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2-3'H Perennials

These medium height perennials usually remain in the 2 to 3 feet high range under most conditions. Use them behind and among lower growing perennials, as specimen plants near the middle of border, in front of medium sized shrubs and other taller perennials, and around tree form plants. Many of these will make nice container specimens for medium sized containers and in combinations in large and very large containers. Growing conditions and how well a plant is established may affect your plant's ultimate size. 

 

Spikes of deep blue to near purple pea-shaped flowers are produced in spring atop the gray-green foliage in mid to late spring. Blue Wild Indigo is a long-lived easy to grow native that develops and extensive taproot and so it prefers not to be moved once it begins to get established. Baptisias are durable pest and disease resistant perennials that should be considered the Lupine of the South. Provide a sunny position for optimum flowering. Like a fine wine these natives only get better with age. Item# 11593

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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An exceptionally cold hardy and repeat flowering selection, Blue Yonder Lily of the Nile produces deep cobalt blue, trumpet shaped, nectar rich flowers in large rounded clusters beginning in early spring and continuing until the first frost on established plants. Considered reliably cold hardy into zone 5, this easy to grow perennial produces medium green strap-like foliage with the flowers towering above on sturdy stems. Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Provide a well-drained soil for the best results. Blue Yonder Agapanthus makes a low maintenance clump forming perennial for the garden, landscape, and container gardens. Item# 11281

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6,7,8,9,10,11,(5*)
Grows To: 24-36"H x 18-24"W, space at 12-18"
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade, **Full sun
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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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Bravado Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea 'Bravado'

An improved 'Magnus' type purple coneflower with large outward facing pinkish-purple petals and an orange 'cone' and are borne in summer and often last into fall. The flowers are held on sturdy, 2-3' stems. An outstanding selection of our native Purple Coneflower! A superb butterfly nectar plant. Item# 9696.

Grows To: 2-4'H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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A 2016 Texas Superstar® Plant! The cloak of richly colored foliage produces shades ranging from near maroon, through fuchsia, hot pink, and cream. Colors are more intense in more sunlight and are more muted in shade (as shown here). Add Brazilian Red Hots Alternanthera or Joseph's Coat to spice up combination pots, as a specimen plant, or in the garden and landscape where it provides spring to fall color on a rounded mound forming plant. *Where summers are very hot it tends to prefer midday and afternoon shade unless planted in about midspring and it will have the deepest coloration where it receives a good amount of direct sunlight. Item# 12124

Grows To: 18-30"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light Shade, *Full sun, *Mostly sunny

Bridge's Penstemon, Beardtongue

Penstemon rostriflorus

Atop and along the 2-3' high wispy spikes hang nodding intense red tubular flowers with a show that begins in mid summer and may last well into October and can attract hummingbirds from far and wide. Bridge's Penstemon is a clump forming long-lived native shrublet (it develops a woody base over time) with an open wispy habit growing about as wide as tall at maturity and is considered to be one of the longest flowering red Penstemon species. This species is from the dry desert southwest region of the US and so will need good to excellent drainage although it is reported to withstand average moisture conditions. Provide a full to mostly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. Bridges Penstemon may also make an easy and forgiving long flowering perennial for unglazed terra cotta container gardens. Item# 11930

Grows To: 24-30''H x 24-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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A paradoxically yellow flowered purple coneflower with deep sunny yellow ray petals that surround the dark bristly rounded cone. This is the only species of Echinacea that naturally produces yellow flowers. The Ozark, Bush's, or simply the Yellow Coneflower is a native of the Ozark regions of northern Arkansas and central Missouri. In midsummer it produces the fragrant, nectar rich yellow flowers atop sturdy 2-3' high stems. Attracts butterflies, bees, and a variety of other pollinators. This is a clump forming, taprooted perennial that prefers well-drained soils Item# 11446

Grows To: 2-3'H x 1-1-1/2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Clusters of sunny yellow upward facing flowers sit atop sturdy slender stems in late summer and fall on this spreading native perennial wildflower. Bushy Goldentop, once classified as a Goldenrod, is typically found in moist sandy soils where it spreads to create small dense colonies. The flowers provide late summer and fall nectar to a variety of pollinators but it is especially important to native bees. Add this small growing, hardy perennial to woodland gardens, moist meadows, and other natural areas where it can brighten up the fall landscape. Item# 11114

Grows To: 24-36"H and spreading
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

The rounded white to greenish-white, rounded, flower clusters sit atop thick sturdy stems that emerge from the rosette of soft yucca-like foliage. This is a tough native perennial whose long-lasting summer flowers will attract a myriad of butterflies and other pollinators to your garden.  Item# 9260.

Researchers have found that Native Americans created shoes from fibers of the tough, spiny-edged, yucca-like plant as early as 8,000 years ago.  Evidence was found in a Missouri cave by archaeologists. From Nat'l Geographic, 1999 article.

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Candy Lily

Pardancanda norrisii

Small Iris-like foliage is topped with spikes of 2" blooms in a variety of pastel shades ranging from orange to pink are produced from July-frost. Heat and drought tolerant. Item # 349.

Grows To: 18-24''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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The 3-4" wide cappuccino colored daisies are edged in yellow, gold, and orange and are produced over an extended period in late spring and summer atop tall sturdy stems. Cappuccino Black-Eyed Susan or Coneflower, a tetraploid long and large flowering selection of our native Rudbeckia hirta, is an award winning selection that is sure to add a little flare to the garden and landscape or use it as a low-maintenance specimen plant in medium-sized containers. The disk flowers that comprise the 'black-eye' attract bees and other smaller pollinators and garden beneficials. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a fertile well-drained soil. Rudbeckia hirta is an annual to biennial to short-lived perennial under good conditions. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12131

Grows To: 18-30"+H x 16-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

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

Carolina Lupine, Aaron's Rod, Bushpea

Thermopsis villosa, T. caroliniana

The Carolina Lupine produces spikes of primrose yellow Lupine-like flower spikes in spring above the deep green foliage of this clump-forming native perennial. Similar in some regards to the native Baptisias but with trifoliate foliage. The Carolina Lupine, Thermopsis villosa (syn. T. villosa), makes a long lived addition to the garden and wildflower meadow. Adaptable to most well-drained garden soils and prefers a full to mostly sunny site. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 11595

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Sweetly fragrant, 6" deep pink bloom clusters are borne atop the dark glossy green heart-shaped foliage. An upright perennial that may spread vigorously if grown in the ground via underground runners. Makes a beautiful and easy container specimen. Item# 11316

Grows To: 2-4'H x 1-2'W and spreading
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Chapel Hill Gold Lantana (mounding, golden yellow)

Lantana 'Chapel Hill Gold' PP21539

Egg yolk yellow clusters of nectar rich flowers shine brightly against the dark glossy green foliage of Chapel Hill Gold Lantana throughout the growing season. An improvement over New Gold with larger flower clusters, increased vigor, as well as improved cold hardiness. Use Chapel Hill Gold as a groundcover in the garden and landscape or allow it to spill from large containers. Item# 10897.

Grows To: 18-24"H x 3-4
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Chapel Hill Yellow Lantana (mounding, soft yellow)

Lantana 'Chapel Hill Yellow' PP19548

Not just another yellow Lantana, Chapel Hill Yellow is a superior selection that has the habit of New Gold but with the cold hardiness of Miss Huff. It produces clusters of primrose yellow flowers from spring to frost on a low and spreading plant and like all Lantana the flowers attract loads of butterflies and other pollinators. It is sure to brighten up gardens throughout zone 7 and easily lends itself to use as a groundcover in the garden and landscape or spilling from large containers. Item# 10808.

Grows To: 18-24"H x 4-5
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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A sport of the ever popular Miss Huff Lantana, Chapel Hill™ Pink Huff produces clusters of flowers that open primrose yellow and fade to a medium rosy pink with an orange eye on a slightly more compact plant but with the reliable hardiness of its parent. Lantana are excellent pollinator plants attracting a myriad of bees, butterflies, and numerous other garden beneficials are lured in by the promise of rich ample nectar. These are die-back perennials in zones 7,8, and 9 that return from the crown once soil temperatures begin to warm in spring. Not only are they excellent for pollinators, Lantana provide a continuous display of color from spring to frost. Provide a full to mostly sunny position and average or better drainage. An easy and low maintenance addition to the garden, landscape, and for larger containers. Expect Chapel Hill™ Pink Huff Lantana to have a mounding to bush-like habit. Item# 11626

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-4'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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Cherry Chief Salvia

Salvia x 'Cherry Chief'

Bright cherry red, 1" long tubular, two-lipped, nectar rich flowers are produced in spikes beginning in spring and continuing well into fall. Cherry Chief Salvia develops into a naturally rounded mound covered in flowers on this excellent perennial Salvia hybrid. Use Cherry Chief in medium sized containers for a low maintenance show that will bring the pollinators in close or use it in the garden and landscape in a sunny, well-drained location. Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and larger bees. Item# 11467

Grows To: 24-36"H x 30-40"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Cherry Queen Salvia

Salvia x 'Cherry Queen'

Spikes of deep red, 1" long tubular flowers are produced throughout the growing season on this low growing, semi-spreading Salvia greggii hybrid making it an excellent addition near the front of the garden or landscape. Cherry Queen begins flowering earlier and over a longer period than its parents Salvia greggii and Salvia blepharophylla. Add Cherry Queen Salvia to the garden or enjoy it as a low maintenance container plant in any sunny location. Good drainage and ample sunlight are key and the hummingbirds will surely thank you. Item# 11401

Grows To: 24-36"H x 24-30"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Cheyenne Spirit Purple Cone Flower

Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit'

2013 AAS Perennial of the Year! This award winning seed grown Purple Cone Flower produces 3-4" wide daisies in brilliant colors ranging from red, orange, yellow, pink, purple, and cream. Sturdy and winter hardy compact plants with excellent flower power. The Purple Coneflower is an excellent plant for pollinators with its nectar rich flowers. Provide ample sunlight and good drainage. Flowers the first year! Image courtesy of Kieft Seed. Item# 10525.

Grows To: 18-30"H x 12-16"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Chiapas Sage, Meadow Sage

Salvia chiapensis

Graceful foot-long spikes of fuzzy bright fuchsia tubular flowers are produced from summer through fall and throughout winter under frost free conditions on a mannerly shade tolerant plant with deep green textured foliage. Chiapas Sage develops into a 3' high and wide plant and hails from the Cloud Forests of San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico and should do wonderfully in the humid central and eastern US. It is frost tender but is reported to withstand zone 7 winters if given a breathable protective winter mulch in a well-drained soil. In hot summer climates plan to give Chiapas Sage midday and afternoon shade and it can tolerate light shade and will be sure to brighten up these areas. The nectar rich flowers are a treat for hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators. Easy to overwinter as a container plant and floriferous enough to be enjoyed as an annual. Item# 11691 

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Morning sun, Partial sun, Light shade, Part shade, Full sun (in cool humid summer climates)

Chi-Chi Pink Ruellia, Mexican Petunia, Desert Petunia, Mexican Blue Bells, Florida Bluebells

Ruellia caerulea 'Chi-Chi', R. brittonia, R. tweediana, R. malacosperma

Medium pink trumpets are produced from spring to fall atop the tall sturdy stems adorned with deep green narrow foliage. Chi-Chi Pink Ruellia or Mexican Petunia was selected and introduced by Scott Ogden the bulb guru of the South. This is neither a seedless nor a clump forming form and so it may spread by both means. It can be controlled somewhat by growing it as a container plant. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and even the occassional hummingbird. Easy and reliable once established. Provide Chi-Chi Pink Ruellia with a moist to average moist fertile soil in a full to mostly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. This plant will act like a die-back perennial returning from the crown in spring where winters experience freezing temperatures. Item# 12164

Grows To: 24-30"H x 12-18"W space about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade

Chocolate Eupatorium, White Snakeroot

Ageratina altissima 'Chocolate', Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate'

Dark maroon to near black stems foliage and stems make this native perennial a standout amongst its garden peers even without its starkly contrasting clusters of white late summer flowers. Chocolate Eupatorium, a cultivar of White Snakeroot and actually a species of Ageratina altissima (not Eupatorium altissimum), is a rhizomatously spreading herbaceous perennial with an upright bushy habit to about 3' high (or to 5' in rich moist soils) that is found throughout the central and eastern US. Provide a full to mostly sunny site for the deepest foliage color and optimum flowering. The flowers attracts bees, butterflies, other garden beneficials. Use Chocolate Eupatorium as a tall informal groundcover, utilize it in mixed perennial borders with other vigorous growing perennials, or as a container plant. Received 5 out of 5 stars in trials at Chicago Botanic Gardens. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 11975

Grows To: 3-5'H x 2-3'W and spreading
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, *Part shade

Considered by many to be the best of the Mountainmints, Clustered Mountainmint produces an abundance of tiny whitish tubular blooms touched with purple or lavender in tight clusters held above the attractive bluish white bracts. The bracts are probably more showy than the flowers but the flowers attract loads of pollinators including bees and small butterflies. The foliage is wonderfully fragrant and can be used in teas and cooking. This is a durable and slowly spreading native perennial that flowers throughout the summer months. Item# 10029.

Grows To: 2-3'H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Spikes of deep blue to near purple pea-shaped flowers are produced in spring atop the gray-green foliage in mid to late spring. Blue Wild Indigo is a long-lived easy to grow native that develops and extensive taproot and so it prefers not to be moved once it begins to get established. Baptisias are durable pest and disease resistant perennials that should be considered the Lupine of the South. Provide a sunny position for optimum flowering. Like a fine wine these natives only get better with age. Item# 11593

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-3'W
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