Grower`s Choice Perennials 2017

Grower's Choice

Perennials

2017

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INTRODUCTION

Perennials are a Perfect Choice....

Perennials fill many needs. Yes, you may be renting, downsizing, or right-sizing. Container gardens are a perfect solution for you. Interest in

DIY projects is growing. Which perennials can you use for dying?

Interested in making teas and drinks using herbs and even vegetables? Go to

Adamsfarms.com for recipes.

Looking for “Plants with a Purpose”? Perennials can meet many needs, whether it's creating a rain garden, filling in a hard to plant area, creating a kitchen garden of herbs (or even a window box), choosing plants to ward off mosquitoes (perfect for near the outdoor living area), attracting pollinators, or planning a vertical garden.

Signs in Adams Garden Centers help you choose the perfect plants.

Deer trouble? Look for the no deer icon. Need a shade plant? Each sign has an icon indicating light requirement. Always dreamed of growing flowers for cutting? Scissors is the icon you want. Many of you want to help our pollinators. Look for the bee, bird or butterfly on the signs. You'll also want to offer flowers throughout the growing season to supply enough nectar. Our catalog tells blooming time. Another way is to stop into the garden center at different times and see what's blooming – a fun and relaxing way to choose plants!

And don't forget to stop and smell the flowers. Nature nurtures.

Sue Adams

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION.................................................................................................................................2

HOW TO USE THIS CATALOG..........................................................................................................4

PERENNIALS.......................................................................................................................................5

SUCCULENT COLLECTION...........................................................................................................32

HERBS................................................................................................................................................37

QUICK ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS............................................................................47

PERENNIALS THAT ATTRACT HUMMINGBIRDS......................................................................50

PERENNIALS THAT ATTRACT POLLINATORS...........................................................................50

DEER RESISTANT PLANTS............................................................................................................51

PERENNIALS FOR CUTTING.........................................................................................................51

PERENNIALS FOR DRYING...........................................................................................................52

PERENNIALS FOR A DRY LOCATION..........................................................................................52

PERENNIALS FOR GROUND COVERS.........................................................................................52

PERENNIALS FOR FULL SHADE...................................................................................................53

PERENNIALS FOR ROCK GARDENS............................................................................................53

PERENNIALS TO PLANT IN CONTAINERS ................................................................................53

COMMON NAME INDEX................................................................................................................54

Above: Ball Perennial

Day Beds

June 2015

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HOW TO USE THIS CATALOG

Perennials are listed alphabetically by scientific name, with the common names in parentheses. A cross reference index is provided, alphabetized by common name. The perennials are divided into three categories; Perennials, Succulents, and Herbs. Information in the text includes height, blooming period and a brief description. Quick reference symbols make it easy to identify everything from lighting requirements to deer resistance.

GUIDE TO SYMBOLS:

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Grows best in full sun

Grows best in shade

Grows best in partial shade

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Winter hardy in the northeast

May need winter protection

Great for cutting

Deer resistant

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Attracts hummingbirds

Scientific Name Common Name Bloom Period Quick Reference Symbols

USDA Hardiness Rating

Alyssum

(Basket of Gold, Madwort)

saxatile Mountain Gold

8-12” Zones 3-9 Spring

Compact plant with its pseudo-evergreen leaves and masses of bright yellow flowers is ideal for rock gardens, stone walls, borders.

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Height Variety

Bookmarks (Go to specific points of interest using bookmark links)

On the left you will notice an icon of a piece of paper with a blue ribbon. When you click on this you will then be able to click on points of interest in our catalog. These can be accessed at any point in time when viewing our catalog.

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PERENNIALS

Illustration 1: Perennial Garden created by Master Gardeners, Penn State

Let's attract pollinators!

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Achillea

(Yarrow, Milfoil)

New Vintage Red

10-12” Zones 4-9 Late Spring-Summer

The vibrant color of the Vintage series is slow to fade. Flowers are held at foliage height. All achilleas are heat and drought tolerant.

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Summer Berries Mix

18-24” Zones 3-10 Late Spring-Fall

A mix of intense red, cerise and pink flowers top aromatic gray-green leaves. Remove faded flowers for continuous bloom.

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Ajuga

(Bugleweed, Carpet Bugle)

Black Scallop

3-6” Zones 4-9 Spring

Beautiful shiny black, scallop-shaped leaves with blue flower spikes.

Striking as ground cover or in combinations.

Bronze Beauty

3-6” Zones 3-9 Spring

One of the fastest growing colored ajugas. Blue flower spikes adorn shiny bronze foliage.

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Burgundy Glow

4-6” Zones 3-9 Spring

Its variegated foliage of burgundy, creamy white and green makes this a good choice for a ground cover especially in moist areas.

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Alyssum

(Basket of Gold, Madwort)

saxatile Mountain Gold

8-12” Zones 3-9 Spring

Compact plant with its pseudo-evergreen leaves and masses of bright yellow flowers ideal for rock gardens, stone walls, borders.

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Anacyclus

(Mat Daisy, Mt. Atlas Daisy)

depressus Mt. Atlas Daisy

3-4” Zones 5-9 Late Spring

Dense mats of feathery green foliage are covered with white daisy-like flowers. Buds are red before opening. Excellent for the rock garden and border. Drought tolerant.

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Anemone

(Windflower)

sylvestris (Snowdrop Anemone)

12” Zones 3-9 Spring and Fall

Drought tolerant. Produces delicate and fragrant 2” flowers in the spring and again in the fall. Prefers deep, cool soil, such as that found in forests.

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Aquilegia

(Columbine)

canadensis (Wild Red Columbine)

12-24” Zones 3-8 Spring

Produces yellow and red, short spurred flowers on dark green, fern-like foliage. This native wildflower is good in the rock or woodland garden.

Origami Red & White

14-16” Zones 4-9 Spring

Upright, compact plants produce a cheery array of large red flowers with white centers.

Songbird Bluebird

18-30” Zones 4-9 Spring

This compact plant produces large, upward-facing, lovely blue and white bicolor flowers.

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Arenaria

(Sandwort)

montana (Avalanche, Snowwhite)

3-4” Zones 3-8 Late Spring-Summer

Produces large white flowers over low dense evergreen leaves. Great for rock gardens or borders.

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Armeria

(Common Thrift, Thrift, Sea Pink)

Morning Star Deep Rose

4-6” Zones 4-8 Early Spring-Spring

This durable perennial forms low cushions of grassy green leaves. The rose-pink flowers appear in early spring and last for several weeks.

Trim off the spent flowers to encourage reblooming.

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Artemisia

(Wormwood, Mugwort)

Powis Castle

36” Zones 3-8 Summer

Dense mounds of silver, finely textured leaves make this plant a great foliage accent in the border.

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Aruncus

(Goat's Beard)

aethusifolius

12” Zones 3-9 Early Summer

Creamy white flowers with partially red stems appear on fern-like foliage whose leaves turn yellow in the fall. Great for ground cover.

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Asclepias

(Butterfly Weed)

Butterfly Orange

18-24” Zones 3-8 Summer

This native prairie plant produces bright orange flowers followed by narrow pods. Plant is the habitat for Monarch butterfly caterpillars.

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Astilbe

(False Spirea, Spirea, Feathery Flower)

Fanal Red, Montgomery, White Gloria

20-25” Zones 4-8 Summer

This easy to grow plant comes in a variety of colors, including red, white, and magenta. Best grown in moist soil, this plant benefits from additional fertilizer in the summer. Flower is good for cutting.

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Bellis

(English Daisy, True Daisy)

Galaxy Red

4-8” Zones 4-8 Spring

Produces large, semi-double flowers in red around a central yellow eye.

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Galaxy Rose

4-8” Zones 4-8 Spring

This English Daisy features especially large blooms with semi-double petals of bright rose pink surrounding a yellow center. Remove flowers to encourage reblooming well into the summer.

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Bergenia

(Pigsqueak)

12-18” Zones 4-7 Summer

A low growing plant with showy pink blooms that is good for borders.

Foliage is evergreen and turns red to bronze for the fall and winter.

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Campanula

(Bellflower, Harebell)

glomerata superba (Clustered Bellflower)

20-24” Zones 2-7 Summer

Produces large clusters of rich violet blooms. Excellent for cutting.

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Centaurea

(Bachelor's Button)

Lavender Mist

16-18” Zones 4-9 Spring

Fragrant, feathery white flowers shaped like a pinwheel, surrounding light lavender centers.

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Cerastium

(Snow-in-Summer)

tomentosum

4-6” Zones 3-7 Early Summer

Vigorous star-shaped masses of white blooms on silvery foliage. Good for rockeries, ground cover, and edgings. Shear in September for reblooming.

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Coreopsis

(Tickseed)

Early Sunrise

18-24” Zones 5-9 Summer – Fall

This All-American winner blooms continuously. Golden yellow double flowers are great for cutting and in beds.

Limerock Dream

12-18” Tender Summer-Fall

This tender perennial produces long-blooming daisy flowers that start out apricot-pink and mature to hot orange. Use in mass plantings or containers.

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Nana (Dwarf Mouse Ear)

6-12” Zones 4-9 Summer

Bright yellow orange flowers over dark green foliage. Good for ground cover or rock gardens.

Sun Kiss

12-14” Zones 4-9 Late Spring-Late Summer

Easy to grow Sun Kiss produces very bright yellow flowers that surround a striking, dark maroon center.

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UpTick Gold & Bronze

12-14” Zones 5-9 Late Spring-Late Summer

Grows in a tiny, mounded habit with impressive large yellow flowers with dark reddish centers.

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Daisy, Shasta

(Leucanthemum)

Alaska

20-30” Zones 3-7 Summer

Produces an abundance of single white flowers with yellow clusters.

Great for cutting and in beds.

Angel

7-12” Zones 3-8 Summer

A pretty double daisy on a compact plant. Attracts both bees and butterflies.

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Becky

24-48” Zones 4-9 Summer

Produces an abundance of huge, single daisy flowers with a yellow eye on sturdy stems. This 2003 Perennial Plant of the Year loves the heat.

Flowers are great for cutting. Deadhead to encourage continuous blooming.

Brightside

32-36” Zones 3-7 Summer

Produces large pure white blossoms with a yellow eye. Great for borders. Deadhead to encourage re-blooming.

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Snowlady

10-12” Zones 3-7 Summer

The fast growing bushy plant produces large single to semi-double, pure white daisy-type flowers with yellow centers. An All-American

Selections winner, flowers are great for cutting and attract butterflies.

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Delosperma

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Delphinium

(Larkspur)

Blue Butterfly

10-12” Zones 3-7 Summer

Deep blue flowers on branched plants with compact foliage. Heat tolerant. Great for cutting and attracts hummingbirds.

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Magic Fountains Series

24-36” Zones 3-8 Summer

Produces upright spikes of white with a dark center or dark blue flowers with dark centers on dwarf plants. Very striking for borders and beds. Makes a good cut flower.

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Dianthus

(Pinks, Cheddar Pinks, Garden Pinks)

barbatus (Sweet William)

20-30” Zones 4-9 Spring/Late Summer

Rich dark purple flowers with a slight fragrance. Large clusters of blooms that are everbearing, excellent for cutting and great for edging.

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gratianopolitanus Bath's Pinks

6-12” Zones 3-8 Summer

Fragrant single pink flowers bloom on evergreen plants. Good for the rock garden and the front of the border.

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Firewitch

6” Zones 3-8 Early Summer

Perennial plant of the year 2006. This low-growing spreader with silver foliage is topped with clove-scented single frilled magenta blooms.

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Frosty Fire

6” Zones 4-8 Early Summer

Persistent double red blooms over blue-gray foliage. Use in borders or in the rock garden.

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Pinball Wizard

12” Zones 5-9 Spring-Summer

This unique variety produces fragrant, double pink and white flowers.

Flowers will repeat and are great for cutting.

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Superstar

9-10” Zones 5-9 Summer

The neatly serrated overlapping petals are dazzling in their bright patterns of white, appleblossom, pink and deep cherry red. Light fragrance.

Scent First (Carnation) Coral Reef

6-8” Zones 5-9 Summer

Produces frilly fragrant double, coral-pink flowers with a white edge.

Spicy scent is even more noticeable when cut.

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Scent First (Carnation) Passion

8-11” Zones 5-9 Spring-Summer

Showy, ruffled flowers with a spicy scent accent the blue-green foliage.

Scent First (Carnation) Sugar Plum

6-10” Zones 5-9 Summer

Compact blue-green foliage with hot pink-edged raspberry colored semi-double blooms that have a spicy fragrance.

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Digitalis

(Foxglove)

Camelot Rose

42-48” Zones 4-8 Summer

Vigorous and reliable biennial, produces especially large bell-flowers, which are held horizontal for spectacular viewing. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Remove flower bud the first season to produces the most dramatic blooms in its second season.

Dalmatian Peach

16-20” Zones 5-9 Late Spring-Summer

Pretty peach blossoms with light pink spots in the throat. A wonderful flower for cutting and borders.

mertonensis Strawberry

24-36” Zones 5-9 Late Spring-Early Summer

This foxglove plant has foliage with a velvet/fuzzy texture. Will also bloom repeatedly.

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Echinacea

(Coneflower)

Magnus (Great Purple Coneflower)

36-42” Zones 3-9 Late Summer

The petals of these large 4” rose-red daisy-like flowers with a dark rose center do not droop. This 1998 Perennial Plant of the Year is ideal for borders and cutting. Attracts butterflies. Echinacea are deer resistant.

Purpurea (Purple Coneflower)

36-42” Zones 3-9 Late Summer

Produces reddish-purple daisy-like flowers with dark brown central cones. Excellent cut flower, good in beds. Seed heads can be used in fresh and dried arrangements.

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Eryngium

(Sea Holly)

Blue Hobbit

12” Zones 2-9 Summer

This compact eryngium produces globe-like flower heads over silvery blue foliage.

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Euphorbia

(Spurge)

Ascot Rainbow

12-18” Zones 4-9 Late Spring

Euphorbias add punch to the perennial bed with their interesting foliage and fall color. Another bonus-- they're deer resistant. Ascot

Rainbow has cream, lime and green flowers that top variegated foliage that turns red, pink and orange at the tips with cooler weather.

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Gaillardia

(Blanket Flower)

Arizona Sun

8-10” Zones 2-10 Summer

Produces orange-red flowers with yellow tips. Great for borders and rock gardens. Deadhead to encourage blooming.

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Gazania

(Treasure Flower)

Colorado Gold

6-8” Zones 4-9 Summer

Short mounds of deep green glossy leaves with bright yellow blooms.

Drought tolerant once established.

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Geum

(Avens)

Cocktail Tequila Sunrise

18-24” Zones 5-7 Spring-Summer

Hairy green foliage with single to semi-double yellow flowers with rose colored tips on burgundy stems.

Totally Tangerine

30” Zones 4-9 Spring-Summer

Striking tangerine flowers adorn strawberry-like foliage. Prolific bloomer.

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Grass

Blue Dart

14-16” Zones 4-10 Summer

Compact, blue foliated grass with a spray-type habit.

Boulder Blue

6-8” Zones 4-8 Summer

Spiky light blue, compact clumps. Great for rock gardens.

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Buddy Blue

12” Zones 4-8 Summer

Produces silvery-blue leaves with open panicles of tiny beige spikelets on tuft forming plants. Great winter interest.

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phalaris Strawberries & Cream

18-24” Zones 3-8 Spring-Summer

Fine textured pink leaves that turn white in the summer. Fast spreading. Cut back to promote fresh foliage. Great for ground cover.

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Gypsophila

(Baby's Breath)

repens Pixie Splash

3-5” Zones 4-7 Early Spring

White flowers splashed with pink on compact mounding foliage. Great in the rock garden.

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Hemerocallis

(Day Lily)

Hybrids

24-36” Zones 3-9 Summer-Fall

Produces clumps of spear-shaped leaves with large lily-shaped blooms on short stalks. Shades of red, yellow, orange and pink. Very hardy, heat and drought tolerant. Striking in beds and borders.

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Purple de Oro

Large purple flowers with a yellow center. Repeat bloomer.

Stella D'Oro

Bright yellow flowers with slightly crinkled edges. Repeat bloomer.

Heuchera

(Alumroot, Coral Bells)

Frosty Morn

8-10” Zones 4-9 Spring-Late Spring

Consistent green and white foliage lasts all season. Airy wands of red flowers appear high above the foliage in the spring and are good for cutting. Remove spent flowers to encourage new buds to form.

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Marvelous Marble

8-12” Zones 4-9 Early Summer

Unique marbled foliage changes color throughout the season.

Produces creamy white flowers.

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Purple Petticoats

12” Zones 3-8 Late Spring-Early Summer

Solid dark purple leaves with pretty, frilly edges. Produces tiny whitish flowers.

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Hollyhock

(Alcea, Althea)

Chater's Mix

42” Zones 3-10 Summer

This old-fashioned biennial favorite produces beautiful, large, fully double blooms in a wide mix of colors. Use in backgrounds for screening.

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Hosta

fortunei aurea marginata

22-24” Zones 3-9 Summer

Large dark green leaves outlined with wide gold margins. Lilac blooms emerge in the summer.

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18” Zones 3-9

White with irregular green margins.

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Hypericum

(St. John's Wort, Aaron's Beard)

Fiesta

8-12” Zones 5-9 Summer

An evergreen ground cover with variegated yellow and green leaves that start off with a pink tinge to them. Works well in containers.

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Hypearls Compact Red

32” Zones 6-9 Spring-Summer

This compact plant produces cheerful yellow flowers that develop into bright red berries with deep red stems. Its compact habit makes this hypericum suitable for smaller landscapes.

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Iberis

(Candytuft, Evergreen Candytuft)

Snowflake

8-10” Zones 4-9 Spring

Masses of pure white flower clusters with compact evergreen foliage.

Great for ground cover with sun and drought tolerance.

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Iris

(Sword Lily)

Siberian Iris

4' Zones 3-9 Spring

Hardy beardless iris that grow up to 4' high. Plants bloom in spring and have a slender grass-like foliage that forms dense clumps and is evergreen until late fall. Cut back at least to half when foliage yellows.

Beautiful in borders and good for cutting.

Caesar's Brother

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Purple flowers.

Painted Desert

Rich purple flowers with lighter blue inner petals.

Knautia

(Meadow Widow Flower, Blue Buttons, Field Scabious)

Macedonia Red Cherry

20-36” Zones 5 Summer

Double red pincushion blooms top the lacy, green foliage. The slender branches will weave gracefully among nearby plants, making this a nice addition to the cottage or wild garden.

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Lamiastrum

(Yellow Archangel)

galeobdolon

12-24” Zones 4-8 Spring

Attractive heart-shaped leaves spotted with silver on ground hugging vines makes this a good ground cover. Produces yellow flowers.

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Lamium

(Dead Nettle)

4-8” Zones 4-8 Late Spring

This attractive ground cover for shade features pretty leaves and flowers that appear in the spring and re-bloom in the fall. Not drought tolerant. Interesting foliage good for adding texture interest to a container.

Beacon Silver

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Pink flowers. Showy silver white leaves edged in green.

Ghost

Deep purple flowers. Showy wide silver leaves with barely any green margin.

Orchid Frost

Lilac flowers. Showy foliage with silver centers and green edging.

Shell Pink

Soft pink flowers. Green and silver marbled leaves.

White Nancy

White flowers. Silver white leaves.

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Leontopodium

(Edelweiss)

alpinum

8-12” Zones 4-7 Spring

Favorite flower of the Swiss Alps, Edelweiss produces white, starshaped flowers over silver, velvety foliage.

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Lewisia

cortyledon Special Mix

6-8” Zones 4-9 Late Spring-Mid Summer

Great for rock gardens. Forms low rosettes of evergreen leaves that bear cluster blooms in sunset shades of yellow, peach, salmon, orange

& pink.

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Liatris

(Blazing Star, Gay Feather)

Spicata Blue

18-36” Zones 3-9 Late Summer

Violet or white flowers on large spikes attract large numbers of bees and butterflies. Good for borders and cutting.

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Lilium

(Lily)

Hybrid Pixie Lily

12-16” Zones 4-8 Summer

Excellent for cutting. Asiatic lilies come in an assortment of beautiful colors, including yellow, pink with a white center, and bright red.

Multiply rapidly.

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Lithodoria

Grace Ward

6” Zones 6-8 Spring

Dazzling blue flowers above dense mats of rosemary-like leaves.

Good for ground cover, borders and in the rock garden.

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White Star

4-6” Zones 6-8 Spring-Summer

This plant forms neat, compact bright cushions. White stripes on bright blue flowers make this a standout in the garden.

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Lobelia

(Cardinal Flower)

Vulcan

24-32” Zones 6-10 Summer-Fall

Fiery cardinal-red flower spikes bloom on strong stems over deep purple foliage on full, well-branched plants.

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Lupinus

(Lupine, Bluebonnet)

Gallery Red

20” Zone 4 Late Spring-Summer

Displays spikes of sweet pea-shaped rich red flowers over green, finger-like leaves. Deadhead to encourage more blooms.

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Mini Gallery Blue Bicolor

14-16” Zones 4-8 Early Summer

This variety remains shorter and more compact than traditional lupine varieties, without any pruning. Blue bi-color flowers are stunning.

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Russell's Hybrid Mix

24-36” Zones 3-8 Summer

Soft palmate leaves surround the base of the showy flower. Produces spikes of flowers in shades of white, pink, yellow, red, blue, purple, some bi-color. Use for the back of borders, beds and in the wild garden.

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Lycium

(Goji Berry, Wolfberry, Super Fruit)

Barbarum Goji Berry

5-7' Zones 5-9 Summer

Goji is a sprawling shrub with long, flexible canes and clusters of small, gray-green leaves. The flowers are brilliant royal purple and give way to juicy, bright red fruits that resemble small peppers and grow sweeter as they mature on the plant.

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Lysimachia

(Loosetrife, Moneywort)

nummularia aurea (Golden Creeping Jenny, Gold Creeping

Moneywort)

6” Zones 3-8 Summer

This vigorous ground cover likes moist areas and is good for naturalizing, particularly along pond banks where the plants will spread into the water. Sunlight enhances gold tone. Good in containers.

Midnight Sun

2-4” Zones 4-10 Summer

Black Moneywort has a habit like a waterfall, trailing over the sides of pots or creeping along as a ground cover. Produces yellow flowers.

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Mazus

(Cupflower, Creeping Mazus)

Purple

2-5” Zones 5-8 Spring-Summer

Dense green mat-forming foliage is accented with spectacular small purple-blue flowers.

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Monarda

(Bee Balm, Bergamot, Oswego Tea)

Jacob Cline

24-48” Zones 4-8 Summer

This vigorous plant with big red flowers is the most mildew-resistant red known. Foliage is disease resistant. Prefers moist soil.

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Raspberry Wine

24-36” Zones 4-8 Summer

Highly mildew resistant foliage is dark green. Raspberry colored buds open to clear wine-red flowers on sturdy stems. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

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Myosotis

(Forget-me-not)

Mon Amie Blue

6-8” Zones 5-8 Spring

Its globular mounds are covered with tiny lavender-blue, star shaped flowers. Good for edgings, borders and beds.

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White

6-8” Zones 5-8 Spring

Produces tiny white flowers on a bushy plant. Use for borders, edgings and rock garden.

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Oenothera

(Evening Primrose, Sundrop)

Glowing Magenta

10-12” Zone 6 Early Summer-Fall

Produces satiny rounded flowers in a deep magenta-pink shade. Plants form bushy mounds of glossy green leaves.

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Lemon Sunset

24” Zones 5-10 Summer

Produces large, soft yellow flowers that mature to a sunset red color.

Place in the back of the border.

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Oregano, Ornamental

Kent Beauty

4” Zones 5-8 Summer-Fall

This intriguing form of oregano forms a low trailing mound of powdery blue-green foliage. Bears drooping heads of hop-like flowers in a blend of pink, green and cream.

Papaver –

See Poppy

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Perovskia

(Russian Sage)

atriplicifolia

36-48” Zone 5-9 Mid Summer-Early Fall

A favorite of landscapers for its beautiful evergreen shrub-like look and fragrant lavender flowers, this 1995 Perennial Plant of the Year is great in borders and for cutting.

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Phlox subulata

(Creeping Phlox, Mountain Pinks)

4-6” Zones 2-8 Mid- Late Spring

This mat-forming evergreen creeper with stiff needle-like leaves produces dense clusters of dainty flowers. Excellent ground cover, use in rockeries, borders and on banks and slopes.

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Amazing Grace

Clean white petals with a dash of red at the center.

Candy Stripe

White with wide bright pink stripes in flowers' centers.

Drummond's Pink

Candy pink flowers are larger than most p. subulata varieties.

Emerald Cushion Blue

Lavender-blue blooms on deep green leaves.

Red Wings

Rose-red flowers with dark red eye.

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White Delight

Pristine white flowers.

Platycodon

(Balloon Flower, Chinese Bellflower)

Mariesii Blue

18-24” Zones 3-9 Summer

Spikes of large deep blue “balloons” inflate then burst open to bellshaped flowers. Wonderful for cutting.

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Polemonium

(Jacob's Ladder)

Bambino Blue

12-18” Zones 4-9 Late Spring-Mid Summer

Produces an abundance of lavender blue flowers in drooping clusters.

Good choice for the border or rock garden.

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Poppy

(Papaver)

nud. Iceland Spring Fever Mix

10-12” Zones 2-7 Spring-Summer

Produces multiple stems at one time, providing a colorful show of large, vivid brightly colored flowers.

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Oriental Allegro

16” Zones 2-7 Late Spring-Early Summer

The lovely scarlet-orange blooms with their black centers are offset by gray-green foliage. Great for cutting.

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Oriental Fruit Punch

30-36” Zones 3-7 Summer

This stunning mixture of oriental poppy boasts silky, ruffled 5” blooms in a variety of shades of red, orange, hot pink and purple, with dark centers.

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Oriental Royal Wedding

20-24” Zones 3-8 Summer

Its white flowers with black centers are good for cutting. Use in borders and beds.

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Primrose

(Primula)

Pageant Mix

5-9” Zones 4-8 Spring

Small crinkled, textured leaves topped by a compact cluster of flowers in a wide range of colors, including pink, yellow, blue, white, salmon, red and even bi-colors. Ideal for borders, beds, planters.

Ronsdorf Strain (Drumstick Primrose)

10” Zones 3-5 Early Spring

This fine strain of primrose forms perfectly spherical heads of densely packed flowers in a wide range of colors – bright red, blue, white and lilac.

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Rhubarb

(Rheum)

Victoria

24-36” Zones 4-8 Summer

Delicious, easy-to-grow rhubarb produces big, bright red stalks. For stronger plants, wait until the second year to harvest the stalks.

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Rudbeckia

(Black-eyed Susan, Coneflower)

Cherry Brandy

12-24” Zones 5-8 Mid-Summer- Early Fall

Deep maroon flowers with dark chocolate centers. A great cut flower.

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Denver Daisy

24-36” Zones 6 Late Summer

Many large gold flowers with a striking dark center eye.

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Goldsturm (Black-eyed Susan)

24” Zones 4-9 Mid-Summer

Large, long blooming, bright yellow daisy-like flowers with dark brown centers adorn upright, bushy plants. This All-America winner adds great color in beds and makes a long lasting cut flower.

Indian Summer

36-42” Zones 4-9 Summer

Extra large golden yellow 6-9” flower heads make this a striking accent plant for the perennial garden. This 1995 All-America award winner's incredible flowers are great for cutting. Rudbeckia are deer resistant.

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– See Herb Collection

Sagina

(Pearlwort, Corsican)

Irish Moss

1-2” Zones 4-9 Summer

Its mat-forming, moss-like evergreen foliage is covered with tiny white flowers in the summer. Intolerant of summer heat and drought. Good between paving stones.

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Scotch Moss

2” Zones 4-9 Summer

Dense, rounded tufts form a soft, mossy carpet of yellow-green foliage accented with small white flowers. Great ground cover. Intolerant of summer heat and drought.

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Salvia

(Meadow Sage, Sage)

Lyrical Blues

22-24” Zones 4-9 Summer

Bushy well-branched plants produce an abundance of deep violet-blue flowers.

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Mirage Cherry Red

12-14” Tender Perennial Early Spring-Summer

This tender heat-tolerant perennial provides early spring and summer long blooming.

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Mirage Violet

12-14” Tender Perennial Early Spring-Summer

This tender heat-tolerant perennial provides early spring and summer long blooming.

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Rose Queen

18-24” Zones 4-8 Late Spring-Late Summer

Warm deep pink blooms appear on tall spikes. Cut back after first bloom to encourage re-blooming.

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Snow Hill

18-20” Zones 4-8 Late Spring-Late Summer

Spikes of white flowers with gray-green compact foliage.

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Saponaria

(Soapwort, Rock Soapwort, Bouncing Bet)

ocymoides

8-10” Zones 3-8 Summer

This rampant, vigorous plant with its semi-evergreen leaves produces bright pink flowers. Use as a ground cover, for edging or in the rock garden. Frequent trimmings ensure long bloom and healthy plants.

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Saxifrage

(Rockfoil)

arendsii Purple Robe

8-10” Zones 5-7 Mid-Spring-Early Summer

An evergreen plant that does best in a rock or wall garden where it can cascade. Bears upward facing red flowers in spring.

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3-5” Zones 4-7 Spring

Bright red blooms on compact, mounded evergreen plants. Good plant for a rock garden.

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Scabiosa

(Pincushion Flower, Scabious)

Black Night

24-36” Zone 4 Summer

Deepest maroon, almost black flowers are borne on strong, long stems.

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Butterfly Blue

12-18” Zones 5-8 Summer

Perennial Plant of the year 2000, this plant produces an amazing abundance of lacy lavender-blue, two-inch flowers on slender stems from late spring through early fall. Neat, compact habit.

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Sedum

-see Succulent Collection

Sempervivum

-see Succulent Collection, Hens & Chicks

Solidago

(Golden Aster, Goldenrod)

Little Lemon

12-16” Zones 5-9 Summer-Fall

This hybrid goldenrod produces bright lemon yellow flower spikes over small, compact plants, perfect for smaller gardens where traditional goldenrod would be too large.

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Stachys

(Lamb's Ear, Wooly Betony)

Byzantina Lamb's Ear

12-18” Zones 4-7 Early Summer

Large soft silvery white tongue-shaped leaves contrast with spikes of small pinkish-purple flowers. Blooms continue until frost.

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Strawberry

(Everbearing)

Fragaria Everbearing

8” Zones 4-8 Summer-Fall

Commercial variety, produces many large berries. Spreads by runners.

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Tradescantia

(Spiderwort)

16-18” Zones 5-9 Late Spring

Dense spreading clumps of erect narrow leaves. Three petaled flowers bloom from late spring and again in the fall. Great for naturalizing, enjoys moist soil. Prefers morning sun. Adds winter interest to the garden.

Valour

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Vibrant pink flowers.

Zwanenburg Blue

Large dark blue flowers.

Veronica

(Speedwell)

Little Blues

6” Zones 3-7 Late Spring-Early Summer

This ground cover's foliage is evergreen with shiny green leaves. Short flower spikes are a bright light blue.

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Viola

(Violet)

cornuta Etain

8-10” Zones 5-9 Spring-Summer

This floriferous viola has large pale lemon-yellow flowers with elegant lavender margins.

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cornuta Halo Lemon Frost

8-10” Zones 5-9 Early Spring-Summer

Low mounding plants are accented with very large lavender and yellow flowers with a lavender edging.

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labradorica (Labrador violet)

1-3” Zones 3-8 Mid Spring-Early Summer

Small heart-shaped foliage with lavender-blue flowers. Great for groundcover.

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6-8” Zones 4-9 Late Spring-Early Summer

Striking golden yellow flowers with black tiger striping.

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Delosperma

(Ice Plant)

cooperii Purple Hardy

2-4” Zones 6-9 Summer

Rose-pink flowers over mats of succulent jelly bean shaped leaves.

Needs good drainage.

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Jewel of Desert Garnet

4-6” Zones 5-10 Summer

Iridescent reddish-pink, fuchsia and white flowers adorn this sun loving plant with its evergreen foliage. Needs good drainage.

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Jewel of Desert Ruby

4-6” Zones 4-9 Summer

Beautiful flowers with petals that are pink on the outside edge and white on the inside, separated by a band of yellow in between. Needs good drainage.

Jewel of Desert Topaz

4-6” Zones 4-9 Summer

Beautiful flowers with petals that are orange on the outside edge and white on the inside, separated by a band of pink in between. Needs good drainage.

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Hens & Chicks

(Sempervivum, Houseleek)

Hens & Chicks Mix

2-5” Zones 3-8 Summer

Great in the rock garden or perennial border. Hens & Chicks' purplishred to green rosettes of plump, wedge-shaped leaves are fast spreading.

Tolerates poor soil conditions.

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Carmen

2-8” Zones 3-8

Big open rosettes have red tipped leaves.

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Commander Hay

1-3” Zones 3-8 Summer-Fall

Winner of the Garden of Merit award from the Royal Horticulture

Society, this plant forms clumps of red and green rosettes adorned with short spikes of soft yellow and pink flowers in the summer.

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Kalinda

2-8” Zones 5-9

Large light green rosettes with red tips.

Red Beauty

3-4” Zones 3-8

Red rosettes darken in colder weather.

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Sedum

(Stonecrop)

acre Aureum

2-3” Zones 2-9 Early Summer-Mid Summer

An excellent ground cover of tiny green succulent leaves with tips that turn butter yellow in spring. Tiny gold star-shaped flowers appear in early summer.

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2” Zones 3-9 Summer

Attractive green to red foliage compliments flowers and creates a carpet effect in the garden.

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Angelina

4-6” Zones 3-11 Summer

Bright chartreuse, needle like foliage grows more colorful as the days cool.

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Autumn Joy

18-24” Zones 2-9 Late Summer-Fall

Great for borders. Flower heads start as a dusty pink color that deepens into a red during the fall.

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Blue Spruce

6-10” Zones 3-9 Summer

Small blue leaves that look like the needles of a blue spruce. Topped with bright yellow flowers in summer.

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Coral Carpet

2-6” Zones 5-10 Summer

Creeping sedum with red tinged, deep green leaves. Produces tiny pink flowers.

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Dragon's Blood

3-5” Zones 3-9 Summer

Low growing, bronze-green foliage with clusters of red flowers.

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floriferum

4-6” Zones 3-8 Summer

Knobby, woody rootstock with reddish stems accented with flat yellow flowers in the summer. Use as a ground cover or in the rock garden.

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Fulda Glow

3-4” Zones 3-9 Summer

Rose red flowers with bronze-red coloring on the leaves that lasts all season.

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Immergrunchen

2-3” Zones 3-9 Mid Summer

This coarse textured ground cover sports semi-evergreen leaves which turn a vibrant amber color during the cold of winter. Produces pale yellow starry flowers.

Larinem Park

4-6” Zones 3-10 Early Summer

This low growing native succulent carpets the woodland floor. A unique sedum in that it is moisture and shade tolerant.

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Pink Bomb

10-12” Zones 5-10 Summer-Fall

Bearing showy pink flower heads on stems that are shorter and less flop-prone than Autumn Joy, this showy sedum forms handsome clumps of large fleshy blue-green leaves on compact succulent stems.

Rooftop Garden Mix

8-12” Zones 3-10 Early Spring-Fall

Perfect for green roofs, big or small (like a birdhouse or mailbox), this mix boasts assorted colors and textures of sedum.

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Summer Glory

4-6” Zones 3-9 Mid Summer-Early Fall

Vigorous ground cover with green scalloped leaves and bright carmine pink flowers in the summer.

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Tricolor

3-4” Zones 4-8 Spring-Summer

Small green and white leaves with splashes of red. Produces pink flowers.

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Turkish Delight

4-6” Zone 3 Summer

Striking burgundy, almost black foliage creates the perfect background for the beautiful carmine-pink flowers that bloom in late summer.

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Sempervivum

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Illustration 2: Lavender in a perennial bed

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Catmint

Walker's Low

12-36” Zones 4-8 Mid Spring-Early Fall

2007 Perennial Plant of the year, the crinkled, aromatic silver-green foliage features numerous spikes of blue-purple flowers. This bushy plant's fragrance attracts cats. Use in borders, beds or rock gardens.

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Catnip

24-36” Zones 3-8 Summer

The heart-shaped foliage can be used fresh or dried for catnip tea. A favorite of cats, produces white or lavender flowers.

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Chamomile

Roman

9-12” Zones 4-9 Summer

The yellow-centered white daisy-like flowers make a pleasant tea for digestive disorders and to calm nerves. Flowers can be dried for later use. This aromatic ornamental herb makes a good ground cover that can be mowed or walked on.

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Chives

Allium schoenprasum

6-10” Zones 3-9 Spring

The hollow green spears have a mild onion flavor and can be used fresh or dried for gourmet butters, with sour cream on potatoes, in salad dressings, soups and stews. Blossoms flavor vinegars, oils.

Attractive plant.

Garlic Geisha

10-24” Zones 3-9 Summer

AAS Winner. This vigorous grower has a “just right” garlic flavor.

Produces slightly wider, flatter and more refined leaves topped by pretty white flower stalks late in the season. Edible and ornamental.

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Coriander/Cilantro

(Chinese Parsley)

Slow Bolt

24-30” Annual Mid-Summer

Wide, bright green, fern-like foliage. Very fragrant. Harvest the spicy leaves when young for a pungent flavor, often used in Chinese and

Mexican dishes. When the seeds are brown and fully dried, use to flavor desserts, sauces and Indian curry.

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Fennel

Bronze

24-48” Zones 4-9 Summer

Delicate smoky-bronze ornamental foliage makes this an attractive addition to the herb garden. Use its nutty flavor as a cooking spice.

Great texture for container gardens. Seeds, leaves and roots are edible.

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Green

24-48” Zones 4-9 Late Spring

Licorice flavored, dark green lacy leaves, stalks and seeds. All parts of the plant are great additions to soups, salads and sauces. Butterflies are attracted to the mature plants.

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Lavender

Anouk Deep Rose

14-18” Zones 6-9 Early Spring-Summer

Spanish lavender with deep rose flower spikes topped with showy flags. Disease resistant and weather-tolerant. Attractive flowers have a pleasant, spicy scent.

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English, Lady

8-10” Zones 5-8 Summer

This AAS Winner features a compact habit. Produces delightfully scented blue-lavender flowers all summer.

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English, Munstead

12-18” Zones 5-8 Summer

This fragrant, free-flowering English lavender produces lavender-blue flower spikes.

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Goodwin Creek

18-36” Zones 5-8 Summer

A shorter growth habit than french lavender, this plant has a dark purple flower head that is held on a longer wand than most lavenders.

Nice border or edging plant.

Provence

24-48” Zones 5-8 Late Summer

More rot resistant than other lavenders, this fragrant plant produces attractive blue flowers. Excellent as a specimen, in the rock garden or as a low hedge. Attracts butterflies.

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Lemon Balm

18-24” Zones 4-9 Summer

Heart shaped green leaves with silky hairs. The lemon scented leaves add a delicate flavor to meats and fish and can also be used to brighten salads. Add to drinks as you would mint, or dry the leaves for herbal tea. Good in the flower border.

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Lemon Verbena

(Lemon Beebrush, Vervain)

36-60” Tender Late Summer

Add a zesty lemon flavor to fish, poultry or vegetable dish. Also good as an herbal tea among other uses. Great for container gardening.

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Marjoram, Sweet

12-24” Zones 7-9 Summer

A close relative to oregano. Flavorful leaves can be used fresh or dried. Harvest before flowering. Use in soups, stews, sauces and rubbed on meat.

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Mint

Apple

36” Zones 6-9 Summer

The soft gray-green leaves of apple mint have a delightfully fruity scent.

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Berries & Cream

16” Zones 5-9 Mid Summer-Fall

This unique variety sports dark green leaves with a fruity mint flavor and scent. Produces light purple flower spikes.

Candy

12-16” Zones 4-7 Summer

Green foliage with bright pink flowers and reddish stems. One of the sweetest forms of peppermint. Add to make tasty candy. Full sun will produce the strongest flavor.

Chocolate

18-36” Zones 3-7 Summer

Dark leaves, purple stems and lavender flowers. Variety of peppermint with a sweeter, mild chocolate flavor and scent. Use in salads, teas, desserts, potpourri.

Ginger

6-12” Zones 5-9 Summer

Attractive gold flecked leaves produce a fruity fragrance with a hint of ginger. Flowers are pink. Opportunist.

Julep

12-18” Zones 4-9 Summer

Named after the famous drink “mint julep,” this is one of the sweeter mints. Opportunist.

Mojito Cocktail

12-24” Zones 5-9 Summer

More mild in scent and flavor with white blooms. Leaves can be used fresh or dried in drinks and other foods.

Mountain

24-36” Zones 6-8 Summer

Clump forming aromatic mint with dark green leaves which have a strong spearmint aroma when crushed. Produces flowers in shades of white to light purple. Great choice for those who want to attract pollinators.

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Orange

12-18” Zones 3-7 Summer

Reddish green branching stems with oval, smooth dull green leaves, produces pale purple flowers in terminal spikes. Use orange flavored leaves as a garnish and in teas, soups and jellies.

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Peppermint

12-24” Zones 3-7 Summer

Large serrated leaves, with purple stems and reddish violet flowers.

The leaves have a distinctive flavor and are a favorite to add, fresh or dried, to iced tea for their refreshing effect. Easy to grow, but should be contained to prevent overspreading.

Spearmint

12-24” Zones 3-7 Summer

Also called garden mint or lamb mint, the leaves are glossy and narrow, end in a sharp point and have toothed indentations around their edges. Produces light purple flowers. Use fresh or dried.

Strawberry

10-12” Zones 4 Spring-Summer

Strawberry scent and taste adds refreshing flavor to cool dishes and drinks.

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Oregano

Golden

12” Zones 6-10

White flowers on creeping yellow-green foliage.

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Greek

24” Zones 4-9 Summer

Use the pungent flavored leaves, fresh or dried, in pasta sauces and beef dishes. Produces pink flowers. Excellent contrast plant, ground cover. Hardiest oregano in this area.

Hot & Spicy

12” Zones 5-9

Bold flavor, low habit and very hardy.

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Italian (Pizza)

12-24” Zones 4-9 Summer

Great for flavoring sauces, features a strong pizza flavor and scent.

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Variegated

6-12” Zones 5-9 Summer

This compact shrub has green leaves with a creamy variegation at the edge. Tiny white flowers appear in summer.

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Rosemary

48” Zones 7-11 Summer

Use the needle-like dark leaves, fresh or dried, to flavor fish, meat, poultry, soups and teas. Attractive evergreen leaves have a pine-like aroma.

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Barbecue

48” Zones 8-11 Summer

Upright shrub with long, sturdy stems, perfect for skewers on the grill.

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Creeping

6-8” Zones 7-11 Summer

This low grower is excellent for making “living wreaths” or for training into any shape.

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Salem

24-36” Zones 8-10 Spring

This rosemary is reputedly hardier than most varieties of the species and has a tidy, upright habit. Use as an accent or in a container.

Leaves can be used to flavor food.

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Rumex sanguinous

(Bloody Dock, Dock, Red-veined Dock, Sorrel)

Raspberry Dressing

6-12” Zones 6-8 Summer

Edible, long pointed green leaves with deep red veins that taste like spinach or chard when young. Remove the small green flowers to have a continuous supply of new leaf growth all season.

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Sage

Berggarten Variegated

8-10” Zones 5-8 Summer

Ornamental and edible herb with green, white and pink aromatic foliage. Lavender blue flower spikes appear in summer.

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Garden

12-24” Zones 5-8 Summer

These flavorful, aromatic, long oval evergreen leaves are popular for seasoning in poultry dressings. Use fresh or dried for flavoring sauces or as a tea.

Pineapple

36-48” Zones 8-10 Late Summer-Fall

The sweet pineapple scented foliage is accented with bright red flowers. Use in herb gardens, as an accent or as a cut flower.

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Golden

18” Zones 5-8 Mid-Summer

Striking golden, variegated leaves can be used as a seasoning for meats, stuffing, sausage and cheese. This plant's compact growth habit makes it ideal for the rock garden.

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Purple

12-18” Zones 5-8 Summer

The reddish-purple aromatic leaves with blue flowers make this salvia an attractive addition to the herb garden. Use as a seasoning for meats or stuffing.

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Tricolor

18-24” Zones 5-8 Summer

The long oval leaves feature a remarkable three-toned white, purple and pink hue and can be used in sausage, meat and poultry. Hardiest of the color sages.

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White

24-36” Zones 7-10 Mid Spring-Summer

Attractive upright mound of unique silver-white flowers with aromatic foliage, producing tall stems of white flowers. Used to make incense and smudge sticks.

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Sweet Woodruff

8-12” Zones 4-7 Early Summer

Low spreading plant with bright green, fragrant foliage, even when dried. Bears small white flowers. Attractive ground cover; prefers moist sites. Reliable shade bloomer. Use in potpourri, teas and as a garnish.

Tarragon, French

18-36” Zones 5-9 Summer

Use fresh or dried to flavor poultry, sauces, vinegars, and salads. Plant has thin, dark green, narrow shiny leaves on strong stems.

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Thyme

Creeping Lemon

1-4” Zones 5-7 Summer

This ground hugging form of thyme has pungently scented lemon leaves making this a good choice for walkways.

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English (Garden Thyme)

8-15” Zones 4-9 Summer

Produces dark green foliage with a stimulating, spicy scent on a low, bushy plant. Harvest in mid-summer, just before the small violet-blue flowers begin to open. Use fresh or dried for cooking.

French

12” Zones 4-8 Summer

Best known of the thymes with small gray-green leaves. Its strong flavor lends well to meat, fish, cheeses and many vegetable dishes.

Use both fresh and dried.

Golden Lemon

6-12” Zones 6-9 Summer

An upright, low growing, bushy plant with lemon scented, golden edged leaves. Produces small lavender flowers in the summer.

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Lime

6-8” Zones 5-6 Summer

Compact plant that forms clumps of solid green leaves and has a subtle lime scent. Color and taste intensify as plant matures.

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Red Creeping

2-6” Zones 5-9 Summer

Its scented mat-like growth makes this thyme a good ground cover and nice in the rock garden. Produces bright scarlet flowers.

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Silver Edge

9-12” Zones 4-10 Late Spring-Early Summer

Wonderfully scented foliage forms low, mounded plants. Excellent as a small scale ground cover or planted at garden’s edge.

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Woolly

1-3” Zones 4-9 Summer

Attractive fuzzy, silver-gray, aromatic leaves are highlighted with small pink flowers. This decorative thyme does well in dry locations and is perfect for rock gardens and borders.

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Check out our website at: adamsfarms.com/gardening/herb-information

For more information on growing, harvesting, drying and storing herbs.

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QUICK ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS

How do I prepare the soil?

Since the plants will grow in the area for a long time, good soil preparation is important.

Clear the site of weeds. Don’t just scrape them off – dig'em out, or spray with a weed killer.

Turn the soil over, either by hand or with a rotary tiller. Keep an eye out for weed roots – get rid of ‘em! Till 6” – 8” which is enough to produce healthy plants. Deeper for tall perennials;

Delphinium, Lupines, Hollyhock, Digitalis.

Clay or Sandy soil should be amended by adding plenty of organic matter to the top layer – peat moss or manure, for example. Add organic matter equal to 1/3 to ½ of the depth of the soil that needs to be improved.

Fertilizer - Add 5-10-5 at a rate of 3 to 5 lbs. per 100 square feet.

Turn the soil over to mix in the soil amendment and fertilizer.

Feeding Perennials

Feeding perennials early in the growing season with a dry fertilizer (5-10-5) will benefit most plants.

Nitrogen will help to grow a strong plant, and phosphorous will improve the quality of bloom

Dividing Perennials

Why divide?

1. To control size

2. To rejuvenate

3. To propagate

How do I know that a plant needs to be divided?

1. The plant clump is getting so large and vigorous that it is pushing out neighboring plants

2. The clump's center is dying but the surrounding plant looks good

When should I divide my perennials?

Late Summer & Fall – Spring & Summer blooming perennials

Early Spring – Fall blooming perennials

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How do I divide my perennials?

1. Dig the entire clump out as completely as possible

2. If the center clump has died out, divide the living portion into smaller clumps to replant wherever you like

3. If you can’t pull the roots apart because the roots are ensnarled, cut them apart with a sharp knife or insert two spading forks into the clump back to back and then press the handles toward each other, using the leverage at the tines to pry the clump apart.

4. Enrich the hole from which the clump was removed with a handful of fertilizer that has no nitrogen (first number on the fertilizer bag should be 0. e.g. Bone Meal). Replace one or more of the divisions in the hole and place the remaining elsewhere.

Protecting Perennials (Mulching)

Mulching will protect plants from heaving (when plants are forced out of the ground as a result of alternate freezing and thawing).

When to Apply

When the ground is thoroughly frozen to a depth of 2 inches (around Thanksgiving), apply a layer of open, fluffy material (salt hay, straw, leaves, etc.)

When to Remove

When the forsythias bloom

Cutting Back Perennials

Spent blooms – Oftentimes removing spent flowers will encourage re-blooming.

Simple rule of thumb – if the plant looks ugly, cut it back. If the plant looks good, leave it alone.

Will the plant provide winter interest? Coneflower’s seed heads look great in the winter landscape

Will the plant survive without being cut back?

Tender perennials should be cut back so that they can be adequately mulched.

To encourage the plant to produce multiple shoots. For example, coneflower and daisies, which throw a single shoot, if cut back to 6”, will produce multiple shoots and increase flowering.

Shaping up the plant – If a plant gets too leggy, cutting it back will force it to bush out and regrow new leaves. For example, hardy mums and asters will grow very tall and narrow unless cut back.

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How far to cut back? Sorry, there's no simple answer because different plants have varying responses, but here are a few tips:

- If the plant is done flowering and now looks hideous, give it a shearing (remove

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2/3 of the height of the plant)

- If you feel that the plant needs a hard shearing (2 inches from the ground), be sure to leave the already-forming new foliage in the center of the clump untouched.

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Ajuga

Aquilegia

Armeria

Asclepias

Campanula

Coreopsis

Delphinium

Dianthus

Digitalis

PERENNIALS THAT ATTRACT HUMMINGBIRDS

Echinacea

Hemerocallis

Heuchera

Hollyhock

Knautia

Lavender

Liatris

Lobelia

Monarda

Perovskia

Rudbeckia

Salvia

Saponaria

Scabiosa

Sedum

Stachys

PERENNIALS THAT ATTRACT POLLINATORS

Bees

Achillea

Ajuga

Allium (Chives)

Anemone

Aquilegia

Armeria

Asclepias

Astilbe

Bergenia

Campanula

Catmint

Catnip

Coreopsis

Coriander

Daisy

Dianthus

Digitalis

Echinacea

Eryngium

Fennel

Gypsophila

Lamiastrum

Lamium

Lavender

Lemon Balm

Liatris

Lupine

Marjoram

Mint

Mint, Mountain

Monarda

Oenothera

Oregano

Oregano, Orn.

Penstemon

Perovskia

Phlox

Poppy

Rosemary

Rudbeckia

Salvia

Scabiosa

Sedum

Stachys

Thyme

Tradescantia

Veronica

Achillea

Aquilegia

Armeria

Asclepias

Astilbe

Bergenia

Catmint

Coreopsis

Daisy

Delosperma

Dianthus

Digitalis

Echinacea

Eryngium

Fennel

Gaillardia

Geum

Hemerocallis

Heuchera

Hollyhock

Knautia

Lavender

Lemon Balm

Butterflies

Liatris

Lilium

Lobelia

Lupine

Marjoram

Monarda

Myosotis

Oregano, Orn.

Penstemon

Perovskia

Phlox

Polemonium

Rosemary

Rudbeckia

Salvia

Saponaria

Saxifrage

Scabiosa

Sedum

Solidago

Thyme

Tradescantia

Veronica

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Achillea

Alyssum

Anemone

Aquilegia

Armeria

Asclepias

Astilbe

Bellis

Bergenia

Campanula

Centaurea

Coreopsis

Daisy

Delphinium

Dianthus

Digitalis

Echinacea

Eryngium

Euphorbia

Achillea

Ajuga

Alyssum

Anemone

Aquilegia

Arenaria

Armeria

Artemisia

Asclepias

Astilbe

Bergenia

Cerastium

Coreopsis

Daisy

Delosperma

Dianthus

Digitalis

DEER RESISTANT PLANTS

Echinacea

Eryngium

Euphorbia

Gaillardia

Geum

Grasses

Gypsophila

Herbs

Hypericum

Iberis

Iris

Knautia

Lamiastrum

Lamium

Leontopodium

Liatris

Lobelia

Lupine

Monarda

Myosotis

Oenothera

Oregano, Orn.

Perovskia

Platycodon

Polemonium

Poppy

Rudbeckia

Saponaria

Saxifrage

Scabiosa

Solidago

Stachys

Veronica

PERENNIALS FOR CUTTING

Gaillardia

Gazania

Geum

Grasses

Hemerocallis

Herbs

Heuchera

Hollyhock

Iberis

Iris

Knautia

Leontopodium

Lewisia

Liatris

Lilium

Lobelia

Lupine

Monarda

Myosotis

Oenothera

Oregano, Orn.

Perovskia

Phlox

Platycodon

Polemonium

Poppy

Primrose, drumstick

Rhubarb

Rudbeckia

Salvia

Saponaria

Scabiosa

Sedum, tall

Solidago

Tradescantia

Veronica

Viola

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Achillea

Allium (Chives)

Catnip

Chamomile

Echinacea

Eryngium

Fennel

Grass

Achillea

Alyssum

Anacyclus

Arenaria

Armeria

Artemisia

Asclepias

Catmint

Cerastium

Chives

Delosperma

Dianthus

Echinacea

Eryngium

Euphorbia

PERENNIALS FOR DRYING

Gypsophila

Lavender

Lemon Balm

Leontopodium

Liatris

Lycium

Marjoram

Mint

Oregano

Perovskia

Rosemary

Sage

Salvia

Sweet Woodruff

Tarragon, French

Thyme

PERENNIALS FOR A DRY LOCATION

Gaillardia

Gazania

Grasses

Gypsophila

Hemerocallis

Hens & Chicks

Hypericum

Iberis

Knautia

Lamiastrum

Lamium

Lavender

Leontopodium

Lewisia

Liatris

Marjoram

Oenothera

Oregano

Oregano, Orn.

Perovskia

Phlox

Poppy

Rudbeckia

Sage

Salvia

Saponaria

Scabiosa

Sedum

Stachys

Thyme

Ajuga

Anacyclus

Anemone

Arenaria

Artemisia

Catmint

Cerastium

Chamomile

Delosperma

Dianthus

Grasses

Gypsophila, low

PERENNIALS FOR GROUND COVERS

Hens & Chicks

Hypericum

Iberis

Lamiastrum

Lamium

Lithodora

Lysimachia

Mazus

Mint

Oregano

Oregano, Orn.

Phlox, Creeping

Primrose

Rumex

Sagina

Saponaria

Saxifrage

Sedum, low

Stachys

Strawberry

Sweet Woodruff

Thyme, creeping

Viola

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Ajuga

Aruncus

Astilbe

Hosta

PERENNIALS FOR FULL SHADE*

Lamium

Primrose

Sweet Woodruff

*For Part Shade Perennials Please Check Icons

Ajuga

Alyssum

Anacyclus

Anemone

Aquilegia

Armeria

Artemisia

Aruncus

Astilbe, dwarf

Campanula

Cerastium

Coreopsis, dwarf

Delosperma

Dianthus

PERENNIALS FOR ROCK GARDENS

Gazania

Grasses

Gypsophila

Hens & Chicks

Heuchera

Iberis

Leontopodium

Lewisia

Lithodora

Lysimachia

Mazus

Myosotis

Oenothera

Oregano

Oregano, Orn.

Phlox, Creeping

Poppy

Primrose

Sage

Sagina

Saponaria

Saxifrage

Scabiosa

Sedum

Stachys

Strawberry

Thyme, creeping

Viola

PERENNIALS TO PLANT IN CONTAINERS

Achillea

Ajuga

Armeria

Artemisia

Cerastium

Delosperma (for a succulent container)

Dianthus

Eryngium

Euphorbia

Grasses

Hens & Chicks

Herbs

Heuchera

Hosta

Hypericum

Lamium

Lysimachia

Mazus

Primrose

Rumex

Sedum

Solidago

Stachys

Strawberry

Veronica

Viola

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COMMON NAME INDEX

To Find....

Look Here

Aaron's Beard.......................................................... Hypericum

Alcea....................................................................... Hollyhock

Althea...................................................................... Hollyhock

Alumroot................................................................. Heuchera

Avens...................................................................... Geum

Baby's Breath.......................................................... Gypsophila

Bachelor's Button................................................... Centaurea

Balloon Flower....................................................... Platycodon

Basket of Gold........................................................ Alyssum

Beebalm.................................................................. Monarda

Bellflower............................................................... Campanula

Bergamot................................................................. Monarda

Black-Eyed Susan................................................... Rudbeckia

Blanket Flower........................................................ Gaillardia

Blazing Star............................................................. Liatris

Bloody-Dock........................................................... Rumex sanguinous

Bloody Sorrel.......................................................... Rumex sanguinous

Blue Buttons........................................................... Knautia

Bluebonnet.............................................................. Lupinus

Bouncing Bet.......................................................... Saponaria

Bugleweed.............................................................. Ajuga

Butterfly Weed........................................................ Asclepias

Candytuft................................................................ Iberis

Cardinal Flower....................................................... Lobelia

Carpathian Bellflower............................................. Campanula

Carpathian Harebell................................................ Campanula

Carpet bugle............................................................ Ajuga

Carnation................................................................. Dianthus

Cheddar Pinks......................................................... Dianthus

Chinese Bellflower.................................................. Platycodon

Chinese Parsley....................................................... Coriander/Cilantro

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Chives..................................................................... Allium

Clustered Bellflower............................................... Campanula glomerata superba

Columbine............................................................... Aquilegia

Common Thrift....................................................... Armeria

Coneflower.............................................................. Echinacea, Rudbeckia

Coral Bells.............................................................. Heuchera

Corsican.................................................................. Sagina

Creeping Bugle....................................................... Ajuga

Creeping Mazus...................................................... Mazus

Creeping Phlox....................................................... Phlox subulata

Cupflower............................................................... Mazus

Day-lily................................................................... Hemerocallis

Dead Nettle............................................................. Lamium

Dock....................................................................... Rumex

Drumstick Primrose............................................... Primula denticulata

Edelweiss................................................................ Leontopodium

English Daisy.......................................................... Bellis

Evening Primrose.................................................... Oenothera

Evergreen Candytuft............................................... Iberis

False Spirea............................................................. Astilbe

Feathery Flower...................................................... Astilbe

Field Scabious......................................................... Knautia

Forget me not.......................................................... Myosotis

Foxglove................................................................. Digitalis

Garden Pinks........................................................... Dianthus

Gay Feather............................................................. Liatris

Gentian Speedwell.................................................. Veronica gentianoides

Goat's Beard............................................................ Aruncus

Goji Berry............................................................... Lycium

Gold Creeping Jenny............................................... Lysimachia nummularia aurea

Gold Creeping Moneywort..................................... Lysimachia nummularia aurea

Golden Aster........................................................... Solidago

Goldenrod............................................................... Solidago

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Great Purple Coneflower......................................... Echinacea magnus

Harebell................................................................... Campanula

Hens & Chicks........................................................ Sempervivum

Horned Violet.......................................................... Viola cornuta

Houseleek............................................................... Sempervivum

Ice Plant.................................................................. Delosperma

Jacob's Ladder......................................................... Polemonium

Labrador Violet........................................................ Viola labradorica

Lamb's Ear.............................................................. Stachys

Larkspur.................................................................. Delphinium

Lemon Beebrush..................................................... Lemon Verbena

Lily.......................................................................... Lilium

Lupine..................................................................... Lupinus

Madwort.................................................................. Alyssum

Mat Daisy................................................................ Anacyclus

Meadow Sage.......................................................... Salvia

Meadow Widow Flower.......................................... Knautia

Milfoil..................................................................... Achillea

Montane Knapweed................................................ Centaurea

Mountain Bluet....................................................... Centaurea

Mountain Cornflower............................................. Centaurea

Mountain Pinks....................................................... Phlox subulata

Mt. Atlas Daisy....................................................... Anacyclus

Mugwort................................................................. Artemisia

Oswego Tea............................................................. Monarda

Pearlwort................................................................. Sagina

Pincushion Flower.................................................. Scabiosa

Pinks........................................................................ Dianthus

Plantain Lily............................................................ Hosta

Poppy...................................................................... Papaver

Primrose.................................................................. Primula

Purple Coneflower................................................... Echinacea purpurea

Red-veined Dock.................................................... Rumex

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Rhubarb.................................................................. Rheum

Rock Soapwort........................................................ Saponaria

Rockfoil.................................................................. Saxifrage

Russian Sage........................................................... Perovskia

Sage......................................................................... Salvia

Sandwort................................................................. Arenaria

Scabious.................................................................. Scabiosa

Sea Holly................................................................ Eryngium

Sea Pink.................................................................. Armeria

Shasta Daisy............................................................ Leucanthemum

Snow-in-summer..................................................... Cerastium

Soapwort................................................................. Saponaria

Sorrel....................................................................... Rumex

Speedwell................................................................ Veronica

Spiderwort............................................................... Tradescantia

Spirea...................................................................... Astilbe

Spurge..................................................................... Euphorbia

St. John's Wort........................................................ Hypericum

Stonecrop................................................................ Sedum

Sundrop................................................................... Oenothera

Super Fruit............................................................... Lycium

Sweet William......................................................... Dianthus barbatus

Sword Lily............................................................... Iris

Thrift....................................................................... Armeria

Tickseed.................................................................. Coreopsis

Treasure Flower....................................................... Gazania

True Daisy............................................................... Bellis

Vervain.................................................................... Lemon Verbena

Violet...................................................................... Viola

Windflower.............................................................. Anemone

Wolf Berry............................................................... Lycium

Wooly Betony.......................................................... Stachys

Wormwood.............................................................. Artemesia

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Yarrow..................................................................... Achillea

Yellow Archangel.................................................... Lamiastrum

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