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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.

 

 

Mrs. Chambers 2 Angel's Trumpet, Wedding Bells

Brugmansia x 'Mrs. Chambers 2'

Large soft salmon pink trumpets to 10" long and flaring to 5-6" wide with recurving petals are born in loose clusters from late spring to fall on this popular large tropical shrub. Angel's Trumpets are excellent container or garden plants that are root hardy perennials in the cooler portions of their range. Easily overwintered indoors outside of their hardiness range. Item# 9567.

Grows To: 6-8'H x 5-7'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun(with midday shade in S), Part sun, Part shade
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The common name Muck Sunflower somehow seems less than up to the task for a plant that has the potential to provide such a brilliant show of color that begins in late summer and lasts into fall. Loose clusters of 2-3" wide brilliant golden yellow sunflowers are poised on tall stems adorned with rich deep green lance-shape foliage. Depending on moisture levels and fertility this vigorous, native, perennial, fall sunflower may reach up to 8' high. To create fuller, sturdier, and shorter plants tip the Muck Sunflower in late spring. A single tip pruning in late spring will keep them fuller and bushier as well as causing them to produce more flowers than vertical growth. Our plants are seedling grown and originated from a collection in southwestern Louisiana. Item# 10872.

Grows To: 4-8'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sun

New York Ironweed

Vernonia noveboracensis

Clusters of purple frilly flowers are produced atop tall sturdy stems providing late summer and fall color as well as nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. New York Ironweed, Vernonia noveboracensis, is a vigorous growing clump forming native perennial preferring moist to wet to average moist, fertile soils where it grows 5-8' high providing a tall safe platform for pollinators. This tough and easy perennial is well suited to moist naturalistic areas like meadows and prairies where it can mix with fall flowering sunflowers and asters. Tolerant of periodic drought once well-established and can be grown in average moist garden soils. Reseeds, deadhead to prevent unwanted seedlings. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 12109

Grows To: 4-7'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Partial shade

Orange Cape Honeysuckle

Tecoma capensis, Tecomaria capensis, Bignonia capensis, T. petersii

Brilliant orange, 2" long tubular flowers are borne in large clusters in summer and fall or nearly continuously throughout the year under frost free conditions. The Orange Cape Honeysuckle is an easy heat and sun loving tropical that can be grown as a medium to large arching shrub or hedge, vine or espalier, and can be trained into tree standards. The tubular flowers are a treat for hummingbirds and larger butterflies. Where not hardy it is easily maintained as a container plant. Item# 534.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W, to 20' as a vine in frost free climates.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Huge clusters of 1-1/2" tubular orange-yellow flowers are borne profusely throughout summer and fall on this vigorous shrub-like perennial and attract hummingbirds, bees, and other pollinators. The flowers are sweetly fragrant at night and likely attract hummingbird moths. Yellow Cestrum becomes large and shrub like in mild winter climates whereas in the coldest portions of its range, like zone 8B, it will often freeze to the ground and return in spring. A loose breathable mulch will also help to ensure that your Yellow (aka ' Gold') Cestrum returns each spring. Item# 749.

Grows To: 5-8'H+ x 4-6'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Clusters of orange, 1", Chinese Hats are produced from summer to autumn along the arching stems of this unusual shrub. A deep red, nectar rich, tubular flower emerges from the centers of each of the round calyx. The Orange Chinese Hat is an excellent late summer and fall flowering shrub-like to die-back perennial for a sunny location. Easy and begins flowering just in time for the Hummingbird migration southward. Provide a deep winter mulch in the northern portions of its range. Item# 358

Grows To: 4-10'H+ x 5-7'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Large clusters of orange-yellow trumpets have a dark orange patch along with darker orange streaks leading into the throat of each flower. Similar in growth habit and appears to be comparable in flower power to Gold Star. Esperanzas are root hardy, die-back perennials into zone 8 and can become large shrubs to small trees in tropical climates. These are easy to grow reliable and free flowering garden additions that can be enjoyed as container plants where not hardy. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in a fertile, well-drained soil for the best results. Flowers attract bees and occasionally butterflies and hummingbirds. Item# 10961

Grows To: 3-5'H x 3-5'W and larger in mild winter climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Wave after wave of 12" long trumpets open a pale cream color and quickly darken to pink and finally a dark coral pink. The long lasting flowers are wonderfully fragrant with the rich perfume still noticeable into the morning especially on cool cloudy days. Peruvian Princess Angels Trumpet begins flowering even at 5' high making it highly desirable for container culture. 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. Item# 11060

Grows To: 6-8'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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3" wide creamy white flowers with a burgundy eye are produced from summer to fall on an upright growing perennial with small, trilobed, rich green foliage. The Pineland Hibiscus or Comfortroot is an uncommon native perennial Hibiscus found at the edge of pine forests, along rivers, and streams. It is not always long lived (3-6 years typically) but is certainly a worthy component of wildflower gardens, meadows, other natural settings, and near the back of the garden or landscape. Item# 9804

Grows To: 3-6'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Pink Flowered Crimson-Eyed Rosemallow, Swamp Mallow

Hibiscus moscheutos (pink form)

6-8" wide pink to white flowers with a dark burgundy eye are produced throughout much of summer on this vigorous and hardy native perennial. We were kindly supplied with seeds of the pink form of our native Crimson-Eyed Rosemallow and are now finally able to share them with you. Prefers moist to wet soils but established plants can tolerate average moisture conditions fairly well. They can reach 7' by the end of summer but are more commonly seen in the 4-5' range.The foliage may be used as a butterfly larval host by Hairstreaks, Blues, Coppers, and others. Images shown are examples, actual flower color may vary slightly since these are seedlings. Item# 11240

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
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Pink Perfektion Angel's Trumpet (Double Pink)

Brugmansia x candida 'Pink Perfektion'

To 14" long, rich glossy pink, hose in hose style double to triple or more, richly fragrant, flowers are produced non-stop throughout the growing season on an easy to grow Angel's Trumpet that begins flowering even at a small size making it a choice selection for container culture. The rich perfume like fragrance of Pink Perfektion Angels Trumpet is most noticeable after sunset and lasts into early morning. Definitely worth sticking your nose in! 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# 11061

Grows To: 6-8'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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The tall sturdy dense spikes of rich purple flowers of this beautiful native wildflower attract loads of butterflies and pollinators in summer. An easily grown native perennial that also makes an excellent cut flower, fresh or dried. The large bulb-like corm will produce several flower spikes once mature. Best in average to moist soils. Item# 9559.

Grows To: 36-60"H space 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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In mid to late summer and fall, large clusters of frilly deep purple nectar rich flowers are produced atop the sturdy upright 4-5' high stems. Prairie, Common, or Smooth Ironweed is a clump forming native perennial found in the central US and is common to moist soils but it performs quite well in average moist soils. The flowers of Ironweeds attract a variety of pollinators including bees and butterflies and the foliage of Ironweeds are considered a caterpillar host plant for the American Painted Lady Butterfly. Deadhead to prevent unwanted seedlings. Provide a full to mostly sunny position for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 11758

Grows To: 3-6'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Partial shade
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8-14" spiked clusters of up to 40 pinkish-red ball-like buds open to yellow butterfly-like blooms, then fade to a deep orange and gold, and finally turning to a deep reddish-orange to red. This large growing shrub to tender shrub-like perennial makes a fantastic show throughout summer. Give it plenty of room and a well-drained, moderately fertile soil, preferably in full sun. Plant with caution as butterflies and hummingbirds will repeatedly attack the flowers. Item # 571.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10,11,(8B? with protection)
Grows To: 7-15'H x 8-12'W, 4-6'H x 4-6'W as a die-back perennial.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part shade
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Red Cape Honeysuckle

Tecoma capensis 'Red', Tecomaria capensis 'Red', Bignonia capensis, T. petersii

The Red Cape Honeysuckle produces masses of dark red 2" tubular flowers in large clusters in summer and fall or nearly continuously throughout the year under frost free conditions. This easy heat and sun loving tropical can be grown as a medium to large arching shrub or hedge, vine or espalier, and can be trained into tree standards. The tubular flowers are a treat for hummingbirds and larger butterflies. Where not hardy it is easily maintained as a container plant. Item# 600.

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W, to 20' as a vine in frost free climates.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

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*
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Red Riot Cape Honeysuckle

Tecoma capensis 'Red Riot', Tecomaria capensis 'Red Riot'

Red Riot Cape Honeysuckle has flowers that are double the size of typical Cape Honeysuckles in riotous true red versus the deep red of our Red Cape Honeysuckle. The large clusters of tubular flowers with recurving to erect petals attract hummingbirds, and larger butterflies, and larger bees rob nectar via holes that they create at the base of the flower. This is an easy to grow, heat and sun-loving, tropical vine-like or scandent shrub that can be used as a large arching to fountaining shrub, hedge, trained as a vine or espalier, as well as tree standards. Where not hardy it is easily overwintered as a container plant. Flowers spring to fall under good conditions. Image courtesy of Star Roses and Plants, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11731

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6'W, to 15-20' as a vine or large shrub in frost free climates.
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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. 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, 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
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Large aromatic heart-shaped tropical foliage with a root-beer like fragrance when crushed. The Root-beer Tree is a vigorous upright perennial that spreads slowly by underground runners. Used widely in Mexican dishes. Can be used fresh or dried to flavor soups, eggs, drinks and is an essential ingredient in Mole Verde. The real oaxacan cooking ingredient. Item# 789

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Hoja santa (Piper auritum) is a non-native herbaceous perennial in the Piperaceae.  The genus Piper is famous for also containing the black pepper species (Piper nigrum).  The leaves are alternate, simple, large, and heart shaped with palmate major veins.  The lower portion of the petiole is pink and is split laterally above with the two halves wrapped around the stem. The stem has swollen nodes. The flowers are a distinct white spike.  The name hoja santa means "sacred leaf" in Spanish. It is also known as yerba santa, hierba santa, Mexican pepperleaf, acuyo, tlanepa, anisillo, root beer plant, Vera Cruz pepper and sacred pepper.  It is often used in Mexican cuisine for tamales, the fish or meat wrapped in fragrant leaves for cooking, and as an essential ingredient in mole verde, the green sauce originated in the Oaxaca region of Mexico. It is also chopped to flavor eggs and soups, such as pozole.  .In Central Mexico, it is used to flavor chocolate drinks. In southeastern Mexico, a green liquor called Verdín is made from hoja santa. It is also used for tea. In some regions of Mexico, goat cheese is wrapped with the hoja santa leaves and imbued with its flavor. Some are planted at Allen Acres in zone 8 and have survived several winters.

 

 
Grows To: 6-10'H and spreads
Outdoor Light: AM sun
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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

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, Part sun

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
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Mrs. Chambers 2 Angel's Trumpet, Wedding Bells

Brugmansia x 'Mrs. Chambers 2'

Large soft salmon pink trumpets to 10" long and flaring to 5-6" wide with recurving petals are born in loose clusters from late spring to fall on this popular large tropical shrub. Angel's Trumpets are excellent container or garden plants that are root hardy perennials in the cooler portions of their range. Easily overwintered indoors outside of their hardiness range. Item# 9567.

Grows To: 6-8'H x 5-7'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun(with midday shade in S), Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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