Lavender is one of our favorite perennials, and for very good reason! Lavender is considered an herb because of its fragrance. All parts of the plant are strongly aromatic. Sprigs of lavender brought inside the house can provide a soothing aromatic scent. It is easy to care for when planted in full sun with well-draining… Read More

Perennial Salvia

Perennial salvias are a great, hardy perennial that blooms for long periods from mid to late-spring. A distant cousin of plants like catmint (Nepeta) and bee balm (Monarda), salvias have slightly fragrant flower stalks which lend to the plant’s deer resistance. They’re mainly known for their deep purple bloom color, but varieties have been introduced… Read More


Spirea is a shrub that has stood the test of time, and for good reason. These unique shrubs provide a wide range of flowering times, foliage colors, and growth habits, making them useful as an accent planting, hedge, or border planting. Flower times vary between varieties, but flowers are common from spring to early summer…. Read More


There is nothing quite like the classic look of a perennial dianthus plant. Their bluish-grey, grass-like foliage is particularly showy throughout the growing season, and different varieties have different foliage growth habits, from mounding to slightly trailing. Their small, carnation-like blooms cover the plant throughout the spring and early summer. Colors range from whites and… Read More


Hellebores have become incredibly popular in the past few years due to their unique bloom time and the low maintenance required for this winter-blooming, evergreen perennial. Hellebores thrive in rich, well-drained soil. They are excellent for bringing color to garden borders, under deciduous trees, or between other shrubs. They can handle full shade locations but… Read More


Rudbeckia, which is commonly referred to as Black-eyed Susan, is a great, easy care and very hardy summer perennial in our area. During the summer months, these perennials are loaded with daisy-like flowers in shades of yellow, orange, and recently even some burnt umbers and reds. Each flower is capped by a large, dark seed… Read More


There are many varieties of sedum (also known as stonecrops) that are excellent summer perennials. Sedum is a large genus of flowering plants in the family Crassulaceae which have succulent leaves. These succulent leaves are great for holding moisture and require very little water once established. For this reason, sedum performs excellently in full sun… Read More

Summer Phlox

Summer phlox, or garden phlox, is a flowering perennial native to the eastern United States and southeastern Canada. An upright grower, summer phlox can grow from two to four feet tall depending on the variety with a spread of one to three feet. Summer phlox is most popular with gardeners for their large, dome-shaped clusters… Read More