Full Sun

These plants need at least 4-hours of sun, but can tolerate all-day sun!

Agastache 'Blue Fortune' flower

Agastache, Blue Fortune

Height - 36"
Width - 18-24"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Lavender

Leaves smell like black licorice, hence the common name, Anise Hyssop. Deer and Rabbit Resistant. Pollinators love this one.

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Agastache little adder flower

Agastache, Little Adder

Height - 15-18"
Width - 18-22"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Violet-lavender

A dwarf variety with darker lavender flowers. Leaves smell like black licorice, hence the common name, Anise Hyssop. Deer and Rabbit Resistant. Pollinators love this one.

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Allium 'Medusa' flower

Allium, Medusa

Height - 20-24"
Width - 24"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Purple

Twisty leaves appear to be like Medusa's hair. Leaves are a blue gray color. Pollinator magnet. Rabbit and Deer Resistant.

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Allium, Millenium

Height - 15-20"
Width - 15"
Bloom Time - July-August
Bloom Color - Pink-purple

Long bloomer with attractive seed heads all winter. Rabbit and Deer Resistant. Pollinator Magnet.

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Allium, Peek-a-boo

Height - 10-14"
Width - 12-18"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Lavender-pink

Compact variety. Dark green foliage smells like onion, so deer & rabbit resistant. Pollinator magnet.

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Artemisia, Silver Mound

Height - 8-10"
Width - 10-12"
Bloom Time - Insignificant
Bloom Color - Insignificant

Soft silver foliage prefers dry sites, excellent choice for a rock garden.

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Aster, Woods Light Blue

Height - 12"
Width - 15"
Bloom Time - Late summer
Bloom Color - Lavender

Mounding habit. Good perennial for late fall instead of Mums. Rabbits prefer this perennial.

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Aster Woods-Pink flower

Aster, Woods Pink

Height - 12"
Width - 15"
Bloom Time - Late summer
Bloom Color - Pink

Mounding habit. Good perennial for late fall instead of Mums. Rabbits prefer this perennial.

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Aster-Woods-Purple flower

Aster, Woods Purple

Height - 12"
Width - 15"
Bloom Time - Late summer
Bloom Color - Purple

Mounding habit. Good perennial for late fall instead of Mums. Rabbits prefer this perennial.

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Bachelor's Buttons flowers

Bachelor's Buttons

Height - 24"
Width - 24"
Bloom Time - June
Bloom Color - Blue

Spidery like flower adds interesting texture. Pollinators love this flower. Gray blue foliage can be fed on by rabbits early in the season. Cut the entire plant back after flowering if it becomes leggy.

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Summer Sparkles Baby's Breath flower

Baby's Breath Summer Sparkles

Height - 23-27"
Width - 30-40"
Bloom Time - Late spring-summer
Bloom Color - White

Compact Dense Habit, still a good cut flower filler. Long bloomer that does not go summer dormant.

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Basket of Gold flower

Basket of Gold

Height - 10"
Width - 15"
Bloom Time - Early spring
Bloom Color - Golden yellow

Gray mat of foliage that can act like a groundcover. Perennial will reseed, but not invasive. Do not cut this plant back in the spring, because you will cut off the bloom points. Best to leave it till it leafs out and just cut off the ugly. It will outgrow the old foliage and look and bloom best with less clean up. Prefers dry and well drained sites. Works in the front of the border or in rock gardens.

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Bee Balm GrandParade flower

Bee Balm, Grand Parade

Height - 12-18"
Width - 16-20"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Bright fuschia

Excellent powdery mildew resistance when planted with first of day sun and good air flow around it. Do not water the leaves when watering. Compact, mounded habit. Smelly foliage makes it rabbit and deer resisitant. Hummingbirds and pollinators are attracted to this plant.

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Bee Balm, Grape Gumball

Height - 20-24"
Width - 16-24"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Magenta

Robust plants produce maximum blooms. For best success, plant where it gets first of day sun and plenty of air flow. Do not water the leaves when watering. Smelly foliage makes it rabbit and deer resistant. Hummingbirds and pollinators are attracted to this plant.

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Bee Balm Jacob-Cline flower

Bee Balm, Jacob Cline

Height - 2-3'
Width - 24-30"
Bloom Time - Mid summer-fall
Bloom Color - Red

Has good powdery mildew resistance when planted with first of day sun and good air flow around it. Do not water the leaves when watering. Sometimes dies out in the middle after it has spread. Hummingbirds and pollinators are attracted to this plant. Deer and rabbit resistant.

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Candytuft, Alexander's White

Height - 8-10"
Width - 14"
Bloom Time - Spring
Bloom Color - White

Semi evergreen foliage requires very little maintenance. Will go brown in winters with little to no snow cover. Cut off brown in the spring and it will fill back in. Great groundcover for early spring white show.

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Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta flower

Calamintha nepeta, ssp Nepeta

Height - 12-16"
Width - 12-24"
Bloom Time - Summer-fall
Bloom Color - White

Polinator magnet from late summer till frost. Stinky foliage makes this one rabbit and deer resistant. Prefers well drained to dry sites. Very little maintenance required after cut back in the spring. No deadheading required for rebloom.

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Calamintha_Montrose_White flower

Calamintha, Montrose White

Height - 12-18"
Width - 12-18"
Bloom Time - Summer-fall
Bloom Color - White

Polinator magnet from late summer till frost. Stinky foliage makes this one rabbit and deer resistant. Prefers well drained to dry sites. Neat and tidy mound of dark green foliage is pretty even before bloom. Very little maintenance required after cut back in the spring. No deadheading required for rebloom.

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Catmint-Blue-Prelude flower

Catmint, Blue Prelude

Height - 26-34"
Width - 30-36"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Bright blue

Largest Catmint flowers of any variety are showy on upright plants with larger medium green leaves. Deer and rabbit resistant. Pollinator magnet.

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Catmint, Cat's Meow

Height - 17-20"
Width - 24-36"
Bloom Time - Early summer-fall
Bloom Color - Sky blue

Naturally keeps its tidy mound all season. Deer and rabbit resistant. Best in dry well drained soils. Can deadhead if wanting rebloom sooner. Pollinators will find this one!

A Proven Winners® selection.

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Catmint, Cat's Pajamas

Height - 12-14"
Width - 18-20"
Bloom Time - Early summer-fall
Bloom Color - Indigo blue

Half the size of Cat's Meow and blooms 2 weeks earlier. Very little maintenance required on this long blooming perennial. Rabbit and deer resistant. Pollinators will find this one!

A Proven Winners® selection.

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Catmint Purrsian Blue flower

Catmint, Purrsian Blue

Height - 14-18"
Width - 18-30"
Bloom Time - Early summer-fall
Bloom Color - Periwinkle blue

A compact variety that can get wide. Very little mainenance required on this long blooming perennial. Rabbit and deer resistant. Pollinators will find this one!

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Catmint Walkers-Low flower

Catmint, Walker's Low

Height - 24"
Width - 36"
Bloom Time - Summer-fall
Bloom Color - Lavender

Can be cut back all the way to tidy up mid season. Long blooming perennial. Rabbit and deer resistant. Pollinators will find this one!

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Coneflower 'Cheyenne Spirit' flower

Coneflower, Cheyenne Spirit

Height - 22-30"
Width - 18-28"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Red, orange, yellow

Seed strain- you will get a wide range of colors on bushy plants of varrying heights. Rabbits do like coneflowers, protect when young and trying to establish. Leave seedheads for winter interest.

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Coneflower SUMMERSONG™ Firefinch™ flower

Coneflower, Summersong Firefinch

Height - 12-16"
Width - 16-18"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Redish orange, pinkish red

Seed strain will provide a range of colors from pinkish red to reddish orange. Shorter stature coneflower with 3" flowers. Leave seedheads for winter interest.

A Proven Winners® selection.

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Coneflower Pixie_Meadowbrite flower

Coneflower, Pixie Meadowbrite

Height - 18-20"
Width - 18-20"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Bright pink

Nativar- a cross between multiple hybrids gives us a dwarf variety with strong stems. Leave seedheads for winter interest.

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Coneflower, Pow Wow White

Coneflower, Pow Wow White

Height - 18-24"
Width - 12-16"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - White

Golden yellow cones contrast nicely with white flowers. Produces flowers for many weeks on stiff, well branched stems.

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Coneflower, Pow Wow Wildberry flower

Coneflower, Pow Wow Wild Berry

Height - 18-24"
Width - 12-16"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Deep purple, pink

Flowers hold their color well as they mature. 3" flowers are held on stiff, well branched stems on a shorter, stocky plant.

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Coreopsis 'Zagreb' flower

Coreopsis, Zagreb

Height - 15"
Width - 12-15"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Golden yellow

Compact plant of ferny foliage adds great texture to the landscape. Blooms for a long time even when it gets hot in summer.

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Daylily Bela-Lugosi flower

Daylily, Bela Lugosi

Height - 33"
Width - 18-23"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Dark deep purple

6" bloom with good bud count. Lime green throat contrasts nicely with the deep purple petals. One of the best purple blooms to hold its color in the full sun. Each flower only lasts a day! Cut flower stems back into the foliage clump when done blooming.

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Daylily, Chicago Apache

Height - 30"
Width - 24-36"
Bloom Time - July
Bloom Color - Scarlet red

4 1/2" flowers with a high bud count per stem. Plant multiplies quickly and gives an amazing flower show with flowers that don't fade in the summer sun. Picotee edge adds texture to the flower petals. Each flower only lasts a day! Cut flower stems back into the foliage clump when done blooming.

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Daylily, Buttered Popcorn

Height - 32"
Width - 32"
Bloom Time - July
Bloom Color - Butter yellow

Fragrant flowers have a high bud count. Each flower only lasts a day! Cut flower stems back into the foliage clump when done blooming to encourage new flower stalks.

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Daylily-Happy-Returns flower

Daylily, Happy Returns

Height - 18"
Width - 18"
Bloom Time - June
Bloom Color - Lemon yellow

Blooms earlier than the large flowering types. Foliage is skinny with an overall smaller plant. Each flower only lasts a day! Cut flower stems back into the foliage clump when done blooming to encourage rebloom.

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Daylily-South-Seas flower

Dayliy, South Seas

Height - 30"
Width - 30-35"
Bloom Time - July
Bloom Color - Coral tangerine

High bud count of 6" flowers with a ruffle edge to the petals. Fragrant. Each flower only lasts a day! Cut flower stems back into the foliage clump when done blooming to encourage rebloom

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Daylily-Stella-DOro flower

Daylily, Stella D Oro

Height - 15"
Width - 18"
Bloom Time - June
Bloom Color - Golden yellow

Blooms earlier than the large flowering types. Foliage is skinny with an overall smaller plant. Each flower only lasts a day! Cut flower stems back into the foliage clump when done blooming to encourage rebloom.

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Daylily, Sun Dried Tomato flower

Daylily, Sun Dried Tomatoes

Height - 32-36"
Width - 30-36"
Bloom Time - July
Bloom Color - Red w/golden throat

Ruffled petals with golden yellow throat make this a great choice for a Cyclone garden! High bud count on sturdy stems. Each flower only lasts a day! Cut flower stems back into the foliage clump when done blooming.

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Euphorbia polychroma flower

Euphorbia polychroma

Height - 18"
Width - 18-24"
Bloom Time - Early spring
Bloom Color - Yellow

Unique low mounding perennial. Stems have a milky sap when broken- related to Poinsettias. Yellow bracts are showy from a distance, even with cold and wet spring weather. Prefers well drained drier soils. Rabbit and Deer resistant. Fall color can be nice when plant has enough sun. Can grow this one in a fair amount of shade also. Reseeds about the garden.

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Euphorbia Bonfire flower

Euphorbia, Bonfire

Height - 16"
Width - 16"
Bloom Time - Early spring
Bloom Color - Yellow

Burgundy foliage contrasts nicely with yellow bracts. Stems have a milky sap when broken- related to Poinsettias. Yellow bracts are showy from a distance, even with cold and wet spring weather. Prefers well drained drier soils. Rabbit and Deer resistant. Foliage will not hold burgundy color without adequate sun. Have not observed any reseeding with this cultivar.

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False Indigo- Blue

Height - 36-48"
Width - 36-48"
Bloom Time - Late spring
Bloom Color - Indigo blue

Slow to establish, nice full plant by year three. Unique black pods (member of legume family) persist into winter. Not easy to transplant once established due to the large tap root. Plant with plenty of space from other plants. Will fill the space like a small shrub would in the landscape.

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American Goldfinch Baptisia flower

Flase Indigo, American Goldfinch

Height - 3-3.5'
Width - 4.5-5'
Bloom Time - Late spring
Bloom Color - Yellow

Grows wider than some, still keeps a uniform habit. Produces many flowers, even on young plants. Slow to establish, nice full plant by year three. Unique black pods (member of legume family) persist into winter. Not easy to transplant once established due to the large tap root. Plant with plenty of space from other plants. Will fill the space like a small shrub would in the landscape. I have grown this variety in partial shade with great success.

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False Indigo 'Cherries Jubilee' flower

False Indigo, Cherries Jubilee

Height - 2.5-3'
Width - 3'
Bloom Time - Late spring
Bloom Color - Maroon and yellow

Buds start maroon and open with yellow, aging to gold. Uniform habit with good branching producing many flowers. Slow to establish, nice full plant by year three. Unique black pods (member of legume family) persist into winter. Not easy to transplant once established due to the large tap root. Plant with plenty of space from other plants. Will fill the space like a small shrub would in the landscape.

A Proven Winners® selection.

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False Indigo 'Honey Roasted' flower

False Indigo, Honey Roasted

Height - 3-3.5'
Width - 3.5-4'
Bloom Time - Late spring
Bloom Color - Mahogany w/yellow

10" spikes of flowers are bi-color, lightening to yellow as they mature. Slow to establish, nice full plant by year three. Unique black pods (member of legume family) persist into winter. Not easy to transplant once established due to the large tap root. Plant with plenty of space from other plants. Will fill the space like a small shrub would in the landscape.

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False Indigo, Pink Lemonade flower

False Indigo, Pink Lemonade

Height - 3.5-4'
Width - 4'
Bloom Time - Late spring
Bloom Color - Yellow/pink

A very upright variety with bare bottom branches giving it unique stature in the garden and a neat and tidy apprearance. Bi-color flowers age to a raspberry purple. Slow to establish, nice full plant by year three. Unique black pods (member of legume family) persist into winter. Not easy to transplant once established due to the large tap root. Plant with plenty of space from other plants. Will fill the space like a small shrub would in the landscape.

A Proven Winners® selection.

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False Indigo 'Pink Truffles' flower

False Indigo, Pink Truffles

Height - 4-4.5'
Width - 3-4'
Bloom Time - Late spring
Bloom Color - Soft pink

A very upright variety with bare bottom branches giving it unique stature in the garden and a neat and tidy apprearance. Bi-color flowers age to a raspberry purple. Slow to establish, nice full plant by year three. Unique black pods (member of legume family) persist into winter. Not easy to transplant once established due to the large tap root. Plant with plenty of space from other plants. Will fill the space like a small shrub would in the landscape.

A Proven Winners® selection.

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False Indigo, Sparkling Saphires flower

False Indigo, Sparkling Sapphires

Height - 2.5-3'
Width - 2.5-3'
Bloom Time - Late spring
Bloom Color - Violet blue

Compact habit with 8"flower spikes. Slow to establish, nice full plant by year three. Unique black pods (member of legume family) persist into winter. Not easy to transplant once established due to the large tap root. Plant with plenty of space from other plants. Will fill the space like a small shrub would in the landscape.

A Proven Winners® selection.

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False Indigo Vanilla Cream flower

False Indigo, Vanilla Cream

Height - 2.5-3'
Width - 3-3.5'
Bloom Time - Late spring
Bloom Color - Creamy vanilla

Pastel yellow buds open creamy vanilla on 10" flower spikes. Slow to establish, nice full plant by year three. Unique black pods (member of legume family) persist into winter. Not easy to transplant once established due to the large tap root. Plant with plenty of space from other plants. Will fill the space like a small shrub would in the landscape.

A Proven Winners® selection.

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Flase Indigo 'Violet Dusk' flower

False Indigo, Violet Dusk

Height - 3.5-4'
Width - 3.5-4'
Bloom Time - Late spring
Bloom Color - Lavender violet

A vase shaped habit. Blooms later than other Baptisia. Slow to establish, nice full plant by year three. Unique black pods (member of legume family) persist into winter. Not easy to transplant once established due to the large tap root. Plant with plenty of space from other plants. Will fill the space like a small shrub would in the landscape.

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Geum, totally tangerine flower

Geum, Totally Tangerine

Height - 30"
Width - 18"
Bloom Time - Spring-early summer
Bloom Color - Tangerine orange

Deep green fuzzy foliage makes neat mound. Don't cut this plant back until spring. Some foliage may overwinter, so then you just need to clean up the yucky stuff and wait for re-flush of new growth. Flowers stand well above foliage and are a nice delicate texture. Can deadhead or leave flowers for seedhead interest.

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Geum, Prairie Smoke flower

Geum, Prairie Smoke

Height - 12"
Width - 18"
Bloom Time - Spring
Bloom Color - Pink

Iowa native. Nodding flowers & feathery seedheads. Slowly spreads like a groundcover. Has nice orange and red fall color.

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Globe Thistle flower

Globe Thistle

Height - 24-36"
Width - 15"
Bloom Time - June-September
Bloom Color - Blue

Thistle-like foliage. Reseeds around the garden, but easy to pull when it first emerges if it shows up where you don't want it. Spiky true blue flowers are highly attractive to bees and other pollinators.

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HenNChicks Chick Charms flower

Hen-n-Chicks Chick Charms®

Height - 2"
Width - 6-10"
Bloom Time - Insignificant
Bloom Color - Insignificant

Many varieties will be available. A wide range of colors and color combinations. Once Hen and Chicks send up a flower stalk, that whorl of leaves will die off. Baby chicks are made when plant is happy. Must be grown in a well drained and drier site. Works in rock gardens.

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Hibiscus 'Blackberry Merlot' flower

Hibiscus, Blackberry Merlot

Height - 4-4.5'
Width - 3.5-4'
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Deep velvety red

Tight, upright habit of dark green leaves hold up 8" flowers. Hibiscus are very late to emerge in the spring. It could be as late as June 1st to see new growth as they need warm soil to sprout. Cut the flower stems from the year before back in the spring and then wait patiently. Once they start to emerge, they grow quickly. Many buds per stalk make this plant bloom for a good month. Once established you could get 100's of blooms per plant. Covering the rootball with a wood mulch in the fall helps ensure winter survival. Can be susceptible to Japanese Beetles.

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Hibiscus 'Starry Starry Night' flower

Hibiscus, Starry Starry Night

Height - 3.5-4'
Width - 3.5-4'
Bloom Time - July-early fall
Bloom Color - Pale pink w/dark pink

Near black leaves are a nice contrast with the flowers. 7-8" flowers are pale pink with a darker pink veining. Hibiscus are very late to emerge in the spring. It could be as late as June 1st to see new growth as they need warm soil to sprout. Cut the flower stems from the year before back in the spring and then wait patiently. Once they start to emerge, they grow quickly. Many buds per stalk make this plant bloom for a good month. Once established you could get 100's of blooms per plant. Covering the rootball with a wood mulch in the fall helps ensure winter survival. Can be susceptible to Japanese Beetles.

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Hibiscus 'Summer in Paradise' flower

Hibiscus, Summer in Paradise

Height - 3-3.5'
Width - 3.5-4'
Bloom Time - July-early fall
Bloom Color - Cerise red

Full habit, very floriferous- having flower buds all along the stem. Hibiscus are very late to emerge in the spring. It could be as late as June 1st to see new growth as they need warm soil to sprout. Cut the flower stems from the year before back in the spring and then wait patiently. Once they start to emerge, they grow quickly. Many buds per stalk make this plant bloom for a good month. Once established you could get 100's of blooms per plant. Covering the rootball with a wood mulch in the fall helps ensure winter survival. Can be susceptible to Japanese Beetles.

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Iris-germanica-Batik flower

Iris, German Batik

Height - 24-26"
Width - 12-18"
Bloom Time - May
Bloom Color - Purple w/white splashes

Early to bloom. German Iris are a classic in the cottage garden. Care needs to be taken when digging and dividing these plants to be on the look out for damage from Iris borer. If clumps appear to be not flowering or not multiplying, dividing may be necessary. When transplanting be sure to leave rhizomes slightly exposed on top of the soil and not heavily mulched.

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Iris-germanica-Breakers flower

Iris, German Breakers

Height - 34-36"
Width - 18-24"
Bloom Time - May & fall
Bloom Color - Purple petals, falls and beard

Excellent bud count. Rebloomer. German Iris are a classic in the cottage garden. Care needs to be taken when digging and dividing these plants to be on the look out for damage from Iris borer. If clumps appear to be not flowering or not multiplying, dividing may be necessary. When transplanting be sure to leave rhizomes slightly exposed on top of the soil and not heavily mulched.

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Iris-Germanica-Immortality flower

Iris, German Immortality

Height - 28"
Width - 12-18"
Bloom Time - May & fall
Bloom Color - White

Fragrant, best rebloomer. German Iris are a classic in the cottage garden. Care needs to be taken when digging and dividing these plants to be on the look out for damage from Iris borer. If clumps appear to be not flowering or not multiplying, dividing may be necessary. When transplanting be sure to leave rhizomes slightly exposed on top of the soil and not heavily mulched.

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Iris-germanica-Mariposa-Autumn flower

Iris, German Mariposa Autumn

Height - 30-32"
Width - 12-18"
Bloom Time - May & fall
Bloom Color - White w/purple outline

Rebloomer. German Iris are a classic in the cottage garden. Care needs to be taken when digging and dividing these plants to be on the look out for damage from Iris borer. If clumps appear to be not flowering or not multiplying, dividing may be necessary. When transplanting be sure to leave rhizomes slightly exposed on top of the soil and not heavily mulched.

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Iris-germanica-Raptor-Red flower

Iris, German Raptor Red

Height - 32-34"
Width - 12-18"
Bloom Time - May
Bloom Color - Burgundy red

Well branched, mustard tuffs on beard. German Iris are a classic in the cottage garden. Care needs to be taken when digging and dividing these plants to be on the look out for damage from Iris borer. If clumps appear to be not flowering or not multiplying, dividing may be necessary. When transplanting be sure to leave rhizomes slightly exposed on top of the soil and not heavily mulched.

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Iris-germanica-Savannah-Sunset flower

Iris, German Savannah Sunset

Height - 36-38"
Width - 12-18"
Bloom Time - May
Bloom Color - Orange

Early to bloom and long blooming. Orange coloration does not fade. German Iris are a classic in the cottage garden. Care needs to be taken when digging and dividing these plants to be on the look out for damage from Iris borer. If clumps appear to be not flowering or not multiplying, dividing may be necessary. When transplanting be sure to leave rhizomes slightly exposed on top of the soil and not heavily mulched.

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Iris-germanica-Sharp-Dressed-Man flower

Iris, German Sharp Dressed Man

Height - 34-36"
Width - 12-18"
Bloom Time - May
Bloom Color - Purple w/dark falls

Orange beards stand out against dark purple falls, fragrant. German Iris are a classic in the cottage garden. Care needs to be taken when digging and dividing these plants to be on the look out for damage from Iris borer. If clumps appear to be not flowering or not multiplying, dividing may be necessary. When transplanting be sure to leave rhizomes slightly exposed on top of the soil and not heavily mulched.

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Iris-germanica-That-s-all-Folks flower

Iris, German That's All Folks

Height - 36-40"
Width - 12-18"
Bloom Time - May
Bloom Color - Yellow w/white falls

Ruffled falls, very attractive. German Iris are a classic in the cottage garden. Care needs to be taken when digging and dividing these plants to be on the look out for damage from Iris borer. If clumps appear to be not flowering or not multiplying, dividing may be necessary. When transplanting be sure to leave rhizomes slightly exposed on top of the soil and not heavily mulched.

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Iris-siberian Caesars-Brother flower

Iris, Siberian, Caesar's Brother

Height - 32"
Width - 18-24"
Bloom Time - May-June
Bloom Color - Blue/purple

Very floriferous, fast growing. Narrow, grass like foliage is attractive even when not in bloom. Seedheads hold on and add winter interest. Do not deadhead this plant.

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Iris, Siberian, Kaboom

Height - 30"
Width - 18-24"
Bloom Time - May-June
Bloom Color - Double blue-violet

Large, 6" flowers. Falls have gold and white accents. Narrow, grass like foliage is attractive even when not in bloom. Seedheads hold on and add winter interest. Do not deadhead this plant.

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Iris Siberian Over in Gloryland flower

Iris, Siberian, Over in Gloryland

Height - 34"
Width - 18-24"
Bloom Time - May-June
Bloom Color - Deep blue-purple

5" wide flowers. Falls have yellow blaze with purple veining. Narrow, grass like foliage is attractive even when not in bloom. Seedheads hold on and add winter interest. Do not deadhead this plant.

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Iris Siberian Peacock-Butterfly-Miss-Apple flower

Iris, Siberian, Peacock Miss Apple

Height - 24-30"
Width - 18-24"
Bloom Time - May-June
Bloom Color - Lavender w/red falls

Gold blaze with dark veining. Narrow, grass like foliage is attractive even when not in bloom. Seedheads hold on and add winter interest. Do not deadhead this plant.

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Iris-Siberian Pink Parfait flower

Iris, Siberian, Pink Parfait

Height - 28"
Width - 18-24"
Bloom Time - May-June
Bloom Color - Light pink-lavender

Large, 7" double flowers resemble a rose. Narrow, grass like foliage is attractive even when not in bloom. Seedheads hold on and add winter interest. Do not deadhead this plant.

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Iris siberian 'Sunfisher' flower

Iris, Siberian, Sunfisher

Height - 28"
Width - 18-24"
Bloom Time - May-June
Bloom Color - Golden yellow

Early blooming. Narrow, grass like foliage is attractive even when not in bloom. Seedheads hold on and add winter interest. Do not deadhead this plant.

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Joe Pye Weed Euphoria-Ruby flower

Joe Pye Weed, Euphoria Ruby

Height - 24-32"
Width - 24-28"
Bloom Time - Summer-fall
Bloom Color - Mauve pink

Blooms earlier than taller varieties. Tidy & compact growth habit. Long lasting flowers attract pollinators. Prefers moist soil

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Lavender 'Munstead' flower

Lavendar, Munstead

Height - 12-15"
Width - 12"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Lavender

Requires full sun and well drained soil. Lavender does not like heavy, wet soils. It can be picky about the winter snow, wind. Do not cut the plant back until you see what has survived the winter. Then just cut back what is dead so it can reflush new growth. Not an easy plant to grow in Iowa.

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Lavender PHENOMENAL® flower

Lavender, Phenomenal

Height - 24-32"
Width - 48-54"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Lavender

A variety developed in Pennsylvania that tolerates warm and cold extremes. Requires full sun and well drained soil. Lavender does not like heavy, wet soils. It can be picky about the winter snow, wind. Do not cut the plant back until you see what has survived the winter. Then just cut back what is dead so it can reflush new growth. Not an easy plant to grow in Iowa.

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Liatris Kobold flower

Liatris, Kobold

Height - 18-30"
Width - 12-14"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Rosy lavender

Derived from US native. This cultivar is more uniform and compact than the native. Pollinators like this plant. Requires well drained soil because it is a corm, susceptible to rot in heavy soils.

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Milkweed, Hello Yellow

Milkweed, Butterfly 'Hello Yellow'

Height - 24"
Width - 18-24"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Bright yellow

Yellow form of Butterfly Milkweed. Late to emerge in the spring. Prefers well drained, sandy soil. Do not overwater when establishing. Primary food source for the Monarch Butterfly. Flowers give way to seed pods that burst to let out silky seeds. Reseeding is important, doesn't become a problem weed.

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Butterfly Milkweed flower

Milkweed, Butterfly

Height - 24"
Width - 24"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Orange

Iowa Native. Late to emerge in the spring. Prefers well drained, sandy soil. Do not overwater when establishing. Primary food source for the Monarch Butterfly. Flowers give way to seed pods that burst to let out silky seeds. Reseeding is important, doesn't become a problem weed.

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Milkweed pink swamp flower

Milkweed, Pink Swamp

Height - 3-5'
Width - 3'
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Soft pink

Will reseed about. Monarch food. Doesn't always come back where you planted it, so reseeding is important. Late to emerge in the spring. Prefers well drained, sandy soil. Do not overwater when establishing.

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Pasque Flower, Purple

Pasque Flower, Purple

Height - 12"
Width - 15"
Bloom Time - Early spring
Bloom Color - Purple

One of the first plants to bloom in spring- around the same time as Daffodils. Foliage is ferny and seedheads are fuzzy. Tumbleweed seedheads last until July.

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Pasque Flower Red

Pasque Flower, Red

Height - 12"
Width - 12"
Bloom Time - Early spring
Bloom Color - Red

One of the first plants to bloom in spring- around the same time as Daffodils. Foliage is ferny and seedheads are fuzzy. Tumbleweed seedheads last until July.

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Penstemon Blackbeard flower

Penstemon, Blackbeard

Height - 28-34"
Width - 24"
Bloom Time - Early summer
Bloom Color - Lilac purple

Dark eggplant purple foliage. Plant stays upright all season. Attracts pollinators and hummingbirds

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Penstemon, Dark Towers flower

Penstemon, Dark Towers

Height - 36"
Width - 24-36"
Bloom Time - Early summer
Bloom Color - Lavender pink

Deep wine purple foliage all summer. Attracts hummingbirds and pollinators.

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Penstemon, Prairie Dusk flower

Penstemon, Prairie Dusk

Height - 24-30"
Width - 15-18"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Rose purple

Drought tolerant and easy to grow. Pair with Totally Tangerine Geum for a fun combo. I don't deadhead this one because I find the seedheads interesting in fall and winter.

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Penstemon, Rhondo Mix flower

Penstemon, Rhondo Mix

Height - 16"
Width - 12"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Pink, red, violet

Requires multiple plants to get the mix of colors.

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Peony, Bartzella flower

Peony, Itoh Bartzella

Height - 30-36"
Width - 30-36"
Bloom Time - Spring
Bloom Color - Yellow

Yellow flowers have red flames in the center. Itoh Peony are a hybrid cross between garden and tree peonies. Unique clean foliage and more flower colors come from the tree peony side of the cross.

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Itoh Peony-Julia-Rose

Peony, Itoh Julia Rose

Height - 30-36"
Width - 30-36"
Bloom Time - Spring
Bloom Color - Apricot pink

Spicy fragrance, flowers change colors. Itoh Peony are a hybrid cross between garden and tree peonies. Unique clean foliage and more flower colors come from the tree peony side of the cross.

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Peony, Itoh, Morning Lilac

Height - 30-36"
Width - 30-36"
Bloom Time - Spring
Bloom Color - Fuchsia-purple

9" flowers are fragrant and long blooming. Itoh Peony are a hybrid cross between garden and tree peonies. Unique clean foliage and more flower colors come from the tree peony side of the cross.

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Itoh Peony-Raggedy-Ann flower

Peony, Itoh Raggedy Ann

Height - 30-36"
Width - 30-36"
Bloom Time - Spring
Bloom Color - White w/purple center

6" flowers have deeply cut petals. Itoh Peony are a hybrid cross between garden and tree peonies. Unique clean foliage and more flower colors come from the tree peony side of the cross.

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Itoh Peony-Scarlet-Heaven flower

Peony, Itoh, Scarlet Heaven

Height - 30-36"
Width - 30-36"
Bloom Time - Spring
Bloom Color - Scarlet red

8" flowers have bright yellow stamens. Itoh Peony are a hybrid cross between garden and tree peonies. Unique clean foliage and more flower colors come from the tree peony side of the cross.

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Peony, Coral Sunset

Height - 24-36"
Width - 24"
Bloom Time - Spring
Bloom Color - Coral

Semi-double flowers are fragrant. Plants have strong stems, no staking required. Peony plants are best planted in full sun with good air flow to prevent powdery mildew. In years with strong powdery mildew pressure, cut foliage back in the fall and destroy, don't compost. Transplanting is best in September. Don't plant roots too deep or you can inhibit blooms.

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Peony, Kansas

Height - 34"
Width - 20"
Bloom Time - Spring
Bloom Color - Double cherry red

Strong stems hold up fully double flowers. Vigorous grower. Flowers hold color well, even in sun. Peony plants are best planted in full sun with good air flow to prevent powdery mildew. In years with strong powdery mildew pressure, cut foliage back in the fall and destroy, don't compost. Transplanting is best in September. Don't plant roots too deep or you can inhibit blooms.

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Peony, Pink Hawaiian Coral

Height - 30-35"
Width - 30-35"
Bloom Time - Spring
Bloom Color - Coral pink

5-6" fully double flowers start rose coral, fading to cream. Peony plants are best planted in full sun with good air flow to prevent powdery mildew. In years with strong powdery mildew pressure, cut foliage back in the fall and destroy, don't compost. Transplanting is best in September. Don't plant roots too deep or you can inhibit blooms.

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Peony-Sarah-Bernhardt

Peony, Sarah Bernhardt

Height - 34"
Width - 24"
Bloom Time - Spring
Bloom Color - Soft pink

Late to bloom. Double, large, blooms are fragrant. Peony plants are best planted in full sun with good air flow to prevent powdery mildew. In years with strong powdery mildew pressure, cut foliage back in the fall and destroy, don't compost. Transplanting is best in September. Don't plant roots too deep or you can inhibit blooms.

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Phlox-Laura flower

Phlox, Laura Garden

Height - 24-30"
Width - 18-24"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Fuchsia purple w/white

Very good mildew resistance and fragrant. Plant in a spot that gets first of day sun and good air flow. Don’t water the leaves when watering.

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Poppy 'Prince of Orange' flower

Poppy, Prince of Orange

Height - 30-36"
Width - 18-24"
Bloom Time - Spring
Bloom Color - Orange

Requires well drained soils, do not overwater. Plants love hot sun. Flowers can get 4-5" across.

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Rattlesnake Master

Height - 48"
Width - 18-24"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - White

Native to Iowa. Clusters of flowers are pokey and long lasting. Flowers dry nicely on the plant for winter interest. Foliage resembles Yucca.

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Rudbeckia 'American Gold Rush' flower

Rudbeckia, American Gold Rush

Height - 22-26"
Width - 40-44"
Bloom Time - Summer-fall
Bloom Color - Yellow

High disease resistance. Dome shaped habit makes this one neat and tidy in the landscape. Perennial Plant of the Year for 2023.

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Rudbeckia, Viette's Little Suzy

Height - 26-32"
Width - 18-24"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Yellow

Compact variety, disease resistant. Long blooming. Seedheads add winter interest.

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Russian Sage Little-Spire flower

Russian Sage, Little Spire

Height - 24-36"
Width - 18-24"
Bloom Time - Summer-fall
Bloom Color - Lavender-blue

Shorter, more compact habit that maintains a nice form. Rabbit and Deer Resistant due to fragrant foliage. Long blooming.

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Salvia 'Bumbleberry' flower

Salvia, Bumbleberry

Height - 10-12"
Width - 12-14"
Bloom Time - Spring- summer
Bloom Color - Dark fuchsia

Shorter stature makes for a tidy plant. Deadheading will encourage rebloom. Salvia also tolerate a harsh cut back to the soil level after blooming.

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Salvia, East Friesland flower

Salvia, East Friesland

Height - 16-18"
Width - 18-24"
Bloom Time - Spring-summer
Bloom Color - Purple

Long flowering, easy to grow. Deadheading will encourage rebloom. If plant splits open after flowering, you can cut the entire plant back to the soil level and it will reflush. You may also get a second flush of blooms if done early enough in the summer.

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salvia Snowhill flower

Salvia, Snow Hill

Height - 12-15"
Width - 18"
Bloom Time - Spring-summer
Bloom Color - White

Long flowering, easy to grow. Deadheading will encourage rebloom. If plant splits open after flowering, you can cut the entire plant back to the soil level and it will reflush. You may also get a second flush of blooms if done early enough in the summer.

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Salvia_Wesuwe flower

Salvia, Wesuwe

Height - 12-18"
Width - 18-24"
Bloom Time - Spring-summer
Bloom Color - Purple

Upright, tiddy habit, reblooms if deadheaded. Rarely needs a hard cut back, but can tolerate it if need be.

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angelina_sedum flower

Sedum, Angelina

Height - 4-6"
Width - 18-24"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Yellow

Groundcover type with excellent foliage color. Color is enhanced in the fall. This groundcover type forms a mat of foliage.

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Sedum ATLANTIS™ flower

Sedum, Atlantis

Height - 4-6"
Width - 10-12"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Yellow

Variegated leaves that become tinged with pink in colder weather. Mounding type of low growing Sedum. Plant in well drained soils, rock garden plant. Prefers dry.

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Sedum, Autumn Joy

Height - 18-24"
Width - 18-24"
Bloom Time - Summer-fall
Bloom Color - Mauve pink

Easy care plant that tolerates dry conditions and all soil types. Leave plant standing for winter interest, and cut back in the spring. Pollinators love these late summer into fall bloomers.

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Sedum 'Autumn Fire' flower

Sedum, Autumn Fire

Height - 18-24"
Width - 18-24"
Bloom Time - Summer-fall
Bloom Color - Mauve pink

Easy care plant that tolerates dry conditions and all soil types. Leave plant standing for winter interest, and cut back in the spring. Pollinators love these late summer into fall bloomers.

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Sedum-SunSparkler-Dream-Dazzler flower

Sedum, Sunsparkler® Dream Dazzler

Height - 6-8"
Width - 16-18"
Bloom Time - Early fall
Bloom Color - Magenta pink

Tri-colored leaves change through the seasons. Drought tolerant, low mounding perennial.

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Sedum, Sunsparkler® Lime Zinger

Height - 4-6"
Width - 18"
Bloom Time - August-fall
Bloom Color - Soft pink

Green leaves edged in cherry red. Mounding habit. Drought tolerant.

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Sedum 'Little Miss Sunshine' flower

Sedum, Little Miss Sunshine

Height - 6-8"
Width - 18-20"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Yellow

Mounding, neat and tidy habit. Easy care plant that tolerates dry conditions and all soil types.

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Sedum, Mr. Goodbud flower

Sedum, Mr. Goodbud

Height - 14-16"
Width - 15"
Bloom Time - August-fall
Bloom Color - Bright pink

Strong stems have a purple tinge. Easy care plant that tolerates dry conditions and all soil types. Leave plant standing for winter interest, and cut back in the spring. Pollinators love these late summer into fall bloomers.

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Sedum-Neon flower

Sedum, Neon

Height - 18-24"
Width - 12-15"
Bloom Time - August-fall
Bloom Color - Neon pink

Large flowers are thick and round. Easy care plant that tolerates dry conditions and all soil types. Leave plant standing for winter interest, and cut back in the spring. Pollinators love these late summer into fall bloomers.

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Sedum 'Back in Black' flower

Sedum, Rock 'N Grow® Back in Black

Height - 20-24"
Width - 26-30"
Bloom Time - August-fall
Bloom Color - Garnet buds open cream

Dark almost black foliage. Flowers are striking against foliage. Easy care plant that tolerates dry conditions and all soil types. Leave plant standing for winter interest, and cut back in the spring. Pollinators love these late summer into fall bloomers.

A Proven Winners® selection.

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Sedum 'Coraljade' flower

Sedum, Rock 'N Grow® Coraljade

Height - 16-18"
Width - 28-30"
Bloom Time - Late summer
Bloom Color - Coral pink

Sturdy plant holds up the large dome of flowers well. Easy care plant that tolerates dry conditions and all soil types. Leave plant standing for winter interest, and cut back in the spring. Pollinators love these late summer into fall bloomers.

A Proven Winners® selection.

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Sedum, Thundercloud

Height - 8-12"
Width - 12-15"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - White/pink

Foliage is pointed and grey green-Unique! Drought tolerant, mounding perennial.

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Sedum-Thunderhead flower

Sedum, Thunderhead

Height - 24-28"
Width - 20-24"
Bloom Time - Late summer
Bloom Color - Dark pink

Fall foliage is highlighted with red. Easy care plant that tolerates dry conditions and all soil types. Leave plant standing for winter interest, and cut back in the spring. Pollinators love these late summer into fall bloomers.

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Sedum, Westephaner

Height - 6"
Width - 12"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Yellow

Carpet style groundcover with good fall colors of reds and oranges.

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Soapwort flower

Soapwort

Height - 10"
Width - 20"
Bloom Time - Spring
Bloom Color - Pink

Good for groundcover and rock gardens. Foliage stays clean all season. Better plant than Creeping Phlox when not in bloom. Flowers are just as showy as Phlox though.

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Solidago, fireworks flower

Solidago, Fireworks

Height - 36-48"
Width - 24-36"
Bloom Time - Fall
Bloom Color - Yellow

Unique flower panicles look like fireworks. Adds great texture to the fall landscape. Can control spread by spraying herbicide around perimeter of plant.

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Ironweed Iron-Butterfly flower

Ironweed, Iron Butterfly

Height - 24-36"
Width - 28-36"
Bloom Time - Late summer
Bloom Color - Purple

Thin leaves make for an airy texture all season. Smaller flowers are a nice show in late summer. Overall plant habit can be floppy once flowers bloom, but can hold it's own if other plants are close enough to hold it up.

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Ironweed, Summers Swan Song flower

Ironweed, Summer's Swan Song

Height - 30-36"
Width - 40"
Bloom Time - Late summer
Bloom Color - Purple

Has a reddish-purple fall foliage. Stand up stronger due to sturdier stems. Foliage is airy, but less delicate than Iron Butterfly. Overall plant habit is much better than fall blooming Asters.

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Yarrow, Coronation Gold flower

Yarrow, Coronation Gold

Height - 30-36"
Width - 24-36"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Golden yellow

Great winter interest, if not deadheaded. Silvery foliage is nice all summer. Drought tolerant. Deer and rabbit resistant.

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Yarrow, Sassy Summer Lemon

Height - 28-32"
Width - 36-42"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Lemon yellow

Sturdy stems make this one stand nicely. Silvery foliage is attractive all summer. You can deadhead to encourage more blooms, but don't cut all of them as they are nice to have for winter interest. Drought tolerant, easy care plant. Deer and rabbit resistant.

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Yarrow, Sassy Summer Sangria

Height - 30-36"
Width - 36-42"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Dark red

Sturdy stems make this one stand nicely. Silvery foliage is attractive all summer. You can deadhead to encourage more blooms, but don't cut all of them as they are nice to have for winter interest. Drought tolerant, easy care plant. Deer and rabbit resistant.

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Yarrow, Strawberry Seduction

Height - 18-20"
Width - 18-24"
Bloom Time - Summer
Bloom Color - Red

Flowers last and hold their color a long time. More compact plant with good branching makes for more flowers per plant. You can deadhead to encourage more blooms, but don't cut all of them as they are nice to have for winter interest. Drought tolerant, easy care plant. Deer and rabbit resistant.

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