Bill's choice perennial plant PICKS for lower Midwest landscapes and gardens.

Bill features these selections as part of his ongoing educational presentations - see "Speaking Engagements" link located in the left column.

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Allium 'Millenium'

Allium 'Millenium'

Common Name: Allium
Long lasting rosy purple 2" globes bloom mid to late July, later than other Allium varieties. Compact variety. Bright green, clump-forming foliage is one of the earliest to emerge in spring. Highly resistant to deer and rabbits and mildew. Drought to...
Echinacea purpurea 'PowWow Wild Berry'

Echinacea purpurea 'PowWow Wild Berry'

Common Name: Coneflower
Large flowers have rosy-purple horizontal rays and orange June through September. Sturdy foliage is well branched producing many flowers. Attracts gold finches. A seed selection of Echinacea purpurea....
Eupatorium dubium 'Baby Joe'

Eupatorium dubium 'Baby Joe'

Common Name: Dwarf Joe Pye Weed
This selection features lovely fuchsia-colored flowers over bright green foliage, and is smaller than most Joe Pye Weed varieties....
Heliopsis helianthoides 'Tuscan Sun'

Heliopsis helianthoides 'Tuscan Sun'

Common Name: False Sunflower
Bright yellow flowers with gold center June through September. Most compact Heliopsis available, more controllable in the landscape. PROVEN WINNER....
Hibiscus 'Fireball'

Hibiscus 'Fireball'

Common Name: Hardy Hibiscus
Burgundy to red flowers have large overlapping petals. Finely textured, dissected foliage has a glowing purple blush. Compact, rounded form with sturdy stems. Said to be an improvement over 'Lord Baltimore'. PP13631...
Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel'

Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel'

Common Name: Hardy Hibiscus
From 'Summer Storm' PP20443 it inherits very deep wine purple, dissected maple-like foliage that is thick and leathery. From a distance, it appears a bit darker purple than 'Summer Storm'. Like many perennials with purple foliage, this one needs to b...
Leucanthemum x superbum 'DAISY MAY Daisy Duke'

Leucanthemum x superbum 'DAISY MAY Daisy Duke'

Common Name: Shasta Daisy
Three inch wide, single, pure white, daisy-like flowers with a gold button center forms a solid dome of bloom. A super compact, highly floriferous selection. In the Midwest, this plant typically grows 20-24” tall and wide and blooms from early summer...
Nepeta faassenii 'Purrsian Blue'

Nepeta faassenii 'Purrsian Blue'

Common Name: Catmint
In its first year, 'Purrsian Blue' forms a small, perfectly rounded, densely branched clump of tiny, green leaves. In year two, the plant maintains its compact mounding habit but nearly doubles its spread to just over two feet across. This is a very...
Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky'

Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky'

Common Name: Switch Grass
Absolutely ideal for growing in decorative containers, this hardy Red Switch Grass is a perennial substitute for Pennisetum 'Rubrum'. Measuring in at just 3ft (2ft before blooming), 'Cheyenne Sky' forms a tight, vase-shaped clump of blue-green foliag...
Rudbeckia fulgida

Rudbeckia fulgida

Common Name: Orange Coneflower
Masses of golden daisies from mid to late summer on long-lived, adaptable plants. Equally useful in a flower border or prairie meadow....
Rudbeckia fulgida var sullivantii 'Little Goldstar'

Rudbeckia fulgida var sullivantii 'Little Goldstar'

Common Name: Black-eyed Susan
Golden yellow blossoms are held just above the short clump of rich green, bushy foliage. Very well branched scapes carry loads of flowers July through October. Over 80 flowers have been counted on a single plant, making this selection more floriferou...
Salvia nemorosa 'Viola Klose'

Salvia nemorosa 'Viola Klose'

Common Name: Perennial Salvia
One of the darkest violet-purple blooming selections among salvias. Flowers appear May and June above compact, aromatic green foliage. Quite drought tolerant, but prefers moderate soil moisture. Flower is the same color as 'May Night' but larger. Exh...
Sedum 'Carl'

Sedum 'Carl'

Common Name: Stonecrop
Upright form producing flat clusters of magenta flowers in August. Succulent foliage is smooth gray-green throughout the growing season. Easy to grow. Drought tolerant. Attracts songbirds....