Sisyrinchium

This genus in the Iris family includes the familiar wildfloweres Blue-eyed Grass and Yellow-Eyed Grass.

Endemic to damp open woods, fields and slopes throughout the eastern and southeastern U.S., this unusual white blooming form of the more commonly known, Blue-Eyed Grass was kindly given to us by grass aficionado, John Greenlee. Perfect for cut arrangements, delicate 6-petaled starry blossoms with golden eyes illuminate attractive loosely arranged flower clusters rising on winged branching stalks. The neat foot long green leaves compose a compact Iris-like tuft that prefers well-drained sufficiently moist crannies, favors being divided every 2 or 3 years and looks best when massed in cottage gardens, native plant settings, border fronts and rockeries./p>

Blooms May–June

Size: 12" – 18" high x 6" – 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

<i>Sisyrinchium striatum</i>

Native to Chile, this elegant member of the Iris family is notable for its creamy multitudes of pale yellow blooms; each is centered with a deep buttery colored eye, and the back of each petal has a pronounced purple stripe—hence the epithet “striatum.” The slender flowering stems arise from erect, evergreen clumps of spiky green-gray leaves that extend to 18 in. Set off Yellow Blue-Eyed Grass with the dark, leafy foliage of Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

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

Helianthus ‘Sheila’s Sunshine - P-0461

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

Persicaria ‘Summer Dance’ - P-1312

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

Selinum wallichianum - P-1406

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

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

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