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Proven Perennials for any Garden!
June 2009

Perennials make a great addition to any type of garden. Whether you have a hillside or a low area where water collects, a dry sunny bed or a shady spot, perennials are a perfect solution! Perennials return year after year bringing color, texture and form to your garden

(Plants subject to availability)

Perennials that work on hillsides
If you have a steep hill and have problems with erosion or are just tired of mowing, perennials are your answer!

There are many choices for a sunny hillside. Sedum is easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. They will tolerate some light shade as well as drought and heat. Sedum thrives in sandy to gravelly soils of moderate to low fertility. They prefer good soil drainage to perform well. Plants will naturalize over time.

There are dozens of species that range from large garden flower hybrids to tiny species that creep along the ground. Each has some variation of color and texture. Try a combination of the various sedums for texture, color and low maintenance.

Consider some of the Stepables such as Archers Gold, Creeping or Wooly Thyme, Creeping Jenny or Mazus reptens for a sunny hill. Try some of the lower growing grasses such as Black Mondo Grass or variegated Liriope for low maintenance and a stunning look.

For a shady hill mix wild Canadian Ginger, a lovely low ground cover with the 2009 Plant of the year, Hakonechola macra 'Aurela,' Ajuga or any of the many wonderful Hostas.


Black Jack

Autumn Joy
Sedum rupestre 'Angelina' is a low-growing, mat-forming, evergreen stonecrop that grows to only 4” tall but quickly spreads to 24” wide.
Angelina is an excellent used as a ground cover or used as a border or in rock gardens. This Sedum will drape over stone walls. It is effective in containers and hanging baskets.
Sedum 'Black Jack' has solid dark purple foliage is held on dark, sturdy, upright stems that will grow to 24". This plant is a sport from Sedum 'Matrona' with pink flowers that show up beautifully against the dark foliage. Plants emerge somewhat green and will get their darkest coloration hot, sunny conditions. Surround a group of these with Sedum 'Angelina' for a WOW combination!
Sedum 'Autumn Joy' is a hardy upright plant that forms a dense mound of blue green foliage. Showy late summer flower display in Aug.-Sept. Broad rich pink flower clusters and will grow to 18 inches.

Blue Spruce

Hen and Chicks

Blue Carpet
Sedum 'Blue Spruce' is a course textured groundcover sedum, with very blue (spruce colored), 1/2" long, needle-like foliage complement yellow flowers in summer. Any sedum, upright or ground hugging is an excellent addition to a sunny border. Hen and chicks are popular in gardens for their varied and interesting appearance and hardiness. They are grown as container planting or rock gardens. They do best in well-drained, rocky soil. Although they do best in sun, they will grow in light shade. Sedum 'Blue Carpet' forms tight gray-blue foliage that changes to deep blue and then lovely hues of purple when cold. In late summer, foliage is completely covered with small pink star-shaped flowers. Excellent where drought conditions prevail. The blue carpet prefers part to full sun. It grows at a fast rate and stays tight to the ground.

Woolly Thyme

Elfin Thyme

Archers Gold Thyme
'Woolly Thyme' has dusty gray foliage and pink flowers that create a versatile evergreen groundcover that will cover dry slopes, fill in between rocks or liven hanging baskets and containers. Works well between stepping stones or around roses. The Woolly Thyme prefers part to full sun.
"Elfin Thyme' This miniature thyme forms a tight solid mat of gray/green foliage. Gorgeous when in bloom with light pink flowers in summer. Creates a versatile groundcover that will cover dry slopes, fill in between stepping stones or creep over a rock. In warmer climates, plants will require more shade, cooler climates more sun. The growth rate is slow.
'Archer's Gold' has bright gold foliage all year long, plus it has a nice aroma when crushed. Excellent for herb garden walkways, or around rose beds or as a lawn substitution with light usage. The flowers are light lavender/pink and blooms in late summer. This thyme prefers part to full sun and will grow 3-6" at a moderate rate.

Mazus reptens Alba

Creeping Jenny Aurea

Black Mondo Grass
Mazus reptens Alba has a green, low-growing mat that is covered with abundant, tiny white flowers in the spring. Use as a lawn substitute with moderate usage, to fill crevices or between stepping stones. The mazus prefers part shade to full sun. It is a very fast grower that stays tight to the ground. (There is also a purple blooming variety.)
'Golden Creeping Jenny' is a spreading plant that features small, round gold leaves and yellow flowers. Use in borders, near drain spouts or in containers. Dependable groundcover for areas where other plants fail. This lysimachia prefers full shade to part sun and will bloom in early summer. It is a fast grower. Plant with Black Mondo Grass for outstanding contrast and color.
Black Mondo Grass
Black mondo grass is truly one of the closest to black plants you will find. This plant is chosen for its linear black leaves that provide great contrast and texture in the perennial garden. Spreading rather slowly by rhizomes, this turf like clump reaches 6″ tall. Light pink flowers are borne on spikes that reach just above the foliage in summer. Plant the black mondo grass in moist well drained soils, it will tolerate full sun but performs best in part shade situations.

Variegated Liriope

Hakonechola macra Aureola
Variegated Liriope has unique bluish-white flower spikes 18" tall in summer followed by dark blue-black berries in the fall. Variegated Liriope is an almost foolproof plant that endures heat and drought. Plant in full sun or heavy shade.
Hackonchola macra Aureola, is the 2009 Perennial Plant winner. This ornamental grass may be used as a ground cover, a border speciman or in mass planting. This grass offers vivid highlights in shaded areas. This grass prefers partial shade and moist, well-drained soils.

Turn a wet spot into an attractive Rain Garden!

Rain gardens help prevent erosion, drainage and flooding problems, keep pollutants out of your local stormwater system, and bring beauty and wildlife to your landscape. Using native plants will help you provide habitat for native colorful, fun-to-watch and water-dependent wildlife species.

We suggest some of the following perennials to create a rain garden:
New England Aster, Tussock sedge, Northern Sea Oats, Rose Turtlehead, Prairie blazing star, Cardinal flower, Monarda, False dragonhead and Lizard’s tail.

For more photographs, plant descriptions and information on creating a Rain Gardens click here.

Cardinal Flower

Rose Turtlehead

Lizards Tail

Love flowers, but don't want the high maintenance? Use Native Plants or Xeriscaping
Using native plants for lower maintenance gardening and water conservation. By using native plants in good healthy soil, you will eliminate the need for fertilizers and pesticides. By reducing the amount of turf grass, you will save money and fuel! And, you will create a habitat for local wildlife.

Almost any landscaping style can be achieved using xeriscaping. The principles can be applied to all or part of a yard, in any geographic region.

We suggest some of the following grasses and perennials for a native landscape in a sunny area:
(Plants subject to availability)

Butterfly Milkweed, Blue False Indigo, Purple Poppy Mallow, Lanceleaf Coreopsis, Purple Coneflower, Prairie Blazing Star, Missouri Primrose, Switch Grass, Garden Phlox, Black Eyed Susan, Little Bluestem and Prairie Dropseed.

For more native plant information and photograhs, click here.

Butterfly Milkweed

Blue False Indigo

Purple Poppy Mallow

Lanceleaf Coreopsis

Garden Phlox

Missouri Primrose

Great Perennials for Shade Gardens

If you are having problems growing grass in a shady spot, or just want to create a shade garden, why not consider perennials that thrive in the shade! Astilbe, Hosta, Heuchara, wild Canadian ginger, Goatsbeard, Celandine Poppy and the many types of ferns are among the plants that thrive in shady areas. (For more varieties of Hosta, click here.)

Bridal Veil


Hennie Graafland
Bridal Veil is a foamy, ivory white bloomer with full, branched flower heads and dependably attractive foliage. 'Bridal Veil' blooms mid summer, adding light and movement to shady garden spots.
Fanal has perhaps the darkest red flowers of any of the astilbes and for its bronze foliage. It is a compact cultivar which typically forms a foliage mound to 9-12” tall with narrow panicles of dark crimson red flowers appearing on upright, 15-18” tall stems.
Hennie Graafland has airy pale-rose plumes. It has finely serrated, shiny dark green foliage and blooms mid to late season.



The Patriot
Halcyon is a mid-size hosta with dense mounding spear shaped foliage with lavender flowers. It has good slug resistance and willl grow 18" tall by 43" wide. June has chartreuse centers that matures to creamy white. It has violet flowers. It was the 2001 Hosta of the Year! It will grow 24" tall by 20" wide. The Patriot has extremely wide white margins and is strongly variegated with lavender flowers. It will grow 22" tall by 30" wide.
The Heuchera is a must for part shade to part sun gardens. It is best grown in organically rich, humusy, medium wet, well-drained soil. In the St. Louis area, best foliage color may occur in sunny spots with part afternoon shade. Divide clumps in spring every 3-4 years.


Crimson Curls

'Lime Ricky'
Obsidian is a clump-forming, coral bells hybrid that is noted for its dark purple to almost black leaves that remain dark throughout the growing season. This compact mound grows to 8-10” tall and 16” wide. Small, creamy white flowers borne in open, airy panicles appear in late spring to early summer on slender, wiry stems rising typically 20-24” tall.
Crimson Curls is a clump-forming perennial which features distinctively curly purple foliage and off-white flowers. The rounded, lobed, long-petioled leaves (2-4" wide) form a basal mound (to 9" tall). Tiny, white, bell-shaped flowers borne in open, airy panicles appear in late spring to early summer on slender, wiry stems rising well above the foliage mound (typically to 12-18" tall)..

Lime Rickey is a vigorous, clump-forming coral bells cultivar that is most noted for its ruffled lime green foliage and white flowers. It has lobed, rounded leaves with ruffled edges that form an 8" mound which may spread to 18” wide. Leaves emerge chartreuse in spring, but mature to lime green in summer. Tiny, white flowers appear in spires in late spring to early summer on slender stems rising above the foliage mound, typically to 18” tall.


Northern Sea Oats

Celandine Poppy
Goat's Beard has Large wands of frothy, creamy white flowers in June. Tiny brown seed capsules dry and stay on females plants after flowering is finished. Foliage is similar to astilbe but growth habit is shrub like. Medium to average Shade .
Northern Sea Oats
Northern Sea Oats
have upright clumps of bamboolike foliage. Green leaves turn copper in fall and brown in winter. Attractive flat flower spikes droop down from stems. They prefers light shade and damp soil. Can self-sow prolifically.
Will take light shade
Celandine Poppy is a wonderful early spring bloomer for the shade garden. Showy yellow flowers are held above lobed, blue-green leaves. Part to full shade

Proven Perennials for Sunny Beds or Borders

Purple Cone Flower

Becky Daisy

May Night Salvia
Purple coneflower is a Missouri native plant which will take all of the heat and humidity there is! Purple Cone Flower has long summer bloom period. Flowers grow on rigid stems typically to 3' tall. Good fresh cut or dried flower. The dead flower stems will remain erect well into the winter and, if flower heads are not removed, are often visited by goldfinches who perch on or just below the blackened cones to feed on the seeds Becky is a mainstay of the perennial border. It is a long lasting excellent Shasta cultivar. This daisy is larger than most other Shasta cultivars, growing 3-4' tall on rigid stems which do not require staking. Features 3-4" diameter flower heads with the classic white rays and yellow center disks and coarsely-toothed, lance-shaped, medium green leaves. Stems do not require staking. Long bloom period of July through September.
May Night Salvia, the1997 Perennial Plant of the Year stands out in garden borders with its summer-long blooms.
Fantastic companion to plant with Coreopsis. Height 18". Spacing 18". Grows best in full sun and moist soils.

Stokesia laevis

Rudbeckia 'Goldstrum'

 Stokes' aster is an upright perennial which features fluffy, cornflower-like, soft blue flowers (to 4" across) on generally erect, leafy stems growing 18-24" tall from a rosette of oblong-lanceolate, medium green leaves (to 8" long). Stokesia features long summer bloom. Grow in average, medium wet, well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers moist soils, but has surprisingly good drought tolerance. Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' or the Black Eyed Susan is easily grown in average, dry to medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun. It tolerates hot and humid summers and some drought. This cultivar is an upright, clump-forming perennial which typically grows 2-3' tall. It features large, flowers with deep yellow rays and dark brownish-black center disks.  Achillea is a joy to the gardener for its undemanding adaptive nature and its eagerness to perform abundantly throughout the summer. There are many different colors ot choose from. The foliage is fern-like and aromatic. Keeping this plant out of heavy moist soils, dividing every 2 years and removing the spent flowers assures months of continuous color.
Daylilies are easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Daylilies do well in a wide range of well-drained soils, but prefer a deep, fertile loam. Daylilies are extremely adaptable perennials. They are easy to grow, quick to multiply and virtually pest free.

They provide color and contrast to the perennial border when grown in clumps or when massed over large areas. The fountain-like leaves provide elegant foliage, color and texture for the garden when the flowers are not in bloom. Daylilies can crowd out weeds and form a verdant ground cover.

Pardon Me

Happy Returns

Stella d'Oro
Pardon Me is a vigorous cultivar which features 3-inch diameter bright red flowers with yellow-green throats. Flowers typically rise to 24" tall and are fragrant. Individual flowers open for one day. Blooms in late mid-season with a possible repeat bloom in autumn. Happy Returns is a repeat-blooming cultivar which features 3.5" diameter, ruffled, lemon yellow flowers on naked stems (scapes) typically rising to 18" tall above a clump of arching, linear, blade-like leaves. Individual flowers open for one day. Mildly fragrant. This cultivar is a 'Stella de Oro' hybrid which starts blooming in June with a good repeat bloom to frost. Stella d'Oro features profuse 2.75-inch diameter yellow flowers with ruffled edges and deeper yellow throats. The flower is classified as a miniature. Flowers open for one day. This multiple AHS award winner has become perhaps the most popular daylily in cultivation in large part because of its compact size, vigorous growth, profuse bloom and extremely long bloom period. It reblooms and withstands cold temperatures without mulching.

No matter what type of garden conditions you have,
perennials are the answer!

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