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2015 Perennial Plant of the Year
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Bear's Breeches
A. mollis - Big, bold plant with huge, shiny, deeply lobed, decorative leaves. Tall flowers on spikes are white with purple calyces July-Sept. 5 ft. Sun to part shade.
Easy to grow perennial. Airy dissected foliage. Drought resistant. Flowers good for fresh cut or drying. Sun.
  A. 'Moonshine' - Attractive silver foliage. Bright yellow flowers June-Sept. 2 ft.
  A. millefolium 'New Vintage Violet' - Violet flowers with light eyes. Holds shape and reflowers nicely. 12-14 in.
  A. millefolium 'Paprika' - Red flowers June-Sept. 2-3 ft.
  A. millefolium 'Red Velvet' - Long lasting, non-fading, dark rosy red flowers June-Sept. 30 in.
  A. millefolium 'Saucy Seduction' - Dark rosy pink flowers have white eyes. Long blooming season. 24-30 in.
  A. millefolium 'Strawberry Seduction' - Strawberry red flowers with golden centers turn yellow with age. 18-24 in.
  A. millefolium 'Summer Berries' - Multi-colored mix of reds, pinks, apricot and white. Blooms June-July. 24-28 in.
  A. millefolium 'Tutti Frutti Pink Grapefruit' - Pink shades on a compact, bushy plant. Blooms June-Aug. 29 in.
Monk's Hood
A. 'Newry Blue' - Erect plants with unique, deep violet blue, hooded flowers. Roots, leaves and seeds are poisonous. Deer resistant. Plants prefer moist fertile soil in a shaded location.
Sweet Flag
A. gramineus 'Oborozuki' - Striped, grass-like, golden and olive green foliage. Prefers moist shady locations. 6-12 in.
Upright plant with aromatic foliage. Showy, tubular flowers June-Sept. Deer resistant. Sun to part shade.
  A. 'Arizona' - Very floriferous. Compact plant. Drought tolerant when established. 8-10 in.
'Sandstone' - Orange red flowers.
'Sun' - Bright yellow flowers.
'Sunset' - Peach flowers mature to lavender pink.
  A. 'Blue Fortune' - Rich lavender blue flowers. Low maintenance. 2-3 ft.
  A. 'Bolero' - Brilliant rose-purple blooms with purple calyxes. Well branched. 16 in.
  A. 'Tutti Frutti' - Lavender pink flowers. 2 ft.
  A. aurantiaca 'Tango' - Brilliant, fiery orange flowers on sturdy spikes. Gray green foliage. Richly branched. 14 in.
Semi-evergreen ground cover spreads by runners. Decorative foliage and colorful spring flowers from May-June. Fills in rapidly. 4 in. Good in sun or shade location.
  A. reptans 'Black Scallop' - Very dark, blackish purple, glossy, scalloped foliage. Deep blue flowers.
  A. reptans 'Bronze Beauty' - Bronze foliage turns deep purple in full sun. Blue flowers.
  A. reptans 'Burgundy Glow' - Variegated creamy white, green and maroon foliage. Violet blue flowers.
  A. reptans 'Chocolate Chip' - Dwarf plant with glossy deep maroon foliage. Violet blue flowers. Good for rock gardens.
  A. reptans 'Dixie Chip' - Variegated tricolor foliage in shades of green, cream and rosy purple. Violet blue flowers.
  A. reptans 'Mahogany' - Deep, rich mahogany leaves. Blue flowers.
Tall plants with spikes of brightly colored blossoms June-Sept. Good for background. Likes lots of sun and fertile soil. Susceptible to rust. Sun.
  A. ficifolia 'Single Mixture' - True perennial. Large single flowers. Mixed colors. 6 ft.
  A. rosea 'Chater's Red' - Large, double, deep red blossoms on tall plants. 6 ft.
  A. rosea 'Queeny Purple' - Easy to grow with double flowers. Short for a Hollyhock. Purple flowers. 4 ft.
  A. Rosea-Hybr. Spotlight Series - Popular, old-fashioned perennial. Large single blossoms on tall plants. 6 ft.
'Blacknight' - Dark black purple flowers.
'Mars Magic' - Red flowers.
'Sunshine' - Light yellow flowers.
Lady's Mantle
A. mollis 'Thriller' - Hardy plant with large, gray green foliage. Airy yellow flower clusters in June-July. 12-18 in. Sun to part shade.
Peruvian Lily
A. 'Dandy Candy' - Easy to grow compact plant with vibrant blooms. Excellent in containers and beds. Shades of red, rose and white with pink bloom all summer. 10-16 in. Sun to part shade.
Gossamer Grass
A. 'Sirocco' - Mounding blades of grass turn copper and pink in cool temperatures. 12-24 in. Sun.
Japanese anemones are large plants that give a showy floral display of 3" flowers in late summer and fall. Best in fertile soil. Shade to part shade.
  A. hupehensis 'September Charm' - Bright purple pink, single blooms. 2-3 ft.
  A. x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert' - White, single blooms. 3-4 ft.
  A. x hybrida 'Pamina' - Bright rosy purple pink, semi-double blooms. 3 ft.
  A. x hybrida 'Prince Henry' - Semi-double, purple red blooms. 3 ft.
  A. x hybrida 'Whirlwind' - Semi-double, pure white blooms. 2-3 ft.
Large, bright flowers on long stems April-May. Attractive fern-like foliage. Likes good drainage. Part shade.
  A. coronaria 'Harmony' - Border plant native to forest and woodland settings. 2 ft.
  A. coronaria 'Mona Lisa' - Primarily a cut flower. 18 in.
Hardy perennial well suited to the Pacific Northwest. Unique spurred flowers April. Needs well drained soil. Good border plant for part shade.
  A. caerulea 'McKana Giants' - Tall plant with large showy blossoms. Mixed colors. 2-3 ft.
  A. caerulea 'Origami' - Vigorous plant with large flowers with long spurs. 2-3 ft.
'Origami Blue and White'
'Origami Red and White'
'Origami Rose and White'
'Origami Mix'
  A. vulgaris var. stellata 'Black Barlow' - Very double, deep maroon flowers. 18 in.
  A. vulgaris 'Clementine Mix' - Upright facing, spurless flowers resemble double clematis blossoms. Great cut flower. 18 in.
  A. vulgaris 'Leprechaun' - Bright gold foliage is speckled and splotched with green. Violet blue flowers. 2 ft.
A. blepharophylla 'Rose Delight' - Low plant suitable for borders and rock gardens. Brilliant rose blooms April-May. 6 in. Sun to part shade.
A. montana - Hardy, easy to grow perennial. Good border plant, prolific bloomer. White flowers April-June. 6 in. Sun to part shade.
  A. montana 'Lemon Ice' - Delicate lemon yellow flowers April-July. 4 in. Sun to part shade.
Sea Thrift
Flowers are held above a grass-like clump of foliage April-July. Great rock garden plant. Sun to part shade.
  A. 'Armada Rose' - Rose pink flowers. Deep green foliage. 4 in.
  A. 'Armada White' - White flowers. Deep green foliage. 4 in.
  A. 'Nifty Thrifty' - Unique Armeria with green foliage edged in cream yellow. Rose pink flowers. 4 in.
  A. maritima 'Red Leaf' - Grassy foliage is burgundy colored. Striking combination with the showy rose pink flowers. 5 in.
  A. pseudarmeria 'Ballerina Red' - Vibrant lilac red flowers on sturdy stems. Green foliage. Fleuroselect Novelty. 8-10 in.
  A. pseudarmeria 'Ballerina Mix' - Vibrant flowers on sturdy stems. Mixed colors of red, lilac and white. 8-10 in.
Hardy perennials favored for their silver foliage and sun and drought tolerance. Yellow flowers July. Sun to part shade.
  A. 'Powis Castle' - Hardy shrub-like plant with fine evergreen foliage. 30-36 in.
  A. schmidtiana 'Silver Mound' - Mounding plant with fine and soft silver foliage. 10 in.
A. aethusifolius - Hardy woodland perennial. Small white flowers in many flowered panicles May-June. 8-10 in. Shade.
  A. dioicus (sylvestris) - Hardy woodland perennial. Showy plumes of tiny, cream-colored flowers April-June. 4-6 ft. Part shade.
Butterfly Weed
A. tuberosa 'Gay Butterflies' - Mix of yellow, orange and red flowers June-Aug. Drought resistant. 28 in. Sun.
ASTER Many species available. Most bloom in summer and fall and make excellent cut flowers. Good bee plant. Plant in good well drained soil. Sun.
  A. x frikartii 'Monch' - Lavender blue blooms June-Oct. Excellent cut flowers. 2-3 ft.
  A. x 'Wood's Pink' - Clear pink blooms on a compact plant Aug-Oct. Disease and rust resistant. 12-18 in.
  A. x 'Wood's Purple' - Clear purple blooms on a compact plant Aug-Sept. Disease and rust resistant. 12-18 in.

More Aster in the Annual and Premium Plant sections.
False Spiraea
Good perennial for shade. Leaves and flowers grow on stems from rhizomes. Plants are not drought tolerant and should be planted in a moist location. Small flowers are massed on stems to give a striking display. Shade.
  A. arendsii 'Showstar Mix' - Dark green, glossy, ferny leaves. Upright spikes in shades of red, pink and white. 12 in.
  A. chinensis var. pumila - A fine ground cover version of Astilbe. Purple cone-like flowers Aug. Very floriferous. 6 in.
  A. simplicifolia 'Key Biscayne' - Arching rose pink plumes on red stems over feathery, two-tone green foliage. 12-15 in.
  A. simplicifolia 'Key West' - Prolific carmine red flowers. Dark burgundy foliage. Compact with strong stems. 16-20 in.
  A. chinensis 'Visions' - Vigorous grower that is more drought and sun tolerant than other varieties. Purple flower sprays April-May. 20-24 in.
  A. chinensis 'Visions in Red' - Vigorous grower that is more drought and sun tolerant than other varieties. Red flower sprays April-May. 20-24 in.
  A. chinensis 'Visions in White' - Pure white flower sprays April-May. Vigorous grower. Sun and drought tolerant. 20-24 in.
A. major 'Star of Beauty' - Unusual rose flowers with spiky bracts are held above the foliage on wiry stems June-Aug. Lobed leaves. Good cut flower. 2 ft. Sun.
Rock Cress
A. 'Audrey Blue Shades' - Large, deep blue flowers bloom on a low mat-forming perennial. Deer resistant. 3-6 in. Sun.
  A. 'Axcent' - Wonderful border plant for sun. Prolific bloomer April-May. Makes a dense cascading carpet. Flowers over a long period. More disease and heat tolerant than other varieties. 6-8 in. Sun.
'Axcent Dark Red'
'Axcent Deep Purple'
'Axcent Light Blue'
'Axcent Violet w/ Eye'
Basket of Gold
A. saxatilis 'Summit' - Easy to grow, old standard. Profusion of yellow blooms April-May. 18 in. Sun.

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English Daisy
Low growing. Daisy-like flowers bloom continuously March-July. Not tolerant of summer heat. 4 in. Sun to part shade.
  B. perennis 'Galaxy' - 1 in. double daisy flowers.
'Galaxy Red'
'Galaxy Rose'
'Galaxy White'
'Galaxy Mix'
  B. perennis 'Strawberries and Cream' - Fully double pink flowers have dark center petals and light outer petals.
B. cordifolia 'Winterglow' - Large foliage turns showy red in fall and winter. Rosy red flowers May-July. 18 in. Sun to part shade.
Blue Grama Grass
North American native grass. Tufted, long-lived perennial. Prefers well-drained soils. Sun.
  B. gracilis - Distinctive purplish blooms July-Sept. Gray green foliage turns bright gold in fall. 2 ft.
  B. gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' - Cold hardy. Long lasting blonde seed heads. Blue green foliage. 3 ft.
Long lived mounding perennial with large heart shaped leaves and many small Forget-Me-Not like flowers April. 15 in. Prefers semi-shade.
  B. 'Diane's Gold' - Chartreuse gold leaves all summer. Sky blue flowers April-May. Tolerates soggy soils.
  B. macrophylla - Large forest green leaves. Blue flowers.
  B. macrophylla 'Jack Frost' - 2012 Perennial Plant of the Year - Frosty silver foliage with light green veins and edging. Blue flowers.

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Reed Grass
C. x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' - 2001 Perennial Plant of the Year - Long blooming, low maintenance, long lived perennial. Makes a dramatic vertical accent that moves gracefully in the breeze. Works well as a specimen, screen or container plant. Grows best in well drained fertile soil with sufficient moisture. Brown inflorescence from June-Dec. 6 ft. Sun to part shade.
Striking plants. Very floriferous. Magnificient when planted in mass or as a focal point. Great cut flowers. Blooms July-Sept. Sun.

Z. rehmannii x 'Coastal Blush' - White blooms that blush light pink with age. Deep green leaves. Medium tall.

Z. rehmannii x 'Coastal Flame' - Orange blooms. Green leaves. Medium tall.

Z. rehmannii x 'Coastal Glow' - Productive hot pink blooms. Compact plant. Green leaves. Medium height.

Z. rehmannii x 'Coastal Gold' - Very productive yellow blooms. Maculated, spotted leaves. Tall plants.

Z. rehmanii x 'Coastal Hot Cherry' - Purple red blooms. Green leaves. Medium tall.

Z. rehmannii x 'Coastal Parfait' - Blooms are a mix of pastel orange shades. Spotted leaves. Medium height. 14-16 in.

Z. rehmanii x 'Coastal Purple' - Purple blooms. Medium tall.
The genus includes a large assortment of biennial and perennial species ranging from low rock garden to background plants. All are prized for their attractive bell shaped flowers. Well suited for the Pacific Northwest. Sun to part shade.
  C. 'Birch Hybrid' - Spreading plant with bright green foliage. Showy, deep blue, bell-shaped flowers cover plant May-Oct. 4 in.
  C. cochleariifolia 'Bavaria Blue' - Dwarf Bellflower. Creeping rock garden plant with dainty, nodding, light blue bell-shaped flowers June-Aug. Profuse bloomer. 6 in.
  C. garganica 'Dickson's Gold' - Small semi-evergreen plant for partial shade. Golden, heart-shaped foliage. Blue flowers June-Aug. 6 in.
  C. glomerata 'Superba' - Deep violet flowers June-Aug. 20 in.
  C. medium - Canterbury Bells - Bushy, self-sowing biennial with large bells June-July. 2-3 ft.
'Canterbury Bells Blue'
'Canterbury Bells Pink'
  C. portenschlagiana - Adriatic Bellflower - Low spreading rock garden plant with glossy foliage. Likes some shade. Deep blue flowers May-Oct. 4 in.
  C. poscharskyana - Vigorous, sprawling ground cover with large flowers in clusters on long stems. Lavender blue flowers June-Oct. 9 in.
Triangular, grass-like stems with sharp edges. Makes a great accent in perennial border. Most prefer moist soils. Sun to part shade.
  C. 'Phoenix Green' - Sturdy, upright grass with bright green leaves. Low maintenance. Heat tolerant. 11 in.
  C. buchananii 'Curly Sedge' - Unusual light brown narrow arching foliage that curls at the tips. Makes a great accent in perennial border. 2 ft.
  C. comans 'Frosted Curls' - A mass of cascading, fine-textured, light silvery green foliage. Mounding to 1 ft.
  C. elata 'Bowles Golden' - Semi-evergreen, bright yellow new leaves all season, especially in full sun. 1-2 ft.
  C. morrowii 'Ice Dance' - Evergreen clump with strong creamy white and green variegation. Rhizomatous but not invasive. 1 ft.
  C. oshimensis 'Evergold' - Variegated, striped, dark green and creamy gold, weeping foliage. 10-14 in.
  C. tenuiculmis 'Cappuccino' - Warm brown foliage turns coppery in summer. Dramatic fall color. 1 ft.
  C. testacea 'Prairie Fire' - Orange Sedge - Attractive greenish bronze foliage is tipped with reddish orange. 12-18 in.
C. 'Longwood Blue' - Deciduous, shrub-like plant with small, vivid, sky blue flowers June-Sept. Silvery green foliage. Attracts bees and butterflies. 30 in. Sun.
Cupid's Dart
C. caerulea - Easy to grow plant makes good cut or dried flower. Light blue flowers in June-Sept. 18-24 in. Sun.
Jupiter's Beard
C. ruber 'Coccineus' - Crimson flower clusters on tall plants that will naturalize. Good cut flower. Long bloom time June-Oct. 3 ft. Sun to part shade.
Snow in Summer
C. tomentosum - Silvery foliage is covered by small white flowers April-June. Vigorous cascading habit. 4 in. Sun.
C. plumbaginoides - Deciduous low perennial with rounded matte green leaves that redden in the fall. Small brilliant blue flowers July-Sept. 1 ft. Sun.
Dwarf Snapdragon
C. origanifolium 'Summer Skies' - Pronounced kay-nor-ri-num. Heat tolerant plant with small green leaves. Needs a sunny warm location. Profuse bloomer with small blue snapdragon-like flowers May-Sept. 10 in. Sun.
Rock Rose
C. x purpureus - Large shrub-like plant has cheery, single, rose blossoms with dark spots in the center June-July. 4 ft. Sun.
Silver Bush
C. cneorum - Shrub-like plant with striking silver foliage. 1 funnel-shaped white flowers July-Aug. Very drought tolerant. 1 ft. Sun.
Fast growing, prolific bloomers for sunny borders. C. grandiflora varieties have dense foliage and prominent blooms. C. verticillata and C. rosea varieties are more open with lacy foliage. Sun.
  C. 'Cosmic Eye' - Compact, well-branched, continuous bloomer. Yellow blooms have a dominant red eye. 12-18 in.
  C. 'Li'l Bang Daybreak' - Single red flowers with a vibrant yellow orange edge. Dark green foliage. Compact. 6-10 in.
  C. 'Mercury Rising' - True deep red blooms with a yellow eye. Very hardy. Long blooming season. 18 in.
  C. 'Red Satin' - Single red flowers with gold centers. Threadleaf, dark green foliage. Rebloomer. Zone 5-9. 15-18 in.
  C. auriculata forma nana 'Elfin Gold' - Compact. Cheery, yellow orange flowers. Suitable for rock gardens. 10 in.
  C. grandiflora 'Early Sunrise' - Golden double flowers. Dense foliage. 18 in.
  C. grandiflora 'Route 66' - Yellow, daisy-like flowers with bleeding, deep maroon eyes. Threadleaf foliage. 28 in.
  C. grandiflora 'Sun Up' - Bright clear yellow, semi-double flowers are the first Coreopsis to bloom. May-Aug. 10-12 in.
  C. grandiflora 'Sunfire' - Golden yellow petals have a fiery burgundy red base. Single flowers. Compact plant. 18 in.
  C. pubescens 'Sunshine Superman' - Low growing plant with medium-sized, golden yellow blooms. 10 in.
  C. verticillata 'Cruizin' Broad Street' - Red blossoms with orange overtones. Compact, thread-leaf foliage. 15-18 in.
  C. verticillata 'Cruizin' Electric Avenue' - Bright yellow blossoms. Mounding, thread-leaf foliage. 15-18 in.
  C. verticillata 'Cruizin' Main Street' - Ruby red blossoms. Mounding, thread-leaf foliage. 15-18 in.
  C. verticillata 'Moonbeam' - 1992 Perennial Plant of the Year - Very popular plant with showy summer flower display of 1 in. sunny yellow, daisy-like flowers. Lacy foliage. 18 in.
Pampas Grass
Large, coarse, clumping grass with very tall showy plumes in Aug-Sept. Sun.
  C. selloana 'Rosea' - Dusky mauve plumes. 8 ft.
  C. selloana 'White' - Showy white plumes. 8 ft.
CORYDALIS Lacy fern-like foliage. Loose flower clusters April-Sept. Best in cool, moist, well-drained locations. Shade to part shade.
  C. 'Blackberry Wine' - Fragrant purple flowers June-Sept. Slightly silver, ferny foliage. Cascading. Zone 5-9. 10 in.
  C. flexuosa 'Purple Leaf' - Deep blue flowers over lacy purple foliage. 12-15 in.
  C. lutea - Yellow flower clusters over lacy, green foliage. 15 in.
C. astrosanguineus - Chocolate Cosmos - Perennial with deeply lobed, rich green foliage. Unique dark maroon flowers have a sweet scent of chocolate July-Sept. 2 ft.

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C. dammeri - Prostrate ground cover with small glossy foliage. Small white flowers along stems in June. Bright red berries from fall through winter. Hardy, fast growing evergreen shrub. 4 in. Sun to part shade.
Vibrant, tubular blossoms attract hummingbirds. Narrow, bladed foliage similar to gladiolis. Easy to grow. Sun.
  C. x crocosmiiflora 'George Davidson' - Sprays of yellow orange, 3" flowers June-Aug. 2-3 ft.
  C. x crocosmiiflora 'Meteore' - Distinctive yellow flowers have a red throat and orange brushmarks. July-Aug. 2-3 ft.
  C. masoniorum 'Lucifer' - Easy to grow perennial with arching, dark red orange flower clusters on stiff stems July-Aug. Good cut flower. Great in hot locations. 3-4 ft. Sun.

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Ice Plant
Succulent, spreading plant with fleshy, rounded leaves and daisy-like flowers. Good for borders and banks. Sun.
  D. 'Jewel of Desert' - Large, daisy-like flowers. 4-6 in.
'Jewel of Desert Garnet' - White halo radiating to pink to showy garnet red tips.
'Jewel of Desert Moonstone' - Bright white flowers with yellow centers.
'Jewel of Desert Peridot' - Electric yellow flowers with white halo.
'Jewel of Desert Rosequartz' - Rose pink flowers with a white eye.
'Jewel of Desert Topaz' - Bright golden yellow flowers with white eyes.
  D. cooperi - Hardy ice plant with hot pink flowers June-Oct. Bright green foliage. 3 in.
  D. dyeri 'Red Mountain' - Showy, bright pinkish red flowers have crisp white centers June-Oct. 2-4 in.
  D. floribundum 'Starburst' - Showy, bright orchid pink flowers with crisp white centers June-Oct. 4 in.
  D. nubigenum - Dense mat of small fleshy leaves. Yellow flowers June-July. 3 in.
  D. sutherlandii - Lavender pink flowers June-Sept. Not reliably hardy in this area. 4 in.
Reliable perennial grown for its showy flower spikes. All varieties make good cut flowers and bloom in early summer. Likes rich soil, full sun.
  D. 'Magic Fountains' - Similar flower type and range of colors as Pacific Giants on shorter plants that reach 3 ft.
'Magic Fountains Cherry Blossom'
'Magic Fountains Dark Blue with Dark Bee'
'Magic Fountains Dark Blue with White Bee'
'Magic Fountains Lavender'
'Magic Fountains White with Dark Bee'
'Magic Fountains Mix'
  D. chinensis 'Diamonds Blue' - Spurless, cerulean blue flowers face up. Blooms April-June. 16-24 in.
  D. elatum 'Dasante Blue' - Electric blue petals with hints of purple. Strong stems great for cut flowers. 27-33 in.
  D. elatum 'Pacific Giants Mix' - Tall plants with dense spikes of semi-double flowers. Plants can reach 5 ft. and often need staking.
Hair Grass
D. cespitosa 'Northern Lights' - Clump forming grass with cream and gold variegation. Some pink highlights in cool weather. Not known to bloom. Reaches 10 in. Part shade.
Large genus with many valuable cultivars for this region. All favor sunny locations with average soil and good drainage. All have fragrant blooms. The taller ones make excellent cut flowers. Sun.
  D. 'Firewitch' - 2006 Perennial Plant of the Year - Compact spreading plant with silvery blue foliage. Hot rose pink flowers June-Sept. 6 in.
  D. 'Frostfire' - Compact spreading plant with silvery blue foliage and in. double magenta flowers June-Sept. 6 in.
  D. 'Starburst' - Cherry red blooms with white and pink patterns. Blue green foliage. Repeat blooming June-Sept. 7 in.
  D. barbatus 'Barbarini Mix' - Dwarf Sweet William - Fragrant mix in shades of red, rose, lavender and purple. 6-8 in.
  D. deltoides 'Flashing Light' - Small leafed matting plant with dark foliage and numerous small blooms. Ruby red flowers June-Sept. 6 in.
  D. gratianopolitanus 'Bath's Pink' - Adaptable, hardy plant. Profuse bloomer. Soft pink flowers with deep maroon ring June-Sept. 10 in.
  D. gratianopolitanus 'Cheddar Pinks' - Dense gray green foliage. Pink flowers stand high above the plant June-July. 1 ft.
  D. gratianopolitanus 'Tiny Rubies' - Hardy, low, dense mat of blue green foliage. Excellent for rock gardens. Dainty, double, pink flowers May-July. 3 in.
Bleeding Heart
Hardy perennial with open fern-like foliage. Deer resistant. Likes rich soil. Shade to part shade.
  D. 'King of Hearts' - Gray green leaves. Rose red flowers with a long blooming period in April-Aug. 8-10 in.
  D. 'Valentine' - Deep red, heart-shaped flowers May-June over fern-like, gray green leaves. Burgundy stems. 26 in.
  D. spectabilis - Gray green leaves and unique heart shaped pink and white flowers in March. By mid-summer the plant will turn yellow and die back. 30 in.
  D. spectabilis 'Gold Heart' -Classic pink and white bleeding heart flowers. Metallic gold leaves and peach stems. 30 in.
  D. spectabilis 'White' - The same characteristics as the above with pure white flowers in March. 30 in.
DIGIPLEXIS Striking inter-generic hybrid from Digitalis and Isoplexis. Vigorous. Big, multicolored blooms April-Sept. Zones 8-11. 3 ft. Sun.
  D. 'Berry Canary' - Spikes of dense, hot pink flowers with creamy yellow, burgundy speckled throats. 2 ft.
  D. 'Illumination Flame' - Spikes of dense, rose pink tipped blossoms with creamy orange throats. Strong stems. 3 ft.
  D. 'Illumination Raspberry' - Bold raspberry pink spikes. Strong stems. 3 ft.
Biennial. Large leaves. Tall, erect, flower spikes on stout stems May-July. Self-sowing early bloomer. 3-4 ft. Part shade.
  D. 'Foxlight Ruby Glow' - Rosy red flowers with apricot centers face outward on sturdy stalks. Great cut flower. 2 ft.
  D. purpurea 'Camelot' - Tubular flowers have speckled throats.
'Camelot Lavender'
'Camelot Rose'
'Camelot Mix'
  D. purpurea 'Dalmatian Peach' - Sturdy spikes of large, tubular, peach flowers with spotted throats. 18-20 in.
Leopard's Bane
D. caucasicum 'Little Leo' - Dense mound of glossy bright green foliage. 2" Yellow daisies make good cut flowers May-June. 1 ft. Sun to part shade.

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ECHIBECKIA E. 'Summerina Orange' - Cross between Rudbeckia and Echinacea. Huge, 3" orange blooms July-Sept. 20-24 in. Sun.
Erect growing sparsely branched plant with large deep green leaves. Flowers have prominent centers on tall stiff stems. Great for cutting. Sun to part shade.
  E. 'Cheyenne Spirit' - Delightful mix of red, pink, orange, purple, yellow, cream and white. Drought tolerant. 2 ft.
  E. 'Double Scoop Bubble Gum' - Magenta pink, double layered petals on clean foliage. 20 in.
  E. 'Double Scoop Orangeberry' - Hot orange and red bicolored, double layered petals on clean foliage. 18 in.
  E. 'Double Scoop Raspberry' - Vibrant, raspberry rose, double layered petals on clean foliage. 2 ft.
  E. 'Hot Summer' - Yellow orange to red, 4" blooms on well-branched stems June-Aug. 2-3 ft.
  E. 'Solar Flare' - Enormous, bright orange red petals on tall, dark red brown stems. 2-3 ft.
  E. 'Sombrero' - Well-branched, compact plants that flower prolifically in the first year. 2 ft.
'Sombrero Adobe Orange'
'Sombrero Flamenco Orange'
'Sombrero Hot Coral'
'Sombrero Lemon Yellow'
'Sombrero Salsa Red'
'Sombrero Sandy Yellow'
  E. purpurea 'Baby Swan Pink' - Dwarf, pink-flowered version of 'White Swan'. 20 in.
  E. purpurea 'Double Decker' - Unusual flowers with additional flower petals that grow from the prominent golden brown centers. Gives a two tiered effect. The full effect will not occur until after the first year. Rose pink flowers June-Sept. 40 in.
  E. purpurea 'Magnus' - 1998 Perennial Plant of the Year - Large, flat, single, rose pink daisy-like flower with prominent golden brown centers June-Aug. 3 ft.
  E. purpurea 'PowWow' - Free flowering from May-Sept. Easy care, drought tolerant. 16-24 in.
'PowWow White'
'PowWow Wild Berry'
  E. purpurea 'White Swan' - White flowers June-Aug. 3 ft.
Fairy Wings
Spreading, evergreen ground cover with tough, heart-shaped foliage and stout rhizomes. Zone 5-9. 1 ft. Shade to part shade.
  E. alpinum 'Rubrum' - Carmine red and yellow blooms with upward curving spurs in March.
  E. versicolor 'Sulfureum' - Short-spurred, yellow blooms in April. Reddish new leaves mature to green, redden in fall.
E. karvinskianus 'Profusion' - Well-branched bushy plant. Prolific bloomer of long lasting, small white fading to pink daisies with narrow petals June-Sept. 8 in. Sun.
Heron's Bill
E. x variabile 'Bishop's Form' - Ground cover variety. Rock garden or border plant that blooms continuously June-Oct. Mat-forming. Works well around pavers. Pink flowers. 3 in. Sun.
Sea Holly
E. planum 'Blue Glitter' - Shimmering pincushion flowers are held erect on stiff stems. Silver blue stems and flowers. Great cut or dried. Easy care, drought tolerant. 3 ft. Sun.
Shrubby or creeping perennial with small narrow leaves. Needs good drainage. Sun to part shade.
  E. 'Fragrant Star' - Scented, bright yellow flowers April-Aug. Creamy white leaf margins on green foliage. 12-15 in.
  E. 'Fragrant Sunshine' - Compact bushy plant with dark foliage. Forms a broad mound. Showy fragrant yellow flowers May-Sept. 18 in.
  E. 'Monet's Moment' - Flowers in artist's colors from pink to red orange and mauve purple from May-Sept. 1 ft.
  E. linifolium 'Apricot Twist' - Compact bushy plant with lush foliage. Fragrant apricot blooms cover plant May-Sept. 32 in.
  E. linifolium 'Bowle's Mauve' - Upright, mounding plant with long, narrow, gray green foliage. Deep lavender flowers in dense clusters May-July. 2 ft.
  E. linifolium 'Super Bowl Mauve' - Rose purple blooms March-July. Compact, well-branched plants. 1 ft.
  E. linifolium 'Variegata' - Similar to 'Bowle's Mauve' with striking variegated foliage. Deep lavender flowers May-July. 18 in.
Joe Pye Weed
E. maculatum 'Atropurpureum' - Tall plant needs lots of room. Broad, wine red flower clusters top stiff, upright stems July-Sept. Good for a moist sunny location. 6 ft.
Varied group of plants. Garden varieties are drought tolerant and prefer well-drained soils. Sun to part shade.
  E. 'Ascot Rainbow' - Cream, greenish blue and reddish pink foliage. Cream, lime and green variegated flower clusters. 20 in.
  E. 'Blackbird' - Dark, blackish purple, linear foliage. Chartreuse flower clusters March-May. 18 in.
  E. amygdaloides 'Purpurea' - Evergreen plant with upright soft stems. Oval leaves and stems are purple red all year. Decorative lime green bracts April-June. 18-24 in.
  E. martinii 'Tiny Tim' - Dwarf, tightly mounded habit with light green foliage. Yellow green bracts March-May. 18-24 in.
  E. polychroma - Deciduous mounding plant with bright green rounded foliage. Showy display of bright yellow flowers March-June. Good fall color. 2 ft.

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FERN Foliage plants for full to part shade. Ferns prefer a constant moisture level, but not standing water.
  Adiantum pedatum 'Five-Finger Maidenhair' - Deciduous. Finger-like divided foliage. 12-30 in. Part shade. Fall crop only.
  Arachnoides standishii 'Upside Down' - Arching, mid-green, feathery fronds with thick veins on the upper side. 18-36 in. Part shade. Fall crop only.
  Asplenium trichomanes 'Maidenhair Spleenwort' - Evergreen. Dark stipe with round pinnae. NW native. 8 in.
  Athyrium felix-femina 'Lady' - Deciduous lacy foliage dies back in winter. 18-30 in. Part shade. Fall crop only.
  Athyrium niponicum pictum 'Japanese Painted' - 2004 Perennial Plant of the Year - Showy, low maintenance fern with 12-18" fronds that are a soft shade of metallic silver gray with hints of red and blue. Deciduous. 18 in.
  Crytomium falcatum 'Japanese Holly' - Semi-evergreen. Glossy green toothed foliage. 18-30 in.
  Dryopteris cycadina 'Shaggy Shield' - Semi-evergreen. Golden green fronds. 18-36 in.
  Dryopteris erythrosora 'Autumn' - Evergreen. Deep green fronds turn bronze through winter. 18-24 in.
  Dryopteris filix-mas x Complexa 'Robust Male' - Semi-evergreen. Easy to grow, dark green. 2-4 ft.
  Dryopteris koidzumiana 'Koidzuma's Wood' - Evergreen. Colorful burgundy new growth. 18-24 in.
  Polystichum munitum 'Western Sword' - Northwest native. Hardy and reliable. Evergreen. 18-60 in.
  Polystichum neoblepharum 'Asian Saber' - Evergreen. Deep green, thick fronds. Thick, rust-colored scales. 18-30 in.
  Polystichum polyblepharum 'Tassel Fern' - Evergreen. Glossy foliage. 1-2 ft.
  Polystichum tsus-simense 'Korean Rock' - Semi-evergreen. Broad mound of dark green fronds. 8-18 in.
  Woodwardia unigemmata 'Jeweled Chain' - Leaf tip "bulbils" form "chains" to 7 ft. Red to green foliage.

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Dense clump of stiff foliage. Very decorative. Does not self-seed. Needs good drainage. Sun.
  F. glauca 'Boulder Blue' - Deep metallic blue foliage. 8-10 in.
  F. glauca 'Elijah Blue' - Attractive powder blue foliage. 1 ft.
  F. glauca 'Festina' - Blue green foliage has a trace of silver.
F. 'Lipstick' - Hardy ground cover related to the common strawberry. Vigorous plant spreads by runners. Nice accent in mixed planters. Main flush of showy rose red blooms occurs in early summer with a sprinkling of color until fall. Small red strawberries. 6 in. Sun.

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Blanket Flower
Showy summer blooming perennial with 3-4" flowers June-Sept. Deadhead for a longer bloom season. Likes fertile soil. Sun.
  G. 'Sunset' - Large blooms on compact plants. Gray green, hairy foliage.
'Sunset Cutie' - Two rows of red-bronze petals with cream border on strong stems. 14 in.
'Sunset Flash' - Two rows of orange-red petals with yellow tips on strong stems. 14 in.
'Sunset Mexican' - Two rows of flat, watermelon pink petals with creamy yellow tips. 16 in.
'Sunset Popsy' - Two rows of flat, dark pink petals with creamy tips. 16 in.
'Sunset Snappy' - Single row of purple-pink petals with creamy yellow tips. 14 in.
'Sunset Sunrise' - Two rows of flat petals that are dark orange in the centers, radiating out to yellow orange. 16 in.
  G. aristata 'Gallo' - Compact and self-branching. Large blooms June-Oct. 1 ft.
'Gallo Fire' - Red-orange petals with yellow tips.
'Gallo Peach' - Peach petals with yellow tips.
'Gallo Red' - Red petals.
'Gallo Yellow' - Yellow petals.
  G. x grandiflora 'Arizona' - Large, single blooms. 1 ft.
'Arizona Apricot' - Apricot petals with yellow tips.
'Arizona Red Shades' - Red petals.
'Arizona Sun' - Red petals with yellow tips.
  G. x grandiflora 'Fanfare' - Trumpet shaped, yellow petals with red centers. Compact habit. 18 in.
  G. x grandiflora 'Goblin' - Compact plant. Prolific bloomer. Single flowers are red with yellow edges. 1 ft.
Sweet Woodruff
G. odoratum - Perennial ground cover with whorled leaves. Spreading plant works well for shady borders. Attractive around trees and tall shrubs. Small flowers in loose clusters April-May. 8 in. Part shade.
G. procumbens 'Red Baron' - Evergreen ground cover with glossy foliage. Slow growing. Medicinal properties. Small white flowers June-July are followed by wintergreen scented, red berries. 6-12 in. Shade.
Wand Flower
Attractive plant with showy flower spikes through summer July-Oct. Flowers resemble small butterflies. Good continuous bloomers. Great for mixed planters.
  G. lindheimeri 'Ballerina Rose' - Compact, upright well-branched plants. Rose pink flowers. 18 in.
  G. lindheimeri 'Belleza' - Compact plants with excellent branching, dark leaves and short flower stems. 12-18 in.
'Belleza Dark Pink'
'Belleza Light Pink'
'Belleza White'
  G. lindheimeri 'Rosy Jane' - Two-toned flowers are white with a bright pink picotee. 18-24 in.
  G. lindheimeri 'Siskiyou Pink' - Deep pink flowers. 2 ft.
Hardy perennials for the perennial border. These varieties are all easy to grow with showy spring flowers. Sun to part shade.
  G. 'Crystal Rose' - Bright magenta pink blossoms. Foliage is orange in fall. 1 ft.
  G. 'Rozanne' - 2008 Perennial Plant of the Year - Vigorous, mounding deep green foliage. Violet blue flowers all summer June-Sept. 20 in.
  G. 'Tiny Monster' - Large, bright magenta blooms April-Sept. Sterile seeds. Vigorous grower. 6-12 in.
  G. cantabrigiense 'Biokovo' - Large white flowers are flushed pink and have showy pink stamens. 6-8 in.
  G. sanguineum 'Elke' - Bright neon pink blooms with rose streaks and a narrow white border and eye. 8-10 in.
  G. sanguineum 'Max Frei' - Continuous bloomer. Purple red flowers May-Sept. 5-10 in.

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Easy to grow perennial with erect flower stems. Likes good soil. Sun.
  G. 'Banana Daiquiri' - Clear lemon yellow, semi-double blooms April-July. Semi-evergreen. 18 in.
  G. 'Flames of Passion' - Compact, upright plant. Bright, fire red blooms April-July. 12-15 in.
  G. 'Sangria' - Long blooming, sterile, single to semi-double, red flowers. Green, slightly hairy foliage. 36-42 in.
  G. 'Tequila Sunrise' - Bright yellow blossoms with a rose edge on deep purple red stems. 8-10 in.
  G. 'Totally Tangerine' - Warm yellow orange blossoms rise above deep green foliage May-June. 12-30 in.
  G. chiloense 'Lady Stratheden' - Semi-double golden yellow flowers May-July. 18 in.
  G. chiloense 'Mrs. Bradshaw' - Semi-double scarlet red flowers May-July. 18 in.
Baby's Breath
Popular perennial with upright and creeping forms. All require sunny location with well-drained, calcium-rich soils.
  G. cerastioides 'Pixie Splash' - Low mat-forming plant with small fuzzy leaves. Works well tucked in borders and rockery. White flowers with pink veins May-June. 3 in.
  G. paniculata 'Bristol Fairy' - Popular plant for cut or dried flowers. Profusion of small double white flowers in billowy clusters June-Sept. 3 ft.

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Forest Grass
H. macra 'All Gold' - Completely golden, long, sword-shaped leaves form graceful clumps. 1-2 ft. Part shade.
  H. macra 'Aureola' - 2009 Perennial Plant of the Year - Graceful, variegated yellow and green, striped leaves flush red in fall. Deciduous. 14 in. Sun to part shade.
HEBE A large group of evergreen shrubs. There is quite a variety of form and size. They are easy to grow and maintain and have uniform compact growth. Most are hardy in our area and will have some damage during the coldest of winter weather. All are root hardy. Great in planters and borders. Sun.
  H. 'Autumn Glory' - Deep purple blooms on an evergreen re-bloomer. Leaves are tinged in red. Zone 8. 2 ft.
  H. 'Blue Mist' - Rich glossy green foliage on curving lateral growth. Vigorous plant with rounded habit. Lavender blue flowers June-Aug. 2 ft.
  H. 'Grace Kelly' - Dark purple stems. Limestone gray foliage with jade undertones. Royal purple flowers July-Sept. 2-3 ft.
  H. 'Marilyn Monroe' - Olive gray leaves with thin, creamy margins and purple new growth. Pink flowers July-Sept. 2-3 ft.
  H. 'McKean' - Low mounding plant. Bright green, heather-like foliage. White flowers July-Aug. 1 ft.
  H. 'Patty's Purple' - Uniform plant with boxwood-like form. Purple flowers June-Aug. 2 ft.
  H. 'Purple Shamrock' - Narrow lime green variegated foliage on beautiful purple stems. Light mauve flowers. Zone 8. 2 ft.
  H. 'Raspberry Ripple' - Raspberry pink blossoms blushed with white. Young foliage is burgundy. Zone 8. 1 ft.
  H. 'Sunset Boulevard' - Masses of deep pink flowers July-Sept. 2-3 ft.
  H. pinguifolia 'Sutherlandii' - White blossoms with blue anthers. Hardy. Zone 6. 10 in.
  H. vernicosa - Compact shrub with small leaves. Attractive when planted in low shrub or perennial border. Purple flowers fade to white June-Aug. 12-18 in.
Sun Rose
Mounding plants for borders or large rock gardens. These plants prefer to be on the dry side and are very drought tolerant. Flowers June-Aug. 1 ft. Sun.
  H. 'Dazzler' - Dark green glossy foliage. Magenta flowers.
  H. 'Dazzler Rose' - Dark green glossy foliage. Rose flowers.
  H. 'Hartswood Ruby' - Green foliage. Bright velvety true red flowers.
  H. 'Henfield Brilliant' - Large gray green foliage. Coppery orange flowers.
  H. 'Wisley Pink' - Reliable variety with silver foliage. Pink flowers.
  H. 'Wisley Primrose' - Silver foliage. Light yellow flowers.
Blue Oat Grass
H. sempervirons 'Sapphire' - The best of the mid-sized blue leaved grasses. Upright semi-evergreen with striking steel blue foliage. Good as specimen or container plant. Inflorescences appear in late spring and are held 2 ft. above foliage. 18-24 in. Sun.
False Sunflower
H. helianthoides 'Sunstruck' - Sinver and green variegated leaves with large, sunny yellow "daisies". 14-16 in. Sun.
Lenten Rose
2005 Perennial Plant of the Year - Rich green leathery foliage grows in clumps from the base of the plants. Flowers from Feb-April. Prefers well drained rich neutral soil. 12-18 in. Part shade.
  H. 'Double Ellen' - Lovely double blooms.
'Double Ellen Pink'
'Double Ellen Purple'
'Double Ellen Red'
  H. 'Love Bug' - Cream flowers are blushed rose. Rose stems and buds. Blue gray foliage. Gold Collection.
  H. x ballardiae 'Cinnamon Snow' - Pink buds. Creamy white flowers with dark cinnamon rose reverse. Gold Collection.
  H. x ballardiae 'Mahogany Snow' - Large creamy flowers with light pink reverse age to mahogany pink. Gold Collection.
  H. x ballardiae 'Merlin' - Light to dark pink flowers mature to cranberry. Dark stems and foliage. Gold Collection.
  H. x ballardiae 'Pink Frost' - Burgundy and white buds open light pink and age to burgundy red. From the Gold Collection.
  H. x ericsmithii 'Champion' - Large, creamy white flowers with a dark pink reverse. From the Gold Collection.
  H. niger 'Jacob' - Pure white flowers age to light green. Flowers are tinged pink with cool weather. First year blooming.
  H. niger 'Potter's Wheel' - Huge, 4" white flowers with yellow stamens. Dark green evergreen leaves.
  H. Orientalis Hybr. Lady-Series - Single colors. Thick, leathery, dark green, serrated leaves.
'Blue Metallic Lady' - Dark purplish blue.
'Picotee Lady' - White with pink veins and rose rim.
'Pink Spotted Lady' - Pink with fuchsia spots.
'Red Lady'
'White Spotted Lady'
Hardy low maintenance plant with strap-like leaves. Colorful trumpet-shaped flowers through summer. Sun.
  H. 'Autumn Red' - Dark red petals with yellow throat. Late bloomer. 2 ft.
  H. 'Chicago Picotee Lace' - Ruffled cream white outer petals with purple center and edge. Mid season. 2 ft.
  H. 'Fragrant Returns' - Very fragrant, lightly ruffled, light lemon yellow blooms. Everblooming. 18 in.
  H. 'Gentle Shepherd' - Huge creamy white 5" blooms with a yellow green throat June-July. Mid-late season. 20-30 in.
  H. 'George C. Bingham' - Lovely blooms are deep pink with a lighter mid-rib. Early-mid season. 2 ft.
  H. 'Hall's Pink' - Cotton candy pink flowers with a raspberry pink eye and golden throat. Late season. 2 ft.
  H. 'Pardon Me' - Brick red blooms with yellow green throat. Re-bloomer. Mid season. 18-20 in.
  H. 'Prairie Blue Eyes' - Lavender blooms with a light blue eye zone. Good re-bloomer. 2 ft.
  H. 'Purple d'Oro' - Reddish purple flowers with a yellow throat and orange back. Re-bloomer. 20 in.
  H. 'Raspberry Ruffles' - Evergreen. Carmine with deep red eye. Ruffled edge. 20 in.
  H. 'Stella d'Oro' - Gold flowers. Good everblooming variety. Early-mid season. 20 in.
  H. 'Whimsical' - Bright purple flowers. Mid-late season. 20 in.
  H. 'Wine Delight' - Wine red blooms. Early-mid season. 20 in.
Coral Bells
Reliable perennial for borders with attractive foliage and loose flower clusters on upright stems. Needs good drainage. Part shade.
  H. 'Amethyst Mist' - Dark purple foliage, highlighted with silver markings. New foliage emerges amethyst. 10 in.
  H. 'Berry Smoothie' - Big, bold leaf color ranges from purple rose to rose pink. Light pink flower sprays July-Aug. 18 in.
  H. 'Black Taffeta' - Silky black, ruffled, glossy foliage. Pink flower spikes May-June. Zone 4-9. 1 ft.
  H. 'Caramel' - Scalloped leaves from gold to amber and peach. Light pink flower sprays July-Aug. 12-18 in.
  H. 'Carnival' - Heat tolerant. 10-12 in.
'Carnival Cocomint' - Mint green leaves centered with silver and burgundy.
'Carnival Coffee Bean' - Caramel foliage with warm copper markings.
'Carnival Fall Festival' - Lipstick red leaf undersides. Prominent veins.
'Carnival Limeade' - Cream markings on chartreuse foliage.
'Carnival Peach Parfait' - Beautiful peach pink foliage that shows silver in cool temperatures.
'Carnival Plum Crazy' - Rich silver markings on purple foliage.
'Carnival Rose Granita' - Striking purple red leaves with dark veins.
'Carnival Silver Streak' - Large dark burgundy leaves with a silver overlay.
'Carnival Watermelon' - Peach pink new growth matures to bronze green.
  H. 'Cherry Cola' - Lovely red brown leaves with cherry rust red flowers. 18 in.
  H. 'Electra' - Shocking, blood red veins on leaves that change from yellow to chartreuse to tan. White flowers. 14 in.
  H. 'Fire Alarm' - Thick leathery red leaves change colors throughout the season. White flowers June-Aug. Zone 5-9. 9 in.
  H. 'Forever Purple' - Ultra purple, glossy leaves with fluted edges. Vigorous. Pink-purple flower spikes. Zone 4-9. 1 ft.
  H. 'Harvest Lemon Chiffon' - Ruffled yellow green leaves keep their color all year. Pink flowers May-June. 1 ft.
  H. 'Lime Rickey' - Lime green to chartreuse ruffled foliage year round. Small pure white flowers. 18 in.
  H. 'Marmalade' - Shiny, undulating foliage is umber to deep sienna with hot pink undersides. 10 in.
  H. 'Melting Fire' - Ruffled red to deep maroon leaves. White flowers May-June on tall stems. 18 in.
  H. 'Midnight Rose' - Hot pink splashes on dark reddish purple leaves. Sun tolerant. 10 in.
  H. 'Paprika' - Large, glowing cherry coral to rose orange to peach foliage. Brightest orange. White flowers. 8-12 in.
  H. 'Plum Pudding' - Compact plant with striking purple foliage. 1 ft.
  H. 'Southern Comfort' - Huge cinnamon peach to amber leaves. Creamy white flower sprays July-Aug. 14 in.
  H. 'Stainless Steel' - Silver leaves with dark veins and deep purple undersides. White flowers June-Aug. Zone 5-8. 8-12 in.
  H. americana 'Marvelous Marble' - Deep green leaves with prominent red purple veins and silver overlay. 2 ft.
  H. micrantha 'Palace Purple' - 1991 Perennial Plant of the Year - Dark bronze red foliage. Creamy white flowers May-July. 18 in.
  H. sanguinea 'Ruby Bells' - Green foliage. Stunning blood red flower spikes May-June. Good cut flower. 16 in.
Plantain Lily
Hardy perennial plants grown primarily for their decorative foliage. All do well in shady locations throughout the garden. Varieties vary in size and bloom. Watch out for slugs.
  H. 'Blaze of Glory' - Lemony gold, slightly wavy, corrugated leaves. Near white flowers. 20" high by 44" wide.
  H. 'Blue Angel' - Thick, heavily corrugated, deep blue green leaves. Near white flowers. 27" high by 55" wide.
  H. 'Blue Mammoth' - Huge, mounding, slug resistant, deep blue foliage. Near white flowers. 30" high by 70" wide.
  H. 'City Lights' - Brilliant gold leaves with good substance. Very pale lavender flowers. 27" high by 55" wide.
  H. 'Gemstone' - Smooth, blue green, oval leaves. Pale purple flowers. Outstanding edging plant. 7" high by 22" wide.
  H. 'Great Arrival' - Heavily corrugated blue green leaves with gold margins. Near white flowers. 26" high by 50" wide.
  H. 'Great Expectations' - Blue green, wide leaves with contrasting creamy white centers. 24" high by 50" wide.
  H. 'June' - 2001 Hosta of the Year - Gold leaves with blue green margins. Pale lavender flowers. 12" high by 30" wide.
  H. 'Nifty Fifty' - Thick, corrugated blue green leaves with a wide, white margin. Near white flowers. 24" high by 60" wide.
  H. 'Patriot' - Dark green leaf centers with " to 1" wide, white margins. Lavender flowers. 23" high by 50" wide.
  H. 'Rainforest Sunrise' - Bright gold leaf centers with dark green margins. Near white flowers. 10" high by 25" wide.
  H. 'Summer Breeze' - Wide gold margins surround a rich green center. Pale lavender flowers. 22" high by 50" wide.
  H. 'Victory' - 2015 Hosta of the Year - Shiny green centers with white margins. Near white flowers. 30" high by 70" wide.
  H. 'Winter Warrior' - Smooth, wavy, dark green leaves with a 1" creamy white margin. 19" high by 39" wide.
St. John's Wort
H. calycinum - Semi-evergreen ground cover for sunny locations. Green foliage. Sun and drought tolerant. Spreads by underground runners. Yellow flowers June-July. 1 ft. Sun.
  H. x moserianum 'Tricolor' - Tender perennial with attractive green foliage with pink and cream variegation. Sun and drought tolerant. Nice in planters. Yellow flowers June-Aug. 1 ft. Sun.

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Evergreen, reliable hardy perennials that are excellent for borders. Easy to grow. Sun to part shade.
  I. 'Masterpiece' - Vigorous plant for early spring color. Profuse white blooms March-May. 10 in.
  I. 'Pink Ice' - Glossy evergreen foliage. Clusters of pink flowers with small dark pink centers April-June. 8 in.
  I. 'Snow Surfer' - Extremely floriferous. Dark green, uniform mounds of shiny leaves. Snow white flowers. 4 in.
  I. sempervirens 'Purity' - Stiffly branched, compact plant. Large white flowers April-June. 8-10 in.
  I. sempervirens 'Snowcone' - Compact, well-branched and spreading. Flat clusters of white flowers March-May. 5 in.
  I. sempervirens 'Whiteout' - Uniform. Dark green, evergreen foliage. Clear white flowers April-June. 6-8 in.
I. cylindrica rubra 'Red Baron' - Clumping grass. Striking mid-green leaves turn blood red from the tips down. 16 in. Sun.
J. effusus 'Twister' - Novel clumping plant with cylindrical, green, twisted, spiraled, hollow stems. Flowers are in small clusters along stems. Great plant around water features or in planters. Likes moist areas. Generally self-sowing. 12-14 in. Sun.
Torch Lily
Stout plant with wide bladed foliage. Bottle-brush-like flower spikes rise above spiky, wide-bladed foliage on erect stems. Sun.
  K. 'Lemon Popsicle' - Prolific, sweet, lemon yellow blooms all summer on compact plants. 14-22 in.
  K. 'Redhot Popsicle' - Prolific cinnamon red blooms all summer on compact plants. 16-20 in.
  K. hirsuta 'Fire Dance' - Coral red spikes turn yellow. Blue green foliage. 20 in.
  K. uvaria 'Flamenco' - Plants bloom the first year from seed. Orange and red flowers July-Sept. 4 ft.

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L. fluviatilis 'Blue Star Creeper' - Low ground cover with small bright green foliage. Forms a dense carpet. Sky blue flowers June-Oct. 2 in. Sun.
Tree Mallow
Summer blooming shrubby perennial with showy funnel-shaped blooms June-Oct. Sun.
  L. x clementii 'Barnsley' - Light pink flowers have dark centers. 5 ft.
  L. x clementii 'Burgundy Wine' - Dark rosy pink blooms. 5 ft.
L. squalida 'Platt's Black' - Delicate, blackish, fern-like leaves. Rhizomatous, mat-like ground cover. Tolerates footsteps. Leaves show some green in full shade and blacken in sun. Sun to part shade. 2 in.
Shasta Daisy
Valuable summer bloomers with dark green glossy foliage. Good for mass plantings. Nice cut flower. All have white daisy flowers and will tend to bloom continuously if spent flowers are deadheaded. Sun to part shade.
  L. 'Goldfinch' - Charming, bright lemon yellow to ivory, semi-double flowers May-Sept. 23 in.
  L. x superbum 'Alaska' - Single, 3" white flowers in June-July. 3 ft.
  L. x superbum 'Becky' - 2003 Perennial Plant of the Year - Hardy reliable variety. One of the best of the single flower types. Single, 3-4" white flowers May-July. 2 ft.
  L. x superbum 'Crazy Daisy' - Flower petals are narrow, wavy and slightly curled at the tips. Double, 4" white flowers May-July. 30 in.
  L. 'Darling Daisy' - Very compact, low growing perennial with single, 2" white daisies May-Sept. 6 in.
  L. x superbum 'Real Dream' - Flowers have 3 layers of yellow petals with golden yellow centers. 16-18 in.
  L. x superbum 'Real Galaxy' - Heavily fringed, white daisies with bright yellow centers. 22 in.
  L. x superbum 'Real Glory' - Layers of long, white petals surround a frilly yellow center and dark yellow eye. 2 ft.
  L. x superbum 'Snow Cap' - Very compact, uniform plant. Single, 2" white flowers May-Sept. 14-18 in.
Flowering succulent native to Western North America. Does best in well-drained, low fertility soils. Sun.
  L. cotyledon 'Elise' - Evergreen, dark green rosettes. Mixed colors. Flower clusters rebloom spring-fall. 4-6 in.
  L. cotyledon 'Hybrid Mix' - Low rosettes of fleshy leaves. Flower clusters in sunset colors May-June. 4 in.
Gay Feather
L. spicata 'Kobold' - Deciduous perennial that grows from a corm. Broad grass-like foliage. Beautiful cut flower. Attracts butterflies. Showy rose pink flowers on tall spikes June-Oct. 2 ft. Sun.
Asiatic Lily
L. 'Asiatic Hybrids' - Summer blooming perennial bulb. Showy. large, exotic, trumpet-shaped flowers. Great in containers and the garden. Plant in well drained, humus-rich soil. 18-24 in. Sun.
  L. 'Buzzer' - Deep pink blooms.
  L. 'Golden Matrix' - Golden yellow blooms.
  L. 'Ladylike' - Peachy pink and yellow blooms.
  L. 'Orange Matrix' - Bright orange blooms.
  L. 'Push Off' - Maroon red and white blooms.
  L. 'Red Matrix' - Red blooms.
LITHODORA Evergreen perennial ground cover forms a spreading mat that is covered with flowers April-May. Likes good drainage. 4 in. Sun.
  L. diffusa 'Grace Ward' - Dark green foliage. Electric blue flowers.
  L. diffusa 'White Star' - Green foliage. Electric blue flowers have a white star pattern in the center.
Cardinal Flower
L. cardinalis 'Queen Victoria' - Tall perennial with deep red foliage and full flower spikes atop each stem. Attractive background plant. Crimson red flowers July-Sept. 3-4 ft. Sun to part shade.
  L. speciosa 'Fan' -Compact, upright plants. Intensely colored flower spikes July-Sept. 28 in. Sun to part shade.
'Fan Blue'
'Fan Scarlet'
  L. speciosa 'Vulcan Red' - Rigidly upright with strong stems. Deep red foliage and brilliant red flower spikes. 30 in.

More Lobelia in the Annual section.
Box Honeysuckle
L. nitida 'Lemon Beauty' - Evergreen shrub. Upright, horizontal branches. Small green leaves edged in gold. 3-6 ft. Sun.
Hybrid lupines are stout plants with large dense flower spikes. Showy as a specimen or in mass plantings. Sun.
  L. polyphyllus 'Gallery' - Compact plants. Flowers in June-July. 2 ft.
'Gallery Blue'
'Gallery Pink'
'Gallery Red'
'Gallery Mix'
L. coronaria 'Mullein Pink' - Self-sowing biennial with silvery woolly foliage. Drought tolerant once established. Rose pink flowers June-July. 2 ft. Sun.

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M. sylvestris 'Zebrina' - Easy to grow perennial. Stiffly branched, upright plants with deep green foliage. Attractive pink blooms striped with violet. Marginally hardy, but a prolific self-seeder. Long blooming season. 3-4 ft. Sun.
M. requienii 'Corsican Mint' - Creeping ornamental mint that forms a low fragrant mat. Needs ample moisture and good drainage. 1 in. Part shade.

More Mint in the Herb section.
Herbaceous perennial grass native to Eastern Asia. Tall plant with long leaves that forms dense clumps. Sun.
  M. sinensis 'Adagio' - Silvery green, graceful foliage turns orange, gold and burgundy in fall. Pink to white plumes. 5 ft.
  M. sinensis 'Gold Breeze' - Arching apple green leaves with horizontal gold stripes. Copper red flowers. 7 ft.
  M. sinensis 'Morning Light' - Deep green grass blades with silvery midrib. Showy, coppery flower plumes. 3-6 ft.
Bee Balm
Tall long flowering plant that is attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. Likes moist rich soil. Blooms June-Sept. Sun.
  M. 'Fireball' - Deep scarlet red flowers on a dwarf plant. 12-15 in.
  M. didyma 'Balmy' - Early flowering and compact. Brightly colored flowers. Deer resistant. 10-12 in.
'Balmy Pink' - Bright pink flowers.
'Balmy Purple' - Bright purple flowers.
'Balmy Rose' - Bright rose flowers.
  M. didyma 'Jacob Cline' - Scarlet red flowers. 3 ft.
  M. didyma 'Panorama Red Shades' - Red flowers. 3 ft.
  M. didyma 'Raspberry Wine' - Berry red flowers. Mildew resistant foliage. 30 in.
M. sylvatica 'Victoria Indigo' - Self-sowing biennial easily naturalizes. Good for shady borders. Delicate, rich blue flowers April-June. 8 in. Shade to part shade.

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N. faassenii 'Kit Cat' - Blue aromatic blooms on a dwarf plant. 12-16 in.
  N. subsessilis 'Pink Dreams' - Fragrant, serrated, dark green foliage. Soft, yet intensive pink blooms June-Aug. 2 ft.
  N. faassenii 'Walker's Low' - 2007 Perennial Plant of the Year - Compact mounding plant with aromatic, gray green foliage. Periwinkle blue flowers June-Aug. Attracts butterflies. 23-35 in. Sun.
O. kunthiana 'Glowing Magenta' - Marginally hardy, tidy, compact plant with deep green foliage. Good summer color. Deep pink flowers June-Sept. 1 ft. Sun.
Ornamental Oregano
O. rotundifolium 'Kent Beauty' - Veined blue green leaves. Pink and chartreuse flower bracts. 4-8 in. Sun.

More Oregano in the Herb section.

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Japanese Spurge
P. terminalis - Dense ground cover of rich green, shiny foliage. Good cover for shade. White flowers May. 6-8 in. Shade.
Showy, large, globe-shaped flowers May-June. Numerous stamens and pistils. 2-3 ft. Sun to part shade.
  P. 'Bowl of Beauty' - Rose pink petals cupped around the contrasting feathery, creamy yellow stamens.
  P. 'Coral Sunset' - Flowers open smoldering coral with rose pink highlights and mature to pale apricot.
  P. 'Dr. Alexander Fleming' - Fragrant, fully double, pink blossoms. Central petals tend to curl inward.
  P. 'Festiva Maxima' - White flowers with a few red spots.
  P. 'Gilbert Barthelot' - Fully double, pink flowers with creamy centers.
  P. 'Kansas' - Fully double, carmine red flowers.
  P. 'Red Magic' - Huge blooms are a mass of twisted, feathered, deep red petals.
Popular perennial with showy blooms. Good cut flower. Needs rich soil with good drainage. Sun.
  P. nudicaule 'Wonderland' - Somewhat tender perennial tends to be short lived. Showy in mass plantings. Pastel shades of orange, pink, red, rose, white and yellow flowers April-Sept. 16 in.
  P. orientale - Oriental Poppies - Generally large plants with striking flowers to 6" on tall stiff stems May-June. Plants go dormant after blooming. 3 ft.
'Allegro' - Orange red flowers.
'Patty's Plum' - Ruffled plum purple flowers, dark central ring.
'Raspberry Queen' - Raspberry pink flowers with black markings.
'Royal Wedding' - Pure white flowers with a black center.
'Victoria Louise' - Salmon pink flowers.

More Poppy in the Annual section.
Fountain Grass
P. 'Cherry Sparkler' - Green and white striped leaves have a pink blush. Burgundy red plumes. 2 ft. Sun to part shade.
  P. alopecuroides 'Hameln' - Finely textured rich green foliage. Coppery tan plumes. 18-30 in. Sun.
  P. alopecuroides 'Little Bunny' - Dwarf fountain grass. Buff colored bottle-brush plumes. 10-12 in.
  P. alopecuroides 'Red Head' - Arching green foliage. Smoky pink bottle-brush plumes. 2-3 ft.
  P. messiacum 'Red Bunny Tails' - Upright arching plant with glossy green foliage and burgundy highlights. Flowers on stems above the foliage resemble a rabbit's foot. 2-3 ft. Sun to part shade.
  P. orientale 'Karley Rose' - Delightful, fluffy, rose pink flowers July-Sept. Slowly spreading. Reliable. 3 ft. Sun to part shade.
  P. setaceum 'Rubrum' - Tender grass with upright arching burgundy foliage. Great in containers. 2-3 ft. Sun.
  P. setaceum rubrum 'Fireworks' - Variegated purple grass. Burgundy mid vein with hot pink margins. 24-30 in. Sun.
Versatile summer blooming perennials with showy tubular flowers on tall spikes. Plant in good well drained soils. P. barbatus hybrids tend to be short lived. Sun.
  P. 'Riding Hood' - Long lasting flowers June-Oct. Thick, glossy green foliage. 24-30 in.
'Riding Hood Blue'
'Riding Hood Red'
'Riding Hood Purple'
  P. barbatus 'Elfin Pink' - Nice cut flower. Tall pink spikes June-Sept. 18 in.
  P. digitalis 'Husker Red' - 1996 Perennial Plant of the Year - Long lived hardy plant with dark red foliage. Nice accent. Foliage color best in full sun. Creamy white flowers July-Sept. 2 ft.
  P. heterophyllus 'Electric Blue' - Well-branched plant with striking, intense blue flowers June-Aug. 16 in.
  P. x mexicale 'Carillo' - Shiny foliage on compact plants. Strong flower spikes May-Aug. 8-10 in.
'Carillo Purple'
'Carillo Red'
  P. x mexicale 'Pike's Peak Purple' - Tall spikes of showy purple flowers with striped throats July-Aug re-bloom into Oct. 30 in.
  P. x mexicale 'Sunburst Ruby' - Compact, sturdy plant with glossy foliage. Showy, ruby red flowers have a white center June-Aug. 16 in.

More Penstemon in the Premium Plant section.
Russian Sage
P. atriplicifolia - 1995 Perennial Plant of the Year - Hardy drought and sun tolerant plant with fragrant, lacy blue green foliage. Lavender blue spikes July-Oct. 3 ft. Sun.
Ribbon Grass
P. arundinacea 'Strawberries and Cream' - Upright plant that slowly spreads by short rhizomes. Attractive, semi-evergreen, striped green and cream foliage. Can be invasive. Good in tubs. Tan plumes June-July. 2 ft. Sun to part shade.
Creeping Phlox
Low creeping plants that form a dense mat. Prolific spring bloomer for rock walls, banks and borders March-May. 4 in. Sun to part shade.
  P. subulata 'Candystripe' - Very novel flower. Plants will often re-bloom in late summer. Flowers pink with light pink picotee and red eye.
  P. subulata 'Emerald Blue' - Lilac blue blooms.
  P. subulata 'Fort Hill' - Lavender blooms.
  P. subulata 'Purple Beauty' - Dark purple blooms.
  P. subulata 'Scarlet Flame' - Red blooms.
Tall Garden Phlox
Upright plants that grow in broad clumps. Showy flower clusters on stiff stems in summer from July-Sept. Leaf spots and mildew are unavoidable. Sun.
  P. paniculata 'Flame' - Fragrant blooms. Vigorous, compact, mildew resistant plants. 18-24 in.
'Flame Purple'
'Flame White'
  P. paniculata 'Peppermint Twist' - Candy pink and white striped petals. 16 in.
  P. paniculata 'Purple Kiss' - Intense magenta purple blooms with a tiny white eye. 16 in.
  P. paniculata 'Tequila Sunrise' - Deep salmon orange overlapping petals surrounding a tiny red eye. Mildew resistant.
New Zealand Flax
Tropical looking upright clump with long fibrous decorative foliage. Plants come in varying sizes. All varieties look great in mixed containers or as specimens. Phormium will not survive extreme winter cold. Temperatures in the low teens are generally fatal without protection. Plant in a sunny location with even moisture.
  P. 'Cream Delight' - Cream yellow midstripe, green margins and a thin red edge. Hardy to 15-20 degrees. 2-3 ft.
  P. 'Dark Delight' - Extremely dark, nearly black leaves make a dramatic statement. Hardy to 15-20 degrees. 3-4 ft.
  P. 'Duet' - Wide leaf blades have light green centers and creamy margins. Upright, variegated, dwarf form. 2-3 ft.
  P. 'Jack Spratt' - Burgundy bronze, erect, arching leaves. Compact plant. 18 in.
  P. 'Maori Merlot' - Very dark, reddish brown leaves. 3-4 ft.
  P. 'Pink Panther' - Rich candy pink with deep ruby red margins and bronze overtones. 3-4 ft.
  P. 'Pink Stripe' - Olive green leaves are rimmed with rosy pink. 4-6 ft.
  P. 'Platt's Black' - Arching, very dark, nearly black leaves. 3 ft.
  P. 'Rainbow Queen' - Olive green leaves edged in red and cream with a deep bronze midrib. 4-6 ft.
  P. 'Shiraz' - Thick, handsome, wine red leaves. Hardy to 15-20 degrees. 24-30 in.
  P. 'Sundowner' - Dark bronze leaves with pink edges and occasional pink stripes. Very colorful accent plant. 3 ft.
  P. 'Wings of Gold' - Olive green leaves with creamy yellow margins and a faint red edge. 3-4 ft.
  P. 'Yellow Wave' - Bright central yellow leaf centers fade to chartreuse by fall. Green margins. 3-4 ft.
  P. tenax 'Purpureum' - Dark, reddish purple, broad, sword-shaped leaves. Fast growing. 4-6 ft.
Cape Fuchsia
Broad, mounding woody plant with loose clusters of curved tubular flowers June-Sept. Deadhead to keep blooming. Sun to part shade.
  P. aequalis 'Yellow Trumpet' - Yellow flower clusters June-Sept. 2 ft.
  P. Pheeges 'Festive Orange' - Large, dark orange, tubular flowers May-Oct. 2-3 ft.
  P. Pheeges 'Passionate Pink' - Large, hot pink, tubular flowers May-Oct. 2-3 ft.
  P. Pheeges 'Scarlet Heat' - Large, scarlet red, tubular flowers May-Oct. 2-3 ft.
  P. x rectus 'Devil's Tears' - Scarlet flower clusters June-Sept. 2 ft.
Balloon Flower
P. grandiflorus 'Sentimental Blue' - Inflated buds open to purple blue flowers. Mounded green foliage. 1 ft.
Jacob's Ladder
Clusters of lightly fragrant bells rise above a low mound of fern-like foliage. Part shade is best.
  P. caeruleum 'Brise D'Anjou' - Wonderful green and creamy white variegated foliage. Azure blue flower spikes April-June. 2 ft.
  P. caeruleum 'Heavenly Habit' - Green foliage. Fragrant azure blue flowers in loose clusters. 2 ft.
  P. carneum 'Apricot Delight' - Green foliage. Clusters of apricot salmon flowers illuminate the shade. 16 in.
  P. yezoense 'Purple Rain' - Purple foliage. Fragrant, deep purple flower spikes May-Aug. 2 ft.
Star Creeper
P. pedunculata 'County Park' - Spreading ground cover makes a dense carpet. Star-shaped, deep blue flowers June-Aug. 2 in. Sun.
Mounding plants with fleshy green leaves often with silver spots. An early spring bloomer that works well in shady locations. Blooms April-May. 1 ft. Shade.
  P. 'Raspberry Splash' - Dusky raspberry coral flowers. Sun tolerant, sharply pointed, very upright foliage.
  P. 'Silver Bouquet' - Large coral to pink to violet flowers. Silver, mildew resistant foliage.
  P. 'Trevi Fountain' - Large cobalt blue flowers.
Pasque Flower
Bell-shaped flowers rising from a clump of finely dissected leaves develop into silky, white seed heads. 8-10 in. Sun.
  P. vulgaris 'Red Bells' - Red flowers with yellow centers March-April.
  P. vulgaris 'Violet Bells' - Violet blue flowers March-April.

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Prairie Coneflower
R. columnifera 'Red Mexican Hat' - North American native. Mahogany flowers have tall dark centers and drooping petals July-Sept. 2 ft. Sun.
R. calcinoides 'Emerald Carpet' - Rapidly spreading, low growing ground cover. Olive green leaves redden in winter. White flowers May. 6 in. Sun.
Often called Black-eyed Susan. Easy to grow plants with attractive summer bloom. Rudbeckia hirta varieties are not reliably hardy. Good for mass plantings or mixed sunny borders. Most make good cut flowers. A very good plant if deer are a problem. They will rarely eat foliage or flower.
  R. fulgida 'Goldsturm' - 1999 Perennial Plant of the Year - Hardier and longer lived than R. hirta. Very long lasting, golden orange flowers with dark centers on stiff stems July-Oct. 2-3 ft.
  R. fulgida 'Little Goldstar' - Hardy perennial. Compact. Rich green foliage. Golden yellow flowers July-Oct. 14-16 in.
  R. hirta 'Autumn Colors' - Tender perennial. Huge, daisy-like, 5-7" blooms with a mahogany center. Yellow to red petals. 20-24 in.
  R. hirta 'Becky' - Tender perennial. Yellow bronze petals with a dark center July-Oct. 8-10 in.
  R. hirta 'Cherokee Sunset' - Semi-hardy perennial with showy double to semi-double flowers. A blend of sunset colors of yellow, bronze, orange and mahogany July-Oct. 24-30 in.
  R. hirta 'Cherry Brandy' - Tender perennial. Prolific, striking, deep red and maroon blooms with a dark center July-Oct. 2 ft.
  R. hirta 'Denver Daisy' - Tender perennial. Strong stems. Golden yellow blooms with a rusty red ring July-Oct. 20 in.
  R. hirta 'Indian Summer' - Tender perennial. Tall upright plant with large 5" blooms. Semi-double golden flowers with dark center June-Nov. 3-4 ft.
  R. hirta 'Prairie Sun' - Tender perennial. Tall upright plant with large 5-6" blooms. Golden flowers with light green center June-Nov. 2 ft.
  R. triloba 'Prairie Glow' - Tall colorful plant. Cheerful bicolored blooms are red with yellow tips. Single flowers. Rich purple brown stems. 3-4 ft.
Bloody Dock
R. sanguineus 'Bloody Dock' - Attractive, clumping plant with dark green lance-shaped leaves with prominent red veins. Use as accent in mixed border. Panicles of tiny green flowers June-July. 18 in. Sun to part shade.

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Dense carpet of intertwined stems form a solid moss-like mat. Needs full sun but is intolerant of drought. Small white flowers June-Aug. 2 in. Sun.
  S. subulata 'Irish Moss' - Bright forest green mat.
  S. subulata 'Scotch Moss' - Bright lime green mat.
Good border plants with excellent deer resistance. Easy to grow perennials needing good soil and full sun.
  S. nemorosa 'Blue Hill' - Glowing purple stems, gray green aromatic foliage and true blue flowers June-Oct. 15 in.
  S. nemorosa 'Burgundy Candles' - Blue flowers with burgundy calyces erupt from wine red buds. 26 in.
  S. nemorosa 'Caradonna' - Olive green foliage on upright plants. Striking black flower stems with richly colored purple flowers May-Aug. 18 in.
  S. nemorosa 'East Friesland' - Intense violet blue flowers May-Aug. 18 in.
  S. nemorosa 'Pink Friesland' - Hot pink flowers May-Aug. 18 in.
  S. nemorosa 'Sensation Deep Blue' - Spikes of soft dark blue flowers May-Aug. Compact dwarf plant. 1 ft.
  S. nemorosa 'Snow Hill' - Dark green aromatic foliage and clear white flowers June-Oct. 15 in.
SALVIA greggii
Texas Sage
S. greggii - Fragrant accent plant with brilliant blooms. Borderline perennial. Attracts hummingbirds. 18 in. Sun to part shade.

Flame - Scarlet red.
Purple Pastel

More Salvia in the Annual and Perennial sections.
S. chamaecyperissus - Drought tolerant, somewhat shrubby plant with silver gray foliage. Good for accent in dry locations. Yellow flowers June-Aug. 2 ft. Sun.
S. ocymoides - Very showy early summer display. Creeping plant with 1" leaves. Good trailing perennial for planters and rock walls. Needs good drainage. 1" pink blooms May-June. 6 in. Sun.
Cushion of soft green rosettes spreading to a dense mat. Single flowers on 3" stems. Sun to part shade.
  S. x arendsii 'Alpino' - Free flowering, large blossoms March-May. 6-8 in.
'Alpino Early Neon Rose' - Neon rose blossoms.
'Alpino Early Picotee' - White blossoms with rose margins and markings.
  S. x arendsii 'Rocco Red' - Red blossoms April-June. 3-5 in.
  S. x arendsii 'Touran' - Extended bloom time March-May. Fleshy leaves. 4-6 in. Sun to part shade.
'Touran Deep Red'
'Touran White'
Showy pincushion flowers bloom constantly late spring through fall. Good cut flower. Likes rich soil. Sun.
  S. 'Black PomPom' - Burgundy pompom blooms are flecked all over with bright white. July-Sept. 2 ft.
  S. caucasica 'Fama Blue' - Lavender blue flowers July-Sept. 2 ft.
  S. columbaria 'Butterfly Blue' - 2000 Perennial Plant of the Year - Dense mound of deep green foliage. Blooms constantly spring through late fall. Showy 1 inch lavender blue pincushion flowers June-Nov. 16 in.
  S. columbaria 'Pink Mist' - Similar to 'Butterfly Blue'. Pink flowers June-Nov. 12-18 in.
  S. japonica 'Blue Note' - Uniform, compact, well-branched plants. Cornflower blue blooms May-Sept. 8-10 in.
  S. japonica 'Pink Diamonds' - Uniform, compact, well-branched plants. Pink blooms May-Sept. 8-10 in.
Sun loving plants with succulent fleshy foliage. Showy summer and fall flower display. Best in loamy well drained soils. All are drought tolerant. Sun.
Rock Garden &
Ground Cover
S. 'Angelina' - Rich golden yellow, trailing, mat-forming, fleshy foliage. Yellow flowers July. 5 in.
  S. 'Lemon Ball' - Lemon yellow, needle-like, mat-forming, fleshy foliage. Yellow flowers in July. 4 in.
  S. 'SunSparkler Cherry Tart' - Loose clusters of vivid pink flowers. Succulent, dark, cherry red foliage. 8 in.
  S. 'SunSparkler Dazzleberry' - Loose clusters of raspberry red flowers. Succulent, blue gray foliage. 8 in.
  S. 'SunSparkler Firecracker' - Large clusters of pink flowers. Shiny cherry red foliage that doesn't fade. 6 in.
  S. 'SunSparkler Lime Zinger' - Clusters of pink flowers. Lime green foliage has a cherry red picotee edge. 8 in.
  S. acre 'Gold Moss' - Mat-forming perennial with golden lime green, succulent, needle-like foliage. Yellow flowers. 3 in.
  S. album 'Red Ice' - Foliage is green in summer and blood red in fall and winter. 3-4 in.
  S. dasyphyllum 'Major' - Mat-forming sedum. Blue foliage in tight clusters. Small white flower clusters May-June. 4 in.
  S. forsterianum 'Silver Stone' - Soft blue green foliage, often tinged pinkish red. Yellow flowers July-Sept. 10 in.
  S. hakonense 'Chocolate Ball' - Miniature rosettes of bronze red foliage. Bright yellow flowers June-Aug. 2-3 in.
  S. hispanicum 'Blue Carpet' - Mat-forming variety with rich blue gray foliage. Pale pink flowers June. 2 in.
  S. hispanicum 'Purpureum' - Dense, low, spreading plant with small blue gray foliage. Small white flowers July-Sept. 2 in.
  S. makinoi 'Ogon' - Low trailing plant with chartreuse foliage. Small yellow flowers June. 3 in.
  S. makinoi 'Salsa Verde' - Flat, rounded, emerald green leaves. Star-like, yellow flowers July-Sept. 3-6 in.
  S. oreganum - Rosettes of round glossy green leaves on compact low growing plants. Yellow flowers July-Aug. 4 in.
  S. pachyclados - Almost round, powder blue foliage. Pink flowers July-Aug. 2-4 in.
  S. reflexum 'Blue Spruce' - Evergreen, somewhat upright, spreading mat. Vivid blue foliage. Yellow flowers July-Sept. 8 in.
  S. rubens 'Lizard' - Tight, pink white cushion of needles with pink to reddish tips. Pinkish white flowers in July. Tender. Zone 10. 4 in.
  S. spathulifolium 'Cape Blanco' - Low mounding plant with silvery gray foliage. Evergreen. Yellow flowers July-Sept. 4 in.
  S. spathulifolium 'Carnea' - Low mounding plant with silvery green foliage tinged red. Evergreen. Yellow flowers July-Sept. 5 in.
  S. spurium 'Dragon's Blood' - Low mounding plant with attractive dark bronze foliage that turns very dark maroon through winter. Foliage color best in full sun. Brilliant red flowers July-Sept. 6 in.
  S. spurium 'Tri-Color' - Low mounding plant with attractive green foliage that is edged with cream and pink. Foliage color best in full sun. Pink flowers July-Sept. 6 in.
  S. teractinum 'Coral Reef' - Low growing plant with round flat deep green leaves that turn bronze in fall and winter. Bright yellow flowers July-Sept. 3 in.
Tall Varieties S. 'Autumn Fire' - Blue green foliage. Rose pink flower clusters age to salmon bronze to coppery red in fall. 2 ft.
  S. 'Autumn Joy' - Hardy upright plant forms a dense mound of blue green foliage. Showy late summer flower display Aug-Sept. Broad rich pink flower clusters. 18 in.
  S. 'Vera Jameson' - Attractive purple foliage has best color in full sun. Light pink flower clusters Aug-Sept. 1 ft.
  S. spectabile 'Neon' - Blue green foliage. Bright bubblegum pink flowers Aug-Sept. 15-18 in.
Hens and Chicks
Drought tolerant, succulent rosettes form a dense mat. Needs well drained soil. Great rock garden plants. 2-6 in. Sun.
  S. 'Carmen' - Green rosettes with red tips turn purple in winter. Stalks of pastel flowers in summer.
  S. 'Commander Hay' - Deep red rosettes are accented by green tips. Stalks of pink flowers in summer.
  S. 'Kalinda' - Green rosettes have coral pink tips that fade in color. Stalks of pastel flowers in summer.
  S. 'Red Beauty' - Gray green rosettes are tipped in red. Stalks of pink flowers in summer.
  S. 'Royal Ruby' - Burgundy rosettes have dark green tips. Stalks of purple flowers in summer.
  S. 'Ruby Heart' - Emerald green rosettes have deep red centers and tips. Stalks of pastel flowers in summer.
  S. 'Silverine' - Silvery green, flat-bladed rosettes with red highlights. Stalks of pink flowers in late summer and fall.
  S. 'Sunset' - Striking green rosettes slowly turn to red and then orange. Stalks of pastel flowers in summer.
  S. arachnoideum 'Cobweb' - Drought tolerant, succulent rosettes connected by wispy webs. Rose flowers. 3 in.
S. uniflora 'Druett's Variegata' - Mat of small light green foliage with white variegation. Pinwheel-shaped, 1" flowers at the end of each stem. White flowers July-Aug. 6-8 in.
  S. x lychnis 'Rolly's Favorite' - Mounding, dark green foliage with rising stems. Soft pink blooms April-June. 15-20 in.
SISYRINCHIUM S. angustifolium 'Blue-eyed Grass' - Dense, narrow, dark green leaf blades. Loose violet flower clusters on stems above foliage June-Sept. Self-seeding. 10 in. Sun.
  S. bellum 'Rocky Point' - Very large, purple blue flowers on a compact plant. 6 in.
  S. californica 'Yellow-eyed Grass' - Dense, narrow, green leaf blades. Loose yellow flower clusters on stems above foliage June-Sept. Self-seeding. 10 in. Sun.
Lamb's Ears
S. byzantina 'Fuzzy Wuzzy' - Silver gray, fuzzy leaves are kitten soft. Lavender flowers July-Sept. 14-16 in.
Feather Grass
S. tenuissima 'Pony Tails' - Among the finest textured of all the ornamental grasses producing a fountain of hair-like leaves. Attractive through winter. Tan plumes June-July. 2 ft. Sun.

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Teucrium chamaedrys - Broad mounding plant with small, toothed, glossy evergreen foliage. Shear to keep full. Needs good drainage. Light purple flower spikes June-July. 15 in. Sun to part shade.
Creeping and mounding perennials form a dense mat of tiny aromatic foliage. Great ground cover for rock gardens, herb pots and small borders. Small flowers May-June. All need full sun and good drainage.
  T. 'Elfin' - Elfin Thyme or Thymus Minus - Low, very dense, spreading mound. Small gray green foliage. Lavender flowers. 1 in.
  T. praecox 'Coccineus' - Red Creeping Thyme - Low, dense plant with small bronzy green foliage. Small crimson flowers. 1 in.
  T. praecox - 'Pink Chinz' - Low, dense ground cover with small, dark green, woolly foliage. Small salmon pink flowers. 2 in.
  T. praecox 'White' - White Creeping Thyme - Low, dense ground cover with small, bright green foliage. Small white flowers. 2 in.
  T. pseudolanuginosus 'Woolly Thyme' - Low creeping plant with small, fuzzy, silver gray foliage. Pale pink flowers. 2-3 in.
  T. vulgaris 'Caborn Wine & Roses' - Compact, spreading, dark green foliage. Small pink crimson flowers. 2 in.

More Thyme in the Herb section.
Foam Flower
T. 'Sugar and Spice' - Shiny, lacquered, lacy, heavily marked leaves. Frosted pink flower spikes May-June. 8-12 in. Shade.
  T. wherryi 'Silverado' - An excellent small perennial for shade. Similar in habit to Heuchera. Emerald green leaves with contrasting veins. Delicate white flower spikes May-June. 14 in. Shade.

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Valuable border perennial. Species vary from mounding to stiffly upright with showy terminal flower spikes. Sun to part shade.
  V. 'Eveline' - Green foliage reddens in fall. Dense rosy purple flower spikes on sturdy upright plants June-Aug. 12-18 in.
  V. 'First Love' - Dense foliage clumps. Tapered spikes of bright, hot pink flowers May-Aug. 10-12 in.
  V. longifolia 'First Glory' - Deep green foliage and uniform, royal blue flower spikes June-Aug. 20-24 in.
  V. longifolia 'First Lady' - Uniform clumps of green foliage with spikes of pure white flowers May-Aug. 20-22 in.
  V. peduncularis 'Georgia Blue' - Small bronzy foliage on spreading plant. Medium blue flowers June-Nov. 4 in.
  V. spicata 'Purpleicious' - Vibrantly rich purple blooms on long and thick spikes. Dark green foliage. 20 in.
  V. spicata 'Royal Candles' - Erect, bushy plant with dense, deep blue purple flower spikes June-August. 1 ft.
Evergreen ground cover with glossy foliage on long arching trailing branches and 1" flowers March-June. Good for shady locations. 4-8 in. Shade to part shade.
  V. minor 'Alba' - White flowers. Green foliage.
  V. minor 'Bowles' - Blue flowers. Glossy dark green foliage.
  V. minor 'Illumination' - Bright gold leaves are edged in green. True blue flowers.
  V. minor 'Moonlit' - Double lavender flowers. Variegated yellow green foliage.
  V. minor atropurpurea 'Wine' - Wine red flowers. Dark green foliage.

More Vinca in the Annual and Premium Plant sections.
VIOLA Hybrids
Creeping Violas
Delightful early spring blooming perennial. Similar in character to pansies with smaller flowers and more spreading habit. Flowers have interesting markings and slight sweet fragrance. Plants perform best through cool months and bloom from spring through fall. Easily naturalized in shade and part shade locations. 4-8 in.
  V. 'Blue Moon' - Pale blue flowers have a yellow eye. Semi-trailing.
  V. 'Etain' - Hordes of attractive bi-tone flowers are soft yellow edged with violet.
  V. 'Starry Night' - Flowers are lavender with yellow centers.
  V. cornuta 'Halo Violet' - Extra large, deep violet flowers with a yellow eye and whiskers.
  V. labradorica 'Labrador Violet' - Compact. Dark green to purple foliage. Lavender blue flowers April-May. 3 in.
  V. sororia 'Freckles' - Small compact plants with light green heart shaped leaves. Good plant in a shaded woodland setting. Dainty flowers are very light blue with small violet spots Feb-April. Self-sowing. 6 in.

More Viola in the Annual section.

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