Perennials

Perennial Flowers

  • Asiatic and Oriental Lilies preview image

    Asiatic and Oriental Lilies

    Asiatic and oriental lilies are available in a wide variety of colors and many varieties have a lovely fragrance. These “true lilies” grow from bulbs and typically bloom in the heat of summer. Once the flowers are done, pluck them off but leave the foliage to fully ripen like you would a daffodil or other flowering bulb. Lilies are excellent choices for the back of the garden since they are tall and the spectacular flowers are showy enough to catch your attention from afar. They are also available in dwarf varieties that stay about 1 foot of height. Many successful gardeners tuck them away in singles for a mid summer treat but try them planted in mass for a real show stopper. Variety shown is ‘Blackout’ See Also: ‘Stargazer’ ‘Casa Blanca’ ‘

    Genus
    Lilium
    Size
    2-4′
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  • Aster preview image

    Aster

    Asters are fall blooming flowers that add excellent late season color. They come in whites, blues, reds, and purples and are excellent for butterflies. Variety shown: ‘Wood’s Blue’

    Genus
    Aster
    Species
    dumosus
    Size
    Varies
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    Astilbe

    Astilbe have glossy fern like foliage that provides a nice lacy texture. Flowers are born on showy plumes that arise over the leaves in shades of white, pink, red, and lavender. The flowers can last several weeks providing good color to brighten up shady spots. Astilbe like rich moist soil, try planting them in areas where moss is growing. Add mulch to retain moisture in soils that are well drained. Hot afternoon sun can scorch them but they can tolerate a few hours of cool early morning sun if needed. Variety shown is ‘Vision in Pink’

    Genus
    Astilbe
    Size
    1.5′
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    Bee Balm

    Monarda, or bee balm, is in the mint family. It has a spreading habit that is well suited to borders or with other spreaders for a nice naturalized garden. Bee balm attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. Summertime flowers come in reds, pinks, lavenders, and whites. Remove older flowers to keep plants looking tidy and to promote longer blooming. Regular division every 3-4 years will keep the plants vigorous. Select varieties resistant to powdery mildew or thin out a few stems early in the season to discourage its spread. Variety shown is ‘Garden View Scarlet’

    Genus
    Monarda
    Species
    didyma
    Size
    2-2.5′
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  • Bleeding Heart preview image

    Bleeding Heart

    Bleeding hearts have a mounded growth habit with fleshy light green foliage. Some types have extremely finely textures leaves. This plant performs the best in afternoon shade with a nice dose of morning sun. Provide adequate moisture to prevent it from drying out. If you notice your bleeding heart yellowing and dying back it is most likely planted in an area with too much afternoon sun. Cut it back and move it somewhere that is a bit cooler later in the day. Variety shown is ‘Spectabilis’ the standard pink bleeding heart. See Also: ‘Alba’ ‘Burning Heart’

    Genus
    Dicentra
    Species
    spectabilis
    Size
    2′
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  • Brunnera preview image

    Brunnera

    Brunnera have large, silvery, heart shaped leaves that will brighten up dark areas all season long. The pale blue Forget-me-Not like flowers arise in a delicate spray usually in early spring. when flowers fade, clip the stems below the leaves to give them a cleaner look. Brunnera prefer light slightly moist soil, so mix in compost when planting and lightly mulch around the roots (keep mulch off the crown to prevent rot). Variety shown is ‘Jack Frost’

    Genus
    Brunnera
    Species
    macrophylla
    Size
    1-1.5′
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  • Catmint preview image

    Catmint

    Catmint is a spreading plant with silvery green foliage and light purple flowers that attracts butterflies and bees. Some varieties sport blossoms that are white or light pink. Flowers start in late spring; shear off the stalks immediately after they finish to promote another wave of blooming. Catmint is not quite the same as catnip, however some cats still find themselves attracted to catmint in the garden. The reaction seems to be less “intoxicating” and more “soothing.” So, you may be spending more time outside with a furry friend. Variety shown is ‘Walker’s Low’

    Genus
    Nepeta
    Species
    x fassenii
    Size
    2′
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  • Columbine preview image

    Columbine

    Native flower for sun or shade. Columbine attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and is available in a variety of colors. The variety shown is ‘Origami Blue and White’

    Genus
    Aquilegia
    Species
    x caerulea
    Size
    1.5-2′
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  • Coral Bells preview image

    Coral Bells

    Coral Bells, or Heuchera, are a very diverse group of plants with hundreds of colors and textures available. Mounds of maple like leaves provide great color all summer, even when not in bloom. Flowers are small but are born in clusters; they attract butterflies and hummingbirds and make a fun texture addition to bouquets. Prolong blooms by cutting stalks below the foliage. Variety shown is ‘Marmalade’

    Genus
    Heuchera
    Size
    Varies
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  • Coreopsis preview image

    Coreopsis

    Coreopsis is a long blooming perennial that will last even longer when dead headed. Prefers well drained soil. The variety shown is ‘Sunray’ See also: ‘Zagreb’

    Genus
    Coreopsis
    Species
    grandiflora
    Size
    2′
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  • Daylily preview image

    Daylily

    Daylilies are a diverse perennial that are great along pathways, borders, or even front and center by the patio. There are many varieties that are available with flowers in all kinds of color combinations including red, white, orange, yellow, purple, and more, some of them fragrant. Many varieties perform best in the sun, but some will also do well in shaded locations. The unique foliage has a nice fountain habit that is attractive both before and after blooming. Variety shown is ‘Stella de Oro’ See also: ‘Fragrant Returns’

    Genus
    Hemerocallis
    Size
    2-4′
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  • Delphinium preview image

    Delphinium

    Delphinium is a tall perennial with large showy spikes of flowers. The most popular varieties are bright blue but they are also available in whites, purples, pinks, and pale or dark blue. Delphinium make excellent cut flowers. The stems are hollow, so plant strategically or pick shorter varieties when planting in windy areas. The variety shown is Pacific Hybrid “King Arthur’

    Genus
    Delphinium
    Species
    x elatum
    Size
    Tall
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  • Dianthus, Pinks preview image

    Dianthus, Pinks

    Dianthus is a compact, low grower with a nice mounding habit. Some varieties are taller, up to 2′. This perennial has a long bloom time which is prolonged by deadheading. It grows well in rock gardens, and attracts butterflies. Variety shown is ‘Shining Star’ See also: ‘Firewitch’

    Genus
    Dianthus
    Size
    4″-6″
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  • Echinacea- Coneflower preview image

    Echinacea- Coneflower

    Echinacea have large daisy like flowers that come in warm shades of pink, white, red, yellow, and orange. They bloom midsummer through fall. They make good cut flowers, attract bees and butterflies, and some have lovely fragrance. Deadheading extends the bloom season, but the dried seed heads can add winter structure and provide some food for finches and other birds. Variety shown is ‘Ruby Star’ see also: ‘Magnus’ ‘Cheyenne Spirit’

    Genus
    Echinacea
    Species
    purpurea
    Size
    24″
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  • False Sunflower preview image

    False Sunflower

    False sunflower, or Heliopsis, is a tall perennial with bright yellow flowers that are great for bees and butterflies. One plant can provide an abundance of blossoms that are great additions to summer bouquets. False sun flowers require little care, and will freely fill large area with summer color. Variety shown is ‘Summer Sun’

    Genus
    Heliopsis
    Size
    3′
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  • Gaillardia- Blanket Flower preview image

    Gaillardia- Blanket Flower

    This summer blooming perennial attracts bees and butterflies. It’s bloom cycle is prolonged with consistent dead heading, but will reseed freely if spent flowers are left later in the season. Gaillardia is deer resistant and heat tolerant. Variety Shown is ‘Arizona Sun’ which is typically 12″-15″ in height See also: ‘Fanfare’

    Genus
    Gaillardia
    Species
    aristata
    Size
    1′-2′
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  • Geranium preview image

    Geranium

    This is a diverse group of plants in the genus Geranium. They come in many sizes with flower colors of purple, white, bright pink or pale pink. Geraniums generally have a mounding habit and prolonged bloom time. Check each variety for specific growing conditions as some prefer full sun and some prefer partial sun. Blooms start in late spring and will continue into the summer. if blooming slows, cut the plants back to encourage new vigorous growth. The variety shown is ‘Rozanne’ which is the geranium outside the front door to the store.

    Genus
    Geranium
    Species
    various
    Size
    1.5-2′
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  • Globeflower preview image

    Globeflower

    Globeflower grows best in moist soil and tends to prefer partial shade in our climate. It is tall with large 1-2″ round yellow flowers that are colorful and interesting additions to bouquets. The toothy dark green foliage contrasts well with hostas. Try it in wildflower beds, along a stream, or along perennial borders. When flowers are done, shear the plant back to encourage new lush growth. Variety shown is ‘Lemon Queen’

    Genus
    Trollius
    Size
    2′
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  • Hellebore preview image

    Hellebore

    Hellebore is an evergreen plant that has dark green leathery leaves. In our arid climate it is very common for the foliage to scorch and turn brown over the winter. If this occurs, simply trim the dead foliage like any other perennial, and it will be quickly replaced. Elegant cup shaped flowers are a welcome sight in early spring with colors of pale pink, chartreuse, white, or a dramatic dark purple. Hellebore perform the best in partial to full shade and would benefit from the addition of compost in clay soils. Variety shown is ‘Ivory Prince’

    Genus
    Helleborus
    Size
    15″
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  • Hosta preview image

    Hosta

    Hostas have succulent, lush foliage that has a mounding habit. Some of them get quite large, so it is important to plan for mature size to prevent overcrowding. If your garden is already quite full, try one of the small cultivars. Many varieties are variegated which can add tremendous depth of texture to the plant. However, don’t be afraid to try some solid color cultivars because they can still be quite dramatic. Variety shown is ‘Patriot’

    Genus
    Hosta
    Species
    plantaginea
    Size
    Varies
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  • Iris preview image

    Iris

    Iris are great plants for garden beginners and veterans alike. Due to popularity and hybridization, the large showy flowers are available in a multitude of colors. The sword shaped leaves fan out from thick fleshy rhizomes. For the best vigor, plant in well drained soils with the top of the rhizome exposed to the air. Iris readily multiply and will quickly fill a sunny flower bed. Divide them every few years to remove old worn out rhizomes and improve flowering and vigor. Variety shown is ‘Earl of Essex’

    Genus
    Iris
    Size
    Tall
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  • Jacob's Ladder preview image

    Jacob’s Ladder

    Jacob’s ladder is a smaller, mounded perennial with light blue flowers. It’s size and habit make it ideal for borders and walkways. Although it is tolerant of full shade it generally grows best in cooler parts of the garden with afternoon shade. Color and blooming tends to improve with moderate amounts of morning sun. Some varieties have been bred for increased tolerance to heat. Variety shown is ‘Stairway to Heaven’

    Genus
    Polemonium
    Species
    caeruleum
    Size
    1.5-2′
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  • Joe Pye Weed preview image

    Joe Pye Weed

    Joe Pye Weed is an extremely tall perennial that blooms late in the year with large pink flowers. Few perennials are as tall or showy as Joe Pye Weed so it is an excellent candidate for planting along walls or structures where vertical interest is needed. It has been described as a butterfly magnet that also provides nectar to hummingbirds. If the height is intimidating, try the smaller (2′ tall) variety ‘Baby Joe.’ Variety shown is ‘Phantom’ See Also: ‘Baby Joe’

    Genus
    Eupatorium
    Species
    purpureum
    Size
    4-5′
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  • Lupine preview image

    Lupine

    Lupine thrive in full to part sun with rich soil, so mix a bit of compost in at planting time. The nicely mounded plants are deer resistant and will attract hummingbirds. Lupine can be short lived so leave a few spent flower stalks to go to seed each year to keep your patch full and vigorous. Even when plants are young, the unique leaf shape is easy to identify. This makes plucking or transplanting stray seedlings an easy task. Variety shown is ‘Gallery Mix’

    Genus
    Lupinus
    Size
    1.5′
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  • Ostrich Fern preview image

    Ostrich Fern

    Everybody loves ferns, and if you don’t, Ostrich Fern’s forgiving nature might just change your mind. Like other ferns, this one prefers more humidity than we typically have so select a place that has plenty of shade to prevent scorched leaves. Add plenty of compost to provide a nice, light, high humus soil. Once Ostrich Fern is established it really makes a statement and is likely to spread so pick an area that can take a few big plants. This may take a few years so don’t be discouraged if you see it dying back occasionally, just trim out the brown and keep going.

    Genus
    Matteuccia
    Species
    struthiopteris
    Size
    3-4′
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  • Penstemon/ Beardtongue preview image

    Penstemon/ Beardtongue

    Penstemon thrive in dry sunny locations where they attract hummingbirds, and other pollinators. Varieties come in pinks, whites, blues, purples, and reds. They are best planted in groups rather than singles. Penstemon are well behaved in the garden so give them some elbow room around vigorous growers. They pair well in perennial beds with upright sedums, dianthus, and yarrow. Add compost in clay soils to give them some extra punch. The variety shown is ‘Pike’s Peak Purple’

    Genus
    Penstemon
    Size
    varied
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  • Peony preview image

    Peony

    Peonies are widely used in the floral industry for their elegance, fragrance, and their longevity as a cut flower. They grow best in sunny locations with rich light soil. Peonies don’t appreciate transplanting, so pick your spot carefully to avoid starting over with establishment. Some variety’s flowers are so big the weight can bend the stems. To keep everything upright, support them with “grow through cages.” Variety shown is ‘Felix Supreme’

    Genus
    Paeonia
    Size
    2.5′
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  • Primrose preview image

    Primrose

    Primrose is a compact plant that requires full to part shade and fairly moist soils. It has small rosettes of leaves that give rise to stalks of flowers available in all colors of the rainbow. They can be used in garden beds, containers, or along pathways. Due to their small stature, primrose are most spectacular when allowed to naturalize in an area. Variety shown is ‘Belarina Cobalt Blue’

    Genus
    Primula
    Size
    6-12″
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  • Rudbeckia preview image

    Rudbeckia

    Rudibeckia or Black Eyed Susan have mounds of bright yellow flowers that attract butterflies and are great additions to any bouquet. They freely naturalize and will quickly fill in large areas. Give them plenty of water to ensure the best show of blooms. Leave a few seed heads if you would like some winter interest that will also provide forage for song birds. Variety shown is ‘Goldsturm’

    Genus
    Rudbeckia
    Species
    fulgida
    Size
    2′
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  • Russian Sage preview image

    Russian Sage

    The deer resistant russian sage has light blue to purple flowers with the silvery green foliage. It’s tall, airy habit that pairs well with phlox, black eyed susan, grasses, and many other perennials. It makes an excellent back drop or specimen plant for a corner, just take care of it’s size so you don’t cover up nearby plants.     Variety shown is ‘Little Spire’

    Genus
    Perovskia
    Species
    atriplicifolia
    Size
    3-4′
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    Salvia

    Salvia is a drought tolerant plant with tall spikes of flowers on compact green foliage. Colors range in whites, blues, and purples. Salvia is an excellent plant for butterflies and hummingbirds. Variety shown is ‘Marcus’ See also: ‘May Night’

    Genus
    Salvia
    Species
    x sylvestris
    Size
    1′-1.5′
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  • Shasta Daisy preview image

    Shasta Daisy

    Shasta Daisies have white flowers atop beautiful dark green foliage. They make excellent cut flowers and will attract butterflies to the garden. They perform best in fertile, well drained soil but they are not particularly drought tolerant so will need extra water when it comes time to bloom. good cut flower, attract butterflies The variety shown is ‘Becky’ See Also: ‘Snowcap’ ‘

    Genus
    Leucanthemum
    Species
    x superbum
    Size
    2-3′
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  • Upright Sedum preview image

    Upright Sedum

    Sedum have thick succulent leaves that are gorgeous all season with clusters of flowers that emerge in late summer or fall. They prefer relatively dry locations and are one of the best for heat tolerance. Sedum are available in many heights, from 6 inches to 3 feet, so there is a variety for almost any garden position. The multitude of foliage color options with thick fleshy leaves makes Sedum an easy choice to compliment neighboring plants. Plant a few specimens by the patio to attract late season butterflies. Variety shown is ‘Chocolate Drop’ See also: “Autumn Joy’ ‘Amber’ ‘Lime Zinger’

    Genus
    Sedum
    Species
    spectabile
    Size
    Varied
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  • Yarrow preview image

    Yarrow

    Yarrow have fuzzy finely textured leaves that are reminiscent of ferns. Flowers are small but born on clusters that are excellent for butterflies. They also make excellent additions to cut or dried flower arrangements. Once established, yarrow are extremely drought tolerant and will thrive in hot areas of the garden. Variety shown is ‘Strawberry Seduction’

    Genus
    Achillea
    Species
    millefolium
    Size
    2.5′
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