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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’

  • Phlox s. 'Eye Shadow'
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    Phlox s. 'Eye Shadow' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox s. 'Eye Shadow' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: Creeping Phlox, Moss PinksCreeping Phlox are a classic harbinger of spring, exploding with color as a sign that the final days of winter are past. 'Eye Shadow' forms a mound of bright green,...

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  • Nepeta 'Cat's Pajamas'
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    Nepeta 'Cat's Pajamas' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Nepeta 'Cat's Pajamas' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: CatmintA purr-fect Catmint for fans of 'Cat's Meow' who love the look but want a smaller scale version. In addition to being a little over half the height, 'Cats Pajamas' also blooms about...

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  • Monarda 'Electric Neon Pink'
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    Monarda 'Electric Neon Pink' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Monarda 'Electric Neon Pink' PPAF (20)ct Flat Common Name: Bee BalmIt's electric! That's what you might think when you look at the fabulous color of this new interspecific hybrid of Bee Balm. Intense, dark neon pink flowers are produced above an upright...

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  • Salvia nemorosa 'Bumbleberry' PPAF

    Salvia n. 'Bumbleberry' PP31602 (25) BR Plants

    Salvia 'Bumbleberry' PP31602 Common Name: Salvia-Perennial, garden sage, wood sage; 'Bumbleberry' produces dark fuchsia pink flowers on dark wine purple calyxes on a petite habit of attractive deep green foliage. The deep, intense color makes other...

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  • Heucherella 'Catching Fire'
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    Heucherella 'Catching Fire' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Heucherella 'Catching Fire' PPAF (20)ct Flat Common Name: Foamy Bells Vibrant lime green leaves are rounded, giving it a refined presence in the garden. In the centers of each leaves are very defined flame-shaped markings that flare from the center like...

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  • Carex flacca

    Carex laxiculmis 'Hobb' (3.5 inch pot)

    Carex laxiculmis 'Hobb' Common Name: Bunny Blue® Sedge, RushFamily: Cyperaceae Zone: 5 to 9 Height: 12 inches Spread: 12 inches Bloom Time: Insignificant yellowish flowers late spring. Part shade to full shade Water: Dry to medium Maintenance: Low...

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  • Carex flacca

    Carex flacca [a.k.a. glauca] (3.5 inch pot)

    Carex flacca [a.k.a. glauca] Common Name: Pennsylvania sedge Family: Cyperaceae Zone: 4 to 9 Height: 8 to 10 inches Spread: 6 to 12 inches Insignificant green flowers, late Spring. Part shade to full shade Water: Dry to medium Maintenance: Low Deer...

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  • Hemerocallis 'Stella Supreme'
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    Hemerocallis STELLA SUPREME (25) BR Plants

    Hemerocallis 'Stella Supreme' (25) BR Plants (Berbee) Height: 14 InchesFlower Color: Yellow ShadesHardiness Zone: 3 - 9 This daylily is similar in blooming behavior as the ever-popular ‘Stella de Oro’, but differs in terms of flower color...

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  • Ophiopogon p. 'Arabicus' (3.5 inch pot)

    Ophiopogon p. 'Arabicus' (3.5 inch pot)

    Ophiopogon p. 'Arabicus'aka 'Ebony Knight' and 'Nigrescens'Common Name: mondo grassType: Herbaceous perennialFamily: AsparagaceaeZone: 6 to 9Height: 0.75 to 1.00 feetSpread: 0.75 to 1.00 feetBloom Time: July to AugustBloom Description: PinkSun: Full sun...

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  • Vinca minor, or Periwinkle, is a fast growing groundcover that prefers part sun to shade settings. It is drought tolerant, evergreen and hardy from zone 6-9.

    Vinca minor (3.5 inch pot)

    Vinca minor 'Traditional' a/k/a Periwinkle, lesser periwinkle, dwarf periwinkle, small periwinkle, common periwinkle, Creeping Myrtle Zone: 4 to 9. Sun to Shade. Prefers moderate to dense shade in southern zones and tolerates sun in northern zones...

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  • Vinca minor

    Vinca minor (2.5 inch pot)

    Vinca minor 'Traditional' a/k/a Periwinkle, lesser periwinkle, dwarf periwinkle, small periwinkle, common periwinkle, Creeping Myrtle Zone: 4 to 9. Sun to Shade. Prefers moderate to dense shade in southern zones and tolerates sun in northern zones...

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  • Veronica p. 'Georgia Blue'

    Veronica p. 'Georgia Blue' (3.5 inch pot)

    Veronica peduncularis 'Georgia Blue' a/k/a Oxford Blue, Speedwell Georgia Blue, creeping veronica; may often be misidentified as Veronica peduncularis Zones 4 to 9. Zones 4 to 6 need winter protection. Full sun. Height of 8 inches and may spread to 24...

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  • Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz'

    Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz' (3.5 inch pot)

    Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz'a/k/a creeping thyme, mother-of-thyme, wild thyme Zone: 4 to 9. Sun.Mature size: 1 to 3 inches height; 2 feet wide. Creeping, cascading habit. Long-blooming, light pink flowers will be one of the first thymes to flower each...

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  • Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin' (3.5 inch pot)

    Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin' (3.5 inch pot)

    Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin' Thyme Zone 4 to Zone 9, Full Sun to partial sun.2 to 3 inch high; slow and low growing miniature herbaceous perennial. Glossy, green fragrant foliage, grows in a low, tight, dense, creeping, flat mat. Tiny pink-purple flowers...

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  • Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm'

    Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' (3.5 inch pot)

    Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldsturm' Common Name: Black-Eyed Susan, Coneflower. Zones 4 to 10, Sun. Plants reach 24 inches tall and 18 to 24 inches wide;Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow. 1999 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year.Royal Horticultural...

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  • Rubus calycinoides

    Rubus calycinoides (3.5 inch pot)

    Rubus hayata-koidzumii is better known (incorrectly) as Rubus calcinoides. Common names: Creeping Raspberry, Crinkle-leaf Creeper, Taiwanese Creeping Rubus, Creeping Bramble, and Emerald Carpet. Sun to Medium Shade Zones 6 to 9Grows 3 to 6 inches high...

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  • Phlox subulata 'Snowflake'

    Phlox subulata 'Snowflake' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'Snowflake' Common name: Phlox-Creeping, Moss Pinks. Zones 2 to 9. Full sun. Plants reach 4 to 6 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide; spreading, mat-forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow. 'Snowflake' forms a short, tight,...

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  • Phlox subulata 'Red Wing'

    Phlox subulata 'Red Wing' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'Red Wing' Common name: Phlox-Creeping, Moss Pinks. Zones 2 to 9. Full sun. Plants reach 4 to 6 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide; spreading, mat-forming habit. Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow. This compact variety forms a short,...

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  • Phlox subulata 'Purple Beauty'

    Phlox subulata 'Purple Beauty' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'Purple Beauty' Flower Colour Mauve/Lilac Blooming Time Mid SpringLate Spring Foliage Color Deep Green Plant Uses ; Characteristics Alpine ; RockContainersDrought TolerantEdgingEvergreenGround CoverWild Flower Click here for more ordering...

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  • Phlox subulata 'Candy Stripe'

    Phlox subulata 'Candy Stripe' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'Candy Stripe' a/k/a Moss Phlox. Zone: 3 to 9. Full sun to filtered sun.Mature size: 6 to 8 inch height; spreads 2 feet. Fragrant, pink and white stripe flowers atop a dense carpet of needle-like foliage. Colorful and compact, creeping...

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  • Phlox subulata 'Blue Emerald'

    Phlox subulata 'Blue Emerald' (3.5 inch pot)

    Phlox subulata 'BlueEmerald' Common Name: Creeping Phlox or Moss Phlox.Zones 3 to 9; Full sun to partial shade. Colorful and compact, creeping Phlox can reach 6 inches in height and spread out 2 feet, creating a thick mat of evergreen to semi-evergreen...

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