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Library of Perennials

Welcome to the Library of Perennials. Here you will find tried-and-true perennials for sun and shade as well as the best newer offerings available.

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Achillea millefolium 'Angelique PPAF'

Achillea millefolium 'Angelique PPAF'

Common Name: Yarrow
Dark, blood red flowers. Compact plant with excellent color retention. Considered by many to be the best red Achillea in the market....

Achillea millefolium 'Gloria Jean'

Achillea millefolium 'Gloria Jean'

Common Name: Yarrow
First located in Denver Colorado in the 90's. Selected for its unusually large florets, that face upward with hot lipstick-pink color....

Achillea millefolium 'Weser River Sandstone'

Achillea millefolium 'Weser River Sandstone'

Common Name: Yarrow
Deep rose-pink flowers with bright tiny white dots in the center of the flowers. Reliable, easy-care, virtually pest- and disease-free. Super border flowers for naturalizing, cutting, and drying....

Achillea ptarmica

Achillea ptarmica

Common Name: Sneezewort
Large sprays of tight, button-like, pure white flowers. Fast growing with blooms from June-September. Great for use as a cut flower in arrangements or for drying....

Achillea ptarmica 'Stephanie Cohen'

Achillea ptarmica 'Stephanie Cohen'

Common Name: Yarrow
Undemanding plant bearing showy 1/2" flower heads from June until fall. Fern-like dark green foliage is a great contrast with the daisy-like, light pink flowers that continuously cover the compact plants....

Achillea x hybrida 'Moonshine'

Achillea x hybrida 'Moonshine'

Common Name: Yarrow
Compact plant bearing bright sulphur yellow heads up to 4" across. Gorgeous silvery-gray leaves make for a great companion plant with burgundy-leaf plants. One of the best perennials....

Aconitum cammarum 'Bicolor'

Aconitum cammarum 'Bicolor'

Common Name: Monk's Hood
This well-branched plant blooms flowers of white with blue edges. Healthy, green sprouts appear when grown in the pots very early in the season, and transplant easily to the outdoor garden....

Aconitum cammarum 'Pink Sensation'

Aconitum cammarum 'Pink Sensation'

Common Name: Monk's Hood
Pale pink flowers with glossy, dark green foliage that has broadly dissected, trilobed leaves....

Aconitum cammarum 'Stainless Steel PPAf'

Aconitum cammarum 'Stainless Steel PPAf'

Common Name: Monk's Hood
Large, metallic blue flowers on loosely-branched spikes with deeply divided foliage. An excellent cut flower, unique for its large, draped sepal. Perfect to use in borders or at woodland's edge....

Aconitum henryi 'Spark's Variety'

Aconitum henryi 'Spark's Variety'

Common Name: Monk's Hood
This longtime favorite has purple-blue flowers on tall spikes with narrow, dissected foliage....

Aconitum napellus

Aconitum napellus

Common Name: Monk's Hood
Deep blue flowers on long spikes with narrow, dissected foliage. Vigorous plants, and one of the shorter Aconitums that makes a more compact gallon....

Actinidia kolomikta 'Artic Beauty'

Actinidia kolomikta 'Artic Beauty'

Common Name: Hardy Kiwi
A variety that does not fruit, but has interesting variegated green, white and pink foliage. Needs at least a half a day of sun....

Adiantum pedatum 'Miss Sharples'

Adiantum pedatum 'Miss Sharples'

Common Name: Fern-Northern Maidenhair Fern
Northern Maidenhair Fern, 12-14", large chartreuse leaflets with bronze overtones. The best pedantum fern!...

Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum'

Aegopodium podagraria 'Variegatum'

Common Name: Snow on the Mountain
Green foliage with silver margin, very enthusiastic grower. Great for filling an area on a slope or beneath a tree....

Agastache x hybrida 'Blue Fortune'

Agastache x hybrida 'Blue Fortune'

Common Name: Anise Hyssop
Compact variety that is loaded with flowers and attracts lots of butterflies. Very fragrant foliage that smell like licorice. Exceptionally long bloom time and good cut flower....

Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow'

Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow'

Common Name: Bugleweed
Foliage is green, with burgundy accents. Rapidly growing plant that is evergreen and very easily maintained. 'Burgundy Glow' tends to spread more slowly than many other varieties in this species, making...

Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop'

Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop'

Common Name: Bungleweed
Jet black ground cover with very dark, uniform, glossy scalloped foiliage. Heat resistant with deep blue flowers....

Akebia quinata

Akebia quinata

Common Name: Five Leaf Akebia
Bears attractive clusters of reddish-purple flowers that have a spicy fragrance. Semi-evergreen. Grows back quickly if cut back and is one of the best foliage vines....

Alcea rosea 'Creme de Cassis'

Alcea rosea 'Creme de Cassis'

Common Name: Hollyhock
These beautiful 2-tone, semi-double and single blooms are all found on a single stem. 3-4" flowers are white with raspberry veining and a yellow eye. Will produce more flowers in cooler climates....

Alcea rosea 'Peaches'n' Dreams'

Alcea rosea 'Peaches'n' Dreams'

Common Name: Hollyhock
Full of double blooms that are the color of creamy peach. Some blooms are tinged with raspberry-pink....

Alcea rosea 'Queeny Purple'

Alcea rosea 'Queeny Purple'

Common Name: Hollyhock
This award winner has the distinction of being the shortest in the Alcea rosea family and is the only pure purple Hollyhock available as a single color, rather than as a part of a mixture. Flowers prolifically....

Alchemilla mollis 'Thriller'

Alchemilla mollis 'Thriller'

Common Name: Lady's Mantle
Excellent gray-green foliage with tiny, star-shaped, green-yellow blooms. Slightly larger than mollis yet remains compact and well behaved....

Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist'

Anchusa azurea 'Loddon Royalist'

Common Name: Italian Bugloss
One of the best plants to provide intense blue color in the garden. These tall plants have a bristly, hairy, texture rather like comfrey. Flowers are held well above the leaves with strong stems that require no staking....

Anemone 'leveillei'

Anemone 'leveillei'

Common Name: Wind Flower
Large white cupped flowers with contrasting purple-blue stems. Low and shrubby in appearance....

Anemone hupensis 'September Charm'

Anemone hupensis 'September Charm'

Common Name: Windflower
Single blooms of pink with bright yellow centers. Fairly large plant that grow very well in most soils....

Anemone tomentosa 'Robustissima'

Anemone tomentosa 'Robustissima'

Common Name: Windflower
Soft pink single blooms with yellow centers. Also the most hardy of all Anemones and blooms sooner than all others; very early in the fall....

Anemone x hybrida 'Crispa'

Anemone x hybrida 'Crispa'

Common Name: Windflower
Single pink flowers. The very large leaves have a unique ruffled appearance, shorter and more compact than other Anemones. Definitely a novelty plant with all season interest....

Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'

Anemone x hybrida 'Honorine Jobert'

Common Name: Windflower
White single blooms in dark green hardy foliage. Very floriferous perennial that has been a favorite for quite some time....

Anemone x hybrida 'Pamina'

Anemone x hybrida 'Pamina'

Common Name: Windflower
Very large double flowers that have a bright purplish-pink color, and are a little shorter than most. Blooms in the late summer....

Anemone x hybrida 'Party Dress PP13844'

Anemone x hybrida 'Party Dress PP13844'

Common Name: Windflower
Large, fluffy bright-pink flowers with double petals surrounding a green eye are nearly twice the size of many Japanese Anemones. Gorgeous fall bloomer whose branching stems of poppy-like blooms are excellent for cutting....

Anemone x hybrida 'Queen Charlotte'

Anemone x hybrida 'Queen Charlotte'

Common Name: Windflower
Large 3" semi-double flowers with a soft pink tone that makes it a very classy perennial for the back border....

Anemone x hybrida 'Whirlwind'

Anemone x hybrida 'Whirlwind'

Common Name: Windflower
Very large, showy 4" semi-double flowers with bright yellow-green centers. This perennial is very free flowering....

Aquilegia 'McKana Hybrids'

Aquilegia 'McKana Hybrids'

Common Name: Columbine
Bright colored flowers are very popular. The bright flowers, and richly colored elegant foliage attracts hummingbirds....

Aquilegia Cameo 'Pink & White'

Aquilegia Cameo 'Pink & White'

Common Name: Columbine
Attractive blue-green foliage with large pink and white flowers with long spurs. Early blooming, short and compact plants....

Aquilegia chrysantha 'Denver Gold'

Aquilegia chrysantha 'Denver Gold'

Common Name: Columbine
Huge 3" yellow flowers with exceptionally long spurs that bloom heavily in spring and often rebloom summer through fall if flowers stems are cut back....

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Black Barlow'

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Black Barlow'

Common Name: Columbine
Full double blooms that are dark purple-black and look similar to Dahlias. Particularly popular in Europe....

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Clementine Red'

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Clementine Red'

Common Name: Columbine
Profuse spurless double flowers are a favorite of hummingbirds and an ideal choice for cutting and flower or rock gardens. Mounds of blue-green leaves are attractive all season....

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Clementine Dark Purple'

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Clementine Dark Purple'

Common Name: Columbine
Spectacular new columbine. Dark purple blooms resemble a double clematis. Blooms face upward and are spurless. Excellent cut flower....

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Clementine Rose'

Aquilegia vulgaris 'Clementine Rose'

Common Name: Columbine
New Columbine Series. Short, bushy compact plants; no staking required....

Aquilegia x hybrid 'Songbird BlueBird'

Aquilegia x hybrid 'Songbird BlueBird'

Common Name:
24-28", the Songbird Series is known for its large flowers that are 3" across making this series showy and attractive. Prized for its compact habit and large, sky-facing wide, long-spurred, blue and white bicolor blossoms....

Aquilegia x hybrida 'Clementine Blue'

Aquilegia x hybrida 'Clementine Blue'

Common Name: Columbine
Bright violet-blue spurless flowers.Perfecr upright habit. This plant is great for attracting hummingbirds to the garden....

Aquilegia x hybrida 'Songbird Cardinal'

Aquilegia x hybrida 'Songbird Cardinal'

Common Name: Columbine
Known for its large flowers that are 3" across making this series showy and attractive. Prized for its compact habit and large, skyward-facing red and white bi-colored blossoms....

Aquilegia x hybrida 'Lime Frost'

Aquilegia x hybrida 'Lime Frost'

Common Name: Columbine
Rapid grower whose purple-blue flowers sit atop bright variegated leaves that are gray-green with cream variegation. Since most Aquilegia flower briefly, the foliage is a blessing that offers all season value....

Arenaria 'Montana'

Arenaria 'Montana'

Common Name: Sandwort
Large flowers 1/2 - 1". Substiute for moss in moist area between stepping stones or trailing plant for rock walls....

Arisarum 'Probosciduem'

Arisarum 'Probosciduem'

Common Name: Mouseplant
Unique spring plant that appears with purple and white flowers and a 6" stem that resembles a tail. Slowly spreading green mounded foliage disappears in early summer as the plant becomes dormant until next spring....

Armeria maritima 'Bloodstone'

Armeria maritima 'Bloodstone'

Common Name: Common Thrift
Low growing with the neatest evergreen tufted foliage that remains looking great all year long....

Artemesia schmidtiana 'Nana (Silver Mound)'

Artemesia schmidtiana 'Nana (Silver Mound)'

Common Name: Silver Mound
A more compact and fuller selection of the old-fashioned Silvermound. On of the best silvery-gray foliage plants that can be used everywhere in the garden as a fantastic companion plant....

Artemesia stelleriana 'Silver Brocade'

Artemesia stelleriana 'Silver Brocade'

Common Name: Dusty Miller
Deep lobed and divided gray-white foliage with felty leaves that form prostrate mats. Small yellow flowers bloom in the summer, but are not particularly showy....

Artemisia 'Powis Castle'

Artemisia 'Powis Castle'

Common Name: Wornwood
Foliage is finely divided and feathery. Grown for its foliage. Fragrant blooms. Drought tolerant. Aromatic foliage....

Asarum 'European'

Asarum 'European'

Common Name: Ginger-European
6-12", glossy leathery leaves make a stunning foliage plant for the shaded garden. Beautiful accent to ferns, hostas, astilbes and pulmonarias ,and an excellent ground cover in moist, acidic, rich soils....

Asarum canadense

Asarum canadense

Common Name: Ginger-Canadian Wild
Flowers hidden under frosty green foliage. Blooms early summer....

Asclepias tuberosa

Asclepias tuberosa

Common Name: Butterfly Weed
Brilliant orange flowers, late to break dormancy. Grow in a dry and warm condition....

Asclepias tuberosa 'Gay Butterflies'

Asclepias tuberosa 'Gay Butterflies'

Common Name: Butterfly Weed
Long blooming, mixed colors of orange, red and yellow. Grow in a dry and warm condition....

Aster cordifolius 'Avondale'

Aster cordifolius 'Avondale'

Common Name: Hardy Aster
Prolific bloomer. Carpets shade garden with light blue in early fall. Native to Northeast. Excellent cut flower. Attracts butterflies. Deer resistant. Drought Tolerant....

Aster dumosus 'Wood's Blue'

Aster dumosus 'Wood's Blue'

Common Name: Hardy Aster
Clear, light blue flowers covering the compact dark green foliage. Improved series are very mildew and rust resistant and therefore remain attractive all season....

Aster dumosus 'Wood's Pink'

Aster dumosus 'Wood's Pink'

Common Name: Hardy Aster
Clear pink flowers with a bright yellow eye. Offers healthy, dark green foliage that remains compact all throughout the summer and fall. Very mildew and rust resistant....

Aster dumosus 'Wood's Purple'

Aster dumosus 'Wood's Purple'

Common Name: Hardy Aster
Purple flowers which offer healthy, dark green foliage that remains compact all throughout the summer and fall. Very mildew and rust resistant....

Aster lateriflorus 'Prince'

Aster lateriflorus 'Prince'

Common Name: Calico Aster
Hundreds, if not thousands of half inch flowers cover the plant. White with raspberry purple centers. Has foliage of a beautiful dark purple. Blooms summer through fall throughout the growing season....

Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'

Aster novae-angliae 'Purple Dome'

Common Name: Aster New England
If you are looking for the perfect flowering plant, this is it. Dome shaped flower loaded perennial that blooms late summer through fall. Makes an excellent cut flower....

Aster novae-angliae 'English Countryside'

Aster novae-angliae 'English Countryside'

Common Name: New England Aster
Beautiful lavender-blue blooms, tinged with pink for 6 weeks. University of Georgia Trials -5.0 rating....

Aster novi belgii 'Jenny'

Aster novi belgii 'Jenny'

Common Name: Hardy Aster
This dwarf Aster has bright purple-red flowers that bloom in September and October. Plants form a bushy clump, bearing loads of small daisy flowers. Pinch plants before July to maintain a cushion effect....

Aster tonoglensis 'Spring Blue'

Aster tonoglensis 'Spring Blue'

Common Name: Hardy Aster
Compact half dollar sized blooms feature bright purple-blue flowers that are amazingly abundant. These strong plants can handle wind and rain. Not regular fall flowering Asters. Early summer blooming....

Astilbe 'Key Biscayne'

Astilbe 'Key Biscayne'

Common Name:
12-15", arching rose-pink plumes accent feathery foliage. Striking in the shaded or woodland garden ,at garden's edge or as a small-scale ground cover. Attractive planted with bergenia, hosta or ferns...

Astilbe 'Key Largo'

Astilbe 'Key Largo'

Common Name:
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Astilbe arendsii 'Amethyst'

Astilbe arendsii 'Amethyst'

Common Name: False Spirea
Tall, lilac-purple open plumes provide very unique color that truly stand out in the garden. Mid-season bloomer....

Astilbe arendsii 'Bridal Veil'

Astilbe arendsii 'Bridal Veil'

Common Name: False Spirea
Loose, pure white flowers, arching plumes, one of the best Astilbes in our opinion. Mid-season bloomer....

Astilbe arendsii 'Country and Western PPAF'

Astilbe arendsii 'Country and Western PPAF'

Common Name: False Spirea
Part of the Music Series, this new Astilbe has floriferous pink flowers atop of dark green foliage. Considered a very worthy new introduction....

Astilbe arendsii 'Fanal'

Astilbe arendsii 'Fanal'

Common Name: False Spirea
Early blooming making it the earliest red Astilbe to bloom. Features dark green and bronze foliage with bright red blooms....

Astilbe arendsii 'Flamingo'

Astilbe arendsii 'Flamingo'

Common Name: False Spirea
Tall, open plumes of bright flamingo pink blooms are slightly fragrant. Well branched stems are gracefully arched over glossy, green foliage....

Astilbe arendsii 'Granat'

Astilbe arendsii 'Granat'

Common Name: False Spirea
Carmine red blooms blossom in mid-season with bronze foliage and open plumes. This plant is always very popular....

Astilbe arendsii 'Rhythm and Blues PP14846'

Astilbe arendsii 'Rhythm and Blues PP14846'

Common Name: False Spirea
Part of the Astilbe Music Series. Early summer bloomer with bright raspberry-pink plumes that contrast nicely with the dark green foliage. Full fuzzy appearance with diamond-shaped flowers....

Astilbe arendsii 'Weisse Gloria'

Astilbe arendsii 'Weisse Gloria'

Common Name: False Spirea
Very full, stocky plumes of soft white blooms. Excellent plant that is considered one of the best white Astilbes. Blooms mid- to late season....

Astilbe chinensis 'Visions'

Astilbe chinensis 'Visions'

Common Name: False Spirea
Thick, upright, rigid plumes on amazingly sturdy stems. Very floriferous and drought resistant. Compact upright plumes....

Astilbe chinensis 'Visions in Pink'

Astilbe chinensis 'Visions in Pink'

Common Name: False Spirea
Thick, upright rigid plumes on amazingly sturdy stems. Very floriferous, blue-green foliage. A robust grower, drought resistant. Fantastic!...

Astilbe chinensis 'Visions in Red'

Astilbe chinensis 'Visions in Red'

Common Name: False Spirea
Spectacular upright rigid plumes on amazingly sturdy stems. Deep red buds open purplish-red. Bronze-green foliage. compact plants are excellent for containers. Sun and drought tolerant....

Astilbe chinensis ''Milk and Honey' PPAF'

Astilbe chinensis ''Milk and Honey' PPAF'

Common Name: False Spirea
Creamy white plumes turn light pink as they age. Bushy foliage appears slightly marbled with green and silver when it's young, then turns solid green as it matures...

Astilbe japonica 'Lollypop'

Astilbe japonica 'Lollypop'

Common Name: False Spirea
Compact green foliage with reddish stems and dense plumes of pink and white flowers. Excellent for container plantings, and an excellent plant all around....

Astilbe japonica 'Deutschland'

Astilbe japonica 'Deutschland'

Common Name: False Spirea
Tall, open plumes are creamy white. Very popular Astilbe....

Astilbe japonica 'Montgomery'

Astilbe japonica 'Montgomery'

Common Name: False Spirea
This is simply the best variety of red. Ferrari red blooms above dark green glossy foliage look simply stunning in the garden....

Astilbe japonica 'Peach Blossom'

Astilbe japonica 'Peach Blossom'

Common Name: False Spirea
Blooms early summer. Glossy green foliage with delicate peach flowers....

Astilbe japonica 'Rheinland'

Astilbe japonica 'Rheinland'

Common Name: False Spirea
Dense flowers that are hot lilac pink. One of our most popular....

Astilbe japonica 'Pumila'

Astilbe japonica 'Pumila'

Common Name: False Spirea
Groundcover type Astilbe that blooms late in the season. Narrow raspberry-purple plumes, most drought tolerant....

Astilbe japonica 'Washington'

Astilbe japonica 'Washington'

Common Name: False Spirea
Blooms early to mid-season. One of the best white Astilbes....

Astilbe simplicifolia 'Hennie Graafland'

Astilbe simplicifolia 'Hennie Graafland'

Common Name: False Spirea
Shiny, dark green foliage with reddish stems....

Astilbe simplicifolia 'Key West'

Astilbe simplicifolia 'Key West'

Common Name: False Spirea
Displays dark burgundy foliage with shimmering carmine-red flowers. Key West produces twice as many flowers than other types of Astilbes. Will make an excellent potted plant. It is short, compact with strong stems and lots of buds....

Astilbe simplicifolia 'Pink Lightning'

Astilbe simplicifolia 'Pink Lightning'

Common Name: False Spirea
Dark green and bronze foliage. Open plumes of floriferous light pink nodding flowers held atop foliage. Blooms early to mid-season....

Astilbe simplicifolia 'Sprite'

Astilbe simplicifolia 'Sprite'

Common Name: False Spirea
Dwarf plant with light pink, nodding flowers atop fine, dark green and bronze foliage....

Astilbe thunbergii 'Ostrich Plume'

Astilbe thunbergii 'Ostrich Plume'

Common Name: False Spirea
Claret-red flowers that bloom all summer. Deeply lobed mid green leaves. Good for borders or naturalized areas....

Astrantia major 'Claret'

Astrantia major 'Claret'

Common Name: Great Masterwort
Summer blooming with dark red flowers. Spectacular black stems add interest and color appeal. Excellent cut flower....

Astrantia x hybrida 'Moulin Rouge'

Astrantia x hybrida 'Moulin Rouge'

Common Name: Great Masterwort
These most unique flowers have reddish petals ending in a dark purple-red tip. Exotic and yet very easy to grow. Flowers June through September....

Athyrium felix - femina

Athyrium felix - femina

Common Name: Fern, Lady Fern
They are one of the most admired groups of ferns for the shady, moist, woodland location in the garden or in a natural woodland setting....

Athyrium felix - femina 'Dre's Dagger'

Athyrium felix - femina 'Dre's Dagger'

Common Name: Lady Fern
12", this attention-getting selection of deciduous lady fern is a vegtatively produced clone. The fronds a unique three dimensional X, each ending in a small petticoat. Each frond matures at just over...

Athyrium felix - femina 'Lady in Red'

Athyrium felix - femina 'Lady in Red'

Common Name: Fern, Lady Fern
The lacy light green foliage is held upright on dark brilliant red-violet stems. Each plant of this slowly spreading fern should spread to 3' in five years. This deciduous easy-to-grow fern makes a...

Athyrium nipponicum 'Burgundy Lace PP15072'

Athyrium nipponicum 'Burgundy Lace PP15072'

Common Name: Fern, Burgundy Lace Fern
New leaves are stunning purple with silver stripes along vein lines and tips. As older leaves mature, they transform into contrasting silvery green with purple mid ribs. Part sun to shade....

Athyrium nipponicum 'Metallicum'

Athyrium nipponicum 'Metallicum'

Common Name: Fern, Japanese Painted Fern
2005 Perennial of the Year. Wine-red fronds with silvery sheen over multi-colored leaves, excellent plant....

Athyrium x hybrida 'Ghost'

Athyrium x hybrida 'Ghost'

Common Name: Fern, Ghost Fern
This is clump-forming rigidly upright large fern with ghostly silver-gray foliage. It can be planted anywhere in shade, even in rather dry conditions....
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