Achillea, Moonshine, zone 3, June-September, 12-24", yarrows are among the best perennials for planting in hot, dry and sunny locations. This classic selection features large clusters of bright yellow flowers, appearing from early through late summer. Attracts bees, butterflies.
Achillea, Vintage Red, zone 4, May-August, 12-14", this compact selection from the “New Vintage” series features non-fading, showy, antique red, flat-top flower clusters with creamy white eyes. Attracts bees, butterflies.
Chinese Black Fountain Grass, zone 5, August-Frost, 24-36", this black ornamental grass has fuzzy flower spikes that are a smoky purple-black color, and they emerge in late summer and contrast nicely with the fine, deep green foliage.
Buddleia, Black Knight, Butterfly Bush, zone 5, June-August, 48-60", easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in FULL SUN. attracts bees, butterflies. Does poorly in wet conditions.
Butterfly Weed, Soulmate, 42", zone 3, July-September, rose-pink flowers in large umbels. Butterflies find them irresistable. Blooms mid-late summer into fall. Full sun-part shade.
Calamint, Marvalette Blue, zone 4, June-Frost, 8", leaves have a sweet, minty fragrance, bright purple-blue flowers bloom throughout the summer and into Fall on short, neatly rounded plants. Attracts pollinators.
Coreopsis, Sterntaler, zone 3, May-October, 16-18", long flowering, colorful selection. Fringed, daisy-like yellow blossoms with a striking reddish brown eye-zone. Attracts pollinators. Outstanding, easily grown border plant.
Daylily, Prelude to Love, Re-blooming selection, zone 4, June-July & September, 16", this outstanding daylily will be a nice medium size plant that will be great in a flower bed or placed en mass in the landscape.
Daylily, Purple De Oro, Re-blooming selection, zone 4, June-July & September, 18-24", a standout variety bred from its namesake, the ever-popular and bloom-packed 'Stella De Oro'. Lavender-purple flowers delight throughout the summer and finish the season strong with a second wave of blooms come fall.
Daylily, Rosa Bellini, Re-blooming selection, zone 4, June-July & September, 30", this outstanding daylily is going to be a nice tall plant with a large presence and will be great in a flower bed or placed en mass in the landscape.
Delphinium, Belladona Bellamosam, 36-48", zone 4, blooms mid-summer into fall. Full sun - part shade.
Dianthus, Cheddar Pink, zone 3, May-June, 6-12", well-drained soils are needed to prevent the possible onset of crown rot. Wonderfully fragrant clove scented blooms. Attracts butterflies. Self sows.
Dianthus Kahori, Sweetly Fragrant, zone 4, May-September, 6-8", outstanding variety from Japan. Forms a clump of grassy, grey-green foliage, with a long summer display of lilac-pink blooms. Requires good drainage and are an excellent choice for hot dry sites or gravelly soil.
Dianthus, Spooky, Super Fragrant, zone 4, June-September, 12-16", exquisite long-petaled blooms which are more brightly colored than the species, the plants are also more highly branched. tolerates moist soils better than any other dianthus species. Addictively fragrant and divinely delicate.
Digitalis, Polly, Foxglove. Zone 4, June-September, 24-36", named for its deep pink-apricot flowers. Each tubular flower opens to reveal a creamy white interior. Stems are good and strong for cutting. Hybrid foxglove is a particularly beautiful, long-flowering. True perennial foxglove.
Digitalis, Polkadot Petra, foxglove, zone 4, June-September, 24-36", named for its soft-rose flowers. Each tubular flower opens to reveal a creamy white interior with mahogany speckles. This is a particularly beautiful, long-flowering, true perennial foxglove.
Echinacea, Ruby Star, zone 3, July-September, 36-40", larger more vibrantly colored flowers than the native species, excellent cut flower, butterfly magnet.
Eupatorium, Glow, Joe Pye Weed, zone 4, July-September, 82-117" tall and wide, bold, broad “corymbs” of rose-purple flowers on tall purple-red stems, this selection is very tall and wide, and will need plenty of room to flourish. The flowers are held aloft on deep purple-red stems. A magnet to butterflies.
Balloon Flower, Fuji Blue, 24-36", zone 3, Long blooming. Blooms June - August. Part shade - light shade. (I've had great success in full sun also.)
Balloon Flower, Fuji Pink, zone 3, June-August, 18-24", plants form a mound of blue-green foliage, bearing inflated buds that open into star-shaped soft pink blossoms. Slow to reawaken in later spring, be patient.
Gaura, Snow Fountain, zone 5, June-October, 18-30", with an airy habit, fine green to rose-hued foliage, tall, heavily branched stems are lined with delicate, open, five petaled flowers with long prominent anthers. These bee and butterfly magnets, blooms from early summer into fall and are blush pink in bud opening to pure white. Excellent in containers too!
Geranium, Johnson's Blue, zone 4, May-August, 12-18", an herbaceous perennial, it spreads by underground rhizomes. Its lavender-tinted blue flowers have pale mauve centers and bloom continuously atop elegant, deeply divided leaves that densely cover the somewhat creeping stems.
Geranium, Vision Violet, zone 3, May-July & September, 12-18", tough, long-blooming, low-growing perennial, bears a profusion of glowing purple-pink flowers in late spring into late summer, then sparsely thereafter. Cut back in mid-summer to encourage re-bloom.
Red Hot Poker, Fire Dance, zone, June-September, 20", The perfect Red Hot Poker for smaller spaces, this new variety is more suited to smaller city gardens and containers as it measures in at 20" tall and wide. One of the hardiest of the genus.
Korean Feather Reed Grass, zone 4, September-December, 24-28", beautiful large inflorescences in later summer/fall. drought and moisture tolerant and shade loving. Excellent grass for fall-winter interest. let flower heads mature on sturdy stems, collecting frost and snow. Dazzling!
Daisy, Real Charmer, zone 5, June-September, 20-22", cream to yellow petals surrounding a gold center. Blooms age well and are carried on very strong stems. Very floriferous with improved disease resistance. Attracts bees and butterflies.
Daisy, Sante', zone 4, July-September, 22-24", this recent new introduction has double shaggy white petals surrounding a yellow button eye. Bees and butterflies adore daisies.
Linaria, Purple Toad Flax, zone 5, July-October, 24", dislikes heavy clay, poorly-drained and/or wet soils where it is susceptible to root rot. Cut back plants after the first flowering to promote additional bloom. Has been known to self sow where happy. This is NOT purple loosestrife, it is non-invasive and stays nicely contained.
Lychnis, Firebird, German Catchfly, zone 3 Biennial, May-June, 12-18", short, sturdy stems with umbels of bright, fiery, red-magenta blooms. Excellent cut flower, usually self sows, sometimes prolifically. Self sown babies are easily moved to other garden locations and will bloom during the off years of their parents.
Nepeta, "Catmint" Felix, zone 3, May-October, 12", prefers drier soils, the flowers are a much richer shade of mauve than the usual varieties, it has gained a reputation for being freer in its re-blooming, it’s also a more compact variety. leaves have an intoxicating aroma when crushed. Pollinators love it! Excellent front of the border plant.
Nepeta, Blue Dreams, zone 3, June-August, 24" clusters of tubular bright-blue flowers appear through the summer, it flowers on long, fat bottlebrushes which stand upright, forms a bushy, upright mound of fragrant, glossy green leaves. Attracts butterflies.
Native New England Aster, zone 3, August-September, 36-48", asters are so lovely, ‘New England Aster’ is known for the large number of purple petals per blossom. ‘New England Aster’ likes moisture and soil that is not heavily acidic, it grows well in meadows and will adapt to a variety of soil conditions. Attracts bees, butterflies.
Oenothera, Innocence, Evening Primrose, zone 4, May-September, 12", large sweetly fragrant white flowers which age to pale lilac. The blending of these two shades is extremely attractive. Attracts butterflies.
Oenothera, Yella fella, Evening Primrose, zone 4, June-August, 16", orange in bud, bright golden cup-shaped blossoms opening during the day, lightly scented. More tolerant of dry conditions than its relatives. Green foliage with red fall color. Attracts butterflies.
Penstemon, Red Rocks, zone 5, May-July, 12-18", an excellent low-maintenance perennial, adapting to a wide range of garden conditions. Attractive to both butterflies and hummingbirds.
Penstemon, Twizzler Purple, zone 5, July-September, 28-32", a new series derived from an American native. ‘Twizzle’ series brings you longer, more elegant blooming tall wands without sacrificing plant size. Hummingbirds & butterflies love these.
Perovskia, Blue Steel, Russian Sage, zone 4, July-September, 18-36", upright-spreading habit, stunning display. Aromatic, Silvery foliage carries clouds of airy, lavender-blue flowers on strong silver stems. Adds cool color to the garden through late summer. Performs even in heat and drought. Adored by butterflies and hummingbirds. Plants will reach 36” in second year.
Creeping Phlox, Scarlet Flame, zone 3, April-May, 4-6", this variety is smothered by bright scarlet-red flowers, each with a tiny darker eye. Clip plants lightly immediately after blooming to encourage a dense habit. Requires very good drainage. Spreads up to 18” wide.
Garden Phlox, Bright Eyes, Taller variety, zone 3, July-September, 24-36", has an upright habit, producing large and fragrant clusters of blooms from midsummer to fall. This mid-sized selection has soft-pink petals with a contrasting red eye, good for cutting, Remove faded flowers heads to encourage more buds to form. Attracts butterflies.
Primula, Denticulata, Ronsdorf Strain. zone 2, mid-April into May, 8-12", primula denticulata is among the most handsome and striking of the primula family, the perfectly shaped, spherical heads floating atop wand-like stems are always a welcome sign of spring. Gorgeous in bloom. EARLY!
Primula, Florindae, Keilour Hybrids. Zone 3, June-July, Very showy fragrant flower clusters sway atop thin-wiry stems. Slowly expanding clumps give a spectacular display with multiple flowering stems. Gorgeous in bloom!
Purple Lovegrass, zone 5, August-October, 12-24", extremely drought tolerant grass. The bright rose-red colored inflorescence glows when backlit. Plant en masse in an open meadow or natural garden, spreading slowly by rhizomes, and seeding where happy. One of the most attractive late flowering ornamental grasses. Native to most states in the US.
Raspberry, Boyne, Summer Fruiting, zone 3, 36-48", THE best mid-summer producing red raspberry even for extreme arctic climates. An early-season variety that is extremely winter hardy. Fruits are medium size and tremendously flavorful. An attractive berry with a deliciously sweet, aromatic flavor, making it an excellent choice for fresh eating, canning, freezing, and desserts.
Rudbeckia, Goldsturm, zone 3, July-October, 24-30", these are among the best border perennials available, this is a selection of one of our native North American wildflowers. Terrific choice for mass planting, attractive to butterflies.
Rudbeckia, Blackjack Gold, zone 3, July-October, 40", tall richly branched flowering stalks, sturdy and long lived strain, valuable late bloomer. Abundant and long flowering. Deer resistant.
Salvia, Merleau, zone 4, May-September, 12-16", a spectacular compact salvia for bedding and foreground plantings, very cold hardy and easy to grow perennial. Cut to the ground in late fall. All salvias attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
Salvia, Blue Cloud, 36", zone 3, June-September. Heavy flowering, spikes of sky-blue flowers. Self sows. Hummingbird magnet!
Salvia, Violet Queen, zone 4, May-September, 12-24", a spectacular salvia for bedding and foreground plantings, very cold hardy and easy to grow perennial. Cut to the ground in late fall. All salvias attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
Scabiosa, Fama Deep Blue, zone 4, June-September, 16-18", a must have perennial with the largest flower of all scabiosa’s. 4" flowers atop of strong wiry stems. Ruffled deep blue blooms have pincushion centers that are constantly buzzing with pollinators.
Strawberry, Day Neutral, Tristar. Superb flavor distinguishes Tristar strawberries from others-it is always delicious! The strawberry plants are disease resistant and produce the largest and most flavorful berries of all the ever bearing varieties. It is the standard strawberry for day neutral production in the northeast.
Daisy, Robinson's Red, zone 3, June-August, 18-30", prefers drier soils, Painted Daisies are very hardy, old-fashioned perennials that have always been popular as cut flowers. Upright stems bearing loads of red, single, yellow-eyed daisies, attracts butterflies.
Thyme, Creeping, Magic Carpet, zone 4, Summer Blooming, 4-6", perfect for edging the flower border, rock gardens, walkways, patios and in containers. These plants are full of tiny bright pink clusters of blooms that are attractive to bees and butterflies. This groundcover is lemon-scented, and it is a maintenance free, hardy plant that will give years of beauty and enjoyment..
Creeping Thyme, Mother of Thyme, zone 5, Summer Blooming, 4-6", lavender blooms mid-summer. Can withstand light foot traffic and gives off pleasant aroma when walked upon, drought tolerant once established. Thyme will become woody and needs to be divided or replaced after 3-4 years.
Veronica, Spicata, zone 3, July-September, 18-24", Spike Speedwell is the most popular of the various Veronicas available. This selection forms a bushy clump of dark-green leaves, bearing upright spikes of abundant blue flowers through the summer months.