Plants to Splurge on This Spring

We are going to have a number of very special trees and shrubs at the sale. In most cases quantities are limited of these almost impossible to find plants. Here is just a partial listing:

Syringa reticulata 'Ivory Silk'

Syringa reticulata 'Ivory Silk'. Yes, this is that incredible white blooming tree lilac you may have seen -- or not, because it's so difficult to source. It grows to 20 feet, blooms at the end of June -- well after other lilacs, and is both resistant to powdery mildew and pesky deer. A stunning statment in any garden.

Cercis canadensis 'Lavender Twist'

Cercis canadensis 'Lavender Twist'. The name says it all, it's an April blooming native redbud literally with a twist. Head turning in bloom with late daffodils scattered at it's feet. Lovely form for the rest of the year.

Prunus mume 'Peggy Clarke'

Prunus mume 'Peggy Clarke'. Japanese apricot. Yes, the delicate rose tinted blooms in early April speak to an Asian aesthetic celebrating renewal in the garden. And don't we all need that?

Plant in a sheltered spot to protect the early blooms.

Acer griseum

Acer griseum. Paperbark maple. The peeling orangy red bark of this small trifoliate maple is stunning. Go see the pair outside the Haggerty center at the arboretum and you'll want one for your own garden.

Cercis canadensis 'The Rising Sun'

Cercis canadensis 'The Rising Sun'. Another native redbud intrduced by Don Shadows of dogwood fame. After its purple-pink bloom in late April, this smaller redbud has colorful leaves through the summer, yellowish to chartreuse tinged with orange and red.

An incredibly beautiful understory tree.

Ilex opaca 'Princeton Gold'

Ilex opaca 'Princeton Gold'. Native holly with yellow berries and rich dark green foliage. Deer resistant because it's an opaca. Grows to 30 feet.

Magnolia 'Hattie Carthan'

Magnolia 'Hattie Carthan'. A yellow bloom with red-purple veining introduced by Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Grows to 20 feet, it's Sue Acheson's favorite magnolia.

== Patti Millar & Ilona Ontscherenki, Co-Chairs