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Perennials

Type Botanical Name Native Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
Perennial Asclepias viridis Spider Milkweed

Clusters of green flowers with burgundy centers on slightly sprawling plants blooming July-August.

24-26" Sun 4
Perennial Aster alpinus ‘Dark Beauty’ Alpine Aster

Dark violet flowers on compact plants through June.

12-14 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial Aster alpinus ‘Happy End’ Alpine Aster

An early blooming Aster, usually grown in rock gardens, with a single rose-pink bloom with a yellow eye.

8-10" Sun 2
Perennial ASTER azureus Sky Blue Aster

A midwest native aster with arrowhead-shaped leaves and blue-violet flowers in fall. 

2-3 feet Sun 3
Perennial ASTER ‘Blue Autumn’ Aster

Deep blue blossoms cover this plant through September. Compact, mounding habit and mildew resistant foliage.

18-20 inches Sun 4
Perennial ASTER cordifolius ‘Little Carlow’ Heart-leaved Aster

Wonderful billowing medium blue aster for late fall. 

2-3 feet Sun 3
Perennial ASTER divaricatus Eastern Star’ Wood Aster

Dwarf aster for partial shade with white flowers on striking dark mahogany stems in September.

10-12 inches Part Shade 3
Perennial ASTER ericoides ‘Bridal Veil’ Heath Aster

This taller selection from a cross with A. ‘Snow Flurry’ has fine-textured foliage and an arching habit.  It’s covered with small white flowers in the fall.  From the Chicago Botanic Garden.

24-26 inches Sun 5
Perennial ASTER ericoides ‘Snow Flurry’ Heath Aster

A dense carpet of snow-white daisies in the fall. Looks great with heathers and sedums.

8-10 inches Sun 4
Perennial ASTER laevis ‘Blue Bird’ Smooth Aster

Single violet-blue 1″ flowers in large clusters throughout the fall. 

3-4 feet Sun 4
Perennial ASTER novae angliae ‘Alma Potschke’ New England Aster

Hot salmon-pink flowers August through September.

36-42 inches Sun 3
Perennial ASTER novae angliae ‘Purple Dome’ New England Aster

Outstanding compact habit and strong purple flowers in Aug-Sept make this a favorite Aster of ours. Stunning massed with Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’.

16-18 inches Sun 3
Perennial Aster novi-belgii New York Aster

Shades of violet to pink or white flowers on this native aster blooming in September.

36-48" Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTER oblongifolius ‘October Skies’ Aromatic Aster

Sky blue fall flowers on a compact plant. Drought and poor soil tolerant.

15-18 inches Sun 4
Perennial ASTER oblongifolius ‘Raydon’s Favorite’ Aromatic Aster

Sky blue fall flowers on large, bushy plants. Drought and poor soil tolerant.

3-4 feet Sun 4
Perennial Aster tataricus ‘Jindai’ Tatarian Aster

Large lavender-pink flowers with yellow centers in October.

2-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTER ‘Vibrant Dome’ Aster

Possibly a cross between A. ‘Purple Dome’ and the taller A. ‘Alma Potschke’, this hybrid is covered with semi-double raspberry-red daisies through September.  Compact, mounding habit.

16-18 inches Sun 3
Perennial ASTILBE ‘Amber Moon’ Astilbe

Chartreuse gold foliage tinged with red matures to green. Rose-pink flower spikes on strong stems in midsummer.

30-36 inches Part Shade 3
Perennial Astilbe arendsii ‘Happy Spirit’ False Spirea

Late bloomer; the dark red stems of this Astilbe stand out against its pure white flowers that will mature to cream; blooms appear in late June to July over glossy, deep green foliage.

20-22" Part Shade/Shade 3
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Alive and Kicking’ Astilbe

Dark rose-pink flowers on a robust plant. Midseason bloomer.

36-42 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Diamonds and Pearls’ Astilbe

Large plumes of silvery white flowers on strong stems in July. Dark green foliage forms a compact mound.

28-30 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Finale’ Astilbe

Airy light pink blooms in late summer over low mat-forming foliage.

14-16 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Lighthouse’ Astilbe

Large red plumes are held way above the foliage in early summer.

24-30 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Mighty Chocolate Cherry’ Astilbe

A very large-growing Astilbe with large cherry red flower plumes held on chocolate-brown stems. Blooms mid to late summer. Foliage emerges red and turns green.

36-42 inches Part Shade 3
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Mighty Red Quin’ Astilbe

Very large Astilbe with red flower plumes which age to dark pink. Blooms mid to late summer. Foliage emerges red and turns green.

36-42 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Milk and Honey’ Astilbe

Prolific creamy white flowers age to light pink. Attractive silver-marbled foliage. More drought tolerant than other Astilbes. Mid to late season blooms.

28-30 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Pumila’ Astilbe

Lavender pink flowers over low mat-forming foliage. A good ground cover. Blooms in August.

8-10 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Purple Candle’ Astilbe

Strong purple-rose plumes in August.

30-36 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Valerie’ Astilbe

A new heavily blooming cultivar with dense, bluish purple blooms in midsummer. Strong grower.

18-20 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Visions’ Astilbe

Bronze-green foliage and fragrant dark purple flowers mid to late season.

14-16 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Visions in Red’ Astilbe

Deep red buds open to dense, upright deep pink plumes. Compact bronze-green foliage and red stems. Mid to late season bloom

14-16 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Visions in White’ Astilbe

Upright white plumes in July.

20-30 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE chinensis ‘Visions Inferno’ Astilbe

Pink midsummer blooms fade to an attractive apple green.

24-30 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE ‘Chocolate Shogun’ Astilbe

A new intro from Japan with the darkest foliage yet.  Chocolate brown leaves through the season.  Light pink blooms in the summer.

20-24 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE crispa ‘Liliput’ Dwarf Astilbe

Salmon pink flowers over tight crinkled dark green foliage.  

6-8 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE ‘Delft Lace’ Astilbe

Salmon pink buds open to light pink blooms in midsummer. Foliage emerges burgundy and fades to dark blue-green.

22-24 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE ‘Peach Blossom’ Astilbe

Pale pink flowers in June.

18-20 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE simplicifolia ‘Hennie Graafland’ Astilbe

Delicate shell pink flowers in midsummer over attractive ferny foliage.

16-18 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE simplicifolia ‘Sprite’ Astilbe

Delicate soft pink flowers over dark bronze foliage. Mid to late season bloom.

10-12 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE ‘Snowdrift’ Astilbe

The “whitest” white. Alan Bloom introduction. Early bloomer.

22-24 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE thunbergii ‘Ostrich Plume’ Astilbe

Pendulous salmon-pink plumes. Mid to late season bloom.

30-36 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBE ‘Younique Salmon’ Astilbe

Upright, salmon to light pink plumes early to midsummer.

16-18 inches Part Shade 3
Perennial ASTILBE ‘Younique White’ Astilbe

Compact form with many stems of fluffy white plumes. Early to midseason bloom.

16-18 inches Part Shade 3
Perennial Astilbe ‘Cappuccino’ False Spirea

Pure white plumes on contrasting red stems with dark bronze foliage.

22-24 inches Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial ASTILBOIDES tabularis Syn. (Rodgersia tabularis)

Very dramatic circular leaves 3 feet across. Moist shade. Creamy white plumes in summer.

3-4 feet Part Shade 4
Perennial Astrantia major ‘Masterpiece’ Masterwort

Leaves are edged in green and the centers are a glowing chartreuse with pale pink blooms.

16-24" Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial Astrantia major ‘Ruby Cloud’ Master Wort

Large clusters of ruby-red flowers look like little pin cushions. The long stems make great cut flowers.

26-28 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTRANTIA major ‘Star of Billions’ Masterwort

Large clusters of white umbels with petals tipped green.  Blooms through the summer.

20-24 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTRANTIA major ‘Star of Fire’ Masterwort

Clusters of burgundy-red flowers with white centers on dark red stems. Mid to late summer bloom.

18-20 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial ASTRANTIA major ‘Star of Magic’ Masterwort

Dark green foliage is edged and splashed with cream and topped with rosy-pink umbels early to mid-summer.

20-24 inches Sun/Part Shade 4