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Annual flowering plants (such as begonias and impatiens) perform their entire life cycle in a single season and thus need to be replanted year after year. Conversely, a perennial (such as a hibiscus or calla lily) is a variety that regrows the following year, utilizing the same root system. Find the best combination of annuals and perennials for an unbeatable flowering garden.

VEQ1000 Features Annual ryegrass Best for temporary, seasonal lawn Fast seed germination and turf establishment Keeps lawn green t...hrough winter Product Type: Seed Kits Generic Specifications Covers 1,000 sq, ft Generic Dimensions 10 lbs Dimensions: 18'' H x 10'' W x 6'' D 25 lbs Dimensions: 24'' H x 15.5'' W x 4'' D 50 lbs Dimensions: 38'' H x 17.5'' W x 5'' D Dimensions Overall Product Weight: Pounds Size 10 lbs Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 18 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 10 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 6 Inches Size 25 lbs Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 24 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 15.5 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 4 Inches Size 50 lbs Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 38 Inches Overall Width - Side to Side: 17.5 Inches Overall Depth - Front to Back: 5 Inches read more

One of the finest native American perennials, Asclepias brightens the mid- to late-summer sunny garden with massive bloomheads, fo...llowed by handsome seedpods that are unequalled in dried arrangements. Now this coppery-orange species has a bright yellow cousin with the same great drought resistance, free blooming habit, and irresistible appeal to butterflies and bees!'Hello Yellow' is just about the sunniest color we've ever seen outside a Marigold! The 3-inch flowerheads are simply jammed with blooms, and as they open, the butterflies and bees begin arriving. This Asclepias contains an essential food for Monarch butterflies, and apparently everything else with two wings finds it yummy as well!'Hello Yellow' reaches 2 to 2˝ feet tall and 2 feet wide, a nice size for the mixed border, blazing bed, or patio specimen. Unforgettable in a mass planting, it spreads its glory over many months -- the blooms are followed by seedpods that can be left on the plant (where they dry, sprout "wings," and blow away) or cut for indoor arrangements. The blooms are also good in fresh or dried displays, with good color retention and stiff texture.Like most plants, this Asclepias is happiest in well-drained soils, but it will put up with a lot of hardship, including poor, dry soil and long periods of drought. It needs full sun and plenty of it to reach its peak performance. Hardy just about anywhere in the U.S., from Maine to Georgia. Zones 3-9. read more

Plant Patent Applied For. This short little Iceplant is a vision lining a driveway or covering a large patch of ground: the bright... orange, iridescent blooms feature a a creamy white center with a magenta sheen. Jewel of Desert is a breeding breakthrough that delivers bright blooms on groundhugging plants continuously from spring until frost. Not a rebloomer -- an everbloomer, and it's so easy to grow!Exceptionally drought-tolerant, this sun-loving plant forms a dense mat of succulent foliage just a few inches high, and spreads 15 to 20 inches wide. In full bloom it's barely 4 to 6 inches off the ground, yet every inch is colorful and lush.The 2-inch flowers are daisy-shaped and vibrantly colored, with bright orange petals surrounding white, magenta-tinged centers. Ideal for large plantings, accents, and containers, they are long-lasting and neon-bright in the sun-soaked garden.Best of all, Topaz is just as tolerant of heat, humidity, and drought as traditional hardy iceplant. Pamper it the first year, then let it go -- it will thrive in the poorest conditions provided it has nonstop sun and good soil drainage. Let it spread down a slope or bank, anchoring the soil in place to prevent erosion. Design a mass planting in the baking-hot bed beside the driveway, where heat rises from the pavement all summer long. Or fill in those bare areas where the hose doesn't quite reach!Jewel of Desert turns hardy iceplant from a groundcover primarily interesting for its succulent foliage into a bloom machine! Enjoy three seasons of color every year from this rough-and-tumble garden performer! Zones 5 to 10. read more

Plant Patent Applied For.Love Catmint but hate the flop?! 'Purrsian Blue' is the solution! This dense, heavily floriferous new var...iety offers "flop-proof" color all summer long in a neat, tidy habit!Naturally rounded, this fragrant little plant covers itself in bright blue blooms from the first hint of warm summer weather until autumn arrives. The flowers themselves are periwinkle-blue, surrounded by a darker violet calyx. Showy, intensely bright, and so profuse, they really pop in the perennial border or herb garden!'Purrsian Blue' reaches just 16 to 18 inches high, and spreads 24 to 28 inches wide in the sunny garden or container. The foliage is tiny, dark green, and deliciously scented with a spicy mintish aroma. Cats aren't the only ones who find this plant irresistible!Butterflies and hummingbirds are drawn to 'Purrsian Blue' for its nectar, while rabbits, deer, and other nibbling creatures avoid it because of its fragrance. It's the perfect combination!Our friends at Walters Gardens came up with this fantastic new plant (don't you love the name?), and we think 'Purrsian Blue' is destined to be a success. After all, we all love the idea of Catmint in the garden, and now we can show off a plant that won't look tired by midsummer, no matter how many times Freckles and Mittens roll in it! Zones 3-8. read more

The Atomic Ray Series is a selection of hybrid Speedwell bred by Jan Verschoor, a renowned plantsman in the Netherlands. Hybrids o...f the "spiked Speedwell," V. spicata, these plants were all chosen for exceptional form and color, then bred to be easy to grow and very low maintenance. These sun-loving perennials form compact, well-branched clumps and then grow upright in a disciplined manner, blooming like clockwork from the bottom of the raceme up to the top. The Atomic Ray mix includes seven colors: 'Amethyst', 'Hot Pink', 'Pinkish White', 'Pink', 'Red', 'Silvery Pink', and 'Sky'. The array of purple, pink, blue, white, and red blooms creates a whole composition in itself. Perfect for beds, borders, or meadow plantings, this Speedwell mix looks great as a mass effect--the more of it you plant, the better! And these hardy, long-lived perennials will keep coming back year after year to put on their impressive display. The blooms themselves are even long-lived! The flowering begins in early summer in most climates and continues for many weeks. Shear the plants in midsummer to encourage new basal growth and more flowers on through late summer. Veronica is a long-lasting cutflower as well as a garden and container standout, and these blooms contrast nicely with Roses, Peonies, Echinacea, Poppies, and other early summer bloomers.The long, sinuous bloom wands arise in great numbers all over plants, rising above the tidy leaves in rays of pink, blue, white, and red. This profusion of blooms will result in a butterfly haven! But don't worry--deer and other nibblers will leave these plants alone. These healthy hybrids also have good resistance to problems like powdery mildew and rust. Be sure to plant these Speedwells in full sun or only minor shade, as light is crucial to encouraging their best blooms. Use average, well-drained soil. Height: 16 to 20 inches. Spacing: 12 inches. Zones 3 to 9. Note: The Atomic Ray series is registered with the COPF, and unlicensed propagation is prohibited. read more

Plant Patent 20,797Simply the longest-blooming Dicentra we have ever seen, this lovely Bleeding Heart offers striking two-toned fl...owers all summer long! Perfect for garden or container, this shade-lover is a splendid addition to any garden.The flowers have a lovely locket shape and two bright colors: rich rosy red surrounded by a clean white edge. They appear above deeply divided glaucous blue-gray foliage with a ferny look on compact, nicely mounded plants in shade to partial sun. Be sure to give 'Burning Hearts' plenty of water and enriched soil. Keeping the plant well hydrated is the key to its long bloomtime. When stressed for water, it will begin its dormancy period.Great vigor is another merit of Burning Hearts. It sets more flowers over a much longer period than older varieties, yet retains its very compact, mounded form. Just 10 to 12 inches tall and 15 to 18 inches wide, it is a fine choice for the border or container.Burning Hearts is a glorious addition to the shade. Find a place of honor for this exceptional new perennial! Zones 4-7. read more

This clumping Lily-of-the-Nile boasts a unique combination of violet-blue flowers and tall black stalks. The showy blooms come on summer, adding a stunning accent to the garden, container, or cutflower arrangement. A great choice for a larger planter, 'Black Buddha' actually flowers better when its roots are contained. Another benefit of growing this gorgeous Lily-of-the-Nile in a container is that you can bring it indoors for the winter, protecting it from the icy chill of winter. This African Blue Lily is originally a native of South Africa and Madagascar, which unfortunately means that it is tender to the ravages of winter. Through cultivation in Europe this species has become a bit hardier, but 'Black Buddha' still appreciates a nice blanket of mulch in the winter. This bit of necessary winter maintenance will be well rewarded in the summer! In July the black, strap-shaped foliage boasts large umbels of deep blue funnel-shaped flowers. When the sun shines on these stems, it only intensifies the color to a deep, royal purple. This variety of Agapanthus praecox blooms starting in July and finishing in August. This Agapanthus grows up to 2 feet tall and wide (3 feet tall when in bloom). This Genus was named by the ancient Greeks; it's name comes from the words "agape" (unconditional love) and "anthos" (flower). And when you see the exotic, delicate beauty of these flowers, you will understand why! Plant 'Black Buddha' in part- to full-sun in well-drained soil. This exotic plant actually tolerates drought and a broad variety of soils (acid to alkaline, sandy, and even clay soils), so long as the soil is very well-drained and not too cold. Zones 7 to 9. read more

This plant looks so exotic, with its combination of big, creamy-edged leaves and exquisite spotted pink blooms, that nobody need it's a cinch to grow! 'Gilt Edge' is a shade- and moisture-loving Toad Lily, ready to flower for weeks during the dull late-summer-early-fall season when the garden is at one of those awkward "in between" stages!'Gilt Edge' is showier than most Formosa Toad Lilies, with long, elegant leaves the size of dollar bills, jaggedly edged in a creamy yellow that varies leaf by leaf. Vigorous and attractive all season, it doesn't "brown out" toward the end of summer, as some Toad Lilies will, but stays as fresh and clean as though the leaves were newly unfurled! The blooms may remind you of Orchids; just an inch across, they stand out brilliantly, their deep pink petals merrily spotted in deep purple. Expect them to keep coming for several weeks, offering a terrific color show in the garden.Plant 'Gilt Edge' in the shade garden, giving it more sun in the north than in the south. It will colonize readily if you allow it room, so clear a wide area and get ready to watch this Toad Lily make itself at home! A good companion to ferns and Hostas, it reaches 20 to 24 inches tall and up to 30 inches wide in evenly moist (not boggy or wet) soil. If you're planting more than one, space them about 2 feet apart to give them room to spread! Hardy in zones 4-8. read more

US Plant Patent Applied For. With deep purple-black foliage and light coral-pink blooms, 'Knight Rider' is a unique and Sedum. The unusual color combination is dazzling in any setting. 'Knight Rider' adds multi-season color to any bed or border. And, of course, this Stonecrop goes well in any rock garden, where the tall, black foliage really stands out next to shorter succulents, like Hens and Chicks or Iceplant. This variety is exceptionally tall and upright for a Sedum, growing up to 24 inches high and 18 inches wide. 'Knight Rider' holds its glossy black foliage on straight, sturdy stalks that will not flop or go prostrate. The stalks are clump-forming, and the succulent leaves are deciduous, changing color throughout the year before they shed at the end of the season. In late summer, large 5- to 7-inch flower heads are borne on striking purple stems that keep their color throughout the hottest weather. The long-lasting coral pink flowers open from bright red buds, providing a lovely contrast to the dark stems and foliage. Butterflies and other pollinators cannot resist them! The blooms make sturdy and enduring fresh or dried cut flowers, but if left on the plant, they'll provide much-needed interest all winter long. Plant 'Knight Rider' in full sun and average, well-drained soil.Once established, it is heat and drought-tolerant and rarely bothered by pests or diseases, making it a healthy and easy addition to any bed, border, or rock garden. Zones 4 to 9. read more

For nonstop lilac-blue color on a trouble-free sun-loving plant, you just can't equal Blue Paradise! This hardy garden Phlox is re...ady to take off in your garden, with lush foliage that grows right down to the ground, great branching for a bushier look, and tons of small red-eyed blooms!These trusses reach 10 to 12 inches long and are quite plump, sticking up all over this compact plant. Very floriferous, Blue Paradise has far better mildew resistance than other blue Phloxes, making it the hands-down choice for your garden, particularly if you live in a climate where summers are rainy or humid.Blue Paradise is terrific in the vase as well as the garden or container. The flowers combine well with Phlox, as well as with Roses and Peonies. A reliable, hardworking garden performer, Blue Paradise will reward you with armfuls of lovely blooms for years to come!Hardy Phlox is the backbone of the summer garden, providing continuous bloom from midsummer till the colder temperatures of fall. Nothing is easier or more rewarding to grow for the sunny border, and the cut flowers are delightful in the vase. Select a spot in full sun or light shade with well-drained, moisture-retentive soil, deeply-worked (for good root development) and enriched with organics. Phlox are heavy feeders; you will want to keep the soil rich. Avoid overhead watering to prevent mildew--their biggest enemy--and keep the plants deadheaded to encourage even heavier blooming. For better-branched plants, try pinching out the tips of young plants when they are about 9 inches high. Zones 4-8. read more

Plant Patent #24,050.If you love Agastache, just wait until you grow this exciting newcomer! It's already amassing awards, and no ...wonder -- the flowers are not only larger than all others, but last longer, too! You can expect 4+ months of glorious bloom from this tall, sturdy, colorful Hummingbird Mint!Blue Boa has deep violet-blue blooms held in giant inflorescences on tall, extra-strong spikes. Even the buds are amazing -- dark dusty purple, they measure 6 inches long and a bit over an inch in diameter, bursting open to reveal flower clusters 6˝ inches across!Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds adore the blooms, which begin in early summer and continue right into fall. You will love them too, though, so you may have to work out a compromise: some for the vase, some for the garden and its winged visitors! (If you've never grown a cutting garden, Blue Boa may give you reason to start one!)The flowers arise above bright green foliage on plants that clump at the base, then send up tall, thick spikes. Tolerant of heat and humidity, they thrive in many conditions other perennials find less than ideal, and are generally left alone by pests and diseases. So easy, so irresistibly beautiful!Blue Boa comes to us from the good folks at Terra Nova in Oregon, and we are confident that it's going to be one of the classic varieties. It simply outperforms all its cousins. And as a source of deep blue color (always so hard to find!), it just can't be beat! Do add it to your sunny border, meadow, driveway planting, or street island this season! Zones 5-10. read more

Plant Patent 22,041. Cultivar name: 'Tim's Tangerine'A breeding breakthrough, this Geum outdoes the flower power of all others BY... A POWER OF 5!! That's right -- the number of blooms this little dynamo produces in a single season is fully 5 times that of older varieties! You simply won't believe it until you grow it for yourself.'Totally Tangerine' is a sun-lover, happy in the border, rock garden, meadow, or other blazing spot. It reaches about 30 inches high (in bloom) and 18 inches wide, with fuzzy foliage of mid- to olive-green in spring and summer. (Fall is another story, to be told in a minute!) And beginning in late spring, it sets masses and masses AND MASSES of apricot-orange blooms right at the tips of its branches, their faces upturned to the sun and their color bright. The flowers continue into summer, declining about the middle of the summer season. They make fine cutflowers for the vase, and are just incredible in even a small planting in the garden. The habit of this Avens is open and airy, making the flowers seem all the more remarkable as they float, as if on air, in the sunny border.'Totally Tangerine' is the brainchild of Tim Crowther, a British breeder we are delighted to honor. Not only is this cultivar the most floriferous by a country mile, it's also the tallest Geum we have ever grown. Altogether so much of an improvement that it might as well be a new species!The blooms on this perennial attract butterflies, stand up to pests and diseases effortlessly, and tolerate light shade in the southern portion of their hardiness range. In other words, the plant is adaptable and low maintenance, with the perks of vigor and robustness as well as beauty! You can't go wrong -- put 'Totally Tangerine' at the top of your "must have" list! And please order promptly, before it sells out. Zones 4-7. read more

With larger, longer-lasting flowers than the more familiar A. maritima cultivars, this Thrift is a low-maintenance pleasure for su...nny to lightly shaded gardens. The 1-inch pompons of deepest red make stellar fresh or dried cut-flowers, and if deadheaded promptly after its heavy spring bloom, this plant will repeat intermittently all summer.Winner of the 2009 Fleuroselect Gold Medal award, Ballerina Red is gloriously colorful and productive. Its blooms make long-lasting cuts, and really stand out in the sun-soaked garden. The foliage is evergreen on compact plants, perfect for edging as well as the front of the border. Ballerina Red is best in sunny, dry conditions. It makes a fine addition to a rockery, and doesn't mind soil that dries out a bit between waterings. Deadhead promptly for heaviest rebloom. Zones 5-9. read more

Plant Patent #19845. Younique White? is part of the Younique ? series, which is renowned for the bright blooms that arise in prof...usion on dwarf plants with proven garden performance. Bred by Dutch hybridizer Jan Verschoor, the Younique ? series features Astilbes with enhanced heat and drought tolerance as well as unprecedented bloom size and color. Incredibly floriferous, the flower stems stretch out just as wide as the foliage, putting on so many florets that the top and bottom of the plant begin to look symmetrical! The blooms come on in early- to midsummer, adding a sparkling ivory accent to the front of a shady border or any sheltered bed or container. The massed effect is stunning; use Younique White? as a groundcover in shady spots or as a cluster in the woodland garden. And of course the splendid flowers are a welcome addition to the vase!Astilbe likes part shade, rich soil, and frequent watering (especially when blooming). Younique White? is no exception: plant the eye about ˝ inch deep in shady, evenly moist soil. Part shade and constant moisture will ensure that these blooms reach their full glorious potential. Do your part, and Younique White? will quickly grow to its mature height of 16 inches, then reward you with years of reliable beauty--especially since pests tend to leave it be! It is an excellent choice for borders that receive any exposure from dappled sunlight to nearly full shade. Long-lived and low maintenance, it is a perennial to be treasured in the shade! Zones 3 to 8. read more

Plant Patent#13,774. Cultivar Name: 'Snowwhite Fantasy.' This reblooming delight features fully double, wonderfully fragrant 2-inc...h white blooms on an exquisitely full, rounded shrub. The fountain-like habit is a boon in the garden, while the fragrant white blooms are also lovely as cuts, which is why it is the traditional wedding flower! 2 Quart container. Zones 5 to 8. read more

Welcome spring into your garden with this highly fragrant selection of our native American Creeping Phlox. Boasting dark pink, slender deep green foliage, and a quick-spreading habit, Home Fires is a magnificent way to carpet the partly shaded garden floor in rich color and spread sweet scent far and wide!Spreading quickly by stolons, this perennial leafs out early in spring and quickly covers itself in buds that burst into profuse bloom. The fragrance is sweet without being cloying, and adds a freshness to the garden that is just perfect among flowering bulbs and in the bare beds of late-opening perennials and shrubs.Home Fires is floriferous and wonderfully dense, creating a lush mat that chokes out weeds, shades the soil, and helps retain moisture. Expect it to reach 6 to 10 inches high and to spread 2 feet wide, never invasive but instead meandering around other plants as well as rocks and garden features. You will love this low maintenance joy! Zones 4-8. read more

Go beyond the same old container annuals this year with Color Coaster, a lively mix of some of the darkest and most intense shades... available anywhere for the sunny garden! In this combination collection you receive Coleus Chocolate Mint, Zinnia Profusion Double Golden, and Petunia Blue Celebrity. So from bright, two-tone deckle-edged foliage to giant blooms that keep coming for months, you'll enjoy the best and easiest of plantings!Of course, Color Coaster is great for garden beds too, but its most dramatic use is undoubtedly in big tubs, wide flowerpots, and other containers. Find a place of honor and fill your best pots with these exciting selections:Coleus Chocolate Mint - From the moment you receive this plant, the velvety leaves of burgundy edged in bright lime green and neatly "pinked" around the edges will wow you! Well-branched and dense, it reaches 10 to 12 inches high and wide, every bit packed with brilliant color that never quits.Zinnia Profusion Double Golden - Bred for bedding, Profusion is also a great choice for containers because these double-flowered daisies just never stop coming. Mounding 12 to 15 inches high and wide, it's a sun lover that stands up to everything from humidity and drought to poor soil and extreme heat. The workhorse of the annual garden!Petunia Celebrity Blue - Just 8 to 10 inches high and wide, this mounding Petunia offers some of the darkest, richest blue flowers in the family. Large and very showy, they appear all over quick-growing, tough plants that don't stop blooming until the cold weather of fall sets in. read more

Plant Patent Applied For.Simply the most colorful, best behaved, and absolutely the longest-blooming Hummingbird Mint we have ever... grown! 'Rosie Posie' is a delight, with two-tone flowers that keep coming from early summer through the first part of fall, mint-scented foliage, and a refined habit that keeps the plant neat and presentable. A fantastic improvement over older varieties!'Rosie Posie' is dense and compact, with a nicely rounded habit that always looks good -- unlike the big sprawling, loose-stemmed varieties of the past. The blooms are held right at the tips of the stems, for maximum effectiveness, and they sport a good-looking two-tone cast, thanks to deep purple calyces surrounding the hot pink flowers.Expect the blooms to begin in early summer and continue all season, right through into fall! For those of us who love Agastache, the one complaint we all share is that there simply isn't enough of it (though the fragrant foliage does make up for a lot!). Well, 'Rosie Posie' puts an end to all that -- these flowers keep coming right into fall! There's never been a variety to equal it!'Rosie Posie' reaches 22 inches high and 32 inches wide, thriving in full sunshine and any decently drained soil. It is a snap to grow, looks great everywhere from the cottage garden to the vegetable patch, and smells like heaven on a warm summer day. Add this perennial to your garden this season for years of beauty and scent to follow! Zones 4-9. read more

For a combination both beautiful and arresting, Pixie Dust has no equal. This design combines two types of Petunia with an colored Verbena to create the impression of blackest night and brightest light, overlaid with a silvery sheen! When the landscape needs a little magic, rely on Pixie Dust!In this combination you get 6 annual plants: 2 each of Petunia Pinstripe, Petunia Sun Spun? White, and Verbena Aztec Magic® Silver. Each variety lends its particular beauty to the combination, which works well in flowerpots, baskets, and windowboxes as well as the sunny annual bed. Impervious to heat and humidity, tolerant even of short periods of drought, Pixie Dust is unstoppable!Here is a bit more about each variety in this combination:Petunia Pinstripe (PP#22,414; 'Balpepin') is a large-flowered beauty of darkest violet, so deeply colored it looks black, with a glowing central star of pink to cream. Mounding 8 to 12 inches high and wide, it offers big color in a small space, contrasting vividly with nearly any other flower placed beside it. And it blooms ceaselessly all summer long!Petunia Sun Spun? White (PPAF; 'Balspunwhi') is a densely branched, heavily flowering plant just 6 to 10 inches high and 8 to 10 inches wide. The blooms are slightly ruffled, adding texture to their look, and are a pure, clean white that makes all neighboring colors shine a little more brightly.Verbena Aztec Magic? Silver (PP#14,651; 'Balcizsilma') is a mounded, trailing plant with exquisite nosegays of silvery lavender, so intense they seem to glow in the twilight garden. There's no other plant with quite this color, and the plentiful blooms show to great advantage (and in great number!) on plants 8 to 10 inches high and 12 to 18 inches long.Pixie Dust combines 3 remarkable varieties for a one-of-a-kind beauty you'll love on the patio, deck, or in the garden. Add this combo to your landscape today! read more

At last, a Carolina Jessamine that will grow in the north! 'Margarita' extends the hardiness range of this indescribably fragrant ...vine all the way through zone 6 (and even into zone 5 with good winter protection), bringing the joy of evergreen foliage, abundant yellow blossoms, and easy-care habit to thousands of gardeners never before able to grow it!'Margarita' is a powerhouse of a vine, reaching 8 to 10 feet tall (or more!) and 5 feet wide, and blooming very, very heavily in late spring and early summer. No fragrance in the world equals the balmy, sweet scent of Jasmine, and 'Margarita' transforms your patio, arbor, or sunny garden into a tropical paradise with every breath you take!The blooms are wonderfully showy -- bright yellow, trumpet-shaped, and held in big 2- to 3-inch clusters that really stand out against glossy, deep green evergreen leaves. 'Margarita' can withstand a bit of shade without losing any bloom strength, so feel free to let it twine up open-habit shrubs and small trees. Its traditional spots include the mailbox post (gathering up those bills and advertising flyers was never so pleasant!), lamppost, and any and all trellises, arbors, and fences. Let it tumble over a wall to surprise passersby with its scent, or have it frame an entryway so that guests step into your home with a smile!In the perennial garden, 'Margarita' makes a fine backdrop to any late spring- or summer-flowering plant. I like it behind Hardy Geraniums and Daylilies, where it adds some much-needed fragrance to their colorful display! But it's right at home with annuals, too, from Petunia to Impatiens.Over time 'Margarita' will become top-heavy, so you might want to cut it back heavily right after it blooms (late summer or so) every 3 or 4 years. Beyond this, it needs no attention, tolerating heat, humidity, poor soil, and even drought (once established) in your garden! Deer and rabbits leave it alone, but nobody else will -- it's a star in any setting!Space plants about 5 feet apart for good solid coverage. Zones 6-9. read more

We are honored to bring you this remarkable cultivar of our native Kentucky Wisteria. Not only is it cold-hardy to -40 degrees F w...ith no loss of flowering ability, it also blooms 3 times each summer, assuring you of fragrant flowers for months. Vigorous, quick-growing, and tirelessly floriferous, this Wisteria is certain to become a classic for the American garden.The lilac-blue flowers are large, showy, and held in foot-long racemes like enormous clusters of grapes. The fragrance is sweet, intense, and very addictive -- be sure to plant 'Blue Moon' where it can share its scent with garden visitors and even indoors through open windows and doors! The first flush of bloom is in early summer, with a brief rest before the second and then third repeats. Imagine all the flowers you will have for vases as well as garden enjoyment!But its tremendous bloom strength is only one of 'Blue Moon's attributes. It's also fully hardy, not only able to withstand severe winters but to bloom unimpaired afterwards. Bred in Minnesota by Harvey and Brigitte Buchite, it has weathered -40 degrees F without damage. At last, a Wisteria that thrives even in the far north!'Blue Moon' is a vigorous, quick-growing vine, reaching 25 feet long within just a few years. It needs no pruning, and should only be trimmed back if necessary after the final flowering. Let it ramble across pergolas, over arches, and up trellises and other ultra-sturdy supports, dangling its huge blooms along the way. A fully blooming 'Blue Moon' is a breathtaking sight!Give this vine as much sunlight as possible for best flowering. It flourishes in moist, well-drained soil enriched with compost and other organics. Zones 4-9. read more

Like the name says, this is one mighty false Spiraea. 'Mighty Pip' is exceptionally large, reaching up to 4 feet tall, and it also... quite hardy and robust: 'Mighty Pip' is both more cold tolerant (to zone 3) and more heat tolerant (to zone 8) than other Astilbe. It is also more tolerant of varying soil types, and particularly resistant to deer and other garden nibblers. The blooms come on in early- to midsummer, adding a gorgeous salmon pink accent to any shady border or sheltered bed. The massed effect is stunning; use clusters of 'Mighty Pip' to create a gorgeous effect in any woodland area. And of course the splendid foliage is a welcome addition to the vase. The fragrant blooms even make great dried flowers!Astilbe likes part shade, rich soil, and frequent watering (especially when blooming). 'Mighty Pip' is no exception: give it part to full shade and even moisture to let these blooms reach their full glorious potential. Do your part, and 'Mighty Pip' will reward you with years of reliable beauty--especially since it is deer- and pest-resistant! It is an excellent choice for borders that receive any exposure from dappled sunlight to nearly full shade. Long-lived and low maintenance, it is a perennial to be treasured in the shade! Zones 3 to 8. read more

Transform the spring shade garden with this amazing new introduction from noted plantsman Dan Hinkley! Abundant tubular sapphire-b...lue blooms, subtly fragrant, hang suspended above large, finely cut, elegant blue-gray foliage. 'Blue Heron' reaches just 8 to 10 inches high and 10 to 12 inches wide, and flowers in mid to late spring. It may go dormant in summer, but will return for autumn, often reblooming in cool, short-season climates. Upright, mounded, and non-spreading, it is a glittering jewel for the garden! Unlike many Corydalis cultivars, 'Blue Heron' will not self-seed, so you don't have to worry about all those volunteers. It thrives best in a cool, shady garden spot with consistent levels of moisture. However, this slow-growing native of Sichuan, China, is quite at home in less than ideal conditions, and you will find it relatively low maintenance.'Blue Heron' is a lovely addition to the shade. Discover its beauty for yourself this season, and enjoy it for many years to come! Zones 6-9. read more

Plant Patent Applied For. This variety of Astilbe arendsii grows about 30 inches tall and sets out hundreds of very fine magenta b...looms on well-branched flower stalks. The blooms come on in early- to midsummer, adding a gorgeous lavender/pink accent to any shady border or sheltered bed. The massed effect is stunning; use 'Nemo' as a groundcover in shady spots or as a cluster in the woodland garden. And of course the splendid foliage is a welcome addition to the vase. The fragrant blooms even make great dried flowers!Astilbe likes part shade, rich soil, and frequent watering (especially when blooming). 'Nemo' is no exception: give it part to full shade and even moisture to let these blooms reach their full glorious potential. Do your part, and 'Nemo' will reward you with years of reliable beauty--especially since it is pest-resistant! It is an excellent choice for borders that receive any exposure from dappled sunlight to nearly full shade. Long-lived and low maintenance, it is a perennial to be treasured in the shade! Zones 3 to 8. read more

Plant Patent #22,783Whitewater is a year-round delight in the garden. A white-flowered sport of the popular V. 'Waterperry Blue,' ...this divine groundcover covers itself in ˝-inch flowers in spring, with occasional latecomers appearing on wiry stems all the way to frost! A good filler plant that meanders gently around its neighbors without becoming invasive, Whitewater complements every other color in the garden.Forming a low, dense carpet of color, the foliage is dark green and very healthy, left alone by nibbling animals (even deer!) and free of diseases. It will turn rich shades of bronze and burgundy in winter, remaining evergreen in mild and warm climates. Showy even in the heart of January! Whitewater was introduced by Jim Watcher at Elite Growers of Illinois. We are proud to offer this unusual white-flowered selection, which reaches just 4 to 6 inches high but spreads up to 18 inches the very first season. Eventually extending to 2˝ feet wide, it offers excellent coverage for the sunny to lightly shaded garden. Zones 4-7. read more

Just wait until you experience its quick spread, heavy bloom, and long season of color in your own sunny garden! If you're looking... for something bright to cover that poor, dry soil beside the driveway, in the sunny border, or along a slope where the hose can't reach, Fire Spinner® is EXACTLY what you need!This Hardy Iceplant is a marvel. it will spread up to about a foot and a half wide within just 2 seasons of growth. When not in bloom, the small, needle-like succulent foliage of brightest green reaches just 1 to 2 inches high. When the gorgeous multi-colored 1˝-inch flowers begin appearing, the height increases to just 4 inches! Yet this plant forms a dense, colorful mat that chokes out weeds and retains soil moisture beautifully.If you live in a hot, dry climate, or simply if watering is an issue over those long summer months, Fire Spinner® is the answer to your prayers. Pamper it the first season to get its root system well established, then turn it loose! Very resistant to heat, humidity, and drought -- and happy in poor, sandy, and infertile soils -- Fire Spinner® is unstoppable! (Looks fabulous spilling over the sides of a container, too!)This Delosperma was discovered growing at a high elevation in South Africa, and brought to this country by plant expert Panayoti Kelaidis of the Denver Botanic Garden. Hardy from one end of the country to the other, Fire Spinner® begins flowering in late spring in most climates, continuing through midsummer. Expect hundreds of bright orange and magenta blooms to cover your garden floor, each starred with a bright white eye!Left alone by deer, this groundcover does a great job on banks and slopes as well as level surfaces. It's your all-purpose problem-solver, asking only for full sunshine and good soil drainage. Give it a try this season, and dazzle your senses with its neon-bright color show! Zone 5-10. Note: Image courtesy of Plants Select. read more

The old adage goes that if you can't grow Blue Plumbago, it's time to move to the city! And that's really no exaggeration -- this ...perennial is quick to spread and puts up with a lot of abuse, from dry soil to neglect. With a constitution like that, you'd expect it to look rather weedy and tough, yet it is as dainty as a violet and as bushy as a Vinca!The original late-bloomer, Plumbago makes a belated appearance in spring, after most of the garden is well under way. Quickly meandering over rocks and across troublesome bare spots, it begins blooming in late summer, just as the rest of the flower garden is calling it quits. The peacock-blue flowers are flattish and held wide open, just 3/4-inch across yet very prominent against the small, bright green leaves. As the weather cools, the foliage turns a rich mahogany, enhancing this plant's appeal.Only 8 to 12 inches high, it forms mats 12 to 18 inches across. Plumbago is superb for ground cover, edging, or underplanting shrubs. Or, if you have a fall perennial bed, by all means plant it in front of your pink Mums and red Asters! Dwarf Plumbago thrives in good soil or poor, in heat or cold, in sun or shade (partial shade is ideal). It does need good soil drainage and prefers dry to wet conditions, but these are its only requirements. Mulch lightly in winter in zones 5 and 6. Zones 5-9. read more

Descended from the rare Japanese D. peregrina and the easy-care American D. formosa ssp. Oregana and D. eximia, this plant bears r...osy-pink, heart-shaped flowers very heavily in late spring and again in late summer, with occasional rebloom all summer long. It is a mainstay of the shade garden, adding bright color to the cool blues and greens of the shade.These nodding carmine-red blooms arise on 10- to 15-inch flowerstems that lean outwards from the center of the plant, creating an elegant effect. Very long-lasting, they are excellent as cutflowers as well as garden standouts. The ferny blue-green foliage forms the perfect base for the blooms, remaining dense and lush all summer in moist to slightly damp soil. (Too much dryness will cause the plant to go dormant in summer, though it will reappear next season.)'King of Hearts' reaches 6 to 8 inches high when not in bloom, with the flowerstems adding another 4 to 7 inches to its height. It spreads 15 to 18 inches wide. Plant 'King of Hearts' in part shade and rich, moist soil. Zones 4-9. read more

Plant Patent Applied For. Cultivar name: 'Armtipp02'Have you discovered the ease and pleasure of growing Turtlehead? A little-kno...wn American native perennial, it thrives in damp soils along the edges of ponds and creeks, as well as consistently moist spots in woodlands and meadows. Surely you have just the place for it in your garden or container?Tiny Tortuga (don't you love the name?!) is a dwarf Turtlehead, the offspring of a well-known variety called Hot Lips. Tiny Tortuga delights with rich, dark bronzy-burgundy leaves in spring, followed by dark pink blooms in mid and late summer, sometimes even extending into fall. In other words, from spring through summer there's something pretty to look at!And TIny Tortuga makes a big impression even in small spaces. The leaves (ranging from about 3 to 5 inches long) are nicely veined and pointed, their strong spring color lasting for many weeks before going green for the remainder of the season. The flowers are just 1 to 1˝ inches long and very bright. They may remind you of Snapdragons, with their 2-petaled structure. They call to mind a turtle's mouth -- hence the common name of this plant!Tiny Tortuga reaches just 14 to 16 inches high and not quite as wide, thriving in full sun in cool climates and partial shade in warmer ones. It appreciates deep, rich soil (its natural habitat is the nutrient-rich leaf mold of the forest floor or creek bank), but other than that needs no special care other than consistent moisture. Butterflies flock to Tiny Tortuga, while deer avoid nibbling on it. Remarkably pest-free, it has all the vigor and resilience you'd expect of a native plant. It spreads slowly over time, never invasively but willing to colonize into good-sized groups. Of course, it also fares quite happily in a container.This season, distinguish your garden from all others in the neighborhood by adding a hardy, long-lived, easy-to-grow native perennial that just happens to be a great conversation point as well! Tiny Tortuga awaits you! Zones 3-8. read more

Why can't all wildflowers be as beautiful as bright, hardy Butterfly Flower? Big orange flowerheads burst into bloom in mid- to l...ate summer, attracting every butterfly in the neighborhood to your garden and stealing the show with color so rich it almost glows! This lovely perennial is especially attractive to Monarch butterflies, acting as a nectar source and a host plant, providing a place for the butterflies to lay their eggs. The foliage is lovely, too, extending this Asclepias' beauty beyond bloomtime. Easy to grow, it asks only for sun and plenty of it; it laughs at heat and drought, survives winter unscathed, and is long-lived. It reaches 2 feet tall and about 3 feet wide, with a lush, rangy form that complements other plantings nicely. And the blooms are super for cutting! Zones 3-9. read more

Plant Patent Applied ForFor weeks and weeks every spring, this spreading, densely mounded plant covers itself in brilliant blue bl...ooms, each starred with a white center. The flowers are intensely colorful, standing out perfectly against bright green foliage with silvery highlights. Bred by the renowned Dr. Jim Ault at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, this hybrid of V. armena and V. pectinata 'Rosea' is better branched and quicker growing than either of its parents. You won't believe how quickly it takes off and makes itself at home in your sunny garden!Quite tolerant of adversity from rain and cold to heat, humidity, and drought, Tidal Pool is truly carefree on the garden floor, asking only for sunshine and good soil drainage. It reaches just 3 inches high, but quickly spreads 2˝ feet wide. A must-have! Zones 4-8. read more

With foliage no more than 3 feet tall and plumes to only 5 or 6 feet, this rare, dwarf form of the classic Pampas Grass is suitabl...e for many situations, even small gardens. Flowering the first year after planting, its late summer plumes add distinction when used in the border or as an architectural accent, and make showy dried arrangements. Completely hardy to Long Island, 'Pumila' withstands heat and drought once established. Zones 6 (with protection) -10. read more

Plant Patent 18,234Ah, 'Ruby Tuesday' -- who can hang a name on her? Actually, gardeners can: she is the most floriferous Helenium... yet, with blooms of richest burgundy surrounding a high, rounded cone that changes from sulphur-yellow to deep mahogany as it matures! A reblooming wonder with ultra-sturdy stems for longer staying power after cutting, 'Ruby Tuesday' is a must-have for the sunny late-season garden.Bred by Petrus Damen of Holland (whom we have to thank for Helenium 'Double Trouble,' too!), 'Ruby Tuesday' is compact and upright, with a slightly spreading, very well-branched habit and good vigor. Just 20 to 30 inches high and about 12 to 15 inches wide, it occupies little garden space, but absolutely covers itself with 2-inch flowers over a long midsummer-through-early-fall season. The faster you cut or deadhead the blooms, the quicker new buds spring up. And because the plant is sterile, it concentrates all its energy on producing new flowers instead of setting seed.'Ruby Tuesday' is ideal for cutting because its blooms last a long, long time in the vase (2 weeks is typical). It was bred for stronger stems, and the power really shows! In the garden, the flowers last about 3 weeks, so you have a fully blooming plant for a period of several months just when the garden needs it most -- that late summer and early fall doldrum period when most other perennials are "in between"!Hummingbirds adore 'Ruby Tuesday,' and no matter how many flowers you cut, there should be plenty left on the plant for them to enjoy. After all, a mature 'Ruby Tuesday' will set about 180 blooms a season! Now THAT'S flower power! Zones 4-8. read more

(Synonym: Large Victoria.) We are delighted to make this popular and delicious variety available at last! Victoria is among the m...ost widely-grown of all Rhubarb varieties, and the reasons are simple: it can be harvested after just one year, and it is without a doubt the sweetest and juiciest of all!This plant reaches 2 to 3 feet high and 3 feet wide, with 24-inch stalks. These round, smoothly ribbed stalks range from pure green to speckled pink near the base, green at the top, with the occasional bright red stalk for variety. Contrary to popular myth, the redness of the stalk has nothing to do with the sweetness of the fruit -- Victoria is the unquestioned sweetest variety, yet has greener stalks than many others.Victoria can be harvested the first year after planting. Space the plants about 3 feet apart in the garden, and if you're growing it in the South, be sure to give it a bit of shade and plenty of moisture. You will find Victoria very robust and long-lived, the tried-and-true favorite among gardeners and rhubarb lovers! Zones 3-9. Pack of 3. read more

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