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Sun Harvest Powerhouse Perennials Picks

Today’s gardener looks for perennials  that are easy to grow and maintain, have great colour for an extended period of time, and can contribute to the diversity of our ecology. In other words, plants that can do double duty, be as beautiful as they are functional.

Growing beautiful, healthy landscapes

We are passionate about creating  a diverse landscape so that our pollinators have healthy landscapes for foraging and our birds and other wildlife have places to live. Our staff will be happy to  recommend the many options of perennials that attract and indeed sustain bees, butterflies and hummingbirds and are native to our region.

Here are just a few of the hundreds of lush and carefully grown perennials we carry. Be sure to check out these top pollinator friendly perennials.

Monarda 'Red Velvet' Upscale Series

Monarda, or Bee Balm, is a native to eastern North America perennial that keeps getting better as new cultivars are introduced. NEW this year is the UPSCALE series from Proven Winners. Look at these large bright cherry red flowers, that bees / butterflies and hummingbirds will flock to. A taller Monarda compared to other new introductions of late, and at 2 to 2.5 feet height and spread 'Red Velvet' will be a fantastic sunny garden addition that will steal the show in July /August.

Phtot credit: Proven Winners

Purple Poppy Mallow - Callirhoe involucrata NATIVE

This native low growing groundcover is great for problem soils that are droughty.

A June blooming perennial that can be used in rock gardens, cascading over slopes or rock walls, the wine coloured blooms are also great food for pollinators.

If you are looking to naturalize a difficult terrain, this perennial could be the problem solving plant!

Anemone 'Fall in Love Sweetly' PW

You'll love how this perennial will extend the seasonal interest of your garden. When other plants in your garden are fading, FALL IN LOVE® 'Sweetly' is just getting started, producing rich, rose pink flowers in early fall. Semi-double flowers are produced above a large mound of dark green foliage.

September is still a beautiful month to enjoy the garden and for those gardeners looking a flowering perennial that will complement sedums and ornamental grasses , this is it!

Photo: courtesy of Walters Gardens

Panicum Prairie Winds 'Totem Pole' PW

Many of us are becoming more confident in utilizing
ornamental grasses in the garden. We are moving beyond the traditional Karl
Foerster feather reed grasses  and
fescues, and incorporating other varieties that offer so much appeal and
texture to our gardens.

 A mental image of a totem pole brings to mind a tall, narrow, majestic structure – the exact imagery to apply to this new ornamental grass! 'Totem Pole' forms a very upright column of steel blue foliage and powdery blue stems. In early fall, the top of the clump explodes with golden seed panicles. The narrow base of the plant makes it an ideal candidate for small spaces in the garden that need height and vertical structure.

Don’t cut it back till early spring so that it can provide cover for the birds in winter.

Photo: Walters Gardens

Heliopsis 'Bit of Honey' PW

This vareigated false sunflower sports large semi double bright yellow flowers that are great for inviting butterflies to the sunny garden.

A great middle of the border plant, it blooms profusely through July and August.

Plant it wtih Russian Sage, hyssop and tall garden phlox for a full colour show!

Photo credit: Walters Gardens

Colour and texture in the shade

Gardeners who have shade often feel like they have no options for colour. Do let us help you to create a shade garden that will grow to become a tapestry of texture and colour by considering shade perennials like these.

Podophyllum peltata 'Mayapple" NATIVE!

This native woodland perennial is a problem solver for those landscapes that are difficult to get plants established IN THE SHADE. Although the plant only has 1 or 2 leaves and 1 blossom it does grow to form a dense mat in the forest understory. As its common name implies, it blooms in May , providing sweet nectar to early season foraging bees. Drought tolerant once established and is deer and rabbit resistant - as we said , a real problem solver for tough landscapes.

Brunnera 'Queen of Hearts' PW

Heart shaped leaves of silver mottling brighten shade gardens when combined with ferns and astilbes. This plant loves humus rich soil and will reward you with pretty blue forget me not blooms in the spring. Favoured by pollinators but resisted by deer, it will provide that dimension of texture and lightness in shade perennial beds.

Photo: Proven Winners