Top 10 Perennials for 2018
1) Allium “Millenium”
A butterfly beacon! Long blooming with beautiful lavender starflowers that form a perfect ball at the tip of the stem, that sway in the breeze. Deer resistant, full sun, 12-18” tall and wide
2018 Perennial of the year
2) Dianthus “ Heart Attack” and “First Love”
Sweet William type dianthus with small flowers that form a cluster or mini bouquet at the tip of the stem. Blooms late spring to early summer in full sun and well drained soil. 12-18” tall and 9” wide
3) Amsonia “Storm Cloud”
A spring to early summer bloomer with clusters of small periwinkle blue star shaped flowers on dark stems. Stems emerge blue black and have deep green leaves with a silver streak. A striking plant in the garden that could be mistaken for a shrub. 24-30” tall and 38-42” wide, full sun, grows in poor to fertile soil, and deer resistant
4) Heliopsis “Tuscan Gold” or“Sunburst”
Also known as false sunflower. A long blooming perennial with bright yellow daisy like flowers that appear to cover the plant. 24-32” tall and 20-24” wide, full to part sun, average soil and disease resistant. Great as a cut flower.
5) Lavendula “Munsted”or “Phenomenal”
Sweetly fragrant mounds of silver foliage with purple blue flower spikes.
This ornamental and edible Lavender is cold hardy, disease resistant, deer resistant and tolerates heat and humidity. Plant in full sun. Grows 24-36”
6) Leucanthemum “Becky”, “Sante” or “ Crème Puff”
Who doesn’t love daisies!! What a happy flower with bright yellow center and creamy white petals surrounding it. 3-4” flowers cover the 14-30” stems and grows 24-28” wide. Full sun, well drained soils, blooms early to late summer and is a great cut flower.
7) Baptisia “American Goldfinch” or “Cherries Jubilee”
A large plant that is shrub like reaching 3 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide. This plant will make a dramatic statement in spring covered in flower spikes for many weeks. Baptisia comes in many different colors: blue, red, purple, yellow and pink. Attractive seed pods in the autumn and low maintenance full sun plant that is also deer resistant.
8) Tiarella “Sugar & Spice or “Jade Peacock”
Wonderful compact, mounded plants that produce fragrant beautiful bottle brush flower spikes of soft pink & white flowers in spring. These excellent border plants look great mixed in with small Hostas, Heuchera and Pulmonaria. Very interesting foliage that is maple leaf shaped and changes color in the autumn. Grows 6-12” tall and wide in full to part shade and is deer resistant.
9) Anemone “Pink Saucer” or “Robustissima”
Beautiful with or pink flowers sway a top sturdy stems in mid-summer to early fall. The foliage stays more compact with the flower stems reaching 2-3’ tall and 24” wide. Attracts butterflies, deer resistant, good cut flower and tolerates moist soils. Grows in full to part sun.
10) Aster “Purple Dome” or “Alert”
Beautiful blue, purple, pink or white flowers in late summer when everything else is fading. Provides late season food source for butterflies. Grows in full sun, 18” high and wide. Good cut flower
Top 10 Perennials for 2018