Stunning flowers for your pond or fountain Sometimes pond owners feel a little limited by the plants they can buy that will thrive in their wet environments. There are lots of leafy options or grassy options or mossy options, but the palette is pretty limited to greens and grays. If you feel that way then you need to check out the swamp-loving, free-flowering easy-care native Water Iris. Water Iris Versicolor (versicolor just means ‘many-colored’) is an easy care and strikingly beautiful addition to any water garden. It doesn’t mind wet feet. It blooms continually from May to July. The flowers are striking jeweled shades of purples and lavenders with ticks of yellow and white. They are often called Blue Flag because they wave in the wind on top of long wand-like stems. Even when not in bloom, the grassy, strap-like leaves are handsome reflecting in the water of your pond or fountain. Being a native, you know that it is hardy and will reward you for years to come. Add some color to your pond landscaping this year. Add some Water iris Versicolor today! * Beautiful flowers for many months * Attracts wildlife * Hardy and carefree once established .
The first foxglove to bloom in the spring! Just like the dog it’s named after, Dalmatian Purple Foxglove is known for its spots. Each individual rose-purple flared flower has dozens of dark freckles in its throat. These flowers line tall, erect spikes by the dozens. The more of these you plant, the more flower-power you get!The 2’ tall plants are very architectural and give great structure along a fence or at the middle of a border. These beauties are synonymous with cottage gardens in Europe and America. They look great in these mixed borders, but try them in mass around a tree for a striking modern look. Perfect cut flowers, it only takes a few to fill a vase with long-lasting blooms. Foxgloves are biennial, so let the seeds fall and enjoy them year after year. As pretty as they are in groups and borders, they also excel in large containers. Plant them with white flowers for a formal look or with yellows and pinks for an old-fashioned feel. However you plant them, you will enjoy these early bloomers all season long! * Rose-purple flowers* Great cuts* Deer and rabbit resistant* Attracts birds and butterflies.
Pretty And Hardy Walkers Low Catmint, Nepeta x faassenii ‘Walker’s Low’, is an ornamental perennial with fragrant leaves and adorable flowers. Plant several as a backdrop in the perennial bed, or a few in patio containers to delight your furry friends. This is a two foot tall herbaceous perennial, with a three foot spread. The oval leaves are aromatic with a dusty, grey-green appearance. If you crush one in your hand you’ll easily note the minty scent. Many people love to bring some inside for a homemade potpourri. Some attribute the Walkers Low Catmint with medicinal purposes as well. As to cats, although this is a hybrid of the catmint that most cats love, many cats still find it enticing. Spring brings erect spikes of trumpet-shaped lavender flowers to your Catmint plant and you can expect those to continue to bloom throughout the summer and into autumn. Butterflies, bees and hummingbirds love it, so you’ll have a steady stream of visitors throughout the summer months. The Catmint is a hardy plant, tolerating many soil conditions. Some people say it’s actually hard to kill, so you can’t go wrong! Sheering it back will encourage further growth and flowering, so you can easily keep it within your desired confines. Whether for its ornamental, medicinal or animal-friendly purposes, you’ll love having several of these fun and fancy plants around. * Lavender Blooms Summer Through Autumn* Attracts Hummingbirds and Butterflies* Shade Tolerant and Hardy.
Flowers and Fragrance You’ll Love this Summer! Sweet Summer Love Clematis is a plant you’re sure to love this summer for its sweet scent and gorgeous flowers. While other clematis varieties have fragile stems, Sweet Summer Love is strong. Where some clematis flowers are fleeting, Sweet Summer Love’s fabulous blossoms are long-blooming. Many clematis have beautiful blooms with no scent, but Sweet Summer Love Clematis provides both. It even blooms earlier than many clematis varieties. Quite simply, Sweet Summer Love is a hardy and prolific clematis that you can count on for a tremendous show every year! The flowers of Sweet Summer Love emerge in July in shades of deep red, maturing to red-tinted purple. The thousands of starry blooms, together on the same vine, create a multi-toned effect of reds and purples highlighted by the frilly white stamen centers. The blooms last into mid-September for a long-lasting display that is a spectacular show to be sure! Your Sweet Summer Love Clematis is a deciduous, ornamental vine that will climb up to 12 feet tall with a spread of up to 6 feet. It’s adaptive to a variety of soils, cold and heat tolerant and disease resistant. Plant one by your front door, along a fence or against a trellis where it can realize its full height and beauty…and where you can enjoy its sweet scent and brilliant color. For a fast growing vine that blooms sooner and longer than most, and features both exceptional flowers and fragrance, look no further than Sweet Summer Love Clematis. * Fragrant, purple flowers* Long blooming* Fast growing* Cold hardy.
Scented Summer Flowers for the Shade Hosta Fragrant Bouquet packs a double-whammy! Besides the strikingly colored leaves – apple green with a creamy white edge – this shade lover shoots up highly scented cream colored flowers in late summer. Talk about a conversation piece! Planted around a shaded garden bench, this hosta will reward you with beautiful sparkling foliage all summer and into fall. When the flowers spike and perfume your shady nook, you’ll wonder why you’ve never planted these lovely hostas before. Hummingbirds love the large tubular flowers also, so you can be sure of plenty of feathered visitors to your garden. A few hours of morning sunlight will bring out the best color in Fragrant Bouquet Hosta, but it will thrive in a totally shaded spot. It loves humis-rich soil and is a great woodland planting, but it shines if you put it in a well-drained container by your patio, too! Divide the plants in early spring as needed. Order Fragrant Bouquet Hosta from us today. Your shady garden will thank you! * Bi-color leaves * Scented cream-colored blooms in mid-summer * Hummingbirds love the flowers.
Folded Leaves Resemble Hands Hosta Praying Hands, Hosta ‘Praying Hands’, is a fascinating new hosta with an unusual form that definitely makes it a collector’s hosta. The upright, narrow, tightly folded leaves resemble hands folded in prayer. The folded leaves reveal the prominent veining on the back side of the leaves. ‘Praying Hands’ has dark green leaves and are also heavily rippled with a thin, gold margin. Displays lavender flowers in late summer. A must have for any gardener looking for something unique! This low care perennial is ideal for shady positions. High-filtered or dappled sunlight is necessary for clean, healthy growth. Morning sun is tolerable and will help to intensify the leaf colors, but hot afternoon sun is usually deadly to hostas. They are most at home in shady, woodland settings and often work well as specimen or edging plants. Hostas grow best in moist, well-drained, highly organic soils with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. Sandy loam is better than clay because it provides more aeration for the roots. *Upright Folded Dark Green Leaves*Gold Margin on Leaves*Lavender Flowers in Late Summer.
Dark blue spikes attract hummingbirds and butterflies Every garden needs vertical flowers in it. They punctuate the garden and add rhythm and texture. As your eyes move across the garden the vertical flowers poking up through the greenery force you to pause and look closer. Royal Candles Speedwell (Veronica spicata ‘Royal Candles’) is the perfect summer flower for this. Royal Candles Speedwell is super easy to grow and will come back year after year. The “candles” are spikes of deep royal purple that wave above glossy green leaves. They don’t get eaten by rabbits or deer, but they do attract butterflies and hummingbirds by the droves. Use veronica in borders, beds and as a groundcover. It will be showy all summer (even better if you deadhead the first flush of flowers). The foliage will only reach 3” tall, but the flowers can spike up to 1’, so plant them accordingly! These easy-to-grow plants just need full sun and well-drained soil that gets plenty of water during the growing season to stay happy. They make great cut flowers, too! Order several Royal Candles Speedwell to add some interest to your beds and borders this year. * Dark purple/blue spikes all summer * Sun lover * Attracts pollinators.
Leadwort Makes a Perfect Fall Groundcover Blue Plumbago Plant (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) – also commonly called leadwort – is a fantastic groundcover. (There is also a tropical plumbago that Floridians and Californians grow that reaches 8 feet tall. This isn’t that!) Growing only 6- 10 inches high it is covered in beautiful gentian-blue blooms all summer and into fall. And fall is when it really shines. The blue flowers keep coming as the leaves turn a fiery orange-red. The contrast is show-stopping. Use this Blue Plumbago plant between stepping stones or as an understory to other shrubs. It does well in full to part sun and spreads easily. It is drought tolerant once it is established and it stands up to light foot traffic too! It combines well with tulips and daisies in spring and summer and looks fantastic with fall blooming bulbs popping up through its showy bright fall color. It will spill over the edges of walls or containers, adding some extra pop to your patio plantings. Make sure you order more than one so that you can fill in those bare spots quickly. This Blue Plumbago plant loves to please and we know that you will be happy with it in your garden * Blue flowers and great fall foliage * Fills in bare spots quickly * Easy care and drought resistant.
More flowers than any other coneflower we’ve ever seen! Where to start singing the praises of PowWow® Wild Berry Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘PAS702918’)? We could start with the color – a bright, fade-proof, unique shade of purple-pink-bubblegum that you won’t find in any other Coneflower. Or we could talk about the PROFUSION of blooms that come from early summer until cut back by frost. We could mention that it is one of the best-branching of all the coneflowers, which means more flower-power all season and little dead-heading required. We could tell you how the PowWow® Wild Berry Coneflower attracts birds, butterflies and bees and how the flowers dry to make great everlasting bouquets. Or how it adapts to just about any climate in the U.S., laughing at extreme drought, heat, cold and humidity. Or how at a compact 24 inches high and wide it fits into any sunny border or container without a problem. We could say all that…or we could just say that we can’t recommend this great plant enough and you will love having it in your garden, container, border and vase all season long Super hardy and easy to grow, make sure that you have room for these in your garden this year. Order yours from Nature Hills today. * Easy care native species* Long lasting flowers* Perfect in sunny borders and pots.
Blue Starfish in the Sun Sea Holly Blue Glitter, Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’, is the one to place in that hot, sunny spot in your landscape! Eryngium ‘Blue Glitter’ won the Fleuroselect Gold Medal award in 2007 and is loved by florists as well as gardeners. This Sea Holly has distinctive blue spiny flowers that are produced on 8 silver-blue stems that stand high above blue-green deep toothed basal leaves. ‘Blue Glitter’ adds stature to the perennial garden and longer vase life to arrangements. A durable plant, ‘Blue Glitter’ performs in a variety of climates, but truly thrives in hot, sunny conditions. Preferring rich fertile soils but tolerant in more demanding settings, ‘Blue Glitter’ adapts to almost any setting that has well drained soils. Eryngium does not like to be overwatered, and it will spread to form a small patch in a hot sunny aea. You will find that the flower color tends to be more intense in higher temperatures. Plant this ‘Blue Glitter’ in a sunny location and you will be glad you did. It will add unique color and texture to your garden and will also provide your home with lovely floral bouquets! *Blue Spiny Star Fish Flowers*Loves Sun, Heat, and Drier Soils*Compact Spreading Plant .
Dazzling Sky-blue Flowers in Summer The Delphinium ‘Butterfly Blue’, Delphinium grandiflora, has a wonderful true sky blue flower that reaches a height of 10” and a plant spread of 15-18”. This deep, gentian-blue trumpet shaped flower is a great contrast with is forest-green slender foliage, blooming early to mid summer. ‘Butterfly Blue’ makes a great border plant, for rock gardens, as cut flowers in small vases or as a container plant. Delphinium ‘Butterfly Blue’ needs a rich moist soil that is well drained in a sunny location and should never experience drought. A must for any cottage garden, remove spent heads to produce more growth throughout the season. Try ‘Butterfly Blue’ with Hibiscus ‘Blue River II’ or Leucanthemum ‘Becky Daisy’. * Great for borders & rock gardens* Blooms early to mid-summer* Thrives in full sun .
Perennial with Silver Foliage and Lavender Flowers Silver Mist Lavender is an ornamental perennial with unique foliage and delicate flowers. It looks great planted en masse along a driveway or sidewalk, and would certainly have an eye-catching effect when scattered throughout your perennial bed. It would also be a great choice for your patio containers. Your Silver Mist is a gem among Lavenders. Not only does it possess the usual sought-after lavender flowers, but it also has uncommon foliage. Long before the flowers appear, your Silver Mist will branch out to form an ethereal vision in your yard. The white/silver foliage will seem to float like a “silver mist” suspended in your garden. It’s a breathtaking sight that is only improved upon when mid-summer brings your first Lavender blossoms. The tiny blue flowers cling to the tall stalks, a prolific and hardy bloom for both indoors and out. You can count on your Silver Mist to continue the show well into fall. Lavender is valued for a variety of reasons, and your Silver Mist is no exception. Lavender is treasured for its scent and flowers, used for everything from medicinal purposes to craft projects. Your Silver Mist’s foliage even has an herb-scented aroma to fancy-up your garden ambiance. Silver Mist is perfect for those small spaces in the garden where you’d like something showy, but don’t have a lot of room. In milder climates, it’s evergreen, and in others will reliably perform from spring until frost. It’s drought and heat tolerant, and even the rabbits and deer will pass it by. *Outstanding Foliage *Valuable Flowers *Multiple Uses.
Purple Dessert Plates Clematis Vyvyan Pennell bears huge 8 double flowers in the spring and reblooms in August with single light violet flowers; one of the best double flowered clematis variety. The impressive flowers are violet-blue with reddish overtones and have contrasting gold stamens. It was awarded Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit. This is a good strong grower, compact and sturdy, and produces lots of large, luxuriant flowers on strong stiff stalks! Clematis ‘Vyvyan Pennell’ needs a supporting structure to grow properly and it is easy to grow with a rich, porous, alkaline soil that has plenty of room for the roots to spread. Prune lightly above the new leaf buds in early spring and remove any dead or weak stems. Best performance is when the tops are in full sunlight and the roots are shaded, but will thrive and bloom in shade. Apply generous mulch or a shallow-rooted ground cover near the base of the vine. Very reliable performers once established; they take a season or two. Plant this wonderful Clematis ‘Vyvyan Pennell’ just about anywhere, wherever its twining leaf stalks can take hold, even in a container pot! * Huge Double 8 Purple Flowers in Spring* Rebloomer* Compact and Vigorous.
Glowing Purple Beacons Attract Butterflies The Salvia ‘May Night’, Salvia nemorosa ‘Mainacht’, has glowing purple stems loaded with violet-purple flowers that bloom from June to October. With its blue-gray, lance-shaped aromatic foliage, it makes an attractive accent all summer long. It has a plant height of 18” and a spread of 18-24” and stays in excellent compact form. It was selected Perennial Plant of the year in 1997, and one can see why. Salvia ‘May Night’ should be planted in full sun in a moist well-drained area. To increase bloom time, it should be cut back after the first bloom. It can be clipped back hard after blooming to rejuvenate the foliage. ‘May Night’ is a magnet for butterflies, bees and hummingbirds and is deer-resistant. It is hardy for container gardening and provides excellent cut flowers. This plant tolerates heat and humidity. You may divide this plant in early spring or fall. Its blooms look wonderful next to Sedum ‘Matrona’, Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’, and Saliva ‘Snow Hill’. * Glowing Purple Flowers* Blooms All Season* Loves Sun and Attracts Butterflies.
Lavender Ruffles on a Compact Plant The Daylily Purple D’ Oro, Hemerocallis ‘Purple D’ Oro’ (DeGroot, ’00), has edge ruffled blooms that are lavender in color and with a yellow throat on semi-evergreen foliage. Purple De Oro is related to the very popular Stella D’ Oro Daylily and will bloom from June through October. It is a reliable rebloomer. It can survive harsh conditions that many other plants can not and prefers full sun for the best performance. Daylilies are some of the easiest plants to grow and are a good choice for any gardener. They will grow in almost any soil and handle drought to wet soil conditions. Use for stand alone plantings, edging, in borders or in mixed containers and tubs. *Ruffled Lavender Blooms with Yellow Throat*Compact Plant*Reblooms All Summer.