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Portland Nursery

Favorite Sun Perennials

There are so many perennials we love it was hard to choose just ten.

To learn about our favorite hundreds of perennials, you will just have to visit us at the nursery!


Geranium ‘Rozanne’, Cranesbill

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Tough and reliable, Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is a clump forming herbaceous perennial with brilliant violet, blue blossoms that repeat bloom throughout the spring and summer and into fall. This geranium is deciduous and prefers well-drained organic soil with moderate water. Geranium ‘Rozanne’ is versatile, looking great in perennial borders, rock gardens and cottage gardens. Minimal care is needed aside from a mid-season shearing to clean up old blooms.

  • Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • 5 feet tall by 2 feet wide
  • Zones 5-8
  • Read more about Hardy Geraniums >>

Delosperma cooperi, Ice Plant

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Delosperma cooperi is perfect for tough dry and hot spots where a groundcover is needed. Flowers on green fleshy leaves are purple-carmine with white centers. Plants bloom throughout the growing season and spread slowly over time. This variety is semi-evergreen and overwinters easily when planted in well-drained soil.

Other noteworthy varieties include Delosperma floribundum ‘Starburst’ with bright pink and white petals and Delosperma ‘Fire Spinner’ with bright orange and magenta blooms.

‘Fire Spinner’ is a new variety but promises to be very drought tolerant and to bloom for a long time.

  • Full Sun
  • 4 inches high by 12 inches wide.
  • Zones 5-10

Salvia guaranitica

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This lovely tall salvia produces large, deep blue flowers on long green stems from mid-summer to frost. Reaching 6 feet tall, Salvia guaranitica is perfect for garden beds and borders, cutting gardens, containers and for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies. Preferring moist and well-drained soil it is also drought tolerant and low maintenance once established. Salvia ‘Amistad’ is a recently introduced Salvia guaranitica that is receiving acclaim. More compact in stature, it has dark purple flowers that emerge out of a nearly black calyx. Salvia g. ‘Black and Blue’ is another very popular variety.

  • Full sun
  • 6 feet tall by 2 feet wide
  • Zones 7-10
  • Read more about Salvia >>

Euphorbia ‘Ascot Rainbow’

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Variegated sage green, gold and lime foliage are found on this compact euphorbia that is perfect for containers or a central spot in the perennial garden. Evergreen and drought tolerant, chartreuse yellow flowers with red tips appear in late spring and early summer. This euphorbia looks amazing from spring through fall and even in winter when the plant changes color, getting tinges of pink, red and orange on the leaves. This plant is easy to grow and resistant to disease and pests.

  • Full sun
  • 20 inches high by 20 inches wide
  • Zones 6
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Gaillardia ‘Fanfare,’ Blanket Flower

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A very easy to grow and drought tolerant plant that blooms profusely in the garden from spring to fall. Leaves are hairy, grayish green and flowers are sunflower-like surrounded by tubular red and yellow petals, flaring at the tips like trumpets. Gaillardia ‘Fanfare’ is compact in habit and is enjoyed by butterflies and bees. This plant looks great planted in containers or perennial borders. Consider planting them in the perennial garden next to blue flowering plants, which really enhances their warm, earthy tones.

  • Full sun
  • 1 foot high by 2 feet wide
  • Zone 4-9

Dahlia ‘Mystic Series’

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This new series of dahlia hybrids has helped to bring dahlias into the modern era. The foliage is filigreed dark mahogany to black in color and the blossoms are single and outward facing, coming in a variety of bright contemporary hues. The plant is also compact in stature, thereby not requiring staking. Colors found in the series include ‘Mystic Enchantment’ with fire engine red blooms, ‘Mystic Illusion’ with bright yellow flowers and ‘Mystic Dreamer’ with pale pinkish white blooms. These dahlias, because of their stunning colors, are compatible with both tropical and cottage style gardens. They look great in pots or in perennial borders.

  • Full sun
  • 3 feet high by 2 feet wide
  • Zones 8-11

Agastache rupestris, Sunset Hyssop

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Sunset hyssop is a wonderfully versatile plant, perfect for herb gardens, cottage gardens, rock gardens and wildlife gardens. Both the coral/orange tubular flowers and the gray/green foliage are aromatic. In addition, the plant attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and bees, and blooms from summer into fall. This plant is also very drought tolerant, loves heat and requires little to no maintenance. Agastache rupestris should be a favorite of any gardener for its profusion of blooms, wildlife value, ease of care and cheery nature.

  • Full sun
  • 3 Feet High by 3 Feet Wide
  • Zones 4-10
  • Read more about Agastache >>

Crocosmia ‘George Davidson,’ Yellow Montbretia

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Named after famed gardener and crocosmia enthusiast, George Davidson, this yellow blooming cultivar is known for its hardiness and butter-yellow blooms on tall singular stems. Bloom time for this crocosmia is earlier than many others with blossoms opening in mid to late summer. This plant is perfect for the cutting garden or the wildlife garden. Hummingbirds love this plant, visiting it frequently once in bloom.

  • Full sun to part shade
  • 3 feet high by 2 feet wide
  • Zones 5-9

Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant,’ Catmint

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Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ is a charming deciduous perennial that forms a clump of aromatic grey-green leaves with lavender-blue flowers on spikes in summer. The flowers are trumpet-shaped and small, but numerous, forming a cloud of blue above the foliage. This plant is low maintenance, drought tolerant and attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Locate the plant along a pathway for best exposure to its wonderful smell. Perfect for cottage gardens, drought-tolerant gardens, wildlife gardens and cutting gardens.

  • Full sun to part shade
  • 3 feet high by 3 feet wide
  • Zone 3-8

Echinacea ‘Sundown’

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A member of the Big Sky series of coneflowers, ‘Sundown’ is a cross between Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea paradoxa. Flowers begin a fluorescent rose pink, mature to bright rose-orange and fade to soft purple-pink. In the center of the flower is a large cinnamon-brown, button-shaped cone. Blooms are fragrant and plants are well-branched, strong and bushy in habit. This wonderful Echinacea attracts butterflies, bees and also birds in winter if cones are left in place. Echinacea ‘Sundown’ is low maintenance and drought tolerant. It is perfect for cottage gardens, naturalized gardens, cutting gardens and wildlife gardens.

  • Full sun
  • 3 feet high by 3 feet wide
  • Zone 4-9
  • Read more about Echinacea >>