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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.

 

 

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

Midnight Marvel Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus x 'Midnight Marvel' PP24079

Large 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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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

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

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

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
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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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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Oooo la la! Plum Flambe™ Summer Spice™ Perennial Hibiscus boasts a near endless summer display of large truly PURPLE flowers held against deep green foliage on a vigorous yet compact 3' x 3' plant. The large plum flambe colored flowers are produced from early summer until first frost on this break through color in perennial or hardy hibiscus. The Summer Spice™ Perennial Hibiscus is an award winning series of new perennial or hardy Hibiscus developed by the Texas A&M University AgriLife Research and the Texas Foundation Seed Service and are being marketed by JBerry Nursery. Images and the information provided are courtesy of JBerry Nursery. These Hardy Hibiscus also make great additions to bog gardens and moist areas. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in a moist rich garden soil. Item# 11614

Grows To: 3'H x 3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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The tall sturdy dense spikes of rich purple flowers of this beautiful native wildflower attract loads of butterflies and pollinators in summer. An easily grown native perennial that also makes an excellent cut flower, fresh or dried. The large bulb-like corm will produce several flower spikes once mature. Best in average to moist soils. Item# 9559.

Grows To: 36-60"H space 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

In mid to late summer and fall, large clusters of frilly deep purple nectar rich flowers are produced atop the sturdy upright 4-5' high stems. Prairie, Common, or Smooth Ironweed is a clump forming native perennial found in the central US and is common to moist soils but it performs quite well in average moist soils. The flowers of Ironweeds attract a variety of pollinators including bees and butterflies and the foliage of Ironweeds are considered a caterpillar host plant for the American Painted Lady Butterfly. Deadhead to prevent unwanted seedlings. Provide a full to mostly sunny position for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 11758

Grows To: 3-6'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Partial shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Pumpkin Pie Hummingbird Bush, Flame Acanthus

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var wrightii 'Pumpkin Pie', A. quadrifidus

Soft pumpkin-orange upward facing tubular blooms are borne on an upright to spreading deciduous shrub. A new color twist on and old favorite. 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# 9671.

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

Purple & Bloom Salvia, Anise Sage

Salvia guaranitica 'Purple & Bloom' PPAF

Large rich purple tubular flowers emerge from black calyxes and flower spikes and are produced from spring to fall on plants that are slightly more compact than Amistad. Purple & Bloom Salvia, a Salvia guaranitica hybrid, was selected for its exceptional flower power and smaller stature similar to Black & Bloom making it a good candidate for medium to large containers. The flowers attract hummingbirds and larger butterflies. Provide a full to mostly site in an average moist, fertile, well-drained soil for optimum vigor and continuous flowering. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, all rights reserved. Item# 11982

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

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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