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We know that deciding what to put in your garden can be daunting, there are so many choices. That's why having a plan, knowing how much light your garden gets, and putting the right plant in the right place can help you choose the correct plants. When you take these steps your gardening experience can be so much more rewarding. Check out our sections below to help you find the plants that are right for your needs. 


Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta

2021 Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year™

This sun-loving perennial is the perfect choice for attracting pollinators, since it blooms from early summer until frost. Tiny, white flowers cover the bushy habit. Since this is in the mint family, the leaves carry a mint scent.

Photo and information courtesy of Walter's Garden.

Pollinator Gardening

Best for Butterflies

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Asclepias Hello Yellow
Blue Knight Butterfly Bush
Eupatorium Baby Joe
Liatris 'Kolbold Original'
Monarda 'Cherry Pops'
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Great for all Pollinators

Achillea 'Firefly Amethyst' PW
Lavender Pink Flowers
Attracts Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Deer/Rabbit Resistant
H 18-22" W 32-36"
Aquilegia Songbird Goldfinch
Aquilegia are among the most telling of springtime plants, both for foliage and for flowers. Partial Sun
Ht. 18" 18" W
Height: 16-24 in.
Spread: 16-24 in.
Hardiness Zone:5-9
Light: Full Sun

Easily grown in dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Thrives in poor, sandy or rocky soils with good drainage. Tolerant of heat, humidity and drought. Plants in the genus Coreopsis are sometimes commonly called tickseed in reference to the resemblance of the seeds to ticks.
Height: 30 in. - 4 ft.
Spread: 12 in. - 2 ft.
Hardiness Zone: 3-7
Light: Partial to full sun
Critter feature: Deer Tolerant. Attracts hummingbirds & butterflies.

Performs well in alkaline soils. Prefers climates with cool summer temperatures. Appreciates some part afternoon shade in hot summer climates. After bloom, cut back spent flower spikes to the basal foliage to encourage an additional late summer and/or fall bloom.
Height: 1-2 ft.
Spread: .5-1 ft.
Hardiness Zone: 2-10
Light: Partial to full sun
Critter feature: Deer Tolerant. Attracts hummingbirds & butterflies.

Best grown in deep, organically rich, well-drained soils in full sun, but generally appreciates some light afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Flowers come in vivid shades of red, pink, white and bicolor, sometimes with a contrasting eye, and with fringed petals that are bearded on the inside. Bloom from late spring to early summer.
Echinacea Coneflower
Hemerocallis (Day Lily)
Height: 2-2.5 ft
Spread: 2-2.5 ft.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Light: Full sun
Critter Features: Resists Rabbit. Attracts butterflies.

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Does well in a wide range of well-drained soils. Deadhead spent flowers daily for neatness and remove scapes when flowers have completed bloom. Divide to maintain vigor when the clumps become overcrowded. A tough plant that is tolerant of poor soil, summer heat and humidity.
Height: 36 in. - 4 ft.
Spread: 24 in. - 6 ft.
Hardiness Zone: 4-9
Light: Partial to full sun

Hardy hibiscus create huge colorful blooms, not to be confused with the smaller tropical houseplant varieties. they are extremely easy to grow. Requires full sun, decent soil, and some pruning once in awhile. They leaf out very late in spring.
Height: 2-3 ft
Spread: 2-4 ft.
Hardiness Zone: 5-8
Light: Full sun
Critter Feature: Deer & rabbit resistant. Attracts butterflie

Grow in average, dry to medium, well-drained, alkaline soil in full sun. This is a versatile garden perennial that should be considered for a wide variety of uses and not just relegated to a corner of the herb garden. Lavender flowers and gray-green leaves provide mid-summer color and contrast to the perennial border front, rock garden, herb garden or scented garden.
Leucanthemum (Shasta Daisy)
Height: 18-30 in.
Spread: 16-24 in.
Hardiness Zone: 5-9
Light: Full sun
Critter Feature: Deer & rabbit resistant. Attracts butterflies

Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun. Good soil drainage is essential. Shasta daisies provide long-lasting summer bloom and are mainstays of the perennial border, cottage garden, cutting garden, rock gardens, and containers.
Liatris 'Kolbold Original'
Height: 16-20 in.
Spread: 18-36 in.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Light: Part to full sun
Critter Feature: Deer & rabbit resistant. Attracts cats.

Low maintenance, drought tolerant, deer resistant, long blooming perennial that looks great all season. When Nepeta's stems are broken, they release an aroma into the air that tends to attract cats, thus its common name, Catmint.
Height: 20-32 in.
Spread: 12-20 in.
Hardiness Zone: 3-9
Light: Part shade to full sun
Critter features: Deer resistant. Attracts butterflies.
Flowers are red-purple to violet-purple, pink or infrequently white. Each flower has five, flat, petal-like, rounded lobes that are distinctively notched. Best grown in humusy, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Best flowering is in full sun.
Height: 18-24 in.
Spread: 18-24 in.
Hardiness Zone: 3-8
Light: Partial to full sun
Critter features: Deer & rabbit resistant. Attracts hummingbirds butterflies.

Excellent, easy-to-grow perennials for a summer show of intense color. They perform best in full sun and are real heat lovers. Not only do the flowers attract butterflies, the plants are also very deer resistant. Meadow Sage responds well to sheering after blooming to prompt fresh foliage and blooms.
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Shade Gardening

Athyrium Ferns
Japanese Forest Grass
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Calamagrostis a 'Karl Foerster'
Festuca g 'Elijah Blue'
Miscanthus 'Huron Sunrise'
Pennisetum a 'Burgundy Bunny'
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