Annuals

Annuals

Ageratum Blue Horizon

Ageratum Blue HorizonLatin Name: Ageratum houstonianum
Height: 1.00 to 2.50 feet
Width: 0.50 to 1.50 feet
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: ‘Blue Horizon’, commonly called floss flower, is a frost-tender annual of the aster family that provides continuous bloom for borders, drifts or gardens from late spring to frost. It features fluffy lavender to purplish-blue flowers (basically asters with ray flowers absent) in flattened to slightly rounded clusters that bloom atop strong upright stems typically rising to 18-30” tall. Leaves are typically rounded, cordate-at-the-base, hairy, slightly quilted and soft green. Ageratum comes from Greek words meaning “non-aging” in reference to the long life of the flowers.

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Campanula

Campanula Latin Name: Campanula
Height: 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Width: 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Usually bobbing, often blue bellflowers are classic cottage garden plants. Tall types look like something straight out of a fairy tale garden, while ground-hugging types are good in rock gardens, more formal gardens, and many other situations. Most are perennial, but a notable exception is Canterbury bells, a stately biennial (it takes two years to bloom). Flowers come in blue, purple, white, or pink.

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Duranta Gold Mound

Duranta Gold Mound Latin Name: Duranta erecta
Height: 4-6 ft.
Width: 24-36 in.
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Gold mound duranta (Duranta erecta “Gold Mound”) grows 2 to 4 feet tall and wide. Its main attraction is its bright yellow foliage, although it does produce small lavender flowers as well. This plant grows well in U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 9b through 11. When frost hits it might damage the tips of the plant, but duranta usually recovers without a problem. If you plant this shrub in the right location, it will require little attention after establishment.

Annuals

Impatiens

Impatiens Latin Name: Impatiens
Height: 1-3 ft
Width: 1-2 ft
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: It’s the old reliable for shade gardens when you want eye-popping color all season long. The plants bloom in just about every color except true blue and are well suited to growing in containers or in the ground. If you have a bright spot indoors, you may be able to grow impatiens all year as an indoor plant.

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Lobularia Assorted

Lobularia Assorted Latin Name: Lobularia hybrid
Height: 4 – 8 Inches
Width: 8 – 10 Inches
Light: Part Sun, Sun
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Sweet alyssum is one of the easiest annuals to grow. It is a mat-forming plant that produces spreading mounds of well-branched stems clad with linear, lance-shaped, gray-green leaves (to 1” long). Plants typically grow 3-9” tall to 12” wide. Dense clusters of sweetly fragrant, tiny, white 4-petaled flowers cover the foliage mounds from spring to early summer. Flowering is often so profuse as to totally hide the foliage. Cultivars expand the flower color choice to include shades of pink, rose, lavender, purple and apricot.

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Persicaria

PersicariaLatin Name: Persicaria
Height: 23-29 inches
Width: 23-27 inches
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: This mountain fleece cultivar is an upright perennial which forms large, dense, bushy, slowly spreading clumps, typically 3-4′ tall. Features dense, bottle-brush-like, erect flower spikes (to 6″ long) of tiny, crimson flowers over an extremely long bloom period of early summer to fall (sometimes to first frost) and large, ovate (cordate at the base), stem-clasping, dark green leaves.

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Salvia

SalviaLatin Name: Salvia
Height: 23-27 inches
Width: 18-23 inches
Light: Full sun
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Blooms of most salvia plants are long lasting and attract butterflies and pollinators, which are always good for the garden. Salvia plant types may be annual or perennial, most are rapid growers and tolerate summer heat with more graceful, spiky blooms.The foliage of growing salvia remains attractive for the season and is often the source of the fragrance.

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Verbena Bonariensis

Verbena Bonariensis Latin Name: Verbena Bonariensis
Height: 2.00 to 4.00 feet
Width: 1.50 to 3.00 feet
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Brazilian vervain is a rapid-growing, clump-forming tender perennial. In St. Louis, plants typically form a 1-foot tall basal clump of serrate, lance-shaped, dark green leaves (to 5” long) from which rise erect, slender, wiry, branching, sparsely-leaved, 4-angled stems to 3.5’ tall bearing clusters (to 2” across) of tiny rose-violet flowers. Blooms mid summer to fall. Synonymous with V. patagonica.

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Lobularia Lavender Stream

Lobularia Lavender Stream Latin Name: Lobularia hybrid
Height: 24 – 36 Inches
Width: 4 – 8 Inches
Light: Part Sun, Sun
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: Fast-growing mounds of lavender mist overspill the edges of garden beds and containers. Plants are heat tolerant, with sweetly scented blooms that last all summer and into fall. A staff favorite from our plant trials. A genus of 5 species of mounding, low-growing perennials and annuals. Plants are covered with clouds of flowers, often scented, from early summer to frost. They are suited for use along the front of a border, and their spreading habit makes them invaluable in containers and hanging baskets.

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Alocasia

Alocasia Latin Name: Alocasia
Height: 2.00 to 6.00 feet
Width: 2.00 to 6.00 feet
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Average
Soil: Well Drained
Description: These are tropical plants of the Arum family that are treasured for their decorative (and in some cases enormous) leaves. Closely related to Colocasia (taro), the plants of this genus feature heart to arrowhead-shaped leaves (12-36″ long), each singly atop long and stout succulent stems. Infrequent calla-like flowers. Can produce growth to 6′ tall or more in a single growing season. Leaves often have distinctive veining, marking and/or sheening.