sun loving perennials.
bushii, Bush's Poppy Mallow. Rambling Missouri
native with magenta cup shaped flowers. Spreads 2-3', and is
best planted where it can weave around its neighbors. Sun
perennial Grows 12-18".
Wine Cups. Spreading
cut-leaf Missouri native that can travel up to 3 feet,
forming a thick mat 6-12" tall. Magenta chalice-shaped, 1
1/2-2 1/2 in. wide flowers have a white spot at the base of
their five, maroon petals. Flowers, close in the evening,
open in the morning and remain closed after pollination.
Sun loving perennial.
Bellflower. Sun/partial shade;
carpatica ‘Pearl Deep Blue,’
Profuse upward facing dark blue
bells smother mounds of low growing foliage. Sometimes
blossoms open so far they create little umbrellas of color.
Sun to part shade.
garganica ‘Dickson’s Gold.’
Star-shaped blue flowers are dramatically set off by heart
shaped yellow leaves. Grows 2” tall. Full sun to part
glomerata ’Bellefleur Blue.’ Deep
blue flower clusters smother the 4-6” plants in summer.
g. 'Heimerinkje.' Upright blue bells top
extremely compact, neat plants. 12" in bloom.
18"; large clusters of violet-blue flowers; nice dark green
lactiflora ‘Border Blues.'
Waves of billowing trusses of dark
blue bells appear in summer. Keep
well watered and fertilized for excessive blooms. Grows
medium ‘Calycanthema,’ ‘Cup and Saucers,’
Canterbury Bells. 12-18”; large
rose, white and blue flowers resemble cups/bells; good for
cottage gardens; tends to be short lived, but does reseed.
ochroleuca 'Mevr. Van Vollenhove,'
Delightful neat plants entertain us with wide
creamy-white bells with curled tips most of the summer. Tidy
clumps are made up of heart-shaped leaves. 12" tall in
Peachleaf Bellflower. 24-36";
slender stems end in long, airy racemes of nodding 2” long
blue bells. Excellent cut flower with long vase life.
p. ‘La Belle.’ This very pretty
cultivar produces loose racemes of broad, double,
bell-shaped, sky-blue flowers. These rise on upright stems
over basal foliage of long, leathery evergreen leaves.
Grows to 2’.
p. 'Takion Blue.' A new upright growing
Campanula. The blue bellflowers face up on long stems above
the long dark green foliage. The unique habit makes this
variety great for containers or as cut flowers. 16", sun to
part shade perennial.
Serbian Bellflower. 8-12"; starry
lavender-blue flowers; vigorous grower; good groundcover.
p. ‘Blue Waterfall.’
Vigorous, low-growing spreader,
smothered in deep blue bells with a white center in June and
July, with some flowering throughout the rest of the
punctata ‘Silver Bells,'
Spotted Bellflower. Large,
bell-shaped pink flowers top large, 15” stems. Heat tolerant plant forms a low, spreading
mound. Fast spreading groundcover for sun or part shade.
Multitudes of eggplant purple, torpedo-shaped buds open to
large, lilac purple, bell-shaped blossoms measuring 2½
inches long. The lightly fragrant blossoms are produced at
every node up the purplish flower stems in late spring and
continue into summer. The basal rosettes multiply each year,
with new flowering stems arising from each new rosette. Fab
in containers or in the middle of the flower border. Sun to
part shade perennial. Grows 15-18" tall.
Bluebells of Scotland. Dainty
bright blue bell clusters about an inch long July-Sept.
Double purple blue flowers in
summer. Lovely upright growth.
wanneri, Ring Bellflower. Masses of violet
bells cover neat 6" clumps.
A tufted spreading ground cover
with heart shaped leaves and large blue cup shaped flowers
that bloom like crazy for long periods of time. Grows 9
inches tall and spreads to 14 inches. Ideally grown in
mostly sun, with some protection from the afternoon sun, in
well drained soil.
Blooms continually from June
through mid-October. Large 2” cobalt-blue flowers drip off
12” plants. Sun to part shade.
Cupids Dart. Lavender blue
everlasting flowers in summer. 2’. Easy to grow drought
resistant plants. Sun.
Cornflower, Bachelor Button.
Sun; blooms summer; easy to grow
in any soil.
montana: 2'; large showy
m. 'Black Sprite.' Purplish black spider like
flowers appear in summer. 14."
m. ‘Gold Bullion.’ Vivid blue
flowers over striking chartreuse foliage in May and June.
uniflora ssp. nervosa. Large frilly lilac
cornflowers open from highly ornamental buds that are
covered with a net of hairs. Striking foliage is also
covered in a cobweb of fine hairs. 24."
CENTRANTHUS r. 'Coccineus,'
Valerian/Keys to Heaven. Rosy-red
flowers appear for months over axy gray-green leaves. Verylong blooming,
grows 24-36", prefers fun sun to part shade.
CERASTIUM tomentosum 'Silver Carpet,'
Snow in Summer. Sun/part shade.
Frosty silver foliage with delicate white flowers in late
spring. Good ground cover.
Leadwort/Plumbago. Intense blue
flowers begin in mid summer and continue into fall.
plumbaginoides. Excellent groundcover, grows 8-12" tall. Sun/part
shade, one of the last to emerge in spring.
Love.' Bright yellow foliage looks great all season
and even better in late summer and fall when it is sprinkled
with true blue flowers. Grows 6."
Hardy Tiger’s Jaw. Sun;
masculinum. Everbloomer from the
African mountains; yellow, daisy-like flowers appear in the
Turtle Head. Sun to partial
shade; dense spikes of snapdragon-like blossoms, looking
like little turtle heads appear in late summer and fall.
Easy to grow.
glabra. This moisture loving
plant adds a splash of white in partly shady gardens or in
damp sunny areas. Flowers from early summer until early
fall. Numerous white turtle heads appear in abundance on
multi stemmed plants. 36”.
g. 'Black Ace.' Distinctive white turtle
head flowers top tall 3-4' stalks in late summer and fall.
lyonii ‘Hot Lips.’ 30”; like the
species, but with deeper green foliage, red stems and bronze tint to new
oblique 'Rosea.' Deep rose pink to purple
flowers on 2-3’ plants.
o. 'Leniemienie.' Extremely short variety only
10" tall with pink turtlehead flowers. Excellent groundcover
and easy grower.
Hardy Mum. Sun.
‘Clara Curtis.’ Hundreds of
large, single salmon-pink daisies bloom in fall. Height
18-24” Spread 24”.
referred to as
Snakeroot, Fairy Candles, Bugbane.
blooms late summer into fall; prefers rich moist soil.
acerina or know as japonica.
Tall white bottlebush flowers appear in late summer on 4-5'
stalks. Plant prefers shade to moist shade.
Black Cohosh. Handsome, loosely bushy
plants, with sets of deeply-cut serrate edged, oblong oval
leaflets. Long, narrow bottlebrush like racemes of fragrant
white flowers in mid to late summer. 50”, 15" wide.
U.S. native that is at home in dark, moist woodlands.
Perennial Kearney's Bugbane, Black Snakeroot. Handsome,
loosely bushy plants with sets of deeply cut serrated
leaflets. Long, dense, upward-facing, bottlebrush-like
racemes or fragrant flowers bloom late summer. Height 60”,
24" wide. Also known as Cimicifuga rubifolia,
C. foetida v. cordifolia, Actea racemosa var. cordifolia.
ramosa ‘James Compton.’ A
handsome, airy bush of purple foliage, shoots spectacular
fuzzy-looking spikes of fragrant, creamy-white flowers in
mid summer. The deeply-cut, oblong-oval leaflets, have
serrated edges and are nicely textured with deeply indented
veining. 60” tall, 24" wide.
2-3’; large cream white flower
spikes in fall; striking dark purple deeply cut palmate
foliage, outstanding specimen for the shade garden. 60"
tall, 24" wide.
r. 'Pink Spike.’
A stunning plant with large,
pink fluffy flower spikes that top dark brown, almost black
foliage. Excellent with bright yellow plants like Yellow
Creeping Jenny, Lysimachia aureus. 60" tall, 24"
simplex 'White Pearl.’
36-48"; long white bottlebrush
flower spikes; long unusually pale green leaves. Designated
a Missouri Botanical Garden ‘Plant of Merit’ for it’s
‘Chocoholic.’ Deep purple
foliage. Mauve-pink flowers midsummer to fall. Excellent
for the shade garden. Great container plant. Height 2-3’.
‘Hillside Black Beauty.’
striking dark purplish-black
foliage that is one of the darkest to date. Fragrant foot
long bottlebrush flowers open white with a pale blush pink
tinge on 4-7’ stems in fall. A collectors item. Does best
in a moisture-retentive soil. SPECTACULAR!
‘Misty Blue.’ Clusters of or white flowers
bloom atop a sizable multi-stemmed clump of blue-green
foliage. Showy white fruits (“doll’s eyes”) are borne or red
pedicels in autumn. Rarely bothered by pests or disease.
'Queen of Sheba.' Fantastic upright and sturdy
plant habit with exceptional dark purple leaves. Soft white
flowers arranged on pendulous racemes appear in late summer
and fall. Great garden performance. 60" tall, 24" wide.
COLOCASIA, Hardy Elepant Ears.
Believe it! Perennial
Elephant Ears that returns year after year. Bring tropical
drama to your garden and containers with these delights.
Part of the Tropi-cool Series, these new Colocasias have
proven themselves to be perennial, even where the soil
freezes. Water well when
first planted, tolerant of considerable drought when
established. An application of mulch in fall will ensure
winter survival. Hardy in zones 6-10, that means us St.
'Bikini-Tini.' Grows to a whopping 5-7' tall!
Upward-facing bluish-gray leaves form cups that show off the
dark purple stalks and veins. A tough, strong-stemmed and
thick-leaved beauty that stands up to wind and rain. In
fact, the strong cups of Bikini-Tini hold considerable
water, adding another fascinating look.
ebony-leaved vixen you'll long to touch. It's huge dark
leaves contrast and complement brightly colored foliage and
flowers. Grows 2-3.'
'Sangria.' Makes a lovely focal point,
sporting vibrant pinkish red petioles, like a rhubarb plant.
A closer look reveals the bluish green tint of the leaves
and the purple veins that branch throughout the blade. This
lovely, clumping Colocasia quickly becomes a focal point.
Grows 4-6' tall, 3'-4' wide.
Lily of the Valley. Shade to
partial shade; blooms May-June; excellent groundcover.
majalis. 6-12"; small fragrant
white bell-shaped flowers.
rosea. pale pink flowers, 6”,
hard to find variety.
‘Albostriata.’ Fragrant white bell
shaped flowers bloom in early spring. Has very interesting
green with yellow striped foliage. Deer resistant. Height
‘Prolificans.’ White, seemingly
double intensely fragrant flowers bloom in late spring.
Grows 6 to inches tall in full sun to part shade in average
Tickseed. Sun; blooms June-July
and sporadically until frost. Heat and drought tolerant.
Easy to grow.
grandiflora 'Domino.' Flowers with Dark burgundy
central ring surrounded by fringed yellow petals appear from
summer into fall. Very compact habit. Easy to grow, 18.
g. 'Early Sunrise.’
18"; brilliant golden-yellow
semi-double flowers all summer; All American Award Winner.
‘Presto.’ A unique combination of
dwarf habit and large flowers. Golden yellow, semi-double
to double flowers measure 2” across. Naturally compact,
reaching only 6 - 8 inches, forming a nice, uniform, rounded
mound. Great for containers.
lancelata. Long lived native with
bright yellow flowers from June till frost. 2-3’.
l. 'Baby Sun': 12-20";
yellow flowering compact plants.
rosea ‘American Dream.’ 12-24";
blooms all summer; lovely pink flowers starred with yellow
on mound of finely cut foliage; late to emerge in spring.
18-24"; profuse creamy pale
yellow flowers spring and summer; a Perennial Plant of the
v. 'Sweet Marmalade.' The stunning flowers of
this variety open deep orange, then mellow to soft apricot
yellow. Bushy mounds narrow foliage make an attractive
mound. Blooms summer into early autumn. Cut back midway to
promote more blossoms. Sun perennial from Japan. Grows 12"
tall, 18" wide.
12-18"; bright yellow flowers;
attractive compact habit.
‘Cosmic Eye.’ Dramatic flowers of
yellow fringed petals with a deep burgundy almost black band
surrounding a golden center. Height 10-18”.
'Cranberry Ice.' Compact habit with continuous
bloom of cranberry colored flowers with a white edge. Blooms
all summer. Lovely, informal mounding habit, lends itself to
containers or beds. 8" tall, 20" wide.
An excellent introduction that is
much better than ‘Moonbeam’. Flowers are larger, deeper
yellow, foliage is thick and disease free. Flowers bloom
all the way down the stems of this beauty. Grows 20” tall
and 36” around.
‘Dreamcatcher.’ Vibrant rose-red
buds open to bright pink flowers. Profuse flowers ALL
SEASON! Height 14-18”, spread 18”.
'Galaxy.' Large 2" semi-double to double of
the prettiest soft canary yellow flowers appear for months
in summer and fall. Very compact at only 12", makes it ideas
for containers, a neat edging, or massed as a striking
groundcover. Great soft color. Sun perennial.
‘Jive.’ White flowers with a
large, saturated burgundy surround an orange center. Highly
floriferous, bearing masses of 1-2” flowers all summer
long. Height 12-18”.
‘Mercury Rising.’ Velvety wine red flowers with a
golden orange button in the center bloom all summer. Very
showy, attracts bees and butterflies. Full sun, height
‘Red Satin.’ Wine red flowers with orange
centers cover deep green threadleaf foliage. Bloom early
summer and if cut back will keep blooming until frost Full
‘Ruby Frost.’ Large, deep ruby
flowers are fringed with a collar of frosty white. Choice
growth habit, with its flowers held up elegantly. Truly a
color-breakthrough in the world of Coreopsis. Height 24-26”.
'Route 66.’ Short and compact
plants are topped with stunning red-streaked flowers.
Red-eye in the summer streaks to full red in the fall. 24”.
'Solona Golden Sphere.' A deer and bunny
resistant Coreopsis, plus considered by many as one of the
most beautiful yellow varieties! Extremely bright golden
balls begin in spring and continue all the way to frost!
10-18" tall, 12-18" wide.
'Star Cluster.' Stunning, compact,
well-branched, heavy bloomer of large white flowers with
purple centers and subtle purple edges. Purple intensifies
with cooler temperatures. perfect for containers, in masses
or in mixed gardens. 24-30". Sun perennial.
'Sunset Strip.' Glowing bright orange yellow
with reddish highlights appear for months June-Oct. It
remains nice and upright at between 18 to 20 inches high
with a spread of about 20 to 24 inches.
'Tweety.' Bushy perennial with masses of
yellow daisy-like flowers and thread-like, finely divided
foliage. Drought resistant. Excellent everblooming hybrid
that flowers long and profusely May to September. Grows 12"
tall, 15" wide.
Wee Folk’s Stockings, Corydalis.
Shade to partial shade; blooms May-October; tend to
naturalize well in woodland settings, making carefree garden
additions once they are established.
lutea. 6-10"; yellow flowers
resemble those of Bleeding Hearts; lacy, fern-like foliage;
easy to grow; blooms nonstop from spring until a hard frost.
Lacy blue-green leaves give way to
green-tipped ivory flowers. Blooms from spring throughout
fall. 21”. Shade to part shade.
'Blackberry Wine.' Fragrant, wine-purple mini
trumpets of flowers appear in spring and continue into to
summer. Ferny foliage looks great against larger leafed
shade companion plants like Hosta. Heat tolerant, deer
resistant. Grows 10".
CROCOSMIA, Montbretia. Few plants can match
the dramatic show of arching panicles. Sword like foliage
completes the exotic show. Excellent architectural element.
Hummingbird favorites, fantastic cut flowers.
‘Bright Eyes.’ Vibrant orange trumpet flowers
with red eyes bloom mid to late summer. Great in a garden or
as a container specimen. Height 18-20”.
‘Emily McKensie.’ Bright colored flowers bloom
along the length of tall arching spikes, which emerge from
handsome clumps of sword like foliage. Dark purple calyxes
highlight the yellowish-orange flowers and dramatic maroon
markings decorate their pale orange centers. Reaches 30
inches tall and wide. Grow in full sun.
'Lucifer.' Vibrant scarlet. Grows 24-36", prefers
full sun to part shade.
'Venus.' Carmine red buds bloom to golden
orange flowers with distinct red scalloping. The flowers
bloom above lance-shaped foliage from late summer. ‘Venus’
is deer resistant. 18-24."
Kenilworth Ivy. Tiny leaved
groundcovers for shade.
Dwarf Kenilworth Ivy. Low growing
1-3” tall groundcover with tiny flowers that resemble
miniature snapdragons. Shade to part shade.
muralis. Fast growing, easy to
grow groundcover with lilac-purple, pea-like blooms in
spring and summer. Grow in part to full shade. Mat
forming, 1 to 2 inches tall, and spreading to 18+ inches
Persian Violet. Fine groundcover
for shade. White or pink flowers in late
summer-early fall over distinctive foliage.
CYNARA cardunculus, Cardoon.
An architectural splendor with bold texture. Large,
prickly, almost dagger-shaped gray-green arching leaves
appear on a statuesque, vase-shaped frame. It is
topped with round, purple, thistlelike flowers in midsummer.
5' tall, 4' wide, sun.