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Perennials at Digging Dog:
Acaena to Anthemis

Including Achillea, Aconitum, Alchemilla, Angelica, & Anemone

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Perennials offer endlessly fascinating variety in terms of flower color, scent, foliage texture and hue, and overall form. In spring, the excitement begins as plants emerge, often rapidly attaining full size. This is a good time to fertilize. In summer, sit back and enjoy the bounty, remembering to deadhead and water.

We’ve tried to present a variety of perennials with fall blooming periods to extend summer’s pleasure. In autumn we reevaluate and perhaps relocate. Winter dormancy is the right time to take divisions (usually every second or third year), increasing your collection and possibly a friend’s.

One reason for noting a perennial’s place of origin is to remind us that perennials are really wild flowers, and our garden unites the finest from meadows, mountains and forests all around the globe. When planting, it’s wise to combine plants with similar cultural needs, and then work within these guidelines for aesthetically pleasing combinations.

We hope our individual recommendations will help. Many of our perennials are varieties that are hard to find, and we think all of them are in some way outstanding.

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Acaena

Goose Leaf

Our selections of this enchanting, ground-hugging evergreen from New Zealand feature diminutive leaves with a ferny delicacy. Lifting on short stalks above the foliage, globe-shaped seed heads—small thornless “burrs”—are colored a brownish red. Adapted to almost any well drained location, plant it as a cover for your bulb bed, situate it along pathways, perch it on a garden wall or let it creep around paving stones.


Acaena inermis ‘Purpurea’ full sun
Purple Goose Leaf
<i>Acaena inermis</i> ‘Purpurea’

Colored in a purple-gray shade reminiscent of overripe plums, this enchanting ground-level evergreen from New Zealand sprouts delicate low-lying foliage that sends forth globe-shaped seed heads—small brownish red thornless spheres on short stalks. ‘Purpurea’ warmly interweaves a planting of Dianthus ‘Mendlesham Maid’, Scutellaria ‘Texas Rose’ and Carex glauca above our rock wall.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 6" high & spreading; hardy to zone 6.


Acaena inermis ‘Purpurea’ (P-1095)
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Acaena saccaticupula full sun
Blue Goose Leaf
<i>Acaena saccaticupula</i>

Pairs of tiny, silvery blue scalloped leaves and bronze trailing stems stay close to the ground, casting cool, fine textured accents on the sage green, ruffle-edged foliage of Diascia ‘Blackthorn Apricot’ or the glossy greenery of Dracocephalum ‘Fuji White’.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 6" high & spreading; hardy to zone 6.


Acaena saccaticupula (P-1174)
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Acanthus

Bear’s Breaches

  
Acanthus caroli-alexandri full sun  partial shade

If you have always wanted an Acanthus but couldn't squeeze one into your garden, you'll be pleased to discover this compact smaller statured Bear's Breech. The pagoda-style tower of white and purple hooded flowers rises proudly from a textural, 18 in. tall lustrous rosette, fashioned with finely chiseled dark forest green leaves. Though Acanthus caroli-alexandri's origins are uncertain, some say it's a form of Acanthus hungaricus, while others claim it's a hybrid between Acanthus spinosus and Acanthus hirsutus its bold lacy accents are sure to turn heads in a tight spot or a more expansive planting.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 3'–4' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Acanthus mollis ‘Rue Ledan’ full sun  partial shade  new plant
(Latifolius Group)

A lustrous mound of large, deeply lobed green leaves entertains majestic straight-up silvery green spires, composed of big pure white flowers that protrude from prominent canopy-like green bracts. With elegance and architecture to spare, this rarely offered perennial can be utilized as a statuesque pathway sentinel or as a compelling specimen in a mixed border. ‘Rue Ledan’ tolerates shade, wards off mildew and stays fresh in a cut arrangement for nearly 2 weeks.

Blooms June–July

Size: 3'–4' high x 2'–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 7.


Acanthus mollis ‘Rue Ledan’ (P-1918)
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Acanthus spinosus full sun  partial shade <i>Acanthus spinosus</i>
<i>Acanthus spinosus</i>

Hailing from the eastern Mediterranean, this bold perennial is as strong as a gladiator, and equally commanding. We suggest you honor its statuesque posture by giving it lots of room. Held on lengthy stalks, the deeply divided, 2 to 3 ft. long leaves are glossy and very dark green. Spiny-looking, though not too sharp, the leaves’ erect yet arching architecture were the inspiration for the decorative crown on Corinthian capitals.

Mysterious 2 ft. tall wands of Foxglove-like flowers rise above the imposing mound. Long lasting and excellent for arrangements, each white-lipped blossom is anchored by a green-gray bract and nearly hidden by a decorative, hood-like purple calyx.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 3'–4' high x 2'–3' wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Achillea

Achillea

Yarrow

Legend has it that Achilles used this plant to heal his soldiers’ wounds after battle. As a folk remedy, its leaves are prescribed to soothe abrasions and toothache. We find this sturdy, dependable plant the perfect remedy for many design situations. The broad, flat flower heads enhance horizontal elements, their colors blending with other perennials. Spicy smelling, fernlike foliage and strong straight stems add to overall attractiveness. Spreading and drought tolerant, Yarrow seems to thrive on neglect, can handle ocean spray and will bloom again in the fall if cut back in midsummer.


Achillea ‘Alabaster’ full sun

Named for the ivory-white color that the pale yellow flowers turn with age, ‘Alabaster’ blooms late and, with dried seed heads, keeps our interest well into winter. Its form is stiff and upright and its foliage gray-green, making an excellent neighbor for Aster ‘Little Carlow’ or grasses such as Miscanthus sinensis ‘Nippon’.

Blooms August–October.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


Achillea ‘Alabaster’ (P-0239)
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Achillea x ‘Coronation Gold’ full sun
<i>Achillea</i> x ‘Coronation Gold’

Throughout the summer, gray-green filigree textured foliage anticipates the autumn reveille. Planted in drifts, the flower heads, composed of tight clusters of tiny florets, form bold slabs of gold, a timely reflection of the harvest moon. Contrast this tall growing Yarrow with Eupatorium purpureum.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 3' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


Achillea x ‘Coronation Gold’ (P-0002)
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Achillea filipendulina ‘Parker’s Variety’ full sun

A well-loved garden mainstay, this steadfast AGM recipient features dense golden floral plates, rising like harvest moons, on stout upright leafy stems above a handsome pewter green mound of deeply dissected aromatic foliage. Grateful for lean somewhat dry sites, 'Parker’s Variety' asserts a regal stature and richly colored corymbs with complimentary accents amid blue flowering neighbors such as Salvia 'Nekan' or Agapanthus 'Storm Cloud'.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 3'–4' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 3.


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Achillea ‘Fireland’ full sun
<i>Achillea</i> ‘Fireland’

With imposing clusters of fire engine red flowers heightened by prominent saffron yellow eyes and a strong, self-supporting stance, this preeminent German-bred Yarrow has a lot to offer.

Arising from airy and finely cut, grayish green foliage, its stiff, upright stems shoulder a fervid fiesta that continues for months as the blooms age to soft apricot and toasty orange shades, then finally to hushed golden tones.

Blooms June–early August.

Size: 2'–3' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


Achillea ‘Fireland’ (P-0873)
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Achillea ‘Hella Glashoff’ full sun

In clear creamy lemon hues, the large flattened umbels are lifted on short and sturdy leafy stems above a lacelike delicacy of green foliage. Later to bloom and not as tall as most of our other Achillea offerings, this softly colored AGM winner is an exemplary choice for smaller gardens, given border frontage and Aster ‘Lutetia’ as a companion.

Blooms September–early November.

Size: 12" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 4.


Achillea ‘Hella Glashoff’ (P-1238)
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Achillea ‘Hoffnung’ full sun
<i>Achillea</i> ‘Hoffnung’

We are proud to offer this stalwart old favorite. For years, ‘Hoffnung’ has proven itself to be a strong performer, faithfully producing fine textured, feathery green, millefolium foliage and apricot-colored flowers that fade to a sandstone buff. Pair it with Lavandula ‘Imperial Gem’ for complementary bloom color.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 2' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Achillea ‘Inca Gold’ full sun <i>Achillea</i> ‘Inca Gold’
<i>Achillea</i> ‘Inca Gold’

This truly architectural Yarrow blooms on three different levels. Flowers, ranging in color from rust to sandstone, unfurl from terra-cotta buds at 16, 24 and 30 in. upon a cool backdrop of green fern-like leaves and erect stalks. ‘Inca Gold’ mixes well with the scented foliage of Agastache ‘Apricot Sprite’ or the cream-colored &#64258;owers of Anthemis ‘Susanna Mitchell’.

Blooms early July–early October.

Size: 3' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Achillea x kellereri full sun
<i>Achillea</i> x <i>kellereri</i>

The silver-gray filigree foliage, sturdy, upright flower stalks and abundant yellow-centered white flowers combine to give this attractive hybrid a crisp, refreshing look. Even on our windy coast, it remains steadfast and lively. In the rock garden, en masse, or contrasted with the bronze blades of Stipa arundinacea or the deep green foliage of Dracocephalum ‘Fuji Blue’, this plant will quickly become a favorite.

Blooms May – September.

Size: 8" high x 8" wide; hardy to zone 5.


Achillea x kellereri (P-0173)
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Achillea ‘Marmalade’ full sun
<i>Achillea</i> ‘Marmalade’

Just hearing this new, warm-colored Achillea’s name conjures a sweet and satisfying image. Finely dissected, grayish green foliage offsets paprika-toned buds and thick slices of small, individual old-gold florets. Position ‘Marmalade’ next to Kniphofia ‘Patricia Marrow’ and Nepeta ‘Joanna Reed’ so you can indulge in its rich autumnal shades.

Blooms July–October.

Size: 2-1/2'–3' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


Achillea ‘Marmalade’ (P-1091)
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Achillea millefolium ‘Pretty Belinda’ full sun

‘Pretty Belinda’ struts lovely flat-topped dense flower clusters in vibrant lilac and pink hues on steady straight stems. Finely incised feather-like foliage cloaks an aromatic tidy green foundation that is more compact, more upright and shorter than most millefolium cultivars. This long summer bloomer won’t need staking, entices butterflies and brings colorful good looks to Lavenders, Geum ‘Mango Lassi’ and Salvia ‘Sweet Esmeralda’.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 18"–2' high x 18"–2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Achillea millefolium ‘Red Velvet’ full sun
<i>Achillea millefolium</i> ‘Red Velvet’

Applauded as the best of the red Achilleas, this Yarrow's signature is its splendid horizontal mass of velvet-rich dark rosy red flowers. Tall resilient stalks clad in fine textured gray-green foliage bolster full flashy heads that last all summer and refuse to fade. Dutch bred 'Red Velvet' can harmonize with Sanguisorba 'Red Thunder' and Monarda 'Jacob Cline' for sumptuous color echoes.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Achillea ‘Mondpagode’ full sun

For its dense, sizeable heads of elegantly layered, bright creamy white flowers, this sterling Achillea earns the namesake ‘Moon Pagoda’. Never fading to murky grays, the bold display opens from soft yellow buds supported by strong, branching stems and a green base.

Straight-up ‘Mondpagode’ is a highly touted, AGM victor that always behaves, and dignifies the border with Sedum ‘Matrona’ by its side.

Blooms September–October.

Size: 2' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Achillea ‘Paprika’ full sun
<i>Achillea</i> ‘Paprika’

Just like the seasoning, this vigorous Galaxy hybrid flavors the garden with a distinctively rich, red snappiness. The large flattened heads showcase gilded eyes, their bright rubescent coloring eventually fading to a deep pink hue, while delicate-looking green-gray foliage provides a tidy, composed counterpoint, Persicaria ‘Golden Arrow’ heightens the recipe.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 2' high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Achillea ‘Sawa Sawa’ full sun
<i>Achillea</i> ‘Sawa Sawa’

An attractive gray-green foundation of airy, fine textured foliage furnishes russet-tinted buds, which are held in dense, flat flower heads. Eventually paling to soft yellow, the earthy orange hues turn on the heat for Campanula ‘Prichard’s Variety’s cool violet-blues in our garden.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


Achillea ‘Sawa Sawa’ (P-0891)
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Achillea x schwellenberg full sun
Longwood Hybrid Yarrow

This hard working hybrid Yarrow has plenty to brag about: dazzling deep golden flower heads wielded atop an upstanding, compact bushy foundation of handsomely arranged stalks and delicate-looking feather fine silver-green foliage. Springing from an Achillea filipendulina and Achillea ptarmica cross that was introduced in 1987 by Longwood Gardens in collaboration with the National Arboretum, Achillea x schwellenberg proposes additional attributes such as copious blooms, no self-seeding and enough pluck to thrive just about anywhere, including the humid southeast.

Blooms June-August

Size: 18" high x 18"–2' wide; hardy to zone 3.


Achillea x schwellenberg (P-1869)
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Achillea ‘Taygetea (cream form)’ full sun
<i>Achillea</i> ‘Taygetea (cream form)’

Making its way from the Middle East to England in 1640, this refined form first caught our eye at Bernwode Plants, a small nursery in England.Making its way from the Middle East to England in 1640, this refined form first caught our eye at Bernwode Plants, a small nursery in England.

Large finely feathered broad leaves, bathed in hushed silvery greens, compose a sturdy well-groomed clump that looks impeccable all season. Luminous umbels of clustered pale cream flowers bloom later and longer than most Yarrows, affording a welcome place for the eye to rest amid the lush greens and more boisterous blooms associated with summer.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 18" high x 18"–2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Achillea tomentosa ‘Aurea’ full sun
Dwarf Woolly Yarrow

Woolly, narrow, and finely feathered, small gray-green leaves knit a tidy, low growing mat that is both attractive and extremely drought tolerant. Tightset, flat clusters of perky lemon yellow flowers perch on 6 to 10 in. stems above dense soft-looking foliage. Championed as a choice candidate for clambering about the rockery, filling in small crannies, or edging a path, this tenacious charmer can pal around with Scutellaria ‘Texas Rose’, though it resents hot humid weather.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 6" high x 10" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Achillea ‘Walther Funcke’ full sun

True to its German heritage, this cross between millefolium and ‘Taygetea’ is strong and sturdy. Its large brick-red flowers contrast beautifully with the gray-green foliage.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 3' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Achillea ‘Weser River Sandstone’ full sun
<i>Achillea</i> ‘Weser River Sandstone’

A cozy mélange of buff, creamy rose and deep antique pink distinguishes this lovely cultivar named after the German river that flows to the North Sea. Atop deeply feathered green leaves and staunch stems, the multicolored display is marked by light centered individual florets, lending a feminine flair to companions like Aster ‘Lutetia’ or Eryngium ‘Blaukappe’.

Blooms July – September.

Size: 2' high x 15"–18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Aconitum

Monkshood

First cultivated in the mid-1500s, Aconitum derivatives were used as both a medicine and a poison, and an unwanted husband might have easily met his end while drinking his dear wife’s tonic. Simply Medieval! Leaves, stems and roots are poisonous, but the stately Aconitum still deserves a place in our gardens because of the unusual late season blooms it hoists in masses on stalwart stems.

An excellent cut flower, unique for its large, draped sepal, Aconitum loves moist, but not wet soils, cool summer nights, and protection from the heat of the day. Perfect in the border or at woodland’s edge, their bold presence makes an engaging companion to Anemone, Helenium and late blooming Persicaria.


Aconitum x cammarum ‘Bressingham Spire’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Aconitum</i> x <i>cammarum</i> ‘Bressingham Spire’

A stockier, dignified cultivar that doesn't need staking, this Aconitum's deep blue-violet spires are narrow and tapered. Helmetlike flowers line the straight, sturdy stems, each central shaft first showing color, than the side spikes following suit. Anchored by a compact, bushy mass of polished and narrowly fingered, dark forest greenery, ‘Bressingham Spire’s cool-colored floral display soothes Centaurea macrocephala’s sun-struck blooms.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 2'–3' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Aconitum x cammarum ‘Eleonora’ full sun  partial shade

A captivating departure from our solid-hued Monkshood selections, 'Eleonora' offers pretty bicolored creamy white helmet-style blooms ornamented with delicate violet-blue edges on openly branched terminal panicles. The intensely segmented, deep green leaves are smooth and shiny, and tend to be lax at the base before climbing steadfast straight-backed stems, while the light-colored flowers look their best when showcased against a dark foil.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 3-1/4' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


Aconitum x cammarum ‘Eleonora’ (P-1787)
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Aconitum x cammarum ‘Stainless Steel’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Aconitum</i> x <i>cammarum</i> ‘Stainless Steel’

Lavish steel blue shafts are the great reward of this easy-to-cultivate perennial. Cloaking strong stems, the glossy grayish green foliage is deeply divided into narrow fingers. Crocosmia ‘Eastern Promise’s orange flowers make a satisfying complement to the smoky hue of ‘Stainless Steel’.

Blooms mid-June–August.

Size: 3-1/2' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Aconitum carmichaelii ‘Arendsii’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Aconitum carmichaelii</i> ‘Arendsii’

For this fine cut flower’s plentiful show of large, vividly violet-hued flowers embellishing tall spikes, and its vigorous stature, many gardeners consider ‘Arendsii’ to be among the best of the late flowering Aconitums. Broadly segmented, deep green leaves have a lustrous, leathery quality. Plant Kniphofia linearifolia nearby and enjoy a late summer splash of color.

Blooms July–early October.

Size: 3-1/2' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Aconitum fischeri full sun  partial shade
<i>Aconitum fischeri</i>

This commanding Chinese denizen has a lot to offer: unyielding medium-sized stature that never needs staking, gleaming verdant foliage and crystal clear late season bloom. Garnishing stiff dark blue-violet spires, the hood-shaped flowers surmount ramrod straight stems wrapped in triclefted green leaves, each further carved by stylish lobes and toothed edges. Aconitum fischeri�s dignified persona is ideal, either for a midborder position flanked withMuhlenbergia r. Undaunted.

Blooms August–early October.

Size: 2'–3' high x 12"–18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Aconitum henryi ‘Spark’s Variety’ full sun  partial shade

Intense dark indigo blue hooded blooms densely garnish a unique presentation of lovely large and wide-branching panicles, without the distraction of a dominant central leader. Tapered strong slender stalks and deeply cut, varnished forest green foliage bolster a flowery spectacle that tantalizes the floral trade and keeps our attention sparked through late summer with its architectural seedpod-studded stems. Steeped in grandeur since 1898, when legendary plantsman Maurice Prichard first introduced it, this AGM winning Aconitum can be mingled amongst dusky colored blossoms or the bright yellows of Helianthus 'Capenoch Star'.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 3'–4' high x 18"–2' wide; hardy to zone 3.


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Aconitum septentrionale ‘Ivorine’ full sun  partial shade

Strong steeplelike stalks elegantly showcase hooded, close-set ivory white flowers on branching stems. A cool classic look is achieved when illuminated blossoms unfurl above an urbane bushy clump of gleaming deeply lobed, dark green leaves.

One of the first Aconitums to bloom, this 1958 Alan Bloom selection can be affiliated with other beauties such as Phlomis ‘Amazone’ and Heuchera ‘Wendy’.

Zone 3/4.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 2'–3' high x 12"–15" wide. Zone 3/4.


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Actaea

Black Snakeroot

A botanical "Renaissance Man", Actaea is at home in an informal garden, a refined border or in an arrangement for opening night at the Met. Their ambrosial perfume floats through the air as they brighten their surroundings. Actaea is happiest in moist, humus-enriched soil and bright shade; otherwise it´s carefree and low maintenance.


Actaea cordifolia full sun  partial shade
Appalachian Bugbane

An 1805 discovery by German-born Frederick Pursh in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina, this superb hard-to-find American native sprouts broad ample-sized foliage, distinctive for its handsome Maple-like appearance. Straight emerald-hued steadfast stems, bearing fragrant creamy white floral candles, tower above a leafy verdant clump. Appalachian Bugbane can be ensconced near Athyrium 'Ghost', where it vows luminous late season accents, deer resistance and easy care.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 4'–4-1/2' high x 2'–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Actaea japonica ‘(Cheju Island Form)’ full sun  partial shade  new plant
Japanese Bugbane

A superior South Korean selection recently introduced by Darrell Probst, this compact aristocratic Actaea furnishes lush verdant layers of divided jagged-edged (notched) shiny green leaves, clasping blackish purple stalks. The dark pearl-shaped buds plus tiny snow white blossoms embellish tall close-set glittering candles that gracefully herald the season’s end.

Blooms August–September

Size: 4'–5' high x 2'–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Actaea pachypoda ‘Misty Blue’ full sun  partial shade
White Baneberry

Promising three season appeal for the woodland garden, this marvelous soft-looking East coast native is a Dr. Richard Lighty selection from Delaware’s esteemed Mt. Cuba Center. Its handsome glaucous clump of finely cut silvery blue-green foliage hosts small starburst-like creamy white blooms on short stalks in spring and several months later, wondrous round white berries, each tattooed with a distinctive black spot at the tip and poised upon a striking bright red pedicel. Long-lived White Baneberry crafts an exceptional multistemmed ground cover that favors moist well-drained soil.

Size: 2'–3' high x 2'–3' wide. Zone 3/4.


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Actaea racemosa full sun  partial shade
<i>Actaea racemosa</i>

Long wandlike, creamy white flower racemes seem to dangle and dance on invisible stems above clumps of Astilbe-like foliage. Try this Actaea (Cimicifuga) in a naturalized setting, under a tall canopy at the back of the border, next to leafy Ligularia.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 5'–6' high x 2'–3' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Actaea simplex ‘Atropurpurea’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Actaea simplex</i> ‘Atropurpurea’

Grown from seedlings carefully selected for dark, coppery purple foliage, the regal profile of ‘Atropurpurea’ shows its good breeding. A garden dweller with a staid bearing, its stately reddish purple stems soar above your head, displaying dense spires covered with round mahogany-hued buds and sweet pouffes of white.

Echo this Actaea’s somber tones by bringing it together with Angelica gigas, and let the lime green foliage of Physocarpus ‘Dart’s Gold’ brighten the mood.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 6' high x 2'–3' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Actaea simplex ‘Brunette’ full sun  partial shade

Noted around town for her purple-black leaves and stems, this ‘Brunette’ is sure to turn some heads with the gentle way of her graceful, ferny foliage. At the back of the border, amidst the chaos of more summery greens, this dark lady’s shadow lingers long before offering up arching racemes of fragrant, slightly blushed white flowers. One of the most sought-after cultivars, ‘Brunette’ is another incredibly lovely dark foliage selection of Actaea (Cimicifuga) simplex seedlings.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 5'–6' high x 2'–3' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Actaea simplex ‘Pink Spike’ full sun  partial shade

Midnight dark, lean lofty stems culminate in honey-scented, long pale pink spires stretching skyward above a refined, Ariel-like mass of sumptuous, chocolatey purple serrated foliage. This splendid garden aristocrat casts a decidedly feminine aspect on Geranium m. ‘Espresso’s coffee-colored leaves.

Blooms August – October.

Size: 5' high x 2'–2-1/2' wide. Zone 3/4.


Actaea simplex ‘Pink Spike’ (P-1427)
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Actaea simplex var. matsumurae ‘White Pearl’ full sun  partial shade

Surprisingly underused, ‘White Pearl’s bright white, bottlebrushlike blossoms and large pearly buds will light up a somber setting just like the animated glow of a 4th of July sparkler. The good-sized ambrosial flowers unfurl later than most other Actaeas, while their densely set stalks are more arching than racemosa’s.

Tolerating drier, less rich soils, deceptively tough wiry stems and finely cut, toothed foliage compose the medium green nimble-looking stand which slowly spreads.

Blooms September–October.

Size: 4' high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Agapanthus

Lily of the Nile

Seducing gardeners and butterflies, Agapanthus hails from South Africa and procures its name from the Greek words agape and anthos meaning ‘love flower’. Well draining, not-too-rich, loamy soils, afternoon shade where it’s hot and protection from cold winter nights ensure a happy specimen that even obliges an occasional dry period once established


Agapanthus ‘Lilliput’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Agapanthus</i> ‘Lilliput’

A glossy green fountain of low growing, straplike evergreen foliage offers up loosely arranged round umbels, which unfurl like exploding fireworks, atop sturdy leafless stalks. Violet anthers and deep purple stems augment the cool dark blue, tubular flowers. Well-suited for a container or the front lines of a bed amid silver-leafed plants, small-statured ‘Lilliput’ thrives in well draining, not-too-rich, loamy soils, withstanding some dry periods once established. It appreciates afternoon shade where it’s hot and winter protection from the cold.

Blooms July – September.

Size: 2' high x 18" wide. Zone 7/8.


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Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’ full sun  partial shade

It was Barrie Coate’s discerning eye that chose this magnificent darkly hued treasure from a batch of Agapanthus ‘Mood Indigo’ seedlings when he was director of California’s Saratoga Horticultural Foundation. Touted as the richest and darkest flowers of the genus, amazing huge purple-laced blue globes each house up to 100 individual florets on strong, thick greenish black lustrous stalks. The nearly iridescent floral presentation is beguiling to garden visitors and hummingbirds, gathering some 3 or 4 ft. above a large lush evergreen clump of shiny bright green strap-like leaves, which transmutes purple and red shades in winter and provides year-round bold foliar texture.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 4' high x 2'–3' wide. Zone 7/8.


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Agastache

Lovers of heat, these tough and drought resistant Mint family relatives guarantee terminal spikes adorned with brightly colored, tubular flowers just about all summer long. Agastaches are easily grown in well drained soils, and will bloom more profusely, over an even longer period of time, if the flowering stems are cut back in midseason.


Agastache aurantiaca ‘Apricot Sprite’ full sun
<i>Agastache aurantiaca</i> ‘Apricot Sprite’

This drought tolerant bushy perennial is prized for its more manageable compact habit. With erect stems tinged a dusty grape, wine-purple calyxes, deep peachy orange flowers, and mint-scented triangular green leaves sporting silvery undersides, the stunning shades of an evening sky will light up your garden all day long. Easy-to-grow ‘Apricot Sprite’ can be planted in the company of Mediterraneans such as Geranium harveyi, where it will undoubtedly entice gardeners and hummingbirds alike.

Blooms June – mid-October.

Size: 12"–18" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Agastache aurantiaca ‘Apricot Sunrise’ full sun
<i>Agastache aurantiaca</i> ‘Apricot Sunrise’

This easy-to-grow, drought tolerant perennial was hybridized by Richard Dufresne of Greensboro, North Carolina. With sinuous stems tinged a dusty grape, wine-purple calyxes, deep orange buds that fade slightly as they open, and triangular green leaves with a minty aroma and silvery undersides, the stunning shades of an evening sky will color your garden all day long. Plant with Mediterraneans or Cephalaria gigantea.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Agastache aurantiaca ‘Coronado TM’ full sun

Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds will gather around this colorful Plant Select introduction. Originally a southwestern wildflower, resilient Coronado is distinguished by highly aromatic, silver washed green leaves and sunny yellow tubular blooms set aglow with orange streaks. Tailor-made for a water wise garden, it can be situated near other undemanding cohorts like Nepeta ‘Little Trudy’ and Oenothera ‘Silver Blade’.

Blooms July – mid-October.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' wide. Zone 5/6.


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Agastache x ‘Black Adder’ full sun
Black Adder Hyssop
<i>Agastache</i> x ‘Black Adder’

A nectar-rich magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies, long racemes of vivid blue-violet flowers unfurl from darker purple buds. Medium green foliage and straight stems support the bottlebrush-like blooms from midsummer until frost. This splendid new introduction between A. rugosum and A. foeniculum brings late season oomph and a vertical element to the mixed border or to a favored pot, while wafting a delicious licorice smell and resisting those pesky deer..

Blooms June–September.

Size: 2'–2-1/2' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Agastache ‘Blue Blazes’ full sun  partial shade

You'll never regret inviting this vigorous new High Country Garden introduction to blaze its way into your favorite sun-soaked garden spot. A tall-statured enduring hybrid between Agastache 'Desert Sunrise' and the native Agastache foeniculum, 'Blue Blazes' offers gorgeous generously sized flower spikes with pinkish calyxes and glowing lavender purple blooms that yield a nonstop show for several months aloft well-groomed and fragrant, notched green leaves. Its large commanding habit can grace the middle or back of the border, where hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and of course two-legged visitors will remain entranced.

Blooms July–October.

Size: 4'–4-1/2' high x 18"–2' wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Agastache ‘Bolero’ full sun

A beacon to hummingbirds, honeybees, and butterflies, this enthralling Jelitto introduction spotlights large long blooming spikes housing brilliant rose purple tubes with violet calyxes, held well above dark bronzy green foliage. Parented by two southwestern American species, Agastache cana and Agastache barberi, ‘Bolero’s lush leaves garb a compact, handsomely branched, licorice-scented frame, which wards off pests and endures hot, dry conditions. Place amid Kniphofia ‘Safranvogel’, Penstemon ‘Elizabeth Cozzens’ and Aster ‘Harrington's Pink’ for a prismatic soirée.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 16" high x 16" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Agastache ‘Firebird’ full sun

This tall eye-catching Agastache is celebrated for its whorled, Salvia-like floral spikes that ignite a long lasting fiery kaleidoscope of color. Splashed with copper, coral, pink and red hues, the sweetly fragrant tubular blooms populate numerous erect leafy stems, rising above mint-scented gray-green foliage. Parented by Agastache coccinea and Agastache rupestris and hybridized by Richard Dufresne, ‘Firebird’ blooms exuberantly, tempts butterflies and hummingbirds, and flavors herbal teas.

Blooms June – October.

Size: 2'–3' high x 18"–2' wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Agastache mexicana ‘Sangria’ full sun  partial shade
Mexican Giant Hyssop
<i>Agastache mexicana</i> ‘Sangria’

With refreshing lemon-perfumed elliptical-shaped foliage that can be brewed for tea, oodles of whorled, closely set red-purple flowers studding 12 in. tall spikes and a full upright form, tangy ‘Sangria’ can be easily tucked into your garden. A resident of northern Mexico and our very own Southwest, this Jelitto introduction is relished by hummingbirds and makes an intriguing statement alongside Eryngium amethystina.

Blooms July – October.

Size: 3'–4' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Agastache pallida x rugosa ‘Globetrotter’ full sun  new plant

Originally bred by the Dutch plantsman, Brian Kabbes and introduced by Jelitto Seeds in 2010, this straight-standing stalwart Agastache proudly presents showy dense spikes of pretty lilac pink flowers and purplish red bracts. The large plentiful blooms provide copious amounts of nectar and produce seeds that goldfinches adore, plus look fantastic in bouquets. Tea-worthy peppermint-scented elliptical leaves offer additional perks, while a well-drained, somewhat dry not too fertile site assures its longevity.

Blooms July–October

Size: 2-1/2'–3' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Agastache ‘Pink Panther’ full sun

Vividly magenta, ‘Pink Panther’s flower-bedecked spires are slightly hushed by darker, earthy pink calyxes. Stems arise clad near the base in dark green, toothed, lanceolate foliage that’s washed with purple. Plant a drift of this warmly colored Agastache among Phlomis samia’s whorled mauve blooms and the coppery spikes of Kniphofia ‘Shining Sceptre’.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 2-1/2'–3' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Agastache ‘Purple Haze’ full sun
<i>Agastache</i> ‘Purple Haze’

A winning addition to the Agastache color spectrum, the profusion of impressive racemes weaves a smoky blue-violet haze over stalwart stems and lance-shaped blue-green foliage that smells like anise. From July until the first frost, foot long warm-hued spires feature 2-lipped tubular flowers and rosy pink calyxes anchored in spaced whorls.

Exceptional in a container or mixed border and easily maintained by an early pinching, this clumping hardy Agastache keeps our interest sparked when cooler nights impart deep purple shades to its tall upright stalks and dapper ample-sized leaves.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 2'–3' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Agastache ‘Rosy Giant’ full sun
<i>Agastache</i> ‘Rosy Giant’

Vibrant flowers painted in rosy magenta hues and a towering stature earn this evergreen perennial its cultivar name. Staunch erect stems garnished by grayish green notched leaves with a refreshing citrus smell bolster the profuse clusters of whorled blooms and mulberry-hued calyxes.

Blooms June – mid-October.

Size: 5' high x 2-1/2' wide. Zone 8/9.


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Ajuga

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Bugleweed

From the Latin abigo, to drive away, Ajuga was thought to drive away disease. To some of us that disease is winter; the remedy is Bugleweed, herald of spring, with its clear blue, white or pink flowers. The crisp, crinkled foliage hugs the ground for a quick-spreading, evergreen carpet. Use Ajuga en masse under a high canopy, or to soften the hard edges of walls and paving. A moisture-retentive soil is recommended.


Ajuga ‘Chocolate Chip’ full sun  partial shade

A new arrival from Italy, this unique Ajuga offers tiny, reddish chocolate-brown foliage. Spreading with vigor, the narrow lustrous leaves form a finely textured, close-knit ground cover trimmed by 6 in. tall spikes of bright blue flowers.

For a warmly colored tapestry effect, plant ‘Chocolate Chip’ en masse with Acaena ‘Purpurea’ alongside.

Blooms March–mid-May.

Size: 3"–6" high x 12" & spreading; hardy to zone 4.


Ajuga ‘Chocolate Chip’ (P-1092)
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Ajuga pyramidalis ‘Metallica Crispa’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Ajuga pyramidalis</i> ‘Metallica Crispa’

It’s not a cereal advertised on MTV, but a curious combination of metallically reflective, scrunchy purple leaves, and spikes of deep blue flowers. This one is a sound choice for tight situations, between stepping stones or in a woodland setting. A good ground cover with Viburnums.

Blooms March – early June.

Size: 6" high x 12" & spreading; hardy to zone 4.


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Ajuga reptans ‘Catlin’s Giant’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Ajuga reptans</i> ‘Catlin’s Giant’

‘Catlin’s Giant’ is twice the size (and has twice the impact) of most other Ajugas. Its deep blue flower spires rise 12 in. above large, shiny bronze leaves. Let this one loose in a rock garden, or plant it under Corylopsis for an overlapping, opulent display of blooms.

Blooms March–mid-May.

Size: 12" high x 12" & spreading; hardy to zone 4.


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Ajuga reptans ‘Purple Torch’ full sun  partial shade

Light up your garden path with these stunning 12 in. pinkish lavender flower spikes that actually do resemble torches. Emerging from bronze winter foliage, which is followed by the fresh green leaves of spring, such color will brighten the darkest days.

For a dramatic play of colors, place the plant under Sambucus nigra ‘Black Beauty’ or near Clematis ‘Freda’.

Blooms March–mid-May.

Size: 8"–10" high x 12" & spreading; hardy to zone 4.


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Ajuga tenorii ‘Emerald Chip’ full sun  partial shade

Embellished with blue pagodas, this viridescent Ajuga ‘Chocolate Chip’ sport hosts a refined, low-to-the-ground emerald green carpet of small, narrow foliage. ‘Emerald Chip’ makes a tidy, vibrant understory for Physocarpus ‘Summer Wine’s lavish crimson-red leaves.

Blooms March–mid-May.

Size: 3"–6" high x 12" & spreading; hardy to zone 4.


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Alcea

Hollyhock

Alcea rosea ‘Blacknight’ full sun

Introduced by Germany's Jelitto Seeds in 2010, this seductive cultivar is the prized outcome of a diligent nearly 20 year-long breeding program, the Spotlight Hollyhock series, that touts superior A. rosea selections. 'Blacknight's tall truly perennial visage swaggers multiple hefty stalks with large single satiny blossoms in dark violet to saturated ebony shades, entrancing butterflies, hummingbirds and gardeners alike. Well-drained soil, yearly applications of compost and late season cut backs guarantee a pleasing vigorous habit plus bountiful long blooming flowers.

Blooms June–October

Size: 5'–6' high x 4' wide; hardy to zone 3.


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Alcea rosea ‘Polarstar’ full sun
White Hollyhock

Though ‘Polarstar’, one of Jellito’s sensational new Hollyhock Spotlight-Series, was just introduced in 2010, the genus can be traced back some 60,000 years, from remains discovered at an Iraqi archaeological dig. Hollyhocks are romantically old-fashioned, a compelling quintessential mainstay for the sunny cottage garden or rear of the perennial border.

Lolling atop majestic upright stalks with big, round, rich green lobed leaves, an irresistible bevy of single pure white cup-shaped blooms showcase lemon yellow eyes. This easily grown perennial blooms the first season, prefers well-drained soil, and should be pruned close to the ground after the blossoms fade to promote an autumn rebloom.

Blooms May – October.

Size: 5'–6' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 3.


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Alchemilla

Lady’s Mantle

You might not transmute gold with Alchemilla, but foamy clusters of tiny, starlike flowers in brilliant chartreuse will materialize above beautifully scalloped, slightly toothed foliage. A contrast of forms, Alchemilla was used to collect dewdrops in the medieval preparation of the Philosopher’s Stone. We find the way moisture collects and moves like mercury on the pale green leaves always magical. Whether fresh or dried, the flowers are a favored addition to any bouquet.


Alchemilla ellenbeckii partial shade  shade lover

Let this low growing, wonderfully textured plant creep its way around the shaded stepping stones of your woodland garden. Let the wine red stems and miniature, sometimes silver-edged, deeply lobed and scalloped green foliage surprise you under Helleborus, Astrantia or Tricyrtis.

Blooms April–mid-August.

Size: 2" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Alchemilla erythropoda full sun  partial shade

A charming dwarf form with gray-green serrated foliage and vibrant citron-yellow flower clusters that don a reddish cast once they are spent, we plant it primarily as a ground cover in small niches of the rockery.

Blooms April–August.

Size: 5" high x 10" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Alchemilla glaucescens full sun  partial shade
<i>Alchemilla glaucescens</i>

Trimmed with silver-haired teeth, shallow rounded lobes sculpt the soft-as-velvet, olive-green palmate foliage, while effervescent sprays of thirst quenching lemon-lime flowers linger above. Growing larger than Alchemilla ‘Auslese’, this Alchemilla delivers radiant appeal in dappled light amid blue flowering Brunnera.

Blooms April–mid-August.

Size: 10" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Alchemilla mollis ‘Auslese’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Alchemilla mollis</i> ‘Auslese’

Profuse sprays of yellow-green frothy flowers adorn a mound of lush gray-green foliage, much larger than our other Alchemilla offerings. The leaves alone will enhance the foreground of any perennial border. ‘Auslese’ prefers cool moist soil, so we oblige by planting it in a woodland setting under a high canopy.

Blooms April–mid-August.

Size: 15"–18" high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Alchemilla mollis ‘Robusta’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Alchemilla mollis</i> ‘Robusta’

Effervescent sprays of starry chartreuse flowers carried on sturdy, mostly upright stems are a florist's dream and a gardener's good fortune. Rounded pastel green leaves are a little larger than the species, featuring palmate veins, soft-as-velvet silver hairs and partially folded lobes, adopting an exquisite pleated appearance. All this charming detail deserves a closer look, so situate ‘Robusta’ along a well-trodden path or favored bench where you'll be rewarded with a repeat autumn bloom.

Blooms April–mid-July.

Size: 18" high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Allium

Ornamental Onion

Our selections are embellished versions of the common culinary bulbs. Prospering in a sunny, well drained site, these pest resistant Alliums add flair to the garden, your favorite container, or an arrangement; they are attractive either fresh or dried.


Allium christophii full sun
Star of Persia
<i>Allium christophii</i>

As the straplike leaves die off, Allium christophii sends up stout stems topped by sculptural blossoms. The spherical heads, an airy array of delicate amethyst stars, span nearly 10 in., and are almost too big and too beautiful to be real. Breathtaking in borders and bouquets, Star of Persia’s fawn-colored seed heads dry perfectly. Plant a drift in a well-drained spot and surround with the leafy, long lasting foliage of Geranium ‘Buxton’s Variety’. This Allium withstands both deer and rodents in our garden.

Blooms June.

Size: 2' high x 8"–10" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Allium ‘Gladiator’ full sun
<i>Allium</i> ‘Gladiator’

True to its name, ‘Gladiator’ is a crowd pleaser that asserts fantastic giant globes shouldered by tall hefty stems and rugged sword-shaped green basal foliage. Vibrant purple blooms, 4 to 5 in. wide, exuding a sweet yet pungent aroma, are composed of tightset green-eyed florets with a metallic luster.

A hybrid between Allium hollandicum and most likely Allium macleanii, this Allium can be staged throughout a stand of white and yellow Verbascums for spectacular colors and divergent flower forms.

Blooms May – June.

Size: 3'–4' high x 8"–12" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Allium hollandicum ‘Purple Sensation’ full sun
<i>Allium hollandicum</i> ‘Purple Sensation’

Aptly named, this ornamental Allium creates quite a stir as several hundred petite, deep purple flowers squeeze into one sensational-looking baseball-sized inflorescence. A selection made by Mr. J. Bijl in 1963 to produce a dark, vividly hued flower color, ‘Purple Sensation’ rises on tall beefy bare stems from a low nest of narrow, long twisting leaves that disappear around blooming time. Its strongly defined form can be repeated throughout the perennial border, delivering concentrated violet punches and dynamic counterpoints to softer shapes and hues, while remaining equally delightful when seed heads appear.

Blooms May – June.

Size: 2'–3' high x 6"–8" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Allium ‘Mont Blanc’ full sun
<i>Allium</i> ‘Mont Blanc’

Impressive, 5 to 6 in. creamy white spheres perch atop brawny, straight, green glistening stems, evoking a snowy mountain’s majestic appeal. The tallest of the white flowering Alliums, this long blooming luminous beauty can be superimposed en masse against a dark backdrop or interplanted amid quantities of purple flowering Alliums. Coveted by gardeners, florists and bees, vigorous ‘Mont Blanc’ yields long strapping leaves persisting ‘til flowering time and is distasteful to those fretful deer.

Blooms May – June.

Size: 3'–4' high x 8"–12" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Allium schubertii full sun
Tumbleweed Onion

Evoking the charged energy of a bursting firecracker, some 200 miniature star-styled florets top stiff pedicels, which shoot out in all different lengths from the flower's center. Sponsored by wavy, 1 in. wide straps and thick staunch stems, the fantastic spidery globes—enormous, loosely arranged lilac-pink wonders tailor-made for arrangements—measure at least a foot across and lay claim to their name as the entire ball eventually blows away, scattering seeds.

This uniquely shaped ornamental onion's native home is the mediterranean and central asia, and naturally it relishes a warm sunny niche, and when dormant, a toasty dry spell.

Blooms May – June.

Size: 12"–18" high x 8"–10" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Allium senescens ‘Blue Eddy’ full sun

Narrow curly bluish green leaves fashion a dwarf tightset pinwheel-like rosette that evokes swirling eddies and inspires the cultivar name. Bred by onion enthusiast Mark McDonough, this unique A. senescens var. glaucum selection serves up rounded pastel lavender pink flowers on 6 in. stems. An adaptable drought-tolerant pollinator minion, Allium 'Blue Eddy' wards off deer, favors well-drained crannies, makes a lovely cut flower and can be utilized in the herb garden, amid stone work or along pathways.

Blooms August–September

Size: 8"–12" high x 8"–12" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Allium sphaerocephalon full sun
<i>Allium sphaerocephalon</i>

Arising from narrow grassy leaves, the tall and upright, slender stems present sumptuous thickset globes in blazon crimson-purple hues. An intriguing bicolor effect is created as green buds slowly open from the bottom up. Prized by bumblebees, the long lasting, 2 in. wide blooms assure a breathtaking summer spectacle en masse with swaths of Echinops ‘Blue Glow’ and Monarda ‘Violet Queen’ interspersed.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 2'–2-1/2' high x 5" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Aloe

A rosette of fleshy leaves and eye-catching terminal panicles roosting on long scapes hallmark this diverse genus of undemanding drought tolerant succulents. Asking only for sharply drained soil and protection from too much winter cold, Aloes make topnotch container subjects and highly ornamental additions to any garden, especially when associated with Crocosmias, Cistus or Melianthus ‘Antonow’s Blue’.


Aloe ‘Johnson’s Hybrid’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Aloe</i> ‘Johnson’s Hybrid’

Bright orange, pendulous tubes, each yellow on the inside and fringed in green, compose densely arranged, flashy-looking racemes perched on erect, one foot tall stems nearly all year long. With tiny white teeth and irregular light speckles, the narrow, bright green tapered leaves arch up and out, sculpting a dense, matlike ground cover. This diminutive South African Aloe can withstand cool winter temperatures and musters alluring contrast when sited amid Euphorbia ‘Blue Haze’ in the rockery.

Blooms March – October.

Size: 2' high x 2' & spreading; hardy to zone 8.


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Alstroemeria

Alstroemeria

Peruvian Lily

These stunning plants add an exotic touch to the border and a refined look to any flower arrangement with their elaborate blend of vividly colored and intricately marked flowers. The Lily-like blooms are borne in large heads above bushy spreading clumps of linear foliage. Thriving in well drained soil, Alstroemerias need protection from intense sun and extreme winters. Mulch heavily in colder areas or try planting in a container, bringing it into a cool garden room for the winter.


Alstroemeria ‘Casablanca’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Alstroemeria</i> ‘Casablanca’

Many Alstroemerias have made claim to being white, but few have made the mark. Clearly, ‘Casablanca’ comes the closest. Inside its loose white flower clusters, a wash of yellow sets off cinnabar dashes while outside, a pale swath of pink highlights light green streaks. Grand in more ways than one, ‘Casablanca’ stands taller than our other Alstroemeria offerings.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 3'–4' high x 2' & spreading; hardy to zone 8.


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Alstroemeria ‘Champagne’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Alstroemeria</i> ‘Champagne’

Sporting a vigorous stately stance and a floral display similar to ‘Casablanca’s, ‘Champagne’ is distinguished by elegant blossoms that entertain an antique-toned creamy color. Merlot etchings on the inner petals and rosy patches on the backs of the light-hued outer petals further enhance the easy-to-blend blooms.

Blooms June – August.

Size: 3'–4' high x 2' & spreading; hardy to zone 8.


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Alstroemeria ‘Compact Red’ full sun  partial shade

Procured nearly 20 years ago, this seldom offered Alstroemeria is more stunning than its name might imply. Alluring cherry red blossoms with dark maroon dashes and bright blond inner splotches sojourn on a compact bushy mass of short leaf-lined stalks.

‘Compact Red’ maintains its upright stance and is well-suited for a container or the frontlines, surrounded by other richly rubescent bloomers like Kniphofia ‘Nancy’s Red’, Sanguisorba ‘Red Thunder’ and Monarda ‘Jacob Klein’.

Blooms June – August.

Size: 18"–2' high x 2' & spreading; hardy to zone 8.


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Alstroemeria ‘Dusty Rose’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Alstroemeria</i> ‘Dusty Rose’

Blushed with a medley of lovely old-fashioned pinks, this beauty came to us from a U.C. Davis college professor years ago. Its junglelike foundation of handsome foliage culminates in rose-hued flowers warmed by butter yellows, creamy streaks and dark wine-colored striations. Claret swathes and just a hint of green engrave the petals’ exterior.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' & spreading; hardy to zone 8.


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Alstroemeria ‘Henry’s Violet’ full sun  partial shade

Both a florist shop’s darling and a star in the garden, ‘Henry’s Violet’ struts dandy bicolored blooms. Vivid violet-hued outer petals reveal white throats with burgundy flecks, a chartreuse dusting, flaxen highlights and several prominent magenta-laced purple blotches. Sturdy long stems and a flood of fresh green foliage support the large open-funneled flowers that cavort amid Stachys ‘Hummelo’, Salvia ‘Whirly Blue’ and Kniphofia ‘Minister Verschuur’ above our stonewall.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 3' high x 2' & spreading; hardy to zone 8.


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Alstroemeria ‘Lavender Blush’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Alstroemeria</i> ‘Lavender Blush’

Highlighted by orchid pink, lilac and rose colors, and boldly patterned with numerous wine-colored dashes, the bright white petals of this Alstroemeria will leave you spellbound. Superimpose against a dark green hedge or plant amid white flowering Francoa sonchifolia and Gaura ‘So White’, and a memorable sight is yours for the viewing!

Blooms June – August.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' & spreading; hardy to zone 8.


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Alstroemeria ‘Marjorie’s Hybrid’ full sun  partial shade

Ample Lilyesque blooms feature a cozy mingling of dusty mauve, blushed salmon and sunburst gold areas peppered with wine-colored bars. Shouldered by plucky broad green leaves, ‘Marjorie’s Hybrid’s floral coloration is softer than ‘Third Harmonic’s, rendering it an amiable companion for silver-foliaged plants and yellow, pink, blue or purple-hued flowers.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' & spreading; hardy to zone 8.


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Alstroemeria ‘Meyer’s Rose’ full sun  partial shade

A lusty presentation of shiny green foliage anchors large abundant clusters of rose pink blooms, flaunting a decidedly feminine aspect. Pink and green tubular buds unfurl flared trumpets, which emphasize chartreuse bands on the outside and on the inside, a rosy mauve cast with lightly blushed patches, burgundy markings and delicate dark feathering along the edges.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' & spreading; hardy to zone 8.


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Alstroemeria ‘Princess Victoria’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Alstroemeria</i> ‘Princess Victoria’

Awash in saturated, deep coral-pinks and canary yellows, Princess Victoria celebrates a vibrant flowery affair. Salmon-tinged petals are darkened by dusty rose shades on the backside and set aglow inside by two orangey pink-tipped upper petals painted with sunny hues and small crimson striations. Guaranteed to charm, this Alstroemeria’s lush, medium green base is a soothing counterpoint to its fanciful flowers.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' & spreading; hardy to zone 8.


Alstroemeria ‘Princess Victoria’ (P-0489)
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Alstroemeria ‘Rachel’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Alstroemeria</i> ‘Rachel’

A prized outcome from the late Fred Meyer’s efforts to improve upon a group of European Alstroemeria hybrids, ‘Rachel’ is named after former nursery owner Judy Wigand’s granddaughter, and is renown for her tidy, compact stature and pretty purple blooms. Eye catching lemon-yellow shades give a sunny lift, while snazzy maroon dashes and dark violet splotches enhance the good-sized flower clusters.

Atop a short and shiny, thickset foliar clump that’s quite hardy, the sumptuous orchid shades look especially boisterous when matched with other Alstroemerias such as ‘Yellow Friendship’ and ‘Princess Victoria’.

Blooms June – August.

Size: 2' high x 2' & spreading; hardy to zone 8.


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Alstroemeria ‘Red Valley’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Alstroemeria</i> ‘Red Valley’

A passionate drama is played out when this cultivar’s seductive blooms unfurl in sassy shades of bright red with scarlet overtones. Staged above thick, ribbed green foliage, the bold floral presentation is heightened by chocolate-colored streaks amid primrose yellow splashes on the upper petals.

‘Valley Red’ grows taller than ‘Compact Red’, produces flowers that are far more sultry than ‘Princess Victoria’s and makes a sublime companion for copper-leafed Physocarpus ‘Mindia’.

Blooms June – August.

Size: 2' high x 2' & spreading; hardy to zone 8.


Alstroemeria ‘Red Valley’ (P-1689)
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Alstroemeria ‘Third Harmonic’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Alstroemeria</i> ‘Third Harmonic’

Aptly named, ‘Third Harmonic’ showcases a harmonious union of lavish color, resonating in gilded saffrons, sunflower yellows, peaches and dusky oranges, while darker tints shade the tips and underside of each petal. Deep maroon streaks impose a bold pattern on these warm-hued flower clusters that alight verdant leafy stems.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 3'–3-1/2' high x 2' & spreading; hardy to zone 8.


Alstroemeria ‘Third Harmonic’ (P-0563)
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Alstroemeria violacea ‘Yellow Friendship’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Alstroemeria violacea</i> ‘Yellow Friendship’

Always on the lookout for a cheerful yellow flowering Alstroemeria, we were delighted to find this exceptional cultivar at Wisley Botanical Gardens outside of London. The blooms are golden yellow inside, decorated with striking burgundy lines, while the outer petals are like a watercolor sunset, each with a deep purple blotch and pink and mauve tones that fade toward the tip.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 3' high x 2' & spreading; hardy to zone 8.


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Amsonia


Amsonia hubrichtii full sun
Thread-leaf Blue Star
<i>Amsonia hubrichtii</i>

Too long ignored, this hard-to-find perennial adds pleasing texture to the border and delicacy to a bouquet. In early summer, bushy clumps of elegant, upright stems are crowned with steel blue buds and starry gray-blue flowers held in graceful umbels.

We are especially captivated by the willowy needlelike leaves, which eventually burnish to a brilliant gold, and together with the persistent chocolate-hued seed heads, bestow a rich autumn show. A southwestern U.S. native, Blue Star is undemanding and long-lived in any garden soil.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2'–3' high x 3' wide; hardy to zone 4.


Amsonia hubrichtii (P-0916)
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Anchusa

Italian Bugloss

Anchusa azurea ‘Loddon Royalist’ full sun  new plant
Blue Bugloss

“Of deep glorious color” are the words Graham Stuart Thomas, legendary author and horticulturalist, uttered to describe the deep rich blue tint, vividly saturating large edible forget-me-not like blooms, and deeming ‘Loddon Royalist’ the bluest of them all! Selected more than 50 years ago at Britain’s Loddon Nursery, this garden-worthy Borage family member and Mediterranean denizen sprouts a stubble-surfaced dark green basal rosette below infamous white-ringed dimple-centered blossoms, which perch on lax stems and make a tasty culinary garnish. Verbascum ‘Gainsborough’ and Geum ‘Prinses Juliana’ are glowing companions for those ever-blue floral wonders, while light sandy or sharp draining soil plus a shearing right after the flowers have faded will ensure its long-lived vigor.

Blooms May–June

Size: 2-1/2'–3' high x 12"–18" wide. Zone 3/4.


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Androsace


Androsace lanuginosa full sun  partial shade
Rock Jasmine
<i>Androsace lanuginosa</i>

Named for its woolly silver-green leaves, this mounding Himalayan native promises to cascade clusters of delicate pink and white florets, with eyes sometimes crimson, sometimes green, over boulders and garden walls. Trailing reddish shoots and a faint sweet smell increase the drama of a duet with Lavandula ‘England’.

Blooms May–July.

Size: 6" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.


Androsace lanuginosa (P-0012)
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Anemone

Wind Flower

“The floure never openth it selfe, but when the wynde bloweth,” wrote William Turner, in A New Herbal (1560). In our garden, however, we enjoy the buttercup-shaped flowers in any weather, windy or not. Elegant and deceptively delicate, Anemone is also tough and undemanding. Most will multiply readily in rich, sandy loam, and are perfect for naturalizing in a woodland setting.


Anemone hupehensis ‘Crispa’ full sun  partial shade
Parsley Leaf Windflower

Reminiscent of triple curled parsley, the striking green leaves are embellished with curious curves, crinkles, ruffles and red-tinged margins. In autumn, 2 ft. tall stalks present delicate, 3 in. wide pale pink flowers, centered by shaggy yellow eyes, above an ultra-textured mound, which is more compact and less spreading than other hupehensis cultivars. Though there’s some confusion about its origins, this unusual British selection may be ‘Lady Gilmour’, an age-old cultivar first recorded in 1895.

Blooms mid-August–September.

Size: 20"–2' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Anemone x hybrida ‘Alice’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Anemone</i> x <i>hybrida</i> ‘Alice’

Unlike many Anemones, ‘Alice’ spreads slowly, growing into a clump 3 ft. across within three years. It is robust and upright with large leaves that outsize the foliage of most hybrida forms. In our garden, the semidouble soft pink flowers appear to float against a hedge of Carpinus and contrast well with the golden fall foliage of Amsonia hubrichtii.

Blooms late August–October.

Size: 5'–6' high x 3' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Anemone x hybrida ‘Andrea Atkinson’ full sun  partial shade

These beauties sway on tall but sturdy stems above lush deep green Maple-shaped leaves. Downy green buds open into semidouble white flowers with chartreuse eyes. In winter, seed heads turn a rich chocolate brown, making ‘Andrea Atkinson’ an entertaining addition in drifts or borders. For vivacious color, try it with Aster cordifolius or blue flowering Geraniums.

Blooms August–late October.

Size: 4-1/2'–5' high x 3' wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Anemone x lesseri full sun  partial shade

This lovely jewel-box-like hybrid affords cupped carmine-red blooms, festooned with spry yellow anthers above an attractive non-aggressive bed of low growing ferny green foliage. Parented by Anemone multifida and Anemone sylvestris, Anemone x lesseri’s fine cut palmately lobed leaves and uniquely colored up-facing flowers make compelling additions to the rockery, an open woodland planting or a border’s front lines. Appreciative of morning light accompanied by dappled afternoon shade on hot days, its dwarf habit requires minimal care, resists those meddlesome deer and prospers in moist well-drained organic-rich soil.

Blooms June.

Size: 12"–15" high x 9"–12" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Anemone leveillei full sun  partial shade
Woodland Anemone
<i>Anemone leveillei</i>

This elegant Chinese denizen presents delicate single white flowers with a smoky halo of deep blue-violet stamens, surrounding green centers, and mauve flushed backsides. An illuminated choice for the woodland garden, Anemone leveillei’s low mound of deeply divided and somewhat hirsute dark green leaves can be massed amid ferns and wild gingers in humus-rich soil.

Blooms April – early June.

Size: 15"–18" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.


Anemone leveillei (P-1164)
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Anemone nemorosa ‘Vestal’ full sun  partial shade
Wood Anemone

Adored by all who behold it, this charming European woodland plant boasts the choicest double Wood Anemone flowers in cultivation. Six ray petals, pure as the driven snow, encompass a fluffy white central tuft of distinctively gathered petaloid stamens. The elegant, long lasting 1 in. blooms repose upon low ferny mats of ephemeral spring leaves that show off a purplish sheen when young and disappear come summer.

Blooms late March – early May.

Size: 4" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Anemone palmata full sun  partial shade
Yellow Anemone

Brilliant citrine-yellow petals swirl around golden stamens, their sunny coloration rare for an Anemone. Often tinged red on the outside, the good-sized, saucer-shaped flowers are presented on slender, leafless 6 in. stems above a handsome basal mat of glossy deep green foliage. A southwest European native, this spreading Anemone prefers a sunny, well drained bank where its cheerful blooms can be paired with blue flowering Nepeta reichenbachiana.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 12" high x 8" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Anemone rivularis ‘Glacier’ full sun  partial shade

Native to the far reaches of Himalaya, India and Ceylon, this Anemone quickly emerges in the spring as an attractive basal clump of long-petioled deep green trilobed leaves. Red-tinged stems–silky, stiff, arching and branched–deliver snow white droves of large, open saucer-shaped flowers. Violet-blue anthers and backsides with dusty green and gun-metal blue streaks enhance the exquisite blooms, while spiky green seed heads gathered in ornamental clusters provide autumn allure. Unparalleled in drifts, ‘Glacier’ insists on cool, moist humus-rich soil.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 16"–20" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Anemone ‘Ruffled Swan’ full sun  partial shade  new plant

Hats off to the highly acclaimed Scottish Elizabeth MacGregor Nursery for this exceptional hybrida and rupicola cross. The tallest of the Swan series, ‘Ruffled Swan’ fashions large semidouble icy white flowers dressed with ruffled margins, frilly golden centers and violet blue undersides. The perfect-for-cutting sterile flowers look elegant all summer-long above 3-lobed green leaves that produce a trim vigorous clump, favoring free draining, evenly moist accommodations. (PPAF)

Blooms July–mid-October

Size: 2'–2-1/2' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Anemone sylvestris full sun  partial shade
Snowdrop Anemone
<i>Anemone sylvestris</i>

With Old World allure, its sweet smelling bounty of yellow-eyed, satiny white blossoms has been lighting up gardens for over 400 years. Atop straight 18 in. stems, delicate cup-shaped single flowers offer a repeat bloom come fall, and later develop decorative cottonlike seed heads. Deeply cut, palmate green leaves form a lustrous dense ground cover that naturalizes easily in loamy soil and bright shade.

Amenable to full sun where its cool and full shade where its warm, this ethereal beauty detests desert heat, can accompany early flowering spring bulbs and may periodically need its vigorous rhizomes curbed.

Blooms April – June & September.

Size: 12"–18" high x 12"–18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Angelica

Angelica

Long known as an important herbaceous healer, Angelica dignifies the border with its strongly sculptural presence. Many members of this genus are three-year biennials, and in the first year, a mass of coarse leaves provide lush infill, which softens the spires of spiky perennials. In the second year, strong stalks host bold umbels that command attention in the garden or in an arrangement. If you cut the blooms before the seed sets, you might be rewarded with flowers for three or even four years. Angelica thrives in a moist, well drained spot.


Angelica archangelica full sun  partial shade
Archangel Angelica
<i>Angelica archangelica</i>

The floriferous namesake of St. Michael the Archangel, who is supposed to have revealed its power to battle the plague, Angelica archangelica’s luxuriant, tropical-looking foliage makes a dramatic entrance each spring as leaves unfurl to a length of 2 to 3 ft. Flower buds of mauve, strikingly set against its deeply divided bright green verdure, herald the imposing lime-tinted white flowers surmounting thick, erect stalks. This Angelica’s aromatic young shoots have long been used as a flavoring in sweet confections.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 5' high x 4'–5' wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Angelica gigas full sun  partial shade
<i>Angelica gigas</i>

Painted in bold tones of deep plum, the round buds open into extraordinary domed flowers that reach an astonishing 8 in. across and, set against burly, freely branching burgundy stems and vigorous green foliage, have a dark allure. Give this Korean native plenty of room as it rockets skyward. Penstemon ‘Raven’ provides an echo of bloom color while delivering vertical contrast.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 4'–5' high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Angelica pachycarpa full sun  partial shade

The sizable rounded mound of this Angelica‘s lustrous dark green foliage looks like a parsley plant on steroids. Endemic to New Zealand, its copious deeply fingered leaves offer handsome deer resistant support to the fanciful and fragrant snowy umbels that crown strong stalks. Growing as an undemanding somewhat short-lived perennial, but offering up seedlings as a consolation, Angelica pachycarpa‘s bold leaves bring fantastic architecture to a good-sized con- tainer or the border, especially when grouped with Actaea, ‘Brunette’ or Anthriscus ‘Ravenswing’.

Blooms April–June

Size: 3' high x 3' wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Anthemis


Anthemis ‘Susanna Mitchell’ full sun
<i>Anthemis</i> ‘Susanna Mitchell’

Named after the English plantswoman who discovered it, this robust, yet graceful chance seedling provides a soothing place for the eye to rest. The low silver-green mound of finely feathered foliage looks decorative even before the many, many gold-centered, creamy yellow daisies appear. In harmony with the foliage, the versatile long blooming flowers pale to alabaster tones, mixing easily with hot or cool color schemes.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 2' high x 3' wide; hardy to zone 6.


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