A Heavy Bloomer with
delicious Salmon Red blooms. Not very hardy but stunning big
bloomer for warmer zones. It is native
to S.E. Asia - Himalayas to China and Vietnam. It looks like a
small Hibiscus with seed pods that look like Okra! One Texas
Gardener on Dave's Garden wrote, it was the plant that caused the
most "bell-ringing" of her front door from passers-by asking what it
was! Easy to grow in a container and bring in for winter.
Soil: Well Drained
H: 36-48" W: 16-20"
B/M: Salmon Red/7-10 depending on climate
European perennial w/ deeply cut, basal, dark green leaves. The
flowers are set in spiny, red-purple bracts. Very DRAMATIC plants.
Place well, as their long thong-like roots make moving them tough.
Prefers sun & warmth but will tolerate shade. Protect the crown
the first winter! Slow to establish but worth the wait! A
well-grown clump is riveting. Zone 5-10 which is a broader range
than most sites show is from The Kemper Center, Missouri Botanical
garden. They have it growing everywhere in their Zone 5
Moist but well-drained, Acid H:
24" (36-48" IB) W: 24-36"
B/M: White &
deeply lobed shiny green leaves w/ lavender flowers resembling
foxgloves. Very large dramatic leaves with stunning flowers. A
wonderful formal looking plant. Stunning with Ferns & Hostas in
the shade but also takes sun with adequate moisture. Dates back to
Roman times & a motif shaped like an acanthus leaf was used to
decorate columns. *The Floridata website says Zone 10 on
Acanthus mollis but it would definitely have to be in the shade.
Moist but well-drained, Acid H: 20"(36-60" IB)
B/M: White w/ rose-violet bracts/ 6-7
in all other ways to the species but with pure white blooms and
green bracts where the species has rose-violet bracts.
Absolutely stunning! Generally around 42" tall in bloom in
early to midsummer. Food for Butterfly larvae and excellent
for cut flowers.
Soil: Moist but well-drained, Acid H: 20"(36-42" IB)
B/M: White flowers w/ green bracts/ 6-7
extremely rare sub-species, technically A. mollis Latifolius Group, seldom available in this country.
Large plants with broad glossy leaves,
dissected. Makes an amazing but slow groundcover. This
has the largest leaves of all the Acanthus. Both the leaf stalk and
the leaf itself are enormous!
Moist but well-drained, Acid H: 20"(36-60" IB)
B/M: White w/ rose-violet bracts/ 6-7
large foliage turns a golden green in full sun with a burgundy hue
to the stems. A vigorous,
architectural plant that you will never forget once you see one
bloom. Good for cutting/drying. This form is new, splendid &
rare in the trade. Slow to establish but definitely
worth the wait! Stunning! Needs moisture in Sun and yet it's at
least some sun that brings out the most gold. White flowers
with rose-violet bracts.
Moist but well-drained, Acid H: 20"(36-60" IB)
B/M: White flowers & rose-purple bracts/
could you possibly do to improve one of the most beautiful
architectural plants in the garden -- make the bloom pure
white! Originally from Herman van Beusekom of the
Netherlands. The typical cut-leaf, shiny dark green foliage,
forming bold clumps, is topped in late spring with pure white blooms
(where the species has a purple hood or bract over each
bloom, this one has green which leaves
the eye to focus just on the
AKA Acanthus 'Jeffalbus' or 'Jefalba'. A member of
the Latifolius Group of A. mollis so it's extra large all over,
generally taller with larger leaves than 'Alba'.
Moist but well-drained, Acid H: 20"(36-60" IB) W: 36"
B/M: White flowers & green bracts/
we have gold Bear's Breeches and Long Leaf and of course green leaf
but oh wowee-wow! This one has white margins to the dark green
leaves. They do fade in the late heat of summer but by then
you have the fabulous blooms anyway! Best with some afternoon
shade. Discovered in Tasmania, hence the name.
Moist but well-drained, Acid H: 20"(36-72" IB) W: 36-72"
B/M: Pale pink and Cream /
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white leaf spines and divisions that are much narrower and more
sharply cut than those of the species but not the 'skeleton' look of
some clones in this Group. A fair amount of variation exists among
plants called spinosissimus and they are actually a group of
plants rather than a single variety. Some of the hybrids between A. mollis and A. spinosus are placed with this
group. Like A. spinosus but even more spiny. The
flowers are similar to A. hungaricus except that three to four veins
occur on the purplish bracts rather than five to seven found in
common bear's breeches. Slow to establish but worth the wait. Tolerates
moist soil as long as it's well-drained and tolerates humid summers!
Moist but well-drained, Acid H: 36-48" W: 36"
B/M: White bloom w/ purple bracts/
Breech or Breeches, Oyster Plant
new European selection that is reportedly a hybrid of Acanthus
mollis and A. Spinosus but according to Plant Savant Tony Avent,
it's more likely Acanthus mollis having hanky-pankied with A.
hungaricus instead. (Important only because A. spinosus is a
half zone hardier than A. hungaricus which might be passed along to
it's progeny.) Regardless of the less than specific details of the
parentage, it's a winner -- green, deeply scallop leaves form a 36"
clump and, in late May, send forth a somewhat unique, yard tall,
more bare at the bottom flower stalk - hence the name 'Candle' which
it resembles. Typical purple and white hooded blooms but very
floriferous and long, occasionally into fall! The best bloomer
in the Genus.
Soil: Moist but well-drained, Acid
H: 20" (36" IB) W: 36" B/M: White bloom w/ purple
import by Oregon's Chet Tompkins from a Chinese gardener. This
hybrid (probably A. spinosus x A. mollis) is possibly the best
Acanthus in the trade but particularly for warm weather zones.
Where A. mollis just melts in the heat, 'Summer Beauty' lives up to
her name. Dark, deep green, glossy foliage is more cut
than A. mollis. The 6' tall blooms has typical white blooms
and purple calyces. This will become the industry standard!
Very tropical looking. This will become an
Moist but well-drained, Acid
H:30" ( 4-6' IB) W: 46' B/M: White and
Well, if this doesn't
knock you over you could stand up to a Tsunami! A vigorous,
variegated Acanthus with dramatic deeply cut leaves with white
margins and splashing of white that forms a big, bold clump.
Bred for vigor, hardiness and heat/humidity tolerance. Finally
an Acanthus for the Deep South. This is just a tough plant!
Leaves often emerge in spring totally white. Quite a different
bloom color as well.
Asian rock garden/woodland plant with large maple-like
leaves that emerge bronze-green, to mid-green and end in riveting
crimson red splashes in Fall. In mid-spring, white,
bell-shaped blooms are held in branched panicles just BEFORE the
foliage emerges but remain as foliage comes up. Best in cool summer areas (not the deep south) or
in shade near streams and/or among rocks where it's
cooler. Forms an excellent but slow-growing,
deciduous ground cover
in part to full shade. Crimson Fans/Karasuba
is Japanese cultivar which has crimson flares and streaks to the
foliage from after flowering until Fall where the species doesn't
color up until Fall.
Yarrows on the East Coast -- in the land of hot nights and high humidity
Yarrows are most successful when grown in light, sandy soils and
divided at least every 3 years. Yarrows really do best in areas where
night temperatures are cool and humidity is low. Growing Yarrow in soil
heavily amended with SAND on the East
Coast will make a big difference in their longevity. They're just
blooming machines and fabulous for flower arrangements so worth the
extra trouble with preparing the soil. Also, hardy enough most
places to grow in containers! (The sand amendment also applies to Dianthus by the way.)
Also, easy on the fertilizer -- they don't need
it. You might find that the 'hybrids' also have more Umph
on the East Coast rather than cultivars of A. millefolium.
feathery foliage surrounding stiffly erect stems. Huge, 6"
wide, flat golden flower-heads give rise to the name.
Generally does not need staking like the species. Very tall,
up to 45" it's a stunner! Beautiful in dried
arrangements. After 9 months in the ground, this is looking
fabulous for us! Doesn't mind East Coast heat and humidity.
Botanic Garden 'Best Plants'
Achillea millefolium is sort of a Three
Bears Plant! Depending on the where it's growing, it can be
Too Strong (and self-seed), Just OK or Just Right! Where
we struggle on the East Coast with high humidity and hot nights to
get Achillea millefoliums to grow Just OK, it is pesky in some other
parts of the country, including KY. Please check the link at the right to
make sure it's a garden PAL (Perfectly Alright in your Location!)
and doesn't self-seed too much. If you're in a risk area for
A. millefoliums, look at the Galaxy Hybrids on down the page. Hybrids
with Taygetea will not pose the self-seeding
problem that occurs with A. millefoliums in some places.
EVERGREEN IF cut back to about 6" in Fall after blooming.
*May need straw mulch in Zones 3 and certainly
needs superb drainage in areas that cold
aromatic, finely cut foliage. A very VIGOROUS, rhizomatous variety.
Beautiful cerise (dark vivid pink) flowers above dark green foliage.
Deadhead for continued bloom. Divide every 2-3 years to keep
vigorous. Best in well-drained neutral soil but takes most any but
wet. Cut flower, deer resistant,
easy, evergreen, drought tolerant. Introduced by the English
rose-breeding firm Harkness
Soil: Lean, well-drained, not
H: 24" W: 24"
B/M: Dark vivid
pink/6,7 + 9/10
if cut back
is some confusion about whether this is a cultivar of A. millefolium
or a Galaxy Hybrid -- we'll follow Missouri Botanical Garden and
list it as an A. millefolium. Fades
beautifully from a ruby red color that is gorgeous. Divide every 3
years to keep vigorous. (DH) Deadhead for continued blooms. Grows in
any, but prefers limey soil. Cut flower, deer resistant, easy, evergreen, drought
Soil: Lean, well-drained, not
H: 24-30" W: 24"
red/6,7 + 9/10 if
Fade Resistant Yarrows
yarrows eventually fade (and are telling you "Time to Deadhead")
BUT the next three hold their color extra long
flat-topped fade-resistant red blooms with yellow eyes above
grey-green foliage. Heat and drought resistant.
There is just nothing 'Common' about this new yarrow! All
yarrows eventually fade BUT this and the Seduction series Holds
their vibrant, true red color for a long time. Probably the
closest and it's really, really closed to true red. I hate to
put in the word rosy red because red is the word, not rose, BUT if
differs from Strawberry seduction by having a rose undertone to the
red and the other has a slightly more strawberry undertone.
well-drained, not acid
H: 24" W: 18-24"
B/M: Rose Red /6,7 + 9/10 if cut back
in the US by Blooms of Bressingham and developed in the Netherlands
by Elizabeth and Kees Sahin. They are famed for
their compact, sturdy growth habit, long bloom period with vibrant
interesting flowers, resistance to HUMIDITY. A bright
Fuchsia form that reaches 24" in bloom and an equal width with age.
well-drained, not acid
H: 24" W: 24"
B/M: Fucshia/6,7 + 9/10 if cut back
the 'Seduction' series from the Netherlands known for their compact, sturdy growth habit,
long bloom period with interesting flowers. 'Strawberry
Seduction' has large corymbs of tiny, strawberry red florets with bright
golden centers which are consistent in vibrant color and resistant to fading
above lovely deep green foliage.
Soil: Lean, well-drained, not
18-20" W: 18-24"
B/M: Strawberry Red:/6,7
+ 9/10 if cut back
Achillea Galaxy Hybrids:
Achillea millefolium is one parent and
A. taygetea, with pale yellow flowers, is the other parent and is,
itself, believed to be a hybrid between A. millefolium and A.
clypeolata (a small species from Romania). Hybrids with A.
taygetea will not pose the self-seeding that is a problem in SOME
areas with A. millefolium. Wilhelm Kikillus of Germany
launched his Galaxy Hybrids in 1986 with 4 cultivars: 'Appleblossom,
'Great Expectations', 'Fanal' ('The Beacon) and 'Salmon
Beauty'. He later added 'Weser River Sandstone' and 'Summerwine'.
the German Galaxy Hybrids with large, flat clusters of rose pink
blossoms atop sturdy 36" stems. Muted grayish-green foliage remains
compact and erect. Very floriferous -- blooms ALL SUMMER! Unusual
new color. Finely divided, fern-like foliage is muted,
grayish-green; a splendid addition to one's "silver
Botanic Garden 'Best Plants'
vigorous grower with blood red, dense, flattend corymbs (2-4"
across) (with prominent saffron yellow eye) that fades to marmalade
hues of oranges, warm apricot and eventually, soft gold.
Blooms throughout summer. Named for islands near Argentina,
Tierra del Fuego - the land of Fire. 'Fireland' is of strong
constitution, needs no staking. Typical grayish green, finely
cut foliage is strongly fragrant with a somewhat spicy aroma and
persists in dried arrangements. Cut back to lateral flower buds
after flowering to tidy the planting and to encourage more blooms.
(Not a Galaxy hybrid but of the same breeding. A. millefoium x A. 'Taygetea.)
of the all time great Perennials. Distinctive, deeply dissected,
fragrant, fern-like silver gray foliage with dense, flattened
compound lemon-yellow corymbs 2-3" across that appear in summer and
again in Fall if cut back to about 6". It's best in full sun, in
lean (low fertilizer), well drained soil. Best in areas without hot
humid summers. Divide every 2-3 years to invigorate. A Blooms of
Bressingham introduction. RHS Award of Garden merit.
H:12-24" W: 12-24" B/M:
Bright Yellow/6,7 + 9,10 if cut back
Clump forming Galaxy hybrid with broadly
linear, pinnatified (cut), dark green leaves. In summer, many-branched
stems bear a profusion of light salmon-pink flower heads, fading to
pink-flushed, creamy white, in corymbs 5 1/2" across. Chicago
Botanic Garden 'Best Plants' and Royal Horticultural
Society’s Award of Garden Merit in 1999.
filipendulina x A. ptarmica, was introduced to the United States in
1987 by Longwood Gardens and the National Arboretum. It has
deep-gold flower heads on strong, well-branched stems and feathery
silver foliage on a compact, upright plant. A bushy yarrow w/ silver
foliage. Remains attractive in winter. Very free blooming.
Doesn't self seed! Does well in the South East.
Soil: Lean, well-drained
H: 18" W: 24"
B/M: Deep Gold/6-9
German Galaxy Hybrid (Unusual colors & sturdy stems) with dark
green foliage. Burgundy red colored flowers, 3" across. Color hold
well then eventually ages to a blush. Green foliage on upright
stems. Deadhead to promote blooms. A super yarrow. We are very,
very excited about this plant.
and compact w/ Brick red aging to caramel yellow flowers and SILVERY FOLIAGE. What a
stunning combination. New, choice and one of the most sought after
yarrows in the trade. Must have
well-drained soil. A superb hybrid highly regarded in Europe
and becoming a hit in the US for it's color. Not a Galaxy
Hybrid but of the same A. millefolium x A. taygetea parentage.
very floriferous very short, small sub-shrub with Penstemon-like,
pinkish purple blooms with white markings from May through July -
heavy for months! Needs well-drained soil - doesn't like
winter wet soils. Used in it's Native Europe as an herb for
teas, etc.. Forms a dense, attractive mat of foliage very
quickly. From the mountains of Spain, Alps, Balkans, Asia
Minor and Northern Africa. Impossible to find in the trade!
H:3-5" W:6-36" B/M: Pinkish
In nature, Monkshood grow at the
woods edge getting lots of full sun in morning or evening but a
break from the mid-day sun. They will take full sun in cooler
zones with lots of water. In deeper shade, say under high
deciduous trees, they won't bloom as much and may need to be
staked. Light dappled shade or part shade with morning or
afternoon sun is best. 6 hours seems ideal in most
places. If cut back at the end of the first bloom before
setting seed, they will often bloom
again. They love supplemental feeding with
Bone Meal every 6 weeks.
wonderful bicolor monkshood producing loose panicles of many blooms
with the typical flowers shaped like little helmets/hoods on widely
branched, arching stems. Each bloom is pale blue with white
streaks with intense blue lower petals above dark green, glossy,
deeply cut foliage. Valuable since it blooms earlier than
other Monkshood and at a time when there's very few blue flowers in
the garden. Lovely in the back of the border or mixed in with
shrubbery. Resents being divided.
Well-drained H: 36-48" IB W:
24" B/M: Light and dark blue/7-8
cut dark green leaves showcase creamy white blooms with a very thin
violet-blue edge in July and August. New to the trade and near
impossible to find as we add it in 2010. A refreshing beauty
in the dog days of summer.
Well-drained H:40" IB W:18" B/M:
Creamy white w/ blue edge /7-8
sensational soft, powder-pink pink bloom is a color breakthrough in
Monkshoods. Blooms later than other species on strong stems that
don't require staking. Highly resistant to diseases and pests, in
part, because all parts are poisonous. Distinctive, leathery
dark-green foliage is attractive in it's own right when the plant is
Most any but dry H: 48-60" W: 18"
spires of hooded violet-blue flowers in July-August with finely cut
foliage. Blooms earlier than other species. Does best in
fertile soil and part shade. A much different growth habit
than most, it is more vine-like in behavior. If left
un-staked, it "coils upon itself forming a twisty fluffy clump
of leaves as short as two feet, though even then the wiry stems of
flowers rise to four feet", from Paghet's Garden one of our absolute favorite websites with a great
article on this unique Monkshood.
Most any but dry H: 4-5' W:
fischeri (Incorrectly A. fisheri) Fischer's
Dwarf Monkshood Zone: 4-8 Moist
endemic from Kamchatka, Russia with clear blue
flowers that's dwarf (relative to others) and great for the front of
the border. Strong stems don't need staking. Aconitums
are highly resistant to diseases and pests. Will take sun if
soil is consistently moist. Beautiful cut-leaf foliage.
Most any but dry H: 18-24" (24-36" IB)
W:18-24" B/M: Blue/8-9
beautiful, hard to find Monkshood from northern Japan, blooming in
early Fall just loaded with clear, medium blue blooms over handsome,
bold foliage. Easy to grow on it's short 24" stems that don't
need staking when the plant is in blooms.
This one is best in morning sun or light shade
Most any but dry H: 24" IB W:
pure white form a European Monkshood. My German's limited but
the name translates to 'Snow White' thus aptly named.
Easy to get if you're in Europe -- near impossible in the States.
We had to get them from Holland! Forms large clumps but must
have well-drained soil. Shimmering white is stunning against a
dark background. Appreciates some afternoon shade in warm zones.
Needs cool nights below 70 degrees F. to grow well, and, like the
related delphiniums, will often struggle in hot areas.
MOIST but well-drained H:48-60" IB W:
18-20" B/M: White/7-8
rose form of a European Monkshood. Blooms open from deeper
rose buds. Forms large clumps but must have well-drained soil.
Best in part shade in warmer zones. Doesn't like nights above
70 degrees F., and like the related delphiniums, will often struggle
in hot areas. Has rounded, toothed, deeply-lobed, dark green leaves.
Nearly impossible to find in the US.
MOIST but well-drained H:48-60" IB W:
18-20" B/M: Pale Rose/7-8
A hybrid between A. carmichaelii & A. carmichaelii var. wilsonii 's. It has shorter, thicker stems than the other available varieties. It doesn't
have the tendency to sprawl as do others. Flowers are the same size &
lavender to violet-blue as of
A. napellus but on a shorter plant. An excellent accent plant in a lightly shaded garden w/ our heat.
Reliable. Loves Bone
Most any H: 48" W:
18" B/M: Lavender blue/ 8-9
A beautiful white
Monkshood with bold, truly creamy white (rather than yellow white)
blooms. From a European species not usually available in the US,
like moist well-drained soil but after a few years, tolerates dry
spots. Tolerates sun with mulch and water but prefers some
shade. Beautiful buds in June open to stunning flowers.
late blooming Cimicifuga with 3 large leaflets per leaf. Very
unlike our native Cimicifugas with branched panicles of white
flowers. This is the "true" plant from Japan and it's
CHOICE!! Many are incorrect in the trade.
Soil: Moist woodland
W:22" B/M: White August
is the standard, as far as we're concerned for White Bugbane!
Absolutely, positively exquisite blooms. Substantial, not wispy!
We planted it in a hidden,
seldom visited corner of our gardens and forgot about it.
years, I happened upon it blooming and was just blown away. It
was just stunning. Wow!
woodland herb, 2'+ feet tall with toothed leaves - Astilbe-like
foliage - and very distinctive , showy white berries w/ a single black dot, hence the
common name, Doll's Eyes. Flowering stems thicken after bloom and
turn an attractive red as pea-sized white berries develop in summer
in elongated clusters. These berries, though intriguing, are
poisonous. AKA, White Baneberry is a beautiful plant when well
grown. Good with lobelias or monkshood. Native to the Eastern
half of the Country and protected by the US government. Rare
as wrinkles on a Barbie doll. Rhizomatous. We have two
friends, each former curator's of major Botanical gardens -- BOTH
have this plant in their garden. Now what could this possibly mean
about this plant??? (Gotta' have this in your shade
Humusy, ave. to moist but well-drained H:
18-30" W: 24-36" B/M: White/5-6
bold native with tall, plume-like, branching spikes of white
flowers. Long-lived & vigorous. Long leaves. Difficult to
propagate but easy to grow. Set back in the garden in groups, their
flower wands appear to be disconnected from the earth. Great behind
hostas, ferns. Host Plant for the Spring Azure Butterfly
Rich, moist best H: 48-60" W:18-24" B/M:
Red Baneberry, Snakeberry
Known in general for
it's red berries but they can occasionally be white as in the form
below! Very similar to Actaea pachypoda (alba) or Doll Eyes. Grows
quickly to 24-36" then puts forth long flower stems topped by
delicate clusters of white flowers followed quickly in summer by
poisonous, glistening red berries, so not good around small children
that eat red berries. The European form has black berries, FYI.
Well, let's add some confusion. Above,
w listing's up, we have a near red
'white' baneberry and here, we have white 'red' baneberry. :-)
This rare form of Native Red Baneberry actually has white berries!
The typical 1/4" white flowers have a rose-like fragrance followed
by oval, white berries.
Oh boy, white blooming Actaeas better quake on their
tall stems - there's a new girl in town and she's oh so 'Pretty in
Pink' - light pink blooms above a low mound of dark, mysterious foliage
with deep purple stems! A group of them is sensational!
This select form of a Native is deer resistant and makes a stunning
Soil: Rich, moist best H: 48-60" W:18-24"
B/M: Light Pink/6-7
darkest of the dark Bugbanes but with the same stunningly beautiful
strongly fragrant flowers really 12-24" long held high above the
foliage tempting you to come closer and take a look! Deep cut
Rich, moist best H: 36-48" W: 24"
B/M: White 9-10
creamy white, STRONGLY FRAGRANT flowers appear in long, 1-2' fluffy
spires rising well above the foliage on upright, branched, wiry,
dark purple 72" stems. Astilbe-like, deeply cut, tri-pinnate foliage
is an attractive green w/ a purple blush. Prefers rich, well-watered
soils. Long blooming. Choice!
Rich, moist best H: 36-48" W: 24"
B/M: White 9-10
confused with campanulas but flowers are drooping, in racemes &
the plant is even more DURABLE. Tolerant of heat. Native to Eurasia
& Japan. Does not like to be moved when established. Self-seeds
-- they can be moved when small. A charming plant.
West China, a rare Ladybell with lots of bloom stalks to 36" tall
and featuring 2" flaring bells in masses of rich lavender. Blooms
from Early Summer to Autumn! If the blooms slow down, cut them
back for more blooming shoots. Clump forming, not
running but unlike some, doesn't like dividing. Best grown
from seed or cuttings. Adenophoras are very similar in
appearance to Campanulas. *Too
rare to find on a list but other species of Adenophora are deer
resistant so would make an educated guess that this one is as well.
bold leaves sporting a flat pink yarrow like bloom. This is a
most eye-catching plant. From damp, open woods in the Alps,
with large pointed, heart-shaped leaves it bears clusters of pale
pink or light violet flowers in Summer on 18-24" stems, high
above the low leaves.
Very cold hardy. A relative of Asters but it looks like a
Ligularia with a Yarrow Bloom. Wow!
Moist but well-drained H: 18-24"
W: 12" B/M: Pink or
We no longer carry this Native plant due to it's invasive tendencies.
Even a Native can be a beast in the wrong place, which is, for this
plant, most everywhere but a container!
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AKA Stone cress.
are no more CHARMING & accommodating rock garden plants -- if
sited properly. Low twiggy habit w/ BLUE FOLIAGE & SMOTHERED in
flowers. MUST have well-drained soil. Self-seeds
some if you're lucky! This is a stunning plant both in bloom
and out. Even if you don't have a rock garden, you should make
a spot in the front of the border for this charmer!
Agapanthus 'Black Buddhist' Lily of the Nile
blue flowers on very deep blue, near black stems over a mound of
strap-like leave on a compact plant reaching up to 36" tall.
Fits into the middle of the border rather than the back where most
Agapanthus need to dwell. Blooms are followed by black seed
pods. Mulch well in winter - it's been reported to survive in
6B with good mulching and impeccably drained soil.
Rich, moist but well-drained H: 36" W:
B/M: Dark Blue /6-7
hardiest white, free flowering with large 5-8" bloom heads (up to
75+ individual florets) on strong upright stems. Bred in
England for maximum hardiness. A select form of 'Headbourne
Dwarf variety. Blue flowers with 18" flower stalk. Dependable
bloomer! Foliage can remain evergreen in warmer climates. It has spot flowering throughout the year, with a big display in late spring to early summer. When not in full flower it is an attractive zero
maintenance clump of strappy leaves (with the occasional late flower).
to Headbourne Hybrids but crazy,
prolific blooms. 1-2" in long trumpet-shaped flowers on strong stems
18-48" tall. HUGE umbels of blooms from July to October!
Perform best with cool summer nights.
Keep well watered during the growing season. Some say the Best
White in the trade.
clump forming, semi-evergreen perennial with green with a narrow
white edge, variegated leaves and sturdy, erect stems bearing umbels
of soft blue, bell-shaped blooms from midsummer to Fall. But
even before it starts it's long bloom season, the variegated foliage
puts on a show all of it's own! Soft blue blooms turn deep
violet before falling giving the waning blooms a stunning effect
with the blue over the foliage.
Rich, moist but well-drained H: 12-24" (36-48"
B/M: Soft Blue /7-9
cultivation in 1999 by John Hargrove (owner of Broken Silo Nursery
of Michigan) who propagated it from a chance seedling. Green
Thumb Award Winner 2006. 'Cold Hardy White' thrives
in Michigan and other really cold placed, hardy to Zone 5 but
willing to go all the way to the heat of zone 10. It's
vigorous, forms nice clumps of deciduous strap-lie foliage and
blooms midsummer. You do need to mulch heavily the first few
winters after planting (and after dividing in Spring and replanting
should you do so.)
Soil: Rich, moist
H: 15" (36"IB) W: 12-18"
isn't always better but it sure is in this case -- one of BIGGEST
BLOOM of the hardy Agapanthus makes it a sure winner. Deep blue color and
probably the best hardy blue in the trade. Luxurious green foliage,
1-2 feet long that tinges red in winter and dark blue umbels on
stems 3-4 feet tall! Evergreen to 28 degrees.
Rich, moist but well-drained H: 36-48 IB W:
B/M: Dark Blue/6-7
Agapanthus 'Tinkerbell' DWARF
VARIEGATED Lily of the Nile
amazing new introduction - a dwarf, variegated Agapanthus with light
blue blooms, sitting airily 6" above the green (outlined in creamy
white) foliage on dark, dark stems so you can get a good look!
Good summer bloomer with long lasting blue umbels. Cold hardy
in Zone 8-10 but EASILY brought inside for winter to a cool place
with decreased water. Inside it should be evergreen.
Agastaches and Cold Hardiness (The
most misreported plants for Hardiness on the Internet!!)
to definitively report the hardiness of Agastaches is a complicated
business since there is so much misinformation on the
Internet. Most of the cold-hardiest hybrids have one or the
other of these cold hardy species in their background:
trying to accurately determine the parentage of hybrids is also
tough. We've put what we believe to be extremely accurate,
realistic Zones with 'reported zones' in parenthesis. You
might try them in those zones in a protected spot. We
recommend early season planting, rather than Fall planting, if
you're in the colder zones so the plants have time to establish and
impeccably drained soil. In colder zones, DO NOT CUT BACK
until mid spring and then to 4-5". Also, in cold areas, the
plant’s crown should be planted high on a Southern or Western
exposure, in sandy, sharply draining soil and then mulched with
2"crushed gravel or builder's sand to keep it drier during
cold, wet winter weather.
Plant Select® selection from Denver Botanical Garden & U. of
Colorado. Choice & NEW. Helmets of yellow stained with
orange blooms midsummer to frost. A Silvery-leaved 2-3’
cultivar of a southwestern perennial native. Intensely aromatic.
Needs a well-drained site and full sun.
described as raspberry purple, lavender-pink or rose-lilac! They are
just gorgeous. Blooms for months. HIGHLY ORNAMENTAL. A focal point
plant with stiff, purple stems. Fragrant lemon scent w/ hints of
other fruits. A hybrid of A. barberi (A. pallida)
and A. mexicana. This plant is just a really, really big
of the more cold hardy Agastaches with attractive deep pink, tubular
flowers beginning in early summer. Winters over about 1/2 the time
in zone 5. Very floriferous with erect growth habit. If
the plant starts to look 'tired' after blooming, cut it back some
for renewed growth. A distinctly different scent than others,
reminding some of bubblegum. Very heat tolerant. Native
to Texas and New Mexico
Well-drained H: 24-36"
W:10-12" B/M: Deep pink/6-9
stunning color (also described as brilliant coral) to spice up the
garden all summer. The pungent mint-scented foliage is topped by
spires of coppery orange blossoms. One of the most ornamental.
Well-drained soil. Does particularly well in our hot climate.
A hybrid produced from two US Natives.
relatively new Agastache is creating quite a stir in the garden
world primarily for it's rich yellow to green yellow foliage.
This compact grower only reaches 20-36" tall and 15" wide,
a great size, and bears 4" purple spikes all summer! Like
all of it's relatives, it's loved by butterflies, bees and
hummingbirds. The heavily mint-scented foliage is
serrated. Easy, thriving on heat and humidity. The plant
was name 'Golden Jubilee' to commemorate the 50 year reign of HM
Queen Elizabeth II. Recipient of the 2003 Quality Award in the Fleuroselect
Trials across Europe & the All-American Selections Gold
Medal across the USA. The species is Native to the upper
states of the US from CN west to OR and Endangered in
H: 20-36" W: 15"
hardy as some but for those in the right zone, with well-drained
soil and sun, this is a drought tolerant blooming machine.
With lemon-scented leaves that can be brewed for tea and tons of
closely set, whorled red-purple bloom in spikes to 12".
Although a form of 'Giant' Hummingbird mint -- it isn't -- a giant
that is! But a great sized plant that easily fits into most
gardens. Native to the US Southwest and northern Mexico.
A Jelitto introduction.
Well-drained H: 36" (48"
IB) W: 18"
B/M: Red-purple/7-10 (cutting back after first bloom)
wonderful new introduction producing long spikes with white blooms
and Anise scented leaves. Great cut flower. Does best in
full sun in well-drained soil. Native to Arizona and New
Mexico, it especially cold hardy for an Agastache. A true
Perennial. From the same genetic background as 'Honeybee White'
but this is a bit taller.
FRAGRANT (smelling a bit like licorice or root bear) Agastache with
light orange to pink flowers. Best in moist, well-drained soil.
Hummingbirds are wild for this plant. A pretty plant with soft bloom
colors that go with almost anything, especially blues. Southern
Arizona native. Plant
from Denver Botanical Garden.
Any well-drained H: 18" W: 12" B/M: Orange/Pink 6-10
love the way you do business. Trust when I say I'll be recommending
you to my friends!"
New to the trade and more tolerant of
winter wet than 'pink' Agastaches, but it still needs well-drained soil.
This eye-catching hybrid between A. rugosum and A. foeniculum blooms
from mid-summer 'til Frost. Coen Jensen's 'Black Adder' is
just loaded with bottlebrush flowers of a MUCH more deep vivid blue
than other blue bottlebrush Hyssops due to the greyish purple
calyces. A compact, rounded plant,
it benefits from an early pinch or two to make it even tighter and
H: 30-36" W: 24-36" B/M:
wow, wow ... one of the best perennials in years. Strong
3' stems sport fuzzy, licorice-scented leaves topped with hundreds
of large blue-lavender bottlebrush flowers from early spring thru
summer that attract a stunning array of pollinators. Drought
tolerant. A. foeniculum (Zone 5-9) and A. rugosa (Zone 5-9)
hybrid. We've seen this listed as hardy to zone 4 but find
this illogical since it would then be hardier than both
parents. BUT Brookside
Garden in Ottawa, Canada says A. foeniculum is hardy to zone 4
which would potentially lower the Zone for Blue Fortune to 4 in
Any well-drained H: 24-36" W: 24-36"
B/M: Blue 7-9
new-to-the-trade Agastache from Coen Jensen's breeding program that
still needs well-drained soil but isn't as fussy as the 'pink' Agastaches. Very tough and hardy and brings a new 'color
palette' to Agastaches according to North Creek with its long
racemes of smoky blue violet blooms that just don't stop. Pale
lavender violet flowers and deep rose calyces. North Creek's
introduction has survived several winters in zone 6 Pennsylvania.
Not sure about hardiness beyond that.
Soil: Very well-drained H: 24-36" W:
B/M: Smokey Violet Blue/6-9
the name, it's not red but a deep rose or reddish pink but it will
be your good 'Fortune' to have this beauty in your garden and yet
it's nothing like 'Blue Fortune'! Not sure, at all, how this
plant was named as all parts of it's name are misleading!
Luckily, a picture is worth a thousand words. Take a look!
Very well-drained H: 24" W: 12"
B/M: Hot reddish pink/5-10
want plants that flower all summer. They demand an exciting range of
colors and they ask for plants that are low maintenance and
self-cleaning. They want plants that attract and feed hummingbirds.
We have all this and more! Here's a group of plants that tolerates
heat and drought, and given good drainage, will only get better and
fuller with time. This is a group of American native hybrids, far
superior to the floppy, few flowered seedling varieties of the past.
Our flower heads are so full, they don't need constant pinching like
the old varieties. These are great varieties to plant en masse in
the sunny landscape and are super in containers." Terra Nova
Wow-E-Wow! A vigorous new introduction with
blooms in massive abundance from mid-summer through fall with chubby
spikes of spicy orange red blooms! Just asks for well-drained
soil, and some water when it's hot and dry (conditions it doesn't
mind at all!). Hummingbird magnet. People magnet too!
color is just luscious! Sort of a lemon custard color - makes
you just want to eat it! Dark calyx set the blooms off to
perfection. Blooms all summer and gets along with most any
color plant. It's the kind of color that weaves your garden
together in a tapestry.
Very well-drained H: 25" W: 12"
B/M: Custard Yellow/7-10
ALL SUMMER BLOOMING Agastache with violet-blue blooms with dark
calyces that are lovely even after the blooms are gone.
Drought tolerant with bright green foliage and a compact growth
habit. Easy to grow but MUST have super drainage to
overwinter. Has survived to Zone 4b on an exposed site with north
winds in a scree garden.
see Eupatorium rugosum 'Chocolate' here under E Perennials-- we're
behind on the name change but so is the industry. We're not
going to change until most of the gardening community learns this