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Perennials

Type Botanical Name Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
Perennial BAPTISIA ‘Decadence Sparkling Sapphires’ False Indigo

The new Decadence Baptisias were selected for a shorter, more compact habit.  This cultivar with vivid violet blue flowers over deep blue-green foliage.

30-36 inches Sun 4
Perennial BAPTISIA Decadence ‘Vanilla Cream’ False Indigo

The new Decadence Baptisias were selected for a shorter, more compact habit.  Spikes of pastel yellow buds open to creamy white flowers on well-branched stems.  Gray-green foliage emerges bronze in spring.

30-36 inches Sun 4
Perennial BAPTISIA ‘Indigo Spires’ False Indigo

Tall spikes of deep violet flowers in late spring over rounded clumps of glaucous green foliage.

42-48 inches Sun 4
Perennial BAPTISIA ‘Ivory Towers’ False Indigo

A Baptisia alba hybrid from plantsman Tony Avent, this upright-growing plant has tall spikes of white flowers on dark stems for weeks in the spring.

4-5 feet Sun 4
Perennial BAPTISIA ‘Solar Flare Prarieblues’ False Indigo

Tall spikes of yellow pea-like flowers age to deep orange.  Developed by Jim Ault at the Chicago Botanic Gardens.

3-4 feet Sun 4
Perennial BOLTONIA asteroides ‘Snowbank’ False Aster

Profuse white flowers August through October over fine-textured foliage.

48-54 inches Sun 3
Perennial BRUNNERA macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ Forget Me Not

Striking heart-shaped foliage with a beautiful frosty overlay.

12-14 inches Part Shade 5
Perennial BRUNNERA macrophylla ‘Sea Heart’ Forget Me Not

Olive-green foliage overlaid with silver is similar to B. ‘Jack Frost’, but leaves are thicker, hairier and more resistant to heat and humidity.

12-14 inches Part Shade 5
Perennial BRUNNERA macrophylla ‘Silver Heart’ Forget Me Not

Silver foliage form similar to B. ‘Looking Glass’, but leaves are thicker, hairier and more resistant to heat and humidity.  Leaves mature to almost solid silver.

12-14 inches Part Shade 5
Perennial CALAMINTHA nepeta ‘Blue Cloud’ Calamint

Compact growing to 18″ with tiny lavender flowers over aromatic foliage from midsummer on. Drought and deer-resistant.

12-18 inches Sun 4
Perennial CALAMINTHA nepeta ‘Marvelette Blue’ Calamint

Compact growing to 12″ with tiny lavender-blueflowers over aromatic foliage from midsummer on.  Drought and deer-resistant.

10-12 inches Sun 4
Perennial CALAMINTHA nepeta ‘Montrose White’ Calamint

Sprays of white flowers over mint-scented foliage through the summer.  This cultivar has a tidy, mounding habit and is drought and deer-resistant.

12-14 inches Sun 4
Perennial CALLIRHOE involucrata Poppy Mallow

Sprawling plant with cerise-red cup-shaped flowers in summer. Low and spreading. Native to the midwest.

6-12 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CALLUNA vulgaris Heather

Various foliage colors are excellent together or with other evergreens. Bloom in late summer, fall. Best in organic, acid well drained soil. Protect in winter. We’ll carry an assortment of foliage and flower colors.

6-8 inches Sun 5
Perennial CAMASSIA cusickii Indian Hyacinth

Grassy foliage gives rise to tall spikes of starry pale blue flowers in late spring. For moist sites. Summer dormant.

28-30 inches Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial CAMASSIA scilloides Wild Hyacinth

Fragrant pale blue to white starry flowers on 1 foot stalks over grassy foliage.  This is a spring-blooming bulb native to the eastern US that goes dormant in summer.

1-2 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CAMPANULA carpatica ‘Pearl White’ Carpathian Bellflower

Large white cup-shaped flowers cover compact mounds of green foliage.  Blooms from late spring into the summer.

6-10 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial CAMPANULA carpatica ‘Rapido Blue’ Carpathian Bellflower

Large, violet-blue cup-shaped flowers cover compact mounds of green foliage. Blooms from late spring into the summer. Great for rock gardens and edging.

6-10 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial CAMPANULA cochlearifolia ‘Bavaria Blue’ Fairy Thimble Bellflower

Numerous small deep blue bells on delicate stems in spring.  Good rockery plant.

4-5 inches Sun 4
Perennial CAMPANULA fenestrellata Adriatic Bellflower

Tufts of dark green foliage are covered with starry blue flowers centered in white in the spring.  Similar to C. garganica but more compact.

2-4 inches Sun 4
Perennial CAMPANULA garganica Adriatic Bellflower

Tufted foliage with small pendant blue bells in summer. 

4-6 inches Sun 4
Perennial CAMPANULA ‘Pink Octopus’ Bellflower

Spreading, semi-evergreen plant covered with unusual octopus-like pale pink flowers with very narrow petals.  Blooms early to midsummer.  Vigorous and heat-tolerant.

12-18 inches Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial CAMPANULA portenschlagiana ‘Lieselotte’ Dalmatian Bellflower

Tidy dwarf Campanula with lavender purple bells in late spring. A selection discovered by Pierre Bennerup of Sunny Border Nurseries.

4-6 inches Sun 5
Perennial CAMPANULA poscharskyana ‘Blue Waterfall’ Serbian Bellflower

Star-shaped blue flowers May through June. Tough, drought-resistant groundcover.

8-10 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial CAMPANULA ‘Purple Sensation’ Spotted Bellflower

Large, dark purple pendulous bell flowers from near-black buds.

14-16 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CAMPANULA ‘Viking’ Hybrid Bellflower

Large, lavender pendulous bells on upright spikes in late spring from low, mounding foliage.  This is a sterile non-running cultivar.

16-18 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CAULOPHYLLUM thalictroides Blue Cohosh

Purple blue foliage with yellow-centered early spring flowers followed by blue berries. Native woodland plant. Summer dormant.

22-24 inches Part Shade 3
Perennial CENTAUREA macrocephala Bighead Knapweed

Large yellow thistle-like flowers July through August.  Dries well.

3-4 feet Sun 3
Perennial CENTAUREA montana Perennial Bachelor Button

Spring cornflower-like blooms of outstanding blue over gray-green foliage.  

12-14 inches Sun 3
Perennial CENTAUREA montana ‘Amethyst Dream’ Perennial Bachelor Button

Deep purple flowers in early summer. Will rebloom later if cut back. Strong grower.

12-14 inches Sun 3
Perennial CENTAUREA montana ‘Amethyst in Snow’ Perennial Bachelor Button

A Blooms of Bressingham selection with purple-centered white flowers.

12-14 inches Sun 3
Perennial CEPHALARIA gigantea Giant Scabiosa

Profuse pale yellow pincushion flowers in summer on tall plants.

6-8 feet Sun 5
Perennial CERATOSTIGMA plumbaginoides Plumbago

Low-growing groundcover with 1/2” gentian blue flowers from red buds in late summer.  Shiny green foliage turns bronze-red in the autumn.

6-10 inches Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial CHELONE lyonii ‘Hot Lips’ Pink Turtlehead

Bronze-green spring foliage followed by rose flowers in late summer. Red stems.

30-36 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CHELONE obliqua ‘Tiny Tortuga’ Pink Turtlehead

A compact variety with deep pink “turtleheads” over dark green, lustrous foliage.  Blooms in late summer.

1-2 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CHRYSANTHEMUM ‘Autumn Moon’ Hardy “Global Warming” Mum

Introduced by Vermont Organics, these mums bloom late like C. ‘Sheffield’ from which they are descended, and are hardy to Zone 4. They have single pale yellow flowers tinged with pink.

18-20 inches Sun 4
Perennial CHRYSANTHEMUM ‘Sheffield’ Hardy Chrysanthemum

Single pale flesh pink daisies in October.

24-30 inches Sun 4
Perennial CIMICIFUGA japonica ‘Hillside Splashdance’’ Japanese Bugbane

Clumps of maple-like leaves are patterned with chartreuse and dark green.  Flowers spikes of creamy white appear in late summer.  From Hillside Nursery.

2-3 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CIMICIFUGA racemosa Black Snakeroot

White bottle-brush-like flowers on slender but strong black stems in July.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CIMICIFUGA ramosa ‘Atropurpurea’ Purple-leaved Snakeroot

Ferny, purplish-green foliage, with long lasting fragrant white flower spikes in Aug.-Sept.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CIMICIFUGA ramosa ‘Chocoholic’ Purple-leaved Snakeroot

Deep purple foliage with fragrant flower spikes that open a soft pink and age to white . Combine this with variegated or yellow foliage.

2-3 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CIMICIFUGA ramosa ‘Hillside Black Beauty’ Purple-leaved Snakeroot

One of the darkest foliage forms.  Typical tall spikes of fragrant creamy white flowers in late summer.

4-5 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CIMICIFUGA rubifolia Maple-leaf Snakeroot

A North American native with large maple-like foliage and white flower spikes in the fall.

2-3 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CLEMATIS alpina ‘Stolwijk Gold’ Alpine Clematis

Bright gold foliage early changing to chartreuse. May to June brings pendant blue flowers. What a gorgeous combination!

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CLEMATIS ‘Amethyst Beauty’ Hybrid Clematis

Extra large purple blooms fade to lavender.  Flowers from mid to late summer on compact vines.  From Ray Evison.  Intermediate pruning required.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CLEMATIS ‘Andromeda’ Hybrid Clematis

Large semi-double white flowers are accented with rose pink bars.  These late spring blooms are followed by single flowers in late summer.  Intermediate pruning required.

8-10 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CLEMATIS ‘Barbara Jackman’ Hybrid Clematis

Blue flowers are barred with red. Prune after first flush of spring bloom, will repeat in late summer.

8-10 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CLEMATIS ‘Blue Light’ Hybrid Clematis

Large, 5-6″ double blue blooms from spring into summer. Prune after flowering. Will repeat in the fall.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CLEMATIS ‘Brushing Bridesmaid’ Hybrid Clematis

Large double rose pink pompoms with lighter centers.  Prune after flowering.  Will repeat.

3-5 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CLEMATIS ‘Crystal Fountain’ Hybrid Clematis

Large semi-double blooms are lilac blue with a spray of central stamens.  Will repeat in the fall.  Blooms on last years’ wood, so prune after first flowering.

5-7 feet Sun/Part Shade 4