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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.

 

 

Tie-Dye Porterweed

Stachytarpheta mutabilis 'Tie-Dye'

A unique sport of Coral Porterweed whose spikes of flowers exhibit randomly sized boldly contrasting alternating stripes of coral-orange and purple from spring to fall or nearly year round under warm tropical conditions. Tie-Dye Porterweed is an Almost Eden exclusive 2020 introduction with a well-branched habit and its nectar rich flowers are sure to draw hummingbirds, butterflies, and larger bees. Porterweeds make excellent additions to pollinator gardens where their nectar rich flowers attract pollinators throughout the growing season. They are suitable additions to garden or landscape and make easy and low maintenance container plants. Generally grown as an annual in zones 9 and colder. Item# 11848

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Tropical Storm Giant Elephant Ears

Colocasia 'Tropical Storm' PP 28567

Remember how Elephant Ears were considered invasive, guess what this one is not! From the Royal Hawaiian series of Colocasias comes Tropical Storm, a tightly clump forming, cold hardy perennial with a great tropical effect in the garden or in containers. The large up to 3'+, almost heart-shaped, often slightly crinkled, tropical foliage of the Tropical Storm Elephant Ear is a dark green to nearly black with a large bold splash of starkly contrasting creamy yellow in the center of the leaves. Prefers moist soils. Item# 11516

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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Twilite Prairieblues™ Baptisia, False Indigo

Baptisia x variicolor 'Twilite' PP 19011

A vigorous hybrid native perennial, Twilite Prairieblues™ Baptisia can produce up to 100 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. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item# 9716.

Grows To: 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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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
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Vintage Wine Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus x 'Vintage Wine' PP 27839

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
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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
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The Waihi Wedding Louisiana Iris' wide white falls are bedecked with green veining and a nicely contrasting nearly neon green signals at their base that is often overcast with yellow. The standards are the same shade of clean white along with green veining. Waihi Wedding Louisiana Iris is a noticeably fragrant and vigorous hybrid developed by Heather Pryor of Australia. Flowers mid to late season. Item# 11270

Grows To: 40-48"H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Not a true Butterfly Bush but a member of the Mint family, Weeping Rostrinucula produces long weeping racemes of lavender-pink flowers in late summer and fall on an arching to upright shrub. This is a dieback perennial in the northern portions of its range where it typically grows into a 3' x 3' shrub or can reach 6' x 6' in milder climates. Item# 10038.

Grows To: 3-6'H+ x 3-6'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Wendy's Wish Salvia

Salvia x 'Wendy's Wish' PP 21889

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, Part sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Western Sunflower, Fewleaf Sunflower

Helianthus occidentalis

Bright golden yellow daisies top the sturdy and branched, 3-5' stems of this perennial native Sunflower. The Western Sunflower will quickly create a ground-covering colony of plants by multiplying via underground rhizomes. The spent flower stalks hold seeds for songbirds and will die back to the ground in fall but are quickly replaced by a multitude of new rosettes in winter. An easy and durable plant for naturalizing and native to much of the southeastern US. Considered to be one of the least aggressive spreading Sunflowers. Item# 10240

Grows To: 3-4'H x 12-24"W and spreading
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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White Hammock Shrubverbena, Small-Headed Lantana

Lantana canescens (white form)

Dainty clusters of creamy white 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# 11261

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

White Lava Giant Elephant Ears

Colocasia 'White Lava' PP 24481

Remember how Elephant Ears were considered invasive, guess what this one is not! From the Royal Hawaiian series of Colocasias comes White Lava, a tightly clump forming, cold hardy perennial with a great tropical effect in the garden or in containers. The large up to 3'+, almost heart-shaped, often slightly crinkled, tropical foliage of the White Lava Elephant Ear is a rich clossy green centered with a large bold splash of broad bright creamy white to yellow veining in the often slightly crinkled leaves that sit atop contrasting wine red stems. Prefers moist soils. Item# 11028

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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White Lightning Turk's Cap

Malvaviscus arboreus var drummondii 'White Lightening'

White Lightening Turk's Cap is a new Greg Grant introduction with a more vigorous growth habit and produces loads of pure white blossoms that are held against the dark green foliage. Mix this one in with your red flowered Turk's Caps for a wonderful contrast where it will flower from late May to November. Item# 9738

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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White Showers Mexican Petunia, Desert Petunia, Florida Bluebells, Mexican Bluebells

Ruellia brittoniana 'White Showers', R. simplex, R. tweediana

The pure white trumpets are born freely from summer to fall on upright to arching plant with darkly contrasting burgundy stems and deep bronzy green glossy foliage. White Showers Mexican Petunia is a white sport of the sterile Purple Showers allowing the plants to spend more energy on an endless supply of white trumpets instead of adding unwanted seedlings to the garden. It does spread via rhizomes creating a tall, weed smothering, ground-covering mass of foliage and stems. This wonderful and vigorous selection produces slightly larger flowers and foliage than most other Mexican Petunias. Item# 10834

 

Grows To: 30-40"H x 12-18"W space at about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

White Wand Penstemon, Tube Flowered Penstemon, Prairie Penstemon, Beardtongue

Penstemon tubiflorus var. tubiflorus, P. tubaeflorus

Large dense spikes of pure white foxglove-like flowers are born over a long period through spring and often well into summer on this beautiful clump forming native perennial. This wildflower's popularity for bouquets has made it nearly endangered in some areas. Great for butterflies, bees, and birds. Item# 9542.

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

White Wild Indigo, White False Indigo, Baptisia

Baptisia alba, B. leucantha, B. albescens

12-18" long sturdy spikes of white pea-like blossoms contrast with the purplish black stems and are born in spring above the newly unfurling bluish green foliage on tall 3-4' stems. 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. Item# 10230.

Grows To: 3-5'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch R / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Whiteleaf Mountainmint, Sage

Pycnanthemum albescens

Clusters of tiny, light pink, tubular flowers are encircled by a mass of velvety white, bract-like leaves in mid to late summer. Whiteleaf Mountainmint has a strong minty sage-like fragrance and can be used in place of sage in cooking. It is a clump forming perennial  with an upright growth habit. The dainty flowers are pollinated by a variety of smaller pollinators but are relished by bees. Easy to grow and deer and pest resistant. Somewhat drought resistant once well-established. Item# 10669.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,(possibly colder)
Grows To: 2-3'H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Willowleaf Eastern Bluestar

Amsonia tabernaemontana var. salicifolia

Only one of two Amsonia species to receive a 5-star rating in the Chicago Botanic Gardens trials! Showy clusters of light blue star-shaped 1" wide flowers are produced in spring atop sturdy stems cloaked in dark green willow-like foliage. The Willowleaf Eastern Bluestar has the same basic habit and growth requirements of the more common Eastern Bluestar, Amsonia tabernaemontana var. tabernaemontana, but with larger showier flower clusters that seem to cover the plant, a neat dense vase-shaped habit, and clean disease resistant foliage. An easy to grow, clump-forming native perennial that is tolerant of wet to average moist soils preferring a full to mostly sunny site in the garden and landscape. The flowers of Bluestars attract butterflies and hummingbird moths. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 11945

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

The large medium to pale yellow falls are marked with contrasting purplish-red veining and the standards are a soft yellow with a purplish overcast and the same purplish red veining. Wow Factor Louisiana Iris is a 2001 hybrid bred by Australia's Heather Pryor. This is a fairly large growing Iris that flowers in midseason. Item# 11262

Grows To: 36-48"H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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The beautiful primrose yellow petals are touched with orange and black at the base on the 2-3" flowers and are held on tall branching sturdy stems on and off throughout the warmer months. This durable clump forming evergreen perennial produces a grass-like effect with its upright to arching narrow medium green foliage making it an excellent accent plant even when not in flower. Item# 9590.

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

Yellow Cassia, Senna

Senna corymbosa, Cassia corymbosa

Huge masses of bright yellow 1" blooms literally cover this this tough deciduous shrub in late summer atop the deep dark green foliage. A naturalized species in parts of the southern U.S. and a host to butterfly caterpillars. My first experience with this plant was to see full grown, rounded, 6' x 6' plants in full bloom. Unforgettable. Item# 748

Grows To: 3-6'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Yellow Firecracker Fern, Firecracker Plant, Coral Fountain Plant

Russelia equisetiformis lutea, R. juncea lutea

The Yellow Firecracker Fern produces loads of 1" creamy yellow tubular flowers that are born in large loose clusters throughout the warmer months of the year or nearly year round where winters are mild. Excellent for Hummingbirds! Plant it with the red for a colorful show. This is a durable and long-lived, clump forming perennial that requires little additional care once well-established. The Firecracker Fern has excellent heat and sun tolerance as well as moderate drought resistance once well-established. It is even listed as being suitable for xeriscaping. Firecracker Fern is listed as a Texas A&M Outstanding Coastal Plant. Item # 752.

Grows To: 2-4'H+ x 3-5'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

1" bright yellow blooms open in the afternoon or evening, or earlier on cloudy days. A tough and reliable, long-lived, heirloom, pass-a-long perennial which produces a large tuber from which it returns to grace your garden year after year. Four O'Clocks attract pollinating moths, hummingbirds, and larger butterflies.  Item# 1123.

Grows To: 36-48''H x 24-36''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Tall spikes of bright yellow pea-like blossoms are held above the gray-green 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. Item# 9813.

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

Tie-Dye Porterweed

Stachytarpheta mutabilis 'Tie-Dye'

A unique sport of Coral Porterweed whose spikes of flowers exhibit randomly sized boldly contrasting alternating stripes of coral-orange and purple from spring to fall or nearly year round under warm tropical conditions. Tie-Dye Porterweed is an Almost Eden exclusive 2020 introduction with a well-branched habit and its nectar rich flowers are sure to draw hummingbirds, butterflies, and larger bees. Porterweeds make excellent additions to pollinator gardens where their nectar rich flowers attract pollinators throughout the growing season. They are suitable additions to garden or landscape and make easy and low maintenance container plants. Generally grown as an annual in zones 9 and colder. Item# 11848

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