Plants for a Front Yard Pathway

  1. Bearded iris (Iris cv., USDA Hardiness Zones 3–9)
  2. ‘Gulftide’ false holly (Osmanthus heterophyllus ‘Gulftide’, Zones 7–9)
  3. ‘Shishigashira’ Japanese maple (Acer palmatum ‘Shishigashira’, Zones 5–8)
  4. False daphne (Daphniphyllum macropodum var. humile, Zones 7–11)
  5. ‘Stardust’ herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora ‘Stardust’, Zones 3–8)
  6. Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis, Zones 3–9)
  7. Rose campion (Lychnis coronaria, Zones 3–8)
  8. ‘Softly Salmon’ herbaceous peony (Paeonia ‘Softly Salmon’, Zones 3–8)
  9. ‘Shintenchi’ tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Shintenchi’, Zones 5–8)
  10. Leatherleaf mahonia (Mahonia japonica ‘Bealei’, Zones 6–9)
  11. ‘Flash’ herbaceous peony (Paeonia ‘Flash’, Zones 3–8)
  12. ‘Sonoma Sun’ intersectional peony (Paeonia ‘Sonoma Sun’, Zones 5–8)
  13. ‘Bath’s Pink’ dianthus (Dianthus ‘Bath’s Pink’, Zones 5–8)
  14. ‘Caesar’s Brother’ Siberian iris (Iris sibirica ‘Caesar’s Brother’, Zones 3–8)
  15. ‘Globemaster’ allium (Allium ‘Globemaster’, Zones 6–10)
  16. Golden full moon maple (Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’, Zones 5–7)
  17. Heritage® river birch (Betula nigra ‘Cully’, Zones 3–7)
  18. ‘Red Pygmy’ Japanese maple (Acer palmatum ‘Red Pygmy’, Zones 5–8)
  19. Sugar maple (Acer saccharum, Zones 4–8)

‘Shishigashira’ Japanese maple

Heavily curled green leaves give an interesting texture to this compact, shrubby tree. Foliage becomes purple-red with orange-red patterns in fall. Popular for bonsai, as a container subject and in small gardens. Deciduous.

Slow Growing: 12′ to 15′

Dicentra spectabilis

Bleeding heart (Dicentra spectabilis, Zones 3–9)

Height 30″+

The old-fashioned Bleeding Heart has been a garden favorite for years. It bears long arching racemes of heart-shaped pink flowers. Bloom starts here in early May and lasts several weeks, subsiding with the arrival of summer heat. Plants often go dormant in mid-summer. Interplant with Ferns and Hostas to fill the breach. If moisture is reliable, they will grow in full sun here in Litchfield. Long-lived and reliable year after year.

Coonara Pygmy

Red Pygmy [Coonara] Maple

8′ x 8′

  • Coonara Pygmy

    In spring, this dwarf Japanese maple unveils its pink-tinged leaves. The pink tinge fades in summer, but then in fall the Japanese maple leaves turns a brilliant shade of orange-red. Because of its small size, this maple is well-suited to containers.

    Name: Acer palmatum ‘Coonara Pygmy’

    Growing Conditions: Part shade and moist, well-drained soil

    Size: 8 feet tall and wide

    Zones: 6-8 [This article says zone 5]

Plants for an inviting front-yard pathway

  1. Paperbark maple (Acer griseum, Zones 4–8)
  2. ‘Elizabeth Lustgarten’ weeping kousa dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Elizabeth Lustgarten’, Zones 5–8)
  3. ‘Globemaster’ allium (Allium ‘Globemaster’, Zones 6–10)
  4. ‘Unicorn’ bearded iris (Iris ‘Unicorn’, Zones 3–9)
  5. ‘Yae Zakura ‘ tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa ‘Yae Zakura’, Zones 5–8)
  6. Iris (Iris cv., Zones 3–9)
  7. ‘Bath’s Pink’ dianthus (Dianthus ‘Bath’s Pink’, Zones 5–8)
  8. ‘Lavender Whisper’ herbaceous peony (Paeonia ‘Lavender Whisper’, Zones 3–8)
  9. Rose campion (Lychnis coronaria, Zones 3–8)
  10. ‘Caesar’s Brother’ Siberian iris (Iris sibirica ‘Caesar’s Brother’, Zones 3–8)
  11. ‘Emerald Blue’ creeping phlox (Phlox subulata ‘Emerald Blue’, Zones 3–8)
  12. ‘Red Cardinal’ clematis (Clematis ‘Red Cardinal’, Zones 4–11)
  13. ‘Roy Pehrson’s Best Yellow’ herbaceous peony (Paeonia ‘Roy Pehrson’s Best Yellow’, Zones 3–8)
  14. ‘Sonoma Sun’ intersectional peony (Paeonia ‘Sonoma Sun’, Zones 5–8)
  15. ‘Softly Salmon’ herbaceous peony (Paeonia ‘Softly Salmon’, Zones 3–8

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Lessons Learned

  1. ‘Lucifer’ crocosmia (Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’, Zones 6–9)
  2. ‘Russell Prichard’ geranium (Geranium X riversleaianum ‘Russell Prichard’, Zones 6–8)
  3. ‘Sour Grapes’ and ‘Ruby’ penstemon (Penstemon ‘Sour Grapes’ and P. ‘Ruby’, Zones 7–9)
  4. ‘Imperial Gem’ lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ‘Imperial Gem’, Zones 5–8)
  5. Siberian euphorbia (Euphorbia seguieriana ssp. niciciana, Zones 8–11)
  6. Evergreen dogwood (Cornus capitata, Zones 8–9)
  7. ‘Mme Alfred Carrière’ rose (Rosa ‘Mme Alfred Carrière’, Zones 5–9)
  8. ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’ dogwood (Cornus ‘Eddie’s White Wonder’, Zones 5–8)
  9. Winecups (Callirhoe involucrata, Zones 4–9)

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