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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.

Monarda Balmy Purple 400

Monarda ‘Balmy Purple’

Macleaya cordata (Plume Poppy)     Showy plumes of coppery pink flowers atop 7-8' stems, July-Aug. Rounded, lobed leaves are gray-green above and gray-white below, with a dusting of cinnamon. An impressive and towering plant, somewhat aggressive but unwanted stems are easily pulled out. Useful for screening and for providing height at the back of the border. Sun to light shade with reasonably moist soil. Zone 3.

Malva sylvestris ‘Zibrina’      This scaled-down, 3' tall cousin to the Hollyhock, has single, hollyhock-like blooms in a soft lavender-purple shade, generously striped with deep maroon veins. Blooms profusely, non-stop, all season long and, though a short lived perennials, plants can be counted on to self-seed reliably, thereby insuring new plants from year to year. Excellent in containers, or the sunny border. Super-long blooming. Attractive to butterflies. Also known as Striped Mallow.

Monarda (Bee Balm)    Easy to have a love/hate relationship with these plants. They spread too fast and some varieties are just too mildew prone, yet their brilliant colors electrify the summer border, hummingbirds and hummingbird moths love them, and their fast spread can easily be managed so long as one is diligent and digs out half the plant every year,- sounds drastic but really is quite easy and soon becomes just another routine garden chore. We try to carry only mildew resistant varieties and these, of course, are the ones you should look for.

Monarda bradburiana 175

Monarda bradburiana    Native to the Ozark mountains of Missouri, rugged and tolerant of less fertile and dryer sites. Blooms early, May-June, with showy, lavender/pink, flowers on short, 18" plants. Foliage unfurls quite red, gradually becoming green. Full sun, average, well drained soil. Zone 4.

Monarda ‘Fireball’    Large red flowers over compact, deep green foliage. Clump formng, with foliage tightly spaced on the stems right to the ground. Excellent mildew resistance. Blooms Jun-July, 1-2' tall Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Zone 4.

Monarda ‘Jacob Cline’   4', vigorous, with large red blooms, June-July. Extremely mildew resistant, irrisistable to hummingbirds and a shocking red color that ignites the mid-summer border. Zone 4.

Monarda ‘Purple Rooster’     A uniquely colored beebalm with sensation, true royal-purple flowers with yet darker centers. Grows 3' tall and shows excellent mildew resistance. All beebalms increase rapidly and benefit from frequent division, not only to keep them within bounds, but also to keep plants vigorous and blooming heavily, with larger flowers. Full sun, with average, reasonably moist soil. Zone 4.

Monarda ‘Raspberry Wine’     Rich, fuchsia red flowers carried on 3’ stems, up to 4’, June-July. Foliage shows good mildew resistance. Great in mixed borders where the strong flower color boosts just about any combination. Guaranteed to attract butterflies and hummingbirds!

Monarda Sugar BuzzSeries Bubblegum Blast   Dark green, mildew resistant foliage in tight clumps that are half the size of standard varieties. Only 24” tall, with fragrant, hot pink flowers for many weeks starting in mid summer. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.

Monarda Sugar BuzzSeries Cherry Pops    Dark green, mildew resistant foliage in tight clumps that are half the size of standard varieties. Only 24” tall, with fragrant, cherry red flowers for many weeks starting in mid summer. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant.

Mukdenia rossii Karasuba175

Mukdenia rossii ‘Karasuba’     A unique perennial for part shade with glossy green, fan-shaped leaves topped by delicate panicles of starry white flowers in spring. As the leaves age, deep red tones creep inward from the edges until, by fall, the entire leaf is brilliant red. 8-12ins. tall. Zone 4.

Myosotis sylvatica

Myosotis sylvatica ‘Bluesylva’    A drift of Forget-me-nots is one of the most enchanting sights in the mid-spring garden. Biennial or short-lived perennials with a low mound of grey/green leaves that sparkle with clusters of small, yellow-eyed, blue flowers beginning in early to mid spring, continuing into early summer. Though short lived, these are reliable self-seeders that can be counted on to keep a colony going, year after year. Best in part shade with reasonably moist, well-drained soil and stressed in hot, dry sun.

Nectaroscordum siculum     (Sicilian Honey Garlic) Fragrant garlic-onion foliage on this heirloom variety that produces tall stems topped with large clusters of dangling bell flowers, each bell in a pleasant combination of pink and green, blooms May-June. 2’-4’ tall. Though often recommended for part shade, plants in our border have thrived for years in hot, full sun, in a well behaved colony. Gets lots of attention from nursery visitors. Attracts butterflies, deer resistant, cuts well. Zone 4.

Nepeta (Catmint)    An invaluable group of plants, long blooming with aromatic gray-green foliage and a clumping habit, in a variety of heights. Deadhead by cutting back hard after flowering has diminished for another, though more modest, flush of bloom.    

Nepeta cataria (Catnip) see under herbsHerbs

Nepeta faassenii ‘Junior Walker’   A more compact version of ‘Walker’s Low’ with a dense compact habit, 30” wide by 18” tall exhibiting excellent vigor and all-season flowering with light, lavender/blue flowers beginning in May. This is a Catmint that’s just the right size for containers and for planting along walkways. For full sun and well drained soil. Zone 3.

Nepeta faassenii ‘Kitten Around’ New 2018    More compact and over all smaller than ‘Purrsian Blue’, forming a tight, round mound of aromatic foliage, 12-14” tall & wide. Bright rosy purple calyxes hol periwinkle blue flowers from eaarly summer tint fall. For sun, in average, well-drained soil. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, resists deer and rabbits. Its tidy, small habit make it perfect for edging walkways. Zone 3.

Nepeta nervosa ‘Pink Cat’     10” spikes of large, hot pink flowers bloom midsummer from nice compact mounds,(to just 6” x 12” at maturity), of dark green foliage. Exhibits good heat and cold tolerance. Attracts butterflies and makes a nice cut flower. Deer resistant. Zone 4.

Nepeta Purrsian Blue 175

Nepeta ‘Purrsian Blue’    Low, compact, mounding clumps of green, aromatic foliage that nearly doubles its spread in two years. Heavy blooming with periwinkle-blue flowers for months. Plants do not need to be cut back after blooming in order to maintain a neat habit. One of the best low edging plants for hot, well drained sites, and suitable for general use in mixed sunny borders. An especially good choice for low maintenance landscapes where plants will tolerate harsh conditions and remain attractive with minimal care. 1'-1' tall. Attracts butterflies, deer resistant. Zone 3.

Nepeta subsessilis ‘Blue Dreams’    Spikes of large, 2" long, trumpet-shaped, blue flowers bloom for an extended period in July and Aug. Unlike most other Catmints, this species requires rich, evenly moist soil in full sun. An excellent mid-border plant whose showy flowers over a long period, and ease of culture make it a great choice for the mixed perennial border and cottage garden. Always gets a lot of attention in our borders and, from a distance, is often mistaken for a Salvia. And, like all Catmints, it attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and resists deer. Very hardy, zone 4.

Nepeta x ‘Pink Candy’ (subsessilis)     Extra large, lavender/pink flowers bloom all summer over compact mounds of grey/green, aromatic foliage. Spikes to 2’ high. An exciting new color on plants with a neat, compact habit and excellent garden presence. Its attractive habit and large, long-blooming flowers present may landscape uses; edging, mixed perennial borders, and containers. For sunny locations, with rich, evenly moist soil,(unlike N. faassenii types that thrive in average, well-drained soil). A valuable pollinator plant, deer resistant. Zone 4.

Nipponanthemum nipponicum (Montauk Daisy)     3-4’ tall and wide with strong, upright, stems densely clothed in thick, leathery, deep green, glossy leaves. These are sturdy plants that appear almost shrub-like and, indeed, they are officially classified as subshrubs. One of the last garden plants to bloom as 4” white daisies with green discs are effectively set against the deep green foliage from mid to late fall. Handsome plants for the mixed border and for specimen use, and sturdy enough to be use as seasonal, flowering hedges. Grow in fertile, evenly moist but well-drained soil, full sun. Zone 5. 

Oenothera speciosa 'Siskiyou'

Oenothera berlanderi (speciosa) 'Siskiyou'       Two inch wide, almost flat, fragrant, soft pink flowers all summer over low, compact foliage. Very showy and easy to grow with a long bloom period. Perfect at the front of the sunny border, wedged between paving stones and tucked into rock crevices. Average, very well drained soil suits them best. 6-8" high by 12" wide. They attract butterflies and they're deer resistant. Their reliable performance and carefree nature might lead to their being taken for granted but this would be a mistake. Their flowers compare in beauty with the best garden perennials and they put on a delightful show for weeks on end. Zone 4.

Oenothera fruiticosa ‘Fireworks’    (Evening Primrose)  18in. red stems bear large, 2-3in., bright, sunny yellow flowers. Almost every gardener knows this plant, and many grow it not by choice but because a well-meaning gardening friend or relative gifted them, (that is to say, forced upon them), a couple of divisions. Once in the garden, they’re not leaving, and this is perhaps all for the better as, without any effort from the gardener, they spread themselves around and, in June-July, flood the garden with cheerful yellow goblets. There is almost no soil type or light level that they don’t like with the exception that heavy shade results in week stems, fewer flowers and the eventual demise of the plants. Zone 4.

Opuntia humifusa     (Prickly Pear Cactus)    Yellow flowers in July followed by purple seed pods. An ideal plant for dry soils in full sun. Native from Canada to Florida, but rarely found in New England. Turns to mush in winter but miraculously perks up again in the spring. An outstanding novelty plant. 12" high. Attracts butterflies, deer resistant, (let's hope so!). Native from California across to Texas. Zone 5 or 4, depending on reference source.

Ophiopogon planiscarpus ‘Ebony Knight’  See under Grasses

Origanum laevigaatum ‘Herrenhausen’     Mauve-pink, flowers from darker buds over mounds of purple-toned leaves on burgundy stems create a stunning display in the late summer garden, 2’ high. Flowers from late July-October and thrives in hot, sunny locations. Butterflies love it. Deer resistant. Zone 4.

    x ‘Kent Beauty’     Low mounds of gently arching stems with showy, maroon colored, hop-like flower clusters dangling from the tips, July-September. Grown mostly for its unique, long-blooming, ornamental flowers. Generally not considered pungent enough for use in cooking. Most effective at the front of borders and especially attractive when placed so that the stems can drape over edging boulders allowing the flowers to be fully enjoyed. Makes a great container specimen. Grow in full sun, in average, well drained soil. Zone 5b.

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Whately, MA 01093
(413) 665-3525

 

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