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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.

Lavandula ang SuperBlue 400

Lavandula angustifolia ‘SuperBlue’

Kalimeris incisa Blue Star 175

Kalimeris incisa ‘Blue Star’   Single, aster-like, lavender blue flowers blanket these dense, tidy mounds of deep green foliage from June into September. A true workhorse in the perennial garden that retains its good looks through the season with virtually no care, 12"-18" tall. Not a household name with most gardeners but with its many fine assets it deserves a second look. Grow in sun, in average soil. Zone 5.

Kalimeris integrifolia ‘Daisy Mae’       Abundant, small, single, white daisy-like flowers carried in open clusters atop stems clad in rich green foliage. One of the longest blooming perennials, continuing in uninterrupted bloom from June till frost. Scoffs at heat, humidity and droughty conditions and, will tolerate light shade. 2' tall. Every bit as good as it sounds. Not used nearly enough. Zone 5.

Kirengeshoma palmata

Kirengeshoma palmata      Grows 4ft. high from a thick, slowly expanding crown, developing a loose, upright silhouette, wider at the top, with branches eventually arching gracefully. In late summer and into September showy, 1 1/2in., waxy, yellow, bell-shaped flowers dangle from the leaf axils at the ends of the stems. Very attractive, especially so for blooming so late in the season. Gets lots of attention form visitors to the nursery, many of whom are surprised to learn that in fact it is a perennial and not a shrub as its thick stems and large, maple -like leaves might lead one to believe. Requires at least part shade and does well even under quite heavy shade with moist, humusy soil. We have both K. koreana and K. palmata in our lamentably dry shade border and its worth noting that both perform beautiful. It seems to be a case of shade trumping moisture. Zone 5.

Knautia macedonica    Wine-red scabiosa-like flowers on 24-30" stems bloom June until frost over neat clumps of dissected foliage. Self-sows reliably.  Long blooming, undemanding perennials for dry, sunny spots. A couple of plants scattered throughout the perennial border can create excitement even during the summer doldrums with flashes of vibrant color. Zone 4.

    macedonica ‘Mars Midget’    Sturdier, shorter and more compact than the species with branching flower stems topped with dozens of 2" wide brilliant ruby-red flowers, June-frost. Only 16-18" tall. Zone 4.

Knautia m Thunder and Lightning

Knautia macedonica ‘Thunder and Lighting’   A sport of K. macedonica, shorter and with unique, variegated foliage. Retains the phenomenal blooming capacity of the species which enables it to produce an endless supply of double, dark magenta flowers, June till Sept.  friendly height of only 12-15”.

Kniphofia ‘Border Ballet’     A lower growing variety with distinctive bottle-brush shaped flowers in a range of colors from red to orange, yellow and pink. From a dense, grassy base, strong flower scapes rise to 2’ tall through summer and into early fall. Best in average to rich, reasonably moist but well-drained soil, full sun. Excellent drainage is essential. Lends a strong vertical presence and is especially effective in group plantings. Combines nicely with the airy, purple sprays of Verbena bonariensis. Cuts well, attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, resists rabbits and deer. Zone 5.

Kniphofia hirsuta ‘Fire Dance’ (Red Hot Poker)     Coral-red pokers turning yellow, above strap-like green -blue leaves. 20ins. high. Blooms June-July. Grow in rich, moist, but well drain soil in full sun. Standing water in winter is especially damaging. Almost all garden varieties are hybrids of species native to South Africa. Zone 5.

Lamium maculatum ‘Pink Pewter’    Attractive silvery/white leaves edged with deep green. Foliage stays compact, 6in tall by 12-15” wide. Long-blooming with pink flowers, April-July. Its colorful foliage and long flowering period make this variety particularly suitable for specimen use. Also effective in mixed, well-drained containers and as a modest groundcover. Avoid planting in dense, heavy shade, instead, seek out part shade with average, reasonably moist but well-drained soil Deer resistant. Zone 4.

    maculatum ‘The Ghost’ New    Bright silver leaves that, by themselves, would make this plant worth growing, plus deep magenta-purple flowers. Larger growing with a height of 14”, about twice as high as most other selections. Blooms heaviest in spring with intermittent flowers through the season. All lamium benefit form a mid-season pruning which can take the form of a modest trim around the edges or a more serious buzz cut. I usually opt for the latter, in mid July gathering up the stems in one hand and cutting them off with the other at a couple of inches from the ground. In just a week or two plants will look like new, ready to pull their ornamental weight for the rest of the season. 14” tall by 24” wide. For part or heavier shade in reasonable fertile soil. Deer and rabbit resistant. Zone 4.

    maculatum ‘Purple Dragon’     Dense spikes of large, rich purple, snapdragon-like flowers displayed against bright silvery foliage. Flowers are significantly larger and more richly colored. A excellent choice for injecting color into part to full shade areas. The beautiful silvery-white foliage is decorative in its own right, but add in the luscious purple flowers and you got a complete package. Best in part to full shade in average soil that’s well-drained but not droughty. Individual specimens are very effective cascading over rocks. Can also be planted in groups to form an attractive, small-scale, groundcover for shady areas. 4-8” high x 12” wide. Benefits from a hard, rejuvenating pruning in early summer. Zone 3.

    maculatum ‘White Nancy'      Nearly all-white leaves with narrow, blue-green margins and pure white flowers. This variety is particularly dense and can be put to groundcover use in smaller, more contained areas where heavy-duty groundcovers are inappropriate and where accent is as important as function. 6-8" tall with a variable spread. Also nice as a specimen and in well-drained, mixed containers. Cutting stems back helps to maintain the clump density. Can be quite striking for foliage alone. Best in average or better, reasonably moist but well-drained soil, in part shade, avoiding heavy, dense shade. Deer resistant. Zone 4.

Lamium orvala 175

Lamium orvala New    It's not surprising that this stout, 18-24" high lamium defies identification by most garden visitors. It's the flowers that really stump people. Large,1˝" long, rosy-pink, tubular/flaring flowers are carried in whorls at intervals along the upright stems. Plants are clump-forming, long-lived. Blooms from mid-spring into summer and always attracts a lot of attention. Somewhat resembles a small foxglove. For sun to part shade with rich, evenly moist but well drained soil. Zone 5.

Lathyrus vernus 175

Lathyrus vernus    (Spring Vetchling) A totally cute spring ephemeral that's completely differently looking and acting from it larger, twining relatives,(Sweet Peas). Rosy/violet, pea-like flowers appear in early spring on 1' tall, clumping,(non spreading), stems Flowers are profuse. Best in evenly moist, well-drained soil in part to full shade. Looks great wedged between edging boulders. It’s a spring ephemeral that blooms in April and then goes dormant until the following spring. 

Lathyrus vernus ‘Alba’ New     The white version of the Spring Vetchling with clean white, pea-like flowers in early spring, sometimes as early as late March. Flowers are carried above neat, rounded clumps of dark, glossy green foliage, 12”-18” tall. For part to full shade in average, well-drained soil. It’s a spring ephemeral so enjoy the early season display which last for several weeks, after which time, the entire plant will go dormant for the rest of the year, preparing for a repeat performance the following spring. Easy to grow and pest free. The species has returned to our border every spring for the last ten years. Zone 5.

Laurentia fluviatilis ‘Solenopsis’ New    A small group of plants that are very easy to grow and highly desirable for rock and alpine gardens. Mat-forming, with small leaves and 1˝” small blue flowers. Its creeping habit lends itself to plantings between flagstones, in stonewall crevices, will tolerate light foot traffic, Prefers light shade but sun is ok with even moisture. Zone 5.

Lavender angustifolia ‘Blue Cushion’ New   A compact form with gray green evergreen foliage. Deep Blue flowers beginning in June and continuing until August. Seldom needs any pruning. Only 1’ tall. Deer resistant, attracts butterflies.

Lavandula angustifolia ‘SuperBlue’ New   Rich blue flowers cover the silvery-grey foliage in mid-summer. Holds up well in the heat and humidity of New England summers as well as showing good winter hardiness. 1’ tall Zone 4.

Lavendula x intermedia ‘Phenomenal’    A very exciting new, hardy lavender that’s getting high praise from every quarter. Greatly improved heat and humility tolerance plus much improved disease resistance. Bright blue flower spikes are carried high above the silver/green foliage with flowering starting much earlier than on other varieties, as early as late spring and early summer. Overall height is 24”-30” and both foliage and flowers are strongly fragrant. Zone 4. If you’ve been frustrated with the performance of lavender in your garden, then you owe it to yourself to give it one more try with “Phenomenal”. Better Homes and Gardens called it a “Must Grow Perennial” in 2013.

Lavandula x intermedia ‘Provence’    Tall growing, possibly to 36” high with masses of light purple, strongly fragrant flowers carried above silver/gray foliage in summer. Very drought tolerant and adapted to well drained soils with a neutral or even higher pH,(always a good idea to throw in a handful of lime), however, some watering is necessary during dry periods. Plants are also more moisture tolerant than many other Lavenders and are therefore less prone to winter root problems that can make over-wintering a chalange. Full sun, zone 5.

Leptinella squalida     1”-2” mats of attractive, deeply cut, fern-like foliage. An alpine used as a groundcover in rock gardens or between pavers and edgers. In summer, tiny whimsical, yellow-green flowers bloom above the very low foliage. Zone 5.

Leptinella squalida ‘Platt’s Black’    Low, dense, spreading mats of deeply cut, fern-like foliage that holds a near black color all summer if grown in sun. Only 1”-2” high and spreading. Its fine texture and intense color make it an Intriguing accent in rock gardens and between edging boulders. Also suitable as groundcover for intricate, smaller places and for adding interest in mixed containers. Evergreen in warm climates. Deer resistant. Hardy through zone 4.

Leucanthemum superbum ‘Becky’   A large flowered shasta daisy with big, bold and beautiful, single white flowers in June and July, and into Oct. if deadheaded. Grows 36-42” tall.  Shiny green foliage, excellent cut flower. A staff and customer favorite! 2003 Perennial Plant of the Year. Grow in sun, in rich, moist but well-drained soil. Zone 3.

Leucanthemum s Goldfinch 175

Leucanthemum superbum ‘Goldfinch’      Considered the best yellow Shasta daisy to date with loads of semi-double flowers that open bright yellow and, over time, fade to ivory. Flowers are carried through summer on strong stems, looking great in the garden as well as in arrangements, and, cutting the stems will extend the bloom. Heavy blooming and disease resistant, also rabbit and deer resistant. Attracts butterflies. Easy to grow in average or better, reasonably moist, well-drained soil, full sun is best. 20” high. Zone 5.

    superbum ‘Real Glory’ (Real Series™) New   Unique flower form, compact habit, and improved disease resistance commend this new Shasta Daisy with pure white petals that open to expose a large, frilly yellow dome. Flowers will cover the foliage through summer and plants will rebloom vigorously in response to deadheading,- so, no problem keeping bouquets fresh all summer. 2’-3’ high. For sun, with rich, evenly moist but well-drained soil. Attract butterflies. Zone 5. 

    superbum ‘Snowcap’    large, single white daisies on low, 10-14" stems with an 18" width, late spring and summer. Solid garden performers that fit perfectly at the front of the mixed border and in mixed containers. Attract butterflies. Zone 4.

    superbum ‘Whoops-a-Daisy’ New    An improved ‘Snowcap’ with a more compact, uniform habit and better flower coverage. Forms an exceptionally dense, rounded ball-shaped mound of dark green foliage blanketed by large 3”-4”, white flowers with gold centers. 15” high. Zone 5.

Lewisia Little Tutti Frutti Series ‘Little Raspberry’ New    (longipetala-hybd.) More durable, larger, raspberry red flowers carried on short, upright stems over rosettes of dark green narrow leaves, 4”-6” tall, blooms May through mid-June with rebloom in Sept. Evergreen, and better adapted to wet winters than other cultivars. For sun, with average, well-drained such as would be found in rock gardens, between edging boulders and pavers. Good drainage is essential. Zone 4.

Lewisia Little Tutti Frutti Series Mixture New    (longipetala-hybd.) An assortment of varieties from this new series, including ‘Little Plum”, ‘Little Peach’, ‘Little Mango’ and ‘Little Raspberry’.  All display flowers with improved durability and size, carried on short, upright stems over rosettes of dark green narrow leaves, 4”-6” tall, blooms May through mid-June with rebloom in Sept. Evergreen, and better adapted to wet winters than other cultivars. For sun, with average, well-drained such as would be found in rock gardens, between edging boulders and pavers. Good drainage is essential. Zone 4.  

Liatris microcephala 175

Liatris microcephala    (Dwarf Blazing Star) An exceptional garden plant from the Southern Appalachians. Wispy, shiny, deep green, grass-like leaves send up numerous spikes lined with tiny, rosy purple “buttons” in August and September. Excellent cut flower. Tolerant of clay and drought. Plants create an effect similar to that of Amsonia hubrichtii and Vernonia lettermanii. 2’ tall, zone 4.

Liatris spicata ‘Floristan White’    Tall spikes bloom from the top down in the form of showy, white, button-like flowers in summer. Bloom begins in early summer and continues for several weeks. Cutting off spent flowers will result in some extended bloom. The tall, very slender, large white flower spikes infuse a definite drama and vertical element to the border, and, they're one of the best perennials for cutting. Provide average or better, moist but drained, not droughty, soil, in sun.  Zone 3.

Liatris spicata‘Kobold'   Bright, rosy lavender spikes open from top to bottom on strong vertical stems that lend sharp structural contrast to more relaxed, mounding companions. Very effective in the mixed sunny border where it blooms for several weeks in summer, 30” tall. An excellent cut flower. Attracts butterflies.   Zone 4.

Ligularia Bottle Rocket

Ligularia ‘Bottle Rocket’    A more compact version of ‘Little Rocket’ that forms a dense, symmetrical clump of especially thick, serrated green leaves that hold up well in summers heat. In mid-summer, amber/yellow flower spikes are held on chocolate stems just above the foliage for a total height of 28”-36”. For part shade with consistent moisture. Attracts butterflies, deer resistant. Flowers are nice for cutting. Zone 4.

Ligularia denticulata ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’     Broad, glossy, chocolate-purple leaves with bright purple undersides make a bold statement in the garden. Golden orange, daisy-like flowers on purplish-black stems. 3-4’ tall, blooms in late summer. Worth growing for the beautiful foliage with or without flowers. Best in part shade with rich, evenly moist soil. Flowers are nice for cutting. Attracts butterflies, deer resistant. Zone 4.

    ‘Little Rocket’     A more compact form of 'The Rocket' with thicker foliage that is less prone to flagging in the hot sun. Foliage to 20" high with flower spikes rising 1-2' higher. Despite it's resistance to flagging, like all Ligularia, this cultivar has high moisture requirements and will only reach it's majestic potential when planted in consistently moist soil. Plant in sun with lots of moisture or in part shade where moisture requirements are somewhat reduced. Zone 4.

    ‘Osiris Fantaisie’    Rich, dark green, heart-shaped leaves with wavy, deeply serrated edges showing off the burgundy undersides. Interesting dark purple stems and yellow flowers that bloom just above the foliage in late summer. Require evenly moist soil to look their best, especially if grown in full sun. Less moisture is needed when plants are grown in shade. Foliage grows to 24ins. tall. Zone 4.

Ligularia stenocephala 'The Rocket'

 

Ligularia stenocephala 'The Rocket'   Stately gold spikes bloom in late summer over large clumps of toothed, heart-shaped green leaves, to 3'. Requires either constant moisture or afternoon shade or else foliage wilts dramatically, but will recover as temperatures cool in the evening. Bold in both foliage and flower. Makes a large, eve-catching, statement when given the right gowing environment of rich, evenly moist soil. A great choice for pond and streamside planting. Zone 5.

Limonium latifolium 175

Limonium latifolium     (Sea Lavender) Hundreds of tiny, delicate blue-violet flowers are clustered in basketball-sized panicles on 30" stems over a rosette of broad, leathery leaves. Blooms for a good part of the summer. Plants need good drainage and air circulation, be sure to space them at least 18" apart. Flowers are good for cutting and drying. Zones 3.

Linaria purpurea     (Toadflax) 3-4' spikes, the top half of which are encircled with multitudes of tiny, delicate flowers in shades of pink or purple. Excellent filler plants, especially attractive when randomly scattered throughout the garden. Short lived, but they self-seed reliably and once you have them, they're sure to return somewhere in the garden year after year. Hot sun and well drained soil. Zone 5. 

Linum narbonense      large, clear blue flowers with dark blue streaking, carried on stiff, 15"-18" stems from late spring into mid-summer. Stems are erect, arising from a tight base, resulting in an airy, upright/vase-shaped form with blue/green,(more blue than green), narrow, needle-like foliage . The effect is the opposite of "dense" and "compact" and, instead, imparts a refreshing sense of "lightness" in contrast to so many other perennials. Single plants are not substantial enough to stand alone and really need to be planted in groups to have an impact. For sun, with average soil. Deer resistant. Zone 5.    

Linum perenne

Linum perenne var. alpinum New  (Blue Flax)  8” stems bear žin. azure blue flowers for up to 12 weeks starting in late spring. Stems appear fragile but are surprisingly sturdy if soil is well drained. Leaves are blue-green, narrow, almost needle-like. Plant in full sun in average soil with sharp drainage,- will languish in wet places.  Planted singly, linum struggles for attention. Planted in drifts they create a shimmering patch of airy, misty blue flowers all summer. Zone 5.

Liriope muscari ‘Royal Purple’      (Lily Turf)  An indestructible groundcover that spreads quickly in almost all soil and light conditions, provided the drainage is adequate. Can be mowed in the early spring if winter is unkind to the evergreen, foliage. Some varieties are listed as zone 6, but it has been our experience that, as a group, they're perfectly hardy in zone 5. Royal Purple' blooms in late summer with rich purple flower spikes above dense, arching blades of green, grass-like foliage,12-16" high. Plants bloom mid to late summer, until then, the attractive foliage provides handsome visual effect. An excellent ground cover choice for part to full shade locations. Zone 6(5).

Lithodora Grace Ward 175

Lithodora diffusa ‘Grace Ward’     6" high with prostrate branches covered in sky blue flowers during May and June. Requires acid, organic, moist, well drained soil which makes them excellent companions for Heaths and Heathers. May or may not make it through our zone 5 winters but worth growing annually for its beguiling true blue flowers.  

Lobelia   Breeding programs over the last few years have produced a gorgeous array of hybrid cardinal flowers, in rich colors from clear pink to velvety dark purple and red jewel-tones. These striking plants bloom in late summer in sun or part shade, and prefer a moist rich soil. Cutting back spent flowers encourages additional side shoots to bloom, so the display lasts a good long time. They are hardy to Zone 4, but winter mulch is prudent to prevent frost heaving. Our native cardinal flowers, Lobelia cardinalis and Lobelia siphilitica, (parents to the new hybrids) are excellent garden plants and self-sow freely (particularly L. siphilitica) when they like where they are planted.   

Lobelia cardinalis

Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower)   Weather in the wild or in the garden, the scarlet red spikes of L. cardinalis are breathtakingly vivid, all the more so because they bloom after the spring and early summer bloomers have begun to fade. 3’ high, possibly to 4’, in rich, evenly moist soil in part shade. Plants can do well in full sun but only if soil is rich and reliably moist through the season. A beautiful native that’s always a thrill to happen upon in the wild. Zone 3.

 

Lobelia cardinalis ‘Alba’ New    The white flowered form of our native Cardinal Flower. 3’ tall, blooms mid-summer. For sun to part shade, with fertile and soil that remains evenly moist through the season. Reasonable moisture is especially important when plants are grown in the sun. Yet one more terrific candidate for the “white” garden. Zone 3.

Lobelia cardinalis ‘Black Truffle’    Stunning, dark purple foliage forms the base for the soaring, 3-4’ tall flower stems. In July, bright, fire engine red flowers bloom on the top ⅓ of the stems in a head-turning display of rich red flowers against dark purple foliage. Leaves hold their dark purple color through the season unlike earlier varieties whose leaves become mostly green during summer. A selection of our beautiful native Cardinal Flower found throughout New England in wet places, beside streams, ponds and in other evenly moist areas. In gardens, does best in rich, evenly moist soil in sun to part shade and even full shade. Attracts butterflies. Resistant to rabbits and deer. Zone 5.

Lobelia siphilitica

Lobelia siphilitica 'Blue Selection'   Erect, leafy stems 30-36" tall topped with dense racemes of blue flowers for many weeks in mid summer. Though individual plants are somewhat short-lived, it's a reliable self-seeder so there are always lots of fresh young plants ready to take over as older plants fade. Thrives on a range of soil types from quite dry to moist with the ideal site being organic soil that's moist but well-drained, in part to full shade. So easy to grow and one that offers a ready source of color for the shade garden. Zone 5.   

Lobelia x gerardii 'Vedrariensis'         Exceptionally vivid, violet/purple flowers mark this lobelia as something special. It's the fortuitous result of a cross between L. cardinalis and L. siphilitica exhibiting strong hybrid vigor with tall, erect flower stems that do not require staking, an extended bloom period, plus a general tolerance of a wide range of conditions. In mid summer rich, violet flowers begin opening and continue to bloom for four weeks or more. Flower color is much more intense than L. siphilitica and in comparison plantings the difference is immediately apparent. Plants are consistently longer lived than either parent. Brings strong color to the part to full shade garden. 3’-4’ tall. Zone 3.

Lupine

Lupine (Lupine)   Few plants evoke the emotional response of Lupine, especially strong amongst vacationers to the Maine coast who’ve seen the drifts of native populations that thrive in the bright sun and cooler summer temperatures found further north of here and at higher elevations. Where summers are hot and humid, lupine should be located behind camouflage plants so that when flowering finishes, the remaining tired-looking foliage will be hidden from view. 

Lupinus perennis       This native of the eastern half of the U.S. is well adapted to New England conditions, with blue flowers blooming in early summer for several weeks. Plants usually go dormant after flowering so they should be placed behind companions that will conceal them in late summer. Occasional self-seeding. 20-30" tall. Give average, well-drained, acid soil in sun. Zone 3.

Lupinus polyphyllus Gallery series ‘Gallery Blue'    Lupine are favorite garden perennials admired by gardeners everywhere. 'Gallery Blue' is part of a lower growing series of Lupine with classic spikes of blue/purple flowers, only 15-18" tall. In May-June, the dense, beefy spikes carry the flowers upward on stiff, vertical stems presenting an eye-catching display of fantastic color in a striking vertical form. Good drainage is all important with lupine and rich, moist soils should be avoided. Attracts butterflies, good for cutting. Zone 3.

Lupinus polyphyllus Gallery series ‘Red’   'Gallery Red' is part of a lower growing series of Lupine with classic spikes of red flowers, only 15-18" tall. The dense, beefy spikes carry the flowers upward on stiff, vertical stems presenting an eye-catching display of fantastic color in a striking vertical form. Blooms May-June. Good drainage is all important with lupine and rich, moist soils should be avoided. Indispensable in the sunny, mixed border and excellent for cutting. Attracts butterflies. Zone 3.

Lupinus polyphyllus Gallery series ‘Yellow’    Butter yellow, pea-like flowers crowd the shorter growing stalks, 15-18” tall. Flowers resemble those of Thermopsis but are more densely presented. As a group, lupine combine beautifully colored flowers with dramatic vertical form. Use at mid border, with average, well-drained soil, full sun. Zone 3.

Lychnis alpina ‘lely Deep Rose’ New   (Artic Campion) Low mounds of narrow leaves support round clusters of bright pink flowers, May-June. Only 6” by 6” but with the constitution of a real survivor, tolerating dry, sandy, gravely spots in full sun. Too small for the border but well suited for rock gardens, rock walls, trough and miniature gardens. Excellent drainage is the key to survival for this little gem. Attracts butterflies. Very hardy, zone 2.

Lychnis arkwrightii ‘Vesuvius’     Brilliant orange red flowers over deep purple foliage, June-July. Habit is upright, compact, taller than other arkwrightii types, reaching 2' high. The brilliant foliage and even more brilliant flowers present a startling combination of colors that always draw attention on the sale bench, in the garden and in mixed containers.  This is a plant that says, "go ahead, just try and find a suitable companion for me!" We've accepted the challenge with Artemisia 'Valerie Finnis', Leucanthemum both white and yellow and Nepeta 'Walkers Low. Many more possibilities. See what you can come up with! For sun with average, well drained soil. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies and brilliant in arrangements. Zone 3.

Lychnis chalcedonica

Lychnis chalcedonica      (Maltese Cross) An old fashioned cottage garden plant with scarlet orange flowers on long stems. Bright and cheery, long lived and easy to grow in average soil in full sun. Very effective when interplanted with orange, white and yellow companions. 3’ tall, blooms June into July,- dead heading extends the blooms. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, in fact, on several occasions I’ve found myself nose to beak with hummingbirds as I weeded around these plants. Zone 2.

Lychnys chalcedonica ‘Burning Love’ New      Said to be the first dwarf form of Maltese Cross, this beauty produces large, dense clusters of bright scarlet red flowers, May-Aug., on plants that reach only 16”-20” tall. For sun, with good soil of average moisture. Attracts hummingbirds. Deer resistant. Zone 4.

Lychnis coronaria   2” wide, hot magenta embers burn against a background of silvered, felted leaves, June into August. Brilliantly colored, prolific bloomers that are easy to take for granted because of their carefree nature. Though biennial, they are eager self-seeders that can be counted on to sustain a fresh crop of blooming plants over the life of the garden. If too many seedlings are produced, the extras are easily thinned. Plants thrive in deplorable conditions, requiring only average, well drained soil and hot full sun. 18-24” tall. Zone 4.

Lysimachia nummularia ‘Goldie’    Very low growing, ground-hugging stems clad with yellow foliage, with bright golden, cup-shaped flowers in early summer. Valuable in mixed containers placed so that stems drape over the edge. Also interesting between edging stones and wedged between stepping stones though, when planted in open ground,  plants may spread excessively. Zone 3.

Lysimachia punctata ‘Alexander’     Lime green leaves with wide, ivory margins. New growth is flushed pink in spring, then lightens by summer. Bright yellow, star-like flowers in summer. Gradually thickens to form sizable colonizes thought not nearly as rampant as its cousin the Gooseneck Loosestrife. 18”-24” tall. Easy to grow in sun, with average conditions, providing lots of garden mileage for very little effort. Zone 4.    

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