of wetlands to considerably drier patches in fields. It seems to like a bit of shade, rarely growing in spots that have full day sun. Creamy white clusters of flowers in the spring attract pollinators and the subsequent fruit in the fall is consumed post haste. We have some many incredible viburnum species of our own, why would we want to plant non-natives?
15″-18″, 18″-24″; $25-$45
- Viburnum nudum, Smooth witherod
- You could say this is a very patriotic shrub; as the fruit ripens it goes from white, blushes red, then to blue. It’s a rare phenomenon to have fruit transition through so many colors. Witherod can be found growing in part shade to part sun, moist to slightly drier areas. It likes wood edges and shadier spots of right of ways, it doesn’t want full shade, but it’s always hiding from the full sun. A stunning shrub when planted en masse.
- This particular species is not native to Maine; it is found from Connecticut southward. Fully hardy to Zone 5. It appears to have reasonable ecological functionality here in Maine.
- Not to be confused with Viburnum nudum var cassinoides, or simply Viburnum cassinoides (the naming gets tricky and hard to track at times), which is native to Maine.
- Why don’t we offer the Maine native species? Because stock is unpredictable. When we don’t have any Viburnum cassinoides we offer this as a substitute.
- To be honest, we have been struggling with the proper naming of this species this year, and apologize for any confusion on previous listings.
- ‘Brandywine’ and ‘Winterthur’ cultivars
- 18″-24″; 3 gal size,$45
- Unless indicated, our perennials are grown organically from seed.
- “gal” is short for gallon, which is pot size.
- As of 6-28-22 we are largely out of our organically grown stock and offer conventionally grown stock until next spring.
- Adiantum pedatum, Maidenhair fern
- I have lots of favorites, and this is my favorite species of native fern. It’s unique in so many ways; most of our ferns grow in a vertical aspect, think the upright fronds of an Interrupted or Cinnamon fern. Maidenhair has a flat top
- 2 gal size,$16.00
- Ageratina altissima, White snakeroot
- This plant was recently considered a Eupatorium, but it has since been moved to its own genus due to several distinctions. It likes to grow in moist to dry woods; I don’t see it here in southern Maine, but I run across it from time to time growing in the lower to mid elevation areas of the White Mountains. This plant is considered poisonous, which surprised me a bit, as most asteraceous (that is, plants in the sunflower family, Asteraceae) plants are pretty benign when it comes to toxicity. White snakeroot contains the chemical tremetol which causes “milk sickness”. When cows eat this plant the toxin accumulates in their meat and milk, humans become sick when they consume these products. Wikipedia states “During the early 19th century, when large numbers of European Americans from the East, who were unfamiliar with snakeroot, began settling in the plant’s habitat of the Midwest and Upper South, many thousands were killed by milk sickness.” (Huh, who would of thought?) Despite this nefarious dark side, it is still a wonderful and unique plant for our shade gardens; don’t use it on your salad and don’t let Bessy the cow feed on it and you’ll be okay. For me, unique plant chemistry adds to the allure of each plant’s identity. Seed grown, MOFGA certified.
2 gal size,$18.00
- Asclepias incarnata, Swamp milkweed
- Sensuous and showy purple flowers attractive to a variety of pollinators; grows on wetland and river edges
in full sun to part shade; adapts well to upland garden conditions, staying shorter then it would be in
wetter areas. Grown organically (MOFGA certified) from seed.
- 2 gal size,$16.00
- Asclepias syriaca, Common milkweed
- As the name implies, this is the most common milkweed that we encounter in dry open fields and roadsides. It is the posterchild for teaching about the unique relationships that plants and insects have; we learn at an early age about the monarch butterfly and its reliance on this plant. The milkweed can survive without the monarch, but the monarch cannot survive without the milkweed. This is reason enough to plant these showy wildflowers around or houses, but it needs to be noted that the flowers attract a large number of diverse insect pollinators-from the stunning hummingbird/ clear wing moths to the riotous metallic beetles that feed on the leaves. Overtime they will spread to form loose colonies. Now, if we could just work on that name, weed has such a bad connotation……..
- 2 gal size,$16.00
- Aquilegia canadensis, Wild Columbine
- One of our showiest spring flowers; bright red sepals with yellow petals and stamens and an irregular flower shape; hard to believe it’s in the Buttercup family (Ranunculaceae). Lacy compound leaves persist after flowering until the drier parts of the summer season. Attractive to hummingbirds. Grows in a variety of shady locals; dry woods, often on rocky talus slopes, rich deciduous forests. Primo plant for a shady-part sunny rock garden. Usually the real knock outs are hard to grow and propagate, but not this one; give it the right spot and conditions and it will reward you with yearly splendor and lots of children. Can columbine be considered a spring ephemeral, it’s arguable. Organically grown plants from seed.
1-2 gal size, $16.00 (Conventionally grown)
- Chelone glabra, Turtle head
- The oval shaped white flowers really do look like turtle heads. In fact, the genus Chelone nods to the reptilian order Chelonia, which includes the turtles and tortoises. Like turtles, this plant likes to live in wet areas; in the wild I typically find it growing along the shady margins of streams and wetlands. Will grow well in upland gardens, as long as there is ample moisture retention provided by organic matter. This is a good later season bee plant; the bees have to work a little harder to get to the good stuff. It’s interesting to watch them part the upper and lower lobes of the flower to reach the pollen inside.
2 gal size,$16.00 (Conventionally grown)
- Clematis virginiana, Virgins Bower Vine
- One of just a few native Clematis species, not at all like the flamboyant hybrid cultivars that are usually of east Asian origin. These flowers are much smaller, about the size of the finger nail on your index finger and are an off white color. What the flowers lack in size they make up for by the sheer numbers produced; a modestly sized plant can support hundreds of flowers . An excellent choice for trellising or running up and over an arbor. Attracts lots of smaller sized bee like pollinators when it blooms later in the summer. This one is a real show stopper.
1-2 gallon size, $18
- Cornus canadensis, Bunchberry
- I have always questioned how this creeping herbaceous perennial of woodlands could possibly be in the same genus as red osier and flowering dogwoods. Well, now it has its own genus,
Chamaepericlymenum, quite a mouthful. I’m going to eat crow and keep referring to it as Cornus, the genus that most everybody is familiar with. Like its cousin, flowering dogwood, those big white toothy things we assume are flowers, aren’t flower petals, but bracts. The actual flowers are much smaller and less showier if you look more closely. Never the less, this is a primo ground cover for the right place, that is, a mostly shaded, moist, acidic, woodland or ecotonal habitat. I see them growing into the woods, on the edges of powerlines, and sometime in near full sun if the ground is continuously moist.
- 2 gal size,$22.00
- Fragaria virginiana, Wild strawberry
- Tiny intensely sweet and flavorful berries come out in early summer. Once you eat a few precious hand-fulls you won’t want to eat the store bought strawberries anymore.
Grows in open sunny fields in dry to more moisture retentive soils. Makes a great ground cover and spreads out by self rooting runners. Nickel sized bright white flowers come out in early spring when few other plants are flowering. Fragaria virginiana was cross bred with other species of strawberries to develop the commercially grown varieties; its genetic contribution of hardiness and that unmistakable flavor can be tasted in many varieties.
- 1-2 gallon size, $16 each (Conventionally grown)
- Dennstaeditia punctilobia, Hay scented fern
- A really influential fern, as it turns out. Hay scented fern thrives in recently cut areas of the forest. They can grow so thick that they can stall the successional dynamics of the forest, studies have shown. This is in Mehlreter, Walker, and Sharpe’s book, Fern Ecology if you want to check it out. Makes un excellent groundcover in sunny drier areas, areas you don’t typically with ferns. They can be a little rambunctious, so be sure to plant them with this in mind.
1 gal size, $14.00,OUT OF STOCK FOR NOW
- Echinacea purpurea, Purple coneflower
- Purple coneflower is a species that is native to the Ozark and mid-western areas of our country and and can be found across MI, KY, TN, GA and into VA. I typically only sell plants that are native to Maine and northern New England, BUT this one deserves its exceptional status. It thrives here in southern Maine and attracts butterflies like you can only dream about; big showy species like fritillaries, monarchs, admirals, skippers, hairstreaks, and painted ladies. Will grow in full sun to part shade, tolerates drier loamy soils but really appreciates a little extra moisture and organic matter. So even though this one isn’t native to the area, it’s butterfly feeding prowess earns itself a place in your garden.
2 gal size, $16.00 (Conventionally grown)
- Eurybia macrophylla, Big leaf aster
- This is an ecotonal species; defined as the transitional area of vegetation between two plant communities. It grows on the edge of the field/ forest border, never in the field, and not too far into the woods. The large leaves will spread and form a pleasant ground cover over time. Spikes of flowers come out in the fall; sometimes the petals take on a very attractive purplish tinge.
2 gal size, $16.00
- Eutrochium fistulosum, Hollow stemmed Joe pye weed
- This is a species that is confined to southern Maine. It’s a lot shorter then spotted joe pye, getting about waist high instead of way-over-the-head-high. In the wild it grows in wet fields and ditches, full sun to part shade. Excellent plant for pollinators. Despite its wetland preference in the wild, this species does well in upland garden situations.
2 gal size $16.00, OUT OF STOCK FOR NOW
- Eutrochium maculatum, Spotted Joe Pye Weed
- Spotted joe pye is the mac-daddy of the pye weeds, routinely growing in excess of 6 feet. (I really wish we could move away from the “weed” part of this magnificent plant’s name, there’s nothing unpleasant or weedy about it.) When planted en masse it creates an impressive effect, large frisbee sized magenta flower clusters attract lots of pollinators including the big showy butterflies we all love to have around. Likes full sun, grows in wet open meadows but can also be found growing in drier areas. Tolerates a variety of moisture regimes in cultivation, drier soils may keep it a bit shorter.
1-2gal size, $16.00 (Conventionally grown)
- Eutrochium purpureum, Purple Joe Pye weed
- This species of Joe pye is tolerant of much more shade than the previous two species. It can be found growing in the woods in wet to drier, mesic soils. This is the one to plant if you haven’t got light enough for spotted or hollow stem joe pye. The flowers have a distinctive vanilla scent, which also sets a part from the other two species listed here, which typically do not have memorable smelling flowers. Purpley-magenta flowers are not as dense as spotted joe pye, but they still attract lots of pollinators in mid to later summer. More common to the south, this is a rare plant in Maine.
1-2gal size, $16.00 (Conventionally grown)
- Geranium maculatum, Cranesbill. Wild Geranium
- An ecotonal species, liking the area at the forest field edge or in a forested glade. Likes the shade but not too much, likes a bit of sun, but only glances. Light pastel pink flowers come out mid-spring. Seeds have a unique dispersal mechanism where they are catapulted away from the mother plant. Tend to naturalize in areas where they are happy. These plants are not seed grown; they were propagated by breaking off root fragments, and growing them out.
1-2 gallon sized, $16.00 (Conventionally grown)
- Iris versicolor, Wild iris, Blue flag Iris
- When in bloom, you can’t just walk by this blue flag, the mesmerizing purpley-blue color will have you staring in admiration for a few spell bound minutes. Typically found in wet open meadows, fields, and roadside ditches this adaptable native will happily grow in upland garden soils as long as there is plenty of OM (organic matter) to keep moisture levels adequate. SO many of our natives are flexible; they grow in saturated conditions in the wild but are content with the drier conditions in our gardens. Aren’t we lucky? We really are.
Nice big plants with chunky rhizomes, Organically grown from seed!
2-3 gallon pot size, $20
- Lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal flower
- Spectacular red spikes of flowers form in mid to late summer and are particularly attractive to hummingbirds. In the wild we find cardinal flower growing in part shade to nearly full sun along gravelly streams and small rivers. In these nutrient poor areas the plants are slim and trim. When given a richer diet of nutrients and organic matter they quite literally fatten up, including the spikes producing those lush red flowers. Takes well to upland areas as long as there as adequate moisture and a bit of shade.
Seed grown from locally collected seed, MOFGA certified.
1-2 gallon size, $18
- Lobelia siphilitica, Great blue lobelia
- It is said that blue is one of the rarest colors in nature, so that makes great blue lobelia even more appealing with its stunning spikes (up to 4 ft) of sky blue flowers that come out later in the summer. In the wild it is found growing in wet areas and moist shady woods from Maine to Manitoba and south into Texas, Alabama, and North Carolina. Grows well in upland areas with moisture retentive soils and shade. Once established and happy it will self propagate.
Seed grown, MOFGA certified.
1-2 gallon size, $18
- Monarda fistulosa, Wild bergamot
- This versatile member of the mint family grows across much of North America in full sun to part shade sporting unique pinkish to purple flowers attractive to many pollinators, including hummingbirds. Many of our Monarda’s can be prone to powdery mildew. Used to seeing this, I was flabbergasted when I came across a whole field of it growing in southwestern MA, with not a powdery mildew stained leaf anywhere. The bedrock there was limestone, which made the soils very basic. Our soils are quite the opposite here in ME, being acidic for the most part. This observation suggested that a lime application may benefit these plants in cultivation. Aromatic leaves can be made into tea. Organically grown from seed.
1-2gal size, $16.00
- Osmunda cinnamomea, Cinnamon fern
- Upright, radial growing fern of lightly forested wetlands and wet meadows. Makes a wonderful specimen plant or planted in drifts due to its strong presence. Tolerates part shade to part sun depending on moisture levels. Nursery propagated, of course.
1 gallon size, $17.50
- Osmunda regalis, Royal fern
- Upright growing with rather delicate stems and spectacular compound leaves. Grows on pond edges, wet meadows, and forested wetlands with an open canopy. Tolerates part shade to part sun depending on moisture levels. Grows happily in our gardens out of the full sun with adequate organic matter in the soil. Nursery propagated, of course.
1 gallon size, $17.50
- Packera aurea,Golden ragwort
- These are truly little rays of sunshine, growing in wetlands to moist woodlands where they form compact colonies. The flowers are a most attractive orangey-chrome yellow and always catch you by surprise when you encounter them. They make a wonderful addition to the shady parts of your garden. Like so many of our natives, they are quite adaptable to growing conditions.
- 1 gal size,$16.00
- Penstemon digitalis, Beard tongue
- Clump forming perennial that grows in field and roadsides, where it can tolerate a variety of soils. Can deal with some shade, but prefers sunnier locals. Excellent bumble bee plant. If you study the flowers you will see a faint orange line leading into the center of the white or pinkish lowers. This shows up very brightly in the uv spectrum, which bees can see, and acts like a trail, showing the way to where the food is. Leaves are a dark lustrous green to a crimson red color. The variety ‘Husker Red’ was developed from this species, found at most every garden center.
- 1-2gal size, $16.00 (SOLD OUT FOR THIS YEAR)
- Pycnanthemum virginianum, Mountain mint
- The mountain mints have become all the rage in the last few years due to their utterly impressive ability to attract and feed pollinators. Stay for awhile around one of these plants when they are in bloom on a warm sunny day and you’ll see the power for yourself, as swarms of wasps, bees, and butterflies make their rounds. The leaves have a powerful minty aroma when rubbed, and can be steeped to make a refreshing tea. Stout, multi branched perennials of well drained soils, does best in full sun.
1-2gal size, $16.00
- Schizachyrium scoparium, Little bluestem grass
- Clump forming grass species that tolerates poor, well drained, dry soils; grass stems come in a variety of colors from
blue to green to red; excellent plant for the full sun section of your garden, plant in groups for maximum effect; excessive
organic matter and moisture tend to make them sickly looking.
- 1-2gal size, $15.00
- Solidago caesia, Blue stem goldenrod
- “A goldenrod that thrives in the shade, you say?” Indeed. This isn’t your typical goldenrod. Like zig-zag goldenrod, you will find this species growing in the woods where it keeps to a modest height of a foot or less. Flowers are born in the junctions between leaves and stem. It does not form the terminal clusters that the field dwelling species do. Does not have the bullish tendencies of the field growing goldenrods and does not spread by underground rhizomes. Stem is an appealing blueish green color with a white dusty bloom. Also called bridal wreath goldenrod as the stems tends to grow horizontally at times in the shape of a wreath or crown. Great choice for the shade garden.
1-2gal size, $16.00 (Available again! Seed grown, local provenance)
- Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, New England aster
- Spectacular blooms of pink, purple, and magenta daisy heads are a critical late season food source for migrating butterflies like monarchs, painted and American lady butterflies, and bees. This species is an ideal choice for pollinator stations and naturalizing. They seed freely so you may find them growing up or down the road from where you planted them. Tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions from poor to moderate fertility, sun to part shade. No need to buy mums or those artificial looking asters in the fall, this is the real deal.
1-2gal size, $16.00
- Verbena hastata, Blue vervain
- You will find this wide ranging species growing in open to partly shaded habitats; ranging from meadow wetlands to trash strew roadside ditches. In the olden days it was thought to be a “cure all” plant with medicinal properties that could cure everything from jaundice to depression. It is the larval host for the common buckeye, a species I routinely see flying in our field. Tiny purple flowers are borne on stiff cylindrical upright stems, although the individual flowers are indeed small, there are always many stems flowering simultaneously on a given plant, making for lots of purple. Plant them with Joe pyes and you will have a spectacular show on your hands.
1-2gal size, $16.00 (Sold out for this year)
- Vernonia noveboracensis,New York Ironweed
- This species does not occur naturally in Maine, tapping out just south of us in New Hampshire, where it has naturalized. Grows in fields and meadows, along stream banks and in ditches where there is ample moisture during the growing season. This is a tall species, specimens at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are 6 to 8 feet tall, bearing stunning regal looking purple flowers in late summer. Excellent pollinator plants for bees and butterflies.
1-2gal size, $16.00
- Viola sororia, Meadow violet, common blue violet
- For such a little plant it sure has lots of common names; common blue violet, meadow violet, purple violet, woolly blue violet, woods violet. (This is a great example of why common names can be misleading to the exact species we are referring to.) Blooms from spring to early summer, you’ve probably noticed these guys while taking early spring walks in the woods. They grow happily in lots of different places; in the woods, in lawns, roadside clearings, fields, forest borders, thickets, and stream banks. Common across New England. Most violets have two different flower types, spring time chasmogamous flowers and summer time cleistogamous flowers. Chasmogamous (open marriage) flowers are “normal flowers”, if you will. They open up and are fertilized by pollinators. Cleistogamous (closed marriage) flowers remain shut and are self fertilized, these are often born underground.
Violets are the host plants for our magnificent fritillary butterflies, and the food source for the mining bee, a pollinator specialist feeding exclusively on violets.
1-2gal size, $16.00 (SOLD OUT FOR THIS YEAR)
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