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Perennials

Type Botanical Name Native Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
Perennial TRICYRTIS hirta ‘Moonlight’ Toadlily

Chartreuse foliage form selected at Bluebird Nursery. White flowers heavily spotted with purple in late summer.

18-20 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 Tricyrtis x ‘Taipei Silk’ Toad Lily

Creamy-white orchid like flowers with lavender edged petals that have purple spots. Great late season color and they make a great cut flower.

12-24 inches Part Shade/Shade 5
Perennial TRILLIUM cuneatum Little Sweet Betsy

Our largest sessile Trillium with maroon flowers atop a whorl of large, mottled foliage in spring. Summer dormant.

9-12 inches Part Shade/Shade 5
Perennial TRILLIUM grandiflorum ‘Flore Plenum’ Double White Trillium

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

12-14 inches Part Shade/Shade 3
Perennial Trillium simile or flexipes Jeweled or Nodding Trillium

We’re not quite sure whether these are T. simile or T. flexipes. It is possible that you will get one, the other or a hybrid of them both. It has a large creamy white flower with a dark purple ovary.

7-20" Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial Trillium sulcatum Sulcate Toadshade

Wine-red flowers open atop the foliage on this beautiful native wildflower blooming in late spring.

20-22" Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial Trollius ‘Cheddar’ Globe flower

Delicate looking, creamy yellow, globe-shaped blooms rise high above the dark green, deeply cut foliage. Makes a great cut flower.

20-24 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial TROLLIUS europaeus ‘Superbus’ Globeflower

Large, 2 inch, lemon yellow globe flowers in late spring over ferny foliage. Does well in moist locations.

18-24 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial Trollius laxus Spreading Globe Flower

A prolific bloomer in spring and it may flower again later in the season. Cheery yellow flowers on thick stems sit atop a neat mound of glossy foliage.

12-16 Part Shade 4
Perennial TROLLIUS ‘Morning Sun’ Globeflower

A dwarf, more compact form of T. ‘Golden Queen’  Yellow-orange, bowl-shaped flowers in late spring.

18-24 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial Trollius x cultorum ‘Alabaster’ Globe Flower

Semi-double globes of a soft butter-yellow blooming on tall stems great for cutting.

24-30 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial UVULARIA grandiflora Giant Merrybells

Narrow, dangling yellow bell-shaped flowers in May on arching stems. Native woodland plant.

16-18 inches Part Shade/Shade 3
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
Edibles Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Lateblue’ HIghbush Blueberry

‘Late Blue’ is a late season cultivar with large berries in August and September.

4-6 feet Sun 4
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 VERBASCUM ‘Sugar Plum’ Mullein

A dwarf cultivar covered with spikes of plum blossoms from late spring into summer.

8-18 inches Sun 5
Perennial VERBENA hastata 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 fasciculata Prairie Ironweed

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

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
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/Part Shade 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/Part Shade 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/Part Shade 4
Perennial VERONICA austriaca ‘Venice Blue’ Speedwell

Short spikes of violet-blue flowers in spring on a compact, mounding plant. Some repeat bloom in late summer with deadheading.

10-12 inches Sun/Part Shade 2
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/Part Shade 4
Perennial VERONICA longifolia ‘First Love’ Speedwell

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

10-12 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial Veronica gentianoides ‘Little Blue’ Gentian Speedwell

Green strap-like leaves create a dense mat that is covered in spring with spikes of the softest blue flowers.

12-18 Inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial Veronica ‘Lavender Lightsaber’ Spike Speedwell

Soft lavender flowers covering the top half of a columnar, upright habit.

24-30" Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial Veronica longifolia ‘First Lady’ Speedwell

Well branched spikes of clean white through the summer.

22-24 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial Veronica Magic Show ‘Pink Potion’ Spike Speedwell

‘Pink Potion’ produces baby pink flowers that cover the top half of the plant while the deep green foliage forms a rounded, low habit that is wider than typical and packed full of flowers.

14-16" Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial Veronica Moody Blues ‘Dark Blue’ Spike Speedwell

Clump forming and bushy with dense spikes of deep, vibrant blue throughout the summer. Attracts butterflies and other pollinators.

12-14 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial VERONICA prostrata ‘Ice Blue’ Prostrate Speedwell

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

4-6 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial VERONICA ‘Purple Illusion’ Magic Show Speedwell

Dense spikes of purple flowers in summer over thick, dark green foliage.

16-18 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial Veronica repens ‘Sunshine’ Speedwell

Tiny flowers spikes of blue contrast well with the creeping gold foliage.

2-4 inches Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial VERONICA spicata ‘Royal Candles’ Speedwell

An offspring of V. ‘Sunny Border Blue’ with a more compact habit and longer blooming. Dark violet-blue spikes through the summer.

16-18 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial VERONICA ‘Tidal Pool’ Prostrate Speedwell

A selection from the Chicago Botanic Garden with blue-violet flowers in spring covering a dense, low-spreading plant. Small, scalloped green leaves are slightly pubescent. Tolerant of tough conditions.

2-4 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial VERONICA ‘Waterperry’ Speedwell

Mat-forming. Small round leaves with purple cast. Main flush of light blue flower spikes in spring, but may throw sporadic blooms all summer.

2-4 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial VERONICA ‘Whitewater’ Creeping Speedwell

A sport of V. ‘Waterperry’ with white blooms. It has the same burgundy foliage in winter and dense creeping habit.

2-4 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial VERONICA Magic Show ‘Wizard of Ahhs’ Magic Show Speedwell

Thick spikes of violet-blue flowers starting in early summer on a dense, compact plant.

14-16 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial VERONICASTRUM sibiricum Culver's Physic

Slender tapers of light lavender-blue flowers in late summer above whorls of elongate foliage.

4-5 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial VERONICASTRUM virginicum caeruleum Culver’s Root

Stately native with whorled leaves and pale blue tapering flower spikes in summer.  Best with some moisture.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial VERONICASTRUM virginicum ‘Cupid’ Culver's Physic

Tall spires of lilac-blue flowers over whirled foliage in mid to late summer.

30-36 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial VERONICASTRUM virginicum ‘Red Arrows’ Culver's Root

Slender spires of red buds open into lavender-purple blooms from mid-summer into fall. Side flowers open the same time as main flower (unlike many other Culver’s Roots), forming an arrow shape. Very upright habit.

3-5 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial VINCA minor ‘Alba’ Periwinkle

The white-flowered form of a easy, vigorous groundcover.

6-8 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade
Perennial VINCA minor ‘Bowles Variety’ Periwinkle

Dark evergreen foliage and violet-blue spring flowers. Great groundcover.

6-8 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial VINCA minor ‘Ralph Shugert’ Periwinkle

Glossy oval leaves with a wide white margin and sky-blue flowers.

6-8 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial Viola ‘Celestial Blue Moon’ Violet

An evergreen violet producing fragrant creamy-white flowers washed in blue with a bright yellow eye.

6-8 inches Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial VIOLA ‘Etain’ Hybrid Viola

English hybrid with large, fragrant lemon flowers edged in purple. Long-blooming.

6-8 inches Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial Viola ‘Rebecca’ Violet

White petals streaked in blue and purple with a small yellow eye.

4-6 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial WALDSTEINIA ternata Barren Strawberry

Tough rapid groundcover for any soil. Strawberry-like leaves and yellow flowers in spring. Combines well with spring bulbs.

4-6 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade 3