Perennials

Gardening Guide

Perennials

Husker Red Penstemon

Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
An erect, clump-forming perennial with purple-red foliage. Spikes of tall white flowers appear with a pink blush on red stems in spring. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Ideal in the sunny border, as an accent or specimen.

30" tall x 24" wide

Full sun

Russian Sage

Perovskia atriplicifolia
Tough and durable perennial that tolerates heat and drought. It has an upright, spreading growth habit and its stems are covered with gray-green foliage. Lavender-blue flowers top the stems providing a brilliant display in summer.

3-4' tall x 3-4' wide

Full sun

Black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia fulgida
Hardy perennial with 2–3″ wide showy golden-yellow daisy-like blooms from summer until frost. Excellent in borders or naturalized gardens. Spreads rapidly to cover a large area. Durable, long-lived.

24-30" tall x 18-24" wide

Full sun

Katie’s Dwarf Ruellia

Ruellia brittoniana ‘Katie’s Dwarf’
Drought tolerant, durable perennial that tolerates heat and humidity. Narrow, green leaves back pink or purple, funnel-shaped flowers. Easy to grow and maintain. A great border edging.

12" tall x 15-18" wide

Full sun

Victoria Blue Salvia

Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria Blue’
Upright and densely branched with fuzzy flowers and stems. Deep blue flowers top the plant for a long period and attract butterflies. Great in borders or in containers. Looks really nice when planted in large groups.

15-20' tall x 12-15' wide

Full sun

Indigo Spires Salvia

Salvia x ‘Indigo Spires’
Quick-growing and heat tolerant perennial grown for its nice display of blue-purple flower spikes that stand above the foliage all summer long. Wonderful color for the mixed border. Attracts butterflies.

4-5' tall x 4-5' wide

Full sun

Mystic Spires Salvia

Salvia ‘Balsalmisp’ PP18054
A smaller, more compact version of Salvia ‘Indigo Spires’. It has the same beautiful flowers but in a more compact form. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Excellent container or bedding plant.

24-30" tall x 24-30" wide

Full sun

Mexican Bush Sage

Salvia leucantha
Very showy perennial that is tolerant of dry, hot sites. Foliage is velvety green with purplish and white blooms radiating from the foliage. A great choice for late season bloom. Attracts hummingbirds.

4-5' tall x 4-5' wide

Full sun

Hot Lips Sage

Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’
A bicolored blooming Salvia with red and white flowers produced all summer. Blooms may be all red or all white, or both. Tolerates heat and humidity well. Great for use in borders and beds. Aromatic foliage.

2-3' tall x 4-5' wide

Full sun

Pincushion Flower

Scabiosa columbaria
Popular summer blooming perennial with large, showy, lavender blue, pink or white flowers. Delicate looking, but is durable and dependable in tough conditions. Excellent in rock gardens and perennial borders.

12-15" tall x 12-15" wide

Full sun