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Perennials at Digging Dog
Kirengeshoma to Mukdenia

Including Kniphofia, Liatris, Ligularia, Lobelia, & Lupinus

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Kirengeshoma


Kirengeshoma palmata partial shade <i>Kirengeshoma palmata</i>
Yellow Waxbells
<i>Kirengeshoma palmata</i>

Native to the woods and mountains of Shikoku and Kyushu, Japan, this perennial has broad and opposite Maple-like leaves that emerge in late spring and later highlight the pendulous, waxy yellow flowers and glossy green calyxes. A lover of moist, leafy soil, Yellow Waxbells work well in the woodland garden with Asarum caudatum and Rodgersia.

Blooms September–October.

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


Kirengeshoma palmata (P-0411)
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Kitaibela

Kitaibela vitifolia full sun  partial shade <i>Kitaibela vitifolia</i>
Russian Hibiscus

Hailing from Yugoslavia, this fast growing perennial is named to honor the famous Hungarian botanist Paul Kitaibel, who was born in 1757. Forging a stately presence with its great clump of tall stems, Kitaibela vitifolia’s very pointed, Maple-shaped dark verdure is a lush backdrop for its large white to tender pink, up-tilted, Mallow-like blooms.

Ideal at the back of the border in somewhat moist, but well drained soil, let Russian Hibiscus mingle with Centaurea ruthenica and Aconitum ‘Stainless Steel’ for an arresting array of foliage form and bloom color.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 5' 0"–6' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


Kitaibela vitifolia (P-0949)
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Knautia

Knautia macedonica ‘Mars Midget’ full sun
Pincushion Plant

The deep crimson of this exciting new cultivar’s double 2 inch pincushion blooms is rare and intense. Shorter and more compact than the species, sturdy ‘Mars Midget’ furnishes curving stems, which branch into several flowering stalks and hold a seemingly endless supply of the extraordinary color above green basal leaves.

Lively on its own, it’s absolutely vibrant with Salvia ‘Amethyst’, Geranium ‘Nimbus’ and Kniphofia ‘Orange Flame’.

Blooms June–October.

Size: 16" high x 20" wide; hardy to zone 5.


Knautia macedonica ‘Mars Midget’ (P-1118)
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Kniphofia

Kniphofia

Torch Lily or Red Hot Poker

“Red Hot Poker” is the local nickname for these bold, handsome natives of Madagascar and tropical South Africa. Brought to England in 1707, they were kept as greenhouse treasures until 1848, when someone had the bright idea of planting them outdoors, and their abiding hardiness was discovered.

The old-fashioned orange and yellow form has survived years of neglect in abandoned gardens here on the coast; the new hybrids and species we offer, in versatile creamy yellows, chartreuses, soft melons and bolder colors, are more suitable to modern schemes, but are just as hardy and reliable. The thick, almost succulent leaf blades are evergreen, and of interest even when the cylindrical flower spikes are absent. Heat and drought tolerant.


Kniphofia albescens full sun

Originating nearly 20 years ago from a Silverhill Seed order, this hard-to-find nearly white blooming Kniphofia is a welcome choice for enthusiasts seeking light-hued Torches. The dense ovoid-shaped inflorescences showcase spectacular pearly yellow blooms that sway above strong green stalks and green glaucous blades. Though sadly losing ground due to cattle grazing in its native South African haunts, Kniphofia albescens can easily be ushered into your garden, where it promises luminous accents, especially when superimposed against Salvia corrugata’s dark textured leaves and blue floral whorls.

Blooms July-September

Size: 3' 0"–3-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Kniphofia ‘Alcazar’ full sun

Alcazar is a Spanish translation of the Arabic word for castle, and this luscious Kniphofia deserves royal treatment for its splendid show. From a nest of lancelike leaves, chartreuse-tinted buds elongate on thick, bronzy stems to form majestic tapered spires of a dark rosy terracotta, which age to a rich salmon-orange. Pair with Cardoon for a lively tango of color and form.

Blooms July–September.

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


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Kniphofia ‘Bee’s Sunset’ full sun  drought tolerant
<i>Kniphofia</i> ‘Bee’s Sunset’

The abundant and long lasting yellow-orange flower spikes of vigorous ‘Bee’s Sunset’ will cast a warm glow on neighbors such as Buddleia crispa, Lavandula ‘Super’ and Geranium ‘Purple Pillow’.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 4' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Kniphofia ‘Bleached Blonde’ full sun

Not all bleached blondes turn heads like this one does. Blooms of sandy blonde topped with auburn adorn this softly colored beauty. Anchored by vigorous medium green, bladelike foliage, slim 5 in. long flowers have a repeat bloom, imparting greenish yellow shades at summer’s end.

First introduced by Olympic Coast Gardens, ‘Bleached Blonde’ can be matched with Phygelius ‘Pink Elf’.

Blooms June & again in August.

Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Kniphofia ‘Border Ballet’ full sun

Like many of the best ballet dancers, this cultivar is tall, elegant and full of stamina. We found this selection at Western Hills and have propagated it by divisions to maintain the soft dusty coral color of the flowers, which continue blooming throughout the summer. For a contrast of color and texture, we often plant this near Thalictrum rochebrunianum.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 4-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Kniphofia ‘Bressingham Sunbeam’ full sun

Graceful copper-tinged stems emerge from a refined, narrow-bladed, green-gray base. Awash in yellow with amber and bronze accents, the slender sunny blooms set its diminutive silhouette aglow.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Kniphofia caulescens full sun <i>Kniphofia caulescens</i>

The narrow leaves of this seedling selection are in sharp contrast to the large straplike foliage typical of the species. Glaucous blue blades make a dramatic base for the subdued rainbow of earthy colors: thick, coppery flower stems, clay-colored buds and rich terracotta blooms, which eventually pale to a light greenish yellow. For more drama, plant by Caryopteris incana and Achillea ‘Inca Gold’.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Kniphofia citrina (Lime Select) full sun

One of our own seedling selections, this stunning form of Kniphofia citrina will surely brighten your garden with a refreshing splash of citrus color. Above clumps of glaucous leaves, the vivid lime green buds open into dense chartreuse flowers that later fade to light yellow.

Blooms June–July.

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


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Kniphofia ‘Cobra’ full sun

Distinguished by seductive dark bronzy hues and tapered bases, this Kniphofia’s broad flower heads evoke mysterious images. As the close-knit, 6 to 10 in. long pokers mature, they gradually lighten, imparting rich copper colors and creamy yellows on sturdy stems above a coarse basal tuft of sword-shaped bluish green leaves.

A Blooms of Bressingham introduction, ‘Cobra’ promises toasty easy-to-blend shades that can be associated with Agastache ‘Black Adder’ and Eryngium bourgatii.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 3' 0"–3-1/2' high x 2' 0"–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Kniphofia ‘Coral’ full sun  new plant

This rarely cultivated robust form comes to us from the U.C. Davis Arboretum. Cresting tall stalks, basally adorned with coarse sword-like leaves, the spiky flowers are a pinkish melon. Create coral reefs in your own backyard by planting it in drifts with Phygelius ‘Moonraker’ and bronze-hued Stipa arundinacea.

Blooms May–July

Size: 4' 0" high x 4' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Kniphofia ‘Dorset Sentry’ full sun

Counting orioles, hummingbirds, and studied gardeners among its fans, ‘Dorset Sentry’ brandishes big fat green buds and even larger plump acid yellow torches on beefy, bronze-toned upright stalks. A green bed of toothed bladelike leaves anchors the sun-struck blooms that last for months and bridge the gap between summer and fall. Selected by a John May, this moderately sized Kniphofia breathes enthused late season energy into the garden and can flank a pathway, stand sentinel at a threshold, or occupy a midborder position.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Kniphofia galpinii ‘Orange Flame’ full sun
<i>Kniphofia galpinii</i> ‘Orange Flame’

Alighting slender stems, these dainty flowers smoulder with fervent salmon and saturated orange. A foundation of finely textured grass-like foliage hosts the loosely arranged blooms, which are quieted by dusky hued unopened buds and smoky purple-tipped individual florets. Projecting a vivacious yet sophisticated demeanor, 'Orange Flame' makes a compelling container subject.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 15"–2' 0" high x 15"–18" wide; hardy to zone 8.


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Kniphofia ‘Gladness’ full sun

When the bronzed apricot buds finally unfurl into lucent golden orange torches that seem to glow from within, we promise you'll be glad. Numerous, cinnamon-toned sturdy stalks are unleashed from a midsized roost of creased grayish green leaves margined with tiny teeth. Rotund and broad in the middle, the substantial flowers convey a free wheeling radiance.

Blooms July – August

Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Kniphofia ‘Glow’ full sun
<i>Kniphofia</i> ‘Glow’

Once this Kniphofia blooms, you’ll see why it was dubbed ‘Glow’. Solidly colored coral torches honed with dark rosy overtones shine above a handsome, not–so-tall, foliar foundation distinguished by composed blue-green hues and tiny teeth along each leaf margin. Sized just right for a front row location in the border or a smaller garden. ‘Glow’ imparts a flashy propensity, especially when Geranium harveyi and Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ are planted nearby.

Blooms July-August.

Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 8.


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Kniphofia ‘Goldfinch’ full sun

Conjuring images of cheerful yellow songbirds, this spirited Kniphofia is aptly named. Rising from narrow and glaucous medium green blades, the sturdy, yet graceful stems support good-sized cylindrical blooms. Each inflorescence consists of delicate florets—long, slender and pendulous—arranged in an airy fashion. Bring a sunny lift to your summer border and site ‘Goldfinch’ by Liatris ‘Kobold’ and Salvia ‘Sensation Rose.

Blooms June–early August.

Size: 4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Kniphofia ‘Green Jade’ full sun
<i>Kniphofia</i> ‘Green Jade’

Still esteemed by Beth Chatto who introduced it in 1968, this captivating Kniphofia first originated as a seedling selection in Sir Cedric Morris’s Suffolk garden. Bold long cylinders in icy lime-green shades convey a distinguished sense of composure and are without a doubt the greenest torch lily blooms we offer.

Arising from green buds above broad verdurous straps and stalwart stems, the densely packed, irresistibly colored florets are crowned with a dusky orange tuft and eventually lighten to a creamy chartreuse from the bottom up.

Blooms July – September.

Size: 4' 0"–4-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Kniphofia ‘Ice Queen’ full sun
<i>Kniphofia</i> ‘Ice Queen’

Selected by Alan Bloom, this upright species is remarkably robust. The deep green foliage is broad and straplike, the flower stalks are thick and sturdy, and the vibrant chartreuse buds open into 6 in. lime-yellow flowers, which fade to light yellow. We plant ‘Ice Queen’ beside Anemone ‘Alice’ for an unusual but delightful combination with the late blooming pink flowers.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Kniphofia ‘Jan Brennan’ full sun

Flaunting one of the brightest, most rotund torches we have ever seen, this jaunty Kniphofia was discovered by Gretchen Hahn, a former staff member, in the backyard of a local north coast resident. Unknown to us and most likely a hybrid of Kniphofia uvaria ‘Nobilis’ which has naturalized in our area, it bears the owner’s namesake. The large radiant florets graduate in color, beginning on top with a salmon hue that shades to tangerine and then transmutes to antique gold supported by a lemon-yellow base.

Bolstered on bronzed olive-tinted stems above brawny medium green leaves, the exuberant display can be staged alongside Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ for unbridled oohs and awhs!

Blooms August – September.

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Kniphofia ‘Light of the World’ full sun

An illustrious contender for the late season border, ‘Light of the World’ boasts showy, long slender torches. Green-tinged buds open to reveal dainty flared, pendulous florets lit in lucent tangerine orange shades. Pointed, low growing grassy leaves with pale midribs ground this small-statured, first-rate Kniphofia, which can be granted a front row seat accompanied by Nepeta ‘Little Trudy’.

Blooms September.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Kniphofia linearifolia full sun
<i>Kniphofia linearifolia</i>

Large, pumpkin-colored flower buds seem to glow atop the thick purplish stems of this robust species. Visually supported by broad straplike foliage, the enormous, nearly round orange flowers eventually fade to yellow at the base. Combine with Aster ‘Lady in Black’ and Salvia ‘Limelight’ for a stunning display of purple, chartreuse and orange.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 6' 0" high x 4' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Kniphofia ‘Lye End’ full sun
<i>Kniphofia</i> ‘Lye End’

This toasty-hued, perky cultivar first caught our eye at Cotswald Garden Flowers, owned by Bob Brown, England’s renown Kniphofia enthusiast. It has since become one of our favorites for its long and slender, loosely set racemes. Tipped with burnt coral tones, the blooms fade to melon in the middle and finally brighten to a creamy yellowish sherbet base, which features larger, more pendant florets. The colorful splendor bursts forth from earthy red and greenish-tinged buds elevated on supple, slightly bronzed stems above green foliage.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Kniphofia ‘Minister Verschuur’ full sun
<i>Kniphofia</i> ‘Minister Verschuur’

With ample-sized blossoms and a medium-sized profile, this exuberant Kniphofia is ideal for smaller gardens. Stiff jade-toned narrow blades and lusty bronze green stems support moss-hued tapering buds and bright yellow flowers. A subtle apricot cast suffuses the lit up torches, which feature pendulous evenly spaced close-set florets and promise a colorful presence throughout most of the summer.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2' 0"–2-1/2' high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Kniphofia ‘Nancy’s Red’ full sun
<i>Kniphofia</i> ‘Nancy’s Red’

Looking for a midsized plant to accentuate a hot-colored border or ignite a cooler one? ‘Nancy’s Red’ may be your girl. Delicate olive-green stems lift brick-red buds and waxed, dusky coral-red florets, which become more pendulous with age, flaring out to reveal creamy yellow tips. Shaded in such rich colors, the slender, somewhat open cone-shaped blooms achieve an ardent contrast against low growing, narrow green leaves.

Clearly in a class of her own—undemanding, flamboyant yet refined and well groomed—Nancy gives you good reason to entice her into your garden bed and keep her where she’s easily seen.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 6.


Kniphofia ‘Nancy’s Red’ (P-1385)
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Kniphofia x ‘Naudes Nek’ full sun

We found this upbeat, not-yet-identified Kniphofia at Ernie and Marietta O’Byrne’s Northwest Garden Nursery in Eugene, Oregon. Originating from seed they had collected in Naudes Nek, a rather cold region of South Africa’s Drakensberg Mountains, it conveys a lighthearted charm with narrow, bright green channelled foliage and an intriguing floral display. Round-tipped, squat buds exhibit a glowing potpourri of colors from top to bottom: earthy brownish orange with chartreuse tinges, an amber midsection and a golden yellow base. The buoyant blooms elongate on slender green stems and turn more tangerine as they mature, showing off a happy face amid Thymus ‘Archer’s Gold’ and Geums.

Blooms August.

Size: 4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Kniphofia ‘Painted Lady’ full sun

Upstaging many a perennial in the summer border, this svelte temptress celebrates AGM status, sophisticated hues and a refined stance. Burnt coral buds offer a surprise as they elongate to narrow, 7 in. long cream-colored spears that subtly transmute warm orange and amber shades near their tops.

Bred by Eric Smith at Buckshaw Gardens, ‘Painted Lady’s long blooming gala is supported by strong bronzy green stems and a lower growing green base.

Blooms June – August.

Size: 3' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Kniphofia pauciflora full sun

Originally inhabiting the marshy grasslands of Kwazula-Natal, South Africa, this Ariel-like Kniphofia is sadly extinct in its wild haunts, but will gladly impart a lighthearted smile to your landscape.

Slim grassy blades folded along the midribs are the understory for airy and slender, buttercup yellow pokers. Tubular, flared and widely spaced, the dainty pendant florets open from coral buds for several months, then rebloom later in the season.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 18" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Kniphofia ‘Percy's Pride’ full sun
<i>Kniphofia</i> ‘Percy's Pride’

The tightly clustered light yellow to lime flowers of this Torch Lily are just about the largest of all the species we offer. They bloom several times each year, and contrast strikingly with the inch-wide straplike leaves. For a range of yellows, we pair 'Percy's Pride' with Symphytum 'Axminster Gold'.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Kniphofia ‘Safranvogel’ full sun
<i>Kniphofia</i> ‘Safranvogel’

Uniquely infused with a strawberry hue, the slender, creamy tapers of bloom are anchored by thin grassy green blades. ‘Safranvogel’s distinctive coloring and small stance begs for an up-front position in the border.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 2' 0" high x 20" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Kniphofia ‘Safranvogel’ x ‘Maid of Orleans’ full sun

We have British Kniphofia aficionado, Bob Brown of Cotswald Garden Flowers to thank for this ethereal beauty. Staged on lithe bronzed stems, the distinctive flowers feature widely spaced, rich reddish coral florets, each narrow, pendulous tube tinged yellow at the base and curved up at the tips.

The aging long, slender blooms lighten and become even more open, attaining an unmatched delicacy and lovely subtle coloration that’s reminiscent of its ‘Safranvogel’ heritage. Quiet, sublime and almost other-worldly, this unusual cross is shown to best effect when planted in multiples against a dark background.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 2' 0" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Kniphofia ‘Shining Sceptre’ full sun
<i>Kniphofia</i> ‘Shining Sceptre’

Noble stands of copper-tinted golden scepters command our attention in the midsummer border. Supported by soothing green blades and long bronze-hued stems, these thickset, good-sized blooms cast lambent accents upon the cool, blue-violet flowers of Aconitum ‘Arendsii’ and Geranium ‘Phillipe Vapelle’.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 4' 0" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Kniphofia sp. (Patricia Marrow) full sun

When we came across this extraordinary Kniphofia in Patricia Marrow’s garden in Somerset, England, it was mysteriously unlabeled. Stout, bronzy flowering stems with lime-colored buds rise above rosettes of narrow grayish green foliage. Lively and large, the greenish yellow blooms are tipped with a dusky melon color, and eventually fade to creamy white from the base up.

Blend with Nepeta ‘Pool Bank’, Cistus ‘Anne Palmer’ and Euphorbia ‘Great Dixter’ for a vibrant spectrum of color.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Kniphofia ‘Sunningdale Yellow’ full sun

Named for the British nursery that introduced it, this AGM recipient pledges dense slender 8 in. long tapers defined by chartreuse buds plus warm yellow flowers, aging with deep amber and golden tones. The exuberant long blooming inflorescences perch above thick plucky bluish green stalks and a vigorous nest of wide blade-like glaucous green leaves.

Blooms June–July

Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide. Zone 6/7.


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Kniphofia ‘Timothy’ full sun

The long summer-time parade of stunning sunset-laden blooms poised on stately 4 ft. tall bronze-soaked stalks undoubtedly earned ‘Timothy’ a coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit. Grounded by neat narrow-leafed low clumps, this highly acclaimed cold-hardy Kniphofia brandishes dark coral pink torches, which turn cream with age and look fabulous when planted near Lavandula ‘Purple Ellagance’, Salvia ‘Black and Blue’ and Aster ‘Bluebird’

Blooms July-September

Size: 4' 0" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Kniphofia uvaria ‘Candle Light’ full sun
<i>Kniphofia uvaria</i> ‘Candle Light’

Sun-kissed torches, a compact habit and an exceptionally long flowering period earn this well-mannered Kniphofia a chance to illuminate our border. Verdant low growing foliage makes a fine textured base for supple green stalks and green-tinged yellow buds, which mature into splendid 5 in. blooms, creamy yellow on top and alabaster white below.

Introduced by Georgia’s Richard Saul, small-statured ‘Candle Light’ can be showcased in the frontlines along with Echinops ‘Blue Glow’ for a spirited match. (pp#12,342)

Blooms May – October.

Size: 2' 0"–2-1/2' high x 2' 0"–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Kniphofia uvaria ‘Malibu Yellow’ full sun
<i>Kniphofia uvaria</i> ‘Malibu Yellow’

Shouldered by thick green stalks, the richly colored, bright yellow blooms combine with this Kniphofia’s robust stature to bestow a grandiose presence in the border. Composed of large, pendulous, evenly spaced florets that open from grassy green buds, the ample-sized torches radiate unforgettable, look-at-me, sunlit chroma, while topping sprightly green, strapping blades.

Blooms May–July.

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


Kniphofia uvaria ‘Malibu Yellow’ (P-1292)
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Kniphofia uvaria ‘Tower of Gold’ full sun

Famed horticulturist Luther Burbank, gardening at his residence in Santa Rosa, California until 1926, selected this golden beacon that's guaranteed to brighten summer's end. A verdant stocky thicket of upright dark green foliar blades hurls forth strong olive bronze stems and big plump pokers. The gregarious densely set blooms first emerge with a lime-infused somewhat triangular shape, then take on rich yellow hues and a rounder appearance upon maturity. Cohorts such as Helianthus 'Dakota Queen' or Artemisia 'Huntington Gardens' make for a statuesque pageant.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 4' 0"–5' 0" high x 2-1/2'–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Kniphofia ‘Vanilla’ full sun
<i>Kniphofia</i> ‘Vanilla’

Slender blooms in a soft shade of pale yellow are staged well above finely textured foliage. This courtly Kniphofia echoes ornamental grasses such as Panicum and makes a friendly color-mate for Eupatoriums and Geraniums.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Kniphofia ‘Wayside Flame’ full sun

Like a candle flame, this flower is both bright and yet soft orange. To give our summer garden warm accents, we plant robust ‘Wayside Flame’ near Lavandula ‘Silver Frost’.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 4-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Kniphofia ‘Wol’s Red Seedling’ full sun

The superb scarlet-red blooms of this British raised cultivar are deemed the deepest and darkest red of all Kniphofia blooms in cultivation. A gorgeous profusion of slender fiery hued flowers enlivens the landscape all summer long, while the bushy small-sized mound of shiny dark green grassy blades assures a refined habit that easily tucks into space thrifty gardens.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Kniphofia ‘Yellow Cheer’ full sun

Bolstered by hefty, tall and straight asparagus-hued stalks, dense yellowish orange buds, infused with chartreuse, remind us of miniature Christmas trees. Radiant yellows, pumpkin colors and lime tinges meld an unparalleled luminosity as the gorgeous torches stand sentinel, their plump rounded bases tapering to blunt tips well above a bright green, upright clump of strapping, deeply furrowed lax leaves.

A robust specimen for the fall garden, ‘Yellow Cheer’s late season effervescence steals the show, especially when staged against a dark green foil.

Blooms late August to mid-October.

Size: 5' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 8.


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Kniphofia ‘Yellow Hammer’ full sun

This rarely offered Kniphofia is a favorite of songbirds and hummingbirds, and is earlier to bloom than most Torch Lilies. Large nectar-rich, well-formed lemon yellow heads unfurl from acid green buds on tall sturdy stalks above an easily maintained medium green bed of narrow arching evergreen foliage. 'Yellow Hammer', possibly named after a small Eurasian yellow-breasted bird, can be nestled alongside Euphorbia 'John Tomlinson' for foliar contrast and melding flower colors.

Blooms late May–June.

Size: 3' 0"–3-1/2' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Leonotis

Lion’s Ear

Leonotis menthifolia ‘Savannah Sunset’ full sun  drought tolerant
Lion’s Tail
<i>Leonotis menthifolia</i> ‘Savannah Sunset’

Conjuring images of romping safari lions, wondrous dense whorls of furry bright orange tubular flowers ascend straight lofty stalks in spaced intervals. New growth emerges from the blossom’s center, crafting an unusual tiered effect, while freely branching square hairy stems sprout neatly paired triangular green leaves that are narrow and toothed.

Majestic as a container specimen or a mixed border focal point, this easy-to-grow South African mint family member favors a sunny well-drained spot with average moisture and a hard cut back after frosty winters.

Blooms August – October.

Size: 5-1/2'–6' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 8.


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Lepechinia

Lepechinia hastata full sun
<i>Lepechinia hastata</i>

With a big-leaf tropical look that belies its rugged hardiness, this Hawaiian native belongs to the mint family and masquerades as a Salvia. Stiff, upright and fuzzy, the mauve-infused stems inject architectural pizazz, while sporting large, spade-shaped felted greenery. Smoky magenta-colored, openly arranged flower spires, some 12 in. tall, grace the spice-scented foundation. Known to possess antibiotic properties, Lepechinia hastata delivers late season fanfare, fends off deer, acquiesces to poor dry soil and temperatures as low as 0°, asking only for a well-drained abode.

Blooms August – October.

Size: 4' 0"–5' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Liatris

Blazing Stars

An American native best planted in drifts, Liatris is a free spirit in the border, in the meadow or in the wild garden. With striking vertical lines, these Blazing Stars add lift to the garden. From a tuft of grassy leaves, stiff, bottlebrush-shaped flowers top leafy stems.

Uniquely, buds burst to bloom from the top down. Coveted by florists for both fresh and dried blossoms, Liatris endures heat, likes well drained soil, and beckons butterflies and bees.


Liatris spicata ‘Floristan Violett’ full sun
<i>Liatris spicata</i> ‘Floristan Violett’

Unrivaled in its popularity among professional florists and gardeners alike, ‘Floristan Violett’s tall, strong stems entertain gorgeous, violet-hued wands, thickly set with small tubular flowers. Grounded by thin grasslike leaves, this vivacious presentation lends an animated accent to a swathe of Luzula ‘Ruby Stiletto’.

Blooms July–early September.

Size: 3' 0" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Liatris spicata ‘Floristan White’ full sun

Studded with quantities of starry button-shaped flowers, the lofty pure white spires surmount strong un-branched straight-up stems wrapped in slender fresh green foliage. No-fuss ‘Floristan White’ casts shimmering summertime accents when planted amid Echinacea ‘White Swan’ and Panicum ‘Shenandoah’.

Blooms July-early September

Size: 3' 0" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’ full sun
Blazing Star
<i>Liatris spicata</i> ‘Kobold’

‘Kobold’ means “goblin”—and big-headed it is. This compact cultivar has a smaller stature than others of its species, and its erect stems rise solidly from the earth. Grassy foliage plays host to an outstanding bristle of rosy lilac blooms. A vibrant garden guest, contrast ‘Kobold’ against Phlomis fruticosa’s yellow blooms and harmonize with the pinkish panicles of Calamagrostis brachytricha. Coveted by florists for both fresh and dried blossoms, Liatris endures heat, likes well-drained soil and beckons butterflies and bees.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 2' 0" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Libertia

New Zealand Iris

Named for its colorful sword-like blades and for Marie Libert, a Belgian botanist who wrote about liverworts, this captivating New Zealand native belongs to the Iris family. Libertias prefer well-drained, somewhat moist soil and light shade in hot locales.


Libertia ixioides ‘Goldfinger’ full sun  partial shade  new plant

Naturally Native New Zealand Plants, a nursery from down-under, selected ‘Goldfinger’ for its bright foliar hues and tidy compact stance. Sparking gold and burnt orange central streaks, the narrow finger-like olive green leaves reach up and out from a low warm-colored evergreen clump, while starry bright white flowers and large yellow berries furnish additional appeal. Second-to-none for containers or tight spots, this lively Libertia can be planted near mates such as Sedum ‘Matrona’ and Bouteloua ‘Blonde Ambition’. (PP#18,228)

Blooms June–August

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


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Libertia ixioides ‘Taupo Sunset’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Libertia ixioides</i> ‘Taupo Sunset’

This captivating New Zealand native, named for its colorful blades and for Marie Libert, a Belgian botanist who wrote about liverworts, belongs to the Iris family.

Offering year-round allure, compact upright clumps sculpt narrow fans of stiff leathery blades, each uniquely painted in green, yellow, orange, purplish red and bronze-hued stripes. Openly branched stems feature white 3-petaled flowers shaped like saucers that sparkle in spring and manifest intriguing orange seedpods in autumn; dark red shades invigorate the leaves during the winter months.

‘Taupo Sunset’ prefers somewhat moist, but well-drained soil and can grace a pool side, mixed border or a container with broad-leafed companions nearby.

Blooms June – August.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.


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Ligularia

This moisture-loving member of the Asteraceae family is native to most of eastern Asia and named for its “tongue-shaped” leaves. Whether planted as a specimen or en masse in a semishaded border, on the forest’s edge or by water, Ligularia will dazzle onlookers with its lush foliage and showy flowers


Ligularia dentata ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’ partial shade  shade lover  new plant

The scrumptious and bold gathering of huge kidney-shaped coarsely toothed leaves, each spanning over a foot across, adopts a swank dark chocolaty maroon polish. Manifesting purple undersides, the lavish foliage needs morning sun to retain its rich coloration, otherwise they turn more green as summer progresses. Hefty purplish black stems hoist daring golden orange daisy-like flowers about a foot aloft the lush leafy foundation. This tropical-looking ‘Othello’ sport emphasizes extraordinary texture, thwarts those pesky deer and luxuriates in cool moist recesses with shelter from hot afternoon sun. (PP#16,113)

Blooms July–August

Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Ligularia przewalskii partial shade  shade lover

Stately yellow flower spikes on slender black stems tower above the handsome, palmately cut, dark green foliage of this elegant Chinese native. Impressive yet undemanding, try planting it with Aruncus ‘Zweiweltenkind’.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 5' 0"–6' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Ligularia stenocephala ‘The Rocket’ partial shade  shade lover
<i>Ligularia stenocephala</i> ‘The Rocket’

While stenocephala refers to the “narrow-headed flower,” ‘The Rocket’ sums up even better the form of this Ligularia, as well as the charged energy it inspires. The large leaves are kelly-green, heart-shaped, and feature coarsely serrated margins. Strong shoots emerge in the spring, which unfurl to create an underlayer of verdant leaves for the clear yellow racemes to blast through on their way to altitudes of 5 ft. Striking and easily grown, it will sparkle in a wooded setting with Rodgersia nearby, or at water’s edge.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 5' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Ligusticum

Ligusticum scoticum full sun  partial shade
Scotch Lovage
<i>Ligusticum scoticum</i>

A cosmopolitan, easily grown perennial whose haunts span all the way from New England and our Pacific coast to northern Europe and Asia, the Scotch Lovage gratifies us with charming sprays of tiny, brilliant white flowers. Lustrous, thick scalloped foliage defines a low, dark green compact clump that supports sturdy, branching purple stalks and numerous pearly umbels.

Eaten by sailors to help prevent scurvy and added to salads, soups and stews for its celery-like flavor, this hard-to-find carrot relative can be placed in a somewhat moist, more wild garden bed where the mounding form of its filigree blooms echoes Astrantia ‘Roma’s pink pincushions.

Blooms July – September.

Size: 20" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Lilium

Lily

Embracing the history of many countries, Liliums are named after a Celtic word that means whiteness, and according to an age-old Christian legend, the first lily “sprang from the tears of Eve as she went from Eden.”

The species we offer are easily grown in just about any garden of Eden with well drained soil and a sunny spot. Excellent as cut flowers, Lilies should be picked as soon as they open. In the fall, you can cut the stems back when the foliage turns brown, which allows the bulbs to store up much-needed nourishment.


Lilium candidum full sun  partial shade
Madonna Lily

Cultivated since 3000 B.C. and named by the poet Virgil, the stately Madonna Lily is considered the oldest domesticated flower. Amassing quite a reputation throughout the centuries, it possesses supposed healing powers, is utilized as a perfume component, and since the second century has been mystically associated with the Virgin Mary.

Referring to the splendid, heavenly scented steeples, candidum is Latin for “dazzling white.” Ten to twenty open, funnel-shaped blooms with gilded anthers are held at right angles to the stems, illuminating whorled, dark green foliage that’s appealing in its own right. Rarely without greenery as overwintering basal leaves appear by early autumn, Lilium candidum’s bulbs should be shallowly positioned away from too much sun in fertile, well drained, calcium-rich sites.

Hosting other noble companions like Thalictrum ‘Elin’ and Actaea ‘Atropurpurea’, this time-honored Lily easily dignifies the landscape or an arrangement.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 10"–15" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Lilium formosanum full sun  partial shade
Formosa Lily

With fragrant clusters of up to a dozen large, pure white, trumpet-shaped flowers perched atop towering stems, this magnificent Lily brings a strong presence and spectacular late season bloom to the perennial border. After the blossoms are spent, the dried stalks turn upward and add interest to the winter garden or in dried bouquets. For a truly dynamic presentation, combine with Rheum, Salvia confertiflora and your favorite tall growing Nepeta.

Blooms August.

Size: 6' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Lilium formosanum var. pricei full sun  partial shade
<i>Lilium formosanum</i> var. <i>pricei</i>

Shouldered on surprisingly short stems, full-size, long white trumpet-styled flowers with reddish purple backsides exude a heavenly aroma. Often blooming the first year from seed, this alpine form populates the mountains of Taiwan, and will make a luminous, smaller scale statement in your rockery or more intimate garden space.

Blooms August–September.

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


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Lilium martagon var. album full sun  partial shade

Stretching across Europe to Mongolia, the original Turk’s Cap, Lilium martagon inhabits a broader range than any other Lily. This variety’s tapered, luminous towers feature up to fifty waxy pendant flowers composed of strongly recurving pristine white petals. Anchored by whorled, lustrous deep green foliage, the heavily scented blooms look absolutely sublime when planted amid Stipa gigantea.

Blooms June – July.

Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 10"–15" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Lilium martagon var. rubrum full sun  partial shade  new plant

Donning an exotic turban-like appearance, nodding dark spotted, rosy violet flowers with thick curved back petals and pronounced yellow stamens embellish tall straight slender stems. The comely blooms that hummingbirds adore and everyone likes to cut reside above tiers of whorled dark green leaves. This stellar, easily grown European denizen favors enriched well-drained sites in a sunny border, garden bed or patio container.

Blooms June–July

Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 10"–15" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Lilium nepalense full sun  partial shade
Lily of Nepal
<i>Lilium nepalense</i>

Native to the Himalayas, from northern India to Nepal and Bhutan, this highly prized exotic lily offers a peerless, bicolored pageantry of large funnellike greenish yellow blooms with recurved petals and boldly etched reddish purple throats. As many as eight, gorgeous downward facing flowers crest each medium-sized stem, clad in dark green lance-shaped leaves

Native to the Himalayas, from northern India to Nepal and Bhutan, this highly prized exotic lily offers a peerless, bicolored pageantry of large funnellike greenish yellow blooms with recurved petals and boldly etched reddish purple throats. As many as eight, gorgeous downward facing flowers crest each medium-sized stem, clad in dark green lance-shaped leaves. Once established, the Lily of Nepal will spread by underground stolons that appreciate dappled shade and cool humus-rich soil.

Once established, the Lily of Nepal will spread by underground stolons that appreciate dappled shade and cool humus-rich soil.

Blooms July – August.

Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Lilium regale full sun  partial shade
Kings Lily
<i>Lilium regale</i>

More than a hundred years ago, the revered plant collector, E. H. Wilson happened upon droves of this aptly named Chinense native of western Szechwan, and was instantly smitten by its sheer beauty and “delicious perfume”.

White trumpet-shaped flowers showcase canary yellow throats, golden anthers and flipsides flushed with a deep mauve. The 5 in. wide and 6 in. long blossoms, numbering as many as 20 per stem, surmount gray-green stalks and lustrous spaced leaves.

The unrivaled Regal Lily has it all—it’s one of the first fragrant lilies to bloom and among the most heavenly scented, is vigorous, yet poised and is easy to grow.

Blooms July – August.

Size: 3' 0"–5' 0" high x 12"–15" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Liriope

Lilyturf

Liriope spicata ‘Silver Dragon’ full sun  partial shade
Variegated Lily Turf
<i>Liriope spicata</i> ‘Silver Dragon’

A classy low tufted clump of gleaming narrow green blades engraved by bright silver-white stripes distinguishes this fine textured grasslike perennial. Sprouting from underground rhizomes, varnished stiffly arching leaves support soft lavender blooms on erect flower spikes followed by black berries. A luminous choice for edging, the rockery and water side plantings, ‘Silver Dragon’ sculpts a disease resistant dwarf cover that remains evergreen in warmer locales, fends off deer and relishes moderate water, bright shade and protection from cold winter winds and hot sun.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 10"–15" high x 15"–18" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Lobelia

Lobelia

Cardinal Flower

In the dog days of August, just when the border is not looking so lively, this genus of colorful, stately selections rejuvenates the garden with spectacular leafy flowering spires, attracting crowds of eager hummingbirds. Perfect in meadow plantings, these sturdy herbaceous perennials appreciate a well drained site, a light winter mulching, rich, moist soils and partial shade in warm climates, except for Lobelia tupa and Lobelia laxiflora, which like it hot and on the dry side.


Lobelia ‘Grape Knee-Hi’ full sun  partial shade
Cardinal Flower
<i>Lobelia</i> ‘Grape Knee-Hi’

Have you grown weary of Lobelias, whose lovely blooms reside above a rather untidy base? If so, you may be interested in Dan Heim’s brilliant solution to this age-old challenge—a small-statured L. cardinalis and L. syphilitic backcross, known as ‘Grape Knee-Hi’. Painted with vibrant deep purple hues, the long lasting and freely flowering, tightset spikes crown upright stalks and good-looking compact foliage that stands on its own all season long.

Blooms July-August

Size: 2' 0" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Lobelia ‘La Fresco’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Lobelia</i> ‘La Fresco’

We have Thurman Maness to thank for this lovely cultivar, another cross between Lobelia cardinalis and Lobelia siphilitica. A dense tower of dusky plum flowers creates a pleasing blend of muted purples when planted with Verbena hastata and Astrantia ‘Lars’.

Blooms August–early October.

Size: 2-1/2'–3' 0" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Lobelia laxiflora full sun
Mexican Lobelia
<i>Lobelia laxiflora</i>

A lush-looking, bushy perennial capable of enduring considerable neglect, this impressive Lobelia plays host to festive bicolored blooms. Spreading by underground rhizomes, a close thicket of slender, yet sturdy, red-tinted stems strikingly set off narrow and lustrous, pointed green leaves that extend 2 to 4 in. Slim, 2 in. long red tubes are loosely clustered at shoot tips, while each bright-hued flower flares to reveal a sunny yellow throat.

Hailing from Arizona and Mexico, the Mexican Lobelia entices gardeners and hummingbirds alike with nectar-rich blossoms, can tolerate some shade, but looks its best in sunny, dry sites and has been reputed to possess anti-inflammatory alkaloids.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 2' 0"–2-1/2' high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 8.


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Lobelia siphilitica ‘White Candles’ full sun  partial shade

Dressed in a crisp snowy white, the profusely flowered tapers of this Lobelia stand in sharp relief to its dark green foliage. A newly selected form of our U.S. native, ‘White Candles’s small, compact stature keeps its lift all season, lending a clean and classic look, especially when partnered with Geranium ‘Orion’.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 18"–20" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.


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Lobelia tupa full sun
<i>Lobelia tupa</i>

The lushly tropical color scheme of this somewhat tender Chilean native is alluring. Cloaked in broad and pointed, pale green, felted foliage, each soaring, purple-tinged stem is crowned with a large, tapering raceme of warm, brick-red blossoms. From the swollen base of each flower, a clawlike lower lip curls under and a tuft of gray stamens extends upward.

A perennial of nearly monumental stature, associate Lobelia tupa with Melianthus, Muhlenbergia and Morina longifolia for a dynamic melange of color and shape in the border.

Blooms July–October.

Size: 6' 0"–8' 0" high x 3' 0"–4' 0" wide; hardy to zone 8.


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Lupinus

Lupinus

Lupine or Bluebonnet

Laden with tightset pealike blossoms, Lupine’s sweetly scented, 10 to 12 in. spikes tower above good-looking foliage. Radiating out, like the fingers of a hand, rich green leaves collect glistening beads of water with their silky hairs.

Developed by George Russell, an English plantsman, these stately, June blooming hybrids present one of the longest and most spectacular floral parades at that time. A lover of cool weather and moist, well drained soil, Bluebonnets detest hot, humid conditions, and look their best planted in groups. We cultivated the following Russell hybrids from seed.


Lupinus ‘Chandelier’ full sun
<i>Lupinus</i> ‘Chandelier’

Conjuring an incandescent, uplifting image, this Lupine’s dark blue-green foliage is brightened by luminous milky white and lemon-yellow columns of bloom.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 3-1/4' high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Lupinus ‘Noble Maiden’ full sun
<i>Lupinus</i> ‘Noble Maiden’

‘Noble Maiden’ lays claim to her name, featuring lofty towers of creamy white blossoms and deeply fingered foliage.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 3-1/4' high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Lupinus ‘The Chatelaine’ full sun

Cast in alluring pink and pearly white, this mistress presents a leafy foundation heightened by spires, not quite castle-size but still imposing!

Blooms May–June.

Size: 3-1/4' high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Lupinus ‘The Governor’ full sun
<i>Lupinus</i> ‘The Governor’

Proud banners of marine blue and ivory flowers are prominently displayed above the pleasing palmate foliage.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 3-1/4' high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Lupinus ‘The Pages’ full sun
<i>Lupinus</i> ‘The Pages’

Handsome, prominently segmented leaves etch a verdant support for the soaring flowery steeples warmed by feisty carmine-red hues.

Blooms May–June.

Size: 3-1/4' high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Lychnis

German Catchfly

A relative of Dianthus, the genus name of this low maintenance, easy-to-grow perennial comes from the Greek word lychos, meaning “lamp,” and it is clearly an attempt to describe the light that comes from the splendid-for-cutting flower clusters that can brighten any garden space.

Narrow, almost grasslike, green and often evergreen leaves form neat rosettes, while sticky stems earn the strange common name of “Catchfly.” Tolerant of poor soil and dry conditions, Lychnis captures plenty of attention when placed front and center along a pathway, in a crevice or atop a wall.


Lychnis coronaria ‘Alba’ full sun
Campion
<i>Lychnis coronaria</i> ‘Alba’

Soft as flannel, silver washed and wooly, the short petioled gray-green foliage crafts a stylish basal rosette that persists through the winter and beckons a touch each time we pass by. Wide branching stems clad in paired leaves wave quantities of solitary, 1 to 2 in. wheel-shaped blooms illuminated in pure white hues. Never fretting about poor dry soils and sometimes short-lived but readily reseeding, this composed southeast european native can be massed in the border for a superb pearly-hued punch with Phlox ‘David’s Lavender’ or slipped into the rockery.

Blooms July – September.

Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Lychnis viscaria ‘Feuer’ full sun
<i>Lychnis viscaria</i> ‘Feuer’

Bearing profuse clusters of fiery red, five-petaled blooms, this Lychnis species is splendid indeed. The vitality of the smouldering flowers against the tufts of cool green foliage offers an encore as other spring blossoms begin to fade.

Blooms May–June.

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


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Lychnis viscaria ‘Schnee’ full sun

Tidy grassy hummocks furnish an illuminated display of pure white flowers gathered in copious, nearly whorled, rounded heads on strong stems. For a refreshing small-scale vignette, pair these quintessential hues with Dianthus ‘Mendlesham Maid’ and Dracocephalum ‘Fuji White’.

Blooms May–June.

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


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Lysimachia

Loosestrife

According to William Cole’s Art of Simpling (1656), Loosestrife prevents oxen from fighting. Some say the name derives from a Greek word meaning “to dissolve strife.” What we could debate is whether form follows function, or vice versa, because this showy group is as hardy as it is attractive.

Some species are tall, others are low, but all are vigorous and easy to grow—so let them loose in cool, moist locations such as woodlands, bogs or waterside meadows. A varied group, each offers a unique foliage form.


Lysimachia clethroides full sun  partial shade
Gooseneck Loosestrife

Racemes arching like shooting stars, bursting into soft white flowers against a deep green galaxy of foliage, make graceful, upright Gooseneck the jewel of the woodland setting. It’s a toss-up between growing it for flowers or foliage, but either way, it’s a winner.

Blooms July–September.

Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high & spreading; hardy to zone 4.


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Lysimachia ephemerum full sun  partial shade
<i>Lysimachia ephemerum</i>

Lofty, narrow spikes of pearly white starlike flowers grace this hard-to-find European species. Non-invasive Lysimachia ephemerum grows in a clump, rather than spreading by runners like its more aggressive cousins. Joined at the base around sturdy, upright stems, the glaucous gray-green leaves are opposite and lanceolate in shape. An intriguing flower for arrangements, this Lysimachia’s soothing colors are a gentle match for Thalictrum flavum ssp. glaucum.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 4' 0"–5' 0" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 6.


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Lysimachia nummularia ‘Aurea’ partial shade  shade lover
Golden Creeping Jenny
<i>Lysimachia nummularia</i> ‘Aurea’

Native to Europe and Russia, Golden Creeping Jenny has naturalized in North America. Bearing tiny, bright yellow flowers, it creates a striking understory of round, golden foliage and, if planted at the edge of a pond, will reach into the water like rays of sunlight. For stunning contrast, place near plants with purple foliage.

Blooms April–September.

Size: 2" high & spreading; hardy to zone 5.


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Macleaya

Plume Poppy

Macleaya microcarpa ‘Kelway’s Coral Plume’ full sun  partial shade
<i>Macleaya microcarpa</i> ‘Kelway’s Coral Plume’

Equally at home in a cottage garden or a more formal setting, this commanding perennial manifests soft, easy-to-blend colors and a tall leafy presence. Quickly colonizing from a vigorous rootstock, sturdy upright stems are garbed with large, rounded and lobed foliage, gray-green on top, downy white below and cinnamon-hued come autumn. The two-toned leaves sparkle when the wind blows, while above thousands of tiny, copper-pink fluffy flowers converge on stiff slender branches, shaping light dreamy looking plumes. Relishing well drained soil, the Plume Poppy adds an architectural bent to a mixed planting of Sanguisorba ‘Red Thunder’, Euphorbia ‘Excalibur’ and Verbascum ‘Pink Domino’.

Blooms August – September.

Size: 5' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.


Macleaya microcarpa ‘Kelway’s Coral Plume’ (P-1528)
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Marrubium

Horehound

Our selections emphasize pearly flanneled leaves and tidy unflappable habits that readily acquiesce to hot, dry desolate sites. Well-drained soil ensures Horehound’s prosperity, while other drought tolerant plants such as Oregano, Thyme and Lavender make ideal companions.


Marrubium incanum full sun
<i>Marrubium incanum</i>

A stellar silvery perennial for the moonlit garden, this tough Mediterranean herb spotlights felted, scalloped and toothed gray-green leaves with white woolly undersides, staged beneath snowy whorled flowers.

Dry, well-drained niches make Horehound prosper, while other drought tolerant plants such as Oregano, Thyme and Lavender make ideal companions. Acquiescent to intense heat and otherwise unflappable, it also has medicinal uses, yielding an essential oil that exhibits strong antimicrobial properties

Blooms June – July.

Size: 16" high x 18"–20" wide; hardy to zone 6.


Marrubium incanum (P-1660)
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Marrubium rotundifolium full sun  new plant
Silverheels Horehound

Indigenous to Turkey’s dry, higher elevations, this energetic and drought tolerant perennial couples dashing silver-rimmed foliage with a brawny semievergreen habit. Small rounded gray-green leaves donning frosted undersides define the dense velvet-soft shimmering patch. A no-fuss tactile delight that cherishes lean well-drained soil, but detests hot humid summers, Silverheels Horehound can edge a path, cascade over a pot, spill down a slope or adorn the rockery.

Blooms June–July

Size: 4"–6" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Marrubium supinum full sun
<i>Marrubium supinum</i>

Soft-as-velvet, crinkle-edged and reminiscent of scallop shells, the diminutive rounded leaves are ash green on top and a fuzzy frosted celadon below. Tightset textural foliage and downy white stems weave a low, pearl-hued cushion-like mat that stages leafy flower stems with whorled, small rosy mauve blooms. Possessing an unwavering tenacity, this good-looking evergreen ground cover cavorts throughout southern Spain and northwest Africa, and can charm a niche in the rockery or along a path in your garden.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 10"–12" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 6.


Marrubium supinum (P-1765)
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Matteuccia

Matteuccia struthiopteris partial shade  shade lover
Ostrich Fern
<i>Matteuccia struthiopteris</i>

Long and arching, finely dissected fronds are distinguished by slender bases with broad midsections and dramatically tapered tips that evoke the elegance of an ostrich plume. Reputed to be a prized culinary delight melding asparagus and green bean flavors, fresh fiddleheads thrust upward in spring from spreading underground rhizomes, growing into dense, vase-shaped green clumps.

Hailing from the northern regions of North America, Europe and Asia, The Ostrich Fern’s erect deciduous form is dramatic en masse and prefers a cool, moist shady realm, abiding some drought once established and providing welcome seasonal cover for wildlife.

Size: 4' 0"–6' 0" high x 3' 0"–8' 0" wide; hardy to zone 3.


Matteuccia struthiopteris (F-0004)
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Melianthus

Honey Bush

Big, bold, blue and architectural pretty much sums up the fantastic posture of this quick growing South African native.


Melianthus major full sun
Honey Bush
<i>Melianthus major</i>

Big, bold, blue and architectural pretty much sums up the fantastic posture of this quick growing South African native. Deeply divided in an exotic feather-like fashion, the glaucous steely blue-green leaflets are sharply toothed, while gracefully curving downward. Erect and thick gray-green stems host the highly textured foliage that can grow up to 18 in. long and makes an enduring addition to arrangements. Elevated above the tropical-style foundation, intriguing one ft. long terminal spikes showcase deep brick-red bracts with green stamens, later followed by ornamental papery seed pods.

Evergreen in warmer climates and choice for a container in colder areas, the Honey Bush grows into a spreading subshrub, sculpting a dramatic specimen if given room to move, average moisture, well drained soil and a heavy winter mulch.

Blooms March–August.

Size: 8' 0"–10' 0" high x 6' 0"–8' 0" wide; hardy to zone 9.


Melianthus major (P-0894)
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Melianthus major ‘Antonow’s Blue’ full sun

Big, bold, blue and architectural pretty much sums up the fantastic posture of this Melianthus selection named after Seattle plantsman Steve Antonow.

Deeply divided in an exotic featherlike fashion, the glaucous, nearly iridescent, blue leaflets are prominently toothed, while gracefully curving downward. Erect and thick, gray-green stems infused with rosy purple hues host the highly textured foliage that can grow up to 18 in. long, making an enduring addition to arrangements. Elevated above the tropical-style foundation, intriguing one ft. long terminal spikes showcase deep brick-red bracts with green stamens, later followed by ornamental papery seed pods.

Evergreen in warmer climates and choice for a container in colder areas, the Honey Bush grows into a spreading subshrub, sculpting a dramatic, quick growing specimen if given room to move, average moisture, well drained soil and a heavy winter mulch.

Blooms June–August.

Size: 6' 0" high x 6' 0" wide. Zone 7/8.


Melianthus major ‘Antonow’s Blue’ (P-1390)
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Monarda

Wild Bergamot/Beebalm

This genus was named after Dr. Nicolas Monardes, a Spanish physician whose Joyfull Newes Out of the New Founde Worlde was the first book to be published about the flora of the Americas. A summer blooming member of the Mint family, everything about this plant is intriguing.

Excellent in arrangements, its jaunty whorls of Sage-like blossoms and decorative bracts attract butterflies and hummingbirds while holding our interest even in winter. Lining erect and robust stems, its opposite leaves are deliciously scented.

An engaging addition to the border or a meadow setting, Bergamot offers a pleasing contrast to the more undefined forms of the garden, as well as to the linear aspect of grasses. Happiest in moist, fertile soil, Monarda’s dense clump needs to be divided every 2 to 3 years. The following cultivars exhibit excellent resistance to powdery mildew.

Zone 3/4.


Monarda bradburiana full sun  partial shade

A central U.S. inhabitant, this superlative small-statured Monarda champions some admirable traits: early blooming flowers, deer and mildew resistance plus a well-behaved slow spreading habit. Short steadfast stems forge a clump characterized by spiffy grayish green-scented foliage and grand dense pinkish lavender globes of purple speckled two-lipped flowers, which reside upon violet-infused leafy bracts. Captivating bees and butterflies, the festooned flowers sustain their intrigue as they morph into dried seed heads.

Blooms May–July

Size: 12"–2' 0" high x 12"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.


Monarda bradburiana (P-1889)
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Monarda x ‘Coral Reef’ full sun  partial shade

Celebrating a sassy mop of brilliant coral pink blooms, this new must-have selection comes from the Morden Breeding Program in Manitoba, Canada. ‘Coral Reef’s whorled Salvia-like flowers sport prominent green centers and green bracts, while its tidy, more compact habit is similar to ‘Marshall’s Delight’.

Slightly polished dark green foliage sets off the hot floral presentation that can be sprinkled near Penstemon ‘Blue Midnight’ and Eryngium ‘Big Blue’ for an energetic combination. (pp#16,741)

Blooms June – August.

Size: 2-1/2'–3' 0" high x 15" wide. Zone 3/4.


Monarda x ‘Coral Reef’ (P-1661)
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Monarda didyma ‘Jacob Cline’ full sun
<i>Monarda didyma</i> ‘Jacob Cline’

Deemed by many gardeners to be “the best red,” this showy Monarda was discovered way down south growing along Georgia’s Blue Ridge Parkway. Cloaked in rich dark green leaves, its tall sturdy stems stage a blazon display of large, red, tufted flowers poised on dark maroon leafy bracts.

Blooms late June–September.

Size: 4' 0"–5' 0" high x 15" wide. Zone 3/4.


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Monarda didyma ‘Grand Marshall’ full sun  partial shade  new plant

Developed by an agricultural breeding program in Morden, Manitoba, this exceptional new introduction volunteers plenty of large, shaggy vivid-hued fuchsia-purple blooms above a midsized highly mildew-resistant foundation. The nectar-rich, perfect-for-cutting flowers entice all sorts of pollinators, while attractive pointed dark green leaves waft a mint aroma. Best grown in fertile moisture-retentive soil, ‘Grand Marshall’ can grace a perennial border, cottage garden or meadow-like planting with Phlox and Molinia. (PP#19,582)

Blooms June–August

Size: 2' 0"–2-1/2' high x 10"–15" wide; hardy to zone 3.


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Monarda ‘Purple Rooster’ full sun

Selected from a patch of didyma seedlings, this richly hued 2009 introduction by David Nedvect of the Flower Factory reflects his fondness for roosters. ‘Purple Rooster’ clearly lives up to its name, strutting large long blooming flowers bathed in the truest royal purple shades imaginable. The hard-to-beat floral splendor holds court atop staunch stems that are lined with clean mildew-resistant, mint-scented foliage.

Blooms June-August

Size: 3' 0" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.


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Monarda ‘Raspberry Wine’ partial shade

Awarded top honors at a recent Chicago Botanical Garden trial that included nearly 40 other Monarda varieties, ‘Raspberry Wine’ will be a winner in your garden as well. Its upright stand of strong leafy stems gives way to long blooming flowers flaunting fanciful tops, each delicately perfumed and saturated with vibrant wine-red hues.

Blooms June – August.

Size: 2-1/2'–3' 0" high x 15" wide. Zone 3/4.


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Monarda x ‘Violet Queen’ full sun

Crowning red-tinged bracts, this Monarda’s vivid lavender-violet flowers will reign in your garden. Its downy soft, grayish green foliage makes a pleasing, fragrant base for the colorful and curved, tubular blooms.

Blooms June – August.

Size: 2-1/2'–3' 0" high x 15" wide. Zone 3/4.


Monarda x ‘Violet Queen’ (P-1128)
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Morina


Morina longifolia full sun
Himalayan Whorlflower
<i>Morina longifolia</i>

This Himalayan native is full of delicacy and strength. Its prickly, aromatic foliage appears beneath pagodalike towers of jade green buds and white tubular florets. Eventually, the flowers turn rose-colored and then crimson. When the blossoms are spent, the standing green stems are perfect for dried arrangements.

Blooms June–August.

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


Morina longifolia (P-0497)
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Muehlenbeckia

Creeping Wire Vine


Muehlenbeckia axillaris ‘Nana’ full sun  partial shade

Native to Australia and New Zealand, Creeping Wire Vine features miniature dark green glossy foliage and wiry copper-hued stems topped by intriguing translucent fruit with black seeds. The dapper oval-shaped leaves are closely set, broadcasting bronzed foliar shades during hot spells or frosty weather. In addition to its innate good looks, this versatile small-scale ground cover vaunts a rugged constitution that withstands foot traffic, drought and salt spray, flourishes in sun or shade and sustains a tidy easy-care appearance all season long. Muehlenbeckia a. ‘Nana’ makes the perfect semievergreen choice for well-drained tight spaces like the rockery or between pavers and spilling from a container plus softening garden pathways.

Size: 2' 0"–4' 0" high x 9"–12" wide. Zone 5/6.


Muehlenbeckia axillaris ‘Nana’ (P-1847)
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Mukdenia

Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasuba’ partial shade
Crimson Fans
<i>Mukdenia rossii</i> ‘Karasuba’

Sauntering along the rocky slopes and ravines of Korea, China and Manchuria, this hardy Heuchera relative crafts an easily grown compact ground cover that’s bold, lustrous and well-mannered. Spring brings branched panicles of dainty white, bell-shaped flowers on tall, bare and slender stems. Come summer, the large, rounded Maple-like green leaves acquire bronzy maroon tinges near their tips. Cool autumn weather sparks intense crimson red hues that slowly move inward, eventually transforming the entire deciduous leaf into a blaze of glory.

‘Karasuba’ spreads by slowly creeping rhizomes, prospers in moist rich soil and appreciates ample shade during hot humid summers.

Blooms April – May.

Size: 12"–16" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.


Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasuba’ (P-1662)
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