Under excellent care, good results may be attained by transplanting all plants during the fall planting season, or during the spring planting season. For the best results, however, it is advisable to plant some types during the fall planting season and other types during the spring planting season. The two groups A and B contain plants specifically adapted for planting; some in the fall and some in the spring. Group C contains a list of plants which transplant with extreme difficulty, and can be transplanted with better success during the spring months with the exception of the trailing arbutus listed in Group C-a. This plant is extremely difficult to transplant with any success at any season. Those who have had considerable experience with the trailing arbutus are of the general opinion that if it is taken up during the month of July and moved with a goodly amount of soil about its roots together with some additional soil in which to plant it in the new location, some success may be assured. Special care should be taken immediately after this plant is transplanted to give it a mulch of some light texture such as partially decayed oak leaves in order to provide a satisfactory fertilizer and to prevent excessive evaporation from the soil which surrounds the roots.

A. Plants Which Should Be Transplanted in Autumn:

Anemone pennsylvanica Canadian Windflower

Aquilegia (in variety) Columbine

Dicentra spectabilis Bleeding-heart

Doronicum plantagineum excelsum Leopard's Bane

Hepatica triloba Hepatica

Iris (in variety) Iris (See Page 90)

Lilium (not stem-rooting) Lily

Paeonia Peony

Phlox divaricata

Wild Sweet William

Primula (in variety)

Primrose Sanguinaria canadensis

Bloodroot Trillium (in variety)

Wake Robin

Trollius europaeus Globe-flower

B. Plants Which Should Be Transplanted in Spring:

Acer rubrum Red Maple

Acer saccharinum

Silver Maple Anemone japonica

Japanese Windflower Azalea (in variety)

Azalea Benzoin aestivale

Spice Bush

Betula (in variety) Birch

Buddleia veitchiana Summer Lilac

Calycanthus floridus

Strawberry Shrub Chrysanthemum (in variety)


Colutea arborescens Bladder Senna

Cornus florida

Flowering Dogwood Cotoneaster horizontalis

Prostrate Cotoneaster

Crataegus (in variety) Thorn

Ericaceous plants of all sorts

Fagus sylvatica

European Beech Hedera helix

English Ivy

Hibiscus syriacus Rose of Sharon

Kalmia (in variety Laurel

Kerria japonica Globe-flower

Liquidambar styraciflua Sweet Gum

Liriodendron tulipifera Tulip Tree

Magnolia (in variety)

Magnolia Morus rubra

Red Mulberry Pieris (in variety)


Populus (in variety) Poplar

Rhododendron (in variety) Rhododendron

Rhus canadensis Fragrant Sumac

Rosa rugosa Japanese Rose

Stephanandra flexuosa Stephanandra

Tamarix gallica French Tamarisk

Taxus (in variety)

Yew Ulmus americana

American Elm

Viburnum plicatum Japanese Snowball

Vitex agnus-castus Chaste Tree