The McC Garden Census
current as of September 2009
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Back Yard
Common name
Scientific name
Redbud Cercis canadensis Fabaceae Planted May 2007 to keep watch over Jazz and Libby.

Front Garden (go to garden pics)
Common name
Scientific name
Garnet laceleaf maple (Japanese maple) Acer palmatum dissectum Garnet Sapindaceae Cute but not really getting as big as I'd hoped. Should eventually be 10-15 ft. tall. Leaves get dry, burned edges in July.
Japanese maple
Acer palmatum
Farmer's Market, planted 5/2005.  Lost some branches winter 08-09 but rebounded.
Columbine (pic2)
Aquilegia canadensis

CBG plant sale 5/2004. Lots of flowers in 2005.  Naturalizing.
Goatsbeard Aruncus dioicus?
Rosaceae not sure if this is dwarf or full-sized; roughly 36" tall
Tickseed Coreopsis Coreopsis grandiflora Early Sunrise Asteraceae Double yellow flowers
Lanceleaf Coreopsis Coreopsis lanceolata Baby Sun Asteraceae Single flowers with red near center
Burning bush Euonymous alatus
Celastraceae Love this bush! Some tendency to get aphids on the growing tips; I usually control by just snipping the tips off.
Geranium (Cranesbill) Geranium maculatum Johnson's Blue Geraniaceae Barely hanging on.
Daylily Hemerocallis Stella d'Oro Hemerocallidaceae Along foundation - 4x.  Divisions from other parts of garden, moved here July 2009.
Hosta Hosta Plain green Liliaceae
Hosta Hosta Blue-edged lime green Liliaceae Moved to part sun 2009 - poor thing is tiny and about to vanish.
Star of Bethlehem Ornithogalum umbellatum?
Hyacinthaceae Barely alive. Divided in 2004. Flowered in 2005 but leaves are v. floppy. Rabbits generally eat it before it can bloom.
Rose Rosa ? Pink Rosaceae Was here when we bought the house. Huge and healthy despite much adversity (porch construction and painting). Neighbors always stop to admire. Blooms in June. Never had a problem with black spot.
Coral bells Heuchera

CBG plant sale 5/2004
Coral bells Heuchera Cherries Jubilee
CBG plant sale 5/2004. This is the one to the left of the columbine, w/purplish leaves.
Foamy bells Heucherella Kimono
CBG plant sale 5/2004. Moved 5/2005 b/c not doing very well.
Jacob's ladder Polemonium
Touch of Class
Polemoniaceae Home Depot 9/2008
Syringa vulgaris

Farmer's Market, planted 5/2005
Spiraea japonica
2; one moved from wayback, one moved from north edge. Both are volunteers and keep dropping seedlings in the sidewalk cracks.
Weigela florida
Ruby Queen
x2.  CBG plant sale 5/2006.  Has purplish-green foliage and pink flowers.  Cut back hard July 2009 to try to get them more rounded.
'Trevi Fountain'  Boraginaceae
Division from shade garden.  Purple flowers.
Lungwort Pulmonaria Boraginaceae Pink flowers.  Purchased summer 2006 from perennial vendor at farmer's market on Daley Plaza.  Nice foliage but flowers don't really open up.
Bugloss Brunnera macrophylla Jack Frost Boraginaceae Farmer's Market August 2008.  Thought it was dead but came back mid-2009.
Hosta Hosta So Sweet Liliaceae Home Depot July 2009.  Of the three hostas around the Jap. maple, it's the closest to the front.
Hosta Hosta x fortunei Marginata-alba Liliaceae Home Depot July 2009.  Two behind jap. maple.
Astilbe Astilbe chinensis Visions Saxifragaceae Home Depot July 2009.  Near the neighbor's wall.  Impulse buy with big fat inflorescences!
Catmint Nepeta faassenii Walker's Low Lamiaceae Lowe's July 2009.  Two along foundation.
Hosta Hosta Pearl Lake Liliaceae Home Depot July 2009.  Three under burning bush.  Cool blue-green leaves.

Garage Garden (go to garden pics)
Common name
Scientific name
Anise hyssop
Blue Fortune
From Botanic Garden, July 2005. Planted in front of trellis to replace a Salvia nemorosa. Lavender flowers. 36".  Not doing great in 2009 but hopefully will rebound.
Sky-blue aster
Aster azureus (aka Aster oolentangiensis)
Asteraceae Volunteer from the one in the wayback, moved here May 2006
Mum Chrysanthemum Gretchen
Asteraceae Orange flowers.  The only mum that I've managed to keep alive for multiple years.
Clematis (pic2) Clematis Rouge Cardinal Ranunculaceae
Clematis Clematis ? Purple (not jackmanii) Ranunculaceae A very exuberant grower, forms a dense shrub of vines that covers everything else planted nearby. I attempted to rip this out fall 2005 but it just came back.  Doesn't flower much.
Pale purple coneflower
Echinacea pallida

WPPC (Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee) purchase 5/2006.  Thought it was gone but I think the leaves are present, 2009.  No flowers.  Should I move it?
Purple coneflower Echinacea purpurea
Asteraceae Grown from seed planted around 1996.  Reseeds readily in inconvenient places.
Witch hazel
Hamamelis virginiana

CBG purchase 5/2006.  Replaced rose (below) at corner of garage.
Ox-eye sunflower Heliopsis helianthoides
Asteraceae CBG purchase 5/2004; flowered in 2005 and every year after.  Needs to be staked.  Dropping seedlings all over.  Pinch back hard mid-summer.
Daylily Hemerocallis Stella d'Oro Hemerocallidaceae Lots of these; dividing and putting in other places
Daylily Hemerocallis ? (red) Hemerocallidaceae Divided in 2004 and moved part to south foundation
Blazingstar Liatris spicata Purple Asteraceae Moved May 2006; needs dividing.  Last bit in corner by witch hazel, not doing well.
Phlox Phlox

Polemoniaceae Pink. Fairly robust in 2005; flowering in July.  No idea where I got these.
Rose (pic2)
Rosa ? Magenta Rosaceae This rose was planted next to the patio when we bought the house in 1995. We dug it up and moved it, and by some miracle it survived. Bloomed continuously into Nov/Dec every year. Extremely susceptible to black spot and had to be sprayed often, though it usually lost most of its leaves by the end of the growing season anyway. By 2004, the leaf loss was taking a toll and it came back smaller and weaker every year. In 2006, I gave up and dug it out.  I leave it here as an obituary to a gorgeous plant that was with this house for at least one decade and probably many years before that.
Black-eyed Susan
Division from north edge garden
Spirea Spiraea japonica Shirobana Rosaceae Flowers in various shades of pink fading to white. Tends to reseed.
Spirea Spiraea x bumalda Anthony Waterer Rosaceae The hot pink one
Speedwell Veronica spicata Sunny Border Blue Scrophulariaceae Bumblebees love this plant. I moved it a short distance in May 2005 and it has recovered.
Drumstick allium Allium Liliaceae ~2007
Aster Asteraceae From Lora spring 2009.  Was IDed as a heartleaf aster.  Another is in the South Edge garden.  Has lavender flowers.
Pincushion flower Scabiosa columbaria Butterfly Blue Dipsacaceae A great plant that looks right at home among the prairie plants despite being non-native. New one from Lowe's 2009.  These are cute but they don't live very long.
Aster Asteraceae From Mary - spring 2009.  Fuschia.
Sweet William Dianthus Caryophyllaceae 2008.  Fuschia.  MOVE - crowded by coreopsis.
Coreopsis Coreopsis
Asteraceae 2008 Daley Plaza farmer's market.  Label said Red Shift but it's definitely not.  Flowers are all yellow - looks like a moonbeam but the foliage is wrong.  Blooms all summer/fall.

North Edge Garden (go to garden pics)
Common name
Scientific name
Giant purple hyssop
Agastache scrophulariaefolia

WPPC purchase 5/2006
White marsh milkweed Asclepias incarnata Ice Ballet Asclepidaceae CBG purchase 5/2004. Barely alive in 2005 - when it gets a little bigger, move away from the sedum.  Bloomed summer 2006 and thereafter.  Move to sunnier spot?
Butterfly weed Asclepias tuberosa
Asclepidaceae Late to sprout in spring. Volunteer right at edge of sidewalk needs to be moved, but be careful b/c it has a taproot.  Collect seeds.
Sky-blue aster
Aster azureus (aka Aster oolentangiensis)
Asteraceae A volunteer from the parent in the wayback garden
Coreopsis Coreopsis lanceolata
Baby Sun Asteraceae May actually be cross between lanceolata and grandiflora
Purple coneflower Echinacea purpurea
Moonshadow euonymous Euonymous fortunei Moonshadow Celastraceae Yellow and green variegated. Mostly covered by viburnum. Being afflicted by the Evil Euonymous Scale.
Forsythia Forsythia suspensa?
Oleaceae Must be vigilant with pruning or we won't be able to get to our garage. Blossoms for a shorter time than others in the neighborhood.  Barely blossomed at all in 2006.
Daylily Hemerocallis Stella d'Oro Hemerocallidaceae
Balloon flower
Platycodon grandiflorus
Sentimental Blue
Home Depot 9/2008.  Bloomed July 2009.
Bee balm (pic2)
Monarda didyma Violet Queen Lamiaceae Divided in spring 2005, put a clump in wayback.
Foxglove beardtongue
Penstemon digitalis

CBG purchase 5/2006, bloomed 2006.  Dropped a seedling that bloomed 2009.
Phlox paniculata
Pink Flame
Home Depot 9/2008
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia Summerblaze Asteraceae Lots of this. It's the black-eyed susan with the pointed leaves. Long-lasting, fairly short (less than 12 inches).
Sweet black-eyed Susan
Rudbeckia subtomentosa

WPPC purchase 5/2006, bloomed 2006 and thereafter.  DIVIDE
Stonecrop Sedum spectabile Autumn Joy Crassulaceae
Snowmound spiraea Spiraea Snowmound Rosaceae Gorgeous. Careful with pruning so it stays casual.
Spirea Spiraea
Rosaceae Low-growing, yellow-green leaves, with pink flowers. Being crowded by yucca.  Attempted to move it in 2005 but roots were too tough.
Arborvitae Thuja occidentalis
Cupressaceae Hides the A/C unit. Becoming a very nice shrub but I have to beat the snow off with a broom if the snow gets too heavy.
Snowball bush
Viburnum opulus Sterile Viburnaceae 2 of these. Very susceptible to aphids at the growing tips. Control by cutting tips off - okay since it needs trimming anyway. Left one is getting crowded but too big to move.
Yucca Yucca filamentosa
Agavaceae Flowered for the first time in 2003 with a ~6 foot panicle and ~15 fruits (septicidal capsules). Evidence of yucca moth larvae exit holes in capsule walls. In 2004, whole plant looked dry and unhealthy; cut off all leaves, and have several young plants in June 2004. Try moving one or more to the front yard.
Geranium Geranium Geraniaceae Wild-collected summer 2009 from forest preserve.
Switchgrass Panicum virgatum Poaceae Native from MCCD plant sale - 2007?  Bloomed 2009.  DIVIDE
Geranium Geraniaceae From Mary - spring 2009.  Fuschia.
Orange coneflower Echinacea Sunset Asteraceae August 2008, Farmer's Market
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta Goldsturm Asteraceae August 2008, Farmer's Market
Turtlehead Chelone lyonii Hotlips August 2008, Farmer's Market.  Blooms late summer into fall.
Blazingstar Liatris spicata Kobold Asteraceae August 2008, Farmer's Market
Brown-eyed Susan Rudbeckia triloba Asteraceae Daley Plaza farmer's market, 2009.  Blooms late summer into fall - so cute!
Astilbe Astilbe Saxifragaceae Catalog purchase ~2006?  Move!
Cardinal flower Lobelia cardinalisCampanulaceaeDaley Plaza farmer's market July 2009.  Should like the shady conditions near the fence?

Patio Garden (go to garden pics)
Common name
Scientific name
Planted early (1996?) and very successful.
Carolina allspice/ Sweetshrub
Calycanthus floridus
From CBG, planted June 2005. Has flowered every year since 2006.  Needs a good trim.
Purple coneflower
Echinacea purpurea


Dutch irises
Iris hollandia

Planted Oct 2006 from Van Bourgondien x25. One (!) came up in 2009 - a yellow one.
Salvia Salvia nemerosa May Night Lamiaceae Lowe's June 2009
Gaura, Appleblossom grass Oenothera lindheimerii Siskiyou Pink Onagraceae Farmer's Market August 2008.  Blooms summer and fall in a sloppy fountain of pink and white flowers.
Artemisia Artemisia Asteraceae Home Depot summer 2009 - present from Mark

Hemerocallidaceae Small yellow flowers with red centers. Moved from south edge 2009.
Daylily (pic2)
Hemerocallidaceae Huge waxy yellow flowers that don't look real. Was an unlabeled bargain from Home Depot, don't know what variety is it.  Moved from south edge 2009.
Salvia Salvia nemerosa East Friesland Lamiaceae Home Depot July 2009
Shasta daisy Leucanthemum superbum Snowcap Asteraceae Home Depot July 2009
Salvia Salvia nemerosa Sensation Rose Lamiaceae Home Depot July 2009.  Shorter, pink
Butterfly bush Buddleia Blue Chip Scrophulariaceae Home Depot July 2009.  A dwarf butterfly bush with purple flowers. Planted at the base of the Jackmanii, which is about the same color.

Shade Garden (go to garden pics)
Common name
Scientific name
Japanese painted fern Athyrium nipponicum
Dryopteridaceae Very low-growing, purplish tinge to leaves.
Bleeding heart Dicentra spectabilis
Fumariaceae Moved to shade garden in 2004. Kept getting trampled by dogs. Reviving, did nicely in 2009.
Hosta Hosta Gold Standard Liliaceae
Hosta Hosta Wide Brim Liliaceae


Ostrich fern? Matteuccia struthiopteris
Cinnamon fern Osmunda cinnamomea
Roseum Elegans
Planted June 2004; from Frank's. Lavender flowers in June. Bloomed in 2005 but only one inflorescence at a time, for unknown reasons.  by 2009, reliable annual bloomer.
'Trevi Fountain'  Boraginaceae
Purchased summer 2006 from perennial vendor at farmer's market on Daley Plaza.  Very vigorous so far.
Columbine (pic2)
Aquilegia canadensis

Self-sows.  Seeds are from front garden.

South Edge Garden (go to garden pics)
Common name
Scientific name
Drumstick allium Allium
Bigleaf Aster
Aster macrophyllus

Planted May 2005, from Prairie Nursery.  Bloomed well since 2006.
Butterfly bush Buddleia davidii white Loganiaceae The original bush, parent of the ones in the wayback. A gift from a relative several years ago.
Spicy Cheryl
Orange flowers. From Farmer's Market, May 2005.
Coreopsis Coreopsis lanceolata
Baby Sun Asteraceae
Purple coneflower Echinacea purpurea
Bottle gentian
Gentiana andrewsii

WPPC purchase 5/2006.  Gone?
Daylily Hemerocallis Red Magic Hemerocallidaceae where is it?
Daylily Hemerocallis fulva

Hemerocallidaceae Wild, orange.  Lots.
Coral bells Heuchera micrantha
Palace Purple
Saxifragaceae Divides easily.
Coral bells Heuchera sanguinea Chatterbox Saxifragaceae Try reseating this in the ground; seems to be heaving itself out of the soil.
Hosta Hosta
Liliaceae green and white
Liatris spicata


Lily Lilium Asiatic lilies Liliaceae A handful planted here and there
Loosestrife (pic2) Lysimachia punctata
Primulaceae Yellow flowers in the axils of the whorled leaves. Pretty but tipsy - needs to be tied to the fence.
Physocarpus opulifolius
Summer Wine
From Botanic Garden, planted July 2005. To fill in area where lilies are fading. 5' x 5'.  Cut back hard to encourage fuller shape.
Stonecrop Sedum spectabile Autumn Joy Crassulaceae
Spirea Spiraea japonica
Rosaceae Volunteer from garage garden
Common purple lilac
Syringa vulgaris
Planted 2004. Flowered in 2006.
Thalictrum dasycarpum

CBG purchase 5/2006.  Tall, blooms like crazy.  DIVIDE.  Is this monoecious?  Had male flowers but also seems to have fruits in fall.
Solomon's seal Polygonatum biflorum Ruscaceae From Mary - spring 2009.  Alive?
Hosta Hosta June Liliaceae Lowe's 2009
Toad lilyTricyrtisEmpressLiliaceaeFarmer's Market Sept. 2009
VioletViolaHeartthrobViolaceaePurple and green variegated leaves.  Daley Plaza farmer's market, July 2009.  Sits in front of greyhound statue.

South Foundation Garden (go to garden pics)
Common name
Scientific name
Coreopsis Coreopsis lanceolata
Asteraceae Seeds fall into cracks in sidewalk - VERY annoying.
Purple coneflower Echinacea purpurea
Asteraceae Moved here from front in 2004.

Division of the purple-red one from the wayback.
Rose of Sharon Hibiscus syriacus
Malvaceae Very pretty double fuschia flowers. Tends to get pretty floppy, esp. when in bloom (begins in late July).
Blazingstar Liatris spicata
Asteraceae Moved here from front in 2004.  GONE?
Paeoniaceae This was here when we bought the house. I don't really like peonies but keep it anyway. Gave up on tying plants each year, surrounded with permanent fence. White with a tiny touch of pink.
Russian sage Perovskia atriplicifolia
Lamiaceae Moved here from front in 2004. Remember to cut back every year.
Potentilla Potentilla fruticosa Goldfinger yellow Rosaceae Cut back hard in early 2004 b/c encroaching on sidewalk.  One of two is doing badly.
Veronica spicata
Sunny Border Blue
Moved from front in 2004  GONE
Humulus lupulus

From the UIC Pharmacy garden tour, August 2008
IrisIrisIridaceaeDivisions from Grandma Jean, September 2009

Wayback Garden (go to garden pics)
Common name
Scientific name
Common milkweed
Asclepias syriaca

Grown from seed from Prairie Nursery, planted 2003?  Naturalized.
Sky blue aster Aster azureus (aka Aster oolentangiensis)
Asteraceae Lovely pale lavender flowers. Bloomed in fall 2003, first year. Very vigorous; cut back hard in summer.  Reseeds fairly readily.

Slow grower, planted fall 2003.  On garage side.  Tiny white flowers,  low grower (~12-16 in.).  Ericoides or ptarmicoides?

Pink flowers, over an inch across.  Several of these, both sides.  Blooms late in season when other asters are done.
Blue false indigo Baptisia australis
Fabaceae Flowered for the first time in 2006 and every year thereafter.
Butterfly bush Buddleia davidii
Scrophulariaceae Three seedlings from original white bush; one is purple (!). Most shrubs are dead but still some seedlings in 2009...moving up near house.
Black snakeroot/ bugbane/ cohosh
Cimicifuga (Actaea) racemosa
Ranunculaceae Relocated fall 2002 from shady spot. Flowered for first time in 2003. Unfortunately was crammed in behind prairie dock.  Moved 2009 closer to fence.
Clematis (pic2)
Clematis Henryi Ranunculaceae Starts growing very early in spring.  Huge gorgeous white flowers. Likes to pull its trellis over.  On new, stronger trellis in 2009.  Earwigs eat the petals.
Lily of the Valley Convallaria keiskei
Convalliaraceae Leftovers from previous owner of house. Scattered all over. Am slowly eradicating.
Coreopsis Coreopsis lanceolata
Baby Sun
Redtwig dogwood Cornus sanguinea ?
Cornaceae Nice round shrub, ~7 feet high, but needs a lot of maintenance to keep it off the path. Have watched robins perch on it and pull off the white berries one by one. Should be cut down hard every spring but sometimes I don't and it gets scraggly.
Cotoneaster Cotoneaster apiculatus ?
Rosaceae Tiny bit of root must have survived from plants that died years ago. Makes nice foundation for clematis.
Purple coneflower Echinacea purpurea
Rattlesnake master Eryngium yuccifolium
Apiaceae Planted in 2003? Flowered for first time in 2004.  Getting crowded by prairie dock but not sure if I can move it.  GONE REPLACE
Queen of the Prairie Filipendula rubra
Rosaceae Flowered for first time in 2003. Have to tie the flowering stalks to the fence to keep them upright. Spreading into neighbor's garden.  Japanese beetles like to eat the flowers.
Downy sunflower
Helianthus mollis

HUGE, spreading; tends to tip over badly late in summer.  Give chunks away next spring?
Daylily Hemerocallis fulva

Hemerocallidaceae wild orange
Daylily Hemerocallis Carousel Princess Hemerocallidaceae Purplish-red.  Massive plant but not aggressively spreading.  Maybe move chunks to around the patio?
Chameleon plant Houttuynia cordata Chameleon Saururaceae Very pretty ground cover, but aggressive. Am trying very hard to eradicate it.  Smells bad/spicy when broken.
Rough blazingstar
Liatris aspera

From Prairie Nursery. Planted May 2005.
Prairie blazingstar (pic2) (pic3)
Liatris pycnostachya
Asteraceae Moved in 2005 due to construction.  Where is it now??
Moneywort or Creeping Jenny Lysimachia nummularia
Primulaceae Gorgeous yellow flowers, tolerates trampling. Invasive.  Comes and goes...2009 was a good year.
Bee balm
Monarda didyma

Division from north edge, May 2005.  Taking over the world.  DIVIDE
Bee balm
Monarda fistulosa

From CBG plant sale 5/2004. Moved 5/2005.  Looks bad.  Try moving again?
Wild quinine (pic2 w/butterfly)
Parthenium integrifolium
Asteraceae Flowered for first time in 2003. Very reliable. Blooms in June, butterflies love it.  GONE

Where did I get this??
Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta
Asteraceae Grows as an annual. Self-sows.  None in 2008, maybe one in 2009.  Plant new seeds?
Little bluestem grass Schizachyrium scoparium
Poaceae Several of these - volunteers or did I plant them?!  DIVIDE
Prairie dock Silphium terebinthinaceum
Asteraceae Immense. Flowered in 2003, 2005.  Keep lower leaves cut back, tie up flower stalks.
Ohio goldenrod Solidago ohioensis
Asteraceae Is it still there?  GONE
Showy goldenrod Solidago speciosa
Asteraceae Moved in 2004 and doing well so far. Moved again in 2005, and bought a second one (Prairie Nursery).  Between witch hazel and trellis.
Indiangrass Sorghastrum nutans
Poaceae Slow to green in spring. Huge (~7 ft high) and gorgeous.  Divide!
Prairie dropseed Sporobolus heterolepis
Poaceae There were two of them... the one on the south flowered in 2004 for first time.  Where is the other one?  GONE - replace!!
Prairie spiderwort (pic2)
Tradescantia bracteata

From Prairie Nursery. Planted May 2005. Purple, 1-2'.  Spreading.
Spiderwort (pic2 pic3) Tradescantia ohioensis Little Doll Commelinaceae Does much better in sun than it did in the front garden.
Viburnum (pic2) Viburnum lantana Mohican Caprifoliaceae A $5 end-of-season bargain that is doing well.  Keep lower branches cut back.
Golden Alexanders (pic2)
Zizia aurea
Apiaceae Cute spring-bloomer. From Art and Linda's, 2003?  Self-sowing all over the place.
Goldenseal Hydrastis canadensis Ranunculaceae From Lora - spring 2009
Goldenrod Solidago rugosa Fireworks Asteraceae From Lora - spring 2009 (not sure where I planted it)
Prairie smoke
Geum triflorum Asteraceae From Lora - spring 2009 (gave me 3 but not sure any survived)
Obedient plant Physostegia virginiana Lamiaceae From Mary - spring 2009
Phlox Polemoniaceae From Mary - spring 2009
Bee balm Monarda Lamiaceae From Mary - spring 2009.  Fuschia.
Dwarf coreopsis Coreopsis auriculata Nana Asteraceae Lowe's July 2009
Tickseed Coreopsis Little Sundial Asteraceae Home Depot July 2009.  Red centers.
PenstemonPenstemon x mexicaliPike's Peak PurpleScrophulariaceaeDaley Plaza farmer's market July 2009.  Full sun
Carpathian harebellCampanula carpaticaPearl Deep BlueCampanulaceaeDaley Plaza farmer's market July 2009.  Sun-pt shade
Yellow coneflowerEchinaceae paradoxaAsteraceaeDaley Plaza farmer's market July 2009.  Full sun

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