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Top Perennials for St. Louis Area Gardens

With the vast amounts of perennials available, making selections can be daunting. We’ve done your homework for you. Over the years we have grown and observed thousands of perennials here at our St. Louis nursery, and believe these are some of the top perennials for St. Louis. The perennials plants listed her all possess exceptional qualities, and thrive in the St. Louis area. These perennial plants are easy to grow and a good start for the beginning gardener. They have proven to be some of the best perennials for St. Louis gardens. This is just a sampling of the many outstanding perennials available, we’d be delighted to share more with you, please ask. Read on to see the top perennials for St. Louis. First listed are top perennials for sun, next top perennials for shade.

Top Sun Perennials for St. Louis

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    In the St. Louis area the perennials listed here prefer full sun to part shade. Adding a shovelful or two of compost when planting these beauties will encourage good root growth and more flowering.

    The ‘New Vintage’ Yarrow series brings colorful blossoms that are great cut. Prune ‘New Vintage’ Yarrow after flowering to encourage more blossoms. An important plant for butterflies and other pollinators, Butterfly Milkweed is a host plant for Monarch Butterflies. ‘Caramia’ Salvia works well as an edger for perennial beds, walkways, or anywhere a neat and tidy look is wanted. ‘American Gold Rush’ Black Eyed Susan and ‘Sombrero Baja Burgundy’ have won the top honors from All American Selections for their beautiful flowers and exceptional habit. Their outstanding blooming power almost rivals many annuals. Use them where you don’t want to replant year after year.

    ‘Holy Grail’ Hibiscus makes a spectacular specimen or showy hedge. For a strong color contrast set its deep red with the bright yellows of ‘Super Star’ Tickseed, or the beloved Missouri native Missouri Evening Primrose.

    For blue to purple blossoms from spring until frost plant ‘Rozanne’ Geranium,  ‘Peachie’s Pick’ Cornflower Aster for summer blooms, and ‘Purple Dome’ Aster, a later bloomer whose perfect mound shaped foliage is completely covered with blossoms.

    A few other favorite perennials for sun include: Blue Star Kalimeris, Hollyhock Alcea, Russian Sage Perovskia.and the list goes on and on. Visit our Perennial Reference Guide for more suggestions.

    Although many of these plants are drought tolerant, for best flowering give good soakings during dry spells. Most of these plants will continue to bloom without deadheading, but for maximum blooming clip off spent blossoms before the plants start to go to seed. You’ll want all the plants’ energy to go into making more flowers.

     

    Top Shade Perennials for St. Louis

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  • In the St. Louis area the perennial plants listed here prefer shade to part shade, each plant having their own light requirements. Adding a shovelful or two of compost when planting these beauties will encourage good root growth and more flowering.

    Planting these perennials will give you color in your shade garden spring through fall. First, in early spring the enchanting ‘Valentine’ Bleeding Heart and Wild Sweet William begin to bloom followed by the stately Solomon’s Seal. As the season progresses the airy plumes of Goat’s Beard and the delightful dangling jewels of Columbine appear. In summer you’ll have the jewel-toned Astilbe and bright red Indian Pink. Corydalis looks fantastic all season with its waves of flowers from early spring through fall, its amazing foliage adds another fascinating element. The colorful foliage of Lilyturf, Coral Bell, Hosta, and Solomon’s Seal rivals many plants’ flowers and adds strong interest all year. The season ends with a blooming bonanza of Anemone, Hosta, and Liriope.

    A few other favorite perennials for shade include: ‘Chocolate Chip’ Ajuga, Red Cardinal Flower Lobelia, Foxglove Digitalis, Celandine Poppy, Stylophorum. Visit our Reference Guide for more suggestions.

    Although many of these plants once established are tolerant of days of low moisture, for best flowering give good soakings during dry spells, and even better, keep consistently moist. Some of these plants will continue to bloom without deadheading, but for maximum blooming clip off spent blossoms before the plants start to go to seed. You’ll want all the plants’ energy to go to making more flowers.

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