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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.

 

 

Bog Sage, Blue Spike Sage

Salvia uliginosa

Spikes of 1/2" long, tubular, two-lipped, deep azure blue flowers have a contrasting bright white bee-guide and throat are produced in late spring or early summer and continue into fall atop the tall wispy stems. The nectar rich flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Bog Sage, Salvia uliginosa, is a rhizomatous, herbaceous perennial producing a multitude of tall thin wiry stems that can reach 5-6' high in rich fertile moist soils but tends to remain shorter, 3-4' high or so, under average moist garden conditions, which it can tolerate quite well, despite its name, once fully established. it tends to be more restrained under drier conditions as well. Its long flowering season and ease of care have garnered Bog Sage the RHS Award of Garden Merit. It can tolerate full sun in the cooler portions of its range but may be at its best where it receives a little midday shade in areas with hot summer climates. Item# 12906

Grows To: 4-6'H and spreading, space about 1' apart for groupings
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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A continuous display of brown-eyed golden-rayed daisy-like flowers are produced from early to midsummer into fall on well-branched plants with deep bronzy green hairy foliage. The Brown-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia triloba, is very similar in all regards to the wild forms of the Black-Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta, and it begins flowering about the time that the latter species is finished for the year. This biennial to short-lived perennial is a heat tolerant, sun-loving, deer and rabbit resistant native well-suited to both the garden and landscape as well as in naturalistic settings like prairies, meadows, and roadside plantings. It readily reseeds on exposed soils but is not aggressive or difficult to control. It prefers a full to mostly sunny position in well-drained, average moist to semi-dry soils. The flowers of the Brown-Eyed Susan offer pollen and nectar to bees, smaller butterflies, and other garden beneficials. The seeds offer food for songbirds and small mammals. Item# 11980

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

Burgundy Blast Baptisia, False Indigo

Baptisia 'Burgundy Blast' PPAF

New in 2022 and a breakthrough color! Dense spikes of dark wine purple pea-like flowers that are accented by a contrasting primrose yellow keel are held above the mound of deep green foliage. Flowers are produced in late spring to early summer and attract mainly bees. Burgundy Blast Baptisia or False Indigo, a hybrid cultivar of US native species (a.k.a. nativar), with good vigor and deep green foliage growing to about 3' x 3'. These are easy and low-maintenance, deer resistant, long-lived, taprooted perennials that produce more and more flowering spikes with each passing year with some plants producing over a 100 spikes on mature plants. Considered a must for the cutflower garden as the spikes have an excellent vase life. Provide Baptisias with a full to mostly sunny site in a soil with average or better drainage and moderate fertility. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12893

Grows To: 36-42"H x 36-42"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, *Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The dense, rounded, white to greenish-white, up to 1" diameter, flower clusters sit atop thick sturdy stems that emerge from a rosette of soft yucca-like foliage and are produced over an extended period in summer. Button Snakeroot, Eryngium yuccifolium, is a tough and long-lived, adaptable clump forming native perennial whose long-lasting summer flowers will attract a myriad of butterflies, bees, wasps and other pollinators to your garden. Typically found in consistently moist settings like bogs, moist savannahs, prairies, and meadows but it readily tolerates average moist garden conditions. Provide Button Snakeroot with a full to mostly sunny site in an average moist to moist soil. Item# 9260

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Wide ruffled white falls and standards with contrasting green and gold veining at the base of the petals with standards that are white to cream with green veining and flowering in midseason. Cajun Whirl Louisiana Iris is a vigorous growing plant reaching about 40" high at flowering. Bred by Dorman Haymon and registered in 1987 and was first introduced by Deep South Gardens in 1990. Louisiana Irises prefer a full to mostly sunny site in a moist, wet, to average moist, fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 12360

Grows To: 30-40"H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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

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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Carolina Moonlight Baptisia produces loads of sturdy spikes filled with rich buttery yellow pea-like blossoms that emerge in mid to late spring with the flowers attracting larger bees. 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. This is a hybrid of two native species, a.k.a. 'nativar'. Carolina Moonlight Baptisia received 4.5 out of 5 stars in 2012-2015 Baptisia Trials at Mount Cuba Center! Item# 10860

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Sweetly fragrant, 6" wide, clusters of deep pink flowers with deep magenta throats are held atop the dark glossy green heart-shaped foliage. The fragrant flowers attract mainly butterflies but other pollinators may show up as well. Cashmere Bouquet, Clerodendrum bungei, is an upright typically single stemmed perennial growing to about 2-4' high, occassionally to 6-8' high under freeze free conditions, and will spread vigorously if grown in the ground via underground runners creating a dense groundcover. Planted outdoors in areas where hard freezes occur, like in zones 7-9, the stems of the plant typically freeze to the ground and at the very least are typcially deciduous anywhere hard frosts occur. Cashmere Bouquet can also be enjoyed as a low maintenance container plant where it will remain more confined, click here to learn more. Item# 11316

Grows To: 2-4'H x 1-2'W and spreading, potentially to 6-8'H under freeze free conditions
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Part sun, Bright shade, Filtered shade, Morning sun, Mostly sunny, Full sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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

Correll's False Dragonhead is a rare but wonderful, seemingly more refined garden species that is as vigorous as it is beautiful. The dense spikes of purplish-pink, tubular, often speckled, flowers are held atop sturdy, 3' high stems in summer. Like most other Physostegias, Correll's False Dragonhead does spread by large rhizomes even in average soils. The leaves of this species are toothed, widest in the middle, sessile, and are almost always a rich dark green. Item# 10236.

Grows To: 3-7'H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Jack in the Bush or Crucita is truly one of the very best butterfly plants! The nectar rich, light blue to purple, flat topped flower clusters make perfect landing platforms for pollinators of all shapes and sizes. Crucita can be found in flower as early as mid summer to late fall. Item# 10670.

Grows To: 3-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Dallas Red Lantana has long been popular for its profusion of flowers that open a dark orange and fade to a brilliant red. This is certainly on of the best larger growing red flowered Lantana cultivars. An excellent choice for attracting butterflies and other pollinators to your garden. Item# 9946.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Dalmatian Purple Foxgloves

Digitalis purpurea 'Dalmatian Purple'

The tall spikes to 3-4' high are densely covered in large lilac to purple flowers, with darker maroon spots in the throat, are borne in late spring to early summer atop the rosette large medium green textured foliage. Dalmatian Purple Foxgloves are a Fleuro Select Award winner that flowers the first year, has better branching, improved vigor, and consistent uniformity. Provide a site with good drainage in a loamy acidic soil with average moisture and moderate fertility. Foxgloves are tolerant of more sun where summer climates are cooler. In hot summer climates shade to filtered shade during the heat of the day is preferential. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11915

Grows To: 36-48''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Part sun, Part shade, Midday shade, *Full sun in cool summer climates
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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David Verity Cigar Plant, Cuphea

Cuphea x 'David Verity'

1" tubular orange blooms, tipped in white, are produced from spring to fall on this upright to spreading shrub-like perennial. David Verity Cigar Plant is an easy to grow, heat and sunloving hybrid Cuphea that flowers non-stop from spring or early summer through fall. In the portion of its range where freezes occur, it can be grown as an annual or if protected with a mulch it is generally a reliable perennial well into zone 8. David Verity Cuphea makes for an easy and rewarding container specimen as well as in the garden and landscape. Excellent for hummingbirds and larger butterflies. Item # 361

Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3'W to 4-5'H x 4-5'W in frost free climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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DECADENCE DELUXE® Pink Lemonade Baptisia, False Indigo

Baptisia 'Pink Lemonade' PP30669 CPBR6255

A unique bicolor with a vigorous habit! Large, dark purplish to charcoal colored, lupine-like spikes and buds open to contrasting soft lemony yellow, pea-shaped flowers that mature to raspberry pink and are held above a neat mound of blue-green foliage in spring to early summer attracting bees and other pollinators.  DECADENCE DELUXE® Pink Lemonade Baptisia, a hybrid cultivar of our native species (a.k.a. nativar), has exceptional vigor developing into a vase-shaped 4'x4' plant as well as foliage that lasts through summer. These are easy and low-maintenance, deer resistant, long-lived, taprooted perennials that produce more and more flowering spikes with each passing year with some plants producing over a 100 spikes on mature plants. Considered a must for the cutflower garden as the spikes have an excellent vase life. Provide Baptisias with a full to mostly sunny site in a soil with average or better drainage and moderate fertility. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12667

 

Grows To: 4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, *Part sun
PW Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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DECADENCE DELUXE® Pink Truffles Baptisia, False Indigo

Baptisia 'Pink Truffles' PP26588 CPBR5333

Large, dark purplish to charcoal colored, lupine-like spikes and buds open to purplish-pink pea-shaped flowers with a contrasting yellow keel that lighten as they age and are held above a neat mound of blue-green foliage in spring to early summer attracting bees and other pollinators. DECADENCE DELUXE® Pink Truffles Baptisia, a hybrid cultivar of our native species (a.k.a. nativar), has exceptional vigor developing into a vase-shaped 4'x4' plant as well as foliage that lasts through summer. These are easy and low-maintenance, deer resistant, long-lived, taprooted perennials that produce more and more flowering spikes with each passing year with some plants producing over a 100 spikes on mature plants. Considered a must for the cutflower garden as the spikes have an excellent vase life. Provide Baptisias with a full to mostly sunny site in a soil with average or better drainage and moderate fertility. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12668

 

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

DECADENCE® Dark Chocolate Baptisia, False Indigo

Baptisia 'Dark Chocolate' PP30959 CPBRAF

The huge flower spikes can exceed 24" long and are adorned with deep charcoal purple, pea-like flowers that are produced in late spring to early summer, depending on your growing zone, and are held above the dense mounds of lush green foliage. The flowers attract a variety of bee species. DECADENCE® Dark Chocolate Baptisia or False Indigo, a hybrid cultivar of our native species (a.k.a. nativar), has excellent vigor with a slightly more compact habit than many of the other cultivars currently available. These are easy and low-maintenance, deer resistant, long-lived, taprooted perennials that produce more and more flowering spikes with each passing year with some plants producing over a 100 spikes on mature plants. Considered a must for the cutflower garden as the spikes have an excellent vase life. Provide Baptisias with a full to mostly sunny site in a soil with average or better drainage and moderate fertility. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12900

Grows To: 36-42"H x 36"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, *Part sun
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Double White Angel's Trumpet, Devil's Trumpet

Datura fastuosa 'Double White', D. metel

8-10" long, double, creamy white, night fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers are produced throughout the warmer months of the year or nearly year round when grown in a greenhouse or conservatory. The Double White Angel's Trumpet, a form of Datura metel, is often grown as an annual or short-lived shrub-like perennial and it is easy enough to save a few seed from the large capsules once they split open to grow new ones for next year. These are fast growing small to medium-sized, shrub-like, frost tender tropical plants that are easy and rewarding. Also known as Devil's Trumpet, due to the poisonous properties of this member of the Nightshade family. Provide a full sun to partly shaded site, in a well-drained, fertile soil with average moisture for optimum vigor and flowering. The large white fragrant flowers should be a great addition to a moon-moth garden. Item# 12941

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9B,10,(9? with protection)
Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Dwarf Mexican Fire Bush, Hamelia, Firebush

Hamelia patens var. glabra 'Nana', H. patens var. glabra 'Firefly'

Clusters of fiery-orange tubular blooms are seemingly born throughout the year atop this miniature growing plant and attract hummingbirds as well as larger butterflies. The compact form of the Dwarf Mexican Firebush lend it to smaller spaces and for use in containers. Surprisingly it appears to be just as hardy as the larger form and can be grown as a die-back perennial well into zone 8. Provide a full to mostly sunny position for the best results. Item# 403

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W as a dieback perennial, 6-10'H x 6-10'W as a tropical shrub
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Dwarf Weeping Blue Ginger

Dichorisandra penduliflora

Drooping clusters of blue blooms are borne practically throughout the year. Tropical glossy green ginger-like foliage is borne on stiff fleshy stems. Item # 998

Grows To: 2'H x 2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Electric Purple Salvia, Sage

Salvia 'Electric Purple'

Electric Purple Salvia produces electrifying dark royal purple, 2" long tubular flowers that emerge from black calyxes along black spikes throughout the growing season. So far it has been very similar to the hybrid Purple Majesty in flower, foliage, and form and we expect its hardiness to be similar as well. Provide a full to mostly sunny position in a rich, well-draining garden soil with average moisture. Item# 11574

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

Ember's Wish Salvia

Salvia x 'Ember's Wish'

Bright coral orange 2" long tubular flowers emerge from light orange to coral colored calyxes on tall spikes atop a bushy, vigorous, and free flowering Salvia with deep green foliage and burgundy stems for a nice strong contrast. Ember's Wish, like its sport parent Wendy's Wish, flowers non-stop from spring to fall and attracts loads of hummingbirds as well as larger butterflies. A portion of the proceeds from each plant sold is donated to Make A Wish® Australia. Provide a mostly sunny position and moderately fertile, well-drained soil for the best results. Item# 11159

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 23
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Bog Sage, Blue Spike Sage

Salvia uliginosa

Spikes of 1/2" long, tubular, two-lipped, deep azure blue flowers have a contrasting bright white bee-guide and throat are produced in late spring or early summer and continue into fall atop the tall wispy stems. The nectar rich flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Bog Sage, Salvia uliginosa, is a rhizomatous, herbaceous perennial producing a multitude of tall thin wiry stems that can reach 5-6' high in rich fertile moist soils but tends to remain shorter, 3-4' high or so, under average moist garden conditions, which it can tolerate quite well, despite its name, once fully established. it tends to be more restrained under drier conditions as well. Its long flowering season and ease of care have garnered Bog Sage the RHS Award of Garden Merit. It can tolerate full sun in the cooler portions of its range but may be at its best where it receives a little midday shade in areas with hot summer climates. Item# 12906

Grows To: 4-6'H and spreading, space about 1' apart for groupings
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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