October 31, 2021
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How to Choose A Tree

How to Choose a Tree A surprising number of people walk into our retail store and ask, “Do you sell trees?” or “Do you have any shade trees?” or “Do you have any ornamental trees?” We all smile and say yes; after all, trees are kind of our thing, and […]
December 15, 2010
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Blue Giant Hyssop

Blue Giant Hyssop is a Wisconsin native perennial commonly found in drier prairies and upland forests. Leaves and flowers are fragrant, similar to licorice. Great nectar source for bees, butterflies, and their allies. The aromatic leaves can be used to make herbal teas or jellies. Seeds can be added to cookies or muffins.
December 15, 2010
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Shooting Star

Shooting Star is a Wisconsin native spring ephemeral of the prairie. They are completely done with their season and go dormant by mid-summer. Wide color variation naturally occurs from purple to pale pink to almost white. Mahogany-colored seed pods that are often not noticed because other tall species have over-topped them by that time.
October 18, 2010
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Leadplant

Leadplant Amorpha canescens Description & Overview A Wisconsin native prairie plant, this wily perennial loves full sun. This is a resilient plant with a long taproot which makes it drought tolerant and great for an area with sandy, dry soil. The blue/purple flower racemes in later summer last up to […]
September 27, 2010
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Sky Blue Aster

Sky Blue Aster Symphyotrichum oolentangiense Description & Overview Sky Blue Aster is a versatile Wisconsin native that blooms in early fall, adding a nice pop of color to any flower garden with its pretty blue flower petals and yellow central disks. Naturally found in prairies, fields and open woodlands, Sky […]
September 27, 2010
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Zig Zag Goldenrod

Zig Zag Goldenrod Solidago flexicaulis Description & Overview This native woodland perennial is a boon to wildlife and to someone with a shady yard. Zig Zag Goldenrod prefers part-shade and fertile soil but is also tolerant of heavy shade and clay soil. Once established it will also tolerate dry soil. […]
September 27, 2010
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Common Ninebark

Common Ninebark Physocarpus opulifolius Description & Overview Common Ninebark is a tough, Wisconsin native shrub. Does it look a little wild? Yes, yes it does. Is it for everyone? Nope. But if you are looking for a shrub that can handle the bitter cold, many soil types, and even the […]
September 27, 2010
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Bigleaf Aster

Bigleaf Aster Eurybia macrophylla Description & Overview Bigleaf Aster is a Wisconsin native woodland perennial aster that spreads by rhizomes to form a lush carpet of large, hairy leaves that grow up to 8-inches in length. It has rather delicate flowers with thin lavender/blue petals that appear in late summer. […]
September 27, 2010
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Pale Purple Coneflower

Pale Purple Coneflower Echinacea pallida Description & Overview Pale Purple Coneflower is a beautiful Wisconsin native perennial that will handle many soil types and moisture levels. Typically found in prairies, they are tough and can handle rocky, clay, and dry soil. Their taproot makes them drought tolerant. They are distinguishable […]
September 27, 2010
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Stiff Coreopsis

Stiff Coreopsis Coreopsis palmata Description & Overview Stiff Coreopsis can handle many soil types and all the heat while gifting us with pretty, long-lasting yellow flowers in late summer followed by orange to purple foliage in the fall. This perennial is a hardy, reliable Wisconsin native that butterflies (and many […]
September 27, 2010
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Red Milkweed

Red Milkweed Asclepias incarnata Description & Overview Red Milkweed is a fast-growing, wet soil loving, Wisconsin native perennial with beautiful deep pink flowers that attract many insects. The Monarch Butterfly uses it as a host plant. Although it can tolerate moderate moisture and even heavy clay, Red Milkweed, also known […]
September 27, 2010
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Spikenard

Spikenard Aralia racemosa Description & Overview Is it a perennial? Is it a shrub? No, it’s Spikenard! This native, shrubby perennial thrives in the shady, moist, fertile soils of forest floors but can also tolerate rock and clay. It has beautiful, large, compound green leaves with showy white flower racemes […]
September 27, 2010
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Speckled Alder

Speckled Alder gives back what it takes ten-fold. Often found in areas with wet soil in or along swamps, meadows, and streams, Speckled Alder often serves as erosion control along banks while providing protection, shelter, and food to many species. It's a nitrogen-fixing species, replenishing the soil and nourishing the plants growing around it. We typically grow it as a small tree, but it tends to take the form of a multi-stemmed shrub when left to grow in the wild.
August 24, 2010
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Red Maple

Red Maple is a Wisconsin native tree that's tolerant of most soils and sites. This is evident by its presence in many different ecotypes throughout its native range from Maine to Florida and west to Texas.
August 19, 2010
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Musclewood

Musclewood Carpinus caroliniana Description & Overview Musclewood is a hardy, Wisconsin native tree that exhibits beautiful fall color that ranges from yellow to orangey-red. Multiple stems give it the appearance of a large shrub, but we also commonly grow it as a single-stem tree. Over time, the grey bark exhibits […]
August 18, 2010
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Virgin’s Bower

Virgin’s Bower Clematis virginiana Description & Overview Virgin’s Bower is a Wisconsin native vine that naturally occurs along rivers in moist, low woodland areas. It’s a wonderful, versatile addition to a native landscape. You can grow it in full sun, but it also does well in mostly shade. This vine […]
June 3, 2010
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Rattlesnake Master

Rattlesnake Master is a Wisconsin native prairie plant that features interesting white golf ball-like flowers with thistle-like foliage.
March 24, 2010
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Bush Cinquefoil

Bush Cinquefoil is a cheery Wisconsin native shrub that explodes with shiny, bright yellow flowers in June, blooming continuously through September. This prolonged flowering period supports many pollinators including bees and butterflies, making it a great choice for native gardens.
March 15, 2010
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Paw Paw

Paw Paw is a delightful, tropical-looking small-scale tree that has an unusual, edible fruit. Forming loose colonies, Paw Paw's luscious green foliage turns a lovely golden-yellow in autumn. Its delicious fruit is fragrant and tasty, some describing it as a cross between a banana and a mango.
February 17, 2010
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Sweet Black-eyed Susan

Sweet Black-eyed Susan is a superb Wisconsin native perennial with sweetly fragrant, buttery yellow, daisy-like flowers and purplish-brown centers. Seeming to dance upon tall stems, masses of flowers bloom from July through October. With larger and longer-lasting blooms compared to other Black-eyed Susan, they're great in cutting, cottage, or native gardens.
February 16, 2010
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Northern White Cedar

Northern White Cedar is a Wisconsin native conifer with a tall and slender form and flattened yellowish-green scale-like leaves. Furrowed bark is reddish-brown to gray. Northern White Cedar is a good choice for screening in moist to low-growing areas.
February 15, 2010
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Glade Mallow

Glade Mallow is a Wisconsin Plant of Special Concern (WI DNR) and unique not only in the landscape but for its nyctinasty. Clusters of fragrant, white tubular flowers bloom from June to August, opening in the morning and closing at night. With large, deeply cut dark green leaves, Glade Mallow provides texture once flowers are spent. Found in alluvial soils along streams and rivers, Glade Mallow needs consistently moist to wet soil to thrive.
February 11, 2010
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Eastern Red Cedar

Eastern Red Cedar is a Wisconsin native conifer with a dense columnar to pyramidal shape and fragrant grayish-green to bluish-green foliage. Excellent for roadside plantings as they handle heat, dryness, and road salt. The female Eastern Red Cedar produces small silvery-blue berries that songbirds and wildlife covet, particularly Cedar Waxwings.
February 9, 2010
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Basswood

Basswood Tilia americana Description & Overview There are so many things to love about this tree I don’t know where to begin! Basswood’s beautiful large green leaves, larger than my hand, set it apart from the rest and provide a nice dense shade. When it blooms, the Basswood comes alive, […]
January 27, 2010
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Whorled Milkweed

Whorled Milkweed is a Wisconsin native perennial that blooms later than most other milkweeds, extending nourishment options for pollinators well into fall. Clusters of small, white flowers appear, followed by interesting pods that split open to release silky-covered seeds. Whorled Milkweed is an excellent food source for the larvae of Monarch Butterflies as well as short- and long-tongued bees.
September 27, 2000
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Witherod Viburnum

Witherod Viburnum Viburnum cassinoides Description & Overview Witherod viburnum is typically found in wetter conditions such as swamps and marshes, moist fields, and woods. This native North American shrub offers visual interest during all four seasons with white flowers in the spring, beautiful red-orange leaves in the fall, and fruit […]
January 25, 2000
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Anise-Hyssop

Anise-Hyssop is Wisconsin native plant noted for its pale purple, nectar-rich flower spikes that attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. The foliage of Anise-Hyssop is highly fragrant, reminiscent of licorice, and quite textural, adding interest even through winter once the leaves have died back.
January 21, 2000
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American Chestnut

American Chestnut, while rare, are a stunning tree in the landscape with creamy white catkins, wide branching, and abundant fruit production. While other areas of the country struggle to grow American Chestnut, they seem to fare well in the Midwest, providing food for wildlife and bringing diversity to our forests.