Petite Perennials

Asclepias viridiflora – Short Green Milkweed
Asclepias viridiflora – Short Green Milkweed

Asclepias viridiflora Short Green Milkweed is a Michigan native milkweed. While somewhat rare it has an extensive range throughout the United States. The plant matures to 1-3′ in height making it a nice choice for borders. Short Green Milkweed blooms during early summer with blooms lasting about three weeks. Flowers are light green to green and as the plant matures the flowers begin to turn yellowish green or purplish green. It prefers full to partial sun and grows in a variety of soils but prefers dry-mesic to mesic. Habitats include openings in upland forests that are rocky or sandy; upland black soil prairies, sand prairies, gravel prairies, and hill prairies; barrens, limestone glades, and sand dunes; and abandoned fields.

The flowers attract bumblebees and butterflies. Also known as Green Milkweed, Green Comet Milkweed, Green Antelopehorn Milkweed, Green-Flowered Milkweed.

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Aster dumosus – ‘Wood’s Blue’ Dwarf Aster
Aster dumosus – ‘Wood’s Blue’ Dwarf Aster

Clear lavender-blue flowers appear in late summer through fall over clean, compact, dark green foliage. Perfect for sunny borders or containers, this beauty looks good all season and displays great mildew resistance! ‘Wood’s Blue’ prefers consistently moist, well-drained soil. Rejoice, me hearties–it’s maritime tolerant.

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Coreopsis – UpTick™ Yellow & Red
Coreopsis – UpTick™ Yellow & Red

Easy-to-finish series has bigger flowers and longer blooming for more color at retail and in the garden.

  • Tidy, mounded habit is easier to ship and shows better at retail.
  • Keeps its shape – and color – in the landscape all Summer long.
  • Cream is a clean, creamy white that’s much sought-after for landscape design.
  • Low maintenance and very mildew-resistant.
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Coreopsis verticillata Sizzle & Spice™ Crazy Cayenne
Coreopsis verticillata Sizzle & Spice™ Crazy Cayenne

Heat up your Summer garden with this easy-care, hardy perennial with threadleaf foliage. Adds a bright spot of color all Summer long.
Fiery sunset orange flowers with red-orange concentrated at the centers cover the gray-green foliage.

‘Crazy Cayenne’

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Echinacea Sombrero – ‘Adobe Orange’ Coneflower
Echinacea Sombrero – ‘Adobe Orange’ Coneflower

Echinacea Sombrero ‘Adobe Orange’ Coneflower is a garden superstar with its compact, well branched habit and prolific blooms. The large, single, daisy like flowers are pumpkin hued surrounding the rusty brown cone. This petite perennial is a splendid choice for borders and does equally well in the container garden.

Attractive to butterflies, Echinacea Sombrero ‘Adobe Orange’ Coneflower is also a magnet for important pollinators and beneficial insects. The flower heads provide visual winter interest and are an important food source for birds.

The Sombrero series is a new introduction bred to produce well-branched, sturdy and compact plants featuring a high bud count.

U.S. Plant Patent #26,639.

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Echinacea Sombrero ‘Baja Burgundy’ Coneflower
Echinacea Sombrero ‘Baja Burgundy’ Coneflower

Echinacea Sombrero ‘Baja Burgundy’ is a splendid coneflower selection with deep burgundy petals surrounding a large brown cone. These vibrant daisy like flowers bloom freely from mid-summer to frost and are easy to grow plants tolerant of drought, heat, humidity and poor soil.

Attractive to butterflies, Echinacea Sombrero ‘Salsa Red’ Coneflower is also a magnet for important pollinators and beneficial insects. The flower heads provide visual winter interest and are an important food source for birds.

The Sombrero series is a new introduction bred to produce well-branched, sturdy and compact plants featuring a high bud count.

Grown in 4.5” square pots.

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Echinacea Sombrero ‘Hot Coral’ Coneflower
Echinacea Sombrero ‘Hot Coral’ Coneflower

Very strong, well-branched, plants produce large single daisies in coral-pink color and bronze cones. Color is strong and lasts for months in the garden. The flowers are excellent for cutting and attract butterflies, hummingbirds and bees. Echinacea purpurea, commonly known as purple coneflower, is an herbaceous perennial that is native to the central to southeastern United States. Easy-to-grow plant is tolerant of drought, heat, humidity and poor soil. Plants bloom with showy, daisy-like flowers from mid-summer until first frost. Excellent choice for perennial border, natural meadow, butterfly or pollinator garden, or wildflower garden.

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Echinacea Sombrero ‘Lemon Yellow’ Coneflower
Echinacea Sombrero ‘Lemon Yellow’ Coneflower

Sunny, lemon yellow blooms sure to brighten a summer border! A must-have for a cutting garden, this drought tolerant perennial was bred for cold hardiness and compact form with prolific flowering over an exceptionally long season. Keep dried flower heads on the plants in the fall for winter interest. An herbaceous perennial.

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Echinacea Sombrero ‘Salsa Red’ Coneflower
Echinacea Sombrero ‘Salsa Red’ Coneflower

Echinacea Sombrero ‘Salsa Red’ is characterized by intense red blooms atop strong, well-branched stems. The large, single, daisy like flowers are bright red surrounding a large brown cone. The showy flowers bloom happily from mid-summer to frost and are easy to grow plants tolerant of drought, heat, humidity and poor soil.

Attractive to butterflies, Echinacea Sombrero ‘Salsa Red’ Coneflower is also a magnet for important pollinators and beneficial insects. The flower heads provide visual winter interest and are an important food source for birds.

The Sombrero series is a new introduction bred to produce well-branched, sturdy and compact plants featuring a high bud count.

Grown in 4.5″ square pots.

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Liatris spicata - Kobold
Liatris spicata – ‘Kobold’ Dwarf Gayfeather

Culture

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers moist, fertile soils. Tolerant of poor soils, drought, summer heat and humidity. Intolerant of wet soils in winter.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This blazing star cultivar is a small, compact, upright, clump-forming perennial which typically grows 2-2.5′ tall. Features terminal spikes (6-15″ long) of sessile, rounded, fluffy, deep purple flower heads (each to 3/4″ across) appearing atop rigid, erect, leafy flower stalks. Multiple stalks arise from basal tufts of narrow leaves (to 10″). Flowers generally open top to bottom on the spikes. Blooms in summer. Liatris belongs to the aster family, with each flower head having only fluffy disk flowers (resembling “blazing stars”) and no rays.

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