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Perennials

Type Botanical Name Native Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
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 ‘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’ (syn. Multiplex) 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 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
Perennial VERBASCUM ‘Honey Dijon’ Mullein

Loads of short spikes covered in florets of a warm peach-gold with a plum-purple eye. Blooming over a long season throughout the summer if deadheaded regularly. Give it a very well drained and gravelly soil in full sun and this short lived perennial will be happy. Deer and drought tolerant. Attracts butterflies & hummingbirds.

8-20" Sun 5
Perennial VERBASCUM ‘Southern Charm’ Mullein

An old cottage garden plant with spires of soft pastel shades of lavender, cream and rose all with purple stamens. Blooms in summer. Deer resistant.

2-4 feet Sun 4
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 ‘Georgia Blue’ speedwell

Low growing and mat forming this is a wonderful ground cover bearing brilliant blue flowers with white eyes all spring and sporadically for the rest of the season. Remaining attractive even when not in flower.

4-6" Sun 4
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 Blue’ 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. Rabbit and deer resistant Attracts bees

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 VINCA minor ‘Alba’ Periwinkle

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

6-8 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
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 corsica ‘Little Gem’ Corsican Violet

Compact Semi-Evergreen Perennial With Violet Flowers Violet Flowers Spring and sporadic bloom throughout the summer reseeding to spread and create a lovely patch of bright color.

6-8" 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