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Type Botanical Name Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
Perennial LEWISIA cotyledon ‘Elise Mixed’ Bitterroot

Showy flowers in shades of pink to orange arise from a whorl of succulent foliage in early summer.  These rock garden plants need cool but light conditions and moist but sharply drained soil. Stone mulch helpful.  This new mix is purported to me more heat tolerant.

6-8 inches Part Shade 5
Perennial LEWISIA longipetala ‘Little Mango’ Bitterroot

Showy yellow-orange, starry blooms over succulent strap-like foliage.  For cool, well-drained conditions.

4-6 inches Part Shade 5
Perennial LIATRIS microcephela Small Head Gayfeather

A cute dwarf with profuse rose-purple flower spikes. Drought and clay tolerant.

12-14 inches Sun 4
Perennial LIATRIS pycnostachya Spiked Gayfeather

Tall spikes of rosy purple blooms in mid-summer.  Makes a good cut flower.

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial LIATRIS spicata ‘Floristan White’ Spike Gayfeather

Spikes of white buttons in summer over grassy foliage.  The butterflies love this selection of the native gayfeather.

2-3 feet Sun 3
Perennial LIATRIS spicata ‘Kobold’ Spiked Gayfeather

Spikes with lavender buttons on a much smaller plant. The best butterfly plant!

14-16 inches Sun 3
Perennial LIGULARIA dentata ‘Britt Marie Crawford’ Big Leaf Ligularia

Large, dark chocolate maroon leaves with purple reverse are striking. Large orange-yellow daisies in late summer.

30-36 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial LIGULARIA dentata ‘Desdemona’ Big Leaf Ligularia

Large dark green leaves with purple undersides. Orange daisies in Aug-Sept. Must have moist soil and afternoon shade.

30-36 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial LIGULARIA dentata ‘Midnight Lady’ Big Leaf Ligularia

A seed strain with bronze purple foliage and typical gold daisies in late summer.

36-40 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial LIGULARIA ‘Osirus Cafe Noir’ Big Leaf Ligularia

Large heart-shaped leaves emerge deep purple-black and age to deep green. Glossy burgundy undersides and deep red stems. Golden daisy-like flowers in late summer.

22-24 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial LIGULARIA ‘Osirus Fantaisie’ Big Leaf Ligularia

Dark green deeply-lobed leaves with purple undersides and stems.  Yellow daisies in late summer.

22-24 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial LIGULARIA stenocephala ‘Little Rocket’ Narrow-spiked Ligularia

A new dwarf cultivar with long-stemmed, heart-shaped leaves and yellow flower spikes.

20-22 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial LIGULARIA stenocephala ‘The Rocket’ Narrow-spiked Ligularia

Heart-shaped foliage and 4′ spikes of small gold-yellow flowers in July.

48-54 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial LITHODORA diffusa ‘Grace Ward’ Lithodora

Intense blue starry flowers from late spring into summer over a mat of dark green hairy foliage.  Will need to be protected in Zone 5.

6-8 inches Sun 6
Perennial LOBELIA cardinalis Cardinal Flower

A native plant for moist sites with intense red spikes of blooms in August.

30-36 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial LOBELIA siphilitica Great Blue Lobelia

Deep blue flowers along the top half of sturdy 2-3 foot spikes.

2-3 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial LYCHNIS arkwrightii ‘Orange Zwerg’ Maltese Cross

Orange-red summer flowers and burgundy-colored foliage on a dwarf plant.  Best in dry situations.

8-10 inches Sun 4
Perennial LYCHNIS coronaria Rose Campion

A self-sowing biennial with bright magenta summer flowers on thin stems over silvery-gray fuzzy foliage.

26-28 inches Sun 4
Perennial LYSIMACHIA nummularia ‘Aurea’ Gold Moneywort

Flat spreading groundcover with yellow-gold foliage and yellow spring flowers. Best color in light shade.

2-4 inches Part Shade 3
Perennial MECONOPSIS cambrica Welsh Poppy

Native to Western Europe and much easier to grow than the blue Himalayan poppies. Large yellow to orange poppy-like blooms in summer over lobed green foliage.

1-2 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial MERTENSIA virginica Virginia Bluebells

Early nodding bells open pink then turn soft blue. Summer dormant. Beautiful planted with Narcissus.

22-24 inches Part Shade/Shade 3
Perennial MONARDA bradburiana Ozark Bee Balm

White to pale pink flowers are speckled with purple and bloom in late spring.  A species native to the midwest and south growing in dry, acidic soils.  A pollinator magnet.

1-2 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial MONARDA ‘Coral Reef’ Bee Balm

Beautiful coral-pink flowers and fairly good mildew resistance.

36-42 inches Sun 4
Perennial MONARDA ‘Jacob Cline’ Bee Balm

Huge, red flowers. Dark green mildew-resistant foliage.

36-42 inches Sun 4
Perennial MONARDA ‘Purple Rooster’ Bee Balm

Deep purple flowers. Good, clean mildew free foliage. Hummingbirds love it!

30-36 inches Sun 4
Perennial MONARDA ‘Raspberry Wine’ Bee Balm

Raspberry  buds open to wine-red flowers.  

2-3 feet Sun 4
Perennial MUKDENIA rossii ‘Crimson Fans’ Mukdenia

Large maple-like leaves emerge bronze, then age to green splashed red. Early white bell flowers. Likes moisture.

12-14 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial MUKGENIA ‘Nova Flame Mukgenia

A hybrid of Mukdenia ‘Crimson Fans’ and Bergenia with the former’s jagged foliage and great fall color and the latter’s early spring pink flowers.

6-8 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial MYOSOTIS alpestris Forget-Me-Not

Spring blooms of blue with yellow eye. Short-lived but reseeds vigorously.

4-6 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial NEPETA ‘Cat’s Pajamas’ Catmint

Dense spikes of indigo blue flowers on a tight-growing mound.  It will start blooming in late spring and continue through the summer with dead-heading.

12-14 inches Sun 3
Perennial NEPETA siberica ‘Souvenir d’ Andre Chaudron’ Siberian Catmint

Medium blue flowers most of the summer on upright plant.

2-3 feet Sun 4
Perennial NEPETA x faassenii ‘Purrsian Blue’ Catmint

Dense spikes of blue flowers on sturdy stems through the summer.  This cultivar has a tidier, more compact habit than other catmints.

14-18 inches Sun 3
Perennial NEPETA x faassenii ‘Six Hills Giant’ Catmint

Dusky blue spikes in late spring on a larger growing catmint.

2-3 feet Sun 3
Perennial NEPETA x faassenii ‘Walker’s Low’ Catmint

Long-blooming cultivar with soft lavender blooms from late spring on if sheared.

18-24 inches Sun 3
Perennial OENOTHERA missouriensis Evening Primrose

Very flat growth with large lemon yellow flowers in June-July. Prefers a dry site.

6-8 inches Sun 4
Perennial OMPHALODES verna Blue-eyed Mary

Small bright blue, forget-me-not-like flowers in the spring on a drought-tolerant groundcover for shade.

6-8 inches Part Shade 5
Perennial OPUNTIA phaeacantha ‘Orange Form’ Tulip Prickly Pear Cactus

Large pads have small hooked barbs and large orange flowers in spring.  For dry sites.

8-10 inches Sun 5
Perennial ORIGANUM ‘Herrenhausen’ Ornamental Oregano

Very ornamental oregano with small purplish two-lipped  flowers and dark foliage.  Blooms through the summer.  

12-24 inches Sun 5
Perennial OROSTACHYS iwarenge Dunce Caps

Curious little gray-leaved succulent. Flowers look like little pink dunce caps. Fall-blooming.

3-4 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial OROSTACHYS spinosus Dunce Caps

Stems of white blooms emerge from rosettes of tiny succulent gray-green foliage  similar to hens and chicks.

2-4 inches Sun 4
Perennial PACHYSANDRA procumbens Alleghany Spurge

Dense deciduous ground cover with starry white flowers in spring.

6-8 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial PACKERA aurea Golden Groundsel

Easy to grow native with clusters of bright yellow daisies in the spring.  Excellent groundcover for the woodland garden in either moist or dry soils.

10-12 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial PAEONIA ‘Coral Sunset’ Peony

Semi-double coral rose flowers on strong stems fade to creamy apricot.  Early bloomer.

28-30 inches Sun 4
Perennial PAEONIA ‘Dr. Alex Fleming’ Peony

Fully double rose-pink “bomb” type flowers.  Fragrant.

30-36 inches Sun 4
Perennial PAEONIA ‘Eden’s Perfume’ Peony

Very fragrant, large rose-pink double blooms are layered with cream. Strong stems. Midseason bloomer.

24-26 inches Sun 4
Perennial PAEONIA ‘Festiva Maxima’ Peony

Early bloom of large, double white flowers streaked with red. Fragrant.

30-36 inches Sun 4
Perennial PAEONIA ‘Flame’ Peony

Bright red single flowers with prominent yellow stamens.  Midseason bloomer.

28-30 inches Sun 4
Perennial PAEONIA ‘Green Lotus’ Peony

Single frilly blooms are creamy lime tinted with pink.  Early season bloomer.

26-28 inches Sun 4
Perennial PAEONIA intersectional hybrid ‘Bartzella’ Hybrid Peony

Hybrids between tree and herbaceous peonies that are very floriferous and mounding in habit. This cultivar with very fragrant double yellow flowers.

30-36 inches Sun 4
Perennial PAEONIA intersectional hybrid ‘Canary Brilliants’ Hybrid Peony

Hybrids between tree and herbaceous peonies that are very floriferous and mounding in habit. This cultivar with fragrant semi-double yellow blooms tinged apricot in the center.

28-30 inches Sun 4