Nearly Black HollyhockThe Nigra Hollyhock, ‘Alcea rosea’, has large single, very dark maroon to almost black flowers. (The darkest flower in this family). The flowers grow on rigid, towering spikes or spires which typically reach a height of 4’ to 6’. The Hollyhock family is made up of a rather large group that exhibits tall stature and is biennial in nature. They may need to be staked in windy areas.Although they are short lived, they reseed themselves. The large blooms of ‘Nigra’ Hollyhock flower in the summer months from June to August! Alcea is a wonderful plant near the back of the border, working great along walls or fences They are best planted in full sun in a well-drained areas, but it tolerates a wide range of soil conditions. It can tolerate some light shade but will not tolerate wet soils. Hollyhocks can be grown under Black Walnut trees, they are tolerant of the toxic juglone that is emitted through the trees roots.The hollyhock plant is perhaps the definitive old-fashioned garden plant that you looked up to in your grandmother’s garden! ‘Nigra’ flowers through the summer, and is a tall stately, unique plant with almost black flowers!*Nearly Black Flowers*4′-6′ Biennial Stalks*Attracts Butterflies and Hummgbirds.
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.
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 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..
The Astrantia major ‘Venice’ (PPAF), Astrantia major, is a stunning pincushion Astrantia with deep ruby-red flowers that verge on burgundy. Astrantia thrives in full sun and well drained soils. It is characterized by its upright plant habit, green-colored stems and leaves, freely and continuous flowering habit and inflorescences with showy involucral bracts that are red purple in color. Mix it into the middle of the border where it can mingle among other flowers. It is an interesting clumping perennial for a woodland setting and is becoming increasingly popular. Cut flowers last a long while in bouquets and are easily dried for winter reminders of summer gardens. Though it can adapt to a little more sun than it prefers, it cannot abide drought. Bees & butterflies are very fond of the blooms..
The Foxglove Foxy Mix, Digitalis ‘Foxy Mix’, is a showy and compact perennial that produces an array of pastel blooms. Colors include: pink, pale yellow, purple, white and magenta with marbled markings.The dense spikes produce large tubular flowers. The foliage has a velvet and fuzzy texture that contrasts well with the flower colors.‘Foxy Mix’ has a plant height of 30-36” and a spread of 8-10”. Digitalis should be planted in full sun but will tolerate morning shade. It blooms early to mid summer, in most climates, partial shade is best, though it will grow in full sun in northern regions.Try planting ‘Foxy Mix’ in woodland gardens, near or back of a border, 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, ‘Foxy Mix’ is a must in any garden. (All parts of Digitals are poisonous if ingested and can be invasive).This dazzling foxglove produces several tall, stately flower spikes, providing a strong vertical accent in the flower garden!* Mixed pastel colors* Attracts butterflies and bees* Strong stems.
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.
Deer Resistant SnowSnow in Summer Silver Carpet, Cerastium tomentosum ‘Silver Carpet’, adds excellent spring color to your rock gardens, or as a border plant.The snow-like mass of little white flowers appears in early spring, and the frosty white, woolly foliage is stunning all season long. This plant flowers profusely and, when in full bloom, the mounded plant resembles a mound of snow, hence its name.’Silver Carpet’ is deer resistant and also can handle light foot traffic. ‘Silver Carpet’ is a spreading, mat-like perennial that is perfect for the rock garden, borders, or carpeting any sunny spots.Cerastium tomentosum tolerates drought and will grow in dry to moist soils. Suitable soil is well-drained, loamy or sandy with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH.Divide in spring or fall if necessary. Trim plant back after flowering to keep it neat and compact. This plant can also become invasive, so it is recommended to shear it back after flowering.* Profuse White Blooms in Spring* 8″ of White Woolly Groundcover* Deer Resistant* Hardy* Deer Resistant.
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.
Evergreen Fronds at ChristmasThe Christmas Fern, Polystichum acrostichoides, occurs in both dry and moist wooded slopes, moist banks and ravines.It typically grows in a fountain-like clump to 2′ tall and features leathery, lance-shaped, evergreen fronds. It is green at Christmas time as the common name suggests. The stocking shape of the pinnae also suggests Christmas.Crosiers (young fiddleheads) in spring are silvery and scaled. Sori appear on the undersides of the pinnae only at the ends (last 1/3) of the fronds.Christmas ferns are asymmetrical with a fine texture and have a moderately dense crown. The evergreen fronds provide good winter interest for the landscape.This fern does not spread but the clumps increase in size over time. These plants serve as hosts for butterfly larvae.Christmas ferns enjoy shade and it will not survive in the sun!*Evergreen Foliage*Grows in Clumps and Will Not Spread*Good Shade Plant in Moist Soil.
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.
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..