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These plants can take wet feet and never complain making them the perfect choice for bogs and consistently moist to wet areas.
 

Airbrush Effect Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus x 'Airbrush Effect' PP 29295

Large 8"+ wide pink flowers with overlapping petals 'airbrushed' with white extending to near the middle of the flowers and with a deep red eye are produced over an extended period beginning in late spring to summer (depending on your zone) and flowering into fall. Airbrush Effect Perennial or Hardy Hibiscus is an 'indeterminate' flowering selection meaning that it flowers over a longer period than older cultivars. This is a compact 3-4'H x 4-5'W plant with rich green foliage well suited to moist sunny sites in the garden and landscape. Provide a moderately fertile soil to help encourage vigorous growth and flowering. Image courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11710

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-5'W
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American Elderberry, Common Elderberry

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis, S. canadensis

Huge flat clusters of tiny white flowers are followed by a heavy crop of shiny black fruit. The American Elderberry is a large growing native deciduous shrub whose cooked fruit and flowers are used to create healthy and delicious confections, syrup, jelly, wine and more. The nectar rich flower clusters host a wide variety of pollinators and its ripe fruit is sure to attract a host of bird species. Elderberries are dioecious, both male and female at the same time, and may be semi-self fertile but it is best to plant at least two for cross pollination and the heaviest crops. Item #10657

Grows To: 6-12'H x 6-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Broad rich red falls are centered by starkly contrasting golden yellow signals on a vigorous Iris growing to about 3' high. Ann Chowning is an award winning Iris receiving the Mary Swords DeBaillon Medal, the highest award a Louisiana Iris can receive from the American Iris Society. Provide Louisiana Irises with a moist to average moist to moderately wet site for the best results in a mostly sunny position. Item# 11302 

Grows To: 30-36"H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Lightly fragrant golden orange to yellow flowers are produced in large spike-like inflorescences throughout the summer on this vigorous Hawaiian hybrid. The 4-5' high stems are adorned with large medium green tropical foliage. The flowers of Anne Bishop Ginger attract hummingbirds and other pollinators and also make beautiful cut flowers. Multiplies readily but not invasively. Provide a moist rich soil for the best results. Item# 10964

Grows To: 4-5'H
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Filtered shade, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Deep sapphire blue falls have a triangular patch of brightly contrasting primrose yellow that is outlined in near black with deep blue standards. The lightly fragrant flowers of Beale Street Louisiana Iris may be produced anytime between March and May on this vigorous medium to large Louisiana Iris. Multiplies readily in average garden soils, moist to wet soils, or can be set in water gardens where the container is just below the water's surface. Flowers in our gardens in early to midseason. Item# 11263

Grows To: 36-42"H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Black Coral Giant Elephant Ears

Colocasia 'Black Coral' PP 23896

Remember how Elephant Ears were considered invasive? Guess what? This one is not! From the Royal Hawaiian series of Colocasias comes Black Coral, a tightly clump forming, cold hardy perennial with a great "Tropical" effect in the garden or in containers. The large three foot plus, almost heart-shaped, tropical foliage of Black Coral Elephant Ears is a glossy dark black that sits atop black stems and is sure to make a statement! Item# 11272
 
 

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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This multiple award winning Louisiana Iris produces large velvety deep purple falls and deep purple signals with a narrow golden line down the center of each one late in the season. Black Gamecock Louisiana Iris is a vigorous and understandably popular selection with excellent vigor that multiplies readily in moist to wet soils. The fans of green sword shaped foliage reaches 3-4' high on mature plants at the peak of the growing season. Provide Louisiana Irises with a moist to average moist to moderately wet site for the best results in a mostly sunny position. Black Gamecock has won the RHS Award of Garden Merit and the 1986 Mary Swords DeBallion AIS Award (the highest award exclusive only to Louisiana Iris in the AIS). Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11939

Grows To: 24-30"H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Black Sapphire Gecko™ Elephant Ears

Colocasia 'Black Sapphire Gecko' PP 27966

The large almost mirror-like shiny black foliage seemingly irridesces to blues and silvers depending on the angle that you view it at creating an unusual effect and the foliage also has undersides in maroon shades. Black Sapphire Gecko™  Elephant Ears is a clump-forming introduction with large foliage and a vigorous habit whose dark colors are sure to contrast nicely with surrounding plants. These tropical perennials prefer moist soils but otherwise can be used as container plants, garden perennials, and in bog or water garden settings where it can be submerged up to 2" deep. Image courtesy of Ag3, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12041
 

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7B,8,9,10,11,(7A?)
Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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Black Truffle Cardinal Flower, Lobelia

Lobelia cardinalis 'Black Truffle' PP 25687

Noted for its dark chocolate to maroon colored foliage, in summer Black Truffle Lobelia produces tall dark spikes of deep true red tubular flowers that are truly a hummingbird's delight. Combine this beauty with chartreuse elephant ears or other light colored moisture loving plants for a wonderful contrast. Black Truffle Cardinal Flower is a hybrid selection with Lobelia cardinalis parentage which by some accounts is considered to be the most beautiful of North America's red flowered species. Provide consistently moist to wet sites, such as a bog garden, for full sun conditions as well as the deepest foliage coloration. Image courtesy of Plants Nouveau, all rights reserved. Item# 11705

Grows To: 30-48"H x 16-24"W space at about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: *Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade
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Sturdy spikes of brilliant blue to lavender-blue, two-lipped flowers are borne for an exceptionally long period in late summer and into fall on this hardy, native, clump-forming perennial. Suitable for consistently moist to wet soils. The Blue Cardinal Flower is enjoyed by hummingbirds, butterflies, and an variety of other pollinators as well as making a beautiful cut flower. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 10159.

Grows To: 2-3'H x 1-2'W, space about 1' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun (moist-wet soils), Morning sun, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Blue Ice Bluestar

Amsonia 'Blue Ice'

With some of the deepest blue flowers of any Amsonia and a consistently compact habit, Blue Ice has become one of the most popular Bluestar cultivars on the market. The clusters of deep blue, starry flowers open from deep violet buds and will be sure to brighten any spring garden. Yellow fall color adds to its interest. Bluestars are pest, disease, and deer resistant perennials that are considered to be somewhat drought resistant once well-established. Item# 10652.

Grows To: 12-24"H x 24-36"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Blue Mistflower, Wild Ageratum, Hardy Ageratum, Blue Boneset

Conoclinium coelestinum, Eupatorium coelestinum

Flat topped clusters of bluish-purple Ageratum-like flowers are born atop sturdy stems in summer and sometimes into fall. Blue Mistflower is a rhizomatous colonizing native perennial that may be best suited to naturalistic settings or among larger growing plants as a tall groundcover. Excellent for pollinators, particularly native bees. Item# 10458.

 

Grows To: 18-30"H x spreading, space at 8-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Small clusters of 3 petaled purple flowers sit atop smooth sturdy blue green stems on this clump forming native perennial that begins flowering in early spring and may continue well into mid-summer. Ohio Spiderwort provides nectar to long-tongued bees and other pollinators and is an easy to grow clump forming perennial well-suited to naturalistic gardens and wildflower meadows. It is found naturally throughout the central and eastern US and is somewhat drought resistant once well-established. Item# 11186

Grows To: 20-30"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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The Blue Selection of the Great Blue Lobelia produces loads of short dense spikes of consistently blue flowers all in a compact neat flowering form that is suitable for containers or in the garden and landscape. The summer flowers of the Blue Cardinal Flower are utilized by bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and a variety of other pollinators. It also makes an easy addition to cut flower arrangements. Lobelia siphilitica is typically happiest in full to mostly sunny sites with moist, well-drained soils. Item# 11977

Grows To: 20-30"H x 12-18"W, space about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun (moist-wet soils), Morning sun, Light shade
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Blueberry Fair Siberian Iris

Iris x 'Blueberry Fair'

An award winning Siberian Iris, Blueberry Fair produces large flowers composed of deep violet-blue falls with contrasting white signals and slightly lighter blue standards produced on sturdy 3-4' stems in late spring to early summer. Blueberry Fair Siberian Iris is a clump forming rhizomatous perennial with upright to arching narrow deep green foliage that provides grass-like motion and interest even when the plants are not in flower. Provide Siberian Iris with an average moist to consistently moist moderately fertile soil and they can be planted near ponds, streams, and bog gardens as well as in average moist garden and landscape settings. They generally keep the best looking foliage where they have reliable access to moisture during the growing season. Blueberry Fair is the 2004 winner of the AIS Morgan Wood Medal (the highest award given exclusively to Siberian Iris by the AIS) and the Award of Garden Merit by the RHS Society. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11940

Grows To: 24-36"H space at 12-18" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Blueberry's Baby Spiderwort

Tradescantia 'Blueberry's Baby'

1-1/2" wide deep indigo blue 3-petaled flowers with brightly contrasting yellow stamens sit atop 18-24" high sturdy stems beginning in early to midspring and continuing until early to midsummer (earlier in warmer climates and later in cooler climates) atop a dense mound of dark blue-green foliage. Blueberry's Baby Spiderwort appears to be a vigorous seedling of 'Blueberry Sundae' that volunteered itself in our gardens. This is most likely a Tradescantia x andersoniana hybrid and is bigger in all regards as compared to Ohio Spiderwort. The flowers of Spiderworts attract bees and the occassional butterfly and are super easy clump forming garden perennials. Add them to mixed borders and naturalistic settings and they also make easy and low maintenance container plants. Item# 11950

Grows To: 18-30"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Buttonbush, Button Willow, Honey Bells

Cephalanthus occidentalis

Lightly honey scented, white to cream, tight ball-like flower clusters are produced on new growth in late spring and summer and attract an array of butterflies, bees, and other garden beneficials. The Buttonbush is a vigorous, medium-sized to large growing, deciduous shrub that does best in consistently moist soils with most of a day of sunlight. A moderate to severe annual pruning of established plants in late winter helps to promote fuller plants and the most flowers. Item# 9247.

Grows To: 6-12'+H x 4-8'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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2-3' high spikes of glowing scarlet tubular flowers are produced in late spring or summer on this US native wildflower. A rosette forming herbaceous perennial to biennial, the Red Cardinal Flower is commonly found along stream banks, marshes, and bogs and will perform well in average to wet garden soils. Attracts hummingbirds and other pollinators. Item # 1217.

Grows To: 18-36''H x 12''W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Light shade, *Part sun, *Full sun

Chadd's Ford Fragrant Lady's Tresses Orchid, Marsh Lady's Tresses

Spiranthes odorata 'Chadd's Ford', S. cernua var. odorata

Sturdy spiraling spikes of fragrant white two-lipped tubular flowers are held above the low rosettes of foliage in late summer. Fragrant or Marsh Lady's Tresses are native to the woodlands of the eastern half of the US and Chadd's Ford is an exceptionally robust selection producing larger flowers as well as spikes that may reach 2' high. This is a slowly multiplying hardy perennial suitable for moist soils to bogs. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 10166.

Grows To: 18-24''H x 12-16''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Up to 6" wide, fragrant, slightly rounded, white flower clusters arch away from their structure on semi-lax stems showing off numerous small white flowers that attract bees and butterflies. The dark green glossy foliage creates a strong contrast to the brilliant white flowers. This native Climbing Hydrangea is typically found growing where soils are consistently moist in shaded to filtered shade conditions. It is a hardy deciduous woody vine that uses a multitude of rootlets along its stems to grab onto structures for support and may be used as a groundcover as well. Only mature vertical growing stems produce the new growth that creates the early to midsummer flowering stems. A west central Louisiana selection. Item# 11080

Grows To: 20-40'H
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Shade, Filtered shade, Cool morning sunlight
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The large blue flowers are accented by contrasting golden yellow signals and are produced in midseason on a vigorous and easy to grow plant that reaches about 3' high. Clyde Redmond is an award winning Louisiana Iris that was named the 1974 Debaillon Award, the highest award given to any Louisiana Iris. Provide Louisiana Irises with a moist to average moist to moderately wet site for the best results in a full to mostly sunny position. In average moist sites consider providing midday or filtered shade. Louisiana Iris make easy additions to bog gardens and along ponds, lakes, or other consistently moist sites. Item# 12032

Grows To: 24-36"H
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Common Boneset

Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum

Large flattened clusters composed of numerous dainty white flowers sit atop sturdy stems with medium green softly quilted pairs of leaves that are connected at their bases and looking as though they are 'perforated' (thus the 'perfoliatum' in the botanical name) by the furry stems. Common Boneset is a clump-forming late summer to early fall flowering perennial native to much of the central and eastern US. The flowers attract a variety of smaller pollinators. The united pairs of leaves led herbalists to believe that this plant would help with broken bones. Common Boneset can be found growing along the edges of bogs and moist areas but is also tolerant of average moist soils where it receives shade during the hottest part of the day. Item# 11729

Grows To: *2-3'(-6'+)H x 1-2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade

Correll's False Dragonhead is a rare but wonderful, seemingly more refined garden species that is as vigorous as it is beautiful. The dense spikes of purplish-pink, tubular, often speckled, flowers are held atop sturdy, 3' high stems in summer. Like most other Physostegias, Correll's False Dragonhead does spread by large rhizomes even in average soils. The leaves of this species are toothed, widest in the middle, sessile, and are almost always a rich dark green. Item# 10236.

Grows To: 3-7'H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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This native perennial Hibiscus boasts large 6-8" wide typically white but occassionally pink flowers with a dark burgundy eye. The Crimson-Eyed Rosemallow, Hibiscus moscheutos, is common in moist and wet areas as the name implies but is tolerant of average moist garden soils but may require extra moisture during dry spells. This is a vigorous and hardy native perennial that can reach 5-7' high but is more commonly found at 4'. The foliage may be used as a butterfly caterpillar host by Hairstreaks, Blues, Coppers, and others. Hibiscus moscheutos is one of the main species used in breeding of the large dinner plate-sized Hardy or Perennial Hibiscus cultivars. Item# 9399

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 5,6,7,8,9,10 (mulch in 5,6,7,8)
Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Airbrush Effect Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus x 'Airbrush Effect' PP 29295

Large 8"+ wide pink flowers with overlapping petals 'airbrushed' with white extending to near the middle of the flowers and with a deep red eye are produced over an extended period beginning in late spring to summer (depending on your zone) and flowering into fall. Airbrush Effect Perennial or Hardy Hibiscus is an 'indeterminate' flowering selection meaning that it flowers over a longer period than older cultivars. This is a compact 3-4'H x 4-5'W plant with rich green foliage well suited to moist sunny sites in the garden and landscape. Provide a moderately fertile soil to help encourage vigorous growth and flowering. Image courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11710

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun
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