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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. 

 

Hairy Mountainmint, Whorled Mountainmint

Pycnanthemum verticillatum var. pilosum

Dense clusters of dainty white to lavender tubular flowers top the hairy blue-green to green fragrant foliage in summer. The small nectar rich flowers of Hairy Mountain Mint attract a wide variety of pollinators, and are especially important to native bees. This is a rhizomatous native perennial that will readily spread especially in moist soils. Hairy Mountainmint, Pycnanthemum verticillatum var. pilosum, is native to the northcentral US, mainly Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Arkansas, eastern Tennessee, eastern Kentucky and as far south as northern Mississippi. It is typically found in moist, calcareous soils but can tolerate drier sites where it is less likely to spread aggressively. Item# 11763

Grows To: 2-3'H x 1-2'W and spreading, space at about 1' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Hardy Red Gloxinia, Sinningia

Sinningia sellovii, Gesneria sellovii

Arching loose spikes of dangling orange-red, 1" long tubular flowers are born over an extended period in summer on this durable perennial. The flowers may be produced nearly year round under warm frost free conditions. This truly hardy Gloxinia is a hummingbird magnet that attracts a variety of bees and butterflies as well! Velvety, rich green, quilted foliage adorns the upright to arching stems of this hardy perennial that grows from a large fuzzy potato-like corm. Provide excellent drainage and moderate amounts of sunlight for the best results. Mulch in winter to protect the corm from freeze damage. Item# 10516.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7B,8,9,10,11,(7A?)
Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Sun, Part sun, AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Hardy Red Gloxinia, Sinningia

Sinningia sellovii, Gesneria sellovii

Arching loose spikes of dangling orange-red, 1" long tubular flowers are born over an extended period in summer on this durable perennial. The flowers may be produced nearly year round under warm frost free conditions. This truly hardy Gloxinia is a hummingbird magnet that attracts a variety of bees and butterflies as well! Velvety, rich green, quilted foliage adorns the upright to arching stems of this hardy perennial that grows from a large fuzzy potato-like corm. Provide excellent drainage and moderate amounts of sunlight for the best results. Mulch in winter to protect the corm from freeze damage. Item# 12162

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7B,8,9,10,11,(7A?)
Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Sun, Part sun, AM sun, Part shade, Light shade

Henry Duelberg Mealycup Sage

Salvia farinacea 'Henry Duelberg'

This Greg Grant introduction produces loads of medium-dark blue spikes of tubular flowers from late spring to fall on this durable, Texas tough native. Henry Duelberg Mealycup Sage is larger growing than the ones found at most nurseries and will top out at about 24-30"H and wide. This is a wonderful drought tolerant, reliable, native perennial for the garden and it provides much needed nectar for migrating Monarchs as well as bees, other butterflies, and hummingbirds. May reseed on exposed soils. Item# 9781

Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Hot Lips Salvia, Hot Lips Autumn Sage

Salvia x jamensis 'Hot Lips'

Spikes of red lipped, pure white or occasionally solid red, tubular are produced continuously from spring to fall on this durable drought and heat tolerant perennial salvia. Hot Lips Salvia develops into a mounding upright to spreading plant that loves the heat and sun. Hot Lips Salvia is a hybrid and is neither a true Autumn Sage nor Little Leaf Sage but offers the best of both and attracts a variety of pollinators including hummingbirds, butterflies, and larger bees. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a fertile well-draining soil. In areas that experience hard freezes plant this Salvia out between early spring to midsummer to ensure winter survival. Item# 3002

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

Clusters of 2" deep reddish orange upward facing tubular blooms are born from summer to fall, making this a choice plant for fall migrating Hummingbirds. The bright nectar rich flowers are held on sturdy stems above the beautiful bluish gray velvety foliage on this tough little heat and sun loving perennial. Typically freezes to the ground in winter but readily returns in spring. Drought tolerant once well established and does best in well drained soils. Item# 9563.

Grows To: 24-36"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Huntington Pink Jacobinia, Brazilian Plume

Justicia carnea 'Huntington'

Rich pink 2" tubular flowers emerge from the dark colored bracts of this free flowering tropical perennial from late spring to fall. The large dark green tropical foliage acts as a wonderful foil for the pinecone shaped flowers. An excellent choice for a warm shaded patio as a specimen plant or in mixed containers. Item# 9854.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11, 8B with protection
Grows To: 18-36''H+ x 12-18''W+
Outdoor Light: Morning sun, Partial sun, Light shade, Shade
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Hybrid Blue Arrowleaf Sage

Salvia macrophylla x S. sagitatta

The bluest of the blues! Blue Arrowleaf Sage produces large branching clusters composed of dense spikes of 1" vivid cobalt blue tubular flowers that may be produced nearly throughout the year on this hybrid Salvia. Blue Arrowleaf Sage has large velvety arrowhead shaped aromatic foliage that seems to retain its tidiness throughout the growing season. The nectar rich flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies alike. Grow it in the garden or as as a medium-sized container plant. These amazing images were kindly taken and shared with us by Susan Whitney. Can you spot the Ruby Throat nectaring in the lower left corner? Item# 9949

Grows To: 24-48''H x 12-16''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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1/2"-3/4" wide, white to greenish white, mimosa-like flowers sit atop short stalks that emerge from the leaf axils. The flowers are often followed by an unusual and decorative curling cluster of brown to black seedpods that are excellent for wildlife. The fine, fern-like foliage and stems may also be browsed by wildlife and also serve as the host plant for the Northern and Southern Cloudywing Skipper butterflies. Attracts pollinators. Item# 10459.

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

Ima Hogg Angel Wing Begonia

Begonia x 'Ima Hogg'

This medium sized Begonia came to us via SFA Gardens and was named in honor of Texas philanthropist Ima Hogg. Sporting a near continuous display of pink flowers and medium apple green foliage this is a reliably flowering and easy to grow cane-type Begonia. This is the same Begonia that Ms. Ima Hogg maintained on her porch at Bayou Bend. Provide a well-drained soil and shaded conditions on a porch or patio. Item# 11365

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2'W
Outdoor Light: Full shade, Filtered shade, Cool AM sunlight at most
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Imperial Blue Plumbago, Cape Leadwort

Plumbago auriculata 'Imperial Blue', P. capensis

Imperial Blue Plumbago produces large clusters of deep sky blue flowers from early summer until fall. Plumbago is a heat, sun, and drought tolerant tropical or tender perennial that makes a great addition to container gardens or it is often found growing as a groundcover, hedge, tree form, and espaliered on fences in mild winter climates. Item# 9739.

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3'W (6-8' in mild climates)
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Iron Butterfly Narrowleaf Ironweed

Vernonia lettermanii 'Iron Butterfly'

In mid to late summer large clusters of frilly deep purple flowers sit atop short sturdy stems that are covered in fine dark green narrow foliage giving this tough as nails perennial as soft pleasing texture even when not in flower. Iron Butterfly Ironweed is as tough as its name implies, even though this is a selection of a rare species, it can tolerate short periods of drought or periodic inundation with ease. A nice tightly clump forming perennial from the works of Dr. Allen Armitage and the UGA horticulture program. The flowers provide much needed late summer fodder for bees, butterflies, and other garden beneficials. Item# 10929.

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

A vigorous award winning Louisiana Iris, Jeri produces loads of large, rich dark purple flowers in spring that are sure to stop traffic. Its vigor lends it to use as a tall groundcover for moist areas or it will do just fine in average moist garden soils. 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. Jeri Louisiana Iris won the Ira S. Nelson award in 1986. Item# 10488

Grows To: 30-36"H, space at 12-18"
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Whorls of egg-yolk yellow 1 1/2" long tubular flowers surround the fuzzy gray green stems in summer. Jerusalem Sage is an heirloom tough and easy to grow, bushy clump-forming perennial whose fuzzy gray-green foliage looks very similar to the cooking Sage, Salvia officinalis, although it lacks the sage-like fragrance. Flowering can be extended by deadheading the spent flowering stems. Provide Jerusalem Sage with an average moist to semi-dry (once well-established) well-drained soil in a full to mostly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. It is considered to be a fairly reliably root hardy die-back perennial in zones 5-7 and generally remains evergreen in zones 8-10. It makes a forgiving container plant as well as a low maintenance addition to the garden and landscape. An RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Item# 12179

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: Evergreen - 8,9,10 Perennial - 6,7,(5?)
Grows To: 2-4'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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This easy Garden Phlox produces large domed clusters of dark-eyed, light pink, fragrant flowers on tall sturdy stems with mildew resistant foliage. The show starts in early summer and may continue nearly until the first frost with this reliable and fragrant Garden Phlox if deadheaded. Phlox is adored by butterflies and hummingbirds alike! John Fanick, named for the Texas nurseryman, is only one of a handful of Garden Phlox varieties recommended for southern gardens by noted Texas plantsman Greg Grant. Item# 10267

Grows To: 2-3'H x 1-2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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From Burpee comes this select mix of bicolor Four 'O Clocks including flowers with red, orange, yellow, white, and pink multicolor combinations. The fragrant flowers of Kaleidoscope Four O'Clocks open in the afternoon or evening, or earlier on cloudy days. A tough and reliable, long-lived, heirloom, pass-a-long perennial (or annual in zones 7A and colder) which produces a large tuber from which it returns to grace your garden year after year. Four O'Clocks attract pollinating moths, hummingbirds, and larger butterflies. Flower colors may vary from what is pictured here and each plant may be different. Item# 11706

Grows To: 24-30''H x 24-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade
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Spring and summer offer up a mound of dark purplish-black foliage that covers up in late summer and fall with contrasting white daisies with a purplish-red eye. The flowers of Lady in Black Calico or Woodland Aster attract a myriad of pollinators like bees, smaller butterflies, and other garden beneficials at a time when many are stock piling for winter. This is an easy and reliable clump forming native perennial selected for its deep dark foliage. Lady in Black Woodland Aster is tolerant of light shade but will have the darkest foliage where it receives the most direct sunlight. May reseed on exposed soils. Caterpillar host plant for the Pearl Crescent butterfly. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 12114

Grows To: 24-36"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade

Multitudes of 3-4" wide golden yellow daisies with a tan to dark brown 'eye' sit atop sturdy 18-24" stems and are produced in late spring to early summer and may repeat if deadheaded. The Large-Flower or Rough Coneflower, Rudbeckia grandiflora, is a tough and easy to grow clump forming perennial that can produce 80 or more flowering stems per clump once mature. This is probably one of the most underutilized native perennials as it has one of the most uniform habits of the native Coneflowers, it is long-lived and it can tolerate the moist to wet settings of acid bogs as well as short periods of drought once well-established. This is one of the major components of our Once-Mown Meadows here onsite. Provide a full to mostly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. Deer and rabbit resistant and the flowers attract a variety of smaller pollinators. Item# 9885

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

Wow! What a beauty! Brilliant golden yellow sepals and falls open wide to create a beautifully displayed, full flower that presents itself atop large sturdy stems. A vigorous and free flowering choice Louisiana Iris for the garden and landscape that is sure to bring a ray of sunshine to any spring garden. Excellent for moist, wet, to average moist soils in the garden, bogs, at the edge of a pond or water garden. Item# 10878.

Grows To: 30-36"H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Large, 4", primrose yellow flowers with a dark, nearly black, burgundy eye are borne from summer to fall. When grown from seed it can become a large shrub to small tree-like in mild winter climates (zones 10 and warmer) but is a die-back perennial in zones 9A/B to 8B. Large deep olive green to a rich deep green foliage has velvety pubescence. Can be grown in full sun but most sources suggest that it should be given afternoon shade and needs good drainage in acid to mildly acidic soils for the best performance. Item# 10129

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 8B,9,10,11, 8A with protection
Grows To: 30-48"H x 30-48"W and larger in mild climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, AM sun, Part shade
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Light Bulb Clerodendrum, Chains of Glory

Clerodendrum smitinandii, C. smithianum

Almost like a more compact form of the Nodding Clerodendrum, the Light Bulb Clerodendrum produces hanging racemes of inflated, light bulb-like buds that emerge from deep burgundy calyces and open to pure white butterfly-shaped blossoms in winter. Its more compact size and shape lends this Clerodendrum to use as a hanging basket or container plant. The glossy green foliage acts a wonderful foil for the brilliant white flowers. Unusual. Item# 11432

Grows To: 1-3'H x 2-3'W (larger in tropical climates)
Outdoor Light: Cool AM sun, Part shade, Light shade

Rounded clusters of deep purple long-lasting flowers nearly cover this easy and rewarding annual from spring to fall. Lil Forest Plum Gomphrena or Globe Amaranth is an excellent nectar plant that attracts a seemingly continuous parade of pollinators and garden beneficials as well as providing summer long color. A compact and well-branched Gomphrena, it will prefer a full to mostly sunny site in well-drained, average moist soils. Use Lil Forest Plum Gomphrena in mixed containers as a filler or in the garden and landscape. Gomphrena or Globe Amaranth are heat and sun loving annuals whose flower power and ability to attract pollinators makes it worth replanting year after year. Item# 12123

Grows To: 10-14"H x 8-12"W space about 8" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Up to 1" wide dense double wonderfully fragrant white flowers are produced in abundance throughout the growing season to year round under warm tropical conditions. The Little Duke Sambac Jasmine is an old cultivar with a compact upright to scandent (a.k.a. vine-like) habit and slightly smaller flowers that is a more vigorous prolifically flowering plant than the Grand Duke of Tuscany Jasmine. The dark green elongated to rounded foliage is reminiscent of Grand Duke Supreme Jasmine but Little Duke Jasmine has denser flowers and is expected to be more compact making it a good choice for container culture or bonsai. Provide a full to part sun site in a fertile well-drained acidic soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 12272

Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, AM sun, Part shade, Part sun, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Deep glowing red star shaped flowers are held on tall wispy stems for a long period from midsummer and often into fall. One of the most beautiful red wildflowers to be found in the pineywoods of western Louisiana and east Texas. A rare native drought tolerant taprooted perennial with narrow, strap-like medium green foliage. Item# 9522.

Grows To: 2-4'H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Partial sun, (Full sun?)

Hairy Mountainmint, Whorled Mountainmint

Pycnanthemum verticillatum var. pilosum

Dense clusters of dainty white to lavender tubular flowers top the hairy blue-green to green fragrant foliage in summer. The small nectar rich flowers of Hairy Mountain Mint attract a wide variety of pollinators, and are especially important to native bees. This is a rhizomatous native perennial that will readily spread especially in moist soils. Hairy Mountainmint, Pycnanthemum verticillatum var. pilosum, is native to the northcentral US, mainly Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Arkansas, eastern Tennessee, eastern Kentucky and as far south as northern Mississippi. It is typically found in moist, calcareous soils but can tolerate drier sites where it is less likely to spread aggressively. Item# 11763

Grows To: 2-3'H x 1-2'W and spreading, space at about 1' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

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