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Perennials

Type Botanical Name Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
Perennial PENSTEMON digitalis ‘Dakota Burgundy’ Penstemon Foxglove

Glossy dark purple foliage and lavender flowers on a more compact plant than other varieties.

12-14 inches Sun 4
Perennial PENSTEMON digitalis ‘Midnight Masquerade’ Foxglove Penstemon

Dark burgundy foliage is topped with showy spikes of lavender purple flowers with white throats in early summer.  Bushier and more floriferous than older varieties.

30-40 inches Sun 4
Perennial PENSTEMON x mexicali ‘Miniature Bells’ Beard Tongue

Spires of rose, pink or purple tubular flowers with white centers bloom through the summer. Drought tolerant.

12-18 inches Sun 5
Perennial PEROVSKIA atriplicifolia Russian Sage

Gray dissected foliage on woody stems with blue flowers in late summer-fall. Actually a die-back shrub. May flop if soil is too rich.

2-4 feet Sun 4
Perennial PEROVSKIA atriplicifolia ‘Crazy Blue’ Russian Sage

A compact, mounding form with typical silver-gray foliage and blue flowers.

12-18 inches Sun 4
Perennial PERSICARIA amplexicaule ‘Blackfield’ Fleece Flower

Dark red spikes mid summer until frost.  Best with moisture and light shade.

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial PERSICARIA amplexicaule ‘Golden Arrow’ Fleece Flower

Crimson spikes over golden lance-shaped foliage summer through fall. Best with moisture and light shade.

3-4 feet Part Shade 4
Perennial PERSICARIA amplexicaule ‘Speciosum’ Firetail Fleece Flower

Crimson spikes midsummer until frost. Best with moisture and light shade.

3-4 feet Part Shade 4
Perennial PERSICARIA amplexicaule ‘Taurus’ Fleece Flower

Large scarlet bottle-brush flowers in late summer.

36-42 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial PERSICARIA bistorta ‘Superbum’ Fleece Flower

Strong spikes of light pink flowers on spreading foliage in June. Best in moist soil.

24-26 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial PERSICARIA polymorpha Giant Fleece Flower

Large white astilbe-like plumes blooming from July-Sept. Forms a large clump, but doesn’t run.

5-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial PERSICARIA virginiana ‘Painter’s Palette’ Fleece Flower (Tovara)

Leaves splashed with ivory and zoned in red. Great contrast with Hostas.

22-24 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial PHLOMIS fruticosa Jerusalem Sage

A shrubby evergreen that is a dieback perennial in Zone 5.  Whorls of large yellow, snapdragon-like flowers on erect stems from late spring into summer over gray-green foliage. Drought tolerant.

24-30 inches Sun 5
Perennial PHLOMIS russeliana Jerusalem Sage

Small, pale yellow tubular flowers arranged in whorls around the stems emerge from rosettes of large gray-green foliage in summer.

2-3 feet Sun 5
Perennial PHLOMIS tuberosa Jerusalem Sage

Pink tubular flowers in whorls on ruby red stems emerge from from low rosettes of foliage in summer. 

3-4 feet Sun 4
Perennial PHLOX amplifolia ‘Goliath’ Garden Phlox

Large pyramidal heads of fragrant purple flowers over mildew-resistant foliage.  Long-blooming through the summer into the fall.

26-30 inches Sun 3
Perennial PHLOX amplifolia ‘Hercules’ Garden Phlox

Huge heads of large, fragrant bubble gum pink flowers centered with white eyes.  Disease-resistant.  Long-blooming through the summer into the fall.

26-30 inches Sun 3
Perennial PHLOX divaricata ‘Blue Moon’ Woodland Phlox

A mat-forming woodland groundcover with spring blooms on slender stems.This cultivar has very full petals of deep violet-blue.

10-12 inches Part Shade 3
Perennial PHLOX divaricata ‘May Breeze’ Woodland Phlox

Fragrant light blue, almost white flowers in mid spring.  A lovely woodland groundcover.

12-14 inches Part Shade 3
Perennial PHLOX douglasii ‘Snowflake’ Creeping Phlox

Very dark green foliage, setting off the numerous white flowers.

6-8 inches Sun 3
Perennial PHLOX ‘Fashionably Early Crystal’ Hybrid Phlox

Pure white flowers with light purple eyes 2-3 weeks earlier than tall garden phlox over thick, leathery, mildew-resistant foliage.

28-32 inches Sun 4
Perennial PHLOX ‘Fashionably Early Flamingo’ Hybrid Phlox

Light lavender pink flowers 2-3 weeks earlier than tall garden phlox over thick, leathery, mildew-resistant foliage.

30-36 inches Sun 4
Perennial PHLOX ‘Fashionably Early Lavender Ice’ Hybrid Phlox

Pale lavender flowers with lavender pink eyes 2-3 weeks earlier than tall garden phlox over thick, leathery, mildew-resistant foliage.

28-32 inches Sun 4
Perennial PHLOX ‘Forever Pink’ Hybrid Phlox

Large lavender pink blooms in June before tall garden phlox and after the early spring-blooming species. Will repeat bloom in the fall.  Plants are compact and foliage is mildew-resistant. Developed at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

14-16 inches Sun 4
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 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 ‘Fort Hill’ Creeping Phlox

Rose-pink with deeply cleft petals and delicate fragrance.

4-6 inches Sun 3
Perennial PHLOX subulata ‘McDaniel’s Cushion’ Creeping Phlox

Bright rose pink flowers over dark green foliage.

4-6 inches Sun 3
Perennial PHLOX subulata ‘North Hills’ Creeping Phlox

Selection made by Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd of North Hill. They found it growing in a cemetery.  White with a darker purple eye.

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 ‘Schneewittchen’ Creeping Phlox

A compact mound covering itself with small, bright white flowers.

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

Extra large, light pink flowers on a vigorous plant.

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 ‘Double Blue’ Balloon Flower

Double flowers of violet-blue with darker veins.  

22-24 inches Sun 3
Perennial PLATYCODON grandiflorus ‘Florist Pink’ Balloon Flower

Large shell pink bell flowers on tall stems in midsummer.

26-28 inches Sun/Part Shade 3