I have always favored Perennial plants in my gardens. (I grow a great many varieties myself from seed) The initial work to establish them is greater, but so are the benefits and rewards of a flower garden which comes back year after year without fail.
Unlike “Annual Flowers” (they grow for a single year and then die with the first hard frosts) “Perennials” usually return year after year once established. Perennials have a “Season,” some only bloom in Springtime, some Mid-Summer, some in the Fall. The trick is to know what blooms when, and then select different species to keep the floral kaleidoscope of blooming going well into fall. It’s also important to understand each species needs in order for it to thrive, and how tall and wide it will get, if its a heavy or lite feeder and what soil type it requires.
I provide as much information as I can to my customers. I see myself as an educator and a source of information. I like to insure the success and survival of my plants, by offering the necessary information both they and my plants need to succeed.
Arenaria montana, Avalanche, zone 3, May-August, 4
Asclepias tuberosa, Hello Yellow, zone 3, June-August, 24
Asclepias incarnata, Ice ballet, zone 3, July-September
Asclepias incarnata, Soulmate, zone 3, July-September
Campanula cochleariifolia, Fairies Thimbles, zone 3, 4
NEW Campanula latifolia macrantha, Great Blue bellflower, zone 3, June-July
NEW Campanula portenschlagiana, Blue Magic, zone 4, June-September
Coreopsis, Solana Golden Sphere, zone 4, May-October, 10-18
NEW Cortusa matthioli, Alpine Bells, zone 4, June-July
NEW Cyclamen, heredifolium, Pink Pearls, zone 5, August-October
Dianthus, Sweetness, zone 4, May-September, 6-12
Dicentra spectabilis, Bleeding Heart, zone 3, May-June
NEW Dicentra luxuriant, Bleeding Heart, zone 3, May-June sporadically through fall.
Digitalis x mertoneneis, Strawberry Foxglove, zone 3, May-June
NEW Digitalis, Camelot Creme, zone 5, June-September
NEW Digitalis, Dalmation Purple, zone 4, 16-20", June-August, spikes of deep lavender-purple bells, each spotted inside with maroon -purple. deadhead first-year blooms by trimming back the spent flower stems to base of the plant, to encourage overwintering and a second year of bloom. these perform best in a rich, moist soil. allow plants to form seed in the second year.
NEW Digitalis, Dalmation Rose, zone 4, 16-20", June-August, spikes of rose-pink bells, each spotted inside with purple spots. deadhead first-year blooms by trimming back the spent flower stems to base of the plant, to encourage overwintering and a second year of bloom. these perform best in a rich, moist soil. allow plants to form seed in the second year.
NEW Dodecatheon meadia, White Shooting Star, zone 3, May-June
NEW Dodecatheon meadia, Red Shooting Star, zone 3, May-June
NEW Dodecatheon meadia, Goliath Shooting Star, zone 3, May-June
NEW Dodecatheon tetrandrum, Red Light Shooting Star, zone 4, May-June
NEW Dracocephalum argunense, Fuji Blue, zone 4, May-August
Echinops ritro, Platinum Blue, zone 3, 24
Hollyhock rosea, Blacknight, zone 3, 72
NEW. Hollyhock rosea, Mars Magic, zone 3, 72
NEW. Hollyhock rosea, Radiant Rose, zone 3, 72
Hollyhock rosea, Sunshine, zone 3, 72
NEW Hydrangea, Tuff Stuff Blue. zone 5, June-September
Lavender, Lavance Deep Purple, zone 5, May-September, 10-12
SOLD OUT Lemon Balm, Gold Leaf, zone 3, 16
Linum narbonense, Heavenly Blue, zone 4, 16
Native New England Aster, zone 3, August-September, 36-48
Penstemon whippleanus, Chocolate Drop, zone 4, 8
Penstemon mensaurum, Grand Mesa Beardtonuge, zone 3, 16
NEW Primula chionantha, Chinese Primula, zone 4, May-June
NEW Primula japonica, Miller's Crimson, zone 4, May-July
NEW Primula polyneura, Himalayan Primrose, zone 4, May-July
NEW Primula sinopurpurea, Nivalid Primula, zone 4, May-June
NEW Primula x pubescens, Kelidoscope, zone 4, April-June
Rudbeckia, Goldsturm, zone 3, July-October, 24-30
NEW. Veronica, Longifolia, Pink Shades, zone 4, 32