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Achillea: Also known as Yarrow, this is an extremely hardy perennials that VERY easy to grow. Just give it the sun it needs, and pay attention to the soil conditions and it is hard to get rid of this perennial for sun! Achillea will bloom all summer long and the variety of colors gives a gardener a lot of choices. Its fern-like appearance is lovely in a mass planting, and the foliage is highly aromatic.
This perennial is forgiving - it is low maintenance and will tolerate poor, dry soil if need be. Deer and rabbit resistant! A gorgeous addition to a naturalized garden, these plants are wonderful cutting flowers - wait for the heads to fully open before cutting, as early cutting will reduce its vase life. Yarrow makes a great dried flower as well.

Agastache: A wonderful addition to a sunny late-season garden, the blooms of an agastache are radiant and the peppermint-scented foliage adds a silvery, aromatic accent to the garden bed. Agastache has a neat and compact habit. Tolerant of heat, this perennial for sun attracts butterflies and hummingbirds as it flowers through the worst late summer heat. Most rewarding to grow in any sun-soaked setting.
Also known as Hummingbird Mint, this perennial for sun is part of a genus that contains some thirty species that are found in China, Japan, the US, and Mexico. This little flowering perennial has tubular flowers that are borne in whorls all summer. All Agastache species have strong, square stems that can hold up in harsh weather.
The aromatic foliage releases a scent when touched, so plant Agastache where you will brush past it along pathways, at the front of the border, and in containers on the patio. The blooms are great for cutting as well as viewing in the garden. This is a great, easy to grow perennial that is resistant to diseases, pests, humidity, poor soil, and can even handle a bit of drought.

Ajuga reptans: Commonly referred to as 'bugleweed' this is a one of the best known and most useful ground covers, suiting many different situations and color schemes. Depending on the variety, the flowers may be rose or white, but the most commonly found color is a shade of purplish blue. The foliage color ranges from green to bronze or purple. There are also variegated forms available.
Ajuga blooms from early spring up until mid July with the peak blossom period in May and June. Ajuga only reach a height of 6 - 9 inches when in full bloom. It grows along the ground, spreading by runners, and soon creates a thick carpet of foliage. Ajuga is an excellent plant to use for erosion control due to its extensive root system!

Aloe Vera: This striking plant is native to tropical and semi-tropical regions of Africa and the Mediterranean. Aloe has been used for centuries, and mentioned by Dioscorides (one of the fathers of herbal medicine) in 78 AD and mentioned in medicinal books dating back to the 10 th century in Europe.Aloe, native to Africa, found its way to the west via trade routes from Egypt and Africa. It was successfully introduced to the West Indies in the 17th century (read more ... )

Alpine Strawberry
: The alpine strawberry plant is a low-growing compact perennial about 6"" high with a spread of 12". The leaves have three coarse leaflets; the fruit is a small, red cone-shaped berry studded with tiny brown seeds. Alpine strawberries like humus-rich acidic soil, and enjoy sun or partial shade, and will produce fruit all season. Plant in zones 4-8. Try planting your alpine strawberry plants with Borage. Borage will help attract bees and help improve the taste of your strawberries.
Fun fact: Despite their ruby color, alpine strawberries are a natural bleach. Try crushing up the berries and mixing with baking soda to make a toothpaste for stained teeth."

Anemone: Commonly known as 'Windflower', this perennial is among 120 species that range throughout the temperate regions of the Northern and Southern hemispheres. These eye-catching perennials, perfect for a fall garden, do best in woodland conditions. That means light, cool, well-draining soil, rich in organic matter. Site plants in moist, humus-rich soil, but avoid overly wet conditions. Apply mulch annually in northern regions.Windflower species require at least 4 hours of sunlight. Anemones thrive in light to partial shade but will tolerate full sun, as long as there is sufficient moisture.

Angelica: Angelica is a hardy little biennial herb with leaves and stalks tasting like a nice cross between celery and licorice. Angelica is in the Apiaceae family, related to Dill, Caraway, Chervil, and Lovage. Angelica prefers moist, fertile, slightly acidic soil, and enjoys ample garden space. Plant in zones 4-9 in sun to partial shade. Fertilize with an organic fertilizer at least twice during the season. Angelica attracts a variety of beneficial insects such as honey bees, ladybugs, and lacewings.

Anise Hyssop: An attractive plant with beautiful purple flowers, Anise Hyssop is a bird, bee and butterfly magnet! Its lovely licorice-tinted fragrance is light and will perfume your yard all summer long. Commonly known as "Blue Giant Hyssop", "Fennel Giant Hyssop" or "Fragrant Giant Hyssop", it doesn't tend to grow well in warmer climates south of Zone 9. Though susceptible to heat, it will flower wonderfully from June to September, remaining one of the last flowering herbs in the garden before the fall comes. These very blooms also retain their scent and color after being cut, making them a perfect addition to potpourris, wreaths, arrangements and other crafts. You can also use this aromatic herb in the kitchen, as its fruity flavor pairs well with fresh salads, summer drinks and decadent desserts.

Arnica, European: Commonly known as "wolf's bane", Arnica blooms resemble its cousin, the daisy, and have beautifully vibrant, yellow petals. This healing herb's name is derived from the Greek "arnakis" which mean's lambs coat and refers to the downy coated sepals surrounding the flower. Highly susceptible to pollution, European Arnica has become a protected plant throughout Europe, as more development has threatened its fragile grassland habitats.Used externally, Arnica has a great medicinal benefit and can help reduce bruising and swelling. Arnica should not be taken internally as it may cause a toxic reaction which could lead to a heart attack and increased blood pressure.

Artemesia: 'Mugwort' has soft, feathery foliage and forms a compact, silky, cushion-like mound. The leaves are smooth and pinnately lobed, lance-shaped rising on tall stems. This perennial produces small flowers in yellow or pink. The name 'mugwort' is said to have come from its use as a flavoring for beer, and at one time it was used extensively to repel moths. During the Middle Ages, mugwort was thought to preserve traveling pilgrims from fatigue, wild beasts and sunstroke. Dried leaves can be used for culinary purposes to brew a substitute for tea. The Japanese use the cottony coating of the leaves for their medicinal value to prevent rheumatism.
This perennial for sun can reach a height between 2 and 4 ft, and it has many applications in the garden including: edging, rock gardens, pots, or a filler plant for hot, dry areas. It has long been one of the most popular silver foliage plants.

Artichoke 'Imperial Star': 'Imperial Star' Artichokes grow well in zones 8-9, and can get huge! When planted in rich soil and given plenty of sun, 'Imperial Stars' can grow 4-6 feet high and up to 40 inches in spread. t's not surprising, then, that these plants enjoy plenty of space. Plant at least three feet apart.
The 'Imperial Star' is a relatively new variety, bred to produce the first crop of the year. Given the artichoke's long growing season, the 'Imperial Star' is a wonderful variety, very practical in areas with a harsh winter.
Not only a food provider, this huge plant doubles as a fantastic ornamental and architectural plant providing a climbing structure for other vining plants.

Arugula: Commonly known as "rocket", Arugula is a dark leafy green with a peppery, nutty flavor. An annual, Arugula is related to the cabbage family and produces edible, lobed leaves. A key ingredient to much of the cuisine in the Mediterranean and Italy, Arugula has gained popularity in the United States as a salad green, pizza topping and soup ingredient. An early spring grower, it prefers cool weather, or it will go to seed and can grow in all zones as long as the temperatures don't dip below 25 degrees Fahrenheit. Ancient belief was that if you ate Arugula, it would bring you good luck and the plant's seeds have long been considered an aphrodisiac.

Aruncus: 'Goatsbeard' is the perfect perennial for a woodland setting with its elegant, feathery ivory plumes. A wonderful selection for an understory planting, this plant is going to thrive in moist soil - perfect beside a pond or stream. Place Aruncus where you can view it from the south, to take advantage of its tendency to lean toward the sun. Its a popular cut flower and will hold up well in bouquets and arrangements.

Asclepias 'Silky Mix': Commonly known as "Butterfly Weed" because of its ability to attract butterflies in droves, the 'Silky Mix' produces colorful clusters of red, gold and orange blooms. A beautiful plant that adds lots of vibrant color to your garden, 'Silky Mix' makes a wonderful border plant. Though poisonous if ingested, this stunning plant needs cold weather to prepare the plant for heavier flower production, so first year plants may need to be exposed to a season of cold before blooming as vigorously. Prefers full sun, well-drained soil and substandard soil. Terrific for butterfly gardens and arrangements, but beware of the plant's milky sap as it can cause eye irritation. Perennial in zones 8-11.

Asclepias 'Tuberosa':Very similar to the 'Silky Mix', the 'Tuberosa' is also highly colorful and attractive to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Also known as "Pleurisy Root", this lovely flower is also used medicinally as an expectorant and to relieve respiratory inflammation. This perennial derives its name from the Greek god of medicine, Asklepios, and tuberosa refers to tuberous root system. Deadhead for more flowers or collect the seeds for replanting. If planting from seed, remember to cold treat the seeds for about three months, and they can then be sown directly into the ground in the fall.

Ashwagandha: A very important Ayurvedic herb used to treat and cure a multitude of ailments ranging from chronic fatigue and dehydration to impotency and rheumatism, Ashwagandha's roots and berries are considered very medicinally valuable. The berries are small and orange-red and contain milk-coagulating properties that can substitute for rennet in cheese making. Though significant as a medical cure all to many, there is very little scientific proof of the herb's powers. Studies have shown, however that the plant's berries may aid in reducing anxiety, symptoms of drug withdraw, diabetes, bone cancer and Parkinsons Disease. Commonly known as "Indian Ginseng" the herb's exotic name is derived from the Latin meaning for "sleep-inducing", as it also acts as an herbal sedative. Native to North Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean, Ashwagandha prefers dry soil and full sun.


Basil, 'Amethyst': A beautiful and delicious culinary herb for your garden, 'Amethyst' has deep, purple, down-turned foliage that makes a great contrast in the garden. This Basil, like all others, prefers warm weather, so make sure not to plant it too early as it is very susceptible to the cold. Even watering with cold water can sometimes damage leaves! Harvest leaves for cooking, but leaves bruise easily, so be gentle when tending your plants. A great indoor herb as well as one you can easily grow in your garden, 'Amethyst' is a sweet Basil, similar to 'Genovese'. This annual grows to about 30 inches high with a 24 inch spread and blooms pink or purple blooms throughout the summer.