Bay State Perennial Farm



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.

Helianthus ang Gold Lace 400

Helianthus angustifolia ‘Gold Lace’ 10-18-2016

HELENIUM (Helen's Flower)   Indispensable for late summer and early fall borders and for cutting gardens. Abundant flowers, on strong, erect stems bloom over a long season. Tolerant of wet soils. Zone 3. 08-FullSun-s 04-Drip2 02-Butterfly scissors

    Mariachi™ Series Ranchera    Deep, true red flowers, 3” wide, in dense clusters from early July through summer. 2’-2½ tall, scene-stealing, mid to late-summer bloomers that do best in sun with deep, evenly moist soil. Attracts butterflies, deer resistant. Zone 3.

     autumnale Mariachi™ Series Salsa     Spicy red flowers with a chocolate brown center carried on short, sturdy stems, only 20” high. A bright addition to the late summer garden, blooming for many weeks, starting in mid summer and continuing into fall. Effective in drifts weaving a ribbon of vibrant red through the late season border. Very sturdy, upright, no flopping. Excellent as cut flowers. Attracts butterflies, deer resistant. For full sun in average soil that remains reasonably moist through the season. Plants will not tolerate droughty conditions. Zone 3.

Helianthemum ‘Ben Ledi’ New     A low, mounding, shrub-like perennial awash with delicate, tissue-paper thin 1”-1 flowers form late spring into mid summer. Flowers are dark pink with still darker pink centers, borne in great profusion over mounds of narrow, dark green, glossy foliage,(flowers resemble single Portulaca flowers), 12” tall by 24” wide. Best in average, well-drained soil, in full sun. Helianthemum are sun lovers, considered very tolerant of dry, infertile places and intolerant of poorly draining, wet locations. They need to be perfectly drained in winter in order to have a chance of making it through in colder areas. Use at the front of mixed perennial borders, for edging and in containers. Shear the entire mound half way back after flowering to keep it from opening up in the center. Attracts butterflies, deer and rabbit resistant. Zone 4 with proper siting. 

Helianthemum ‘Henfield Brilliant’ New     Bright orange, portulaca-like flowers envelop the semi-evergreen mounds of narrow, dark green, glossy foliage, in June. A good choice for hot sunny locations with average to poor, well-drained soil. Avoid poorly drained, overly fertile places. A bright, cheery presence at the front of the mixed perennial border, in rock garden and in containers. Recommended that plants be cut back half way after flowering to keep them from becoming lax and open in the centers.  Attracts butterflies, deer and rabbit resistant. Zone 4 with proper siting. 

Helianthus angustifolius     (Swamp flower)  3’- 6’ tall with a profusion of golden daisies for many weeks beginning in early fall. Flowers consist of yellow/gold petals encircling a flat-topped cone and occur in great numbers providing a rich, late season supply of nectar for hungry pollinators. Combines well with tall grasses and Asters. Give sun and average garden conditions. Once established, plants spread quickly by rhizomes but unwanted shoots are easily dug out to be shared with friends and, after you’ve exhausted your list of friends, to be added to the compost. Worth a bit of bother to keep a modest colony of this late-season beauty standing tall at the back of the border. Zone 5. 

Helianthus Happy-Days 175

Helianthus ‘Happy Days’    Finally, a lower growing helianthus that will fit into smaller beds and borders without crowding out its neighbors. Topping out at 3½’ tall in flower, this well hehaved, clump-forming selection produces 3½-4” across, golden blooms with tufted gold centers surrounded by single golden petals, capturing the elegance of a single flower with just a hint of something more. Blooms July-Sept. Zone 5.


Helianthus laetiflorus ‘Lemon Queen’     Bushel baskets of intense, canary-yellow, 2-2½in., single flowers weigh down the stems of this late season beauty. These are large, (5-7ft.), bold plants that infuse a last, glorious blast of color into the border, bringing the season to an end with a bang, not a whimper. Zone 5.

Heliopsis h. var. s. Burning Hearts 175

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ‘Burning Hearts’ New     Darker stems and deeper purple leaf tones than H. ‘Summer Nights’, plus a bright colorful eye in the center of each flower. 3’-4’ tall, very long blooming from June-August. Attracts butterflies, deer resistant, cuts well.     

Heliopsis h. 'Summer Nights' 175 best

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ‘Summer Nights’   Golden yellow, daisy-like blooms with a mahogany eye are carried atop dark purple-red stems and are set against a background of dark green leaves suffused with purple. 4ft. tall. Easy to grow in sun, in fertile soil that’s reasonably moist though well-drained. Blooms profusely from mid to late summer filling the garden with bold color. Cuts well and attracts butterflies. Zone 3.

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra ‘Asahi’     A tidy, easy to grow and long blooming perennial that blooms all summer with waves of deep, golden yellow, almost orange, daisy-like flowers with large domed centers trailing an apron of golden petals. Grows to 30” tall, carrying its flowers on strong, erect stems that are good for cutting. Pest and disease free and happy with average or better, reasonably moist conditions in full sun. Zone 4.

Helleborus (Hellebore)   Becoming increasingly popular, hellebores are indeed a must for every garden. Flowers often push up through the snow and, once up, continue blooming through spring. The attractive foliage forms tidy, slowly spreading mounds that can be divided after flowering. Easy to grow and quite drought tolerant once established. 07-PartialShade-s 06-FullShade-s 04-Drip2 03-Drip3 scissors

Helleborus Gold Collection™     These are super-long blooming plants that begin blooming in March and continue until June. All are hardy and long-lived and all stand at just about 1’ tall when in bloom. It is especially delightful to watch blooming plants emerge through melting snow in March. Easy in sun to light shade with average, evenly moist soil with plants showing increased drought tolerance as they establish. Drifts of Helleborus are memorable for their beauty and as proof that spring is about to bust out all-over! Deer resistant. Good for cutting. Zone 4. 

    Gold Collection™ Love Bug New     Creamy pink, up-facing flowers accented with a tuft of bright yellow pistils at their centers, from mid winter - early spring. Compact and lower growing to only 10”-12” high and thus suitable for a more forward position in the shady border. Foliage is deep greenish blue and looks good year round. Zone 5.

    Gold Collection™ Ice ‘n Roses Red New     Large, deep rosy-red, nodding flowers from late winter into early spring. Heavy blooming over 12” mounds of dark green, leathery, toothed foliage, 12” high by 15” wide. Very rugged individuals that, once established, tolerate a range of conditions including heat and periods of drought. Zone 5.

    Gold Collection™ Pink Frost    Burgundy buds open to two toned pink and white flowers that are outward facing, 2-3" across . Thick, serrated green leaves have attractive red petioles. Begins blooming at a young age and blooms heavily in March-April, way before most other spring bloomers appear and early enough to reassure gardeners that spring can't be too for behind. Only 9-15" tall. Best in shade with rich, moist soil though plants become increasingly drought tolerant as they mature. It's not unheard of to grow helleborus in sun, but there had better be plenty of moisture. Zone 5.

Helleborus HoneymoonSeries     Single flowers, large and profuse, very early blooming.

Helleborus Paris in Pk

Honeymoon™ Paris in Pink New     3.5”- 4”, light to mid pink, single flowers, early blooming, starting to bloom in late winter and continuing for up to six weeks. Tall, up to 2’ high. Zone 4.    

Helleborus Lady™ Series     Large, single colored flowers on strong, upright stems. Flowers March-May.

    Lady Series Blue Lady New    Cup shaped, deep plum-purple, single flowers that may take on red tones at their edges. Forms clumps of thick, leathery, evergreen foliage, 18” tall by 2’ wide. Zone 5.

Helleborus Wedding Party™ Series   A series of double Hellebores selected for vigor, rich flower color and showy floral display with large numbers of blossoms per plant. When plants reach maturity after 2-3 years they can have up to 40 per plant.

Helleborus Dark and Handsome 175

Wedding Party Dark and Handsome New   Double, near black to black-purple flowers over 2’ high clumps. Plants in the Wedding Party™ Series have been selected for improved vigor, and larger, more abundant flowers. It may take a year or two for plants to reach full blooming maturity but, at that point, one can expect up to forty flowers per plant. Zone 4.

    Wedding Party™ Wedding Bells New    Clear white, 2”-2½” wide, double flowers. 18”-24” tall. You can never go wrong in the garden with the color and that’s especially true with this outstanding double flowered selection. Keep in mind that It may take a year or two for plants to reach full blooming maturity but, at that point, one can expect up to forty flowers per plant. Zone 4.       

HEMEROCALLIS (Daylily)   Modern daylilies are available in almost every color imaginable and range in height from 10ins. to 6ft. or higher. Flower periods range from several weeks to several months and plants are virtually maintenance free. Clump division is easy and foolproof at any point in the season. With all these great qualities to commend them, it’s easy to see why daylilies are such a great favorite with gardeners. Rabbit resistant!  08-FullSun-s 04-Drip2 02-Butterfly 01-Hummingbirds scissors

Hemerocallis 'Bella Lugosi'#1

Hemerocallis ‘Bela Lugosi’   Widely regarded as one of the best purple daylilies currently available. Outstanding saturated, true purple blooms with a lime green throat. Very sun-fast for such a dark color. A strong grower, well-branched, and heavily budded. 33ins. tall. Blooms midseason.

    ‘Chicago Apache’     Scarlet red, sunfast blooms with ruffled edges of a deeper shade of red, and a green throat. 30in. tall, mid-late blooming. A proven performer that stands out in the mid to late season garden.

    ‘Congeniality’   Large, showy, white, fragrant flowers bloom mid-summer, and then, rebloom. 36” tall.

    ‘Early Snow’    Bright creamy-white flowers, 7" wide, with a yellow-green throat and ruffled, diamond-dusted petals with some ruffling on the edges. Strong, well-bhranched flower scapes display the flowers beautifully over a long period. 29" tall early blooming, repeats. A big improvement in the white daylily category.

    ‘Entrapment’    5” mauve/purple petals with ruffled edges and a glowing yellow center. It’s a rebloomer that’s said to be one of the most floriforous daylilies on the market. One Dutch trial showed that plants were capable of producing up to an astonishing 800 blooms in a single season. Scapes are 24-28” tall, very strong and branched, some with three levels of blooms per scape.

    ‘Fragrant Returns’    This sport of the very popular 'Happy Returns' comes with a nice strong fragrance and all the best traits of 'Happy Returns', including repeat bloom. Grows 18ins. tall and blooms from May to Sept. Zone 3.

    ‘Funny Valentine’     Large sun-fast rose red blossoms with a bright green throat, ruffled. 2-3’ tall. Blooms early to mid season. Almost as nice as the flower is the beautiful dark blue-green, elegantly presented foliage that remains attractive all season. The superb foliage was a major factor in the selection of this cultivar for introduction by the breeder. 

    ‘Inwood’ New     Peachy-cream flowers, 6½” wide, with a large purple eye, matching picotee edges and a pronounced yellow-green throat. 25” tall, blooms mid season, repeats.

Hem Itsy Bitsy Spider 175

Hemerocallis ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’   A sweet, dwarf, lemon yellow spider type developed by local Daylily hybridizer, Harry Bishop. Everything about this daylily is small starting with the low, clean tufts of foliage which give rise to a profusion of slender but sturdy and bolt-upright flower scapes that lift the delicate, wide flaring, spidery trumpets high above the foliage. Blooms heavily in early to mid-season with very appealing garden presentation.

    ‘Judy Judy’ New     6” lavender, strongly scented flowers, with a fluffy, ruffled picotee edge and a prominent creamy-yellow throat. A strong grower with sturdy, well branched scapes that present the abundant, mid summer blooms in a stunning display. 28” high.

    ‘Mauna Loa’ New     A smaller growing daylily forming dense clumps of grassy foliage from which arise 20” scapes carrying large, amber-gold flowers with narrow red stenciling outlining each sepal. Blooms early to mid season. Recipient of numerous American Daylily Society awards.

    Marque Moon’   This daylily sets the new standard for white daylilies. 5-5½”, extravagantly ruffled, fragrant, fancy sparkling, cream colored blossoms with a radiating yellow throat and matching picotee edge. 24” tall. Blooms mid-late season.

    ‘Nosferatu’    6" wide fragrant purple flowers with a glowing chartreuse throat and ruffled petals. The rich purple color holds up well in full sun.. 26" tall, blooms mid season and reblooms.

    ‘Penny’s Worth’     Tiny, only 10”-14” high with 1¾” yellow/gold flowers for most of the summer. Fine textured, grass-like foliage. Excellent for edging, mixed containers and smaller spaces where the long bloom and low maintenance of a daylily is desired but where a standard variety would be too large. Thanks to staff member BJ for sharing with us.

Hemerocallis Primal Scream 175

Hemerocallis ‘Primal Scream’    Enormous, 8”, glimmering tangerine orange, gold dusted blossoms have narrow, twisted, ruffled petals that demand attention! 34” tall. Blooms early to mid-season. An outrageous blast of color that has to be seen to be believed! Multiple award winner. (color of the actual flower is much more intense than the picture indicates).

Hemerocallis Ruby Spider

Hemerocallis ‘Ruby Spider’   Huge, 9” wide, dark ruby red flowers with long, spoon-shaped petals. Flowers open very wide and flat, displaying the large, golden yellow throat and matching midribs. 34” tall. A multiple award winner, this eye-catching daylily makes a huge visual impact.


    ‘Scottish Fantasy’     A robust grower with a tremendous bud count. Flowers are rose-pink with a lime green throat and pie-crusted, ruffled petals. 28’ tall, mid to late blooming, repeat bloomer.

    ‘South Seas’     Smoldering, 5”, coral-tangerine flowers, with a reddish-coral band and yellow throat and smooth, rounded, beautifully ruffled petals. A vigorous grower with healthy foliage and tons of buds. 30” tall. Begins blooming mid-July and reblooms through the season.

Hemerocallis Serene 175

‘Serene Madonna’ New   6” flowers are near white with a green throat, fragrant. 26” tall with dark green, grass-like foliage. Blooms mid to late season and displays good rebloom. Zone 3.

    ‘Steeple Jackie’    3", "old-fashioned", lightly fragrant, canary-yellow flowers held very high, well above the foliage, on 5' flower scapes. Bloom late summer when most other daylilies have passed their peak.

    ‘Stephanie Returns’    Light rosy-peach blend with a purple eye and yellow throat, 18” tall, compact habit. Blooms early summer with continuous bloom through summer.

    ‘Tiger Swirl’ New    Large triangular-shaped flowers of golden yellow with a large raspberry red eye zone and petals that twist and curl creating a swirling appearance. 32” tall. Blooms in July and repeats. 

HEUCHERA (Coral Bells)   A large family of plants with the apparent capacity for producing an endless parade of new varieties. Each year scores of new selections appear on the gardening scene requiring so many choices for only so much garden space. Currently plant developers seem to be concentrating on foliage,(at the expense of flowers), with dazzling results. Designer colors such as black, mauve, chartreuse and amber that were unimaginable just a few years ago are now commonplace.  08-FullSun-s 07-PartialShade-s 06-FullShade-s 04-Drip2 03-Drip3 02-Butterfly 01-Hummingbirds scissors

Heuchera Carnival™ ‘Coco Mint’ (villosa) New    Tidy, mounds of lush, silvery green leaves with burgundy veins, 12” tall by 14” wide. Like all villosa types, it’s heat and humidity tolerant and will look good through summer whether in sun or shade. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant. Zone 4.

    Carnival™ ‘Candy Apple’ (villosa) New    Leaves start out deep burgundy/red in spring then morph to dusty green with a silver overlay, foliage to 12” high by 14” wide. Like all villosa types, it’s heat and humidity tolerant and will look good through summer whether in sun or shade. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant. Zone 4.  

    Carnival™ Watermelon New    A selection of Heuchera villosa, an east coast native that’s well adapted to the heat and humidity of east coast summers. The foliage of ‘Watermelon is peachy-pink with silver markings and, like other H. villosa types, its bold and effective for the entire season. An excellent, carefree choice for “filling in” the front of the mixed border. Also attractive as a low edger and in mixed containers. 8” tall. Full sun to part shade. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

    ‘Encore’ (villosa) New      Starts out in spring with deep rose purple leaves with a thin silvery wash on top. As they mature, leaves turn lighter rose with a heavier silver overlay. Foliage mounds to 12” and white flowers in summer reach 18” high. H. villosa is native to the southeastern United States and show superior vigor and tolerance of heat and humidity. Most have white flowers as does ‘Encore’. Part shade, and sun when soil is reasonably moist through the season.

    ‘Fire Chief’   Mid-sized leaves of glowing wine red make a gorgeous medium sized mound from which arise unique, bicolored pink and white flowers on dark red stems. Blooms from spring to fall. Foliage turns a little darker in the winter, but otherwise holds its wine red color. 14” high. Zone 4.

    ‘Galaxy’     Leaves emerge bright red and darken as they age. A variegation pattern similar to that of H. ‘Midnight Rose’ over-spreads the leaves starting as dark spots that brighten to pink as the leaves mature. The foliage is thick and leathery and holds up well in the landscape.

    ‘Glitter’    Bright, metalic-silver leaves webbed with dramatic black veins. Fuchsia-pink flowers in June-July. 1’ tall. Attracts butterflies and hummingbrids. Zone 4.

    ‘Guacamole’ New     Large, bright lime-green foliage and white flowers in early summer characterize this beautiful new Coral Bell. Foliage to 22" high by 24" wide, white flowers rising to 28". Best in part shade where the bright foliage is especially valuable for adding exciting color. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Zone 4.

    macrorrhiza ‘Autumn Bride’   Large, chartreuse to green, nearly evergreen foliage topped from September till frost with sprays of pure white flowers that, blooming as late as they do, are a gift to us gardeners who dread seeing the season come to an end. Best in light shade, in average or better soil and; of special interest to all long-suffering, dry shade gardeners, it does well in dry shade. Zone 3. 

Heuchera Paprika 175

‘Paprika’    Glowing, cherry-coral foliage with darker pink veins looks too hot and tropical to be hardy. Brilliant enough to stand alone as a specimen, simmers in group plantings and enlivens mixed container plantings. White flowers just above the foliage in June. Tolerates hot and dry conditions once established. Zone 4.

Heuchera Paris

Heuchera ‘Paris’    Green leaves suffused with a white veneer and etched with dark venation, similar to the very beautiful H. 'Mint Frost'. Flowers are deep pink on strong stems, abundantly produced for 8 weeks in summer, 14ins. high. Considered the best flowering variety. Not that one has a single complaint with the slew of new foliage-centric coral bells, but most of them are not remarkable for their flowers. So three cheers for H. 'Paris' and its 8 weeks of dark pink flowers! Zone 4.

    Primo™ ‘Black Pearl’ New     Forms a dense habit of shiny, jet black leaves with scalloped, ruffled edges and rosy purple undersides. Keeps its intense black color even in full sun. White flowers are held in pink calyxes,(needs to go through a first winter to bloom). Foliage to 10” high with flowers going to 20”. Zone 4.

    ‘Peach Flambe’     Rich salmon/orange leaves that glow when back lit by late afternoon sunlight. We've had it for several years in our border, in full sun, average soil and it has proven to be a care free, reliable performer that garners much praise from garden visitors. White flowers in spring. Zone 4.

Heuchera Spellbound 175

Heuchera ‘Spellbound’     Forms a large mound of ruffled foliage of purple, pink, and silver tones that are constantly changing with the weather. Dark veins add to the allure. It may take a couple of years for the white flowers to develop but, with foliage as beautiful as this, flowers are almost incidental. 2’ tall. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Zone 4.

    ‘Van Gogh’ (Master Painter™ Series) New     Spring foliage is deep burgundy/red with gold margins, gradually becoming gold with deep burgundy/red veins. Compact growing with foliage mounding to around 12” high showy, dark pink flowers carried on burgundy stems,May-July. For part shade to sun with evenly moist, well-drained soil. At least zone 5.

Heucherella (General Description) A hybrid genus from a cross between a hybrid Heuchera and Tiarella cordifolia. Recent breeding programs have produced lovely combinations of interesting foliage forms and long-blooming flowers. Flowering begins in mid-spring. Hardy to at least zone 4

    ‘Brass Lantern’     Brassy-gold, maple shaped leaves with strong red coloring at the base that radiates out into the leaf along the center vein. In spring, much of the leaf is colored in red with the margins remaining gold setting up a striking two tone effect. The red coloration retreats somewhat as the season progresses but the leaves continually adopt new color patterns and remain attractive through fall. 20" high with white flowers on dark stems in May. Best in part to full shade. Zone 4.

    ‘Buttered Rum’     Emerging leaves start out a warm caramel orange and slowly fade to darker tones in summer. In the fall the foliage changes to rose-red as cold weather arrives. White flowers above the foliage. A great foliage plant all season.

    ‘Copper Cascade’   A unique trailing Heucherella that has smaller leaves and a tighter habit than existing varieties. The rosy copper-gold foliage holds its color all season. Use this variety in mixed containers, hanging baskets, or as a groundcover. 8” tall. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Zone 4.

Heucherella Fire Frost 175

‘Fire Frost’ New     Bright chartreuse leaves with large red centers and a thin white wash emanating outward form the leaf center. Vigorous, forming neat mounds to 10” high with white flowers to 18” high. Blooms July-Sept. For part shade to sun, in reasonably moist, humus rich soil. Bright, exceptionally handsome foliage that looks good all season. Zone 4.    

Hibiscus (Rose Mallow)   These are a New England gardener's tropical fantasies come true, with enormous, vividly-hued flowers in late summer. Wait until spring to cut back to the ground, and then wait patiently for new shoots to emerge from the ground, which sometimes takes until Memorial Day. Hardy to Zone 5.

Other varieties of Rose Mallow will be listed as they become available.

Hibiscus Summerific® ‘Ballet Slippers’ New   Huge 7” wide, ruffled flowers are white with a deep red eye and blush pink coloring at the edges of the petals, creating a pinwheel effect. Attractive, bright green leaves form a polished, upright habit with an extremely high bud count. Attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant, native cultivar. Zone 4.

Hibiscus ‘Summer in Paradise’ New     A refined, full habit with a fantastic, bloom display of huge, 7”-8” hot cerise/red flowers from mid-summer into fall. Flowers are produced over the entire plant, from top to bottom. Foliage is maple-like, medium green accented by olive green edges. Only 3’-3½’ making it suitable for many landscape uses. Attracts hummingbirds, deer resistant, native cultivar. Zone 4.

 more Hibiscus will be added as they become available;

Hosta   Look for all Hosta under Hosta

Hyssopus officinalis ‘Tricolor Mix’      Dark blue, pink or white flowers, (one color per plant), in dense, 5”, spikes in summer and fall, 18” tall. These are hardy, aromatic perennials with small, narrow, dark green, 2’ leaves. For full sun with average, well-drained soil.  Profuse bloomers that provide late season food for many pollinators. Zone 3.

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Whately, MA 01093
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