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Native Ferns Comparison

Wisconsin Native Ferns Under rated and under utilized perennials, Wisconsin native ferns are staples in part-to-full shade landscapes. We commonly tout ferns for their ability to give any landscape setting a \”woodsy\” feel. The easily recognizable foliage offers shade environments a unique level of texture. These Wisconsin native perennials are […]

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Sweet Fern

Sweet Fern Comptonia peregrina Description & Overview Sweet Fern, despite its name is not actually a fern (or a perennial). Sweet Fern is a Wisconsin native shrub with aromatically pleasing foliage, especially when its leaves are crushed; this poses a great investment for wildlife and landscape use. Great for slopes […]

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Maidenhair Fern

Maidenhair Fern Adiantum pedatum Description & Overview Maidenhair Fern is a maintenance-free, Wisconsin native perennial that can tolerate minimal sunlight and grow to cover a foot and a half of space. This delicate fern will give a woodsy yard a tranquil transition. The soft-green fronds land softly upon each other […]

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Lady Fern

Lady Fern Athyrium filix-femina Description & Overview Lady Fern is a Wisconsin native, clump-forming perennial with long upright-arching fronds and light green stalks that contrast beautifully in a shaded environment. As a low-maintenance perennial, Lady Fern is also deer-resistant and can tolerate drier conditions than most ferns. Grow in mass […]

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Ostrich Fern

Ostrich Fern Matteuccia struthiopteris Description & Overview Growing up to 4 feet tall, Ostrich Fern is a dominant aspect of a woody landscape. The easy, maintenance-free perennial is a always a sure sign that spring has sprung. The delicate fiddleheads uncurling in the signature fern-fashion is a spectacular sight that […]

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Sensitive Fern

Sensitive Fern Onoclea sensibilis Description & Overview Bearing its name from its sensitivity to frost and drought, Sensitive Fern capitalizes on wet and humid environments. The large textured leaves create a grand green expanse to an under-story or the north side of a foundation. Sensitive Fern is the perfect addition […]

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Cinnamon Fern

Cinnamon Fern Osmunda cinnamomea Description & Overview Regarded as a living fossil, Cinnamon Fern makes a great border in a shady spot, like on the north side of a foundation. The light-colored leaves contrast beautifully with the cinnamon-colored stalks of the fertile spikes and the shade of the environment. As […]

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Christmas Fern

Christmas Fern Polystichum acrostichoides Description & Overview Featuring a unique year-round color, Christmas Fern is a wonderful way to add color to your landscape through the cold winter months. The 2.5ft foot tall fern can reach 3 feet in the right environment and be a staple to a foundation of […]

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Japanese Painted Fern

Japanese Painted Fern Athyrium nipponicum ‘Pictum’ Description & Overview Japanese Painted Fern is a show stopper in any woodland garden, with silvery blue fronds and pulsing burgundy veins throughout it brightens up a shady location. Great for a mass planting or border, organically rich soil loving, this fern is a […]

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Ghost Fern

Ghost Fern Athyrium x ‘Ghost’ Description & Overview Ghost Fern is a hybrid of Japanese Painted Fern (Athyrium niponicum ‘Pictum’) and Lady Fern (Athyrium filix-femina), best noted for its combined upright stellar silvery foliage. Showing off its best steely-gray foliage in spring and becoming more soft-gray/blueish as heat comes, the […]

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Lady in Red™ Fern

Lady in Red™ Fern Athyrium filix-femina ‘Lady in Red’ Description & Overview Vibrant burgundy color runs through the veins creating a striking contrast with fine-textured, lacy green fronds on this native cultivar, Lady In Red™ Fern. A volunteer “nativar” selection found by the New England Wildflower Society in Massachusetts, this […]

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Jade Waves Fernspray Falsecypress

Jade Waves Fernspray Falsecypress is a unique smaller-sized conifer with a handsome pyramidal form featuring curved branches holding sprays of soft green foliage. An elegant accent providing vertical height in the landscape, Jade Waves Fernspray Falsecypress is lovely on its own or as a screen.

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Rabbit Resistant Perennials and Shrubs

Rabbit Resistant Perennials and Shrubs Recently, my husband and I were babysitting my cousin\’s kids, so we dusted off my husband\’s complete set of Looney Tunes DVD\’s and put it on to watch. I learned two things from this. 1) Kids today don\’t have an appreciation for the sophisticated comic […]

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Delicious Landscapes

Delicious Landscapes We are in the age of sustainability. We buy energy-saving light bulbs and hybrid cars. I will furiously rummage through the office trash to retrieve an aluminum can that didn’t make it into the correct recycling bin. We want our ribeyes to be grass-fed, our eggs to be […]

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Deer Protection, Buck Rub & Resistant Plants

Deer Resistant Plants, Buck Rub & Protection Deer resistant plants is a very common topic in Wisconsin, especially in fall. It\’s often an initial question on new landscape projects of all sizes. Deer resistant, repellent, deterrent, and deer proof can all be used synonymously with the topic. Ultimately, fencing is […]

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Pruning & Your Plants

Pruning & Your Plants There are a few different methods of pruning shrubs and evergreens. Heading and thinning cuts are commonly used for most species. Rejuvenative pruning and the haircut method may also be used selectively. Pruning can be dangerous and fatal to your plants if done improperly. With the […]

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Moonshine Yarrow

Moonshine Yarrow Achillea x ‘Moonshine’ Description & Overview Moonshine Yarrow is a compact perennial of aromatic, ferny, gray-green foliage. Sulfur yellow flowers are produced all summer on sturdy stems and will rebloom when deadheaded. Attractive seedheads persist over winter. Core Characteristics Wisconsin Native: No USDA Hardiness Zone: to zone 4 […]

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Big Perennials for Big Kids

Big Perennials for Big Kids Big Perennials for Big Kids I like cute little plants like ‘Firewitch’ Dianthus and ‘Lucerne’ Blue-Eyed Grass. I also like plants that have an airy texture like Prairie Dropseed or Switch Grass. I just love the subtle beauty of Musclewood flowers, these tiny jewels of […]

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Sumacs: The Good, the Bad & the Beautiful

Sumacs: The Good, the Bad & the Beautiful Every time I hear Clint Eastwood in the news, it brings to mind his movie, \”The Good, the Bad and the Ugly\”. What a great movie! If films were made for and by plants, I think Sumacs would have had the leading […]

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Katsura Tree

Katsura Tree Cercidiphyllum japonicum Description & Overview Katsura Tree is a first-rate landscape plant with four-season interest and a fine texture. In spring, minute inconspicuous flowers bloom just before the foliage emerges with a reddish-purple color, maturing to a cool-blue green. The heart-shaped leaves turn a spectacular display of yellow […]

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Fischer Monkshood

Fischer Monkshood Aconitum fischeri Description & Overview CAUTION: All parts of this plant are poisonous. Handle with care. The stunning, deep-blue flower spikes of Fischer Monkshood provide a beautiful, (but deadly) vertical accent to the garden. Individual blooms are helmet or hood-shaped. Attractive, deeply lobed foliage makes this plant a […]

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Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke Geum triflorum Description & Overview Prairie Smoke is an excellent native perennial for all season interest! In spring sprays of pendulous pinkish-white flowers explode into a striking display of smoky-pink feathery plumes creating a billowy cloud of “smoke”. Its fern-like mounds of foliage remain attractive all season and […]

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Delft Lace Astilbe

Delft Lace Astilbe Astilbe x ‘Delft Lace’ PP19,839 Description & Overview Delft Lace Astilbe is a superb addition to eastern exposures with consistent moisture. Its blue-green foliage has a silver overlay in shaded gardens but will develop attractive purple-red margins in locations receiving direct morning sun. The foliage texture is […]

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Wisconsin Native Plant Guide

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Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley Convallaria majalis Description & Overview Lily of the Valley is an adaptable, shade-tolerant, spreading perennial that has historically been used as a groundcover in the difficult shade garden. We have discontinued producing and selling this plant due to its aggressive behavior in the landscape and invasive […]

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Cardinal Flower

Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis Description & Overview A native Wisconsin wildflower, Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is known for its bright scarlet-red flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Flowers appear on tall spikes in late summer and add a splash of color to the perennial bed or naturalized area. Often a […]

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Compass Plant

Compass Plant Silphium laciniatum Description & Overview Creating a mass of up to 30 yellow, sunflower-like blooms, Compass Plant is a statement to any wildflower landscape. Serving as the focal point of the garden or the backdrop, there are many ways to incorporate this native into a landscape. Compass Plant […]

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Prairie Dock

Prairie Dock Silphium terebinthinaceum Description & Overview Portraying large leaves with a rhubarb-like appearance, Prairie Dock is a statement native that will flaunt its blooms through October. This beautiful fall-blooming perennial will give life to an otherwise fading garden during the chilly months of September and October. Once established, Prairie […]

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Autumn Gold™ Ginkgo

Autumn Gold™ Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba ‘Autumn Gold’ Description & Overview Autumn Gold™ Ginkgo, is a versatile tree with unique fan-shaped leaves. Whether you’re looking for a low maintenance shade tree for your yard or a boulevard street tree, you’ll find Autumn Gold™ can accommodate a wide range of needs. Easy […]

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American Filbert

American Filbert Corylus americana Description & Overview American Filbert, also known as American Hazelnut, is a suckering shrub native to the edges and understory of Wisconsin woodlands. It will grow in a wide variety of conditions, attracts many species of wildlife, and has four-season interest. American hazelnut is an excellent […]

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Emerald Spreader® Yew

Emerald Spreader® Yew Taxus cuspidata ‘Monloo’ Description & Overview Emerald Spreader® Yew is a low maintenance Japanese yew that is noted for its short, wide, emerald green needles that are very bright in color. The low spreading stature and extreme density of this plant makes it useful for small areas […]

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Sweet Street™ Linden

Sweet Street™ Linden Tilia americana ‘Kromm’ Description & Overview Sweet Street™ Linden is a wonderful narrow selection to add to a street planting or restricted planting site. The dark glossy leaves contrast with the fragrant yellow flowers giving way to beautiful yellow fall foliage and small nutlets. The slow-growing Linden […]

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Hillside Black Beauty Snakeroot

Hillside Black Beauty Snakeroot Actaea simplex ‘Hillside Black Beauty’ Description & Overview This dark, lustrous shade-tolerant native cultivar is a great addition to a partial or full shade garden. As almost-black leaved plants are more reveled at, let drought-tolerant Hillside Black Beauty speak for itself. Its clump-forming habit allows for […]

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Mariken Ginkgo

Mariken Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba ‘Mariken’ Description & Overview Compact and dense, this dwarf cultivar was discovered as a witch’s broom in Holland and has proven to be an excellent find. Bringing the longevity and staple yellow fall color true its Ginkgo species, but versatility as use as a small shrub-like […]

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Quaking Aspen

Quaking Aspen Populus tremuloides Description & Overview Quaking Aspen is a fast-growing, narrow-oval to pyramidal, Wisconsin native tree with lustrous dark green foliage that shimmers in the slightest breeze. This pioneer species is quick to colonize open spaces, especially where there is bare soil. Its creamy white bark and rapid […]