Perennials

Our perennial inventory consists of plants carried over from the previous season, and those newly planted, making it highly variable.  Check our entire perennial inventory, but please call us for specific plant availability.  Some plants may still be growing and will be available later in the season

2021 Plant of the Year

Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta

Not to be confused with true catmint, Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta is a lesser known cousin, but a must-have in the sunny perennial garden. Pollinators adore the small, pale blue flowers, which bloom from summer through frost. Long blooming and tolerant of dry, poor soils, it is stunning planted in long drifts in the garden, with spikes of flowers and fragrant foliage reaching 12-15" tall. The vigorous roots form a thick growth that easily smothers weeds for a low maintenance garden. Happiest in full to partial sun, and is hardy for zones 4-7. 

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Echinacea 'Cherry Fluff'

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Native Plants

Looking for something specific? Click on the link above to check out our native plant list and other helpful tips!

 

 

With over 1,800 varieties to choose

 

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 Here are a few we are really excited

 

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Daylilies

                                   

                                

Zone: 3-10, Height: 1-3', Spread: 1-2'

 

Easily grown in well-drained soil, Daylilies will perform well in full sun but can take partial shade. Plants are tolerant of heat and humidity but deep watering in dry spells will keep the foliage attractive and give a strong accent to a flower bed. A mature clump of Daylilies can produce over 100 blooms a month which makes them irresistible to butterflies; divide every 3-5 years (in the fall) to maintain peak performance. Many new cultivars have been bred to provide almost continous bloom!

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The Sunny Side

Leucanthemum 'Becky'

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A staple for the full sun garden, our Leucanthemum 'Becky' Shasta Daisy is one of our 9 hardy and easy-to-grow cultivars. It can withstand the heat and humidity throughout the summer, and will bloom from mid-Summer through Fall. Being on the taller side, it will grow to be 36-40" tall and  24-36" wide, making it perfect for garden borders. It's white flowers with bright yellow centers stand out in the garden, and also make wonderful long-lasting cut flowers.

Echinacea 'Cherry Fluff'

With over 27 varieties of Echinacea on our 2021 benches, you can say it's our favorite perennial! Our new 'Tanager' is a 22-24" burnt orange with 3-4" wide flowers. 'Butterfly Julia' is a compact, golden orange reaching 15-18" tall. 'Sombrero Rosada' features bright pink flowers on an 18-20" plant. We've also brought back an old favorite, 'Cherry Fluff", with lime green and pink, double flowers reaching 12-15" tall.

Heliopsis 'Bleeding Hearts'

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Deer and rabbit resistant, pollinator friendly, drought tolerant, hardy to zone 3, fall blooming AND native?  Heliopsis are amazing! 'Burning Heart' is a golden flower with an orange eye, reaching 18-24" high. 'Bleeding Hearts' reaches 4' tall with scarlet and orange flowers and burgundy foliage. 'Fire Twister' also has dark foliage, with contrasting scarlet flowers reaching 28" high.

Everblooming Daylilies

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Daylilies will grow almost anywhere, and we love reblooming varieties. 'Earlybird Cardinal' and 'Oriole', cherry red and orange respectively, are 22" tall and can rebloom up to 4 times. 'Desert Flame' offers 5" wide, flame orange flowers on 36" stalks, reblooming through the summer. Producing up to 400 blooms a season, our 'EveryDaylily' series features yellow ('Yellow Punch'), peach ('Pink Wing') or scarlet ('Red Ribs) flowers on 15" stems, perfect for the garden border with all summer color.

The Shady Side

Heuchera 'Fire Alarm'

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We are growing over 20 varieties of Heuchera in 2021! A spectacular pop of red, 'Fire Alarm' has striking foliage that will stand out in any garden. The foliage will change from bright red in spring and fall, to a deeper red throughout the summer. It is a compact variety reaching 9" high, and 14" wide, blooming spires of pink flowers that will attract summer pollinators. Happiest in partial shade with average soils, hardy to zone 4

Hosta 'Praying Hands'

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One of our more unique Hosta varieties, 'Praying Hands' will add some interest to any shade garden. It has an upright growing habit, with narrow, tightly curled leaves that resemble hands folded in prayer. The leaves are dark green with gold margins, and have deep ripples. Growing best in full to part shade, it will reach 14" tall, and 15" wide. Blooms spikes of lavender, bell shaped flowers in late summer. 

Astilbe 'Little Visions in Purple'

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A popular choice for shade gardens, and with their beautiful flower colors, it's easy to see why! This compact variety is deer and rabbit resistant, reaching 20" tall and 15" wide. It does best in full to part shade, and has bronze-green foliage that turns dark green in midsummer. The flowers will form dense plumes of raspberry-purple blooms in midsummer that have a lightly sweet fragrance.

Dicentra 'Gold Heart'

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Putting a twist on an old-fashioned favorite, 'Gold Heart' has radiant golden foliage that will look glowing during spring and early summer. It will produce a beautiful display of arching stems with dangling pink and white heart shaped flowers in late spring. Perfect for creating a focal point in the shade garden, or brightening a shady border. Happiest in full to part shade, it  will reach 2' high and 3' wide when mature. 

Native Perennials

Maidenhair Fern

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Having a very unique fan-like appearance, this native fern will surely stand out in the garden! This fern grows 8-20" fronds that spread into a near perfect circle. The roots and stems are black and wiry, detailing the plant with a delicate look. It will grow best in moist, lightly shaded areas, spreading to a width of 2'.

 

Asclepias 'Swamp Milkweed'

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Milkweeds produce a toxic sap that monarch caterpillars rely on for survival. When they eat the leaves, the toxic compounds build up in their system providing them with a form of defense against predation. The plant produces clumps of white, star-shaped flowers from July to early fall, growing best in full sun. It will reach 3' high and 2-3' wide, and is a staple for any native pollinator garden! 

New England Aster

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Since Asters bloom late in the season, they provide a critical food source for pollinators. It will also bring a pop of color to the garden when all other flowers are done blooming. Growing to be 3-5' tall, this Aster adorns itself with clusters of pink-purple flowers from late summer through October. It will thrive in full sun to part shade and is perfect for a native pollinator garden!

Eupatorium 'Joe Pye Weed'

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Gaining its name from American Herbalist Joe Pye, Eupatorium

 provides a valuable  pollen and nectar resource for native pollinators. Versatile enough to grow in full sun to part-shade conditions, blooming in late summer through early fall. It will reach 4-6', with large dome shaped flowerheads that bear pink-lavender flowers. 

 

Goldenrod 'Solar Cascade'

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This variety of Goldenrod was developed by the Cincinnati Zoo Botanical Garden in an effort to save the species from extinction. It is currently listed on the Federal Endangered Plant List, as it gets easily outcompeted in nature, making it a rare find! It is able to grow in full sun to part shade, and is deer resistant. It will grow clumps 3' tall and 3' wide, that have beautifully arched golden flowerheads.

Lobelia 'Cardinal Flower' 

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Native plants have some of the most interesting adaptations for survival, and this Lobelia is no different! This plant produces a compound known as lobeline that will deter herbivores. So while it deters deer and rabbits, it attracts pollinators such as hummingbirds and butterflies! It will grow to a height of 4', producing spikes of striking red flowers. Blooming from July through September, it thrives in full to part sun and moist soils.