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Perennials

Type Botanical Name Native Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
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 3
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 CHRYSOGONUM virginianum ‘Allen Bush’ Golden Star

A more compact cultivar that is longer blooming and more floriferous than the species.

6-8 inches Part Shade/Shade 5
Perennial Cimicifuga (Actaea) ‘Brunette’ Baneberry

Purple-black lacy foliage with tall arching wands of fragrant white flowers in late summer that draw in the pollinators.

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial Cimicifuga japonica ‘Chejo-Do’ Japanese Bugbane

A more petite version of the other taller Cimicifugas with narrow spikes of fragrant fuzzy white flowers that the pollinators love.

30-36" Part Shade/Shade 5
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 Part Shade/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 simplex ‘Pink Spike’ Black Snakeroot

Long airy wand of soft pink fuzzy flowers. Ver fragrant and a favorite of the pollinators. Dark bronze foliage.

4-6 feet Part Shade/Shade 3
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 ‘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
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
Perennial Clematis ‘Diamantina’ clematis

Double lavender-blue.

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

Large white flowers with frilled edges in early summer and fall on a compact plant.  Prune after blooming.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial Clematis H.F. Young’ Clematis

Large light lavender-blue.

8-10 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CLEMATIS integrifolia ‘Mongolian Bells’ Solitary Clematis

A non-vining compact seed selection with single, nodding pink, blue or white flowers in June and July.  Ornamental seed heads in late summer.

12-14 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial CLEMATIS ‘Jackmanii’ Hybrid Clematis

Lovely velvety purple flowers June through Sept. Deservedly popular. Prune hard.

10-12 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CLEMATIS ‘Josephine’ Hybrid Clematis

An amazing double clematis with lilac to pink blooms that look like pom poms.  Will repeat bloom in fall.  Prune after blooming.

7-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial Clematis koreana ‘Brunette’ Korean Clematis

Nodding bell flowers of a rich mahogany and creamy anthers.

8-10 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial CLEMATIS ‘Miss Bateman’ Hybrid Clematis

Star-shaped pure white flowers with dark anthers in June. Very free-flowering. Intermediate pruning.

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

Very double dark blue 4”-5” flowers in June and Sept. Intermediate pruning.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CLEMATIS paniculata Sweet Autumn Clematis

Numerous fragrant small white flowers in September. Prune hard in spring.

10-15 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CLEMATIS recta ‘Serious Black’ Erect Clematis

A non-climbing Clematis with purple spring foliage maturing to dark green.  The small white flowers appear in late spring with some rebloom midsummer.  Non-rigid stems will need some support.

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CLEMATIS ‘Roguchi’ Hybrid Clematis

This hybrid with C. integrifolia has fragrant, bell-shaped 2” flowers of deep purple from June through September.  Prune hard in spring.

5-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial Clematis ‘Romantika’ Clematis

Large deep purple blooms. Prune hard early spring.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial Clematis ‘Samaritan Jo’ Clematis

Pale pink petals with darker pink anthers. Prune hard early spring.

3-5 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CLEMATIS ‘Stand By Me’ Bush Clematis

A hybrid of C. integrifolia that is more vigorous and floriferous.  Erect stems are covered with reflexed blue bells in late spring followed by thread-like seed heads.  Will need support as it matures.

30-36 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial Clematis terniflora Virgin's bower

A vigorous climber with masses of small white flowers in late summer to fall.

10-12 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial Clematis ‘Vancouver Deb Dahl’ Clematis

Huge blooms 7-9″ across! Beautiful soft lavender with reddish stamens.

6-8 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CLEMATIS ‘Violet Stardust’ Bush Clematis

A hybrid bush clematis covered with small violet-blue, starry flowers centered with contrasting white stamens. Blooms late spring to early summer.  It will need some support.

2-3 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial CLEMATIS viticella ‘Avant-Garde’ Italian Clematis

Striking 2” red flowers are centered with a tuft of pink petals.  Prune hard in the spring.

8-10 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial CLEMATIS ‘Volunteer’ Ray Evison Clematis

Pink blooms are barred with red. Plants bloom through the summer and habit is compact.  Prune hard in the spring.

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial Clerdendrum trichotomum Harlequin Glorybower

An open, multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with large, heart-shaped leaves and fragrant blooms in autumn followed by stunning blue berries.

6-12 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial CONVALLARIA majalis ‘Bordeaux’ Lily of the Valley

An old-time favorite. This cultivar with larger, more prolific, fragrant white flowers in May.

6-8 inches Part Shade 3
Perennial CONVALLARIA majalis ‘Rosea’ Lily of the Valley

Light pink-flowered form of old-time favorite.

6-8 inches Part Shade 3
Perennial Coreopsis ‘Jethro Tull’ Tickseed

Golden-yellow fluted petals cover the compact mounds in summer.

18-20 inches Sun 4
Perennial Coreopsis ‘Leading Lady Sophia’ Tickseed

Named after Sophia Loren this long blooming plant produces large showy yellow flowers with tubular petals.

18-24 inches Sun 5
Perennial COREOPSIS ‘L’il Bang Red Elf’ Hybrid Tickseed

Profuse burgundy red flowers through the summer on a low, mounding plant.

10-12 inches Sun 5
Perennial COREOPSIS ‘Red Satin’ Hybrid Tickseed

Wine red daisies centered with yellow over fine, dark green thread-leaf foliage. Long blooming and compact.

16-18 inches Sun 5
Perennial Coreopsis Uptick ‘Cream & Red’ Tickseed

Compact bushy mound blooms continuously from early summer to fall with large creamy-white flowers with dark red centers.

12-14 inches Sun 5
Perennial COREOPSIS ‘Uptick Gold & Bronze’ Hybrid Tickseed

Profuse golden yellow flowers centered in red through the summer on a low, mounding plant.

12-14 inches Sun 5
Perennial COREOPSIS ‘Uptick Yellow & Red’ Hybrid Tickseed

Long-blooming yellow flowers are centered in red.  Habit is tidy and compact.

12-14 inches Sun 5
Perennial COREOPSIS verticillata ‘Crazy Cayenne’ Threadleaf Tickseed

Bright orange-red daisies with petal undersides and tips yellow.  Midsummer blooms over thread leaf foliage.

16-18 inches Sun 5
Perennial COREOPSIS verticillata ‘Golden Gain’ Threadleaf Tickseed

Bright gold daisies over sturdy, upright clumps of threadleaf foliage. Prolific summer bloom.

20-22 inches Sun 4
Perennial COREOPSIS verticillata ‘Moonbeam’ Threadleaf Tickseed

Soft yellow flowers all summer. Mound of delicate foliage.

16-18 inches Sun 3
Perennial CORNUS canadensis Bunch Berry

A beautiful native ground cover with large, white flowers followed by scarlet berries. Leaves turn crimson in fall. Needs woodsy conditions to thrive.

2-4 inches Part Shade/Shade 3
Perennial CORYDALIS elata Blue Corydalis

Fragrant cobalt-blue flowers and upright habit. Does not ‘melt’ in the heat.  We have found this to be the easiest to grow blue Corydalis.

14-16 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial CORYDALIS lutea Yellow Fumewort

Ferny blue-green foliage covered with yellow flowers from late spring to fall.  Self sows. 

8-10 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade 5
Perennial CORYDLIAS flexuosa ‘Hillier Porcelain Blue’ Blue Corydalis

Beautiful small tubular true blue flowers are profuse and fragrant over bronzy blue-green foliage.  Blooms in late spring with some repeat in the fall.

10-12 inches Part Shade 5
Perennial CROCOSMIA ‘Lucifer’ Crocosmia

Brilliant flame-red flowers in summer on arched stems. Broad, sword-like foliage for interesting accent. This is one of the hardiest cultivars.

30-36 inches Sun 5