Feature article
Spring Picks
Here are some great plants to welcome spring to YOUR yard!
Trees
Cercis canadensis
Cercis canadensis
Cercis canadensis alba
Cercis canadensis alba

Cercis canadensis (Eastern Redbud)

Height: 18'
Width: 15'
Shape: broad, rounded habit
Flowers: red buds open to pink flowers; April
Foliage: heart-shaped foliage turns buttery yellow in fall
Hardiness: Zone 5
Prefers: full sun to part shade; adaptable to many soils except continually moist
Uses: excellent specimen plant, good in woodland setting
Magnolia 'Elizabeth'
Magnolia acuminata
'Elizabeth'

Magnolia acuminata 'Elizabeth'

Height: 30'
Width: 15'
Shape: upright, rounded habit
Flowers: rich yellow fading to cream; April
Foliage: deep green
Hardiness: Zone 4
Prefers: full sun to light shade; well-drained, loamy soil
Magnolia Leonard Messle
Magnolia
'Leonard Messel'

Magnolia 'Leonard Messel'

Height: 15'
Width: 10'
Shape: broad, pyramidal
Flowers: Pink; May
Foliage: deep green
Hardiness: Zone 4
Prefers: full sun to light shade; well-drained, loamy soil
Magnolia 'Merrill'
Magnolia 'Merrill'
'Elizabeth'

Magnolia 'Merrill'

Height: 25'
Width: 20'
Shape: broad, pyramidal
Flowers: White; May
Foliage: deep green
Hardiness: Zone 3
Prefers: full sun to light shade; well-drained, loamy soil
Shrubs
Fothergilla gardenii (Dwarf Bottlebrush)
Fothergilla gardenii
(Dwarf Bottlebrush)

Fothergilla gardenii (Dwarf Bottlebrush)
Fothergilla major (Bottlebrush)


Height: 8' (Dwarf to 4')
Width: 8' (Dwarf to 5')
Shape: rounded, mounding habit<
Flowers: spikes of white flowers in early May
Foliage: green summer foliage turns orange and yellow in fall
Hardiness: Zone 4
Prefers: full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil
Hamamelis
Hamamelis (Witch Hazel)

Hamamelis (Witch Hazel)

Height: 12'
Width: 10'
Flowers: Yellow blossoms in April
Foliage: green summer foliage turns orange-bronze in fall
Hardiness: Zone 4
Prefers: full sun to partial shade
Fothergilla gardenii (Dwarf Bottlebrush)
Itea (Sweetspire)

Itea (Sweetspire)

Height: 3'
Width: 4'
Flowers: spikes of white flowers in early May
Foliage: green summer foliage turns brilliant reddish in fall
Hardiness: Zone 5
Prefers: full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil
Perennials
Aubrieta deltoidea 'Cascade Blue' (Rockcrest)
Aubrieta deltoidea
'Cascade Blue'

Aubrieta deltoidea 'Cascade Blue' (Rockcrest)

Height: 16'
Flowers: deep blue flowers are held above mounding, low foliage; May-June
Hardiness: Zone 4
Prefers: full sun to part shade
Uses: Great in rock gardens
Bergenia cordifolia
Bergenia cordifolia

Bergenia cordifolia

Height: 12"
Flowers: pink; April-May
Hardiness: Zone 4
Prefers: part shade
Aubrieta deltoidea 'Cascade Blue' (Rockcrest)
Iberis sempervirens
'Snowflake'

Iberis sempervirens 'Snowflake'

Height: 8"
Flowers: dwarf mounds of evergreen foliage with white flowers; May-June
Hardiness: Zone 4
Prefers: full sun
Pulmonaria
Pulmonaria

Pulmonaria

Height: 12"
Flowers: pink; April
Hardiness: Zone 3
Prefers: part to full shade