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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.

 

 

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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 60
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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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Sommer Joy Angel's Trumpet (Double Pink)

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
Currently In Stock: 20
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Stiff Goldenrod

Solidago rigida, Oligoneuron rigidum

Dense rounded to flattened clusters of 1/2" wide golden yellow flowers are produced atop tall sturdy stems in mid to late summer and attract a variety of pollinators including bees, butterflies, other garden beneficials. Stiff Goldenrod, Solidago rigida and previously Oligoneuron rigidum, is a vigorous growing rhizomatous perennial found mainly in prairies and meadows in the north central US. Due to its rhizomatous, a.k.a. spreading, nature this species may best be suited for use in naturalistic areas like roadside plantings, meadows, and prairies. It is often found in dryer soils and in soils with an alkaline (calcareous) pH. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a well-drained soil with average moisture until it is well-established. Item# 12391

Grows To: 36-60"H x 18-30"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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. 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
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The large bright bubblegum pink 8" wide, wind resistant flowers sport a contrasting dark burgundy eye and are held against a foil of dark green foliage providing a summerlong parade of flowers. SUMMERIFIC® Candy Crush Perennial or Hardy Hibiscus is a densely branching, perennial that develops into a full, well-branched upright to rounded plant. Walter's Gardens describes it as follows: "If you love 'Cranberry Crush', try 'Candy Crush'! This hardy Hibiscus shares all the great traits that made 'Cranberry Crush' popular: upright, columnar habit, fantastic garden presence, and excellent flower coverage".  Like most other Walter's Gardens introductions, SUMMERIFIC® Candy Crush is an indeterminate plant producing flowers from the top to the bottom 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# 12493

Grows To: 4-5'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
PW Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
Currently In Stock: 59
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SUMMERIFIC® Holy Grail Perennial Hibiscus, Hardy Hibiscus

Hibiscus x 'Holy Grail' PP31478 CPBRAF

The pinnacle of Hardy Hibiscus breeding in traffic stopping form! The summerlong display of huge 8-9" wide, textured, dark red flowers are set against a foil of deep dark maroonish-purple near black foliage all on a heavy flowering well-branched plant. SUMMERIFIC® Holy Grail Perennial or Hardy Hibiscus is a vigorous clump-forming perennial that develops into a full, but compact well-branched plant with exceptional flower power. Like most other Walter's Gardens introductions, SUMMERIFIC® Holy Grail 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. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12498

Grows To: 4-5'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
PW Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
Currently In Stock: 75
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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. 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
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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

Spikes of fragrant peachy orange butterfly shaped flowers sit atop the exquisitely variegated white and green foliage. Tahitian Flame Ginger is a hardy rhizomatous perennial that readily multiplies. The flowers and foliage make nice additions to arrangements. Tahitian Flame's striped and streaked variegation is sure to add interest to the garden and landscape even when it's not in flower. This easy to grow Ginger also makes an exotic medium sized container plant with a touch of the tropics. Item# 11234

Grows To: 5-7'H
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Filtered shade, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade

Tangelo Esperanza

Tecoma guarume 'Tangelo'

Tangelo Esperanza produces large clusters of rich orange trumpet shaped flowers throughout the summer on a medium sized plant to large shrub.Esperanzas are easy to grow tropical shrubs that act like die-back perennials in areas where freezes occur such as in zone 8B and 9. Provide a full to mostly sunny location with a well-drained, moderately fertile soil for the best results. Item# 3119

Grows To: 5'H x 4'W and larger in mild climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 50
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Terri's Pink Rose Mallow, Red Confederate Rose, Everblooming Confederate Rose

Hibiscus x 'Terri's Pink', Hibiscus mutabilis 'Rubra'

6-8" deep pinkish-red saucer-shaped blooms are borne continuously from late spring until the first frost on this vigorous perennial Hibiscus. Terri's Pink Perennial Hibiscus, a.k.a. the Single Red Confederate Rose, is an excellent addition to any garden and is a favorite in ours! This is a sterile hybrid which does not produce seed pods and so can spend all of it's energy on flowering! The flowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees all on a plant that rarely exceeds 8' high. For the best results provide full sun in an average moist, moderately fertile to rich soil. Provide a protective winter mulch in zones 7A-8B. Item# 604

Grows To: 6-8'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 34
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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
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Tropical Sunset Angel's Trumpet (Orange)

Brugmansia x 'Tropical Sunset'

The long yellow buds unfold into large, orange, wonderfully night fragrant trumpets. Tropical Sunset Angel's Trumpet is a heat loving and free-flowering Brugmansia well-suited to the garden in mild winter climates or as a container plant where winters are cold. Angel's Trumpets are fast growing tropical shrubs that act-like dieback perennials in the northern parts of their cold hardiness range but readily return from the roots in spring. Establish them in spring once the danger of frost has past for the best results. Item# 11370

Grows To: 6-9'H x 3-7'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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Van Remsen Salvia, Anise Sage

Salvia 'Van Remsen' (S. guaranitica hybrid)

Large intense deep blue flowers emerge from tall spikes beginning in spring and continuing throughout the growing season and into fall. Van Remsen Salvia, an Anise Sage or chance hybrid, is an excellent nectar plant for hummingbirds and may also be visited by larger butterflies. Unlike many of the Salvia guaranitica selections available Van Remsen is a clump forming vigorous growing perennial that can hit 7' high bringing the flowers closer to the hummingbirds and towering over most other garden perennials. This cultivar was discovered in the garden of James Van Remsen of Louisiana and was named and introduced by Salvia guru Richard Dufresne of North Carolina. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in an average moist, well-drained soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 12118

Grows To: 4-7'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 21
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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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Large rosettes, to 3' across, of quilted, deep green foliage subtends the tall 4-6' high spikes of 1" wide, soft sunny yellow flowers with purple to reddish stamens in summer that attract bees and other pollinators. Wand Mullein, Verbascum virgatum, is a biennial taprooted species native to Europe but is now widespread, including across the lower half of the US. Remove the spent flower spikes to prevent reseeding. Plant in a full to mostly sunny site in a well-drained soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Moderately drought resistant once well-established and is sometimes used in xeriscapes. Item# 12671

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 8,9,10, possibly colder
Grows To: 18-36"W x 48-72"H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Wanda Sue Angel's Trumpet (Double Orange)

Brugmansia x cubensis 'Wanda Sue'

Wanda Sue Angel's Trumpet produces double to single orange trumpets throughout the warm months of the year on a vigorous 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# 11196

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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Clusters of pure-white, butterfly-like, fragrant blooms are born in summer atop the tropical foliage and sturdy lush stems. Cut the flowers and put them in a vase and they can perfume an entire room with their sweet fragrance. This is an old garden favorite, easy and reliable. The White Butterfly Ginger multiplies slowly and reliably but generally not invasively. Item # 1065.

Grows To: 4-6'H
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Filtered shade, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 20
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Fragrant clusters of 1" white tubular flowers are produced in summer at the leaf axils and may be followed by 1/4" glossy black fruits. White Cestrum or Day Blooming Jasmine, Cestrum diurnum, is an upright to rounded, naturally evergreen shrub with glossy ovate foliage. Well established plants can be can be grown as a root hardy, die-back perennial in the colder portions of its range or it can be easily maintained as a medium to large container plant where it is protected from freezing temperatures. The day-fragrant flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators. Item# 725

Grows To: 4'H x 3'W and larger, prune to control size
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 1
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