Heirloom Gardens

Heliopsis (helianthoides)
The native yellow plant material, known as False Sunflower, ranges from Ontario, Canada as far as Florida and Mississippi.
Perennial known as Lemon Lily, Yellow Lily, Custard Lily, or Asphodel Lily with its earliest American citation, 1793.
Perennial known as a White Daisy. First introduced to American gardens in 1890.
LYCHNIS CORONARIA (Caryophyllaceae)
Fuchsia colored perennial, known as Rose Campion, Mullein Pink, and Dusty Miller first introduced in 1596. Its earliest American citation, Thomas Jefferson in 1767.
Native perennial known as the Purple Coneflower or Rudbekia Purpurea. It’s earliest American citation is 1783.
PHLOX, lychnidea (Polemoniaceae)
Native perennial with its earliest American Citation Bartram, ca. 1737.
Native perennial Orange-Gold Daylily common to New England gardens during the mid-1800’s. First introduced in 1570, its earliest American citation Prince, NY 1857.
Native purple perennial known as “Gay Feather” with its earliest American Citation, M’mahon, Philadelphia, 1804.
Alchemilla vulgaris
Perennial known as “Lady’s Mantle is native to Europe, Asia, and Greenland. It was first introduced to American gardens in 1874.
Perennial native to China, Japan, and Korea and first introduced to American gardens in 1784 with its earliest American citation, Landreth, Philadelphia 1828.
Common perennial known as a Black-Eyed Susan Daisy, yellow Daisy or Gloriosa Daisy. First introduced in 1714 with its earliest American citation, Bartram, Philadelphia, 1783
Achillea (‘Boule De Neige) ptarmica (Asteraceae)
Perennial, known as Sneezewort, Yarrow, or White Tansy. Introduced in 1597 with its earliest American Citation, M’Mahon, 1806
Native pink perennial, known as Mallow, Swamp Rose, Rose Mallow, and Wild Cotton. Its earliest American citation, Bartram, in Philadelphia, 1783.


Welcome to the History House Heirloom Gardens. The gardens are available to visitors throughout the year. The Heirloom Gardens showcase examples of old fashioned plant materials that would have been available to New England gardeners during the middle 1800s.  They include five plant materials common to old fashioned gardens: Peonies, Iris, Day Lilies, Phlox, and Hostas. Garden signage lists each plant’s botanical and common name and is referenced to an on-site Heirloom Garden Guide, organized alphabetically by a plant’s botanical name, family, and common name.