Includes Helenium, Helianthemum, Helleborus, & Heuchera

<i>Haloragis erecta</i> ‘Wellington Bronze’

Inconspicuous in bloom, but indispensable for foliar variety, this New Zealand native is named after Mum’s hometown on the North Island. The dense mound of small, linear, bronze leaves on wine-colored stems is useful wherever contrast of form and foliage is valued.

In our mixed border, we combine ‘Wellington Bronze’ with Lavandula ‘Ana Luisa’, Euphorbia ‘Black Pearls’ and Stipa arundinacea for an engaging array of texture and color. Cut off the small flowers to prevent seeding.

Blooms September.

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

Hardy to zone 6.

Helenium

Helensflower

Legend has it that Helenium first grew on ground watered with the tears of Helen of Troy. The backbone of the late season garden, Helenium sends out branching stems covered with yellow, orange and bronze daisy-like flowers that have sculpted, conical centers and fringed, silky petals.

In areas of high wind or heavy rain, the stout stems may need support.

A flower arranger’s darling and a welcome sight in a summer border, ‘Helena Gold’ earned glowing kudos at North Carolina State University’s recent Speciality Cut Trails. Tall well-branched thick stems and verdant greenery shoulder a splendid sunburst of plentiful dark yellow daisies that lasts for several months and occurs in the first year. Easily grown and never water thirsty, this robust perennial exhibits a long vase life and can be coupled with Echinops ‘Blue Glow’ and Salvia ‘Nekan’ for charming French country colors in your garden.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 3-1/2' – 4' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Short petals in sunny deep yellow encompass the blackish brown discs of this western species. Compact and earlier to flower than other Helenium cultivars, ‘The Bishop’ pledges a bright profile when planted with Monarda ‘Jacob Cline’ and Salvia ‘Caradonna’.

Blooms July–August.

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

Hardy to zone 6.

Renown for its rich, buttery yellow blooms, ‘Butter-pat’s fulgent, late season parade is a welcome event in our garden. The sunny petals are gathered by green-tinged golden cones, while tall, stiff stems clothed in lance-shaped leaves stand sentinel below. Try planting this robust cultivar with Salvia ‘Nekan’, Sedum ‘Neon’ and Calamagrostis brachytricha for a lively gathering.

Blooms July–August.

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

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Helenium</i> ‘Coppelia’

From the same group of seedlings that produced ‘Bruno’ comes ‘Coppelia’, the selection that holds first place in Alan Bloom’s heart for its earlier bloom and shorter stature. Large coppery red blooms supported by sturdy stems offer sumptuous colors for the late season border.

Blooms August–September.

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

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Helenium</i> ‘Flammendes Käthchen’

Long after other flowers have had their say, this tall, back-of-the-border Helenium delivers a bonfire of color. Henna-red and burnt orange petals, streaked with gilt hues, surround velvety brown centers, looking like the twirling skirts of flamenco dancers.

Blooms late August–mid-October.

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

Hardy to zone 4.

First discovered in the late 1800s, this robust and stalwart denizen of the American West volunteers a perky floral display above broad, up to a foot long, strapping foliage that creates a handsome gray-green rosette with a subtle sheen. Sturdy leafy stems yield vibrant clusters of 3 in. wide golden flowers defined by narrow, slightly reflexed rays circling a darker central disk.

Blooms July–August.

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

Hardy to zone 3.

Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’ (P-0431)

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Enhancing gardens since 1930, this well-loved award- winning Helenium serves up a floriferous dose of long blooming, uniquely colored flowers. Daisy-like blossoms grab your attention as wedge-shaped dark copper red petals encompass mocha-hued central domes with gold rims. Shouldered by staunch upright stems and toothed slender green leaves, the pollinator-friendly blooms make quite a splash amid companions such as Heliopsis ‘Summer Nights’, Phlox ‘David’, Sanguisorba ‘Red Thunder’ and Molinia ‘Bergfreund’.

Blooms late August - mid-October

Size: 2' 0" – 3-1/2' high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Saturated with dusky red hues, uniquely shaded petals perform a lavish dance around prominent maroon and saffron hubs. Droves of closely set flowers, some marked by yellow tips, are esteemed for their long blooming period and the consistent color they maintain throughout the season, unlike many other Heleniums.

Destined to be a vivacious garden mainstay, this Bob Brown introduction grows as a bushy verdant clump, looks spectacular en masse and can escort perennials like Monarda ‘Jacob Cline’ and Salvia confertiflora for a galvanizing floral affair.

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

A dashing straight-backed German introduction, ‘Rotgold’s bicolored flowers flash deep red petals with bright sunny yellow margins plus prominent dome-like flaxen, maroon and chocolate-colored centers. Obovate 4 in. long medium green leaves anchor the sumptuous long blooming floral extravaganza that can cozy up to Veronicastrum ‘Red Arrow’, Phlox ‘Blue Paradise’ and Schizachyrium ‘Jazz’ in a meadow-inspired venue, prairie-style planting or perennial border.

Blooms July–September

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

Hardy to zone 4.

Plushly colored in chocolate brown and gold, each round hub centers a carousel of dark brick red petals, exhibiting orange-yellow striations as they age, while smooth-edged lanceolate leaves cloak the sturdy upstanding stems below. Wildly popular in Europe, this compact shorter statured Helenium makes a welcome addition to any garden, especially when showcased with Monardas and Panicums.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 2' 0" – 2-1/2' high x 15" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Helenium ‘Sahin’s Early Flowerer’ (P-1700)

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If razzle-dazzle is what you’re looking for consider trying this festive AGM winner. Tidy, tapered green leaves and tall brawny stems hoist a bright celebration of multihued deep red flowers with gold and coffee-colored central knobs. Shortly after unfurling, the-perfect-for-cutting blooms manifest sparkling orange and sunny yellow streaks, each blossom unique in its pattern and combination of shades. Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and Aconitum ‘Bressingham Spire’ make equally vibrant companions.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 2-1/2' – 3' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

One of the largest flowered Heleniums, ‘Zimbelstern’s undulating, brilliantly golden, mahogany-splashed petals converge at a russet eye. Before its enthusiastic bloom, strong stems sport unusual chartreuse buds that have a joy all their own.

Blooms late August–mid-October.

Size: 4' 0" – 4-1/2' high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Helianthella quinquenervis</i>

The clearest, brightest yellow, not at all pale and without a trace of gold, imbues the nearly 4 in. wide starry flowers of this willowy American native. Amazingly floriferous and versatile, the Aspen Sunflower is lower growing and earlier to bloom than its Helianthus counterpart.

Long, green and hirsute, straplike basal foliage blushes red come fall, while seed heads, waving on open branched sparsely leafed stalks, provide a banquet for the birds.

Originally collected in 1843 and dwelling throughout woodlands and stream sides from the “Aspen Belt” north to Wyoming and Montana, it will thrive in nearly any garden—semiarid or moist, sunny or a little shady—and makes a fine autumn bouquet with grasses and rosehips.

Blooms July – September.

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

Hardy to zone 3.

Helianthemum

Sun Rose

Evergreen subshrubs and members of the Cistus family, Sun Roses come from the Mediterranean. Tolerant of drought and salt spray, they exhibit the general hardiness that makes them welcome in a rock garden. Let them cascade over a wall or some other sunny, well drained location.

Tufted with yellow stamens, their fleeting, silky, roselike blossoms provide a luminous and continuous display against small-sized matte foliage. Capable of quick infill, combine the Sun Roses with traditional companions like Lavenders, Euphorbias and Origanums.

Helianthemum ‘Belgravia Rose’ (P-1729)

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<i>Helianthemum</i> ‘Belgravia Rose’

Noted as one of the earliest and most bountiful bloomers among our Helianthemum selections, ‘Belgravia Rose’ boasts a pretty showing of chiffonlike rose pink flowers with sprightly yellow centers poised above fine textured sage green leaves.

Blooms April–June.

Size: 8" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Helianthemum</i> ‘Cheviot’

In mouthwatering peach colors, ‘Cheviot’s dainty blossoms dress up its pearly gray foliage. Euphorbia ‘Red Wing’ highlights the splendor.

Blooms May–July.

Size: 8" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Helianthemum</i> ‘Dazzler’

With silken delicacy, saffron-eyed, deep crimson-red blooms festoon ‘Dazzler’s narrow-leafed green mat.

Blooms May – July.

Size: 8" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Helianthemum</i> ‘Fire Dragon’

Set off by a foil of silver-green foliage, the vivid orange-scarlet flowers blaze with intensity.

Blooms May–July.

Size: 8" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Helianthemum ‘Henfield Brilliant’ (P-0943)

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<i>Helianthemum</i> ‘Henfield Brilliant’

Paper-thin, bright orange-red blooms make a toasty statement against a bed of gray-green leaves.

Blooms May–July.

Size: 8" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Close-knit reflective dark green leaves are buried by a generous supply of opulent deep wine-red flowers with sunshine yellow stamens. Well-suited for edging a border or topping a stone wall, ‘Mesa Wine’ promises intoxicating allure, especially when surrounded by Epilobium and Salvia ‘Allen Chickering’.

Blooms May–July

Size: 8" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Helianthemum</i> ‘St. Mary's’

Imparting a crisp elegance, sheet-white flowers lifted on wiry stems illuminate this Sunrose's sturdy, deep green foliage.

Blooms May–July.

Size: 8" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Helianthemum ‘Wisley Pink’ (P-0944)

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Delicate rose-pink blooms adorn the very silvery foliage of this Helianthemum. Contrast ‘Wisley Pink’s soft and alluring demeanor with fellow Mediterranean, Eryngium variifolium.

Blooms May–July.

Size: 8" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Helianthemum</i> ‘Wisley Primrose’

Like tiny suns, 'Wisley Primrose's soft yellow blooms warm its smoky green foliar mass. A swathe of Nepeta nervosa's blue flowers highlights the splendor.

Blooms May–July.

Size: 8" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Helianthus

Sunflower

The sunflower was once an emblem of the Sun God of the Incas. This well-loved genus is 150 species strong and includes not only sprightly garden plants but commercially important food and oil crops.

Our easy-to-grow selections tolerate a wide range of garden soils, attract bees, and make great cut flowers.

A cheerful mop of clustered golden yellow daisies crest towering, 6 ft. tall valiant stems guised with leathery needle-like rich green leaves. One of the last perennial Sunflowers to bloom, this striking American native flaunts copious large flowers, each defined by nearly 15 sun-stained petals encompassing a purplish brown cone. Hard to miss, even from a distance, the Swamp Sunflower’s brilliant persona can grace the perennial border, stylized meadow or butterfly garden, where it grows well among Asters and Schizachyrium, wards off deer and relishes sunny moist niches, but acquiesces to other conditions.

Blooms September-October

Size: 6' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Rugged, slender and deep green, ‘Gold Lace’s fine textured leaves and strong stems frame a verdant lacy tower all season long. Magnificent, 2 in. wide golden yellow flowers burst open in such bold profusion that this undemanding U.S. native becomes the star of the late summer border, headlining an unbeatable grand finale. Adored by butterflies, gardeners and florists, ‘Gold Lace’ thwarts bunnies and dry conditions once established, doesn’t require staking or much fertilizer and looks absolutely sublime accompanying Asters and Molinias.

Blooms late September–October.

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

Hardy to zone 6.

Originally discovered as a chance seedling at Matanzas Creek Winery in northern California and visible from literally ½ mile away, abundant pale yellow flowers cover the upper third of this extravagant perennial. Ours bask in their glory near the pond, along with other late bloomers like Salvia corrugata and Miscanthus ‘Adagio’.

Blooms September–early November.

Size: 7' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Noted horticulturist, David Salman from High Country Gardens kindly sent us this dazzling Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’ and Helianthus maximiliana ‘Dakota Sunshine’ cross selected from seedlings originating at Lauren Springer and Scott Ogden’s Colorado residence. A vigorous selection for regions with short growing seasons, ‘Dakota Queen’ releases a buoyant flood of bright yellow daisies that crown tall stocky reddish stems clad in rough deep green linear leaves. Blooming by the middle of August, far earlier than most maximiliana species, its regal texture-rich visage is tough, reliable and capable of handling clay soil.

Blooms mid-August–early October.

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

Hardy to zone 4.

Late blooming pastel yellow flowers gaze down at onlookers from atop lofty, sturdy stems. Combine with Buddleja ‘Ellen’s Blue’, Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ and tall, late Asters in the rear of the border.

Blooms early August – October

Size: 6' 0" – 10' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

A celebrated American denizen often found in open woodlands, prairies and along roadsides, this Sunflower’s ebullient yellow face belies its resilient nature. The dense colony of upright wine-hued stems and rough lanceolate leaves can handle neglect, drought, and sun or shade.

Enticing to bees, butterflies, and gardeners alike, yellow 2 in. wide, broad-petaled and brown-centered blooms burst forth from round, spiky-looking green buds. Even though the long lasting jaunty display signals summer’s end, the good-sized chocolate-colored seed heads keep the birds happy and our interest sparked.

Blooms August–October.

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

Hardy to zone 3.

Helianthus laetiflorus ‘Lemon Queen’ (P-0535)

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<i>Helianthus laetiflorus</i> ‘Lemon Queen’

‘Lemon Queen’s cloud of citrus-yellow daisies will quench your thirst for color and cheer, while robust columns of deep green foliage make a strong architectural statement in the border or a meadow planting.

Blooms August–October

Size: 7' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

As summer fades into fall, this native New Mexican sunflower bursts into abundant bloom with gorgeous large, golden yellow flowers. Dark green, long and narrow pointed leaves create an eye-catching colonnade several months before the top half of each red-tinged, sturdy stem gives way to closely arranged, fulgent daisies. Putting on one of the latest and unequivocally finest autumn displays, regal ‘Santa Fe’ stands in sharp relief to the violet-hued Aconitums in our border.

Blooms September–October

Size: 6' 0" – 8' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Helianthus</i> x <i>multiflorus</i> ‘Capenoch Star’

Touted as one of the best late flowering perennials and considered a shining star amongst other Helianthus, ‘Capenoch Star’ headlines big-centered, large lemon- yellow blooms borne in cheerful abundance. Tidy forest green leaves bolster the sunny display, which bears some semblance to its annual cousin and looks positively radiant with a sweep of frothy white Persicaria polymorpha and Salvia ‘Blue Ensign’ in Great Dixter’s long border.

Blooms August – October.

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

Hardy to zone 4.

Heliopsis

False Sunflower

Flashing a brilliant late season cornucopia of deep golden yellow daisies with mahogany-colored discs, this North American Helianthus relative sprouts slender red-infused branching stalks and opposite hairy leaves enriched by bronzy wine shades. A colorful North Creek Nursery selection, ‘Summer Nights’s tall sturdy stems yield marvelous long-lasting flowers that tantalize florists, songbirds and butterflies, yet easily fend off pests and occasional drought. False Sunflower’s versatile, dependable and no-fuss persona is well-suited for the middle of the border, a shrubby planting or even a less formal venue. It seldom needs staking, appreciates well-drained, somewhat moist fertile sites, and regular deadheading.

Blooms July-September

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

Hardy to zone 4.

Helleborus

Helleborus

Christmas Rose/Lenten Rose

Stories about this genus are countless. In medieval times, it was considered a weapon against witches, madness and evil spirits. Hellebores deserve a place in every garden, not only because of their supposed power, but because they bloom for a long time, early in winter, when the weather is cool and most other flowers are still dormant.

They like moist, loamy soil with lime and leaf mold. We like them as ground covers for deciduous shrubs, conifers, or broad-leafed evergreens, and when possible plant them in an elevated spot to admire their nodding flowers.

<i>Helleborus argutifolius</i>

This native of Corsica and Sardinia is one of the largest Hellebores, with big racemes of light green, cup-shaped flowers nodding well a­bove gray-green foliage. The sturdy leaves of this bushy, subshrub-like plant have veins of marble and small teeth that turn red with age. Try it as a foil for Epimedium ‘Orange Queen’, Omphalodes and Pulmonarias.

Blooms February–April

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

<i>Helleborus</i> x <i>ballardiae</i> ‘HGC Pink Frost’

Hybridized by German plantsman, Josef Heuger, ‘Pink Frost’ boasts a captivating floriferous display and a versatile robust evergreen habit. A multicolored effect is created as legions of burgundy buds unfurl antique-toned pink petals, which emcompass blonde stamens, and eventually mature to a deeper rosy red. Forging a forest green clump of thick, small-toothed, red-petioled leaves, this Helleborus lividus and Helleborus niger progeny is tailor-made for containers and obliges a wide range of light exposures including deep shade, full sun and everything in between.

Blooms January–March.

Size: 9" – 15" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Helleborus foetidus</i> ‘Wester Flisk’

From the banks of Scotland’s Tay River, ‘Wester Flisk’s fantastic foliar effect and extraordinary coloration will leave you spellbound. Large finely dissected palmate leaves with narrow jagged-edged finger-like leaflets interlace in a singular geometric fashion, creating a dark green dome that casts rich maroon shades from fall to spring. Set off by red stems and stalks, the airy chartreuse clusters of perfectly shaped bell flowers are rimmed in red. This exceptional selection maintains its composure when exposed to sun or shade, rabbits and deer, and dry, moist or clay soil.

Blooms February–April.

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Modeled on tall strong stems above varnished evergreen foliage, the large ornately marked grape purple flowers showcase contrasting bright green nectaries surrounded by prominent dusky violet freckles. Chris Hansen’s discerning eye selected this remarkable Hellebore strain for its vibrant legions of otherworldly 3 ½ in. blooms and its fetching deep green visage that possesses amazing vigor.

Blooms January–March

Size: 18" – 2' 0" high x 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Helleborus</i> x <i>hybridus</i>

Perhaps one of the finest low growing, early flowering plants, this Helleborus is easy to grow, requiring only shade and some moisture. The nodding flowers, which range in color from blush white to plum, are usually spotted on the inside with crimson and maroon. Lustrous and dark green, the 12 in. wide evergreen leaves are divided into seven to nine segments.

Blooms January–April.

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

Hardy to zone 4.

Deemed some of the finest low growing, early flowering plants, the hybridus Hellebores are easy to grow, requiring only shade and some moisture, and those in the “Lady” series, innovated by Gisela Schmiemann, are renown for their beauty. ‘Blue Metallic Lady’s darkly alluring, cupped and upfacing flowers boast lavish midnight purplish blue hues with merlot and pewter overtones and a bright cluster of champaign-colored stamens. Lustrous and dark green, the broad evergreen leaves are divided into 7 to 9 segments.

Blooms February–March.

Size: 15" – 18" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

One of the prized outcomes from Charles Price’s complex breeding programs, this new Hellebore offers darkly alluring, cupped and upfacing flowers, which boast charcoal hues suffused with blue, plum and wine tones and sprightly champaign-colored stamens. Broad dark green leaves are divided into 7 to 9 segments and retain their lustrous finish throughout the year.

Blooms January–March.

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

Hardy to zone 5.

Another stellar Hellebore from the highly touted Lady series, ‘Picotee Lady’ affords ample feminine appeal with uniquely etched fanciful blooms. The cup-shaped greenish white flowers flaunt rosy wine rims, pink or red veins, darker pink flipsides and a starburst of flaxen stamens. Thick lightly toothed dark green leaves craft a glistening dark green foundation that can be easily grown and relished nearly all year, especially when nestled next to Pulmonaria ‘Dora Bielefeld’.

Blooms January–April.

Size: 14" – 18" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Red Lady’ (P-1326)

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Earning the Perennial Plant of the Year award in 2005, this Gisela Schmiemann innovation is renown for its outward facing dusky reddish violet flowers. The alluring dark blooms, heightened by spry light-colored stamens, are clustered above a glossy evergreen bed of thick, toothed and segmented dark green leaves. ‘Red Lady’s mysterious flair can be associated with other coddle-free woodland dwellers such as Beesia deltophylla and Omphalodes ‘Starry Eyes’.

Blooms January–March

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

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Helleborus</i> x <i>hybridus</i> ‘White Lady Spotted’

This elegant empress will take command of your winter garden. Warmed by a maroon freckled center and distinctively showcased against a dark green, thick-leafed evergreen base, each beautiful rounded white blossom appears to be sculpted from snow. Her glorious bearing is the result of Germany’s Gisela Schmiemann’s outstanding Hellebore breeding program.

Blooms January–April.

Size: 14" – 18" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Hailing from Martine Lemonnier’s Normandy garden, this delightful newly introduced hybrid sprung up as a chance H. niger and H. hybridus seedling. Substantial, forward-facing plum-pink flowers, each with a central boss of butter-colored stamens, are lifted by tall staunch stems and a fuss-free dark green visage. ‘Madame Lemonnier’s gorgeous sterile blooms unfurl for months beginning in January, while her robust leaves make a classy year-long statement. 16&#733; x 18&#733;–2´; November–February. Zone 5. P-2019 (pp#25,646)

Blooms November–February

Size: 16" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Helleborus</i> ‘Midnight Ruffles’

Flaunting three times the petals of most Hellebore blossoms, large lusty black double flowers, enhanced by buttery yellow stamens, distinguish this marvelous new Chris Hansen introduction. Borne on strong stems, the swank outfacing blooms, which span over 3 in., maintain their splendor for twice as long as their single flowering counterparts and unleash tantalizing drama into any garden setting. Rare, highly coveted, and deer-proof, ‘Midnight Ruffles’ also furnishes glossy good-looking evergreen foliage for your year-round enjoyment.

Blooms January–March.

Size: 18" – 22" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Promising early winter floral magic, this superbly bred selection boasts a luminous bevy of yellow-stamened crisp white petals atop burgundy stems. Defined by 7 petals, as opposed to the usual 5, and a light green or blush pink coloration as they age, full forward-facing flowers rise from dark green toothed leaves that shape a lustrous evergreen foil. Perfect for holiday decorating, ‘Jonas’ can be enjoyed in bouquets, in a lightly shaded mixed planting or a magnificent container specimen on the patio.

Blooms November–January

Size: 12" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Highly acclaimed for his upright vigorous habit, long bloom period and early, outward-facing flowers, ‘Joseph Lemper’ touts the largest stature in the Gold Collection, a recent Dutch series of improved niger cultivars. The plenteous, 3 in. wide, somewhat cupped, pure white blooms are centered with decorative flaxen stamens, while crowning sturdy stems and dashing, thick, evergreen forest-hued foliage. (pp#15,615)

Blooms November–February

Size: 18" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Helleborus</i> x <i>nigersmithii</i> ‘Ivory Prince’

Also known as Helleborus x nigersmithii ‘Walhelivor’.

With dark dusky pink buds and outward facing, easy-to-view ivory-petaled blooms, this vigorous Lenten Rose is aptly named. Innovated by the truly gifted English breeder David Tristram, and vegetatively propagated, ‘Ivory Prince’s exquisite flowers reveal a subtle infusion of colors, from soft green and antique rose on the inside to earthy plum hues on the exterior. Sturdy wine-tinted stems and princely, deep green leatherlike foliage marked by light prominent veining and toothed margins maintain a pleasing evergreen presence all year long.(PPAF)

Blooms March–April.

Size: 12" high x 18" – 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

After 15 years of meticulous record keeping and careful hand crossing by American breeder, Chris Hansen, this vigorous richly colored Hellebore is the first selection to be released from the Winter Thriller series. Enormous 3 ½ in. wide, long lasting mahogany red flowers are perfectly rounded, as sumptuous as velvet and copiously produced, exceeding some 70 per plant. Poised on sturdy pencil thick stems, the glamorous outfacing blooms showcase bright platinum-colored stamens, and when mature, transmute unusual green hues well above the evergreen bed of thick, dark lustrous leaves.

Blooms January–March.

Size: 18" – 22" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Helleborus</i> ‘Sunshine Ruffles’

Beaming large sunny yellow double flowers with magenta-laced margins, this vigorous Chris Hansen cultivar introduces a new floral color to his Winter Thriller Hellebore series. Perky bright green nectaries embellish the aptly named cheerful blooms, which can number up to 50 or more, atop strong stems and a shiny Yew green bushy base of winning evergreen foliage. The ruffled flowers make a fulgent counterpoint to Pulmonaria ‘Bertram Anderson’s silver-dappled leaves and blue blossoms in shady garden niches.

Blooms January-March

Size: 18" – 22" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Hemerocallis

Daylily

Named for the fleeting nature of their 6-petaled trumpetlike blossoms, Daylilies are hardy and easy to grow. Their strap-shaped leaves arch gracefully to form clumps of brilliant green. The buds and flowers are considered a delicacy by the Chinese, who enjoy them fresh or wilted in salads. Our selections are deciduous.

Hemerocallis ‘Corky’ (P-0407)

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AVAILABLE SPRING 2019

This dwarf Daylily has a refined and dainty, yet in some ways, exotic look. Persistent, richly colored brown buds and mahogany-striped, deep yellow flowers grace numerous branched stems arising from bright green, narrow foot high leaves. With its unusual blend of yellow and mahogany, ‘Corky’ can be celebrated en masse in a bed or individually in the rock garden.

Blooms mid-June – late July.

Size: 20" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Hemerocallis middendorffii (P-1318)

Each $7.75

AVAILABLE WINTER 2018

<i>Hemerocallis middendorffii</i> <i>Hemerocallis middendorffii</i>

Chocolate-brown tipped buds open early into marigold orange-colored flowers above a low growing clump whose narrow, grassy green blades look ornamental even on their own.

Delivering a delightfully bright and fragrant performance in the garden or a bouquet, the broad, six-petaled blooms are held in dense clusters by blunt, cupped bracts. This northeast Asian native acquiesces to dry conditions once established and enlivens the rock garden or a pathway’s edge.

Blooms May–June.

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

Zone 3/4.

<i>Hemerocallis</i> ‘Speak of Angels’

Conjuring angels colored by children’s crayons, as many as 25 soft pink blooms festoon each stem. Each 6 in. wide flower showcases undulating margins and a halolike lavender band that rims the long, vibrant chartreuse throat above a bed of arching sword-shaped blades.

Blooms June – July.

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

Hardy to zone 4.

Heuchera

Coral Bells

Maple-like leaves form a dense evergreen base for long slender stems lined with small, urn shaped flowers, ranging in color from white to pink to chartreuse. Heucheras are extremely durable, despite their delicate, even dainty appearance. Long-lived and occasionally drought tolerant, they are appropriate to virtually any garden situation.

Overtop a trim mound of polished leaves, tall spires flaunt exceptional dusty pink flowers that easily meld with other perennials—a plus for this choice long-lived cultivar and for the garden designer. Surround ‘Weston Pink’ with diverse colors: lavender and blue Geraniums, yellow Kniphofias and Achilleas. Plant a large swath for visual impact and for arrangements as well.

Blooms April–July.

Size: 18" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

A highly welcome, more compact cultivar, ‘Coral Bouquet’ bears bright coral-colored blossoms several times bigger than most Heucheras. Mounding, mottled green foliage serves as an attractive, low growing foil for the springtime profusion of showy flower clusters.

Blooms April–June.

Size: 20" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

Like shiny slabs of jet-black obsidian, smooth ultradark leaves achieve a gem-like luster, while shrouding an elegant compact mound. Dapper foliage, touted as the blackest of all—rounded, lobed and long-petioled—holds its seductive ebony and midnight-maroon coloring through full sun and hot, humid weather. Heightened by tall, supple red-tinted stems with small creamy flowers, reliable ‘Obsidian’ becomes a deep mysterious springboard, accentuating gilt-leafed grasses and perennials, the silvery fronds of Japanese Painted ferns plus spotted Pulmonarias. (pp#14,836)

Blooms June–July

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

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Heuchera pulchella</i> ‘Raspberry Regal’

Excellent for cutting, these tightly clustered, deep rosy pink flowers open from dark, raspberry-red buds held on strong, upright stems that rise 2-½ ft. above the leafy mound of basal foliage. The robust leaves are deep green and sometimes subtly mottled with silver. To ensure cool, moist soil and ample sun, we plant this Heuchera on the edge of our woodland border and back it with Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘alba’.

Blooms June–August.

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

Hardy to zone 4.

Lush verdant foliage offers a dramatic counterpoint to this Heuchera’s uniquely bicolored flower, which is snowy white with a pink-blushed lip. Elevated on 8 to 12 in. tall stems, the blossoms look especially cheerful next to blue blooming Nepetas.

Blooms April–June.

Size: 18" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

A superb evergreen cross between Heuchera maxima and Heuchera sanguinea, this vigorous dazzler was introduced in 1958 by the Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden. Scalloped bright green leaves describe a dense lustrous base, showcasing the generous offering of vivid rosy red bells on 2 ft. tall flowering spires.

Tantalizing to hummingbirds and other plant enthusiasts, long blooming ‘Santa Ana Cardinal’ relishes cool sunny spots or bright shady ones with average to minimal summer waterings once mature.

Blooms April – July.

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

Zone 7/8.

Horminum pyrenaicum (P-1653)

Each $7.75

AVAILABLE SPRING 2019

<i>Horminum pyrenaicum</i>

Hailing from the rocky crevices and grasslands of the Pyrenees and Alps in Western Europe, this alpine gem makes a winsome addition to any rock garden, stone wall or steps. Quilted leaves—deep green, scalloped and glossy—comprise a tidy semievergreen rosette that produces dainty upright spires of Penstemon-like violet-hued flowers.

Easily cultivated in a well-drained niche, either lean or rich, Dragon’s Mouth can be massed with other low growing perennials such as Marrubium incanum and Dracocephalum to create a tapestry-styled ground cover.

Blooms July – August.

Size: 8" – 12" high x 8" – 10" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Impatiens

From a genus comprised of hundreds of species, the following easily grown shade lovers offer both foliar and floral interest. Impatiens omeiana is surprisingly hardy, while the other selections are quite tender; all look compelling in either a pot or a garden bed.

<i>Impatiens namchabarwensis</i>

Hailing from the world’s deepest canyon in the remote Himalayan shadows of Mt. Namcha-Barwa, this wondrous 2003 discovery introduces perhaps the bluest flowering perennial Impatiens to date. Hallmarked by yellow-etched white throats and bright ultramarine or vivid blue-violet flared petals, whose colors vacillate with exposure, the extraordinary bountiful blooms appear nearly year round, conjuring images of exotic flying birds amid shiny serrated green leaves. Highly coveted, hard-to-find and perfect for containers, inside or out, Blue Diamond is a frost sensitive temptress that can be grown as a self-sowing annual in cold climates and as a perennial in milder areas, where it adores cool summers, even moisture and filtered light, and abhors hot sun and frosty nights.

Blooms April–October.

Size: 18" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 10.

<i>Impatiens omeiana</i>

On Mount Emei’s misty slopes amid firs and tree rhododendrons, this attractive perennial Impatiens was collected at 8000 ft. by noted ecologist Dr. Don Jacobs.

The fantastic whorls of long slender, dark green leaves with silver veins and red undersides undoubtedly caught his eye during his 1983 expedition to China’s Sichuan Province. Cheered by showy yellow Snapdragon-like flowers in late summer, cold-tolerant Impatiens omeiana knits a nonfussy deciduous ground cover, naturalizing over time from wide-spreading underground stolons. Its colorful foliage brings textural appeal to a shady woodland setting and is ideal for a moderately moist, well-drained location.

Blooms September–October.

Size: 15" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Impatiens sodenii ‘Flash’ (P-1523)

Each $8.00

AVAILABLE AUGUST 2018

<i>Impatiens sodenii</i> ‘Flash’

Impatiens aficionado, Derick Pitman developed this new, easygoing enchantress. Brushed with pink painterly strokes radiating from each center, shapely, 3 in. snow-white blooms are poised above polished green leaves. A perennial in warm climates, an annual in cold areas and a made-in-heaven match for a container, self-sowing ‘Flash’ can be shown off in bright shade where its multibranched, semisucculent stems are quick to fill out.

Blooms May – October.

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

Hardy to zone 10.

Inula

These upright, easygoing perennials promise to brighten any sunny spot with their cheerful display of yellow, daisy-like flowers. Inulas belong to the Asteraceae family and require little maintenance, asking only for well drained soil.

<i>Inula hookeri</i>

With finely petaled flowers so yellow and round that they look like the sun in a young child’s drawing, the vigorous Inula hookeri guarantees a vibrant effect. If given plenty of space plus moisture-retentive soil, trust its upright stems and bright green leaves to create a strong, dense clump. We’re especially fond of its fuzzy buds, and like to unite this vivacious perennial with Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and Thalictrum rochebrunianum.

Blooms late July–October.

Size: 4' 0" high x 18" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Inula magnifica</i> <i>Inula magnifica</i>

The species name of this perennial pretty much sums up its monumental presence. Tough, roughly textured, Dock-like leaves create a verdant mass, diminishing in size as they ascend stout stalks.

The towering purple-streaked stems are crowned with widely branching heads of 3 to 4 in. daisies, delicately rayed, golden yellow blooms that emerge from brown buds. Give it plenty of room, and highlight its massive stature with the arresting color and delicate foliage of Thalictrum ‘Elin’.

Blooms August–mid-September.

Size: 7' 0" – 8' 0" high x 4' 0" – 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Soaring to lofty altitudes, this impressive perennial launches nearly 7 ft. tall, red-streaked stalks clothed in large, wavy hirsute leaves up to a foot long. Big, bright yellow daisies—narrow-rayed and shaggy looking—are borne among the verdant foliage on lengthy spires.

All these generous proportions forge a dramatic clumping specimen that can be underplanted with contrasting ground covers such as Sesleria ‘Greenlee’ or Pennisetum spathiolatum in the wild garden, back of the border or pond side. Even stately as it goes dormant, ‘Sonnenspeer’s glistening bronze leaves offer fall and early winter appeal.

Blooms June – September.

Size: 6' 0" – 7' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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