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Bay State Perennial Farm is known for its wide selection of perennials. Plants are listed alphabetically by their latin names and can be located by clicking on the first letter of the plant name in the alphabet above.

Cimicifuga Pk Spk with Bee 400

Cimicifuga simplex ‘Pink Spike’ with bee (9-21-16)

Calamintha nep. 'Blue Cloud'

Calamintha nepetoides ‘Blue Cloud’    Calamintha is one of those garden gems that always looks good and smells even better. A tidy rounded mound, 12 - 15 ins. tall by 15 - 18 ins. broad, tightly clothed in tiny gray/green leaves. In early to mid Aug. Calamentha begins covering itself with hundreds of tiny, light lavender flowers and continues blooming until halted by frost. To call these plants fragrant doesn’t begin to describe the intensity of the aroma emitted at the slightest contact with the leaves. Extremely drought tolerant but perfectly at home in fertile, moist but well-drained soils. Pretty enough for a formal, structured setting but equally attractive in the herb garden and in more casual, mixed borders. Zone 5.

Calamintha n. ‘Marvelette Blue’ New      A dwarf Calamintha with striking purple-blue flowers on compact, up-facing stems only 6”-8” tall by 10”-12” wide. Resembles a small growing catmint, sharing the same, season-long, bloom period but with a tidier, more restrained habit. This is a plant custom made for edging borders and pathways, and it looks terrific in containers. For sun, in a range of soils from moist to dry. Blooms all summer over delightfully minty scented foliage. Clumps benefit from a hard, mid-summer cuting back from which they quickly recover and resume blooming through summer. Attracts butterflies. Zone 4.

Calamintha n. 'Montrose White'    A new, better Calamint with greener and glossier leaves in a tidy, non-flopping mound that's covered with tiny white flowers showing just a hint of lavender, through summer into fall, 12"-15" tall and up -2’-3’ wide . For sunny, well-drained spots. Becomes drought tolerant once established.  For sunny borders, for edging, for herb gardens and decorative containers.  Does not set seed resulting in a season-long bloom period. Attracts many pollinators, deer resistant. Foliage is delightfully aromatic. Zone 5.

Callirhoe involucrata   ( Wine Cups) Large, bright purple-red, cup-shaped flowers all summer over finely cut foliage on spreading, ground-hugging stems. Drought-tolerant, native. Excellent when allowed to creep through stones in the rock garden or cascade over walls. They require well-drained soil, in full sun. Zone 4.

Calluna (Heather)    See listing under Trees and Shrubs.

Caltha palustris    see under Woodland Flowers.

Camassia leichtlinii

Camassia leichtinii   A spring flowering bulb native to the Pacific Northwest with showy, dark blue flowers attractively arrayed in terminal recemes of up to eighty flowers per stem. Flowers are star-shaped and narrow-petaled and have a lighter, airier quality than, for instance, those of Liatris.These are very tough plants tolerant of a range of conditions but, to look their best when blooming in spring, they should have consistently moist soil and not be subjected to droughty conditions. Height ranges from 2½-4' high with 2' high upright, grass-like leaves. Ideally suited to meadow plantings, woodlands and to the mixed perennial border. Also a good choice for waterside planting at the edge or ponds, streams, etc. Foliage may deteriorate as the season wears on so it's prudent to place plants where they'll be screened by other plants. Sun to part shade, deer resistant, good for cutting. Zone 4.

Campanula (Bellflower)    A large group comprised of tiny, alpine types that are perfect rock garden subjects, all the way up to 4-5ft. varieties, and every size in between. Flowers range in color from white to rose to every shade of blue-purple and are mostly tubular, from trumpet-like to widely flared, with some of the most appealing being broadly flattened into saucers or chalices. All do well in average, reasonably moist, but well drained soil in full sun. FullSun-s Drip2 01-Hummingbirdsscissors

    carpatica (Carpathian Harebell)    Tidy low mounds of dark green foliage are covered with blue or white, chalice-shaped, up-facing, flowers most of the summer starting in early July. Great rock garden or edging plants, and very effective in well-drained containers.. ‘Deep Blue Clips’ has deep blue flowes. Zone 4.

      'Deep Blue Clips'     An outstanding improvement in color, with intense deep blueflowers, 6-8".

      'White Clips'    Large white flowers all summer, 6-8".

    persicifolia ‘La Belle’ New     Double lilac flowers on low, upright stems, May-July. Neat, compact habit, 24ins. tall, with deep green, narrow leaves. Dead-heading greatly extends the bloom. Makes a long lasting cut flower.

Campanula persicifolia 'Takion Blue'

persicifolia ‘Takion Blue’    Blue, 1-1½, saucer-shaped flowers line sturdy, compact stems for a long period from late spring into summer. Foliage has improved disease resistance. Only 16-20ins. tall.

 

    persicifolia ‘Takion White’    White 1-1½” saucer-shaped flowers line sturdy compact stems for a long period from late spring to mid summer, only 16-20” tall. Foliage shows improved disease resistance. Flowers attract hummingbirds and are excellent for cutting. Their lower height and sturdier habit suit them perfectly for a spot toward the front of the sunny, evenly moist, well-drained border, and for part shade.  Most effective in groups that will show off glistening white flowers from later spring, well into summer and longer if deadheaded. Zone 3.

    ‘Pink Octopus’     Large pink bells with unique, long, narrow, tendril-like petals dangle from well branched, 10"-12" stems that spread slowly to form large clumps. Blooms June-July. An intriguing new flower form that adds a touch of whimsy and curiosity to the sunny, summer border. For sun to light shade. Drought tolerant. Attracts butterflies, deer resistant.  Zone 5.

Campanula poscharskyana 'Blue Waterfall'

poscharskyana ‘Blue Waterfall’    ½” long, star-shaped lavender-blue flowers bloom in profusion June-July and sporadically the rest of the season. At 8-12” tall, an excellent edging or rock garden plant. Zone 4.

    poscharskyana ‘Dickson’s Gold’     Bright gold foliage forms low growing, dense, weed-suppressing clumps that provide striking contrast to the profusion of lavender blue, star-shaped flowers. 4-6" high. Blooms from mid summer into summer. Great in mixed containers. If grown in part shade, foliage is lime green. Zone 3.

    punctata ‘Cherry Bells’     Cherry red bells with creamy interiors dangle from arching stems in June. Up to 1' tall, with a spreading habit which may require some restraint but which may also be encouraged to achieve a groundcover effect. I've seen it used quite effectively planted in mass, in average to poor, dryish soil, in part shade. It impressed enough so that I'm going to try a planting here in our borders this season. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Resists deer. Zone

Caryopteris divaricata ‘Snow Fairy’    Not the woody shrub familiar to most gardeners, but an herbaceous perennial from Japan with strikingly variegated foliage, green centered, surrounded by crisp white margins. Habit is upright, rounded, 2'-3' high and wide. Wispy blue flowers in late summer. Heat and drought tolerant. Worth growing for the foliage alone! Large enough and pretty enough to work as a specimen either in the ground or in a container. Mixes well in the perennial border, effective in drifts and in the shrub border, especially when used in front of dark leaved shrubs and conifers. Overwinters reliably here at Bay State, zone 5.

Centaurea (Cornflower)    Rugged and drought tolerant with intriguingly thread-like petals. Colors range from white to rose, to yellow and to the brightest of blues. Often described as informal looking and best suited to the meadow or naturalized garden, but this characterization does a disservice to these handsome plants which can stand shoulder to shoulder with any of the more “refined” border perennials. FullSun-s Drip Drip2 Butterfly scissors

    dealbata ‘Rosea’    1½-2in. lavender-pink, "strawflowers" on 2ft. stems for most of the summer. Attractive, deeply dissected, wand-like, silvery green leaves. An indestructable, undemanding perennial that maintains a steady flow of cheery, sun loving flowers throuthout the entire season. Sun, ordinary soil, drought tolerant. Zone 3.

Centaurea microcephala

macrocephala    Large tennis-ball sized, bright yellow flowers are prized by florists as cut-flowers, lasting 10 days in the vase. Grows 34' high under favorable conditions; needs full sun and good drainage. A big attention-getter when in bloom in our border and, although it has been around since perennials were invented, the usual reaction from visitors is “what the heck is that thing?”. Zones 3.

    montana (Perennial Bachelor Button)    The perennial bachelor button produces deep blue, 2in. flowers for many weeks throughout the summer, cut back for rebloom. 12-18ins. tall. Grow in full sun in well drained soil. Indestructible and an eager self-seeder. Can be kept blooming well into summer and I’ve seen it used effectively, tightly planted as a partially shaded groundcover. Don’t hesitate to pull out roaming volunteers. There will always be more. Sun to part shade in average, well-drained soil. This is a beautiful flower that risks being taken for granted due to its ease of culture. Definitely worth having somewhere in the garden. Zone 5.

    montana ‘Amethyst in Snow’      Pure white feathery flowers with royal-purple centers. Blooms over a long period starting in late spring. Some rebloom in late summer. The striking form and color combination of the flower would suggest a finicky, temperamental nature but such is not the case. ‘Amethyst in Snow’ could not be easier to grow, requiring only average, moderately moist soil in sun or part shade. Reaches about 1’ tall. Attracts butterflies, deer resistant. Zone 3.

    scilloides New     (Carpet Tulips) Tiny, 2” high tufts of glossy green leaves and cute little pink flowers from spring and possibly into fall. Appreciates a good soil but one that is well drained, with sun. While plants are relatively short-lived, they are good self-seeders, so watch for seedlings. Perfect for miniature gardens, for crevices in edging boulders and paving stones. Zone 5.

Centranthus ruber ‘Pretty Betsy’ New    Centranthus are valued not just for their ability to produce a season-long display of rose or white colored flowers, but also for their ability to thrive in poor, dry soil. ‘Pretty Betsy’ has darker, rosy-red flowers on upright clumps of 2’-3’ stems. Excellent drainage is required for plants to flourish and self-sown seedlings will often find their way into the hottest, grittiest section of the garden. Zone 5.

Cephalaria gigantea New     (Giant Scabious) Large plants for back-of-the-border use or for dramatic impact when viewed from a distance, across a long sweep of lawn or at the far side of a meadow. Height is anywhere from 6 to 8ft. on stems that do not require staking if grown in full sun. 2in. wide, flattened, scabiosa-like, primrose-yellow flowers are borne all summer at the ends of long stems dispersed throughout the canopy of large, deeply indented leaves. There is a resemblance to Scabiosa ochroleuca, allowing that C. gigantea is much larger. Planting site should possess sufficient moisture else the leaf edges will blacken and greatly diminish the appearance of this impressive plant. Zone 3.

Cerastium tomentosum    Low growing and wide spreading mats of narrow, silver-gray leaves are overspread with thousands of tiny white flowers that are elevated above the foliage on 8in. stems. Clumps are 4-5ins. high and 2-3ft. wide. Grow in full sun with good drainage. Zone 3.

Ceratostigma plumbaginoides (Plumbago)    Dark, azure blue flowers held in bright red calexes from August throgh September over tightly mounding green leaves that turn bright red in fall. In the South it spreads well enough to be used as a ground-cover, but here in the North it’s very well behaved, and spreads only enough to form an attractive clump 1-2ft. across. Very late to emerge in spring, so don’t expect to see anything until at least mid to late May. Zone 4  PartialShade-s Drip2 Butterfly FullSun-s

Chelone (Turtle Head)     Easy, low-maintenance plants for the border; especially good for moist soils, or alongside streams and ponds. Chelones form large, rounded clumps with spikes of unusual flowers for a much appreciated late summer display. Dark, shiny foliage provides season-long beauty. PartialShade-s Drip2 Drip3

Chelone glabra ‘Black Ace’    New spring foliage is so deep green that it appears black. In August, waxy white flowers resembling snapdragons are carried high on 4-5’ stems. Foliage greens up somewhat as the season wears on, but retains a lustrous deep green attractivness. For sun or part shade with evenly moist soil. Provides late season color, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, deer resistant, and native. Zone 4.

Chelone l. 'Hot Lips'

Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips'    Rose-pink flowers resembling turtle heads in Aug.-Sept. and foliage that emerges bronze-green and turns to a lustrous, rich dark green. 24-30" high. Always the focus of much attention when in bloom late in the season. Plants have a sturdiness about them that leads many visitors to mistake them for shrubs. Zone 4.

Chelone obliqua ‘Tiny Tortuga’    A tiny turtlehead with all the flower power of its taller cousins, this native variety features hot pink blooms atop lustrous dark green leaves with a bronzy sheen, mid-summer into fall. Its compact habit is perfect for mixed containers, also nice in the landscape along pond and stream edges, rain gardens and in the perennial border. Grows to only 18”-24” tall and does best in sun to light shade in consistently moist soil. Attracts butterflies, resists deer. Zone 4. 

Chiastophyllum oppositifolium New      A long-blooming alpine with arching sprays of yellow, Lily-of-the-Valley type flowers that hover daintily over scalloped, succulent leaves. Blooms late spring to early summer and grows 6-8ins. tall. Easy in sun to light shade with average, well-drained soil. Zone 3.

Chrysanthemum   This genus has gone through major name changes. We've listed the various species under their new names, but include a cross-reference here so you can still find them! FullSun-s Drip2

    superbum (Shasta Daisy):   see Leucanthemum maximum

    zawadskii (rubellum):    see Dendranthema zawadskii

Chrysogonum v Nor Singer Form

Chrysogonum virginianum ‘Superstar’    Heavy blooming with golden, buttercup-like flowers, especially prolific in spring and then intermittently through summer. Blooms well in the shade. Habit is low, 10” high, and modestly spreading, suitable as groundcover if planted in sufficient quantities. Does well in part to full shade with average to rich, evenly moist, well-drained soil. Zone 5.

 

Cimicifuga (Snakeroot, Bugbane)    A stately plant with spires of white flowers. Good at the back of the border and as contrast to large, coarse leaved companions such as darmeras, hostas and rodgersias. Prefers moist, rich soil. Dark leaved varieties color more intensely with increased light exposure, with full sun producing the deepest, most dramatic leaf color. However, plants in full sun require ample moisture to perform well and if water is lacking, than afternoon shade is recommended. PartialShade-s 06-FullShade-s Drip2 Drip3 Butterfly scissors

    racemosa    5-7' spires of white flowers bloom July-Aug. Valuable for bringing vertical accent and late-summer color to the shade garden. A statuesque and elegant woodland native, zone 3.

    simplex ‘Atropurpurea’     Very tall, with flower spikes rising to 7’ high in late summer-early fall. Foliage starts out a deep burgundy in spring, fading to burgundy/green in summer. A large growing and particularly sturdy Bugbane that creates a bold presence in the part-shade garden with its lofty, white, sweetly scented, bottlebrush-like flowers towering over almost every other plant. Foliage shows to best advantage in part shade, with evenly moist, rich soil. Zone 3.

    simplex ‘Brunette’     Holds its own against any of the newer introductions with dark maroon leaves and stems and elegant 1½' pale pink, fragrant flower spikes in late summer-early fall, 3-4' tall. Part shade is preferred, though for many years we grew an excellent specimen in full sun with consistent moisture.

    simplex ‘Chocoholic’    Only half the size of 'Hillside Black Beauty' but with the same deep purplish black foliage and fragrant, bottlebrush flowers. Flowers begin blooming in mid to late summer opening mauve-pink and then lightening to white. Grow in part to full shade in fertile, evenly moist well-drained soil. Expect plants to reach no more than 3' in height including the height of the flowers. Looks great in combination with yellow leaved hostas and any of the yellow grasses, i.e. Carex 'Bowles Golden', Hakonechloa m. 'All Gold' and 'Aureola'. Zone 4.

    simplex ‘Hillside Black Black’    Very handsome leaves of deep, copper-purple, beautifully arranged in graceful tiers as they work their way up the stems, finally giving way to tall flower spikes of fragrant, white flowers.

Cimicifuga r. 'Pink Spike'

simplex ‘Pink Spike’      Dark, bronze-purple foliage and 4ft. wands of pale pink, very fragrant flowers late summer into fall. A very tall, dramatic presence at the back of the shady to partially shaded garden. Overall height can be 6-7’ tall. Always creates a stir when in bloom in our shade border, attracting admirers with both its strong scent and its striking appearance. For part to heavier shade with rich, evenly moist, well-drained soil. Zone 3.

    simplex 'White Pearl'    4ft. clumps of ferny leaves topped by 2ft. spikes of creamy white bottlebrush-like, flowers Sept and Oct.. For part to heavier shade, with rich, evenly moist, well-drained soil. One of the best of late-season bloomers. Zone 3.

CONVALLARIA (Lily of the Valley)     An old fashion garden favorite to perfume the shady garden with its fragrant, perfect little dangling bells, 8-10" high. Blooms for several weeks in spring. Spreads quickly to form large colonies. Makes endearing little bouquets and I can't imagine there's anyone who at some point hasn't gathered a handful for the windowsill. Very easy to grow in average soil, in part to full shade. Zone 3.

    majalis  An old fashion garden favorite to perfume the shady garden with its fragrant, perfect little dangling bells, 8-10" high. Blooms for several weeks in spring. Spreads quickly to form large colonies. Makes endearing little bouquets and I can't imagine there's anyone who at some point hasn't gathered a handful for the windowsill. Very easy to grow in average soil, in part to full shade. Zone 3.

    majalis ‘Rosea’

Coreopsis ‘Berry Chiffon’ (Satin and Lace Series™)      A threadleaf type with large, long blooming, bicolored flowers, white with bold raspberry centers, 1½’-2’ tall. Flowering starts in mid-summer and keeps the border alive with vibrant color right into fall. Foliage reminds of C. ‘Moonbeam” but shares none of that plants susceptibility to mildew. From Darrell Probst who has answered the call for larger, more brightly colored and longer blooming flowers, with foliage that show very high mildew resistance. Attracts butterflies, deer resistant. Zone 4.

    ‘Daybreak’(LiL’ Bang™ series)   The first of the Li'l Bang series, 'Daybreak' features golden yellow blooms with broad red banding surrounding a yellow center. Plants share the unique flower colors of the Big Bang series but are much shorter, growing just 8-10" tall. Easy to grow and very long blooming, starting in late May and continuing into October. Perfect for the front of the border, for edging and for containers. Full sun with average, well-drained soil. Zone 4.   

    ‘Full Moon’ (Big Bang™ series) New    One of my favorite border perennials with very large, canary-yellow, Cosmos-like flowers and a prominent orange button eye. Flowers non-stop from mid summer to mid fall. Habit may become somewhat lax as the season wears on but this one fault is easily overlooked as wave after wave of these beautiful flowers grace the summer border. Tucking plants tightly between stout companions is one way to give support. Pruning back half way in July is another, no-nonsence, approach that will yield fresh new foliage and flowers for the rest of the summer. Attracts butterflies, deer and rabbit resistant. Wonderful in cut arrangements. Zone 5 and most likely colder.

    ‘Little Bird’    A true dwarf with a low, round, habit and abundant yellow flowers in June and July. It’s a threadfeaf type, similar to ‘Zagreb’ but only half as big, reaching no more than 1’ in height. Perfect for a well-drained, full sun spot at the front or the border. Also nice in containers in combination with other low-water companions. Deer resistant. Zone 4.

    ‘Mercury Rising’      Yet another fantastic addition to the Big Bang™ series, ‘Mercury Rising’ is a red Coreopsis that’s solidly hardy in zone 5. Velvety wine red, 2” sterile blossoms cover the bright green, wide spreading, mounded foliager all summer. Some blossoms have lightly frosted white tips. Excellent disease resistance. 15-18” tall. Blooms early summer-early fall. Zone 5.

    ‘Red Elf’ (LiL’Bang™ Series)     Compact plants, just 8”-10” tall with an abundance of vivid red flowers from late May into Oct. We recommend a good cutting back at mid-season to refresh the clump and promote rebloom. For full sun with average to dryish soil. Perfect for use in mixed containers, as edging or at the front of perennials borders. A smaller growing coreopsis with a good garden presence. Attracts butterflies, deer resistant. Zone 5.

     

COREOPSIS Red Chiffon

Coreopsis Satin and Lace Series™ ‘Red Chiffon’      Dark green lacy foliage and masses of large, sterile, bi-color flowers, yellow with a vibrant raspberry red eye that expands with cool temperatures. Bloom period is long, lasting from mid-summer into fall. If plants begin looking a little tired, don’t hesitate to give them a rejuvenating haircut that will stimulate a new flush of foliage and flowers. I had a large planting last season and it performed exactly as advertised, blooming right up until the second hard frost. 18” tall. For sun with average, well-drained soil. Deer resistant. Zone .

    ‘Star Cluster’ (Big Bang™ Series)     Crisp White flowers with a sharply defined burgundy eye at the base of each petal. Coloration may be predominantly white in the heat of summer with more burgundy beginning to show as temps cool. Grows 24-30” tall and, if cut back in mid-summer, will go on to maintain strong blooming presence at mid-border, all summer long. Zone 4.

    ‘Starlight’ (LiL’Bang™ Series) New    Compact at just 8”-10” tall and loaded with pale cream, nearly white flowers with a prominent burgundy ring at the center. Blooms May-Sept, helped along with a hard, mid-summer pruning to promote fresh new foliage and a flush of blooms that will keep coming right into September. Their sturdy, well branched habit makes them perfect for high impact grouping right down at the front of the border. Also nice in mixed containers and for edging walkways. For hot full sun with average soil. Excellent mildew resistance, and, they’re deer resistance. Zone 4. 

    verticilata ‘Creme Caramel’   Similar in habit and bloom to ‘Sienna Sunset’ except with flowers that are a richer shade of terra-cotta. Summer blooming for many weeks with repeat bloom if deadheaded, (easiest method is just to cut the whole plant back, half way, when it seems to have bloomed-out). 1½’ tall. Zone 5.

    verticilata 'Moonbeam'     Pale lemon daisies from June to frost if deadheaded, 15-18". Spreading, mounded form. Narrow leaves are dark green.

    verticilata ‘Show Stopper’ New    Thread-leaf foliage with flowers emerging deep pink, fading to white at the tips. Heavy flowering covers the mounding habit for the entire season. 2’ high. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant. Zone 4.

    verticilata ‘Sienna Sunset’    Eye-catching flowers in a rich shade of burnt sienna bloom June-Oct. on 16-20in. stems. A sport of C. 'Crème Brulee', it shares the same great characteristics of its parent, while adding an exciting new color to the tickseed world. Creates a focal point in any garden and combines especially well with dark-leaved Heuchera. Zone 5.

    verticilata ‘Sweet Marmalade’     A sport of 'Crème Brulee' with orange flowers that slowly fade to soft apricot-yellow later in the summer. Plants develop a full, bushy habit 1-2' tall. Blooms June-July. Attracts butterflies, deer resistant. We like it. It presents well all season with uniquely colored flowers. Zone 5.

    verticilata ‘Sylvester’ New      A more compact and well branched ‘Zagreb’ with large golden flowers covering the compact mounds of needle-like foliage starting in June. 1-1½’ tall. For full sun and average, well-drained soil. Becomes quite drought tolerant as it matures. Zone 4.

Coreopsis Red Satin

Coreopsis x ‘Red Satin’    Deep ruby red flowers with an orange center measure 1½” across and completely cover the deep green, threadleaf foliage. Flowering begins in late spring and, if plants are cut back in summer, flowering will continue until frost. Compared to other threadleaf types, this plant has darker green foliage and is more clump forming. As regards C. ‘Mercury Rising’, C. ‘Red Satin’ has finer foliage, more deeply saturated red flowers that hold up exceptionally well in the heat, and a tighter mounding habit. 15-18” tall by 18-22” wide. Easy to grow in sun, in average, well-drained soil. Cuts well, deer resistent, hardy to zone 5. Sounds pretty great!

Corydalis elata

Corydalis elata     Cobalt blue flowers emerge in May, more upright than C. flexuosa, 16" high and wide. Does not go summer dormant. Requires evenly moist but well-drained, organic soil in part to full shade. Zone 4. 

Corydalis lutea     12-18", lacy, fern-like foliage and yellow flowers resembling those of Dicentra. Very long blooming, May-Sept. Tolerates a more moist soil than the blue-flowered types, and does not go dormant. Self-sows generously, but seedlings are easily weeded out if they pop up in undesirable locations. A top performer. Zone 5.

Corydalis sempervirens     Dainty pink flowers with yellow tips displayed in airy sprays above the blue-green, deeply dissected foliage. Does best out in the open in dry, gravely soil. Also in light shade. A native biennial that bloom most of the summer and self-seeds reliably. Zone 5.

Crambe cordifolia    (Giant Kale) A large, impressive perennial that, at first glance, resembles an over-sized Baby's Breath. Large, heart-shaped leaves form a low mound from which stout flower stems rise carrying large, billowy clusters of tiny creamy/white flowers in early summer. Overall height is 4-6ft. Prefers fertile, well drained, somewhat alkaline soil. Zone 5.

Crocosmia (Montbrechia)    Long arching wands are bright red, trumpet-shaped flowers for weeks in mid-summer. Sword-like foliage; a good companion to ornamental grasses. Never fails to attract lots of attention in our border. Also an exceptional cut flower. Needs good drainage.  Zone 5. We will likely carry some other cultivars besides the ever popular 'Lucifer'—visit us in mid summer to see!  FullSun-s Drip2 01-Hummingbirds scissors

    ‘Emberglow’   Striking red-orange tubular flowers with yellow throats. This variety, along with C. ‘Lucifer; is the hardiest Montbretia for zone 5. 3’-4’ tall, blooms July-August, attracts hummingbirds in droves and is good for cutting. For average, very well drained locations, full sun.

Crocosmia 'Lucifer'

'Lucifer'     Red flowers in summer, 2-4', good for cutting, always dazzling in bloom.

Cymbalaria aequitriloba New    (Mini Kenilworth Ivy) ½” tiny, ivy-shaped leaves and lots of tiny, purple-pink, snapdragon-like flowers with yellow throats, liberally sprinkled over the nearly flat, moss-like foliage only 1”-2” high with a spread of 6”-8”. Blooms for several weeks in late spring/early summer. A wonderful little filler plant for growing between pavers and edging boulders, or in crevices in walls. Also nice in trough and miniature gardens. Requires part to full shade and reasonably moist soil. Rated zone 6 and worth a try in protected locations in of zone 5.

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