Perennials


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CARYOPTERIS X 'CLAND. DARK KNIGHT'
DARK KNIGHT BLUE MIST SHRUB
COLOR: Blue Shades
HEIGHT: 2-3 ft
SPREAD: 2-3 ft
ZONE: 6-8 

A great plant for late summer color as it bursts forth with purple-blue flowers in August. Low growing, mounding, and easy to grow, it prefers well drained soil and full sun. Late winter cutback provides impetus for loads of free flowering new growth.

 

 

Phlox


PHLOX 'VOLCANO WHITE'
VOLCANO WHITE GARDEN PHLOX
HEIGHT: 18-24 in
SPREAD: 15-18 in
ZONE: 4-8 

Plant a few of these pure white blooming beauties together in the garden and you'll experience a cloud cover of flowers throughout the summer months. Fragrant cones of white flowers top stocky, heavily branched plants and nearly obscure the nice green, highly mildew tolerant foliage starting in July.







PHLOX 'VOLCANO PURPLE'
VOLCANO PURPLE GARDEN PHLOX
HEIGHT: 18-24 in
SPREAD: 12-15 in
ZONE: 4-8 

A grouping of this sensually hued blooming powerhouse will attract a crowd with masses of flower cones with deep purple/white eyed flowers that you'll have to see to believe. 'Volcano(tm) Purple' begins blooming in early July and is awash in color for weeks on sturdy, highly mildew tolerant plants. Flowers are deliciously fragrant.







PHLOX 'VOLCANO RED
VOLCANO RED GARDEN PHLOX
HEIGHT: 18-24 in
SPREAD: 15-18 in
ZONE: 4-8 

You won't find another red Phlox that performs better than 'Volcano(tm) Red' with its incredible blooming power that sees cones of scintillating red flowers begin to open in early July and continue into September. Compact, chunky plants are sturdy, the foliage is deep green and highly mildew tolerant, and the flowers are incredibly fragrant. What else do you need in a garden Phlox??







PHLOX 'VOLCANO PINK
VOLCANO PINK GARDEN PHLOX
HEIGHT: 18-24 in
SPREAD: 12-15 in
ZONE: 4-8 

This blooming masterpiece will explode into color in early July with cones of striking pink flowers with white eyes on dense, sturdy, highly mildew tolerant, heavily branched plants. Long bloom time through August and into September ensures the garden will always be perfumed by this plants heavenly flower scent.

 

 Hosta



HOSTA 'PATRIOT'
PATRIOT HOSTA
HEIGHT: 24-30 in
SPREAD: 24-30 in
ZONE: 3-8 

This close relative of 'Francee' shines like a beacon in dark, shady areas with bold white margins surrounding deep green, heart shaped foliage. Spectacular color, great mounding form, and lavender flowers that rise above the foliage on long stalks in August complete a beautiful picture.

HOMEOWNER GROWING AND MAINTENANCE TIPS:

Cut back after frost. Low maintenance. Divide in spring every 4-5 years. Prefers a rich, moist, well-drained soil in part shade.







HOSTA BIG DADDY
HEIGHT: 34-36 in
SPREAD: 42-48 in
ZONE: 3-8 

Big Daddy' lives up to its name with beefy, rounded, heavily ribbed blue foliage that forms a wide spreading mound that has a sensational landscape appeal. Its cool blue leaves are oh so captivating and its form so thick and full that 'Big Daddy' has the chops to hold its own as a specimen, but makes a wonderful presentation grouped to form a mass of blue foliage that is unforgettable. Tall scapes of nearly white flowers start in mid-August, showing off against the blue making the plant look even bigger!

 

 Ornamental Grasses


MISCANTHUS SINENSIS RIGOLETTO
RIGOLETTO MAIDEN GRASS
HEIGHT: 2-3 ft
SPREAD: 2-3 ft
ZONE: 5-8 

Finally!! At long last here is a dwarf from of Miscanthus 'Variegata' that looks showy and doesn't carry some of the baggage of the full sized plant! 'Rigoletto' is half the size of 'Variegata' and keeps a dense, full form that does not succumb to opening up in the center and toppling over, a malady that can plague 'Variegata'. Its shorter height, along with the strong, creamy white-and-green vertical variegation on narrower foliage makes 'Rigoletto' a perfect specimen for any space, large or small! It's a perfect plant for grouping for a sweep of foliage color in any sunny to partly sunny area and is extremely easy to grow, tolerating most well-drained soils.




PENNISETUM ALOPECUROIDES HAMELN
HAMELN DWARF FOUNTAIN GRASS

ZONE: 5-8 


Has all the beauty of the larger form condensed to a compact size. Wonderful for the smaller garden. Blooms August to October. The soft texture and neutral green of dwarf fountain grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides "Hameln") offers an attractive accent to a landscape as part of a mixed border or in a mass planting. Dwarf fountain grass requires little maintenance, and is perennial in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 to 9. Favoring a sunny, well-drained location, the plant grows to 2 feet wide and 1 to 2 feet tall. Graceful, brush-like flower spikes rise 3 to 6 inches above the foliage. Dwarf fountain grass dies back in winter. Pruning removes the dead foliage, clearing the way for spring's renewal.




MISCANTHUS SINENSIS SUPER STRIPE
SUPER STRIPE MISCANTHUS
HEIGHT: 4-7 ft
SPREAD: 3-4 ft
ZONE: 5-8 

Everyone who has grown Ornamental Grasses knows that Zebra and Porcupine Grasses are incredibly showy in the summer with their yellow banded foliage. 'Super Stripe' lives up to its name by "out striping" the others with enough yellow banded color to make these plants jump to the forefront in any landscape. Lush, deep green foliage slowly emerges in the spring with growth momentum and signature yellow bands emerging quicker as late spring heat builds, forming an upright, spreading mound that demands to be seen. Tall flower stalks rise 2-3' above the colorful foliage in August to reveal tawny, fine textured seed heads that dance in the wind from late August through October. 'Super Stripe' loves full sun and is an amazing sight when grouped toward the back of a planting.



MISCANTHUS SINENSIS STRICTUS
PORCUPINE GRASS
HEIGHT: 6-7 ft
SPREAD: 2-3 ft
ZONE: 5-8 

Has the horizontal yellow bands of 'Zebrinus' in a spikier, narrower package. A great specimen for the smaller garden; it blooms in September.
Both porcupine grass (Miscanthus sinensis “Strictus”) and zebra grass (Miscanthus sinensis “Zebrinus”) are cultivars of deciduous eulalia grass, all three of which are winter hardy to U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9. The two grasses are very similar, but you can tell them apart by examining their leaves, flowers and heights.




MISCANTHUS SINENSIS 'SILBERFEDER'
SILVER FEATHER MAIDEN GRASS
COLOR: White Shades
HEIGHT: 6-9 ft
SPREAD: 5-7 ft

Popular grass with silvery-white plumes held high above dense, arching foliage.Cut back in early April. Upright clump-forming grass. Divide in early spring every 5-7 years. Prefers a moist, well drained soil in full sun.







MISCANTHUS SINENSIS RIGOLETTO
RIGOLETTO MAIDEN GRASS
HEIGHT: 2-3 ft
SPREAD: 2-3 ft
ZONE: 5-8 

Finally!! At long last here is a dwarf from of Miscanthus 'Variegata' that looks showy and doesn't carry some of the baggage of the full sized plant! 'Rigoletto' is half the size of 'Variegata' and keeps a dense, full form that does not succumb to opening up in the center and toppling over, a malady that can plague 'Variegata'. Its shorter height, along with the strong, creamy white-and-green vertical variegation on narrower foliage makes 'Rigoletto' a perfect specimen for any space, large or small! It's a perfect plant for grouping for a sweep of foliage color in any sunny to partly sunny area and is extremely easy to grow, tolerating most well-drained soils.





MISCANTHUS SINENSIS 'GRACILLIMUS'
GRACILLIMUS MAIDEN GRASS
HEIGHT: 5-7 ft
SPREAD: 2-3 ft
ZONE: 5-8 

Maiden Grass  is a 6-8 feet tall, graceful, clumping ornamental grass. The slender, weeping leaves are silvery-green and turn golden bronze in fall. A silver stripe runs up the middle of the sword-like green leaves.



  
MISCANTHUS FLORIDULIS
GIANT SILVER GRASS
HEIGHT: 8-12 ft
SPREAD: 3-5 ft
ZONE: 4-8 

It's huge! Silver plumes bloom in September, and if you don't cut the plant until spring, you'll be rewarded with unbeatable winter interest. Use as an eye-catching specimen, or a very successful screening hedge.

 

 

 Lamium Groundcover


Lamium is an excellent ground cover perennial for shady areas, grown largely for its spreading foliage and colorful flowers.








Irish Eyes Rudbeckia
Very unusual flowers for planting close up. Huge daisy flowers to five inches across. Aster-like petals in golden yellow surround a bright green center. Add to the middle of the border for some sensational late-season color. Performs well in containers. Perennial; best treated as an annual in colder winter areas. In optimum conditions, plants may naturalize in the garden by self-seeding.
Plant in full sun. Plant 18"  apart. grows to 30" tall.








Maya Rudbeckia
Double, dwarf-flowering with blooms from 9-12cm. Maya is an ideal specimen plant or a mixed combination planting variety. Bright yellow blooms, resembling coloured tennis balls.
Plant in full sun. Plant 12"-16"  apart. grows to 18"-20" tall.







Sonora Rudbeckia
 Often these will survive a few winters, or at least self seed. This strain produces very large golden-yellow daisies, the black cone surrounded by a big chocolate brown eye. Flowers for months on end,Removing faded blossoms regularly will greatly increase the flowering time.
Plant in full sun. Plant 18"-24"  apart. grows to 12"-14" tall.









Toto Rustic Rudbeckia
Common name:Gloriosa Daisy - Cheerful splashes of sunshine are produced in a seemingly never-ending supply of 3-4” flowers on compact plants.








Toto Lemon Rudbeckia
Toto Lemon is a dwarf Rudbeckia, similar to the taller Black-eyed Susan but with slightly smaller flowers. Early flowering and long-lasting, this adorable perennial blooms from July to frost.
Plant in full sun. Plant 8"-10"  apart. grows to 12"-15" tall.










Rudbeckia Black-eyed Susan
Rudbeckia has suffered from over exposure, yet there is a great deal of variety within the species and they are true workhorses, with very few problems. Most Rudbeckia come in shades of yellow or orange, with a dark center seed head, but there are also russet, bronze and mahogany tones. The flowers are daisy-like and can be single, semi-double and fully-double. You can tell them apart from coneflowers by their coarse-textured, hairy leaves.
Plant in full sun. Plant 8"-24"  apart. grows to 8"-48" tall.





Rudbeckia Cherokee Sunset
Rudbeckia ‘Cherokee Sunset’ looks more like your typical Dahlia than a humble black-eyed Susan flower. The semi-double to fully double blooms are deer resistant, like all rudbeckia flowers.
Plant in full sun. Plant 12"  apart. grows to 24"-30" tall.







Rudbeckia Indian Summer
Rudbeckia Indian Summer produce long, golden-yellow rays surrounding chocolate-black centers. Rudbeckia Indian Summer blooms from July thru September followed by mahogany foliage in the fall. A fine display on substantial plants. Road salt tolerant 
Plant in full sun. Plant 18"-24"  apart. grows to 36"-42" tall.









Althaea Zebrina
This flower has returned every year for several years. Depending on the light it appears pinkish as in this photo (early morning/late afternoon sun) or pale white with lavender stripes.
Plant in full sun. Plant 24"  apart. grows to 30" tall.








Malva Moschata Appleblossom
 is a short-lived perennial with soft-pink, saucer-shaped flowers from summer to early autumn.
Plant in sun or part shade. Plant 24"  apart. grows to 24"-36" tall.








Lupineus Russell's Carmine Red
Carmine red colored flowers. The flowering spikes are just under 2 feet tall. Short lived perennials, sometimes self seeds, plants have a deep taproot and once established hate root disturbances. 
Plant in sun or part shade. Plant 18"  apart. grows to 3'-5' tall.









Gallery Mix Lupine
The colorful spikes of Lupines are an unforgettable sight in the early summer border. Plants grow best in a deep, rich soil, slightly on the acidic side.
Plant in sun or part shade. Plant 15 - 18" apart. grows to 20" tall.











Gallery Yellow Lupine  
 Dramatic flower spikes are an excellent choice for summer bouquets or attracting hummingbirds to the garden. Prefers cool, evenly moist sites.
Plant in sun or part shade. Plant 15 - 18" apart. grows to 20" tall.

 







English Daisy Galaxy Mix Bellis

Abundant flowers carpet the spring garden. perfers cool, moist soil.
Plant in sun or light shade 6" apart. Grows 4" to 6" tall.

 







English Daisy Galaxy Red Bellis

Abundant flowers carpet the spring garden. Perfers cool, moist soil.
Plant in sun or light shade 6" apart. Grows 4" to 6" tall.

 










Delphinium Guinevere
Delphiniums are the stars of the early summer border. Plants form a low mound of deeply-cut green leaves, bearing tall spikes of satiny flowers. Plant in sun or light shade 24" apart. Grows 5' to 6' tall.












Delphinium Magic Fountain White/Dark Bee

High quality, upright spikes of white flowers w/ dark centers for summer fun.
Plant in sun or partial shade 24" apart. grows to 36" tall.












Delphinium Magic Fountain Dark blue/Dark Bee
Magic Fountains Dark Blue Dark Bee Larkspur features bold spikes of purple flowers with royal blue eyes rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It's deeply cut lobed leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Plant in sun or partial sun 24" apart. grows to 30'-36" tall.











Delphinium Magic Fountain Lilac Pink/White Bee

 

Semi-double to double flowers of lilac-pink flowers with white centers on 10-20" long spikes. Strong Stems make this Larkspur, and those in its series, excellent for cutting.
Plant in sun or partial shade 24" apart. grows to 36" tall.











Astolat Pacific Giant Delphinium
 Giant Pacific Delphiniums are elegant with colorful flower spikes that add a majestic touch.
Plant in sun or partial shade 18"-24" apart. grows to 6' tall.












Delphinium Magic fountains Cherry Blossom
 Plant has an abundance of light pink flowers with pale yellow bees, towering over compact, dark green leaves.
Plant in sun or partial shade 24" apart. grows to 30"-36" tall.













Centaurea Macrocephala
This is a large-growing perennial best used towards the back of a sunny border. Plants form a clump of coarse, light-green leaves, bearing stems of large, shaggy thistle-like flowers with bright canary-yellow petals.
Plant in full sun 24" apart. grows to 36" tall.












Centaurea Dealbata Rose

soft rose-pink fringed flowers in June-July. Plant in full sun 24" apart. Grows to 18-30" tall.

 










Grenadin Pink Carnation

Pink double flowers on strong stems. Plant in sun 12" apart. Grows to 20" tall.

 












Mixed Canterbury Bells Campanula

Biennial showy bell-shaped flowers produced lavishly. Plant in sun to part shade 12-18" apart. Grows 15 to 36" tall.

 











Blue Fescue Ornamental Grass

Low turfed, silvery-blue ornamental grass. Plant 24" apart. grows to 10" tall.

 










Alpinus Hardy Aster

Flowers in late spring. Plant in sun to part shade 15" apart. grows to 12" tall.

 










Cerise Queen Achillea

Cherry red flowers in summer. Plant in full sun 18 to 24" apart. Grows to 24" tall.

 










Summer Pastels Achillea

Early flowers in wide spectrum of colors. Plant in full sun 18 to 24" apart. grows to 24" tall.

 









Grenadin Mix Carnation

Medium-sized, double flowers on strong stems. Plant 12" apart. grows 20" tall.










Grenadin Red Carnation

Plants form a low mound of grassy grey-green leaves, bearing upright stems of fully double,
Plant 12" apart. grows 20" tall.











Dianthus Carypphyllus King of the Blacks

Blooms from May-July.  
 Plant 15" apart. grows 24" tall.













Grandiflora Sunray Coreopsis
 Grow in full sun or partial shade and fertile, well-drained soil. Deadhead regularly, although birds are attracted to the seedheads.
Plant 8" apart. grows 10" tall. Plant in full sun or part sun.












Cupis's Dart Catananche

The showy violet-blue perennial flower of the aster family Catananche caerulea bears the common names Cupid's dart, blue cupidone, and cerverina.
Plant 20" apart. grows 18" tall. Plant in full sun.











Goblin Gaillardia

Scarlet-red petals with sunny yellow tips surround the reddish-brown cone. These daisy-like blooms are highly valued for their hot red and yellow hues and they attract butterflies. Since the flowers just keep on coming from early summer into fall, they provide continuous color in containers and will keep your vases full of fresh blanket flower bouquets all season long.
Plant 12" apart. grows 12" tall. Plant in sun.













Burgundy Gaillardia

Blanket Flowers are valuable in the summer border for their very long season of bloom. Plants form a low mound of light-green leaves, bearing upright stems of large daisy-type flowers. 
Plant 24" apart. grows 18"- 30" tall. Plant in full sun.










Gaillardia Grandiflora arizona Red Shades

Arizona 'Red Shades' is a recent introduction with dark orange-red flowers. With modest deadheading this selection will bloom all summer thriving in full, hot sun and poor soils. Attractive to butterflies.
 Plant 12"- 18" apart. grows 12" tall. Plant in full sun.












Chater's double Alcea Rosea salmon Hollyhock

An eye-catching biennial or short-lived perennial with large, lobed leaves. This variety produces large, double, salmon pink flowers on tall spikes all summer.
 Plant 20" apart. grows 4'-6' tall. Plant in full sun.

 










Chater's double Mix Hollyhocks
 Chater's Double comes in a beautiful mix of colors ranging form shades of pink, bright yellows, deep maroons and white.  Flowers are fully double and open from the bottom of the stem starting in July and continuing through August.  Flowers stand tall on spikes ranging from 4 - 6 feet.  As with all Alcea plant in a sunny to part shade location in a well drained, neutral soil.










Alcea Rosea Single Hollyhocks
Bloom Time: June to August. Height: 6.00 to 8.00 feet 
Sun: Full sun Water: Medium Maintenance: High. Plant  20" apart. 














Jacob's Ladder Polemonium
Description: Best known for its fern-like, colorful foliage and attractive upright flower spikes.
Plant 20" apart. grows 16" tall. Plant in sun or part shade.










Lamb's Ear Stachys
Lamb’s-Ears are one of the most popular silver-leaved perennials, used widely for edging along pathways and borders. Plants form a dense clump of soft, felty silver grey leaves. Blooming Time Early Summer
Plant 12" - 18" apart. grows 12"-18" tall. Plant in sun or part shade.

 







Corel Bells


About Coral Bells
Coral bells, a perennial plant, start blooming at the beginning of June and produce flowers through late August. Coral bells boast sprightly clouds of miniature, bell-shaped white, red, pink or coral spikes of flowers that sprout from wiry stems and low-lying foliage.Best used as a border plant, varieties with variegated or dark purple leaves also are ideal for ground cover.
Site Preparation
It's best to plant or transplant coral bells in the spring or in the fall. Choose a site with good drainage and full sun. Work the soil at least 12 inches deep. Dig a hole as deep as the container and a few inches wider on each side. Add a 2 to 4-inch layer of compost with all-purpose fertilizer mixed in.After 3 or 4 weeks, additional fertilizer may be used if the established plant appears lethargic.







Stone Crop


 Stonecrop is a succulent herb that includes perhaps 600 species -- mostly in the North Temperate Zone. Many make excellent garden subjects, but they are usually not found in most nursery centers and are only available from the various rock garden societies. The genus name is from the ancient Latin term, sedere, "to sit," referring to their low-spreading habit or possibly from sedere, "to quiet," alluding to their supposed sedative properties.

Description of stonecrop: Sedums have strong stems with succulent, usually alternate leaves. Terminal clusters of small, star-shaped flowers have 5 petals.


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Why Coneflowers (Echinacea) are Garden Favorites
These beautiful flowers are hardy plants and easy to raise.

Features of the Purple Coneflower
Coneflower's daisy-like flower is actually made up of several small flowers. The petals are sterile and are there to lure insects toward the many fertile flowers in the central disk or cone. These flowers are rich in nectar and very popular with both bees and butterflies.

Flowers used to only be a shade of purple or lavender, with a dark center cone, but with all the hybridization that has taken place, petal colors now include white, green yellow, orange and deep reds.

















Most coneflowers will grow well just about anywhere and are labeled USDA Hardiness Zones 3 - 9. You may want to give them a little winter protection their first year, but once established, they are rugged and hardy. To get the most blooms and the sturdiest plants, plant purple coneflowers in a spot that gets at least five hours of full sun a day. They will tolerate partial shade, but plants may flop or strain to reach the sun.
Coneflowers start blooming in early to mid-summer and repeat bloom through frost. They may take a break after their initial bloom period, but they will quickly set more flower buds. Most coneflowers grown in gardens prefer a neutral soil pH of about 6.5 to 7.0. Although they thrive best in a soil high in organic matter, too much supplemental fertilizer can cause them to become leggy. 

Caring for Your Coneflower Plants
Coneflowers are often listed as drought tolerant, but they will do much better with regular water. You can leave the plants standing through winter, to feed the birds. Shearing them back in the spring will result in bushier plants that bloom longer into the season.
Deadheading is the primary maintenance required with coneflowers. They are prolific bloomers and keeping them deadheaded (removing the dead flowers from living plants) will keep them in bloom all summer. Luckily each flower remains in bloom for several weeks. Flowers start blooming from the top of the stem. As the initial flower fades, more side shoots and buds will form along the stem. Keep the plants deadheaded and you'll keep getting more flowers. The newer cultivars seem to do best if you allow them to grow and flower without much deadheading or pruning the first year. Do not cut them back in the spring until new growth appears.














Sedum:   like well-drained, porous soil. Addition of grit or sharp sand will help porosity & drainage. Many varieties propagate by simply spreading leaves on the soil surface. To ensure division, remove top 2" of plant tips and strip lower leaves form bottom of stem. Plant in well-drained soil mix and water after 2-3 days. Do not over water! New plants should be well established after 5-6 weeks. Fertilize with a low-nitrogen fertilizer 1-2 times during growing season.












Sedum SUNSPARKLER® ‘Lime Zinger’
Stonecrop USDA Zone: 4-9
This selection of Stonecrop is the perfect size for growing at the front of a sunny border or for edging pathways. It forms a low, compact mound of succulent, apple green leaves, bearing large clusters of soft pink flowers late summer through fall. It can be mass planted on slopes, green roof systems or as a groundcover in other sunny areas. Excellent in containers. Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies.














Sedum, Sunsparkler Dazzleberry
Easy to grow, sedum Sunsparkler, Dazzleberry puts on a great display of texture and color. Foliage is unique form of blue with graphite shades, and can be seen from far. Blooms are crimson red, blooming for more than 6 weeks, attracting butterflies and pollinators.












Lobelia speciosa 'Vulcan Red'

Common Name: Cardinal Flower, Hybrid Lobelia
Touted as an improved ‘Queen Victoria’, this selection of Lobelia forms much fuller, well-branched, strong stemmed plant with a very uniform habit. Its deep purple foliage forms a columnar, upright clump topped with spikes of rich cardinal red flowers from midsummer into early fall. This native cultivar is a favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies.

















Salvia nemorosa ‘New Dimension Blue’
Dwarf Perennial Sage
 Zone: 3-9
The Perennial Sages are invaluable for their rich display of spiky flowers in the early summer border. This Dutch strain is compact, with chubby spikes of deep violet-blue flowers. Remove faded blooms to encourage repeat flowering. Excellent for cutting. Drought tolerant once established. Can be clipped back hard after blooming, to rejuvenate the foliage. Attractive to both butterflies and hummingbirds.














Sempervivum 'Jade Rose'
Hen and Chicks
Striking evergreen foliage on vigorous plants. Excellent for strawberry jars or other containers, miniature gardens, rock gardens and walls. Attractive at garden's edge or as a small-scale ground cover.














Sempervivum  Red Beauty
Sempervivum is a genus of about 40 species of flowering plants in the Crassulaceae family, commonly known as houseleeks. Other common names include liveforever and hen and chicks, a name shared with plants of other genera as well. They are succulent perennials forming mats composed of tufted leaves in rosettes. In favourable conditions they spread rapidly via offsets, and several species are valued in cultivation as groundcover for dry, sunny locations.











​One of the Lavandula angustifolias or English lavenders, Munstead Lavender is a fragrant robust lavender that, due to its short size (about 18 inches) and tightly held blooms (about 8 inches), makes a great hedge. It can also be used for knot gardens. It flowers profusely in the spring, after which a good pruning will provide an attractive gray bush with highly aromatic leaves.













Sempervivum arachnoideum Cobweb Hen-and-chicks
 Zone: 2-9
Among the easiest plants to grow, Hen-and-chicks tolerate heat, drought and neglect with style. Useful in rock gardens, container garden of all types, rooftop gardens and rock walls. Hundreds of varieties exist. All types form a low cushion or carpet of fleshy leaves, tiny new plants appearing in a circle around the mother in the middle. This selection has medium-small rosettes of pale green leaves with unusual fine silvery webbing. Short spikes of pastel flowers appear in summer. Easily increased by just removing the small baby rosettes and replanting in a new location at almost any time. After flowering, the mother rosette dies to leave room for the chicks: remove this by tugging gently at the base of the bloom stem.
















Galium odoratum
Sweet Woodruff Zone: 3-9

This has quickly become one of the most popular groundcovers for shady areas. Plants form a spreading clump of small green leaves, whorled like spokes of a bicycle around the stem. Clusters of tiny white flowers make a pretty display in spring. In a moist site this spreads steadily to form a thick carpet. Although nearly evergreen in mild winter regions, the old foliage should be trimmed off in late winter. Great with spring bulbs of all kinds, Sweet Woodruff will help to disguise that ugly bulb foliage when it begins to die back in late spring. Easily divided at almost any time.