Perennials

Sun Requirements Full sun for best flowering. Will grow in part shade but flowering will be reduced. Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Blooms on and off year round, mostly in summer in cooler areas Mature Height x Spread 4 to 6 feet tall, 2 to 3 feet wide Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia) is a tropical evergreen that features colorful flowers reminiscent of tropical birds. They come in a variety of colors. Bird of paradise is a warmth loving plant and is only hardy in USDA zones 9-11. They grow outdoors […]

Learn how to grow Rudbeckia or Black Eyed Susans including new varieties. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript Rudbeckia spp   Other Name Brown eyed Susan   Sun Requirements Full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color mid summer to fall in colors such as yellow, red, green and bronze   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 5 feet x 2 to 3 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, native, drought tolerant, deer resistant   A standard late summer flower in gardens and wildflower meadows, black-eyed Susans […]

Liatris spicata   Other Name gayfeather   Sun Requirements Full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color mid to late summer in colors of white, rose and lavender-purple   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 4 feet x 2 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, drought tolerant, deer resistant   This North American prairie native grows pretty well in our neck of the woods, too. Blazing star thrives on neglect, producing multiple, tall spikes of white, rose or magenta purple flowers in mid to late summer. […]

Learn about growing bleeding hearts including information on varieties. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript Dicentra spectabilis   Other Name old fashioned bleeding heart   Sun Requirements Part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring in colors of red, pink and white   Mature Height x Spread 2 to 3 feet x 1 to 3 feet   Added Benefits Native, deer resistant   This eastern United State native plant is a beauty in spring with its characteristic heart-shaped flowers that come in red, pink or white. At the […]

Learn about butterfly bushes, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Butterfly Bushes Buddleia davidii   Other Name Summer lilac   Sun Requirements full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Late summer to fall in colors of purple, white, pink, red, yellow, and lavender   Mature Height x Spread 5 to 8 feet x 4 to 6 feet   Added Benefits Attracts hummingbirds, attracts beneficials, deer resistant   The butterfly bush as aptly named. It is a magnet for butterflies, hummingbirds […]

Asclepias tuberosa   Other Name Orange milkweed   Sun Requirements full sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Late summer to fall in colors of orange, red, yellow and pink.   Mature Height x Spread 2 to 4 feet x 2 to 4 feet   Added Benefits Native, attracts hummingbirds, attracts beneficials, drought tolerant, deer resistant   This native has less stature, compared with the butterfly bush, but is just as effective at drawing in winged friends, such a butterflies, ladybugs and beneficial insects, into the garden. It’s particularly a […]

Sun Requirements Full sun in cold areas to part shade in warm areas. Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Blooms from summer to fall Mature Height x Spread 12 to 24 inches tall Calla lilies (Zantedeschia) are a subtropical bulb (rhizome) that is hardy in USDA zone 8 to 10. In those areas it will overwinter in well-drained soil to flower annually in summer. In colder areas, the bulbs need to be dug and stored in a cool basement for winter. Calla lily bulbs produce whirled, cup-like flowers in a broad […]

Learn how to grow catmint including information on growing different varieties. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript Nepeta x faassenii   Other Name Dwarf catnip   Sun Requirements Full sun, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Late spring to mid summer in colors of blue, white, and violet. It can rebloom in fall   Mature Height x Spread 12 to 16 inches x 1 to 3 feet   Added Benefits attract beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, drought tolerant, deer resistant   This cool weather loving, perennial flower most commonly has blue, […]

Learn how to grow centurea or mountain bluet. Listen to podcast: This late spring blooming perennial flower has been looking beautiful this year. It goes by a number of common names such as mountain bluet, perennial bachelor’s buttons, and corn flower. I know it mostly by its botanical name, Centaurea montana. This European native is popular in English cottage gardens and across our region. It produces blue, white, or burgundy colored, spider-like blooms. It grows 2 to 3 feet tall and can flop over, so is best grown in groups […]

Listen to this podcast about caring for and growing chelone or turtle’s head perennial flowers.     I used to own a camp with a swimming pond in the Northeast Kingdom. I remember in late summer swimming in the pond and admiring these plants growing along the pond edge. They were 2- to 3-feet tall with rounded stems, deep green, boldly veined leaves and white or pink flower on the top of the stems. The flowers reminded me of an animal’s head. Do you know the animal I’m talking about? […]

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