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  • Habit  -  climber, spreader or a clumper 
  • Structure  -  narrow upright, low growing carpet form, mounded, weeping, arching
  • Texture  -  Needle leaf, broad leaf, thread leaf, succulent, glossy, flat
  • Color  -  variegated, non-variegated, seasonal changing
  • Bloom  -  Time of year, length of bloom, bloom character, bloom color

Black Eyed Susan

There are about 50 grasses that do well here in the north east. Grasses offer a unique texture to the landscape, and they are maintenance free.


We have a short growing season here in New England, and because of this 2/3 of your plant material should be evergreen to maintain year round visual interest. Here are some other factors to choosing plant material.

Here are a few of our favorites

Blue Spruce

There are over 800 varieties of Hosta that do well here in the north east. They offer a nice broad leaf texture to the landscape and come in a wide variety of colors.

Blue Spruce make an excellent focal point plant. They bring a blue/green needle texture that stands out against most other plant material.

This plant is a smaller form of hydrangea, with a delicate lace cap over the typical ball bloom. Hydrangea bloom for almost 2 months.

Understanding and combing these characteristics will produce the most visual interest. Since most plants bloom for only two weeks, plant material should be chosen for its other traits first, considering the bloom to be an added bonus.

Blue Lacecap Hydrangea


This tree brings an intense spring bloom, followed by an attractive dark green/burgundy leaf. Trees are an excellent opportunity for up-lighting

Ornamental Grass

Properly chosen plant material can enhance any property by adding color, texture, shading, wind protection and scale.

Prairiefire Crabapple

Black Eyed Susan have a very unique bloom and make quite a statement. They typically bloom during late summer.