Perennials

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 […]

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 […]

Learn about chrysanthemums, including varieties and how to plant and grow them. Listen to Podcast: This common flower symbolizes fall as much as pumpkins and corn stalks. It’s been grown for thousands of years in China and Japan not only for its beauty, but for medicinal and culinary uses. A Chinese proverb says, “If you want to be happy for a lifetime, grow chrysanthemums.” Chrysanthemums have come a long way as far as their plant shape. Earlier varieties were so daisy-like with an irregular shape that English humorist P.G. Worehouse […]

Learn how to grow clematis including information on varieties. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript Clematis spp and hybrids   Other Name Virgin’s bower   Sun Requirements full, part sun   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring to fall depending on the variety, in colors including white, pink, blue, red, yellow and bi colors   Mature Height x Spread 6 to 20 feet x 2 to 5 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, deer resistant   This romantic, fast growing vine comes in a wide variety of flower colors, shapes and […]

Learn about growing columbines including information on varieties. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript Aquilegia spp and hybrids   Other Name Granny’s Bonnet   Sun Requirements Part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Spring in colors such as white, yellow, blue, purple, red, orange, and bi colors   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 3 feet x 6 to 24 inches   Added Benefits Native, attracts beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, drought tolerant, deer resistant   Often one of the first spring wildflowers to appear in our woodlands, columbine is […]

Learn about growing the part shade loving coral bells for its beautiful flowers and colorful foliage. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript How To Grow: Coral Bells   Heuchera spp and hybrids   Other Name alum root   Sun Requirements Part sun, part shade   Bloom Period and Seasonal Color Late spring to mid summer in colors such as white, red, pink, and coral   Mature Height x Spread 1 to 2 feet x 1 to 2 feet   Added Benefits attracts beneficials, attracts hummingbirds, native, deer resistant   Coral bells […]

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