Aruncus dioicus- Goats Beard
This North American native is perfect for the shady garden where you need some height. The feathery plumes resemble a large Astilbe in creamy white. This perennial can reach 4-5' tall and as wide so give it room. It also prefers consistent moisture like the Astilbe. Seldom bothered by deer and rabbits.
Coral Bells used to be known for their blossoms in June, but many cultivars offered today are all about the foliage. Striking tones of purple are most popular, but peach, orange, yellow and chartreuse now round out the pallet. Typically grown in the shade, although these new cultivars seem to tolerate more sun and heat due to the native Heuchera villosa' parentage. So, if you think you've seen enough Heuchera, check out the latest.
Astilbes offer feathery foliage with plume-like blossoms on erect stems. This easy to grow perennial is a reliable feature plant for the shade garden. Plant in rich soil with some morning sun and keep consistently moist during hot summer months. Dwarf varieties are available that grow to only 6-8", while large forms can reach 4'. Colors? How about peach, pink, lavender, white and red. Deer resistant, they'll be coming into bloom soon, and although they may be old-fashioned, they are still a valuable addition to the garden.
Cimicifuga racemosa atropurpurea- Bugbane or Black Cohosh
This robust stately native is another tall perennial that can reach 5-6'. The airy spikes of white flowers are an excellent source of pollen and nectar for butterflies and other beneficial insects, and it is in great demand as a medicinal herb. Rarely damaged by deer this perennial prefers shade or morning sun.
Echinacea is a genus, or group of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family, Asteraceae. The nine species it contains are commonly called coneflowers.
One of the longest bloomers in the garden, hardy geranium bears little flowers for months at a time. It produces jewel-tone, saucer-shape flowers and mounds of handsome, lobed foliage. It needs full sun, but otherwise it is a tough and reliable plant, thriving in a wide assortment of soils.
are flowering plants that grow over three feet tall. They have green leaves up to six inches long.
Black-eyed Susans grow in open woods, gardens, fields, and roadsides. They grow quickly in just about any kind of soil.
Black-eyed Susan- These plants are most easily recognized by their flowers. They have yellow flowers with a brownish-purple center. Flowers are two to three inches across and grow on a stalk up to eight inches long.
Herbaceous Perennials List
‘Perennials of the Year’
2012-Brunnera "Jack Frost"
2011-Amsonia hubrichtii "Arkansas Blue Star"
2010 - Baptisia Australis
2009 - Japanese Forest Grass
2008 - Geranium 'Rozanne'
2007 - Nepeta faassenii 'Walkers Low'
2006 - Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Firewitch'
2005 - Helleborus x hybrids