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Late Spring

Let late spring make a welcome appearance in your garden!

Spring flowers bring a cheerful sight to the dull days of late winter. Did you know that Spring is really three seasons defined as early, mid and late spring? You'll want to think about this when choosing what to plant in the fall. Check out our list of best spring flowers and browse our terrific spring garden ideas to enjoy a great late spring garden.


Late Spring Guides


Acer palmatum Dissectum Viride Group (Laceleaf Japanese Maple)

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.

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Acer platanoides 'Crimson King' (Norway Maple)

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.

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Acer rubrum (Red Maple)

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.

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Acer shirasawanum 'Aureum' (Golden Full Moon Maple)

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.

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Acer shirasawanum 'Autumn Moon' (Full Moon Maple)

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.

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Acer shirasawanum 'Jordan' (Full Moon Maple)

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.

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Acer shirasawanum 'Kawaii' (Full Moon Maple)

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.

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Acer shirasawanum 'Moonrise' (Full Moon Maple)

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.

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Acer triflorum (Three-Flowered Maple)

Noted for its ravishing exfoliating bark and showy fall color, award-winning Acer triflorum (Three-Flowered Maple) is a small deciduous tree that is a real treasure in the landscape.

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Acer × freemanii 'Autumn Blaze' (Freeman Maple)

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.

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Achillea 'Coronation Gold'

Performs like a star! Achillea 'Coronation Gold' is a spectacular yarrow that is extremely easy to grow and provides outstanding results even if neglected.

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Achillea 'Moonshine'

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.

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Achillea (Yarrow)

Achillea is valued for its pleasantly fragrant, feathery foliage and its long-lasting, conspicuous, flat umbel flowers. Vital ingredient of herbaceous borders or prairie plantings, Achillea blooms for weeks from late spring to late summer, in a wide range of colors

Acorus calamus 'Variegatus' (Variegated Sweet Flag)

Ideal for wet areas, Acorus calamus 'Variegatus' (Variegated Sweet Flag) is an attractive herbaceous perennial forming a tuft of gracefully arching, narrow, sword-shaped leaves adorned with creamy-white and green stripes. Often displaying a nice pink tinge in cold weather, the foliage is sweetly fragrant when bruised.

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Acorus gramineus 'Ogon' (Golden Variegated Sweet Flag)

Ideal for wet areas, Acorus gramineus 'Ogon' (Golden Variegated Sweet Flag) is a semi-evergreen herbaceous perennial forming an attractive tuft of gracefully arching, narrow, sword-shaped, golden-yellow leaves adorned with olive green stripes. The foliage is sweetly fragrant when bruised and evergreen in mild winter areas.

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Actaea pachypoda (White Baneberry)

Perfect for shade gardens, Actaea pachypoda (White Baneberry) is an herbaceous perennial forming clumps of finely divided, bright green foliage, enhanced by dense, globular clusters of small fluffy white flowers in late spring and early summer.

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Actinidia arguta 'Issai' (Hardy Kiwi Vine)

Grown for its attractive foliage and edible fruit, Actinidia arguta 'Issai' (Hardy Kiwi Vine) is a compact, deciduous climber that produces grape-sized, smooth-skinned, green fruits in late summer to early fall. While they are smaller than grocery store varieties, they are slightly sweeter and enjoy an excellent flavor.

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Actinidia deliciosa (Kiwifruit )

Actinidia deliciosa (Kiwifruit) is a vigorous, deciduous, woody-stemmed, twining climber with broadly ovate, heart-shaped, lustrous mid-green leaves, 5-8 in. long (12-20 cm). Slightly fragrant clusters of cup-shaped, creamy-white flowers are borne in late spring.

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Actinidia kolomikta (Variegated Kiwi Vine)

Prized for its flamboyant foliage, Actinidia kolomikta (Variegated Kiwi Vine) is a large vigorous deciduous climber producing a striking foliage mass of heart-shaped leaves, 3-5 in. long (7-12 cm), some in solid green, others white-splashed green and others heavily variegated with pink.

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Actinidia polygama (Silver Vine)

Creating a sparkling effect, Actinidia polygama (Silver Vine) is a vigorous, scrambling/twining, deciduous climber producing a striking foliage mass of heart-shaped, dark green leaves, 3-5 in. long (7-12 cm), adorned with silvery-white tips - as if each leaf has been dipped in paint.

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Adiantum aleuticum (Maidenhair Fern)

Incredibly attractive, Adiantum aleuticum (Maidenhair Fern) is a deciduous or semi-evergreen, perennial fern with graceful, bright green fronds which open like the fingers of a hand atop upright, shiny, purple-black wiry stems. Each finger is further divided into a series of triangular segments (pinnules).

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Adiantum raddianum (Delta Maidenhair)

Elegant and fast growing, Adiantum raddianum (Delta Maidenhair) is a tufted evergreen fern with smooth, purplish-black stalks bearing triangular, 3-pinnate, lacy fronds composed of rounded, fan-shaped segments. Emerging light green, they darken with age and can reach 18 in. in length (45 cm). Popular as houseplant, it is long lived if it receives sufficient humidity and is not exposed to drafts.

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Adiantum venustum (Himalayan Maidenhair)

Incredibly attractive, Adiantum venustum (Himalayan Maidenhair) is a deciduous fern, almost evergreen in mild areas, with broadly triangular fronds composed of many small fan-shaped segments. Emerging in late winter to early spring, the new fronds display a charming salmon flush before maturing to fresh spring green.

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Aeonium 'Sunburst'

Among the loveliest of Aeoniums, award-winning 'Sunburst' is an evergreen succulent with large variegated rosettes, 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), of fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves. Held on long bare stems, the leaves are a delightful combination of creamy yellow and green stripes and are adorned with coppery red tips when exposed to the sun.

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