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Planting In Drifts of Color


Are you dreaming of a large garden planted with drifts of blazing color? There are many perennial plants that will meet those needs. They require very little maintenance and will come back year after year. You can increase the size of the drift by planting 2 or 3 of the same plant together.

In the chart below are plants we recommend for the Mid Atlantic States - generally Zones 4-10. We've listed the common and Latin names, height and spread, bloom time and color, and light requirements.

Common Name

Latin Name

Bloom Color

Bloom Time

Height/Spread

Light

Black Eyed Susan

Rudbeckia

yellow

June to frost

18"-30"/16"

sun/part shade

Goblin Gaillardia

Gaillardia x grandiflora 'Goblin'

yellow with red eye

spring to frost

15"/12"

sun

Pink Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea

purple-pink

mid to late summer

2-4 ft./24"

sun/part shade

Russian Sage

Pervoskia atriplicifolia

purple

mid summer to early fall

3-4 ft./2.5 - 5 ft.

sun/part shade

Red Coral Bells

Heuchera Sanguinea

red

late spring to mid summer

15-20"/12"-15"

sun/part shade

Ivory Peach Bellflower

Campanula persicifolia 'Alba'

white

summer

30"/24"

sun/part shade

Pink Coreopsis

Coreopsis rosea

pink

summer into fall

12"/18"

sun

Moonbeam Coreopsis

Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam'

light yellow

summer

24"/18"

sun/part shade

Jacob Cline Monarda

Monarda 'Jacob Cline'

red

summer

3-4 ft./2-3 ft.

sun/part shade

 

Burgundy Gaillardia

Gaillardia aristata 'Burgundy'

wine red

summer

24"-36"/18"-24"

sun

Golden Marguerite

Anthemis tinctoria 'E.C. Buxton'

lemon yellow

early summer to fall

24"-36"/18"-24"

sun

Blue Stocking Monarda

Monards 'Blue Stocking'

lavendar

summer

3-4 ft./2-3 ft.

sun/part shade

Red Penstemon

Penstemon barbatus 'Coccineus'

red

late spring to early summer

18'-24'/18'-24'

sun/part shade

Anchusa Azurea

Anchusa Azurea

blue

early summer

3-5 ft/3-5 ft.

sun/part shade

Keys of Heaven

Centranthus ruber coccineus

red

summer

3 ft./2 ft.

sun

White Dragon Flower

Physostegia virginiana alba

white

late summer to fall

18"-36"/12"-18"

sun/part shade

Salvia Plumosa

Salvia nemorosa 'Plumosa'

purple

summer

15"-18"/12"-18"

sun/part shade

Summer Sun Heliopsis

Heliopsis helianthoides var. 'Summer Sun'

yellow

mid-summer to frost

3-4 ft./8-12"

sun

Achillea 'The Pearl'

Achillea ptarmatica 'The Pearl'

white

late spring through summer

24"-36"/18"-24"

sun

Peony

Paeonia Lactiflora

pink, red or white

early summer

3-4 ft./36"

sun/part shade

Red Hot Poker

Kniphofia

red to orange

early to mid-summer

3-4 ft./24"

sun/part shade

Shasta Daisy

Leucanthemum

white with yellow center

summer

15"-18"/36"

sun/part shade

Coronation Gold Yarrow

A. filipendulina x 'Coronation Gold'

yellow

early summer to fall

36'/36'

sun/part shade

Nikko Blue Hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla

blue

early summer to frost

3-6 ft./4ft.

sun or shade

Blue Globe Thistle

Echinops Ritro

blue

summer

30"-36"/24"

sun/part shade

Caryopteris

Caryopteris x clandonensis

blue

mid-summer to frost

2-4 ft./2-4ft.

sun

Autumn Joy Sedum

Sedum 'Autumn Joy'

red

late summer to fall

18"-24"/24"

sun/part shade

Catmint

Nepeta mussinii

purple

summer

15"/1-3 ft.

sun/part shade

Lavender 'hidcote'

Lavandula augustifolia

purple

summer

12"/12"

sun

Lavender 'munstead'

Lavandula augustifolia

purple

summer

12"-14"/24"

sun

Thread Leaf Coreopsis

Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb'

yellow

summer into fall

18"/36"

sun

Yarrow

Achillea millefolium

white

spring to fall

1-3 ft./36"

sun





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