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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.

 

 

Galaxy White Agapanthus, Lily of the Nile

Agapanthus 'Galaxy White'

Vigorous and reliably hardy to zone 6! Large rounded clusters, to 5" across, composed of pure white trumpets are perched atop strong 3-4' sturdy stems on a tight clump forming plant with upright to arching narrow rich green foliage. Galaxy White Agapanthus has been successfully trialed for over 7 years in Zeeland, Michigan by the folks at Walter's Gardens with excellent reliability, vigor and cold hardiness. Our plants are in bud at the time of this writing, 5-25-2020, but will likely flower in summer where winters are coldest. Use Galaxy White Agapanthus anywhere you want to make a statement and the flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item#12137

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
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Rated as an exceptional perennial by both SFA and UGA! This tough and easily grown rhizomatous perennial produces tall spikes of 1-2" tubular flowers that open yellow and then fade to orange and red and are born on tall sturdy stems to 4'H. Giant Cigar typically flowers in late summer and fall, just in time for migrating Hummingbirds. Moderately drought tolerant once well-established. Item# 429.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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The most floriferous Esperanza that we grow! Gold Star Esperanza produces an endless display of large clusters of large golden yellow, lightly fragrant trumpets from late spring to frost. This Greg Grant selection is the standard by which all other Esperanza's are judged. Hardy, heat and sun loving, and with a nicely branched habit Gold Star Esperanza is great for tropical settings in containers and in the garden. Attracts pollinators including butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees. Item # 9902.

 
Gold Star is also considered to be lightly fragrant like the tall growing types. If you like you can read more about this great cultivar from the Texas Agrilife Extension Service here: http://www.plantanswers.com/arcadia_pages/plant_of_the_month/gold_star.htm
 Item# 9902.
Grows To: 3-5'H x 3-5'W and larger in mild winter climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Golden Plume

Schaueria flavicoma, S. calicotricha

3-4" high fuzzy yellow spikes of tubular flowers are borne throughout the year on this easily grown tropical. Golden Plume is very similar to most Justicias in form and habit. The wide dark green foliage makes a nice foil for the spikes of yellow flowers. Item# 9684.

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

Grandpa's Pumpkin Patch Lantana (shrub, orange)

Lantana x 'Grandpa's Pumpkin Patch'

Few plants can consistently attract as many butterflies as this Lantana making the plant appear alive with these fluttering wonders, especially in summer and fall. Grandpa's Pumpkin Patch Lantana produces yellow centered clusters of brilliant pumpkin orange flowers from late spring to frost on this vigorous Lantana that can certainly keep up with New Gold for flowering ability. Item# 9605

Grows To: 4-5'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Gunsmoke Switchgrass

Panicum virgatum 'Gunsmoke' PP32373

Steel blue spring and summer foliage is topped by nicely contrasting tan colored airy panicles in late summer and fall. In fall the foliage changes to yellow and finally beige creating winter interest and providing food, habitat, and nesting material for a variety of birds and other fauna. Gunsmoke is a selection of our native Switchgrass, Panicum virgatum, with an initially upright to vase shaped habit becoming rounded once flowering begins. This is a naturally clump-forming herbaceous perennial that is found throughout much of the US and into Canada, except for the westernmost states, and is a major component of the Tall Grass Prairies. Switchgrass was also used by native Americans to build long-lasting, rain resistant shelters. The foliage is a larval host to the Delaware Skipper and Dotted Skippers. Adaptable to a wide variety of soil types and moisture regimes. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12305

Grows To: 4-5'H x 3'W space as close as 1-2' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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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

Hawaiian Punch Giant Elephant Ears

Colocasia 'Hawaiian Punch' PP24596

Remember how Elephant Ears were considered invasive, guess what this one is not! From the Royal Hawaiian series of Colocasias comes Hawaiian Punch, a tightly clump forming, cold hardy perennial with a great tropical effect in the garden or in containers. The large 3'+, almost heart-shaped, tropical foliage of Hawaiian Punch Elephant Ears is a glossy dark green and are edged with a narrow band of burgundy. The bright, near rhubarb red stems and veins on the bottom of the leaves add to the show. Prefers moist soils. Image courtesy of Plant Haven, Inc. all rights reserved. Item# 10547.
 
 

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Henlea's Hummingbird Heaven Porterweed

Stachytarpheta mutabilis var. violacea 'Henlea's Hummingbird Heaven'

Produces larger purple flowers with a slightly lighter red-purple eye and less conspicuous white throat, Henlea's Hummingbird Heaven Porterweed appears to be the true Lavender Porterweed although it has a denser more compact growth habit than our Coral Porterweed. Like all of our Porterweeds, this one is an exceptional flowering plant producing copious amounts of nectar for hummingbirds, butterflies, and a variety of bees from spring to fall or year round in warm, frost-free climates. We hope you will enjoy this new cultivar, named after Jeff's granddaughter, as much as our pollinators have! Item# 11319

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

Hummingbird Bush, Flame Acanthus

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var wrightii, A. quadrifidus

Deep reddish-orange upward facing tubular blooms are borne an upright to spreading deciduous shrub. Blooms from mid-summer to fall. As the name implies, Hummingbirds enjoy the nectar of this shrub. A tough Texas native and is drought tolerant once established. Cut to the ground in spring for denser growth. Needs a well drained soil. Item# 461

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

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
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Indigo Spires Salvia

Salvia x 'Indigo Spires'

Long spikes of deep indigo, tubular flowers are borne continuously from spring to frost on this vigorous perennial Salvia. Indigo Spires has long been one of our favorites and is a reliable performer in the landscape producing a 2-4 high plant with medium green foliage. The nectar rich flowers provide fodder for a variety of pollinators including hummingbirds, butterflies, and a variety of bees but especially bumblebees in our gardens. The flower color may appear more purple or more blue to different people, in this case it is all in the eye of the beholder. Item# 909.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Jacob Cline is one of the more reliable selections of Scarlet Bee Balm producing large clusters of brilliant red tubular flowers atop sturdy 3-4' stems in summer. Considered to be one of the most vigorous and disease resistant cultivars available. A clump-forming, slowly spreading winter deciduous perennial that enjoys moist but well-drained soils and ample sunlight. A hummingbird magnet! Item# 10541.

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

Kisses and Wishes Salvia

Salvia x 'Kisses and Wishes' PPAF PBRAF

Rosy pink 2" long tubular flowers emerge from the tall spikes atop this vigorous Salvia from spring to fall (or year round under tropical conditions) with rich deep green foliage as a backdrop. Kisses and Wishes Salvia is a sport of the highly popular Wendy's Wish Salvia whose flowers are a deep fuchsia. Use this exceptional Salvia in the garden and landscape or in medium to large containers in a sunny location where its flowers are sure to be utilized by hummingbirds and other long tongued pollinators. Kisses and Wishes Salvia can be used as an annual or it can be overwintered indoors in a warm sunny greenhouse or window. Item# 11675

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

The dark coppery to burgundy colored cloak of foliage is topped by a summer long display of large full light pink to near white flowers that are delicately marked with darker pink veining and a burgundy eye. A truly remarkable contrast that is impossible to miss in the landscape! A clump forming moisture loving perennial, Kopper King's compact habit and dark foliage make it a stand out when sited behind Louisiana Irises or next to the chartreuse foliage of Maui Gold Elephant Ears. Image courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 10925

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

Stachytarpheta 'Lavender'

Nectar-rich, light purple flowers are produced continuously from spring to fall on tall spikes that butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds cannot seem to resist! Lavender Porterweed is a medium to large growing exceptionally full and vigorous Porterweed was once considered to be a purple form of the highly popular Coral Porterweed although we have learned that this is a sterile or nearly sterile hybrid cultivar. Porterweeds are excellent nectar producers outperforming nearly all other butterfly plants in the garden. Item# 483

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

Lemon Grass

Cymbopogon citratus

This scented grass is a clump former, quite pleasing, grown for its deliciously scented lemon leaves. Lemon grass is used in Thai cooking and commonly with fish, the tender stalk at the base of the plant, that is blanched by lack of sunlight is snapped away, stripped of any brown or green leaves and the tender central portion of the leaf stalk (composed of a multitude of maturing leaves) is used. Item# 487

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W
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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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Little Henry Sweet Coneflower

Rudbeckia subtomentosa 'Little Henry' PP23590, EU 36960

Golden yellow quilled ray petals surround deep brown-eyed cones. The unique flowers of Little Henry Sweet Coneflower are produced on many branched sturdy stems beginning in mid to late summer with the show lasting often into fall on well established plants. A compact form of Henry Eilers with sturdier flower stems and an earlier flowering time, Little Henry's poise and uniqueness lend it to use in smaller spaces but it is sure to make a big statement in nearly any garden or landscape. A clump forming, native perennial whose flowers attract a variety of garden beneficials. Image courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries, www.terranovanurseries.com. Item# 10921.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W, space 1-2' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Longwood Blue Bluebeard, Spiraea, Caryopteris

Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Longwood Blue'

Dense clusters of fragrant dark azure to blue-violet flowers nearly cover up the nicely contrasting blue-gray foliage of this shrubby perennial beginning in mid to late summer and continuing into fall. The flowers attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Longwood Blue Bluebeard is a vigorous freely flowering selection of Caryopteris growing to 4' high and 3-4' wide and selected by Longwood Gardens of Pennsylvania. Caryopteris prefers a well-drained soil in a full to mostly sunny position. Somewhat drought resistant once well-established. A Missouri Botanic Gardens Plant of Merit award winner. Item# 11671

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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The gray evergreen foliage of this durable native perennial contrasts nicely in the garden. Louisiana Artemesia, sometimes called Dusty Miller, creates a mass of silvery-gray foliage and stems that spreads fairly quickly and develops into large colonies. Drought tolerant, deer and pest resistant, and a good larger groundcover. Item# 10343.

Grows To: 18-36"H x 12-24"W++
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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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?)

Love and Wishes Salvia

Salvia x 'Love and Wishes' PP27057

Purple 2" long tubular flowers emerge from dark colored spikes atop a bushy, vigorous, and free flowering Salvia that flowers from spring to fall. Love and Wishes Salvia attracts hummingbirds throughout the growing season 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# 11158

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

Galaxy White Agapanthus, Lily of the Nile

Agapanthus 'Galaxy White'

Vigorous and reliably hardy to zone 6! Large rounded clusters, to 5" across, composed of pure white trumpets are perched atop strong 3-4' sturdy stems on a tight clump forming plant with upright to arching narrow rich green foliage. Galaxy White Agapanthus has been successfully trialed for over 7 years in Zeeland, Michigan by the folks at Walter's Gardens with excellent reliability, vigor and cold hardiness. Our plants are in bud at the time of this writing, 5-25-2020, but will likely flower in summer where winters are coldest. Use Galaxy White Agapanthus anywhere you want to make a statement and the flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item#12137

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