Achillea (Yarrow) - Excellent cut flower and summer flowering border plant. Heat and drought resistant plant that prefers full sun and well-drained conditions. Tolerates poor, slightly acid, dry soils. Deadheading extends flowering time.
Actaea (Bugbane) â€“ The tall, airy plant produces bottlebrush spikes above loose clusters of compound leaves. Plants prefer moisture retentive, acidic soils and shady locations.
Adenophora (Lady Bells)
Aegopodium (Bishop's Weed)
Agastache (Anise Hyssop)
Ajuga (Bugle Weed)
Alcea (Hollyhock) â€“ Stately, summer flowering plant reaching 6' tall.
Alchemilla (Lady's Mantle) â€“ Low growing plant for rock gardens or border. Grow in average soil. Delicate sprays can be dried.
Amsonia (Blue Star)
Anemone (Windflower) â€“ Most plants flower beginning in September to frost. Prefers rich, well-drained soil. Mulch during winter.
Aquilegia (Columbine) â€“ Spring or early summer flowers in a variety of colors. Prefers rich, well-drained soil in light to moderate shade. Good in borders and as a cut flower.
Armeria (Sea Thrift)
Artemisia (Wormwood) â€“ Fragrant foliage when bruised. Planted for silvery foliage. Suitable for sunny areas and dry soils with low fertility.
Aruncus (Goat's Beard) â€“ Moist, shady locations preferred. Magnificent long plumes with attractive foliage.
Asarum (Wild Ginger) â€“ This woodland ground cover spreads by rhizomes and prefers acidic soils with constant moisture and good drainage. Performs best in part to full shade.
Astible (False Spirea) â€“ Plumy flower panicles and fern-like foliage. Requires rich, moist soil and appreciates protection from afternoon sun during the summer.
Baptisia (False Indigo)
Boltonia (Bolton's Aster)
Campanula (Bellflower) â€“ Prefers well-drained, rich soil. Not very tolerant of hot, dry conditions.
Centaurea (Cornflower) â€“ Grows best in full sun with well-drained soil. Drought tolerant.
Centranthus (Jupiter's Beard) Grow in alkaline soils in full sun. Tolerant of dry, infertile conditions.
Convallaria (Lily of the valley)
Coreopsis (Tickseed) â€“ Plant in full sun and provide well-drained conditions.
Crocosmia (Montbretia) â€“ Sword-like foliage arise from a corm. Flowers resembling small funnels appear in rows along flowering stem. Great cut flower.
Delosperma (Ice Plant)
Delphinium (Delphinium) â€“ Grown for their showy flower panicles. Larger types may require staking to hold the flower stalks. Prefers moist, well-drained, rich soil for best performance.
Dicentra (Bleeding Heart) â€“ Popular plant for the shaded garden. Prefers rich, moist soil.
Echinacea (Purple Coneflower)
Epimedium (Barrenwort) â€“ Naturally occurs in light woodlands and light shade although tolerates heavy shade and completes well with tree roots. Prefers soil rich in organic matter with adequate drainage.
Eryngium (Sea Holly)
Eupatorium (Joe-Pye Weed)
Filipendula (Meadowsweet) â€“ Leaves deeply lobed, similar to astilbe. Prefers moist soils, full sun to part-shade and slightly alkaline soil.
Gaillardia (Blanket Flower) â€“ Popular group of plants that is easy to grow, weather tolerant, and has a long blooming season. Needs full sun, well-drained soil, and some removal of spent flowers for best results.
Galium (Sweet Woodruff) â€“ An excellent groundcover for naturalizing in moist areas.
Gazania (Treasure Flower)
Gypsophilia (Baby's Breath)
Heliopsis (False Sunflower)
Hemerocallis (Daylily) â€“ Thrive in full sun although tolerant of partial shade. Tough plants with long-lasting color. Divide in early spring or fall when necessary.
Heuchera (Alumroot) â€“ Mound-forming groundcovers. Requires good drainage and generally performs better under cooler conditions.
Heucherella (Foamy Bells)
Hosta (Plantain Lily, Funkia) â€“ Foliage plants for shade conditions with diverse foliage textures and color. Grow best in well-drained soils.
Houttuynia (Chameleon Plant)
Hypericum (St. John's Wort)
Incarvillea (Hardy Gloxinia)
Iris (Iris Cristata) â€“ A shallow rhizome creeps along the surface resulting in a rapid multiplication. One or two flowers are produced on 6â€ tall stems. This plant can be located in full sun with plenty of water and does well in full to partial shade.
Iris (Iris ensata) â€“ The large showy flowers of this iris bloom after the siberian and Tall Bearded Irises. Plants perform well in any organic-rich soil where moisture can be consistently provided. Acidic conditions are necessary and lime must not be added to the soil. Provide full sun or partial shade. Because of their large size, removal of the flower heads is suggested once they fade.
Iris (Iris Siberica) â€“ 1-2â€ delicate flowers grace this tried and true garden favorite with attractive narrow lance-like foliage. Flowering in late may, this species does well in moist or bog gardens but performs equally as well in normal garden situations as long as moisture can be provided. Unlike the bearded types, they are less prone to soft rot and iris borer.
Lamiastrum (Yellow Archangel)
Lamium (Dead Nettle) Groundcover plants that prefer sites with even moisture but well-drained conditions and partial shade. Spring flowering plants that offer interesting foliage during the summer. Prune back to promote fullness when necessary.
Lavandula (Lavender) â€“ Fragrant, silvery foliage. Great border plants. Requires full sun and well-drained soils. Dried blooms used in sachets.
Leucanthemum (Chrysanthemum, Shasta Daisy) â€“ Excellent cut flower. Thrives in rich, well-drained soil. Deadheading may prolong flowering.
Liatris (Blazing Star) â€“ Tough, long-lived, easy care perennial. Excellent cut flower.
Ligularia (Ligularia) â€“ Plants will appreciate being sited correctly; even-moisture and shade in the afternoon are needed to avoid daily wilting.
Lobelia (Cardinal Flower) â€“ Prefers moist, rich soil that drains well in the shaded garden. Light winter mulching beneficial.
Lychnis â€“ Deadheading will promote flowering but allow some seeds to mature to maintain flowering plants in the garden.
Mazus (Creeping Mazus) â€“ A low growing, semi-evergreen ground cover well suited to moist, shady areas. Forms a shallow rooted, non-invasive, dense mat. Do not plant in areas with high foot traffic. Great for rock gardens or between paving stones.
Monarda (Bee Balm) â€“ Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Prefers sunny sites with moist, well-drained soils.
Nepeta (Cat Mint) â€“ Fragrant leaves when bruised and long-lasting, showy flower display makes this a popular garden plant. Prune after flowering to promote reblooming and compact habit. Prefers full sun and tolerates dry conditions. Great border plant.
Nipponanthemum (Montauk Daisy)
Oenothera (Evening Primrose)
Ophiopogon (Snakebeard) â€“ A clump forming, grass-like plant that spreads by short stolons. Small flowers appear during summer followed by blue-black berries. Excellent edging and ground cover plant. Tolerates full sun with proper moisture although prefers partial shade.
Paeonia (Peony) Plant with eyes 3â€ below ground, provide sunny location, well-drained soil, and don't fertilize heavily for best results. Plant where good air circulation exists to reduce botrytis problems.
Penstemon (Bearded Tongue) â€“ Prefers sunny, drier sites. Well-drained soils necessary, especially during winter.
Perovskia (Russian Sage)
Physostegia (Obedient Plant)
Platycodon (Baloonflower) â€“ These long lived, trouble free perennials thrive in almost any soil as long as its well-drained. Easily adapted to either full sun or part shade. Late to emerge in spring, they work well with spring flowering bulbs.
Polemonium (Jacob's Ladder) â€“ Prefers cooler climates, some moisture, and part-shade in a site with good air circulation.
Polygonatum (Solomon's Seal)
Pulmonaria (Lungwort) â€“ Provide partial shade and adequate moisture but well-draining soil. Spreads by creeping rootstock but not invasive.
Pulsatilla (Pasque Flower)
Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan)
Salvia (Sage) â€“ Good heat and drought tolerance but performs best with some moisture. Removing spent blooms will promote continuous flowering.
Santolina (Lavender Cotton)
Scabiosa (Pincushion Flower)
Sedum (Stonecrop) â€“ Plants require well-drained soil and full sun. Tolerant of dry conditions and will rot if given too much water. Little maintenance required. Shorter types popular in rock gardens.
Sempervivum (Hens & Chicks) â€“ Prefers dry, well-drained conditions.
Sisyrinchium (Blue-eyed Grass)
Solidago (Golden Rod)
Stachys (Lamb's Ear) â€“ Good ground cover for dry, sunny locations.
Stokesia (Stokes' Aster) â€“ Performs best in filtered sunlight and well-drained soil.
Tiarella (Foam Flower) â€“ Low maintenance ground covers that prefer moisture retentive, organic soils in medium to heavy shade.
Veronica (Speedwell) â€“ Long blooming varieties that prefer rich, well-drained soils with even moisture. Upright types will continue to flower all summer when spent flowers are removed.