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Showy plumed flower spikes adorn this outstanding perennial, ideal for cooler climate gardens or where protected from hot afternoon sun. Smaller stature plant is perfect for containers or in clusters at the front of shaded beds. Soft lavender-purple flowers offer valuable cool color accent. Herbaceous.
Height: 30 inches ----- Spread: 24 inches ----- Sunlight: full sun ---- Hardiness Zone: 3
Heuchera 'Berry Smoothie'
Dainty spikes of ivory white bells rise from a compact mound of rose foliage that matures to a bronzy-red by summer; amazing contrast to other plants, great versatility; keep soil moist in the heat of summer. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
Height: 12-16 inches ----- Spread: 12 inches ----- Sunlight: part sun ---- Hardiness Zone: 3
Purple prairie clover is a native prairie clover which occurs in the prairies. Typically grows 1-3' tall. Features tiny purple flowers in dense, cone-like heads (to 2" long) atop erect, wiry stems in summer. Compound, odd-pinnate leaves, with 3-5 narrow linear leaflets. A nitrogen-fixing plant that is an important component of Midwestern prairie restorations. This perennial first landed on our radar when we installed it on TOP of the Brookings Nature Park picnic shelters; look for purple spikes next time you visit!
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A new breakthrough in Foxglove - the trumpets of rose pink and peach toned face outward to reveal their spotted fascinating throats to all. Like trumpets heralding big news, these really are something different to announce. Digitalis are pillars of the border that make a strong statement. Tends toward biennial, so let seed fall. No staking needed.
Height: 36-48 inches ----- Spread: 20-24 inches ----- Sunlight: full sun ---- Hardiness Zone: 4
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‘Little Joe’ is, as the cultivar name suggests, a compact to dwarf Joe Pye weed variety. It typically grows in a clump to only 3-4’ tall, which makes it much more suitable for smaller borders. Tiny, mauve purple flowers in flat-topped, compound inflorescences bloom in mid-summer to early fall. Flowers are attractive to butterflies.
Height: 24-36 inches ----- Spread: 16-24 inches ----- Sunlight: full sun ---- Hardiness Zone: 4
This cultivar of a U.S. prairie plant offers the garden spikes of purple, fuzzy-looking flowers that open from the top down on plants up to 2 feet tall and 18 inches wide. The show starts in late summer and attracts butterflies and bees. Grow it in a moist meadow or border. The flowers are also beautiful in a vase.
Height: 12-18 inches ----- Spread: 12-16 inches ----- Sunlight: full sun ---- Hardiness Zone: 3
No catmint is a more beautiful, uniform grower than Cat’s Meow Nepeta. Its flowers are dense and colorful, and its habit is more refined. Plus, it stands strong with no flopping, getting wider and growing to a broad mound as the season progresses.
Height: 14-18 inches ----- Spread: 16-24 inches ----- Sunlight: full sun ---- Hardiness Zone: 4
A richly colored newcomer from Penstemon expert Dale Lindgren at the University of Nebraska, 'Dark Towers' is a much improved version of 'Husker Red'. The result is a slightly taller plant with more presence and impact. Tolerant to heat and humidity, the dark foliage keeps its color longer and contrasts nicely against an abundance of pink flowers in July and August.
Height: 24-30 inches ----- Spread: 20-24 inches ----- Sunlight: full sun ---- Hardiness Zone: 4
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With the same silvery texture and excellent drought tolerance of the others, Little Spire rarely exceeds two feet tall and falls over only when trampled by your dog! The work of Dutch breeder Herbert Oudshoorn is responsible for this excellent, compact, long-blooming, low-maintenance landscape plant.
Height: 18-24 inches ----- Spread: 16-20 inches ----- Sunlight: full sun ---- Hardiness Zone: 4
This long bloomer provides gardeners with the deepest, darkest violet-blue flowers to be found among the perennial Sages, and it blooms from May into August. It's little wonder this plant is in such great demand. Rugged and durable, this perennial can be used in high heat areas.
Height: 18-24 inches ----- Spread: 20-24 inches ----- Sunlight: full sun ---- Hardiness Zone: 4
Sedum 'Maestro' is a lovely sport of Sedum 'Matrona' with attractive glaucous blue-green foliage. In late summer, this sturdy perennial is topped with rosy-pink flower clusters that are made up of hundreds of tiny flowers. Sedum 'Maestro' retains its tidy, mounded shape every year and does not open up in the center like other Sedums do over time as the heavy flower stalks start to bend over. For this reason alone this cultivar is bound to be a very popular perennial in years to come.
Height: 20-30 inches ----- Spread: 20-24 inches ----- Sunlight: full sun ---- Hardiness Zone: 4