Including Rudbeckia, Salvia, & Schizostylis

<i>Ratibida columnifera f. pulcherrima</i> ‘Red Midget’ <i>Ratibida columnifera f. pulcherrima</i> ‘Red Midget’

Aptly named, the lax yellow-edged mahogany-red petals encompass distinctive black cones and look like the drooping brims of sombrero hats. Stiff, upright hairy stems are branching and clothed by deeply cut leaves, while bolstering a gazillion flame-hued flowers that entice butterflies and enhance floral arrangements. This drought tolerant Great Plains toughie lends festive accents to other easy-care perennials and grasses in a border or a natural-style planting.

Blooms July – early October.

Size: 18" – 20" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Rheum

Ornamental Rhubarb

Kin to the edible Rhubarb, these ornamental perennials spawn large brawny leafage and tall intriguing floral spires. Rheum can be utilized as a specimen in the mixed border, the landscape or skirting the water’s edge. They require deep, rich soil and appreciate mulching in the summer to keep their roots cool, as they detest extreme heat.

<i>Rheum</i> ‘Ace of Hearts’ <i>Rheum</i> ‘Ace of Hearts’

Lustrous, crinkled and richly red when they first unfurl in the spring, large spade-shaped leaves make a bold statement all season long. The grandiose foliage matures to a handsome deep green on top and grows upright, flaunting prominent veins and opulent burgundy undersides, while starry pale pink blooms on tall flower spikes add a dainty touch.

Blooms June – July.

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

Hardy to zone 5.

Headlining a tall wondrous tower clothed in overlapping hand-sized creamy yellow bracts that veil its insignificant flowers and seeds, this magnificent perennial hails from the high altitude, lush marshy meadows and stream sides of Tibet and western China. Deep roots sprout a lustrous, low basal rosette defined by distinctive white-veined lance-shaped leaves. The long lasting scalelike bracts become streaked with burgundy, while autumn brings fiery claret and orange to the foliage.

A seldom-offered rarity, Alexander’s Rhubarb delivers extraordinary architectural panache to a sunny, yet cool, rich damp location.

Blooms May – July.

Size: 3' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

One of the most pleasing of the tall ornamental rhubarbs, this prehistoric-looking specimen has colossal divided leaves that first emerge in reddish bronze tones. Summer colors them with dark green hues on top and purple-infused undersides, while airy maroon panicles surmount towering flower stalks. Later red shades enliven the foliage for a superb fall finale. Stage with another dynamic performer such as Veronicastrum ‘Adoration’.

Blooms June–July.

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

Hardy to zone 5.

Rodgersia

Native to China and Japan, this spectacular genus will grow in ordinary garden soil, but give it rich, moist soil along a pond, stream or marshy area and it will thrive. Rodgersias are fine architectural specimens characterized by bold textured leaves that can spread to a foot across, originating from brownish black, fleshy rhizomes. So be sure to provide plenty of space. The numerous unpetaled flowers, colored by intriguing creamy salmon sepals and stamens, are borne on large panicles, and when in bud look almost like miniature cauliflowers.

<i>Rodgersia aesculifolia</i>

Rodgersias are fine architectural specimens characterized by brownish black, fleshy rhizomes and large textured leaves spreading to a foot across, so be sure to provide these plants with plenty of space.

Similar to the palmate leaves of Horse Chestnut, the crinkled foliage of this species is tinted bronze and heavily veined. The 7 leaflets radiate from the center and shaggy brown hair covers the loosely branched stalks, which hold pyramidal flowers, ranging in color from porcelain white to muted pink.

Blooms June–mid-August.

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

A harbinger of bold drama, ‘Die Stolze’ is prized for its impeccably handsome foliage and wide Astilbe-like floral towers. Large deep green pinnately compound leaves—bronzed when young and affixed to long petioles—entertain shiny pleated surfaces and toothed margins. Warmed by salmon shades, the branched flowering panicles feature rounded clustered buds and copious small starry pale pink flowers. As the sturdy blooms mature, their color deepens, imparting cozy russet hues and retaining their good looks well into October.

Blooms June – mid-August.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

A topnotch foliage plant selected by Ernest Pagels, ‘Braunlaub’ delivers stylish bronzed leaves. Loose ivory-colored panicles rise high above the striking textural clump composed of prominently veined compound leaves divided into 5 to 7 lobed leaflets with sharply serrated edges. Becoming dark green by midsummer and later transmuting brilliant copper and red autumn hues, this Rodgersia’s large richly colored foliage offsets fine textured plants like Carex ‘Oehme’ and Thalictrum ‘Elin’.

Blooms June – mid-August.

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

Hardy to zone 5.

A must-have foliage plant selected at Washington's Bellevue Botanic Garden, this topnotch cultivar brandishes red-tinged chocolate-colored new growth. Open ivory-hued panicles rise high above the striking textural clump composed of prominently veined compound leaves divided into 5 to 9 large leaflets with sharply serrated edges. The stylish richly tinted foliage turns dark green in midsummer, warmed by occasional ruddy shades and come autumn, transmutes brilliant copper and maroon hues, offsetting fine hewn plants like Carex 'Oehme' and Thalictrum 'Elin'.

Blooms June–mid-August.

Size: 4' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

A harbinger of daring drama, 'Rotlaub' is prized for its newly emerging red leaves, considered the most vividly colored and longest lasting among the species. Defined by long petioles, shiny pleated surfaces and jagged edges, the big pinnately compound green foliage entertains bronze, henna and burgundy hues, intensifying as fall approaches. Admirable in the woodlands and in cut arrangements, its sturdy branched blooming panicles feature rounded clustered buds and copious small starry porcelain-colored flowers, which impart cozy russet hues as they age and retain their beauty well into October.

Blooms June–mid-August.

Size: 4' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Rohdea

Sacred Lily

Tropical-looking and tenacious, this rare highly praised Asian perennial premieres slow growing vase-shaped rosettes of long strapping dark green leaves that maintain a textural presence year round. Unusual pineapple-like blooms appear on short stalks followed by brilliant red-orange clustered fruit, persisting through winter and dramatically offset wide, leathery up and outward arching evergreen foliage.

Reminiscent of a Hosta, Sacred Lily makes a handsome container subject or low maintenance ground cover, where it easily tackles deer, drought and deep shade.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 12" – 15" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Romneya coulteri</i>

This lusty California lady serves up a generous portion of large, crepe-paperlike white flowers with showy yellow stamens, sunny-side up style. Wondrous lightly scented, 9 in. wide blooms festoon the upper reaches of stout, glabrous stems cloaked in irregularly lobed gray-green leaves. A shrubby, tough-as-nails perennial that spreads by vigorous rhizomes, the Matilija Poppy’s native haunts include southern California’s Coastal ranges and valleys, and in cultivation, wide beds, hillsides or other formidable sites suit her just fine.

Undaunted by deer, poor soil and summer drought, she needs a lot of space, well drained soil, minimal root disturbance and an annual autumn cut back.

Romneya coulteri does not like to have its roots disturbed. Transplant it very carefully into a larger container, like a gallon pot, before planting in the garden. Make sure you select a sunny, well-drained spot. Do not overwater.

Since this stalwart plant is somewhat difficult to establish, we cannot guarantee its success after you have received it.

Blooms May – October.

Size: 6' 0" – 8' 0" high x 4' 0" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Roscoea

Thrusting upward from fleshy roots late in the spring, Roscoea’s green stems are sheathed by alternate glossy foliage, while its large lobed flowers possess an otherwordly appeal. An exotic-looking genus that counts Ginger among its kin, these Tibetan and Nepalese natives appreciate a deep planting and a thick layer of mulch for winter protection.

<i>Roscoea auriculata</i> <i>Roscoea auriculata</i>

Its grass green leaves are long and lance-shaped. Held on short terminal spikes, the brilliant purple flowers resemble orchids, and display white to pale violet markings on each petal. To create intrigue, plant on the edge of the woodland garden with Heuchera, Tiarellas, and Tricyrtis.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 16" high x 16" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Once described by British garden author, William Robinson as possessing “...a beauty quite apart”, this rare Chinese woodland perennial lives up to its reputation as its large, openly hooded ghostlike blooms hover just above tall, lush-looking narrow leaves. Bathed in pale moonlit yellows, the exquisitely strange, yet elegant flowers impart a cool luminosity to a drift of Disporum ‘Night Heron’.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 18" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Rudbeckia

Black-Eyed Susan

Named by Linnaeus in honor of his teacher Olaf Rudbeck, this North American genus includes 25 to 30 species, many of them famous summer, especially late season, bloomers. These selections are easy to grow, make fine cut flowers, and will brighten any border or naturalized meadow. Offering interest also in the late fall and winter, they combine well with Aster, Eupatorium, and grasses.

A resilient central and southeastern U.S. native, this undemanding queen of yellow wields her scepter over the late season garden. Each glorious, large golden disc hosts a pronounced velvety dark chocolate center and 12 to 21 ebullient rays. Crowning strong, branched upright stems and hairy, oblong thick dark green leaves, the intriguing pointed green calyces unfurl a profuse sunny gala that entrances butterflies, song birds, florists and plant enthusiasts. Adaptable Deam’s Black-Eyed Susan can be added to stylized meadows, perennial borders and cottage gardens, where she thwarts pests and tolerates occasional drought plus clay or rocky soil.

Blooms July–September

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

<i>Rudbeckia fulgida speciosa (Newmanii)</i>

Somewhat wilder looking than most of the well-known cultivars, this species holds bright orange-yellow flowers with densely clustered petals on strong, wiry stems. In our garden, its open habit is backed by Persicaria ‘Summer Dance’.

Blooms late July–September.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Rudbeckia fulgida</i> ‘Swiss Gold’

You probably know ‘Swiss Gold’ as Black-Eyed Susan, those robust, bright orange-yellow American daisies with the dark centers. As charming in seed as it is in flower, its abundant chocolate-brown seed heads last until Thanksgiving. Strong stems bear flowers almost 3 ft. high without staking; foliage is dark green and hirsute.

Set a meadow ablaze with a large drift. Effective with Eupatorium ‘Gateway’, Aster ‘Coombe Fishacre’ and Deschampsia ‘Goldgehänge’ for texture.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 0" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Wildly popular for her over-the-top lambent flower power and enduring compact stature, this disease-proof selection of our native Black-Eyed Susan occurred at Andre Viette’s Virginia farm and was introduced by Blooms of Bressingham. Tidy, lanceolate deep green leaves and short, stocky upright stems lift a boundless sea of buoyant golden yellow daisy-style blooms with purplish cocoa- colored disks. Delighting song birds, pollinators and florists, clumping ‘Viette’s Little Suzy’ can be tucked into meadows, perennial borders, cottage gardens or massed to make a flashy statement, while it triumphs over deer, poor dry soil and air pollution.

Blooms July–September

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Reminiscent of a bright French parasol, ample golden yellow petals are elegantly draped around large, pointed, purplish brown central cones that captivate finches, floral designers and gardeners alike. An exciting new Jelitto introduction selected from the native drought tolerant species, which inhabits the western Mississippi valley, ‘Sundance’ grows tall with hairy, straight steadfast stems in no need of staking. Good-sized and deep green, oblong basal leaves anchor the late blooming fiesta described by a single sunlit flower topping each stalk and a multitude of stalks.

Consider massing in a more natural landscape or nestling into the border with Poa cita and Aster ‘Raydon’s Favorite’ for company.

Blooms August – October.

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

Hardy to zone 5.

This Rudbeckia’s sassy Dahlia-like mop of double lemon-yellow flowers promises to put a smile on your face. Perched atop wiry upstanding stems and handsome narrow-lobed green leaves, the shapely chartreuse-eyed daisies bloom for a long time, while creating a dramatic medium-sized counterpoint to Aconitum ‘Bressingham Spire’s vertical blue-violet shafts.

Blooms mid-July – September.

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Rudbeckia occidentalis</i> ‘Green Wizard’

If you appreciate the curious, the unusual, the truly unique, then allow this novelty to work some magic in your garden. From a leafy green basal clump appear 3 to 5 in. wide flowers on sturdy stalks, each featuring a huge central chocolate brown boss encompassed by approximately ten large and stiff well-spaced bright green sepals.

Unparalleled as a cut flower fresh or dried, florists, gardeners and birds seek out these extraordinary blooms that first form an intriguing golden ring of pollen around their striking cones. Quick to establish and undemanding, this attention grabber guarantees a flashy display of neon color when paired with Kniphofia linearifolia and Salvia ‘Limelight’.

Blooms July–September.

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

Hardy to zone 4.

Languid petals in lemon yellow shades lazily encircle prominent beehivelike, chartreuse cones during the idle days of summer. With rough surfaces and fuzzy undersides, the broad and deeply clefted green leaves attire sturdy clumping stems in an airy, opposite fashion. This Rudbeckia makes a sunny neighbor for Aster asperulus above our stone wall.

Blooms July–August.

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

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Rudbeckia subtomentosa</i>

A Midwestern prairie girl that delivers outstanding flower power along with unwavering fortitude, this taller Black-Eyed Susan cousin is named for her anise-scented daisies. Radiant yellow petals surround purple-brown domed centers creating a buoyant sea of color all summer long. Perfectly branched for bouquets, the sturdy, straight-backed stems host toothed, deep green lush-looking leaves sporting downy undersides.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Spangled with burgundy, bronze and reddish orange shades, irresistible legions of ebullient long blooming daisies parade dark chocolate centers and bicolor gold-tipped petals. At the base, large trilobed verdant leaves form a handsome bushy mass that gives way to upper, narrower leaves and openly branched, erect purple flowering stems.

A denizen of the Great Plains, this summertime showstopper is not as long-lived as other Rudbeckias; it eventually wears out, but easily reseeds.

Blooms July – mid-October.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Salvia

Sage

Thought in ancient times to perpetuate good health, an Arab proverb asks, “How shall a man die with sage in his garden?” Our Salvias are diverse perennials, shrubs or subshrubs. Many of them hail from the Mediterranean, Mexico and South America.

Drought tolerant, reliable once established, and generally pest and disease free, they combine an array of flowers and aromatic foliage in many different sizes, shapes, and hues.

Undaunted by deer and drought, this Salvia leucophylla and Salvia clevelandii progeny is a California native originating at Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Gardens. Brew a delicious tea from its spicy scented, graygreen leaves and delight in the hummingbirds, bees and butterflies drawn to its abundance of tubular deep lavender blooms that comprise evenly spaced, ball-like clusters. With a dense shrubby profile, this good-looking reliable Sage will grow quickly in a sunny well-drained locale.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.

Zone 7/8.

<i>Salvia argentea</i>

This bold Mediterranean native serves up a remarkable portion of eye catching appeal on its almost platter-sized, soft and silky white, felted foliage. Emerging in a dramatic basal clump, new leaves are crinkled, but flatten as they grow, while their margins retain a sinuous wave. A spectacular showing of dramatic 2 to 3 ft. candelabralike stems are decorated in small, white, hooded flowers, each with a slight tinge of pink and a subtle grayish calyx.

After the bloom, leaves transmute to a pale gray-green, and when cooler weather returns, they turn silvery once again. Positively show-stopping along a dry wall, or in the herb garden with Lavender and Rosmarinus ‘Maltese White’, Salvia argentea demands well drained soil, tolerates drought, and will live longer if spent flower stalks are attentively removed.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 5' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 9.

<i>Salvia arizonica</i>

A loose mound of luxuriant verdant foliage and trailing stems, this native of southern Arizona, Texas and northern Mexico thrives in the partial shade of small trees and shrubs. With a multitude of small, bright purple flowers held by smoky violet calyxes and a refreshing minty scent, Arizona Sage makes a delightful understory for Euphorbia griffithii ‘Great Dixter’.

Blooms June–July & again in September.

Size: 18" high x 2' 0" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Salvia azurea</i> ‘Nekan’

Highly esteemed for its densely packed whorls of true sky blue flowers, this U.S. native assures a scene stealing, late season hurrah that beckons both butterflies and gardeners. Numerous slender stems stand tall while narrow, linear gray-green leaves are covered in a downy softness. Exhibiting a vigorous drought, heat and cold tolerant nature, this stalwart beauty deserves a prime position in more gardens.

Blooms July–September.

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

Hardy to zone 4.

A bee’s bliss, a gardener’s good friend, and very welcome indeed is this Salvia’s ability to grow in difficult, dry conditions. An excellent ground cover, ‘Bee’s Bliss’ bears abundant clusters of lavender-colored blossoms, which embellish its bright, dense mat of slender-leafed, aromatic, gray-green foliage. It willingly spills over a wall, softening hard edges, and maintains a tidy look without much care.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 12" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 9.

<i>Salvia brandegeei</i> ‘Pacific Blue’

The species hails from California’s Channel Islands, while the vigorous cultivar comes from a selection made at the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden. Possessing a versatile tough-as nails persona, long-lived ‘Pacific Blue’ is an upright, mutistemmed shrubby Salvia defined by arched branches and winsome, dark green slender leaves with pebbled surfaces, felted white undersides and a spicy scent. Abundant tiered whorls of dark lavender-tinged blue blooms adorn this fast growing, hummingbird minion that can handle extreme drought, summer water and an array of soils.

Blooms April – June.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 4' 0" – 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

<i>Salvia cacaliiifolia</i>

Recommended some 70 years ago by British garden writer William Robinson, this exceptional long-blooming Salvia offers fuzzy gentian-blue flowers. Its small but abundant, intensely painted blooms garnish terminal racemes above a many stemmed, emerald-green foundation of thick triangular leaves. Indigenous to the mountainous regions of southern Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala, S. cacaliifolia can be found growing as high as 8000 ft., its slow-to-spread, creeping roots thriving with well-drained soil, regular water and high shade. A harbinger of cool, late season floral color, it can be positioned right up front next to Geum ‘Starker’s Magnificum’.

Blooms July–October

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

Hardy to zone 8.

A high-elevation, cloud forest denizen of Chiapas, Mexico, this tender Salvia champions dark green varnished leaves and bright fuchsia-colored blossoms. Widely spaced whorls house grape-hued calyxes and flashy flowers above an airy evergreen foundation of upright stems and deeply veined elliptical leaves, which are attached by long reddish petioles. Tantalizing in a container, hanging basket or the perennial bed, Chiapas Sage detests poor drainage, prefers moderate water, needs a protected winter spot and a pruning to maintain its bushy shape.

Blooms July – October.

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

Zone 8/9.

<i>Salvia clevelandii</i> ‘Whirly Blue’

Native to southern California’s chaparral country and distinctive amongst the shrubby sages for its large deeper colored blossoms, you can usually smell this extremely long blooming, drought tolerant cultivar before it comes into view. The pleasantly sweet and woody aroma is a grace note to its handsome habit. Evergreen, narrow linear leaves have a pewter green tone, punctuated by a springtime flash of bright green stems. Excellent in dried arrangements, ‘Whirly Blue’s rich violet flower whorls, enhanced with dusky mulberry-colored calyxes, are favored by hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. Prune regularly to ensure an attractive appearance.

Blooms June – October.

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

Hardy to zone 8.

Introduced to the nursery trade in 1990, this sterling California native has plenty of merit: prismatic, long-lasting pollinator friendly flowers, a compact rounded habit with handsome gray-green foliage and a delightful, spicy sweet fragrance plus herculean drought tolerance. Profuse, richly colored sphere-like whorls house electric blue-purple blooms and dark ruby-hued calyces that lend gorgeous textural additions to fresh or dried arrangements. A true selection of California’s Blue Sage, ‘Winnifred Gilman’ appreciates a light trim as well as sharp drainage and makes a galvanizing deer-resistant statement above a rock wall, in a native garden or Mediterranean venue.

Blooms July–September

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Salvia confertiflora (P-0214)

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AVAILABLE MID SEPTEMBER 2018

<i>Salvia confertiflora</i> <i>Salvia confertiflora</i>

With velvety, reddish purple stems, smooth, bright green new foliage that matures to a textured dark green, and fuzzy vermilion &#64258;owers, this Brazilian native is lush and tantalizing. A wonderful addition to cut arrangements, the 6 to 10 in. long &#64258;ower spikes make a bold statement in the fall border, either amid Asters and grasses or combined with mounding perennials.

Blooms September–November.

Size: 5' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 9.

<i>Salvia corrugata</i>

Widely distributed in the Andes from southern Columbia to Peru, Salvia corrugata features deeply puckered, dark green foliage. While newly emerging leaves have downy, copper-colored undersides, each mature lance-shaped leaf has a sheen on top and contrasting grayish tomentose below. Light gray-green, fuzzy stems are crowned with showy racemes of deep blue flowers held by violet calyxes. This distinctive, upright Salvia makes a great specimen for the mixed border.

Blooms August–October.

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

Hardy to zone 9.

<i>Salvia</i> ‘El Cielo Blue’

Selected by Yucca Do Nursery, the interesting foliage of this upright Mexican native makes it one of our favorite Sages. Broad, tapered leaves have an unusual bluish hue on top, while undersides turn purple as they mature. Contrast this with the vivid green of the new growth, and you’re in for quite a foliar show. Well loved by hummingbirds, the small, iridescent, deep purple flowers display a splash of white in their throats.

Blooms late August–October.

Size: 4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Zone 8/9.

Acclaimed garden designer, Piet Oudolf selected this marvelous S. pratensis hybrid for its tidy compact habit and unusual two-toned prolific blooms. Tall upright sturdy branched spires parade a multitude of carmine-colored buds and pink flowers nestled in dark purple calyxes. Light green aromatic leaves–ovate, wrinkled and sporting crenate margins–weave a comely basal clump that wards off deer, tantalizes the hummingbirds, requires good air circulation and appreciates a trim after blooming to promote new growth.(uspp#14,905)

Blooms May–July.

Size: 20" – 2' 0" high x 15" – 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Salvia forsskaolii (P-0215)

Each $7.75

AVAILABLE LATE SEPTEMBER 2018

<i>Salvia forsskaolii</i>

The large, almost triangular leaves of this Bulgarian native make a striking base for the long spires of white-streaked, violet-blue blooms. Robust flower stems arch gracefully above the basal foliage, which lies close to the ground. Accent the beautiful foliage and position midborder in well drained soils with fine textured perennials and grasses like Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 2' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Easily adapting to humidity and higher elevations of up to 10,500 ft., this versatile, rarely offered Mexican native hosts a light airy bundle of small triangular, dentate leaves topped by sparkling azure blue flowers with white-banded lower lips. Wiry stems give way to fuzzy looking buds that generously unfurl on short spikes from summer ‘til the season’s end. Related to S. sinaloensis and S. uliginosa, undemanding S. glechomifolia appreciates loose well-drained soil, and can be featured spilling over a container’s edge or colonizing alongside a garden path as a colorful companion for Phygelius ‘African Queen’.

Blooms July-early November

Size: 12" – 18" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

<i>Salvia greggii</i> ‘Lowry’s Peach’

And what a peach it is! Hailing from the Mexican hills above Ciudad Victoria, this shrubby, evergreen Salvia displays saturated coral flowers with buttery throats, nearly nonstop from the last frost to the first. Held by wine-tinged stems, the appealing small, glossy green foliage and cocoa-tinted calyxes offer a contrasting foil for the vividly colored blooms. Drought tolerant ‘Lowry’s Peach’ is prized by hummingbirds, and promises a lively show en masse in any sunny border. Regular pruning ensures continued bloom and a pleasing form.

Blooms May – October.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 9.

<i>Salvia greggii</i> ‘Wild Thing’

Plant aficionado Tom Peace helped establish this lavishly hued, west Texan’s notoriety. Quick to grow, full of vigor and more tolerant of cold damp winters than most greggii species, ‘Wild Thing’ showcases good-looking lustrous green foliage and droves of bright cherry pink flowers with contrasting wine-colored calyxes. Plant next to Agastache ‘Apricot Sprite’ and Verbascum ‘Sixteen Candles’ for a wild, long blooming association.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Salvia guaranitica</i> ‘Black and Blue’

An absolute favorite of our hummingbirds, this eye catching Salvia offers abundant, deep cobalt blue, tubular blooms and nearly black calyxes on 15 in. terminal flowering spikes all summer long. More compact than many of the guaranitica species, ‘Black and Blue’ provides complementary color for the shining blooms of Crocosmia ‘Star of the East’.

Blooms mid-July–October.

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

Zone 7/8.

<i>Salvia guaranitica</i> ‘Blue Ensign’

Pennantlike spikes of large, Cambridge blue, tubular flowers and bright green calyxes proudly rise above the spade-shaped leaves, which cloak ‘Blue Ensign’s upright, but freely branching stance. A drift mid-border makes a compelling statement with the yellow-orange coloring of Euphorbia ‘Fern Cottage’s fall foliage nearby.

Blooms mid-July–October.

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

Hardy to zone 7.

Salvia holwayi (P-1345)

Each $7.75

AVAILABLE LATE AUGUST 2018

<i>Salvia holwayi</i>

Hailing from the cool highlands of Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico, this vigorous Salvia volunteers hundreds of brilliant cardinal red, whorled blossoms in late fall. A yellow-green cast infuses young growth while mature leaves are darker green. Marked by light green grooves, the numerous, wine-infused lax stems become obscured by prominently veined triangular leaves, which taper to pronounced narrow tips.

Paying homage to Edward Holway, an American mycologist and plant collector who traveled to Mexico in the early 1900s, Salvia holwayi blooms all winter long in warmer areas, gracing its lush and bushy good-sized mass with much appreciated color and hummingbird food.

Grateful for a well drained, humus rich spot and a hard cut after blooming, it creates a verdant backdrop for the mixed border, an excellent conservatory plant in colder climates and a splendid long lasting cut flower when they’re aren’t many others around.

Blooms October–December.

Size: 4' 0" high x 4' 0" – 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 9.

Large and rounded, dusky magenta buds cluster at stem tips and open into brilliant pink, fuzzy tubular flowers toned down by deep purple calyxes. Handsome, dark green nearly heart-shaped leaves are arranged in pairs and complement red petioles on strong straight stalks.

Revered by hummingbirds, this bushy Salvia makes a perfect addition to the meadow garden, and along with Salvia ‘Nekan’ and Aster ‘Ochtendgloren’ augments a late season blend of blue and pink.

Blooms August–mid-October.

Size: 4' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Zone 8/9.

A hummingbird friendly selection from Betsy Clebsch’s garden, ‘Mulberry Jam’ is smaller and more upright than the species. Large, rounded, dusky magenta buds open into vibrant, fuzzy pink tubular flowers toned down by deep purple calyces. This lovely bush-like Salvia makes a perfect addition to the meadow garden with Salvia ‘Nekan’ and Aster ‘Ochtendgloren’ for a blend of late season blue and pink.

Blooms June–mid-October

Size: 4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

One of the toughest cultivars of the species, this radiant long blooming Sage can handle a variety of growing conditions. Against a fine textured background of small, glossy green leaves, the watermelon-colored flowers are offset by red-hued stems and sable-colored calyxes. For echoes of warm color, pair ‘Pat Vlasto’ with Phygelius ‘African Queen’.

Blooms June–mid-October.

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

<i>Salvia leucantha x elegans</i> ‘Anthony Parker’

Frances Parker of South Carolina discovered this unlikely cross and named it for her grandson. Blessed with attributes from both parents, ‘Anthony Parker’ features extraordinary, nearly 2 ft. long spires of midnight purple-black, leucantha-like flowers topping attractive leaves and young downy white stems. The broad-based, grayish green foliage tapers to a point, and displays a venation similar to Salvia elegans.

Gracing an herbaceous border or even an arrangement, this robust Salvia’s dark flowers will set Sedum ‘Autumn Fire’ aglow.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 9.

Discovered amongst a patch of Salvia hians by acclaimed Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf, this distinctive 2009 introduction premiers 2 ft tall branching spires with standout bicolored flowers swaying above a large bushy basal rosette. Handsome 7 in. long lusty green leaves ground the sturdy upright stalks, which house copious whorled blooms, each with a blue-violet upper calyx, white lower lip and prominent long blue-tipped niveous stigma. A hummingbird darling for the border or cottage garden, ‘Madeline’s undemanding verve prospers in sunny free draining nooks, while her early summer blossoms are long lasting, either outside or in a vase. (PP#20,456)

Blooms May–June

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

The name of this charming Sage, long used by the Tarahumara Indians of Mexico for medicinal purposes, comes from the Greek words meaning fragrant and honeybee. Bees, moths, butterflies and hummingbirds alike are attracted to the sumptuous, nectar-laden panicles of pleasantly scented, periwinkle flowers and fuzzy, sable-colored calyxes.

Elegant leaves with downy silver undersides embellish its graceful upright presence.

Blooms May–October.

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

Hardy to zone 9.

<i>Salvia mexicana</i> ‘Compton’s Form’

Lavish dark buds are a prelude to the striking compact whorls of fuzzy purple flowers and black calyxes displayed on 18 in. spikes. ‘Compton’s Form’ has distinctive, deep green polished foliage, a bit finer textured than that of ‘Limelight’, and an erect, bushy habit.

Blooms August – early November.

Size: 5' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

<i>Salvia mexicana</i> ‘Limelight’ <i>Salvia mexicana</i> ‘Limelight’

Whorls of densely packed, chartreuse terminal buds on strong upright stems provide exciting contrast to the lush green color of ‘Limelight’s foliage. In flower, this cultivar is sure to take center stage as deep bluish purple blooms peek out from the vibrant yellow-green calyxes. Cut back each season to encourage new growth at the base and to maintain a pleasing shape.

Blooms August–early November.

Size: 6' 0" high x 6' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Collected by the astute folks at Texas’s Yucca-Do nursery, ‘Tula’ wields brighter yellow calyxes plus a larger habit than its botanical rival Salvia ‘Limelight’. Nectar-rich deep blue-violet flowers along with the contrasting close-knit chartreuse calyxes embellish dazzling long spires, seducing plant enthusiasts, hummingbirds and butterflies alike. A bushy gathering of light-colored thick branching stems, draped in broad soft gray-green foliage, this leafy late season prismatic Salvia spices up mixed plantings, requires winter protection below 20 degrees and benefits from periodic spring and summer pruning.

Blooms August–early November

Size: 7' 0" high x 7' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

<i>Salvia microphylla</i>

Naming this natty Salvia "small leaves" is like identifying a Ferrari by its tires. The long blooming scarlet-red flowers and thick wine-red stems, which are inscribed with a notable silver-white stripe running down each side, provide dynamic counterpoints to pleasantly scented, lustrous green serrated leaves. Indigenous to southeastern Arizona and Mexico's mountainous regions, where it is known as "myrtle of the mountain", our cutting propagated strain forges a dense, shrubby evergreen patch. The proud parent of many popular cultivars, its steadfast good looks promise a lot of mileage.

Blooms July–October.

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Zone 8/9.

<i>Salvia microphylla</i> ‘Dennis’ Pink’

Touted as one of the best pink-colored microphyllas, these good-sized flowers are not shy in the least. With a full-bodied fuchsia pink hue, the freely borne blooms feature dark charcoal-tinged calyxes, hooded upper petals and prominent lower lips illuminated by singular white splotches. Peaking in spring, continuing through summer and ending with an autumn grand finale, the exuberant long lasting display energizes a bushy aromatic mass of wiry stems and green blunt-tipped, finely toothed leaves. This Salvia remains relatively root-hardy through chilly winters.

Blooms May – October.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

<i>Salvia microphylla</i> x <i>greggii</i> ‘Red Velvet’

Big, brilliant and red, these lavishly colored flowers are double the size of any other microphylla or greggii. Blooming spikes and calyxes the color of dark chocolate dramatically present the plush-as-velvet showing, while a handsome, full bush of glossy, somewhat rounded rich green foliage supports it.

Introduced by Texas’s Yucca-Do Nursery and Scott Ogden, ‘Red Velvet’ thrives in warm, dry climates, can endure humidity and assures a vivacious presence, especially when partnered with Penstemon Chiapas sp.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 4' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Painted in pretty lipstick shades of cherry-red and magenta, slender whorled flower spikes festoon this shrubby evergreen Salvia. Warm, rosy brown calyxes and attractive ripple-edged green leaves heighten the showy long lasting blooms.

Introduced by Yucca-Do Nursery, the amenable ‘Hoja Grande’ hails from Mexico’s Nuevo Leon, and in our garden jazzes up neighboring Phlomis russeliana, while easily tolerating dry conditions whether the weather’s hot or cool.

Blooms May–June & September–October.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 3' 0" – 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Salvia microphylla</i> ‘San Carlos Festival’

This well-loved captivating Salvia celebrates a festival of color! Splashed with highly saturated magentas and lavish ruby throats, the dazzling flowers unfurl from sable-colored calyxes by the hundreds, beginning in spring and lasting through fall. Each textured medium green leaf emphasizes undulating serrated margins, a somewhat triangular shape and bronzy winter tones. Discovered in Tamaulipas, Mexico, ‘San Carlos Festival’s extraordinary floral abundance and attractive compact form can be staged right up front in a water wise garden.

Blooms May–November.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2-1/2' – 3' 0" wide.

Zone 7/8.

<i>Salvia microphylla</i> ‘Wild Watermelon’

“Exuberant” best describes the way extra large, deep watermelon-pink flowers dress up this robust, relatively cold resistant Salvia.

Collected by Don Mahoney at 7000 ft. on Mexico’s Mt. Cerro Potosi, ‘Wild Watermelon’ not only boasts boisterously colored blooms with white-marked throats but neat good-looking foliage and a hardy crown that spreads by layering itself. Most abundant in spring and fall and only sporadically over the summer, its high-spirited floral hues invite a glance either spotlighted in a favorite pot, or backed by white blooming Cistus in the mixed border.

Blooms May–June & again in September–October.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Zone 7/8.

Discovered as a chance seedling at California’s Suncrest Nursery, this long blooming Salvia inherits the most appealing traits of both its parents. The textural bluish green basal rosette of sturdy, wavy-edged broad leaves held by lanky petioles produces thick up-curved stalks, bearing whorled lavender blue flowers with purple spotted pale-hued lips. Ideal for a well-drained mixed border, Shangri-La Sage musters lovely pastel blooms, outstanding bold evergreen foliage and an undemanding mettle that requires reasonable drainage and moderate water.

Blooms May–July

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Zone 7b/8.

<i>Salvia nemorosa</i> ‘Amethyst’

With the violet-blue tones of the blossoms, and the similar but rosier shades of the enduring calyxes and prominent streaks that mark the leafy upright flower stems, this richly colored Salvia is a jewel. With wavy-edged foliage, this long bloomer exhibits a handsome fullness. Softening the edge of our pathway in the company of Origanum ‘Ed Carmine’, a violet theme is created, while the addition of Kniphofia ‘Border Ballet’ adds a lively splash of melon to the picture.

Blooms early June–September.

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

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Salvia nemorosa</i> ‘Caradonna’

Shaded by unique blackish magenta hues, the long, straight stems of this superb cultivar make a dark and dazzling, lustrous foil for violet flowers that bloom well into fall with attentive deadheading. While its origins stem from a chance seedling found in a German nursery, ‘Caradonna’s tidy base of textured green foliage and purple blooms will impart harmonious accents to neighbors like Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine’ in your garden.

Blooms June–early October.

Size: 2' 0" – 2-1/2' high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Studded with radiant bluish violet flowers, crowded spires rise above a low growing shapely bed of textured green crimple-edged leaves. Persistent darker purple calyxes festoon the long lasting floral splendor, extending interest well after the tubular petals are spent. A compelling European cultivar that is hard to find in this country, ‘Negrito’ makes an ideal trouble free companion for the rosy hues of Origanum ‘Lizzie’s Hybrid #2’ and Sedum ‘Red Cauli’.

Blooms June–early October.

Size: 2' 0" – 2-1/2' high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Salvia nemorosa</i> ‘Rosenwein’

German for ‘Rose Wine’, let this Salvia bathe your garden with bright rose-hued flowers. Adorning a low mound of tidy green foliage, the upright leafy spikes are offset by prominent, dark earthy pink calyxes and buds of the same shade. Position in the front of the border with Geranium ‘Mavis Simpson’ and Kniphofia ‘Safranvogel’ for an intoxicating display.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

We have the Florensis Breeding Program to thank for this exciting new small-statured Salvia. A handsome bed of scalloped-edged, quilted green leaves hosts lovely deep lavender rose flowers with darker calyxes on short branching spires. Its profuse long lasting display, maintained by regular deadheading, and diminutive size make it just right for a container, along a path or anywhere space is limited. (pp#18,230)

Blooms May–August

Size: 12" – 15" high x 12" – 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Salvia nubicola</i>

“Nubicola” means “dweller among the clouds,” and the name proclaims its hardiness. Clothed in large plentiful, arrow-shaped leaves, Himalayan Yellow Sage’s robust upright sticky stems buttress a wealth of yellow-flowered spires, with each uniquely colored bloom featuring tiny maroon spots plus an apple green calyx. Content in compost-rich, somewhat moist shady locations, this bushy perennial can be planted near Boltonia ‘Snowbank’ or Alcea ‘Blacknight’ to highlight its bold foliar vitality.

Blooms mid-August–October.

Size: 4' 0" – 5' 0" high x 3-1/2' wide.

Zone 6b.

Salvia ‘Phyllis’ Fancy’ (P-1714)

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<i>Salvia</i> ‘Phyllis’ Fancy’

A stylish offspring of Salvia leucantha and possibly Salvia chiapensis, this chance seedling, named for Phyllis Norris, originated at the U.C. Santa Cruz Arboretum. It resembles Salvia ‘Waverly’, though its larger well-groomed frame is more hardy, its green leaves less coriaceous and its bicolored blooms sport a decidedly bluer cast. Attention-grabbing foot long spires are embellished with fuzzy light lavender flowers, each nestled in a bicolored calyx, which are dark inky blue on top and green below.

‘Phyllis’ Fancy’ favors moderate water, good drainage and survives temperatures to 8°, but will die back to its roots.

Blooms July – August

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Zone 7/8.

Hailed as one of the most drought tolerant plants in the trade, this tough-as-nails evergreen Salvia can handle a California summer without water, sandy or clay soil in either coastal, mountainous or desert gardens, and sports good looks to boot. Masses of sparkling blue-violet flowers populate spaced ball-shaped clusters atop a rounded, somewhat woody frame with aromatic ashy green leaves.

A chance seedling of Salvia clevelandii and Salvia leucophylla selected by Las Palitas Nursery owner Bert Wilson, ‘Pozo Blue’ makes a handsome addition to fresh or dried arrangements, as well as rocky banks and dry borders, while attracting butterflies, California Quail, hummingbirds, and plant enthusiasts. It can handle a California summer without water and sandy or clay soil in either coastal, mountainous or desert gardens.

Blooms June – October.

Size: 5' 0" high x 5' 0" wide.

Zone 7/8.

After years of breeding, Jelitto Seeds has just recently introduced this pure white Salvia. Rich green foliage with a wrinkled texture and ruffled margins forms a lush, leafy mound beneath the upstanding snowy spikes. Each delicate, luminous flower nestles in a calyx on a tiny pedestal of small green bracts.

Showy ‘Swan Lake’s species name translates as “growing in meadows,” referring to its sunny native European haunts. A natural for relaxed garden settings amid grasses, it easily accepts varied conditions, especially cold temperatures.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 20" high x 12" wide.

Zone 3/4.

<i>Salvia pratensis</i> ‘Sweet Esmeralda’

Arising from Jelitto’s Meadow Ballet Series, this steadfast 2008 introduction features erect, tall spires dressed in pretty dark pink hooded flowers with rosy carmine tints on extended lower lips. Long-petioled, green crinkled leaves forge a handsome thick leafy mound, anchoring the vividly colored summer-long display that entices bees and doesn’t ask for much—only sunshine, deadheading and average garden soil.

Blooms June – August.

Size: 20" high x 12" wide.

Zone 3/4.

Back in 2005, Jelitto first introduced the Meadow Ballet Blend, an easy-to-grow hardy group of Meadow Clary Sages renowned for their richly hued, perfect-for-cutting floral spikes that unfurl within a year of being planted. ‘Twilight Serenade’ is the most recent individual color selection, boasting distinctively hooded, lavish blue-violet blossoms on upright 20 in. green stems above an attractive green rosette of ruffly toothed leaves.

Though the species is a sun-loving, European meadow denizen, this long blooming cultivar will look fantastic right up front in your garden accompanied by Bouteloua curtipendula and Elymus ‘Canyon Prince’.

Blooms June – August.

Size: 20" high x 12" wide.

Zone 3/4.

Handsome troops of sturdy sable-colored branching stems curve up and out, delivering plump reddish violet blooms with white stamens and fuzzy mahogany calyxes in ornate widely spaced whorls. Described by long petioles and delineated veins on the flip sides, extremely large, bright green leaves compile a lush looking basal mound.

Populating Chinese rocky slopes, stream banks and forest margins, this Salvia is legendary for its medicinal attributes, prefers well-drained soil and is striking alongside Euphorbia longifolia’s chartreuse blooms.

Blooms July – August

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Zone 7/8.

A mainstay at the back of the border, this regal Salvia is a cross between Salvia guaranitica and Salvia gesneraeflora. Rising above the textured mint-green leaves, spikes of vibrant violet-blue blooms add glorious color all summer until frost, and are adored by hummingbirds everywhere. With its upright stance and cool shades, ‘Purple Majesty’ complements the warmer hues of Helianthus angustifolius (Pale Form) for a splendid autumn union.

Blooms June–early November.

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

Zone 7/8.

Originally from the high mountains in Mexico, this plant comes to us from Jim Lockman of Oakland, California. It has a soft character with delicate blue flowers and fine textured, light green, spidery leaves, which grow on basal stems. You can cut it back for a second bloom before it disappears in winter. Salvia reptans is perfect in drifts, as an accent in the rockery, or contrasted with Rudbeckia ‘Swiss Gold’.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 15" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Salvia reptans West Texas Form</i>

The richest shade of cobalt blue saturates these late blooming flowers as they ride a sea of tall stems clad in needlelike green leaves. Discovered in the Davis Mountains at 4000 ft. by Pat McNeal’s keen eye and closely related to Salvia pitcheri, this no-fuss Texas beauty is uniquely upright, while the species is lax. West Texas Form endures drought, poor rocky soil and humidity. An association with Gaura ‘Summer Breeze’ makes for a carefree look.

Blooms mid-August – September.

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Zone 6/7.

<i>Salvia sclarea</i> ‘Vatican White’

This nobly architectural Sage has been grown in almost every botanical sanctuary throughout human history. The catalog of its uses is extensive: a flavoring for wines and liqueurs; an oil for perfumes, potpourri and incense (thus becoming known as ‘Vatican White’); while medicinally, it is reputed to ease stomach ailments and stop the aging process!

This choice white cultivar, however, is not that easy to find, and we cultivate it for its stately presence in the border. Large, gray-green leaves—lance-shaped and leathery—remain attractive throughout the season. Each stalwart stem is topped with widely branching panicles of pure white blossoms and big, brilliant, whorled white bracts, which convey a floral effect from May to September.

Combined with the cool hues of Nepeta ‘Pool Bank’ and Euphorbia ‘Red Wing’s warmth, ‘Vatican White’ adds a bright element to an arresting composition. Requiring little water or attention, this vigorous species asks only for a superbly drained site.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Salvia semiatrata</i>

Intricate bicolored flowers, a lovely blend of lilac-colored upper petals and midnight purple lower lips, are held by muted pink calyxes against a foil of handsome, dark green, textured foliage. Perfect for the rocky border or atop a wall where its detail can be enjoyed at eye level, this small-leafed hardy Mexican native combines well with Phygelius and Geranium ‘Buxton’s Variety’ and its long lasting blooms make an excellent addition to any flower arrangement.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

<i>Salvia</i> ‘Silke’s Dream’

Discovered by Art Petty of Austin, Texas, this dream Salvia cross inherits the best qualities of both its parents. Like darcyi, it features fantastically colored blooms, and like microphylla, its good-looking stance is short and compact.

Summer brings plentiful, 15 in. spikes of warm-hued, dark orange-red flowers and by fall, the round-tipped, somewhat reflective green foliage is completely blanketed by them. Renown for an easy going, stalwart and floriferous nature, ‘Silke’s Dream’ tantalizes us with its passionate display, while counterposing Salvia corrugata’s deep blue spires.

Blooms July–October.

Size: 2' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Salvia sinaloensis</i>

Indigenous to the Mexican province Sinaloa, this compact bushy Salvia displays tantalizing color. Low growing stems initially trail on the ground, concealed by dark green, textured leaves infused with plum-purple hues, and bronze-tinted new growth. Well above the narrow foliage, deep blue, airy, upright spikes feature spaced whorls of sable calyxes and vivid flowers marked with two subtle white lines on each lower lip.

A charmer for the border’s edge, a stone wall or the rock garden, Salvia sinaloensis spreads by underground rhizomes, disappears in the winter, and appreciates well drained soil.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 6" – 10" high x 15" – 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Uliginosa means "of the marshes", in this case those between the forests of southern Brazil and Argentina's fertile pampas. Eye-catching white flecked azure blue flowers soar atop slender branching stems lined with narrow lance-shaped green leaves. A quick-to-establish colonizing perennial, Bog Sage presents an airy, strong and erect habit that doesn't need staking and flourishes in moist niches along streams or ponds and in ordinary garden conditions, even tolerating heavy or dry soil. For a spectacular effect, plant it alongside Anemone 'Andrea Atkinson'.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 4' 0" – 5' 0" high x 15" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Selected by Lauren Springer and Scott Ogden in Ft. Collins, Colorado, this fantastic new hybrid originated from a hummingbird initiated cross between Salvia lycioides and Salvia greggii. Legions of iridescent deep violet-pink 2-lipped blooms dazzle upright flower spikes and fine cut glistening deep green foliage that shapes a compact rounded habit. Cold hardy ‘Ultra Violet’ lures butterflies, appreciates well-drained soil, withstands drought, rabbits and deer, and looks ultra-fine in just about any landscape. (uspp#21,411)

Blooms June–September.

Size: 18" – 20" high x 2' 0" – 2-1/4' wide.

Zone 5b.

<i>Salvia urica</i>

Hailing from the warm, moist mountainous haunts of Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, this tender, yet irresistible Salvia produces inch long, whorled deep blue-violet flowers on short stalks above a verdurous semi-upright mass. Lax stems carry velvety soft, dark green textured leaves that are deltoid in shape and saw-toothed along the margins. Tended by green calyxes, the long blooming flowers feature unusual incurved lower lips with light undersides and provide a cool-colored late season fanfare, complementing roses and pink or white blooming Asters.

A topnotch container specimen, Blue Bush Sage needs to be protected when temperatures drop to 30°.

Blooms August – November.

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Zone 9/10.

<i>Salvia vanhoutii (Burgundy Form)</i>

This showy Salvia makes a dazzling container plant. The large, layered, burgundy buds have pointed sepals and open into numerous dark carmine-colored flowers with wine-red calyxes. Intriguing raised red ridges run horizontally around the stems at regular intervals like rungs on a ladder, connecting the reddish leaf petioles of each pair of opposite leaves.

Be sure to provide winter protection, as Salvia vanhoutii is hardy only in warmer climates.

Blooms July–October.

Size: 4' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 9.

<i>Salvia verticillata</i> ‘Purple Rain’ <i>Salvia verticillata</i> ‘Purple Rain’

Ornate closely spaced whorls of tiny 2-lipped, warm rosy purple flowers embellish lengthy, lax, upright and arching stems that rise from a fuzzy looking, compact rounded base. A friend to bees, butterflies and other visitors, long-lasting showy blooms linger above broad, textural somewhat triangular medium green leaves. Favoring good drainage and a trimming after the flowers fade, ‘Purple Rain’ abides lean, rocky and dry sites plus imparts a noteworthy presence to rock walls, borders or wilder settings.

Blooms June–October

Size: 18" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Salvia</i> ‘Waverly’

Like a well planned composition, this Salvia blends white fuzzy flowers, blushed with the palest of pinks and predominate purple calyxes against a graceful foil of textured grayish green foliage.

Given to us by David Salmon of High Country Gardens, we planted it in front of Cotinus ‘Grace’, whose leaves repeat the deep color of ‘Santa Barbara’s calyxes.

Blooms late June–early November.

Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Sanguisorba

Burnet

A profusion of dense and oblong, catkin-like blooms sway above decorative pinnate foliage, generating interest for months. Happiest in a sunny spot where the soil stays moist, these vigorous perennials offer contrasting clarity to the softer, less defined forms in the naturalized garden.

<i>Sanguisorba hakusanensis</i>

Casting a fanciful feminine style all summer long, this gorgeous aptly named Japanese perennial premiers bushy purplish pink tails that gracefully arch downward on upright stems. A clumping base sprouts gray-green scalloped leaves, which showcase intriguing origami-like patterns as they unfurl and promise a long lasting well-groomed appearance.

Blooms July – August

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Fluffy, decidedly feminine and pendulous, the 5 in. long squirrel tail blooms are draped like bodacious pink boas atop sparsely leafed sturdy stems. Loose fine textured filaments define the look-at-me flowers, while red-infused petioles and bold blue-green pinnate leaves further enhance the beguilement.

Blooms July-September

Size: 20" – 2-1/2' high x 15" – 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Sanguisorba menziesii</i> <i>Sanguisorba menziesii</i>

An assemblage of refined, blue-gray, feathery foliage gives way to slender, branching stems and tightly arranged, finger-length blooms in vivid, dark red shades. Earlier to flower than other Sanguisorbas, this enticing perennial cavorts with Penstemon ‘Raven’ and Achillea ‘Sawa Sawa’ in our border.

Blooms May–July.

Size: 2-3/4' high x 16" – 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Residing on wiry arching stems, soft pink fingerlike spikes look fluffy and feminine. They nod lazy heads at the handsome bushy mass of tranquil blue-green leaves marked by indented margins that grows below.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Sanguisorba officinalis</i>

Embodied with astringent properties, the Great Burnet’s handsome foliage can soothe not only inflamed skin but your senses as well.

The vigorous, rounded clumps present an airy, cool green arrangement of deeply cut toothed basal leaves that convey a relaxed feel to the landscape. Come summer, the mood changes when thin, tall branching stems lift tightly set, blood red bottlebrushes. Creating quite a fervor, especially when grown en masse, the alluring color and shape of the flowers dramatically counter-pose Seseli gummiferum’s white umbels.

Blooms July–October.

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

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Sanguisorba officinalis</i> ‘Chocolate Tip’

Famed for its ferny blue-green foliage that’s burnished with chocolate overtones, this superb new cultivar produces a lavish plethora of egg-shaped brunette-tinged maroon flowers. The dense chubby blooms uniquely open from the bottom up, while perched on firm slender branching stems. ‘Chocolate Tip’ brings a buoyant stance and dark saturated hues to the colorful blooms of Agastache ‘Bolero’ and Aster ‘Harrington’s Pink’ in our border.

Blooms July–October.

Size: 2-1/4' high x 16" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Derived from a Korean collection of Sanguisorba officinalis, this high-fashion Sanguisorba was selected by Dutch plantsman Piet Oudolf for its deep ruby-red bobbles, perched on tall stiffer stems. Whether in the border or a meadow planting, a bouquet or frost-covered in the garden’s winter light, their distinctive silhouette inspires as much drama as a gathering thunderhead. A bluish green bed of pinnate foliage with toothed leaflets launches the strong floral display that can be superimposed against lofty silvery plumed Miscanthus, whorled Veronicastrum blooms and Helianthus ‘Capenoch Star’.

Blooms July – October.

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

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Sanguisorba officinalis</i> ‘Tanna’

Well suited for the smaller scale garden, ‘Tanna’s mound of ferny leaf fronds makes an elegant host to the cylindrical, burgundy flower spires that playfully top foot-long stems. Cultivated since the Middle Ages, the cucumber-flavored foliage has been a welcome addition in the salad bowl.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 18" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Sanguisorba tenuifolia ‘Alba’ (P-1465)

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A textural delight of saw-toothed, finely divided leaves, ‘Alba’s clump-forming mound lays the foundation for slim, fluffy white, drooping blooms. These elegant cylindrical flowers, abundantly borne on tall branching stems well above the vigorous greenery, look like luminous catkins caught in a rain shower.

Blooms September – October.

Size: 4' 0" – 5' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Saponaria

Soapwort

Naturals for the rockery or a well drained border, their paired leaves promise a lengthy profusion of flowers in showy clusters. These low growing European charmers like a lean soil.

<i>Saponaria</i> x <i>lempergii</i> ‘Max Frei’

Pretty loose bouquets of pure pink, inch-wide blossoms blanket ‘Max Frei’s noninvasive mass of slender and shiny green leaves nearly all summer long. Let this superlative Swiss hybrid spill over the edge of a bed, beautify a rock wall, or act as a colorful, small-scale ground cover.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 12" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Saponaria</i> x <i>oliviana</i>

Nestled on tidy, tight green evergreen cushions of very thin, succulentlike foliage, the myriad, nearly stemless blooms in ravishing rose-red hues stage an unbeatable display. Tuck Polish Soapwort into a crevice and you’ll soon see why this pumilio and caespitosa hybrid is touted as one of the most superb, freely flowering additions for the rockery.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 3" – 4" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Saxifraga

Saxifrage

Named for its slender strawberry-like red runners and flashy maroon undersides, this colonizing Saxifraga hosts intricately etched evergreen rosettes of thick rounded gray-green leaves with scalloped margins, silver hairs and pewter veins. Rising above the low growing velvet soft mat, wispy 5-petaled pink-tinged white flowers are loosely arranged on delicate 18 in. stalks. Appreciative of shade and evenly moist well-drained soil, ‘Maroon Beauty’ lends enchanting accents to the woodlands, rockery or a small container.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 15" – 18" high x 6" – 8" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Scabiosa ochroleuca</i>

With charm to sway, this undemanding Scabiosa celebrates a seemingly endless supply of pincushion-style flowers in hushed lemon shades. Finely dissected gray-green foliage fashions a refined, soft-looking tuft from which branched wiry stems arise. A first-rate cut flower, the blithesome display is enhanced by intriguing etched green buds and makes a happy addition to a cottage garden or a more natural setting.

Blooms July–September.

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

Hardy to zone 5.

Schizostylis

African Lily

These South African evergreen bulbs promise to ease the sadness that comes at summer’s end by offering a burst of fresh autumn color.

Blooming on each 18 in. stem above green, sword- shaped blades are 10 to 30 snow white, starlike flowers. We contrast the blooms and foliage with the textured, golden leaves of Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’.

Blooms September – December.

Size: 18" high x 10" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

This South African genus of evergreen bulbs promises to ease the sadness that comes at summer's end by offering a burst of fresh autumn color. Slim buds and upfacing soft pink blooms stand amidst an ebullient forest of strapping greenery. Let it flourish in a pot on the patio, where its plentiful flowers are close at hand.

Blooms September–October.

Size: 2' 0" high x 10" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Schizostylis coccinea</i> ‘Sunrise’

With an extended blooming period and bigger blossoms than most other Schizostylis, lily-esque ‘Sunrise’ is likely to brighten your Christmas table. Slim buds and deep pink blooms stand amidst an ebullient forest of strapping greenery. Let it flourish in a pot on the patio, where its plentiful flowers are close at hand.

Blooms September–December.

Size: 15" high x 10" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

This South African Iris relative splashes lusty deep salmon-pink hues upon the late season garden. Springing from rhizomatous roots, grassy leafed blades present slender spikes garnished with narrow pointed buds plus satiny, cup-shaped Gladiola-like blooms, which open wider as the day progresses. ‘Zeal Salmon’ is exemplary atop a stone wall, along stairs, near the front of the border or in a container where it prefers evenly moist fertile soil.

Blooms September–October

Size: 15" high x 10" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Scutellaria

Skullcap

Late in the season, after the charming hooded blooms have faded, pairs of scallop-shaped, warmly colored seed capsules, resembling small inverted skullcaps, add intriguing detail to these Mint family members. Our easy-to-grow selections appreciate a sunny, quick-draining site, and happily mingle with medium-sized Euphorbias, Diascias and Nepetas.

The species originates in the mountains of southern Europe and Russia, and this ‘Moonbeam’s lush and low bushy mat of scalloped, ovate green-gray leaves is an excellent foil for its crowded clusters of light yellow blooms. Trailing stems turn upward and, at their tips, Snapdragon-like flowers form a four-sided raceme.

Requiring well drained soil and shade during hot afternoons, this little treasure goes well in a container, or in the rockery with Edraianthus graminifolius and Origanum libanoticum.

Blooms May–September.

Size: 10" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Legendary for its tenacious ability to conquer hot sunny niches, this engaging well-groomed Kansas denizen was introduced by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. Small oval-shaped pubescent gray-green leaves and branching upright square stems cushion a showy, long lasting display of tubular deep blue-violet flowers, each highlighted with 2 small white streaks. Relishing lean soil plus sharp drainage, ‘Smoky Hills’ is second-to-none when massed as a low mounding ground cover that readily enhances borders, meadows, the rockery and native gardens while warding off the bunnies.

Blooms May–July

Size: 6" – 12" high x 10" – 14" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

For its tidy swath of dark pink infill, the masses of Snapdragon-like blooms adorning the diminutive, glossy green foliage of ‘Texas Rose’ get our vote. With a dainty, yet durable, low profile, it makes an endearing addition to the rockery, or along a pathway nestled amidst Dianthus ‘Mendlesham Maid’ and Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’.

Blooms mid-June–mid-October.

Size: 4" – 6" high x 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Sedum

Stonecrop

Tough yet delightful, beloved by butterflies and bees, these succulent perennials flourish even in lean and mean soils. The blooms assert a decidedly horizontal element to the garden as long lasting, flat umbels of starry flowers emerge from buds in broccolilike clusters. Supported by stout, sturdy stems, the blooms mature through a range of colors, extending the visual delight well into winter.

Asking only for good drainage along with an occasional sip of water, Sedums are durable, reliable and almost maintenance-free.

Thanks to Norseco Nursery in Quebec for this newly improved form of the commonly planted ‘Autumn Joy’. Strong, stout stems lined with dentate, gray-green, fleshy leaves support the more substantial, longer lasting blooms. Bold clusters of closely packed, rosy pink flowers age to a salmon bronze, later casting coppery red shades upon the autumn landscape.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Celebrated for a stout stature and tightset domed blooms, this English cultivar’s large radiant rosy pink heads galvanize butterflies, bees and plant enthusiasts with late season color and nectar galore. A sturdy swell of thick compact magenta-suffused stalks plus fleshy greenish-gray leaves anchors the long lasting floral display. Exhibiting a trim no-coddle disposition, ‘Carl’ makes a fabulous cut flower, fresh or dried, and stand-out presentation in a favored pot, the rockery or a mixed border, especially when sprinkled alongside other toughies such as Eragrostis spectabilis or Eryngium ‘Big Blue’.

Blooms August–October

Size: 16" – 18" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

It’s a wee stretch of the imagination, but maybe some of you will see the resemblance between the slightly rounded and closely stacked, short, chubby succulent leaves and an elderly gent’s vertebrae. Curious-looking dark green leaves craft a dense low creeping mat that attractively flushes red, purple and bronze tones in hot sun or cold weather. Brightened by clusters of starry yellow flowers, this distinctive tough-as-nails Sedum tantalizes butterflies, blankets the rockery or infills steps and endures drought once established.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 4" high x 8" – 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

A recent Silver Medal winner at Boskoop’s European Plantarium Show, this Jose De Buck introduction struts a shorter, more manageable habit than its well-known parent, S.‘Purple Emperor’. Distinctive ovate leaves, bathed in opulent greenish eggplant shades, line the upstanding stocky dark stems, inspiring the cultivar name. At home in the border’s frontlines or in a glazed container, ‘Jose Aubergine’s compact stature creates a sumptuous foil for the flashy slabs of tiny bright pink blooms that lure bees as well as other garden visitors.

Blooms August–October

Size: 20" high x 16" – 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

<i>Sedum</i> ‘Matrona’

A new German cultivar, ‘Matrona’s smoky pink flowers age to russet as winter approaches. Her red-hued, glistening stems are upright and lined with luscious blue-green foliage, each thick leaf displaying a vermilion midrib and margin. Plant our softly colored “matron” with Aster ‘Lady in Black’, Euphorbia ‘Jade Dragon’ and Pennisetum ‘Tall Tails’ for an arresting union.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Bathed with opulent reddish purple hues and shouldered by swarthy stems that won’t flop, its impressive broad domed heads earned this highly sought after Sedum the coveted AGM award. ‘Mr. Goodbud’ is definitely handsome, sporting a tailored, well-branched, bushy and compact habit clad in pearly green succulent leaves. Spirited bicolored contrast is created when green buds initially reveal creamy toned petals, which quickly transmute vivid deeper shades. (pp#17,671)

Blooms August – October.

Size: 18" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Injecting an element of mysterious allure, ‘Purple Emperor’ hosts tantalizing, deep purple succulent foliage fastened to compact, dark reddish pink stems. Summer offers a perky lift as tight set, plum-hued buds become star-shaped flowers in dusky orchid shades.

Introduced by England’s former Washfield Nursery after it was discovered in the Sussex garden of the proprietor’s parents, this new, regally colored Sedum holds the coveted 2002 Outstanding Perennial Plant Award, and is an enticing counterpoint for Euphorbia ‘Black Pearl’.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 15" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Sedum spectabile</i> ‘Indian Chief’

‘Indian Chief’ commands our attention when its tranquil, pale green leaves and thick stems shoulder fiery red slabs of concentrated flowers. As the garden begins to wane, the hot-blooded blooms develop rusty chestnut hues and impart a vivid intensity to companions like Molinia ‘Bergfreund’ or Rudbeckia ‘Swiss Gold’.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Sedum spectabile</i> ‘Neon’

An enhanced sport of Sedum ‘Brilliant’, this Sedum promises to dazzle. Larger, rounder, and more intensely colored than its relation, ‘Neon’ boasts close-knit bouquets with electrifying magenta flowers, which offset the cool shades of its succulent, light green foliage.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Glut is German for ‘glow’, and aptly describes the vivid rosy red shades of this popular Sedum’s broad floral domes. A welcome destination for bees and butterflies, copious blooms are propped upon swarthy upright stems transmuting distinctive full-toned dark red hues in autumn, which effectively contrast the smooth fleshy gray-green leaves below and complement Molinia ‘Moorhexe’ and Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’.

Blooms August–October

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Thanks to Dr. John Creech, the former director of the U.S. National Arboretum, this cute, yet durable, little Sedum found its way into our country from a Siberian Botanical Garden. A showy late blooming flourish of rose pink flowers festoons the small, round scalloped green leaves, which knit a tightset, low spreading, lush and succulent cover. Weed smothering, energetic and hardy, ‘John Creech’ is unfazed by light shade and is excellent for edging a pathway, creating a green roof and softening stonewalls or containers.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 3" – 4" high x 6" – 9" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

There’s no escaping the spell that these devilishly handsome dark leaves and neon bright blooms will cast on you. Topped with a rosy red summertime icing of tiny star-shaped flowers arranged in 4-branched clusters, the rich mahogany red foliage is thick, obovate and toothed at the tips, while shrouding merlot-infused trailing stems. ‘Voodoo’ conjures a short trouble free carpet-like ground cover that relishes sandy or rocky soil, stays evergreen in milder climates, detests over watering and abates erosion.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 4" – 6" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Dense purplish red umbels, hefty dark maroon stems and thick pointed blue-green leaves with notched margins create an extraordinary carousel of color. Recently introduced by Jelitto Seeds, this late blooming Sedum can be planted in the rockery or a perennial bed where its lavish and contrasting hues play out best en masse.

The showy heads make great cut flowers, fresh or dried, but leave some in the garden for the butterflies, and for your enjoyment once the frost etches them in silver.

Blooms August – October.

Size: 16" high x 16" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

A hardy Russian native whose uninspired name belies its enduring good looks. ‘Hab Gray’ makes a bold statement with long, upright yet arching stems and intriguing colors. Stiff reddish stalks are offset by succulent foliage that’s glaucous, smoky purple and blush-tinged, while large domed clusters of tiny rose-hued buds and refreshing lemon-white flowers sojourn above.

Blooms August – October.

Size: 16" high x 16" wide.

Zone 3/4.

<i>Sedum telephium</i> ‘Karfunkelstein’

Fancied as one of the rising stars at the 2006 RHS Sedum Trials, this exceptional Ernest Pagels prodigy has a dainty demeanor. Copious rose red buds and small dusky pink flower heads crest a close-knit sea of upright multibranched green stems infused with lavish beet red shades. Ideal for gardens where space is scarce, the short stalwart stalks never flop and are clad in toothed gray-green spoon-shaped leaves with slate purple overtones, heightening ‘Karfunkelstein’s prismatic presentation.

Blooms August – October.

Size: 16" – 18" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Sedum telephium</i> ‘Munstead Red’

An old favorite of Gertrude Jekyll’s, this low growing beauty delivers dense cauliflowerlike clusters elegantly painted in rosy reds and burnished with auburn tones come late fall. Straight maroon stems and toothed, pur-ple-infused, thick gray-green leaves create a trim, compelling foundation for the plush floral slices.

Blooms August – October.

Size: 18" high x 12" wide.

Zone 3/4.

A vibrant carousel of color and a neat compact visage earned this popular Sedum the RHS Garden Merit award in 2006 and a place in our border. Flashy cardinal-hued arching stems and notched blue-green succulent leaves with purple tinges elevate pale rosy buds and bright pink clustered flowers, which age to a dark ruby red.

Let ‘Red Cauli’ festoon a patio container or a pathway’s edge, accompanying other late blooming companions such as Salvia reptans West Texas Form and Calamagrostis foliosa.

Blooms July – October.

Size: 12" – 15" high x 18" wide.

Zone 3/4.

Selinum

Cow Parsley

This refined Himalayan beauty happens to be one of our favorite perennial umbellifers. With untold elegance, infinitely divided leaves craft a delicate, lacelike transparency. The compact yet airy green canopy is framed by distinctive, purple-infused branching stems that elevate a charming, late season display of white flattened umbels.

Subduing the riotous array of summertime blooms, it seldom needs staking, appreciates a well draining moist niche and can be sited amid Filipendula rubra ‘Venusta’ and Echinacea Big Sky ‘Sunrise’.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Seseli gummiferum (P-1354)

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Dressed in lacy elegance, thick upright stems entertain a wealth of silver-gray fernlike foliage. The starry, snow-white flowers blush with pinkish hues as they explode from tight white buds, fashioning huge, branched flat umbels perched well above the poised architectural foundation.

A mesmerizing focal point for the perennial border or a meadow planting, Moon Carrot favors well drained soil, makes an exquisite cut flower and easily reseeds, offering some consolation for the fact that it can be short-lived.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 10" – 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Sidalcea</i> ‘Elsie Heugh’

‘Elsie Heugh’ is a well-loved old favorite, whose popularity has never waned and for good reason. Trouble free, best en masse and equally at home in a cottage garden or a more formal setting, this distinctive Hollyhock relative parades fringed, shell pink flowers with a silky lustre. The lovely, 5-petaled Mallow-like blossoms are borne on erect, stately branching spikes above a good-looking green basal clump of round, shallowly lobed leaves that become smaller and more fingered as they ascend the flowering stems. Provide a fertile loamy soil and cut back after blooming to promote a flowery encore.

Blooms July – mid-September.

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Sideritis syriaca</i>

Endearing, yet rugged and a “cure-all” medicinal to boot, this plucky Cretan native should be welcomed into the dry, well draining crannies of your garden. Clustered small pale yellow flowers populate spaced whorls on short upright spires, which emerge from a dense low growing mound of slim gray foliage blanketed with downy soft, white hairs.

Nestle Sideritis syriaca between steps or rocks near other heat-loving plants such as Saponaria ‘Max Frei’, Origanum ‘Bristol Cross’, Lavenders and Santolina ‘Nana’. Brew a tea from its leaves and blooms to boost your immune system, combat colds, reduce inflammation and soothe your nerves.

Blooms June – September.

Size: 18" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

<i>Silene uniflora</i> ‘Compacta’

An all-star ground cover named for its decorative bladder-shaped calyxes, this European Campion stays smothered with dainty five-petaled flowers all summer long. Low gray-green cushions of tiny, lancelike fleshy leaves promote the pink-blushed white blooms and curious rosy sable-colored “balloons” on short, upright branching stems.

Easy going and irresistible, it can be nestled alongside a pathway, in a trough or the rockery, or anywhere its deeply rooted semi-evergreen habit is provided a well drained sunny site.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 6" high x 8" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

<i>Silphium integrifolium</i>

Bursting with optimism, this grandiose Midwestern native and Sunflower relative pushes a colony of stout and singular, erect stalks skyward. Coarse textured, rough-hewn lanceolate leaves march up purple-tinged stems, which branch out near their tops to deliver vivacious, 3 in. wide yellow daisies late in the season.

Beloved by songbirds and butterflies, long blooming and undaunted by heavy clay, Silphium integrifolium is undeniably tough and well suited for natural areas or borders alongside tall perennials such as Phlox ‘David’ or Salvia ‘Blue Ensign’.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 4' 0" – 6' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Silphium laciniatum</i> <i>Silphium laciniatum</i>

Widely distributed throughout our Midwestern tall grass prairies and once considered a life-saver for lost pioneers, this formidable sky-high perennial wields uniquely chiseled, up to 18 in. long basal leaves, which orient themselves on a north-south axis.

Historically crafted into chewing gum by Native Americans, stiff bristly towering stems emit a bitter resin, while large white-haired foliage is cut nearly to the midrib, resembling a Pin Oak leaf. Along the upper reaches of thick stalks, a galaxy of huge, 5 in. wide sunflower-style blooms with yellow rays, yellow centers and hairy-edged green bracts make an exuberant summer long appearance.

Employed as a bold coarse-textured backdrop in cottage gardens, wild flower plantings or mixed borders, its imposing colorful stature lures bees, butterflies and many a gardener.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 5' 0" – 8' 0" high x 18" – 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Limited to regions of Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia, this charming American Aster relation asserts a compelling architectural presence. The large, lance-shaped green basal leaves, some 10-15 in. long, sporting fine textured, dense bristly hairs, decrease in size as they ascend strong, branched fuzzy stems. Adored by birds, bees and butterflies, plentiful slightly fragrant clusters gather 2 in. daisy-like pale yellow flowers that afford a long, late season hurrah. Known to be peppered amid Liatris and Baptisia in Pennsylvania’s renowned Chanticleer garden, clumping S. mohrii makes a topnotch addition to perennial borders or naturalized plantings, where it craves a moderately dry rocky spot with low fertility and good drainage.

Blooms July–October

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

Hardy to zone 5.

Sisyrinchium

This genus in the Iris family includes the familiar wildfloweres Blue-eyed Grass and Yellow-Eyed Grass.

Endemic to damp open woods, fields and slopes throughout the eastern and southeastern U.S., this unusual white blooming form of the more commonly known, Blue-Eyed Grass was kindly given to us by grass aficionado, John Greenlee. Perfect for cut arrangements, delicate 6-petaled starry blossoms with golden eyes illuminate attractive loosely arranged flower clusters rising on winged branching stalks. The neat foot long green leaves compose a compact Iris-like tuft that prefers well-drained sufficiently moist crannies, favors being divided every 2 or 3 years and looks best when massed in cottage gardens, native plant settings, border fronts and rockeries./p>

Blooms May–June

Size: 12" – 18" high x 6" – 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Sisyrinchium striatum</i>

Native to Chile, this elegant member of the Iris family is notable for its creamy multitudes of pale yellow blooms; each is centered with a deep buttery colored eye, and the back of each petal has a pronounced purple stripe—hence the epithet “striatum.” The slender flowering stems arise from erect, evergreen clumps of spiky green-gray leaves that extend to 18 in. Set off Yellow Blue-Eyed Grass with the dark, leafy foliage of Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Solidago

Golden Rod

<i>Solidago rugosa</i> ‘Fireworks’

This one should be called ‘Finale’, a more accurate description of the multitude of fluffy golden sprays on nearly horizontal flowering spikes that seem to burst from this lush green bushy perennial like sizzling skyrockets. Excellent interspersed with Asters, grasses and other meadow plants, this familiar eastern species is a real treat in gardens west of the Rockies as well.

Blooms September–October.

Size: 4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Originally found in Oklahoma’s rugged Wichita Mountains by nurseryman Steve Bieberich, this late-blooming, pollinator attractant is a splendid shining star at the acclaimed Lurie Garden in Chicago. Witness the tall, upright golden yellow wands beaming with tiny, tight set daisy-like blooms from late summer ’til the first frost, and you’ll see why. Garbed in narrow medium green foliage, the attractive tough-as-nails habit withstands heat, drought, deer and clay soil, but demands adequate air circulation and sharply drained soil.

Blooms August–October

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 2' 0" – 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Stachys

Stachys

Lamb's Ear

The genus Stachys is like one of those families where every member is exceptional for something different—one bold, another soft, the next strong or perfectly smart—and they all get along with just about everybody. Diverse, sturdy, dependable, calling them mere ground covers is an understatement. Indispensable is more accurate.

<i>Stachys byzantina</i> ‘Helen von Stein’ <i>Stachys byzantina</i> ‘Helen von Stein’

As soft as velvet, supple as suede, this Stachys has leaves so much like lamb’s ears they could twitch at flies! The palest silver, its foliage is broad (2-½ in. wide) with a finely serrated margin, and is a delight with Allium christophii.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 8" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Stachys byzantina</i> ‘Primrose Heron’

This unique Lamb’s Ear yields golden flanneled leaves that will enhance your garden with a cozy glow in light shade. Pulmonaria ‘Benediction’ and Geranium phaem ‘Walküre’ are worthy companions.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 8" high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

As soft as velvet, supple as suede, this truly dwarf Stachys has small fuzzy leaves so much like lamb’s ears they could twitch at flies! The tantalizing foliage is the palest silver color and forms a low dense cushion for endearing spires of tiny, red-tinged lilac flowers.

A recent Jelitto Seeds introduction, sun-loving ‘Silky Fleece’ easily mingles with many different plants and can be tucked into a rock garden or used as an edger, but will sulk in hot humid weather.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 10" high x 10" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Poised on sturdy, curving stems, the showy terminal spikes host pretty pink tubular flowers and green calyxes arranged in evenly spaced whorls. Scalloped lance-like foliage forms an appealing, dark green leafy mound, some 20 in. below the long lasting blooms. Matched with Achillea ‘Hella Glashoff’ and Aster asperlus, this well-favored Stachys graces the edge of our pathway.

Blooms July–mid-October.

Size: 2-1/4' high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

All summer long you can enjoy this versatile plant’s 3 in. dark rosy purple flowers held upright on short stalks. In the front of the border, a tight assemblage of green, scalloped leaves creates a crisp, tidy look that can be even further heightened by planting it alongside Stachys ‘Primrose Heron’ and Kniphofia ‘Vanilla’.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 10" – 12" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’ (P-1285)

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Painted in plush, deep fuchsia shades, droves of tightset, tubular flowers are lifted above a tidy, compact rosette on stout, straight stalks. With crinkled and round-tipped medium green foliage that stays close to the ground, this perky, nearly evergreen perennial should be granted a front-row seat where its long blooming act can easily be savored.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 20" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Stokesia

Stokes Aster

<i>Stokesia laevis</i> ‘Alba’

Named to honor the 18th century taxonomist, Dr. Jonathan Stokes, Stokesia is beloved by butterflies, tolerates heat, and appreciates a well-drained, sandy loam with ample moisture and winter mulch in colder climates.

Parading its Cornflower-like snowy white blossoms, this perfect-for-cutting Stokesia casts crisp luminous accents wherever it’s planted. Launched from a deep green and evergreen rosette of lance-shaped alternate leaves on long petioles, the stiff upright multibranched stems give way to fluffy blooms described by two rows of dainty ray flowers that eventually flush a light pink. The outer petals are deeply cut and surround a prominent pale central disc of intricately arranged, narrow tubular petals.

Blooms June – September.

Size: 18" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

With Salvia-like blue-violet flowers gracing a soft looking bushy mound, Strobilanthes attenuata is found in northern India and is sadly rare in cultivation. Vividly colored, curved tubular blooms populate dense spikes for months, while opposite, fuzzy gray-green leaves line well branched stems. Mounding and widespreading, this attractive, easy-to-care-for perennial imparts cool, composed hues, just right for juxtaposing against the warm yellows of Rudbeckia paniculata.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 2' 0" – 2-1/2' high x 3-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 9.

Stylophorum

Celadine Poppy

<i>Stylophorum diphyllum</i> <i>Stylophorum diphyllum</i>

Brimming with charm, this showy undemanding wildflower is a sterling choice for naturalizing in a moist, lightly shaded locale. Paired and gray below, the blue-green Oak-like leaves and silver-haired, green nodding buds foster a wealth of 2 in. wide, golden yellow poppy-styled blossoms atop 12 to 18 in. stems.

Native to the eastern United States, the esteemed Celadine Poppy forms a long-lived, versatile leafy colony that may go summer dormant under dry conditions. It easily adapts to the shadows of a woodland or a more formal garden border, mingling amidst Asarum, finely cut Dicentra and Tiarella, while curious saffron-colored sap and fuzzy, 4-parted seed pods add intrigue.

Blooms March – April.

Size: 8" – 10" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Succisella

Devil’s Bit

<i>Succisella inflexa</i> ‘Frosted Pearls’ <i>Succisella inflexa</i> ‘Frosted Pearls’

For its snow-white Knautia-like globes tinged with just the slightest hint of icy blue, this new Jelitto Seeds perennial inspired its cultivar name. What inspired Devil’s Bit remains a mystery. Thin branching stems arise from a tidy, long-lived bushy clump of spatulate, dark green leaves, elevating the prolific pink-hued buds and sprightly flowers.

Counting Cephalaria and Morina as kin, ‘Frosted Pearls’ can be associated with ornamental grasses in the border or in a more wild area, and should definitely grace your next bouquet.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

With a name that sounds like a fairy tale character, this rare Campanula cousin has charm to spare. Broadly flared bells painted in the prettiest shade of lilac dangle on delicate branching, dark leafy stems. Prominent anthers, dainty recurving petals and narrow ribbed buds enhance the profuse summer-long display, while a winsome bed of green, coarsely toothed, soft hairy leaves lolls below.

Flourishing in fertile well draining soil, but pouting during hot humid weather, the Rock Bellflower can be tucked into the rockery, a trough, or along a pathway where its endearing looks will surely bring a smile to your face.

Blooms June – August.

Size: 10" high x 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Symphytum</i> x <i>uplandicum</i> ‘Axminster Gold’

With its large and artfully variegated textural leaves, this robust perennial becomes a bold centerpiece anywhere it’s planted. Vibrant lemon-yellows paint broad margins on grayish green arching foliage, a welcome sight especially in the quiet days of early spring. Gradually the distinctive basal mound grows taller, sending up flower stalks with elongated leaves and dainty small clusters of nodding blue blossoms.

Moist soil where it’s sunny, afternoon shade in drier sites, and a good shearing of the lanky stems will keep ‘Axminster Gold’ looking resplendent.

Blooms June – July.

Size: 18" high x 2-1/2' wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

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Helianthus 'Sheila's Sunshine', Persicaria 'Summer Dance', and Selinum wallichianum

Helianthus ‘Sheila’s Sunshine - P-0461

The sunflower was once an emblem of the Sun God of the Incas. Our sunflowers tolerate a wide range of garden soils, attract bees, and make great cut flowers. Blooms early August – October.

Persicaria ‘Summer Dance’ - P-1312

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. Happiest in semishade with ample moisture. Blooms August–November.

Selinum wallichianum - P-1406

This refined Himalayan beauty happens to be one of our favorite perennial umbellifers. With untold elegance, infinitely divided leaves craft a delicate, lacelike transparency. The compact yet airy green canopy is framed by distinctive, purple-infused branching stems that elevate a charming, late season display of white flattened umbels.

Subduing the riotous array of summertime blooms, it seldom needs staking, and appreciates a well draining moist niche. Blooms June–August.

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