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

John Fanick Phlox

Phlox paniculata ‘John Fanick’
Heat tolerant Phlox that was discovered in San Antonio. In summer, showy clusters of pink flowers, each with a darker pink eye, cover the foliage and bloom over a long period. Excellent disease resistance. Attracts butterflies.

2-3' tall x 1-2' wide

Full sun to part shade

Pink Thrift

Phlox subulata
Evergreen, low growing, mounding perennial with bright green, fine textured, needle-like foliage. Bears a profusion of small, bright pink, blue or white flowers that literally cover the foliage, in spring. Fine rock garden plant, groundcover or edging.

4-6" tall x 12" wide

Full sun to part shade

Red Wing Thrift

Phlox subulata ‘Red Wing’
Evergreen, low growing, mounding perennial with bright green, fine textured, needle-like foliage. Bears a profusion of small, red flowers that literally cover the foliage, in spring. Fine rock garden plant, groundcover or edging.

4-6" tall x 12" wide

Full sun to part shade

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

Amistad Salvia

Salvia guaranitica ‘Amistad’ PP23578
A heat and drought tolerant plant with dark green foliage. Blooms are a lovely dark purple. Flowers are a magnet for butterflies and hummingbirds. Nice compact habit and a reliable summer performer.

3-4' tall x 3' wide

Full sun to part shade

Black and Blue Salvia

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’
Durable perennial with deep green foliage and very showy blue and black flowers that bloom continually from summer through fall. An excellent background plant. A great color contrast when planted with orange or yellow flowering plants.

2-3' tall x 3-5' wide

Full sun to part shade