Western all-stars

Perennials that grow best in the West

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Beard Tongue

Penstemon Mexicali hybrids. Summer. Rose and violet flowers. ZONES: 1-3, 10.

P. x gloxinioides 'Firebird'. Summer. Scarlet flowers attract hummingbirds. ZONES: 6-9, 14-24.

P. x g. Kissed series. Summer. White-throated flowers with bright, warm-colored lips. Needs good drainage. ZONES: 6-9, 14-24.

P. heterophyllus 'Margarita BOP'. Spring-early summer. Electric blue flowers favored in Southern California. ZONES: 7-24.

Bleeding Heart

Dicentra 'Luxuriant'. Spring-summer. Red flowers don't easily burn out in summer. ZONES: A1-A3, 1-9, 14-24.

D. formosa 'Zestful'. Everblooming in mild weather; rose-colored flowers. ZONES: 1-9, 14-24.

Catmint

Nepeta x faassenii. Late spring-early summer. If plant is sheared when blue flowers slow down, catmint repeats in fall. ZONES: 1-24.

Columbine

Aquilegia longissima. Late spring-midsummer. Large yellow nodding blooms. A Texas native. ZONES: 1-11, 14-24.

Geranium

G. 'Frances Grate'. Early spring-fall. Mauve flowers. ZONES: 14-24

G. 'Johnson's Blue'. Spring-fall. Blue violet flowers in loose clusters. ZONES: 2-9, 14-24.

G. incanum. Spring-fall. Light magenta. ZONES: 14-24.

G. sanguineum. Spring into summer; will rebloom in fall if cut down in late summer. Red to purple flowers. ZONES: A2-A3, 1-9, 14-24.

Geumv

G. chiloense 'Mrs. Bradshaw'. Spring-summer. Double red orange flowers. ZONES: 2-24.

LATER FLOWERS

Aster

Aster x frikartii 'Mönch'. Blooms summer-fall or nearly all year in mildest areas if you deadhead. Blue. ZONES: 2b-24.

Begonia

B. grandis. Summer. White or pink flowers; give it filtered shade. ZONES: 3-24.

Black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia fulgida sullivantii 'Goldsturm'. Summer. Yellow flowers keep on coming. ZONES: 1-24.

Blanket Flower

Gaillardia x grandiflora. Blooms June until first frost. Yellow flowers banded with red, maroon, or brown. Interesting seed heads in winter. ZONES: 1-24, H1-H2.

G. x g. 'Goblin'. Blooms June until first frost. Dwarf form with yellow-bordered red flowers. ZONES: 1-24, H1-H2.

Campanula

C. rotundifolia 'Olympica'. Summer. Bell-shaped blue flowers. ZONES: A1-A3, 1-10, 14-24.

 

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