Plants for 2021

* indicates plants native to eastern North America

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Epimedium ‘Frohnleiten’. Barrenwort. A terrible name for a brilliant plant from east Asia. Marvelous in dry shade and easy to grow, forms a ground cover under trees and blooms with yellow flowers in spring. 16” tall with evergreen leaves. Divide and replant in fall.



*Eupatorium rugosum. White snakeroot. This is the end of the summer white flower of the dry shady woodland. At 2-3 feet tall, the fuzzy flowers glow in the shade. Easy from seed or divisions of the spreading underground rhizomes.

*Eryngium yuccifolium. Rattlesnake master. Round white globes on 2-5’ plants with grey foliage are loved by pollinators. Full sun and dry soil. Will seed and blooms from June to September. A striking cut flower.


Eryngium planum ‘Blaukappe’. Blue cap sea holly. Vivid blue flowers on spiny leaved 2-3’ plants. Full sun, dry conditions. Blooms June to September. Good cut.


*Geranium maculatum. Wild geranium. This woodland wildflower sports large pink blooms in May, with palmate leaves which persist all summer. 12-18” Good for dry shade. Easy from seed.

Geranium phaeum. Mourning widow. Named for the dark purple, nodding flowers in May and June. The plants grow to 2’ on bushy, rhizomatous clumps. Will self seed. Excellent in dry shade.

Helleborus foetidus. Bear claw hellebore. This is the earliest spring blooming plant, happy in part shade or full sun and dry soil. The flowers appear in January and are green, but the foliage is gorgeous. Just the thing for your weed lookalike garden. 12-16” in bloom, shorter as a foliage plant. Will self seed, but you can move the plants any time.



Helleborus x hybridus. Lenten rose. Yes, it does bloom during Lent, regardless of when that is. Shades of red, maroon, pink and white the long-lasting flowers. Plants are neat mounds of palmate evergreen foliage 12-18”. Seeds around, but not invasive.


*Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’. False sunflower. But there’s nothing false about this wonderful yellow-flowered perennial. 4-6’ tall, blooming in September and October. Can be used for cutting. Divide the clumps to get more. Perfect in the meadow or wildflower garden.

*Heuchera. coral bells, alumroot. A genus with wonderful foliage and many hybrids. Native to North America where it lives in rock cracks. We offer: H. ‘Steel City’, ‘Silver Scrolls’ ’Coral Bouquet’ ‘Raspberry Ice’ ‘Bronze Wave all from the breeding program of The Primrose Path. More information on the web site


*Heucherella. Foamy bells. Intergeneric hybrid from The Primrose Path combines the features of tiarellas and heucheras. Glossy, metallic leaves and spikes of starry flowers on 12-18” plants. Persistent in the landscape far more than any other heucherella. Propagated by tissue culture at Plants We Like.

*Iris cristata Crested iris.This small iris forms a mat of connected rhizomes with blue flag flowers in early May. Wonderful with blue phlox and wood poppies. 6-8” tall, Divide the roots after flowering.

Iris pumila. Bright yellow flag flowers, larger than the crested, in May. Dry sun, well-drained soils. 12” tall. Good spike leaves all summer.