Perennials

Perennials are one of the most popular categories of plants today. Most perennials flower in spring or summer and grow each year from their roots. Perennials can last many years and are normally categorized as either shade or sun loving.

Freya was introduced in 2010. Compared to other glomerata types it is much more floriferous, with its flower stems comprising 2/3 of the height of the plant. Full clusters of small, star shaped, lilac purple flowers emerge almost all the way up the strong, uprigh and well branched stems. Propagation prohibited.

Dickson’s Gold Adriatic Bellflower is a low-growing, mat-forming cultivar with striking golden foliage. It features showy, star-like blue flower clusters in late spring. Plants of this species are sometimes commonly called Gargano bellflower because the species was discovered growing at the base of Italy’s Mt. Gargano in 1827. 

Labrador violet is a very low-growing perennial, which is typically utilized both for its small, attractive, heart-shaped, purple-tinged foliage and its lavender-blue spring flowers. Flowers appear atop leafy stems in May. Native to moist woods in the northern U.S., Canada and Greenland.

Vinca minor ‘Alba Variegata’ is an evergreen perennial with a mat forming growing habit. Its leaves are dark green with yellow margins and grey green mottling. Its green stems are slender and trailing and root at intervals, aiding its spread. It has white trumpet shaped flowers. Drought tolerant once established.

This species of meadow rue has separate male and female plants. It typically grows 2-3' tall and features a clump of lacy, fine-textured, bluish-green foliage resembling columbine or maidenhair fern. The lilac-purple male flowers are much showier than the female ones. Flowers are borne in dense panicles on branched, wiry stems rising above the foliage in late spring to early summer. Mass effect of the male bloom can be quite showy. Aquilegiifolium means columbine leaf. Great in woodland areas under trees.

This species of meadow rue is a slender, clump-forming perennial which features lacy, fine-textured, bluish-green, columbine-like foliage. Tiny, pendulous, lavender-purple flowers with contrasting yellow stamens appear in late summer in loose, airy clusters atop sturdy, purple flower stems which rise well above the foliage to 4-6' tall. When massed, the overall effect of the bloom can be spectacular.

A dense, clump-forming meadow rue growing 2-5' tall. Features lacy, fine-textured, medium green, compound foliage and tiny, double lilac-pink flowers borne in large, wiry-branched, airy, terminal sprays which appear in July and August. Mass effect of bloom can be quite showy and bloom is long-lasting. Great in woodland areas under trees.

This subspecies of yellow meadow rue is noted for having glaucous leaves and stems. It is native to Spain and northern Africa. It is a rhizomatous, clump-forming perennial that typically grows to 2-3’ tall, but infrequently rises to 5’ tall. Tiny sulphur yellow flowers in large panicles bloom in summer. Flowers have a slight fragrance. Compound leaves with 3-4 lobed leaflets are silvery blue green.

Low growing, well-branched groundcover that has leathery, dark green foliage year round. Small pink flowers bloom in spring, followed by red berries in summer and fall. Handsome red Fall Color. Good for planting under shrubs or trees.

A new outstanding selection of the Old-fashioned Bleedingheart. This beauty features arching spikes of elegant cherry-red, heart-shaped blooms with white tips held on dark burgundy stems. Blooms late spring to early summer. The delicate ferny foliage matures to an attractive powdery grey-green. Thrives in damp borders and woodland gardens but also makes a fantastic addition to a shady patio container.

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