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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.

 

 

Luna Moth Ginger

Hedychium x 'Luna Moth'

Much like our old favorite the Butterfly Ginger but with much larger (like the size of a Luna Moth) white fragrant flowers that are borne from early summer to fall on shorter sturdier stems to 3-4'H and large lush tropical foliage. An excellent cut flower whose fragrance can fill a room. Multiplies readily but not uncontrollably. Item# 9775.

Grows To: 3-4'H
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Filtered shade, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Maui Gold Giant Elephant Ears

Colocasia 'Maui Gold' PP24482

Remember how Elephant Ears were considered invasive, guess what this one is not! From the Royal Hawaiian series of Colocasias comes Maui Gold, 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 Maui Gold is a bright chartreuse green that sits atop sometimes purple tinged green stems. Prefers moist soils. Item# 10546.

Grows To: 3-5'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Maui Sunrise Giant Elephant Ears

Colocasia 'Maui Sunrise' PPAF

The large deep green glossy heart-shaped foliage is centered by broad bold bands of white and yellow variegation that follows the veining pattern on younger leaves and narrows to along the main central vein at maturity. Maui Sunrise Giant Elephant Ears, which is reminiscent of White Lava, is one of the newest additions to the tightly clump-forming Royal Hawaiian Colocasia series. Unlike the old varieties, these newer hybrids do not run! These tropical perennials prefer moist soils but otherwise can be used as container plants, garden perennials, and in bog or water garden settings where it can be submerged up to 2" deep. Photo courtesy of PlantHaven International, planthaven.com. Item# 12043
 

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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This newly introduced variety of Yellow Bells was selected for earlier and more consistent flowering habits. The large golden yellow trumpets are born in loose clusters from summer to fall on this woody perennial. Occasional deadheading promotes more blooms, though it is not required. Mulch deeply in winter for best results. Item # 9327

Grows To: 4-8'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Mercedes' Magic Variegated Coral Porterweed

Stachytarpheta mutabilis 'Mercedes Magic'

Almost Eden's own variegated form of Coral Porterweed, Mercedes' Magic still produces long spikes of coral colored flowers that are excellent for attracting hummingbirds, butterflies, and larger bees but with a nice backdrop of variegated foliage. The foliage is heavily variegated and starts out a soft yellow and green and matures to creamy white and green. The variegation can be nearly solid white on some leaves ranging through flecks, stripes, and splotches. Mercedes' Magic Variegated Coral Porterweed is named in honor of Jeff''s oldest daughter. Item# 11375

Grows To: 3-5'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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The typical Mexican Butterfly Weed that produces clusters of orange to red-orange flowers with contrasting sunny yellow centers are produced from mid to late spring to frost or nearly year round under warm tropical conditions. An excellent host plant for Monarch, Queen, and Soldier Butterflies. It has a naturally upright to vase shaped habit and the stems are adorned with medium sized deep green narrow foliage. Mexican Butterfly Weed can be grown as a short-lived (2-3 years usually) die-back perennial in zones 8-9, it should remain evergreen in zone 10, and is commonly grown as an annual in colder zones. Makes a wonderful heat and sunloving plant with something of a tropical look. Use Mexican Butterfly Weed at the back of the perennial border or in mixed combination pots. Item# 502

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

Large clusters of fiery orange-red tubular flowers are produced from summer through fall to yearround in warm tropical climates and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Clusters of shiny black 3/8" fruit develop on pollinated flowers and are utilized by songbirds. When grown in full to mostly sunny conditions the foliage generally has a reddish tinge. The Firebush, Hamelia patens var. patens, is native to the southern half of Florida and is evergreen under frost free conditions and can develop into a medium to large shrub. *We have grown this species in our zone 8B gardens for over 30 years as a quite reliable 3-4' high die-back perennial. Each winter it freezes back to its crown and then returns in mid to late spring to flower through much of summer and into fall. Provide a full to mostly sunny site, although they are fairly tolerant, for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 898

Grows To: 4-8'H x 4-6'W as a shrub, 3-4'H x 4-5'W as a dieback perennial
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Midnight Marvel Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus x 'Midnight Marvel' PP24079

Large 8-9" wide glowing deep red flowers are held against the dark burgundy maple-like foliage of this hardy Hibiscus. Midnight Marvel Perennial Hibiscus is a show stopper that absolutely pops in the summer and early fall landscape! Another excellent Walter's Gardens introduction, this hardy Hibiscus is sure to make a statement whether in the garden and landscape or all on its own. Like some of the other Walter's Gardens Hibiscus introduction, Midnight Marvel flowers all the way from the top to the bottom of these naturally rounded plants. Provide full to mostly sun and a moderately rich moist soil. Item# 11420

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Midnight Mexican Bush Sage produces long, rich purple, tubular flowers that emerge from velvety purple calyxes creating long upright to gently arching spikes of flowers in late summer and fall (and spring where protected from freezing). Soft velvety finely textured foliage on a durable and deer proof, reliable, clump forming perennial. Great for hummingbirds and butterflies! Item# 2981.

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

Loads of 2' long spikes of deep violet-blue pea shaped flowers are held well above the green foliage of this new hybrid Baptisia from Dr. Jim Ault of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Midnight Prairieblues™ creates an upright to vase-shaped plant that blooms for an extended period in spring. An excellent addition to the perennial border or cut-flower garden that is drought tolerant, deer resistant, durable, long-lived, and easy. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 10156.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Deep glowing red full Hibiscus flowers are held against the deep burgundy foliage of this exceptionally beautiful hardy and compact Hibiscus and Mimi is sure to be a conversation piece in any garden. Begins flowering early and at a young age. This is a cold hardy perennial Hibiscus that is well suited to container culture or in moist garden settings as well as in the shallow edges of water gardens, ponds, and in bog gardens. Item# 11149

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

One of the hardiest Lantana on the market, Miss Huff thumbs her nose at cold weather all the way to zone 7! A wonderfully free flowering Lantana whose clusters of flowers open yellow, fade to orange, coral, and finally near pink and are born from summer to frost. An excellent choice for butterflies! Miss Huff Lantana comes highly recommended by Texas horticulturist and plantsman Greg Grant and is also a 2003 Georgia Gold Medal winner. Item# 9727.

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

Missy Puryear's Pink Turks Cap

Malvaviscus x 'Missy Puryear'

Loads of rich pink flowers are produced from late spring or early summer until frost on a slightly more compact Turkscap. Missy Puryear Turkscap was developed by noted plantsman and horticulturist Greg Grant, a result of his many years of Turkscap breeding. This is a hummingbird's delight! A vigorous and easy to grow, long-lived perennial for full sun to part shade and is drought resistant once established. Item# 11322

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Musical Notes Clerodendrum

Rotheca incisa, Clerodendrum incisum macrosiphon

More interesting than the open flowers are the buds which look like pure white musical notes standing at attention in dense clusters atop the stems. The buds open at night to widely flaring pure white flowers with 3-4" long tubes and often last well into morning. This is definitely a plant for the patio where it can be enjoyed up close on a warm summer evening. Blooms come in waves almost continuously throughout the warmer months. Item# 521.

Grows To: 3-5'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Neches River Rosemallow

Hibiscus dasycalyx

A rare and endangered perennial Hibiscus that is native to just a few counties in east Texas. 3-5" wide, creamy white Hibiscus flowers with a burgundy eye are born from mid-summer to fall. Finely textured, and deeply cut, deep green foliage adds to the charm of this Hibiscus. Seems to do equally well under moist conditions as under average garden conditions. Item# 9400.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 5B,6,7,8,9,10,*(mulch young plants in 5B-8)
Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Upright to arching, bluish green to yellow green, narrow foliage forms tight clumps that can reach 6' across or more. Upon maturity the New Mexico False Yucca produces 8-12' high sturdy stems from which long horizontal to arching spikes of green, cream, to white,1" wide flowers emerge. A drought resistant evergreen into zone 7. Provide this unusual south Texas native with a well-drained, average moist to moderately dry soil in a full to mostly sunny position for the best results. Item# 10980.

Grows To: 3-6'H x 4-6'W foliage, 8'H flower spikes
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Large dangling masses of white butterfly-like flowers cascade from atop the deep dark green foliage of this upright to arching evergreen tropical in late summer and fall. The Nodding Clerodendrum makes an easy to grow container plant and can be enjoyed as a hanging basket plant when young bringing the nodding flowers to eye level. Even when not in flower the deep green glossy foliage makes a nice container plant. Hardy into zone 9. Item# 529

Grows To: 3-7'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
2.25 inch Pots / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Omega Skyrocket Stokesia Daisy, Stoke's Aster

Stokesia laevis 'Omega Skyrocket'

A giant among Stokesias, Omega Skyrocket can reach heights of 3-4' when in flower and still produces the same large cornflower blue daisies typical of the species beginning in late spring with an extended flowering season that can continue into mid and late summer on well-established plants. Omega Skyrocket Stokesia was discovered by Ozzie Johnson and Ron Determann of the Atlanta Botanical Garden in Omega, Georgia in the1990s. Stoke's Aster comes highly recommended and it's easy to see why with moderate drought resistance, few pest or disease problems, deer and rabbit resistance and it revels in the heat and sun of our southern summers. Plants readily multiply into dense clumps. Super easy and tough. Item# 11951

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,(5,6 if mulched)
Grows To: 10-12''H x 12-16''W, to 3-4'H when in flower
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Onyx and Pearls Penstemon, Beardtongue

Penstemon digitalis 'Onyx and Pearls' PP32613

The exceptionally dark purple to near black foliage provides the perfect foil for the numerous 2-3' high spikes of light lavender tubular flowers that appear white against their backdrop. Onyx and Pearls Penstemon or Beardtongue begins flowering in late spring to early summer providing weeks of color and a feast of nectar for hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. Even when not in flower the cloak of dark foliage provides a wonderful contrast for its neighbors. This easy to grow, clump-forming perennial is a selection of our native Foxglove Beardtongue, Penstemon digitalis, and will perform best in a moist to average moist, well-drained soil and a full to mostly sunny site will provide the darkest foliage color. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12308

Grows To: 36-42''H x 36-42''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Large clusters of orange-yellow trumpets have a dark orange patch along with darker orange streaks leading into the throat of each flower. Similar in growth habit and appears to be comparable in flower power to Gold Star. Esperanzas are root hardy, die-back perennials into zone 8 and can become large shrubs to small trees in tropical climates. These are easy to grow reliable and free flowering garden additions that can be enjoyed as container plants where not hardy. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in a fertile, well-drained soil for the best results. Flowers attract bees and occasionally butterflies and hummingbirds. Item# 10961

Grows To: 3-5'H x 3-5'W and larger in mild winter climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Pam Puryear's Pink Turks Cap

Malvaviscus x 'Pam Puryear's Pink'

1", sleepy, rose to coral-pink flowers are borne from late spring to fall on this vigorous perennial. Tough, easy, and great for Hummingbirds. A relatively new introduction from that great Texas plantsman Greg Grant and was named after his friend and the 'Rose Rustler' founder Pam Puryear. This Turk's Cap has won the prestigious Lynn Lowery Award from the Native Plant Society of Texas! Item# 1082.

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

Pink Hammock Shrubverbena, Small-Headed Lantana

Lantana canescens (pink form)

Dainty clusters of pastel pink and yellow flowers are produced throughout the growing season on this shrubby native Lantana and are followed by clusters of decorative pinkish purple fruit. Hammock Shrubverbena is a native of extreme southern Florida and the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The flowers provide nectar for a variety of pollinators including butterflies and bees. Use as an informal hedge or container plant where not hardy. Item# 11233

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'+W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Pinnate Prairie Coneflower, Grayheaded Coneflower

Ratibida pinnata, Lepachys pinnata, Rudbeckia pinnata

3" yellow daisies top the tall wispy stems of this vigorous native perennial from mid spring to late summer. Finely cut rich green pinnately divided foliage adds a soft textural backdrop for the profusion of flowers. An easy and reliably perennial native for the back of the border. An excellent choice for pollinators. Image courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 9720.

Grows To: 3-5'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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With flowers to 10" across that are a brilliant purplish-pink with a magenta eye and dark bronze-green foliage who wouldn't be Plum Crazy about this gorgeous perennial Hibiscus. If you can't tell, this is one of my personal favorites for it's unique color and crape paper-like petals. This root hardy die-back Perennial or Hardy Hibiscus has a relatively compact habit and is tolerant of soil moisture levels ranging from average moist to wet. Provide a full to mostly sunny site and a moderately fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. See our Hardy Hibiscus Growing Guide to learn more about how to get the most out this hardy perennial. Item# 10158.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Luna Moth Ginger

Hedychium x 'Luna Moth'

Much like our old favorite the Butterfly Ginger but with much larger (like the size of a Luna Moth) white fragrant flowers that are borne from early summer to fall on shorter sturdier stems to 3-4'H and large lush tropical foliage. An excellent cut flower whose fragrance can fill a room. Multiplies readily but not uncontrollably. Item# 9775.

Grows To: 3-4'H
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Filtered shade, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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