Inula

These upright, easygoing perennials promise to brighten any sunny spot with their cheerful display of yellow, daisy-like flowers. Inulas belong to the Asteraceae family and require little maintenance, asking only for well drained soil.

<i>Inula hookeri</i>

With finely petaled flowers so yellow and round that they look like the sun in a young child’s drawing, the vigorous Inula hookeri guarantees a vibrant effect. If given plenty of space plus moisture-retentive soil, trust its upright stems and bright green leaves to create a strong, dense clump. We’re especially fond of its fuzzy buds, and like to unite this vivacious perennial with Crocosmia ‘Lucifer’ and Thalictrum rochebrunianum.

Blooms late July–October.

Size: 4' 0" high x 18" & spreading wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Inula magnifica</i> <i>Inula magnifica</i>

The species name of this perennial pretty much sums up its monumental presence. Tough, roughly textured, Dock-like leaves create a verdant mass, diminishing in size as they ascend stout stalks.

The towering purple-streaked stems are crowned with widely branching heads of 3 to 4 in. daisies, delicately rayed, golden yellow blooms that emerge from brown buds. Give it plenty of room, and highlight its massive stature with the arresting color and delicate foliage of Thalictrum ‘Elin’.

Blooms August–mid-September.

Size: 7' 0" – 8' 0" high x 4' 0" – 5' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 6.

Soaring to lofty altitudes, this impressive perennial launches nearly 7 ft. tall, red-streaked stalks clothed in large, wavy hirsute leaves up to a foot long. Big, bright yellow daisies—narrow-rayed and shaggy looking—are borne among the verdant foliage on lengthy spires.

All these generous proportions forge a dramatic clumping specimen that can be underplanted with contrasting ground covers such as Sesleria ‘Greenlee’ or Pennisetum spathiolatum in the wild garden, back of the border or pond side. Even stately as it goes dormant, ‘Sonnenspeer’s glistening bronze leaves offer fall and early winter appeal.

Blooms June – September.

Size: 6' 0" – 7' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Helianthus 'Sheila's Sunshine', Persicaria 'Summer Dance', and Selinum wallichianum

Helianthus ‘Sheila’s Sunshine - P-0461

The sunflower was once an emblem of the Sun God of the Incas. Our sunflowers tolerate a wide range of garden soils, attract bees, and make great cut flowers. Blooms early August – October.

Persicaria ‘Summer Dance’ - P-1312

With foliage that’s close to lime-green, and spiky floral tails that approach the scarlet spectrum of rosy pink, this slow spreading perennial is sure to please. Happiest in semishade with ample moisture. Blooms August–November.

Selinum wallichianum - P-1406

This refined Himalayan beauty happens to be one of our favorite perennial umbellifers. With untold elegance, infinitely divided leaves craft a delicate, lacelike transparency. The compact yet airy green canopy is framed by distinctive, purple-infused branching stems that elevate a charming, late season display of white flattened umbels.

Subduing the riotous array of summertime blooms, it seldom needs staking, and appreciates a well draining moist niche. Blooms June–August.

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