Richie Steffen

Great Plant Pick: Taxodium distichum, bald cypress

In autumn, the needles of this pyramidal conifer turn rusty-gold before they fall.

Great Plant Pick: Aster lateriflorus ‘Prince,’ calico aster

In early fall, cloud-like starry white flowers blushed with pink and purple cover the plant.

Great Plant Pick: Enkianthus perulatus, white enkianthus

The fall color of this slow-growing shrub is a screaming scarlet red — a real standout in the garden.

Great Plant Picks: Vitis coignetiae, crimson glory vine

This spreading vine is quite the climber: It can grow to be 60 feet tall when mature.

Great Plant Pick: Cotoneaster salicifolius ‘Repens,’ groundcover

Commonly called spreading willowleaf cotoneaster, this shrub needs plenty of room to grow.

Great Plant Pick: Colchicum ‘The Giant,’ autumn crocus

Although commonly referred to as autumn crocus, Colchicums are not closely related to true crocus.

Great Plant Pick: Trochodendron aralioides, wheel tree

With its whorling branches, this evergreen is in a genus by itself and is native to Japan and Korea.

Great Plant Pick: Schizophragma hydrangeoides “Moonlight,” Japanese hydrangea vine

What: A self-clinging and well-behaved vine, the Schizophragma hydrangeoides “Moonlight” is unique for the silver moonlight patterns on its leaves. Where: Japanese hydrangea vine, its… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Waldsteinia ternata, barren strawberry

This strawberry-like spreading perennial will form a low, tight-knit groundcover over time.

Great Plant Pick: Miscanthus sinensis ‘Gold Bar,’ variegated grass

“Gold Bar” clumping grass is a show-stopper with dramatic gold stripes that cut across the blades.

Great Plant Pick: Pseudolarix amabilis, golden larch

This pyramidal conifer has pea-green needles in the summer that turn a bright gold in the fall.

Great Plant Pick: Aucuba japonica ‘Rozannie,’ Japanese aucuba

This compact evergreen shrub has year-round glossy, dark-green leaves and bright red fruit in fall.

Great Plant Pick: Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan,’ coneflower

This flower is a bold, sturdy perennial that stands out in the late summer garden.

Great Plant Pick: Quercus palustris, pin oak

This native of central to eastern United States is perhaps the most widely planted America oak tree.

Great Plant Pick: Hakonechloa macra, Japanese forest grass

This deciduous grass, with medium-green arching blades, is a natural choice for a Japanese garden.

Great Plant Pick: Fuchsia ‘Dying Embers,’ hardy fuchsia

This hardy fuschia, a hummingbird and bee favorite, provides colorful flowers summer through autumn.

Great Plant Pick: Helictotrichon sempervirens, blue oat grass

These grasses have year-round spiky blue foliage and purplish-brown seed heads in summer.

Great Plant Pick: Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’

The variegated giant dogwood’s leaves makes it look like white frosting is spread over the branches.

Great Plant Pick: Geum ‘Double Bloody Mary’

The slug-resistant “Double Bloody Mary” geum flowers from early summer to early fall.

Great Plant Pick: Rosa ‘Golden Wings,’ yellow modern rose

“Golden Wings” is robust enough to support a small-growing clematis once it has been established.