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New Plants from North Creek

Here you'll find recent introductions to our catalog!

Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella'

swamp milkweed

She's the belle of the ball! Sweetly scented with blooms of blush pink, Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella' from Walter's Gardens lasts longer in your garden than her namesake. A perennial with beauty, grace, and staying power, this wetland native does well in average garden conditions and is a pollinator favorite!

Asclepias incarnata 'Cinderella' swamp milkweed from North Creek Nurseries

Aster novae angliae 'Pink Crush' PPAF

New England Aster

A dark pink fall-blooming aster with a tidy habit and smothered in flowers? Oh man, we think we may have developed a crush. A 'Pink Crush' that is. An introduction from Walters Gardens, this New England aster is a shorter variety that doesn't splay in the late season like other aster cultivars. 

Aster novae angliae 'Pink Crush' New England Aster from North Creek Nurseries

Aster novae-angliae 'Grape Crush' PPAF

New England Aster

'Grape Crush' is a deep purple New England aster introduction by Walters Gardens. Growing into a neat mound, 30" high by 40" wide, this fall blooming aster does not splay open as other aster cultivars can, providing a beautiful profusion of saturated flowers for a great fall display.

Aster novae-angliae 'Grape Crush' New England Aster from North Creek Nurseries

Baptisia alba var. macrophylla

white false indigo

A tall and lovely prairie native with long spikes of pure white flowers from May to Mid-June.  Easy and long-lived, it is native from New York to Minnesota, Texas to Mississippi.

Baptisia alba var. macrophylla '' white false indigo from North Creek Nurseries

Baptisia sphaerocarpa

yellow wild indigo
A very sturdy, drought-resistant garden plant with striking spikes of pea flowers that range from butter yellow to gleaming gold.
Baptisia sphaerocarpa '' yellow wild indigo from North Creek Nurseries

Dendranthema x grandiflorum 'Hillside Pink Sheffield'

decorative garden mum

A perennial garden favorite, Dendranthema x grandiflorum ‘Hillside Pink Sheffield’ is a late-blooming classic. Covered in single, apricot daisy flowers with egg yolk golden centers, this garden mum attracts late-season pollinators. 

Dendranthema x grandiflorum 'Hillside Pink Sheffield' decorative garden mum from North Creek Nurseries

Epimedium 'Purple Pixie'


Epimedium 'Purple Pixie' caught our notice with its distinct purple blooms with contrasting white spurs emerging in early spring. The deepest purple selection available on the market, it's also notable for its ability to reach its mature size quickly without becoming aggressive. A perfect addition to the shade garden, the green foliage is streaked with burgundy all season long.

Epimedium 'Purple Pixie' barrenwort from North Creek Nurseries

Epimedium × rubrum

red barrenwort

Looking for an easy, low-maintenance, long-lived groundcover for shade? Look no further! This Epimedium x rubrum has delicate, heart-shaped leaves that emerge red in spring, become lush green in summer, and have lovely fall color. The blooms are light and airy red and light yellow blooming in early spring. Great for moist shade locations but tolerates dry shade once established!

Epimedium × rubrum '' red barrenwort from North Creek Nurseries

Epimedium × versicolor 'Sulphureum'


Add a little brightness to your dreary early spring day! Epimedium × versicolor ‘Sulphureum’ has pale yellow short-spurred flowers emerging in early spring that hang delicately above heart-shaped foliage. Leaves emerge a soft red, mature to a verdant green, and change color again in the fall. Excellent groundcover in dry shade, this plant spreads quickly to keep weeds at bay while filling the niche of what to plant near a garden path perfectly. 

Epimedium × versicolor 'Sulphureum' barrenwort from North Creek Nurseries

Epimedium × youngianum 'Niveum'

snowy barrenwort

A soft dusting of white flowers hovers on racemes above heart-shaped foliage emerging bronze in spring. Epimedium × youngianum ‘Niveum’ is a compact and slower-growing barrenwort, perfect to grow around tree roots, along path edges, or in naturalised areas as a well-behaved dry shade groundcover. 

Epimedium × youngianum 'Niveum' snowy barrenwort from North Creek Nurseries

Eupatorium maculatum

spotted joe pye weed

Spotted joe-pye weed grows 4-7 feet tall with mauve-pink flowers blooming in late summer to early fall. A native perennial, Eupatorium maculatum attracts swallowtail butterflies and lives happily in sunny, wet soils. 

Eupatorium maculatum '' spotted joe pye weed from North Creek Nurseries

Eupatorium purpureum 'FLOREUPRE1' Euphoria™ Ruby PPAF

joe pye weed

Eupatorium Euphoria™ Ruby is a compact, early-flowering variety of the classic summer flowering native perennial. It's small size makes it perfect for growers and homeowners alike while it's early-flowering is a delight to pollinators. This is Darwin Perennial's answer to the age-old customer question in garden centers - "I like this, but do you have something that grows smaller?"

Eupatorium purpureum 'FLOREUPRE1' joe pye weed from North Creek Nurseries

Helianthus salicifolius 'Autumn Gold' PP30117

willowleaf sunflower

Blooming from September to a hard frost, Helianthus salicifolius 'Autumn Gold' is a wonderful addition to the perennial garden. The narrow, dark green willow-like leaves form into a tight mound giving a tidy shrub-like appearance from spring through summer before it erupts into color in the fall.

Helianthus salicifolius 'Autumn Gold' willowleaf sunflower from North Creek Nurseries

Helleborus ViV Victoria 'JHE00091' PP27968

Lenten rose

Helleborus ViV 'Victoria' is part of the Joie de Vivre Collection from noted breeder Belgian Helleborus specialist Het Wilgenbroek. 'Victoria' is a very durable and long-blooming cultivar with masses of purple flowers blooming from September through till spring. 

Helleborus '' Lenten rose from North Creek Nurseries

Helleborus 'Emma' PPAF

Lenten rose

Helleborus 'Emma' is an early flowering hellebore with beautiful large white flowers that age to a mauve pink. Very floriferous from December to May on a neat habit of dark green foliage with a lighter green veining. -Ashwood Nurseries

Helleborus 'Emma' Lenten rose from North Creek Nurseries

Heuchera 'Green Spice'

coral bells

Heuchera 'Green Spice' spices up the shade garden! With dark red venation in spring transition to cool greens and silver in the summer, it wraps up it's foliage show with oranges and rust colors in fall! This groundcover is a perfect way to brighten up dull spots, to edge along a garden path, or to intermingle with other interesting textures to liven things up. 

Heuchera 'Green Spice' coral bells from North Creek Nurseries

Lavandula × intermedia Sensational! 'Tesseract' PP31786


From Peace Tree Farm comes the next generation of Lavender - Lavender 'Sensational!' What makes it different from 'Phenomenal'? With large, thick flowers and sturdy stems, this lavender has a dense silver habit and great branching. The flowers are packed with that trademark lavender scent with low camphor notes. Peace Tree has improved its heat and humidity tolerance, as well as its cold tolerance, making this plant a great addition to a wider range of gardens!

Lavandula × intermedia Sensational! 'Tesseract' lavender from North Creek Nurseries

Monarda 'Gardenview Scarlet'

Monarda 'Gardenview Scarlet'


'Gardenview Scarlet' is one of the most mildew resistant Monarda varieties available. A classic variety that is well-earned, it's rose-red flowers sit on stems rising to 3' tall. Blooming from June to August, this long-flowering Monarda is beautiful, especially when massed in drifts to attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. 

Monarda 'Gardenview Scarlet' beebalm from North Creek Nurseries

Nepeta grandiflora 'Summer Magic' PP27090


A free-blooming Nepeta that lives up to its namesake—it is summer magic! Blooming all season long on upright stems that never flop, even in the worst of storms, this plant was on RHS Chelsea Flower show’s Short List in 2013. Great for layering in the garden, placed in a container, or along a flower border. We admire its ability to ‘keep it fresh’ even in the heat and humidity of summer as other Nepeta varieties tend to fade.

Nepeta grandiflora 'Summer Magic' catmint from North Creek Nurseries

Phlox carolina ssp. carolina 'Kim'

Thickleaf phlox

Phlox carolina ssp. carolina ‘Kim’ is a fantastic selection that was discovered by Jan Midgley in Alabama. It performs much better than any other cultivar of Carolina phlox in our trial. What sets ‘Kim’ apart from other members of the species is its lush and vigorous habit (2’ tall) that remains sturdy and disease-free all season long. The leaves are also a lighter shade of green, almost lime-colored, which can prolong its horticultural interest in the garden. However, the most impressive feature of ‘Kim’ is its show-stopping light pink flowers which blanket the plant from late May through early June. Mt. Cuba Center

Phlox carolina ssp. carolina 'Kim' Thickleaf phlox from North Creek Nurseries

Rudbeckia triloba 'Prairie Glow'

three-lobed coneflower

Rudbeckia triloba 'Prairie Glow' has our attention! With brightly colored flowers of yellow with a bright red eye fading to a glowing orange to bronze, this native beauty brings fire to the sunny border. It's multi-branching habit provides dense flower cover, more so than the straight species, and it's late blooming time, starting in July and flowering right through to October, makes this a valuable pollinator plant. 

Rudbeckia triloba 'Prairie Glow' three-lobed coneflower from North Creek Nurseries

Salvia nemorosa 'Rose Marvel' PP30118

garden sage

Salvia nemorosa 'Rose Marvel' PP30118 has the largest flowers of any rose or pink Salvia nemorosa on the market. Enjoy the stunning display of color in Spring and Summer.

Salvia nemorosa 'Rose Marvel' garden sage from North Creek Nurseries

Salvia nemorosa SALLYROSA™ 'April Night' PP26520

meadow sage

An early blooming, petite Salvia! Blooming a month earlier than the popular 'May Night', Salvia 'April Night' provides lush violet-blue blooms from spring to summer. 

Salvia nemorosa SALLYROSA™ 'April Night' meadow sage from North Creek Nurseries

Schizachyrium littorale

coastal little bluestem

An underused but widely requested native warm-season grass, Schizachyrium littorale is a bushier version of the popular little bluestem, growing 2' tall. What makes it really notable are the seedheads which are featherier and stay on the stem well into the winter. We predict this dune bluestem to become a popular favorite in everything from dune restoration projects to coastal landscaping to low-maintenance high-exposure urban sites. 

Schizachyrium littorale '' coastal little bluestem from North Creek Nurseries

Sedum aizoon 'Euphorbioides'


Sedum aizoon 'Euphorbioides' is a striking specimen, featuring strong, upright, red stems and green leaves that are serrated along the edges. Large yellow flower heads appear in midsummer. Flowers attract pollinators. Vastly underused in the industry, Sedum aizoon ‘Euphorbioides’ is one of the more interesting plants suitable for extensive green roof conditions. -Green Roof Plants

Sedum aizoon 'Euphorbioides' stonecrop from North Creek Nurseries

Solidago flexicaulis

zigzag goldenrod

Solidago flexicaulis brings pollinators to your dappled shade areas with a subtle yellow flower clusters in mid-summer to fall. A hardy native perennial, it tolerates deer, shade, and clay soils.

Solidago flexicaulis '' zigzag goldenrod from North Creek Nurseries

Sorghastrum nutans Golden Sunset™ 'MNYG318153' PPAF


Brand new! We have had Golden Sunset™ indiangrass in our trials for a couple of years and couldn't believe how well it performed. Early flowering with gorgeous golden flower plumes, this Sorghastrum nutans selection from University of Minnesota produces hundreds of flowering stems to create a real show in the fall. It also has a very upright habit that does not lodge or fall over like the straight species tends to do. 

Sorghastrum nutans Golden Sunset™ 'MNYG318153' Indiangrass from North Creek Nurseries

Spigelia marilandica 'Little Redhead'

woodland pinkroot

An underutilized native gem, woodland pinkroot is perfect in the garden. An absolute hummingbird-magnet, 'Little Redhead' is an improvement on the species with a profuse flower display beginning in June. Tubular red flowers with yellow lips erupt forth in early summer with sporadic rebloom through the growing season. Vegetatively propagated, 'Little Redhead' is uniform, withstands full sun, and is much easier to grow than the straight species. 

Spigelia marilandica 'Little Redhead' woodland pinkroot from North Creek Nurseries

Vernonia 'Summer's Surrender' PP28475

Vernonia 'Summer's Surrender' PP28475


Vernonia ‘Summer’s Surrender’ is a unique plant. What makes it so? Bushy, dark olive-green foliage, disease resistance, and a distinct shrub-like form that grows wider than tall, 'Summer's Surrender' is an easy choice to submit. It doesn't lodge like other cultivars and is covered in airy purple clusters through late summer into fall. 

Vernonia 'Summer's Surrender' ironweed from North Creek Nurseries

Vernonia 'Summer's Swan Song' PP28556

Vernonia 'Summer's Swan Song' PP28556


The most diminutive of hybrid ironweeds available on the market, ‘Summer’s Swan Song’ is a selection from our friend Jim Ault at Chicago Botanic Garden. The foliage is olive green with a purple tinge on wine red stems and covered in deep purple flowers from early to mid-autumn. Attention-grabbing at CBG’s Vernonia trials, the long flowering branches interlock to hold the stems upright on the blusteriest of days.

Vernonia 'Summer's Swan Song' ironweed from North Creek Nurseries