Bamboo can be a fun plant for Zone 6 gardens. It is considered a grass and prefer, prefers wet conditions and full sun. It can reach up to 20 feet in height so it makes a great wind break or privacy screen. It is a great ornamental at the back of gardens and near ponds, lakes or river banks. It can be kept trimmed to a lesser height and the pretty tan cuttings of the dried bamboo can be enjoyed indoors.
Arrow-leaf Ginger is a large-leaf ground cover plant that thrives in the shade. Dark purple flowers appear at the base of the striking variegated leaves with silvery veining. It should be noted that this is not an edible ginger.
The black raspberry plant produces large dark purple fruit often more favored than red raspberries. The plant loves full sun, grows as canes that reproduce via runners underground. Each cane lasts approximately 2 years before it dies, but others have shot up around it, so there are always canes bearing fruit. The fruit ripens in mid summer in the July/August time period.
Cherokee sedge is grassy and grows in a clump in both sun and shade. The leaves - or grass blades - droop and the plant sends up spikes with very small greenish white flowers that produce seeds that resemble small wheat heads. It does best in moist conditions although it can tolerate the occasional drought.
Fan Clubmoss is a shade-loving ground cover is also known as running cedar for its cedar-like appearance. It grows best in moist soil with a low pH. It forms a thick ground cover and can be trimmed and designed in the landscape.
For a colorful ground cover, look no further than the Hepatica plant. It's great for naturalizing and it rock gardens as a small plant and it thrives in light shade. It has six petals that are lavender to purple that bloom in the spring.
Honeysuckle is a vine that does well in part shade and sun. It's white to pale-yellow flowers have a sweet fragrance that are attractive to a variety of pollinators, and the long-lasting blooms start in April and last through August! A vine, it can be trained on a fence, trellis or arch to set a beautiful focal point in the garden.
The Hydrangea Tree boasts the same beautiful blooms as the bushes, except it's in a tree form. It makes a wonderful specimen plant in the landscape. It has dark green leaves and creamy white flower balls which bloom from July through September when they turn to a light pink. It does well in both sun and shade.
Ironwood trees is a popular tree that is attractive to all types of wildlife. It does well in both sun and shade and can reach up to 40 feet in height. In the spring, the Ironwood tree has crimson leaflets that become green as they mature. Fall colors are spectacular ranging from yellow to orange to deep red.
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