Spring Flower Fair


Actinidia kolomikta ‘Arctic Beauty’ (Kiwi) – This male form of the Kiwi vine is marked by white, pink and green mottling of the foliage in spring and early summer.  Very attractive!  Best planted in full sun, for the best coloration.  Very tough, the plants are drought tolerant once established and are hardy to zone 5.

Campsis grandiflora ‘Morning Calm’ (Trumpetcreeper) – This vine has huge open-faced flowers that are orange, apricot and yellow.  Slower growing and more woody, ‘Morning Calm’ does not spread uncontrollably like many other forms of Trumpetcreeper.  A P.H.S. award winner.

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Clematis alpina 'Stolwijk Gold' - Has finely dissected bright yellow leaves that appear in mid-spring. They are a beautiful backdrop for the pale blue nodding bell-shaped flowers that appear in May and July. The foliage gradually matures to a light green during the mid summer.

Clematis 'Stolwijk Gold'

Clematis ‘Durandii’ (Clematis) – Large deep blue flowers with a creamy showy center.   A non-clinging form, which scrambles through other shrubs.  Looks great in shrubs that have a bluish tint to the foliage.

  • Featured in the Blue Chroma Garden at Rutgers Gardens


Clematis viticella ‘Betty Corning’ – Reaching 20’ tall, this P.H.S. Gold Medal Winner produces sky blue bell-shaped flowers from June to September.


Clematis viticella ‘Polish Spirit’ – Red-purple flowers, blooming July-September.

Decumaria barbara (Wood Vamp) – Rare!  Native!  Native to the SE United States, this climber has great glossy foliage, loves shade and looks great growing up the trunks of trees as it does in the wild!  Fragrant white flowers are produced in June. 

Hydrangea anomala subspecies petiolaris (Climbing Hydrangea Vine) – White Lacecap flowers appear in June on this clinging vine.  Will grow in sun or shade, in well-drained soils.  Great yellow fall color and exfoliating bark for winter interest.  Looks great growing up trees or stone or brick buildings.

  • Featured growing on a tree behind the Gift Shop at Rutgers Gardens.

Hydrangea anomala subspecies petiolaris

Hydrangea anomala subspecies petiolaris ‘Skylands Giant’ (Climbing Hydrangea Vine) – Similar to the above, but the flowers are substantially larger.  From Skylands Manor in Ringwood, NJ.

Hydrangea anomala subspecies petiolaris ‘Miranda’ (Variegated Climbing Hydrangea Vine) – Similar to the species, but the foliage is bordered in a light yellow!  Very attractive in a lightly shade garden.

Lonicera periclymenum ‘Harlequin’ (Honeysuckle) – Great blue-green and white variegated foliage adds interest from spring to late fall.  In June and July, pink and cream flowers appear, making this a great plant for the garden color!

Lonicera sempervirens ‘Alabama Crimson’ (Honeysuckle) – Scarlet flowers in May and June.


Lonicera sempervirens ‘John Clayton’ (Honeysuckle) – Fragrant yellow flowers on a compact repeat blooming vine.  The plant was found growing in Virginia.

Lonicera x heckrottii ‘Gold Flame’ (Honeysuckle) – Fragrant rose pink flowers with a yellow throat blooming in May and June, with a repeat bloom in September.

Parthenocissus tricuspidata ‘Fenway Park’ – Bright yellow leaves that turn to lime-green in Summer and brilliant scarlet-red in fall.  Found near the famous baseball stadium in Boston.

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Passiflora incarnata (Passion Flower) - This is a medicinal plant that can survive winter freezing temperatures – hardy to zone 6 with protection. Produces large dark green leaves with 3" diameter white flowers with pink - purple centers. Fruits are edible and about the size of a large lemon.


Passiflora 'Incense' (Passion Flower) - Incredible, intricate, lacy blue flowers with a sweet fragrance. This fast growing hybrid between Passiflora incarnata and P. cinnicata has proven to be hardy through at least zone 7 and probably throughout zone 6 as well. Flowering commences in spring and blooms continue throughout the summer. Attractive to hummingbirds, the fruits are also edible.

Schizophragma hydrangeoides ‘Moonlight’ (False Hydrangea Vine) – Large white Lacecap flowers appear, as Hydrangea anomala is finishing, extending the season of interest.  These vines also grow up stone or brick buildings as well as tree trunks.  Moonlight has gray green foliage with dark green veins; giving the appearance that moonlight is striking the leaf (very romantic!).  Best in shade and grows to 20’ tall.


Schizophragma hydrangeoides ‘Roseum’ – A scarce and rare form of Hydrangea Vine with pink flowers.  The leaves are dark green and the flowers have a wonderful sweet fragrance!

Schizophragma hydrangeoides 'Roseum'

Wisteria frutescens ‘Amethyst Falls’ (American Wisteria) – A native Wisteria (well, at least native to the US!).  Fragrant 6” long lavender flowers appear in mid-May to June on the current seasons growth.  Much more restrained than it’s Asian cousins, and only grows to 20’.  Another fine P.H.S. Gold Medal winner.


Wisteria frutescens ‘Nivea’ (American Wisteria) – Similar to the above, but it has fragrant white flowers on 4” racemes and reblooms sporadically throughout the summer.

Wisteria frutescens var. macrostachya ‘Aunt Dee’ (Kentucky Wisteria) – Long light blue fragrant flowers which start in June and rebloom throughout the summer.  A very tough and durable plant for sunny and dry locations, hardy to zone 4!


Wisteria frutescens var. macrostachya ‘Blue Moon’ (Kentucky Wisteria) – Similar to the above, but the flowers are fragrant and blue, reblooming sporadically throughout the summer.  This species is adaptable to moister soils. 

  • Featured on the gazebo in the Art Rudolph Memorial Sun and Shade Garden at Rutgers Gardens.


Wisteria frutescens var. macrostachya ‘Clara Mack’ (Kentucky Wisteria) – A white flowering form with 1’ long fragrant racemes beginning in June.  Found by Clara Mack in Columbia, South Carolina.