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12261 County Road 4, Avon Mn 56310

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Spring:  April 1st to May 31st:  Mon-Fri: 8am-8pm, Sat: 8am-5pm, Sun: 1pm-5pm

Summer and Fall:  June 1st to November 1st:  Mon-Sat: 8am-5pm, Closed: Sunday

PERENNIAL

HARDINESS MAP

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ARTEMESIA

SilvermoundSILVERMOUND  (Artemesia, schmidtiana ‘Nana’):  Height: 8”-10”, Full sun to part shade.  Soft, finely cut gray-green foliage forms a low growing mound that has multiple uses.  Plant singly for specimen use, or use for edging or in a rock garden.  Will handle low moisture conditions.  May be trimmed back in midsummer to control size.  Growing zones 3 to 7. 

ARUNCUS (GOAT'S BEARD)

Misty Lace AruncusMISTY LACE (Aruncus 'Misty Lace'):  Height: 2'-3', Width: 3'-4'.  Full sun to full shade.  A robust perennial that resembles an Astible, and can be used in place of shrubs in the garden.  'Misty Lace' is a smaller selection of Aruncus perfect for smaller gardens.  Large, creamy white, feathery plumes on dark red stems. Selected for its heat and humidity tolerance.   Deer resistant plant for sun or shade.  Growing zones 3 to 7.   

 

ASTILBE

Astilbe are often used to add a splash of color in shade gardens.  They will also perform well in part to full sun if they receive adequate moisture.  Arendsii group astilbe are the most common astilbe sold in the U.S.  Chinensis group astilbe bloom later and have better drought tolerance than other astilbe.  Japonica group astilbe bloom earlier and have glossy foliage, with flowers that are produced in dense, pyramidal clusters.

August Light AstilbeAUGUST LIGHT (Astilbe 'August Light'):  Height: 24" - 28", ¼ sun to ½ sun.  One of the latest red astilbes to begin blooming, beginning in midsummer.  Long, scarlet red, feathery plumes dance above the bushy clump of dissected, green foliage which emerges deep red in spring.  A larger astilbe that makes an excellent cut flower and extends the astilbe bloom period in the garden.  Arendsii group.  Growing zone 4 to 9.  Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.

 

Burgundy Red AstilbeBURGUNDY RED  (Astilbe 'Burgundy Red'):  Height: 20", ¼ sun to ½ sun.  Dark red scapes carry raspberry colored buds which open to burgundy red, triangular flower plumes in early to midsummer.  As the flowers age, they turn to a vibrant shade of fuschia.  Glossy, deep green, finely dissected foliage forms a nice clump.  Provides an intense spot of red color in the shade garden.  Plant with white and pink astilbe for color contrast.  Arendsii group.  Growing zones 4 to 9.     

 

Rise and Shine AstilbeRISE AND SHINE:  (Astilbe 'Rise and Shine'):  Height:  27", full shade to 1/2 sun.  Large 8" hot pink pyramidal plumes on strong stems.  A strong root structure and increased sun and drought tolerance are characteristics of this cultivar.  Chinensis group.  Growing zones 4 to 9.  Blooms in midsummer.  Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.

 

 

Snowdrift AstilbeSNOWDRIFT:  (Astilbe 'Snowdrift'):  Height:  24", full shade to 1/2 sun.  A classic white Astilbe with wide, white diamond shaped plumes.  The glossy green leaves provide additional interest even when the plant is not in bloom.  Blooms occur in early to midsummer.  Ardensii group.  Growing zones 4 to 9.  Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.

 

Visions AstilbeVISIONS  (Astilbe chinensis 'Visions'):  Height:  18",  full shade to 1/2 sun.  Raspberry reddish-pink fuzzy plumes held upright above deep green, finely cut foliage.  More tolerant of dry conditions than some other varieties, this selection can be used in partial sun with good results.  Blloms in mid summer, a bit later than other Astilbes, it can be used as a cut flower.  Best performance with even, but not excessively wet conditions.  Growing zones 4 to 9.

 

Vision In Pink AstilbeVISION IN PINK (Astilbe chinensis 'Vision in Pink'):  Height: 18"-20", full shade to 1/2 sun.  Pale pink fuzzy plumes with a dense, upright form.  Large blue-green leaves with a coarse texture form a robust clump.  Makes an excellent cut flower, and can even be dried for winter floral arrangements.  Will withstand drier conditions than other astible varieties.  Provides a soft and lacy contrast to hosta in the shade garden.  Chinensis group.  Growing zones 4 to 9.    

 

BERGENIA

Begenia CordifoliaCORDIFOLIA (Berginia cordifolia):  Height: 12" - 18", full sun to full shade.  Glossy green leaves that turn red in fall.  Evergreen foliage holds pink flower clusters upright in spring.  Extremely hardy and drought tolerant.  Sometimes known as 'pigsqueak' because of the noise made when the leaf is rubbed between the thumb and fingers.  Growing zones 3 to 8.    

BLEEDING HEART

Bleeding hearts are native to North America.  They perform best in moisture retentive soils and full shade.  Often they will begin to die down by midsummer as temperatures rise.  

Fire Island Bleeding HeartFIRE ISLAND  (Dicentra 'Fire Island'):  Height:  12"-15", Width: 18"-24".  Full sun to part shade.  A vigorous growing early flowering bleeding heart.  Flaming red heart shaped flowers with white tips above finely textured frosty blue foliage from late spring to midsummer.  Compact habit forms a mounded plant that stands up well in sunny locations.  Growing zones 3 to 9.  Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.

 

Pink Bleeding HeartPINK - 'OLD FASHIONED'  (Dicentra spectabilis):  Height: 30”-36”, full shade to ½ sun.  A rapid growing classic native perennial that forms a large mass of fresh green leaves topped with arching sprays of large, puffy heart shaped, rose pink flowers with white tips in spring.  Prefers well drained, moist soild.  Growing zones 3 to 9.    

 

White Bleeding HeartWHITE (Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’): Height: 30”, full shade to ½ sun.  Similair to it’s pink cousin, but pure white flowers hang in chains atop bright green foliage.  A rapid growing shade perennial for well drained, moist soils.  Growing zones 3 to 9. 

 

CIMICIFUGA

Hillside Black Beauty CimicifugaHILLSIDE BLACK BEAUTY (Cimicifuga ramosa ‘Hillside Black Beauty’):  Height: 4’-7’, Full shade to 1/2 sun.  Striking dark purplish-black heavily cut foliage, the darkest of any cimicifuga yet.  A slow growing plant that will take time to develop to full maturity, but well worth the wait.  Fragrant, 1 foot long bottlebrush flowers open with a pale blush pink tinge.  Also known by the common name, "Bugbane".  Requires a consistent supply of water.  Growing zones 4 to 8.  

 

CONEFLOWER (ECHINACEA)

Purple ConeflowerPURPLE  (Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’):  Height: 40”, full sun to part shade.  The classic purple coneflower.  Large rose-pink flowers with a coppery brown cone.  Petals will lighten to pale pink as they age.  An excellent plant for mass plantings.  Deadhead when the flowers are spent to prevent reseeding.  Growing zones 3 to 8.    

Virgin ConeflowerVIRGIN (Echinacea, purpurea 'Virgin')  Height:  20" - 24", Full sun to part sun.  Large, full, fragrant flowers are pure white with a green cone and a double row of horizontally held petals.  Upright habit requires no staking.  Deadhead when the flowers are spent to prevent reseeding.  Growing zones 3 to 8.  Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.        

 

 

COREOPSIS (TICKSEED)

Zagreb CoreopsisZAGREB (Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’):  Height: 18”-24”, full sun to ½ shade.  An excellent grower with golden yellow flowers on a more upright habit.  Fine, needle like foliage.  Hardier than ‘Moonbeam’ and tolerant of dry conditions.  Blooms in mid summer.  Growing zones 4 to 9.   

 

DELPHINIUM

Delphinium are stately perennials that make excellent cut flowers.  They perform best in full sun and well drained soils.  Some varieties may require staking to keep the flower spikes from falling over.

Pagan Purples DelphiniumPAGAN PURPLES (Delphinium elatum ‘Pagan Purples’):  Height: 4’-6’, full sun to part shade.  Dramatic spires of very dark bluish-purple flowers with a white or brown bee.  The petals have a silky texture which makes them shimmer.  May require staking  to keep the flower spikes from lodging.  Blooms midsummer.  Large, deeply divided green leaves.  Best on well drained soils with average moisture.  Growing zones 3 to 7.    

 

DIANTHUS (PINKS)

Dianthus are easy to grow, requiring little care.  They are drought tolerant and perform well in full sun or part shade.  They bloom heavily in late spring and early summer, then sporadically through summer and early fall. 

Firewitch DianthusFIREWITCH (Dianthus gratianoplitanus ‘Firewitch’):  Height: 8”, full sun to part shade.  Fragrant magenta pink blossoms are held above fine bluish foliage in spring, often reblooming in late summer.  Forms a neat, rounded shape.  Growing zones 3 to 9.  

 

Ruby Sparkles DianthusRUBY SPARKLES  (Dianthus 'Ruby Sparkles')  Height:  8", Width:  14", Full sun to part shade.  Eye catching 1" to 2" magenta-red single flowers appear on top of finely cut mounded foliage.  Well defined ruby eye with highlight each blossom, with blooms appearing in early summer and again in early fall.  Blossoms are highly fragrant, adding an additional element to the perennial garden.  Excellent for borders and edging.  Growing zones 4 to 9.  Photo cortesy of Walters Gardens Inc.

GRASSES

Ornamental grasses are easy to grow, low maintenance plants.  There are two types of grasses, warm season and cool season grasses.  Cool season grasses begin growing early in spring, producing their flower (seed) heads in midsummer.  Late season grasses begin growing about a month later than cool season grasses, and bloom in late summer and fall.  Leave ornamental grasses stand through the winter for seasonal interest, then cut them to the ground in early spring. 

FEATHER REED GRASS (CALAMAGROSTIS)

Calamagrostis BrachytrichaBRACHYTRICHA  (Calamagrostis Brachytricha):  Height 4', full sun to part shade.  Unlike other calamagrostis varieties, this is a warm season grass that blooms later in the summer, even in part shade.  Large, pinkish-red, fluffy bottlebrush plumes age to greenish tan.  Holds an upright form, with little tendency to lodge.  A spectacular variety when in full bloom and an excellent choice in a shorter grass variety. Seed is viable and will germinate, so deadheding is highly recommended. Growing zones 4 to 9.    

 

Karl Foerster GrassKARL FOERSTER (Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Karl Foerster’):  Height: 5’, full sun to part shade.  The standard in ornamental grasses.  A cool season grass with green leaves, wheat colored seed heads and a distinct, vertical form.  Blooms in early summer, with seed heads that persist into winter.  Will perform best with an even supply of moisture through the growing season.  The most commonly planted ornamental grass.  Growing zones 4 to 8.

   

Overdam GrassOVERDAM (Calamagrostis acutiflora ‘Overdam’):  Height: 5’, full sun to part shade.  Variegated foliage has white margins with a pink blush.  A more stable version of variegation than 'Avalanche', with less tendency to revert to all green foliage.  Feathery blooms turn tan as they age.  Slightly shorter than 'Karl Foerster', it will perform best with a consistent supply of moistures.  A cool season grass.  Growing zones 4 to 8.  

 

BLUE FESCUE

Elijah Blue GrassELIJAH BLUE  (Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’):  Height: 10”, full sun to part shade.  Fine blue foliage forms a near perfect mound.  Holds its color all year long.  Be sure to provide an adequate supply of moisture until the ground freezes in fall.  A cool season grass.  Growing zones 4 to 8.

 

MISCANTHUS

Flame GrassFLAME  (Miscanthus ‘Purpurascens’):  Height: 4’-6’, full sun to part shade.  Forms an upright clump of green foliage that turns red in fall.  Feathery silver white seed heads hold all winter.  Well behaved, it does not run like some other Miscanthus varieties.  A warm season grass.  Growing zones 4 to 9.    

 

SWITCH GRASS

Shenendoah GrassSHENENDOAH  (Panicum virgatum ‘Shenenandoah’):  Height: 3’-4’, full sun.  Deep greenish-blue foliage that begins to display dark red leaf tones in July, turning red in August to wine color in September.  Stands well, with little tendency to lodge.  A warm season grass.  Growing zones 4 to 9.     

 

 

HEUCHERA (CORALBELLS)

Heuchera are primarily grown for their rainbow of colored foliage, although some have showy flowers in addition to their vivid foliage.  Heuchera are mounded plants that tend to be evergreen in most climates.  Excellent for borders, they will perform best when grown in partial shade (afternoon shade), where they will have the strongest coloration and vigor.  Plants grown in full sun or full shade will not have as vivid color and will be smaller.  Make sure to have good soil that is well drained  and you will have good results.  Villosa hybrids are more heat and humidity tolerant. 

Caramel HeucheraCARAMEL  (H. villosa Hybrid):  Height: 12”, 2 to 4 hours of sun.  A strong grower that forms a rounded mound of large, fuzzy leaves that range in color from apricot to amber.  Leaf color will change depending on the amount of light and temperatures.  Cream colored flowers.  Growing zones 4 to 9.   

 

Georgia Peach HeucheraGEORGIA PEACH  (H. villosa Hybrid):  Height: 14”, part sun.  Glowing peach colored leaves with a light silver overlay measuring an amazing 8” across.  Exhibits more tolerance of sun than other Heuchera varieties if supplied with adequate moisture.  A strong grower with creamy white flowers.  Growing zones 4 to 9.    

 

Grape Expectations HeucheraGRAPE EXPECTATIONS (Heuchera 'Grape Expectations'):  Height: 12", 2 to 4 hours of sun.  An excellent grower forming a dense, upright mound of broad, thick and durable, vibrant grape-purple leaves with black veins.  Holds its color well, then develops a bright silver overlay in the heat of summer.  Plant with peach and yellow colored heuchera for contrast in the shade garden.  Creamy white flowers.  Growing zones 4 to 9.  Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.

 

Lava Lamp HeucheraLAVA LAMP (Heuchera villosa 'Lava Lamp')  Height: 16", Width: 28", part sun.  A large variety of Heuchera, Lava Lamp features large leaves that emerge bright coppery-orange, turning to coppery-purple as the growing season progresses.  Leaf undersides are deep purple, with cream colored flowers appearing in midsummer.  Tolerant of heat and humidity.  Growing zones 4 to 9.  Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.

 

Obsidian HeucheraOBSIDIAN  (H. villosa Hybrid):  Height: 10", part sun.  Deep purplish-black leaves have a polished glassy luster much like the volcanic glass it is named after.  Undersides are shiny and deep purple.  Forms a compact, tight mound.  Tiny cream colored flowers.  Growing zones 4 to 9.     

 

Palace Purple HeucheraPALACE PURPLE  (Heuchera micrantha):  Height: 12”, 2 hours sun to full sun. Large leaves that resemble the shape of maple leaves.  Foliage is dark green tinted with maroon and have burgundy undersides.  Tiny white flowers on long stems.  Very hardy and fast growing, and tolerant of more sun than other Heuchera varieties.  Use for edging to create informal borders.  Remove spent flowers to prevent reseeding.  Growing zones 4 to 9. 

 

IRIS

Iris are easy to grow, and provide a splash of early color in the garden.  They perform best in full sun, and require well drained soil.  Iris should be divided often, every 2-3 years, or when the center of the plant becomes bare.  Avoid overwatering, and plant  with 1/4 to 1/2 of the rhizome exposed above soil level.

Caesars Brother IrisCAESARS BROTHER  (Iris sibiricia ‘Caesars Brother’):  Height: 32”, full sun.  A siberian iris selection, which prefers moist soil and bloom a week to 2 weeks later than other Iris.  Deep purplish blue flowers with finer foliage than other Iris.  Rapid growing.  Growing zones 3 to 9.  

 

Harvest of Memories IrisHARVEST OF MEMORIES  Height: 38”, full sun.  Brilliant lemon yellow flowers with a light, sweet fragrance.  This showy variety is makes and excellent cut flower.  A rapid grower which will perform best on well drained soils.   Blooms in early summer.  Growing zones 3 to 10.    

 

LIATRIS

Kobold Original LiatrisKOBOLD ORIGINAL  (Liatris spicata ‘Kobold Original’):  Height: 18"-24", full sun.  Narrow panicles of rosy lavender flowers on tall stems.  Narrow, medium green foliage on a plant that can tolerate dry conditions.  A rapid grower that is tough and hardy.  A clutivar that is totally grown from divisions yielding a uniformity in height.  Requires a well drained soil, and can tolerate drier growing conditions.  Growing zones 3 to 9.  

 

LILY, ASIATIC 

Coral Blend LilyCORAL BLEND  Height:  36", full sun.  An easy to grow perennial with 5 to 6 inch diameter flowers that are salmon-pink at the tips blending to apricot-orange in the center.  Unusual and stunning color combination.  The stems are sturdy, so there is no need to stake.  An excellent flower for cutting.   Performs best on average to slighly dry soils.  Growing zones 3 to 8.    

Monte Negro LilyMONTE NEGRO  (Lilium 'Monte Negro'):  Height: 24"-36", full sun.  Deep, rich, intense mahogany red flowers with a light fragrance are produced in mid summer.  An excellent cut flower which will create an impact in the perennial garden.  A fast grower that is hardy and easy to grow.  It will perform best on well drained soils.  Strong stems hold the flowers upright with no tendency to flop.  Growing zones 3 to 9.  

 

Orange LilyORANGE  (Lilium)  Height:  24", full sun.  An earlier blooming variety that is shorter and more compact than other asiatic lilies.  Intense pumpkin orange 4" flowers open in mid June, adding an early spot of color in the perennial garden.  Hardy and fast growing, they perform best with full sun and well drained soils.  Growing zones 3 to 8.

Yellow LilyYELLOW  (Lilium) Height:  30"-36", full sun.  Brilliant bright yellow flowers are presented on top of sturdy, tall stems.  Blooming in mid summer, they provide a perfect contrast with other bright flowered perennials.  Makes an excellent cut flower.  Well drained soils.  Growing zones 3 to 8.

 

PEONY

Peony are one of the longest lived perennials, often surviving 50 years or more.  The large blossoms are showy and are the highlight of the spring garden, and make excellent cut flowers.  Contrary to popular belief, ants do not cause the blossoms to open, but are attracted to the small amounts of sap avaiable in the flower.  Plant peonies in a sunny site with rich well drained soil.  Newly planted peonies will spend the first year getting established, and will not be floriferous.  Once established, however, peonies have a deep root system which makes them drought tolerant.  Plant peonies so the eyes of the plant are 1-1/2" below the soil surface, otherwise flowering may suffer. The 10 reasons why peonies don't flower:  1)  They are planted too deep or too shallow.  2)They are getting too much nitrogen. 3) They are over or under nourished.  4)  The buds were killed by a late frost, disease, or excessive heat.  5)  There was not enough light for the bud to form.  6)  The plants are too young.  7)  The clumps are too large or overcrowded.  8)  They have been moved or divided too often.  9)  The plants were cut back before the foliage turned brown in the fall.  10)  The soil is to wet or too dry.

Double Pink PeonyDOUBLE PINK  Height: 36”, full sun.  Fully double true pink fragrant flowers appear in late spring and make excellent cut flowers.  Because the flowers are so large and heavy, staking may be rquired.  Performs best in well drained soils and full sun. Growing zones 3 to 8.  

 

Double Red PeonyDOUBLE RED  Height: 30”, full sun.  The classic spring flower!  Velvety red double flowers on stout stems stand up better than most Peonies.  Slightly smaller flowers do not weigh the stems down as much as other selections, allowing it to stand better without support.  Plant in full sun and well drained soils.  Blooms in late spring.  Growing zones 3 to 8.  

 

Double White PeonyDOUBLE WHITE  Height: 36”, full sun.  Fragrant double white flowers with flecks of red scattered through the center in late spring.  Provides an excellent contrast to other peonies in the spring garden.  May require support.  Prefers well drained soils.  Growing zones 3 to 8.  

 

Bomb Style Pink PeonyBOMB STYLE PINK (Also known as Japanese Style):  Height: 36”, full sun.  True pink blossoms with a full, double center surrounded by a layer of single pink petals in late spring.  Makes an excellent cut flower.  May require staking/support for the large flowers.  Well drained soils.  Growing zones 3 to 8.  

 

Bomb Style White PeonyBOMB STYLE WHITE (Also known as Japanese Style):  Height: 36”, full sun.  The double centers of each bloom display creamy yellow white petals surrounded by a single layer of pure white petals.  A unique color combination.  May require support to keep for flopping.  Blooms in late spring.  Best in well drained soils.  Growing zones 3 to 8.  

Early Scout PeonyEARLY SCOUT  Height:  15" - 18", full sun.  An older variety that resulted from crossing a standard peony with a fern leaf peony.  Hardier and faster growing than the fern leaf peony, it blooms two weeks earlier than standard peonies.  Single deep red flowers on finely cut foliage.  Never flops or falls over.  Best in well drained soils.  Growing zones 3 to 8.

Fairy's Petticoat PeonyFAIRY'S PETTICOAT (Japanese style):  Height: 30", full sun.  Japanese style flowers of delicately blushed pink have a golden glowing center.  The flowers will fade softly to cream as they age.  Delicately scented and blooming in late spring.  Grow in well drained soils.  Growing zones 3 to 8. 

 

Jaycee PeonyJAYCEE  Height: 30", full sun.  Fully double flowers with a brillant rose pink fragrant bloom.  A nice color to compliment the more common red, white and pink typically seen.  A slightly more compact plant than other peonies.  Growing zones 3 to 8.  

 

Maroon PeonyMAROON   Height:  30”, full sun.  Deep red maroon semi-double flowers in late spring.  Because the flowers have a lower petal count, they don't require support to keep form laying on the ground.  Well drained soils.  Growing zones 3 to 8.  

 

Pink Blush PeonyPINK BLUSH  Height: 3', full sun.  A fully double flower with near white petals that exhibit a subtle pink blush.  Much lighter in color than a standard pink peony.  Makes an excellent specimen in an unusual color.  Growing zones 3 to 8.

PHLOX

Creeping phlox require little care, and can tolerate gritty, drier soils once established.  An even supply of moisture in the fall will help the plant to emerge in the spring with minimal dry foliage.

Blue Creeping PhloxCREEPING BLUE  (Phlox subulata ‘Blue Emerald’):  Height: 6”, full sun to 4 hours of sun.  A groundcover with bright green foliage and soft lavender blue flowers in spring.  An early blooming perennial/groundcover that will add a splash of color in the spring garden.  Well drained soils.  Growing zones 2 to 9.

  

Pink Creeping PhloxCREEPING PINK  (Phlox subulata ‘Emerald Pink’):  Height: 6”, full sun to 4 hours of sun.  Low growing spreading plant with brilliant pink flowers in spring.  The brilliant magenta flowers will surely draw everyones attention.  Well drained soils.  Growing zones 2 to 9.  

 

Tall garden phlox are an excellent choice to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.  Garden phlox prefer an even supply of moisture, but overhead watering should be avoided, and plants should be placed to allow for good air curculation to help prevent powdery mildew.  When the first set of flowers is spent, trim back lightly to encourage additional blooming. DAVID (Phlox paniculata 'David'):  Height: 42", full sun to 4 hours of sun.  Large heads of white flowers have a fragrance reminiscient of clover.  Blooms from early July until late summer.  The bright green foliage has an upright habit and is one of the most powdery mildew varieties available.  Deadhead to extend the blooming season.  Best on well drained soils.  Makes an excellent cut flower.  Growing zones 4 to 8. 

 

Huls Compact PhloxHULS COMPACT  (Phlox paniculata):  Height:  20", full sun to 4 hours of sun.  Our own selection of tall garden phlox that is more compact than other garden phlox.  Mildew resistant foliage contrasts nicely with the deep lavender-purple flowers.  Its more compact habit makes it perfect for the front of the perennial border, and in areas where a taller garden phlox is unsuitable.  Will perform best on well drained soils.  Growing zones 3 to 8. 

Flame Series Coral PhloxFLAME SERIES CORAL (Phlox paniculata Barsixtytwo)  Height:  15" - 18".  Full sun to part shade.  Large clusters of vibrant coral-red flowers are held above medium green foliage.  Displays good mildew resistence.  Flowers are fragrant and can be used for cut flowers.  Because it is shorter than most tall garden phlox, it stands up better without the need for support.  Growing zones 3 to 8.  Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.

Flame Series Pink PhloxFLAME SERIES PINK (Phlox paniculata Bartwelve)  Height: 15" - 18", Full sun to part shade.  Fuschia-pink flowers held in clusters above medium green foliage.  Each blossom features a slightly darker pink eye.  Good mildew resistence with fragrant flowers.  Best in well drained soils.  Growing zones 3 to 8.  Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.

Flame Series White Eye PhloxFLAME SERIES WHITE EYE  (Phlox paniculata Barsixty)  Height:  18", Full sun to part shade.  Clusters of white flowers with a distinct magenta eye. Medium green foliage displays good mildew resistence.  Makes an excellent cut flower.  Growing zones 3 to 8.  Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.

Laura PhloxLAURA  (Phlox paniculata 'Laura')  Height 24”-30”, full sun to 4 hours of sun.  One of the most unique tall garden phlox!  Purple flowers have a starry white center in each flower.  Good mildew resistance in a fast growing and hardy plant.  A top performing garden phlox that can be deadheaded to extend the blooming period.  Growing zones 4 to 8.  

 

RUDEBECKIA (BLACK EYED SUSAN)

Goldsturm RudbeckiaGOLDSTURM  (Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm’):  Height: 24”-30”, full sun to 4 hours of sun.  A classic perennial with golden yellow daisy like flowers that have a deep brown center.  Rapid growing and long flowering through the summer.  Performs well in partial shade.  Deadhead after flowering to prevent reseeding.  Growing zones 4 to 10.  

 

PEROVSKIA (SAGE)

Russian SageRUSSIAN  (Perovskia atriplicifolia):  Height: 48”, full sun to part shade.  Loose and airy habit with gray green fine foliage and bluish lavender flowers all summer long.  Presents well when planted in mass.  Pair with grasses, sedums, and coneflowers for a nautral prairie look.  Well drained to dry soils.  Growing zones 4 to 9.  

 

SALVIA

May Night SalviaMAY NIGHT  (Salvia nemorosa ‘May Night’):  Height: 18”-24”, full sun to 4 hours of shade.  Dense spikes of deep purple blue flowers over a long period.  If deadheaded after the first set of blooms, it will rebloom.  Gray green foliage has a heavy substance.  A fast growing and hardy perennial that is both deer and rabbit resistant.  Performs best on well drained soils with even moisture, but will tolerate drier conditions.  Growing zones 3 to 8.  

 

SCABIOSA

Pink Mist ScabiosaPINK MIST (Scabiosa columbaria 'Pink Mist'):  Height:  12"-18", full sun.  Pincushion-like, pink flowers with a hint of lavender are borne atop wiry stems all season long.  Drought tolerant once established, it is a reliable and long blooming selection.  Growing zones 3 to 9.  Photo courtesy of Walters Garden Inc.

 

SEDUM (STONECROP)

These tough, drought resistant perennials should be in every garden.  They require little care, and can tolerate poor, sandy soils.  If the soil is rich, or if they receive too much fertilizer, they can grow taller than normal, and may fall over.  If left standing through the winter, they add winter interest to the landscape.  

Autumn Joy SedumAUTUMN JOY  (Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’):  Height: 24”, full sun to 4 hours of shade.  An extremely popular fast grower with deep rose flowers and green foliage.  Durable and hardy, it is easy to grow and is drought tolerant.  Requires well drained soils.  A classic in the fall garden.  Growing zones 3 to 9.

  

Carl SedumCARL (Sedum 'Carl'):  Height: 18", full sun to part shade.  A more compact sedum than "Autumn Joy', Carl feature large clusters of brilliant magenta-pink flowers on reddish stems.  Rounded, slightly serrated gray green leaves create a densely mounded slighty upright clump.  Drought tolerant.  Excellent for butterflies.  Growing zones 3 to 9.  Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.

 

Matrona SedumMATRONA  (Sedum ‘Matrona’):  Height:  18”-24”, full sun to 4 hours sun.  Has become an extremely poplar variety.  A sturdy grower with gray green leaves, burgundy stems and pink flower clusters that provide a unique contrast of color on one plant.  Requires well drained soils, and is drought tolerant.  Growing zones 3 to 9.