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Perennials

Unlike woody shrubs and subshrubs that are evergreen or leaf out annually, herbaceous perennials have soft stems. All their foliage dies back to ground at the end of their growing season and then returns at the beginning of the new one. They are some of the most popular plants around. This list contains some of our favorites that aren't Salvias.

Properly cared for, herbaceous perennials can be relied upon to provide foliage and flowers year after year. Many are cold hardy and are appropriate for USDA Zones in areas with frosty winters.

How do we decide which of the tens of thousands of new and old herbaceous perennials to cultivate for nursery sales? First, we look for vigorous plants that don't have to be coddled to survive. We kill some new plants each year in our growing trials, so that we can weed out the ones that don't flourish easily. We want to sell you plants that offer a good chance for success. We look for plants that are well above average in thriving under less-than-perfect growing conditions.

Second, we only select plants that provide unusual coloring, an extremely long blooming period, resistance to common pests and diseases and other significant qualities.

Finally, we try to stay close to our non-Salvia specialties, including Agastache, Plectranthus, Heuchera, Cuphea, Iochroma and Phlomis. We are seldom the first nursery to offer a new plant in these categories, because we spend extra time on trialing so you will experience success.

We look for "best of breed" plants that turn gardeners' heads. Sometimes these are patented varieties, which means that we purchase propagation stock from the patent holder. We want to offer you plants that have the greatest promise of success in your garden. So look to Flowers by the Sea for new, exciting perennials as well as many old fashioned favorites.

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Inventory Levels to Increase

We're increasing inventory for all these favorites and will have plenty available for ordering closer to the growing season. Need to plant in April or May? We'll be ready for you.

  • Acanthus hungaricus

    (Hungarian Bear's Breeches) "Spires" is a word that Garden writers sometimes use to describe the dense, dramatic, vertical flower spikes of Bears Breeches. Acanthus hungaricus is a fine example that doubles in height when blooming.

    $9.00
     

  • Acanthus mollis 'Tasmanian Angel'

    (Variegated Bear's Breeches) Found in Tasmania, this gem is the first variegated Acanthus! 'Tasmanian Angel' offers striking, bold leaves with white margins and mottling.

    $10.50
     

  • Achillea filipendulina 'Cloth of Gold'

    (Fern Leaf Yarrow) Yarrow is a standby plant in low-water gardens, because of the easy-care species tall, colorful flower spikes. Fern Leaf Yarrow has large, slightly curved umbels of tiny, intensely gold flowers and deeply cut, fern-like leaves.

    $7.50
     

  • Agastache cana 'Sinning'

    (Sonoran Sunset® Anise Hyssop) An abundance of lavender-rose flowers mark Agastache cana 'Sinning' as being unique from the typical purple-flowered plants of its species. Colorado plantsman Duane Sinning discovered this lovely hybrid.

    $8.50
     

  • Agastache rugosa 'Heronswood Mist'

    (Anise Hyssop) Although most varieties of Agastache (Anise Hyssop) come from the American Southwest and Northern Mexico, this is an Asian variety that is native to Korea, Japan and China. It is a magnet for butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds.
    $7.00
     

  • Agastache x 'Ava'

    (Ava Hybrid Anise Hyssop) Raspberry calyxes support Ava's rosy-pink flowers, which whorl on tall spikes similar to many Salvias. When the blossoms are spent, the calyxes remain colorful. This long-blooming hummingbird magnet is tolerant of cold, heat and drought.

    $8.00
     

  • Agastache x 'Kudos Coral'

    (Kudos Coral Hybrid Anise Hyssop) Dense plumes of deep coral flowers are accented by mid-green foliage in this heat- and drought-tolerant favorite of pollinators. Kudos Coral is a compact, clumping, semi-dwarf variety.

    $8.50
     

  • Agastache x 'Kudos Gold'

    (Kudos Gold Hybrid Anise Hyssop) Compact spikes of burnished gold, tubular flowers attract butterflies, honeybees and hummingbirds to the latest Kudos Agastache from Oregon's Terra Nova Nurseries. The dense flower plumes are accented by mid-green, veined, spear-shaped leaves.

    $8.50
     

  • Agastache x 'Kudos Mandarin'

    (Kudos Mandarin Hybrid Anise Hyssop) Dense plumes of creamy orange flowers are accented by deep green foliage in this heat- and drought-tolerant favorite of pollinators. Kudos Mandarin is a compact, clumping, semi-dwarf variety.

    $8.50
     

  • Agastache x 'Kudos Yellow'

    (Kudos Yellow Hybrid Anise Hyssop) Flowers by the Sea is one of the first nurseries nationwide to grow Agastache x 'Kudos Yellow'. This is one of the best deep yellow Agastaches we've found, due to its large, dense flower spikes and bushy, upright form.

    $8.50
     

  • Agastache x 'Violet Vision'

    (Violet Vision Hybrid Anise Hyssop) Wands of deep violet blossoms rise up from heart-shaped, mid-green leaves in this compact, upright Agastache developed by Oregon's Terra Nova Nurseries. Flowers and foliage alike have a sweet honey-licorice fragrance.

    $8.50
     

  • Anisacanthus wrightii

    (Texas Firecracker) Hummingbirds and butterflies will thank you with frequent visits if you add this long-blooming plant to your wildlife garden. Its bright orange trumpet-type flowers with long, narrow petals are wells of delicious nectar.

    $8.00
     

  • Anisacanthus wrightii 'Pumpkin Orange'

    (Orange Texas Firecracker) Hummingbirds and butterflies will thank you with frequent visits if you add this long-blooming plant to your wildlife garden. Its clear, pumpkin-orange trumpet-type flowers with long, narrow petals are wells of delicious nectar.

    $8.50
     

  • Anisacanthus wrightii 'Select Red'

    (Red Texas Firecracker) Hummingbirds and butterflies will thank you with frequent visits if you add this long-blooming plant to your wildlife garden. Its bright red trumpet-type flowers with long, narrow petals are wells of delicious nectar.

    $8.50
     

  • Artemisia lactiflora ‘Guizhou’

    (Guizhou White Mugwort) Long-blooming panicles of creamy white flowers on strong, dark maroon stems make this tall Mugwort a perfect choice for back of border. It grows well in full sun to light shade.

    $8.50
     

  • Arum italicum 'Pictum'

    (Lords and Ladies) Large, glossy, arrow-shaped leaves with marble-like cream-colored variegations are one of the major attractions of Arum italicum 'Pictum'.

    $8.50
     

  • Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow'

    (Butterfly Weed) Typically a gold-flowered species, this variety of Butterfly Weed produces flat-topped umbels of tiny, star-shaped flowers atop narrow, lance-shaped leaves. Bright yellow and nectar-rich, they bloom from summer into fall.

    $8.50
     

  • Asplenium bulbiferum

    (Mother Fern) Ferns are low-maintenance plants that add a tropical look to the Salvia garden. This one grows well in USDA Zones 9 to 11. Mother Fern, which has a graceful, arching look and finely cut fronds, loves partial to full shade and lots of water. This makes it an excellent choice for damp, shady Southeastern gardens.

    $8.00
     

  • Bergenia cordifolia 'Winter Glow'

    (Heartleaf Bergenia) Big leaves, large and richly colored pink flowers, tough, tolerant of sun and shade, pest free, drought tolerant and cold hardy. Hummm . . . What more can you ask of a perennial?

    $8.50
     

  • Calceolaria integrifolia 'Kentish Hero'

    (Kentish Hero Pouch Flower) Do you like orange flowers? How about orange flowers that look like balloons - lots and lots of balloons? If you say, "Yes", then you will love this sun-to-shade perennial that is a perfect companion to Summer blooming Salvias.

    $8.50
     

  • Eriogonum giganteum

    (Saint Catherine's Lace) When in full bloom from spring to fall, you can barely see the foliage of this floriferous shrub. Its huge umbels of pinkish cream flowers form what seems like the skirt of a lacy bridal gown growing 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide.

    $8.50
     

  • Eucomis 'Freckles'

    (Speckled Dwarf Pineapple Lily) The ‘freckles’ on this petite South African plant are the reddish-purple speckles on its long, lance-shaped, olive-green leaves. From summer to fall, short, rose-red flower spikes rise up from the center of this exotic foliage.

    $10.00
     

  • Heuchera 'Canyon Chimes'

    (Canyon Chimes Dwarf Coral Bells) Heuchera is commonly called Alum Root or Coral Bells. Canyon Chimes has dark pink flowers and glossy green, scalloped foliage.
    $8.00
     

  • Heuchera 'Canyon Duet'

    (Canyon Duet Dwarf Coral Bells) Heuchera is commonly called Alum Root or Coral Bells. Canyon Duet has dark pink-to-white flowers and glossy green, scalloped foliage.
    $8.00
     

  • Heuchera 'Canyon Melody'

    (Canyon Melody Dwarf Coral Bells) Heuchera is commonly called Alum Root or Coral Bells. Canyon Melody has medium pink flowers with a touch of white and glossy green, scalloped foliage.
    $8.00
     

  • Juncus effusus 'Big Twister'

    (Big Twister Spiral Rush) Butterflies are attracted to the yellow-green flowers of this, corkscrewing rush, which blooms in summer. Small birds find cover in its soft, mid-green foliage that looks like a tall grass. Deer, however, leave it alone.

    $7.00
     

  • Lobelia 'Cranberry Crush'

    (Cranberry Crush Cardinal Flower) A surprising, creamy cranberry pink, Lobelia 'Cranberry Crush' would complete a sweet-tart trio if combined with hot pink Lobelia'Monet Moment' and purple Lobelia'Grape Knee-Hi'.

    $8.50
     

  • Lobelia 'Grape Knee-Hi'

    (Purple Cardinal Flower) Hummingbirds and butterflies enjoy the nectar of this juicy looking lobelia, which features purple flowers with white throats against mid-green foliage. It is an excellent addition to the wildlife garden.

    $8.50
     

  • Lobelia 'Monet Moment'

    (Monet Moment Cardinal Flower) What a great, long-blooming perennial! The bright pink flowers of Lobelia 'Monet Moment' are plentiful and attract lots of buzz from butterflies and hummingbirds.

    $8.50
     

  • Lobelia fulgida 'Queen Victoria'

    (Queen Victoria Cardinal Flower) Calling all butterfly and hummingbird lovers in areas with chilly winters: This one's for you. Lobelias are well known for attracting pollinators. This one is extremely cold tolerant and even does well in the Rocky Mountain West.

    $8.50
     

  • Lobelia laxiflora var angustifolia

    (Sierra Madre Cardinal Flower) Butterflies and hummingbirds love the long, scarlet and orange trumpet blossoms of this Lobelia native to the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains of Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico.

    $8.50
     

  • Lobelia x speciosa 'Compliment Deep Red'

    (Giant Red Cardinal Flower) Similar to the plumage of a Northern Cardinal, the flowers of this Lobelia hybrid are startlingly red. The tubular blossoms have lips that flare at their openings into petals shaped like poinsettia bracts.

    $7.50
     

  • Marrubium supinum

    (Scallop Shell Horehound) The mint family (Lamiaceae) is well known for fragrant, medicinal plants, including Marrubium supinum, which means "bitter" and "prostrate."

    $8.00
     

  • Origanum rotundifolium 'Kent Beauty'

    (Kent Beauty Oregano) Trailing gray-blue foliage, rosy flowers that look like hops blossoms and chartreuse bracts make this ornamental oregano a standout choice for hanging baskets, containers and rock gardens.

    $7.50
     

  • Origanum x 'Lizzy's Hybrid #2'

    (Lizzie's Oregano) An abundance of hops-like flowers droop from the slender stems of this lush, ornamental oregano. Layers of lavender-rose bracts protect the tiny pink flowers. The blossoms and minty green foliage are lovely in fresh or dried bouquets.
    $7.50
     

  • Origanum x 'Norton Gold'

    (Norton's Gold Oregano) Although used in cooking, this mild tasting oregano is particularly ornamental. Its gold-green leaves turn bright gold in autumn adding a glow to herb gardens, borders and container plantings. In summer, it shoots up 20-inch-tall spikes of pink flowers.

    $7.00
     



Inventory Levels to Increase

We're increasing inventory for all these favorites and will have plenty available for ordering closer to the growing season. Need to plant in April or May? We'll be ready for you.


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This is my favorite red salvia by far. Just a beautifully structured plant with a gorgeous bright, clear red flower and very floriferous. Superb plant and stunning with white gaura. It struggles overwintering in DC but I always replant it. It's ha...
Ms. Carolyn Lochhead
Mar 15, 2015