MEET THE LANDSCAPE PLUG™
Our native plants are grown in two different Landscape Plugs™ (LP) based on root morphology. LP32 are 4" deep and for shallow-rooted species including ferns and sedges while LP50 is 5" deep and for deep-rooted plants such as grasses and perennials.
Carex appalachica (LP32): Carex appalachica is a native sedge to the dry woods of eastern North America. Its fine texture and fountaining habit make it a lovely groundcover in dry shady sites, even in the root zone of trees.
Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance' (LP32): Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Brilliance’ is a colorful groundcover with orange, red-rose, and salmon colored fiddleheads that turn coppery orange as they unfurl. Fronds age to a lustrous dark green and remain well into winter. New growth continues through the season, giving a colorful tapestry effect of copper and green from spring to late fall. In milder climates, autumn fern is evergreen. Growing 18”-30” tall and same as wide, its vase-shaped stature provides a lovely foil in mass or as a specimen planting.
Lobelia cardinalis (LP50): Another perennial to add color to the shaded and wet garden, Lobelia cardinalis, or cardinal flower, has a clump-forming habit with brilliant red flower spikes set against green and purple-bronze colored foliage. Each individual spike of scarlet flowers open from bottom to top and stays in bloom for several weeks and is a favorite for hummingbirds. The red intensity is much like Spigelia marilandica and is a must-have for gardeners wishing to attract hummingbirds to their yards. Plants can range anywhere from 1’-6’ tall, depending on site conditions, but mostly stay around 2’-4’.
Salvia lyrata 'Purple Knockout' (LP32): Grown mainly for the foliage, Salvia lyrata 'Purple Knockout' has compact basal rosettes of shiny burgundy leaves that turn to deep purple in summer, then to red in the fall. Spikes of pale lilac-blue flowers appear in spring and summer growing up to 18” tall. The flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies and the seed in winter feeds smaller songbirds. ‘Purple Knockout’ is very easy to grow in just about any soil, it will self-sow to spread and become a dense groundcover that makes a great native substitute for Ajuga.
Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' PP25202 (LP50): Schizachyrium scoparium `Standing Ovation` is characterized by its wide leaf blades and its blue foliage with red tips throughout the growing season that change to red and maroon in fall with rich purple coloring at the base. It is upright and has a rigid habit that is retained without lodging when plants are grown in rich soils or during container production. Receiving top marks at the Landisville trials, ‘Standing Ovation’ grows 3’ tall in flower and 3’ wide when mature. Found in our trials at North Creek, ‘Standing Ovation’ is thought to be a naturally occurring seedling of Schizachyrium ‘Prairie Blues’.