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Sun Perennials A - I

Plant Name
Size
Container
Price
Top 10!Kalimeris ‘Blue Star’
12-18”
#1
$8.95
Kalimeris ‘Blue Star’A great compact plant that has pale blue daisy flowers…blooms all summer long! The foliage is very attractive also as it is deep green and shiny. A Contrary Top 10 Honorable Mention!
Lavandula ‘Munstead’
16-18”
#1
$8.95
Lavandula 'Munstead'This English Lavender has narrow, VERY fragrant grey foliage and bright lavender flowers. Lavender needs a well-drained soil in order to survive our winters, so take care where you site it. Well worth trying, though….I can never resist the smell of lavender!
Leucanthemum ‘Banana Cream’ 15-18” #1 $9.95
Leucanthemum Banana Cream (photo courtesy Walters Gardens)This superb Shasta Daisy has 4” lemon yellow flowers that lighten as they age; LOTS of blooms on compact foliage that looks great all season! Blooms all summer!
Liatris ligulistylis
36”
#1
$8.95
Liatris ligulistylis; photo courtesy Prairie NurseryA NATIVE of the Great Plains with large purple florets on long spikes. Blooms July thru September, is a butterfly magnet, and is AWESOME! (Thanks Joe for suggesting it!)
Lilium ‘Anika’ 36” ht #1 $12.95
This stunning Oriental Lily has extremely fragrant VERY large double flowers that are pure white with lime green striping. Great as a cut flower as she has minimal pollen and is long lasting in a vase! Attracts hummers too! Be sure to give her good drainage, and don’t wait ‘cause she’s VERY limited!
Lychnis ‘Scarlet O’Hara’ 12” ht Jumbo $9.95
This lovely lass has very dark and mounded foliage and TONS of scarlet red blooms that attract hummers by the score! Great in containers also as she blooms most of the summer!
Manfreda ‘Bloodspot’
12”
Jumbo
$12.95
This is a tender perennial but I’m afraid it’s yet ANOTHER “gotta-have” as a container plant! It has succulent-type foliage that is thick, blue, and peppered with cranberry spots. The foliage is outlined with maroon edges and has small spines on its tips. VERY limited!
Monarda ‘Coral Reef’
2-3’
#1
$8.95
Monarda Coral Reef; photo courtesy Walters GardensA great introduction from the Morden Research Centre in Canada (the same who brought us the wonderful ‘Petite’ Monardas). Very clean, mildew resistant foliage and rich coral pink flowers make this hummingbird magnet a winner!
Monarda ‘Gardenview Scarlet’
2-3’ ht
#1
$8.95
Monarda 'Gardenview Scarlet'; photo courtesy Walters GardensHIGHLY recommended by both the Chicago Botanic Garden and all Hummingbirds, this one has rich red flowers from late June thru mid-August with flower coverage at 80-100%, and aromatic foliage that is highly mildew resistant!
Monarda ‘Grand Marshall’
24-30”
#1
$8.95
This one and the next Monarda came highly recommended by my friend and plant expert Jay, so ya know it’s gonna be on my “gotta have” list! This was introduced by the Morden Research Center in Canada (and they’re tough cookies, right!) and has fuchsia purple flowers that bloom prolifically mid summer; excellent mildew resistance too!
Monarda ‘Grand Parade’
13-16”
#1
$8.95
(see above) but this one has brilliant lavender purple flowers on a more compact, mounded plant; blooms at least thru July!
Nepeta ‘Candy Cat’
14” x 27” w
#1
$8.95
Nepeta 'Candy Cat'; photo courtesy Walters GardensThis one has an excellent rating from the Chicago Botanic Garden and blooms mid-June thru October with light rose-purple flowers over dark green, clumping foliage. EXCELLENT flower coverage too!
Nepeta ‘Kit Cat’
6-8”
#1
$8.95
Nepeta 'Kit Cat'; photo courtesy Walters GardensA NEW variety with a nice tight, compact habit. From early to late summer it is covered with dark blue-purple flowers over attractive grey-green foliage. It has a slowly creeping habit which makes it perfect for a groundcover too!
Nepeta ‘Little Titch’
10” x 30”w
#1
$8.95
Nepeta ‘Little Titch’Another excellent rating from the Chicago Botanic Garden, this one has aromatic gray-green foliage and lavender blue flowers from late April to August! Deadheading helps, but not needed!

Nepeta ‘Little Trudy

10” ht

Jumbo

$8.95

A nice new dwarf Catmint, she produces SCADS of  purple flower spikes over compact silvery foliage ALL SUMMER! Shunned by deer and rabbits, but adored by hummers and butterflies!

Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’
30-36”
#1
$8.95
Nepeta Walker's Low2007 Perennial Plant of the Year! Its name reflects its origin from Ireland, not its growth habit as it’s actually one of the tallest cultivated Catmints! It has fragrant, crinkled, silver grey foliage and spikes of blue-purple flowers that bloom continuously from May until frost! Bees and butterflies love it, deer and rabbits don’t (woo-hoo!); great as a combo with Thymes, ‘Caradonna’ Salvia, ‘Moonbeam’ Coreopsis, and Grasses!
Origanum ‘Amethyst Falls’
8-12”, sprawling
#1
$8.95
Origanum Amethyst FallsThis outstanding ornamental Oregano produces amethyst colored flowers from hops-like cones and has glaucous, sprawly HIGHLY aromatic foliage! Doesn’t like wet feet!
Origanum ‘Kent Beauty’
12”
#1
$8.95
Origanum ‘Kent Beauty’Also called Kent’s dittany, this has semi-prostrate branching stems that are covered with hop-like pods and lavender flowers in late summer and fall. It is incredible cascading over rocks or alongside ponds—needs good drainage and protected site as it’s marginally hardy here, but I think it’s a must have!
Pardancanda ‘Sunset Tones’
12-18”
Jumbo
$8.95
Pardancanda ‘Sunset Tones’; photo courtesy Bluebird NurseryCandylillies are a new try for me, but they look so incredible I thought we’d give it a shot! Also known as Orchid Iris, these are a rich blend of pinks, yellows, and oranges on compact plants. Bloom from July to September and make nice cut flowers too! They also produce papery seed pods in the fall which burst open to reveal shiny black seeds; great for fall decorations! Let me know how you like them (I’ll sure be trying some in the display garden!)
Parthenium integrifolium (Wild Quinine)

3-4’
#1
$12.95
Perthenium integrifolium (Wild Quinine)This NATIVE Wild Quinine has deep green, crinkly foliage that looks great all season and clusters of pure white flowers that bloom 6+ weeks starting in June. Grows happily in sand, loam or clay in medium to moist soils and can take partial shade. I am VERY impressed with ours in the display bed - see photo at left!
Penstemon ‘Dark Towers’ 36-42” #1 $8.95
Penstemon Dark Towers (photo courtesy Walters Gardens)This is a great improvement over ‘Husker Red’ as it holds its incredible deep purple foliage throughout the season! Also has lavender pink flowers that are a MUST for hummingbirds! All Penstemons cannot tolerate wet feet in winter.
Penstemon ‘Rose Red’ 10-12” ht #1 $9.95
(Piña Colada Series) An unbelievably long bloomer (from early summer to early fall!), this one will make your hummingbirds swoon!
Perovskia ‘Peek-A-Blue’ 24-28” ht #1 $10.95
Ya know how everyone (including pollinators) adores Russian Sage, but you practically have to devote an entire bed to it as it gets so big? Well I’ve got the solution for you! This dainty doll is THE smallest Russian Sage so she’ll fit in anywhere! She has all the gorgeous attributes of her big sisters in a compact package!
Phlomis fruiticosa Foliage ht about 20”, flower height about 36-40” #1 $10.95
Phlomis fruiticosaThis marvelous Jerusalem Sage has bright green, fuzzy, heart shaped foliage and very distinctive soft yellow whorled flowers from late spring to early fall. Makes a nice unusual groundcover too!
Prunella ‘Freelander Blue’ 6-10” Jumbo $8.95
Prunella Freelander Blue (photo courtesy Growing Colors)This NEW variety produces MASSES of violet blue flowers on compact dark green foliage from late spring thru fall—a real bloomin’ machine! Is a great groundcover and attracts butterflies by the score!
Rudbeckia ‘Denver Daisy’ 18-24” #1 $8.95
Rudbeckia Denver Daisy (photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery)Another dramatic Black-eyed Susan with huge dark eyed long rayed yellow flowers; may be short-lived but will re-seed! Try her with some dark Hemerocallis and blue Salvia for a drop-dead combo!
Rudbeckia fulgida var fulgida
24-30”
#1
$7.95
Rudbeckia fulgidaThis Black-Eyed Susan is an improvement over the well known ‘Goldstrum’! Much longer blooming time (mid-July into October) and better disease resistant foliage!
Rudbeckia fulgida ‘City Gardens’ 12”ht #1 $10.95
You know how annoying it is when your Black-Eyed Susan’s flop all over in the garden? Well, THIS one was bred to be less than half the size! MASSES of golden yellow flowers from summer to early fall make this baby a “gotta-have!”
Rudbeckia hirta ‘Cherry Brandy’ 24” #1 $8.95
Rudbeckia Cherry Brandy (photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery)A Fleuroselect winner that has large single cherry red blooms for most of the summer to fall. May be short-lived but will reseed (just don’t pull the babies up in spring or deadhead too fastidiously!) A very dramatic unusual color; of COURSE the butterflies adore it too!
Rudbeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’
36”
#1
$7.95
Rudbeckia 'Indian Summer'; photo courtesy Bluebird NurseryThis one has HUGE semi-double and single golden yellow flowers and a great branching habit that doesn’t require staking. A short lived perennial, but reseeds itself and being bright and cheerful at all times, it makes you smile and always inspires ooh’s and aah’s from people and butterflies alike!!!
Rudbeckia Laciniata
5-7’
#1
$8.95
Rudbeckia laciniataAnother native, this Green-headed Coneflower is a stately, striking plant and has bright yellow flowers with green cones in August and September. Although it likes moist sites best, it is adaptable to most sites. It is also a great butterfly attractor and makes a great cut flower.
Ruella Hummulis
2-3’
#1
$8.95
Ruella Hummulis; photo courtesy Bluebird NurseryThis “Wild Petunia” is a drought-tolerant prairie native and blooms all summer with small purple or pink flowers. It is also adored by hummingbirds!
Salvia ‘Marcus’
10”
#1
$8.95
Salvia 'Marcus'; photo courtesy Walters GardensWe had this one a few years ago, and it’s a great performer! A true dwarf, he is covered with dark purple flowers, and will bloom all summer if dead-headed! Beloved by butterflies and hummers, and scorned by rabbits and deer!
Salvia ‘May Night’
20”
#1
$8.95
Salvia May NightA past perennial plant of the year, it blooms almost all summer with deep purple flowers.
Salvia ‘Snow Hill’ 20” #1 $8.95
Salvia Blue Hill (photo courtesy Walters Gardens)I brought this one back because it is such a great bloomer, and white flowers really make other colors pop! Has masses of pure white flowers all summer (if deadheaded) and attractive grey-green foliage.
Salvia Numerosa ‘Caradonna’
24-30”
#1
$8.95
Salvia CaradonnaThis striking plant is my FAVORITE Salvia! It has violet-purple flowers with PURPLE stems and is a very upright, distinctive grower. It has a very long bloom time, starting early summer.
Salvia officinalis ‘Sage of Bath’
18”
#1
$8.95
Salvia 'Sage of Bath'; photo courtesy Bluebird NurseryThis Garden Sage has slender silvery foliage that are fruit scented making it ornamental as well as culinary! Remember, we don’t use pesticides so ours is very safe to use!
Sambucus ‘Madonna’
3-5’ ht
#1
$12.95
Sambucus MadonnaAnother “woodie”, this one we’ve grown off and on for several years…have a beauty in our display bed planted with Carex and Hostas that add the PERFECT texture! She has golden variegated foliage that shines especially in an area with morning sun or bright shade! Cut back severely in the spring to eliminate any leggyness.
Sambucus ‘Sutherland Gold’
Up to 6’ ht
#1
$12.95
This one has finely dissected, bright golden leaves…cut back severely in spring!
Sedum ‘Autumn Charm’
16”
#1
$8.95
Sedum 'Autumn Charm'; photo courtesy Walters GardensThis new sport of ‘Autumn Joy’ is stable and has green foliage with buttery yellow serrated edges; light pink flowers late summer to fall. Same reliable, low care plant as its parent but with eye-catching variegation! Rabbit resistant; butterflies love it!
Sedum ‘Autumn Delight’
20”
#1
$8.95
Sedum 'Autumn Delight'; photo courtesy Walters GardensAnother sport of “Autumn Joy’, this one has bright chartreuse foliage with blue-green serrated edges; COVERED with light pink flowers starting mid-summer!
Sedum ‘Blue Spruce’
6”
jumbo
$6.95
Another groundcover, this one has blue foliage that almost looks like miniature evergreens! Yellow flowers.
Sedum ‘Himalayan Skies’
2”
4 ½” pot
$6.95
Sedum 'Himalayan Skies'; photo courtesy Bluebird NurseryThis little doll was originally collected on a mountainside in Yunnan (o.k., geography quiz for all you smarties…where is Yunnan located??du du du du  du du du…times up! It’s a province in southwest China!!) with tiny blue-green foliage and light pink flowers in summer. Perfect cushion forming perennial! (No wet feet and sun please!)
Sedum acre (AKA sexangulare)
3”
jumbo
$6.95
This little groundcover forms an attractive mat of tiny green foliage that turns reddish in the fall; has yellow flowers.
Sedum Alboroseum ‘Mediovariegatum’
18”
#1
$7.95
This plant has striking green and cream succulent-type foliage and pale pink flowers—a must for a foliage accent in the sunny, well-drained garden!
Sedum ‘Cherry Tart’ 4-6” ht Jumbo $8.95
A cool new groundcover Sedum with cherry red tinted foliage and large poufs of pink flowers!
Sedum ‘Coral Reef’ 3” ht Jumbo $8.95
Sedum Coral ReefThis is my new FAVORITE Sedum! Very unique flat and rounded foliage is red shaded in the early season, then turning a vivid orange/bronze in late summer. Superb texture! Yellow flowers in summer, deer and rabbit resistant!
Sedum ‘Lime Zinger’ 4-5” ht Jumbo $8.95
Sedum Lime ZingerMy second favorite sedum, this one has apple green succulent foliage with tips edged in cherry red…..bazinga! Forms a tight carpet, so great groundcover; soft pink flowers in fall.
Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’
6”
Jumbo
$7.95
Sedum Angelina; photo courtesy Proven WinnersThis great groundcover Sedum has brilliant, golden, conifer-shaped leaves that turn orange in the fall.
Sedum Sieboldii ‘Mediovariegatum’
6-8”
#1
$7.95
Sedum Sieboldii ModiovariegataThis charmer has creamy white splotches on its leaves blushed with red and pink flowers in the fall. To prevent reversion, remove any non-variegated shoots.
Sedum Sieboldii ‘October Daphne’
6”
Jumbo
$7.95
Sedum October DaphneAn unusual plant with bluish rounded leaves (they look like Eucalyptus!) that turn pink when the weather turns cold in the fall. It also has pink flowers late summer.
Sedum Spurium ‘Elizabeth’
3”
Jumbo
$6.95
Sedum 'Elizabeth'; photo courtesy Bluebird NurseryYet another great groundcover Sedum, she has dark red leaves all season and red flowers. Come see a great specimen by our display pond at the Farm!
Sempervivium ‘Cobweb’
3-4”
Jumbo
$7.95
Sempervivum 'Cobweb'; photo courtesy Walters GardensThis teensy Hen-and-Chicks has cob-web like “hairs” that criss-cross between the leaf tips. Adorable! Do not overwater or fertilize…good drainage a must!
Sempervivium ‘Pacific Blue Ice’ 3” ht Jumbo $7.95
A cool and frosty Hen and Chicks with blue foliage that is rounded with pointy tips; some red flushing occurs in cool weather! Deer and rabbit resistant and perfect in fairy gardens, troughs, and rock gardens!
Sempervivium ‘Rocknoll Rosette’ 3” ht Jumbo $7.95
This Hen and Chicks has pretty large rosettes of deep wine red with flushes of green at the base. Great groundcover!
Silene ‘Clifford Moor’ 12” #1 $8.95
Silene Clifford Moor (photo courtesy Bluebird Nursery)I brought back this one as he’s such a great foliage plant! Has dark green leaves edged irregularly in chartreuse that form a clumping mound; flowers May thru July with masses of single pink lipped flowers on 18” tall spikes. Adored by hummingbirds too!
Solidago ‘Laurin’
12”
#1
$8.95
Solidago LaurinA great DWARF Goldenrod that is literally COVERED with golden yellow flowers in late summer/fall. Low maintenance and not picky.
Solidago ‘Little Lemon’
8-10”
#1
$8.95
Solidago Little LemonThe most compact Goldenrod on the market today, it has a plethora of yellow flowers in mid to late summer. Cut it back and it will have a second flush!
Solidago ohioensis
3’ ht
#1
$8.95
Solidago ohioensis; photo courtesy Prairie NurseryThis NATIVE Goldenrod has great lush foliage and EXPLODES in bloom late summer thru fall with tons of very showy yellow flowers that butterflies and birds adore! A “clay buster” that does equally well in great garden soil or heavy gunk…deer resistant too!
Top 10!Stachys minima
3-6”
jumbo
$7.95
Atachys minimaOnce you see this beauty bloom, it will be a “gotta-have” for SURE! It has MASSES of 4-6” spikes of pinkish purple spikes above mounding glossy dark green foliage. It blooms June and July, and attracts hummers and butterflies by the score! A Contrary Mary Top 10 Honorable Mention!
Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’
12” foliage ht, 24” flower ht
#1
$8.95
Stachys 'Hummelo'; photo courtesy Walters GardensThe Chicago Botanic Garden gave this Betony the highest rating, with excellent performance and 80-100% flower coverage! Rose-lavender flowers bloom from mid-June into August on this plant that’s deer and rabbit resistant!
Stokesia ‘Klaus Jelitto’
18”
#1
$8.95
Stokesia Klaus JelittoLarge, 4-5” pale blue flowers in midsummer attract butterflies. A Contrary Mary Top 10 Honorable Mention!
Stokesia ‘Peachie’s Pick’
18”
#1
$8.95
Stokesia 'Peachie's Pick'A great Stokesia that was named for the woman who discovered it, not (unfortunately) for the color of its flowers! It blooms MUCH longer and a bit later than other Stokesias with lavender-blue flowers.
Stokesia ‘Purple Parasol’
18”
#1
$8.95
Stokesia 'Purple Parasol'; photo courtesy Walters GardensKeep forgetting to put this one in and I don’t know why ‘cause we have an AWESOME one in the display bed people ALWAYS rave about! This one blooms mid-summer to fall with huge pincushiony flowers that start light blue and transition to deeper blue and end up a deep violet. Nice strap-like foliage too! Butterflies adore it and deer and rabbits don’t!
Teucrium canadense
6”
Jumbo
$7.95
Teucrium canadense; photo courtesy Bluebird NurseryThis creeping evergreen Germander has thick, shiny dark green foliage and rose flowers. Neat, practically no maintenance groundcover!
Teucrium Chamaedrys (Germander)

12”
#1
#2
$9.95
$13.95
Sempervivum 'Cobweb'; photo courtesy Walters GardensA dwarf, shrubby plant with glossy green foliage that resembles a boxwood—great groundcover.
Teucrium ‘Purple Tails’ 18-24” #1 $8.95
Teucrium Purple Tails (photo courtesy Walters Gardens)This Germander is heat and drought tolerant and produces reddish purple flower spikes with purple stems atop fragrant bushy dark green foliage. Looks like a Veronica when it’s in flower and like a boxwood when it’s not! Blooms early to mid summer, attracts hummers and butterflies, and is deer resistant!
Thymus ‘Aureus’
8”
Jumbo Sq
$6.95
Thymus AureusA Lemon thyme with green leaves that are dappled in gold….great even in winter!
Thymus ‘Doone Valley’
3”
4” pot
$4.95
Thymus 'Doone Valley'This Thyme has green and gold variegated foliage that turns red in winter. Pink flowers too!
Thymus ‘Elfin’
2”
Jumbo Sq
$6.95
Thymus ElfinThis is my absolute FAVORITE Thyme! It is a miniature form with very glossy rounded tiny leaves and magenta pink flowers in summer. Perfect for rock or miniature gardens, or for between stepping stones.
Thymus ‘Mother of Thyme’ (serpyllum)

4”
Jumbo Sq
$6.95
Thymus 'Mother of Thyme'; photo courtesy Bluebird NurseryCreeping groundcover that has sweetly scented foliage and pink flowers.
Thymus ‘Nutmeg’
2”
Jumbo Sq
$6.95
My SECOND favorite Thyme, this one is fast growing and has a strong spicy nutmeg aroma and small purple flowers in spring.
Thymus ‘Pink Chintz’
2-3”
Jumbo
$6.95
Thymus 'Pink Chintz'; photo courtesy Bluebird NurseryThis creeping thyme has fuzzy dark green foliage and salmon pink flowers.
Thymus pseudolanuginosus
2-3”
Jumbo Sq
$6.95
Thymus pseudolanuginosus (Wooly Thyme)Also called “Wooly Thyme” (and much easier to spell!), it is another Contrary fave with cushions of wooly grey foliage and purple flowers. It must have good drainage to survive…makes a great groundcover for dryish locations.
Verbena hastate 3-4’ ht #1 $8.95
This NATIVE Blue Vervain is a biennial and has deep blue almost iridescent candelabras of flowers! Likes moisture and can be planted in clay soils; butterflies love it and it repels vampires!
Veronica ‘Sweet Lullaby’ 6”ht Jumbo $8.95
A little cutie with clear soft pink flowers most of the summer. Great front of the border plant that hummers and butterflies love and deer don’t!
Veronica fasciculata
4-6’ ht
#1
#2
$8.95
$12.95
Veronica fasciculata; photo courtesy Bluebird NurseryThis NATIVE Ironweed has bright reddish pink flowers July to September that are butterfly MAGENTS! Great in moist soil and likes clay!
Veronicastrum Virginicum
4-5’
#1
$8.95
Veronicastrum virginicum; photo courtesy Prairie NurseryThis native plant also called Culver’s Root has big, dramatic spikes of Veronica-like flowers from July thru August…makes a very bold statement and attracts butterflies by the score! Give it room and average to moist soil
Veronicastrum Virginicum ‘Alba’
4-5’
#1
#2
$8.95
$12.95
Same as above but with clear WHITE flowers that glow!!
Top 10! Zauschneria ‘Orange Carpet’
3-4”
#1
$10.95
Zauscheria Orange Carpet; photo courtesy Bluebird NurseryBelieve it or not, this is a hardy Fuchsia! A real Hummingbird magnet, it has terminal clusters of orange-scarlet flowers most of the summer. A Contrary Mary Top 10!
Zizia aptera
12-18”
#1
$8.95
Zizia apteraZizia aptera; photo courtesy Bluebird NurseryThis NATIVE has great foliage and yellow umbel-shaped flowers in May to July. Looks great all season…see ours in the display bed!

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