Perennials

Perennials are herbaceous plants that die back in the winter then grow back each spring. They can be used almost anywhere in the landscape to add color and interest, and they can be used in combination to create beautiful gardens that go through a progression of blooming.

Our perennial section has been growing exponentially over the past several years. We now carry all the old perennial standbys like Phlox, Rudbeckia, Peonies and Hosta as well as many of the harder to find species like Hellebores, Jack-in-the- Pulpit and Bloodroot.  We have a wide choice of varieties that will rekindle interest in the seasoned gardener and fascinate the new gardener.  In addition, our plants are healthy and well-developed as we hand-pick many of our orders,  most of which are in their 2nd or 3rd growing season, thereby, giving you a better chance of success and fulfillment the first season.

The following is a list of plants that we usually carry.  Availability changes from week
to week depending on the season.  Given time we can usually locate any plant you are
looking for if we don’t have it on site.  Please call or stop in for prices and availability.
Botanical Name Common Name Information
Acanthus mollis Bears Breeches wht/prple spike, 34″, glossy leaves
Acanthus mollis ‘New Zealand Gold’ Bears Breeches new growth yellow, sun/pt shade
Achillea x Moonshine Yarrow yellow, 24″, drought tolerant
Achillea x Terra Cotta Yarrow 28″, reddish tan flowers
Achillea mil. ‘Orange Queen’ Yarrow salmon orange flwr, 20″,full sun
Achillea mil. ‘Paprika’ Yarrow ruby red flwr, 28″, full sun
Achillea mil. ‘Summer Wine’ Yarrow wine red flwr, 28″,full sun
Aconitum napellus Monks Hood blue flwr, 36″ spike, pt shade, moist
Aconitum x cam. ‘Bicolor’ Monks Hood blue/wht flwr, 36″, pt shade, moist
Agastache barberi ‘Tutti Frutti’ Hyssop pnk/prpl flwr,40″, sun,
Ajuga rep. ‘Burgundy Glow’ Bugle flower blue flwr, 6″, pt to full shade,
Ajuga rep. ‘Burgundy Lace’ Bugle flower creamy green pink leaves
Ajuga rop. ‘Renick’ Bugle flower multi color leaves-must see
Alcea rosea ‘Chaters Doubles’ Hollyhock several colors, dbl flwrs, sun, 6′
Alcea rosea Hollyhock single flwrs, several colors, 6′, sun
Alcea rosea ‘Nigra’ Hollyhock deep burgundy flwrs, 6′, sun
Alcea ‘Zebrina’ (Malva sylvestris) Hollyhock bicolor crm/prple flwr, 30″, sun,
Alchemilla mollis Ladys Mantle yellow flwr, 18″, sun
Alyssum sax. ‘Compactum’ Basket of Gold yellow flwr, 10″, sun
Anemone x September Charm Windflower pink flwr, 30″, sun/pt shade
Anemone x Honorine Jobert Windflower white flwr, 30″, sun/pt shade
Anemone x Whirlwind Windflower dble white flwer, 30″, sun/pt shade
Anemone mult. ‘Rubra’ Windfower crimson flwr, 18″, sun/pt shade
Anemone pulsatilla Pasque Flower purple, violet, burgundy bell flwrs
Angelica gigas Archangel deep purple/red flwr, 48″, sun/pt shd
Aquilegia McKana Hybrids Columbine mixed colors, 24″, pt sun/shade
Aquilegia flab. ‘Mini Star’ Columbine blue/white, sun/shade, 8″
Arenaria montana Sandwort 3-6″, white, rock gardens, walls, sun
Arisaema triphyllum Jack in the Pulpit 16-20″, shade, woodland,
Armeria maritima Sea Thrift red or white flwr, 8″, sun
Artemisia lactiflora ‘Guizho’ Wormwood creamy foliage, black stems, sun,36″
Artemisia lac. ‘Powis Castle’ Wormwood lacy grey leaves, 36″, sun
Artemisia schm. ‘Silver Mound’ Silver Mound low silvery mound, sun, 10″
Aruncus aethusifolius Goats Beard 12″, ferny foliage, white flwr
Aruncus dioicus Goats Beard 46″, tall white flwr
Asclepias tuberosa Butterfly Weed orange, 24″, loved by butterflies
Aster novae. ‘Alma Potschke’ Aster rose pink flwr, 24″, sun
Aster novae. ‘Purple Dome’ Aster dark purple flwr, 24″ sun
Aster novi-belgii Aster crimson red flwr, 15″ sun
Aster x Frikartii Aster violet blue flwr, 24″, sun
Astilbe ‘Henry Grafland’ False Spirea pink flwr plume, 15″, pt sun to shade
Astilbe ‘Peach Blossom’ False Spirea salmon pink plume, 24″,
Astilbe ‘Rheinland’ False Spirea pink plume, 24″, pt sun to shade
Astilbe ‘Fanal’ False Spirea red plume, 24″, pt sun to shade
Astilbe ‘Deutschland’ False Spirea white plume, 24″, pt sun to shade
Astilbe ‘Visions’ False Spirea raspberry red, 15″, pt sun to shade
Aubrieta del. ‘Purple Gem’ Rockcress purple flwr, 6″, sun
Baptisea australis False Indigo blue pealike flwrs, 36″, sun/pt shade
Bergenia cordifolia Bergenia rose flwr, shade, big glossy leaves
Boltonia aster. ‘Snowbank’ False Chamomile white flwr, sun, 54″
Campanula car. ‘Blue Clips’ Bellflower blue, 6-8″, mounding, sun
Campanula car. ‘White Clips’ Bellflower white, 6-8″,mounding, sun
Campanula perc. ‘White and Blue’ Bellflower white or blue flwrs, 36″,sun
Campanula poscharskyana Bellflower violet blue, 6″ ,sun, rock gardens
Centaurea dealbata Bachelors Button rose pink flwr, 24″, sun
Centaurea montana Bachelors Button blue flwr, 26″, sun to pt shade
Centranthus ruber Red Velarian crimson flwr, 24″, sun, cut flower
Cerastium tomentosum Snow in Summer white flwr, 8″, low, spreading, sun
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Plumbago dark blue flwr, 10″, shade, shiny leaf
Chelone lyonii ‘Hot Lips’ Turtlehead rose pink flwr, 28″, sun,
Chrysanthemum Clara Curtis Shasta Daisy deep pink flwr, 20″, sun
Chrysanthemum sup.’Alaska’ Shasta Daisy double white, 24″, sun
Chrysanthemum sup.’Becky’ Shasta Daisy single white flwr, 30″, sun
Chrysanthemum s. ‘Snow Lady’ Shasta Daisy white flwr, 15″, sun
Cimicifuga racemosa Bugbane tall white, 54″, part shade
Cimicifuga race. ‘Atropurpurea’ Bugbane white flwr, 48″, pt shade, prple leaf
Cimicifuga simplex’White Pearl’ Bugbane white flwr, 30″, pt shade
Convallaria majalis Lily of the Valley white mini bell flwr, 8″, sun/shade
Convallaria majalis ‘Rosea’ Lily of the Valley pink flower
Coreopsis aur. ‘Nana’ Tickseed golden orange, 10″, sun
Coreopsis grand. ‘Early Sunrise’ Tickseed yellow, 18″, sun
Coreopsis grand. ‘Baby Sun’ Tickseed yellow w red eye, 15″, sun
Coreopsis vert. ‘Moonbeam’ Tickseed pale yellow, 18″, sun
Coreopsis vert. ‘Zagreb’ Tickseed deep yellow, 15″, sun
Coreopsis x Tequilla Sunrise Tickseed variegated leaves, yellow flwr, 15″
Corydalis lutea Corydaline yellow flwr, 12″, pt shade/sun
Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ Crocosmia red flwr spike, 36″, sun
Delphinium Connecticut Yankee Larkspur light blue, 36″, sun
Delphinium Round Table Mix Larkspur white, blues, purple, 60″, sun
Dianthus barbatus Sweet William multicolor red/white 8″, sun
Dianthus deltoides ‘Arctic Fire’ Carnation white/red eye, 8″, sun, showy
Dianthus deltoides ‘Brilliant’ Carnation crimson flwrs, 6″, sun, rock garden
Dianthus grat. ‘Tiny Rubies’ Carnation pink, 4″, sun, rock garden
Dicentra f. ‘Luxuriant’ Bleeding Heart red, fern like foliage, shade, 15″
Dicentra spectabilis Bleeding Heart pink, shade, 36″,
Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’ Bleeding Heart white, shade, 30″
Digitalis lutea Foxglove yellow spike, sun, 30″
Digitalis  ‘Excelsior’ Foxglove blend of pink, white, prple. sun, 4′
Digitalis x mertonensis Foxglove rose spike, sun, 36″
Doronicum Leopards Bane yellow, sun, pt shade, 12″
Echinacea pur. ‘Magnus’ Coneflower deep rose, sun, 30″
Echinacea pur. ‘White Swan’ Coneflower white, sun, 30″
Echinops ban. ‘Blue Globe’ Globe Thistle blue spikey globe flwr, sun, 30″
Epimedium x ver. ‘Sulphureum’ Barrenwort yellow flwr, pt shade to shade, 12″
Erysimum ‘Yellow Bird’ Wallflower yellow flwr, 10″, sun
Eupatorium rug. ‘Bartered Bride’ Joe Pye Weed mauve pink flwr, 48″,sun
Eupatorium rug. ‘Chocolate’ Joe Pye Weed white flwr, 36″, sun, mahogany leaf
Eupatorium mac. ‘Gateway Joe Pye Weed deep rose, 36″, sun
Euphorbia polychroma Cushion Spurge yellow flwr, 18″, sun/pt shade
Fern-Christmas Fern 26″, wide frond, early to emerge
Fern-Cinnamon Fern 30″, cinnamon fronds, shade
Fern-Hay Scented Fern 30″, smell the fronds!, shade
Fern-Japanese Painted Fern 10″, prple/silver/grey foliage, shade
Fern-Lady Fern 10″, dense green, shade
Fern-Leatherwood Fern upright, 30″, sun or shade
Fern-Maidenhair Fern delicate leaves, 18″, shade
Fern-Ostrich Fern huge 4′, shade
Filipendula palmata ‘Nana Meadowsweet pink, 18″, sun to pt shade
Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’ Queen-of-the-Prairie dark pink, 54″, sun to pt shade
Filipendula ulmaria ‘Variegata’ Meadowsweet white, 24″, shade to pt shade
Fragaria ‘Pink Panda’ Ornamental Strawberry pink w/ yellow center, 3″, sun
Gaillardia grandiflora ‘Goblin’ Blanket Flower yellow w/ red margins, 24″, sun
Galium odoratum Sweet Woodruff white, 10″, shade to pt shade
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Whirling Butterflies’ Gaura white to rose, 36″, sun to light shade
Gaura l. ‘Dauphin’ Gaura pnk & white, 60″, sun to pt shade, z6
Gaura l. ‘Siskiyou Pink’ Gaura pink, 28″, sun, blooms June to Nov.
Geranium x ‘Johnson’s Blue’ Cranesbill vivid violet blue, 24″, sun
Geranium c. ‘Biokovo’ Cranesbill light pink, 12″, June-August, sun
Geranium m.’Walter Inwersen’ Cranesbill pale lavender pink, 18″, sun
Geranium x o. ‘Claridge Druce’ Cranesbill pink w/ dark viens, 26″, sun
Geranium s. ‘Album’ Cranesbill white, 15″, groundcover, sun
Geranium s. ‘Max Frei’ Cranesbill violet/cherry, 10″, sun to light shade
Geranium ch. ‘Mrs. Bradshaw’ Cranesbill double red, 28″, sun
Helianthus dec. ‘Loddon Gold’ Perennial Sunflower double yellow pom-poms, 38″, native
Helianthus sal. ‘Gold Lace’ Perennial Sunflower yellow, 54″, full sun
Heliopsis hel. ‘Summer Sun’ False Sunflower yellow, 48″, full sun
Helleborus foetidus Helebore pale grn w/ purple margins,20″,shade
Helleborus niger Christmas Rose white w/ gold stamens, evergreen
Helleborus orientalis Lenten Rose mauve-pink, 24″, shade
Hemerocallis ‘Black Eyed Stella’ Daylily golden w/ rose halo, 20″, sun
H. ‘Catherine Woodbury’ Daylily orchard lavender pink 4.5″ flwr, 30″
H. ‘Pardon Me’ Daylily bright red, 20″, fragrant, sun
H. ‘Joan Senior’ Daylily cream w/ lime, 30″, semi-evrgrn
H. ‘Happy Returns’ Daylily lemon w/ green, 24″, re-bloomer, sun
H. ‘Hyperion’ Daylily lemon 5″ flwr, 38″, fragrant
H. ‘Stella de Oro’ Daylily golden yellow, 18″, re-bloomer
Heuchera s. ‘Canyon Pink’ Coral Bells deep rose pink, 20″, sun to pt shade
Heuchera x ‘Palace Passion’ Coral Bells rose-pink, 30″, mahogony-red foliage
Heuchera x ‘Plum Pudding’ Coral Bells white, 28″, silver hightlighted foliage
Heuchera x ‘Pink Frost’ Coral Bells baby-pink, 18″, apple green foliage
Hibiscus mos. ‘Southern Belle’ Rose Mallow mixed colors, 10-12″ flwrs! 36″
Hosta ‘August Moon’ Hosta golden-yellow leaf, sun or shade, 20″
Hosta ‘Blue Angel’ Hosta textured, chalky blue-green leaf, 36″
Hosta ‘Bressingham Blue’ Hosta lrg blue puckered leaves, 20″
Hosta ‘Ellerbrook’ Hosta green with ylw margine, 22″
Hosta ‘Francee’ Hosta white margin, full sun to shade, 28″
Hosta ‘Ginko Craig’ Hosta long, narrow leaf w/ wht margin, 18″
Hosta ‘Guacamole’ Hosta ylw/grn mixed leaf, 20″
Hosta ‘Gold Standard’ Hosta white-gold center w/ grn margin, 24″
Hosta ‘Golden Tiara’ Hosta heart-shaped w/ cream margin, 14″
Hosta ‘Hyacinthina’ Hosta green grey leaves, frag flwr, 18″
Hosta ‘Kabitan’ Hosta golden leaf w/ wavy grn margin, 20″
Hosta ‘Krossa Regal’ Hosta large powder blue leaf, 42″
Hosta ‘Patriot’ Hosta wide, pure white margins, 32″
Hosta ‘Pauls Glory’ Hosta ylw leaf with green edge, 20″
Hosta ‘Royal Standard’ Hosta grn leaf, fragrant, sun to shade, 36″
Hosta ‘Shade Fanfare’ Hosta grn-gold w/ wide white margin, 24″
Hosta ‘Sharmon’ Hosta lime grn and yellow, 20″
Hosta ‘Sum and Substance’ Hosta huge chartreuse leaves, 30″
Hosta ‘Twighlight’ Hosta grn leaf w/wide ylw margin, 20″
Hosta sie. ‘Elegans’ Hosta heavily puckered blue leaf,30″,shade
Hosta sie. ‘Frances Williams’ Hosta large bl-grn w/ golden margin, 30″
Hosta ‘Sum & Substance’ Hosta charteuse-grn leaf to 18″ across, 36″
Hosta ‘Wide Brim’ Hosta dark-grn leaf w/ yellow margin, 26″
Hosta und. ‘Variegata’ Hosta variegation throughout leaf, 24″
Hypericum calycinum St. John’s Wort semi-evrgrn, groundcover, sun, 20″
Hypericum cal. ‘Briggadoon’ St. John’s Wort golden leaves, 18″, sun to light shade
Iberis sempervirens Candytuft wht flwr, evrgrn spreading, 10″, sun
Iris cristata Iris blue, native, semi-shade, 6″
Iris cirstata ‘Alba’ Iris white form
Iris pseudocorus Flag Iris yellow beardless, sun, 40″
Iris versicolor Iris blue, sun to pt shade, wet soils, 28″
Iris kaempferi Japanse Iris moist soil, sun/pt shade, yellow, 30″
Iris pumilla Dwarf Iris sun, well-drained soils, 12″, reblooms
Iris German Bearded Iris cold, heat, drought, seaside tolerant!
Iris siberica Siberian Iris mixed colors, sun to shade, 30″
Kniphofia uvaria Red-Hot-Poker sun, 24″, red/yellow spike
Lamium mac. ‘Beedham’s Wht’ Lamium pale ylw leaf w/ wht stripe, 6″,shade
Lamium mac. ‘Beacon Silver’ Lamium silver leaf w/ grn margin, 8″, shade
Lamium mac. ‘Pink Pewter’ Lamium white leaf w/ margin, pink flwr, 6″
Lamium mac. ‘Red Nancy’ Lamium rose flwr, wht/silver leaf, shade, 8″
Lathryus latifolius Sweet Pea mixed colors, 6′ vine, naturalized
Lavandula ang. ‘Hidcote’ Lavender purple spike flwr, compact, 15″, sun
Lavendula ang. ‘Munstead’ Lavender lavendr-bl, fragrnt, culinary herb, 15″
Leontopdium alpinum Edelweiss star-shape wht flwr,10″, rock garden
Liatris scariosa ‘Alba Gayfeather white pom-pom flwr, native, sun, 36″
Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’ Gayfeather dark rose-purple, 28″, compact form
Ligularia dentata ‘Othello’ Ligularia ylw flwr, bronze/prpl leaf, shade, 36″
Ligularia ste.’The Rocket’ Ligularia ylw flwr on tall spikes, shade, 42″
Lilium asiatic Asiatic Lily pink, yellow, or salmon, 30″
Lilium oriental Oriental Lily white, yellow, or pink, 50″
Lilium martagon ‘Album’ Turk’s Cap Lily mixed colors, 50″
Lilium tigrinum Tiger Lily red, pink, or yellow, 42″
Limonium Sea Lavender lavander-blue, 22″, evrgrn, sun
Linum perenne ‘Sapphire’ Flax blue, 18″, full sun, well-drained soil
Liriope spicata Lilyturf grape-hyacinth-like flwr, evrgrn, 15″
Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’ Lilyturf violet blue flwr, striped leaves
Lobelia cardinalis Cardinal Flower scarlet red, 36″, moist, sun/pt shade
Lobelia siphilitica Cardinal Flower blue flwr, 30″, sun/pt shade
Lychnis chalcedonica Maltese Cross scarlet flwr, 24″, sun
Lupine ‘Russell Hybrids’ Lupine mix of pink, blue, red. sun, 36″
Lysmachia clethroides Gooseneck Loosestrife white, sun/pt shade, 36″
Lysmachia pun. ‘Alexanders’ Yellow Loosestrife yellow, creamy leaves, 26″,sun
Mertensia virginica Virginia Bluebells blue, 20″, native, pt/full shade
Monarda did. ‘Marshalls Delight’ Beebalm pink, 36″, sun
Monarda did. ‘Jacob Cline’ Beebalm scarlet, 48″,sun
Monarda did. ‘Snow Mountain’ Beebalm white, 36″,sun
Nepeta x faa. ‘Six Hills Giant’ Catmint blue spike, 30″, sun, gry/grn foliage
Nepeta race. ‘Snowflake’ Catmint white, 10″, sun, compact grower
Nepeta grand. ‘Dawn to Dusk’ Catmint light pink, sun, 30″
Nepeta r. ‘Blue Wonder’ Catmint lavender blue, sun, 15″
Nepeta r. ‘Walkers Low’ Catmint purplish blue, sun, 15″
Nepeta s.’Souvenir d’Andre C.’ Catmint Blue flwr spikes, sun, 36″
Oenothera missouriensis Evening Primrose lemon ylw flwr, sun, 18″
Oenothera spec. ‘Rosea’ Evening Primrose pink flwr, sun, 12″, poor soils
Opuntia humifusa ‘Rafinesquei’ Prickley Pear yellow flwr, sun, 6″, low
Paeonia lac. ‘Festiva Maxima’ Peony dble white/flecks of crimson, sun
Paeonia lac. ‘Karl Rosenfeld’ Peony bright dble red, sun, 36″
Paeonia lac. ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ Peony dble pink, sun, 36″
Paeonia lac. ‘Francis Ortegot’ Peony dble dark red, sun, 36″
Paeonia lac. ‘Lora Dexheimer’ Peony dble bright crimson, sun, 36″
Paeonia lac. ‘Queen of Sheba’ Peony dble rose, sun, 36″
Paeonia l. ‘Duchess de Nemours’ Peony dble white, sun, 36″
Paeonia l. ‘Bouchela Peony dble rose, sun, 36″
Paeonia l. ‘Bowl of Beauty’ Peony anemone like pink/crm, sun, 36″
Paeonia l. ‘Primevere’ Peony anemone like wht/ylw, sun, 36″
Paeonia ‘Dia Kuhan’ Peony single pink, sun, 30″
Paeonia ‘Okinawa’ Peony single red, sun, 30″
Paeonia suf. ‘High Noon’ Tree Peony dble yellow, sun, 4′x6′
Paeonia suf. ‘Hoki’ Tree Peony scarlet, sun, 4′x6′
Paeonia suf. ‘Kinkaku’ Tree Peony dble orge/ylw, sun, 4′x6′
Paeonia suf. ‘Kamatanishiki’ Tree Peony dble purple, sun, 4′x6′
Paeonia suf. ‘Yoshino Gawa’ Tree Peony dble light pink, sun, 4′x6′
Papaver nud. ‘Champagne Bub.’ Poppy wht/ylw/orange mix, sun, 20″
Papaver ‘Beauty of Livermore’ Poppy deep red, 30″, sun
Papaver ‘Brilliant’ Poppy fiery orange, 30″, sun
Papaver ‘Princess Victoria’ Poppy salmon pink, sun, 30″
Penstemon dig. ‘Husker Red’ Beard Tongue wht/pink flwr, sun/pt.shade, 24″
Penstemon ‘Elfin Pink’ Beard Tongue pink, sun/pt shade, 12″
Penstemon ‘Prarie Dusk’ Beard Tongue lav, sun/pt shade, 18″
Phlox car.’Miss Lingard’ Phlox white, sun, 30″
Phlox div. ‘Eco Lilac Time Woodland Phlox lilac purple with dk eye, sun 15″
Phlox div. ‘London Grove’ Woodland Phlox violet blue, sun, 10″
Phlox div. ‘White Perfume’ Woodland Phlox white, sun, 14″
Phlox mac. ‘Natascha’ Wild Sweet William wht/pink bicolor, sun/pt shade, 28″
Phlox pan. ‘Bright Eyes’ Phlox pink/crimson eye, sun, 36″
Phlox pan. ‘David’ Phlox white, sun, 38″
Phlox pan. ‘Lizzy’ Phlox pink/white eye, sun, 26″
Phlox pan. ‘Nora Leigh’ Phlox white/pink edging, sun, 28″
Phlox pan. ‘Orange Perfection’ Phlox salmon orange, sun, 36″
Phlox pan. ‘Red Riding Hood’ Phlox cherry red, sun, 22″
Phlox pan. ‘Snow White’ Phox white, sun, 24″
Phlox pan. ‘Speed Limit 45′ Phlox pink/dark eye, sun, 36″
Phlox stol. ‘Blue Ridge’ Creeping Phlox blue, sun/pt shade, 8″
Phlox stol. ‘Pink Ridge’ Creeping Phlox pink, sun/pt shade, 6″
Phlox stol. ‘Porters Purple’ Creeping Phlox dark purple, sun/pt shade, 8″
Phlox pilosa ‘Eco Texas Purple’ Phlox deep violet, sun/pt shade, 15″
Physostegia viginiana False Dragonhead pink, sun/pt shade, 36″
Physostegia vir. ‘Alba’ False Dragonhead white, 36″, sun/pt shade
Physostegia vir. ‘Variegata’ False Dragonhead pink, variegated leaf, sun/pt shade
Platycodon grand. ‘Fuji White’ Balloon Flower white, 28″, sun
Platycodon grand. ‘Mariesii’ Balloon Flower deep blue, sun, 30″
Polemonium caeruleum Jacobs Ladder light blue flwr, sun/shade, 30″
Polemonium c. ‘Alba’ Jacobs Ladder white flwr, sun/shade, 26″
Polemonium c. ‘Brise d’Anjou’ Jacobs Ladder variegated leaves, sun/shade, 24″
Polygonatum biflorum Solomons Seal lt yellow flwrs, shade, native, 24″
Polygonatum fal. ‘Variegatum’ Solomons Seal white flwrs, variegated leaves, 26″
Primula japonica Primrose mix of red, pink, wht. shade, 15″
Primula ‘Pacific Hybrid Strain’ Primrose mix of red, prpl, blue. shade, 10″
Pulmonaria sacc. ‘Mrs. Moon’ Lungwort silver spotted lvs, shade, pink flwr
Pulmonaria sac. ‘Dora Bielefeld’ Lungwort bright pink, 12″
Pulmonaria lon. ‘Roy Davidson’ Lungwort sky blue, 10″, shade
Pulmonaria x ‘Coral Springs’ Lungwort coral pink flwr, 18″, shade
Ranunculus rep.’Yakushimensis’ Buttercup bright yellow, 2″, rock garden, sun
Ratibida columnifera Prarie Coneflower red, 30″, sun, native
Rodgersia aesculifolia Rodgersia white flwr panicles to 24″!, bog, 42″
Rosemarinus officinalis Rosemary lavender-blue, 24″, herb, sun, zone 5
Rudbeckia hirta ‘Becky Mix’ Black-Eyed-Susan yellow w/ maroon flwr 6″! sun, 12″
Rudbeckia h. ‘Indian Summer’ Black-Eyed-Susan yellow flwr 9″across! sun, 30″
Rudbeckia nit. ‘Herbstsonne’ Autumn Sun Coneflower bright yellow,  sun, 8ft.
Rudbeckia triloba Brown-Eyed-Susan golden flwr, long blooming, sun, 38″
Salvia nemorosa ‘Blue Queen’ Salvia purple, silvery blue foliage, sun, 24″
Salvia nem. ‘East Friesland’ Salvia violet-purple, earlier blooming, 20″
Salvia nem. ‘Lubecca’ Salvia violet-purple, 22″, sun
Salvia x sylvestris ‘May Night’ Salvia dark purple, 24″, reblooms
Salvia vert. ‘Purple Rain’ Salvia purple, 30″, sun
Sanguinaria canadensis Bloodroot white, shade, 12″, native
Saponaria x ‘Max Frei’ Soapwort rose-pink, 12″
Saxafraga cochlearis Mother of Thousands white, 10″, rock garden, sun
Saxafraga stolonifera Mother of Thousands white, 10″, rock garden, sun
Scabiosa col. ‘Butterfly Blue’ Pincushion Flower blue, 15″, continuous bloom
Scabiosa col. ‘Pink Mist’ Pincushion Flower pink, 15″, continuous bloom
Sedum acre ‘Aureum’ Sedum yellow, 2″, sun, evrgrn
Sedum album Sedum white, 2″, spreading, sun
Sedum album ‘Faro Island’ Sedum teeny tiny form of species, 1″
Sedum anopetalum Sedum yellow, bl/grey foliage, spreading, 4″
Sedum cyaneum Sedum rose/lilac, grey foliage, rock grdn, 3″
Sedum kamt. ‘Variegatum’ Sedum yellow flwr, marbled leaves, sun, 8″
Sedum sieboldii Sedum pink, grey w/ maroon edged leaf, 6″
Sedum spectabile ‘Brillant’ Sedum lavender-pink, gray-green leaf, 20″
Sedum spurium ‘Dragons Blood’ Sedum crimson, bronze red fall color, 4″
Sedum spurium ‘John Creech’ Sedum rose-pnk, dwarf 2″, rock garden, sun
Sedum spurium ‘Red Carpet’ Sedum rose-red, deep red foliage, 6″, sun
Sedum spurium ‘Variegatum’ Sedum rose-pnk, pnk & wht variegation, 4″
Sedum tetarcticum Sedum white, 3″, sun, rare, fall bronze color
Sedum x ‘Autumn Joy’ Sedum salmon bronze to copper-rd, 20″, sun
Sedum ‘Frosty Morn’ Sedum pnk/wht,14″, bl-grn leaf w/ wht edge
Sempervivum spp. Hens & Chicks mixed colored rosettes
Sempervivum ‘The Oddity’ Hens & Chicks grn & red tipped petals are tubular
Senna marilandica Cassia yellow, 50″, sun, native to SE US
Sidalcea candida Miniature Hollyhock wht, 30″, sun-pt sun, native to C US
Sidalcea rosea ‘Party Girl Mix’ Miniature Hollyhock pinks, roses, 30″, sun
Stachys byzantina Lamb’s Ears lavender flwr, woolly silver leaf, 12″
Stachys b. ‘Big Ears’ Lamb’s Ears huge woolly silver leaves, 10″
Stachys minima Lamb’s Ears dwarf 6″, maroon winter leaf, evrgrn
Stokesia laevis ‘Klaus Jelitto’ Stoke’s Aster powder-blue 4″ flwr, 18″, sun
Stokesia laevis ‘Mary Gregory’ Stoke’s Aster yellow, 20″, native to SE US, sun
Thalictrum aquilegifolium Meadow Rue lilac, 36″,shade, resembles columbine
Thalictrum flavum Meadow Rue yellow, 48″, bl-grn leaf, shade
Thalictrum kiusianum Meadow Rue lilac, 6″, shade rock garden
Thermopsis caroliniana False Lupine looks like a monster 42″ ylw lupine
Thymus x cit. ‘Archer’s Gold’ Thyme forms a dense gold mat 4″t, sun
Thymus cit. ‘Lemon Frost’ Thyme lemon scented, wht flwr reblooms,2″
Thymus pseudolanuginosus Wooly Thyme fuzzy grey leaf, 2″, drought tolerant
Tiarella cordifolia Foam Flower white, 15″, spreading, shade
Tiarella cor. ‘Running Tapestry’ Foam Flower pnk, 8″, heart shape leaf w/ red vien
Tiarella x ‘Spanish Cross’ Foam Flower pnk, 14″, replica of an ornate cross
Tradescanthia ‘Concord Grape’ Spiderwort grape purple, grey-bl leaf, sun-pt sun
Tradescanthia ‘Snowcap’ Spiderwort white, 20″, sun-pt sun, thick foliage
Tricytris for. ‘Gates of Heaven’ Toad Lily orchidlike prpl-wht w/ prpl spots, 28″
Tricytris hirta ‘Variegata’ Toad Lily orchidlike spotted prpl,variegated,28″
Trifolium repens ‘Atropurperum’ Shamrock red leaf w/ wht flwr, sun/shade, 4″
Trifolium r. ‘Purp. Quadrifolium’ Four-Leaved-Shamrock 3-6″, lucky 4 leaf, grows anywhere!
Trillium erectum Wake-Robin native, purple flwr, 15″, shade
Trillium grandiflorum Wake-Robon native, wht flwr, easy to grow,shade
Trillium luteum Toadshade ylw, mottled leaf, lemon fragrance, 12″
Trillium recurvatum Toadshade maroon/bronze, 15″, shade
Trillium sessile Toadshade native, prpl, mottled leaf, 10″, shade
Trollius x cultorum ‘Alabaster’ Globe Flower light primrose, 20″, sun-pt sun
Trollius x cul. ‘Lemon Queen’ Globe Flower lemon yellow, 24″, pt shade
Uvualria grandiflora Great Merrybells light yellow, 24″, native
Uvualria perfoliata Dwarf Merrybells pale yellow, dwarf 12″, native
Verbascum x ‘Southern Charm’ Mullein mixed pastels, 36″, sun
Verbena bonariensis Vervain purple-blue, 54″, full sun, moist soil
Verbena can. ‘Homstead Purple’ Vervain deep prpl, heat/drought tolerant, 10″
Veronia noveboracensis Iron Weed aster-like purple flwr, 8′, native
Veronica alpina ‘Alba’ Speedwell white racemes, 12″, sun, native
Veronica lon. ‘Noah Williams’ Speedwell white racemes, variegated, sun, 30″
Veronica lon. ‘Sunny Border’ Speedwell blue, 24″, sun
Veronica oltensis Speedwell blue, 1″, sun rock garden
Veronica prostrata ‘Trehane’ Speedwell golden ylw leaf, blue flwr, 8″, pt sun
Veronica reptens ‘Sunshine’ Speedwell golden carpet forming, rose flwr, 1″
Veronica spicata ‘Red Fox’ Speedwell deep rose-red, 16″, mat forming, sun
Veronicastrum virginicum Culver’s Root white, 48″, native
Viola ‘Bowles Black’ Viola deep midnight blue, 9″, fragrant, sun
Yucca filamnetosa ‘Color Guard’ Yucca variegated sword-like leaf, 30″, sun

Roses have always presented a challenge to the gardener. The first thoughts that enter most peoples minds when

Long blooming periods and mix well with other shrubs

roses are mentioned are those of disease and insect problems, winter kill and a general sense of high maintenance. These concerns are well placed due to the fact that rose breeders, for the better part of the last century, have placed most emphasis on a perfect flower at the expense of the plant.

Many rose varieties unfortunately are high maintenance, but in the last few decades there has been an emergence of new hardier varieties and a re-emergence and better availability of the tough old varieties from more than a century past. These tougher, hardier roses are better for the average gardener and maybe, more importantly, the potentially brutal winters in this area.

One important rose issue is that of own root vs. grafted. Roses that are grafted are usually not as cold hardy as the roots they are spliced onto. Own root roses have extremely cold hardy tops which regrow true to type even if they die back to the base. They are also longer lived due to lack of bud incompatibility, and there are no unwanted suckers sprouting from an alien rootstock.

Most of the hardiest roses I can think of are also considered shrub roses (as opposed to hybrid Tea or Grandiflora). A shrub rose can be loosely defined as a rose with a more irregular, bushy habit and within the category there are many different sizes from 3′ to 8′ tall, and habits from dense to loose and open.

One of the best species of roses for northern gardeners is the Rosa Rugosa, a native of northern China and Japan. Many of the Rugosa varieties such as; Sir Thomas Lipton, Therese Bugnet, Hansa, F.J. Grootendorst, and Blanc Bouble de Coubert, will survive in zone 3. Blackspot and Mildew rarely show up on these coarse textured, fragrant centurions.

Rosa spinosissima is another tough species originally found in Scotland and bred over the years to yield many single and double flowered varieties. It was crossed with Persian Yellow giving rise eventually to Harrisons Yellow (the actual Yellow Rose of Texas), which I see growing as huge bushes in many farm yards all around Lansing. One thing is certain of this variety – it doesn’t die back from the cold. Stanwell Perpetual is another variety with blush pink blooms that continue until frost.

The Explorer series of roses was initiated at the Ottawa experiment station in 1961 and bear the names of famous Canadian explorers. This series offers a combination of disease resistence, extreme hardiness and repeat blooming characteristics. Many of the varieties involve the Rugosa and spinosissima roses in their parentage. The more popular ones are Henry Hudson, Jens Munk, John Cabot, Charles Albanel, and Champlain.

Another great collection of hardy own root roses is the David Austin series of shrub roses. while I have noticed Blackspot and Mildew on all of them, it’s never as bad as on the Hybrid Teas. Many of them have multiply double, cabbage like blooms with potent fragrance. Graham Thomas, Heritage, Mary Rose, The Squire, and Abraham Darby are the most popular ones.

Carefree roses such as the Carefree Wonder, Carefree Delight and Carefree Beauty, although very similar to one another in size and color, are very cold hardy and disease resistant. The Carefree Beauty in my Genoa, N.Y. garden rarely dies back even a few inches over the winter. Other sure bets for our northern gardens are Meidilands, Alchymist, Bonica, Rubrifolia, and Simplicitys.

There really are so many low maintenance, acutely hardy roses with such stunningly beautiful attributes that no one should fear rose gardening. You just have to shake the long held misconception that roses equal hard work and frustration. With the varieties above you should only have to do some light pruning and fertilizing once in a while and the rest of your time can be spent enjoying the garden.

Groundcovers are listed below.

Botanical Name Common Name Information
Aegopodium podagraria Bishop’s Weed rapid spread, gr/wht leaf, wht flwr
Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’ Bugleweed shade, 6″ tall, Blue flowers
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Bearberry evergreen, 12″ tal, red berries
Asarum europaeum European Ginger evergreen, bell flower, pt. shade
Campanula carpatica Bellflower mat-forming perennial, sun
Cerastium tomentosum Snow-in-Summer silvery leaf, wht flwr, full sun
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Leadwort shade, 12″ tall, Blue flowers
Euonymus fortunei and cvs Wintercreeper evergreen, many colors
Galium odoratum Sweet Woodruff fragrant flower, whorled leaf
Gaultheria procumbens Wintergreen evergreen, takes shade, 4″ tall
Hedera helix English Ivy evergreen vine, Sun/Part Sun
Hedera helix ‘Baltica’ Baltic Ivy evergreen vine, Sun/Part Sun
Lamium maculatum Lamium silvery green foliage, red-prpl flwr
Pachysandra terminalis Japanese Spurge evergreen, creeping, Pt Sun/Shade
Phlox stolonifera Creeping Phlox tolerates shade, blue flowers
Phlox subulata Creeping Phlox semi-evergreen, pink flwr, full sun
Pulmonaria saccharata Bethlehem Sage 8-14″ tall, indigo flowers
Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-Low’ Fragrant Sumac tolerates dry, good for slopes, 2′
Sedum Stonecrop succulent-like foliage, full sun
Sempervivium tectorum Hens & Chicks spreading rosettes, prpl flwr, Sun
Vinca minor Myrtle sun/shade, blue flowes
Vinca minor ‘Bowles Variety’ Bowles Common Myrtle evergreen, violet-blue flower
Vinca minor ‘Jekylls’s White’ Jekyll’s White Myrtle evergreen, white flower
Vinca minor ‘Variegata’ Variegated Myrtle evergreen, variegated foliage

Vines that we carry include the following:

Actinidia arguta ‘Issai’ Hardy Kiwi self fertile, full sun/pt shade
Ampelopsis brevipedunculata Porcelain Berry beautiful blue berries
Ampelopsis brev. ‘Elegans’ Variegated Porcelainberry leaves pink and white tinged
Aristolochia durior Dutchmans Pipe sun or shade, 30′, big leaves
Campsis rad. ‘Mme Galen’ Mme Galen Trumpet Vine tubular orange flowers
Campsis rad. ‘Flava’ Yellow Trumpet Vine rapid climber, yellow flower
Celastrus scandens American Bittersweet org/red berries
Clematis varieties Clematis many colors and forms
Hydrangea anom. ‘Petiolaris’ Climbing Hydrangea good for walls, white flower, sun or shade
Lonicera x Dropmore Scarlet Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle tubular scarlet flower
Lonicera jap. ‘Halliana’ Halls Honeysuckle fragrant wht/ylw flower
Lonicera peric. ‘Berries Jubille’ Berries Jubille Honeysuckle wht/ylw flowers, red berries
Lonicera semp. ‘Magnifica’ Trumpet Honeysuckle red flowers, climbs fast
Parthenocissus quin. ‘Engelmannii’ Engelman Ivy red fall color, climbs walls
Parthenocissus tricuspidata Boston Ivy climbs wall, orge/red in fall
Polygonum aubertii Silver Lace Vine sun or shade, white flower
Wisteria flor. ‘Issai Perfect’ White Japanese Wisteria sun, fragrant white flowers
Wisteria flor. ‘Rosea’ Pink Japanese Wisteria sun, fragrant pink flowers
Wisteria flor. ‘Texas Purple’ Texas Purple Jap Wisteria sun, violet purple flower
Wisteria sinensis Chinese Wisteria violet blue flowers

Groundcovers

A list of what we generally carries follows.  As always, stop by or call for availability.

 

otanical Name Common Name Information
Aegopodium podagraria Bishop’s Weed rapid spread, gr/wht leaf, wht flwr
Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’ Bugleweed shade, 6″ tall, Blue flowers
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi Bearberry evergreen, 12″ tal, red berries
Asarum europaeum European Ginger evergreen, bell flower, pt. shade
Campanula carpatica Bellflower mat-forming perennial, sun
Cerastium tomentosum Snow-in-Summer silvery leaf, wht flwr, full sun
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Leadwort shade, 12″ tall, Blue flowers
Euonymus fortunei and cvs Wintercreeper evergreen, many colors
Galium odoratum Sweet Woodruff fragrant flower, whorled leaf
Gaultheria procumbens Wintergreen evergreen, takes shade, 4″ tall
Hedera helix English Ivy evergreen vine, Sun/Part Sun
Hedera helix ‘Baltica’ Baltic Ivy evergreen vine, Sun/Part Sun
Lamium maculatum Lamium silvery green foliage, red-prpl flwr
Pachysandra terminalis Japanese Spurge evergreen, creeping, Pt Sun/Shade
Phlox stolonifera Creeping Phlox tolerates shade, blue flowers
Phlox subulata Creeping Phlox semi-evergreen, pink flwr, full sun
Pulmonaria saccharata Bethlehem Sage 8-14″ tall, indigo flowers
Rhus aromatica ‘Gro-Low’ Fragrant Sumac tolerates dry, good for slopes, 2′
Sedum Stonecrop succulent-like foliage, full sun
Sempervivium tectorum Hens & Chicks spreading rosettes, prpl flwr, Sun
Vinca minor Myrtle sun/shade, blue flowes
Vinca minor ‘Bowles Variety’ Bowles Common Myrtle evergreen, violet-blue flower
Vinca minor ‘Jekylls’s White’ Jekyll’s White Myrtle evergreen, white flower
Vinca minor ‘Variegata’ Variegated Myrtle evergreen, variegated foliage

Vines

A list of what we generally carries is below.  As always, call or stop by for availability.

Actinidia arguta ‘Issai’ Hardy Kiwi self fertile, full sun/pt shade
Ampelopsis brevipedunculata Porcelain Berry beautiful blue berries
Ampelopsis brev. ‘Elegans’ Variegated Porcelainberry leaves pink and white tinged
Aristolochia durior Dutchmans Pipe sun or shade, 30′, big leaves
Campsis rad. ‘Mme Galen’ Mme Galen Trumpet Vine tubular orange flowers
Campsis rad. ‘Flava’ Yellow Trumpet Vine rapid climber, yellow flower
Celastrus scandens American Bittersweet org/red berries
Clematis varieties Clematis many colors and forms
Hydrangea anom. ‘Petiolaris’ Climbing Hydrangea good for walls, white flower, sun or shade
Lonicera x Dropmore Scarlet Dropmore Scarlet Honeysuckle tubular scarlet flower
Lonicera jap. ‘Halliana’ Halls Honeysuckle fragrant wht/ylw flower
Lonicera peric. ‘Berries Jubille’ Berries Jubille Honeysuckle wht/ylw flowers, red berries
Lonicera semp. ‘Magnifica’ Trumpet Honeysuckle red flowers, climbs fast
Parthenocissus quin. ‘Engelmannii’ Engelman Ivy red fall color, climbs walls
Parthenocissus tricuspidata Boston Ivy climbs wall, orge/red in fall
Polygonum aubertii Silver Lace Vine sun or shade, white flower
Wisteria flor. ‘Issai Perfect’ White Japanese Wisteria sun, fragrant white flowers
Wisteria flor. ‘Rosea’ Pink Japanese Wisteria sun, fragrant pink flowers
Wisteria flor. ‘Texas Purple’ Texas Purple Jap Wisteria sun, violet purple flower
Wisteria sinensis Chinese Wisteria violet blue flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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