One of the greatest attributes of a seasoned gardener
is the practice of patience.

Patience for winter’s frost to leave the ground, patience for young plants to grow to their fullest potential and patience for those late waking plants to come to life. Before you pull out the shovel and call one of your perennials, trees or shrubs a goner look for signs of life and get to know what plants like to sleep in. Below are some of the perennials and shrubs we’ve found to be the last to wake up, not poking their heads out until mid-June and in some cases of a late spring, July.

•    Agastache (Hyssop)
•    Asclepias incarnate (Swamp Milkweed)
•    Asclepias tuberosa (Butterfly Weed)
•    Baptisia (False Indigo)
•    Campsis (Trumpet Creeper)
•    Clematis comes in late the first spring after planting
•    Clethra alnifolia (Summer sweet)
•    Eupatorium (Joe-pye weed)
•    Ferns
•    Hardy Chrysanthemum
•    Hardy Hibiscus
•    Perovskia atriplicifolia (Russian Sage)
•    Polygonatum (Solomon’s Seal) sometimes takes a year off after the first planting
•    Platycodon grandifloras (Balloon Flower)
•    Rudbeckia fulgida (Black-eyed Susan)
•    Sanguinaria (Bloodroot) can be late the first year after planting
•    Vernonia (Ironweed)
•    Veronicastrum virginicum (Culver’s Root)
•    Warm Season Grasses (Andropogon, Calamagrostis, Miscanthus sinensis)
•    Wisteria

Shrubs that can typically die back to the ground, like Smooth (Hydrangea arborescens) and Big-leafed Hydrangeas (Hydrangea macrophylla) as well as many roses, can also be slow to leaf out.  Look for signs of life around the crown of the shrub and prune off the deadwood, the plants will break from the stubs that remain.

If you have further questions, please reach out to us at; we would be happy to help you assess your plants!