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New This Week

May 27, 2024

Five Tough Natives that will Survive and Thrive

Plant Spotlight and Sale (for the week of May 29th)

We are highlighting 5 favorite tough natives that you can count on to survive and thrive in your gardens, and launching a fundraiser for a beloved Painters ‘family’ member who is one of the toughest women we know--Dr. Janeen Hulbert. 

Check out the Survive and Thrive Campaign in honor of tough women and tough plants

and then read about these five natives on sale this week through June 2nd -- 25% OFF 6" pots of Goldenrod,

Obedient Plant, Little Bluestem, Black-Eyed Susan 'Goldsturm,' and Tall Thimbleweed.

3 varieties of Goldenrod on Sale: 

Solidago speciosa (Showy Goldenrod)

  • NATIVE perennial (z3-8) full sun, 2-3' tall and wide

  • Fluffy yellow blooms mid to late summer, truly among the showiest of all goldenrods, fantastic for pollinators

  • Wrongfully accused of causing hay fever -- the real culprits are wind-pollinated plants like ragweed 

  • 6" pots now $6.37

Solidago rugosa (Wrinkleleaf Goldenrod)

  • Perennial (z4-8) full sun, 3-5' tall, 2-3' wide

  • Panicles of showy yellow flowers late summer to fall, fantastic for pollinators

  • When happy, may self-seed and spread by rhizomes

  • Can tolerate light shade and swampy, wet soil; good choice for rain gardens

  • 6" pots now $7.50

Solidago 'Golden Baby' (Goldkind Goldenrod)

  • Perennial (z2-9) full-part sun, 18-24'' tall, 8-12'' wide

  • Plumes of bright yellow flowers mid-summer to fall

  • Compact variety with strong stems; makes a great cut flower

  • Excellent late-season plant for pollinators

  • 6" pots now $6.37

3 varieties of Obedient Plant on Sale:

Physostegia virginiana (Obedient Plant)

  • NATIVE perennial (z3-9) full-part sun, 3-4' tall, 2-3' wide

  • Spikes of pink blooms summer to fall, brilliant for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds; tolerant of wet soil

  • Likes to sprawl in rich soil, but shallow roots make unwanted spreading easy to contain

  • 6" pots now $6.37

Physostegia virginiana 'Vivid' (Obedient Plant)

NATIVAR perennial (z3-9) full sun, 1-2' tall, 12-18'' wide

  • Dense spikes of rich pink blooms all summer; when pushed in any direction, flowers temporarily stay put, hence the 'obedient' common name

  • Spreading habit; tolerant of wet soil

  • 6" pots now $6.37

Physostegia virginiana 'Crystal Peak White' (Obedient Plant)

  • NATIVAR perennial (z3-9) full sun, 12-15'' tall, 1-2' spread

  • Compact variety with sturdy, upright stems; less aggressive spread than species

  • Abundant flowers summer through fall

  • Blooms don't fade to brown as they age but remain pure crystal white

  • 6" pots now $6.37

Schizachyrium scoparium (Little bluestem)

  • NATIVE perennial grass (z4-10) full sun, 2-3' tall, 1-2' wide

  • Exceptional cool-season color -- red in fall, pink in winter

  • Wheat-like summer blooms

  • Drought tolerant, thrives in poor soils, year-round interest

  • 6" pots now $6.37

Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm' (Black-Eyed Susan ‘Goldsturm’)

  • NATIVAR perennial (z3-9) full sun, 18-24'' tall and wide

  • Golden flowers with distinct dark brown centers bloom summer-frost

  • Long-lived and easy to grow

  • One of the most popular perennials in cultivation; pollinators and birds love it too!

  • 6" pots now $6.37

Anemone virginiana ‘Tall Thimbleweed’

  • NATIVE perennial (z2-8) full sun-full shade, 1-2' tall and wide

  • Exquisite white blooms spring to summer, beloved by small bees

  • Drought tolerant, deer resistant

  • Not as aggressive as other anemone species, a beautiful addition to woodland gardens

  • 6" pots now $6.37

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