How To Plant Bare Root And Potted Perennials

Here are step-by-step instructions for planting bareroot and potted perennial plants. We guarantee our products and strive to ship them at the proper planting time for your region; however, weather conditions can vary within a zone and from year to year. If you’re unsure about when to plant, consult a gardening neighbor, or call us at 877-309-7333.


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Bareroot Perennials

Bareroot plants arrive in a dormant state, ready to grow once they're planted.

When and Where to Plant

Plant bareroot plants as soon as possible after you get them. Most perennials prefer well-drained soil; soggy soil will lead to rot. If your soil is wet consider planting in raised beds. For Full Sun plants, select a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sun per day. Half Sun plants prefer about 2 hours of direct sun or dappled sun all day. Shade plants, like most of our Woodland Wildflowers and Ferns, require moist, rich soil and Half Sun to Full Shade. (In regions with hot, sunny summers plant in Full Shade.)

To prepare for planting, remove and discard the packing material that surrounds the roots. Place the roots in a container of tepid water while you’re preparing the planting hole, or for up to an hour before planting.

Preparing the Soil

For best results, take some time to prepare the planting site. Loosen the soil to a depth of at least 8"; you may want to mix some compost into the planting bed to help improve drainage. You can also add some granular, slow-release fertilizer at this time. However, don't use lawn fertilizer and don't add more than the amount recommended on the package, because this can inhibit flowering.

Planting

Examine the roots to determine the approximate width and depth of the planting hole you’ll need. Unless otherwise noted, you’ll want to set the plant so the crown — the point where the stems and leaves meet the roots — sits about an inch below the soil surface. If you are unsure which end is up, look closely for buds or remnants of stems that indicate the top of the plant. If you’re still unsure, set the roots on their side. The plant will know which way to grow.

Dig a hole in the prepared soil to the necessary width and depth. Set the bareroot plant in the hole, spreading out the roots. Holding the plant with one hand, use the other to add soil around and in between the roots, firming it gently to eliminate air pockets. Adjust the planting depth if necessary. Water the soil, using a gentle flow to prevent soil from washing away.

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Bare Root Perennials

Bareroot plants arrive in a dormant state, ready to grow once they're planted. 

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When and Where to Plant

Plant bare root plants as soon as possible after you get them. Most perennials prefer well-drained soil; soggy soil will lead to rot. If your soil is wet consider planting in raised beds. For Full Sun plants, select a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sun per day. Half Sun plants prefer about 2 hours of direct sun or dappled sun all day. Shade plants, like most of our Woodland Wildflowers and Ferns, require moist, rich soil and Half Sun to Full Shade. (In regions with hot, sunny summers plant in Full Shade.)

To prepare for planting, remove and discard the packing material that surrounds the roots. Place the roots in a container of tepid water while you’re preparing the planting hole, or for up to an hour before planting.

Preparing the Soil

For best results, take some time to prepare the planting site. Loosen the soil to a depth of at least 8"; you may want to mix some compost into the planting bed to help improve drainage. You can also add some granular, slow-release fertilizer at this time. However, don't use lawn fertilizer and don't add more than the amount recommended on the package, because this can inhibit flowering.

Planting

Examine the roots to determine the approximate width and depth of the planting hole you’ll need. Unless otherwise noted, you’ll want to set the plant so the crown — the point where the stems and leaves meet the roots — sits about an inch below the soil surface. If you are unsure which end is up, look closely for buds or remnants of stems that indicate the top of the plant. If you’re still unsure, set the roots on their side. The plant will know which way to grow.

Dig a hole in the prepared soil to the necessary width and depth. Set the bareroot plant in the hole, spreading out the roots. Holding the plant with one hand, use the other to add soil around and in between the roots, firming it gently to eliminate air pockets. Adjust the planting depth if necessary. Water the soil, using a gentle flow to prevent soil from washing away.


Potted Perennials

When your perennials arrive, open the box immediately, check the plants and water them if the soil is dry. Depending on the type of plant and the time of year, some of your potted plants may have green growth, some may not. Don't worry if you don't see any leaves; that just means the plant is dormant. The roots are healthy and ready to grow in your garden.

When and Where to Plant

Plant dormant (no signs of green growth) potted perennials as soon as possible after they arrive. For plants that have new leafy growth, wait to plant until after the last frost date. In the meantime, keep the plants in a cool room where they get some sun through a window, protect from freezing and keep soil moist but not soggy.

Most perennials prefer well-drained soil; soggy soil will lead to rot. If your soil is wet consider planting in raised beds. For Full Sun plants, select a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sun per day. Half Sun plants need at least 2 hours of direct sun or dappled sun all day. Shade plants can receive some morning and evening sun but should be shaded during the hottest part of the day.

Preparing the Soil

For best results, take some time to prepare the planting site. Loosen the soil to a depth of at least 8"; you may want to mix some compost into the planting bed to help improve drainage. You can also add some granular, slow-release fertilizer at this time. However, don't use lawn fertilizer and don't add more than the amount recommended on the package, because this can inhibit flowering.

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Dig a hole as deep and a little wider than the pot. Most perennials should be planted at the same depth as they are in their containers.

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Carefully remove the plant from its pot by holding one hand over the soil and tapping the bottom of the pot. Squeezing the pot can help loosen the root ball from the pot. Don't pull on the plant or you may damage the stem.

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Place the root ball into the planting hole, doublechecking to be sure that the top of the root ball is even with the soil surface. Then backfill the hole with soil, gently firming it as you go.

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Water the soil thoroughly, then apply a 2" deep layer of mulch around the plant to help maintain soil moisture and control weeds. Keep the mulch a few inches away from the plant stem to prevent rot.


Ongoing Care

  • Apply water as necessary to keep soil moist but not soaking wet. Even drought-tolerant plants need to be watered weekly until their roots get established. Apply a 2" to 3" layer of organic mulch, like shredded bark or pine straw, after planting to help conserve soil moisture and prevent weeds. Keep the mulch a few inches away from plant stems to prevent rot.
  • Be patient; it may take weeks or even a month for the new growth to emerge from the soil. How quickly the plant grows depends on a number of factors, including the type of plant, degree of dormancy and temperature of the soil.
  • “Deadhead” flowering plants by removing spent flowers. This encourages the plant to produce more blooms; it also helps bulbs to replenish the energy stored in their bulbs/roots.
  • Tall, top-heavy plants may need staking or another type of support to keep them from falling over from the weight of the flowers. Removing spent blooms will encourage some perennials to continue blooming.

 

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Information On Individual Perennial Species

African Lily or Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus)

Height: 32-36"
Zone: 7-10
Light: Full Sun to Half Sun
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 18-24"
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Ajuga (Bugleweed)

Height: 4-6"
Zone: 4-9
Light: Full sun or full shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in. 
Spacing: Up to 36"
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Artemisia

Height: 12-18"
Zone: 3-9
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in. 
Spacing: 15-18"
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Asparagus

Height: 36-48" 
Zone: 4-8
Light: Full Sun to Half Sun
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 5-6" below the soil line.
Spacing: 18-24"
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Aster

Height: 8-24" depending on variety
Zone: 4-8
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 12-24"
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Astilbe (False Spirea)

Height: 12-48" depending on variety
Zone: 3-8
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 12-48" depending on variety
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Balloon Flower (Platycodon)

Height: 8-24" depending on variety
Zone: 3-8
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 12-18"
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Baptisia (False Indigo)

Height: 36-60"
Zone: 4-8
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in. 
Spacing: 24-60"
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Bee Balm (Monarda)

Height: 12-60" depending on variety
Zone: 4-9
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 12-36" depending on variety
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Bellflower (Campanula)

Height: 4-25" depending on variety
Zone: 3-9
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 12-30" depending on variety
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Bellwort or Merrybells (Uvularia grandiflora)

Height: 12-14" 
Zone: 4-9
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line. 
Spacing: 12-18"
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Black Cohosh or American Bugbane (Actaea racemosa or Cimicifuga racemosa)

Height: 48-96" 
Zone: 3-8
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line. 
Spacing: 24-48"
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Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)

Height: 18-42", depending on variety
Zone: 4-9
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 12-24"
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Blackberry (Rubus)

Height: 48-72"
Zone: 5-8
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Keep the top of the root ball even with soil surface. 
Spacing: 36-48"
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Blackberry Lily (Belamcanda chinensis)

Height: 24-30"
Zone: 5-9
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line. 
Spacing: 16-20"
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Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)

Height: 10-36", depending on variety
Zone: 3-9
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 10-30" depending on variety
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Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

Height: 6-9"
Zone: 3-7
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 3-6"
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Blue Star Flower (Amsonia)

Height: 12-36" depending on variety
Zone: 4-9
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 18-36" depending on variety
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Blueberry (Vaccinium)

Height: 4-6' depending on variety
Zone: 4-8
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Keep the top of the root ball even with soil surface.
Spacing: 36-96" depending on variety
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Brunnera

Height: 12-16"
Zone: 3-8
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 12-18"
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Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)

Height: 24-72" depending on variety
Zone: 5-9
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 24-72" depending on variety
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Butterfly Weed (Asclepsias)

Height: 24-48", depending on variety
Zone: 4-10
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 12-36"
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Cardinal Flower (Lobelia)

Height: 24-48", depending on variety
Zone: 3-9
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 12-24"
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Catmint (Nepeta)

Height: 24-36"
Zone: 3-8
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 24-36"
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Clematis

Height: 4-20' depending on variety
Zone: 3-9
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 15-180" depending on variety
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Columbine (Aquilegia)

Height: 6-30" depending on variety
Zone: 3-9
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 10-24"
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Coral Bells (Heuchera)

Height: 10-30" depending on variety
Zone: 3-9
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 8-20" depending on variety
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Coreopsis (Tickseed)

Height: 10-24" depending on variety
Zone: 4-9
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 10-30" depending on variety
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Creeping Wintergreen or Checkerberry (Gaultheria procumbens)

Height: 12-4"
Zone: 3-8
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 12-16"
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Daisy, Painted (Pyrethrum or Tanacetum coccineum)

Height: 8-20"
Zone: 3-7
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 16-20"
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Daisy, Shasta (Chrysanthemum or Leucanthemum)

Height: 12-36" depending on variety 
Zone: 4-9
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 16-36" depending on variety
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Daylily (Hemerocallis)

Height: 12-36" depending on variety 
Zone: 2-9
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 12-36" depending on variety
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Delphinium (Larkspur)

Height: 12-60" depending on variety 
Zone: 3-7
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 10-23" depending on variety
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Dianthus

Height: 4-18" depending on variety 
Zone: 4-8
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 4-12" depending on variety
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Echinacea (Coneflower)

Height: 12-36" depending on variety
Zone: 3-9
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 12-30" depending on variety
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Echinops (Globe Thistle)

Height: 42-46" 
Zone: 3-8
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 18-24"
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English Ivy (Hedera)

Height: 4-6"
Zone: 4-8
Light: Full sun or full shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: Up to 8 feet
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Ferns

Height: 8-36" depending on variety
Zone: 3-9 depending on variety
Light: Full sun to full shade depenging on variety
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 18-96" depending on variety
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Flowering Spurge (Euphorbia)

Height: 12-18"
Zone: 4-9
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 12-18"
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Forsythia

Height: 48-60"
Zone: 4-8
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 36-48"
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Foxglove (Digitalis)

Height: 24-48" depending on variety
Zone: 3-9
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 12-18"
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Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)

Height: 12-24"
Zone: 3-10 depending on variety
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 12-24"
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Gentian (Gentiana)

Height: 24-30"
Zone: 4-7
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 12-18"
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Geranium (Crane's Bill)

Height: 6-36" depending on variety
Zone: 3-8
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 8-36" depending on variety
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Grape (Vitus)

Height: 8-10' 
Zone: 4-7
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 8-10'
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Ornamental Grass

Height: 6-120" depending on variety
Zone: 3-9 depending on variety
Light: Full sun to full shade depending on variety
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 6-72" depending on variety
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Hens and Chicks (Sempervivum)

Height: 3-6"
Zone: 3-8
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 6-15"
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Hibiscus

Height: 36-60"
Zone: 4-10
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 24-48"
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Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)

Height: 24-84" depending on variety
Zone: 3-8
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 12-30"
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Honeysuckle Vine (Lonicera)

Height: 4-18 feet depending on variety
Zone: 4-8
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: Up to 12 feet
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Hosta (Plantain Lily)

Height: 10-48" depending on variety
Zone: 3-8
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 12-108" depending on variety
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Hydrangea

Height: 30-96" depending on variety
Zone: 4-10 depending on variety
Light: Full sun to full shade depending on variety
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 36-72" depending on variety
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Iris, Bearded (Iris germanica)

Height: 20-39" depending on variety
Zone: 3-9
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Iris should be planted so the tops of the rhizomes are exposed and the roots are spread out facing downwards in the soil. Make sure not to plant the rhizomes too deep.
Spacing: 12-24"
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Iris, Dwarf Crested (Iris cristata)

Height: 6-10"
Zone: 3-9
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 6-12"
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Iris, Japanese (Iris ensata)

Height: 24-36" 
Zone: 4-9
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 18-30"
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Iris, Louisiana (Iris louisiana)

Height: 28-36" 
Zone: 4-9
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 18-36"
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Iris, Siberian (Iris siberica)

Height: 22-40" depending on variety
Zone: 3-9
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 18-30"
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Jack in the Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

Height: 20-24"
Zone: 4-8
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 12-18"
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Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla mollis)

Height: 12-18"
Zone: 3-8
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 18-24"
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Lamium (Dead Nettle)

Height: 4-8"
Zone: 4-9
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 10-24"
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Lavender (Lavandula)

Height: 12-20" depending on variety
Zone: 5-9
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 8-24" depending on variety
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Lenten Rose (Hellebourus)

Height: 12-18" 
Zone: 4-9
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 12-18"
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Liatris (Blazing Star or Gayfeather)

Height: 36-48"
Zone: 2-9
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 12-18"
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Ligularia (Golden Ray)
Height: 5-6'
Zone: 4-8
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 24-36"
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Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)

Height: 6-8" 
Zone: 2-8
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 12-18"
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Lungwort (Pulmonaria)

Height: 8-14" 
Zone: 3-9
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 12-24"
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Lupine (Lupinus)

Height: 18-24" 
Zone: 4-8
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 15-18"
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Mallow (Malva)

Height: 24-48" 
Zone: 6-9
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 18-24"
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Masterwort (Astrantia major)

Height: 24-28" 
Zone: 4-7
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 16-18"
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Monkshood, Common (Aconitum napellus)

Height: 36-42" 
Zone: 3-9
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 12-18"
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Pachysandra (Japanese Spurge)

Height: 6-12"
Zone: 5-8 
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: Up to 18"
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Passion Vine (Passiflora caerulea)

Height: Up to 10 feet
Zone: 6-9
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: Up to 10 feet
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Penstemon (Penstemon digitalis)

Height: 26-30" 
Zone: 3-8
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 12-18" 
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Peony (Paeonia)

Height: 22-38" depending on variety
Zone: 3-8
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Plant the roots 1" to 2" below soil level with the eyes (buds) pointing up.
Spacing: 20-36"
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Phlox, Creeping

Height: 4-6"
Zone: 2-9
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 12-18" 
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Phlox, Tall

Height: 12-40" depending on variety
Zone: 4-8
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 10-36" 
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Poppy, Oriental (Papaver orientale)

Height: 32-36" 
Zone: 2-9
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 15-18" 
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Potentilla (Cinquefoil)

Height: 12-24" 
Zone: 4-9
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 18-24" 
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Prunella (Selfheal)

Height: 6-8" 
Zone: 4-8
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 18-24" 
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Raspberry (Rubus)

Height: 12-24"
Zone: 4-8
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Keep the top of the root ball even with soil surface.
Spacing: 24" 
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Red Hot Poker or Torch Lily (Kniphofia)

Height: 40-48" 
Zone: 6-10
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 24-36" 
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Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)

Height: 36-48" 
Zone: 4-9
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 24-30" 
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Salvia (Sage)

Height: 16-30" 
Zone: 3-8
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 12-24"
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Scabiosa columbaria (Pincushion Flower)

Height: 12-18" 
Zone: 3-9
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 12-18"
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Sedum (Stonecrop)

Height: 3-24" depending on variety
Zone: 3-9
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in..
Spacing: 8-24" depending on variety
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Shooting Star (Dodecatheon meadia)

Height: 10-12" 
Zone: 4-8
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 10-12"
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Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum multiflorum)

Height: 18-24" 
Zone: 3-9
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 12-18"
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Spiderwort (Tradescantia)

Height: 12-18" 
Zone: 3-9
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 12-20"
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Strawberry (Fragaria)

Height: 8-10" 
Zone: 4-8
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 18-24"
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Toad Lily (Tricyrtis)

Height: 12-30" depending on variety
Zone: 4-8
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 12-24"
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Thyme, Creeping (Thymus praecox)

Height: 4-6" 
Zone: 5-8
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 12-18" 
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Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower (Epigaea repens)
Height: 6-14" 
Zone: 3-7
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: Up to 24" 
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Trillium

Height: 8-14" 
Zone: 4-8
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 12" 
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Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)

Height: 10-30 feet
Zone: 4-10
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 10-20 feet
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Veronica (Speedwell)

Height: 12-18" 
Zone: 3-8
Light: Full Sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.

Vinca, Periwinkle or Creeping Myrtle (Vinca minor)

Height: 4-6" 
Zone: 4-9
Light: Full sun to half sun/half shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 18-24"

Viola (Violet)

Height: 3-6" 
Zone: 2-7
Light: Half Sun/Half Shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 4-6"
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Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)

Height: 18-24" 
Zone: 3-8
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 18-24"
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Wand Flower (Gaura lindheimeri)

Height: 12-18" 
Zone: 5-9
Light: Full sun to part shade
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 12-18"
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Wild Ginger (Asarum canadense)

Height: 6-12" 
Zone: 4-7
Light: Part sun to full shade
Planting depth: Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Spacing: 12-18"
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Yarrow (Achillea)

Height: 18-28" 
Zone: 3-9
Light: Full sun
Planting depth: Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Spacing: 10-24"
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    Rudbeckia ‘Little Goldstar’ is a knock-out bloomer with golden daisy-like flowers adding months of color to the garden. Flowers stand erect above dark green foliage on sturdy stems that form dense clumps. A low-growing variety of the beloved native wildflower that blooms prolifically. Sized right for containers and the front of borders. (Rudbeckia fulgida)
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