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Perennial EUPATORIUM dubium ‘Baby Joe’ Joe Pye Weed

Large, dome-shaped flower heads of lavender-mauve. Even more compact than E. ‘Little Joe’!

28-30 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial EUPATORIUM dubium ‘Phantom’ Joe Pye Weed

A compact selection with wine-red domes in late summer.

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial EUPATORIUM fortunei ‘Pink Frost’ Japanese Joe Pye Weed

An Asian joe pye weed with foliage edged in cream. Pink blooms in late summer.

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial EUPATORIUM hyssopifolium Hyssop-leaf Thoroughwort

Lacy umbels of white flowers over fine-textured foliage in late summer. Best in dry situations.

2-3 feet Sun 4
Perennial EUPATORIUM maculatum ‘Gateway’ Joe Pye Weed

Bushel basket sized lavender flowers (really!) in  Aug-Sept. Moist areas.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial EUPHORBIA myrsinites Donkey Tail Spurge

Whorls of trailing blue-gray leaves. Chrome-yellow flowers in spring.  Great for dry conditions.

10-12 inches Sun 4
Perennial EUPHORBIA polychroma Cushion Spurge

Colorful yellow bracts in May on dome-shaped plant. Red fall foliage.

16-18 inches Sun 4
Perennial EUPHORBIA polychroma ‘Bonfire’ Cushion Spurge

Green spring foliage quickly matures to a dark mahoghany red. Great contrast with acid yellow flowers.

16-18 inches Sun 4
Perennial FILIPENDULA ‘Kahome’ Dwarf Meadowsweet

A dwarf form with fluffy pink flowers in the summer.

10-12 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial FILIPENDULA palmata Variegated Form Meadowsweet

Large, maple-shaped foliage variegated with white and silver. Pink flower heads in early summer.

48-54 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial FILIPENDULA palmata ‘Elegans’ Meadowsweet

Feathery plumes of white to pink from June into July.  Great for moist sites.  Forms a wide mound.

24-30 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial FILIPENDULA ‘Red Umbrellas’ Meadowsweet

Beautiful, delicate, dissected foliage with red veination and accents. Lovely pink, early summer flower plumes. Likes moisture.

24-30 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial FILIPENDULA rubra ‘Venusta ‘ Queen of the Prairie

Deep pink fluffy plumes on tall stems in summer. Seed heads turn attractive fall color.

6-7 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial FILIPENDULA ulmaria ‘Aurea’ Golden Meadowsweet

Beautiful golden foliage and creamy white summer flowers.

24-26 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial FILIPENDULA ulmaria ‘Variegata’ Variegated Meadowsweet

Dark green palmate leaves with gold centers and creamy white summer flowers. Try with red Astrantias. Both prefer moist sites.

24-26 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial GALIUM odoratum Sweet Woodruff

Excellent groundcover with delicate scented foliage and tiny white flowers in May.

8-10 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial GAULTHERIA procumbens Wintergreen

Native woodland groundcover. Red berries and dark green aromatic foliage which turns purplish red in fall/winter. Charming.

6-8 inches Part Shade 2
Perennial GENTIANA andrewsii Bottle Gentian

Deep blue flowers in Aug-Sept. that never fully open.  An easy to grow native for the moist perennial border.

14-16 inches Part Shade 3
Perennial GENTIANA dahurica Gentian

Clusters of white-throated, blue trumpet flowers in late summer on lax sprawling stems.  Forms mats of shiny green foliage.

10-12 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial GENTIANA paradoxa ‘Blue Herold’ Mountain Gentian

Brilliant blue trumpet flowers in August-September on a low mounding plant.

6-10 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial GENTIANA scabra ‘Royal Stripes’ Gentian

Unusual gentian with white flowers striped in royal blue.  Blooms in late summer on arching stems.

10-16 inches Part Shade 5
Perennial GENTIANA septemfida var. lagodechiana Summer Gentian

Trailing stems turn upward with blue flowers from July to Sept.

10-12 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial GENTIANA ‘True Blue’ Gentian

We saw this new floriferous gentian from Darrell Probst a few years ago and couldn’t wait till it was available! Large, upward-facing true blue bells from midsummer until fall.

24-26 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial GERANIUM ‘Blushing Turtle’ Cranesbill

This hybrid with Geranium sanguineum forms a wide mound 3 feet across.  Pink flowers veined in red open in late spring and continue through the summer.

18-24 inches Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial GERANIUM cinereum ‘Ballerina’ Cranesbill

Numerous open flowers of pink with dark centers on a compact plant. Blooms in early summer.

6-8 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial GERANIUM dalmaticum Dalmatian Cranesbill

Small, wavy edged, shiny leaves covered with pink flowers in July.

6-10 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial GERANIUM himalayense ‘Derric Cook’ Cranesbill

Very large white flowers veined purple. Longlasting floral display, attractive red foliage in cool fall weather.

16-18 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial GERANIUM macrorrhizum ‘Alba’ Bigroot Geranium

Spreading fragrant foliage. White flowers with pink anthers and red stems in June-July. Excellent ground cover for shade. One of our favorites.

10-12 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial GERANIUM macrorrhizum ‘Bevan’s Variety’ Bigfoot Geranium

A cultivar with bright magenta red blooms in the spring over fragrant spreading foliage.

10-12 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial GERANIUM macrorrhizum ‘Ingwersens’ Bigroot Geranium

A cultivar with beautiful light pink flowers.

10-12 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial GERANIUM maculatum ‘Espresso’ Wild Cranesbill

Pale pink flowers in late spring contrast with attractive red-brown foliage. A selection of an easy to grow North American native.

18-24 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial GERANIUM pratense ‘Dark Reiter’ Meadow Cranesbill

Lilac-purple blooms in June contrast with the dark chocolate foliage.  Mounding habit.

8-10 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial GERANIUM ‘Rozanne’ Cranesbill

Deep blue flowers June through September. Bronze fall foliage. A wonderful geranium for long bloom.

22-24 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial GERANIUM sanguineum ‘Max Frei’ Bloody Cranesbill

Compact, mounding plant with darker pink flowers than the species.

10-12 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial GERANIUM sanguineum ‘Striatum’ Bloody Cranesbill

Soft pink flowers with crimson veining. Long-blooming. Low and spreading.

6-8 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial GERANIUM wlassovianum Cranesbill

Soft gray-green foliage emerges burgundy in spring. Violet flowers from midsummer into fall. Another Rocky Dale favorite. Widespreading.

18-20 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial GERANIUM x cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’ Cranesbill

Charming flowers white, tinged pink, in June. Fragrant foliage turns red in the fall. A hybrid of G. macrorrhizum and G. dalmaticum. Makes a great groundcover.

10-12 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial GERANIUM x cantabrigiense ‘Karmina’ Cranesbill

Deeper and richer raspberry-pink color than ‘Biokovo’. Good groundcover.

10-12 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial GEUM ‘Pretticoats Peach’ Hybrid Geum

Double peach blooms through the summer on a compact plant.

8-10 inches Sun 5
Perennial GEUM ‘Queen of Orange’ Hybrid Geum

Profuse bright orange flowers on long stems starting in early spring into the summer.

12-14 inches Sun 5
Perennial GEUM rivale ‘Flames of Passion’ Geum

Semi-double, buttercup-like scarlet blooms on dark stems over a low mound of dark green foliage.  Flowers through the summer.

16-20 inches Sun 5
Perennial GEUM triflorum Prairie Smoke

Nodding pink flowers in late spring are followed by unique feathery, plume-like seed heads.  A North American prairie native.

12-14 inches Sun 3
Perennial GLOBULARIA cordifolia Globe Daisy

Evergreen mats of shiny oval leaves with 4-5″ stems of blue button flowers in spring.

6-8 inches Sun 4
Perennial GYPSOPHILA repens ‘Rosea’ Creeping Baby's Breath

Fragrant light pink flowers in late summer over low mats of foliage.  Great for walls and rock gardens.

4-6 inches Sun 4
Perennial HELENIUM autumnale ‘Mardi Gras’ Helen's Flower

Multicolored daisy blooms with yellow petals splashed in orange. Starts blooming in early summer and continues through the growing season.

36-42 inches Sun 4
Perennial HELIANTHEMUM nummularium ‘Ben Ledi’ Rock Rose

Low-growing shrubs for the rock garden.  Flowers like 1 inch single roses in June.  This cultivar has pink blooms with a darker eye over bright green foliage. Needs good drainage.

8-10 inches Sun 5
Perennial HELIANTHUS ‘Happy Days’ Perennial Sunflower

Large yellow blooms with pom pom centers from mid to late summer.  Flowers atop a dahlia-like plant on purple stems.

22-24 inches Sun 5
Perennial HELIANTHUS ‘Lemon Queen’ Perennial Sunflower

Soft yellow flowers in late summer sit atop clump-forming stems. Very floriferous.

5-6 feet Sun 4
Perennial HELIANTHUS salicifolius Willowleaf Sunflower

Late blooming yellow daisies with dramatic willow-leaved foliage.

4-5 feet Sun 4
Perennial HELLEBORUS ‘Blushing Bridesmaid’ Lenten Rose

The Wedding Party series, developed by Walters Gardens  features double blooms on vigorous plants.  This cultivar has double white flowers with petals veined and edged in burgundy.

18-24 inches Part Shade 5