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Slender arching stems that end in spikes of purple flowers emerge from the soft fine textured foliage of this dainty Liatris from late spring through early summer and may even flower into fall. The soft texture and and gently arching flower spikes make this beautiful Blazing Star a perfect candidate for the perennial garden where it sure to attract attention as well as butterflies and pollinators. Plant several together for the best effect. Item# 9865.

Grows To: 24-30''H x 8-12''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

Short 'N' Sassy Helenium produces gold and orange petals that surround the deep brown rounded cones over an extended season. Just as the name implies, this little Helenium is a compact grower reaching about 12-18" high and spreading to about 24" wide. Short 'N' Sassy is compact enough for containers or for near the front of a sunny border, garden, or in the landscape. The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Images courtesy of Skagit Gardens, Inc. all rights reserved. Item# 11501

Grows To: 12-18"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Siskyou Pink Gaura, Apple Blossom Grass, Wand Flower, Lindheimer's Bee Blossom

Oenothera lindheimerii 'Siskyou Pink', Gaura lindheimerii 'Siskyou Pink'

Masses of tall wispy deep pink spikes are covered by a succession of large pink butterfly-like flowers throughout summer. A tough and hardy, drought tolerant, perennial US Native. Item# 10642.

Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Slim Milkweed

Asclepias linearis

Rounded clusters of small white and green starry flowers emerge from the leaf axils in spring and summer from the seemingly delicate upright to arching stems. Slim Milkweed could easily be confused with Whorled Milkweed and the difference is that Slim has opposite leaves and is rhizomatous whereas Whorled Milkweed of course has whorled leaves and is clump forming. Exclusive to the coastal prairies and prairies of southeastern and southcentral Texas, Asclepias linearis does well in clay soils and in well-drained soils and has been one of the easiest and most reliable species for us to grow and so it should be for gardeners. The flowers provide fodder for Bumblebees and other native bee species and you can expect the foliage to be used by the Monarch, Queen, and Soldier butterfly caterpillars. Item# 11661

 

Grows To: 10-20"H x 10-20"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Clusters of white spring flowers are followed by green berries that slowly change through pink, to blue, and to near black once mature. The glossy, bronze-tinged, medium green, deciduous foliage of the Withe-rod Viburnum produces fall color in red and purple tones. This is an upright to rounded, medium-sized native shrub commonly found near wet areas. Considered by some to have the best tasting fruit of our native Viburnums giving it the name of Wild Raisin. Item# 10382

Grows To: 6-12'H x 6-12'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Snowbank Boltonia, False Aster, White Doll's Daisy

Boltonia asteroides var. latisquama 'Snowbank'

In mid and late summer hundreds of white daisies with a yellow eye are produced in large clusters nearly hiding the smooth, narrow, bluish green foliage. Snowbank Boltonia is a prized, somewhat compact selection of this easy to grow native wildflower introduced by the New England Wildlflower Society. Provide a full to mostly sunny position for the fullest sturdiest plants and an average moist well-drained soil. Pinching in late spring or early summer will help to promote branching and sturdier plants. The flowers of Snowbank Boltonia provide nectar to a variety of smaller pollinators especially bees. Item# 10990

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

The pure white flowers are produced in mass in spring atop the mound of contrasting rich green needle-like foliage. Snowflake Creeping Phlox, a.k.a. Thrift or Moss Phlox, develops into a dense groundcovering mass of fine textured deep green foliage that is topped by the contrasting flowers in early to midspring and attract butterflies. Use it as spiller over rock walls or as a low accent at the front of the garden and landscape. Deer and drought resistant once well-established. Item# 12130

Grows To: 3-6"H x 18-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade (Part shade in S regions)

Southern Catalpa, Indian Bean Tree

Catalpa bignonioides

Large pyramidal clusters that are composed of showy, 1" wide, trumpet shaped, white flowers that have yellow to orange stripes and purple dots for bee guides are borne over a few weeks in mid spring. The nectar and pollen rich flowers of the Southern Catalpa are excellent for honey production as well as for native bees and other pollinators. Fast growing and pyramidal when young, the Catalpa can quickly reach flowering size at 15-25' under good conditions with ample moisture and moderate fertility. Item# 3057.

Grows To: 20-40'H x 20-30'W to 60'H x 60'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sun
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The huge white fruitily fragrant flowers of the Southern Magnolia can reach up to 12" across and are set against a backdrop of deep green glossy foliage in mid to late spring. Pollinated flowers are followed by cones whose fruit ripens to bright red and are often used as additions to fall and early winter bouquets, wreaths, and other types of floral arrangements. The ripe red fruit attract songbirds and small mammals. The Southern Magnolia is a moderately fast growing tree when young and typically develops into a naturally pyramidal form when young and typically develops a rounded crown at maturity. In a full to mostly sunny position limbs will often reach to ground even on mature trees and the dense thick foliage makes a nearly impenetrable mulch beneath them. Seedling trees, which these are, are somewhat variable and flowering may not begin flowering until the trees are 10-25 years of age. Item# 12030

Grows To: 50-75'H x 30-50'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade

Southern Prairie Aster, Showy Aster

Eurybia hemispherica, Aster gattingeri, A. hemisphericus

A low growing, clump forming to slowly spreading perennial the Southern Prairie Aster produces 1" wide, medium purple to lighter pinkish purple daisies with a yellow eye atop sturdy upright to arching stems beginning in late summer and lasting into fall. This is another Aster that is native to sandy dryer upland soils and so is somewhat drought resistant once well-established. Excellent for native pollinators. Item# 10694.

Grows To: 18-30"H x 18-30"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Spanish Moss (live plants)

Tillandsia usneoides

One of the most recognizable features of Southeastern swamps, the Gulf Coast, and historic southern homes are the long gray masses of Spanish Moss trailing from Bald Cypress, Live Oaks, and anywhere else these dense chains of tiny bromeliads are allowed to make a home. Our native birds use them as nesting materials and tiny wind born seeds spread this pineapple cousin throughout the Southeast from Texas to Virginia. Our Spanish Moss is not wild collected but is grown in our greenhouses hanging below our tables where it is happy to receive any nutrients and moisture while we water our plants. We ship generous clusters of 14-18" long masses of living moss. Item# 11107

Grows To: 2-4'L+
Outdoor Light: Sun, Part sun, Part shade, Filtered shade, Shade
14-18" long clusters
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Clusters of 6-8" wide white fragrant (may be most intensely fragrant at night) flowers composed of a frilly edged round ruffled hymen, with a yellow to greenish yellow throat, from which radiate the 6 long narrow spidery petals. The Spring Spiderlily, Hymenocallis lirosme, is a spring flowering bulbous native perennial with upright to arching medium green sword shaped foliage. It is typically found growing in areas that are wet or are consistently moist, at least during the spring and early summer when the plant is in active growth. It generally goes dormant in mid to late summer after the seeds have ripened or if it gets too dry it may go dormant early in self-defense. The Spring Spiderlily is well suited to bogs and wet areas and can also be submerged in about 2" of water and is perfectly happy growing at the pond's edge or streamside. This species is rarely offered in the nursery trade and these are large well established flowering sized bulbs growing in their own containers. The flowers of Hymenocallis or Spiderlilies are typically pollinated by hummingbird or Sphinx moths but may also be visited by butterflies. Item# 11958

Grows To: 12-24"H x 18-24"W, space about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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St. John's Hibiscus, Kokio Hibiscus, St. John's Rosemallow

Hibiscus kokio subsp. saintjohnianus

Deep pumpkin orange single flowers with long elegant staminal columns and recurving petals. A rare orange subspecies of the native Hawaiian Kokio Hibiscus, St. John's Hibiscus produces a year round display of 3-4" wide flowers on a moderately vigorous naturally large growing tropical Hibiscus that can easily be maintained as a container specimen where not hardy. Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and other pollinators. Item# 11036

Grows To: 4-6'H x 3-4'W in containers, up to 20'H
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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The five pure white widely flaring petals are each neatly trimmed into a multitude of white frills. A beautiful native clump forming perennial with good garden manners. Clean, smooth, medium green foliage is whorled around the dainty stems that are topped with loose panicles of the delicate flowers in summer. Item# 10478.

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9,(3?, 10?)
Grows To: 18-30"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Sun, Part sun, Part shade
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2-3" bright yellow sunflower-like flowers are held on 3'H branching sturdy stems from late spring to fall. The flowering stalks emerge from a rosette of wide medium green foliage on this fibrous rooted native perennial. Great for butterflies and pollinators. Item# 9585.

Grows To: 24-36"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Starstruck Bluestar

Amsonia 'Starstruck' PPAF

Rounded clusters of star-shaped sky blue flowers adorn the ends of sturdy stems in spring. Starstruck Bluestar or Amsonia develops into a neat rounded mound of deep green foliage to about 20" high once flowering is complete. This is an easy and reliable clump forming perennial that is tolerant of wet, moist, to average moist sites and that will only get better with age. Bluestars are pest, disease, and deer resistant perennials that are considered to be somewhat drought resistant once well-established. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12110

Grows To: 18-24"H x 24-36"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade

Summer Sun False Sunflower, Smooth Oxeye, Sunflower Heliopsis

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Summersonne'

Very double dark orange-gold upward facing semi-double flowers to 2-3" across sit atop strong sturdy stems throughout summer. Summer Sun False Sunflower has a full bushy upright to spreading habit with dark green foliage. The flowers of this selection of this native perennial attract butterflies, bees, and other garden beneficials and they can also be used as cut flowers. This Heliopsis is noted not only for it tidy garden habit but also for its exceptional flower power. Provide a moist to average moist soil in a full to mostly sunny location for optimum health and flowering. Image courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11676

Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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In spring tall spikes of purplish blue, to deep blue, to rarely pink or white pea-like blossoms are held well above the blue-green palmate foliage of this beautiful native perennial. The Sundial Lupine is a somewhat rhizomatous but generally not aggressive perennial preferring partial or filtered sun and is typically found in sandy well-draining acidic soils. Considered an endangered species as it is being bred out of existence by the introduced and escaped Russell Hybrid Lupines. The Sundial Lupine is an important host plant for the also endangered Karner Blue Butterfly as well as the Frosted Elfin, and the Elf Butterfly. The beautiful flowers provide nectar for a host of pollinators including bees and butterflies. Item# 10779.

Grows To: 16-24"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Morning sun, Part sun, Part shade, Filtered Shade
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From moderately dense spikes of smoky purple calyxes emerge red buds that open to orange tubular flowers designed for hummingbird pollination all atop the narrow gray green licorice or anise scented foliage. Sunset Hyssop, a.k.a. Threadleaf Giant Hyssop, Rock Anise Hyssop, and Licorice Scented Hummingbird Mint, is a native perennial of the desert Southwest which is drought and deer resistant. Flowering begins in late spring or early summer and continues into fall. Provide excellent drainage in a full sun location for longevity. This selection was introduced by High Country Gardens and is a Plant Select® Award winner. Item# 11707

Grows To: 20-30"H x 12-20"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Sunset Winterberry Holly

Ilex verticillata 'Sunset'

Large red berries cover the bare stems of this native deciduous shrub beginning in fall and lasting throughout much of winter and possibly into spring. Sunset Winterberry Holly develops into a medium-sized well branched shrub with a an upright to vase-shaped habit when young broadening with age. The textured deep green foliage may provide some yellow fall color prior to leaf fall if grown in full sun. Winterberry Hollies are easy to grow adaptable shrubs that produce clusters of small white flowers in spring that provide nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators. Sunset Winterberry Holly is a female and so will need a male pollinator that flowers at the same time for maximum berry production. 'Southern Gentleman' and 'Apollo' are two males that are recommended. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in a moist acidic soil. Item# 11888

Grows To: 6-8'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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1" bright pink powderpuff shaped flowers are produced throughout the warmer months of the year atop the finely textured almost fern-like low growing foliage and stems. The Sunshine Mimosa is a thornless spreading native perennial well-suited for use as a lawn replacement. It tolerates only light foot traffic but can be used between stepping stones in walks, in natural areas like meadows, prairies, and roadsides, as well as a soil stabilizer on slopes. Sunshine Mimosa, Mimosa strigillosa, is best adapted to average moist sandy loams and is a common native perennial with the heaviest populations in Florida and Louisiana but it is also common along the Texas Gulf Coast. In zones 9B and 10 it tends to remain evergreen, in area with colder winters stems may freeze back to ground level and then re-emerge once warm weather arrives. Flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other garden beneficials. Item# 11922 

 

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9B,10,11 - evergreen perennial, 8-9A a die-back perennial
Grows To: 6-12"H and spreading, space 6-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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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, Part sun

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, Part sun

Wonderfully fragrant of licorice or anise when bruised or dried, Sweet Goldenrod produces medium to large pyramidal clusters of golden yellow flowers in summer that are excellent for attracting pollinators and other beneficials. The flowers and foliage, fresh or dried, is often used to make a very nice herbal tea, as a mild spice in cooking, and could certainly be used in potpourris as well (Bonnie fell in love with the fragrance of the dried seed heads!). Another of the garden friendly clump forming Goldenrods, Sweet Goldenrod makes a nice addition to the garden, as well as in natural areas and along roadsides. Item# 10684.

Grows To: 30-48"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Slender arching stems that end in spikes of purple flowers emerge from the soft fine textured foliage of this dainty Liatris from late spring through early summer and may even flower into fall. The soft texture and and gently arching flower spikes make this beautiful Blazing Star a perfect candidate for the perennial garden where it sure to attract attention as well as butterflies and pollinators. Plant several together for the best effect. Item# 9865.

Grows To: 24-30''H x 8-12''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun

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