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    Irish Moss forms an evergreen mat of mossy foliage that is covered with tiny white flowers in May and June. Prefers good drainage.

    Height: 1 Inches
    Spread: 8 Inches
    Zone: 5
    The evergreen foliage of Scotch Moss forms a chartreuse yellow mat, with tiny white flowers in May and June. This selection needs more shade than Irish Moss and good drainage helps too. Great for a wall garden or a shady roof top garden.
    Height: 1 Inches
    Spread: 8 Inches
    Zone: 5
    'Blue Hill' ('Blauhugel') Hybrid Sage has bright blue flowers June and July and reblooms well if cut back. Habit is compact. Piet Oudolf has used this and other Salvias in masses to create rivers running through his landscapes.
    Height: 16 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4

    ‘Bumbleberry’ Meadow Sage is a new color break from Walters Gardens, producing deep fuchsia pink flower spikes in May and June. The calyxes from which the flowers emerge are dark purple, producing a very colorful effect. The habit is compact, so this Salvia performs well in tight spaces and containers. Deadhead after first bloom flush and enjoy a longer flowering period. Part of the ‘Bumble’ Series,’ as in bumble bees.

    PRN Preferred: A beautiful color introduction, with fuchia pike flower spikes on a compact plant.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 14 Inches
    Zone: 3

    ‘Bumbleblue’ Meadow Sage is one of the ‘Bumble’ Series of Salvias from Walters Gardens. The flower spikes are a deep clear blue, covering the compact plant profusely from late spring through early summer. Pollinators of all kinds are drawn to Salvia nemorosa ‘Bumbleblue’ when in bloom, and deer and rabbits leave it alone. This is a good plant for sunny containers as well as garden borders.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 14 Inches
    Zone: 3

    Bumblesnow Meadow Sage is part of the ‘Bumble’ series (as in bumblebee) from Walters Gardens. Salvia ‘Bumblesnow’ produces lots of pure white flower spikes in May and June. The habit is compact and the green foliage is disease free and deer resistant. If deadheaded soon after blooming, Salvia ‘Bumblesnow’ will lightly rebloom. Like all Salvias, ‘Bumblesnow’ is a great pollinator magnet.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 14 Inches

    'Caradonna' Hybrid Sage has violet-blue flowers on tall dark purple flower stems, making a very showy combination. From Zillmer Plants in Germany and introduced into this country by super plant dudes, Dale Hendricks and Ron Strasko while at North Creek Nurseries.

    PRN Preferred:  Heidi's favorite Salvia because the tall dark purple spikes are so showy.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 3
    'May Night' ('Mainacht') Hybrid Sage has purple flowers in May and June and reblooms beautifully if cut back after blooming. 1997 Perennial Plant of the Year, and probably our most popular Salvia.
    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4
    'Snow Hill' ('Schneehugel') Hybrid Sage has white flowers in June and July, and reblooms if cut back after blooming. One of the most reliable summer white flowering plants.
    Height: 16 Inches
    Spread: 16 Inches
    Zone: 4
    'Butterfly Blue' Pincushion Flower has lavender-blue pincushion-form flowers held above clean green foliage in June. Deadhead to get repeat blooms. Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue' was 2000 Perennial Plant of the Year. Needs good drainage to make it through the winter.
    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 3
    'Lidakense' Stonecrop has round, penny-like blue-gray leaves that grow in a somewhat more informal pattern than S. cauticolum. 'Lidakense' has equally attractive rose-pink flowers in August and September. The foliage takes on bronze-red tones in fall and winter, and it is semi-evergreen.
    Height: 3 Inches
    Spread: 8 Inches
    Zone: 4
    'Weihenstephaner Gold' Stonecrop is very similar to S. kamschaticum, with delicate yellow flowers produced on lightly serrated green foliage in June and July. The evergreen leaves take on shades of red in late fall and winter, and form dense mats. Good for rock gardens, walls and dry slopes.
    Height: 4 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 3
    The attractive toothed green leaves of Russian Stonecrop are topped by vivid yellow-gold flowers in June. Makes a good mat for dry places. The foliage of Sedum kamtschaticum becomes bronze in the fall and is evergreen. Great for roof gardens, like all the evergreen Sedums.
    Height: 4 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 3

    'Blue Spruce' Stonecrop grows in a mat of silvery-blue narrow foliage reminiscent of blue Spruce needles. The small yellow flowers appear in July and this Sedum must have a dry, well-drained site. Semi-evergreen.

    Height: 6 Inches
    Spread: 10 Inches
    Zone: 3
    Sedum rupestre 'Angelina' has striking chartreuse to gold needle-like evergreen foliage, topped by inconspicuous yellow flowers in summer. Takes on a reddish tinge on the tips in winter, tolerates dry sites and roots itself easily. Also excellent in containers and roof gardens.
    Height: 3 Inches
    Spread: 6 Inches
    Zone: 3

    Sieboldi Stonecrop has bluish green round fleshy leaves which turn shades of dark pink in the fall. The flower clusters also appear in late summer and fall, in shades of rose pink. Sedum sieboldi makes a showy low growing ground cover, as the foliage is very regular and neat. The habit is weeping when in a container or on a wall. Excellent addition to dry rock gardens and very cold tolerant. (New name is Hylotelephium).

    Height: 10 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 3

    'Dragon's Blood' Sedum or Stonecrop is an excellent groundcover for sunny dry locations.  The orange-bronze succulent foliage spreads out to form a tight evergreen mat.  Useful for lining paths, rock gardens and gentle dry slopes, Sedum 'Dragon's Blood' even tolerates dog traffic.  The flowers appear in late summer in attractive clumps of rose red, providing food for bees and other pollinators.  As the days shorten, 'Dragon's Blood' takes on darker red foliage coloration.

    Height: 4 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 3
    Sedum spurium 'Fulda Glow' ('Fuldaglut') is an improved 'Dragon's Blood' Sedum, with bronze-red foliage topped by short rose-red flowers in July. Winter foliage color is bronze-purple. Considered one of the best Sedum groundcovers, especially for roof gardens. It is evergreen and prefers a dry site.
    Height: 4 Inches
    Spread: 10 Inches
    Zone: 3

    ‘John Creech’ Caucasian Stonecrop was brought to the US from Siberia by Dr. John Creech of the National Arboretum in 1971. The rounded flat fleshy leaves are paired along the ground hugging stems, forming a thick evergreen mat in dry, poor soil sites. The foliage is green in summer but takes on shades of burgundy in fall and winter, the flower clusters of Sedum spurium ‘John Creech’ appear in mid summer in shades of pinkish red. This is a great Sedum for green roofs because of its excellent heat and cold tolerance.

    Height: 2 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 3

    Wild Stonecrop is an unusual Sedum in that it is shade and tolerates more moisture than most Sedums, as well as native.  The green succulent foliage is fine, often forming dense groundcover mats.  The delicate starry white flowers hover above the leaves in April and May, attracting butterflies and native pollinators.  Like other stonecrops, Sedum ternatum is deer and rabbit resistant.

    Height: 6 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Autumn Joy' ('Herbstfreude') Showy Stonecrop has rose-pink flowers, blue foliage and needs a dry site to perform best. The spent flowerheads remain an attractive tan rose color. Sedum x 'Autumn Joy' was introduced by Georg Arends of Germany. Our favorite common name for it, 'Pink Broccoli', comes from writer Ruth Clausen.  We formerly listed 'Autumn Joy' as deer resistant but based on our own experience with have decided it may not be.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 3

    'Dazzleberry' Stonecrop was developed by Chris Hansen, and is the original cultivar of Sunsparkler® Series.  The semi-evergreen foliage makes a beautiful blue-green mat, over which hover the vivid raspberry-pink flower clusters.  Sedum x 'Dazzleberry' blooms from mid summer into early fall.  Because of its long season of interest, 'Dazzleberry' makes an excellent plant for mixed containers, as well as a good groundcover for sunny dry locations. 

    Height: 6 Inches
    Spread: 15 Inches
    Zone: 4
    'Matrona' Showy Stonecrop has pale pink flowers and upright purple-gray coarse foliage. Sedum needs a dry site for best performance. This is the largest of the Stonecrops we grow. From Ewald Hugen of Germany.
    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 3

    ‘Night Embers’ Autumn Stonecrop starts blooming in late summer and is topped with mauve pink clusters into the fall. The succulent foliage is a very showy dark purple, held on stiff upright stems. Sedum x ‘Night Embers’ must be in a dry location to perform well, so rock gardens are a perfect location. Another improved plant option from Walters Gardens.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 20 Inches
    Zone: 3

    ‘Cherry Tart’ Stonecrop comes from Chris Hansen’s Sunsparkler® series of showy Sedums. The succulent foliage keeps its shade of reddish purple from late spring well into the fall. Sedum x Sunsparkler® ‘Cherry Tart’ is crowned with large clumps of bright pink flowers in late summer, attracting butterflies and pollinators. The groundcover habit makes ‘Cherry Tart’ a good addition to rock gardens and dry perennial borders.

    Height: 6 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Lime Zinger' Stonecrop is a new addition to the Sunsparkler® series of groundcover Sedums.  The foliage has apple-green leaves which are attractively edged with rosy red margins.  Clusters of soft pink flowers hover above the compact foliage in mid to late summer.  Sedum x 'Lime Zinger' comes from the breeding work of Chris Hansen, and would be a showy addition to rock gardens and green roofs.

    Height: 6 Inches
    Spread: 12 Inches
    Zone: 4

    ‘Vera Jamison’ Stonecrop was found in England by Vera Jamison as a spontaneous cross in her garden. The round flat leaves start as grayish green and turn deep burgundy as the sun grows stronger. The stems add to this beauty in shades of purple, and the late summer flower clusters are dusky pink. Excellent for rock gardens and mixed containers. (New name is Hylotelephium).

    Height: 10 Inches
    Spread: 10 Inches
    Zone: 3

    Sisyrinchium angustifolium 'Lucerne' has blue flowers with yellow eyes and blooms most of the summer. This Blue Eyed Grass tolerates dry and salty sites very well and the flowers only open on sunny days.

    Height: 8 Inches
    Spread: 10 Inches
    Zone: 5

    'Fireworks' Rough Stemmed Goldenrod has bright yellow flowers in late summer on a compact slowly spreading plant. Selected by Ken Moore of the NC Botanical Garden and introduced by Niche Gardens. Try Solidago rugosa 'Fireworks' as a cut flower; it is great!  An important source of seed for winter birds.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Solar Cascade' Short's Goldenrod is a named selection of our rarest native Goldenrod. Found only in parts of Kentucky and Indiana, it has great drought and sterile soil tolerance. 'Solar Cascade' was chosen for its showy, cascading yellow flowers, as well as its long bloom period in late summer and early fall.  It is flourishing in the parking median at the Cincinnati Zoo; 'Solar Cascade' loves the heat and lean soil providing zoo visitors with weeks of blooms.  The green foliage is highly disease resistant, so a mass planting of 'Solar Cascade' stays attractive right up until the end of the season. Since it tends to stay in a clump instead of suckering, it also works well in mixed perennial boarders.  Hummingbirds and insects love it.

    Height: 36 Inches
    Spread: 36 Inches
    Zone: 3

    'Golden Fleece' Goldenrod has golden yellow flowers from mid August to October over semi-evergreen foliage. This Solidago spreads to form a tough adaptable groundcover with some shade tolerance. Another wonderful introduction from the Mt. Cuba folks.  Winter birds eat the seeds.

    PRN Preferred: This short Goldenrod is shade tolerant.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 24 Inches
    Zone: 4

    The lemon-yellow flowers of 'Little Lemon' Goldenrod appear in late summer over extremely compact, finely textured foliage. Solidago x 'Little Lemon' was bred originally as a good florist pot plant.

    PRN Preferred:  Colorful long lasting flowers on a tidy, compact plant.

    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 16 Inches
    Zone: 4
    The flowers of Indian Pink are bright red on the outside and lemon-yellow on the inside. A striking combination, especially since the petals curl outward at the ends. Indian Pink blooms in early summer and looks stunning in a mass. Likes moist sites, but the earlier you plant it in the summer, the better it survives the winter.
    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 6

    ‘Little Redhead’ Indian Pink is a selection by Hans Hansen of Walters Gardens of one of our most beautiful native wildflowers. Spigelia marilandica ‘Little Red Head’ was chosen for its tight upright habit, and it has a plethora of vivid red tubular flowers with bright yellow interiors. This is a hummingbird favorite, blooming for an extended period during the summer. In order to get good overwintering, Spigelias are best if planted in spring or early summer.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 20 Inches
    Zone: 6
    'Helene von Stein' Lamb's Ear has some lavender flowers in June and July over fuzzy silver large-leafed foliage. Stachys byzantina 'Helene von Stein' makes a great dry site groundcover, spreading slowly to cover a large area.
    Height: 12 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Hummelo' Alpine Betony was named after Piet Oudolf's hometown. The low growing rosette of textured green leaves is topped by showy spikes of lavender-pink flowers in mid summer for an extended period. Stachys 'Hummelo' is a tough, carefree beauty and used extensively on the High Line Park in NYC. If you haven't gone there yet, go soon!  2019 Perennial Plant of the Year.

    Height: 18 Inches
    Spread: 16 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Pink Cotton Candy' Betony has fat bright pink flower spikes held on tall stems above the green basal rosette. The cotton candy pink flowers are produced for a long period of time in early to mid summer, and are tall enough to make a good cut flower. Found by Richard Hawke of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

    Height: 24 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 4

    'Peachie's Pick' Stokes Aster was found by Mississippi plants woman Peachie Saxton.  Stokesia 'Peachie's Pick' is a compact version of this long blooming native, with large lavender blue flowers.  Stokes Asters flower virtually all summer, especially when spent blooms are deadheaded.  When established, Stokesia Peachie's Pick is surprisingly drought tolerant and overwinters best in well drained locations.

    Height: 16 Inches
    Spread: 18 Inches
    Zone: 5
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