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Perennials

Type Botanical Name Common Name Description Height Light Req. Zone Add to My List
Perennial EPIMEDIUM grandiflorum ‘Spring Wedding’ Barrenwort

Profuse light lavender blooms over red-edged spring foliage.

10-12 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial EPIMEDIUM koreanum ‘Harold Epstein’ Barrenwort

A vigorous variety with large lemon yellow flowers.

14-16 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial EPIMEDIUM lishihchenii Barrenwort

Bright yellow long spurred flowers in spring.

10-12 inches Part Shade 5
Perennial EPIMEDIUM ‘Pink Elf’ Barrenwort

Long-spurred, two-toned light and dark pink flowers.  Very floriferous.

10-12 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial EPIMEDIUM ‘Raspberry Rhapsody’ Barrenwort

An intro from Broken Arrow Nursery with exquisite rose and pale pink flowers held over large clumps of foliage.  New growth in spring is mahogany.

12-15 inches Part Shade 5
Perennial EPIMEDIUM ‘Space Invaders’ Barrenwort

This intro from Broken Arrow Nursery has shiny, spiny evergreen foliage. The small white flowers have long pale yellow spurs speckled with orange.

12-14 inches Part Shade 5
Perennial EPIMEDIUM x rubrum Barrenwort

Dense green foliage with red flowers in April-May. Our most reliable Epimedium.

10-12 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial EPIMEDIUM x versicolor ‘Cherry Tart’ Barrenwort

Outward facing cherry pink and red blossoms over foliage flushed with purple-red in the spring.

12-14 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial EPIMEDIUM x warleyense ‘Orange Queen’ Barrenwort

Copper-orange flowers on a slowly spreading groundcover. Attractive foliage year-round.

18-20 inches Part Shade 5
Perennial EPIMEDIUM x youngianum ‘Niveum’ Barrenwort

White flowers held well over the foliage appear later in the spring than other Epimediums.

10-12 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial EPIMEDIUM x youngianum ‘Royal Flush’ Barrenwort

A Darrell Probst intro with lovely light lavender flowers over bronze purple foliage.

12-14 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial ERYNGIUM ‘Neptune’s Gold’ Sea Holly

Lavender blue blooms against chartreuse foliage.  Great contrast! Spiny bracts of the long-lasting flowers vary from lime to blue. Upright habit to 2 feet.

18-24 inches Sun 5
Perennial ERYNGIUM planum ‘Blue Glitter’ Sea Holly

Intense steel blue flowers on dense spikes. Good cut. Drought tolerant.

24-26 inches Sun 4
Perennial ERYNGIUM planum ‘Blue Hobbit’ Sea Holly

A dwarf form with steel blue thistle-like flowers through the summer. Drought tolerant.

8-12 inches Sun 4
Perennial ERYTHRONIUM americanum Dog's Tooth Violet

Our native “trout lily” prevalent throughout Vermont woods in early spring.  Nodding yellow bells over mottled foliage.  Summer dormant.

4-6 inches Part Shade 3
Perennial ERYTHRONIUM dens-canis Dog's Tooth Violet

European native spring ephemeral with nodding lilac to light pink reflexed bells over mottled foliage.

6-10 inches Part Shade 3
Perennial EUPATORIUM coelestinum Hardy Ageratum

Domed heads of lavender blue fluffy flowers reminiscent of Ageratum in late summer into fall.  Eastern native found in moist locations.  

1-2 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial EUPATORIUM dubium ‘Baby Joe’ Joe Pye Weed

Large, dome-shaped flower heads of lavender-mauve. Even more compact than E. ‘Little Joe’!

28-30 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial EUPATORIUM dubium ‘Phantom’ Joe Pye Weed

A compact selection with wine-red domes in late summer.

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial EUPATORIUM fortunei ‘Pink Frost’ Japanese Joe Pye Weed

An Asian joe pye weed with foliage edged in cream. Pink blooms in late summer.

3-4 feet Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial EUPATORIUM hyssopifolium Hyssop-leaf Thoroughwort

Lacy umbels of white flowers over fine-textured foliage in late summer. Best in dry situations.

2-3 feet Sun 4
Perennial EUPATORIUM maculatum ‘Gateway’ Joe Pye Weed

Bushel basket sized lavender flowers (really!) in  Aug-Sept. Moist areas.

4-6 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial EUPHORBIA myrsinites Donkey Tail Spurge

Whorls of trailing blue-gray leaves. Chrome-yellow flowers in spring.  Great for dry conditions.

10-12 inches Sun 4
Perennial EUPHORBIA polychroma Cushion Spurge

Colorful yellow bracts in May on dome-shaped plant. Red fall foliage.

16-18 inches Sun 4
Perennial EUPHORBIA polychroma ‘Bonfire’ Cushion Spurge

Green spring foliage quickly matures to a dark mahoghany red. Great contrast with acid yellow flowers.

16-18 inches Sun 4
Perennial FILIPENDULA palmata ‘Nana’ Meadowsweet

Airy pink flower heads in early summer on a compact plant. Attractive lacy dissected foliage.

14-16 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial FILIPENDULA palmata Variegated Form Meadowsweet

Large, maple-shaped foliage variegated with white and silver. Pink flower heads in early summer.

48-54 inches Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial FILIPENDULA palmata ‘Elegans’ Meadowsweet

Feathery plumes of white to pink from June into July.  Great for moist sites.  Forms a wide mound.

24-30 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial FILIPENDULA ‘Red Umbrellas’ Meadowsweet

Beautiful, delicate, dissected foliage with red veination and accents. Lovely pink, early summer flower plumes. Likes moisture.

24-30 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial FILIPENDULA rubra ‘Venusta ‘ Queen of the Prairie

Deep pink fluffy plumes on tall stems in summer. Seed heads turn attractive fall color.

6-7 feet Sun/Part Shade 3
Perennial FILIPENDULA ulmaria ‘Aurea’ Golden Meadowsweet

Beautiful golden foliage and creamy white summer flowers.

24-26 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial FILIPENDULA ulmaria ‘Variegata’ Variegated Meadowsweet

Dark green palmate leaves with gold centers and creamy white summer flowers. Try with red Astrantias. Both prefer moist sites.

24-26 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial GAULTHERIA procumbens Wintergreen

Native woodland groundcover. Red berries and dark green aromatic foliage which turns purplish red in fall/winter. Charming.

6-8 inches Part Shade 2
Perennial GENTIANA asclepiadea ‘Alba’ Willow Gentian

Arching stems with tubular white bell flowers in late summer over narrow willow-like foliage. 

22-24 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial GENTIANA cruciata ‘Blue Cross’ Cross Gentian

Small violet-blue blooms form in the nodes of the shiny spoon-shaped leaves.  Blooms from midsummer to fall.  Compact habit.  Drought resistant.

10-12 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial GENTIANA dahurica Gentian

Clusters of white-throated, blue trumpet flowers in late summer on lax sprawling stems.  Forms mats of shiny green foliage.

10-12 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial GENTIANA paradoxa ‘Blue Herold’ Mountain Gentian

Brilliant blue trumpet flowers in August-September on a low mounding plant.

6-10 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial GENTIANA scabra ‘Royal Stripes’ Gentian

Unusual gentian with white flowers striped in royal blue.  Blooms in late summer on arching stems.

10-16 inches Part Shade 5
Perennial GENTIANA septemfida var. lagodechiana Summer Gentian

Trailing stems turn upward with blue flowers from July to Sept.

10-12 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial GENTIANA ‘True Blue’ Gentian

We saw this new floriferous gentian from Darrell Probst a few years ago and couldn’t wait till it was available! Large, upward-facing true blue bells from midsummer until fall.

24-26 inches Part Shade 4
Perennial GERANIUM ‘Anne Thomson’ Cranesbill

Bright magenta, black-centered flowers contrast with the gold foliage through the summer. Forms a low-spreading mound.

12-15 inches tall by 2-3 feet wide Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial GERANIUM cinereum ‘Ballerina’ Cranesbill

Numerous open flowers of pink with dark centers on a compact plant. Blooms in early summer.

6-8 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial GERANIUM himalayense ‘Derric Cook’ Cranesbill

Very large white flowers veined purple. Longlasting floral display, attractive red foliage in cool fall weather.

16-18 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial GERANIUM macrorrhizum ‘Alba’ Bigroot Geranium

Spreading fragrant foliage. White flowers with pink anthers and red stems in June-July. Excellent ground cover for shade. One of our favorites.

10-12 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial GERANIUM macrorrhizum ‘Bevan’s Variety’ Bigfoot Geranium

A cultivar with bright magenta red blooms in the spring over fragrant spreading foliage.

10-12 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial GERANIUM macrorrhizum ‘Ingwersens’ Bigroot Geranium

A cultivar with beautiful light pink flowers.

10-12 inches Sun/Part Shade/Shade 4
Perennial GERANIUM maculatum ‘Espresso’ Wild Cranesbill

Pale pink flowers in late spring contrast with attractive red-brown foliage. A selection of an easy to grow North American native.

18-24 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial GERANIUM ‘Perfect Storm’ Cranesbill

Magenta flowers with dark centers and veined petals bloom late spring into summer over low mound of gray-green velvety foliage.

10 inches tall by 20 inches wide Sun/Part Shade 5
Perennial GERANIUM pratense ‘Boom Chocolatta’ Meadow Cranesbill

Blue-violet blooms in summer over dark bronze foliage. Upright habit and excellent vigor compared to earlier varieties of this type.

24-26 inches Sun/Part Shade 4
Perennial GERANIUM ‘Rozanne’ Cranesbill

Deep blue flowers June through September. Bronze fall foliage. A wonderful geranium for long bloom.

22-24 inches Sun/Part Shade 4