Resources

Websites

http://www.nativeplanttrust.org/

Native Plant Trust/Garden in the Woods

  • Click on the Go Botany tab to find an extensive database of plants you will find in the wild in New England.  This is searchable by type of plant, by name, and by plant characteristics (e.g. leaf shape, flower type, etc.)
  • Click on For Your Garden, then Garden Plant Finder.  This is a searchable database of the native plants that are more available in the nursery trade, including their Garden Shop, along with good information about the plant and the conditions it prefers.

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/

Missouri Botanical Garden

  • Click on Gardens and Gardening>Plant Finder to access a searchable database of highly useful specifics about native plants, cultivars, hybrids, and some non-natives that are in the nursery trade. This is my go-to site to find out more about a plant, including its origins.

Plant Lists

These are all plants I have successfully grown in my Cape Cod garden.

Sunny Pollinator Perennials
Anise Hyssop Agastache foeniculum
Bluestar Amsonia tabernaemontana
Windflower Anemone canadensis
Goatsbeard Aruncus dioicus
Swamp milkweed Asclepias incarnata
Butterfly weed Asclepias tuberosa
False indigo Baptisia australis
Boneset Eupatorium perfoliatum
Coastal Joe-Pye weed Eutrochium dubium’Little Joe’
Wild Geranium Geranium maculatum
Sneezeweed Helenium autumnale
Blazing star Liatris spicata
Spotted beebalm Monarda punctata
Common sundrops Oenothera fruiticosa
Eastern prickly pear Opuntia humifusa
Beardtongue Penstemon digitalis
Blunt mountain mint Pycnanthemum muticum
Slender mountain mint Pycnanthemum tenuifolium
Black-eyed susan Rudbeckia hirta
Mad dog skullcap Scutellaria laterifolia
Goldenrod Solidago spp
Golden Alexander Zizia aurea
 

Grasses

Tufted hairgrass Deschampsia fluxuosa
Switchgrass Panicum virgatum
Little bluestem Schizachyrium scoparium
Prairie dropseed Sporobolus heterolepsis
 

Shade Perennials

Black cohosh Actaea racemose
Baneberry Actaea rubra
Wild columbine Aquilegia canadensis
Spikenard Aralia racemose
Wild ginger Asarum canadense
Lady fern Athyrium angustum
Trailing arbutus Epigaea repens
White wood aster Eurybia divaricate
Wild strawberry Fragaria virginiana
Barren strawberry Geum fragarioides
Mayflower Maianthemum canadense
Partridgeberry Mitchella repens
Christmas fern Polystichum acrostichoides

 

Shrubs
Sweet pepperbush Clethra alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’
Sweet pepperbush Clethra alnifolia ‘Sixteen Candles’
Sweet fern Comptonia peregrinis
Fothergilla Fothergilla gardenia
Black huckleberry Gaylussacia baccata
Smooth hydrangea Hydrangea arborescens
Oak-leaf hydrangea Hydrangea quercifolium
Inkberry Ilex glabra
Winterberry Ilex verticillate
Virginia sweetspire Itea virginica
Sheep laurel Kalmia angustifolia
Bayberry Myrica pensylvanica
Ninebark Physocarpus opulifolius
Beach plum Prunus maritima
Great rosebay Rhododendron maximum
Silky dogwood Swida amomum
Yellow twig dogwood Swida sericea
Arrowwood viburnum Viburnum dentatum
Witherod viburnum Viburnum nudum

 

Trees
 Red maple Acer rubrum
Redbud Cercis canadensis
Witch hazel Hamamelis virginiana
Red cedar Juniperus virginiana
White pine Pinus strubus
Black cherry Prunum serotine
Black Oak Quercus velutina
White oak Quercus alba
Winged sumac Rhus copallina