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Colorful Annuals, Perennials, and Shrubs

2019 Perennials Availability Page

Colten's Pic Of Deer In The Shade

Deer-Resistant
Deer move freely through our landscape. We both have that same "What are you doing in my yard?" expression when we see each other. If you face a similar situation, look for the NO DEER symbol to minimize frustration.

A plant's growth is dependent on its genetic characteristics, cultural practices, and regional climate. Our descriptions include information about the plant's mature height (HT) and spread/spacing (SP) so the garden will be full without looking crowded.

We have described plants as: Upright; the plant will be taller than it is wide; best to use towards the back or center of a garden. Mounding; the plant will be about as wide as it is tall. Sprawling; spreading outward from basal stems. Groundcover; spreading to infinity and beyond. Regional bloom time; for continuous color throughout the changing seasons.

Ladybug with Eggs Ladybug Larvae Adult Ladybug

Ladybugs (eggs to larvae to adult) thrive in healthy gardens. You can buy them and release them, but it's the plants that naturally induce, sustain, and keep them in the gardens. Several years ago I stopped spraying pesticides in and around the gardens. It struck me as being slightly psychotic to plant a landscape that attracts birds, bees, and beneficials into my landscape and then turn around and use chemicals that harm them.


Garden designs have moved from foundation to curb since they are often viewed from inside the home. Mixed gardens that include shrubs, perennials, and annuals provide a screen from roadways and allows us to enjoy the gardens from inside looking out as well as from a deck or patio and give homeowners a sense of privacy. After all, wouldn't you rather look at a colorful garden than a roadway?

View From Window


Achillea 'Sassy Summer Taffy'

Achillea/Yarrow 'Sassy Summer Taffy' NEW FOR 2019

Full Sun Deer-Resistant Attracts Butterflies Attracts Bees Water-wise/Xeric
HT:30" SP:36" Upright; Blooms Mid-Late Summer

This non-invasive yarrow has flat-topped, salmon-pink flower clusters offset with fern-like, highly fragrant foliage. Forms a large, clump quickly that fits well into a xeric, naturalized setting. Avoid planting in shady areas and over-watering.

Highly deer-resistant. Flowers can be used for dried arrangements.


Anemone 'Honorine Jobert'

Anemone 'Honorine Jobert'

Full Sun Part-Shade Deer-Resistant Attracts Butterflies 
HT:36" SP:24" Mounding; Blooms Late Summer-Fall

Classic cottage garden perennial with large, pure white blooms that stand out above the dark green foliage. Selected for its long bloom time extending well into the fall season. The lightly fragrant flowers make a nice addition to cut flower arrangements.

Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year for 2016.


Aquilegia/Columbine

Aquilegia/Columbine; 3 Varieties this season

Full Sun Part-Shade Deer-Resistant Attracts Butterflies Attracts Ladybugs
HT:30" SP:18" Upright; Blooms Spring-Early Summer

Columbines are among the easiest of perennials to grow. Our selections are based on taller habits making them beautiful in both, the gardens as well as cut flower arrangements. Popular with novice and experienced gardeners since they tolerate full to part shade and a range of soil conditions.

Ladybug larvae are attracted to this plant each spring keeping aphids in check, nuturally.


Artemisia/Silvermound

Artemisia/Silvermound

Full Sun Deer-Resistant Water-wise/Xeric
HT:12" SP:12" Mounding; Grown for attractive foliage

Finely textured silver leaves are soft to the touch. Habit can be kept in a compact mound by trimming back blooms as they appear. Xeric plant that thrives in sandy soils with water-efficient drip irrigation rather than overhead sprinklers that tend to weigh down the foliage.

Fragrant foliage is highly deer-resistant.


Aster 'Purple Dome'

Aster 'Purple Dome'

Full Sun Deer-Resistant Attracts Butterflies Attracts Bees
HT:18" SP:24" Mounding; Blooms Late Summer-Fall

Forms a solid, rounded mound of royal purple flowers. A sought-after variety that provides color through late summer and well into fall and selected for its long bloom time. Beneficials, including migrating Monarch butterflies, seek out fall flowers for needed nectar and pollen, and this variety stays compact from start to finish.



Brunnera 'Sea Heart''

Brunnera 'Sea Heart'

Part-Shade Full Shade Attracts Bees
HT: 12" SP: 20", Mounding; Blooms Spring-Early Summer

'Silver Heart' with its silver, heart-shaped leaves, stands out in shady areas. Prominent green veins are a nice contrast. The plant forms a rounded clump that spreads over the years.

The blue forget-me-not flowers appear above the foliage, and the showy foliage remains nice through the changing seasons.


Campanula 'Takion Blue'

Campanula 'Takion Blue'

Full Sun Attracts Bees Attracts Butterflies
HT:24" SP:20" Upright; Blooms Late Spring-Early Summer

Prolific bell-shaped bright blue flowers on genetically compact plants. Basal mound of leathery, narrow foliage forms a dense patch quickly. Sturdier plant with larger bell-flowers than standard persicifolias.

Sells quickly once gardeners have a chance to see it blooming in the display garden.


Centranthus

Centranthus

Full Sun Attracts Bees Attracts Butterflies Deer-Resistant Water-wise/Xeric
HT:30" SP:24" Upright; Blooms Late Spring-Summer

An outstanding plant for our climate since the plants thrive through hot, dry summers and -30 degree winters. Prefers full sun, sandy soil, and drip irrigation at the soil level rather than overhead watering. Will bloom again later if deadheaded; otherwise, the spent blooms will drop viable seeds.

Highly deer-resistant and easy to grow.


Cerastium 'Snow In Summer'

Cerastium 'Snow In Summer'

Full Sun Attracts Butterflies Deer-Resistant Water-wise/Xeric
6" Silver, Persistent Groundcover; Blooms Through Summer

Easy to grow groundcover for hot, sunny areas. By far our most aggressive groundcover and our most popular. Spreads quickly and the foliage remains through winter and into spring detering annual weeds. Shear the plant to about two inches every fall and use scissors to keep the foliage from spreading if needed.

Good plant for sloped, full sun areas since it holds the soil in place.


Clematis/Large flowering vine

Clematis Vine; 6 Varieties this season

Clematis typically take 3-5 years to establish.

Available in large and small flowering varieties so you're sure to find one that suits your landscaping needs. Hardy to this area, the varieties we offer are a reliable vine when given the right growing conditions.

Plant in well-drained, amended soil with the foliage in full sun and the roots shaded by a groundcover or mulch. Provide ample water and regular fertilizing. Prune large flowering vines to dieback (green buds) in late spring only to rejuvenate or control growth.


Coreopsis 'Sunkiss'

Coreopsis 'SunKiss' NEW FOR 2019

Full Sun Butterfly Attracts Bees
HT:12" SP:24" Mounding; Blooms Through Summer

Bright yellow flower with large, burgundy-red centers. Long bloom season. Very heat-tolerant and compact foliage.

Prolific bloomer and plants will continue to bloom through 2-3 cycles if sheared after each bloom cycle.


Delphinium Magic Fountain 'Sky Blue'

Delphinium 'Delphina'; 2 Varieties this season NEW FOR 2019

Full Sun Deer-Resistant Butterfly Attracts Bees
HT:18" SP:20" Upright; Blooms In Early Summer

Genetically dwarf eletum type so it does not require staking. Blooms form on well-branched plant on sturdy stocks.

Delphiniums make excellent cut flowers adding a verticle element to arrangements. A personal favorite, and even more so now that breeders are concentrating on making the plants perform well over several years.



Dianthus

Dianthus 'Firewitch' (shown) and 3 Other Varieties

Full Sun Part-shade Butterfly Attracts Bees
6" Silver Foliage, Mounding; Blooms Spring-Fall

Plants form tufts of blue-green foliage that spread quickly and stay nice through the changing seasons. Charming flowers are wonderfully fragrant and will continue if sheared after each bloom cycle. Butterfly magnet, so plant where you can enjoy watching them flutter nearby (flutterby).

'Firewitch' is the Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year for 2006.



Dicentra/Bleeding Heart

Dicentra/Bleeding Heart

Part-Shade Full Shade Attracts Hummingbirds Deer-Resistant

HT:30" SP:36" Blooms In Spring

Classic native perennial that forms a large mass of foliage topped with arching sprays of rose colored flowers through spring. One of the first perennials to bloom, so be prepared to protect if heavy snow is in the forecast. Foliage may go dormant through the heat of summer if planted in full sun. All parts of the plant are poisonous so be aware.


Echinacea

Echinacea/Coneflower 'Kismet Series'; in 4 varieties NEW FOR 2019

Full Sun Butterfly Attracts Bees Water-wise/Xeric Deer-Resistant
HT:18" SP:14" Upright; Blooms Late Summer-Fall

Available in four colors this season, so you can have an echinacea rainbow in your sunny fall garden! Pollinators love them, songbirds flock to the seed heads late in fall, and they make gorgeous cut flowers. Slow-growing, but reliable, Echinacea are a good cover plant as perennials that bloom earlier start to fade. Echinaceas attract butterflies and are a wonderful addition to the xeric, full sun perennial garden.



Miscanthus 'Encore'

Grasses; Available in 4 Varieties including 2 NEW FOR 2019 

Full Sun
HT:Ranges from 12" Festuca to 6' Miscanthus 'Encore' (shown)

Grasses continue to be a popular addition to the landscape with their movement and seasonal color.

Along with the short Blue Fescue, we also have Calamagrostis 'Avalanche' and Miscanthus 'Purpurascens'.

The grasses we offer are zoned for this area. 


Gaillardia/Blanket Flower

Gaillardia; 'Mesa Bright Bicolor' (shown) and 'Arizona Apricot'

Full Sun Attracts Bees Attracts Butterflies Deer-Resistant Water-wise/Xeric
HT:12" SP:12" Mounding; Blooms Summer-Fall

Often included in with other easy-to-grow perennials in wildflower mixes. Gaillardias have a long bloom time that can be further extended with deadheading. Blooms attract bees and butterflies so a nice companion planting with Catmints, Salvia, and other perennials that thrive in full sun in and around the vegetable garden.


Geranium 'Rozanne'

Geranium 'Rozanne' (shown), 'New Hampshire Purple', and 'Cloud Nine'

Full Sun Attracts Bees Attracts Butterflies  
HT:12" Low-growing, sprawling habit, blooms summer-fall


Perennial Geraniums are a must have for full sun perennial gardens.The flowers alone are enough to make this plant worth growing, but the foliage is great too. Plants bloom through the season with shearing between bloom cycles. Easy to grow and adaptable to a wide range of soil types. The foliage turns red into fall. 'Rozanne' is the Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year for 2008. 


Heuchera/Coral Bells

Heuchera 'Forever Red' (shown, NEW), 'Forever Purple', and 'Peach Flambe'

Part-Shade Attracts Butterflies Attracts Hummingbirds Attracts Honeybees
HT:12" SP:20" Blooms Mid-Summer

Heucheras are available in such a wide range of colors it's hard to choose just one. 'Forever Red' is new for us and should prove to be just as stunning in the part-shade gardens as the other two which we have offered in the past. Grown primarily for foliage color, Heuchers also offer blooms on wiry stems that attract honeybees and hummingbirds.

Compact habit so it fits well towards the front of the shady garden.


Heliopsis 'Sunstruck'

Heliopsis 'Sunstruck' NEW FOR 2019

Full Sun Attracts Bees Attracts Butterflies  
HT:30" SP:30" Upright; Blooms Mid-Late Summer

Variegated white with dark green veining offset with bright yellow flowers on sturdy stems. Hardy and easy to grow providing unique foliage coloration through summer and into fall. Doesn't like being crowded, so avoid planting too close to other perennials or shubs.

Provide long-lasting cut flowers.


Hemerocallis/Daylilies

Hemerocallis/Daylilies; 9 Varieties this season

Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric Attracts Butterflies  
HT:30" SP:30" Upright; Blooms Mid-Summer

One of the easiest plants to grow, Daylilies are long-lived and adaptable to a range of soil types. Our mix includes colors that work well together and in combination with other perennials. New varieties are less aggressive and will not require dividing for many years. Breeders have provided varieties with increased plant vigor with outstanding bloom size.



Hosta 'Krossa Regal'

Hosta 'Krossa Regal' (shown) and 'Fortunei'

Full Shade Part-Shade Hummingbird
'Krossa Regal' HT:40" SP:60"

'Fortunei' HT:20" SP:24"

Hostas brighten otherwise shady areas of the landscape and will tolerate part-shade conditions when provided with ample water and planted in amended soils. The plants bloom later in the season with delicate, light purple flowers on tall scapes.



Iris

Iris; 6 Varieties this season including 'Varigata' (shown)

Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric Deer-Resistant
Tall bearded Iris are a beautiful, low-maintenance addition to any full sun, xeric landscape. A long-time favorite of novice and advanced gardeners over the years since they are available in stunning colors and a welcome site as we move from winter into spring. Best when planted so that the top half of the rhizome is visible at soil level; otherwise root rot occurs.

Highly Deer-Resistant. Excellent as a cut flower with long lasting, mildly fragrant blooms.



Lamium 'Orchid Frost'

Lamium 'Orchid Frost' 

 Part-Shade Full Shade Deer-Resistant Butterfly
HT:6" Groundcover; Blooms through early summer

We have offered 'Orchid Frost' for several years as a groundcover for part-to full shade garden areas. Also lovely in container gardens that share a shady space with me through the heat of summer.

This delicate looking plant is remarkably tough and will even tolerate full sun when planted in amended soils.


Lavender 'Munstead'

Lavender 'Munstead' 

  Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric Deer-Resistant Butterfly Attracts Honeybees
HT:18" SP:24" Blooms through summer

Unmatched in the herb garden for fragrance, Lavender is the most popular herb we offer. Sandy soil with excellent drainage is a must for these plants to succeed over winter and into spring. Thrives in rock gardens, with gravel, rather than bark mulch.

Best when harvested just before the buds open. Shear spent blooms and stems in late summer, but leave woody stems over winter. 


Leucanthemum/Shasta Daisy

Leucanthemum/Shasta Daisy 

  Full Sun Deer-Resistant Butterfly 
'Snowcap' and 'Sweet Daisy' HT:15" SP:15"  

Shasta Daisies are a charming addition to the perennial garden and a long-time personal favorite. The varieties for this season are compact plants with a mass of clear white flowers.

The plants will re-bloom if spent blooms are trimmed. 


Lupine Westcountry Series

Lupine 'Westcountry' Series in 3 varieties NEW FOR 2019

Full Sun Part-Shade Deer-Resistant Butterfly
HT:30" SP:36" Upright; Late Spring-Early Summer

'Westcountry' is a new series for us this season and one we are looking forward to trying. Breeders have come a long way with Lupines, concentrating on bloom color, size, and on extending overall plant life-span and hardiness. 'Masterpiece', shown on left, demonstrates the impact of bi-color blooms found within this series.

Foliage tends to thrive in part-shade and with amended soil.


Monarda 'Jacob Cline'

Monarda 'Jacob Cline' 

Full Sun Part-Shade Butterfly Attracts Hummingbirds
HT:36" SP:30" Upright; Blooms Mid-Late Summer

Monarda is well-known for attracting hummingbirds into the gardens since their tubular flowers are suited to the bird's feeding habits, so be sure to plant where you can sit and watch them as they move from bloom to bloom. The foliage is wonderfully mint scented.

Overall, an excellent, long-lived perennial for the part-shade garden.


Nepeta/Catmint

Nepeta/Catmint; Available in 3 Varieties this season

Full Sun Attracts Honeybees Butterfly Attracts Hummingbirds Deer-Resistant
'Walkers Low' (shown) HT:36" SP:36" Upright; Blooms Mid-Late Summer

'Junior Walker' HT:16" SP:24"

'Purrsian Blue' HT:14" SP:24"

Nepetas are highly deer-resistant and great plants for areas where they can be allowed to spread out. Honeybee and bumblebee magnets; a characteristic to consider if you're allergic or (cringe) just don't like honeybees. Easy to grow and a personal favorite.


Papaver/Poppy

Papaver/Orientale Poppy 'Princess Louise' (shown) and 'Allegro'

  Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric Deer-Resistant  
'Princess Louise' HT:24" SP:20" Both bloom through early spring

'Allegro' HT:12" SP:18" Bright Orange Blooms 

Oriental Poppies are unique with their large, intensely bright, papery blooms measuring a full 4-5 inches across. Prefer to be watered at soil level using soaker hoses/drip system so the foliage and flowers stay dry and don't drop their petals. To enjoy as cut flowers, singe the bottom of the stem with a candle and the blooms hold up for weeks.

We cut them back in later in summer as their foliage begins to die back.



Penstemon rostriflotus

Penstemon 'Red Rocks' and rostriflorus 'Bridges' (shown, NEW

Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric  Deer-Resistant Attracts Butterflies Attracts Bees Attracts Hummingbirds
'Red Rocks' HT:18" SP:24" Early-Late Summer

'Bridges' HT:30" SP:36" Early-Late Summer

Penstemons (named for having 5 stamons) are well known for attracting hummingbirds, butterflies, bumblebees, and honeybees into the gardens. Their upright habit and long bloom time allows them to fit nicely into the xeric landscape. Best when placed nearby to enjoy the beneficials as they move from bloom to bloom.


Peony

Peony; 6 Varieties this season

Full Sun Deer-Resistant Attracts Butterflies  
HT:36" SP:36"; Mid-Late Spring Blooms 

Peonies are a long-lived perennial and a traditional favorite. The beautiful, fragrant flowers can be enjoyed in the gardens and as cut flowers for a late spring bouquet. The foliage stays lush through the summer, then turns to deep shades of burgundy through fall. Prefers amended garden soil. Plant just deep enough to cover the crown 2-3 inches and allow 3-4 years to become established.


Perovskia/Russian Sage

Perovskia/Russian Sage Available in 3 Varieties this season

Full Sun Deer-Resistant Attracts Honeybees  
atriplicifolia HT:36" SP:48" All Bloom Late Summer-Fall

'Rocketman' HT:30" SP:36"

'Blue Jean Baby' HT:24" SP:34" 

Masses of small flowers form on multi-branched, aromatic stems from August-frost. Highly deer-resistant. Prefers xeric landscape conditions so avoid overwatering through summer and waterlogged soil in winter.

We prune these woody perennials back to green in late spring. 



Phlox paniculata 'Delilah'

Phlox paniculata 'Delilah'

Full Sun Part-Shade Attracts Hummingbirds Attracts Honeybees
HT:18" SP:14" Upright, Blooms Late-Spring to Early Summer

Phlox are popular, long-lived plants for the full sun to part-shade garden. Prefer amended soils and ample water at the base rather than overhead so flowers don't "shatter" and drop prematurely.

The flowers are highly fragrant and make elegant bouquets. We use a candle to "singe" the stem cut so blooms stay fresh longer in a vase.


Phlox Subulata Blue

Phlox subulata 'Spring Blue' NEW FOR 2019

Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric Deer-Resistant
HT:6" Groundcover; Blooms Early-Late Spring

Provides a thick blanket of emerald green foliage topped with a full flush of outstanding colorful blooms soon after winter. Long-lived and a wonderful addition to rock gardens, border edges, and anywhere a reliable groundcover is needed.

Foliage stays semi-evergreen through winter.


Polemonium 'Brise d'Anjou'

Polemonium 'Brise d'Anjou'

Full Sun Part-Shade Attracts Hummingbirds Attracts Honeybees
HT:24" SP:18" Upright, Blooms Early-Mid Spring

A long-time fan of Polemoniums, variegated foliage varieties continue to catch my eye. The blooms are fragrant, so plant where you can enjoy the scent, delicate blooms, and showy foliage, in ground, or in container gardens so they too can enjoy a cool, shady area through the heat of summer.


Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm'

Full Sun Attracts Butterflies Water-wise/Xeric
HT:24" SP:20" Upright; Blooms Late Summer-Fall

Hardy Rudbeckia provides a profusion of flowers on sturdy, multi-branching stems. Good as a cut flower and a dependable perennial on its own in mass/drifts or in the mixed garden. Compact plant so it shows best when planted in the front-mid section of the garden.

Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year For 1999.


Salvia 'Bumbleblue'

Salvia 'Bumbleblue' (shown), 'Bumbleberry', and 'Bumblesky' NEW FOR 2019

Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric Deer-Resistant Attracts Hummingbirds Attracts Honeybees
HT:14" SP:18" Mounding, Blooms Late Spring-Early Summer

Salvias are amongst the easiest of perennials to grow. Their dense spikes of dark purple or fuchsia (depending on variety) flowers on sturdy stems rise above the foliage. Well-known for not just deer resistance, but to actually repel them so excellent choice for planting at the base of shrubs or in front of less deer-resistant plants. 

Also available, 'May Night', a PPA award winner at a full 24" in height.


Saponaria

Saponaria

Full Sun Part-Shade Water-wise/Xeric Deer-Resistant Attracts Butterflies
HT:10" Groundcover; Blooms Late Spring-Early Summer

Saponaria is a long-time favorite since it's easy to grow, fragrant, and attracts butterflies into the gardens. The clear pink flowers rise above the foliage which spreads by forming large clumps and the seeds are also viable. Excellent as a rock garden plant and to soften straight edges.

Spills over garden wall edges.


Sedum Sunsparkler

Sedum Sunsparkler Series; 'Firecracker' (shown) and 'Dazzleberry'

Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric Attracts Honeybees Attracts Butterflies
HT:6" Groundcover, Blooms late Summer-Fall

Sedum's succulent foliage is perfect for our hot, dry summers. Prefers xeric conditions, so avoid overwatering. Adds distinct foliage texture and color to rock gardens, at the garden's edge, and in container gardens.

Foliage color intensifies with the onset of fall and through winter.

Vibrant flowers are an added bonus through late summer.


Stachys/Lamb's Ear

Stachys/Lamb's Ear

Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric Attracts Honeybees Attracts Butterflies
HT:18" Groundcover, Foliage Spring-Frost

Fuzzy gray leaves form the base of this vigorous spreader. Not intended for small garden areas, but rather the larger landscape design where the plant can thrive and spread. 

As late summer approaches, the plants produce upright spikes of magenta flowers that are honey and bumblebee magnets. Produces viable seeds, adding another layer to its vigorous growth.


Thymus/Thyme Pink Chintz

Thymus 'Pink Chintz' (shown) and 'Mother of Thyme'

Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric Attracts Honeybees Attracts Butterflies
'Pink Chintz' HT:2" Groundcover; Both Bloom Late Spring

'Mother of Thyme' HT:6" Groundcover/Herb

Wooly, deep-olive foliage is covered with an abundance of salmon-pink flowers. Great choice as paver fillers, to soften garden edges, and as a ground cover between other full sun, xeric perennials and shrubs.

Like many herbs, 'Mother of Thyme' deters deer when planted in front of less-resistant perennials since deer seldom step to reach behind plants they don't like.


Veronica 'First Glory'

Veronica 'First Glory' (shown) and liwanensis

Full Sun Water-wise/Xeric Attracts Honeybees Attracts Butterflies
'First Glory' HT:16" SP:24" Summer and Early Fall

liwanensis HT:1" Groundcover, Blooms Early Spring

Compact plant with spikes of deep violet-blue flowers though late summer after many perennials have finished for the season. Excellent as a cut flower since it will last for several weeks in a vase.

Liwanensis is a personal favorite that I have enjoyed as a perennial groundcover for decades. Offered every once in awhile, this prolific bloomer is stunning through early spring with bright true-blue flowers.