Plants for 2021

* indicates plants native to eastern North America

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*Rudbeckia fulgida. Black eyed susan. Drought tolerant and semi-evergreen, this August to October bloomer will give you many flowers to cut. 3’ tall, full sun. Divide the clumps in spring.

*Sanguinaria canadensis. Bloodroot. A spring ephemeral, the white flowers are quick to open and shatter in an April rain or snowstorm. The leaves wrap the stem and persist into the summer.4-6” Will seed to form large colonies.

Salvia nemorosa ‘East Friesland’. East Friesland wood sage. From June to September the 18: flower spikes of deep blue violet keep coming .Full sun, dry soils,one of the longest blooming of perennials. Divide the clumps.


*Sedum ternatum. Crow’s foot sedum, stonecrop. A small sedum for rocky ledges in shade. White star flowers in May. The grey foliage looks like tiny roses. 4” for between rocks or stepping stones. Stems root easily in the fall.


*Solidago caesius. Blue stem goldenrod. Yellow flowers light up the woodland garden in September and October.. Shade to part shade. 18-24” The flowers appear along the stem at the leaf axils. Dry to medium soils. Divide in spring.


Sternbergia lutea. Lilies of the field. Native to Israel, this is the plant Jesus was talking about when he asked us to consider their beauty. “Solomon in all his glory is not arrayed like one of these”. An October blooming yellow crocus, 6-8”. Spreads by small bulblets which can be pulled off the mother bulb.


*Stylophorum diphyllum. Wood poppy. Bright yellow poppy flowers in April and May. Deeply cut foliage is attractive all summer. 16-24”. Spreads by seeds, which must be sown while fresh. Dig small seedlings in spring.

*Symphyotrichum oblongifolius ‘October Skies’.  Aromatic aster. This short companion to cushion mums supplies the one color they lack: blue. 12” when grown in dry, sandy soil. Can be cut  back in June if your soil is so rich that they grow taller. Found on our property here in Fayette County and now in gardens all over the world. Stem cuttings will keep it short and bushy. Not from seed.

*Symphyotrichum novae-angliae. New England Aster. Tall purple, pink and maroon asters bloom in the fall. Likes moist soils and full sun. 3-4’. From seeds or stem cuttings in spring.


*Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (Formerly Aster simplex). Tall pale pink or white daisies in September and October. Spreads by underground stolons. Can be used to hold eroding banks. For the wild garden or prairie. Sun to part shade, 4’.


*Symphyotrichum cordifolium. Heartleaf aster. Blue aster flowers on short plants in October. 18”, sun or part shade, dry soils. Easy as a ground cover. Spreads by horizontal stems, which can be separated and rooted in spring.


*Tiarella cordifolia. Foamflower. Starry spikes of pink and white in April and May. A good ground cover for dry shade. We also offer several hybrids from The Primrose Path: ‘Elizabeth Oliver’, ‘Pink Brushes’, and  ‘Butterfly Wings.’ Please see for more information.



*Trillium sessile. Toad trillium. Red flowers sit directly on the leaves of this small trillium. May, 6-10” Dry shade and leafy cover. Can be grown from seed but takes several years.


*Viola striata. Cream violet. White flowers, not cream, on short, semi-evergreen plants. 6-9”. Thrives in full sun with adequate moisture, or in dry shade. Will seed around. Blooms in April and May.

*Viola sororia. Confederate Violet. White flowers with prominent blue veining on the petals. Some are spotted but these may not be confederates. A pretty woodland perennial for April and May. Leaves and flowers are edible. Seeds and divisions of the roots.


*Zizia aurea. Golden alexanders. A short lived perennial ( but mine are still there after years) that blooms really early, in April and May. Beloved by swallowtail butterflies. 3', prefers full sun and dry to medium soils. Easy from seed, will self-sow.