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    The bright pink, Astilbe-like flowers of Queen of the Prairie bloom on tall stems in June and July. Filipendula ‘Venusta’ loves wet spots and will colonize a large area slowly.

    Height: 60 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 3
    Sweet Woodruff has fragrant white flowers in spring over delicate, fragrant leaves and stems that release their odor when crushed. Galium odoratum has a slow creeping habit, and benefits from a summer cutback.
    Height: 9 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Siskiyou Pink' Wandflower has rose-pink delicate flowers that are suspended over the bronzy-green foliage, June through October. This may not be the longest-lived perennial, but the flower output makes it well worth planting. An introduction from Siskiyou Nursery in Washington State. Cut back when planting to rosette for winter survival.  Needs good drainage to overwinter.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Whirling Butterflies' Wandflower has delicate white flowers that hover over the green foliage all summer, from June to October. Cut back when planting to rosette for winter survival.  Needs good drainage to over-winter, and prefers alkaline soils.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 5
    'True Blue' Gentian has large upward-facing cobalt blue flowers on sturdy stems. It blooms in August and September, and does well in average soils. Gentiana 'True Blue' comes from the hybridizing work of Darrell Probst.
    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 5
    'Ingwersen's Variety' Bigroot Cranesbill is a wonderful garden Geranium with pale pink flowers in spring and early summer. Leaves have classic Geranium odor. Found by English plantsman, Walter Ingwersen. More heat and shade tolerant than many species. Can be used as a groundcover.
    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 4

    Spotted Cranesbill has deeply incised green leaves in a mounding habit.  The flowers are produced in quantity from late April into June, in shades varying from pale pink to bright lavender-purple.  As a native species of Geranium, it naturalizes well from seed in moist locations in both sun and shade.  It is particularly effective as a loose woodland groundcover, especially when partnered with early spring bulbs, Ferns and Carex.  This is one of Landscape Architect Larry Weaner's staples for his extensive work with natural meadows and woodlands.

    PRN Preferred:  A "must have" for a woodland garden, spreads moderately by seed.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Espresso' Spotted Cranesbill has lavender-pink flowers over beautiful red-brown foliage that ages to bronze-green by late summer. A North Creek Nurseries introduction, found in Landenberg, PA.

    Height: 8 Inches
    Spread: 10 Inches
    Zone: 4
    The clear white flowers of White Bloody Cranesbill appear in May and June over semi-evergreen foliage. It has good reddish fall color, and makes an attractive groundcover.
    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Max Frei' Bloody Cranesbill has pinkish purple flowers in May and June, followed by good reddish fall color. Semi-evergreen, and a good low-growing groundcover.

    PRN Preferred:  Dense foliage makes this a good low groundcover.

    Height: 8 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Rozanne' ('Gerwat') Cranesbill has large blue-purple flowers with pale blue centers. It has a somewhat sprawling habit. This Geranium blooms all summer! A Blooms of Bressingham® selection found in England. 2008 Perennial Plant of the Year.

    PRN Preferred:  Tremendously long bloom period, great choice for scrambling up and throught other plants.

    Height: 16 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 3

    'Biokovo' Cambridge Geranium is a charming semi-evergreen groundcover which thrives in well drained sunny locations.  The white blooms are tinged with pink at the base of the petals and are enhanced by red calyces.  The flowers are produced in June and July, and hover gracefully over the low green foliage.  The fall and winter color is also attractive, turning shades of bronze and red.  Geranium 'Biokovo' was a natural hybrid found in the Biokovo Mountains of Croatia, so its cold tolerance is excellent.  2015 Perennial Plant of the Year.

    Height: 6 Inches
    Spread: 8 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Pink Profusion' Bowman's Root has lovely ethereal pinkish-white flowers that look like butterflies above the foliage. The new growth is bronze in the spring and often exhibits reddish-maroon tones in fall. The native plant gurus of North Creek Nurseries brought this new selection of Gillenia to our attention. Introduced by Mt. Cuba Center in Delaware.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 4
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