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1-2'H Perennials

These perennials usually remain in the 1 to 2 feet high range under most conditions. They are still low enough for the front of perennial border, garden, and landscape and some of the rhizomatous species will make low to medium height groundcovers. Their tidy habits also lend them to use as fillers and spillers for container specimens and in combinations for small to medium sized containers. Growing conditons and how well a plant is established may affect it's ultimate size.

 

Texas Ironweed

Vernonia texana  

Texas Ironweed produces clusters of rich purple, to pinkish purple, frilly flowers in summer atop fairly sturdy upright stems. This one of the smaller growing Ironweeds and can be somewhat rhizomatous but does not appear to aggressive. This is tough little drought resistant perennial that is excellent for pollinators common to well-drained soils. Texas Ironweed is shade tolerant but will perform best when grown in full sun in well-drained soils. Item# 10671.

Grows To: 2-3'H x 18-30"W
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Torpedo is a slightly larger flowering form of Batface Cuphea which produces 1-1/2" long red tubular blooms that end with a purple bat-like face that is accented by the bright red 'ears' on a naturally mounding plant. Flowers from late spring to frost and is adored by hummingbirds. Use Torpedo Batface Cuphea in mixed containers as a spiller or filler, as specimen containers, hanging baskets, or in mass in the garden and landscape to create a bold effect. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a well-drained, fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 315

Grows To: 18-24''H x 24-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

True Blue Gentian

Gentiana 'True Blue'   PP20433

Clusters of deep blue 2" long pointed buds open to long-lasting tubular deep blue flowers that eventually fade to purplish-blue with the show beginning in early to midsummer and continuing into fall. True Blue Gentian is a hardy clump-forming perennial that develops into a well-branched 18-24"H x 12-18"W plant. A Darrell Probst is an open pollinated hybrid of Gentiana makinoi that is reported to be hardy into zone 8. True Blue Gentian does best in a full sun in areas with cooler summers and will likely need part shade where summers are hot. Provide it with a well-drained, average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Makes a long-lasting cutflower as well as true blue addition to the garden and landscape. Image courtesy of AG3, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12286

Grows To: 18-24"H x 12-18"W space at about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Unplugged® Pink Salvia, Sage

Salvia 'Unplugged Pink'  PPAF

Dense deep maroon to near black spikes of dark tubular calyxes produce contrasting 2" long bright fuchsia and pink tubular flowers beginning in spring or early summer and continuing until fall atop compact plants with rich green foliage. Unplugged® Pink Salvia, a Salvia guaranitica hybrid, has neat rounded habit that is compact enough for hanging baskets, as specimen container plants, in mixed company and sure to be a star in the garden and landscape. The summer long supply of tubular flowers attract hummingbirds and occasional larger butterflies. Provide a sunny location in an average moist, well-drained, fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Photos courtesy of Proven Winners, www.provenwinners.com, all rights reserved. Item# 12887

Grows To: 18-30''H x 16-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
PW 4.25 inch Grande Pot / 27 fl.oz. / 831 ml
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Variegated Confederate Jasmine, Star Jasmine

Trachelospermum jasminoides 'Variegatum'  

Variegated Confederate Jasmine is a show off all year long with its nicely contrasting white to cream and rich green foliage. Late spring and early summer provide a show of sweetly fragrant, star-shaped, white flowers in loose clusters. A very low maintenance vine once well-established with a twining habit, although it is able to climb many of our southern pine species without any assistance. Item# 697.

Grows To: 30'H, 2'H as groundcover
Outdoor Light: Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Variegated Shooting Star Lily, Weeping Anthericum, Saunder's Spider Plant

Chlorophytum saundersoniae 'Variegatum', Anthericum saundersoniae  

Grown more for its beautifully variegated, starkly contrasting bright white and deep green, upright to slightly arching clumps of slender foliage than for the near continuous procession of starry, ½" wide white flowers produced throughout the warmer months of the year on gracefully arching stems. The iris-like flowers are reported to attract bees, butterflies, and other smaller pollinators. Variegated Shooting Star Lily, a selection of Anthericum saundersoniae but now reclassified as Chlorophytum saundersoniae, is a naturally evergreen, clump forming member of the Asparagus family and a close cousin of the popular Spider or Airplane Plant, Chlorophytum comosum. It is adaptable to both full sun to bright shade as well as to soil types although an average moist, fertile, well-drained loam or sandy loam rich in organic matter may be optimum in the garden and landscape. The Variegated Shooting Star Lily also makes an easy container plant as a specimen or as a filler in mixed combination pots and can be easily overwintered indoors near a sunny window. Item# 13064

Grows To: 18-24"H x 12"W, space at about 9-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Bright filtered shade
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Variegated Shrimp Plant

Justicia brandeegeana 'Variegata'  

The Variegated Red Shrimp Plant produces a continuous display of upright to arching spikes composed of large showy maroon bracts from which the individual maroonish-red and white tubular flowers emerge in spring and summer to year round under warm tropical conditions. This plant has exceptional flower power along with beautifully variegated foliage that is flecked and splotched with creamy white. Use as a container plant specimen and in mixed container gardens as well as in the garden and landscape. The common Shrimp Plant, Justicia brandegeeana, is a heat loving, naturally evergreen, bushy, tropical plant with dark olive green foliage and grows to about 24" high by about 18" wide. It is both full sun and bright shade tolerant but tends to have the densest branching habit where it receives at least 4 hours or more of direct sunlight. Provide an average to well-drained, moderately fertile, average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Attracts hummingbirds and the occasional larger butterfly and is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Caterpillar host: Cuban Crescent, Texan Crescent, White Peacock, and Malachite. Item# 710

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9B,10,11,(9A?,8B?)
Grows To: 18-24''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part shade, Part sun, Filtered shade, Light shade
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Variegated Toad Lilies, Toadlily

Tricyrtis hirta 'Variegata'  

The 18" arching stems are adorned with deep green foliage edged in chartreuse and yellow and by late summer and fall when terminal clusters of orchid-like light purple to white flowers with darker speckling are produced. This Variegated Toadlily makes a beautiful addition to the shade garden where it is sure to shine. Toadlilies or Tricyrtis are slowly spreading rhizomatous winter deciduous perennials that are well suited to partially shaded sites with average moist soils. A few hours of cool sunlight like early morning, very late evening, or filtered shade help to ensure good vigor and flowering. They are generally considered hardy perennials well into zone 5. Item#11796

Grows To: 18-24''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Partial sun, Partial shade, Light shade

Vibe® Ignition Fuchsia James Sage, Autumn Sage

Salvia x jamensis 'Ignition Fuchsia'  PP32046

Vibrant glowing fuchsia, 1" long two-lipped tubular flowers are borne along short spikes from spring to fall on this vigorous Salvia hybrid. Vibe® Ignition Fuchsia Autumn or James Sage is hybrid of Salvia greggi x S. microphylla garnering the best of both species and boasting exceptional flower power and a naturally compact tidy rounded habit to 2'x2'. It is sure to make an easy and forgiving colorful low-maintenance container plant or add it to the garden and landscape where its flowers will draw in hummingbirds, butterflies, and larger bees throughout the growing season. Provide a full to mostly sunny site with good drainage for optimum vigor and flowering. Vibe® Ignition Fuchsia Salvia is moderately drought resistant once fully established but may flower best under average moisture conditions. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12417

Grows To: 18-24''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Vibe® Ignition Purple James Sage, Autumn Sage

Salvia x jamensis 'Ignition Purple'  PP27788

Vibrant dark purple, 1" long two-lipped tubular flowers are borne along short spikes from spring to fall on this vigorous Salvia hybrid. Vibe® Ignition Purple Autumn James Sage is hybrid of Salvia greggi x S. microphylla garnering the best of both species and boasting exceptional flower power and a naturally compact tidy rounded habit to 2'x2'. It is sure to make an easy and forgiving colorful low-maintenance container plant or add it to the garden and landscape where its flowers will draw in hummingbirds, butterflies, and larger bees throughout the growing season. Provide a full to mostly sunny site with good drainage for optimum vigor and flowering. Vibe® Ignition Purple Salvia is moderately drought resistant once fully established but may flower best under average moisture conditions. Item# 11987

Grows To: 18-24''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Walker's Low Catmint

Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low', N. x faassenii 'Walker's Low'  

Wispy spikes of lavender-blue flowers are produced from mid-spring to fall atop the gray-green foliage of this easy to grow mounding perennial. Walker's Low Catmint was one of the top rated Catmints in trials at the Chicago Botanic Gardens and was one of only four cultivars to receive a five star rating. Drought, deer, disease, and pest resistant as well as a treat for your favorite feline! Provide this durable perennial with a well-drained, preferably sandy or gritty soil, good air circulation, and a full to mostly sunny location for optimum vigor and flowering. The dainty tubular flowers attract a variety of pollinators! A Missouri Botanic Gardens Plants of Merit award winner, a Great Plant Picks for the Pacific Northwest selection, and an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner! Item# 10909

Grows To: 24-30"H x 24-36"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Afternoon shade in hot climates

White Cemetery Iris, White Flag Iris

Iris albicans, I. x albicans, I. florentina var. albicans  

In early to midspring the elegant pure white flowers composed of 3 drooping falls and 3 upright white standards are held above the upright to arching, semi-twisty blue-gray sword-like foliage adorning sturdy blue-gray stems. Makes an excellent companion for early spring daffodils and jonquils! The White Cemetery Iris, Iris albicans also I. x albicans, is so named for the fact that cemetaries as well as old home places are often the most common places to find them in the US and it was at first even thought to be native here. It was the practice of Muslim cultures, and possibly others, to adorn graves with this tough and reliable heirloom Bearded Iris where it slowly develops into a dense clump foliage and spring flowers. Provide the White Cemetery Iris with a well-drained soil in a full to mostly sunny location for optimum vigor and flowering. Sold as individual plants actively growing is their own soil and container ready to plant into the garden. They can also be enjoyed as low maintenance container plants. This image is a little unkempt with the normally upright standards swaying in a nice March 'breeze' that morning! Item# 12245

Grows To: 12-24"H, space at about 6-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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White Flame Salvia, Sage

Salvia 'White Flame'  PP32429

The pure white 1" long tubular flowers emerge from mealy-white calyxes along dense 18-24" high spikes from spring to fall attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. White Flame Salvia is a vigorous and mannerly intermediate height hybrid of Salvia longispicata x S. farinacea that revels in the heat and sun of summer when many other plants are seeking shade. Provide a full to mostly sunny site with average or better drainage in containers as well as in the garden and landscape. Although, White Flame Salvia is considered hardy to zone 7, it will likely do best if planted out in spring once the danger of freeze and frost have passed. Image courtesy of Ball Horticulture, all rights reserved. Item# 12176

Grows To: 18-24"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

White Milkweed, Aquatic Milkweed

Asclepias perennis  

Clusters of pure white flowers with a darker eye may be born throughout summer and can nearly cover the top of the plant under good conditions. White or Swamp Milkweed is one of the few shade tolerant Milkweeds but it seems to produce a fuller denser plant where it receives at least 4-6 hours or more of direct sunlight. This is an excellent choice for use as a Monarch host as it will remain evergreen in mild winters in zone 8B and warmer and is a good substitute for the Mexican Milkweed for those looking for a reliable locally native perennial Milkweed with a smaller compact habit. Asclepias perennis is native to much of the eastern central US. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in an average moist to semi-moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Plant the Aquatic or White Milkweed in spring until about midsummer in zones 6-8 to help ensure plants are well-established before winter. It can also be enjoyed as a container plant but it should be protected if there is a chance that the soil can freeze. Item# 10451

Grows To: 1-2'H x 1-2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Light shade
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Clusters of creamy white, sometimes tinged pink, spidery flowers are produced atop short sturdy stems in late September and early October. The White Spider Lily is considered to be a hybrid Lycoris and is an easy addition to any sunny to semi-sunny well-drained soil in the garden or it can even be allowed to naturalize in the lawn. The narrow strap-like foliage appears once flowering has finished and grows through winter and the bulbs become dormant during summer. An easy heirloom that readily multiplies. 1 flowering size bulb per pot. Item# 11587

Grows To: 15-18"H at flowering, space 6-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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White Trailing Lantana, Weeping Lantana

Lantana montevidensis 'Trailing White'  

Clusters of pure white flowers are borne from spring to frost on this easy and adaptable perennial. With a low, naturally spreading to weeping habit White Trailing Lantana makes an excellent choice for the garden or as a spiller in mixed containers. Excellent for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Evergreen in mild winter climates and makes a wonderful freely flowering groundcover. Item# 10791.

Grows To: 1-2'H x 4-6'+W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

White Woodland Painted Petals, White Flowering Grass

Freesia laxa 'Alba', Anomatheca laxa, A. cruenta, Lapeirousia laxa  

From flattened iris-like bluish-green fans emerge spikes of pure white 1" wide flowers in late spring and early summer. An uncommon pure white form of Woodland Painted Petals or Flowering Grass, Freesia laxa var. alba is an easily grown cormous heirloom perennial and RHS Award of Garden Merit winner which readily multiplies via seed to make a loose groundcover. Provide an average to well-drained soil in a full to partly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. Freesia laxa is suitable for container culture as well as in the garden and landscape. Naturally winter dormant. Typically 2-3 or more bulbs per pot. Item# 11792

Grows To: 8-12"H x 12"W space at about 6-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
2.25 inch T / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Sure to brighten any shaded area this hybrid Acanthus has beautifully variegated deep green, deeply divided foliage that is heavily marked with pink, cream, and white. Whitewater Acanthus was hybridized to produce a more vigorous plant with improved cold hardiness over 'Tasmanian Angel'. In late spring to early summer 4' spikes composed of solid creamy white and pink bracts produce white tubular flowers tipped in pink that can be enjoyed in the garden or as a long lasting cut flower. Use this Acanthus in the garden, landscape, or as low maintenance medium-sized container specimens. Images courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries. Item# 11476

Grows To: 18-24"H x 18-24"W in foliage, to 36"H in flower
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Light shade, (Full sun in cooler climates)
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Wild Chervil, Canadian Honewort

Cryptotaenia canadensis  

According to Dr. Allen's Edible Plants of the Gulf South, Wild Chervil or Honewort is an easy to grow, native, tuberous rooted perennial whose leaves, stems, and flowers are useful fresh in salads or can be cooked as a green, the tuberous roots can be used as a starch, and the seeds can be used as a spice. Grow it as a loose groundcover in shade to partial shade in a moist, but not soggy soil,  preferably rich in organic matter. A host for the Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly. Item# 10219.

 

Grows To: 1-2'H x 1-2'W and spreading
Outdoor Light: Early AM sun, Light shade

Woodland Painted Petals, Flowering Grass

Freesia laxa, Anomatheca laxa, A. cruenta, Lapeirousia laxa  

From flattened iris-like bluish-green fans emerge spikes of deep coral 1" wide flowers that have a contrasting splotch of dark orange-red at the base of the three lower petals that acts as a 'bee guide' and the flowers are produced over an extended period in late winter, early spring, to spring depending on your zone. Woodland Painted Petals or Flowering Grass, Freesia laxa, is an easily grown cormous heirloom perennial and RHS Award of Garden Merit winner which readily multiplies via seed to make a loose groundcover. Provide an average to well-drained soil in a full to partly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. Freesia laxa is suitable for container culture as well as in the garden and landscape. Naturally winter dormant. Typically 2-3 or more bulbs per pot. Item# 12370

Grows To: 8-12"H x 12"W space at about 6-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
2.25 inch T / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Yellow Boy Mexican Hat, Grey Headed Coneflower, Upright Prairie Coneflower, Red Hats

Ratibida columnifera 'Yellow Boy', R. columnaris, Rudbeckia columnifera  

Brilliant golden yellow drooping petals surround the tall gray cones from late spring to fall. This is a solid yellow flowered seed grown strain that we have selected. Mexican Hat is an easy to grow clump forming perennial with finely textured blue-gray foliage. A tough, drought resistant, hardy and reliable US native perennial. The disc flowers that compose the 'cone' attract a variety of smaller pollinators. Item# 10985

Grows To: 18-24''H x 24-30''W
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Zexmenia, Orange Wedelia, Orange Zexmenia, Texas Creeping Oxeye, Hairy Wedelia

Wedelia acapulcensis var. hispida, W. hispida, W. texana, Zexmenia hispida  

Bright orange, 1" wide upward facing daisies are produced from spring to fall atop wispy wiry stems and are held above the deep green, fuzzy foliage attracting a variety of smaller pollinators including bees and butterflies. Zemmenia, Wedelia acapulcensis var. hispida, is a low growing naturally mounding, drought resistant, Texas tough, small native shrub-like perennial that is a mainstay of pollinator gardens from central Texas to the Rio Grande Valley as well as along the southwestern border and into Mexico. It seems to flower best and have the tidiest habit in full sun but can tolerate some shade but it may be at the expense of flowers. Zexmenia generally prefers a well-drained sandy or rocky soil but is adaptable to good garden soils as long as the plants have good to excellent drainage. It also makes a forgiving container plant but again provide sharp drainage. The butterfly in the image is a Western Pygmy Blue. Item# 13085

Grows To: 1-2(-3)'H x 1-2(-3)'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Texas Ironweed

Vernonia texana  

Texas Ironweed produces clusters of rich purple, to pinkish purple, frilly flowers in summer atop fairly sturdy upright stems. This one of the smaller growing Ironweeds and can be somewhat rhizomatous but does not appear to aggressive. This is tough little drought resistant perennial that is excellent for pollinators common to well-drained soils. Texas Ironweed is shade tolerant but will perform best when grown in full sun in well-drained soils. Item# 10671.

Grows To: 2-3'H x 18-30"W
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