2009 Perennial Plant Selection
ACHILLEA OR YARROW- SOLD OUT! Sun, Zone 3-8, EASY (to grow), Summer. The easiest of all perennials to grow, they are also most versatile. Their colorful umbels bloom over a long period, tolerate drought, and can be cut for fresh or dried bouquets. They are fragrant, attract birds, and repel deer. It's everything we want in a garden plant.
ALCEA ROSEA OR HOLLYHOCKS- SOLD OUT! Sun, Zone 3-7, EASY, Summer/fall.We see them everywhere in the American landscape; towering clusters of flowers standing alongside barns and homes in the country and city. They are easy to grow and self sustaining, bringing much needed color late in the season. In 1888, Dreers garden catalog said this: "It is not surprising that this old-fashioned favorite should again become popular. They are a marvel of beauty and elegance."
28. Peaches and Dreams- A stunning cottage garden plant packed with double soft creamy peach flowers with a tinge of raspberry pink. A very hardy and reliable hollyhock.
AQUILEGIA OR COLUMBINE- SOLD OUT! Sun or Shade, Zone 3-8, EASY, Spring. Delicate and intricate in design, these exquisite springtime blooms dance high above their mounds of lacy foliage. They are an easy way to bring color to the shady parts of the garden and can bloom well into summer. While deer pass them by, the hummingbirds hover ready to perform their pollinating job.
CAMPANULA-Sun or Part Shade, Zone 3-8, Late Spring/Early Summer, Summer. SOLD OUT! The versatility of this genus is astounding. The large and small dangling or sometimes upright bells come in shades of blue, pink, and pure white with foliage in a variety of habits. Each species provides something special to our garden. Campanula bloom in the heat of summer, add splashes of color for the rest of the season, and are often the mainstay of the English cottage garden.
CENTAUREA OR MOUNTAIN BLUET- SOLD OUT! Sun, Zone 3-8, EASY, Late Spring/Early summer. These frilly and flamboyant blue flowers of this perennial cornflower are effortless to grow and are known to repel deer. Sheer them back after the first flush of blooms and be rewarded with more blooms all season.
CERASTIUM or SNOW IN SUMMER- Sun, Zones 3-7, SOLD OUT! Summer. Low trailing plants growing to a about 6-8 inches high. Their silver foliage and white blossoms can cover banks or grow neatly around the edge of your garden.
CHEIRANTHUS OR WALLFLOWER- Sun, Zones 5-7, Spring.The most fragrant flower we've ever grown. It is much like an Evening scented Stock but hardier. It likes cool temperatures so its peak bloom season is in the spring and early summer and then again in the fall.
COREOPSIS-Sun, Zone 3-9, EASY, Late Spring/Early summer. SOLD OUT! These cheery, yellow daisy-like flowers bloom in profusion well above their neat mounds of foliage. So reliable, they are a favorite in our daughter Esperanza's garden.
DIANTHUS OR COTTAGE PINKS- Sun or Part Shade, Zone 3-9, Late Spring/Early summer; Amazing in their diversity, these old fashioned "Pinks" produce a wealth of flowers with a spicy fragrance.
52. Excelsior- This is the traditional Foxglove seen surrounding the thatched cottages of England. Four ft. tall with densely clustered bells in shades of pink with highly visible intricate interior bell markings.
55. Pam's Choice- SOLD OUT!Clusters of white bells reveal deep maroon throats that speckle at the edge. They grow 3-4 feet high.
56. Primrose Carousal- SOLD OUT!We are happy to grow again an old favorite. This moonlight yellow foxglove is a true perennial, lasting years and years in the garden. It's neat mound of foliage sends up stalks of clustered bells for the late spring garden.
ECHINACEA or PURPLE CONE FLOWER- Sun, Zone 3-9, Summer/fall. A known herbal cold remedy, Echinacea is also a beautiful pink or white daisy over 4" wide with a dark cone shaped center. The long bloom season is undisturbed by summer's heat and the deer ignore it. After the petals fade, the remaining cone continues to offer an attractive accent to the garden and also serves as food for songbirds.
ECHINOPS OR GLOBE THISTLE- Zones 3-8, Sun, Summer. SOLD OUT! A cultivated and unique ornamental thistle, having masses of steel blue globular flowers. The blooms attract butterflies and are excellent cut flowers. They grow to 4 ft. tall with each flower on a long stem.
61. Blue Glow- An improved selection with a more intense strong blue color and more compact habit. Excellent color choice for mid to late summer.GAILLARDIA OR BLANKET FLOWER- Zones 3-9, Sun, Easy, Summer/fall. SOLD OUT! The bright gold and burgundy flowers are excellent garden performers through the height of summer. These easy to grow perennials do just as their common name implies: blanket your garden with vibrant color.
GEUM- Sun or Part shade, Zone 4-8, EASY, Summer. A charming small plant with rose like blossoms as they are in the rose family. Their foliage stays low in neat mounds. Flowering stems are sent up during June and July in our garden.
64. Lady Stratheden- SOLD OUT! Radiant double yellow rose shaped blooms flower freely in midsummer.
65. Mrs. Bradshaw- SOLD OUT! A traditional cottage garden plant with semi-double and double 2" glowing red flowers. They grow 11/2 ft tall in our garden.
GYPSOPHILA OR BABYS BREATH- Sun, Zone 3-8, Summer. A cloud of tiny star white flowers bring a delicate balance of soft and bright to the garden or fresh bouquet. They bloom in July over a long period; stems can be picked in their prime and hung to dry for later use. "Once planted and known, no garden will be without this graceful elegant, and above all beautiful pure white flower. Try it and it will win your love forever." -Salzers garden catalog of 1890.
HELENIUM- Sun, Zone 3-8, EASY, Summer/fall. There are no better plants for late summer and fall color. Their vivid autumn coloring is just what we look for as the weather cools. Satisfying and easy to grow plants.
HELIOPSIS- Sun, Zone 3-9, EASY, Summer/fall .These perennial sunflowers will provide you with copious amounts of blooms in the garden and for your vase. The yellow double daisy-like flowers grow 3-4 ft. tall on strong stems throughout the summer.
HEUCHERA OR CORAL BELLS- Sun or Shade, Zone 3-9, Late Spring-Summer. The favorite of hummingbirds, they will spend hours going from one tiny bell to the next. Beautiful plants that are simple to grow with attractive foliage appearing in tidy mounds. Bloom heavily in June and July, and keep sending a few flower stalks up most of the summer.
IBERIS or CANDYTUFT- Sun, Zone 3-8, Spring. This is the plant for you if you want to define the edges of your garden, trim the walkway, fill in with a groundcover or start a rock garden. A native of southern Europe, it has found a welcome home across the U.S. where its easy to grow habit makes it a dependable bloomer.
LAVANDULA OR LAVENDER- Sun, Zone 5-7, Summer. SOLD OUT! Who can resist the beautiful perfume of lavender? Their small blue spikes reach high above the foliage. They can be picked and dried in bunches for a fragrant decoration. A well drained sunny location will make them thrive and keep the deer at bay.
LOBELIA OR CARDINAL FLOWER- Zones 5-9, Shade or Sun, Easy, Summer/fall. SOLD OUT! The long tubular blossoms make a hummingbird's delight. Never have we seen such a pure vibrant red as this. Lobelia can tolerate wet conditions and while canoeing we saw many growing wild around a nearby lake and the hummingbirds were feasting.
LUPINES- Sun, Zone 4-7, EASY, Late Spring/Early summer. A stunning display of torch-shaped blooms give the cottage garden its spirited appearance. Very dependable in our garden, coming up year after year. The deer ignore them while the butterflies and hummingbirds seek them out. The gallery series offers 2ft tall sturdy plants with densely packed spikes.
80. Gallery Blue- SOLD OUT! Shades of blue with a touch of white.
81. Gallery Pink-SOLD OUT! A nice shade of pink with a dash of white.
82. Gallery Red- SOLD OUT!A vivid red that always brings compliments in our garden.
83. Gallery Mix- SOLD OUT!A random mix of colors.
LYCHNIS OR ROSE CAMPION- Sun, Zone 4-9, Easy, Summer. SOLD OUT! These Victorian plants sparkle with magenta flowers and complimentary silvery leaves. Their easy carefree habit encompasses the essence of cottage gardening.
84.L. Coronaria- Rosettes of velvety silver leaves give way to the rising 2 ft. flower stalks that bear simple but vibrant magenta flowers.
MALVA OR MALLOW-Zones 4-8, Sun, EASY, Late Spring-Summer. Cheery saucer like blooms adorn multibranched stems that reach 2-3 feet tall. These relatives of Hollyhocks are easy to grow, colorful, and free flowering all season.
88. Red Shades- SOLD OUT! Selected for their vibrant red colors and resistance to powdery mildew.
NEPETA OR CATMINT- Sun, Zone 3-8, EASY, Late Spring/Early summer. Not to be confused with catnip, this beautiful ornamental mint is long blooming, with blue flowers. Blooms appear June and July with a second flush in August spreading along the edges of the garden. It thrives in hot and dry conditions.
90. Coral Reef- Large coral pink blossoms with shimmering mahogany centers. The 30" tall plants often flower the first year.
PENSTEMON or BEARDED TONGUE- SOLD OUT! Sun or Part Shade, Zone 4-8. These colorful snapdragon-like flowers bloom all summer with the greatest profusion in June. Vaughns garden catalog of 1891 says, "Perhaps no class of plants are so valuable for producing a mass of bloom during the summer months as these. So grand are they in fact, when massed in beds and border that no words can adequately express their magnificence." They attract hummingbirds and songbirds, help repel deer, and make a great cut flower.
PEROVSKIA- Sun, Zones 5-9. There is no tougher plant out there with the beauty to match. With scented leaves and airy blue flowers, the provide a long season of bloom in the hottest time of the summer.
PHYSOTEGIA OR OBEDIENT PLANT- Sun, Zone 2-9, 2-3 ft. tall, EASY, Summer/fall. Excellent perennials for late summer/fall color. Their appearance is neat and blooms are much like the snapdragon in the way they cluster up the stem.
OR BALLOON FLOWER- Full Sun and Light Shade, Zone 3-8, Summer. Such easy
flowers to grow, giving the gardener a lifetime of blooms throughout the
height of midsummer.
POLEMONIUM OR JACOBS LADDER- SOLD OUT! Part sun or shade, zones 4-7, Spring. Our Jacobs Ladder has been growing happily in our shade garden for over 15 years. It is a testament to its ease of growth. We have not done anything special to it in all those years and yet it rewards us with clear blue flowers and fernlike foliage.
PRIMULA OR PRIMROSE- Part Sun or Shade, Zone 5-8, Spring. SOLD OUT! Blooming in early spring with an amazing array of colors, they beckon the beginning of the warm season to come. Grown in shade, they will bloom all summer and into early winter here in the North.
PYRETHRUM OR PAINTED DAISY- Sun, Zone 4-9, Late Spring/Early summer. SOLD OUT! These charming daisies come in cheerful colors of red and pink, bloom early in the season, and do best in a well drained site.
SALVIA SUPERBA- SOLD OUT! Sun or Light Shade, Zone 4-9, EASY, Early Summer-Summer. These deep blue spikes provide a sweep of blue early in the garden season and continue to do so over a long period. They are hardy, long lived, and very easy to grow.
SIDALCEA OR PRAIRIE MALLOW- Full sun, Zones 5-9, Summer. SOLD OUT! These simple to grow flowers resemble miniature hollyhocks. A free flowering incessant bloomer they are a natural cottage garden plant.
STACHYS LANATA- SOLD OUT! Sun, Zone 4-8, Early Summer. The velvety soft silver leaves create a lush and dreamy backdrop for the vivid colors of the cottage garden. Let them grow here and there, which they do quite easily, thriving in dry conditions. Later the lavender and silver flower buds appear looking like tiny lamb faces.
VERBASCUM OR PURPLE MULLEIN- SOLD OUT! Full Sun or a Little Shade, Zone 3-9, EASY, Summer. A wonderful family of plants that you will find easy to grow, deer resistant, long lived and beautiful; all the features we need for the cottage garden.
VERONICA- Sun, Zone 4-8, EASY, Summer. SOLD OUT! These genteel plants provide a profusion of blue or pink spikes creating a truly Victorian ambiance in your garden. The blooms make a sweet cut flower.
VIOLAS OR VIOLETS- Part Sun or Shade, Zone 5-8, EASY, Spring. The mere mention of violets conjures up images of innocent romantic notions from days of old. The sweet faces painted on the petals cheer the heart with hope. Easy to grow in shade or woodland settings and even in part sun.
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