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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.

 

 

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
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 mll
Currently In Stock: 66
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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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 60
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Stiff Goldenrod

Solidago rigida, Oligoneuron rigidum

Dense rounded to flattened clusters of 1/2" wide golden yellow flowers are produced atop tall sturdy stems in mid to late summer and attract a variety of pollinators including bees, butterflies, other garden beneficials. Stiff Goldenrod, Solidago rigida and previously Oligoneuron rigidum, is a vigorous growing rhizomatous perennial found mainly in prairies and meadows in the north central US. Due to its rhizomatous, a.k.a. spreading, nature this species may best be suited for use in naturalistic areas like roadside plantings, meadows, and prairies. It is often found in dryer soils and in soils with an alkaline (calcareous) pH. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a well-drained soil with average moisture until it is well-established. Item# 12391

Grows To: 36-60"H x 18-30"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 13
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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. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11418

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
Currently In Stock: 112
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SUMMERIFIC® Ballet Slippers Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus 'Ballet Slippers' PP29896 CPBR5820

The summerlong display of large, 7" wide, ruffled and textured, white flowers are lightly edged in rose pink set against a backdrop of rich green foliage all on a heavy flowering well-branched plant. SUMMERIFIC® Ballet Slippers Perennial or Hardy Hibiscus is a vigorous clump-forming perennial that develops into a full, but compact well-branched plant with exceptional flower power. Like most other Walter's Gardens introductions, SUMMERIFIC® Ballet Slippers is an indeterminate plant producing flowers from the top to the bottom of the plants creating an amazing summer into fall 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# 12842

Grows To: 4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
PW Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
Currently In Stock: 45
US$19.99
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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
Currently In Stock: 29
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SUMMERIFIC® Cherry Choco Latte Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus x 'Cherry Choco Latte' PP30738 CPBRAF

The 8-9" wide white flowers are blushed with cherry pink and are accented by contrasting dark cherry red and pink veining originating from the contrasting dark burgundy eye and running to the edges of the full overlapping petals. The large light colored flowers standout like spotlights against a wonderfully contrasting foil of purple to purplish-green foliage. SUMMERIFIC® Cherry Choco Latte Perennial or Hardy Hibiscus is a densely branching, clump-forming perennial that develops into a full, but compact well-branched plant with exceptional flower power. Like most other Walter's Gardens introductions, SUMMERIFIC® Cherry Choco Latte is an indeterminate plant producing flowers from the top to the bottom of the plants creating a traffic stopping display in the garden and landscape. Use caution when planting near roadways as vehicles may come to a sudden and unexpected stop. 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# 12495

Grows To: 4'H x 4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
PW Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
Currently In Stock: 8
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The large rich scarlet red 8" wide, slightly cupped flowers are held against a foil of dark green foliage with purple overtones providing a summer into fall parade of flowers. SUMMERIFIC® Cranberry Crush Perennial or Hardy Hibiscus is a densely branching, perennial that develops into a full, but compact well-branched plant with exceptional flower power.  Like most other Walter's Gardens introductions, SUMMERIFIC® Cranberry Crush is an indeterminate plant producing flowers from the top to the bottom of the plants creating a traffic stopping display in the garden and landscape. Warning, hummingibirds may leave your neighbors gardens and use caution when planting near roadways as vehicles may come to an unexpected stop. 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# 12494

Grows To: 4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
PW Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
Currently In Stock: 27
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SUMMERIFIC® Evening Rose Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus x 'Evening Rose' PPAF CPBRAF

The summerlong display of 8" wide intense deep magenta pink, crinkly flowers are centered by a deep burgundy eye and are held against a foil of near black foliage. SUMMERIFIC® Evening Rose Perennial or Hardy Hibiscus is a densely branching, clump-forming perennial that develops into a full, but compact well-branched plant with exceptional flower power. Like most other Walter's Gardens introductions, SUMMERIFIC® Evening Rose is an indeterminate plant producing flowers from the top to the bottom of the plants creating a traffic stopping display in the garden and landscape. The dark foliage and hot pink flowers are sure to make a statement in the garden and landscape. From Walter's Gardens: "we are proud to introduce 'Evening Rose' as an excellent combination of hot pink flowers and near black foliage. 8" puckered flowers cover the round, dense habit top to bottom. Compared to 'Berry Awesome', the foliage is much darker and the flower color is more magenta than lavender. A must have statement piece for your garden!" 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# 12496

Grows To: 4'H x 4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
PW Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
Currently In Stock: 18
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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
PW Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
Currently In Stock: 23
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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
Currently In Stock: 0
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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

Sunny Morning Prairieblues™ Baptisia, False Indigo

Baptisia 'Sunny Morning' PP25479

Large dense burgundy to purple tinged flower spikes and calyxes contrast nicely with the sunny yellow pea-like flowers and are held above the rich foliage in spring. Sunny Morning Prairieblues™ Baptisia or False Indigo, is a Baptisia sphaerocarpa x B. alba hybrid developed by Dr. Jim Ault of the Chicago Botanic Gardens and Chicagoland Grows and that exhibits a strong resemblence its yellow flowered parent, B. sphaerocarpa, and begins flowering about a week to ten days early than the species and maintains a dense uniform habit throughout the growing season. It was selected as one of the top ten in the 2012-15 Baptisia Trials at Mount Cuba Center and is reported to produce as many as 250 flowering stems on mature plants! The Prairieblues™ Baptisias were selected not only for their unique colors but also for their extra large flower spikes, durability, and vigor. These are easy and low-maintenance, deer resistant, long-lived, taprooted perennials that produce more and more flowering spikes with each passing year. Considered a must for the cutflower garden as the spikes have an excellent vase life. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a soil with average or better drainage and moderate fertility. Images courtesy of Chicagoland Grows®, all rights reserved. Item# 12465

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

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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$9.99
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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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 49
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Texas Coneflower

Rudbeckia texana

A choice native coneflower, the Texas Coneflower produces 3-5" bright golden yellow daisies that  are borne singly, or in small clusters of up 5 flowers, and are held on sturdy upright stems in summer. A rosette of large, rich dark green glossy foliage subtends the flower stalks. Texas Coneflower provides us with a medium-sized Rudbeckia that is similar in habit to the stately Giant Coneflower. Item# 10217.

Grows To: 3-4
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Texas Pink Garden Phlox has large rounded clusters of lightly fragrant purplish-pink flowers that are produced atop sturdy purplish-red stems. Their showing begins in early summer lasting for several weeks and possibly longer if they are deadheaded. Texas Pink Phlox is a mildew resistant free flowering selection of our native Phlox paniculata. Provide a full to mostly sunny site with a well-drained soil for the best results. The flowers attract butterflies and larger bees. Item# 11275

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

Rounded clusters of nectar-rich lavender flowers develop into showy conical clusters of rich purple berries and are produced throughout the warmer months of the year to year-round under warm tropical conditions. Three-Leaf Lantana is an unusual species in that it is grown as much or more for its fruit than its flowers. This is a small-ish tropical shrub with a naturally upright to spreading habit and makes an easy container specimen and can be used in combination in medium-sized to large containers. Provide a full to mostly sunny position in well-drained fertile soils for optimum flower and fruit production. Item# 11698

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
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Twilite Prairieblues™ Baptisia, False Indigo

Baptisia x variicolor 'Twilite' PP19011

A vigorous hybrid native perennial, Twilite Prairieblues™ Baptisia can produce over 100 flowering spikes per plant of deep violet-purple to nearly burgundy flowers with a soft yellow keel held above the rich green foliage. An excellent addition to the perennial border or cut-flower garden that is drought tolerant, deer resistant, durable, and easy. Considered a must for the cutflower garden as the spikes have an excellent vase life. Twilite Prairieblues™ Baptisia is a hybrid of Baptisia australis and Baptisia sphaerocarpa and was developed at the Chicago Botanic Gardens by Dr. Jim Ault. This is the first introduction from their Baptisia breeding program. Images courtesy of Dr. Jim Ault and Chicagoland Grows®, Inc., all rights reserved. Though it grows larger than many hybrids, it still received 4.5 out 5 stars in 2012-2015 Baptisia Trials at Mount Cuba Center! Item# 9716

Grows To: 3'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: 31
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Variegated Spiral Ginger, Variegated Costus

Costus arabicus ‘Variegatus’

Broad white margins surround the rich bluish-green heart of each leaf as they gracefully spiral down and around each of the sturdy upright to arching stems of this beautifully variegated ginger. Narrower white streaks often randomly dive into the green center of the leaves. The bright foliage is a standout in shaded gardens or patios. The brightly contrasting foliage is excellent for mixed containers and can be used as cut foliage in flower arrangements. Item# 3049

Grows To: 3-6'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full shade, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 27
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Vintage Wine Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus x 'Vintage Wine' PP27839

Nearly black buds open to 7" wide scarlet red ruffled flowers with a darker burgundy eye that are produced throughout the summer growing season. Vintage Wine Perennial Hibiscus is a compact well-branched large clump forming perennial with a naturally rounded habit. This is an indeterminate Hardy Hibiscus 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# 12059

Grows To: 4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 112
US$14.99
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2-3" medium to light pink Hibiscus-like flowers are produced beginning in mid-spring and continuing often into late as fall under good conditions. The Virginia Salt Marsh Mallow is a vigorous and free flowering native, Hardy Hibiscus-like perennial and a member of the Hibiscus family. It dies back to the ground in winter and readily returns in spring. Selected as the 1989 North Carolina and the Virginia 2004 wildflower of the year! Item# 9401

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6,7,8,9,10 (mulch in 6,7,8)
Grows To: 3-5'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
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Wendy's Wish Salvia

Salvia x 'Wendy's Wish' PP21889

Deep fuchsia 2" long tubular flowers emerge from dark coral colored spikes atop this vigorous Salvia from spring to fall with rich deep green foliage as a backdrop. Wendy's Wish Salvia does double duty as its flowers attract hummingbirds and other long tongued pollinators throughout summer and a portion of the proceeds from each plant sold is donated to Make A Wish® Australia. Item# 10836

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

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
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 mll
Currently In Stock: 66
US$12.99

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