Petite Perennials

Asclepias viridiflora – Short Green Milkweed
Asclepias viridiflora – Short Green Milkweed

Asclepias viridiflora Short Green Milkweed is a Michigan native milkweed. While somewhat rare it has an extensive range throughout the United States. The plant matures to 1-3′ in height making it a nice choice for borders. Short Green Milkweed blooms during early summer with blooms lasting about three weeks. Flowers are light green to green and as the plant matures the flowers begin to turn yellowish green or purplish green. It prefers full to partial sun and grows in a variety of soils but prefers dry-mesic to mesic. Habitats include openings in upland forests that are rocky or sandy; upland black soil prairies, sand prairies, gravel prairies, and hill prairies; barrens, limestone glades, and sand dunes; and abandoned fields.

The flowers attract bumblebees and butterflies. Also known as Green Milkweed, Green Comet Milkweed, Green Antelopehorn Milkweed, Green-Flowered Milkweed.

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Aster dumosus –  ‘Wood’s Pink’ Dwarf Aster
Aster dumosus – ‘Wood’s Pink’ Dwarf Aster

Densely packed clusters of clear light blue flowers provide outstanding color in the garden from late summer into fall. Since this species has a dwarf, compact habit, it will not require staking. 'Wood's' selections have shown excellent resistance to mildew and rust.

Asters are excellent cut flowers and attract butterflies. They make a terrific accent to fall blooming grasses and the changing colors of the trees. They are native to North America and are generally very easy to grow.

 

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Aster dumosus – ‘Wood’s Light Blue’ Dwarf Aster
Aster dumosus – ‘Wood’s Light Blue’ Dwarf Aster

Densely packed clusters of clear light blue flowers provide outstanding color in the garden from late summer into fall. Since this species has a dwarf, compact habit, it will not require staking. 'Wood's' selections have shown excellent resistance to mildew and rust.

Asters are excellent cut flowers and attract butterflies. They make a terrific accent to fall blooming grasses and the changing colors of the trees. They are native to North America and are generally very easy to grow.

 

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Aster dumosus – ‘Wood’s Purple’ Dwarf Aster
Aster dumosus – ‘Wood’s Purple’ Dwarf Aster

Purple flowers with dark green rust-resistant foliage. Mounding habit covered in daisy-like flowers in late summer. Very floriferous

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Aster dumosus ‘Professor Kippenburg’
Aster dumosus ‘Professor Kippenburg’

Densely packed clusters of bright lavender-blue, semi-double flowers provide outstanding color in the garden from late summer into fall. Since this selection has a dwarf, compact habit, it will not require staking.

Asters are excellent cut flowers and attract butterflies. They make a terrific accent to fall blooming grasses and the changing colors of the trees. They are native to North America and are generally very easy to grow.

Origin: Native Cultivar

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Aster novae-angliae – ‘Purple Dome’
Aster novae-angliae – ‘Purple Dome’

Culture

Easily grown in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Symphyotrichum novae-angliae, commonly called New England aster, is a native perennial which occurs in moist prairies, meadows, thickets, low valleys and stream banks (Steyermark). It is a stout, leafy plant typically growing 3-6′ tall with a robust, upright habit. Features a profuse bloom of daisy-like asters (to 1.5″ diameter) with purple rays and yellow centers from late summer to early fall. Rough, hairy, lance-shaped leaves (to 4″ long) clasp stiff, hairy stems. Flowers are attractive to butterflies.

Specific epithet means of New England, USA.

‘Purple Dome’ typically grows 18-24″ tall and up to 3′ wide with a low, bushy habit. Features a profuse bloom of dark purple flowers (to 1.5″ across) which can entirely cover the plant with bloom from mid-August until early October. No staking is required.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to powdery mildew.

Garden Uses

Low habit makes this a good fall blooming plant for the border front or butterfly garden. Also useful as an edger.

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Aster novi belgii angliae ‘Alert’
Aster novi belgii angliae ‘Alert’

Offering masses of daisy-like blooms, use plants from this large, diverse group for formal borders, and rock and natural gardens. The low-growing Alpine Aster blooms in spring. More common types are hybrids of New York Aster, which bloom in late summer and fall when many perennials are finished. Best in full sun, but partial shade in hot southern climates. Feed sparingly to avoid lush growth susceptible to mildew and diseases. All Aster frikartii varieties are somewhat resistant to mildew. Plant in well-drained soil to avoid root rot. For bushier plants with more flowers where growing season is long, pinch back in spring when shoots are 6 inches and later in early summer. Divide plants at least every other year before flowering decreases and inner shoots of clumps lose vigor. Replant only healthy outer divisions.

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Aster tongolensis –  ‘Wartburg Star’ Aster
Aster tongolensis – ‘Wartburg Star’ Aster

Aster Wartbur Star flower seed often produces flowers the first year after sowing. The 2 1/4 inch blooms come in varying shades of light violet-blue, with tufted gold centers. They bloom mid-summer to late fall. This is an extraordinary Aster, easy to grow, long-lived, very showy, and it makes great cut flowers! Aster Tongolensis is good for rock gardens, landscaping, edging and is suitable for containers. The dark green foliage forms dense, tufted mats in full to partial shade, and moist but well-drained soil. Sow Aster Wartburg Star seeds indoors in early spring using starter mix. Press the flower seed into soil and barely cover. Keep the flower seed damp and transplant plants into the garden 20 inches apart. For areas with long growing season, the Aster seeds can be directly started outside after frost danger has passed.

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Coreopsis Desert Coral
Coreopsis – ‘Desert Coral’ Tickseed

A desert sunset on a stem! Exquisite peach and coral flowers blanket the garden with warm sunny colors. These beauties bloom continuously from June through October. Coreopsis ‘Desert Coral’ spent flowers are replaced with fresh flowers so quickly, the plant doesn’t have a rest period. Carefree.

This new variety combines the best traits of several Coreopsis for superb appearance and long blooming performance.

Features to Note:

Good For Cut Flowers
Deer Resistant
Blooms For 4 Weeks Or More
OK In Containers
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Hummingbirds
Attracts Birds

Coreopsis General Information:

Bright and cheery selections will attract butterflies and birds to your garden. Coreopsis are great cut flowers that last up to 2 weeks after being harvested. Superb in the border-reliable. Just give them some sun and enjoy the show. Coreopsis naturalize with ease. Cold hardy, floriferous and easy to grow.

Coreopsis Plant Care:

Likes a hot dry spot. Leave new fall growth at the base for overwintering. Benefits from division every 2-3 years inspring.

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Echinacea ‘Firebird’
Echinacea ‘Firebird’

Easily grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best in full sun. This is an adaptable plant that is tolerant of drought, heat, humidity and poor soil. Divide clumps when they become overcrowded (about every 4 years). Plants rebloom well without deadheading, however prompt removal of spent flowers encourages continued bloom and improves general appearance

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Echinacea Sombrero – ‘Adobe Orange’ Coneflower
Echinacea Sombrero – ‘Adobe Orange’ Coneflower

Echinacea Sombrero ‘Adobe Orange’ Coneflower is a garden superstar with its compact, well branched habit and prolific blooms. The large, single, daisy like flowers are pumpkin hued surrounding the rusty brown cone. This petite perennial is a splendid choice for borders and does equally well in the container garden.

Attractive to butterflies, Echinacea Sombrero ‘Adobe Orange’ Coneflower is also a magnet for important pollinators and beneficial insects. The flower heads provide visual winter interest and are an important food source for birds.

The Sombrero series is a new introduction bred to produce well-branched, sturdy and compact plants featuring a high bud count.

U.S. Plant Patent #26,639.

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Echinacea Sombrero ‘Baja Burgundy’ Coneflower
Echinacea Sombrero ‘Baja Burgundy’ Coneflower

Echinacea Sombrero ‘Baja Burgundy’ is a splendid coneflower selection with deep burgundy petals surrounding a large brown cone. These vibrant daisy like flowers bloom freely from mid-summer to frost and are easy to grow plants tolerant of drought, heat, humidity and poor soil.

Attractive to butterflies, Echinacea Sombrero ‘Salsa Red’ Coneflower is also a magnet for important pollinators and beneficial insects. The flower heads provide visual winter interest and are an important food source for birds.

The Sombrero series is a new introduction bred to produce well-branched, sturdy and compact plants featuring a high bud count.

Grown in 4.5” square pots.

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