Perennials come up year after year with flowers that bloom during a specific window of time. With a little planning, you can orchestrate a beautiful perennial garden to have plants blooming year-round. We offer perennials for sun or shade, natives, a wide variety of special interest plants (i.e. hostas) as well as a large selection of ground covers, grasses, vines, and large perennials. Chat with one of our experts and start planning your perennial-filled garden!
These perennials are 2021's showstoppers. Add lasting color and attract pollinators with beautiful blue blossoms from Nepeta Cat's Pajamas, add interest to shady parts of your landscape with uniquely variegated Hostas, or support your local ecosystem with the cheery, daisy-like petals of Lanceleaf Coreopsis! Click below for more information on all of the plants of the year from the National Plant of the Year website!
plants of the year
PROVEN WINNERS PERENNIAL OF THE YEAR
Nepeta Cat's Pajamas is a bountiful pollinator with bubbly blue blossoms that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds! It's reliably easy to take care of, as it can tolerate those sunny, drier areas of your landscape! Count on blooms from root to tip from spring through fall!
NEPETA SP.'sun king'
PERENNIAL PLANT ASSOCIATION
PLANT OF THE YEAR
Like a cloud of confetti, tiny white flowers (sometimes touched with pale blue) appear from early summer to fall. Undemanding and dependable, this full-sun perennial has a low mounding or bushy habit, ideal for the front of the border, rock gardens, and more. It's also conveniently pest and deer resistant!
of the year
The Shadowland 'Whee!' Hosta has been named Proven Winners' Hosta of the Year! This intensely ruffled, variegated Hosta is as beautiful as its name is fun! It's perfect for shady areas of your garden, and its leaves grow even thicker and more ruffled as it matures. Click below to learn more!
Why we choose
Plants should coexist, not compete.
reduce chemical fertilization
manage storm water
Planting natives allows developed landscapes to coexist, rather than compete, with nature. More and more Missourians are choosing to grow native to reduce maintenance, reduce chemical fertilization, manage storm water, and promote plant and wildlife conservation. By incorporating native, you are helping insects, birds, and other animals that depend on native plants to survive. To learn more about native plants, visit some of the links below or click one of our current plant lists for more information.
Garden Heights Nursery is proud to be a Grow Native! retailer. Grow Native! helps protect and restore biodiversity by increasing conservation awareness of native plants and their use in urban, suburban, and rural developed landscapes. For more information about native plants or educational programs, check out the links below.
A NATIVE LANDSCAPING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FROM THE MISSOURI PRAIRIE FOUNDATION
Monarch Cafe and Pollinator Buffet are a series of specialty plant tags to help market the ecological services of natives that are especially important to monarch butterflies and many insect pollinators. Check out these lists of the featured species and associated pollinators native to the lower midwest.
For more help planning your pollinator garden, download the Pollinator Plant Menu below and keep your garden buzzing through Spring, Summer, and Fall!
WITH MONARCH CAFE + POLLINATOR BUFFET
A PROGRAM OF ST. LOUIS COUNTY PARKS
The Pollinator Pantry program is an education outreach program of the St. Louis County Parks that promotes creating pollinator friendly landscaping in the St. Louis County region. Follow the links below to learn about pollinator plants suitable for the St. Louis Landscape and landscape habitat requirements for promoting pollinators.
Perennials fight erosion! Due to their extensive root system they prevent soil erosion and out-compete weeds, making them an investment that will ensure a stable landscape for years to come.
Perennial gardening links
We're lucky to have the Missouri Botanical Garden right here at home. As a huge research institution, MOBOT is a great resource for plants and gardening. For a detailed list of all native trees and plant information visit their website, or better yet, visit the garden!