Dainty, cotton ball-shaped, and two-tone pink flowers adorn this low-mounding perennial and its dark green and grassy leaves in spring. It is at home along ocean sites and rock gardens.
Yellow daisy flowers all summer. Grows 18 to 24 inches tall and 24 to 36 inches wide. A good contrast with other plants with a silver-gray foliage. Excellent for dry sunny locations. Good for borders, rock gardens or as a low shrub in foundation plantings.
Lightly fragrant, deep blue flowers glow against the unusual bright gold foliage. Compact growing and mounding habit to 12 inches tall with a 15 inch spread. Blooms late spring through fall.
Excellent part to full sun perennial featuring frilly, rose-pink flowers all summer. Foliage is mildew-resistant and aromatic. Grows 3 feet tall and prefers moist, rich soil. Great cut flower.
Beardless dark purple blooms rise above refined, slender sword-like foliage. Use in mass plantings for the best effect. Thrives in moist soils, where others will not. Herbaceous perennial.
Plant a carpet of color! Beautiful masses of deep blue flowers top creeping stems and make an attractive groundcover or accent in a rock garden. Excellent bank cover. Tolerates some drought when established. Evergreen.
A compact, clump forming perennial with burgundy red stems and dark green foliage. Large, erect, dense mauve flowers appear in late summer. Will grow to 4 to 6 feet tall with a 3 to 5 foot spread.
Elephant ear is an easy-care tropical that does best in hot, humid climates. In frost-free locations the plants are perennial in nature. In the north, they can be dug and stored over the winter. Plants can grow 2 to 6 feet tall in the garden. Hardy from zones 8-11.
A dwarf selection with whimsical flower buds shaped like hot air balloons that open to large, blue flowers with purple veins. Perfect for at the front of the border, or as an accent in containers or rock gardens. Gray-green leaves back the long lasting flowers. Perennial.
Creeping jenny plant, also known as moneywort or Lysimachia, is an evergreen perennial plant belonging to the Primulaceae family. For those looking for information on how to grow creeping jenny, this low-growing plant thrives in USDA zones 2 to 10. Creeping jenny is a ground cover that works well in rock gardens, between stepping stones, around ponds, in container plantings or for covering “hard to grow” areas in the landscape.
Penstemon is a popular garden ornamental as well as an interesting plant to examine in its native habitats. Its common name, beardtongue, comes from the bearded staminode found in most species. Floral colors include white, yellow (rare), blue, violet, purple, pink, magenta, and red. Corollas can be tubular or funnel shaped. The flowers are pollinated by bees, wasps, moths, butterflies, flies, and hummingbirds.
Small, pure white flowers obscure the neat, dense mound of glossy green foliage. Popular for edging, perennial borders, along garden walks in rock gardens or as a small-scale groundcover. Herbaceous.
Euphorbia is a genus of plants in the Euphorbiaceae family. It contains at least 2,100 species and is one of the most diverse groups of flowering plants on earth. Many of the species are known as "spurges." The genus is best known for its many succulent species, some of which appear very similar to cacti.
Short spikes of indigo-blue, pea-like flowers cover dense, blue green foliage. This showy, long-lived, bushy perennial is excellent for massing or at the back of the border. Attractive seed pods in early summer follow the flowers. Great cut flower.
Butterflies love this summer flowering perennial, especially monarchs! Attractive red buds open to orange flowers. A well-behaved plant that needs little attention. Tolerates poor, well-drained soil.
Lobelia or Cardinal Flower is easily grown in rich, humusy, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. It will tolerate full sun in cool, northern climates, but otherwise appreciates part shade. Brilliant red spikes set against green and purple bronze colored foliage makes Lobelia a favorite of hummingbirds, Swallowtail & Sulfur butterflies! Each individual spike of scarlet flowers open from bottom to top and stays in bloom for several weeks. A Makes an excellent cut flower.
Perennial Hibiscus or Rose Mallow are heat and humidity tolerant, attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies, and ignored by deer. Hibiscus are a must-have for the sunny garden. Funnel-shaped flowers with five large, broad petals bloom singly or in clusters in early to mid-summer. These enormous hibiscus flowers will add stunning summer color to a perennial garden.
Coral Bells or Heuchera make excellent foliage plants for sun to part shade gardens. Most flowers are not as impressive as the foliage, but they do add a second level of interest. Clumps or mounds of heart-shaped, boldy veined leaves. Some cultivars have bold dark, or radiant silvery, foliage. The bell-shaped flowers form in late spring and early summer.
Pincushion Flower or Scabiosa attract legions of butterflies! They bloom all season long with very little maintenance, as well! Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates part shade, particularly in the hot summer climates of the deep South. Pincushion flowers will bloom from spring until frost, but the heaviest bloom occurs in May.
Coreopsis or Tickseed are colorful, daisylike flowers with a long bloom period. Generally trouble-free and easy to grow. Heat & drought tolerant. If you leave the seed heads on during the winter, birds - especially Goldfinches will devour Coreopsis seeds!
Yarrow is a hardy perennial with showy flower heads composed of many tiny, tightly-packed flowers. Their fern-like leaves are often aromatic. Yarrows are easy to care for and versatile. Yarrow has a good reputation as an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic and is widely used in herbal medicine. Great plant for borders, rock gardens, or wildflower meadows. Also excellent for cutting or drying.
Russian Sage (perovskia atriplicifolia) adds a haze of color to the garden from midsummer into fall, blending well with just about any other flower color. It has airy spires of small, purple-blue flowers and finely-cut, gray-green foliage on upright, grayish-white stems. Russian Sage is a member of the mint family is drought tolerant and trouble-free.
Garden Phlox are long blooming, hardy and long-lived perennials. Often fragrant and never need staking. Phlox comes in a range of heights - anywhere from two to five feet, and produce huge billows of bloom in mid-late summer. Colors range from pure white to red, with nearly every shade of pink, lavender, salmon and purple in between.