Plants in the Lake Kenosia Buffer Gardens

The Lake Kenosia Buffer Gardens, a project of the Lake Kenosia Commission, border the shoreline and are a mix of trees, shrubs and flowering plants. All native plants were used in the gardens, which prevent erosion of the beach, discourage wandering geese, and--most important--filter runoff from storms, keeping pollutants from reaching the water.

The Lake Kenosia Commission encourages all residents of Danbury and surrounding communities to grow these plants in their gardens. Native plants are those which naturally occur in our region. They attract bees, small birds and butterflies, provide food and cover for wildlife, and need no pesticides or fertilizers to flourish.

False Indigo
Dense shrub form provides cover to many wildlife species near wetland and riparian areas.


Potentilla (Buttercup Shrub)
Also known as Shrubby Cinquefoil, this compact bush attracts bees.


Joe Pye Weed
In the aster family, can grow from two to six feet. Favorite of the caterpillar of fritillary butterflies.


Monarda (Bee Balm)
Attractive to hummingbirds and pollinating insects. Grow Bee Balm with tomatoes to discourage subterranean pests.

These are some of the plants that may be found in the Lake Kenosia Park buffer gardens. We invite you to visit the gardens and see how many of them you can identify.

  • Prairie Dropseed - Sporobolus heterolepsis
  • Reed Grass - Calamagrostia x Acutifolia "Karl Foerstar"
  • Switch Grass - Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah' and 'Squaw'
  • Bergamot (Bee Balm) - Monarda fistulosa and Monarda 'Raspberry Wine'
  • Black-eyed Susan - Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldstrum'
  • Blazing Star Liatris - Liatris spicata
  • Butterfly Weed - Asclepias tuberosa
  • Cardinal Flower - Lobelia cardinalis
  • Carolina Lupine - Thermopsis lanceolata
  • Culver Root - Veronicastrum virginicum
  • False Indigo - Baptisia australis
  • Gay Feather - Liatris pycnostachya
  • Goldenrod - Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks'
  • Helen's Flower - Helenium 'Rubinzwerg'
  • Joe-Pye Weed - Eupatorium maculatum 'Gateway'
  • Kalimeris - Asteromoea mongolica
  • Lavender Hyssop - Agastache x 'Blue Fortune'
  • Mountain Mint - Pycnanthemum muticum
  • New England Aster - Aster novae-angliae
  • New York Aster - Aster novae-belgii
  • Obedient Plant - Physotegia virginiana 'Summer Snow' and 'Miss Manners'
  • Orange Sunflower - Heliopsis helianthoides 'Summer Sun'
  • Phlox - Phlox maculata 'Natascha' and Phlox paniculata 'Robert Poore'
  • Pink Turtlehead - Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips'
  • Purple Coneflower - Echinacea purpurea
  • Rose Mallow - Hibiscus moscheutos
  • Smooth Aster - Aster laevis
  • Spiderwort - Tradescantia virginiana
  • Swamp Milkweed - Asclepias incarnate
  • Tickseed - Coreopsis 'Crème Brulee'
  • Turtlehead - Chelone glabra
  • Yellow Coneflower - Echinacea paradoxa
  • Abbottswood Potentilla - Potentilla fruticosa "Abbottswood"
  • American Cranberry - Viburnum trilobum "Wentworth"
  • Anthony Waterer Spirea - Spirea bumalda "Anthony Waterer"
  • Button Bush - Cephalanthus occidentalis
  • Cinqufoil - Potentilla thurberi
  • Inkberry Holly - Ilex glabra
  • Lowbush Blueberry - Vaccinium angustifolium
  • Northern Bayberry - Myrica pensylvanica
  • Pinxter Azalea - Rhododendron periclymenoides
  • Red Chokeberry-Aronia arbutifolia
  • Redosier Dogwood - Cornus sericea
  • Red Sprite Winterberry - Ilex verticillata
  • Shrubby St. John's Wort - Hypericum prolificum
  • Silky Dogwood - Cornus amomum
  • Spicebush - Lindera benzoin
  • Steeplebush - Spirea tomentosa
  • Swamp Azalea - Rhododendron viscosum
  • Sweet Pepperbush - Clethra alnifolia
  • Sweetspire - Itea virginica
  • River Birch - Betula nigra
  • Shadblow Serviceberry - Amelanchier canadensis