Giant Flower Clusters on Tall StemsSummer Skies is a hardy perennial with giant flower clusters on tall stems. These make a wonderful container or border plant. The height of the flower head would also make them a perfect addition amid shorter plantings in your perennial bed. Your Summer Skies is a fabulous, tropical-looking plant that stands above the rest…literally. Its 24-inch bare stems shoot up into the sky well above many other garden plantings. The 8-inch round balls of delicate buds sit strategically atop the stems until they begin to open in mid-summer. Dozens of 6-petaled, sky blue flowers cluster together on the tall stalks in a breathtaking display of floral majesty. You’ll enjoy this performance of nature in all her splendor throughout the summer months and even into fall. Summer Skies will grow to about 3 feet tall with a 24 inch spread. Its upright habit and medium green foliage create an attractive picture in the landscape even without the amazing flowers. Your Summer Skies is a variety of African Lily Plant. It was developed for greater hardiness and seems to live up to that expectation. It is easy to care for and cold tolerant. Butterflies love it but deer don’t. The flowers make an excellent cut flower, so you can even enjoy its brilliance indoors. It’s quite simply a plant with a lot to offer that demands little in return. In fact, Summer Skies seems to prefer a little neglect, blooming best when overcrowded or even root bound. It’s easy to see why Summer Skies is a great choice for your garden today. * Tropical Looking Flowers* Cold Hardy* Deer Resistant.
A Native Butterfly Magnet! Nothing brings life and movement to a garden quite like wildlife. Butterflies, birds and bees flitting around animates and enlivens a space like nothing else. Plant a few Butterfly Weed plants (Asclepias tuberosa) around your garden and see what we mean.Butterfly Weed (also known as Butterfly Milkweed) is a native flower that is common in the wild over most of America and half of Canada. It provides food and shelter for many species of butterflies, including the beloved Monarch. The beautiful orange/yellow flowers produce much more nectar than their size suggests, and that attracts hummingbirds and bees, too.These are beautiful summer bloomers, with pretty flowers floating above airy foliage. Since they adapt to so many conditions, they are almost maintenance free in your home garden. No coddling necessary. Prune only when you need to keep them in bounds.Butterfly Weed plants mix beautifully with other natives like yarrow, rudbeckia and sage. Besides their beauty, you can also enjoy the knowledge that you are keeping a native species thriving.Super hardy and astonishingly colorful, you can’t go wrong with these in your garden. Order your Butterfly Weed plant from Nature Hills today. * Great color* Adapts to many soil types* Attracts pollinators.
Hyssop Golden Jubilee, Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’, originates from the Greek word aga, meaning “very much,” and stachys, meaning “spikes,” referring to the many flower spikes. This was a 2002 FleuroSelect Award winner! One of the easiest and most rewarding perennials to grow, this award winning ‘Golden Jubilee’ is a tremendously long bloomer. It is useful for adding a spot of color to the garden late in the season when many other plants are finished. Its foliage smells distinctly like black licorice when crushed, thus its common name, Anise Hyssop. 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..
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..
Raspberries and LicoriceHyssop Raspberry Summer, Agastache ‘Raspberry Summer’ PPAF, name originates from the Greek word aga, meaning “very much,” and stachys, meaning “spikes,” referring to the many flower spikes. It also commonly referred to as Hummingbird Mint.As one of the easiest and most rewarding perennials to grow, this award winning ‘Raspberry Summer’ is a tremendously long bloomer. ‘Raspberry Summer’ PPAF is a stunning beauty that is adorned with raspberry pink tubular flowers that float above attractive, bright green, fragrant foliage from summer and into fall. The wonderfully fragrant foliage is deer resistant and forms attractive clumps.Its foliage smells distinctly like black licorice when crushed, thus its common name, Anise Hyssop. 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. It prefers well-drained soil and needs full sun to light shade and dry to medium soil. Peak bloom occurs in midsummer and provides a real summer treat for hummingbirds and butterflies.This wonderful raspberry pink ‘Raspberry Summer’ hyssop is useful for adding a spot of color to the garden late in the season, especially when many other plants begin to fade!* Spikes of Pink Tubular Flowers Late Summer into Fall* Crushed Foliage Smells Like Licorice* Attracts Butterflies and Hummingbirds.
Lenten Rose Onyx Odyssey, Helleborus Winter Jewels ‘Onyx Odyssey’, is a dramatic and elegant beauty. ‘Onyx Odyssey’ is slate purple to near black in color, boasting 15 to 20 petals held in successive layers. Each flower can measure up to 3″ across, and the petals retain much of their coloration and remain on the flower; as the petals surround the swelling seed pod, the interest is extended long past the initial bloom time.The foliage of Helleborus ‘Onyx Odyssey’ emerges purple in early spring and matures to a lovely shade of green. This evergreen foliage provides year-round interest 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..
A 3-season Native StarFor now, Blue Ice Blue Star (Amsonia ‘Blue Ice’) is not a common perennial that you’ll find at your local big box store. You won’t see many growing in your neighborhood. People will stop and ask you “Just what is it that you’ve got there?” For now…but that won’t last long. Blue Star is such a great native plant (its common name is Arkansas Blue Star) that it will shortly be a staple in gardens. Why not be the first on your block to have some? It’s hard to choose which is better – the beautiful star-shaped dark blue flowers that cover the plant in the spring, or the cloud of leafy willow-like leaves that turn such a bright golden-yellow in the fall you almost need sunglasses to look directly at them. You can’t go wrong either way. Blue Ice Blue Star provides three great seasons of color and texture in your garden. They thrive in average soil in full sun to part shade. They don’t need staking to stand up tall and true. The only pruning necessary is to cut the seed heads off in the fall, unless you want more seedlings – this native love to reseed. Don’t wait for the neighbors to buy these great native plants before you. Be the first to buy some from Nature Hills. You’ll be very happy you did. * Easy care native perennial* Hardy and disease resistant* Spring flowers AND fall color.
18″ of Gold All SummerFoxglove Goldcrest, Digitalis ‘Goldcrest’ ‘Waldigone’ PPAF, blooms from mid-summer into early fall and has strong 18″ long stems with dark green lance shaped leaves. The flower racemes are in shades of yellow-peach with reddish brown markings. Digitalis ‘Goldcrest’ flowers over a long period, has small flowers and dark semi-evergreen leaves. It is well branched so that there is succession of flowering. Compact in size, it is a great garden perennial, and ‘Goldcrest’ is sure to be a unique and colorful addition for your garden landscape! Digitalis should be planted in full sun but will tolerate morning shade. In most climates, partial shade is best, though it will grow in full sun in northern regions. Try planting it in woodland gardens, as a border plant or for cut flowers. Remember to leave some dead flower stalks to self sow for future flowers. Being a major attraction to bees, butterflies and birds, it is a must in any garden. (All parts of Digitals are poisonous if ingested and can be invasive).*18″ of Spikes of Gold Flowers All Summer*Full Sun to Part Shade*Attracts Hummingbirds and Butterflies.
Purple Fragrance in Full SunThe Phlox Junior Dream, Phlox paniculata ‘Junior Dream’ (PPAF), has fragrant purple flowers with a darker colored eye on short stems. It is one the Phlox Junior series that contain mildew resistant plants.Blooming all summer long, ‘Junior Dream’ has a plant height of 18-22” and is an easy to grow plant that will become a definite favorite of your perennial garden. Attracting butterflies, it will become a mainstay of purple color all summer.‘Junior Dream’ needs to be planted in a full sun area in well-drained soil and can be successfully planted in rock gardens or as a border. It also makes a lovely fresh bouquet. It is best to remove faded flower clusters to encourage continuous bloomingYou will soon realize that phlox plants become the backbone of your summer perennial gardens. If phlox plants are stressed, they will usually develop some degree of mildew so keep the location cool, slightly shaded, and provide humus moist soil. Do not plant ‘Junior Dream’ in an exposed hot dry soil without any surrounding vegetation or mulch to protect it.You will treasure the fragrant purple beauty of ‘Junior Dream’ because it produces a profusion of purple flowers in your perennial bed all summer long, so make sure you order plenty!*Purple Flowers With Dark Eye*Compact Plant*Attracts Butterflies .
The Royal Fern, Osmunda regalis, is a tall, deciduous fern which usually occurs on moist bluffs, ledges and along streams (sometimes growing in the water). Royal Ferns typically grows in clumps to 2-3′ tall, but with constant moisture can reach 6′ in height.The broad fronds have large, well-separated pinnae (leaflets) which give this fern an almost pea-family appearance. Fronds typically turn yellow to brown in autumn.The Royal Fern is also known as the Flowering Fern and is deciduous. Spores are located in brown, tassel-like, fertile clusters at the tips of the fronds, thus giving rise to the additional common name of flowering fern for this plant.Need protection for wildlife in your yard? This large fern occasionally forms sizable colonies that provide cover for wildlife. And if you are looking for a plant that can thrive in wet areas along ponds, streams, water gardens or in bogs, the Royal Fern is an excellent choice for you.You can expect Royal Fern to grow well in shaded borders, woodland gardens, wild gardens or native plant gardens too.* Deciduous* Fall color* Clump forming .
Blue Balloons All SummerAstra Double Blue Ballon Flower, Platycodon ‘Astra Double Blue’, is a wonderful new dwarf variety! ‘Astra’ Platycodons are a new series that form compact, well-branched plants.This heavy bloomer gets its name from the way each flower bud swells before its starry petals unfold. The interesting balloon-like buds burst open into bell-shaped double blue flowers from mid summer through early fall. Its compact, 2′ high, uniform habit makes ‘Astra Double Blue’ a good selection for cut flowers, containers, or the garden.’Astra Double Blue’ is an easy, disease and insect resistant perennial that thrives in almost any soil as long as it is well-drained and can easily adapt to grow in either full sun or part shade. It has exceptional branching and thick flower petals that make for long-lasting periwinkle blue blossoms.The compact form of this plant makes it ideal for mixed containers.*Prolific Blue Starry Blooms*Adaptable, Compact, and Hardy*Blooms All Summer.
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.
The Ghost Fern, ‘Athyrium niponicum var. pictum and Athyrium filix-feminais’, is a deciduous hybrid fern. The characteristic that is most noteable is it’s upright silvery foliage.The silvery foliage is acquired from its Japanese painted fern parent and upright habit from its lady fern parent. It typically grows to 30” tall. The slowly spreading clump of fronds are a soft grayish-green with an overlay of silvery shades. The silver is contrasted by the darker maroon midribs.The fronds become more grayish-green as summers warmer temperatures arrive. The Ghost Fern is easily grown in organically rich, medium wet, well-drained soil in part shade to full shade.The best site for this plant is in sheltered location. The Ghost Fern will tolerate more soil dryness than some other ferns, but soils must not be allowed to dry out. This fern is best used in, shade gardens or shaded border fronts, and in shaded areas near streams or ponds..
Pink Butterflies on Dainty HouseplantOxalis Strawberry, Oxalis crassipes ‘Rosea’, is a popular shade plant (often called a shamrock) that just doesn’t know when to quit blooming!Although it’s a perennial, this plant blooms like an annual from late spring to early fall if kept moist. Vivid green, clover-like leaves are dotted with bright pink flowers that butterflies adore and are nice in fresh bouquets.Oxalis ‘Strawberry’ forms a low mound that is the perfect size for edging or containers. Like many oxalis, the leaves of this variety close up at night or when light levels are very low.It does not set viable seed, so there’s no need to fear that it will become a nuisance in the garden. This variety has been used in southern gardens for many years. Oxalis plants are used in borders, beds, rock gardens and containers.Container grown plants should be kept just moist when dormant. During the growing season, ‘Strawberry’ should have moderate watering. It does best in moist, rich soils and prefers soils with good drainage. It is a prolific grower and bloomer with beautiful foliage and plenty of dainty blossoms, Oxalis ‘Strawberry’ can be grown as a houseplant or outdoors!* Prolific Strawberry Pink Blooms* 12″ of Clover Like Leaves Close at Night* House plant or Shady Border Plant .
The Silene Rollies Favorite, Silene x robotii ‘Rollies Favorite’ is a very rewarding perennial. It has beautiful, rich pink flowers that bloom on top of a low-growing mound of dark green foliage. This plant is actually a cross between Lychnis and Silene.Rollies Favorite starts blooming in May and continues throughout the summer into July. You need to plant it in full sun to partial sun and average well-drained soil.If you are looking for a small sized, easy to grow, mounded plant, Rollies Favorite is it! This plant makes a great border plant, container plant, or perfect in any perennial garden. It is an adorable little mound packed full of striking pink flowers. It will certainly brighten up your yard all summer long.* Rich pink* Mounded habit* Easy to grow .