The Heliopsis ‘Summer Sun Sunflower’, Heliopsis helianthiodes, is a great combination of large, orange-yellow flowers with dark green foliage.Blooming from July till frost, this Heliopsis grows to 4’ tall with a plant spread of 18-24”. This easy to grow perennial attracts butterflies and is deer resistant.‘Summer Sun Sunflower’ needs to be grown in full sun, but can tolerate some afternoon shade. It can be planted in average, well-drained soil, but do not allow it to dry out. A wonderful addition to island beds or in the back or borders or as cut flowers.‘Summer Sun Sunflower’ may be slow to appear in the spring, but the blooms persist long after other perennials have completed their show..
Roscoea Spice Island, Roscoea purpurea ‘Spice Island’, thrives in humus rich moist soil in a cool sheltered site. It will go dormant if soil dries out, and it is not recommended for hot humid conditions.This hardy ginger forms clumps of dark leaves with deep red undersides on thick, deep red stems. Compared to ‘Brown Peacock’ it is taller and has larger and broader leaves with thicker red stems.’Spice Island’ is late to come out of dormancy and may not emerge until May or June. If you like orchids, we recommend this ‘Spice Island’ that produces orchid-like flowers that are a lavender purple color. Use it as a tropical element or in mixed shade beds.Exhibiting an impressive and stunning tropical display as a container plant, ‘Spice Island’ also works well at water’s edge. ‘Spice Island’ offers a bit of tropical finery for you in a shaded container or border.* Orchid-like flowers* Hardy* Tropical element.
The Crocosmia Emily McKenzie, ‘Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora emily mckenzie’, a spring planted corm, produces beautiful orange flowers with red centers. The flowers are very showy, and they make great cut flowers. The Crocosmia is also commonly known as Monbretia. Crocosmias are clump forming and bloom best in crowded conditions. This plant has attractive foliage. Hummingbirds flock to their blooms..
The Aster Honeysong Purple, ‘Stokesia laevis’, has leathery, strap-like leaves that form a clump at the base with huge true royal purple daisy-like flowers with a hint of red at the end of the stem. The powdery blue flowers bloom from July until frost and have a plant height of 14” and a plant spread of 18-24”.This aster is an exciting introduction from the late hosta guru, Alex Summers and his son, Alan, of the former Carroll Gardens. Stokesia ‘Honeysong Purple’ boasts large, vivid, dark purple flowers with a contrasting reddish-pink center on a nice, compact grower. This is truly one of the most stunning colored stokesia on the market!‘Honeysong Purple’ Aster will do best in well drained soil, and a full sun area with morning shade; should not stay wet while in dormancy. This aster is wonderful for summer color in beds, borders or containers, and it makes a beautiful vase of lovely cut flowers. Deadhead after the first initial flowering in order to increase bloom time.* Powdery blue flowers* Container plant* Deadhead .
Helleborus Berry Swirl (Lenten Rose), Helleborus’ Berry Swirl’, is an evergreen perennial whose petals contain soft brushstrokes of orchid shades, some with creamy-white centers, and are finely lined with an orchid edging. Because Hellebores flower in early spring during the Lenten season, they are called the Lenten Rose. Berry Swirl Lenten Rose adds beauty and color to shaded areas in borders or under trees as winter comes to an end. The double flowers are 2-3”across and bloom for about 3 months. These hellebores were hybridized by Marietta O’Byrne of Oregon. She only chooses the most profuse bloomers, and Berry Swirl made the cut in her breeding work. Berry Swirl has true color and is a vigorous grower that produces large flowers. This plant needs good drainage and fertile humus rich soil; use in mixed beds or as an understory. These lovely plants tolerate clay, and are drought and deer resistant..
Lenten Rose Royal Heritage Strain, Helleborus x hybridus ‘Royal Heritage Strain’, includes a wide range of sumptuous colors. Purple, near-black, white, pale green, yellow, pink, rose, and red flower colors are possible, some are spotted or brushed with a contrasting color on the 2″ wide blooms. Royal Heritage™ Strain brings the varied and lovely world of Helleborus right into your garden. It supplies a wider range of colors and a better adaptability than older varieties. Helleborus Royal Heritage™ Strain was the 2005 Perennial Plant of the year award winner. It often flowers during the Christian season of Lent, from which it gets its common name, Lenten Rose. Helleborus is a hardy, easy to grow perennial that thrives in a partially sunny to full shade location and are great companions to hosta. They are tolerant of heat and humidity. Helleborus are enjoyable to grow because they are low-maintenance and disease/pest-free. As with many ornamental perennials, adequate soil preparation is the key to long term health and vigor. Helleborus are deep rooted, stout plants, and are well-known for their thick, shiny green foliage. Trim back last year’s foliage in the spring..
Pink Heart Blooms and BloomsBleeding Heart ‘Candy Hearts’, Dicentra ‘Candy Hearts’ PP#14,692, is part of a new generation of bleeding hearts that are nothing like your grandma’s old fashioned bleeding hearts!This exceptional, dwarf variety blooms from mid spring until a hard frost. The pendulous flowers accent the lacy, blue-grey foliage and are shaped like cute little rose-pink hearts.Dicentra ‘Candy Hearts’ remain compact and attractive all season long! The delicate fragrance is an added bonus for the senses!With its elegant long stems and famous heart-shaped flowers, Dicentra is perfect for a border or patio container, and will thrive in a partially shaded spot. This really is a shade lover, delighting in full to part shade conditions.This plant will perform in the full sun but will tend to disappear in mid-summer when it has all the sun it can handle. It usually pops back up the following spring.It is best to plant it in fertile but well-drained soils. ‘Candy Hearts’ prefers consistently moist, humus-rich soils that are similar to a great woodland soil — full of organic matter and richly fertile.The simplest way to mimic this is to add several shovels of compost around the base of the plant every spring.This charming, yet stunning Bleeding Hearts, will literally light up your shady areas in your garden!* Heart-shaped flowers* Dwarf variety* Shade.
The Oriental Lily Stargazer, ‘Lilum ‘Stargazer’, has extremely large pink flowers with white edges and spots of red that are fragrant, producing 4-5 flowers per stem. The dark green foliage makes a great contrast with its flower color. ‘Stargazer’ has a plant height of 36” and is one of the most popular Lily’s on the market today. Cutting the pollen off the middle of the flower, not letting it touch the flower, will increase the bloom time on Lily’s. Blooming in mid to late June, ‘Stargazer’ should be planted in full sun and in a well drained soil. Proven to be resistant to rots and virus, it should not be left out of the perennial garden..
The Blue Glow Globe Thistle, ‘Echinops bannaticus ‘Blue Glow’, produces decorative, steel-blue flower heads that persist from July through September atop this erect perennial with grey-green foliage. The Blue Gobe thistle is easy to grow in well drained soil. This plant will tolerate a wide range of soils, including poor, dry soils. Use this plant in sunny borders, as an accent plant, or in the garden. The blooms are excellent for cut flowers or for dried flowers. This plant will attract butterflies and is rabbit and deer resistant..
Waves of ElectricityViolet Purple Showers, Viola ‘Purple Showers’, is very appropriately named! The large 2″ electric purple flowers will shower your landscape nearly all spring and summer! Butterflies and hummingbirds love them.’Purple Showers’ blooms profusely in spring and then continues with sporadic flowering until fall. The 8″ flower stems rise nicely above the foliage and make excellent cut flowers.Violets grow best in cool, moist, shady environments. In the north, plants can tolerate full sun but prefer partial to full shade.Shade from deciduous trees is ideal because the plants growing below receive full sun in the spring followed by protection from the harsh summer sun once the trees get their leaves.If plants are cut back after the first bloom cycle, they will likely bloom again in the fall.Deadheading spent flowers will prolong the blooming season and promote a new flush of growth.Use this plant as a groundcover or as an edge. It also makes a great container plant!Enjoy the dancing blooms atop the low mounds of glossy green, heart-shaped leaves!* Large 2″ Purple Flowers* Full Sun in Spring and Shade in Summer* Attracts Butterflies.
Late Summer Beautify With Showy BloomsMillenium Allium explodes in late summer with long-lasting, beautiful purple blooms. This hardy perennial is easy to care for, and will fill your garden with color. Planting several in your perennial bed will paint your landscape with pops of purple in the summer sun.As well as having amazing color while in bloom, the Millenium Allium has strappy foliage that is quite handsome. The unique clumps of thin, glossy green foliage will draw your eye in in the spring and fall.While in bloom, you will be treated to deep lavender flowers atop tall stems. The 1.5 inch round clusters of purple blooms will seem to hover over the foliage, like little fireworks exploding over long waiving blades of grass. Your Millenium Allium is a perfect for butterfly gardens, and also a good choice if you are looking for a deer resistant option. The flowers indoors to brighted up your home, as they are great in floral arangements, fresh and dried. *Long-Lasting Blooms*Handsome Foliage*Hardy and Deer Resistant.
Licorice Fragrance in Blue SpikesHyssop Blue Fortune, Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’, originates from the Greek word aga, meaning “very much,” and stachys, meaning “spikes,” referring to the many flower spikes. As one of the easiest and most rewarding perennials to grow, this award winning ‘Blue Fortune’ is a tremendously long bloomer! ‘Blue Fortune’ is useful for adding a spot of color to the garden late in the season when many other plants are finished. Hummingbird Mint, as it’s also known as, has foliage that smells distinctly like black licorice when crushed.This variety of Hyssop is more tolerant of cold winters and wet soil. ‘Blue Fortune’ needs full sun to light shade and dry to medium soil. Peak bloom occurs in midsummer and attracts butterflies. If you’d like to restrict the height of this tall perennial, pinch back its blue-green foliage in spring before the flower buds are formed.Plant this handsome low-maintenance clumping perennial in a sunny location. You can enjoy its long lasting blooms and color, especially late in the season when other plants begin to fade!* Many Blue Violet Spikes in Late Summer* Cold and Wet Soil Tolerant* Loves Sun and Medium Dry Soil.
The Oriental Lily Casa Blanca, ‘Lilum ‘Casa Blanca’, has extremely large pure white flowers that are fragrant, producing 4-5 flowers per stem. The dark green foliage makes a great contrast with its flower color. ‘Casa Blanca’ has a plant height of 47” and is one of the most popular Lily’s on the market today. Cutting the pollen off the middle of the flower, not letting it touch the flower, will increase the bloom time on Lily’s. Blooming in mid to late June, ‘Casa Blanca’ should be planted in full sun and in a well drained soil. Proven to be resistant to rots and virus, it should not be left out of the perennial garden..
The Oriental Lily Star Gazer, ‘Lilium’, a spring planted bulb, produces pink flowers with white edges. Oriental Lilies are long lived, and they will increase in number year after year. They are ideal for summer bouquets because of their heavenly fragrance. Oriental lilies display huge flowers that are richly colored and are borne on long stems. Use them in flower borders or in your own cutting garden..
Alstroemeria Mauve Majesty (Peruvian Lily), Alstroemeria ‘Mauve Majesty’, boasts bright pink azalea or orchid-like flower clusters that are accented by dark speckling and a creamy yellow throat. These lovely flowers appear atop beautiful green foliage. It is not fragrant and botanically it is not a lily.The ‘Mauve Majesty’ will surely attract attention along your perennial border. If you want to try something different, you can watch the clump start flowering in May and lasts through frost. The sturdy, upright stems average 15 florets per umbel!This Peruvian Lily performs best in well-drained, humus-rich soil under full sunlight. If you provide uniform soil temperatures, the bloom period will be extended. This can be done by adding a layer of mulch to keep the soil cool and moist.‘Mauve Majesty’ is one of the first in its color class to be hardy to zone 6. Florists love this Alstroemeria for its long lasting cut flower that can last up to two weeks in a vase!* Bright pink flowers* Clumping habit* Hardy.