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Our favorites for gorgeous, successful gardens in the north!

Balloon flower – Platycodon grandiflorus

Balloon flower is 2 ½ – 3 feet tall and hardy to zone 3; the balloon flower has blue/violet blooms up and down the stalk and they start out as round puffs that one day pop op

en to show the inside of the flower.  Called Jie-Geng by the Chinese, the roots are edible and have been used in soups and for sore throats, coughs and bronchitis for years.  They have a tap root that makes them hard to transplant when large, but also very drought tolerant.

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Aster New England – Symphyotrichum novae-angliae

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, commonly called New England aster, is a native perennial which is most often found in moist prairies in the eastern half of the US.  It is hardy to zone 4 and heat tolerant to zone 8, and although it is large and needs some space it is not invasive and does fine in the garden.  It grows to 3 to 6 feet and spreads to 2 to 4 feet.  Plant more than one for a real show.  The size depends on the moisture provided and the strain that you have.  Pinching back in July will keep it shorter and delay flowering.  Daisy type flowers with purple rays and yellow centers that are about an inch wide, appear in in abundance in late August and September.  The plant likes full sun and is loved by bees and butterflies. Cut back to the ground in fall to avoid seedlings. The genus name comes from the Greek symph, meaning coming together, and trich, meaning hair; in possible reference to the flower anthers.

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Troleus Europaeus – Globe Flower

From the Ranunculaceae or buttercup family this European native is hardy to zone 3 but shouldn’t be planted south of zone 6.

Globe Flower – Troleus

It is about 2 feet tall but it will be taller in shade and forms nice mounded clumps from which the long stems arise. They sport 2 inch yellow flowers in May to July, but will often rebloom in fall if they like their spot. The flowers start out globe shaped (hence the name) and then open to a cup shape with cool bright yellow stamens popping out.

They defiantly like a rich moist soil but will do fine in a garden setting. They like cool weather rather than hot and dry and will do well in sun (morning is better) to part shade. Cut them back in mid summer when the foliage starts to spot and new fresh foliage will grow.

They are rabbit and dear tolerant so you can plant these if your hostas are getting eaten and they are nice with ferns and astilbe.

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Sedum Telephium – Autumn Joy

When the rest of the garden is winding down, Autumn Joy is just getting started in fall with bright coral/pink flowers that later turn a beautiful rust color for winter interest.  This hardy perennial is drought tolerant and not fussy about soil conditions as long as it is not too wet. The plants are just short of 2 feet tall and will form 2 foot wide clumps.  The little mounds of foliage are also interesting in spring.  All the care that is needed is to remove the old stalks near the ground in early spring before new growth starts.  Bees also love this plant and it provides food for them when there isn’t much else.  Sedum needs full sun.

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Pulmonaria saccharata—Mrs. Moon

This plant has nearly everything going for it including multiple names.  It is also called Lungwort or Bethlehem Sage.  Pulmonaria has pretty pink bell shaped flowers appearing in April and May, then turn blue as they age.  But even after the flowers are gone the leaves bring beauty to the garden.  They are fuzzy and green and have white or silver spots.  The leaves are semi-evergreen, persisting well after frost.  If they start to look ragged just remove them and new ones will fill in.  The plant is only about 10 inches tall but spreads to form a patch.  This tough plant tolerates sun or shade and very dry or over wet conditions.  It also is deer and rabbit resistant.

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Liatris spicata – Blazing Star

Liatris spicata is also known as Gayfeather, Blazing Star or Button Snakeroot

About two feet tall and hardy to zone 3, this native plant is easy, does not require watering, and is attractive to butterflies and pollinators.  Its violet flowering stalks are attractive in the summer garden featuring rounded fluffy blooms topping clumps of grassy foliage. The seed heads are also beautiful later in the season.  Just cut them if you don’t want seedlings or leave them for the birds if you don’t mind having more.

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Grass – Calamagrostis Karl Foerster

Otherwise known as “Feather Reed Grass”, this hardy perennial grass is a vertical powerhouse in the garden at 3 to 4 feet tall.  It draws they eye upward and breaks up a daylily garden (for example) where everything is the same height and shape.  Weather used as a specimen or to naturalize in mass, it does equally well in a boggy area as it does in dry garden soil. It is one of the first to start growing in spring and one of the first to produce seed heads. The seed heads change colors throughout the season and hold through the winter. Karl is one of the best plants for winter interest in the garden. They are sterile so you won’t get seedlings all over the place and they are also great for arrangements. The way it moves in the wind is also spectacular.

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Cup Plant – Silphium perfoliatum

cup-plant-stems1Cup Plant is a large native prairie plant that catches water at the base of its wide large leaves.  The height of its strong square stem depends on how much moisture it gets but average is 6 feet. Birds and insects enjoy the water, but those that drown are actually absorbed by the plant making it “carnivorous”.  In summer, yellow daisy like flowers are held high atop the stems and smaller clusters emerge at the leaf margin. This plant is great in the prairie or meadow. It can be used in the garden as a tall accent but be sure to give it the space that it will need and remove seed heads to prevent too many babies.

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Baptisia Tinctoria

baptesia-solar-flare1This native prairie plant is smaller than the better known blue indigo.  This is good for a landscape setting as the height is still over 2 feet with a 2 to 3 foot spread.  This plant is a member of the pea family with yellow pea like flowers.  The plant produces beneficial bacteria from its roots called rhizobia.  Baptisia blooms from late July through August and is hardy from zone 3 to 9.  The blue green foliage and black seed pods are also interesting.  This plant has been used as a dye plant and is attractive to butterflies.

$7.00

Strawberry Lipstick

This ornamental strawberry is great in a rock garden; with healthy dark green foliage and large bright hot pink flowers. It flowers from April until frost and bears edible fruit.

The plant spreads, like most strawberries, on runners, and forms a ground cover that is great with almost any perennial. The plants can be redirected to grow where you want them to. It’s best to get new plants rooted before cutting the runner to the mother plant.

Lipstick Strawberry was created in 1966 by crossing Fragaria x ananassa with marsh cinquefoil (potentilla plaustris).

The plant prefers full sun to part shade and will grow in any soil that is not too wet. Be sure not to cover the crown with soil when planting. This plant is great in window boxes and containers too.

You get 10 plants for this price.

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