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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.

 

 

One of the hardiest Lantana on the market, Miss Huff thumbs her nose at cold weather all the way to zone 7! A wonderfully free flowering Lantana whose clusters of flowers open yellow, fade to orange, coral, and finally near pink and are born from summer to frost. An excellent choice for butterflies! Miss Huff Lantana comes highly recommended by Texas horticulturist and plantsman Greg Grant and is also a 2003 Georgia Gold Medal winner. Item# 9727.

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

Missouri Ironweed

Vernonia missurica

Large clusters of rich purple flowers sit atop the sturdy stems of this medium sized Ironweed in summer and can last well into fall. A great perennial for butterflies and other pollinators. As the name implies Ironweed is a tough perennial but is well suited to garden culture. Provide good drainage and ample sunlight for best results though we've found that it will tolerate partial sun as well. Item# 10468.

Grows To: 4-5
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Mojito Elephant Ears

Colocasia esculenta 'Mojito' PP21995

The large minty green elephant-ear shaped foliage is flecked, spotted, streaked and randomly splashed with dark purple to black creating a very cool tropical eye-catching effect. The Mojito Elephant Ear is a rhizomatous tropical perennial in zones 8-10 but is vigorous enough to enjoy as a summer annual in northerly climates. Elephant Ears can be grown in moist to wet fertile soils and can be lightly submerged in water gardens as well as in medium to large containers. Colocasias can be invasive in warm southern climates please plant and dispose of plant parts responsibly. Provide a deep mulch where winters experience hard freezes to promote larger foliage the following season. This variety is  colocasias.  Item# 12177

 

 

Grows To: 4-5'H x 4-5'W and spreading
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Mole Poblano Mexican Chocolate Scarlet Sage

Salvia gesneriflora 'Mole Poblano'

Huge, deep orange-red tubular flowers open from dark tinged calyxes and 8-12" long spikes in summer and fall, when grown as a perennial, to potentially year round under warm tropical conditions attracting hummingbirds for miles! Mole Poblano Mexican Chocolate Scarlet Sage, a selection of Salvia gesneriflora, is more compact and flowers much longer than its parent growing to about 6-7' high and wide. This giant growing Salvia, the species is reported to grow over 20' high, is a shade tolerant, herbaceous to shrub-like tender perennial Salvia that is adorned with fragrant, large heart-shaped, fuzzy, quilted foliage and is anecdotally root hardy into zone 8A. Its only real drawback is that it should be grown in a sheltered area protected from strong winds and heavy rains as the stems are subject to breakage. It can be pruned to help keep the plant shorter, stronger, and fuller. Provide Mole Poblano Salvia with a moist to average moist, well-drained, fertile soil for optimum vigor and continuous flowering. Item# 12583

Grows To: 6-7'H x 6-7'W
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning sunlight, Part shade, Part sun, Filtered shade, Bright shade, *Full sun
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Producing some of the largest flowers of any Perennial Hibiscus cultivars to date, the deep cherry pink to near red flowers of Moy Grande can measure over 12" across! The gray-green fuzzy foliage is pest resistant and this is a vigorous upright to spreading perennial that will enjoy a spot at the back of the garden where it can wow passersby. Provide a full to mostly sunny position in a moderately moist fertile soil for the most flowers and vigorous growth. Developed by Dr. Moy at the San Antonio Botanic Gardens. Item# 11172

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-7'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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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

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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, 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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Orange Zest Cestrum, Golden Cestrum, Yellow Cestrum, Orange Jessamine, Orange Jasmine

Cestrum aurantiacum 'Orange Zest', Capraria lanceolata

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. Orange Zest 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 or Orange (aka ' Gold') Cestrum returns each spring. If you have purchased Orange or Yellow Cestrum from us in the past it is the cultivar Orange Zest. Item# 749.

Grows To: 5-8'H+ x 4-6'W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, 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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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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" high pyramidal 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. The Pride of Barbados, Caesalpinia pulcherrima, is a large growing tropical to subtropical shrub to tender shrub-like perennial that makes a fantastic show throughout summer. Give it plenty of room and a well-drained, moderately fertile soil, preferably in full to mostly sunny site. Plant with caution as butterflies and hummingbirds will repeatedly attack the flowers. Sometimes they drop all leaves during shipping, but will grow more with good sun.  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, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, 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*
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, 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
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One of the hardiest Lantana on the market, Miss Huff thumbs her nose at cold weather all the way to zone 7! A wonderfully free flowering Lantana whose clusters of flowers open yellow, fade to orange, coral, and finally near pink and are born from summer to frost. An excellent choice for butterflies! Miss Huff Lantana comes highly recommended by Texas horticulturist and plantsman Greg Grant and is also a 2003 Georgia Gold Medal winner. Item# 9727.

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

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