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Type Botanical Name Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
Perennial TANACETUM vulgare ‘Isla Gold’ Gold Tansy

Beautiful, finely dissected gold foliage. Excellent contrast with darker-foliaged plants. Typical button yellow flowers.

3-4 feet Sun 4
Perennial THALICTRUM aquilegifolium Meadow Rue

Fluffy lilac-rose flowers in dense panicles bloom in June-July over columbine-like foliage. 

2-3 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial THALICTRUM aquilegifolium ‘Nimbus Pink’ Meadow Rue

Large heads of fluffy pink flowers on dark stems over columbine-like foliage in early summer.

26-28 inches Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial THALICTRUM aquilegifolium ‘Nimbus White’ Meadow Rue

Large heads of fluffy white flowers on dark stems over columbine-like foliage in early summer.

26-28 inches Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial THALICTRUM ichangense ‘Evening Star’ Chinese Meadow Rue

Small kidney-shaped  leaves shaded from olive green to coppery brown are starred with silver.  Airy lavender flowers appear on wiry stems through the summer.

10-12 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial THALICTRUM rochebrunianum ‘Lavender Mist’ Meadow Rue

Numerous small, airy, lavender flowers on tall stems from July-August. Self-supporting if in sun.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial THERMOPSIS caroliniana Carolina Lupine

Yellow lupine-like flowers on 4’ spikes in June-July.

3-4 feet Sun 4
Perennial THERMOPSIS chinensis ‘Sophia’ Chinese Bush Pea

An introduction from North Creek Nursery with canary yellow spikes in early spring above tidy clumps of foliage.

16-18 inches Sun 5
Perennial THYMUS ‘Hall’s Woolly’ Creeping Thyme

Similar to T. lanuginosus, but more disease-resistant and floriferous. Pink summer blooms.

1-2 inches Sun 3
Perennial THYMUS lanuginosus Woolly Thyme

Woolly carpet of gray. Wonderful texture. Few flowers.

1-2 inches Sun 3
Perennial THYMUS ‘Pink Chintz’ Creeping Thyme

Long-blooming profuse light pink flowers on gray-green mats.

1-2 inches Sun 3
Perennial THYMUS praecox ‘Alba’ Creeping Thyme

Emerald green mats with white flowers in May-June.

1-2 inches Sun 3
Perennial THYMUS praecox ‘Coccineus’ Creeping Thyme

Tight dark green foliage. Purplish red flowers in June. A good bloomer.

1-2 inches Sun 3
Perennial THYMUS praecox ‘Doretta Klaber’ Creeping Thyme

A very tight growing variety with darker pink flowers.

1-2 inches Sun 3
Perennial THYMUS praecox ‘Elfin’ Creeping Thyme

Tight domes of minute leaves. Great for troughs.

1-2 inches Sun 3
Perennial THYMUS praecox ‘Minor’ Creeping Thyme

Supposedly the flattest, tightest growing thyme.

1 inch Sun 4
Perennial THYMUS praecox ‘Ruby Glow’ Creeping Thyme

Ruby colored flowers on 6″ stems over flat green mats.

4-6 inches Sun 3
Perennial TIARELLA cordifolia Foamflower

A northeast native with white foamy flowers in spring over heart-shaped foliage. Will form large mats in shady, moist sites.

10-12 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial TIARELLA ‘Elizabeth Oliver’ Foamflower

Red-veined deeply lobed foliage topped with white flowers tinged pink in the spring.

12-14 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial TIARELLA ‘Sugar and Spice’ Foamflower

Deeply dissected leaves are centered with a dark blotch and  covered with a profusion of pink and white flowers in the spring.

8-10 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial TIARELLA ‘Sylvan Lace’ Foamflower

Deeply dissected leaves are marked with maroon.  Pink buds open to spikes of white “foamy” flowers in the spring.

8-10 inches Part Shade/Shade 5
Perennial TRICYRTIS formosana ‘Samurai’ Toadlily

Similar to T. ‘Gilt Edge’ with darker purple flowers and more compact.  Clean gold-edged foliage.

18-20 inches Part Shade/Shade 5
Perennial TRICYRTIS hirta ‘Miyazaki’ Toadlily

White to lavender orchid-like flowers heavily spotted with purple on arching stems in late summer.

12-18 inches Part Shade/Shade 5
Perennial TRICYRTIS ‘Seiryu’ Toadlily

Lavender flowers are spotted with dark purple and petals are darker at the tips.  Bloom appear on arching stems in late summer.

18-24 inches Part Shade/Shade 5
Perennial TRICYRTIS ‘Sinonome’ Toadlily

Up-facing white flowers with ruby speckling. Clump-forming with blooms in late summer through autumn.

26-28 inches Part Shade/Shade 5
Perennial TRILLIUM erectum Red Wakerobin

Our native red trillium.  Lovely in woodland gardens.

12-14 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial TRILLIUM grandiflorum White Wakerobin

Our native trillium with large white flowers in early spring.

16-18 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial TRILLIUM grandiflorum multiplex Double White Trillium

A beautiful, long-blooming double form of the native white trillium.

12-14 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial TROLLIUS ‘Lemon Supreme’ Globeflower

Lemony yellow bowl-shaped spring flowers. This is a vigorous compact selection.  Nice round buds and attractive lobed foliage.

10-12 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial TROLLIUS ‘New Moon’ Globeflower

Large creamy yellow globe flowers are larger than those of T. ‘Alabaster’ and the plant is more vigorous.

22-24 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial TROLLIUS ‘Orange Princess’ Globeflower

Double golden-yellow flowers in summer. Great cut flower.

28-30 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial TROLLIUS pumilus Globeflower

One of the smallest with beautiful golden yellow flowers June into August.

10-12 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial UVULARIA perfoliata Perfoliate Bellwort

Slightly smaller than U. grandiflora with stems perforating the leaves and dangling yellow bells in May.  Good naturalizer.

16-18 inches Part Shade/Shade 3
Perennial VERBASCUM ‘Dark Eyes’ Mullein

A compact cultivar with short spikes of red-eyed yellow flowers over large felted foliage.  Blooms through the summer.

8-10 inches Sun 5
Perennial VERBASCUM ‘Southern Charm’ Mullein

An old cottage garden plant with spires of apricot blooms in summer.  Deer-resistant.

2-4 feet Sun 4
Perennial VERBENA hastata ‘Blue Spires’ Blue Vervain

Native perennial with narrow blue-violet flower spikes in candelabra-like inflorescences mid to late summer.  Attracts butterflies.

2-4 feet Sun 3
Perennial VERNONIA crinata Prairie Ironweed

A midwest native found in moist meadows with loose heads of purple flowers in late summer.  Smooth lanceolate foliage can be 7 inches long.

4-6 feet Sun 3
Perennial VERNONIA fasciculata Prairie Ironweed

Violet-colored flowers on 3’-6’ stems in late summer.  Dramatic accent.

4-6 feet Sun 3
Perennial VERNONIA gigantea Giant Ironweed

Typical loose heads of purple flowers on a much taller plant!  Eastern US native.

6-8 feet Sun 5
Perennial VERNONIA glauca Broadleaf Ironweed

An ironweed species more tolerant of drier conditions than others and slightly shorter in stature. Loose clusters of deep purple blooms in Aug. and Sept.

4-6 feet Sun 3
Perennial VERNONIA lettermannii ‘Iron Butterfly’ Threadleaf Ironweed

Densely branched perennial with fine textured foliage and bright purple flowers. A good nectar source for butterflies.

28-30 inches Sun 4
Perennial VERNONIA ‘Southern Cross’ Hybrid Ironweed

A hybrid with a vase-like, bushy habit and narrow foliage. It’s topped with small domes of purple flowers in late summer.

3-4 feet Sun 4
Perennial VERONICA ‘Blue Bomb’ Speedwell

Fluffy spikes of blue flowers through the summer.  Forms a bushy mound and will continue to set buds if deadheaded.

12-16 inches Sun 4
Perennial VERONICA ‘First Love’ Speedwell

Spikes of intense pink flowers over low mounds of foliage through the summer.

10-12 inches Sun 3
Perennial VERONICA ‘Hocus Pocus’ Speedwell

Masses of violet flower spikes in early to mid summer. Dead head to encourage rebloom. Attracts hummingbirds & butterflies.

16-18 inches Sun 4
Perennial VERONICA incana ‘Pure Silver’ Silver Speedwell

Low mats of silver gray foliage with blue flower spikes in June-July.

10-12 inches Sun 3
Perennial VERONICA longifolia ‘Charlotte’ Speedwell

Tapering flower spikes of pure white flowers in midsummer over tidy mounds of green foliage edged in cream.

26-28 inches Sun 3
Perennial VERONICA pectinata Speedwill

Deep blue-flowered creeper with woolly foliage blooming in spring.

3-4 inches Sun 4
Perennial VERONICA peduncularis ‘Georgia Blue’ Creeping Speedwell

Spreading plants with true blue rounded flowers in early spring. Lovely intermixed with creeping phlox and sedum ‘Angelina’.

6-8 inches Sun 4
Perennial VERONICA prostrata ‘Ice Blue’ Prostrate Speedwell

Flat mats of bright green foliage and ice blue flowers in spring

4-6 inches Sun 4