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Type Botanical Name Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
Perennial PHLOX paniculata ‘Blue Paradise’ Garden Phlox

Vivid violet-blue in morning, smoky blue in afternoon. Mildew-resistant.

36-42 inches Sun 3
Perennial PHLOX paniculata ‘Danielle’ Garden Phlox

Clean white, fragrant flowers over mildew-resistant foliage.  More compact than P. ‘David’.

24-26 inches Sun 3
Perennial PHLOX paniculata ‘David’ Garden Phlox

Pure white and very mildew-resistant.

36-42 inches Sun 3
Perennial PHLOX paniculata ‘Jeana’ Garden Phlox

Small pink flowers are packed in dense heads through the summer.  Attractive to pollinators and long-blooming.

2-4 feet Sun 3
Perennial PHLOX paniculata ‘Maiden America’ Garden Phlox

A compact cultivar with dense panicles of small pink flowers that fade to white.  Mildew resistant.

18-24 inches Sun 3
Perennial PHLOX paniculata ‘Nora Leigh’ Garden Phlox

Lovely white-edged leaves with blush-pink flowers later in the season.

28-30 inches Sun 3
Perennial PHLOX paniculata ‘Peacock Cherry Red’ Garden Phlox

Bright cherry red flowers on well-branched compact plants.  Mildew-resistant.

18-24 inches Sun 3
Perennial PHLOX paniculata ‘Younique Bicolor’ Garden Phlox

Lovely soft pink blooms have a white eye and are also marked with deeper pink.  Lightly fragrant.  Habit is compact and foliage is mildew-resistant.

16-18 inches Sun 3
Perennial PHLOX paniculata ‘Younique Orange’ Garden Phlox

Salmon-orange blooms on a dwarf plant.  Foliage is mildew-resistant.

14-16 inches Sun 3
Perennial PHLOX stolonifera ‘Bruce’s White’ Creeping Woodland Phlox

Pure white spring flowers on a mat-forming plant.

4-6 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial PHLOX stolonifera ‘Homefires’ Creeping Woodland Phlox

Clean pink flowers on a low spreader. Excellent groundcover under shrubs.

4-6 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial PHLOX stolonifera ‘Sherwood Purple’ Creeping Woodland Phlox

Light purple flowers in May. Good groundcover for shade.

4-6 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial PHLOX subulata ‘Drummond’s Pink’ Creeping Phlox

Deep pink flowers with deeper pink eyes are larger than other P. subulata varieties.

4-6 inches Sun 3
Perennial PHLOX subulata ‘Emerald Blue’ Creeping Moss Phlox

Pale blue flowers completely hide foliage.

4-6 inches Sun 3
Perennial PHLOX subulata ‘Emerald Pink’ Creeping Moss Phlox

Bright pink flowers with the best foliage of the creeping phlox.

4-6 inches Sun 3
Perennial PHLOX subulata ‘Purple Beauty’ Creeping Moss Phlox

A gorgeous clear purple with a darker purple eye.

4-6 inches Sun 3
Perennial PHLOX subulata ‘Red Wing’ Creeping Phlox

Deep pink flowers with crimson eyes on low mats of foliage.

4-6 inches Sun 3
Perennial PHLOX subulata ‘Violet Pinwheels’ Creeping Moss Phlox

Small, intense violet-blue flowers on a compact mound.

4-6 inches Sun 3
Perennial PHYSOSTEGIA virginiana ‘Miss Manners’ Obedient Plant

Non-spreading cultivar with sturdy spikes of white tubular flowers in summer.

24-30 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial PHYSOSTEGIA virginiana ‘Pink Manners’ Obedient Plant

Spikes of tubular lavender-pink flowers on an upright clump-forming plant from mid-summer into autumn.

30-36 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial PHYTEUMA scheuchzeri Horned Rampion

Low mounds of narrow evergreen foliage topped with spiky, ball-shaped blue flowers in early summer.

8-12 inches Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial PLATYCODON grandiflorus ‘Astra Double Blue’ Balloon Flower

A compact form with large, double violet-blue flowers.

8-12 inches Sun 3
Perennial PLATYCODON grandiflorus ‘Astra Double Pink’ Balloon Flower

A compact form with large, double shell pink flowers.

8-12 inches Sun 3
Perennial PLATYCODON grandiflorus ‘Sentimental Blue’ Balloon Flower

Very dwarf plant with large blue flowers. Late to emerge in the spring.

8-10 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial PODOPHYLLUM hexandrum Himalayan Mayapple

A clump-forming mayapple with pink upward-facing cup-shaped flowers in early spring, before the brown, marbled leaves are fully developed. Followed by four-inch egg-shaped seed pods.

18-20 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial PODOPHYLLUM peltatum Mayapple

Native wildflower with unique lobed leaves and red fruit in August.

18 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial PODOPHYLLUM ‘Spotty Dotty’ Asian Mayapple

Large, lobed umbrella-shaped leaves are chartreuse with bizarre chocolate spotting.  Large garnet flowers are clustered under the foliage.  Worth a try in sheltered Zone 5 gardens.  

16-18 inches Part Shade 6
Perennial POLEMONIUM ‘Bressingham Purple’ Jacob's Ladder

The light blue flowers in spring are striking against glossy dark purple foliage.

14-16 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial POLEMONIUM reptans ‘Touch of Class’ Jacob's Ladder

A selection from our native Jacob’s Ladder with purported better variegation, hardiness and vigor than P. ‘Stairway to Heaven’. Silvery blue spring blooms.

14-16 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade 3
Perennial POLYGONATUM odoratum ‘Variegatum’ Variegated Solomon’s Seal

Green, edged in white, variegated foliage with reddish stems. Attractive arching habit and small dangling bells in spring.

8-10 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial POLYGONATUM humile Dwarf Solomon’s Seal

Very dwarf form spreading slowly with white flowers in late spring. Nice small scale groundcover.

6-8 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial POLYGONATUM ‘Prince Charming’ Hybrid Solomon's Seal

This hybrid between P. biflorum and P. humile is covered with small white bells on arching stems in the spring.  Forms a dense mat of blue-green foliage.

12-14 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial PORTERANTHUS trifoliatus (Gillenia) Bowman’s Root

Reddish stems sport a myriad of small white flowers on wiry stems in June-July.

2-3 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial POTENTILLA atrosanquinea ‘Scarlet Starlet’ Ruby Cinquefoil

Vigorous and free flowering with bright red flowers over an extended period.  Attractive silky gray-green foliage forms a compact mound. Best in well-drained soils.

10-12 inches Sun 5
Perennial POTENTILLA fragiformis ‘Gold Sovereign’ Woolly Cinquefoil

Large felty green leaves with shiny white hairs and yellow flowers in spring. Low growing plant for rock garden or ground cover in well-drained soil.  Tolerates heat and humidity.

8-10 inches Sun 4
Perennial POTENTILLA nepalensis ‘Miss Willmott’ Nepal Cinquefoil

Cupped pink flowers with contrasting red eyes through the summer over a mound of strawberry-like foliage.

12-18 inches Sun 4
Perennial POTENTILLA x tonguei Trailing Cinquefoil

Apricot blooms with a carmine eye through July and August on a low sprawling mat.

6-8 inches Sun 5
Perennial PRIMULA acaulis ‘Blue Zebra’ English Primrose

A cultivar with striking, large blue and white striped flowers with yellow eyes.  Long bloomer starting in early spring.

6-8 inches Part Shade 5
Perennial PRIMULA acaulis ‘Finish Mix’ English Primrose

A hybrid with large flowers in early spring over compact foliage.  Available in mixed colors.

6-8 inches Part Shade 5
Perennial PRIMULA auricula ‘Mixed Hybrids’ Auricula Primrose

A seed strain in a wide range of velvety colors including yellow, red and bronze with striking white or yellow centers.

6-8 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial PRIMULA denticulata Drumstick Primrose

Spherical clusters of blue, white or magenta flowers on top of smooth stalks in early spring.  One of the first primroses to bloom.

10-12 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial PRIMULA elatior ‘Gold Lace’ Oxlip

Beautiful dark maroon petals are centered and edged with gold.  Blooms in April-May.

10-12 inches Part Shade 5
Perennial PRIMULA elatior ‘Jessica’ Oxlip

This seed strain in a wide range of colors blooms in early spring and is heat tolerant and easy to grow.  The foliage is  coppery brown for added interest.

10-12 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial PRIMULA japonica ‘Album’ Japanese Primrose

A white candelabrum type. that blooms in May-June.   Easy and prolific in the garden.  Will naturalize along moist stream sides.

18-24 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial PRIMULA japonica ‘Apple Blossom’ Japanese Primrose

Tiers of light pink flowers with darker eyes. May -June.

22-24 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial PRIMULA japonica ‘Miller’s Crimson’ Japanese Primrose

Candelabrum type with 7-10 tiers of crimson flowers in May-June.

22-24 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial PRIMULA kisoana Primrose

Rounded fuzzy foliage and hot pink flowers. Stoloniferous. Withstands drier conditions than most primrose.

6-8 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial PRIMULA sieboldii ‘Lavender Lace’ Primrose

Downy rosettes topped with many-flowered scapes of lavender blooms in spring. Flower petals are notched like snowflakes.  Summer dormant.

10-12 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial PRIMULA vulgaris ‘Belarina Amethyst Ice’ English Primrose

A vigorous strain from England with double blue-violet flowers like little roses in early spring.  Petals are edged in white.

6-8 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial PRIMULA vulgaris ‘Belarina Nectarine’ English Primrose

A vigorous strain from England with double yellow flowers are tinged with orange.

6-8 inches Part Shade 4