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Featured Perennials for 2017

With the best selection of perennials in the Prairies, we’re your one-stop shop for traditional favourites and the best new varieties.

Orange Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa)

PPA Perennial Plant of the Year 2017. Also known as butterfly weed, this North American native wildflower is prized for its fluorescent orange flowers and its ability to attract monarch butterflies. Not only do these plants attract the butterflies, but they act as a food source for the larvae (caterpillars) and are a required component of quality monarch habitat. Plant a milkweed in 2017 and help save the monarchs! Requires full sun and well-drained soil. Ht:  2-3’ Sp:  2’  Zone 3

AHGA Hosta of the Year 2017 – Hosta ‘Brother Stefan’

Large blue-green, corrugated leaves with a golden flame in the center make for a fabulous addition to the shady border. A medium sized Hosta which is a relatively vigorous grower. Like all Hosta, this is a foolproof, easy to care for plant. Ht:  2’ Sp:  3’  Zone 2


‘Color Flash™ Lime’ Astilbe (Astilbe x arendsii ‘Beauty of Lisse’)

This exciting new introduction is set to add some pizzazz to that shady corner of your garden. Divided foliage emerges bright yellow, later fading to a brilliant chartreuse with green edges. Plants are adorned with bright pink plumes of flowers in midsummer. Plant in rich, moist, well-drained soil with darker leaved perennials such as ‘Obsidian’ coral bells, and blue foliage plants such as Hosta ‘Halcyon’ to really make a bold statement. Ht:  24” Sp: 18-24”  Zone 3


‘Orange Gnome’ Dwarf Campion (Lychnis x arkwrightii)

Perfect for edging, this perennial forms an adorable little mound of purple-tinged foliage, topped with masses of bright orange flowers in early summer. Deadhead to prolong the blooming period. Plant in moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Ht:  1’ Sp:  1’  Zone 3


Clematis ‘Nubia’

A new addition to the popular Raymond Evison line of Clematis, ‘Nubia’ offers a colour that is much desired in Clematis: velvety red. What’s more, this is a free-flowering hybrid that will produce a profusion of flowers first in early summer and again in late summer/fall, and has a compact growth habit. Plant in moist, rich, well-drained soil in a sunny location. Ht: 4-5’ Sp: 2-3’  Zone 4



‘Neptune’s Gold’ Sea Holly (Eryngium x zabelii)

Wow, what a stunner! Bright gold, prickly, holly-like foliage is topped with contrasting steel blue, star-shaped flowers all summer. With beautiful colours and an unusual texture, this perennial is sure to add some interest to any sunny garden. Drought-tolerant and salt-resistant, so well-suited for planting along driveways and sidewalks; required well-drained soil.  Ht: 2’ Sp: 1’  Zone 3


SUNSPARKLER® ‘Lime Twister’ Stonecrop (Sedum ‘Lime Twister’)

The SUNSPARKLER® line of Sedums has introduced some real winners in the last several years, and this is no exception. ‘Lime Twister’ is a variegated sport of the popular ‘Lime Zinger’ Sedum, and it reminds us of variegated jade plants grown indoors. This is a fabulous groundcover for a hot, dry, sunny area or rock garden. Ht: 4-6” Sp: 14-18”  Zone 3


‘Red Umbrellas’ Summersweet (Filipendula ‘Red Umbrellas’)

An unusual hybrid summersweet, also known as queen-of-the-meadow and queen-of-the-prairie. Large, umbrella-shaped leaves have beautiful red veining down the center of each lobe, especially prevalent on new foliage. In the summer, feathery pink flowers put the icing on the cake with this stately, yet elegant perennial. Excellent in moist areas, woodland gardens and cottage gardens; plant in moist soil in sun to part shade. Ht: 3’ Sp: 2-2.5’  Zone 3

Dakota Peonies

This is a beautiful group of peonies that were developed by William Keup of Mohall, North Dakota. Mr. Keup owned and operated a turkey farm; on this property he grew and bred peonies as a hobby. After Mr. Keup’s death in 1991, his son took over the family farm but not the peony breeding program, and so the plants were left to survive on their own amongst the wild grasses that also grew on the property.

A number of years later, the surviving plants were obtained by a specialist peony grower and brought into Canada, where they were grown on with the intent of propagating for distribution. Sadly, Mr. Keup did not leave any records of his breeding, so the parentage of his plants cannot be ascertained. The current owner of the collection has gone through countless photographs from the Canadian Peony Society to find matches with registered cultivars, but no matches could be found; therefore it is currently believed that none of these plants are officially registered cultivars. In light of this, the grower has dubbed this collection the ‘Dakota Series’ and given each cultivar an unregistered name with which to identify the plants. We are proud and excited to be bringing these unique and historical plants to market for the first time!