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Perennial Gardens

A perennial flower garden can provide many years of beauty and enjoyment. Careful selection of plants and planning can result in a full season of color. Perennials often require less maintenance than some annual flowers. Once established, they generally require less water than annuals and often have fewer pest problems. And most importantly, gardening designs is an individual thing and no two gardeners are going to agree on what makes a great garden design.

Maintenance during the growing season consists of periodic weeding, removal of spent blossoms (deadheading), staking if necessary, and insect and disease control. Depending on species, early spring or fall maintenance consists of trimming and removing old leaves and stems. After three to five growing seasons, some perennials may need to be divided to prevent overcrowding.

By definition - perennials are considered to be ornamental plants that do not die after one season. This does not mean they live forever. Some perennials are considered to be short-lived, lasting only 2-3 years and not all perennial plants are hardy in all areas. If a plant is considered a tender perennial in your zone, whether it survives next year depends on the winter conditions. Knowing your garden zone allows you to determine what plants will best survive in your area.

Some basic garden themes:

Classic Combinations with a 1950’s influence - Coreopsis, Dianthus, Dicentra, Hemerocallis ‘Stella de Oro’, Paeonia, Veronica

Casual Moment - Chasmanthium latifolium, Schizachyrium scoparium, Various Ornamental Grasses

Grandma’s Old Fashioned perennials - Alcea, Aquilegia, Delphinium, Dicentra, Gaillardia, Iris, Tall Bearded, Lupines, Phlox, Tanacetum

Zen Garden with Asian theme - Ornamental Grass, Carex, Hosta, Sagina subulata, Thalictrum kiusianum, Thymus

Summer Time Fun - Echinacea, Hemerocallis, Leucanthemum, Monarda

Feel the Foliage or Plants that produce a fragrance after being touched - Stachys (lamb’s ears), Thymus, Lavender

Fall Garden Theme - Amsonia, Japanese Anemone, Artemisia, Aster, Buddleia, Bergenia, Caryopteris, Cimicifuga, Ceratostigma, Ornamental Grass, Helianthus, Sedum (upright types), Sedum ‘Fulda Glow’

  • Hosta 'Royal Crest'
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    Hosta 'Royal Crest' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Hosta 'Royal Crest' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: HostaThis next generation hybrid of 'Royal Standard' will blow the old garden staple out of the water and is the perfect addition to your fragrant Hosta collection. A more polished plant than...

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  • Hosta 'Age of Gold'
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    Hosta 'Age of Gold' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Hosta 'Age of Gold' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hosta, Plantain LilyFrom renowned Hosta breeder Hans Hansen comes a new large gold hosta. With golden yellow leaves, this is the perfect specimen for making a statement in the shade with its...

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  • Hosta 'Captain Kirk'

    Hosta CAPTAIN KIRK (25) BR Plants

    CAPTAIN KIRK Hosta (Brill 1999) (25) Bare Root Plants Medium to Large. Pale yellow with wide green margin. A third shade, between green and gold, may appear between the center and margin. Wide leaves are thick and waxy. Mature size: 18 inches height and...

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  • Photos courtesy of Randall Goodwin

    Hosta Munchkin Fire (10)ct Flat

    Hosta 'Munchkin Fire' (10)ct Flat Short and narrow leaves hold their bright yellow color all season long. Since the leaves are so narrow, there isn’t a prominent leaf base, and the leaves simply taper to become part of the petiole. Lavender flowers...

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  • Hosta 'Mini Skirt' PPAF
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    Hosta MINI SKIRT PPAF (10)ct Flat

    Hosta MINI SKIRT PPAF (10)ct Flat Ruffled sport of 'Mighty Mouse'Very thick, blue-green leaves with creamy yellow, wavy margins that lighten to creamy whitePale lavender striped flowers appear in early to midsummer on very proportionate scapesFoliage Ht:...

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  • Hosta 'Wiggles and Squiggles'

    Hosta WIGGLES AND SQUIGGLES (20)ct Flat

    Hosta WISHING WELL (20)ct Flat Common Name: Hosta A unique looking hosta that lives up to its fun name! Bright yellow leaves are very long and thin and notable for their incredibly wavy margins. It forms a low, wide habit that really highlights the...

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  • Hosta 'Wrinkle in Time' PP29456
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    Hosta WRINKLE IN TIME PP29456 (25) BR Plants

    Hosta 'Wrinkle in Time' PP29456 (25) Bare Root Plants This sport of the classic variety ‘Pilgrim’ shows a little more character with showy, wavy margins. Leaves have a single prominent wave that begins one third of the way from the leaf base...

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  • Hosta 'One Last Dance'
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    Hosta One Last Dance PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Hosta 'One Last Dance' PPAF (20)ct Flat This sport of ‘Dancing Queen’ has dark green centers and very wide yellow margins. The dramatic margins have irregular patterns varying from ½ to 2½” creating a very feathery look...

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  • Photos courtesy of Randall Goodwin

    Hosta Munchkin Fire (20)ct Flat

    Hosta 'Munchkin Fire' (20)ct Flat Short and narrow leaves hold their bright yellow color all season long. Since the leaves are so narrow, there isn’t a prominent leaf base, and the leaves simply taper to become part of the petiole. Lavender flowers...

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  • Hosta MAUI BUTTERCUPS

    Hosta MAUI BUTTERCUPS (10)ct Flat

    MAUI BUTTERCUPS Hosta (Vaughn 1991) Small. Yellow leathery, cupped, rounded and heavily rugose. Leaves are about 5 inches wide and 5 inches long. Mature size about 10 inches high and 14 inches wide, mounding. Lavender flowers. Parents: FRANCES WILLIAMS...

    $111.00
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  • Hosta FIRE ISLAND

    Hosta FIRE ISLAND (10)ct Quarts

    FIRE ISLAND Hosta Small - Medium. Brilliant yellow, intensely wavy, broadly ovate leaves and light red petioles with red coloration extending into leaf base. Mature size about 14 inches high and 34 inches wide, mound-like with fast growth rate...

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  • Hosta 'Wheee!' PP23565

    Hosta WHEEE! PP23565 (20)ct Flat

    WHEEE! Hosta PP23565 (Walters 2011) Medium.Extremely ruffled, cream colored margins extend from the tip of each green leaf all the way down the petiole to the crown. This ruffled margin is evident even in the juvenile stage of the plant before...

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  • Hosta PRAYING HANDS

    Hosta PRAYING HANDS (25) BR Plants

    PRAYING HANDS Hosta (Williams 1996) Small. Dark green with heavily rippled, narrow, twisted, shiny, leaves with thin gold margin. Mature size - 14 inches wide by 16 inches height,very upright, vertical habit with moderate growth rate. Pale lavender...

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  • Hosta 'Neptune' PP19674

    Hosta NEPTUNE PP#19,674 (20)ct Flat

    NEPTUNE Hosta PP#19,674 (Hansen 2006) Medium to Large. Lightly rippled, ovate, medium blue-green leaves with a rippled margin. Mature size: 24 inches tall x 47 inches wide, 13x7 inch leaves; Upright mound with medium growth rate. Pale lavender flowers...

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  • Hosta MAUI BUTTERCUPS

    Hosta MAUI BUTTERCUPS (20)ct Flat

    MAUI BUTTERCUPS Hosta (Vaughn 1991) Small. Yellow leathery, cupped, rounded and heavily rugose. Leaves are about 5 inches wide and 5 inches long. Mature size about 10 inches high and 14 inches wide, mounding. Lavender flowers. Parents: FRANCES WILLIAMS...

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  • Hosta KOMODO DRAGON

    Hosta KOMODO DRAGON (20)ct Flat

    KOMODO DRAGON Hosta (M. Seaver 2004) Large to Giant. Huge mound of long, pointed, rippled, dark green leaves. Mature size: 30 inches height and 5 to 7 feet wide, mound-like clump with fast growth rate. White flowers. seedling from DONAHUE PIECRUST...

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  • Hosta JUNE

    Hosta JUNE (20)ct Flat

    JUNE Hosta (Neo Plants 1991) Medium. Light yellow with irregular, streaked, dark blue green margin. Mature size - 20 inches wide x 15 inch height. Lavender Flower. 2001 Hosta of the Year. sport of HALCYON. June develops a brightly colored yellow...

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  • Hosta ISLAND BREEZE

    Hosta ISLAND BREEZE PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Hosta ISLAND BREEZE PPAF (20)ct Flat Sport of 'Paradise Island' with wider margins, thicker leaf substance, and a strong growth rate Bright yellow leaves with dark green margins in early spring Centers turn chartreuse in shade and lighter yellow in sun...

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  • Hosta HUMPBACK WHALE

    Hosta HUMPBACK WHALE (20)ct Flat

    Hosta HUMPBACK WHALE (20)ct Flat ‘Humpback Whale’ forms a massive, dome-shaped mound of blue-green, corrugated, heart-shaped leaves. Its color is bluest in the springtime. Blue-green scapes carry near-white, bell-shaped flowers in early...

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  • Hosta HIGH SOCIETY PP17313

    Hosta 'High Society' PP17313 (20)ct Flat

    Hosta 'High Society' (Hansen/Shady Oaks Nursery 2004) Small. Wide, intensely blue green margin with green area where edge bleeds into yellow center, which changes to white by midsummer. Broadly ovate leaves. Mature size - 15 inches wide x 8 inch...

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  • Hosta HALF AND HALF

    Hosta HALF AND HALF (20)ct Flat

    Hosta HALF AND HALF (20)ct Flat Height: 12 Inches, Spread: 19 Inches, Scape Height: 18 InchesFlower Color: White, Foliage Color: Variegated shadesHardiness Zone: 3 - 9Part shade - Full shade Blooms midsummer- Late Summer Sport of ‘Lakeside...

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  • Hosta GUARDIAN ANGEL

    Hosta GUARDIAN ANGEL (20)ct Flat

    GUARDIAN ANGEL Hosta (Thompson 1995) Large. Wide, ovate, moderately rippled leaves of heavy substance with fairly prominent veins. Irregular blue-green margins with bright, creamy white center. After standing out through spring, the white center...

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  • Hosta GREAT EXPECTATIONS

    Hosta GREAT EXPECTATIONS (20)ct Flat

    GREAT EXPECTATIONS Hosta (J. Bond/P. Aden 1988) Large. Chartreuse center may turn creamy white, with dark green margin. Beautiful large puckered leaves with interesting dark green margins and bluish streaks towards the center. Mature size - 33 inches...

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  • Hosta GRAND TIARA

    Hosta GRAND TIARA (25) BR Plants

    GRAND TIARA Hosta (Pollock 1991) Medium. Dark green center with wide chartreuse to white margins. Mature size: 24 inches width by 14 inch height, good growth rate. Purple striped flowers. Sport of GOLDEN TIARA. Broadly ovate, chartreuse leaves with...

    $159.13
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