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.

Nepute Coral Bells has pewter-purple leaves with very dark veining. Foliage has mid-deep dividing giving the plant a lively texture. Selected by Dutch breeder Aart Wijnhout, this series with “stained-glass-window” patterns and attractive colors and foliage shapes has proven to be consistently popular since its introduction in 2003.

Crimson Curls is a vigorous, clump-forming coral bells cultivar that is best noted for burgundy red to dark purple-brown leaves and densely curled leaf edges. Leaf colors soften in summer. Tiny, creamy white flowers borne in open panicles appear in late spring to early summer on slender burgundy stems rising above the foliage mound. U. S. Plant Patent PP13,729.

Blanket Flowers are valuable in the summer border for their very long season of bloom. They form a low mound of light-green leaves, bearing upright stems of large daisy-type flowers. This midsized selection blooms the first year and features solid bright-yellow petals surrounding a large golden button eye. Attractive to butterflies. Excellent in containers. Drought tolerant once established.

This dwarf variety has large, upfacing medium pink flowers and narrow, dark green leaves. Blooms appear in midsummer. An excellent cut flower. Great for massing in the front of the border or in Container.

This hybrid Coral Bells selection is a terrific choice for adding a touch of colour towards the front of a border in shady areas. The large lobed leaves emerge bright yellow with dark red veining but as the season progresses, they soften to chartreuse with lighter red veins, holding their colour all summer. Winter foliage is tan. Taller stems of small white bell flowers appear in midsummer.

 

A spectacular dwarf Blanket Flower with a long-flowering period and superb garden performance. The golden blooms blushed with apricot sit neatly above uniform, well-branched plants throughout summer and well into autumn. Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Arizona Apricot' is undemanding, providing fabulous colour whatever the weather. Perfect for containers or filling gaps in the front of borders.

The dusky purple petals of 'Bela Lugosi' arise from lime-green throats whose color bleeds eerily into a greenish gold center. It seems to suit this Daylily's namesake, the Hungarian actor best known for his role as Count Dracula. Thanks to a vigorous habit, good bud count on well-branched stalks, and a dark flower color that lasts well in sun, this mid-season bloomer has garnered awards from the American Hemerocallis Society. The slightly ruffled flowers measure about 6in across. Semi-evergreen foliage.

An outstanding selection bred by Dr. Darrel Apps, one of only a small handful of truly everblooming Daylilies available to gardeners in northern regions. This dwarf variety has large (4 inch) deep apricot-yellow blooms with a delightful sparkling diamond-dusted finish. Repeats constantly from May to frost. Spent flower stems can be trimmed back after all the buds have finished. Remove old foliage in late fall.

 

Rocket City Daylily features bold orange trumpet-shaped flowers with coppery-bronze throats at the ends of the stems from early to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It's grassy leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

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