8 But­ton­bush

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CEPHALANTHUS OCCIDENTALIS, ZONES 3 TO 11 But­ton­bush is a hardy shrub that grows 6 to 12 feet tall, es­pe­cially when planted in shade and wet soil. “This is one I think more peo­ple should be grow­ing,” says Dan Scott, as­so­ciate di­rec­tor of gar­dens and fa­cil­i­ties at the Amer­i­can Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety. “It presents an in­cred­i­ble white pin­cush­ion-es­que flower in mid­sum­mer.”

Why we love it: Ducks and shore­birds eat the seeds. Host to: hy­drangea sphinx, ti­tan sphinx and royal wal­nut moth

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