The artist’s secret! By their nature gardens are full of color. Whether it’s the kaleidoscope of color from annual flowers; the fireworks of reds, oranges and golds from fall leaves; or the tapestry of verdant greens from hedges and trees, there is always color. As any artist knows, sometimes a swirl of colors improves when it is tempered by a more muted hue. Enter Wormwood (Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’), a subtle but gorgeous plant with a not-subtle and not-gorgeous name. Wormwood is silver-gray. Not shiny, not fancy, not in-your-face. Graceful, easy on the eyes and the perfect foil for every other color in your garden. It makes bright colors seem more vibrant and less garish. It makes overlooked colors – like every shade of green – look more rich and faceted. Paired with whites? Like Aubrey Hepburn – timeless and sophisticated. It’s not just the color of Wormwood that makes it work so well in the garden either. Wormwood brings a unique texture and feel to your landscape. The 2’-3’ high mounds have delicate, feathery, dissected foliage that really stands out next to strappy grasses and thick-leaved evergreens. Wormwood is a drought tolerant plant that is perfect for water-conscious gardeners. It is a staple in cottage gardens, but works well in rustic or contemporary settings, too, where it can appear either hotly wild or coolly structured. Bonus: Deer won’t touch it. Order your Wormwood today and use the artists secret weapon for making your colors sing! * Silver-gray foliage* Fits small gardens* Xeric* Containers* Ground cover* Thrives just about anywhere.
Alcea Sunshine (Hollyhock), Alcea Rosea ‘Sunshine’, produces captivating blossoms that adds a charming appearance to a garden in midsummer. Satiny single blooms, in a bright yellow, are produced on tall, sturdy stems. Sunshine will form the perfect foundation for a background border; will bloom the first year from seed. This hollyhock prefers moist, well-drained soil in full sun; drought-tolerant and suitable for xeriscaping. Hollyhocks are a short lived perennial or biennial, but will provide fabulous blooms if planted in an area where the plant will get a minimum of six hours of sun every day. They may need staking if planted in a windy location..
Ligularia Osiris Café Noir, Ligularia dentata ‘Osiris Café Noir’, emerges in the spring with deep purple-black foliage, morphs to shades of bronze, and then matures to an olive green.‘Osiris Café Noir’ has thick, leathery leaves with serrated edges. The lovely golden flowers appear in late summer above the tall 20” stems. Using it as a focal point, this plant makes a great specimen in a yard, and also looks especially attractive in a container on the patio!Ligularia should be planted in full shade in a well-drained area. It must have moist soil and should never be allowed to dry out. Use Ligularia in group or mass plantings, woodland gardens, or along streams, ponds, pools or bog gardens.‘Osiris Café Noir’ makes an extremely bold statement in the garden, and its best ornamental feature is its leaves. The flowers and leaves make wonderful cut bouquets.‘Osiris Café Noir’ generally retains good color throughout the growing season!* Daisy-like flowers* Outstanding foliage* Dwarf.
Stokes Aster Purple Pixie, Stokesia ‘Purple Pixie’ PPAF, is the first ever dwarf Stoke’s aster!At less than 1′ tall, this little cutie makes neat and tidy mounds that are perfect for the front of the border.In mid-summer, Stokesia ‘Purple Pixie’ explodes into color with dozens of large violet-blue flowers followed by sporadic rebloom in the fall.’Purple Pixie’ will do best in a full sun area with morning shade and well-drained soil. It should not stay wet while in dormancy. Stoke’s Aster is not particular about soil types but they do need to be kept watered. Heavy, wet, always damp soils will cause the crowns to rot. Soils must be well-drained.Use this plant for summer color in beds, borders, or containers. It produces excellent cut flowers.To increase bloom time, deadhead after the first initial flowering. Plants can be cut back to basal foliage after they finish blooming.* Attracts Butterflies* Deer Resistant* Rabbit Resistant.
A compact grower that smells like candy!Agastache Rugosa ‘Little Adder’ is sweet little plant with beautiful flowers, pretty leaves and a smell like fresh-made licorice. You know your mouth just started watering!Little Adder is a compact version of the much-loved Black Adder Agastache with all of the same great qualities, just in a smaller package. Tons of violet-blue flower spikes explode all over the plant from summer well into the fall. As a bonus, when the leaves are crushed they release an unmistakable licorice scent into the air. And as a bonus-bonus the flowers are edible! Try them as a garnish on soups or salads or on appetizers.Little Adder is easily grown in dry soil where other plants won’t thrive. Once established these are hardy drought, deer and rabbit resistant flowers that look great in groups, as a border or in a pot. They are beautiful wherever you put them. They make pretty cut flowers too!Don’t miss out on these sweet flowers in your garden this year. Buy your Little Adder Agastache now!* Compact* Loves dry soil* Smells like licorice* Heavy blooms all season.
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.
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..
New farm-to-florist favorite!Do you like having a flower garden that you can admire from your window as well as one that provides you with armloads of unique flowers to bring inside? You need to plant Dalmatian Peach Foxglove this year!This statuesque beauty is grown abundantly by flower farmers in the local farm-to-florist movement across the country. The towering stems are covered in soft peachy-apricot blooms that seem to glow from the inside out. This is an excellent addition to gardens and bouquets. It has recently been a striking new sight in floral wedding work. This salmon-peach-pink beauty is a must-have in any cutting garden.If you’re familiar with growing foxgloves, the first thing you’ll notice about Dalmatian Peach is that while most foxgloves are biennials, this new hybrid will flower the first year! Not only that, but it will also produce the second year if left in place. And it freely seeds for continued flowers.Don’t wait until everyone is growing these. Be the first in your neighborhood (or even at your local farmer’s market) to have these freckled beauties blooming. Order yours today!* Beautiful color* Strong flowering* Blooms first year * Attracts hummingbirds, bees and butterflies* Fantastic cut flower.
Dwarf Lily with Orange Flowers Tiny Dino is a variety of Asiatic Lily beloved for its diminutive nature and bright, orange blooms. Plant several of these along a border, or scatter a few amid your perennial bed plantings. They even do well in patio containers.Tiny Dino is an adorable little dwarf lily with brilliant blooms that outshine its small stature. Growing unerringly straight and robust, this hardy lily really puts on a show when its bright orange blooms open in late spring to early summer. Lightly freckled with a hint of fragrance, your Tiny Dino will proudly raise its head toward the sun. The large flowers will appear to look right up at you from their perch atop the strong stems. The foliage itself is even quite attractive. Each tall, erect stem is lined with thin, green leaves and topped with several large flower buds, an elegant presence for your garden even before full bloom.It’s said that lilies like their heads in the sun and their feet in the shade. Just find a nice sunny spot in your yard to plant it, and leave it alone. Soon you’ll have beautiful blooms to marvel at and you can even bring a few indoors if you prefer. Asiatic lilies are among the easiest lilies to grow, and you won’t be disappointed with Tiny Dino. It’s certainly one of the most exceptional lilies you can plant in your yard today.*Dwarf nature*Large flowers*Hardy.
Dwarf Lily with Pink Flowers Tiny Todd is a dwarf variety of Asiatic Lily with large, pastel pink flowers. These are particular suited to containers, and look their best when planted en masse. You could also place a few at the front of a border where their diminutive size would be used to best advantage.Your Tiny Todd fits its name well, reaching only 23 inches in height, a perfect fit for all your small garden spaces. However, even though short of stature, Tiny Todd’s bloom is certainly as impressive as those of the taller varieties. The pink-hued, white flowers appear in mid-summer, their large blooms facing upward atop the dark green stalks. Each petal has a white base with soft pink flowing out to the tips, creating an effect that is elegant and refined. You can leave them to bloom freely and enjoy the butterflies and hummingbirds who come in for a quick taste, or cut some to bring indoors. The blossoms make excellent cut flowers, the large flower heads filling out a bouquet with ease.As with other Asiatic Lily varieties, Tiny Todd is a pleasure to own and a breeze to care for. Simply plant it in a sunny location with average moisture and forget about it. It will consistently perform year after year with little or no care required from you. Tiny Todd is heat tolerant and the flowers are long-lived. Its hardy nature and lovely blooms are sure to serve you well for years to come.*Dwarf*Outstanding flowers*Hardy.
Beautiful Butterfly Magnet with Multiple UsesSwamp Milkweed is an attractive, herbaceous perennial that has extensive uses. This plant would be perfect for your butterfly garden or those difficult, low spots in your yard (as it thrives in moist conditions).Your Swamp Milkweed takes its time leafing out in spring, but once it gets going the 6-inch, lance-leaf foliage will fill out your plant nicely, creating a lively addition to your garden. You’ll love the 5-peteled, 1/4-inch flowers that form in clusters each summer. Their delightfully pink color and enchanting fragrance is sure to present a compelling draw for your yard’s pollinators. If you love butterflies, it’s a great way to attract them, and Monarchs are especially fond of milkweed. In fact, it is often planted specifically to encourage Monarchs in a region.After the flowers have faded, your Swamp Milkweed will form what is often considered a favorite asset of the plant. Unique 4-inch pods follow the flowers, filled with silky white “hair” that casually floats on the wind, carrying the seeds to their new destinations. The pods are a favorite of young and old alike, with an amazing variety of uses. In its various stages, pods are used as a nematode insecticide, as an adhesive, poison ivy treatment, crafts and even as a food. The list goes on and on for this truly amazing plant.Like its name implies, Swamp Milkweeds love moist, swampy conditions, but will also adapt to well-drained areas. It’s an erect, branching plant that will reach about 5 feet in height with a 3 foot spread. There are no significant insect or disease issues with the Swamp Milkweed and it naturalizes readily. A truly unique plant that is not only lovely but has a variety of uses, the Swamp Milkweed is a must have for your garden today.* Summer flowers * Attracts butterflies * Extensive uses * Loves 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.
Dwarf Hollyhock with Prolific Flowers until FrostCarmine Rose Hollyhock is a biennial or short-lived perennial with prolific, impressive flowers. Planting several of these as a backdrop to more diminutive plants in your perennial bed would create a spectacular display.Your Carmine Rose Hollyhock is a dwarf variety, giving you the perfect opportunity to bring the unique beauty of a traditional Hollyhock into your yard without the same space requirements. The outstanding feature of the Carmine Rose is of course its impressive flower. Rising on tall spikes, the 3-inch, hot pink flower can’t fail to be noticed as it appears in summer and persists until frost. Each double bloom has an outer, flat layer of petals that perfectly outlines the fluffy pink center. Both elegant and beautiful, the Carmine Rose bloom is certainly not one to be missed.Carmine Rose Hollyhock has lovely green foliage and an attractive clumping habit that creates a natural appearance in the garden. It is drought tolerant, and although the flowers may be susceptible to frost, the plant itself is cold tolerant. Hummingbirds and butterflies love it, and you can even bring some indoors as the flowers are a hardy cut flower. Overall, the Carmine Rose Hollyhock is an outstanding choice in a dwarf Hollyhock. Eye-catching, gorgeous and easy to grow…this hollyhock has it all!*Prolific Blooms*Dwarf Variety*Hardy.
Prolific Perennial with Unique BloomsVivid Violet (Scabiosa ‘Vivid Violet’ ), is a long-blooming perennial with unique characteristics. It would do well as an accept plant in a perennial bed or along a border.In late spring, your Vivid Violet will delight you with its early bloom of color. It will extend its lavender-pink hues up and well above its lance-shaped, grey-green foliage; each round blossom seems to almost float above the lacy foliage.Protruding from the center of the flowers are dainty stamens which resemble pins, giving this plant its common name (pincushion Flower).Bring some of your Vivid Violet’s beauty indoors as the blossoms make wonderful cut flowers, adding interest to more mundane floral arrangements. Your Vivid Violet is a carefree and vigorous grower.With the Vivid Violet planted in your yard, you’ll enjoy purple-pink color throughout the summer and sometimes even in autumn.* Unique Flowers* Blooms All Summer* Deer and Rabbit Resistant.
Unique Foliage and Flowers of Ancient OriginsBear’s Breeches is an ornamental perennial with unique foliage and breathtaking flower spikes. It would look terrific in your mixed border or perennial bed. Your Bear’s Breeches is a plant with ancient Mediterranean origins. The foliage is itself a work of art. In fact, the deep-lobed, 3-inch spiny leaves were the model for what you often see in classical ancient Greek and Roman artwork. The glossy, deep-green leaves are reason enough for wanting this unique perennial in your yard, but wait until you hear about the flowers! Bear’s Breeches will lend a tropical feel to your yard with its uncommon foliage and its show-stopping flower spikes will take that effect even further. Four foot spikes of magnificent blooms will shoot up into the air in late June and persist into August. Similar in appearance to snapdragons, the hooded blossoms will rise well above the mounded foliage in layered hues of mauve and white. Your Bear’s Breaches has a compact, mounded habit that dies back to the ground in winter. This can be a fast-growing plant with a tendency to spread, so an investment in just a few can really pay off. There are no serious insects or disease issues to concern you, so fussing with costly sprays or treatments won’t even be necessary. Bear’s Breeches is a hardy plant with showy foliage and stunning flowers that will out-perform many of the other plants in your yard. In addition to its tropical appearance and unique features, its ancient origins make it a conversation starter for neighbors and friends. It’s certainly a one-of-a-kind-plant and a must-have for your yard this year. *Unique Foliage of Ancient Origins*Outstanding Flowers*Hardy.