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Amsonia hubrichtii (Blue Star-Arkansas)
This southern native has very narrow, needle-like leaves that line the stems like bottle brushes. Surprisingly, they are soft as silk to the touch. From late spring thru early summer, 2-3 inch wide clusters of small, light blue, star-shaped flowers are borne above the short mound of ferny foliage. After blooming, it quickly grows to reach a height of about 3 feet. Amsonia adds a billowy, finely textured element to the landscape. It grows into a dense mass, much like a small shrub. The cool blue flowers can be useful in toning down adjacent flower colors. The most valuable feature of amsonia is its fall color; the entire plant turns a stunning shade of golden yellow. It makes an excellent backdrop for fall-blooming perennials such as sedums and garden mums.
Height 36 Inches Spread 36 Inches
$5.50 #1 Pot Sold Out
Artemisia schmidtiana 'Silver Mound'
Silver Mound has soft, feathery foliage and forms compact, silky, cushion-like mounds. It has many applications in the garden including: edging, rock gardens, pots, or a filler plant for hot, dry areas. It has long been one of the most popular silver foliage plants. An excellent choice for hot, dry sites, Artemisia should be grown in very well-drained soil and full sun. To avoid "melting out", it should be grown in poor soil and trimmed back in late spring. Silver Mound rarely needs dividing and should be left undisturbed.
Height 8-10 Inches Spread 10-15 Inches
$7.75 #1 Pot
Astilbe 'Fanal'
Astilbes are long-lived perennials that are most comfortable when grown in rich soil and light shade. They will grow in full shade, but will not bloom as prolifically there. Though they are easy to grow, Astilbes have one critical requirement--lots of water. Plants must have consistently moist soil; dryness leads to a quick demise, especially in sun. Increase watering as the foliage emerges and the plumes mature. If the soil dries out, the leaves will develop brown, crispy margins and will begin to drop. Fertilize Astilbes in late spring before flowering starts. Wait to cut back the old foliage until spring; it will help protect the plant from winter damage. Plants should be divided in early spring every 3-4 years to maintain vigor.
Height 20 Inches Spread 18-20 Inches
$6.25 #1 Pot
Brunnera 'Jack Frost' NEW
Though the leaves are dark green, they have a heavily frosted overlay which allows only the green veining to show through. From mid to late spring, baby blue, forget-me-not type blossoms are held in clusters several inches above the shimmering foliage Brunneras are classic perennials that are treasured for their shade tolerance and lovely blooms. They make a fantastic groundcover when planted en masse. Try growing them in containers too so they will be close at hand when you want to snip a few blooms for a spring bouquet. Brunnera is a woodland plant that should be grown in full shade. In the north, morning sun is acceptable as long as the soil remains moist. They will grow the fastest and strongest in rich soil. Little care is needed once Brunnera is established. Cut back the old foliage in the spring rather than in the fall. A winter mulch is also recommended.
Height 12-15 inches Spread 12-15 inches
$12.50 #1 Pot Sold Out
Dianthus deltoids 'Firewitch' (Cheddar Pinks)
Fragrant magenta pink blossoms are produced prolifically over low, silvery blue mats of evergreen foliage. If deadheaded, this species will flower heaviest in early summer and again in fall. Dianthus can be grown in full sun or part shade, but the foliage will not be as lush and fewer flowers will be produced if it is grown in hot, dry areas. Regular watering during prolonged dry spells will be necessary. Dianthus can be propagated by division every few years in early spring, just as the new growth begins to appear.
Height 7-8 Inches Spread 12-18 Inches
$6.25 #1 Pot
Echinacea purpurea 'Prairie Splendor' (Coneflower) NEW
Prairie Splendor™ boasts and earlier bloom time (up to 2 weeks earlier than other varieties) and an extended flowering period from late June to the first frost. The 4-6 inch wide, rose pink flowers are presented atop compact, well-branched plants. This variety is relatively short for an Echinacea, measuring in around 2 feet tall. Praised for their large, daisy-like flowers which appear from midsummer thru fall, after many other perennials have finished blooming, Coneflowers are a mainstay in today's garden. If deadheaded, the bloom cycle will be extended. However, some spent blooms should be left on the plants in fall because their seeds provide winter food for finches and other birds. The dried seed heads also provide architectural interest in the winter.
Height 24 Inches Spread 18-24 Inches
$4.90 #1 Pot
Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum' (Japanese Painted Fern)
2004 Perennial Plant of the Year! One of the most colorful ferns for the garden, the Japanese Painted Fern has silvery-grey fronds which are dusty purple towards the center. They are set off by the purplish-red veins and stems. This fern has a low and mounding habit, slowly spreading by rhizomes to form dense colonies. The fronds are positioned in a way that creates a horizontal layering effect much like you see in Dogwood trees. . Pictum grows best in moist soil with a neutral to moderately acidic pH. Light to partial shade is best; some sunlight is necessary to produce the vibrant coloring. To protect the crowns and tender shoots in the spring, it is best to leave the old fronds on the plant over the winter. They can be removed in the spring when the new fronds reach 6 inches tall. If division is necessary, do so in the spring.
Height 12-18 Inches Spread 24 Inches
$8.90 #2 Pot
Gaillardia 'Arizona' (Blanket Flower)
Scarlet-red petals with sunny yellow tips surround the reddish-brown, button-like center. These daisy-like blooms are highly valued for their hot red and yellow hues and they attract butterflies. Since the flowers just keep on coming from early summer into fall, they provide continuous color in containers and will keep your vases full of fresh blanket flower bouquets all season long. These perennials require little care once established. They are heat tolerant and actually prefer to be grown in poorer soils. Gaillardia requires full sun and well-drained soil in order to prosper. Given too much shade, the plants tend to flop over. Though they will perform best in moist soils, they are highly drought tolerant. Do not enrich the soil with compost or other rich ingrediants when planting this perennial. It does best in poor, loose soils and does not tolerate heavy clay. Plants may be divided every 2-3 years in either spring or fall and are also easily grown from seed. Deadheading spent blooms will prolong the bloom time.
Height 12 Inches Spread 15 Inches
$5.25 #1 Pot Sold Out
Heliopsis 'Sunburst False Sunflower'
A one of a kind variegated heliopsis! This exotic white leaves with extensive green veining that turns darker green late in the season. From July to frost, golden yellow, single, daisy-like flowers appear on the erect, loosely branched stems. This one positively beams in the garden! Heliopsis can be grown in either full sun or part shade, but it performs much better in full sun. Soil of average fertility is preferable. When grown in moist, rich soil, it tends to need staking. Growth will be strongest in soil with average fertility and moisture. Deadheading spent flower heads will extend the flowering time and prevent self-seeding. Divide every 2-3 years in spring or fall to maintain vigor.
Height 30 Inches Spread 18-24 Inches
$8.25 #1 Pot
Hemerocallis 'Barbara Mitchell ' (Daylily)
6 inch beautiful soft pink blossoms with a celery-green throat; the best of the pink diploids. Of fine form: petals are consistently round, edged with deep, flowing ruffles. Excellent branching; many blooms appear on the same scape. Blooms in midsummer; re-bloomer. Semi-evergreen foliage. Daylilies are some of the easiest perennials to grow and are a good choice for any gardener, from the beginner to the professional. These are tough, adaptable plants that will grow in any soil, from normal to slightly wet to dry. Older varieties are able to bloom if planted in partial shade, but most of the newer introductions need full sun for best performance. Likewise, older varieties tend to spread more rapidly than the newer hybrids. All varieties can be divided every 3-4 years by digging up the entire clump and dividing it into smaller pieces with a minimum of 3 eyes each. This can be done in either spring or fall. Plants should be deadheaded for cosmetic purposes, but in most cases this will not extend the bloom time.
Height 20 Inches Spread 18-24 Inches
$6.90 #1 Pot
Heucheras 'Plum Pudding' (Coral Bells)
Not the typical burgundy color of some heucheras, this variety sports leaves that are truly plum purple with even darker purple veins. They are attractively ruffled and have bluntly pointed tips. The newer leaves are somewhat glossy and all have deep purple undersides. This Heucheras forms a spreading clump and makes a fantastic groundcover when planted en masse. The dainty cream flowers which appear on 26 inch scapes are an added bonus in early summer. Heucheras are easy perennials to grow and fit nicely in the front of any border, rock garden, or container. They grow most vigorously and have the strongest colors when grown in partial shade (preferably afternoon shade). They can also be grown in full shade but their growth rate will be very slow. Some varieties can withstand full sun in northern climates if they have consistent moisture, but their colors tend to fade with the intensity of the sun. They are useful in the north along pathways which are salted in winter.
Height 8 Inches Spread 8-12 Inches
$9.25 #1 Pot
Heucherella 'Catching Fire' (Coral Bell)
If you’re looking for a bright-colored foliage plant, you’ve found it! Vibrant lime green leaves are rounded, giving it a refined presence in the garden. In the centers of each leaves are very defined flame-shaped markings that flare from the center like cherry red fire. In summer, these markings will deepen to mahogany. Cream flowers appear in early summer. This is a very polished, vigorous plant. For best foliage color and performance, plant in an area with filtered sun or afternoon shade. ‘Catching Fire’ is a H. villosa hybrid which means that it is naturally more heat and humidity tolerant and also has greater vigor than Heucherellas without such parentage. It forms a very dense mound of interesting foliage that is evergreen in most climates.
Height 8-10 Inches Spread 16 Inches
$9.50 #1 Pot
Hibiscus Summerific 'Summer Storm'
A fantastic large specimen plant that will steal the show from summer into fall! Huge 8-10”, light pink flowers with a deep magenta eye are produced all over the clump of attractive deep wine purple, maple-like leaves.
Height 48-60 Inches Spread 48-60 Inches
$19.00 #2 Pot
Hosta 'Fortunei Aureomarginata'
Spinach green leaves with a hint of blue and deep golden-yellow margins measuring 1/8" to 1/2" wide. Pale lavender flowers appear on 40" scapes in mid to late summer. Hostas grow best in moist, well-drained, highly organic soils. Sandy loam is better than clay because it provides more aeration for the roots. High-filtered or dappled sunlight is necessary for clean, healthy growth. Morning sun is tolerable and will help to intensify the leaf colors, but hot afternoon sun is usually deadly to hostas. They are most at home in shady, woodland settings and often work well as specimen or edging plants. Hostas are very easy to propagate through division. This can be done at any time during the growing season with little or no affect on the growth of the parent plant. Since each division should have at least 3 eyes, plants should be allowed to mature for several years before being divided. Especially in northern zones, hostas should be mulched with a layer of finely shredded organic material to prevent heaving in the winter. Mulch is beneficial because it retains moisture around the plant's roots, but it is also the ideal place for slugs to hide. Watch for holes in the center of the leaves. If they are present, so are slugs. Applying a slug bait in early spring when new shoots are beginning to emerge will help to reduce the slug population.
Height 18-24 Inches Spread 40 Inches
$3.90 #1 Pot
Hosta 'August Moon'
Large, heart-shaped leaves are bright gold to chartreuse depending on the amount of sun exposure. They are corrugated, wavy, and of good substance making them slug resistant. Tolerates full sun which will intensify the gold color of the leaves. Pale lavender, open bell-shaped flowers are prolifically produced on 24" scapes in mid to late summer.
Height 20 Inches Spread 24 Inches
$5.20 #1 Pot Sold Out
Hosta 'First Frost'
Emerges with a gold margin early in the spring, then changes to pure white later in the season. The leaves hold up well in the garden all season long until the "first frost". Light lavender flowers appear on 28 inch scapes in midsummer.
Height 18 inches Spread 36 inches
$9.50 #1 Pot Sold Out
Lamiastrum galeobdolon 'Hermans Pride'
Yellow Archangel is a hardy groundcover for partial to full shade. It is able to withstand dry conditions very well, and therefore can be grown under trees or in other difficult sites. Lamiastrum will first form a neat mound of foliage, and will then proceed to spread to fill in the surrounding area. Bright yellow flowers are produced briefly in late spring. Lamiastrum will brighten up any shady site with its silvery leaves, including under trees. Growth will be most compact in moist, well-drained soils, but it can grow in drier areas, though it may tend to open up. Lamiastrum is evergreen in mild regions and herbaceous in cooler zones. In both areas, it will benefit by a shearing in the spring to stimulate healthy, new growth. Clumps can easily be divided in spring or early fall.
Height 18 inches Spread 15-18 inches
$6.25 #1 Pot Sold Out
Monarda d. 'Pardon My Purple'
Tuck this sweet and petite perennial into the front of your flower border where it will create a colorful edge of fuchsia purple flowers in high summer. Butterflies adore it!
Height 10-12 inches Spread 10-12 inches
$9.75 #1 Pot
Platycodon 'Astra Double Blue'
Fluffy, semi-double blue flowers emerge from unique, balloon shaped buds, adding wonderful color impact throughout summer. This vigorous new dwarf variety has a compact form. Ideal for containers, borders and butterfly gardens. Excellent cut flower.
Height 8-10 inch Spread 6-8 inch
$7.75 #1 Pot
Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' (Black Eyed Susan)
Black Eyed Susans are one of the most popular perennials available today, having earned the prestigious Perennial Plant of the Year Award in 1999. Plants have a long season of bloom and a sturdy, upright habit. The gold daisy-like flowers have a distinct dark brown central cone and are held on branching stems. Do not deadhead these cones if you want winter interest since the black seed heads remain attractive throughout the winter and the seeds provide a source of food for small birds. Rudbeckias like full sun, but they also will do well in partial shade. Plant them in well-drained, not overly rich soil. Remove spent flowers in order to stimulate continuous bloom. Plants will self-seed. If this is not desired, cut the plants back in fall. Rudbeckias are very easy to divide in the spring. They also make great cut flowers.
Height 24 Inches Spread 18-24 Inches
$3.90 #1 Pot
Sedum Autumn Charm
In August, panicles of cream buds top the entire clump, then open to light pink flowers in September, followed by russet red seed heads in October. Tall, upright sedums form substantial clumps of foliage which can be substituted for shrubs in the landscape. Their stout, sturdy stems support the massive flower heads which develop in summer and burst into bloom in fall. If left standing, they provide winter interest and food for birds.
Height 14-18 Inches Spread 18 Inches
$8.25 #1 Pot
Sedum Autumn Joy
One of the most popular perennials on the market today. This hardy, upright selection sports light green leaves and deep rose flowers which age to a beautiful bronze. Tall, upright sedums form substantial clumps of foliage which can be substituted for shrubs in the landscape. Their stout, sturdy stems support the massive flower heads which develop in summer and burst into bloom in fall. If left standing, they provide winter interest and food for birds. Remove them in spring when the new growth begins to show. Very easy to grow. Because of its thick, succulent leaves which can store water, sedum is drought tolerant. It should be sited in average to poor soil that is well-drained. Plants grown in rich soil tend to be lanky and open. Most varieties should be grown in full sun to light shade. The lower growing types, however, will survive in partial shade. Divide sedum every 3-4 years to maintain its compact growth habit. Older plants tend to split in the center if they have not been divided. Pinching the taller varieties back by half in early summer will also help prevent them from splitting. This plant is not usually bothered by pests or diseases.
Height 24-30 inches Spread 18-24 inches
$6.75 #1 Pot
Tanacetum 'Robinson's Red'
Robinson's Red produces scarlet-red flowers which measure 2.5 inches wide and are daisy-like with a bright yellow center. Tanacetum has interesting ferny foliage much like that of yarrow. Plant it in large groupings for plenty of cut flowers and for greatest impact in the landscape.
Height 24-36 inches Spread 18-24 inches
$7.25 #1 Pot
Calamagrostis arundinacea 'Karl Foerster' (Reed grass)
Perennial Plant of the Year for 2001. This is a cool season, clumping grass with a compact, erect growth habit. It is especially prized in the north where the magnificent, wheat-like seed heads appear in late spring and last all season long. C. 'Karl Foerster' provides a great backdrop for lower growing, flowering perennials throughout the year. It is also useful for screening purposes and will not reseed. A good choice for heavy clay soils. C. 'Karl Foerster' prefers sunny, dry conditions. It can be grown in nearly any soil, including heavy clay. Be sure to provide plenty of moisture in extremely hot weather. Cut back to 6 in. in spring before new growth begins. Propagate by division in either spring or fall.
Height 5 feet Spread 2 feet
$7.00 #1 Pot
Schizachyrium s. 'Smoke Signal' (Grass-Ornamental)
This selection of our native Schizachyrium has a beautifully refined habit and puts forth a strong show of color in late summer and fall. The glaucous blue-green foliage begins to take on scarlet red tones in late summer, turning a deeper red-purple through the fall. Tiny, tan seed heads appear in early fall on the top half of the stems. An improvement over older cultivars, this grass maintains its strictly upright habit through fall. Schizachyrium is a great choice if you are looking to restore an eroded site, or for a plant that will grow in hot, dry areas where other plants have a hard time surviving.
Height 3-4 ft. Spread 1-2 ft.
$9.95 #1 Pot Sold Out
Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Avalanche' (Ornamental Grass, Variegated )
A stunning variegated form of 'Karl Foerster' brought to us from Steve Schmidt of American Ornamental Perennials. This selection has deep green leaves with a wide white stripe down the center. The variegation remains distinctively appealing throughout the growing season. This is the perfect plant to use as a screen or backdrop in your garden due to its distinctly upright and clumping habit.
Height 4-5 feet Spread 2 feet
$7.25 #1 Pot