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Nepeta With Bee Hemerocallis/Daylily Heliopsis 'Sunstruck'
As an incentive for you familiarize yourself with our plants, by looking through the Shrubs and Perennials Availability Pages, I'll take 15% off the price of those plants that make it to your wish-list when you shop on Fabulous Fridays. Customers liked that we had grouped together full trays of perennials for full sun, part-shade, and full shade into combo-trays, so we will continue to offer those again this season to include a wider range of varieties and available for that wish-list. 

Colten's Pic Of Deer In The Shade

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.

Ladybug with Eggs Ladybug Larvae Adult Ladybug

Ladybugs (eggs to larvae to adults) 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

Thanks go to Walters Gardens and Ball Horticulture for providing pictures for us to use on this website.

Achillea 'Sassy Summer Taffy'

Achillea/Yarrow 'Sassy Summer Taffy'

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.

Achillea 'Sassy Summer Silver'

Achillea/Yarrow 'Sassy Summer Silver' NEW FOR 2020

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

This non-invasive yarrow has flat-topped, golden-yellow flower clusters offset with intense, silvery, 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.

Allium 'Millenium'

Allium 'Millenium'

Full Sun Deer-Resistant Attracts Butterflies Attracts Bees 
HT:20" SP:20" Upright Clump; Blooms Mid-Late Summer

AKA Ornamental Onion, the plant produces a profusion of 2" round, bright rosy-purple flower clusters on strong stems. Compact, upright clump of glossy green, strappy leaves. 

Perennial Plant Association 'Plant of the Year' for 2018.  

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; 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 have 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 soils.

Attract ladybug larvae keeping aphids in check, naturally.



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 'Silver Heart'

Brunnera 'Silver Heart'

 Full Shade Deer-Resistant Attracts Butterflies Attracts Bees
HT:12" SP:24" Mounding; Blooms Early Spring (Blue)

The outstanding foliage alone is enough to include this Brunnera, but the charming blue flowers through spring make it an essential full-part shade beauty. The silvery foliage brightens any shady spot.

Excellent choice for a shady spot, summer container garden.

Calamagrostis 'Avalanche'

Calamagrostis 'Avalanche' Ornamental Grass

Full Sun Part-Shade Deer-Resistant   
HT:48" SP:36" Upright, non-invasive
Ornamental grasses are sought after, but difficult to find in varieties that are hardy to the area while providing the qualities that make them so attractive. 'Avalanche,' with its brightly variegated foliage and striking tall plumes that capture and reflect sunlight, has been in our gardens for three seasons and has proven itself to be worthy on all counts.

I cutback in early winter, so spring foliage starts fresh and does not have to fight its way through finished, matted foliage.

Campanula 'Takion Blue'

Campanula 'Takion Blue'

Full Sun Part-Shade Deer-Resistant Attracts Butterflies Attracts Bees
HT:20" SP:16" Upright; Blooms Late Spring-Early Summer

The Takion Series plants are about half the height of the standard persicifolias. Plants form a dense mat of foliage at the base with large, blue flowers that rise above on sturdy stems. 

Lovely as vertical accent in cut flower arrangements.



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 Deer-Resistant Water-Wise/Xeric
HT:6" SP: Groundcover; Blooms Late Spring-Summer

An undemanding groundcover since the plants thrive through hot, dry summers. Prefers full sun, sandy soil, and drip irrigation at the soil level rather than overhead watering while in bloom. Woolly gray leaves form a dense mat of foliage that persists through winter.

We shear after the plant's viable seeds have matured and dropped keeping to keep the foliage full.

Clematis/Large Flowering Vine

Clematis Vine; 10 Varieties this season

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 and small flowering varieties to rejuvenate or control growth.

Clematis typically take 3-5 to become well-established.

Delphinium 'Delphina Rose with White Bee

Delphinium 'Delphina Rose With White Bee' NEW FOR 2020

Full Sun Deer-Resistant Attracts Butterflies 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 'Firewitch'

Full Sun Part-Shade Attracts 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 PPA Plant of the Year for 2006.

Dicentra/Bleeding Heart

Dicentra/Bleeding Heart

Full Sun Part-Shade Full Shade Attracts Hummingbirds Deer-Resistant
HT:36"-15" SP:30" Blooms through spring into early summer

A perennial favorite and by far the most popular variety we've offered. Produces well-known, charming flowers through early spring and into early summer. Such an early bloomer that we keep an eye on it and cover with a bucket if it's broken dormancy and a late frost is in the forecast.

All parts of the plant are poisonous so be aware.

Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit'

Echinacea/Coneflower 'Cheyenne Spirit'

Full Sun Attracts Butterflies Attracts Bees Water-Wise/Xeric Deer-Resistant
HT:18" SP:24" Upright; Blooms Late Summer-Fall

Vibrant mix of hot colors for late summer color. Pollinators love them, songbirds flock to the seed heads, and they make gorgeous cut flowers. Slow-growing, but reliable, Echinacea attract butterflies and are a wonderful addition to the xeric, full sun perennial garden.

Echinacea 'Kismet Red'

Echinacea 'Kismet Red' (shown) and 'Kismet Raspberry'

Full Sun Attracts Bees Attracts Butterflies Deer-Resistant Water-Wise/Xeric
HT:18" SP:24" Upright; Blooms Summer-Fall

'Kismet' Series Echinacea were offered last season, and they proved themselves to be reliable first-year bloomers. 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' 

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 in a wide range of soils.

'Rozanne' is the PPA Plant of the Year for 2008. 

Heliopsis 'Sunstruck'

Heliopsis 'Sunstruck'

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 shrubs.

Provide long-lasting cut flowers.

Hemerocallis/Daylily 'Bright Sunset'

Hemerocallis/Daylilies; 4 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.

Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade'

Heuchera 'Lime Marmalade' (shown) and 'Timeless Glow'

 Full Shade 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. 'Lime Marmalade' 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, Heucheras also offer blooms on wiry stems that attract honeybees and hummingbirds.

Hosta 'Captain Kirk'

Hosta 'Captain Kirk' (shown) and 'Rainbow's End'

Full Shade Part-Shade Attracts Hummingbirds
'Captain Kirk' HT:20" SP:36"
'Rainbow's End' HT:11" SP:20" 

Hostas brighten otherwise shady areas of the landscape and will tolerate part-shade conditions when provided with ample water and planted in amended soils. Great companion planting with Heuchera. 

The plants bloom on tall scapes later in the season.

Iris sibirica 'Cape Cod Boys'

Iris siberica; 3 Varieties this season including 'Cape Cod Boys' (shown)

Full Sun Water-Wise/Xeric Deer-Resistant
HT:26" SP:20" Bloom late spring-early summer

Unlike their early-blooming, tall bearded cousins, Siberian Iris bloom slightly later. Their slender, spiky leaves add texture to the full sun garden and remain nice even as the flowers are finished. We have offered Iris s. in earlier seasons and look forward to them again in 2020. 

Highly deer-resistant. 

Lamium 'Orchid Frost'

Lamium 'Orchid Frost'
Part-Shade Full Shade Deer-Resistant Attracts Butterflies
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 Attracts Butterflies 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. 

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 'Becky'

Leucanthemum/Shasta Daisy 'Becky'

Full Sun Deer-Resistant Attracts Butterflies 
HT:36" SP:24" Upright; Blooms through summer.  

Shasta Daisies are a charming addition to the perennial garden and a long-time personal favorite. Though an avid zone adherence gardener, this typically labeled zone 5 plant has thrived in my gardens for decades. 

'Becky' is the Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year for 2003.

Lupine Westcountry 'Tequila Flame'

Lupine 'Westcountry' Series in 3 varieties this season

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

Westcountry is a series of Lupine that features vigorous foliage and strong, large blooms that last longer than more common seed varieties. Offered last season, we look forward to growing them again.

Breeders have come a long way with Lupines, concentrating on bloom color, size, and on extending overall plant life-span with the strong impact of bi-color blooms found within this series. Foliage that tends to hold up better in part-shade and with amended soil.

Monarda 'Balmy Lilac'

Monarda 'Balmy Lilac'

Full Sun Part-Shade Attracts Butterflies Attracts Hummingbirds
HT:10" SP:12" 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 perennial for the part-shade garden.


Nepeta/Catmint; Available in 3 Varieties this season

Full Sun Attracts Honeybees Attracts Butterflies Attracts Hummingbirds Deer-Resistant
'Walker's Low' (shown) HT:36" SP: 36"
'Purrsian Blue' HT:16" 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.

'Walker's Low' is the PPA Plant of the Year for 2007.
'Purrsian Blue' is the PPA Plant of the Year for 2020.

Penstemon 'Red Rocks'

Penstemon 'Red Rocks'

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

Penstemons (named for having 5 stamens) are well known for attracting hummingbirds, butterflies, bumblebees, and honeybees into the gardens. Upright habit and long bloom time allow them to fit nicely into the xeric landscape.

Best when placed nearby to enjoy the beneficials as they move from bloom to bloom.


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"
'Rocketman' HT:30" SP:36"
'Blue Jean Baby' HT:24" SP:34" All Bloom Late Summer-Fall

Masses of small flowers form on multi-branched, aromatic stems through late summer. Honeybee and bumblebee magnets. Prefer xeric landscape areas, so avoid overwatering through summer and waterlogged soil in winter. We prune to green buds in late spring.

Perovskia atriplicifolia is the PPA Plant of the Year for 1995. 

Phlox subulata 'Spring Purple'

Phlox subulata 'Spring Purple'

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 are 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 'Goldsturm'

Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm'

Full Sun Water-Wise/Xeric Deer-Resistant  
HT:24" SP:24" Upright; Blooms Late Summer

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 'Midnight Model'

Salvia 'Midnight Model', (shown) and 'May Night' 

Full Sun Water-Wise/Xeric Deer-Resistant Attracts Honeybees Attracts Hummingbirds
'Midnight Model' and 'May Night' HT:22" SP:22"
'Moulin Rouge' HT:24" SP:28" (New for 2020)
All Bloom Late Spring-Early Summer

Salvias are amongst the easiest of perennials to grow. Their dense spikes of dark purple 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.

 'May Night' is the PPA Plant of the Year for 1997

Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue'

Scabiosa 'Butterfly Blue'

Full Sun Attracts Honeybees Attracts Butterflies
HT:12" SP:18"; Blooms Spring-Fall

Lavender-blue flowers rise above the basal foliage on wiry stems. Attractive foliage that remains nice through the changing seasons. Unique flowers that resemble pincushions as they open. As with most perennials, they benefit from deadheading. Butterfly magnets, so plant where you can enjoy the show. Foliage color changes to burgundy through fall.

Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year for 2000

Sedum Sunsparkler

Sedum Sunsparkler 'Firecracker' (shown) and Sedum sieboldii

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

Foliage color intensifies with the onset of fall and through winter.
Vibrant flowers are an added bonus through late summer. 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.

Sedum 'Atlantis'

Sedum 'Atlantis'

Full Sun Water-Wise/Xeric  
HT:6" Groundcover, Blooms mid-late summer

Every season we try to add a new Sedum because I like them so much. This one is a variegated groundcover with small, serrated leaves with creamy yellow margins. Great xeric plant for the dry landscape.

New for us this season.

Stachys/Lamb's Ear

Stachys byzantina/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.

Stachys monieri 'Hummelo'

Stachys monieri 'Hummelo'

Full Sun Water-Wise/Xeric Attracts Honeybees Attracts Butterflies
HT:18" SP:18" Blooms Early-Mid Summer

Introduced by German grower Ernst Pagels, 'Hummel' means bumblebee in German. Related to Stachys byzantina (lamb's ear) but with basal rosettes of glossy, bright green leaves. Valued for its crinkled foliage and long display of prolific flower spikes.

Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year for 2019. 

Veronica 'Very Van Gogh'

Veronica 'Very Van Gogh'

Full Sun Water-Wise/Xeric Attracts Honeybees Attracts Butterflies
HT:20" SP:24" Upright; Blooms Mid-Late Summer

Unique color with paintbrush-like flowers on well-branched scapes. Continuous blooms provide all summer color. Excellent as a cut flower since it will last for several weeks in a vase.

New for us this season.