Great native flower for cutting Magnus Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea ‘Magnus’, is a gorgeous native plant that grows strong and true and makes a spectacular cut flower. A native of the dry prairies and open woodlands of North America, Purple Coneflower has long been a favorite of gardeners worldwide. Magnus was awarded the title of 1998 ‘Plant of the Year’ by the Perennial Plant Association. Magnus Purple Coneflower is a relative of the sunflower and features a central cone surrounded by wide, flat purple-pink petals that stick straight out – they don’t droop like other coneflowers are prone to do. The stems can be 2 to 4 feet long making Magnus an excellent cut flower and stately border plant. After they flower, the cones can be dried to use indoors or left on the plant for the birds to enjoy during the winter. Although ‘Magnus’ is slow to start in the spring, it loves the sun and grows quickly with the onset of hot summer weather. It prefers well-drained soil and will tolerate drought conditions, which makes it the perfect choice for summer gardens. ‘Magnus’ can be massed at the back of a perennial border or showcased as a single specimen, and it is equally at home in native gardens or in more formal plantings. Its brilliant purple-pink color works well with blues (like Perovskia) and its rounded shape nicely complements the linear lines of plants like Liatris. Order your award-winning Magnus Purple Coneflower from Nature Hills Nursery today! * Long bloom time* Easy care* Great cut flower.
Blooms In Heat or Cold The Echinacea ‘White Swan’ Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, is an easy to grow flower that produces striking large, fragrant, and bright white daisy-like flowers. The flowers rise above neat clumps of foliage from early summer into early autumn. ‘White Swan’ has prominent coppery-green central cones that are surrounded by the white radial petals. These flower head turn black as the seeds mature, adding further interest. Its sweet fragrance will lure butterflies in by the dozen; a must for any perennial garden! With its dark green foliage, Echinacea ‘White Swan’ coneflowers, stand 3’ high with a plant spread of 18-24”. For best results, plant in full sun but can stand some shade; needs a well drained area. ’White Swan’ thrives in average soils or hot, dry conditions, and shrugs off cold. Not only is it a prized perennial for many gardeners, but also a potent medicine. It has been reported that Echinacea increases immune function and reduces the effects of colds and flu. With its graceful white petals that reflex downward, ‘White Swan’ is a great choice for cut flowers, and it will be a delightful addition to your garden! *Large White Flowers with Recurved Petals*Blooms Summer Through Fall*Heat and Cold Tolerant.
Easy to Grow Native Prairie Grass with 4 Season Interest ‘Little Bluestem’, Schizachyrium scoparium, is a native American prairie grass. It is also know as Sage grass or Beard grass’. It can reach up to 3-4′ and has a silver bluish hue to the leaves during the growing season. Flowers are scattered along the upper parts of the stem branches, with long white hairs creating a feathery appearance. There is also a single, white, hairy flower cluster at the tip of each stalk. In fall, the leaves turn a rich orange-wheat color which persists all winter,providing food for birds and cover for small animals. It also provides cover and feeding sites for quail, turkeys and other ground nesting birds. It will grow anywhere and will tolerate poor soils. A great plant for mass plantings. * Silvery Blue Foliage All Summer* White Plumes* Attracts Wildlife in Winter.
Gold Grass Loves Water Bowles Golden Sedge Grass, Carex elata ‘Bowles Golden’, has dazzling bright gold foliage with narrow green margins that make Carex ‘Bowles Golden’ really stand out in the garden. The attractive arching habit and its bright foliage color make a great companion plant for Heucheras. This variety thrives in consistently moist soils, and it can also be grown in shallow water at the edge of a garden pond. The more sun, the more color you get in the foliage! It is an excellent choice as a highlight plant for a shade or water garden. Since Carex Bowles Golden is a moisture loving grass, and will grow in shallow water, it looks great around a pond with blue hostas. In northern climates, it should be kept from winter winds and provided with some protection such as snow or straw. If plants look tattered in early spring, cut them back to the ground. The new foliage will quickly fill back in. Add color to your landscape! * Golden Leaves* Loves Water* Sun Brings More Color.
Shade Lover Attracts Hummingbirds The Astilbe ‘Rheinland’, Astilbe japonica, has striking tall, feathery blooms of clear pink that rise above the foliage, adding a light, airy quality. It has mid green foliage, changing to green in the spring. The flowers contrast wonderfully with the glossy foliage. Astilbe ‘Rheinland’ blooms in midsummer and is 24” tall and has a plant width of 18”. It is most successfully grown in a shady area, but can tolerate some morning sun. Do not allow Astilbe ‘Rheinland’ to dry out since it prefers moist, humusy, organically rich soils. A moist, well-drained area is a key feature for growing a healthy plant. In order to keep Astilbe looking good for the next year, do not cut it back in the winter, (the old foliage helps protect the plant from winter damage), but prune in early spring. Astilbe is considered to be deer resistant and will attract hummingbirds. ‘Rheinland’ Astilbe can be used as cut flowers to make grand bouquets. Plant this showy perennial for beautiful summer color in shady areas. You will be delighted to see how this plant forms a graceful perennial border, or add to shade gardens with hosta’s and ferns! * Feathery blooms* Attracts Hummingbirds* Shade loving.
Prairie Proud The Switch Grass ‘Northwind’, Panicum virgatum ‘Northwind’, is a very erect form and tolerates some snow load. The yellow flowers are golden during autumn. The foliage is deep green during the growing season turning golden in the fall. The wide, thick leaf blades are a bit more substantial than those of the other blues. ‘Northwind’ grass was one of the many important tall-grasses that covered the U.S. prairies. It is a versatile grass as it tolerates a wide range of soil and climatic conditions. This grass makes excellent background plants, and since this grass tolerates moist soils, it is a fine choice for water gardens or along stream banks. ‘Northwind’ prefers full sun, and moist, fertile soil; however, the plant will tolerate sand, heavy clay, dry slopes and boggy areas. This grass spreads quickly or slowly by rhizomes, depending on growing conditions. Northwind is a native grass and it is tough! Use it in your landscape as a vertical accent, in a mixed border, or as border hedge. This popular plant always sells out fast! Order yours now! * 6′ Erect Deep Green Foliage* Foliage and Flowers Turn Golden in Autumn* Tolerates Snow Load and Grows Anywhere.
Summer Blooming Perennial That’s Easy to Grow The Astilbe ‘Bridal Veil’, Astilbe x arendsii ‘Bridal Veil’, is a colorful feathery flower with white blooms and lacy deep green on bronze-green foliage. The flowers contrast wonderfully with its dark green glossy foliage. Astilbe ‘Bridal Veil’ blooms in mid-summer and is 18-36” tall and a plant width of 36”. A moist, well-drained area is key for this plant. Do not allow Astilbe ‘Bridal Veil’ to dry out. It is most successfully grown in a shady area but can tolerate some morning sun. In order to keep ‘Bridal Veil’ Astilbe looking good for the next year, do not cut it back in the winter, (the old foliage helps protect the plant from winter damage), but prune in early spring. Astilbe can be used as cut flowers, perennial borders or shade gardens with Hosta’s and Ferns. Astilbe ‘Bridal Veil’ is considered to be deer resistant and will attract hummingbirds. * Easy to grow* Make great cut flowers * Shade loving .