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Nepeta

Nepeta

Catmint

Sometime around May a certain fragrance tells us that it’s time for sunny days and warm weather. It’s Nepeta! Catmint, as it is commonly called, is a free bloomer whose billowy mounds of lavender, pink or white flowers are as opulent as its aromatic foliage.

Supposedly, this herb renders timid people fierce, and the botanist Tournefort tells of a hangman who couldn’t cut the mustard “til he chewed a little catmint root.” Make sure you have some Loosestrife around in case things get out of hand.

Cut back in July for an encore in the fall.


Nepeta ‘Blue Dragon’ full sun

Big, bright blue-violet tubular blooms with an extended white freckled lower lip and smoky purple calyxes bedeck showy 6 in. floral spires. Inheriting the vigor of its yunnanensis parent, yet maintaining a neat compact habit, branched upright stems emerge from underground stolons and sprout attractive notched grayish green leaves.

Barely fazed by heat, humidity and sporadic dry periods, ‘Blue Dragon’s long blooming flowers make a spectacular addition to a summer bouquet. (PPAF)

Blooms June – mid-September.

Size: 2-1/2'–3' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Nepeta faassenii ‘Kit Kat’ full sun
<i>Nepeta faassenii</i> ‘Kit Kat’

A well-mannered newcomer, ‘Kit Kat’ keeps a compact, low-to-the-ground profile. Pint-sized leaves shape the gray-green clump that projects cool tones especially when small but numerous terminal clusters of lavender-blue flowers unfurl all summer long.

Perfect for diminishing hard edges along paths, steps or in the rockery, this floriferous Nepeta easily melds with Stachys ‘Silky Fleece’ and Scutellaria ‘Smoky Hills’.

Blooms May–mid-October.

Size: 15" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 5.


Nepeta faassenii ‘Kit Kat’ (P-1388)
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Nepeta x faassenii ‘Select Blue’ full sun

David Salmon of High Country Gardens recently selected this long blooming, tough-as-nails Catmint for its markedly blue flower spikes. Long, tapered, gray-green leaves comprise a tidy, low growing mound that is covered with blossoms in late spring, and if trimmed back, bestow a second showing in late summer. Vigorous and drought tolerant, ‘Select Blue’ can be paired with another floriferous perennial, Diascia ‘Pink Adobe’, for a colorful union.

Blooms May–August.

Size: 15" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


Nepeta x faassenii ‘Select Blue’ (P-1222)
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Nepeta grandiflora ‘Dawn to Dusk’ full sun
<i>Nepeta grandiflora</i> ‘Dawn to Dusk’

One of the best pink Nepetas, ‘Dawn to Dusk’ produces an open mound of soft, sage-green foliage. Smoky violet calyxes make the color combination even more soothing.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Nepeta grandiflora ‘Wild Cat’ full sun
<i>Nepeta grandiflora</i> ‘Wild Cat’

Awarded four stars in the Chicago Botanical Garden’s Nepeta Performance Trials, this exciting new Catmint broadcasts lively purplish red calyxes that can be enjoyed long after its blossoms have faded. The lush sage-green leaves create a vigorous understory for quantities of small, dark blue-violet tubes clustered on good-sized flower heads. Staged midborder, the colorful display spans several months and blends easily with Sedum ‘Hab Gray’, while riding on tall upright stems.

Blooms mid-June – late September.

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


Nepeta grandiflora ‘Wild Cat’ (P-1530)
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Nepeta x ‘Joanna Reed’ full sun
<i>Nepeta</i> x ‘Joanna Reed’

We recently acquired this distinctive, hard-to-find Nepeta from Stonehouse Nursery in Michigan. A naturally occurring cross between Nepeta sibirica and Nepeta faassenii, ‘Joanna Reed’s upright form boasts vibrantly colored clusters of flowers. Highlighted by pink throats, the iridescent blue-violet blooms garnish handsome gray-green foliage and harmonize with Lobelia tupa.

Blooms late May–September.

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Nepeta ‘Longipes’ full sun

Bathed in restful hues, this seldom-offered Nepeta fashions a softly colored, large mound of good-sized, serrated, gray-green leaves and tall, branching spikes embellished with densely set lilac flowers. Blooming for months, ‘Longipes’ creates a pleasing pastel medley in the company of Papaver spicatum and Euphorbia myrsinites.

Blooms late May–July.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0"–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Nepeta nervosa full sun
<i>Nepeta nervosa</i>

Despite its name, this outstanding Kashmiri native will give you nothing to be nervous about. With an upright and bushy stance, N. nervosa features handsome, deep green foliage that’s veined and somewhat linear in shape, accompanied by large dense clusters of dark blue flowers. Plant at the base of Buddleja crispa, and enjoy the strikingly classic contrast of blue and silver.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 12"–18" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Nepeta nuda ssp. albiflora full sun

Indigenous to northern Greece, Iran, Iraq and Lebanon, this stately Nepeta exhibits unique qualities, casting impressive vertical accents as straight 3 ft. tall branched stems soldier upward. The generous showing of small white flowers illuminates an attractive leafy green bed, shaped by notched, prominently veined good-sized foliage. N. nuda ssp. albiflora can be coupled with Gaura ‘White Heron’ for luminous color echoes as well as intriguing foliar contrast.

Blooms July-September

Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Nepeta parnassica full sun
<i>Nepeta parnassica</i>

A rather new introduction, Nepeta parnassica is tall growing. Attached to its brawny stems, sizable grayish green leafage lifts itself toward lush spikes of lilac-blue flowers and dark, wine-hued calyxes. This late bloomer’s height puts it midborder, where, backed by the concurrent blooms of Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, a late summer pleasure is yours for the viewing.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 4' 0"–4-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Nepeta ‘Pool Bank’ full sun

An upright Englishman standing taller and with less sprawl than N.x ‘Six Hills Giant’, ‘Pool Bank’s gray-green foliage gives way to tall branched spires decorated with bluish lavender blossoms, each nestled in a dusky mulberry-hued calyx. The tempered look of this Nepeta is effective for midborder drifts with Agastache ‘Firebird’ nearby.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 3' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Nepeta ‘Psfike (Little Trudy)™’ full sun

A dogged constitution and compact good looks hallmark this new Plant Select offering. Flourishing in xeric conditions, a noteworthy close-to-the ground mound of well branched stems and dusty silver-green, serrated leaves gives way to deep lavender flower spires nearly all season long. Nestle fine-textured Little Trudy along a walkway, amid stairs, atop a wall or in the rock garden where she makes a composed companion for Oenothera ‘Silver Blade’. (PPAF)

Blooms May – September.

Size: 8"–10" high x 12"–16" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Nepeta racemosa ‘Little Titch’ full sun

‘Little Titch’ has such a small stature that even Nepeta ‘Superba’ is more upright. With tightly packed gray-green leaves, it forms a low growing, dense mat. Adorning stem tips, small heads of rich blue flowers bloom all summer long. ‘Little Titch’ is delightful between rocks or up front in the border with Dracocephalum ‘Fuji White’ and Diascia ‘Coral Canyon’.

Blooms May–September.

Size: 8"–10" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Nepeta racemosa ‘Superba’ full sun
<i>Nepeta racemosa</i> ‘Superba’

A matlike habit and small leaves give ‘Superba’ a fine texture that sets it apart from other Nepetas. Contrast its compact carpet of gray-green foliage with a backdrop of Phygelius x ‘Pink Elf’.

Blooms May–October.

Size: 12" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Nepeta racemosa ‘Walker’s Low’ full sun
<i>Nepeta racemosa</i> ‘Walker’s Low’

This low mounding newcomer has a clean-cut look that lasts throughout the summer, making it excellent for the front of a border. The deep lavender-blue flowers are some of the most vividly colored of the Nepetas we offer, and they harmonize beautifully with the blooms of Penstemon ‘Pike’s Peak Purple’ and Helenium ‘Coppelia’.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Nepeta reichenbachiana full sun

This compact Nepeta bears blue flowers with just a hint of violet, and offers verdant foliage. Growing profusely, it forms a thick, low mound with a sumptuous play of color, texture and fragrance.

Blooms April–October.

Size: 12" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Nepeta sibirica ‘Souvenir d’ A. Chaudron’ full sun

Long after this species has bloomed you will remember its large, tubular, blue flowers highlighted by intensely aromatic, deep green foliage. With an upright form, ‘Souvenir d’ A. Chaudron’ makes a good companion for Origanum ‘Bristol Cross’ or Euphorbia rigida.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 18" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Nepeta x ‘Six Hills Giant’ full sun
<i>Nepeta</i> x ‘Six Hills Giant’

Both upright and billowy, this Nepeta is spectacular in drifts, sporting stems laden with lavender flowers. Its blossoms are held openly above its soft gray-green foliage. An old favorite here, ‘Six Hills Giant’ looks superb backed by Calamagrostis ‘Avalanche’, with its golden seed heads. Pink Geraniums are equally worthy companions.

Blooms April–September.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


Nepeta x ‘Six Hills Giant’ (P-0107)
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Nepeta ‘Snowflake’ full sun

A snowy divergence from the blue-violet hues typical of its family members, small white whorled flowers blanket a compact, soft-looking mound of serrated, gray-green leaves all summer. Well-suited for edging a path or border, Nepeta ‘Snowflake’ casts composed accents on neighbors like Origanum acutidens and Penstemon ‘Blue Midnight’.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 12"–15" high x 12"–15" wide. Zone 4/5.


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Nepeta subsessilis ‘Blue Dreams’ full sun  partial shade

Broadcasting vibrant blue tones, a profusion of large, loosely arranged plump cylinders house tubular blooms with darker fringed calyxes. Neat, serrated leaves make a handsome cover for the upright clumping stems that flourish in moist soil and dappled shade. Deadheading will keep the flowers coming.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 18" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Nepeta subsessilis ‘Cool Cat’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Nepeta subsessilis</i> ‘Cool Cat’

Icy spikes of white-specked lavender-blue flowers to soothe the senses on a hot afternoon are what this new, highly touted Nepeta has to offer. Compact straight-up stems are densely shrouded in dark green serrated leaves, making a tidy aromatic base for the prolific summer long display. Partner with Eryngium ‘Blue Jackpot’ and blue-flowered Anchusa and enjoy the cool-colored vignette.

Blooms June – September.

Size: 2' 0"–2-1/2' high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Nepeta subsessilis ‘Sweet Dreams’ full sun  partial shade

Found growing on shady, mountainous rocks or coastal cliffs in Japan, this species likes moist soil. Upright, clumping stems lined with serrated, lanceolate foliage provide a lush background for the fat, cylindrical spikes of long, trumpet-shaped clear pink flowers. Distinguished by eye catching dark burgundy floral bracts and larger, deep green leaves, ‘Sweet Dreams’ continues to bloom if deadheaded, and can be paired with Persicaria ‘Rosea’.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0"–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Nepeta subsessilis ‘Washfield’ full sun  partial shade

Named for Elizabeth Strangman’s British nursery where it originated, ‘Washfield’ is regarded as the best subsessilis cultivar currently available. Adored by butterflies and bees, well-endowed, erect branching spikes house vibrant clusters of blue-violet tubular flowers, opening from small buds shrouded in dark calyxes. The bushy clump-forming base yields scented green foliage, which offsets gray-leafed plants to great effect and obliges heavier soil more so than most Catmints.

Blooms June – August.

Size: 18" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Nicotiana


Nicotiana sylvestris full sun <i>Nicotiana sylvestris</i>
Ornamental Tobacco
<i>Nicotiana sylvestris</i>

Discovered in Argentina around 1898, this striking ornamental tobacco plant is a perennial in warmer climates and an annual in cooler areas. Large, slightly sticky, bright green oval leaves grow on tall, upright stems, topped with drooping clusters of pendulous, intensely fragrant, long tubular flowers, which flare to five-pointed stars at the end. A dramatic presentation wherever it is planted, we show it off with Salvia ‘Purple Majesty’ and Euphorbia mellifera.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 5' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 8.


Nicotiana sylvestris (P-0766)
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Oenothera

Evening Primrose

A lover of sunny sites, this large genus produces cup shaped, papery, long blooming flowers. Most Oenotheras are indigenous to North America, and are easily grown in well drained soil, even if it’s dry and lean.


Oenothera fruticosa ‘Fyrverkeri (Fireworks)’ full sun
Sundrops
<i>Oenothera fruticosa</i> ‘Fyrverkeri (Fireworks)’

Ornamental orange-red buds, an over-the-top floral display and excellent cold hardiness earned ‘Fireworks’ a five-star rating in the Chicago Botanical Garden’s recent Oenothera trail. Single canary yellow bowl-shaped blooms appear in droves, embellishing a prismatic foil of bronzy green lancelike leaves with maroon overtones and compact red-hued stems.

Admirable in the cottage garden or tucked among rocks, this highly treasured native Sundrop offers added enticements when distinctive seedpods appear and burgundy imbued leaf rosettes warm the winter landscape.

Blooms June – August.

Size: 15"–18" high x 12"–15" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Oenothera stricta full sun
<i>Oenothera stricta</i>

In 1790, this notorious beauty made its way from Patagonia to England in the pockets of a ship’s surgeon. With flowers that are known for opening in perceptible movements at dusk, the Evening Primrose is a temptress that draws gardeners to her side as the sun goes down. The fragrant flowers, which begin as yellow, turn peach, and then shimmery coral-red, and the narrow, linear leaves, all crinkled and wavy-edged, make this plant a spectacular specimen in the rockery or in a more informal native setting.

Blooms May – August.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Omphalodes

Navelwort

A favorite of Marie Antoinette’s, these endearing forget-me-not–like flowers claim their name from the navel-shaped groove that marks each seed. Omphalodes are members of the Borage family, preferring moist soils but tolerant of dry conditions when grown in shade. They can take full sun where summers are temperate and need dappled light elsewhere. Slowly spreading by underground stems, let this lovely and leafy evergreen ground cover enhance the edge of the woods or a rock garden with spring bulbs and Ajuga not far away.


Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Cherry Ingram’ full sun  partial shade

“True Blue” is our claim about Captain Collingwood Ingram’s improvement on this species. Year after year, a generous showing of deep blue flowers adorns 15 in. leafy stems stretching above a tidy mass of green leaves. Larger than the species, these blossoms extend their display by fading to nostalgic violet tones.

Blooms April–June.

Size: 10" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Joy Skies’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Omphalodes cappadocica</i> ‘Joy Skies’

Created by New Zealand’s noted breeder, Terry Hatch, ‘Joy Skies’ has wonderfully elegant and loose mounds of long, lancelike leaves arching gracefully downward. The charming open-faced flowers borne along trailing stems echo the intense azure of the summer sky. Star-shaped, light green calyxes add a colorful shimmer.

In our garden, we’ve backed it with the sunny sparkle of Hypericum kouytchense and the eye catching foliage of Spiraea ‘Ogon’.

Blooms April–July.

Size: 12" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Parisian Skies’ full sun  partial shade

And you thought you had to travel all the way to France to enjoy a Parisian sky! Enchanting, just like the cultivar name suggests, this Omphalodes hosts a profusion of blooms in luminous bleu d’azur hues above a leafy base of foliage. Bring European appeal to your woodland trail and try ‘Parisian Skies’ en masse with Pulmonaria ‘Excalibur’ nearby.

Blooms April–June.

Size: 10" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Starry Eyes’ full sun  partial shade

This stellar old favorite displays plentiful airy sprays of fetching Mediterranean blue flowers defined by illuminated white eyes and five spaced round-edged petals, each one with a deep blue interior and a pink rim that eventually matures to white. The dainty bicolored blooms sparkle above long-petioled, dark green leaves shaping an attractive bushy hummock. Irresistible when massed, ‘Starry Eyes’ can enchant the rockery, a shady planting or the woodland garden. A member of the Borage family, Omphalodes prefers moist soil, but will tolerate dry conditions when grown in shade.

Blooms April–June.

Size: 10" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Ophiopogon

Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ full sun  partial shade
Black Mondo Grass
<i>Ophiopogon planiscapus</i> ‘Nigrescens’

Licorice-black, ¼ in. wide, spidery blades, delicate, bell-shaped purplish white flowers on dark spikes, and shiny bluish black fruit are all good reasons to invite this versatile perennial into your garden. The ebony-colored evergreen tufts with newly emerging green leaves can be dramatically juxtaposed against golden Carex elata ‘Aurea’ or Athyrium niponicum pictum’s silver flushed fronds. Nestled in between rocks, along pathways, near water or en masse as an easy going ground cover, Black Mondo Grass competes well with other plant roots, and favors well drained soil, periodic trimming and filtered sun.

Blooms July – August.

Size: 6" high x 8" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Origanum

Oregano

The Greeks called this ancient herb oros ganos, meaning “joy of the mountain,” and legend has it that Aphrodite created the sweet, spicy scent of its leaves as a symbol of happiness. A sun-loving genus hailing from the Mediterranean, Origanums display small, tubular, whorled flowers often arranged in showy overlapping bracts, and prefer well drained soil.


Origanum x ‘Amethyst Falls’ full sun

Esteemed plantsman and Bluebird Nursery owner Harlan Hamernik selected this Origanum for its exceptional floral detail. Aromatic, glaucous green-gray leaves compile a shapely drought resistant bed that unleashes large pendant sprays distinguished by extravagant quantities of layered chartreuse bracts and small, protruding vivid amethyst flowers.

Delivering an unparalleled, several month showing, the rotund conelike blooms can be left to promote winter hardiness, and staged in a container or easy-to-see spot with a sunny southwestern exposure and quick draining soil. (PPAF)

Blooms August – October.

Size: 15" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Origanum ‘Bristol Cross’ full sun
<i>Origanum</i> ‘Bristol Cross’

Assuming an air of refinement, the very slender blooms feature small, deep rose and chartreuse bracts that resemble decorative braids. Tipped with tiny purple flowers, the clustered bracts are held at nearly right angles to upright and reddish leafy stems. Grounded by medium green foliage, this long lasting, delicate floral display casts earthy yet saturated hues in the border or an arrangement.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 6"–8" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Origanum ‘Kent Beauty’ full sun
<i>Origanum</i> ‘Kent Beauty’

While quite dainty, Elizabeth Strangman’s lovely hybrid actually appreciates hot, dry conditions. If this isn’t enough to recommend it, ‘Kent Beauty’ produces a plethora of rosy, plump bracts—some 2 to 3 in. long—that resemble Hops and are prized by those who love dried arranging. Rounded and paired, the inch-long, blue-green leaves clasp trailing, wiry, wine-tinted stems.

This compact Origanum is a natural atop a stone wall, where its pendulous blooms and intriguing foliage may be displayed to fine effect.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 8" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Origanum libanoticum full sun
<i>Origanum libanoticum</i>

Embellished by small rose-pink flowers, droves of stacked, overlapping pale green and blush-colored bracts look like slender papery ornaments. Exceptional in dried arrangements, these large decorative blooms hang from the tips of long, wiry, arching stems, loosely lined with smooth, nearly round, green leaves. A little more upright and more open than ‘Kent Beauty’, this captivating Origanum deserves a spot where it can be easily cherished.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 12" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Origanum ‘Lizzie’s Hybrid #2’ full sun

Legions of compact Hop-styled dusky rose-colored bracts—festooned by tiny pink flowers and ideal for drying—reside at the ends of narrow pendulous stems. Exhibiting opposite, rounded green leaves and a form that is similar to Origanum ‘Santa Cruz’, but is smaller statured and not as spreading, this adorable Origanum comes to us from Oregon’s Goodwin Creek Gardens.

Blooms July – September.

Size: 12" high x 12"–15" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Origanum ‘Rosenkuppel’ full sun

In wintertime, the rounded evergreen leaves entertain plum-colored accents and tiny silver hairs while slowly spreading close to the ground. Come summer, stiff, violet-tinged leafy stems elevate large, long blooming rosy flower clusters that entice bees and butterflies. A new, sure-to-please Dutch selection, this Origanum’s spicy scented foliage makes a tidy deep green foil for maroon buds and ornamental dark pink blooms tended by rich purple calyxes.

Blooms August – October.

Size: 15"–18" high x 15" wide. Zone 5/6.


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Origanum ‘Santa Cruz’ full sun

Antique-toned, dusty rose-colored, Hop-like flowers, much larger than those of ‘Ed Carmen’, are offset by bright green calyxes and pile up all summer on bran-ched red stems. For a pleasing fusion of color, try it with Penstemon ‘Blackbird’ and Muhlenbergia capillaris.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 18"–2' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Origanum vulgare ‘Ed Carman’ full sun

We collected this exceptionally floriferous form of vulgare at Ed Carmen’s nursery and named it in his honor. Multitudes of deep pink blooms and striking, dark purple bracts are held atop sinuous, leafy flower stems some 2-½ ft. above the bluish green mound of basal foliage. To create a harmonious melding of purple and blue, let it sprawl beside a path with Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’, Euphorbia ‘Dean’s Hybrid’ and Aster ‘Bill’s Big Blue’.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 2-1/2'–3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Osmunda


Osmunda cinnamomea full sun
Cinnamon Fern
<i>Osmunda cinnamomea</i>

Celebrated as one of our choicest natives, the deciduous Cinnamon Fern is steeped in grandeur and calls every state east of the Mississippi its home. Urbane vase-shaped clumps spotlight gracefully arching lacy bright green fronds plus an extraordinary central showing of erect fertile cinnamon-hued spikes. Known to be a tasty meal for ruffled grouse and nest material for hum- mingbirds, Osmunda cinnamomea favors moist shady sites, handles more sun in cooler locales and looks best en masse.

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 3.


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Papaver

Poppy

Wielded by man since prehistoric times, Poppies have long been associated with sleep and oblivion, and after the First World War, the Flower of Forgetfulness ironically evolved into a symbol for remembrance. Generally distinguished by nodding buds, solitary fleeting flowers gracing long stems, and decorative seed heads, these sun-lovers appreciate a lean, well drained and somewhat dry position.


Papaver atlanticum ‘Flore Pleno’ full sun
Orange Feather/Moroccan Poppy

Once you witness the sheer crepe paper-thin orange blooms nodding on tall lanky stems above a bluish green rosette, you‘ll see why its common name is so apropos. An applauded brilliantly colored perennial at Chanticleer’s famed ‘ruin and gravel garden’, Orange Feathers resists deer, tolerates drought, loves good drainage plus makes a self-sowing carefree addition to a cottage garden, rockery, stone wall or even a cut arrangement.

Blooms June–August

Size: 18"–2' 0" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Papaver orientale ‘Beauty of Livermere’ full sun

For the adventuresome gardener and not the faint-at-heart, this flamboyant beauty seduces us with her gorgeous oxblood red flowers. Marked by an ebony blotch at each base, the overlapping, crepe-paperlike petals gather around velvety jet black centers while lounging on tall sturdy stems. A restful counterpoint to the large hot-headed blooms, the bushy bluish green bed of pinnately lobed, toothed and hairy foliage requires a hard cut after blooming, winter chill, good air circulation and drainage, and a massed planting for best effect.

Blooms June.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 20" wide; hardy to zone 3.


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Papaver orientale ‘Harlem’ full sun

The successful outcome of Elinor de Konig’s Dutch breeding program, this relatively new Papaver promotes two distinctive attributes: late summer repeat bloom and a more heat resistant foundation. The huge rosy burgundy-hued flowers are described by voluptuous layers of dark ruffled petals and raven black button-like centers. Lounging on strong stems plus blue-green leaves that don’t sulk when summer arrives, the upturned papery blooms can be combined with Monarda ‘Jacob Cline’ for a tantalizing duo.

Blooms June & August

Size: 2-1/2'–3' 0" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 3.


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Papaver orientale ‘Marlene’ full sun

Lending a decidedly feminine flair to any herbaceous planting, ‘Marlene’ parades layered chiffonlike petals imbued with a sumptuous shade that falls nearly midway between red and purple. Frilly pitch-dark centers and prominent inked markings at the base of each petal heighten the glamour as sturdy upright stems and blue-green feathered leaves provide a cool-hued contrast.

Blooms June.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 20" wide; hardy to zone 3.


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Papaver orientale ‘Patty’s Plum’ full sun

Initially discovered as a chance seedling on the compost pile at Patricia Marrow’s Somerset nursery, this gorgeous Papaver is celebrated for its huge, uniquely colored plum wine flowers. The 5 to 6 in. wide elegant blooms showcase dark black blotches at the base of each papery petal and a blackberry-hued ring, which encompasses an ornate gold and maroon knobby boss. Splashing saturated color across the summer border or an arrangement, the opulent display is supported by serrated grayish green leaves.

Blooms June.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 20" wide; hardy to zone 3.


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Papaver orientale ‘Princess Victoria Louise’ full sun

With a lineage that takes you back to Armenia and the 17th century, this “princess” flaunts magnificent ample-sized flowers. Crumpled, tissue paper-thin petals in pretty salmon-pink colors are shaded by pronounced black blotches at their bases. A handsome blue-green clump of hairy, deeply cut foliage and long, somewhat relaxed stems present the dazzling display, while big fuzzy buds and knobby seed heads add intrigue.

Conveying a decidedly feminine aspect for the herbaceous border, ‘Princess Victoria Louise’ thrives in rich soil, requires a trim after blooming and seared stem ends to ensure long lasting cut flowers.

Blooms June.

Size: 2' 0"–2-1/4' high x 15"–18" wide; hardy to zone 3.


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Papaver orientale ‘Royal Wedding’ full sun

In a tribute to its name, the extravagant, deeply cupped flowers flaunt satiny white silken-thin petals waltzing around a plush purple-black brocaded center. All this floral finery dresses a bluish green pedestal of fuzzy fernlike leaves that grows weary during the summer but bounces back for a pleasing winter presence.

Blooms June.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 20" wide; hardy to zone 3.


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Papaver orientale ‘Turkenlouis’ full sun
<i>Papaver orientale</i> ‘Turkenlouis’

Dressed to the nines, ‘Turkenlouis’ puts on the Ritz with a lusty abundance of 4 to 6 in. wide, fiery red flowers. Dark purple stamens embroider a pronounced raven-hued center that clutches gossamerlike, deeply fringed petals. Modeled above thick strong stems and smoky green leaves, the high-fashion blooms guarantee a loyal summertime following.

Blooms June.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 20" wide; hardy to zone 3.


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Papaver spicatum full sun

The English use the word “blowsy” to describe its billowy, cloudlike presence; we think it apt. Quick to establish itself in well drained soils, this Poppy’s sheer, papery blossoms have a soft, creamy apricot coloring. Prominent rounded buds, dentate leaves and the plentiful stand of flowering stems are heavily felted in gray. When planted with silvery Stachys, a soft pastel palette is achieved that welcomes the lilac hues of Nepeta ‘Longipes’.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 18"–2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Parahebe


Parahebe ‘Snowcap’ full sun  partial shade

This charming New Zealand evergreen subshrub is ideal for intimate garden spaces, filling in and blending with many other types of plants. In early summer, the tidy fine textured mound of thin wine-colored branches and tiny, dark green glossy leaves is completely whitened by spires of delicate blossoms, each centered with a pink-ringed chartreuse eye.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 12" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Patrinia


Patrinia gibbosa full sun
<i>Patrinia gibbosa</i>

An easy-going dwarf Patrinia, this compact Japanese denizen serves a generous helping of cheery petite yellow flowers all summer long. The bright blooms are held in loose clusters, staged well above pinnately cut broad toothed leaves that shape a tidy rounded deep green clump. Undaunted by hot humid weather and appreciative of rich moderately moist soil, P. gibbosa is a showy contender for mixed borders or cottage gardens, where it keeps our interest sparked with late season chartreuse flower bracts.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 12"–18" high x 9"–12" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Patrinia scabiosifolia full sun
Camel's Cover
<i>Patrinia scabiosifolia</i>

This Korean native is long and slender, like a camel’s neck. Its basal mound of coarse green leaves gives way to thin, branching stems, which hold fragrant sprays of tiny, golden yellow flowers that are great for cutting. The leaves display reddish tints in autumn.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 4' 0"–4-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Penstemon

Penstemon

Beard Tongue

Among the most exuberantly blooming plants this side of the Mississippi, Penstemon is part of the enchantment of the West. A member of the Snapdragon family, even cultivated varieties retain a natural air, with dainty, long trumpet flowers and five (pent) prominent stamens.

Sturdy and easily grown, species vary from 1 to 5 ft. tall, and range in color from white to pink to purple to deep wine redone for every sunny spot. Trim after the first bloom to encourage a repeat flowering, and cut to the crown in winter for bushy growth next season.


Penstemon ‘Alice Hindley’ full sun

This vigorous, upright Penstemon will enhance your garden with slender, white-throated lavender flowers and unusually glossy foliage. A little taller than many of the Penstemons we offer, it’s best suited for the middle of the border. We like it with Agastache ‘Purple Haze’.

Blooms July–November.

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Penstemon ‘Bev Jensen’ full sun

‘Bev Jensen’ promises a flirty summer show. Dressed with prominent burgundy scallops on the lower lips and dark magenta-streaked white throats, her cerise-colored flowers are big and surprisingly broad. Sturdy straight-backed stems and large, good-looking jade green leaves bolster the bodacious blooms that last ‘till frost –even more reason to welcome her into your garden bed.

Blooms July–October.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Penstemon ‘Blackbird’ full sun

Elegant and slender, ‘Blackbird’s deep raspberry-colored flowers hang amidst handsome foliage well into the autumn, a stunning accompaniment to the silvery foliage of Lavandula ‘Silver Frost’.

Blooms June–November.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Penstemon ‘Blue Midnight’ full sun

A tall-standing, bushy Penstemon strictus and Penstemon gloxinioides hybrid that’s full of vigor, ‘Blue Midnight’ entices us with its plushly painted blooms. Ample-sized tubular flowers in deep bluish purple hues display violet-infused, flared petals and white throats darkened by burgundy streaks.

Broad and deep green, the courtly foliage offers a composed foil for the profuse, long-lasting blossoms, while the upper stems transmute red-orange autumnal highlights, extending the colorful show.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 3' 0" wide. Zone 6/7.


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Penstemon x iapas x ‘Hidalgo’ full sun
<i>Penstemon</i><i> </i> x <i>iapas x</i> ‘Hidalgo’

Standing head and shoulders above the rest of our Penstemon offerings, this statuesque selection sends strong straight stalks soaring to a height of 5 feet topped with long blooming dusty purple flowers. The plump blossoms are highlighted by lighter throats and are borne in the leaf axils along impressive 10 in. bloom spikes, while good-sized opposite foliage–apple green, triangular and somewhat sticky–boldly wraps the tall stems. Drawn to this striking Penstemon some 20 years ago at the U.C. Davis Arboretum, we still applaud its singular beauty and stalwart drought tolerance.

Blooms July–October.

Size: 5' 0" high x 2' 0" wide. Zone 7b/8.


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Penstemon ‘Dark Towers’ full sun  new plant

Well-respected Penstemon breeder Dale Lindgren of the University of Nebraska originally bred ‘Husker’s Red’ and now he brings us ‘Dark Towers’, a remarkable Penstemon ‘Husker’s Red’ and Penstemon ‘Prairie Splendor’ prodigy. Touted as a vast improvement over his initial introduction, this sturdy hummingbird hero delivers darker lance-shaped, rich burgundy foliage and rigid deep purple stems plus proud upright towers openly arranged with abundant tubular pink flowers. The ultra-hardy low maintenance clump can be added to borders, cottage gardens or informal settings, maintaining its opulent coloration during warm summer weather, but pouting in poorly drained soil. (PP#20,013)

Blooms May–June

Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 12"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 3.


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Penstemon ‘Elizabeth Cozzens’’ full sun
<i>Penstemon</i> ‘Elizabeth Cozzens’’

‘Elizabeth Cozzens’s fetching display begins with a slew of porcelain-colored buds crowding tall spires. Taking on lavender shades just before they open, the dainty lilac-pink blooms reveal feisty, dark fuchsia-streaked white interiors above tapered, glossy grass-green leaves. Its easy-to-blend pastel flowers look lovely midborder alongside Salvia ‘Caradonna’.

Blooms June – October.

Size: 2' 0"–2-1/2' high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


Penstemon ‘Elizabeth Cozzens’’ (P-1535)
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Penstemon ‘Enor’ full sun

Maroon-dappled white throats embellish a copious showing of large rosy purple blossoms, emphasizing a vivid coloration, that’s not too dark and tips that aren’t so widely flared. With long and lustrous, deep green tapered leaves and red-infused stems, Enor’s well-branched upright frame makes an urbane statement in a mixed planting, and looks especially upbeat when positioned near cool blooming perennials like Agastache ‘Black Adder’ and Veronicastrum ‘Lavendelturm’.

Blooms June – September.

Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Penstemon ‘Geoff Hamilton’ full sun
<i>Penstemon</i> ‘Geoff Hamilton’

Heralding summer with ample-sized wide-open trumpets, this lush looking Penstemon dresses the border in bright, yet deep shades of cherry-red. Long, somewhat broad, rich green leaves bolster the dazzling flowers, whose maroon and ivory throats appear especially luminous when backed by the late afternoon sun.

Blooms June – October.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Penstemon ‘Ghent Purple’ full sun

Diminutive narrow glossy green leaves with serrated margins define a well-groomed mounding foundation that looks healthy all season beneath a color-rich display of plum-colored flowers. Opening broadly to reveal striking purple striped white throats, the generously produced 1 in. blooms may be a tad smaller than some Penstemon cultivars, but they reward you with continuous blossoms when cut back midsummer. ‘Ghent Purples’s shorter stature can enhance the front of a bed, top a retaining wall or edge a path.

Blooms July–October

Size: 18" high x 2' 0"–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Penstemon ‘Gilchrist’ full sun

'Gilchrist's bright rosy pink trumpets burst forth in abundance, numbering some 18 to 25 per stem. Soft pink lips plus light nearly white throats with winetinted striations distinguish the splendid long blooming somewhat diminutive flowers, while a glossy finish energizes the compact shapely foundation of trim narrow green leaves. For a winning summer-fest, this undemanding floriferous Penstemon can accompany Salvia 'Twilight Serenade' and Sidalcea 'Elsie Heugh'.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 7.


Penstemon ‘Gilchrist’ (P-1811)
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Penstemon gloxinioides ‘White Bedder’ full sun

This tidy turn-of-the century Penstemon has an array of cultivar names that range from ‘Swan Lake’ to ‘Snow Storm’ and ‘Snowflake’, all aptly conjuring the lovely droves of densely clustered white blooms. Distinguished by a bashful touch of pink on the petal backs and striking dark anthers, the pearly 1 in. flowers unfurl from creamy buds with pink-blushed tips. ‘White Bedder’s strong stems and slender shiny green leaves forge a sturdy upright habit that can take a seat among Salvia ‘Sensation Deep Rose’ and Sedum ‘Septemberglut’.

Blooms July–October

Size: 2' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Penstemon heterophyllus ‘Züriblau’ full sun

Colored with many shades of blue, this handsome, bushy Penstemon offers soothing tones. Topping the narrow, bluish green foliage and red-hued stems, short, showy spikes bear a profusion of slim, bright blue tubular flowers, which look exquisite against silver-leafed Veronica ‘Silbersee’.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 20" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Penstemon ‘Hidcote Pink’ full sun
<i>Penstemon</i> ‘Hidcote Pink’

This Penstemon is turning a lot of heads. Rich, yet soft salmon pink flowers with white throats embellish commanding spikes all summer. ‘Hidcote Pink’ is an ideal midborder choice for blending the forms and colors of other plants. Back it with Buddleia crispa and front with Geranium ‘Rozanne’.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Penstemon ‘King George V’ full sun

Spikes of large, bright scarlet-red tubular blooms are heightened by maroon-streaked white throats. Holding court above a medium green bushy base with narrow and glossy, tailored foliage, the salsa spiced flowers play out an enticing juxtaposition.

Blooms June – September.

Size: 20" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Penstemon x mexicali ‘Pike’s Peak Purple’ full sun
<i>Penstemon</i> x <i>mexicali</i> ‘Pike’s Peak Purple’

A graceful Bruce Meyers selection, this cross originated between wild Mexican and American Penstemons. The flowers appear in droves with as many as 20 to 30 per stem, and are slightly smaller than the more common varieties. With rich violet-purple petals and a white throat, each bloom is a lovely point of color in our native garden.

One of our most cold-hardy Pentstemons, ‘Pike’s Peak Purple’ will also tolerate a wide range of soil moisture.

Blooms late July–early November.

Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Penstemon x mexicali ‘Red Rocks’ full sun

Another versatile Bruce Meyers selection, ‘Red Rocks’ forms the same pleasing vase shape as ‘Pike’s Peak Purple’, and like that cultivar, is nearly evergreen. The bright cherry-pink flowers are white-throated and lend a cheerful look to our border well into fall.

Blooms late July–early November.

Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Penstemon x mexicali ‘Sunburst Amethyst’ full sun

Beckoning gardeners, butterflies and hummingbirds, deep pinkish violet blossoms with magenta-streaked white throats unfurl nonstop through autumn. The abundant tubular-shaped blooms populate prismatic upright spires bolstered by a lustrous compact footing of slender pointed green leaves. Ideal for cut arrangements and colder regions, ‘Sunburst Amethyst’ requires minimal care, endures dry conditions and works well in the rockery, a favored container or near a border’s front lines.

Blooms late July-October

Size: 20" high x 20" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Penstemon x mexicali ‘Sunburst Ruby’ full sun

Arising from a Jelitto Seeds cross between a Mexican and a U.S. species, this compact, ruby-red beauty asserts an enduring versatile nature.

Undaunted by winter cold, summertime heat and humidity, ‘Sunburst Ruby’ bursts into bloom, announcing a wealth of richly colored tubes brightened by white throats.

A stalwart yet poised leafy base features sturdy stems and glistening slender green foliage that maintains a handsome presence throughout the season, and can be associated with Geranium ‘Orion’ and Helianthemum ‘St. Mary’s’.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 16" high x 16" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Penstemon ‘Purple Tiger’ full sun

Introduced by Oregon’s Joy Creek Nursery, this robust Penstemon stands straight while delivering flared lavender-blue tubes decorated with white markings and rich purple striations. Similar in color to ‘Stapleford Gem’, but appearing deeper and more saturated, the arresting flowers crown wide, fine-toothed lusty leaves. Combine ‘Purple Tiger’, Aster ‘Lutetia’ and Achillea ‘Marmalade’ in the garden or a vase for a cheery slice of summer.

Blooms June – October.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Penstemon ‘Raven’ full sun
<i>Penstemon</i> ‘Raven’

Large tubular flowers in a burgundy so lavish and dark they redefine the word “velvety,” enhance this Penstemon. Deep green foliage, red-hued stems and a generous blooming season offer additional enticements, especially when planted with Campanula ‘Prichard’s Variety’ and Rudbeckia paniculata.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Penstemon ‘Schoenholzeri’ full sun
<i>Penstemon</i> ‘Schoenholzeri’

(Penstemon ‘Ruby’)

Lush, deep green foliage and rich burgundy stems create a perfect foil for some of the most sumptuous Penstemon flowers we’ve seen. The calyxes and buds are a wine color similar to the stem, and upon opening, each lively red bloom reveals a white throat with pale pink stripes. Intense scarlet and magenta hues, which appear to glow, highlight the flared tips.

Blooms July–October.

Size: 3' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Penstemon ‘Stapleford Gem’ full sun
<i>Penstemon</i> ‘Stapleford Gem’

Earning the prestigious RHS 1993 Garden Merit Award, this outstanding Penstemon’s large, delicately colored trumpets seems to shimmer with hushed violet-blue-hued petals and paler, purple striated white lower lips and throats. Waxy green, lance-shaped leaves densely cloak the robust lush-looking foundation while wine-red stems add warm accents.

Blooms June – September.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Penstemon ‘Thorn’ full sun
<i>Penstemon</i> ‘Thorn’

The cultivar name for this Penstemon is deceptive. With deep green foliage, upright stalks that withstand wind and rain, and bright white tubular blooms, which look like they were dipped in raspberry jam, ‘Thorn’ is cheerful and vigorous. The rose-red blossom tip fades to a blush after the flower opens. Accent these color changes and take advantage of size by blending with Geranium x magnificum, Lavandula ‘Sawyers’ or Aster ‘October Skies’ in the middle or front of the border.

Blooms July–November.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Penstemon ‘Violet Kissed’ full sun
<i>Penstemon</i> ‘Violet Kissed’

As if pursed for a kiss, this show-stealing Penstemon flaunts large, wide-mouthed white flowers with flared, bright purple lips. Not only BIG, but bountiful as well, the sassy blooms exhibit a snow-white throat and mauve tinges on the outside. ‘Violet Kissed’ is a Joy Creek Nursery introduction whose boldly colored pomp, lustrous foliage and tidy habit earn it a warm welcome in any garden bed.

Blooms June – October.

Size: 2' 0" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Penstemon virgatus ‘Blue Buckle’ full sun
Stiff Beard Tongue

A noteworthy low growing foundation gives way to proud stiff upright stems carrying crowded clusters of large blue-violet blooms with lighter purple markings. Poised above narrow gleaming dark green leaves, the uninhibited floral display promises to attract gardeners and hummingbirds alike. Just right for edging a path, nestling in the rockery or gracing a container, this resilient Jelitto Seeds introduction can easily handle heat, drought and cold.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 15" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Perovskia

Russian Sage

Perovskia atriplicifolia ‘Lacey Blue’ full sun

Plucked from a tray of ‘Blue Spire’ seedlings by British plant breeder, Peter Catt, ‘Lacey Blue’ is a superb long-lived selection that’s big on flowers and small in stature. Cherished by hummingbirds and fantastic in a vase, long blooming masses of uniquely large blue-purple flowers populate stiff upright spikes. Thickset frosted stems and finely dissected, gray-green leaves, emitting a spicy scent and sporting soft hairs with a subtle silvery sheen, define the compact short bushy mound.

This rugged undemanding perennial appreciates a spring pruning and makes an exemplary candidate for hot dry, sharp draining spots, especially where space is scarce. (pp#20,845)

Blooms July–mid-October.

Size: 18"–2' 0" high x 2' 0"–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Persicaria

Knotweed

Poor Persicaria! Certain weedy, invasive members of the genus have given the rest a bad name, and discouraged gardeners from getting to know these versatile performers. Our garden-worthy selections are happiest in semishade with ample moisture.


Persicaria affinis ‘Dimity’ full sun  partial shade
Himalayan Fleeceflower
<i>Persicaria affinis</i> ‘Dimity’

The deep green leaves of this graceful ground cover turn a rich brown during the winter and form a thick mat over a few seasons. The jointed, wine-red stems pick up the accents in the white and crimson flowers which are arranged, lavenderlike, along dense 2 to 3 in. terminal spikes held over a foot above the foliage. As the blooms mature, they darken to a crimson-rose shade, and finally end their days colored a rich rusty brown.

Blooms late May–September.

Size: 18" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 3.


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Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Fat Domino’ full sun  partial shade

Evolving from a 2002 Belgian breeding program, 'Fat Domino’s bushy rich green foundation hosts a rubescent surge of long chubby, dark red racemes that don purplish overtones. Dashing large pointed textural leaves are loosely arranged on numerous staunch, upright jointed stems. With a reliable saucy stance plus sumptuous long blooming flowers, this strong growing Persicaria can be positioned right up front and superimposed against white flowering Nicotiana sylvestris, where it easily turns heads until the season’s end.

Blooms August-October

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide. Zone 5/6.


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Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Alba’ full sun  partial shade

Legions of slim white fleecy tapers, cresting tall straight stalks, promote cool floral accents for a hot summer day. Enhanced by prominent midribs, wavy margins and cordate bases, the large pointed matte green leaves fashion an attractive upright bushy clump that doesn’t spread and looks classy, especially when coupled with other snowy bloomers such as Astilbe ‘Ellie’ and Aster ‘White Lovely’.

Blooms August – October.

Size: 3-1/2' high x 3' 0" wide. Zone 5/6.


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Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Atrosanguinea’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Persicaria amplexicaulis</i> ‘Atrosanguinea’

Named for its rosy red, Bottlebrush-like flower spikes, which hover above broad green leaves, ‘Atrosanguinea’ combines well with Panicum ‘Prairie Sky’ and Anemone ‘Andrea Atkinson’.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 4' 0" high & spreading. Zone 5/6.


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Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Blackfield’ full sun  partial shade

Raised by Chris Ghyselen, the Belgian who introduced ‘Fat Domino’, this long flowering must-have Persicaria delivers frisky black-tipped tapers, parading dark unopened buds and deep dusky red flowers. The full-toned blooms make a splendid spectacle above energetic flowing mounds of bold lance-shaped leaves that greet autumn with buttery yellow hues.

Blooms August–October

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide. Zone 5/6.


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Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Golden Arrow’ partial shade

These lance-shaped golden green leaves promise to perk up the darker recesses of your landscape. Perched over a bright leafy mass, narrow tassellike spikes create an irresistible splash of vibrant cardinal red accents.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 2-1/2'–3' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.


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Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Inverleith’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Persicaria amplexicaulis</i> ‘Inverleith’

A leafy dwarf form of Persicaria amplexicaulis, this low growing cultivar has narrow foliage, crimson tapers and a refined appearance. It makes a perfect understory for late blooming Hydrangea ‘Unique’.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 18" high & spreading. Zone 5/6.


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Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Orange field’ full sun  partial shade

A mainstay for bridging the gap between summer and fall, this new Belgian introduction imparts vertical late season color over lusty foliage. Green spear-headed leaves compose a big bushy base that launches an irresistible flood of long blooming slim 4 in. tall, orange-red tails. ‘Orange field’ can be positioned in the mixed border, where its exhilarating shades meld with Salvia confertiflora or bring a lift to white Hydrangeas, Phlox, Helianthus and blue flowering Salvias.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide. Zone 5/6.


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Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Rosea’ partial shade

In an elegant presentation, ‘Rosea’ offers 4 to 5 in. long flowers—slender and softly pink tapers—borne on tall stems. Its lush, prominently veined foliage turns a vibrant yellow in fall.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 4' 0" high & spreading. Zone 5/6.


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Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Summer Dance’ partial shade

With foliage that’s close to lime-green, and spiky floral tails that approach the scarlet spectrum of rosy pink, this slow spreading perennial is sure to please.

We brought ‘Summer Dance’ home from Piet Oudolf’s Dutch nursery and have come to appreciate its brighter, less rambunctious nature. Swaying to a late summer breeze, our stand lives up to its name while cheerfully commingling amid Anemone ‘Andrea Atkinson’ in the border.

Blooms August–November.

Size: 3' 0" high & spreading. Zone 5/6.


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Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Taurus’ full sun  partial shade

Cozy scarlet shades infuse the slender tapers of this steadfast Blooms of Bressingham introduction. Perfect for arrangements and touted as richer and fuller than most Persicarias, the sassy long blooming flowers prance above a carefree mound of medium green triangular leaves. Ensconced with Eupatorium purpureum, Aster ‘Blue Danube’ and Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’, ‘Taurus’ offers a pleasing late season medley.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide. Zone 5/6.


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Persicaria bistorta ‘Hohe Tatra’ full sun  partial shade  new plant

Above low-lying large Dock-like green leaves with undulating margins, the firm upright branching stems release a fluffy floral pageant of plump, dense-set bright pink pokers. This hearty AGM winner grows as a handsome easy-care ground cover, emphasizing jubilant blooms that are more vividly colored and a bit later plus a tad smaller than its similar sister ‘Superba’. Prized by butterflies and flower arrangers, ‘Hohe Tatra’ effectively knits together shrubs and taller perennials in an adequately moist mixed border.

Blooms May–July

Size: 18"–2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Persicaria bistorta ‘Superba’ full sun  partial shade
Fleeceflower
<i>Persicaria bistorta</i> ‘Superba’

Myriad crepe-paperlike dark green leaves in curly festoons decorate the base of these showy and long lasting 4 to 5 in. dense spikes of pale pink flowers. This Persicaria is perfect for cutting and admirable in the border with Digitalis ‘Snow Thimble’. Clump-forming, it can easily be divided annually.

Blooms April–June.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’ full sun  partial shade
Red Dragon Persicaria
<i>Persicaria microcephala</i> ‘Red Dragon’

Darkly alluring, this sumptuous perennial has plenty of reason to be “big headed,” so we find the epithet microcephala a somewhat dubious observation. Each spring, deep red shoots emerge and lift themselves into a graceful arching form. Velvety leaves of a rich burgundy purple are dramatically marked with lance-shaped mint-green and silver chevrons, and later in the season are topped with delicate white flowers.

Visually arresting anywhere, plant ‘Red Dragon’ in a container or in the garden and let its gemlike elegance be set off by bright-leafed Spiraea ‘Magic Carpet’. It prefers moist soil, but can adapt to drier conditions.(PP# 12,062)

Blooms August–September.

Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 4' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Peucedanum

Cow Parsley


Peucedanum verticillare full sun  partial shade
<i>Peucedanum verticillare</i>

A denizen of Italy and southeastern Europe, this stately perennial hurls marvelous branching pinkish purple shoots clad with large bipinnate, frosted blue leaves, growing in a triangular fashion. Thick steadfast stems, somewhat channeled at their bases, shoulder a lofty multibranched display of huge yellow-green umbels. Cow Parsley’s big bold presence makes an easy-care choice for the back of the border, a wildflower garden or naturalized meadow.

Blooms July-August

Size: 5-1/2'–7' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Phlomis

Jerusalem Sage

Drought resistant and hardy, this genus belongs to the Mint family and includes about 100 perennials and subshrubs from the Mediterranean and western Asia. Well suited to our California climate, many of the species will thrive in warm, sunny sites and dry woodland edges.

Whorls of purple, pink or yellow flowers bloom in the summer, providing long lasting dry stems and flower clusters for decoration in the garden or kitchen.


Phlomis anatolica ‘Lloyd's Variety’ full sun

Brightened by white heavily veined undersides and light fuzzy stems, thick heart-shaped pewter green leaves craft a handsome flanneled appearance. Stiff swarthy stalks thrust upward, interspersed with large long lasting showy whorls of spicy scented helmet-like, rich yellow flowers. This rugged shrubby perennial develops a somewhat woody foundation over time, and always brings fulgent accents to hot exposed slopes, wind-swept seaside plantings or any other sharp-draining sunny locale.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 3' 0"–4' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Phlomis cashmeriana full sun  partial shade

With a rugged constitution yet stately stature, this enduring Himalayan denizen spawns 12 in. long spade-shaped gray-green leaves that show off felted finishes, scalloped margins plus luminous silver undersides. Stout woolly stems shoulder the large whorled clusters of tubular lilac pink blooms above a soft looking bushy foundation. Adored by birds, bees and butterflies, Phlomis cashmeriana remains evergreen in milder climates, while appreciating proper air circulation, sunshine galore and sharp draining soil.

Blooms June-August

Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


Phlomis cashmeriana (P-0362)
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Phlomis ‘Edward Bowles’ full sun

Launched in 1967 by Hilliers, a celebrated British nursery that supposedly received the namesake’s own garden seed, this grand hard-to-find Phlomis is an evergreen hybrid between Phlomis fruticosa and Phlomis russeliana. Commendable even on frosty winter mornings, the 6 to 10 in. tall spires are studded with large clustered snapdragon-like blooms composed of cream-colored hoods plus lemon-yellow lips. Daring spade-shaped green leaves, flashing felted finishes and silver undersides, attire staunch square upright stems beneath a colorful bumble-bee haven. Versatile, vigorous and dependable, deer-resistant ‘Edward Bowles’s can be added to mixed borders or water thrifty plantings.

Blooms June–early October

Size: 4' 0" high x 4' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Phlomis fruticosa full sun
<i>Phlomis fruticosa</i>

These bright yellow flowers bloom in a series of ball-like clusters known as verticillasters along stout stems and above felted, gray-green foliage. Used as a specimen or blended with Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ or Wood Oats, Phlomis fruticosa will provide bold color and form.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 4' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Phlomis lanata full sun  drought tolerant

A golden aura infuses the small gray-green woolly foliage of this soft-looking 2002 AGM winner. Endemic to Crete, long-lived Phlomis lanata sports yellow hooded flowers, rising in whorled widely spaced tiers above a low compact foundation that wards off deer, rabbits and drought. Its stalwart good looks can be intermingled with Mediterranean neighbors such as Rosemary, Rock Roses and Eryngiums.

Blooms June–September

Size: 2' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


Phlomis lanata (P-0118)
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Phlomis russeliana full sun  partial shade  drought tolerant
<i>Phlomis russeliana</i>

With architectural assertiveness, stout straight stems broadcast separate whorls of butter yellow hooded blooms. Maintaining a stalwart beauty throughout the winter, the stalks look equally impressive whether fresh or dried as they stand above large and broad, heart-shaped olive-green leaves. The fuzzy, scalloped foliage develops into a plush low growing, evergreen cover that keeps those pesky weeds at bay.

In our garden, Phlomis russeliana casts bold accents along a pathway, assorting with Aster ‘Ringdove’ and Molinias.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" & spreading; hardy to zone 4.


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Phlomis tuberosa full sun  partial shade
<i>Phlomis tuberosa</i>

Named for the small tubers that grow from its roots, this selection is perhaps the most unusual of all. Fuzzy leaf stems and large green leaves with toothed margins give the plant a coarse texture that is softened by lilac blossoms with reddish calyxes and deep crimson flower stems. Such distinctive character mixes especially well with grasses and Lavenders.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 4' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Phlomis tuberosa ‘Amazone’ full sun  partial shade

With green arrow-shaped lush leaves, lustrous burgundy stalks and tiered wreaths of rosy lilac tubular flowers on statuesque stems, this well-mannered perennial adds dignity to the landscape. The toothed downy leaves compose a vigorous bushy base that’s nearly evergreen in many locales and capable of handling drought.

Versatile and equally at home in a formal setting or a meadow planting, ‘Amazone’ can be staged amid Stachys ‘Superba’ and Salvia ‘Amethyst’ for a fantastic purple and pink mélange.

Blooms June – August.

Size: 4' 0"–5' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide. Zone 4/5.


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Phlox

Chockfull of oomph and charisma wherever they reside, even in a bouquet, these floriferous Phlox are enduring warm weather beacons, appreciating moist but well drained soil, deadheading, deep basal waterings and thinning to just four or six stalks.

Our offerings are renowned not only for their lavish floral pageantry, but their unwavering mildew resistance as well.


Phlox divaricata ‘London Grove Blue’ full sun  partial shade  shade lover  new plant

Discovered by the astute folks from North Creek Nursery at a plant sale in London Grove, PA, this handsome shade-happy ground cover is a light blue flowering form of the eastern North American woodland Phlox. The sweetly fragrant 5-petaled blooms are held in loose clusters that lure the butterflies and hummingbirds, while widely spaced lance-shaped green foliage forms an attractive spreading compact clump, coloring fall days with burgundy shades. Appreciative of fertile, adequately moist, free draining abodes, ‘London Grove Blue’ mingles well with Aquilegia ‘Kristall’, Tiarella ‘Dark Star’ and Geranium phaeum ‘Album’.

Blooms April–May

Size: 12"–15" high x 10"–18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Phlox divaricata ‘May Breeze’ partial shade  shade lover

A vigorous endearing selection of our native woodland Phlox developed by esteemed plant designer Piet Oudolf, 'May Breeze' delivers bright sweetly scented accents to shady settings. Quantities of starry narrow-petaled open blooms gather like pale blue to pure white clouds, floating above deep green oblong foliage. Perfect for weaving amid spring bulbs, Columbines and Viola 'Silver Gem', this attractive deer resistant Phlox slowly spreads to form a small easily grown, disease-resistant, semievergreen patch that charms hummingbirds and butterflies and can handle hot humid summers.

Blooms April–May.

Size: 12"–15" high x 10"–18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Phlox ‘Minnie Pearl’ full sun

A natural occurring hybrid between Phlox maculata and possibly Phlox glaberrima, this fabulous mildew resistant Phlox is the happy outcome of a chance roadside sighting in Kemper, Mississippi by plantswoman Karen Partlow. Remaining unblemished all season, the long narrow, fresh green glossy leaves clothe compact sturdy stems, bolstering droves of large rounded clusters with sweetly scented crisp white flowers.

Well-suited for the front lines or where space is scarce, ‘Minnie Pearl’s virtues are plentiful: lengthy bloom time, short upright stance, slow spreading, pest free habit and fantastic flowers that beguile the butterflies and hummingbirds and look fetching in a bouquet.

Blooms mid-April–June.

Size: 12"–18" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Phlox paniculata ‘Blue Paradise’ full sun

This reliable hard working beauty parades massive sweetly scented trusses hoisted by a compact bushy pedestal of well-branched sturdy stems and tailored green leaves that look lush all the way to the ground. The stylish nearly one foot tall, broad blooms unfurl in light blue hues, mature with dazzling deep blueviolet shades and develop reddish purple margins as they age, while their stunning colors appear either more blue or more purple depending upon the light.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Phlox paniculata ‘David’ full sun
<i>Phlox paniculata</i> ‘David’

Back in 1987, F. M. Mooberry of The Brandywine Conservancy had the keen eye to spot this outstanding, chance P. paniculata seedling and named it after her husband.

A quintessential summertime border plant, ‘David’ is highly prized for his lustrous greenery and huge, long blooming fragrant flowers. Shapely triangular trusses illuminated in classic white stand some 6 to 9 in. tall, and nearly as wide, on erect stems with narrow, dark green bristle-edged leaves that are arranged in pairs.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 3-1/2'–4' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Phlox paniculata ‘David’s Lavender’ full sun
<i>Phlox paniculata</i> ‘David’s Lavender’

Originating as a chance sport of the esteemed variety, ‘David’, this cultivar flaunts broad, 8 to 10 in. tall, tightly packed flower heads with enchanting lilac hues. ‘David’s Lavender’ is a sophisticated mainstay for the garden that beckons both gardeners and butterflies alike, especially when accompanied by Persicaria ‘Summer Dance’ and Centranthus ‘Coccineus’. (PPAF)

Blooms July–September.

Size: 3-1/2'–4' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Phlox paniculata ‘Jeana’ full sun  partial shade

Delighting both gardeners and butterflies, ‘Jeana’s magnificent tiered lavender pink terminal clusters unfurl in a tightly packed fashion atop brawny upright branching stems. Discovered by Jeana Prewitt on the banks of Tennessee’s Harpeth River, this delectable Phlox has a lot to toot its horn about: top-notch mildew resistance, perky slender green leaves throughout the season and large sweetly aromatic long blooming flowers that incite a welcome frenzy of pollinator activity.

Blooms July-September

Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Phlox paniculata ‘Nicky' ('Dusterlohe')’ full sun

Earning four stars at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Phlox trials, this well-endowed beauty premiers large scented pyramidal trusses poised in glamorous repose atop stiff steadfast stems and slender lance-shaped green leaves. Dark pinkish purple shades, which intensify as the plant matures, saturate the tightset velvet-rich flowers, composed of individual florets, each with a tubular corolla and 5 flat petal-like lobes. A popular attraction for winged visitors and a perfect choice for bouquets, ‘Nicky’ can be planted near Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’ and Eupatorium ‘Gateway’.

Blooms July-September

Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Phormium

New Zealand Flax


Phormium ‘Ed Carman’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Phormium</i> ‘Ed Carman’

This upright moderately sized Flax sprouts sword-shaped blades the color of milk chocolate and bears the name of the late, acclaimed plantsman and nursery owner who brought it back from New Zealand. Heightened by delicate pink and cream margins, a channeled midrib and smoky olive green undersides, the scrumptious foliage is somewhat lax toward the tips, which either gracefully fall outward or arch downward.

A tranquil medley of dark yet muted hues and bold texture, ‘Ed Carmen’ combines well with Cistus ‘Decumbens’ and Correa ‘Dusky Bells’.

Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 8.


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Phormium ‘Jack Spratt’ full sun  partial shade
Dwarf New Zealand Flax

A handsome more diminutive character amid a family of mostly massive relatives, we’re surmising this Phormium’s “could eat no fat” stature inspired its nursery rhyme name. Mr. J. Burton of Hamilton, New Zealand selected little Jack for his tidy, fan-shaped evergreen clumps of twisting, ½ in. wide bronzed blades that first emerge olive-green then transmute to a reddish mocha color.

With year-round good looks, he is as stalwart as he is versatile, tolerating dry conditions, yet detesting heavy soils or being planted too deep. ‘Jack Spratt’ can be showcased in a small container, along a path or en masse superimposed against gray-leafed Stachys ‘Helen Von Stein’.

Size: 12"–2' 0" high x 12"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 8.


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Phormium ‘Pink Stripe’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Phormium</i> ‘Pink Stripe’

Olive-grey sword like leaves are rimmed with rosy-pink. This is small-to medium phormium, and is handsome in containers as a specimen or combined with silvers, plums, or any really dark foliage.

Size: 4' 0"–6' 0" high x 4' 0"–5' 0" wide; hardy to zone 8.


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Phygelius

Cape Fuchsia

Birds simply love the lazy clusters of long, nodding, tubular flowers that cover Phygelius all summer long. Gardeners, too, will love this fast growing subshrub from South Africa, because no matter what the cultivar, the Cape Fuchsia adds a luscious, colorful look to any garden.

A member of the Snapdragon family, Phygelius grow in well drained garden soil, and are evergreen in milder climates. Handsome, glossy, deep green foliage adorns rich maroon stems, and the stunning Penstemon-like flowers range from pale yellow to vibrant red.


Phygelius ‘New Sensation’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Phygelius</i> ‘New Sensation’

Flaunting vibrant pink-throated, deep carmine-pink trumpets that daintily swirl around burgundy-tinted stems, ‘Sensation’ is truly sensational!

Sturdy and low growing, this new Phygelius’ high-spirited color promises summery pizzazz peeking through a billowing mound of Geranium ‘Jolly Bee’. PP#13464.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Phygelius ‘Peach Trombone’ full sun  partial shade

A recent Xera Plants introduction, this vigorous South African shrubby perennial presents green calyces, clasping slim tubular blooms that gradate in color from deep reddish salmon to peach. Defined by daintily flared maroon-edged warm yellow tips, flaxen throats and burgundy stamens, the long blooming floral spires crest a compact semi-evergreen foundation of thick serrated shiny green leaves. ‘Peach Trombone’ delivers summertime zest, enjoys fertile well-draining soil and lures hummingbirds.

Blooms June-September

Size: 2-1/2' high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Phygelius x rectus ‘African Queen’ full sun  partial shade

The first hybrid in this remarkable series, ‘African Queen’ displays regal splendor befitting its name, bearing exquisite reddish orange flowers with lemon-yellow throats. Beside Geranium ‘Phillipe Vapelle’, this selection provides a riot of color and contrast as exquisite, yellow-throated reddish orange flowers appear by the hundreds all summer long.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Phygelius x rectus ‘Moonraker’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Phygelius</i> x <i> rectus</i> ‘Moonraker’

Soft yellow flowers, narrower than others in the series, are borne all around the stem, orbiting like pale moons. For complementary flower color, plant with Aster ‘Lutetia’.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 3-1/2' high x 3-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Phygelius x rectus ‘Pink Elf’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Phygelius</i> x <i>rectus</i> ‘Pink Elf’

Impish ‘Pink Elf’ promises densely clustered salmon-pink flowers embellished with warm yellow throats. Distinctive for its compact growth habit and its ability to slowly spread by underground stems, this Phygelius looks enticing next to the silvery foliage of Kniphofia ‘Malibu Yellow’.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 2' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Phygelius ‘Trewidden Pink’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Phygelius</i> ‘Trewidden Pink’

For all those who take the time to peer inside these dusky salmon-pink pendants, an enticing surprise awaits you. The flared petals reveal a brilliant sunburst of yellow rimmed with cherry-red. Lifted on rubescent stems above lustrous, verdant leaves, the closely arranged blooms can be juxtaposed against Teucrium fruticans’ (Select Form) gray foliage and periwinkle-blue flowers.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Plectranthus

    


Plectranthus argentatus ‘Longwood Silver’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Plectranthus argentatus</i> ‘Longwood Silver’

A remarkable foliage plant with a soft and alluring presence, ‘Longwood Silver’ is equally suited to the border or container. It quickly develops felted, silvery leaves that become greenish gray and more textured with age. Intriguing fuzzy stems seem to glow with a purplish hue that’s echoed in the terminal flower panicles.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 2' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 8.


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Plectranthus ‘Zulu Wonder’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Plectranthus</i> ‘Zulu Wonder’

With decoratively toothed margins and prominent veins, thick rounded green foliage flaunts sumptuous dark reddish purple flipsides, while the same rich hue suffuses the succulent stems, long leaf petioles and midribs. The stunning foliar contrast is reason enough to plant this south African beauty, but the delightful late season showing of speckled dark lilac flowers on long spires makes it indispensable.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 10" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 9.


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Podophyllum

Flourishing in moist, humus-rich niches, Podophyllum’s vigorous fleshy rhizomes form a substantial colony. Every part of Podophyllum is toxic except the ripened “apples,” although recent studies indicate the entire plant contains promising medicinal properties including anticancer and other healing compounds.


Podophyllum hexandrum partial shade
Himalayan Mayapple

Heralding spring, this captivating woodland native of Asia Minor, the Himalayas and central China pushes a glossy green, folded umbrellalike leaf up through the soil at the top of each stem. A few weeks later, the deeply lobed, 10 in. wide foliage fully opens, described by black, purple and brown mottling, and a lone white-to-rose blossom. The pyramidal bud remains closed on cloudy days and unfurls delicate, translucent petals into a cup-shaped flower when it’s sunny. The extraordinary show continues as glistening, egg-sized, scarlet-red fruit forms in late summer, suspended from the leaf axils on short stems.

Podophyllum hexandrum’s fleshy roots take a couple years to establish, but eventually form a substantial colony.

Blooms April.

Size: 18" high x 18" & spreading; hardy to zone 6.


Podophyllum hexandrum (P-1278)
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Polemonium

Jacob’s Ladder


Polemonium ‘Northern Lights’ full sun  partial shade

Hallmarked by clear true-blue hues, a delectable fragrance and deep yellow centers, plentiful large silky flowers are clustered atop sturdy upright stems. A compact and ferny deep green basal mound of long, finely cut alternate leaflets anchors the beautiful sterile blooms that will not reseed. ‘Northern Lights’s low, tidy mildew resistant habit prefers a bright, evenly moist, well-drained abode, detests hot humid weather and appreciates a judicious dividing each spring to ensure its longevity.

Blooms April–May.

Size: 12"–16" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Polemonium yezoense ‘Purple Rain Strain’ full sun  partial shade

Named after King Polemon of Pontus, this genus is distinguished by fernlike foliage with nearly 20 neatly arranged leaflets, believed in Roman times to symbolize the ladder that spanned heaven and earth in Jacob’s dream.

Asserting a dark mystique, this recently introduced Polemonium cultivar is heralded for the reddish purple and bronze tones of its lush leaves. Deep-hued stems frame the lacy upright base, which transmutes a green flush when summer arrives or when grown in deep shade, and appreciates a somewhat cool, moist setting. Large silken blooms—loosely clustered, cup-shaped and plentiful—compose a violet grace note.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2' 0" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Polygonatum

Variegated Solomon’s Seal

Polygonatum odoratum var. pluriflorum ‘Variegatum’ partial shade  shade lover

Imparting a classic woodland look wherever it’s planted, Solomon Seal’s native haunts stretch from Europe to Asia. Low arching prominently angled stems display broad, bright green ovate leaves, each distinguished by irregular creamy white margins, parallel veins and a stiff upright stance. A dramatic counterpoint to the exquisite foliage, pendent, pure white tubular bells are lily-scented and poised in axillary pairs.

Slowly creeping shallow rhizomes prefer moisture retentive humus-rich niches, though they adapt to just about any site except hot, dry ones.

Blooms April – May.

Size: 18"–2' 0" high x 12"–18" wide. Zone 3/4.


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Potentilla

Cinquefoil

Said to be useful in medicine and magic at least since the time of Hippocrates, the sun-loving Cinquefoil likes well drained soil and partial shade in hotter climates, obliges both cold and drought, and can be nestled into the rockery or atop a garden wall alongside Campanulas or Stachys.


Potentilla ‘Arc En Ciel’ full sun

Resplendent double layers of ruffled deep red petals showcase irregular yellow splashed margins on slender stems above a tidy trailing herbaceous foundation. Maintaining their rich coloration, the saucy long blooming flowers are loosely clustered and tempered by palmate strawberry-style deep green leaves that spill over walls, down steps or edge a border.

Blooms June–August

Size: 12"–15" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Potentilla atrosanguinea full sun

Hailing from the lower slopes of the Himalayas, this strong perennial is named for its vibrant saucer-shaped blood red flowers borne on widely branching leafy stems. The neatly toothed long-petioled silver-gray foliage sports silky hairs on the upper surface and a white tomentose below. Well-suited for a front or midborder location, Potentilla atrosanguinea’s good-looking bearing performs best in cool summer areas and tolerates dry conditions once established.

Blooms June–August

Size: 18"–2' 0" high x 12"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Potentilla nepalensis ‘Ron Mcbeath’ full sun

While the somewhat sprawling species traipses throughout Nepal's Himalayan Mountains, this vivacious nonshrubby cultivar makes a compact well-groomed perennial for your garden. A handsome low mound of hairy coarse-toothed strawberry-like foliage presents 1 in. wide rosy carmine flowers, each defined by a dark crimson eye and 5 heart-shaped lipstick-pretty petals on wiry branched stems. Venerating a former plant curator at the Royal Botanic Garden in Scotland, 'Ron McBeath' makes a flashy long blooming mate for Knautia 'Mars Midget' and Geranium sanguineum 'Album'.

Blooms May–August.

Size: 8"–12" high x 15"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Potentilla thurberi ‘Monarch’s Velvet’ full sun
Crimson Cinquefoil

Don’t be surprised if you too fall under the spell of this undemanding, hearty perennial named for its sumptuously colored flowers and powerful presence. Lobed, strawberry-like, dark green foliage shapes a tidy clump beneath deep raspberry-red blooms with rich-as-velvet, ruby-black centers and bright white stamens.

Said to be useful in medicine and magic, the sun-loving Cinquefoil likes well drained soil and partial shade in hotter climates, obliges both cold and drought, and can be nestled into the rockery or atop a garden wall alongside Erysimum ‘Wenlock Beauty’.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Potentilla x tonguei full sun  partial shade
Staghorn Cinquefoil
<i>Potentilla</i> x <i>tonguei</i>

Dramatically etched by deep red eyes, soft apricot-colored flowers roost above wide trailing clumps of lobed evergreen foliage. This long blooming charmer stays low to the ground as it scrambles between steps, spills over a border’s edge or cavorts with Helianthemum ‘St. Mary’s.

Blooms June – September.

Size: 6" high x 12"–15" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Primula

Primrose

Derived from the Italian primaverola, the name of this genus pays homage to the way its early blossoms welcome the spring. Many of the more than 400 species are at home in the moist climates of England, New Zealand and the Pacific Coast. The species we offer are cold hardy but can do well in warmer climates so long as they have ample soil moisture. Lovely in drifts, try planting them in a woodland garden, by a pond or streamside.


Primula bulleyana partial shade
<i>Primula bulleyana</i>

A treasured award-winning woodland perennial that brings tidings of sunny good cheer to damp shady nooks, this Himalayan native sends forth stout stems with 5 to 7 tiered whorls of crimson buds and scented bright orange-tinged butterscotch-colored flowers. The marvelous floral regale resides some 20 in. above a clumping semievergreen rosette, featuring red-tinged basal stalks and large round-tipped, oblong green leaves. Well-drained humus-rich soil helps maintain Primula bulleyana's steadfast undemanding stance.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 2' 0" high x 12"–15" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Primula capitata ssp. mooreana partial shade
<i>Primula capitata</i> ssp. <i>mooreana</i>

Native to the coniferous forests of Tibet and southwestern China, Primula capitata was once used to cure headaches and please the palette in thick soups and rice. This species is named for its blue-violet, pincushionlike flowers that open face down in early spring.

We plant it by paths or steps in shady rock gardens so that we can sit and look at the silvery powder on the green stems. It can take full sun, but only if planted in a moist loam or boggy location.

Blooms April–June.

Size: 8"–12" high x 10" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Primula denticulata ‘Blue Selection’ partial shade
Blue Drumstick Primrose
<i>Primula denticulata</i> ‘Blue Selection’

If a fairy majorette was out to beat the band, she’d be carrying the charming orbs of this Primula as her baton. Formed from plentiful, dark blue and golden-eyed, funnel-shaped florets, the dense 2 in. globes rest on stout stems above a textured, leafy whorl. A winner for the shady border, plant a drift of this long-lived selection with Euphorbia ‘Fern Cottage’ behind.

Blooms March–April.

Size: 12" high x 9"–12" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Primula ‘Dunbeg’ full sun  partial shade  new plant
Kennedy Irish Primrose Series

Cushioned by a dashing dark foil of deeply veined purplish bronze-laced foliage, the dainty soft apricot-hued flowers crest short firm stems, while showcasing slightly ruffled creamy edges plus golden eyes. In addition to the spectacular coloration, this floriferous Primrose's hardy, mostly evergreen habit is ideal in containers or easily viewed jewel-box plantings, savoring bright humus-rich, well-drained crannies.

Blooms February–April

Size: 6" high x 6" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Primula elatior ‘Victoriana Gold Lace Red’ partial shade

Centered by a golden pool, each sumptuous flower holds overlapping mahogany red petals, exquisitely rimmed in gilded hues. Packed floral clusters present open-faced circular blooms on short stout stems above a trim lettuce green bed of rounded basal foliage that’s wavy edged and serrated. Conjuring the Victorian era’s ornate beauty, this hardy undemanding Primula can garnish a pathway, seating area, easily viewed container or any moist cranny with dappled light and ample airflow.

Blooms April–May.

Size: 10"–12" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Primula ‘Elizabeth Killelay’ full sun  partial shade  new plant

Steeped in opulence, fully double deep maroon blossoms are sweetly perfumed and spangled with glittery yellow margins and eyes. The long blooming flowers appear in tight clusters above scalloped oval-shaped pale green leaves that compose a sturdy textural clump. Well-suited for an intimate spot by a favored bench, this gorgeous seldom offered Primula polyantha cross appreciates adequate moisture and supplemental compost.

Blooms March–June

Size: 9"–12" high x 6"–12" wide; hardy to zone 3.


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Primula florindae partial shade
<i>Primula florindae</i>

This long-lived, robust native of shady Tibetan bogs boasts some of the largest flowers in the family. From a mound of serrated leaves, older mature plants display as many as 80 citron-colored flowers per umbel on tall stems, creating a virtual festival of fragrance.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 2' 0"–2-1/2' high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Primula marginata ‘Mauve Mist’ partial shade
Auricula Primrose

Dawdling throughout the limestone-rich areas of France and Italy's Maritime and Cottian Alps, this unique evergreen Primula promotes low growing waxy rosettes defined by thick deep-toothed blue-green leaves dusted with an alluring silvery white powder. Large, cut-flower-worthy clusters of fragrant flat-faced lavender-colored flowers further enhance the lovely soft foliar shades. Cherished as one of the most attractive early spring Primulas for an alpine garden, rockery, trough or pot, easily grown 'Mauve Mist' develops from a reliable woody rootstock, fends off deer and rabbits, and relishes a brightly shaded, sharp draining abode.

Blooms March–April.

Size: 6"–8" high x 6"–8" wide; hardy to zone 3.


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Primula x polyantha ‘Dawn Ansell’ partial shade

A cottage garden darling introduced by Welsh plant breeder Dr. Cecil Jones, easily cultivated ‘Dawn Ansell’ charms us with fluffy double white flowers, reminiscent of miniature rose blossoms. The luminous clustered blooms are nestled into a unique ruff of small green leaves above larger crinkled rich green foliage that fashions a vigorous spreading clump. Celebrating an early and long flowering period, this Primula vulgaris and Primula veris cross cherishes bright shady nooks with moist humus enriched well draining soil.

Blooms February–April

Size: 6" high x 6"–8" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Primula rosea ‘Gigas’ partial shade
<i>Primula rosea</i> ‘Gigas’

One of the loveliest Primulas, ‘Gigas’ pretties up the garden in early spring with carmine-pink flowers. Adorning stout stems, numerous brightly colored blooms gather in good-sized umbels before the rosettes of notched green leaves fully develop. Tuck this small-scale performer into the front row amid Luzula ‘Solar Flair’ and Pulmonaria ‘Little Star’.

Blooms March–April.

Size: 8"–10" high x 9" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Primula vialii partial shade
<i>Primula vialii</i>

The pyramidal, Kniphofia-like flowers of this highly unusual Primula are bicolored, with purple at the base and reddish fuchsia at the apex. Perched atop 15 in. stalks and oblong, blunt-tipped green basal foliage, they provide fragrant, fanciful accents either in large drifts or surrounded by Aruncus and Viola ‘Rebecca’.

Blooms June – July.

Size: 12"–15" high x 10" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Primula vulgaris ‘Double Lilac’ partial shade
<i>Primula vulgaris</i> ‘Double Lilac’

Steeped in charm and easily grown, this hard-to-find old-fashioned Primrose promises to please with nearly evergreen foliage and a blooming season, extending from spring to fall. A plentiful showing of rose-like buds and splendid lilac-pink double flowers adorn broad textured spring green foliage that forms a generous long-lived clump.

Bright shade, well-drained soil and above average moisture will ensure its success.

Blooms May – September.

Size: 6"–8" high x 6"–8" wide; hardy to zone 6.


Primula vulgaris ‘Double Lilac’ (P-1489)
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Primula waltonii partial shade
<i>Primula waltonii</i>

Slender stems elevate white powdered calyxes and pendent clusters of lampshade-like flowers, which range in color from soft violet-pink to claret. Indigenous to Tibet’s alpine meadows, this charmer’s narrow round-tipped green leaves are oblong and serrated, crafting lustrous rosettes that flourish in a cool moist, but bright well-drained locale.

Blooms June – July.

Size: 12"–16" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Pulmonaria

Pulmonaria

Lungwort

The enchantingly speckled foliage of the Pulmonarias we offer looks great all winter. One of the earliest plants to bloom, you can be picking its urn shaped flowers in February when the rest of the garden still slumbers.

Plant easy-to-grow Pulmonarias in the lacy light of a woodland setting, in cool, moist soil. They are excellent noninvasive ground covers.


Pulmonaria angustifolia ‘Blaues Meer’ partial shade  shade lover

Lance-shaped dark green leaves create a handsome solid-colored bed for nodding clusters of vivid cobalt blue funnel-shaped flowers atop short stalks. Granted a four star score at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Pulmonaria trials, ‘Blaues Meer’s vigorous enduring clump makes a verdant statement beneath Spiraea ‘Ogon’.

Blooms February-April

Size: 8"–10" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Pulmonaria ‘Apple Frost’ partial shade  shade lover

Here’s one type of frost that should be welcomed into gardens with open arms. The mildew resistant foliage of this compact species has a green midrib and is irregularly splashed with so much silver that there is often more silver than apple green. Such “frost” complements the soft rose-colored flowers, which fade to violet-blue. The Maple-like foliage of Kirengeshoma palmata makes it an interesting neighbor for ‘Apple Frost’.

Blooms March–April.

Size: 12" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Pulmonaria ‘Benediction’ partial shade  shade lover
<i>Pulmonaria</i> ‘Benediction’

The lush foliage of ‘Benediction’, with its widely spaced silver spots, ranks above that of other dark green-leafed Pulmonarias. A favorite for massing, we especially enjoy the profusion of deep blue flowers when planted next to Epimedium x rubrum and Euphorbia ‘Great Dixter’.

Blooms early March–May.

Size: 10" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Pulmonaria ‘Berries and Cream’ partial shade  shade lover
<i>Pulmonaria</i> ‘Berries and Cream’

The raspberry-pink flower of this species is a new color for Pulmonarias. Against the sparkling, mostly silver leaves with slightly ruffled, mottled green margins, the flowers are as enticing as a bowl of fresh berries and cream. Plant in large drifts and watch the flowers—and your garden—turn purple with age.

Blooms March–April.

Size: 12" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Pulmonaria ‘Excalibur’ partial shade  shade lover
<i>Pulmonaria</i> ‘Excalibur’

With a metallic effulgence that’s reminiscent of mercury, this Pulmonaria is a refined inspiration for the darker corners of your garden. Its lance-shaped leaves are completely frosted in silver except for a pencil-thin, deep green edge. Impressively mildew resistant, ‘Excalibur’s striking foliage is graced by charming rosy pink and blue flowers long before spring’s treasure trove of bloom gets underway. (pp#8958).

Blooms March–May.

Size: 10" high x 20" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Pulmonaria ‘Little Star’ partial shade  shade lover

With foliage that’s more diminutive than other Pulmonarias, this compact Lungwort can easily squeeze into an intimate space. While the deep cobalt blue of the flowers fades to a softer purple, the distinct silver spots of the narrow leaves remain intense and dazzling. We let ‘Little Star’ skirt the ground beneath the gilded foliage of Clematis ‘Stolwijk Gold’ for a dramatic foliar contrast.

Blooms early March – April.

Size: 8" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Pulmonaria longifolia ssp. cevennensis partial shade  shade lover
Cevennes Lungwort
<i>Pulmonaria longifolia</i> ssp. <i>cevennensis</i>

This marvelous subspecies from the Cevennes region of France will perk up any shady spot with its slender, silver mottled leaves that are spear-shaped and distinctively large, reaching up to 2 ft. in length. Wider than most longifolia species, good-sized cobalt blue flowers fade to violet atop a mounding, highly mildew resistant base.

Blooms March – April.

Size: 18" high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Pulmonaria longifolia ‘Bertram Anderson’ partial shade  shade lover

A beloved older cultivar named for a noted British plantsman, this boldly marked Pulmonaria boasts a dashing mound of steel splotched, long narrow dark green leaves and clustered bright cobalt blue blooms. Its distinctive good looks, abundant full-toned flowers and easily maintained habit earned 'Bertram Anderson' a perfect score at the Chicago Botanic Garden's Pulmonaria Trails and should give you plenty of reason to welcome him into your favorite shady nook.

Blooms February–April.

Size: 10" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Pulmonaria ‘Majesté’ partial shade  shade lover

Solidly sheened with silver, ‘Majesté’s thick leafage is extremely elegant—even without any flowers. But in early spring, short arching sprays of both blue and pink blooms make an appearance and, against the leaves, it’s a color-rich delight. Omphalodes ‘Cherry Ingram’s greenery offers a vivid contrast.

Blooms March–April.

Size: 12" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Pulmonaria ‘Opal’ partial shade  shade lover

Good-sized dark green ovate foliage, heavily tattooed with irregular slate-colored blotches, patches and spots, lolls beneath a delicate presentation of funnel-shaped pale ice blue blooms on short stems. ‘Opal’s cool composed visage can be sited amid wild gingers and backed by Anemone leveillei.

Blooms March–May

Size: 6"–12" high x 6"–18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Pulmonaria ‘Roy Davidson’ partial shade  shade lover
<i>Pulmonaria</i> ‘Roy Davidson’

This prized Pulmonaria’s periwinkle blue flowers stand 6 to 8 proud inches above handsome, evenly silver-blotched foliage. Broad, Hosta-like green leaves are slightly rough to the touch. It works well as a ground cover in a shaded rock garden and blooms for an exceptionally long time.

Blooms mid-February–May.

Size: 12" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Dora Bielefeld’ partial shade  shade lover

Awarded 4 stars at the Chicago Botanic Garden's Pulmonaria Trails, 'Dora Bielefeld' delivers pretty rose pink funnel-shaped flowers atop a consistently well-groomed apple green mound with wide-spaced pearly speckles and plenty of hearty gusto. Her decidedly feminine blooms seldom fade to purple and make a lovely addition to companions such as Helleborus 'Picotee Lady' and Aruncus aethusifolius.

Blooms February–April.

Size: 12"–15" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Highdown’ partial shade  shade lover
Bethlehem Sage
<i>Pulmonaria saccharata</i> ‘Highdown’

A friend in Montana tells his wife every night that what she’s cooking for dinner is his favorite, and he means it. We’re like that with Pulmonarias. This one is our favorite too—for its flower. It’s the truest, the showiest, the brightest blue, and the earliest to bloom. Large, richly green foliage is dappled in swank grays and silvers.

Blooms February–April.

Size: 12" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Pulmonaria saccharata ‘Sissinghurst White’ partial shade  shade lover

Pristine, soft white flowers crown mercury dappled and freckled deep green leaves that are broader than the other saccharatas. Resembling 'Roy Davidson' in terms of spotted foliage, this Pulmonaria is more open, bearing its flowers more loosely and later in the spring.

Blooms February–April.

Size: 10" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Pulmonaria ‘Silver Streamers’ partial shade  shade lover

Ruffle-edged, mercury-hued and randomly dappled with green, the spectacular long slender leaves grow upward then gracefully arch downward. A Dan Heims hybrid between Pulmonaria . ‘Redstart’ and Pulmonaria . ‘Excalibur’, this posh steadfast shade dweller debuts colorful clusters of dainty drooping funnel-shaped blooms, which open pink, then turn blue, perched atop short stems.

Blooms March–April

Size: 12" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Pulsatilla

Pulsatilla vulgaris ‘Rosen Glocke’ full sun  partial shade

Endemic to the calcium-rich, dry sunny moors of England, western France and Sweden, Pulsatilla is Latin for ‘sway’ and refers to the delightful crocus-like nodding spring flowers that easily frolic in a breeze. Tucked amid a veil of silky hairs, down-cloaked bright cerise pink blossoms reside upon dew-catching feathery tuffets defined by filigree-style soft green leaves. A radiant central cluster of yellow stamens and decorative seed heads furnish additional enticements, while sharp drainage and fertile alkaline niches in the rockery or a favored container keep this precious perennial satisfied.

Blooms March–April

Size: 12" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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