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Perennials

Type Botanical Name Native Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
Perennial ACANTHUS spinosus Bear's Breeches

Spikes of white flowers backed with dark red bracts in the summer.  Impressive, deeply cut, dark green, thistle-like foliage.  Makes a great architectural accent.  Needs excellent drainage in the winter.

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial ACHILLEA ‘Desert Eve Terracotta’ Yarrow

A vigorous, early-blooming variety with large burnt orange flower heads. Habit is compact.

12-18 inches Sun 4
Perennial ACHILLEA ‘Heartthrob’ Yarrow

Bright red flowers held on strong upright stems over bluish-green ferny foliage. Well branched and tighter clumps. Keeping spent flowers trimmed back will encourage continued flowering.

18" Full sun 3
Perennial ACHILLEA ‘Little Moonshine’ Yarrow

A smaller version of A. ‘Moonshine’ with the same lemon yellow flower umbels and feathery gray-green foliage.

10-12 inches Sun 4
Perennial ACHILLEA millefolium ‘Paprika’ Fern Leaf Yarrow

Luscious apple red and paprika-colored flowers with sulphur yellow centers bloom from early to late summer atop gray-green, ferny leaves.

18-24 Sun 3
Perennial ACHILLEA millefolium ‘Pomegranate’ Fern Leaf Yarrow

Deep, vibrant red flowers with golden yellow centers bloom from early to late summer atop gray-green, ferny leaves. The color stays rich even with the full heat of summer.

18-29" Sun 4
Perennial ACHILLEA ‘New Vintage Violet’ Yarrow

Compact variety has a tidy plant habit, with bold, violet red tightly held flowers that keep their color longer into the summer. Drought tolerant. Deer/rabbit resistant. Reflowers well, deadheading helps!

12-14 inches Full sun 4
Perennial ACHILLEA ‘New Vintage White’ Yarrow

Features pure white flower clusters over compact, ferny, green foliage. Excellent for cutting, fresh or dried. Deadhead regularly to promote continued blooming. Spreads moderately, so it’s best to divide regularly in fall or spring. Deer/rabbit resistant. Drought tolerant.

12-14 inches Full sun 4
Perennial ACHILLEA ‘Sassy Summer Taffy’ Yarrow

Taller and sturdier stems help this yarrow stand out with bright pink flower heads in summer with good rebloom if deadheaded.

30-36" Sun 3
Perennial ACHILLEA ‘Saucy Seduction’ Yarrow

Long-blooming yellow-centered rosy-pink blooms on sturdy, upright plants. Best grown in lean soils.

18-20 inches Sun 4
Perennial ACHILLEA ‘Sunny Seduction’ Yarrow

Bright butter-yellow blooms through the summer. Best grown in lean soils.

22-24 inches Sun 4
Perennial ACONITUM cammarum ‘Bicolor’ Monkshood

Unusual and earlier blooming monkshood! Adaptable from full sun to moderate shade. May need staking. Does not like to dry out. Great cut flower. Deer/rabbit resistant.

3-4 feet Full Sun/Part Shade 2
Perennial ACONITUM carmichaelii ‘Royal Flush’ Monkshood

Striking spring foliage emerges dark red and changes to green by summer.  Typical dark purple-blue flowers in late summer on red-purple stems.

48-54 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial ACONITUM fischeri Monkshood

Strong stems that don’t require staking. Lovely late summer hooded blue-violet flower spikes.

18-24 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial ACONITUM krylovii Krylov's Monkshood

Creamy white hooded flowers on tall spikes mid to late summer. Deep green foliage holds up well after bloom.

4-5 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial ACONITUM napellus Monkshood

Deep purplish blue blooms in mid-late summer on rigid, leafy stems. Keep from drying out, but also provide good drainage. Deer/rabbit resistant, and toxic enough that gloves are suggested for handling. Best left undisturbed after planting, so site carefully.

2-4 feet Full Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial ACTAEA pachypoda Baneberry

White flowers followed in spring by distinctive white fruit held on red pedicels. This native plant is poisonous.

12-24 inches Part Shade 3
Perennial ADENOPHORA confusa Fairybells ‘Gaudy Violet’ Ladybells

Free flowering habit, terminal racemes of elegant, soft violet drooping bell-shaped flowers, held on upright stems well above the foliage, blooms from early summer to fall, deadhead to re-bloom, tight clumping habit with strong, healthy green foliage.

20-28" Sun/Part Shade 4
Fern ADIANTUM pedatum Northern Maidenhair Fern

Our lovely native Maidenhair fern of delicate form and texture. Young fiddlehead emerge pink in spring. Protect from afternoon sun/heat.

18-24 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial AGASTACHE ‘Blue Boa’ Anise Hyssop

Dense spikes of deep violet-blue flowers over dark green foliage.  Blooms through the summer and is a pollinator magnet.

28-30 inches Sun 5
Perennial AGASTACHE ‘Blue Fortune’ Anise Hyssop

Long-lasting lavender-blue flower spikes all summer. Foliage is fragrant.  Great pollinator plant.  Not long-lived, but reseeds reliably.

2-3 feet Sun 4
Perennial AGASTACHE cana ‘Sonoran Sunset’ Anise Hyssop

Bright rose flowers on bushy plants all summer. A hummingbird magnet!

16-18" Sun 4
Annual AGASTACHE ‘Kudos Gold’ Dwarf Hummingbird Mint, Hyssop

Forms a compact, full mound of yellow-orange spikes; especially long-blooming, fragrant, and pollinator/hummingbird attracting. Deer resistent.

16-18 inches Sun 5
Perennial AGASTACHE ‘Kudos Mandarin’ Hyssop, Hummingbird mint

Cheerful tangerine-orange, fragrant flowers on a tidy upright habit. Long-blooming and a pollinator magnet! Drought tolerant, deer/rabbit resistant, and needs only minimal fertilizing. Will self-seed readily, no dividing needed.

18 inches Full sun 5
Perennial AJUGA Feathered Friends ‘Parrot Paradise’ Bugleweed

Three colors on a single plant! Stunning tri-color leaves of bright yellow, orange, and red on this new ultra-hardy hybrid Ajuga, plants are topped in spring with beautifully contrasting cobalt-blue flowers.

6" Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial AJUGA reptans ‘Blueberry Muffin’ Carpet Bugle

Forms a dense mat of rounded green leaves that start out with a nice bronze flush than covered with blueberry-colored flowers in summer.

6-8 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial AJUGA reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’ Bugleweed

Lovely tri-color foliage is burgundy, white and green. Flowers blue.

4-6 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial AJUGA reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’ Bugleweed

Very small chocolate-colored leaves and blue flowers mid-late spring. Great ground cover that spreads readily and is deer/rabbit resistant.

2-4 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial AJUGA reptans ‘Metallica Crispa’ Bugleweed

Distinctly curled leaves of dark bronze. Unlike other Ajuga, it’s not a rapid spreader.

4-6 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial AJUGA reptans ‘Pink Lightning’ Bugleweed

Nicely variegated pale green leaves edged in cream. Pretty lavender-pink spring flowers in spring

4-6 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial ALCEA rosea ‘Radiant Rose’ Hollyhock

Rose-pink single mallow flowers on tall, sturdy stems.  This selection is from the perennial Spotlight series.

5-6 feet Full sun 3
Perennial ALCEA ‘Spring Celebrities Crimson’ Hollyhock

Gorgeous double blooms! Summer into early fall. A dwarf hollyhock with a bushier habit and sturdy stems. Self-seeds each year. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds!

2-3 feet Full sun 5
Perennial ALCEA ‘Spring Celebrities Lemon Yellow’ Hollyhock

Gorgeous double blooms! Summer into early fall. A dwarf hollyhock with a bushier habit and sturdy stems. Self-seeds each year. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds!

2-3 feet Full sun 5
Perennial ALCEA ‘Spring Celebrities Purple’ Hollyhock

Gorgeous double blooms! Summer into early fall. A dwarf hollyhock with a bushier habit and sturdy stems. Self-seeds each year. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds!

2-3 feet Full sun 5
Perennial ALCHEMILLA erythropoda Dwarf Lady's Mantle

A low growing plant with rounded leaves that catch the raindrops and turn them into glittering diamonds! (Not really). It’s covered in clouds of chartreuse sprays in mid-summer. Really great for blending colors in the border. A tough and easy to grow perennial.

5-6 inches sun to part shade 3
Perennial ALLIUM caeruleum Ornamental Onion

Bright blue flowers in small, globular heads in the spring. Grows best in drier conditions.  Typical grassy green Allium foliage.

12-18 inches Sun 3
Perennial ALLIUM cernuum Nodding Onion

Clumps of flat, narrow, grass-like leaves and tiny bell-shaped, pink to lilac pink (occasionally white) flowers which appear in loose, nodding clusters.

12-18 Inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial ALLIUM christophii Ornamental Onion

Oversized 10”-12″ balls of light purple blooms in summer.

22-24 inches Sun 4
Perennial ALLIUM karataviense Turkestan Onion

Golf ball sized lavender globes over broad blue-green foliage in early summer. Goes dormant after bloom.

8-10 inches Sun 5
Perennial ALLIUM ‘Medusa’ Ornamental Onion

Profuse 2” lavender-purple globes in midsummer over a mound of twisted gray-green foliage.  Great pollinator plant.

20-24 inches Sun 4
Perennial ALLIUM ‘Millenium’ Ornamental Onion

Profuse 2” rosy purple umbels on strong stems in mid to late summer.

16-20 inches Sun 4
Perennial ALLIUM moly ‘Jeannine’ Ornamental Onion

Bright yellow starlike flowers clustered into a ball on 10-12″ stems in early summer.

10-12" Full sun 3
Perennial ALLIUM schoenoprasum ‘Forescate’ Giant flowering chives

A large-flowered selection of Common Chives, forms a low mound of grassy leaves, with rose-purple flowers in late spring. Flowers and leaves are edible. Nice as a cut flower, fresh or dried. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Clumps are easily divided in spring or fall. Deadhead to prevent self-seeding, as they will revert to regular chives. […]

12-18 inches Full Sun/Part Shade 2
Perennial ALLIUM senescens ssp. ‘Glaucum’ Circle Onion

Flat corkscrew shoots form a distinctive clump. Pink flowers in late summer.

6-8 inches Sun 4
Perennial ALLIUM senescens ‘Mongolian Gem’ Curly Onion

Handsome blue-green, strap-like leaves are followed in late summer with 18″ stems of decorative, 2″ balls of lavender-pink flowers, growing from clusters of small bulbs which have had medicinal use throughout Europe, Siberia, Northern Asia. Bronzy-yellow fall foliage.

18" Full sun 3
Perennial ALLIUM sphaerocephalon Drumstick Allium

Egg-shaped flower heads start out green and change to purple. Self-sowing.

24-30 inches Sun 3
Perennial ALLIUM ‘Windy City’ Ornamental Onion

Dwarf ornamental onion with rich purple balls of flowers on dark purple stems. The seed heads are also ornamental for winter interest.

15-18 inches Sun 4
Perennial ALYSSUM montanum ‘Mountain Gold’ Basket of Gold

Masses of yellow blooms over evergreen silver-gray foliage in spring. Forms a low-spreading mound.  Needs good drainage. Great for rock gardens. Attracts bees Deer resistant

4-6 inches Sun 2
Perennial AMSONIA ‘Blue Ice’ Bluestar

A new, long-blooming form with dark blue flowers. Habit is dense and mounding.

14-16 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial AMSONIA ciliata ‘Hubrichtii’ Bluestar

Thread-like leaves and very pale blue flowers in June-July. Awesome yellow fall color for weeks.

22-24 inches Sun/Part Shade 4