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Perennials Over 4'H

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.

 

 

A new twist on an old favorite of ours, this new selection of the Single Red Confederate Rose or Terri's Pink Rose Mallow, Almost Eden' Baby Pink produces 6-8", medium pink flowers often marked with white especially early on in the day. This may be the longest flowering perennial Hibiscus that we know and starts flowering in late spring and lasts until fall. Easy, hardy, and reliable. Provide a protective winter mulch in zones 7A-8B. Item# 10397.

Grows To: 6-8'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 10
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Amber Rose Angel's Trumpet, Wedding Bells

Brugmansia x 'Amber Rose'

An unusually colored Angel's Trumpet producing large, pale trumpets that deepen to a darker peachy pink. Amber Rose is an exceptionally fragrant Angel's Trumpet whose heady perfume still lingers in the mornings. It appears to flower quite freely and in good numbers even in containers. 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. They also make easy to enjoy container plants that can be overwintered indoors. Item# 9389.

Grows To: 6-8'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 2
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American Elderberry, Common Elderberry

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis, S. canadensis

Huge flat clusters of tiny white flowers are followed by a heavy crop of shiny black fruit. The American Elderberry is a large growing native deciduous shrub whose cooked fruit and flowers are used to create healthy and delicious confections, syrup, jelly, wine and more. The nectar rich flower clusters host a wide variety of pollinators and its ripe fruit is sure to attract a host of bird species. Elderberries are dioecious, both male and female at the same time, and may be semi-self fertile but it is best to plant at least two for cross pollination and the heaviest crops. Item #10657

Grows To: 6-12'H x 6-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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American Elderberry, Common Elderberry

Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis, S. canadensis

The American Elderberry has huge flat clusters of tiny white flowers followed by a heavy crop of shiny black fruit. It is a large growing native deciduous shrub whose cooked fruit and flowers are used to create healthy and delicious confections, syrups, jellies, wines and more. The nectar rich flower clusters host a wide variety of pollinators and its ripe fruit is sure to attract many bird species. Elderberries are dioecious, both male and female at the same time, and may be semi-self fertile. It is best to plant at least two for cross pollination and to bear the heaviest crops. Item #11269

Grows To: 6-12'H x 6-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: Quart / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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Amistad Salvia, Friendship Sage

Salvia x 'Amistad'

Truly one of the very best perennial Salvias! An endless display of huge purple tubular flowers that emerge from dark colored calyxes are borne from spring to frost on this vigorous growing hybrid Salvia. Amistad Salvia begins flowering even when still small and your hummingbirds, butterflies, and native bees will love you for its continuous supply of rich nectar. Give this big guy plenty of room because it can exceed 4' wide by the end of summer with a mature height of about 4'! Item# 10567

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 9
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Lightly fragrant golden orange to yellow flowers are produced in large spike-like inflorescences throughout the summer on this vigorous Hawaiian hybrid. The 4-5' high stems are adorned with large medium green tropical foliage. The flowers of Anne Bishop Ginger attract hummingbirds and other pollinators and also make beautiful cut flowers. Multiplies readily but not invasively. Provide a moist rich soil for the best results. Item# 10964

Grows To: 4-5'H
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Filtered shade, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 3
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Ashy Sunflower

Helianthus mollis

2-3" wide, yellow sunflowers are born along the tall stems in summer on this durable native perennial. The Ashy Sunflower will spread and develop into a ground covering mass of plants with age. Contrasting soft, gray green foliage. Easy, drought tolerant, and reliable even for tough locations. Use it as a mass planting for large areas or in native gardens and meadows. Native to nearly all of the eastern half of the US. Item# 10418.

Grows To: 3-5'H and spreading, space about 1' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 3
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Audrey Lea Angel's Trumpet (Double Pink)

Brugmansia x cubensis 'Audrey Lea'

Audrey Lea Angel's Trumpet produces sweetly fragrant, large to very large double to triple flowered trumpets that open with a white throat reminiscent of Frosty Pink and darken to deep pink into near reds during the spring and fall growing season. During warmer summer temperatures the flowers are more of a medium pink. This 2013 introduction from the breeding work of Fred Sommers is a vigorous and large growing plant. 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# 11195

Grows To: 8-12'H x 5-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 25
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Azure Blue Sage

Salvia azurea var. azurea

Large spikes of deep blue, tubular flowers are born in summer, late summer, and sometimes into fall on this clump forming native perennial wildflower. Under natural conditions Azure Blue Sage produces tall arching stems that terminate into large, often branching, spikes of flowers that are quite suited to use by Hummingbirds and butterflies. Great at the back of the garden or in natural settings. Item# 10460.

Grows To: 3-6'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
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Balloon Milkweed, Goose Plant, Giant Swan Milkweed, Hairy Balls Milkweed

Gomphocarpus physocarpus, Asclepias brasiliensis, A. physocarpa, G. brasiliensis

An unusual conversation starting Milkweed that is eagerly consumed by caterpillars of Monarchs, Queens, and possibly Soldier butterflies. Balloon Milkweed is a vigorous heat and sun loving tropical African shrub that is grown as a dieback perennial except in areas with mild winter climates. It produces clusters of 1/2" wide cream to white star shaped flowers with a purplish 'eye' and the flowers attract butterflies along with a variety of other pollinators. Balloon Milkweed is adaptable to a wind range of soil types as long as they are well-drained and is moderately drought resistant once well established. Item# 10974.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
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Beebrush, Jazminillo, White-brush, Hierba de la Princesa, Chaparro Blanco, Privet Lippia

Aloysia gratissima, A. lycioides, Lippia lycioides, Verbena gratissima

Sweetly fragrant of vanilla, the 2-3" long spikes of tiny white flowers are produced from spring through fall and the rich nectar produces a high quality honey. The flowers of Beebrush, as the name implies, attract bees and a host of other pollinators and its ability to flower up to 9 months of the year make this a prime pollinator plant. It may be deciduous where winters fall much below freezing and has the potential to be used as an informal specimen, hedge, or screen.  Also known as Whitebrush, Aloysia gratissima will prefer a full to mostly sunny location for the densest growth, best health, and optimal flowering potential. A native of the southwestern US, this adaptable shrub is drought resistant once well-established. Item# 11435

Grows To: 4-10'H x 3-8'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun
Pot Size: 2.25 inch / 6 fl.oz. / 177 ml
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Bidwill's Coral Tree, Fireman's Cap

Erythrina x bidwillii

Conical spikes of deep red, 3" long tubular flowers are produced nearly continuously throughout the growing season on this vigorous and easy to grow shrub to shrub-like perennial. Bidwill's Coral Tree is a hybrid of our native Mamou Bean, Erythrina herbacea, and the tropical Crybaby Tree, Erythrina crista-galli, combining the best features of both parents. It has the cold hardiness of the Mamou and the continuous flowering of the Crybaby and the hummingbirds flock to the intense red tubular flowers. Easy to grow and establish, it is perennial in areas where freezes are common and becomes more shrub-like in zones 9, 10, and 11. Item# 11083

Grows To: 4-6'H x 6-8'W perennial, to 20'H x 15'W as shrub
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Big Momma Turks Cap

Malvaviscus x 'Big Momma'

The large sleepy scarlet blooms of 'Big Momma' are held upright on woody stems from late spring to fall or even year round in mild winter climates. This hybrid Greg Grant selection produces a large, vigorous, and free flowering Turk's Cap that revels in the heat and the sun of Southern summers. A hummingbird and butterfly magnet! Item# 1081

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch SQ / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 29
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Blue Butterfly Bush, Blue Glory Bower, Blue Wings Bush

Rotheca myricoides 'Ugandense', Clerodendrum ugandense, C. myricoides 'Ugandense'

From spring to fall the Blue Butterfly Bush produces large clusters of dainty, blue flowers that very much resemble little butterflies and thus the name. This is a tropical plant that can be grown as a root hardy perennial in the northern portions of its range (zone 9 and warmer) otherwise it makes an easy to grow container plant. In its native habitat it can reach 10-12'H but more typically it is kept as a 4-6'H shrub. The long canes lend it to use as an espalier. Item# 10681

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11,(8B? with protection)
Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W and larger in mild winter climates.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 9
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A wonderfully fragrant Angel's Trumpet, Charles Grimaldi releases a fantastic perfume in the evening from it's large, 10" long, orange colored trumpets that are borne in loose clusters in summer. 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# 531.

Grows To: 6-9'H x 3-7'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun(with midday shade in S), Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Cherub Angel's Trumpet, Wedding Bells

Brugmansia x cubensis 'Cherub'

The large, highly fragrant pink trumpets are borne in profusion on this vigorous and very free flowering Angel's Trumpet. An exciting new hybrid with the flower power of the famous 'Cypress Gardens'! An excellent choice for gardens or large tropical containers. Be sure to plant it where you can enjoy its powerful evening and night fragrance.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. Easily overwintered indoors where not hardy. Item# 9251

Grows To: 7-8'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 8
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Common Boneset

Eupatorium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum

Large flattened clusters composed of numerous dainty white flowers sit atop sturdy stems with medium green softly quilted pairs of leaves that are connected at their bases and looking as though they are 'perforated' (thus the 'perfoliatum' in the botanical name) by the furry stems. Common Boneset is a clump-forming late summer to early fall flowering perennial native to much of the central and eastern US. The flowers attract a variety of smaller pollinators. The united pairs of leaves led herbalists to believe that this plant would help with broken bones. Common Boneset can be found growing along the edges of bogs and moist areas but is also tolerant of average moist soils where it receives shade during the hottest part of the day. Item# 11729

Grows To: *2-3'(-6'+)H x 1-2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 19
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Common Evening Primrose

Oenothera biennis

Small clusters of large 4-petaled sunny yellow flowers are lightly fragrant and open in the evening to attract pollinating moths and may last until about noon the following day when they attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Ripe seeds are utilized by songbirds. Common Evening Primrose is a tall growing tap-rooted native biennial species found throughout most of the lower 48 states and into Canada. It is common in disturbed areas, meadows and prairies. The first year it produces a rosette of foliage and the second year it shoots up to 3-6' high and begins flowering in summer and may continue into fall under good conditions. The Common Evening Primrose will readily reseed on exposed soils. It is a good addition to naturilized areas or add it to the Moon Moth Garden. Item# 11761

Grows To: 3-6'H x 1-2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 9
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Compass Plant

Silphium laciniatum

3-4" wide, yellow,  sunflower-like flowers are born on 4-8'H+ sturdy stems over an extended period in summer on this durable, native, clump-forming, tap-rooted perennial. The dark green, deeply dissected foliage of the Compass Plant was used as a compass as the large leaves generally point north and south. Attracts butterflies and other pollinators. Item# 10309.

Grows To: 4-8'+H x 2'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch R / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 29
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This native perennial Hibiscus boasts 6-8" wide white to pink flowers with a dark burgundy eye. Common to moist and wet areas as the name implies but is quite happy in average moist garden soils. A vigorous and hardy native perennial that can reach 7' but is more commonly found at 4'. The foliage may be used as a butterfly larval host by Hairstreaks, Blues, Coppers, and others. Item# 9399.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 5,6,7,8,9,10 (mulch in 5,6,7,8)
Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Jack in the Bush or Crucita is truly one of the very best butterfly plants! The nectar rich, light blue to purple, flat topped flower clusters make perfect landing platforms for pollinators of all shapes and sizes. Crucita can be found in flower as early as mid summer to late fall. Item# 10670.

Grows To: 3-6'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 5
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One of the most prolific flowering Angel's Trumpets producing masses of white, fragrant trumpets that are borne in profusion on this free flowering tropical. Begins blooming at a very young age making it 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# 9303.

Grows To: 4-7'H x 4-8'W and larger in frost free areas
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 13
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Daniel Weeks Ginger (Orange, Fragrant)

Hedychium 'Daniel Weeks'

Known for its intense Honeysuckle-like fragrance that is most pronounced in the evening, Daniel Weeks Ginger produces large dense spikes of of large butterfly-like flowers that are a light creamy orange at the edges deepening to dark golden-orange in the center.  This is a vigorous clump forming ginger with sturdy upright stems adorned with tropical foliage that starts flowering in late spring to early summer and can continue until fall. Its compact clump forming upright habit and excellent flower power lend this hybrid Hedychium to use in containers as well as in the garden and landscape. Daniel Weeks Ginger is easy, reliable, and proven to be hardy enough for zone 7. Provide a moist, well-drained, fertile soil and a minimum of 4 hours of direct sunlight for optimum growth and flowering. Item# 11530 

Grows To: 4-6'H space at 1-2' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Filtered shade
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 3
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Disney Scarlet Ginger (Orange to Red-Orange)

Hedychium coccineum 'Disney', H. coccineum 'Honduras Form', H. coccineum 'Orange Brush'

Tall spikes of soft to medium orange flowers sit atop sturdy upright stems and are produced over a long period in summer on well-established plantings. This ginger's sweetly fragrant flowers attract larger butterflies like Swallowtails and Giant Sulphurs. The Disney form of the Scarlet Ginger is one of the more compact and erect growing forms of this species. Disney is also known as the Honduras Form and as the Orange Brush Ginger. As with most Hedychiums provide a partly shaded area to full sun, in an average moist, fertile, well-drained soil. The Disney Scarlet Ginger is vigorous, easy and hardy. Item# 11522

Grows To: 3-5'H space at 1-2' apart
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Filtered shade, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade, Full sun
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 61
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A new twist on an old favorite of ours, this new selection of the Single Red Confederate Rose or Terri's Pink Rose Mallow, Almost Eden' Baby Pink produces 6-8", medium pink flowers often marked with white especially early on in the day. This may be the longest flowering perennial Hibiscus that we know and starts flowering in late spring and lasts until fall. Easy, hardy, and reliable. Provide a protective winter mulch in zones 7A-8B. Item# 10397.

Grows To: 6-8'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
Pot Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 10
US$12.99

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