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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’

  • Iris s. 'Sunfisher'
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    Iris s. 'Sunfisher' (25) BR Plants

    Iris s. 'Sunfisher' (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Siberian IrisLight yellow standards and deeper yellow falls form a beautiful display in early to midseason. Based on our observations, this is one of the earliest of the Siberian Iris to bloom...

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  • Iris sibirica 'Sky Mirror'
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    Iris s. 'Sky Mirror' (25) BR Plants

    Iris s. 'Sky Mirror' (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Siberian IrisWith a similar flower shape to 'Ruffled Velvet', this Iris will give you the rare light blue shade that you've been needing for your early summer garden. Pale sky blue falls have navy...

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  • Iris sibirica 'Swans in Flight'
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    Iris s. 'Swans in Flight' (25) BR Plants

    Iris s. 'Swans in Flight' (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Siberian IrisThis later blooming white variety will certainly turn your head when it blooms in early summer. Extremely large, 5" ivory white flowers are wider and fuller than the classic 'White...

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  • Iris sibirica 'Cape Cod Boys'
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    Iris s. 'Cape Cod Boys' (25) BR Plants

    Iris s. 'Cape Cod Boys' (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Siberian IrisJust like the famous shore community of Cape Cod, this Siberian Iris will make you think of beaches and the ocean. Periwinkle blue flowers have darker blue veining that intensifies...

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  • Iris sibirica 'Blueberry Fair'

    Iris s. 'Blueberry Fair' (25) BR Plants

    Iris 'Blueberry Fair'  Common Name: Siberian Iris 4 inches wide, indigo purple falls and standards have white near the centers with indigo purple veining. The full-looking flowers sit atop extremely thick stems. American Iris Society Morgan-Wood...

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  • Iris 'Over in Gloryland'
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    Iris s. 'Over in Gloryland' (25) BR Plants

    Iris s. 'Over in Gloryland' (25) BR Plants Height: 34.0 Inches; Spread: 18.0-24.0 InchesHardiness Zones: 3 - 9Flower Color: Blue shades; Foliage Color: Green shadesFull Sun - Part ShadeAverage to Consistent Water Average Soil QualityAttracts...

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  • Iris siberica 'Caesar's Brothers'

    Iris siberica 'Caesar's Brothers' bare root

    Iris siberica 'Caesar's Brother' Common Name: Siberian iris Zone 3 to 8, perhaps 9. Full sun to partial shade. Deep purple flowers in late spring rise to height of 36 to 40 inches on rigid stems. Hardy clumps of arching, slender, grass-like, slightly...

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  • Iris sibirica 'Ruffled Velvet'

    Iris sibirica 'Ruffled Velvet' (25) BR Plants

    Iris sibirica 'Ruffled Velvet' Common name: Siberian Iris. Zones 3 to 9. Full sun to part shade. Plants reach 24 to 30 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide; Herbaceous perennial clumps will grow together to inhibit weeds. Growth rate: Moderate...

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  • Iris sibirica 'Caesar's Brother'

    Iris siberica 'Caesar's Brother' (25) BR Plants

    Iris siberica 'Caesar's Brother' Common Name: Siberian Iris Zone 3 to 8, perhaps 9. Full sun to partial shade. Deep purple flowers in late spring rise to height of 36 to 40 inches on rigid stems. Hardy clumps of arching, slender, grass-like, slightly...

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  • Iris sibirica 'Butter and Sugar'

    Iris sibirica 'Butter and Sugar' (25) BR Plants

    Iris sibirica 'Butter and Sugar' Common name: Siberian Iris. Zones 3 to 9. Full sun to part shade. Plants reach 28 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide; Herbaceous perennial clumps will grow together to inhibit weeds. Growth rate: Moderate. Creamy...

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  • Iris s. 'Contrast in Styles'

    Iris s. 'Contrast in Styles' (25) BR Plants

    Iris sibirica'Contrast in Styles' (25) BR Plants Iris-Siberian Height: 28-34 Inches, Spread: 18-24 InchesFlower Color: Purple-blue Shades, Foliage Color: Green shadesHardiness Zone: 3 - 9Full sun - Part shade Blooms Early summer This showy selection of...

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  • Iris e. 'Lion King'

    Iris e. 'Lion King' (Japanese) (25) BR Plants

    Iris e. 'Lion King' (Japanese) (25) BR Plants Extraordinary 7-8 inches, fully double, ruffled flowers Each petal displays a wide, grape purple edge that feathers into a pure white center Majestic specimen for perennial and water gardens Height: 3-4...

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  • Iris 'Black Gamecock'

    Iris 'Black Gamecock' (25) BR Plants

    Iris 'Black Gamecock' Common name: Louisiana Iris. Zones 3 to 9. Full sun to part shade. Plants reach 24 to 36 inches tall and 24 inches wide;Growth rate: Rapid. This native cultivar has huge 4 to 6 inch blossoms that open flat to display velvety deep...

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