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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.

 

 

Mountain or Royal Sage produces loose spikes of glowing orange-red tubular flowers from mid summer to fall just in time for migrating Hummingbirds. This Texas and Mexican native is a root hardy perennial in the northern portions of its range but may become shrub-like in mild winter climates. Easy, drought tolerant once established, and virtually pest free. Item# 10021.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-5'W and larger in mild climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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San Antonio Red Hummingbird Bush, Flame Acanthus

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var wrightii 'San Antonio Red', A. quadrifidus

San Antonio Red is one of the reddest flowered Hummingbird Bushes producing rich red upward facing tubular flowers that are borne in spike-like clusters from summer to fall on this tough and durable Texas native. The Hummingbird Bush is a small deciduous shrub that loves the heat and sun. Quite drought tolerant once well established and it does prefer a well drained soil. An absolute Hummingbird magnet and its great for the butterflies too. Item# 10034.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Screamin' Yellow Wild Indigo, Yellow False Indigo, Baptisia

Baptisia sphaerocarpa 'Screamin' Yellow'

Screamin' Yellow Baptisia was selected for its flower power and compact habit. A multitude of sturdy spikes filled with brilliant yellow pea-like blossoms are held above the rounded blue-green to gray-green rounded foliage. Baptisia's are durable pest and disease resistant native taprooted perennials and could be considered the Lupine for the south. An excellent addition to the perennial border or cut-flower garden that is drought tolerant, deer resistant, durable, and easy. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 9911.

Grows To: 2-3'H+ x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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Screamin' Yellow Wild Indigo, Yellow False Indigo, Baptisia

Baptisia sphaerocarpa 'Screamin' Yellow'

Screamin' Yellow Baptisia was selected for its flower power and compact habit. A multitude of sturdy spikes filled with brilliant yellow pea-like blossoms are held above the rounded blue-green to gray-green rounded foliage. Baptisia's are durable pest and disease resistant native taprooted perennials and could be considered the Lupine for the south. An excellent addition to the perennial border or cut-flower garden that is drought tolerant, deer resistant, durable, and easy. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 11653

Grows To: 2-3'H+ x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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An evergreen (semi-evergreen in cooler climates) mounding arching shrub or small vine producing clusters of deep yellow blooms. Typically the blooms do not open all at once, instead they open over a much longer period providing color from spring through summer. Showy Yellow Jasmine makes a great low evergreen groundcover or hedge once it is mature or allow it to grow up and cascade over a corner of a fence. It slow growth rate means that it will require minimal maintenance. Drought and pest resistant. Item # 851.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Silky Red Butterfly Weed, Mexican Butterflyweed

Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Red'

Vibrant yellow and red flowers are borne from Spring to frost on an upright to spreading perennial. Raise Monarch Butterflies in your own backyard! The Monarchs migrate through our area just as the Asclepias begin to awaken in spring, just in time for the females to lay their eggs on the new growth.Item # 3078.

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

Solid yellow blooms are borne from spring to fall on this vigorous and fast growing upright perennial. Raise Monarch Butterflies in your own backyard! The Monarchs migrate through our area just as the Asclepias begin to awaken in spring, just in time for the females to lay their eggs on the new growth. item # 643.

Grows To: 4-5'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Slim's Orange Scarlet Ginger (Red-Orange)

Hedychium coccineum 'Slim's Orange'

Dark reddish-orange flowers emerge from tall spikes that sit atop short and sturdy upright stems with narrow bluish-gray green tropical looking foliage and begins flowering as early June with flowers on and off through summer into fall on established plants. Slim's Orange Scarlet Ginger has about the most compact habit of the any of the other Scarlet Ginger cultivars topping out at 3-4' high making it an excellent choice for containers as well as the garden and landscape. As with most Hedychiums provide a partly shaded area to full sun, in an average moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Slim's Orange Scarlet Ginger is vigorous, easy and hardy. Item# 11524

Grows To: 3-4'H space at 1-2' apart
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Filtered shade, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade, Full sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The huge, pure white flowers of Snow White Perennial Hibiscus contrast nicely with red tinged stems of this hardy perennial Hibiscus. This root hardy, clump forming perennial readily regrows each spring to create a tidy mass of foliage and stems that round out to about 4' x 4' by midsummer. Flowering for Snow White begins in late spring to early summer and can last into fall under good conditions with well established plants. Item# 10874

Grows To: 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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Snowbank Boltonia, False Aster, White Doll's Daisy

Boltonia asteroides var. latisquama 'Snowbank'

In mid and late summer hundreds of white daisies with a yellow eye are produced in large clusters nearly hiding the smooth, narrow, bluish green foliage. Snowbank Boltonia is a prized, somewhat compact selection of this easy to grow native wildflower introduced by the New England Wildlflower Society. Provide a full to mostly sunny position for the fullest sturdiest plants and an average moist well-drained soil. Pinching in late spring or early summer will help to promote branching and sturdier plants. The flowers of Snowbank Boltonia provide nectar to a variety of smaller pollinators especially bees. Item# 10990

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Tall spikes of sunny yellow, pea-shaped, bee-pollinated flowers that age to orange with a purplish tinge are produced beginning in mid to late spring with the show lasting for weeks that is aided by the production of secondary flowering shoots. Solar Flare Prairieblues™ Baptisia or False Indigo is a hardy clump-forming taprooted perennial that emerges in early spring with purplish young foliage and stems that slowly matures to the typical light gray green. Baptisias could be considered the Lupine of the South and each will produce more and more flowering stems eventually devoloping into a dense rounded mound of foliage and flowers. A hybrid of two of our native species, the Prairieblues Baptisias were selected not only for their unique colors but also for their extra large flower spikes, durability, and vigor. Images courtesy of Dr. Jim Ault, Chicagoland Grows®, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12285

Grows To: 4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Southern Cross Ironweed

Vernonia 'Southern Cross'

A tidy 4' x 4' vase shaped mound of stems and airy dark foliage are covered by clusters of deep purple flowers in late summer. Southern Cross Vernonia is pretty enough in foliage but in full flower it is a star in the garden and the nectar rich flowers attract a myriad of pollinators and other garden beneficials. As the name implies, Ironweeds are tough as nails in the landscape and make long-lived clump forming perennials that require minimal maintenance or additional care once established. These native perennials are adaptable to a wide variety of soil types and are somewhat drought resistant once well-established. Developed by Brent Horvath of Intrinsic Perennial Gardens. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, all rights reserved. Item# 11633

Grows To: 4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Spicy Justicia, Mexican Honeysuckle, Orange Plume Flower, Muicle, Mohintli, Firecracker Flower

Justicia spicigera, Jacobinia spicigera, Justicia ghiesbreghtiana, Sericographis mohintli

Clusters of 1" orange tubular blooms are born throughout much of the year where protected from frost and freezes or it acts as a die-back perennial in the northern portions of its range. Shade and drought tolerant, deer resistant, and a favorite of Hummingbirds, how can you go wrong with Spicy Justicia? It flowers in sun or shade, though plants may be healthiest and most floriferous when grown with afternoon or midday shade, in well-drained, average moist, moderately fertile soils. Item# 654.

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

2-3" bright yellow sunflower-like flowers are held on 3'H branching sturdy stems from late spring to fall. The flowering stalks emerge from a rosette of wide medium green foliage on this fibrous rooted native perennial. Great for butterflies and pollinators. Item# 9585.

Grows To: 24-36"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Starry Starry Night Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus x 'Starry Starry Night' PP27901

The large pink, white, and rose colored flowers are set against a foil of starkly contrasting near black, maple-like foliage of this hardy Hibiscus. Starry Starry Night Hibiscus has some of the darkest foliage of any of the new cultivars of perennial Hibiscus and the light colored flowers definitely stand out dramatically! This Walter's Gardens introduction was selected not only for its amazing foliage and flowers but also for the fact that it flowers from the top to the bottom of the naturally rounded plants unlike some of the older cultivars. Provide a moist, fertile soil in a full to mostly sunny position. Item# 11419

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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Summer In Paradise Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus x 'Summer In Paradise' PP28730

Huge, intense deep pink flowers with a deep burgundy eye are held against the deep green, maple-like foliage in summer on a full rounded plant that flowers from top to bottom. Summer In Paradise Hibiscus is a hardy perennial Hibiscus that is sure to make a statement in the summer garden. These 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# 11418

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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Summerific® Berry Awesome Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus x 'Berry Awesome' PP27936, CPBR 5647

Huge 8" wide purplish-pink flowers are held against a backdrop of deep dark green foliage throughout summer. Summerific® Berry Awesome Perennial Hibiscus is a compact well-branched large clump forming perennial with a naturally rounded habit. The Summerific® Hibiscus are indeterminate types meaning that they flower all up and down the stems instead of just on the upper half of the plants creating a knockout display in the garden and landscape. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in moist to average moist to wet, moderately fertile soils. Summerific® Berry Awesome Perennial Hibiscus was a 2019 Proven Winners Perennial of the Year. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12057

Grows To: 4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
PW Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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Summerific® French Vanilla Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus x 'French Vanilla' PPAF CPBRAF

Creamy yellow buds open to 8" wide french vanilla colored ruffled flowers with a dark red-burgundy eye that absolutely shine against the backdrop of deep dark green foliage throughout summer. Summerific® French Vanilla Perennial Hibiscus is a compact well-branched large clump forming perennial with a naturally rounded habit. The Summerific® Hibiscus are indeterminate types meaning that they flower all up and down the stems instead of just on the upper half of the plants creating a knockout display in the garden and landscape. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in moist to average moist to wet, moderately fertile soils. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12058

Grows To: 4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Summer's Surrender Ironweed

Vernonia 'Summer's Surrender' PP28475

Clusters of airy rich dark purple flowers seemingly cover up the deep green narrow foliage of this tough and disease resistant selection of Ironweed attracting myriads of bees, butterflies, and other garden beneficials. Summer's Surrender Ironweed, a hybrid of Vernonia lettermannii x V. arkansana, was bred and selected by Dr. Jim Ault of the Chicago Botanic Gardens for its broad spreading dense and bushy habit, exceptionally disease resistant foliage, as well as for its long season of flowering. As the name implies, Ironweeds are tough as nails clump forming native perennials that provide much needed late summer and fall nectar for pollinators. Adaptable to a wide variety of soil types from clay to loam and are somewhat drought resistant once well-established. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 12250

Grows To: 4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Summer's Swan Song Ironweed

Vernonia 'Summer's Swan Song' PP28556

1/3" wide, dark purple, airy flowers are produced in clusters and nearly cover up the dark, purple-tinged, olive green, fine textured narrow foliage adorning the wine-red colored stems of this compact, tough, and disease resistant selection of Ironweed attracting myriads of bees, butterflies, and other garden beneficials. Summer's Swan Song Ironweed, a hybrid of Vernonia angustifolia 'Plum Peachyx V. lettermannii, was bred and selected by Dr. Jim Ault of the Chicago Botanic Gardens for its compact, rounded, dense and bushy habit, exceptionally disease resistant foliage, wind resistance, as well as for its long season of flowering. As the name implies, Ironweeds are tough as nails clump forming native perennials that provide much needed late summer and fall nectar for pollinators. Adaptable to a wide variety of soil types from clay to loam and are somewhat drought resistant once well-established. Images courtesy of Chicagoland Grows®, all rights reserved. Item# 12251

Grows To: 30-40"H x 30-40"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Swamp Milkweed, Pink Milkweed

Asclepias incarnata

Huge clusters of pink, fragrant, upward facing flowers are born in summer atop sturdy stems. Swamp Milkweed is a clump forming native perennial that makes a bold statement in the summer garden. This Monarch butterfly host plant prefers moist to average moist well-drained soils. Popular with pollinators as a nectar plant.  Item# 10453.

Grows To: 3-5'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Wonderfully fragrant of licorice or anise when bruised or dried, Sweet Goldenrod produces medium to large pyramidal clusters of golden yellow flowers in summer that are excellent for attracting pollinators and other beneficials. The flowers and foliage, fresh or dried, is often used to make a very nice herbal tea, as a mild spice in cooking, and could certainly be used in potpourris as well (Bonnie fell in love with the fragrance of the dried seed heads!). Another of the garden friendly clump forming Goldenrods, Sweet Goldenrod makes a nice addition to the garden, as well as in natural areas and along roadsides. Item# 10684.

Grows To: 30-48"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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The light coral pink flowers of this Turkscap are blushed a darker near red on the outside edges of the curling petals creating a sweet two toned bi-color effect. Sweet Lips Turk's Cap is another twist on this great plant developed by plantsman Greg Grant who also developed Big Momma and Pam Puryear's Pink Turk's Caps. Like the rest of the Turk's Caps this one is sure to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. A durable and reliable perennial that flowers from late spring to fall in full sun to partial shade. Item# 11034

Grows To: 3-5'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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The tall sturdy spikes of this Liatris quickly develop white pearl-like buds that open to clusters of lavender flowers. No staking is required for this beautiful native clump-forming cormous perennial. Plant it at the back of the border in small to large groupings for a wonderful effect and the butterflies will love you for it as well. Item# 9866.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Mountain or Royal Sage produces loose spikes of glowing orange-red tubular flowers from mid summer to fall just in time for migrating Hummingbirds. This Texas and Mexican native is a root hardy perennial in the northern portions of its range but may become shrub-like in mild winter climates. Easy, drought tolerant once established, and virtually pest free. Item# 10021.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-5'W and larger in mild climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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