Perennials, Ground Covers, Rock Plants, and Annuals

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Perennials and Other Favourites

On this page, you’ll find detailed descriptions of our perennials and biennials, ground covers and rock plants, grasses, basket stuffers, flowering baskets, and annuals. Interested in other plants? Click to see our 2021 Edibles listing or our complete listing for Shrubs, Trees, Climbers, Bulbs and Tubers.

Choosing the Right Place for Perennials, Ground Covers, Rock Plants, Grasses, Basket Stuffers and Annuals

Knowing your plants’ requirements and the gardening conditions available to them will help you place plants where they can thrive. Ideally, you want to match soil fertility, moisture levels, and amount of sun with the needs of your plant. Most perennials and grasses, annuals, and basket stuffers prefer rich to average garden soil and regular watering, while ground covers and rock plants may prefer leaner conditions. You’ll find that some plants crave sunshine while others really need shade to thrive. And still others will tolerate some level of partial shade, even if their preference is for full sun. Take a ramble through your garden and note your soil quality and conditions. Then watch for the terms in this paragraph in the plant descriptions below.

Plant Terminology

A bit of gardening terminology before we begin. Annuals live through just one growing season, put forth a great burst of flowering to produce seed and continue their line, then die with the arrival of cold weather. Because they don’t have to store food for the long winter, annuals are able to flower through most of the summer. Perennials, on the other hand, live for years and usually have specific and shorter flowering periods. They do need to preserve food to last through the winter and fuel their new growth in the spring. Perennials are under less genetic pressure to produce quantities of seed since they will have future seasons in which to reproduce.

Most ground covers, rock plants, and grasses are simply different types of perennials. Basket stuffers may be true annuals, but many of them are actually tropical or tender perennials. If you have a place to protect them over the winter months, such as a warm greenhouse or sun room, or in some cases even a garage, you may be able to save these tender perennials for future years.

Protecting Tender Perennials

Some tender perennials just need a bit of extra winter protection in our climate, while others are truly tropical and cannot tolerate temperatures much below freezing. Treat basket stuffers as tropical plants, giving them your sunniest window sill in the house* or moving them into a frost-free greenhouse for the winter. In a mild winter, geraniums and other basket stuffers may even survive the winter outside, especially if you live in a warmer micro-climate like Oak Bay, but overwinter them inside if you want to reliably protect these perennials.

*For shade loving plants like the tender fuchsias, you can omit the sunny window sill, but provide some sunlight. Even shade lovers benefit from winter sunlight because it is not as strong as in the summer, and plants grown in the house enjoy even less sun.

For tender perennials which can tolerate light freezing, such as the tender salvias, there are a number of ways to offer extra protection. Planting against the house out of cold winds or using a frost blanket are two options. The most reliable solution is to grow them in pots and move to a frost-free greenhouse or sunny window sill, but don’t combine growing in pots with wintering outside for these tender perennials. Plants grown in pots are much more vulnerable to freezing weather. If you’re planning to overwinter tender perennials outside, make sure they’re planted in the the ground.

Some gardeners plant tender and tropical perennials in baskets or in the ground, then transfer to pots in the house or greenhouse for the winter. This method gives you greater flexibility, but it is more labour-intensive. The lifespan of many of the plants listed in our Annuals section can also be extended in this manner, although these annuals often set seed, easily providing replacement plants.

Perennials

Plants which come back year after year, usually growing bigger and more established with time. Although perennials may die back over the winter months, new growth forms at the base or buds each spring. Some perennials benefit from periodic division, while others need little more than regular watering and a bit of summer feeding. Container-grown plants can become pot-bound, so dump them out periodically to check their root mass. If all you see is roots, it’s time to divide or pot larger.

Perennials: Acanthus Bear's Breeches
Acanthus

Also known as Bear’s Breeches, these tall perennials are best at the back of the border. Acanthus prefers partial to full shade and can be invasive, so watch where you plant it. Regular watering keeps the roots hydrated and prevents wilting. The plant dies back to nothing over the winter, then produces four feet of growth during the growing season, topped by large heads of maroon and white flowers. Deer-resistant. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Aconitum Azure Blue
Aconitum Azure Blue

Also known as Monk’s Hood for the hood-like shape of it’s flowers. This tall perennial flowers in the fall and prefers moist shade. All parts of the plant are poisonous, making it a poor choice for families with young children, but an excellent choice for gardens visited by deer or rabbits. Height: 3-6 ft. Price: $4. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Agastache rupestris
Agastache Rupestris

Also known as Licorice Mint or Sunset Hyssop. A tall, striking perennial with smoky orange flowers on lavender calyxes. Flowers are edible, and the entire plant has a spicy aroma of licorice and mint. Although native to the American Southwest, this variety is surprisingly hardy so long as it has well-draining soil during the winter months. Well loved by hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Drought tolerant as well as deer and rabbit resistant. 2-3 ft tall x 1-2 wide. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Japanese Anemone
Japanese Anemone

Also known as Anemone hupehensis or hybrida. Saucer-like flowers above divided foliage in late summer to fall. Commonly pink, but flowers may also be white. These delicate looking perennials are surprisingly robust. They perform best in well-drained soil in partial shade but will tolerate full sun if the soil is kept moist. Easy-care, long-lived perennials which can be aggressive in full sun. Rabbit and deer resistant. 2-3 ft tall. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Aguilegia vulgaris
Aquilegia vulgaris

Also known as common Columbine. Nodding flowers for shade or partial sun. Usually single purple, but other colours and doubles sometimes appear among seedling plants. Height: 12-30 inches. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Asters

Asters add a welcome pop of fall colour with their late flowers. Give them a sunny spot in well-drained soil. Height: 2-3 ft.

Perennials: purple aster
Purple Aster

Smooth, dark green foliage emerges in the spring, followed in fall by purple daisy blooms. Price: $3. 2 pots available.

Perenials: New England Aster
New England Aster

Attractive purple or occasionally pink fall flowers atop rosettes of fuzzy leaves. Sets babies. Price: $4. 2 pots available.


Perennials: Astilbe chinensis pumilla
Astilbe chinensis pumilla

Short, intensely purple or magenta flowers for shade. Blooms resemble large, feathery plumes rising above ferny foliage in summer. They flower best in rich, moist soil and are said to be deer-resistant, though we’ve had reports of deer eating some of our plants. Height: 1 ft. Price: $4. 24 pots available.

Perennials: Astrantia
Astrantia

Pale pink flowers on fresh green foliage in late spring. Cold-hardy. Sets babies. Astrantias prefer moist, rich soil in shade and are deer-resistant. Mid-height. Price: $3. 1 pot available, freshly dug but with good roots.

Perennials: bergenia
Bergenia

Also known as Elephant Ears for their large, leathery leaves. Pink flowers in early spring. These tough perennials are poisonous, as well as deer resistant and drought tolerant. For shade to dappled sun. Height: 1 ft. Not available 2021.

Perennials: Calamintha grandiflora
Calamintha grandiflora

Also known as Calamint. Neat little bushes of pink flowers in mid summer. These perennials prefer shade to partial shade. Mid-height. Price: $2. Sold out 2021.

Campanulas

Also know as Bellflowers, there are a large number of Campanula varieties, from low ground cover types to perennials of 3-4 feet. Most prefer sun to partial shade and moist but well-drained soil. They flower in shades of blue, white, and occasionally pink. Most Campanulas, including the three varieties listed here, are perennials, but there are quite a few biennial Campanulas as well.

Perennials: Campanula glomerata
Campanula glomerata

Also known as Clustered Bellflower. Showy, deep purple flower heads grow above a low mound of lance-shaped foliage in late spring to early summer. 8-24 inches. Price: $2. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Campanula persicifolia
Campanula persicifolia

Also known as Peach-leaved Bellflower. This variety sports cup-shaped blue or white flowers on three foot plants. Deer are fond of this perennial, although plants set a fair number of babies when seeds are allowed to ripen. $3. 3 pots available.

Perennials: Serbian Campanula
Serbian Campanula

Starry lilac blue flowers on low mounding plants for sun. Easy-care and long-blooming, usually flowering from late spring through fall. An attractive ground cover which deer generally leave alone. Semi-evergreen. $3. Sold out 2021.


Catananche caerulea

Also known as Blue Cupid’s Dart. Lavender-blue flowers with dark centres rise 2 feet above clumps of strappy foliage. Flowering from early to late summer, this cottage garden favourite is popular with flower-arrangers both for its cheerful blooms and the ornamental seed heads which follow. For sun in well-draining soil. Drought tolerant once established. A short-lived perennial which often self-seeds. $3. 9 pots available.

Perennials: Centaurea
Centaurea

Also known as perennial Bachelor’s Button. Blue fringed flowers in late spring above clumps of green-gray foliage. Easy-care, hardy perennials for sun. Spreads by seed or gradual clump expansion. Only occasionally munched by deer. Height: 2 ft. Price: $3. 5 pots available.

Perennials: Threadleaf Coreopsis
Threadleaf Coreopsis Yellow

Also known as Tickseed. For sun and well-drained soil. Fine, ferny leaves are topped by golden yellow flowers from spring through summer. The threadleaf varieties are the only Coreopsis consistently left alone by deer. 1-2 ft high. Price: $2. 2 pots available.

Threadleaf Coreopsis Moonbeam

Also known as Coreopsis verticillata. Creamy pale yellow flowers create an airy display all summer long. A choicer plant than the more common yellow-flowered variety. For sun and well-drained soil. Both drought and deer tolerant. Especially suited to containers. 18-24 inches tall, with ferny foliage and a compact, bushy habit. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Shasta Daisies

The classic cottage garden flower. These perennials have white petals surrounding yellow centres. They are tough, easy care plants for well-drained soil in sun to partial shade.

Perennials: Daisy Esther Read
Daisy Esther Read

An old English favourite valued for its cheerful double flowers. Growing 2 ft x 2ft tall and wide. This is probably Esther Read, though it could be a regular Shasta. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Shasta Daisy
Shasta Daisy

These tall daisies form large clumps in sun to partial shade. Tough, deer resistant, and prolific seeders. 3-4 ft high. Price: $3. 3 pots available.

Dianthus

Also known as Pinks. This category includes perennials both short and tall, having strap-like foliage and fringed, often highly scented flowers in shades from white to pink to red. Dianthus require well-drained soil in sun and flower over a long period in summer. Evergreen. See our Rock Plants section for additional low varieties such as Maiden Pinks and Sand Pinks.

Perennials: Dianthus Neon Star
Dianthus Neon Star

A dwarf cultivar bearing hot pink, clove-scented blooms on 6-9 inch plants. These tough, compact perennials are well-suited to rock gardens and containers. Unlike taller varieties, they don’t get leggy or require pruning to maintain their shape. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Dianthus Old Fashioned Mix
Dianthus Old Fashioned Mix

Also known as Perennial Pinks. Two-toned flowers with deeper centres on fragrant plants. Cottage Garden plants with an old fashioned appeal. Prune hard in early spring to encourage a bushy shape. 12-18 inches high. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.


Perennials: Epimedium
Epimedium

Plant and flower colour may not be as shown. Also known as Barrenwort. Delicate flowers rise above pretty, variegated foliage for partial to full shade. This plant does well in dry shade and a variety of soil types, so long as soil is well-draining. Growing in similar conditions to the hardy geraniums. Height: 1 ft or less. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Sword Fern
Sword Fern

Native plant for full to partial shade and moist soil. Attractive foliage adds lush appeal to shade gardens. Height: 2-3 ft. $3-4. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Gaillardia grandiflora
Gaillardia grandiflora mix

Also known as Blanket Flower. Red daisy-like flowers with yellow tips above gray-green foliage. Full sun. Drought tolerant as well as deer resistant. 2.5 ft tall x 2 ft wide. Price: $3. 6 pots available.

Perennials: Golden Marguerite
Golden Marguerite

Also known as Anthemis. Golden daisy flowers above finely textured foliage. A prolific seeder! This plant prefers sun and moist but well-draining soil. Height: 2-3 ft. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Hardy Geraniums

Hardy Geraniums flourish in shade to part shade, with a few varieties preferring sun. Unlike many of the other shade lovers, these perennials are not particular about moisture levels and will even thrive in dry shade, competing with tree roots. This is a large group of ‘true geraniums,’ as opposed to the bedding plants often sold in summer as geraniums, but which are more properly called pelargoniums. True geraniums are trouble-free, hardy, and solidly perennial. Foliage tends to be neat and in some cases finely textured. Flower colours range from white through blues, purples, and pinks, with many varieties having interesting veining, variegation, or spotting. Height 1-1.5 ft x 2-3 ft in width.

Perennials Hardy Geranium Johnson's Blue
Johnson’s Blue

One of the most beloved of the hardy geraniums. Sky blue flowers rise above a dense mound of deeply cut foliage. Grows best in full sun to part shade in well draining soil. 12-18 inches tall x 24-30 inches wide. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Hardy Geranium Macrorrhizum
Macrorrhizum

Hot pink flowers on aromatic foliage. This is one of the most reliably deer-proof hardy geraniums due to the scent, which deer dislike. Happy in full sun and well-drained soil. 1 ft tall x 2 ft wide. Price: $3. 8 pots available.

Perennials: Hardy Geranium purple
Purple

Another tough variety for sun with large purple flowers. Height: 1ft. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Hardy Geranium sanguineum
Sanguineum

Also known as Bloody Cranesbill. Attractive, deeply cut foliage below magenta flowers. A mounding plant which prefers sun to partial shade and well-drained soil. Price: $2. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Hardy Geranium Wargrave Pink
Wargrave Pink

A fast spreading variety with soft pink blooms from spring through summer. For well-drained soil. A prolific seeder! Price: $3. 5 pots available.


Perennials: Helianthus Maximiliani
Helianthus Maximiliani

Also known as Maximillian Sunflower. Attractive yellow daisy flowers in late summer to fall. These perennials spread through runners in spring, so give them an area you don’t mind them colonizing. A tall daisy (3-6ft) for sun and moist but well drained soil. Price: $4. 18 pots available.

Hellebores

Also known as Lenten Rose or Christmas Rose. A large category of shade-loving perennials with nodding cup-shaped flowers. Hellebores flower best in partial shade in rich, moist but well-draining soil. They are both drought tolerant and deer resistant. Newer varieties have an increasingly wider range of flower and foliage colours.

Perennials: Hellebore with pink buds and cream flowers
Cream (pink in bud)

A low hellebore with attractive, dark foliage and pink buds opening to cream flowers. The backs of the petals retain their pink coloration, giving the cream blooms a pink cast. May be available late summer 2021.

Perennials: Green Hellebore
Green

Nodding greenish-white flowers on divided evergreen foliage in late winter to early spring. This is the most common of the Hellebores. Spreads well in well-drained soil. More tolerant of sun than some. Height: 12-18 inches. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Hellebore Merlin
Merlin

Mid pink blossoms rising on thick, plum-coloured stems mature to a deep cranberry. Flowering from late winter through spring atop attractive, marbled and leathery foliage. Rather than the traditional nodding flower heads, these flowers face outward, making for a more showy display. A vigorous hybrid to 16 inches tall x 24 inches wide. May be available late summer 2021.

Perennials: Hellebore Penny's Pink
Penny’s Pink

Also known as Lenten Rose. Nodding mauve flowers with pronounced stamens above marbled foliage. Unlike most Hellebores, the early spring flowers face outward and are therefore more visible. One of the best of the new Hellebores owing to its combination of lovely flowers and attractive foliage. Height 18-24 inches. May be available late summer 2021.

Perennials: Hellebore Pink Freckles
Pink Freckles

Large, deeply divided green leaves are topped by nodding pink saucers spotted with freckles in late winter. Attractive, long-lasting flowers are taller than some of the new varieties. Height: 24 inches. May be available late summer 2021.

Perennials: Hellebore white
White

Nodding white flowers above evergreen foliage in late winter. The clean white flowers are pink in bud and backs of the petals retain that colour, presenting an attractive contrast with the bright green foliage. This Hellebore is well suited for use as a ground cover in shade due to its vigorous growth and low habit. Price: $4. 4 pots available.

Perennials: Hellebore white freckles
White Freckles with maroon centre

Also known as Lenten Rose. Nodding white flowers for shade in early spring. Height: 12-18 inches. Not available 2021.

Heucheras

Heucheras are ornamental leafy foliage plants for partial shade. The most well-known of the Heucheras is the traditional Coral Bells, but in recent years many additional varieties have been introduced with colourful foliage and less showy flowers. These evergreen perennials prefer rich, moist but well-draining soil. The nectar-rich flowers are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies but not to deer.

Our heucheras are $4 each, with the exception of some smaller offerings.
Perennials: Heuchera Black Taffeta
Black Taffeta

The maroon and black heucheras can tolerate the most sun. This variety has large, ruffled black leaves followed in late spring by small pink, bell-shaped flowers. Foliage is striking when paired with green or golden foliage of nearby plants. Flowers rise above a low mound of shiny black leaves to about 21 inches high. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Heuchera Carnival Fall Festival
Carnival Fall Festival

A bright heuchera with coral leaves, deep maroon veining, a silvery overlay, and burgundy undersides. Low mounding foliage is finely textured, topped with sprays of white flowers in summer. More heat tolerant than many of the heucheras. 10-12 inches tall x 14-16 inches wide. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Heuchera Coral Bells
Coral Bells

Also known as Heuchera sanguinea. The traditional form of heuchera. Flowers rise above slightly ruffled green foliage, giving the impression of a cloud of coral red billowing above the foliage. Coral Bells has less showy leaves but the showiest of all heuchera flowers. Height: 18 inches. Not available 2021.

Perennials: Heuchera Green Spice
Green Spice

Ornamental foliage of green and silver marked with red veining creates a wonderful contrast with nearby plants. The low mound of variegated foliage is complemented in summer with white bells to 24 inches. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Heuchera Obsidian
Obsidan

A very compact heuchera with small, rounded, purple-black leaves topped with cream flowers in summer. Striking when paired with green or golden-leafed plants. One of the most deer and rabbit resistant heucheras. Shows greater tolerance for heat and sun than other varieties. Partial shade to full sun in well-drained soil. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Heuchera Peach Flambe
Peach Flambe

A dramatic heuchera with gently lobed, glowing peach leaves infused with red in the spring. The vibrant colour persists through summer before fading to peach and then turning plum purple in late fall. Tall 16 inch sprays of white flowers complement the foliage in late spring. Foliage reaches 7 inches in height by 14 inches wide. Sold out 2021.


Perennials: Hosta
Hosta

Green foliage plant with white flowers. Preferring deep shade and rich, moist soil. A standard of the shade garden, growing 1-3 ft tall and wide. Price: $10. 8 2-gallon pots available.

Perennials: Jasione
Jasione

Also known as Sheep’s Bit. Rarely seen perennials with deep blue, scabiosa-like flowers above neat mounds of evergreen foliage in summer. Easy-care. Full sun to partial shade. 8-12 inches. Price: $3. 5 pots available.

Perennials: Knautia Macedonica
Knautia Macedonica

Crimson pin cushion flowers atop strong plants to 2-3 ft. Easy care and long lasting. Full sun. These perennials have an airy habit that looks best winding among other plantings. Drought tolerant as well as deer resistant. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Leopard's Bane
Leopard’s Bane

Also known as Doronicum. Yellow daisy-like flowers in early spring. Low 1 ft plants prefer light shade and moist, rich soil. Tolerant of full shade, although flowering will be reduced. Not available 2021.

Perennials: Nepeta Walker's Low
Nepeta Walker’s Low

Also known as Catmint. Related to Catnip, although this plant does not drive cats to distraction as catnip does. Forms a soft mound of aromatic gray-green foliage covered in blue flowers in late spring. A robust, easy care, and well behaved perennial for sun. Rabbit and deer-proof as well as drought tolerant. Height: to 2 ft. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Obedient Plant
Obedient Plant

Also known as Physostegia virginiana or False Dragonhead. Plants get their name from the flowering stalks’ habit of holding whatever position it is shaped into. Flower stalks also resemble dragon heads. White flowers on tall perennials to 3 ft or more. An aggressive spreader in the right conditions (warm, moist climates) although rampant growth can be controlled by growing in dry conditions and dividing every few years. Full to partial sun. Price $3. 1 pot available.

Perennials: Ornamental Hopley's Oregano
Ornamental Hopley’s Oregano

Only lightly scented, with gorgeous pink-purple flowers more intended for the perennial garden than the kitchen. Sets a few babies but is not invasive. Price: $2. Sold out 2021.

Perennial Potentillas

Also known as Cinquefoils. There is some confusion between the shrubby potentillas and the perennial form. You’ll find the latter here, with soft, evergreen foliage and anemone-like flowers. A word of warning: unlike the shrubby potentillas, deer consider perennial potentillas a tasty treat. Please see our Shrubs page for the woody form. All potentillas prefer full sun in well-draining soil.

Perennials: Potentilla Miss Wilmott
Miss Wilmott

Also known as P. nepalensis. Plants form a loose mound of strawberry-like foliage topped by strawberry-coloured flowers. A taller plant, even more robust than P. recta. 2 ft. Price: $4. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Potentilla Neumanniana Nana
Neumanniana Nana

Also known as spring cinquefoil. An alpine plant with very dwarf habit and golden yellow flowers. Mat-forming, vigorous spreader to 2-4 inches tall by 12 inches wide. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Potentilla Recta
Potentilla recta

Also known as sulfer cinquefoil or five finger cinquefoil after the five leaflets found on each of its divided leaves. Strawberry-like foliage. Cheerful yellow flowers cover vigorous 1-1.5 foot plants from late spring through late summer. Price: $4. 4 pots available.

Showy Primulas

Unlike more common varieties, these specialty primulas have thick, fleshy leaves held in low evergreen rosettes below showy flowers. They require rich, moist soil in partial shade like their common cousins, but their spring flowers are generally more vibrant, with intense hues and contrasting eyes. Height is generally 6-8 inches, with a spread of 6-12 inches.

These choice specimens are priced at $4 each.
Perennials: Primula Auriula
Primula Auricula

The Auriculas have been bred and cherished since Victorian times. This particular variety has deep purple petals around a white throat with a yellow centre. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Primula Pubescens
Primula Pubescens

A dwarf alpine closely related to the Auriculas. This specimen has violet petals, a cream throat, and yellow eye. Sold out 2021.


Perennials: Pulsatilla vulgaris
Pulsatilla vulgaris

Also known as Pasque Flower. A traditional harbinger of the Easter season. Nodding purple flowers appear first in early spring, followed by ferny foliage. For a sunny location. Both drought tolerant and deer resistant. 1 ft x 1 ft. Price: $3. 10 pots available.

Perennials: Pycnanthemum Virginia Mtn Mint
Pycnanthemum

Also known as Virginia Mountain Mint. Creamy white flowers above narrow, scented foliage in summer. Because of their long bloom period, these perennials are a good choice for feeding pollinators. Best grown in moist shade. 18-36 inches. Not available 2021.

Perennials: Red Hot Poker
Red Hot Poker

Also known as Kniphofia or Torch Lily. Striking evergreen perennials with tall grassy stalks topped by red/orange/yellow flowers resembling torches. Plant in well-draining soil in sun. Drought tolerant as well as resistant to rabbits and deer. 2-4 ft tall. These are large, freshly dug plants which have been cut back to encourage strong root development. Flowering size, but don’t expect blooms til next year due to the transplanting. Price: $10. 6 pots available.

Ornamental Salvias

Salvias are members of the Sage family, but unlike their herby cousins, the ornamental salvias boast especially showy flowers. They retain enough of the sage scent to be unattractive to deer, which is a bonus for the flower gardener! While some salvias are cold-hardy, the two varieties available here are somewhat tender and will need extra winter protection.

Perennials: Salvia greggii or LIpstick Sage
Lipstick Sage

Also known as Salvia greggii or Autumn Sage. Pretty red and white flowers bloom from spring through fall on fast growing plants beloved of butterflies and hummingbirds. We’ve heard mixed reports on the hardiness of these perennials, so suggest you provide some winter protection such as planting in a sheltered location or in a pot taken inside for the winter. Eventually forms a small bush up to 4 ft tall and wide, smaller if pot-grown. Both deer and drought tolerant once established. Not available 2021.

Salvia Patens Blue Angel

Also known as Gentian Sage, a tender perennial from Mexico. Plant in a sheltered spot or a pot moved inside for the winter. A compact plant with bright blue flowers. Sun or partial shade in rich, well-drained soil. Loved by hummingbirds but not by deer! 18-24 inches tall. Price: $5. Sold out 2021.


Perennials: Saponaria Bouncing Bet
Saponaria Bouncing Bet

Also known as Soapwort. Double blush pink flowers on 2-3 foot stalks. Foliage is best cut to the ground in spring to encourage fresh new leaves. A lovely, fragrant, summer-flowering perennial, but plant with care as it colonizes a wide area by underground runners in spring. Grow in moist soil in sun for best results, although the plant will tolerate partial shade. Price: $4. 16 pots available.

Perennials: Sedum Autumn Joy
Sedum Autumn Joy

Also known as Sedum spectabile or Showy Stonecrop. This sedum is very different from its low cousins. While the ground cover sedums want sun and well-drained soil, this variety thrives in moist shade. And while the ground cover versions are mostly deer resistant, this variety is a favourite with deer. A tough, showy plant with vibrant pink flowers in summer into fall. The blue-green succulent foliage dies back over the winter, so mark where you plant it. 18-24 inches. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Perennials: Solomon's Seal
Solomon’s Seal

Also known as Polygonatum. Prefers cool, moist but well-draining soil in shade. These perennials produce long, arching stems in spring with green-tipped white flowers hanging from the undersides in long rows. Adds a 2 ft vertical element to the shade garden. Drought tolerant once established, as well as deer resistant. Price: $4. Sold out 2021.

Sweet Violet
Perennials: Sweet Violets
Sweet Violets

Also known as viola odorata, wood violet, or English Violet. Sweet Violets are related to Johnny Jump-ups (see our Annual section) but these perennials prefer moist shade. Sweetly scented flowers in pink, blue, or violet in spring. Low charmers which spread through seeding and underground runners. 4-8 inches high. Price: $2. 6 pots available.

Biennials

Biennials are in a class of their own. Unlike both perennials and annuals, they complete their lifecycle in two years, usually forming a rosette of low foliage in the first year, then developing a flowering stalk and flowering in the second year. Biennials die after setting seed, but they are usually vigorous seeders, so you’ll have babies for years to come. The plants provided here are all in their second year, so you should have flowers this spring or summer.

Evening Primrose

Also known as Oenothera biennis. Fragrant, clear yellow flowers atop 3-4 ft plants in summer. Unfortunately, Evening Primrose is a fierce self-seeder, so plant where you don’t mind babies cropping up. For sun in well-drained soil. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Forget-me-not

Pretty blue flowers cover the plants in spring, pairing especially well with tulip or daffodil bulbs. Once you’ve had Forget-me-nots in your garden, you’ll find them popping up in various places. Unlike some other heavy seeders, their cheerful little flowers are usually considered welcome additions to the garden. Grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. Rabbit and deer resistant. 12 inches or less. Price: $2. 23 pots available.

Foxglove

Also known as Digitalis. White or pink blooms with spotted throats on tall plants to 3-6 ft. Prefers rich, well-draining soil in sun to partial shade. Deer resistant. Price: $3. 2 pots available.

Gopher Plant

Also known as Euphorbia lathyris or Mole Plant. Bearing inconspicuous yellow flowers followed by large seed pods, this member of the Euphorbia family is a striking curiosity that grows up to 5 foot tall in its second year. Gopher plant has an architectural presence and is purported to keep gophers and moles away. One of the only biennial euphorbias. Price: $2. 1 pot available.

Lamb’s Ear

Also known as Stachys byzantina. A favourite with children who love the velvety texture of the foliage, which is followed in summer by small pink flowers. Grow in sun in any type of soil, so long as it is well-draining. Extremely drought tolerant as well as deer resistant. 12-18 inches in flower. Price: $2. 3 pots available.

Rose Campion

Also known as Lychnis coronaria. Cheerful magenta flowers above felted gray foliage. A generous seeder for sun. Very drought-tolerant, as well as reliably deer-proof! Each generous clump contains 3-4 plants. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Ground Covers

Ground covers are useful, low growing perennials with often invasive tendencies. There’s a reason we call them ground covers! Many are rampantly aggressive in optimal growing conditions, while others are only moderately aggressive or even well-behaved. Watch for these terms in the descriptions which follow.

Achilleas

Also known as Yarrow. Easy-care ground cover perennials bearing flat flower heads. For well-drained soil in sun. Drought tolerant as well as deer resistant.

Unknown variety

Likely white or yellow flowers. If this is the common yarrow, it is somewhat aggressive, spreading by underground roots. 12-24 inches. Price: $2. 1 pot available.

Pretty Belinda

A compact, very showy variety, with large, rich pink flower heads. Pretty Belinda has a spreading habit of growth, making it useful for the front of the border, but the plant is well-behaved and not overly aggressive. Height: 12 inches. Price: $2. Sold out 2021.

The Pearl

Informal heads of semi-double, white button flowers rise above narrow foliage. Similar appearance to Gypsophila (Baby’s Breath). Moderate spreader whose appearance is generally welcomed by gardeners. Price: $2. 3 pots available.


Ajuga

Also known as Bugle or Bugleweed. Dark blue flowers cover the plant in spring. A rampant spreader for deep shade. Height: 8 inches. $2. Sold out 2021.

Alyssum Basket of Gold

Sometimes called Golden Aubretia. A trailing, flowering ground cover in spring. Looks especially lovely trailing over stone walls. Compact height. Evergreen foliage. Full sun, though it benefits from regular watering. This plant has a spreading habit but is not aggressive. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Aubretia purple

The lovely purple blooms you see cascading over rocks above the highway or trailing over planters and rock walls in the spring. For sun. Both drought and deer tolerant. Not at all invasive, although a happy plant will expand and trail delightfully over ledges. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Baby’s Tears

Also known as Soleirolia. Tiny emerald green leaves for moist shade, carpeting the ground in optimum growing conditions. Tolerates light foot traffic but not harsh light or dry conditions. An aggressive spreader in shade. Price: $2. 37 pots available.

Blue Star Creeper

Also known as Isotoma fluviatilis. Another low creeper with tiny green leaves and light blue flowers in spring. Prefers moist but well-draining soil in partial shade. Tolerates foot traffic. An aggressive spreader in shade but easily controlled in less optimal conditions. Price: $2. Sold out 2021.

Cerastium Tomentosum

Also known as Snow-in-Summer for the many white flowers which blanket the wooly gray foliage in spring. A beautiful ground cover with a free-seeding habit. Easy care. Tolerates neglect so long as it is planted in well-draining soil in sun. Price: $2. Sold out 2021.

Corsican Mint

Technically an herb in the mint family, with an intense peppermint scent, but its tiny leaves would be hard to use in the kitchen. Better suited to use as a ground cover or trailing over the sides of containers in shade. Plants are often short-lived, but new plants pop up in delightfully unexpected places. A very low-growing shade lover which tolerates light foot traffic. Not available 2021.

Cotoneasters

The ground cover cotoneasters thrive in full sun to partial shade. They are vigorous spreaders tolerant of a wide range of soils as long as they are free draining. Inconsequential white flowers in spring are followed by showy bright red berries which persist well into winter.

The following cotoneasters are priced at $3 each.
Cotoneaster Dammeri

A low cotoneaster with a reputation for covering big areas such as walls or slopes with ease. Evergreen, rooting where it touches down. Easy care. Drought tolerant. 5 pots available.

Cotoneaster Salicifolia

Also known as Willow Leaf Cotoneaster. An especially vigorous, evergreen ground cover with gracefully arching branches. A single plant can reach a height of 2 ft and a spread of 6 ft. 7 pots available.


Gypsophila repens rosea

Also known as Creeping pink Baby’s Breath. Delightful trailing over containers or rocky ledges. Well-behaved and not aggressive. Prefers sun and well drained soil. Price: $3 Sold out 2021.

Ivy

Also known as Hedera. Several varieties available, including the variegated form pictured here and another with green foliage splashed with white. Rampant spreaders or climbers for shade, partial shade, or sun. Especially aggressive in shade to partial shade. Price: $2. 9 pots available.

Kenilworth Ivy

Also known as Cymbalaria muralis. Dainty lilac flowers rise above low scalloped foliage. Lovely in a pot where it will artfully trail down the sides, but equally happy growing in loose gravel. Prefers well-drained soil in partial to full shade, although it will tolerate sun. This plant self-seeds and roots as it touches down, but growth is controllable and new plants are easily removed. Price: $3. 1 pot available.

Lamium

Also known as Golden Dead Nettle. Variegated foliage topped by snapdragon-like yellow flowers in mid spring to early summer. Commonly grown for it’s attractive foliage more than its small flowers. Undemanding and easy to grow in partial to full shade and moist but well-draining soil. Avoided by rabbits and deer. Invasive in shade. Price: $2. Sold out 2021.

Lily-of-the-Valley

Also known as Convallaria majalis. Sweetly scented white bells hang from the foliage in spring. Prefers shade and moist soil. An aggressive spreader in optimal conditions, but oh so lovely. Height of 4-6 inches. Price: $3. 6 pots available.

Ornamental Oregano Kent Beauty

Showy ornamental cascades over slopes or trails nicely over baskets. Has a spicy oregano scent but is not reliably hardy in our climate. Best to use as an annual or root some inside over the winter for the following spring. A moderate spreader. Price: $2. Sold out 2021.

Creeping Phlox

Also known as Phlox subulata. Pretty, lilac flowers cover ferny foliage in spring. Forms slow-growing but dense evergreen mats. For sun in well-drained soil. Not invasive. 3-8 inches tall. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Sandwort

A white flowering, trailing groundcover for sun and well-drained soil. Looks lovely cascading over the sides of a pot. Cold-hardy as well as deer resistant. Only moderately invasive. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Selaginella Aurea

Also known as Golden Clubmoss. Gold tipped mossy green foliage spreads by tiny hairs on the undersides of foliage. For best results, grow in moist shade. Reasonably hardy in our southern Vancouver Island climate, but it’s easy enough to root a few specimens to overwinter if concerned about hardiness. A moderate spreader with delightful low foliage. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Silene Schafta

Also known as Persian Carpet or Autumn Catchfly. Lovely pink flowers in late summer atop fresh green foliage which comes back from the roots in spring. This mat-forming ground cover is a moderate spreader to 4-6 inches tall by 8-12 inches wide. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Sweet Woodruff

Also known as Galium odoratum. Creeping, mat-forming perennials for shade. White flowers in spring over sweetly fragrant foliage. Tolerant of a range of soil types and moisture levels. Invasive in rich, moist soil in shade. Deer resistant. 6-12 inches in height. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Thymes

The ground cover thymes are related to the perennial herb, but tend toward a very low habit with either ornamental foliage or showy flowers. Some ground cover forms, like Wooly Thyme, are very fragrant, but many are not. For sun and well-drained or even poor soil. Drought tolerant as well as deer resistant.

The following Thymes are priced at $3 each.
Highland Cream

Also known as variegated creeping thyme. This relative of Mother-of-Thyme has lovely variegated foliage and light pink flowers. Blooms are not as showy as Mother-of-Thyme. A moderate spreader. Sold out 2021.

Mother-of-Thyme

Also known as Creeping Thyme. Rose purple flowers blanket plants in summer. A vigorous, moderate to fast spreader appreciated by gardeners for its glorious colour. Sold out 2021.

Wooly Thyme

Also known as Thymus pseudolanuginosus. Grown for its foliage more than its inconspicuous flowers. Very attractive, heavenly scented foliage trails over rocks, steps, or pots. A welcome, moderate spreader in the garden. 10 pots available.

Veronicas

Also known as Speedwell. Attractive, mostly blue flowers on low, evergreen foliage for sun and well-drained, even poor, soil. Because of their low growth habit, dense mats of foliage, and shallow roots, these ground covers are ideal for shading clematis roots while allowing flower heads to soak up the sun.. Both deer and drought tolerant. All of these factors make the low veronicas often overlooked gems among the perennials.

The following veronicas are priced at $3 each.
Creeping Veronica

Also known as Veronica prostrata. Bright blue flowers on ferny foliage in spring. Mat-forming, moderate spreaders. 4-6 inches high. 10 pots available.

Georgia Blue

Bright blue flowers on glossy, red-tinted foliage in spring. Flowers slightly later than Creeping Veronica. 6-8 inches. 1 pot available.


Vinca

Also known as periwinkle. Lavender blue flowers shaped like pinwheels above mid green or green-and-cream variegated foliage. Vincas prefer rich soil in full to partial shade, but the variegated forms seem more tolerant of sun. Tip: plant the green forms in shade and the variegated in sun. Attractive, flowering perennials which root from the leaf nodes, but aggressive spreaders in the right conditions. Height: to 1 ft. Price: $2. 1 green + 6 variegated available.

Rock Plants

Rock plants are generally dwarf or low growing perennials well-suited to rocky, lean, and well-drained soils. There are some exceptions, but most rock plants need full sun to thrive. Hens and Chicks and the low growing sedums are good examples of rock plants. Many rock plants are also deer resistant.

Antennaria

Also known as Pussy Toes for the resemblance of the pink flowers to kitty toes. For sun in lean soil. Drought tolerant as well as deer resistant. Price: $3. Sold out 2021.

Delospermas

Also known as Ice Plants. Succulents with narrow, evergreen foliage topped by low, shimmering daisy-like flowers in a variety of colours. These sun lovers flower through most of the summer. Drought tolerant but, unfortunately, a tasty treat for deer.

The following delospermas are priced at $3 each.
Cooperii

Especially suited to hot, dry gardens. Vigorous, mat-forming perennials. Intense magenta flowers blanket plants in summer. For the rock garden or containers, where they will trail over the sides and root where they touch down. Moderate spreaders. 9 pots available.

Sutherlandii

Sutherlandii flowers seem to glow from their white centres surrounded by pink-purple petals. Succulent leaves are shorter than Cooperi and less likely to trail over the sides of pots. Slightly more tender than Cooperii and slower spreading. 6 pots available.

Dianthus

Smaller flowered and lower growing than their taller cousins among the perennials, these dianthus make wonderful rock garden plantings. They are drought tolerant as well as deer resistant. For full sun in well drained soil.

With the exception of Arctic Fire ($3) the following dianthus varieties are priced at $2 each.
Arenarius

Also known as Sand Pink. Very dwarf to no more than 6 inches tall. Fringed white flowers rise from dense clumps of slender, grass-like foliage in mid spring. Fragrant. Grows well in very sandy soil. Due to its petite size and soil requirements, Arenarius is ideal for rock garden conditions. A moderate spreader. S2. 3 pots available.

Maiden Pinks

Also known as Dianthus deltoides. Maiden pinks flower in a variety of colours. This one has small magenta flowers with a darker rim around the eye in late spring. They spread by slow expansion or by seeding. A moderate spreader whose cheery blossoms are generally welcomed by gardeners. 1 freshly dug pot available.

Maiden Pinks ‘Arctic Fire’

Also known as Dianthus Deltoides. A variety of Maiden Pink offering small white flowers with delicately fringed petals and brilliant red eyes. Presents a striking sea of flowers naturalized or in the garden. Price: $3. 4 pots available.

Hens and Chicks

Also known as Sempervivum. Mat-forming succulents with low rosettes of foliage (the hens in their name) surrounded by smaller rosettes (the chicks) which can be separated and replanted to increase your plantings. Tall flower stalks rise from the centres of these perennials in summer. Drought tolerant for full sun and poor soil.

The following Hens and Chicks are priced at $3 unless otherwise noted.
Cobweb

Also known as Sempervivum arachnoideum. Petite form of Hens and Cbicks recognized by the spiderlike webbing which covers the rosettes. Gray, evergreen foliage is useful for growing in troughs or among rocks and crevices. Also makes a good container plant for sun. A moderate spreader much desired by rock garden enthusiasts. 11 pots available.

Red

Dark red foliage. Distinctive, colourful rosettes. Forms colonies among rock crevices or expanding mats in the garden. A more enthusiastic spreader than the smaller Cobweb Hens and Chicks, but not as invasive as many ground covers are. 58 pots available.

Red and Green

Similar to red Hens and Chicks, but with brighter, more striking colouration. This variety goes through a beautiful progression of colours with the changing seasons. Spring/summer’s red and green fades to green in late summer before turning deep ruby red in winter. Then red and green again the following spring. 8 pots available.

Sunset

Did you know that Hens & Chicks change their colour with the season? We believe that this one is Sunset. In February, it’s colour is blue-green with a peach glow in the centre. As spring and then summer advance, it will develop red tips, gradually spreading downward until the entire plant is a deep red. 2 pots available.

Saxifrages

Most of the saxifrages prefer moist soil in shade, but we have one variety for Sun. These are hardy, low growing perennials topped by whispy pink or white flowers in late spring to summer.

Encrusted

Also known as Saxifraga longifolia. Mat-forming, evergreen perennials with lime-encrusted leaves edged in silver. Whispy stalks of cream flowers in summer. Unlike the shade-loving saxifrages, this variety grows more like Hens and Chicks, preferring full sun in well-drained soil and suited to growing in troughs or among rocks. Deer resistant. Benefits from periodic watering. A moderate spreader. Price: $3. 6 pots available.

Green London Pride

Evergreen mat-forming perennial with pretty scalloped leaves and whispy pink flowers. A rampant spreader in its preferred growing conditions of moist shade. Price: $2. 13 pots available.

Variegated London Pride

Striking variegation makes this London Pride sought after by shade gardeners. See the description of green London Pride for habit and growing conditions. Price: $2. 22 pots available.

Sedums

Also know as Stonecrop. Unlike the showy Sedums, such as Autumn Joy, these low ground cover forms prefer full sun and dry conditions. Uniquely suited to the rock garden, although they could arguably be grouped with the ground covers as well. Drought tolerant, as well as tolerant of poor soil. Most of these perennials are deer resistant, although the odd sedum is sometimes nibbled by deer. All sedums are easily propagated by cutting pieces from the parent plant and replanting, making them rather invasive in the right conditions.

The following sedums are priced from $2 to $3 each.
Acre

Also known as Gold Moss Stonecrop. Green, moss-like foliage topped by golden flowers in spring. This fast growing sedum quickly forms an expansive, brilliant yellow carpet for dry sun and poor soil. Tolerant of light foot traffic. Resistant to both deer and rabbits. Invasive in sun. $2. Sold out 2021.

Acre Aureum

Also known as Golden Stonecrop. Heather-like foliage with buttery yellow tips in spring, followed by golden flowers. A good container plant as well as ground cover for sun. Resistant to deer and rabbits. Tolerant of light foot traffic. Invasive in sun, although slower-growing than S. Acre. $3. 3 pots available.

Album

Also known as White Stonecrop. Forms dense mats of creeping, rooting foliage. White flowers follow in spring. Especially invasive in sun. $2. 10 pots available.

Angelina

Also known as Sedum rupestre. Evergreen stonecrop with foliage that changes colour by the season, from chartreuse yellow in spring to coppery orange or red in winter. Both deer and rabbit resistant. Although attractive, Angelina is a vigorous spreader. Plant with care. Especially invasive in sun. $2. 17 pots available.

Blaze of Fulda

Low evergreen succulent perfect for rock gardens. Dark maroon rosettes blushed with bronze quickly form dense mats, followed in summer by showy rose-red flowers. Foliage turns deeper burgundy with colder temps. Not as invasive as some, but still a sedum. $3. Sold out 2021.

Blue Spruce

Also known as Sedum reflexum. Low growing variety with attractive blue foliage and conifer-like leaves. Bright yellow, star-like flowers in summer. Evergreen. One of the more aggressive sedums, preferring full sun. Both drought and deer resistant. $2. 2 pots available.

Cape Blanco

Also known as Sedum spathulifolium. Low evergreen forming dense carpets of silvery white rosettes followed in mid summer by golden yellow flowers. Foliage is tinged with purple in cold weather. Attractive foliage plant, especially in winter. Well behaved for a sedum. $3. 18 pots available.

Dazzleberry

Compact newer variety with smoky, blue-gray foliage and huge, raspberry red flower clusters in late summer through fall. Wonderful massed effect as the flowers totally cover the foliage. Low maintenance as well as cold hardy. Deer resistant. Both heat and drought tolerant. Not as invasive as some, but still a sedum. $3. Sold out 2021.

Kamtchaticum

Compact, low growing ground cover for sun and poor soil. Deep green foliage capped with luminous yellow flowers in late spring. Foliage turns bronze in winter. Invasive in sun. $2. 2 pots available.

Pachyclados

Also known as Rhodiola pachyclados. Attractive, notched and scalloped, blue-gray rosettes make an elegant statement in the rock garden. Cream flowers contrast well with the blue foliage in summer. Evergreen. Well-behaved, moderate spreader. $3. 28 pots available.

Pink Jewel

A carpeting sedum with neat rosettes of foliage and delicate pink flowers in late summer to fall. Semi-deciduous. Invasive in sun. $2. Sold out 2021.

Tri-color

Also known as variegated Sedum. A very showy ground cover sedum. Green leaves edged in white, blushed pink in winter. Small, blush pink double flowers resemble roses. Easy-care but invasive in sun. $3. 14 pots available.

Grasses

Ornamental grasses often look striking against other garden plants or swaying in the breeze, but be warned: many grasses are invasive. Planting in a large pot above ground or sunk below soil level in the garden will allow you to enjoy the beauty of ornamental grasses while also limiting their tendency toward invasiveness.

With the exception of Blue Oat Grass ($4) and Stipa tenuissima ($2) our grasses are priced at $3 each.
Acorus Golden Sweet Grass

Also known as Acorus Ogon. Striking, golden to lime green foliage provides accent in the garden against darker foliage. Prefers moist to wet soil in sun to partial shade. An easy-care and robust foliage plant with inconsequential flowers. Rabbit and deer resistant. Can be invasive, so grow in a container or inside a pot sunk into the garden. 8-12 inches high. 5 pots available.

Blue Oat Grass

Also known as Helictotrichon sempervirens. A tall, ornamental blue-green grass for full sun and well drained soil. Similar to Blue Festuca grass but taller, with an airy habit and gracefully arching foliage. Provides striking contrast with other garden plants, but can be invasive. Plant in a large pot or within a pot sunk below soil level to control growth. Deer-proof and drought tolerant. 2-3 ft tall and wide. Price: $4. 2 pots available.

Carex

A large group of grass-like, clumping perennials commonly known as Sedges. Most carex prefer moist shade. Many are truly showy, with colourful or variegated foliage and graceful habit. Unlike their more aggressive cousins, carexes are generally not invasive.

Evergold

Also known as Japanese Sedge. Arching cream-yellow leaves are edged in dark green. A fine-textured sedge growing in clumps 10-16 inches tall and wide which add pleasing contrast in the garden. Pairs especially well with astilbes or ferns. Tolerant of both wet and dry soils, preferring light shading during the heat of the day. Completely non-invasive. Both drought and deer tolerant. Sold out 2021.

Everillo

Another of the Japanese Sedges. Beautiful lime green foliage on this small ornamental grass adds drama to shady spots. Prefers rich, moist soil. Deer and rabbit resistant. Easy care, fountain-shaped grass to 12-18 inches tall and wide. Sold out 2021.

Carex flagellifera

Also known as Weeping Brown Sedge. Reddish-brown foliage year-round with graceful weeping habit. Attractive clumps of slender, hairlike foliage make good accent plants in the garden. For full sun to light shade in moist but well drained soil. Drought tolerant as well as resistant to rabbits and deer. 18 inches tall x wide. Well behaved and not invasive. 3 pots available.

Ice Dance

Another Japanese Sedge. Variegated low grower to 12 inches for sun to shade and ordinary garden soil. A moderate spreader with brown striped flower stalks in spring. Deer resistant. 1 pot available.


Festuca

Also known as Blue Fescue. A blue ornamental grass prized for its colour in the garden and its neat, well-behaved habit. For sun. Totally non-invasive as well as deer tolerant. Forms 1 foot x 1 foot clumps of blue foliage. 5 pots available.

Japanese Blood Grass

Also known as Imperata rubra or Red Barron. Red tipped green foliage turns a showstopper blood-red in the fall. For sun and moist but well-drained soil. While green Imperata is invasive, the red variety available here is considered well-behaved, especially in sun. Deer and rabbit resistant. 18-24 inches tall. Sold out 2021.

Mondo Grasses

Also known as Monkey Grass or Ophiopogon. Small bunching grasses for moist soil in shade. Black Mondo Grass is the more desirable offering, due to its striking colour, while Green Mondo Grass grows somewhat taller and faster. Mondo grass can be propagated by seed or division. For dark foliage, take seed from Black Mondo Grass only. Expect some of your seedlings to result in Green Mondo Grass, but don’t discard the green ones too early. They often darken as they mature. You can also divide mature plantings of Black Mondo Grass to ensure black colouration, but plants are slow-growing, so you may have to wait a while before you can divide.

Our Black Mondo grasses are a smaller size but more choice than our faster-growing Green Mondo grasses.
Black Mondo Grass
Black Mondo Grass

Also known as Ophiopogon nigrescens. Choice slow grower with striking black foliage for shade. Lavender flowers followed by purple berries in the fall. Site this one at the front of the border as it only grows 12 inches high. Somewhat drought tolerant as well as deer resistant. Babies grow by rhizomes in a small area around the main clump, which can be divided for additional plantings. As the plant is both desirable and costly, babies are considered a gift rather than invasive. Sold out 2021.

Green Mondo Grass

Also known as Ophiopogon. The green version of Mondo Grass is a more robust grower than Black Mondo Grass. Still an attractive clumping grass, but not as choice as the black version. Grow in shade in moist but well-drained soil. Deer resistant as well as somewhat drought tolerant. Easy-care, evergreen foliage. 12-15 inches tall and wide. 13 pots available.


Ribbon Grass

Striped, tough, thoroughly invasive. Take one of the measures suggested above to control invasive grasses or site where you welcome a mass planting. Thrives in a wide variety of soil types as well as sun to shade. Unbothered by deer. Height: 3-4 ft. 3 pots available.

Stipa tenuissima

Also known as Mexican Feather grass or Ponytail grass. A compact, clump-forming grass for the sunny border or rock garden. Drought tolerant once mature and also deer resistant. This finely textured grass is especially attractive backlit by the sun or swaying in a gentle breeze. Invasive in that it sets babies freely, although unwanted seedlings are easily removed. Height and spread: 18-24 inches x 12-18 inches. $2. 1 pot available.

Basket Stuffers

Basket stuffers are generally annuals or tender perennials grown as annuals. Many have a long flowering period, providing bloom throughout the summer. Others are grown primarily for their attractive foliage, which often trails delightfully over the edges of hanging baskets or pots. Variegated or colourful foliage are common among the basket stuffers.

Aptenia Arrow

This trailing succulent is related to Ice Plant. Lovely heart-shaped foliage edged in cream, complemented in spring or summer with magenta flowers. Although Aptenia does not flower all summer-long, its foliage makes a wonderful accent in hanging baskets. For sun and well-drained soil. Technically, a tender, tropical perennial which can be overwintered in a greenhouse or sunny spot inside for the next summer. 4-inch pots: $3, 2-inch pots: $2. Sold out 2021.

Creeping Jenny

Also known as Moneywort or Lysimachia nummularia. Golden or sometimes green trailing foliage works well in hanging baskets or as a ground cover. Golden yellow flowers in mid summer. Prefers moist soil in sun to partial shade. This plant can be invasive, so plant in a basket to best enjoy its beauty or use as a ground cover where you don’t mind its invasive tendencies. Price: $2. Sold out 2021.

Dracaena

Also known as Corn Plant. Attractive upright spikes add height in the centre of mixed plantings. Because of their upright habit, Dracaenas are not suitable for hanging baskets. Instead, plant your trailers around them. These perennials can also be grown as houseplants. Preferring full to partial shade in well-drained soil. Price: $3. Not available 2021.

Geraniums

The most well-known summer flower! Not to be confused with the hardy geraniums in our perennials section, bedding geraniums are more properly known as pelargoniums. These geraniums are actually frost tender perennials which provide colour all summer long. They can be saved from year to year by overwintering in a frost-free greenhouse or a very sunny spot in the house. There are also methods for preserving them upside down in your garage or other location, though you’ll have to do some research on that one. Most people treat Geraniums as annuals in our climate, but drive down to California and you’ll see large banks of these tender perennials growing year-round. Any of the three types listed here will do well in a container planting, but it is the Ivy Geraniums which trail so nicely from hanging baskets.

Most of our Geraniums are $3, with a few smaller plants going for $2 each.
Ivy Geraniums

Also known as Pelargonium. Although geraniums prefer sun, Ivies tolerate more shade than the other types. Their trailing habit makes them ideal for both hanging baskets and containers. Available varieties include 6 Global Bright Purple (really more magenta than purple), 3 Luna (white with magenta markings), 9 pink mini-cascade (Red Ivies are sold out) . The mini-cascades have smaller flower clusters but more of them and a rangier habit. Of the Ivies, Global Bright Purple and Luna make an especially nice pairing.

Scented Geraniums

Also known as Citronella Geranium. There are a number of scented geranium varieties. These are the Citrus scented, making them less attractive to deer, which dislike citrus flavours in their food. An old fashioned Geranium beloved by many for its attractive divided foliage and scent as well as its sentimental appeal. Flowers are smaller and not as showy as zonal geraniums in trade-off. Preferring full sun and well drained soil. Sold out 2021.

Zonal Geraniums

These are the workhorses of the summer garden. Large flower trusses adorn ruffled, sometimes variegated foliage all summer long. Plants are upright, suitable for containers but not hanging baskets. Sold out 2021.


Licorice Plant Icicles

Also known as Helichrysum. Intensely silver foliage and a soft, ferny texture add contrast to plantings. Small yellow flowers in summer, but the plant is prized mostly for its foliage. Although Icicles is described as an annual, it overwinters well in the greenhouse and there are reports of it surviving winters in the open garden. A tender perennial for full to partial sun and well-drained soil. Both drought tolerant and deer resistant. Related to Curry Plant, another member of the Helichrysum family. 10-12 inches tall and wide. Price: $4. 3 pots available.

Flowering Fuchsia Baskets

Our hanging baskets are all fuchsias this year! These are annual trailing varieties, although technically they are tender perennials and can be kept for future years by overwintering inside. Fuchsias require moist soil in full to partial shade for best results. They are heavy feeders, so fertilize regularly. Flowers all summer long.

All of our flowering baskets are $10 each.
Lilac Eyes

Originally labeled Blue Eyes, but as the picture shows, they’re more lilac than blue. Showy double flowers. Sold out 2021.

Pink/Purple

A very vigorous variety with semi-double flowers. Sold out 2021.

Southgate

Beautiful double blush pink blooms. Sold out 2021.

Annuals

We have a small collection of annuals, many of which will overwinter or set seed in a good year, with the exception of the sweet peas.

Our Annuals are all $2 per pot.
Calendula

Also known as Pot Marigold. Cheerful orange blooms sometimes overwinter to give a second summer of flowers. Sold out 2021.

Cerinthe Kiwi Blue

Also known as Honeywort. Nodding blue bracts with violet flowers at home in country gardens. Flower hues become more vivid in cool weather. Pairs especially well with the orange blooms of Calendula. Attractive to bees and hummingbirds. Full sun to partial shade. Often overwinters or sets babies. 12-30 inches in height. Sold out 2021.

Johnny Jump-Up

Also known as Viola. Small pansy-like flowers in yellow/white/purple. Among the earliest flowers of spring. Tender perennials commonly treated as annuals which consistently reseed for future years. Sold out 2021.

Annual Lavatera

Also known as Rose Mallow. The low, annual form, not the woody shrub. Soft pink blooms above rosettes of tender green foliage. Often overwinters and produces flowers for a second or third year. Sets some babies so once you’ve planted these little gems, they should come back year after year. Height: 10-18 inches. Sold out 2021.

Snapdragon

Also known as Antirrhinum majus. Heavy bloomers in the cool weather of spring and fall. Often overwintering. Plant in rich, moist but well draining soil in full sun. An old garden favourite dating back to Renaissance times. Deer resistant. Sold out 2021.

Sweet Peas

Also known as Lathyrus odoratus. Fragrant annual climbing vines for rich soil in sun to partial shade. Flowering best in spring to early summer. Once summer heat sets in, they begin to flag.

Each pot of Annual Sweet Peas is priced at $2 and contains 3-4 plants.
Cuthbertson Blend

Highly scented annual vines to 6 ft. This blend contains a mix of pink, cream, white, and lavender flowers. Sold out 2021.

Royal Family

A mix of large annual blooms on sweetly scented 6 ft vines. Peggy’s favourite of the annual sweet peas. Sold out 2021.

Spencer Giant

This colourful mix of fragrant, large-flowered annuals is more heat tolerant than the other varieties. Sold out 2021.