Choosing the Best Perennials

Gardens & landscapes vary depending on location, soil condition, sun exposure, etc.  Finding the optimum perennials for your location can be time consuming.  We have thousands of perennials that are sure to meet your specifications; ranging from shade lovers to drought tolerant plants. 

We are here to help!  Our knowledgeable staff can asssist you in determining what plants will best suit your location.  Below we have compiled a list of our favorite perennials that we have in stock at The Yard categorized by site specific needs:

 

Native New England Perennials

Asclepias incarnata 'Ice Ballet'

Zone:  3-9

Exposure:  Full sun

Height: 3-5'  Spread: 1-3'

Prefers moist soils, but will tolerate drier conditions.  Low maintenance. 

Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady in Red'                  

Zone: 3-9

Exposure: Part-Full Shade

Height: 18-24"  Spread:  30"

Deer Resistant.  Rich, moist soils.

 Arctostaphylos uva-ursi

 Zone:  3-9

Exposure:  Full Sun (will tolerate light shade)

Height:  6-12"  Spread:  36-72"

Hardy, evergreen groundcover.  Salt tolerant.

Eupatorium maculatum 

Zone:  2

Exposure:  Part-Full Sun

Height: 6'   Spread: 4'

Low maintenance.  Butterfly attractant.  Excellent for adding vertical interest to your garden.

Iris versicolor

Zone:  3-9

Exposure: Part-Full Sun

Height: 24-30"   Spread:  24-30"

Grows in moist soils.  Rhizome is poisonous (handle with gloves).

Tiarella cordifolia 'Running Tapestry'

Zone:  3-8

Exposure: Part - Full Shade

Height: 8-10"   Spread:  15-18"

Easy to grow.  Foamy white or pink flowers in spring.  Groundcover variety.


 

Heat Loving Perennials

Achillea 'Moonshine'               

Zone: 3-8

Exposure: Full Sun

Height: 12-24"  Spread: 8-12"

Drought & heat tolerant.

 

Coreopsis vert. 'Moonbeam'

Zone:  4-9

Exposure:  Full sun

Height: 18-24"  Spread: 18-24"

Light, airy foliage.  Easy maintenance.  Thrives in well drained soils.

 

PW® Dianthus hybrid Fruit Punch™ Series 'Apple Slice'

Zone: 4-9

Exposure:  Part - Full Sun

Height: 10"   Spread:  12"

Deer resistant.  Low maintenance & drought tolerant.  Mounding perennial.

 

PS® Gaillardia aristata 'Arizona Sun'

Zone: 3-10

Exposure: Full Sun

Height: 8-10"  Spread:  10"

Heat tolerant.  Tolerant of poor, dry soils.

Perovskia atriplicifolia

Zone: 4-9

Exposure:  Full Sun

Height:  36-48"  Spread: 20-30"

Purple spike flowers.  Long-lasting blooms from late summer into fall.  Performs well in poor soils.

PW® Sedum hylotelephium 'Maestro'

Zone:  3-9

Exposure:  Full Sun

Height:  24-30"  Spread:  24"

Compact, upright grower that will not flop.

 


Shade Loving Perennials

Brunnera macrophylla 'Silver Heart'

Zone: 4-9

Exposure: Part-Full Shade

Height: 6-12"   Spread:  12-24"

Very hardy.  Unique foliage. 

Chelone lyonii 'Hot Lips'

Zone:  3-8

Exposure: Part-Full Shade

Height: 36-40"   Spread: 24-30"

Late risers.  Long-lived & dependable perennial.

Epimedium grandiflorum 'Lilafee'

Zone: 4-8

Exposure:  Part-Full Shade

Height:  8-12"  Spread:  12-16"

Prefers rich, moist soils.  Slow grower.  Purple flower.

DOLCE® 'Key Lime Pie' Heuchera

Zone:  4-9

Exposure:  Part-Full Shade

Height: 12-16"  Spread: 12-16"

 Bright, chartreuse foliage.  Excellent in border gardens or in containers.

PW® Hosta 'Empress Wu'

Zone: 3-9

Exposure:  Part-Full Shade

Height: 3-4'  Spread: 5-6'

Very large, dark green leaves.  A true focal piecein the garden!

Dicentra luxuriant  

Zone: 3-9  

Exposure: Part-Full Shade  

Height: 12-15" Spread: 12-18"

     


 

Tolerant of Wet Soils

Athyrium nipponicum 'Pictum'

Zone:  3-8

Exposure:  Part-Full Shade

Height: 12-18"  Spread:  24"

Slow-growing, mounding habit.  Very attractive foliage.

Chasmanthium latifolium  (Northern Sea Oat Grass)

Zone:  3-8

Exposure:  Full sun to Part Shade

Height: 24-60"   Spread:  12-30"

Perennial grass, tolerant of poor soils.  Unique seed heads.  Low maintenance.

 PW® Ligularia stenocephala 'Bottle Rocket'

Zone:  4-9

Exposure:  Part Shade

Height: 28-34"  Spread:  24-28"

 Prefer cool, moist locations.  Avoid afternoon sun to prevent wilting.

Epimedium x rubrum

Zone: 4-8

Exposure: Part-Full Shade

Height: 15"  Spread: 24"

Tolerant of alkaline, clay soils.

Iris versicolor

Zone:  3-9

Exposure: Part-Full Sun

Height: 24-30"   Spread:  24-30"

Rhizome is poisonous (handle with gloves).

Lobelia cardinalis

Zone: 3-9

Exposure:  Part-Full Sun

Height:  3-4'  Spread: 2'

Deer & Rabbit resistant.  Tolerant of poor soils.


 

Low Maintenance Perennials

Agastache x 'Blue Fortune'

Zone: 4-9

Exposure: Full Sun

Height: 24-36"  Spread:  18-24"

Medium grower, average-low water needs. 

Alchemilla mollis

Zone: 3-7

Exposure: Part-Full Sun

Height: 15-18"  Spread: 18-24"

Deer & Rabbit resistant.  Slow spreading.  Excellent border or edging plant.

PS® Echinacea purpurea x paradoxa Big Sky™ 'After Midnight'

Zone: 4-9

Exposure: Part-Full Sun

Height: 12-18"  Spread: 12"

More compact than classic coineflower. Fragrant, dark magenta blooms. Drought tolerant.

PW® Hemerocallis 'Going Bananas'

Zone: 3-9

Exposure: Part-Full Sun

Height: 19-22"   Spread: 18-24"

Lemon-yellow blooms with a slightly ruffled edge.  Tolerant of harsh conditions.

Hosta 'Guacamole'

Zone: 3-9

Exposure: Part-Full Shade

Height: 22"  Spread: 38"

Glossy, chartreuse green foliage.  This variety does well in the sun as well.  Fragrant flowers.

PS® Rudbeckia fulgida 'Early Bird Gold'

Zone: 3-10

Exposure: Part-Full Sun

Height: 24-36"  Spread: 18-24"

Golden yellow flowers.  Similar to Goldstrum variety, but with an even earlier bloom time!

 


 

Unique Focal Specimens

Allium 'Globemaster'

Zone:  5-8

Exposure: Full Sun

Height: 36-48"   Spread: 6-12"

Long-blooming allium.  One of a kind display in your garden. 

Anenome 'Whirlwind'

Zone: 4-8

Exposure:  Part-Full Sun

Height: 36-48"  Spread: 24-36"

Prefers moist, rich soils.  Papery, white blooms.

PS® Digitalis hybrid 'Camelot Rose'

Zone: 4-9

Exposure: Part-Full Sun

Height: 36-48"  Spread: 24-30"

Deer & Rabbit Resistant.  Reblooming.  More heat tolerant than other foxglove varieties.

SUMMERIFIC® Hibiscus 'Summer Storm'

Zone: 4-9

Exposure: Part-Full Sun

Height: 4-5'  Spread: 4-6'

Rich, dark wine-colored  foliage accompanied by bright pink flowers.

Iris ensata 'Lion King'

Zone: 4-9

Exposure: Part-Full Sun

Height: 36-48"  Spread: 24-28"

Beautiful display of purple & white ruffled petals.  A true gem in the garden.

Paeonia lactiflora 'Sarah Bernhardt'

Zone: 3-8

Exposure: Part-Full Sun

Height: 34"  Spread: 24"

Lovely, double-flowering peony.  Soft pink blooms that are prized for their fragrance!

 

If you are looking for more information about specific landscape site requirements or plant species, feel free to email us at yardsales@pvg.com.