Regions / Mid-Atlantic
Selecting plants suited to the Mid-Atlantic climate will be a key step to success.
Various initiatives have taken place to determine how well plants would withstand the cold winter temperatures (Plant Hardiness Zones) or when plants would start suffering from the heat (Plant Heat Zones).
The Mid-Atlantic region lies in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5 through 7 and in AHS Heat Zones 3 through 6. Stretching over a long expanse of territory, the Mid-Atlantic states are home to a wide range of weather and climate. However, generally speaking, this region enjoys 4 distinct seasons characterized by mild springs, hot and humid summers along the coast, but cooler in the mountains, mild falls, and chilly winters with some snow.
Acer palmatum 'Skeeter's Broom' is a miniature deciduous shrub with a pretty foliage of small, sharply lobed leaves which emerge bright red in spring, and mature to rich purple-red throughout the summer. In the fall, the attractive foliage turns bright scarlet, before shedding to the ground.
Noted for its miniature size and striking leaf color, Acer palmatum 'Wilson's Pink Dwarf' is a particularly charming Japanese Maple. Emerging salmon pink to bright orange in spring, the delicate foliage of small 5-lobed pointed leaves gradually mature lime green in summer before changing again to delightful shades of salmon, pinky-orange and carmine red in fall
Smaller but as desirable as the highly popular 'Sango kaku', Acer palmatum 'Winter Flame' is noted for its showy coral bark and fall color. This medium-sized deciduous tree features delicate 5-lobed leaves which open lime green in spring, mature to mid green in summer, and warm up to golden-yellow, orange and red in fall before they shed to the ground.
Vigorous, Acer palmatum 'Yasemin' is a deciduous small tree of outstanding interest. Its unusual foliage of 7-9 pointed, sharply-serrated, lobed leaves resembles an open hand with outstretched fingers. Emerging rich and deep reddish purple in spring, the shiny leaves hold their extraordinary color until late summer and turn bronze-red, then brilliant purple-red in fall before shedding to the ground.
Native to Japan, Korea and China, Acer palmatum is a species to which most Japanese Maples belong. It includes a rich variety of deciduous shrubs or small trees with graceful habits, elegantly cut leaves and extraordinarily colorful foliage, particularly in the fall when the leaves warm up to dazzling shades of golden-yellow, red-purple and bronze, before shedding to the ground.
Acer palmatum Dissectum Viride Group or Acer 'Viridis' is a dwarf, often multi-stemmed, Japanese maple of low, spreading habit with strongly cascading branches forming a graceful, dome-shaped specimen over time. The delicate foliage of ferny, lace-like leaves with very long, thin lobes, each further dissected into sub-lobes, is bright green through the spring and summer and stands out beautifully in the landscape. In the fall, the leaves warm up to golden-yellow with occasional splashes of crimson before shedding to the ground.
Majestic, award-winner Acer platanoides 'Crimson King' (Norway Maple) is a vigorous medium-sized deciduous tree prized for its large, rich purplish-crimson leaves that last throughout the summer and its purple fruits. Its oval to rounded, dense crown fills with ornamental clusters of reddish-orange flowers in the spring, just as the leaves emerge. They give way to purple samaras. In the fall, the leaves turn brown, dark maroon or bronze before dropping. Excellent as a shade tree or specimen to add accent to the landscape.
Noted for its lovely fall color, Acer rubrum (Red Maple) is a relatively fast-growing deciduous tree of pyramidal habit when young, becoming rounded to oval at maturity. In early spring, tiny red flowers, borne in erect clusters, appear before the leaves and are followed by red fruit. Emerging red tinged in spring, the leaves change to dark green with whitish undersides and often develop dazzling yellows and red in the fall. This Red Maple also provides some winter interest, with its attractive, smooth gray bark, often ridged and furrowed with age.
Highly prized, award-winning Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum' (Golden Full Moon Maple) is a bushy, medium-sized deciduous shrub or small tree noted for its spectacular foliage. Emerging intensely bright yellow in spring, the rounded, palmate leaves, adorned with 7-9 sharply pointed lobes, gradually turn pale chartreuse as the season progresses. In fall, they turn magnificent shades of orange, red, occasionally blended with purple tones. Regarded as one of the best yellow-leaved Japanese maples.
Vigorous and easy to grow, Acer shirasawanum 'Autumn Moon' (Full Moon Maple) is a bushy tree or large shrub of upright habit noted for its beautiful summer and fall foliage. Emerging clear yellow or chartreuse in spring, the rounded, palmate leaves, adorned with 9-11 lobes, are tinged with an unusual burnt-orange color. These colors are strongest in full sun or very light shade. In the fall, they turn rich shades of orange and red.
Acer shirasawanum 'Jordan' (Full Moon Maple) is a vigorous small tree of upright habit, noted for its outstanding yellow-leaved foliage. Emerging bright yellow with rose-orange edges in spring, the rounded, palmate leaves, adorned with 9-11 lobes, change to stunning bright yellow through the summer. These colors are strongest in full sun or very light shade. In the fall, they turn brilliant shades of orange and red.
Acer shirasawanum 'Kawaii' (Full Moon Maple) is a dwarf, deciduous shrub or tree of cute appearance (Kawaii means "cute" in Japanese) noted for its deep reddish-orange, dissected foliage. Emerging pink-red in spring, the small, palmate, deeply divided leaves turn burgundy with green highlights as the season progress, before changing to brilliant shades of orange and red in the fall. Forming a low, spreading mound of cascading foliage, this slow growing maple cultivar is perfect for small gardens or containers.
Acer shirasawanum 'Moonrise' (Full Moon Maple) is a compact, upright shrub noted for its spectacular seasonal color and its resistance to disease and leaf burn. Emerging bright red in spring, the palmate leaves, adorned with sharply-toothed lobes, turn lime-green as the season progress, before changing to brilliant shades of orange and red in the fall. Throughout the summer, the contrast between the bright red new growth and the fully opened, fresh chartreuse foliage is absolutely striking. Very decorative, this unique maple cultivar is perfect for small gardens or containers.
Highly popular, award-winning Acer × freemanii 'Autumn Blaze' (Freeman Maple) is a fast-growing, large deciduous tree noted for its ascending branch habit and glorious fall color. Its dense, oval to rounded canopy of deeply cut, bright green leaves, turns brilliant orange-scarlet to crimson-red in fall. The delicate foliage holds its color for several weeks before shedding to the ground. This Freeman Maple also provides some winter interest, with its smooth, thin, gray bark that becomes slightly furrowed with age.
Presenting a mosaic of warm colors with its flowers of various ages, Achillea 'Feuerland' is a compact and gorgeous Yarrow with masses of long-lasting clusters of blood red flowers delicately fading to soft gold as they mature. Its pleasantly aromatic, semi-evergreen, gray-green fern-like foliage is disease resistant and nicely compliments the cheerful flat umbel flowers. This Achillea is perfect for both the cool or warm borders.
Evergreen, award-winning Achillea 'Moonshine' is highly prized by gardeners for its pleasantly aromatic, silver-green feathery foliage and its long-lasting, conspicuous, bright lemon-yellow flat umbel flowers. Vital ingredient of herbaceous borders, cottage gardens, meadows or prairies, this Yarrow typically blooms for weeks from late spring to late summer in a beautiful color display. Easy care, drought, heat, humidity, deer and rabbit tolerant.
Presenting a mosaic of warm colors with its flowers of various ages, Achillea 'Terracotta' is a gorgeous Yarrow with masses of long-lasting clusters of peachy yellow flowers fading to a straw color. Its pleasantly aromatic, semi-evergreen, green-gray fern-like foliage is disease resistant and nicely compliments the cheerful flat umbel flowers
Presenting a mosaic of warm colors with its flowers of various ages, Achillea 'Walther Funcke' is a strong, sturdy and gorgeous Yarrow with masses of long-lasting clusters of brick-red flowers fading to terracotta then creamy yellow. Its pleasantly aromatic, semi-evergreen, green-gray fern-like foliage is disease resistant and nicely compliments the cheerful flat umbel flowers.