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SHRUB: Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica) 24-36" tall & wide. Fragrant white flowers attract butterflies. Bright red fall foilage. Prefers moist soil but drought tolerant once established. Full sun or full shade.

Witch Hazels | Fine Gardening standout varieties

Blueberry (Vaccinium spp.) When the dainty bell flowers of spring and the juicy berries of summer are just memories, blueberries continue to delight, with leaves that turn yellow, orange, or wine red in fall. Northern types do well where winters are cold. 'Sunshine Blue,' an evergreen, performs well nearly everywhere. About half its leaves turn red in the fall; the rest stay on all winter.

Forsythia is a sunny harbinger of spring. Border forsythia is an upright, arching deciduous shrub that offers its bright yellow flowers in early spring. Some branches arch, while others shoot upwards. Use in an informal hedge or as a specimen in a border.

Black gum (Nyssa sylvatica). Native to NJ

witch hazel in fall -- likes sun

Hypericum (St John's Wort) Great shade plant. - Very tough plant, good for dry clay. Grows into a small shrub

~Mock Orange - Powerfully fragrant, the mock orange has pure-white double flowers that appear on this dark-green deciduous shrub in early or midsummer.

Bluebeard Shrub This shrub is a treat in late summer when it bears its airy clusters of beautiful blue blooms. It's extra-easy to grow, too, laughing off all but the worst heat and drought. As an added bonus, birds and butterflies love it. Bluebeard shrub makes a great cut flower, too. Name: Caryopteris varieties Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall

Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch-hazel). Illustration by Mary Eaton. Plate from ‘Addisonia’ Published 1916 by New York Botanical Garden