- Weeping Norway spruce – living waterfall, yr-round interest, up to 15' tall
- Miyabe maple – small (up to 40’) tree, dense shade, yellow fall color, fruit produced in fall
- Winterberry holly – deciduous holly, needs male pollinator, up to 15’, bees
- Arrowwood viburnum – durable, adaptable, blue or black fruit, 6 to 15’ tall
- Weeping katsura – up to 25’ tall, Asian tree, redbud-like leaves, full sun to part-shade
- ‘Rozanne’ Geranium – cranesbill geranium, makes 18” mound, purple-blue blooms June to frost
- Trident maple -- up to 35’ tall, tolerates everything you can throw at it, red/yellow fall color, exfoliating bark
- Weeping beech – up to 60’ tall, smooth bark, interesting form, esp winter,
- Buttonbush – native, leggy shrub up to 10-15’ tall, bloom is curious, white and round, attracts pollinators & butterflies
- ‘Fireworks’ goldenrod – clump-forming, non-invasive goldenrod, 3-4’ tall, attracts pollinators
- Persian ironwood – nice, small tree, very attractive bark, yellow/orange/red fall color, red late-winter blooms
- Fothergilla – magnificent shrub, early white bloom, cultivars give reliable orange/red/yellow fall color, blue-green leaves, ‘Mt Airy’
- Sweet birch – native, 40-55’ tall, best fall color (yellow) of all birches, attractive, dark, shiny, bark, bruised stems emit wintergreen odor
- Blazingstar – there are several and they are native, reliable, summer-blooming perennials that pollinators adore.
- Butterflyweed or swamp milkweed – for the monarchs, these 2 are the showiest and least invasive
- Green Panda Bamboo – not invasive, 6-8’ tall and equal width, protect from pm sun, used as single plant or hedge.
- Kentucky coffeetree – native, KY Heritage Tree, large tree, suckers from root, male selections (no pods), dappled shade.
- – native, red fall color, 30-50’ tall, blue-black berries, glossy foliage, v.good honey tree Blackgum
- Purple Beautyberry – small shrub up to 5’ tall, most graceful of the beautyberries, metallic purple berries, also a white-berried selection.
- Bottlebrush buckeye – part-shade to sun, suckering shrub, excellent foliage and flowers (white spikes), 10’ tall
- Paperbark maple – trifoliate-leaved, cinnamon-brown exfoliating bark, orange-red fall color, 20-30’tall
- Nordman fir – heat-tolerant, well-drained soils, 40-60’ tall, soft needles, conical evergreen, weeping & prostrate forms
- Baptisia – white, purple, and yellow forms, some cultivars, perennial with 4 season appeal, handsome foliage, flowers, seedpods
- Burkwood viburnum -- superior selection ‘Mohawk’, ornamental red flower buds precede fragrant white flowers, 7’tall and wide
- Fringetree – small, native tree 15-20’ tall, white fragrant blooms, unrivaled when in full bloom, blue berries
Friday, December 26, 2014
December's 25 Days of Superior Trees, Shrubs, and Perennials
People love lists. I love lists. So when December 1st rolled around, I made a decision to put together a list of trees, shrubs, and perennials for each of the days leading up to Christmas. So here you go: