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4'H or Larger Perennials

The very tallest perennials that commonly exceed 4 feet high under most conditions. These very tall, often statement making perennials are well suited to use at the back of the border and in front of medium to large shrubs and taller tree form plants. Some may be suitable for large to very large containers as specimens and thrillers. Growing conditions may affect ultimate size. This list also includes some tropicals/subtropicals that are grown as die-back perennials in zone 8B/9A like Angel's Trumpets, so just keep that in mind if you are in a colder climate.

 

 

Red Neck Girl Forsythia Sage

Salvia madrensis 'Red Neck Girl'  

An earlier flowering and cold hardy selection of the Forsythia Sage developed by Plant Delights, Red Neck Girl boasts dark maroon red stems that contrast nicely with the 12-18" spikes of yellow tubular flowers in late summer and fall. This is a vigorous growing Salvia that can reach 7' high and wide in a single season so plan to give it plenty of space as it will tower over most other perennials in the late summer garden. Enjoys a moist, but not wet or soggy location, and a full to mostly sunny location. Item# 11517

Grows To: 5-7'H x 5-7'W and larger in frost free climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Morning sun, Partial sun, Partial shade, Light shade

Spikes topped by densely stacked pinecone-like bracts which are produced in summer emerge green and slowly deepen to red. Sunny yellow flowers emerge from between the bracts over a long period. The Shampoo Ginger or Pinecone Ginger is a hardy, clump forming rhizomatous perennial that produces deep green narrow tropical looking foliage that can reach 4-6' high. Prefers cool sunlight and an average moist, well-drained soil. Where not hardy this ginger is easy to enjoy and overwinter as a container plant. Long lasting cut flower. The flower shown is in between the green and red stage. Item# 11477

Grows To: 4-7'H in the garden, 2-3' in containers
Outdoor Light: Cool sunlight, filtered sunlight, Part sun, Part shade, Full sun*

Giant 6" scarlet pinwheels are produced throughout summer and often well into fall on sturdy stems with finely cut darkly tinged foliage. The Red Texas Star or Scarlet Swamp Mallow is a vigorous sun loving perennial which is native to the swampy soils of the southeastern US but is somewhat drought resistant once well-established in the garden. The brilliant red flowers attract a variety of pollinators including hummingbirds, bees, and the occasional butterfly. Caterpillar host: Gray hairstreak. Item# 672.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6,7,8,9,10 (mulch in 6,7,8)
Grows To: 6-8'H x 5-7'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The Blue Walking Iris is a vigorous growing tropical but surprisingly cold hardy and fragrant Walking Iris with strongly upright, architectural fans of blue-gray to green, 2-3" wide, sword-like foliage reaching up to 36'' high. Sturdy, loose spikes of 2-3" wide, bluish purple irises with delicately rolled, darker veined, inner standards are born in summer on this highly sought after 'blue' Iris. Great for larger containers and it has the best foliage in high indirect light. Item# 2987.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 8B,9,10,11,(8A?,7B?,7A?)
Grows To: 3-5'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, AM sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 15
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Grown mainly for its large aromatic heart-shaped tropical foliage that produce a strong root beer-like fragrance when crushed along with contrasting narrow creamy white arching 'flowers' in the form of a 'spadix'. The Rootbeer Tree, Piper auritum, is a vigorous, naturally evergreen, shrub-like herbaceous tropical that can be grown as a die-back perennial into zone 8. In the garden and landscape it can spread aggressively and invasively, like some mints, via fleshy white underground rhizomes and can be difficult to eradicate once well established. It is generally easiest to contain when grown as a container plant that is not in contact with soil below it. The Rootbeer Tree is widely used as an herb in Meso-American cultures like Oaxacan. It can be used fresh or dried to flavor soups, eggs, drinks and is an essential ingredient in Mole Verde. Item# 789

Grows To: 6-10'H and spreads readily
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun, Filtered shade, Bright shade

Rosebud Sage, Roseleaf Sage, Salvia

Salvia involucrata  

Deep rose pink, fuzzy tubular flowers are produced in spikes atop the tall stems of this vigorous and free flowering hummingbird magnet! Rosebud Sage is a vigorous and hardy Salvia that begins flowering in early summer and continues into fall on a plant that can easily reach 6' x 6' so allow for plenty of room. A native of Mexico it is a die-back perennial into zone 7 if give protection and a winter mulch. Provide a moderately fertile, well-drained, average moist soil in a full to mostly sunny location for the best results. Item# 11143

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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ROYAL HAWAIIAN® Aloha Giant Elephant Ears

Colocasia 'Aloha'  PP29692

The large arrowhead shaped, tropical foliage emerges a deep olive green and matures to a deep purple-black with nicely contrasting bluish-green, neon green to neon yellow veining. ROYAL HAWAIIAN® Aloha Elephant Ear is a vigorous, clump-forming, heat and sunloving, rhizomatous to tuberous rooted, naturally evergreen tropical plant growing to about 3-4' high and wide. It will act like a die-back perennial freezing back to the crown for winter and re-emerging in spring that is hardy into zone 7. Where not hardy the rhizomes can be lifted and stored for winter or the plants can be enjoyed as container plants and is vigorous enough to be utilized as an annual. Provide a wet to moist, fertile soil in a full sun to part shade site for optimum vigor. Photos courtesy of PlantHaven International, planthaven.com. Item# 12882

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7B,8,9,10,11,(7A?)
Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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ROYAL HAWAIIAN® 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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 16
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ROYAL HAWAIIAN® Tropical Storm Giant Elephant Ears

Colocasia 'Tropical Storm'  PP28567

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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 44
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ROYAL HAWAIIAN® White Lava Giant Elephant Ears

Colocasia 'White Lava'  PP24481

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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Sabine Coneflower, Black-Eyed Susan

Rudbeckia scabrifolia  

A rare Rudbeckia that is native only to the Pineywoods of west central Louisiana and east Texas. The bright golden yellow 4-5" daisies are born on tall sturdy stems that are held above the rich green rounded foliage. The Sabine Coneflower is native to consistently moist to bog-like conditions and will probably fare best in a moist to average garden soil. Item# 9402.

Grows To: 5-6'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Scarlet Wisteria, Red Wisteria

Sesbania punicea, Daubentonia punicea  

The large, glowing orange and red flowers appear in spring and early summer in dense wisteria like sprays. The Scarlet Wisteria develops into a medium to large shrub with mimosa like foliage. Remove the spent flowers and seedheads to help promote repeat flowering. The beautiful pea-like flowers attract a variety of bees. Provide a full to mostly sunny site for optimum flowering and vigor. Item# 634.

Grows To: 7-8'H x 5-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 32
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Seaside Goldenrod

Solidago sempervirens  

Dense spikes of golden yellow flowers cover the upper 2/3's of this plant for an extended period beginning in mid to late summer and continuing into fall. Seaside Goldenrod is a clump forming native perennial common in coastal areas whose nectar rich flowers provide a much needed food source to fall migrating Monarch butterflies along with other butterflies, bees, and many garden beneficials. Deep green smooth foliage adorns the stems. This is a salt tolerant species that is more compact in poor and salt laden soils but in rich garden soil it is known to reach 6-8' high. Pinching out the growing tips in late spring will help to create a fuller more compact plant. Provide a full to mostly sunny location but it is otherwise adaptable to a wide variety of soil types from wet clay to sand. Item# 11627

Grows To: 3-6'+H, space at about 12-18
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Smallhead Doll's Daisy

Boltonia diffusa var. diffusa  

Beginning in summer and continuing until the first frost, white upward facing, small, 1/2-3/4" wide, white daisies with a prominent yellow eye are borne singly and small clusters over a long period attracting a variety of bees, smaller butterflies, and other beneficial insects. Smallhead Doll's Daisy, Boltonia diffusa var. diffusa, is a medium to tall, stoloniferous, herbaceous perennial with blueish green narrow foliage. A native of the Southeastern US, it is normally seen in or near consistently moist areas and so it will likely prefer a moist to average moist soil and can tolerate both periodic drought and flooding once fully established. It will likely grow and flower best in a moist, average to well-drained soil in a full to mostly sunny location. Plants in too much shade or in overly fertile soils may flop and a late spring to early summer pruning can help to promote bushier sturdier plants if this is an issue. Smallhead Doll's Daisy may be best suited to naturalistic settings or near the back of the border. Item# 13338

Grows To: 3-4'(-6')H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade

Sommer Joy Angel's Trumpet

Brugmansia x 'Sommer Joy'  

Sommer Joy Angel's Trumpet produces long-lasting double or more, pink trumpets on a vigorous growing plant throughout the warmer months of the year. This is an exciting 2015 release by noted Brugmansia breeder Fred Sommer. Angel's Trumpets are fast growing tropical shrubs that act-like die-back perennials in the northern parts of their range but readily return from the roots in spring. Sure to attract hummingbird moths. Item# 11290

Grows To: 8-12'H x 5-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Summer Carnival Variegated Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus x 'Summer Carnival'  PP31587

Rare and Unusual! The large 7-10" wide dark magenta flowers are held against contrasting variegated deep green foliage that is edged in a narrow band of white and pink and even the buds are intrestingly striped in green and white. Summer Carnival Hardy Hibiscus is a rare variegated form of Perennial Hibiscus flowering from summer into early fall with a compact branching habit. This is sure to be a fun plant in the garden and landscape! Provide a full to mostly sunny location in moist to average moist to wet, moderately fertile soils. Caterpillar host: Gray hairstreak. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12068

Grows To: 4-5'H x 5-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 21
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SUMMERIFIC® Lilac Crush Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus 'Lilac Crush'  PPAF, CPBRAF

The newest color in the SUMMERIFIC® series! The summerlong display of large, 7-8" wide, ruffled and textured, lilac colored flowers with good substance are set against a backdrop of rich green, maple-like foliage all on a heavy flowering well-branched plant. Flowers may be deepest purple under cooler conditions. SUMMERIFIC® Lilac Crush Perennial or Hardy Hibiscus is a vigorous clump-forming perennial that develops into a full, rounded, slightly more upright growing, well-branched plant with exceptional flower power. Like most other Walter's Gardens introductions, SUMMERIFIC® Lilac Crush 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. Caterpillar host: Gray hairstreak. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12844

Grows To: 5-6'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
PW Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
Currently In Stock: 12
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SUMMERIFIC® Spinderella Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus 'Spinderella'  PP33309 CPBRAF

The large 8" wide, ruffled and textured, white flowers are heavily overlaid with sweetly contrasting deep rosy pink and a large dark burgundy eye simply that simply shine against the foil of deep green foliage. SUMMERIFIC® Spinderella Perennial or Hardy Hibiscus is a vigorous clump-forming perennial that develops into a full, rounded, compact growing, well-branched plant with exceptional flower power. Like most other Walter's Gardens introductions, SUMMERIFIC® Spinderella 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. Caterpillar host: Gray hairstreak. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12845

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

Hibiscus x 'Valentine's Crush'  PPAF, CPBRAF

It's sure to be love at first sight! The large 8" wide, ruffled and textured, traffic-stopping bright red flowers with a purplish eye are set against a backdrop of deep green, dark bronze-tinged foliage. SUMMERIFIC® Valentine's Crush Perennial or Hardy Hibiscus is a vigorous clump-forming perennial that develops into a full, rounded, initially upright growing, well-branched plant with exceptional flower power. Like most other Walter's Gardens introductions, SUMMERIFIC® Valentine's Crush 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. Caterpillar host: Gray hairstreak. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12848

Grows To: 4-5'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
PW Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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An Almost Eden Exclusive introduction! 'Sunset Scentsation' Night Blooming Jasmine has proven to be a vigorous repeat blooming selection, producing waves of the famously fragrant blooms about every 6 weeks during the growing season. The tubular white to greenish-white blooms begin to release their wonderful perfume at sunset and continues through early morning. This is a vigorous growing tropical shrub in warmer regions, or grow as a perennial in zone 8B. Item # 528.

Grows To: 8'H x 5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Huge! 18'' long by up to 10'' wide, white, fragrant trumpets are borne in profusion on this free flowering tropical. Begins blooming at a very young age and makes is an excellent choice for containers. Angel's Trumpets are fast growing tropical shrubs that act-like dieback perennials in the northern parts of their range but readily return from the roots in spring. They also make easy to enjoy container plants that can be overwintered indoors. Item# 9211.

Grows To: 4-7'H x 4-8'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Swamp Sunflower, Narrowleaf Sunflower

Helianthus angustifolius  

Looking for a great fall display? The Swamp or Narrowleaf Sunflower produces masses of golden yellow, 2-3" wide, dark-eyed daisies over an extended period. A clump-forming drought resistant perennial, this hardy sunflower never fails to turn heads when its in flower. Excellent for native pollinators including bees and butterflies. Great for naturalizing. Caterpillar host: Milbert's Tortoiseshells. Item# 10419.

Grows To: 4-6'H+ x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Sweetly fragrant spikes of tiny white flowers are produced from spring to fall on this little known but easy to grow and tough deciduous shrub. Its intensely fragrant flowers attract a host of pollinators and it is considered to be an especially good honey plant. Sweet Almond Verbena, a 2008 Florida Plant of the Year, is a vigorous and pest free, heat and sun loving loving large shrub to small tree. Plant it with Sweet Olive, Gardenia, and Banana Magnolia to have outdoor fragrance nearly year round in zones 8-9. Item# 11894

 
We also have another , possibly more cold-hardy, cousin...Bee brush, Item 11435, now available in limited quantities!
Grows To: 10'H x 10'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 12
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Sweet Coneflower

Rudbeckia subtomentosa  

This vigorous native produces masses of black-eyed golden yellow daisies from mid-summer to fall on tall sturdy stems. A vigorous clump forming perennial common to stream banks and moist areas but will do fine in average garden soils. The sweetly scented foliage gives it its common name. A good choice for the back of the border. Item# 9261.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot/ 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Red Neck Girl Forsythia Sage

Salvia madrensis 'Red Neck Girl'  

An earlier flowering and cold hardy selection of the Forsythia Sage developed by Plant Delights, Red Neck Girl boasts dark maroon red stems that contrast nicely with the 12-18" spikes of yellow tubular flowers in late summer and fall. This is a vigorous growing Salvia that can reach 7' high and wide in a single season so plan to give it plenty of space as it will tower over most other perennials in the late summer garden. Enjoys a moist, but not wet or soggy location, and a full to mostly sunny location. Item# 11517

Grows To: 5-7'H x 5-7'W and larger in frost free climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Morning sun, Partial sun, Partial shade, Light shade

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