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Top 10 Picks at Our Spring Plant Sale!

April 17, 2013

Here are the 2013 Top 10 varieties, chosen by our horticulture staff. These will be for sale during our spring plant sale!

1. Viola ‘Etain’


This viola lights up the shade garden from early summer through fall with its large lemon-yellow flowers fringed in purple. Plant at the front of the perennial border or in containers to enjoy its sweet fragrance. Cut back old flowers to stimulate new blooms. Boasts a clumping habit with compact foliage; performs best in shady, moist areas.

2. Heuchera ‘Circus’

Coral Bells

A new introduction that puts on quite a show! The peach-colored foliage emerges in the spring and by summer the scalloped leaves are chartreuse with prominent red veining. Deep red scapes and bright pink flowers add to the drama. The shifting display continues into fall as the foliage acquires pink and red hues with traces of green. This adaptable plant thrives in full sun to full shade, but requires well-drained soil.

3. Mukdenia ‘Karasuba’

Red-Leafed Mukdenia

This unique, low maintenance perennial provides interest all season in the part-shade garden. The glossy, fan-shaped foliage forms a low, spreading mound 10-14 inches in height. Delicate panicles of white flowers bloom in the spring. In summer, the leaves begin to change, displaying edges tinted with burgundy. As the weather turns cooler, the foliage becomes completely engulfed by deep tones of red, providing dazzling fall color!

4. Delphinium ‘Blushing Brides’


Here’s a show-stopping plant for the perennial garden with an upright, structural habit, rich green foliage and vibrant pink blooms. The tall, 6 foot spires bloom in early summer and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Use as a cut flower to induce secondary flower spikes to bloom in late summer and early fall. Requires rich, well-drained soil in sun or part shade.

5. Schizachyrium scoparium

Little Bluestem

Little bluestem is a showy specimen that possesses all the great attributes of a native plant! This clump-forming grass grows 2-4 feet tall and has soft green foliage that turns a brilliant orange with red and purple undertones each fall. The delicate, white seed tufts persist through the winter and provide food for songbirds. This grass is tough—it can handle drought and tolerate some shade.

6. Hibiscus SUMMERIFIC® ‘Summer Storm’

Rose Mallow

This stunning hardy Hibiscus will energize the back of the perennial border or stand alone as a sensational specimen. The wine-colored foliage develops best in full sun and easily withstands the summer heat. This floriferous hybrid has brilliant pink flowers with red centers and will produce blooms from July through October! The onset of fall brings out a striking a coppery color in the leaves. The sturdy stems make this plant suitable as a specimen or as a hedge.

7. Eryngium ‘Blue Glitter’

Sea Holly

Sea holly will thrive in that tough corner of the garden in full sun with dry soil!  The bright blue flowers have spiny bracts at the base of each flower head, lending texture and interest to the mixed garden. These uncommon blooms are borne on 3 foot tall silvery stems that rise above the deeply lobed foliage. This improved selection has more flowers and matures quickly, providing blooms from July through September. It’s great for flower arrangements because the flowers dry easily and are long- lasting.

8. Tricyrtis ‘Miyazaki’ Hybrids

Toad Lily

The delicate, orchid-like flowers of the toad lily add a splash of color to the shade garden when other perennials have finished blooming. The unique flowers of white with purple speckles emerge in late summer along 2 foot tall arching stems. Mix with hostas, ferns or hellebores near the front of the border to enjoy the striking blooms. Best grown in part shade in most, slightly acidic soils.

9. Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’


This spectacular coneflower lives up to its name with fragrant, 3 inch pom-pom flowers that exhibit the deep orange and red shades of a ripe papaya! The dark green foliage and sturdy stems support a profusion of flowers from mid summer to early fall. This is a vigorous selection that performs reliably year after year. The dried seedheads provide food for birds and lend a structural quality to the winter garden. Prefers full sun and well-drained soil.

10. Belamcanda chinensis

Blackberry Lily

Blackberry lily graces late summer with its tropical-looking flowers and by fall its tan seed pods burst open to reveal unique black seeds that persist through the winter. The star-shaped flowers are shades of yellow, orange, and red with burgundy speckles. The blooms float above wiry stems and compact, sword-like foliage in July and August, reaching 2-3 feet high. Grows in full sun in moist, well-drained soil and will slowly spread by rhizomes.


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