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Fragrant

  • Buttercup Winterhazel

    Pendent racemes of mildly fragrant butter yellow blossoms hang from the graceful branches of this woodland shrub before the leaves emerge. Bright green, deep-veined foliage turns yellow in fall. Best planted in full sun to light shade, sheltered from wind and late season frosts. Excellent planted en masse or mixed in the shrub border next to Rhododendrons and azaleas. Native to Japan and Taiwan.

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  • September Beauty Summersweet

    'September Beauty' is noted for its late September bloom. The extremely fragrant white flowers (racemes to 6" long) bloom on the current year's growth, for 4-6 weeks from mid-August to late September. The blooms are attractive to butterflies and bees. Summersweet are unique among late summer flowering shrubs because of their ability to bloom in shady areas.

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  • Ruby Spice Summersweet

    A cultivar selected for vastly improved bright pink flowers that do not fade to white. Blooms in midsummer and has nice yellow fall color. Clethra is shade tolerant but will also withstand full sun. A sport of 'Pink Spire'. A 1998 PA Gold Medal Award Winner and 2000 Cary Award Winner.

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  • Vanilla Spice® Summersweet

    Vanilla Spice® has attractive glossy, dark green leaves. Its extra large pure white flowers are very fragrant and act as a magnet for butterflies. Each flower is roughly the size of a dime, about twice the size of any other Clethra. The habit is neat, tidy and compact. Fills the garden with a wonderful fragrance during the late summer months. Introduced by Proven Winners® ColorChoice®.

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  • Sweetshrub

    This upright shrub has brown-red flowers with a spicy fragrance. Dried wood has a camphor-like aroma. Excellent as a background shrub. Prefers moist, loamy soil. Sun or full shade. 2004 Plants of Merit®.

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  • Pink Delight Butterfly Bush

    A Dutch introduction with rich pink, fragrant flower panicles 6-12" long. Long gray-green leaves on a compact plant. Good cut flower, attractive to butterflies. This succulent cane shrub flowers on new growth and therefore is best pruned to the ground in the spring. Full sun. Will die back in zone 5, but will regrow strongly from the roots.

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  • Black Knight Butterfly Bush

    Striking dark purple flowers from July through September. A vigorous multi-stem plant for the perennial border. Good cut flower, attractive to butterflies. Easy to grow and loves full sun. This succulent cane shrub flowers on new growth and therefore is best pruned to the ground in the spring. Will die back in zone 5, but will regrow strongly from the roots.

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  • Lo & Behold® Ice Chip Butterfly Bush

    This dwarf, wide-spreading addition to the Lo & Behold® series is both seedless and continuous blooming, and requires no deadheading. Its neat, low spreading habit makes it the perfect ground covering plant, with pure white flowers that jump against silvery foliage.

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  • Iroquois Beauty™ Black Chokeberry

    Selected at the Morton Arboretum for its compact habit, with 10-year-old plants reaching just 3' in height and 5' in width. Three-season interest begins with clusters of white flowers in spring, long lasting black berries in summer, followed by wine-red fall color. Great for mass planting, the plant does sucker and will form colonies. Good for wetland reclamation. Good food source for birds. Tough, adaptable variety that will grow under wet or dry conditions, in full sun or part shade. Introduced by Chicagoland Grows®. Aronia berries can be eaten fresh, used for baking, jams, juice and wine.

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  • Autumn Magic Black Chokeberry

    A beautiful cultivar from the University of British Columbia. Fragrant white flowers bloom in May followed by clusters of large, edible, dark purple-black berries which persist through the season. The leaves are a dark, glossy green all season long and put on an incredible fall color show of red and purple. Does well in full sun to part shade and is tolerant of most soil types. Aronia berries can be eaten fresh, used for baking, jams, juice and wine.

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  • Herrenhausen Ornamental Oregano

    A great perennial with an upright trailing habit. Through summer, the stems grow to about 2' in length and as the red-purple flower clusters appear they tend to spread out through the garden. The foliage has that classic oregano scent, but this is truly an ornamental variety. Great as a filler/accent plant, around strong upright forms and attracts butterflies.

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  • Walkers Low Catmint

    The beautiful green-grey foliage really sets off the lavender-blue flowers of this catmint. Blooms almost all season long, average garden soils. Will benefit from some light shearing after the first flush of flowers in early summer. Perennial Plant of the Year in 2007.

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  • Grand Parade™ Bee Balm

    The second introduction in the mid-size series of monardas from Morden Research Station in Canada. Grand Parade™ has a beautiful mounded shape, only reaching a height of 13-16", just a bit taller than the Petite series. It will bloom in early to mid July with lavender-purple flowers. Powdery mildew resistance is very good.

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