Favorite Plants for Northern New England

Dr. Leonard Perry

University of Vermont Extension


At a recent tri-state (ME, NH, VT) meeting of nursery growers and retailers, participants submitted their favorite perennials and woody plants.  Below are their suggestions (number indicates more than one vote). 




Aruncus aethusifolius (2)—dwarf goatsbeard

Clematis ‘Arabella’—clematis vine

Delphinium elatum–delphinium

Echinacea—coneflower (particularly Pow Wow WildBerry, new AAS selection)

Echinops—globe thistle

Eryngium—sea holly

Eupatorium (2) ‘Gateway’ and ‘Little Joe’—Joe Pye (more recent genus of Eutrochium)

Filipendula purpurea–meadowsweet

Geranium (2)—perennial geranium (particularly ‘Rozanne’)

Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’–avens

Hakonechloa— Japanese forest grasses

Helleborus Ivory Prince—hellebore, Lenten rose

Heuchera ‘Mt. St. Helens’–corabells

Hibiscus—perennial hibiscus

Miscanthus ‘Huron Star’—eulalia grass


Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’–catmint

Ornamental grasses (2)


Polygonatum commutatum—Great Solomon’s Seal


Pulsatilla—pasque flower

Rudbeckia (2) laciniata ‘Herbstsonne’—Autumn Sun cutleaf coneflower

Thalictrum—meadow rue

Trollius (particularly ‘Lemon Queen’)—globeflower

Veronicastrum (2)—culver’s root (particularly ‘Fascination’ and Lavender Towers)


Woody plants

Acer palmatum—Japanese maple

Amelanchier laevis (2)—serviceberry

Betula nigra—river birch

Chionanthus virginicus—fringe tree


Cornus—dogwood, particularly pagoda and Ivory Halo

Cotinus coggyria ‘Royal Purple’—smoke tree

Fagus (2)—beech trees (particularly American beech)

Fothergilla (3) major (in particular ‘Mt. Airy’)—large fothergilla

Heptacodium miconioides—seven sun flower

Hydrangea (3)—hydrangea, new cultivars (and ‘Unique’)

Hydrangea anomala petiolaris—climbing hydrangea vine

Kalmia latifolia—mountain laurel

Quercus rubra—red oak

Rhododendron Lights series—azalea

Syringa (2)—lilacs

Viburnum opulus var. americanum—American cranberrybush viburnum (formerly V. trilobum)


Weigela ‘Wine and Roses’—weigela


Thanks to all for their submissions—some great ideas, including some plants now on my own wish list for this coming season!



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