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3-4'H Perennials

These taller perennials usually remain in the 3 to 4 feet high range under most conditions. Use them behind and among low to medium height growing perennials, as specimen plants, near the middle to the back of border, in front of medium and large shrubs and very tall perennials, and around larger tree form plants. Some of these will make nice container specimens and when used in combinations for large and very large containers. Growing conditions may affect the plant's ultimate size. This list may also include some tropicals that are grown as die-back perennials in zone 8B so just keep that in mind if you are in a colder climate.

 

 

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
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 11
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Amistad Salvia, Friendship Sage

Salvia x 'Amistad'

Truly one of the very best perennial Salvias! An endless display of huge purple tubular flowers that emerge from dark colored calyxes are borne from spring to frost on this vigorous growing hybrid Salvia. Amistad Salvia begins flowering even when still small and your hummingbirds, butterflies, and native bees will love you for its continuous supply of rich nectar. Give this big guy plenty of room because it can exceed 4' wide by the end of summer with a mature height of about 4'! Item# 10567

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 9
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Apricot Sunrise produces an endless display of soft orange to soft golden yellow tubular flowers in spikes from summer and into fall well above the fragrant foliage. An excellent choice for hummingbird and butterfly gardens with a soft airy texture. Provide a full sun or near full sun location with average moist but well-drained soils. Item# 10210.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch R / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 3
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Argentine Skies Salvia, Anise Sage, Brazilian Sage

Salvia guaranitica 'Argentine Skies'

Light clear blue, 2" tubular blooms are borne on tall spikes from Spring to Fall on this vigorous perennial. Rich green glossy foliage and an easy and reliable perennial for full to mostly sunny sites in the garden. Argentine Skies Salvia, an Anise Sage, is excellent for hummingbirds and larger butterflies providing a near continuous procession of nectar rich flowers throughout the growing season. Item# 9948

 

Grows To: 36-48''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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The 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year! Arkansas Blue Star provides three seasons of interest with starry light-blue to nearly white flowers in spring, soft-textured narrow medium green foliage in summer, and wonderful golden yellow, orange, and chartreuse fall color. A sun loving and heat tolerant reliable perennial that is mannerly enough to grace any garden. Item# 9715.

Grows To: 30-40"H x 2-3
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 19
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Ashy Sunflower

Helianthus mollis

2-3" wide, yellow sunflowers are born along the tall stems in summer on this durable native perennial. The Ashy Sunflower will spread and develop into a ground covering mass of plants with age. Contrasting soft, gray green foliage. Easy, drought tolerant, and reliable even for tough locations. Use it as a mass planting for large areas or in native gardens and meadows. Native to nearly all of the eastern half of the US. Item# 10418.

Grows To: 3-5'H and spreading, space about 1' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 3
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Azure Blue Sage

Salvia azurea var. azurea

Large spikes of deep blue, tubular flowers are born in summer, late summer, and sometimes into fall on this clump forming native perennial wildflower. Under natural conditions Azure Blue Sage produces tall arching stems that terminate into large, often branching, spikes of flowers that are quite suited to use by Hummingbirds and butterflies. Great at the back of the garden or in natural settings. Item# 10460.

Grows To: 3-6'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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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
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 12
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Beebalm, Wild Bergamot

Monarda fistulosa

Round clusters of lavender to white tubular flowers are born in summer on this durable native perennial. Wild Bergamot is a clump forming native perennial with good deer resistance. Excellent for hummingbirds and butterflies. This tough little native is drought tolerant and prefers to be on the dry side of moist and is resistant to drought once well-established. The fragrant foliage has been used in teas, perfumes, potpourri, and more. Item# 10484.

Grows To: 30-48"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 16
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Betsy's Choice Salvia, Sage

Salvia x 'Betsy's Choice'

Deep purple, 2" long tubular flowers adorn tall sturdy stems from late spring to fall on this vigorous perennial Salvia. Betsy's Choice Salvia originates from the garden of noted Salvia author Betsy Clebcsh. It is definitely vigorous so give this one room to grow and it is sure to be adored by hummingbirds. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in a well-drained, average moist, fertile soil. Item# 11289

Grows To: 4'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Bicolor Mexican Sage Bush

Salvia leucantha 'Bicolor'

White tubular blooms emerge from tall, velvety, purple calyxes on dense flower spikes from late summer to fall. This is considered to be the normal color form for the species. Soft velvety medium to gray-green foliage. Mexican Sage bush is a drought tolerant, sun and heat loving reliable clump forming perennial that is considered deer proof. Item# 10284.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch SQ / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 16
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Big Momma Turks Cap

Malvaviscus x 'Big Momma'

The large sleepy scarlet blooms of 'Big Momma' are held upright on woody stems from late spring to fall or even year round in mild winter climates. This hybrid Greg Grant selection produces a large, vigorous, and free flowering Turk's Cap that revels in the heat and the sun of Southern summers. A hummingbird and butterfly magnet! Item# 1081

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch SQ / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 29
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Black & Bloom Salvia, Anise Sage

Salvia guaranitica 'Black & Bloom'

Who knew you could out do Black and Blue Salvia?! Black & Bloom Salvia produces larger flowers that emerge from deep black calyces adorned along black stems. It flowers earlier and is a more vigorous plant overall growing slightly larger and has thick deep green quilted foliage. Like its pollen parent, Black & Bloom Salvia attracts hummingbirds as well as larger butterflies to its deep dark violet blue tubular flowers. This a great perennial for full sun to mostly sunny gardens or medium to large containers. Item# 11180

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Black and Blue Salvia, Anise Sage

Salvia guaranitica 'Black and Blue', S. caerulea, S. concolor 'Black and Blue'

Beautiful, deep blue flowers emerge from spikes of black calyxes on this exquisite perennial Salvia all summer and fall against a backdrop of rich deep green foliage. Black and Blue Salvia, an Anise Sage, is a highly sought after nectar plant for hummingbirds and may also be visited by larger butterflies. This easy and reliable perennial Salvia slowly spreads by rhizomes to create a tall groundcover like effect. Provide a full to mostly sunny position in an average to well-drained moderately fertile soil for maximum vigor and flower production. Item# 808

Grows To: 36''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Black Coral Giant Elephant Ears

Colocasia 'Black Coral'

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
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Black Truffle Cardinal Flower, Lobelia

Lobelia cardinalis 'Black Truffle'

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
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Blue Porterweed

Stachytarpheta cayennensis, S. indica

Deep indigo 1/4" blooms adorn the long spike-like bloom stems from spring to frost above the rich green glossy foliage. Blue Porterweed is an intermediate growing Porterweed and has a fairly dense upright habit. An excellent choice for butterfly gardens or in containers. Also known as Blue Snakeweed, Verbena Azul, Cayenne Snakeweed. Item# 330.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch SQ / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 50
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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
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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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
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 11
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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
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 3
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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
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 4
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Carolina Moonlight Baptisia, Wild Indigo

Baptisia x 'Carolina Moonlight'

Carolina Moonlight Baptisia produces loads of sturdy spikes filled with rich buttery yellow pea-like blossoms that emerge in mid to late spring. The newly emerging blue-green foliage creates a wonderful bouquet-like effect accenting the contrasting flower spikes. Baptisia's are durable, pest and disease resistant, long-lived perennials and could be considered the Lupine for the south. An excellent addition to the perennial border or cut-flower garden that is drought resistant, deer resistant, adaptable and easy. Note: This is a hybrid of two native species. Item# 10860.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 1
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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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Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 6
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Common Evening Primrose

Oenothera biennis

Small clusters of large 4-petaled sunny yellow flowers are lightly fragrant and open in the evening to attract pollinating moths and may last until about noon the following day when they attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Ripe seeds are utilized by songbirds. Common Evening Primrose is a tall growing tap-rooted native biennial species found throughout most of the lower 48 states and into Canada. It is common in disturbed areas, meadows and prairies. The first year it produces a rosette of foliage and the second year it shoots up to 3-6' high and begins flowering in summer and may continue into fall under good conditions. The Common Evening Primrose will readily reseed on exposed soils. It is a good addition to naturilized areas or add it to the Moon Moth Garden. Item# 11761

Grows To: 3-6'H x 1-2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 9
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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
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 11
US$12.99

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