Unique Perennials

Unique Perennials

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Plant an amusement park of flowering wonders with these unique perennials! Chosen for their unusual blooms, exotic foliage and striking growth habits, these plants will inspire compliments and admiration from friends and neighbors. And like all perennials, they'll grow stronger and less-fussy with every passing year, leaving you with less work and more extraordinary flowers as they age.

Unique perennials are your chance to get truly creative in the garden. Choose a few of these showpiece plants to 'frame' with foliage-rich ferns, hostas or thyme, or plant an entire palette of rare beauties.

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  1. Purple Liatris spicata, Liatris spicata, Blazing Star

    Blazing Star is an unforgettable native perennial with electric purple flowers. Known for its grass-like foliage and tall, spiky blooms that attract butterflies, birds and bees, Blaz...

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    Blazing Star Blazing Star Liatris spicata
    $10.65 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Blazing Star is an unforgettable native perennial with electric purple flowers. Known for its grass-like foliage and tall, spiky blooms that attract butterflies, birds and bees, Blazing Star (sometimes called Gayfeather) makes a great cut flower and is deer resistant. Plant with Bee Balm and Black Eyed Susan for a vibrant, colorful garden. (Liatris spicata)
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  2. Indian Pink, Spigelia marilandica with hummingbird

    Indian Pink is an easy-to-grow native woodland perennial which prefers moist and well-drained soils. The unusual blooms are trumpet shaped with a red exterior, yellow inside, and a u...

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    Indian Pink Indian Pink Spigelia marilandica
    $12.65 Sale $9.49
    Per Bag of 3
    Indian Pink is an easy-to-grow native woodland perennial which prefers moist and well-drained soils. The unusual blooms are trumpet shaped with a red exterior, yellow inside, and a unique flare at the top that forms a star shape. This woodland plant has glossy green foliage and spreads easily. Grows in part sun to full shade. (Spigelia marilandica)
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  3. Eupatorium Baby Joe, Joe Pye Weed with Coreopsis

    'Baby Joe' Dwarf Joe Pye Weed is the solution for butterfly lovers short on space in the garden. This compact variety grows to a manageable 2-3’ tall and limits its spread. 'Baby J...

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    Baby Joe Dwarf Pye Weed Dwarf Pye Weed Baby Joe PP#20320 Eupatorium dubium Baby Joe PP#20320
    $9.32 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Baby Joe' Dwarf Joe Pye Weed is the solution for butterfly lovers short on space in the garden. This compact variety grows to a manageable 2-3’ tall and limits its spread. 'Baby Joe' has gorgeous purple blooms that add sweet fragrance to the late-season garden, supplying butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees with vital nectar. Deer resistant. (Eupatorium dubium) PP#20320
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  4. Jack In The Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum

    Jack in the Pulpit boasts unusual, hooded green blooms with burgundy-striped interiors that surround an upright spadix, known as the “Jack” inside each flower. Blooms evolve to ...

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    Jack in the Pulpit Jack in the Pulpit, Cobra Lily Arisaema triphyllum
    $13.32 Sale $9.99
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    Jack in the Pulpit boasts unusual, hooded green blooms with burgundy-striped interiors that surround an upright spadix, known as the “Jack” inside each flower. Blooms evolve to produce brilliantly-red berries. A truly stunning, unique plant for the shade garden, Jack in the Pulpit can reproduce and spread over time in moist soils. (Ariseama triphyllum)
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  5. Shooting Star, Dodecatheon meadia

    Shooting Star is a hardy wildflower native to North America with striking blooms that appear in late spring. Delicate, dart-like blossoms with peeled-back petals dangle from tall ste...

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    Shooting Star Shooting Star Dodecatheon meadia
    $11.99 Sale $8.99
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    Shooting Star is a hardy wildflower native to North America with striking blooms that appear in late spring. Delicate, dart-like blossoms with peeled-back petals dangle from tall stems and vary in shades of white (most common) and pink (less common). Two colorful bands of deep purple and golden yellow circle the base of each flower. A simply exceptional addtion to shady spots. PPAF (Dodecatheon meadia)
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  6. Catmint Walkers Low, Nepeta faassenii

    'Walker's Low' Catmint is known for its easy going nature - it can thrive in a variety of soil and sunlight scenarios, though it does prefer things on the sunny, dry side. Beautiful ...

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    Walker's Low Nepeta Walker's Low Catmint Nepeta faassenii Walker's Low
    As low as $7.99 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Walker's Low' Catmint is known for its easy going nature - it can thrive in a variety of soil and sunlight scenarios, though it does prefer things on the sunny, dry side. Beautiful purple flower spikes appear in early summer and continue to bloom and release their sweet fragrance for up to 3 months. Very showy and very low maintenance, 'Walker's Low' is a great choice for planting in swaths, lining walkways, or adding to pollinator gardens. Deer resistant. (Nepeta faassenii)
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  7. White Dutchman's Breeches, Dicentra cucullaria

    One of America's most famous wildflowers, Dutchman's Breeches is a small, wild version of Bleeding Heart, with creamy white flowers so named for their resemble to a pair of upside-do...

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    Dutchman's Breeches Dutchman's Breeches Dicentra cucullaria
    $11.99 Sale $8.99
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    One of America's most famous wildflowers, Dutchman's Breeches is a small, wild version of Bleeding Heart, with creamy white flowers so named for their resemble to a pair of upside-down, hung-to-dry pants. Blooming in early spring, the delicate fern-like foliage lasts on, changing from a gray-green to pale yellow. A simple yet striking addition to the shade or woodland garden. (Dicentra cucullaria)
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  8. Nodding Onion with whimsical purple star-shaped flowers, Allium cernuum

    Nodding Onions add whimsical texture and soft pink-to-lilac color to the summer garden. Loose umbels of star-shaped flowers face downward, where you’re sure to find a visiting bumb...

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    Nodding Onion (Allium) Nodding Onion Allium cernuum
    As low as $11.32 Sale $8.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Nodding Onions add whimsical texture and soft pink-to-lilac color to the summer garden. Loose umbels of star-shaped flowers face downward, where you’re sure to find a visiting bumblebee. These easy-to-grow, deer resistant flowers will add a layer of detail to any garden design, including border edges, meadow-style gardens, or containers. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds love the native flowers! (Allium cernuum)
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  9. Giant Black Eyed Susan or Great Coneflower, Rudbeckia maxima

    Bring the native beauty of the prairie to your garden beds with the dramatic Giant Black Eyed Susan. Low, gray-green foliage clusters send up tall stalks 4-6 feet tall topped with ye...

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    Giant Black Eyed Susan Giant Black Eyed Susan, Great Coneflower Rudbeckia maxima
    $11.99 Sale $8.99
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    Bring the native beauty of the prairie to your garden beds with the dramatic Giant Black Eyed Susan. Low, gray-green foliage clusters send up tall stalks 4-6 feet tall topped with yellow coneflowers in early summer. Blooms are loved by finches and butterflies. A low-maintenance plant that excels in average and poor soils. Deer resistant. (Rudbeckia maxima)
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  10. Spotted Joe Pye Weed with pink flowers and visiting pollinator, Eupatorium maculatum

    The large, fragrant flower clusters of Joe Pye Weed are always abuzz with pollinator activity. Their abundant nectar provides a vital food source from late summer into fall. This low...

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    Joe Pye Weed Spotted Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium maculatum
    As low as $11.99 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    The large, fragrant flower clusters of Joe Pye Weed are always abuzz with pollinator activity. Their abundant nectar provides a vital food source from late summer into fall. This low-maintenance native plant is rabbit- and deer-resistant and thrives in moist soil. Give this tall, majestic perennial plenty of room and it will spread to form impressive stands. (Eupatorium maculatum)
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  11. Viola Sweet White Violet, Viola blanda, © Arthur Haines New England Wild Flower Society

    Sweet White Violets are perennial wildflowers native to the eastern United States and Canada. In the wild, they spread to form large carpets on the forest floor, with white flowers o...

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    Sweet White Violet Violet Sweet White Viola blanda Sweet White
    $11.99 Sale $8.99
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    Sweet White Violets are perennial wildflowers native to the eastern United States and Canada. In the wild, they spread to form large carpets on the forest floor, with white flowers on single stalks emerging in spring. Deep green heart-shaped leaves persist throughout the summer. It’s worth finding a spot for these easy-care, fragrant flowers in the shade garden. (Viola blanda)
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  12. Arkansas Blue Star In the Garden, Pale blue star-shaped flowers in bloom, Photo Courtesy of Walter's Garden

    Hubrichtii is the perennial of the year for 2011. Pale blue star shaped flowers appear is late spring to early summer over fine, feathery foliage. Excellent golden yellow fall color....

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    Arkansas Blue Star Arkansas Blue Star, Hubricht's Amsonia, Arkansas Amsonia, Bluestar Amsonia Hubrichtii
    $11.99 Sale $8.99
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    Hubrichtii is the perennial of the year for 2011. Pale blue star shaped flowers appear is late spring to early summer over fine, feathery foliage. Excellent golden yellow fall color. (Amsonia)
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  13. Wild Ginger, Asarum canadense, Wild Ginger

    Wild Ginger’s large, heart-shaped leaves create a solid, low-growing carpet of dark green beauty on the forest floor. The flowers are curious, nodding under the leaves with three d...

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    Wild Ginger Wild Ginger Asarum canadense
    $11.99 Sale $8.99
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    Wild Ginger’s large, heart-shaped leaves create a solid, low-growing carpet of dark green beauty on the forest floor. The flowers are curious, nodding under the leaves with three deep red triangular petals. Happiest in full to part shade, use this woodland native to suppress weeds and prevent soil erosion. Not related to the culinary spice. (Asarum canadense)
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  14. Blue Vinca minor, Vinca minor, Periwinkle or Creeping Myrtle

    Creeping Myrtle or Periwinkle. This famous Vinca spreads to make great patches under trees. Blue flowers. (Vinca minor)...

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    Vinca Periwinkle, Creeping Myrtle Vinca minor
    As low as $9.99 Sale $7.49
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    Creeping Myrtle or Periwinkle. This famous Vinca spreads to make great patches under trees. Blue flowers. (Vinca minor)
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  15. Lesser Catmint, Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta

    Calamintha creates a serene, inviting space with clouds of tiny white blossoms and dense, finely textured foliage that releases a rejuvenating minty fragrance. Flowering from earl...

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    Calamintha Lesser Catmint Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta
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    Calamintha creates a serene, inviting space with clouds of tiny white blossoms and dense, finely textured foliage that releases a rejuvenating minty fragrance. Flowering from early summer until fall, Calamintha attracts a host of pollinators. Drought tolerant plants spread gently and will drape over the edges of containers and rock walls, softening hard edges as a lovely filler, edging plant, or groundcover. 2021 Perennial Plant of the Year. (Calamintha nepeta)
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  16. Green Flowering Spurge Ascot Rainbow, Euphorbia martinii, Flowering Spurge

    'Ascot Rainbow' Euphorbia PP21401, also known as Flowering Spurge, has colorful, variegated foliage that lasts from spring to fall. Green leaf blades trimmed with creamy yellow edges...

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    Ascot Rainbow Euphorbia Ascot Rainbow Flowering Spurge PP#21401 Euphorbia martinii Ascot Rainbow PP#21401
    $9.32 Sale $6.99
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    'Ascot Rainbow' Euphorbia PP21401, also known as Flowering Spurge, has colorful, variegated foliage that lasts from spring to fall. Green leaf blades trimmed with creamy yellow edges transition to deep pink as cooler temperatures arrive. Its foliage is topped with petite, variegated lime green flowers that feature crimson red centers. Flowering Spurge is easy-to-grow, drought tolerant and unappealing to deer. (Euphorbia martinii)
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  17. Sunstruck False Sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides Sunstruck, photo courtesy of Walter's Garden Inc.

    Sunstruck Heliopsis, also called Oxeye Sunflower, is the embodiment of sunshine. Striking variegated foliage forms attractive clumps, and golden daisy-shaped flowers provide bright p...

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    Sunstruck Heliopsis Sunstruck False Sunflower PP#25524 Heliopsis helianthoides Sunstruck PP#25524
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    Sunstruck Heliopsis, also called Oxeye Sunflower, is the embodiment of sunshine. Striking variegated foliage forms attractive clumps, and golden daisy-shaped flowers provide bright pops of summer color in the front of garden beds and flower pots. This compact native cultivar attracts butterflies, and provides food for birds and ground nesting bees. (Heliopsis helianthoides)
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  18. Purple Allium Millenium

    Celebrated for its abundance of 2” globe-shaped flowers blooming in a deep shade of rhubarby purple, ‘Millenium’ Allium is a compact plant perfect for borders. A deer-resistant...

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    Allium Millenium Millenium Ornamental Onion Allium Millenium
    $15.99 Sale $11.99
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    Celebrated for its abundance of 2” globe-shaped flowers blooming in a deep shade of rhubarby purple, ‘Millenium’ Allium is a compact plant perfect for borders. A deer-resistant pollinator magnet, plant this easy grower for a tight swath of colorful pompoms that will call in dancing butterflies and busy bees. 2018 Perennial Plant of the Year. (Allium Millenium)
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  19. Aralia Cordata Sun King, Japanese Spikenard in a perennial garden

    Ideal for shrub & foliage lovers, ‘Sun King’ Golden Japanese Spikenard boasts beautiful large compound leaves in a golden shade of chartreuse. ‘Sun King’ can grow upwards of ...

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    Aralia Cordata Sun King Japanese Spikenard Aralia cordata Sun King
    $19.99 Sale $14.99
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    Ideal for shrub & foliage lovers, ‘Sun King’ Golden Japanese Spikenard boasts beautiful large compound leaves in a golden shade of chartreuse. ‘Sun King’ can grow upwards of four feet tall in a single season, and gives you bright color where you need it most - in your shady or part shade beds. When gardeners need to brighten and enliven their shady spaces, they increasingly turn to ‘Sun King’ Golden Japanese Spikenard for striking color and vigor. Small late summer flowers attract pollinators, and blue-black berries are eaten by birds. Plus, these beautiful plants are deer resistant! (Aralia cordata)
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  20. Purple Larkspur or Wild Delphinium, Delphinium tricorne, Photo Credit - Chris Evans, University of Illinois, Bugwood.org

    Dwarf Larkspur is a gorgeous native wildflower, with uniquely-shaped, deep-purple blooms. A shorter variety that's perfect for border edges or small-space gardens, Dwarf Larkspur com...

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    Dwarf Larkspur Dwarf Larkspur Delphinium tricorne
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    Dwarf Larkspur is a gorgeous native wildflower, with uniquely-shaped, deep-purple blooms. A shorter variety that's perfect for border edges or small-space gardens, Dwarf Larkspur comes into bloom in early to mid spring. Although it draws in a myriad of insects, this plant has a special relationship to both hummingbirds and queen bumblebees, who serve as its only two effective pollinators. (Delphinium tricorne)
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  21. Bottle Gentian, Gentiana andrewsii

    A native perennial for sunny, moist sites, Bottle Gentian adds gentle blues to the late season garden. Clusters of violet-blue pod-shaped flowers are surrounded by a whorl of lanceol...

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    Bottle Gentian Bottle Gentian Gentiana andrewsii
    $18.65 Sale $13.99
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    A native perennial for sunny, moist sites, Bottle Gentian adds gentle blues to the late season garden. Clusters of violet-blue pod-shaped flowers are surrounded by a whorl of lanceolate green leaves. Bumblebees are one of the only insects strong enough to open the blossoms, making this a favorite fall food source for them. Native to the Northeast and Midwest, these long-lived perennials will gently spread over time. (Gentiana andrewsii)
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  22. Green Dragon, Arisaema dracontium

    Bring a tropical look to your garden with native, deer-resistant Green Dragon! This tall cousin of Jack-in-the-Pulpit sports an unusual leaf and even more unusual flower spathe with ...

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    Green Dragon Green Dragon Arisaema dracontium
    $12.65 Sale $9.49
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    Bring a tropical look to your garden with native, deer-resistant Green Dragon! This tall cousin of Jack-in-the-Pulpit sports an unusual leaf and even more unusual flower spathe with a long, fascinating spadix. In summer, a club-like formation of bright red seeds forms along the spathe, bringing a bright spark of color to moist woodland gardens. (Arisaema dracontium)
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  23. Anemone Honorine Jobert hybrida, Windflower

    Anemone Honorine Jobert also known as windflower is a compact and vigorous bloomer. Honorine Jobert produces beautiful white flowers that are excellent for cutting. Great for woodl...

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    Honorine Jobert Japanese Anemone Honorine Jobert Japanese Anemone Anemone Honorine Jobert
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    Anemone Honorine Jobert also known as windflower is a compact and vigorous bloomer. Honorine Jobert produces beautiful white flowers that are excellent for cutting. Great for woodland settings or shaded areas. (Anemone Hybrida)
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  24. Dwarf Blazing Star, Liatris microcephala, © New Moon Nursery

    Dwarf Blazing Star is a butterfly and hummingbird-attracting plant with spiky purple blooms and grass-like foliage. Happy with poor soils and tough conditions, this native beauty han...

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    Dwarf Blazing Star Dwarf Blazing Star Liatris microcephala
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    Dwarf Blazing Star is a butterfly and hummingbird-attracting plant with spiky purple blooms and grass-like foliage. Happy with poor soils and tough conditions, this native beauty handles heat and drought beautifully and can also tolerate the humidity of the deep south. Blooms appear and open from top to bottom on showy, upright stalks. A true, but showy, low-maintenance plant. (Liatris microcephala)
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