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Missouri Botanic Gardens Plants of Merit

From the Missouri Botanic Gardens website: "Plants of Merit are plants selected for their outstanding quality and dependable performance for the lower Midwest. They grow consistently well in Missouri, central and southern Illinois, and the Kansas City Metro area." Minimum requirements to earn the Plants of Merit award are: "Easy to grow and maintain; Not known to be invasive in our area; Resistant or tolerant to diseases and insects; Has outstanding ornamental value; Reasonably available to purchase". To learn more about the MBG Plants of Merit visit the Missouri Botanic Gardens website. Not only does their website offer these award winning selections it also has an enormous and detailed plant database with excellent information for both gardeners and professionals alike!

 

Oakleaf Hydrangea (Seedlings)

Hydrangea quercifolia (seedlings)

The Oakleaf Hydrangea produces large white conical flower heads with large white sterile florets. The flowers are long lasting and fade through shades of pink and change to buff colors in the fall. The large unusual oak-leaf shaped, soft new foliage is somewhat olive green in spring, matures to a medium green and changes to reds, oranges, and purples in fall. Winter shows off the Oakleaf Hydrangeas peeling buff and coppery colored bark and tiny buds which look like praying hands at the tips of the stems. A native of the southeastern US, these are seedlings and so the number and size of sterile florets, overall flower size, and mature plant size may vary slightly from the image shown, the image provided is an example only. Item#11081

Grows To: 6-12'H x 6-12'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade

October Skies Aromatic Aster

Symphyotrichum oblongifolium 'October Skies', Aster oblongifolius 'October Skies'

Masses of 1" yellow-eyed bluish purple daisies absolutely cover this plant for weeks in late summer and fall. October Skies Aster is a low mounding perennial that develops into a compact shrub-like plant by flowering time. Excellent fall color for the garden as well as drought tolerance and pest and disease resistance make this an excellent addition to the perennial or wildflower border. Item# 9913.

Grows To: 18-24"H x 24-30"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun
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Ogon Thunberg's Spirea, Japanese Spirea

Spiraea thunbergii 'Ogon'

Need a plant to liven up the greens in your garden? Beautiful, soft textured, yellow, willow-like foliage on a softly mounding upright to arching shrub. Orange to purple fall color. Single white baby's breath flowers are borne in spring. Tough and durable with moderate drought resistance once well established. item# 3016.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Pawpaw

Asimina triloba

3-5" green-yellow fruit with banana custard-like flavor, some say they are best after being frozen. Produces fragrant purple flowers in spring. A small native, normally understory tree, and is the caterpillar host plant of the Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly. Seedling grown. Plant two different varieties or seedlings for pollination. Item# 786.

Grows To: 20'H x 20'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, AM sun in S regions
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Plains Coreopsis, Golden Tickseed

Coreopsis tinctoria

The golden yellow petals of this Coreopsis are typically marked with red to near maroon at the base of the petals creating a nicely contrasting dark ring in the center of the flowers. Plains Coreopsis or Golden Tickseed is an annual to short-lived perennial native species with fine deep green foliage and an open airy texture to the plant overall. The flowers are borne singly and in loose clusters over an extended period with the main flowering in spring and summer but this species may be found in flower during any of the warmer months of the year. This native readily reseeds and makes a good addition to naturalized areas like meadows and prairies. The flowers attract a variety of pollinators including bees, seeds are utilized by songbirds and other fauna, and Plains Coreopsis is used as a cut flower. Tolerant of a wide range of soil types but generally prefers a moist soil. Item# 11621

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: Annual suitable for zones 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
Grows To: 12-30''H x 10-16''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sun

Masses of 3/4" two-lipped tubular purple flowers with a yellow dotted white bee-guide are produced over an extended period in late winter through spring and into summer atop the low evergreen foliage. Purple Creeping Mazus is a low spreading perennial suited for use as a spiller in containers, a groundcover, in or around rain gardens, and for planting between stepping stones and pavers. It can also tolerate periodic light foot traffic. A Missouri Botanic Garden Plant of Merit award winner for its proven durability and reliability in average garden settings it is surprisingly hardy as well as evergreen. The low stems root wherever they touch the soil and the flowers attract bees and other pollinators. Item# 501

 

Grows To: 1-2" high space about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Part shade, AM sun, Mostly sunny, Full sun
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Purple Heart Jew

Tradescantia pallida 'Purpurea', T. pallida, Setcresea purpurea

Purple Heart Jew produces dark purplish-red, thick succulent foliage in a moderately dense mass. This is a heat and drought resistant cold hardy perennial that is as well suited to the garden and landscape as it is spilling from containers. Summer brings sporadic rich pink flowers, though it is mostly grown for its foliage. The foliage coloration tends to be darkest when grown in a full to partly sunny location. An easy and reliable perennial groundcover and indoor or patio plant. Item# 575

Grows To: 8''H and spreading, space at 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Purple Showers Mexican Petunia, Desert Petunia, Florida Bluebells, Mexican Bluebells

Ruellia simplex 'Purple Showers', R. brittoniana, R. tweediana

The large 2" deep bluish-purple trumpets are born freely from summer to fall on upright to arching burgundy stems with deep bronzy green glossy foliage. Purple Showers Mexican Petunia is sterile and so it can spend more energy on an endless supply of beautiful purple trumpets instead of adding unwanted seedlings to the garden. It does spread via rhizomes creating a tall ground covering mass of foliage and stems. This wonderful and vigorous selection produces larger flowers and foliage than other Mexican Petunias. Item# 9841

Grows To: 30-40"H x 12-18"W space at about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Clusters of purple flowers that sit atop tall airy stems are produced over an extended period beginning in mid to late spring or early summer, depending on your cold hardiness zone. Purple-Top Vervain has long been a popular heirloom whether grown as a short-lived perennial or as an annual. Its flowers are popular with pollinators including bees, butterflies, and the occassional hummingbird. An excellent choice for the back of the perennial border or in cottage garden settings. Easy in any sunny garden setting. Purple-Top Vervain is both a Missouri Botanic Gardens Plant of Merit and a Royal Horticulture Society Award of Garden Merit winner. Item# 9405

Grows To: 3-4'H x 18-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Red Buckeye, Red Horse Chestnut

Aesculus pavia, A. splendens

Large spikes of deep red tubular flowers touched with yellow seem to be timed with the arrival of the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds. The Red Buckeye is typically a medium to large growing deciduous shrub that is adaptable to a variety of soil conditions although it will grow and flower best in full sun it is also tolerant of some shade. This tough little native begins flowering at a young age and is easy to grow and establish. Moderately drought resistant once well-established with few pests and diseases. Item# 10378.

Grows To: 8-12'H x 5-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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The show starts in early summer and may last nearly until the first frost with this reliable and fragrant Garden Phlox. It produces large domed clusters of bright purplish pink flowers on tall sturdy stems with mildew resistant, deep green foliage. Phlox is adored by butterflies and hummingbirds alike! Robert Poore is one of only a handful of Garden Phlox cultivars recommended for southern gardens by noted Texas plantsman Greg Grant. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 10161

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Ruby Glow Pentas, Egyptian Star Cluster

Pentas lanceolata 'Ruby Glow'

One of the darkest red Pentas on the market! Ruby Glow produces large clusters of deep brilliant red star-shaped flowers that are borne from spring to frost on this large growing Penta. An excellent choice for butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators, Pentas flower from spring to frost. Use them in mass in beds or in containers. Great for hot sunny positions but will also tolerate part sun as well. Item# 10167.
 

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9B,10,(9? with protection)
Grows To: 24-36''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Russian Sage

Perovskia atriplicifolia

Spikes of light blue tubular flowers are borne from summer to fall atop the softly textured blue-gray foliage of this 1995 Perennial Plant of the Year. Russian Sage is an upright to spreading durable, drought and deer resistant shrub-like perennial that is tolerant of poor soils and requires minimal care once established in the landscape. This member of the mint family is almost continuously visited by a variety of pollinators when in flower but bees seem to especially relish its rewards. Not a true Salvia as most Sages are but the foliage is distinctly fragrant never the less. Item# 10805.

Grows To: 3-5'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sun
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Silky Red Butterfly Weed, Mexican Butterflyweed

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Red'

Vibrant yellow and red flowers are borne from Spring to frost on an upright to spreading perennial. Raise Monarch Butterflies in your own backyard! The Monarchs migrate through our area just as the Asclepias begin to awaken in spring, just in time for the females to lay their eggs on the new growth.Item # 3078.

Grows To: 4'H x 2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Silky Red Butterfly Weed, Mexican Butterflyweed

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Red'

Vibrant yellow and red flowers are borne from Spring to frost on an upright to spreading perennial. Raise Monarch Butterflies in your own backyard! The Monarchs migrate through our area just as the Asclepias begin to awaken in spring, just in time for the females to lay their eggs on the new growth.Item # 12088

Grows To: 4'H x 2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Solid yellow blooms are borne from spring to fall on this vigorous and fast growing upright perennial. Raise Monarch Butterflies in your own backyard! The Monarchs migrate through our area just as the Asclepias begin to awaken in spring, just in time for the females to lay their eggs on the new growth. item # 643.

Grows To: 4-5'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Snowbank Boltonia, False Aster, White Doll's Daisy

Boltonia asteroides var. latisquama 'Snowbank'

In mid and late summer hundreds of white daisies with a yellow eye are produced in large clusters nearly hiding the smooth, narrow, bluish green foliage. Snowbank Boltonia is a prized, somewhat compact selection of this easy to grow native wildflower introduced by the New England Wildlflower Society. Provide a full to mostly sunny position for the fullest sturdiest plants and an average moist well-drained soil. Pinching in late spring or early summer will help to promote branching and sturdier plants. The flowers of Snowbank Boltonia provide nectar to a variety of smaller pollinators especially bees. Item# 10990

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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Stars & Stripes Pentas, Egyptian Star Cluster

Pentas lanceolata 'Stars & Stripes'

Vivid red 3" bloom clusters are borne atop the green, cream, and white variegated foliage from spring to fall on this very attractive upright to rounded shrub-like perennial. The beautiful Stars and Stripes Pentas is another wonderful plant selection made by noted horticulturist and author Greg Grant. Item# 991.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9B,10,(9? with protection)
Grows To: 30''H x 30''W and larger in mild climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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The tall sturdy spikes of this Liatris quickly develop white pearl-like buds that open to clusters of lavender flowers. No staking is required for this beautiful native clump-forming cormous perennial. Plant it at the back of the border in small to large groupings for a wonderful effect and the butterflies will love you for it as well. Item# 9866.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Tangerine Beauty Cross Vine

Bignonia capreolata 'Tangerine Beauty', Anisostichus capreolata, Doxantha capreolata

A show stopper! Tangerine Beauty Cross Vine produces a huge mass of 2" orange trumpets with yellow throats in late spring with some blooms throughout summer on well-established vines. An easily grown and vigorous clinging native evergreen vine that can easily grow up masonry, tree bark, or other structures without support.Cross Vines are a low maintenance choice for fences, posts, and large trellises. The trumpet shaped flowers attract hummingbirds, bees and other pollinators. The unusual compound, glossy, dark green foliage takes on orange, red, bronze, and purple tones when grown in full sun during fall and winter.  Item# 670.

Grows To: 30-50'H, easily trained to a 6'H fence or other support.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Tangerine Beauty Cross Vine

Bignonia capreolata 'Tangerine Beauty', Anisostichus capreolata, Doxantha capreolata

A show stopper! Tangerine Beauty Cross Vine produces a huge mass of 2" orange trumpets with yellow throats in late spring with some blooms throughout summer on well-established vines. An easily grown and vigorous clinging native evergreen vine that can easily grow up masonry, tree bark, or other structures without support.Cross Vines are a low maintenance choice for fences, posts, and large trellises. The trumpet shaped flowers attract hummingbirds, bees and other pollinators. The unusual compound, glossy, dark green foliage takes on orange, red, bronze, and purple tones when grown in full sun during fall and winter.  Item# 670.

Grows To: 30-50'H, easily trained to a 6'H fence or other support.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Tangerine Princess Coral Honeysuckle

Lonicera sempervirens 'Tangerine Princess'

An Almost Eden exclusive! Clusters of soft orange buds open to intense dark orange tubular blooms. Flowering from early spring to fall. Trumpet Honeysuckle is an excellent choice anywhere a 'tame' vine is needed. Item # 957.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Grows To: 6-10'(-15')H, spaced at 4-6' or more.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Willowleaf Eastern Bluestar

Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia

Only one of two Amsonia species to receive a 5-star rating in the Chicago Botanic Gardens trials! Showy clusters of light blue star-shaped 1" wide flowers are produced in spring atop sturdy stems cloaked in dark green willow-like foliage. The Willowleaf Eastern Bluestar has the same basic habit and growth requirements of the more common Eastern Bluestar, Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, but with larger showier flower clusters that seem to cover the plant, a neat dense vase-shaped habit, and clean disease resistant foliage. An easy to grow, clump-forming native perennial that is tolerant of wet to average moist soils preferring a full to mostly sunny site in the garden and landscape. The flowers of Bluestars attract butterflies and hummingbird moths. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 11945

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

Yellow Native Coral Honeysuckle

Lonicera sempervirens var sulphureus

Beautiful yellow tubular blooms are born from spring to fall. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies make this a lovely vine for fence, arbor or trellis. It is evergreen and vigorous, but easy to control. Item # 1075.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Grows To: 6-10'(-15')H, spaced at 4-6' or more.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Oakleaf Hydrangea (Seedlings)

Hydrangea quercifolia (seedlings)

The Oakleaf Hydrangea produces large white conical flower heads with large white sterile florets. The flowers are long lasting and fade through shades of pink and change to buff colors in the fall. The large unusual oak-leaf shaped, soft new foliage is somewhat olive green in spring, matures to a medium green and changes to reds, oranges, and purples in fall. Winter shows off the Oakleaf Hydrangeas peeling buff and coppery colored bark and tiny buds which look like praying hands at the tips of the stems. A native of the southeastern US, these are seedlings and so the number and size of sterile florets, overall flower size, and mature plant size may vary slightly from the image shown, the image provided is an example only. Item#11081

Grows To: 6-12'H x 6-12'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade

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