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    'Blue Star' Japanese Aster has pale blue Aster-like flowers held above deep green foliage, blooming from June to fall. Kalimeris incisa 'Blue Star' is a deservedly popular perennial in Europe. The habit is neat and compact, and it never flags in hot weather.

    PRN Preferred:  Blooms for a very long time, carefree compact plant.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 5

    The interesting thick-petaled yellow bell-like flowers of Kirengeshoma palmata appear on blackish stems in August and September, followed by weird three horned seed capsules (Dr. Alan Armitage calls them "Stephen King ... Fruit"). Slow to get established, Yellow Waxbells needs a moist woodland. Kirengeshoma comes from Japan, where it is considered highly endangered in the wild.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 5
    The large deep purple flowers of 'Purple Dragon' Spotted Nettle appear from April to June (reminiscent of snapdragons) above silvery foliage with green margins. Selected by Chris van Sanden of Hortech, Inc. Trim Lamium in summer for best appearance.
    Height: 8 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4

    ‘Phenomenal’ Lavender ('Niko') is a sport of L. ‘Grosso’, displaying greater disease resistance, vigor and winter hardiness. It was found and introduced by Peace Tree Farms of Pennsylvania, and has shown excellent flower production and survival in commercial Lavender farms. The flowers are tall and fragrant, set off by clear silver foliage. Blooms appear in mid summer and last a long time, making an excellent cut flower. Excellent drainage helps survival.  Semi-evergreen.

    PRN Preferred:  Proven to be the most hardy and reliable Lavender we have ever grown.  Great success in containers and in the landscape.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 5
    'Becky' Shasta Daisy has white flowers over glossy green leaves for an extended summer bloom period. It was named for Becky Steward of Decatur, GA. 2003 Perennial Plant of the Year. Salt tolerant.
    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Snowcap' Shasta Daisy is a compact Leucanthemum which is covered with large bright white daisy flowers for an extended period in June and July.  The dark green foliage is attractive and disease free, making 'Snowcap' an excellent candidate for boarders or mass planting.  Deadheading spent flowers improves reblooming in Shasta Daisies.  Like L. 'Becky', 'Snowcap' is salt tolerant.

    Height: 15 Inches
    Spread: 15 Inches
    Zone: 5

    Dwarf Blazing Star is a lovely native plant with delicate strap-like foliage topped by magenta-purple flower spikes in August and September. The shiny green leaves have an almost grass-like appearance. Butterflies and insects love the late season flowers, which also make good short cut flowers. Liatris microcephala tolerates dry sites well, so it would be a good choice for green roofs.

    PRN Preferred:  Tons of flowers on a compact plant.  When blooming it is covered with pollinators.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 4
    'Floristan White' Gayfeather has white flower spikes in June and July. Liatris makes a good cut flower, and adds an attractive vertical note in the garden.
    Height: 30 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 3
    'Kobold' Gayfeather has lavender-magenta flower spikes in June and July and makes a good cut flower. If deadheaded promptly, Liatris will rebloom.
    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 3
    The bright yellow daisy-like flowers of 'Othello' Bigleaf Goldenray are held above big bronze-green leaves with purple undersides. Ligularia prefers moist sites.
    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 4

    The lavender-blue flowers of 'Big Blue' Lily-turf appear in late summer. Liriope tolerates dry and difficult sites, and is an evergreen spreader. The flower spikes make good short cut flowers.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Royal Purple' Lily-turf produces purple flower spikes in August and September, held above dark green strap-like foliage.  Liriope 'Royal Purple' makes a tough, neat groundcover, slowly spreading to make wide, weed repelling patches.  The flower spikes make attractive long lasting cut flowers, and the evergreen leaves are a consistent source of winter color.  In the fall, Liriope 'Royal Purple' produces black shiny berries on the spent flower spikes.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 5

    Lavender-blue flowers in late summer appear over cream and green striped foliage. Variegated Lily-turf tolerates dry sites and is a showy evergreen clump.  Can be used in a mass planting or as a single perennial specimen.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 16 Inches
    Zone: 5

    The scarlet flowers of Cardinal flower appear in August and September. Lobelia cardinalis is wet site loving and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.  Cardinal Flower seeds itself beautifully in wetlands.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 3

    'Black Truffle' Cardinal flower has leaves which are purple to black, especially in spring and early summer.  Lobelia cardinalis 'Black Truffle' produces 4' spikes of vivid red flowers from July to September, attracting hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators like mad.  This very showy native is an introduction by Peter Heus of West Virginia, and is being marketed by Plants Nouveau and North Creek's American Beauties Program.

    Height: 40 Inches
    Spread: 30 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'New Moon Maroon' Cardinal flower comes from the sharp eye of James Brown, the native plant king of New Moon Nursery.  The deep maroon foliage is more consistently showy than Lobelia 'Fried Green Tomatoes'.  It makes a gorgeous setting for the tall scarlet spikes of flowers which appear in August and September.  Lobelia cardinalis is an essential ingredient for wildlife attraction in rain gardens, bioswales and wet areas.  Hummingbirds and sphinx moths go crazy over their blooms.

    PRN Preferred:  The contrast between the burgundy foliage and red flowers is amazing.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 4
    Big Blue Lobelia has clear blue flower spikes appearing in August and September, attracting hummingbirds, butterflies and insects. Does well in full sun, even more than L. cardinalis. Very wet site tolerant, and naturalizes well from seed.
    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4

    Lance-leaved Loosestrife has burgundy to maroon delicate foliage appearing in spring. The small but plentiful yellow blossoms appear in early spring and continue throughout the summer, making an attractive crown to the dark foliage. Lysimachia lanceolata var. purpurea is a subtle but tough native ground cover, spreading by rhizomes in both full sun and light shade. The expanding patches of Lance-leaved Loosestrife function as weed suppressors.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4
    Golden Creeping Jenny has bright, golden-yellow leaves that hug the ground and form a dense, attractive mat. Small yellow flowers in spring are not conspicuous, but the leaves turn a bronzy-gold fall color. Lysimachia is great for rock gardens and walls, fast spreading.
    Height: 2 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 3
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