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  • Abeliophyllum distichum White forsythia, Korean Abelea-leaf Z. 5

    Showy white blooms along stems in very early spring, almond fragrance

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    Showy white blooms along stems in very early spring, almond fragrance

     

    Size: 3-5’ x 3-4’
    Care: full sun to part shade in moist to moist well-drained soil. Prune right after flowering, one-third of the oldest branches annually.
    Native: central Korea, where it is nearly extinct. This is the sole species in this genus.

    1st collected by Japanese botanist Takenoshin Nakai (1882-1952) before 1919.  Nakai, professor, author, scholar and official botanist for Korea in 1910 after Japan annexed Korea following the Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese wars. There he explored the botanically unknown mountains and forests and introduced its plants to the world through his international contacts and his authorship of Flora Koreana.  Abeliophyllum means leaves like an Abelia, a different shrub. In America’s Arnold Arboretum by 1924.

  • Acanthus spinosus Bear’s breeches Z 5-9

    two-toned spikes of purple & lavender bracts

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    A WOW plant. Bodacious two-toned spikes of purple & lavender bracts, June to August. Even its leaves are attractive, glossy, deeply incised. Both flowers and leaves have thorny tips.

    Size: 3-4' x 2-3'
    Care: Sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil.
    Native: Italy & Turkey

    Acanthus means “thorn” and spinosus means “spine” referring to the leaves. Grown since at least 5th century B.C. Inspiration for Corinthian column capital in architecture of ancient Greece and Rome

  • Acer pseudosieboldianum  Z 4-8   Korean maple

    Small tree or large shrub. Medium to dark green leaves (to 5” long) with 9-11 doubly serrate lobes, excellent shades of yellow, orange and red in fall. Purple flowers bloom in corymbs in spring. Appears like Japanese maples or Fullmoon maple but hardier.

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    Small tree or large shrub. Medium to dark green leaves (to 5” long) with 9-11 doubly serrate lobes, excellent shades of yellow, orange and red in fall. Purple flowers bloom in corymbs in spring. Appears like Japanese maples or Fullmoon maple but hardier.

    Size: 15-25’ x 15-25’
    Care: sun to part shade in moist well-drained soil. Site out of wind.
    Native: Eastern Asia

    Pseudo means false referring to the similarity of this to Acer sieboldianum. Korean maple is sometimes commonly called purplebloom maple in reference to its flower color.
    First described in 1886 in German journal Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 7(2): 199–200.

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  • Achillea ageratifolia Greek yarrow Z 4-8

    Silvery foliage smothered with porcelain white flowers June-August, fragrant

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    Silvery foliage smothered with porcelain white flowers June-August, fragrant

    Size: 6”x 18”
    Care: sun in dry to moist well-drained soil
    Native: Balkans, Greece & Yugoslavia
    Wildlife Value: Attracts butterflies, deer resistant.
    Size: Good in rock garden & troughs.

    Achillea named for Achilles who used Achillea millefolium to bandage bleeding wounds for his soldiers. According to Philip Miller (1768) Achillea’s common name is “Nosebleed.” Ageratifloia means leaves like an Ageratum.
    Collected before 1796.

  • Achillea clypeolata Balkan yarrow

    Erect, fern-like clumps of striking silver foliage. Mustard yellow platter flowers in summer.

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    Erect, fern-like, thick clumps of striking silver foliage. Mustard yellow platter flowers in summer. I first saw this plant at the harbor garden in Port Washington about 6 AM one fall morning. The foliage was so arresting it stopped me in my tracks.

    Size: 18" x 24"
    Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil. Deer and drought tolerant
    Native: Balkans

    Collected before 1804. The Balkan yarrow is known to attract butterflies with its Yellow Flowers.

  • Achillea filipendulina Fernleaf Yarrow

    Mustardy-gold saucers

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    Achillea filipendulina  Fernleaf yarrow   Z 4-8

    Mustardy-gold saucers top 3′ tall erect stems from early through late summer. One of the best dried flowers.

    Size: 3’-4’ x 30”
    Care: Full sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil, drought tolerant & deer resistant.
    Native: Caucasus

    Introduced to gardens in 1804 when it was sent from the Caucasus Mountains to Europe. 1800’s in America.

  • Achillea nana Dwarf yarrow Z 4-7

    White flowers over grey-green foliage blooms for nearly 2 months in summer.

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    White flowers over grey-green foliage blooms for nearly 2 months in summer.

    Size: 2-4” x spreading
    Care: sun in well-drained to moist well-drained soil
    Native: mountains of central Europe

    Collected before 1753. Philip Miller’s The Gardener’s Dictionary (1768) wrote that it is a “native of the Alps…very hardy … will thrive in any soil (and) deserve(s) a place in gardens.” Achillea named for Achilles, hero of Homer’s Illiad, used Achillea millefolium to stop bleeding of his wounded soldiers at the siege of Troy. Achilles learned about the uses of Achillea from Chiron, the Centaur. Nana means “dwarf.”

  • Achillea ptarmica ‘The Pearl’ Sneezewort

    Frilly ivory pearls flower all summer and fall

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    Frilly ivory pearls flower all summer and fall on this cottage garden classic.

    Size: 12-36”x 24”
    Care: Full sun, well-drained to moist well-drained soil. Deer resistant
    Native: North temperate regions

    Named “sneezewort” because its flowers reputedly caused sneezing. English brides carried A. ptarmica at their weddings and called the plant “Seven years’ love.” (After that, you could use Lobelia cardinalis to cure the 7 years’ itch.) Cultivated in Europe since the Middle Ages and in America since the 1700’s. The double form ‘The Pearl’ described as “‘The Pearl’ is a pearl indeed,” May 1905, The Garden.