Our top ten perennial list for 2017 is made up of perennials that do a great job of feeding our bees and butterflies. It is very important to provide our pollinators with a source of food to keep them busy pollinating plants and crops throughout the growing season. If you have any questions about these plants, good companion plants, or additional suggestions, we are here to help. Come on in to chat with us!
- Asclepias tuberosa – The 2017 Plant of the Year! Ascleapis tuberosa blooms June to August with orange flowers that attract butterflies. Grows in full sun to 30″ tall.
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- Monada ‘Fireball’ – A full sun to part shade red flowering plant that grows to 24″ high in early summer to early fall.
- Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ – Sedums are great for adding color to dry areas of the garden. Autumn Joy gets large clusters of pink flower heads, growing to 24″ high.
- Coreopsis ‘Sunray’ – Is smothered in stunning yellow flowers from early summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its ferny leaves remain emerald green in color throughout the season. Grows in full sun to 24″.|
- Gallardia Arizona Apricot & Red Shades – Apricot has sunny lemon-yellow daisy-like flowers with an orange ring and golden center, growing to about 10″. Red Shades is a dwarf hybrid, growing to 8″. Red Shades has beautiful brick red flowers with dark red eyes and gold tips.
- Penstemon ‘Praire Dusk’ – Prairie Dusk has masses of beautiful spikes of lilac purple tubular flowers rising above the foliage from early to mid summer, grows to 12″ in full to part sun.
- Veronica ‘Royal Candles’ – Is an excellent choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a ‘filler’ in the ‘spiller-thriller-filler’ container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. ‘Royal Candles’ grows in sun to partial shade reaching a height of 12″.
- Delphinium ‘Blue Butterfly’ – Masses of beautiful panicles of navy blue trumpet-shaped flowers with white throats and blue spurs at the ends of the stems from late spring to late summer, prefers full sun.
- Digitalis ‘Dalmation Peach’ – Lovely peach tubular flowers with pale orange interiors and darker orange spots; tall spikes rise above attractive green lance-shaped leaves; a biennial that’s happiest in part shade with adequate moisture. This foxglove reaches 3′ tall.
- Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’ – Beautiful spikes of lightly-scented royal blue flowers with lavender overtones rising above the foliage from late spring to early fall. Grows to 12″ in full to part sun and is best planted in groupings.