“We're losing biodiversity globally at an alarming rate, and we need a cornucopia of different plants and animals, for the planet's health and our own.”
Diane Ackerman – Author of "The Zookeeper's Wife" and "A Natural History of the Senses,"
To many people, 'biodiversity' is almost synonymous with the word 'nature,' and 'nature' brings to mind steamy forests and the big creatures that dwell there. Fair enough. But biodiversity is much more than that, for it encompasses not only the diversity of species, but also the diversity within species.
Cary Fowler – the "father" of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault
North America is resplendent with native plants, with more beauty occurring just down than street than most homeowners realize. Proven Winners® Perennials includes a broad selection of plants with native roots. These are plants that may be single species hybrids, or crosses of multiple species that do not naturally interact in nature.
The result of mixing species often brings the best of both worlds. That may be finding additional cold hardiness for a tender perennial, or adding heat and drought tolerance to plants that will find themselves sandwiched in between hot concrete foundations and sidewalks.
The goal of such hybrids is to preserve the beauty and benefits of the plant as they occur in nature and pair it with the superior performance necessary to thrive in the garden of today's homeowner.
Large, full plants with substantial landscape presence and hardiness. A favorite of pollinators.
Height: 28-36” | Width: 28-36” | Zones: 5-9 | Exposure: Full Sun
Variety Pictured: Agastache MEANT TO BEE™ 'Queen Nectarine'Learn More
Spring blooming perennial and exceptionally long lived. Near black stems emerge early in spring.
Height: 24-30” | Width: 38-42” | Zones: 4-9 | Exposure: Full - Part Sun
Variety Pictured: Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Storm Cloud'Learn More
Threadleaf Bluestar with excellent garden texture. Clusters of blue flowers in late spring. Foliage turns golden orange in fall.
Height: 18-22” | Width: 32-36” | Zones: 4-9 | Exposure: Full - Part Sun
Variety Pictured: Amsonia 'String Theory'Learn More
An excellent perennial for garden texture. Sprays of cream flowers in early summer. Hybrid of native and non native species.
Height: 30-32” | Width: 40-48” | Zones: 3-7 | Exposure: Full Sun - Full Shade
Variety Pictured: Aruncus 'Chantilly Lace'Learn More
Sizeable, long-lived perennials with deep root systems. Hard to move and hard to kill once established. Tall flower spikes in late spring.
Height: 2½-4½' | Width: 2½-4' | Zones: 4-9 | Exposure: Full - Part Sun
Variety Pictured: Baptisia DECADENCE® 'Lemon Meringue'Learn More
Large flowers have horizontal, overlapping petals to maximize floral display. Excellent for sunny, dry areas and to please pollinators.
Height: 20-26” | Width: 16-20” | Zones: 4-8 | Exposure: Full - Part Sun
Variety Pictured: Echinacea COLOR CODED® 'Yellow My Darling'Learn More
A pollinator magnet in the summer, with decorative seedheads in fall. Excellent heat and drought tolerance.
Height: 12-16” | Width: 16-18” | Zones: 4-8 | Exposure: Full - Part Sun
Variety Pictured: Echinacea Summersong™ Firefinch™Learn More
Leaves appear white with deep green veining on a low, dense habit. This variety blooms in midsummer, lasting into early fall.
Height: 24-28” | Width: 26-30” | Zones: 4-9 | Exposure: Full - Part Sun
Variety Pictured: Heliopsis helianthoides 'Bit of Honey'Learn More
Well-branched habits bear numerous flowers in mid to late summer. Resistant to powdery mildew.
Height: 24-36” | Width: 20-24” | Zones: 4-9 | Exposure: Full - Part Sun
Variety Pictured: Heliopsis helianthoides Tuscan Gold™Learn More
Mainly grown for their foliage color. DOLCE® are moderate size plants for use in containers and small spaces in the garden.
Height: 8-12” | Flower Height: 18-26” | Width: 16-24” | Zones: 4-9 | Exposure: Full Sun - Full Shade
Variety Pictured: Heuchera DOLCE® 'Wildberry'Learn More
Heuchera in the DRESSED UP™ Series have heavily ruffled foliage and large habits.
Height: 10-14” | Flower Height: 18-30” | Width: 20-28” | Zones: 4-9 | Exposure: Full Sun - Full Shade
Variety Pictured: Heuchera DRESSED UP™ 'Evening Gown'Learn More
Members of this series were selected for their ability to grow to incredible size. Large plants with large leaves and flower scapes.
Height: 10-12” | Flower Height: 18-26” | Width: 24-32” | Zones: 4-9 | Exposure: Full Sun - Full Shade
Variety Pictured: Heuchera PRIMO® 'Peachberry Ice'Learn More
Hybrids of Heuchera and Tiarella. From Heuchera comes a variety of foliage colors and from Tiarella new leaf shapes and central patterns.
Height: 8-10” | Flower Height: 18-22” | Width: 16-24” | Zones: 4-9 | Exposure: Full - Part Shade
Variety Pictured: Heucherella FUN AND GAMES® 'Eye Spy'Learn More
Massive 7-8” flowers appear beginning in midsummer, persisting to fall. Excellent as a focal point in rain gardens.
Height: 3½-5½' | Width: 3-5' | Zones: 4-9 | Exposure: Full - Part Sun
Variety Pictured: Hibiscus SUMMERIFIC® 'Edge of Night'Learn More
Compared to the Pardon My M. didyma hybrids, these M. bradburiana hybrids are shorter and flower two weeks earlier.
Height: 10-14” | Width: 22-28” | Zones: 4-8 | Exposure: Full - Part Sun
Variety Pictured: Monarda 'Leading Lady Razzberry'Learn More
Moderate sized selections that are well-behaved in the garden. Bee Balm are a favorite of pollinators when they bloom in summer.
Height: 14-18” | Width: 22-28” | Zones: 4-8 | Exposure: Full - Part Sun
Variety Pictured: Monarda didyma 'Pardon My Rose'Learn More
A tall series excellent for landscape plantings and filling space in the middle of the border. A favorite of pollinators.
Height: 22-32” | Width: 24-36” | Zones: 4-8 | Exposure: Full - Part Sun
Variety Pictured: Monarda UPSCALE™ 'Red Velvet'Learn More
Heat and drought tolerant perennial grass present throughout much of North America. Seedheads appear in late summer.
Height: 3-6' | Width: 1½-4 | Zones: 4-9 | Exposure: Full Sun
Variety Pictured: Panicum virgatum PRAIRIE WINDS® 'Niagara Falls'Learn More
An excellent perennial for adding height to narrow spaces. This summer bloomer combines dark foliage with lavender flowers.
Height: 36-40” | Width: 28-32” | Zones: 3-8 | Exposure: Full Sun
Variety Pictured: Penstemon 'Midnight Masquerade'Learn More
Tall, billowy habit flowers nearly to the ground. The initial flush of flowers appears in early summer, with rebloom into fall.
Height: 28” | Width: 42” | Zones: 4-8 | Exposure: Full - Part Sun
Variety Pictured: Phlox 'Cloudburst'Learn More
Earlier to bloom than Tall Garden Phlox by 2-4 weeks with excellent rebloom. Slowly spreading stoloniferous habits.
Height: 18-26” | Width: 24-32” | Zones: 4-8 | Exposure: Full - Part Sun
Variety Pictured: Phlox 'Opening Act Pink-a-Dot'Learn More
Tall, brightly-colored perennials. Selected for mildew resistance and rebloom, these varieties will give you more flowers and clean plants.
Height: 30-36” | Width: 24-32” | Zones: 3-8 | Exposure: Full - Part Sun
Variety Pictured: Phlox paniculata LUMINARY™ 'Opalescence'Learn More
More refined spreaders than normal Creeping Phlox and less prone to overrun the garden, blooming 1-2 weeks earlier.
Height: 4-6” | Width: 24-28” | Zones: 4-8 | Exposure: Full Sun
Variety Pictured: Phlox MOUNTAINSIDE™ 'Crater Lake'Learn More
The most similar to Creeping Phlox with space-filling, mounded habits; adding larger flowers and an earlier bloom.
Height: 4-8” / Width: 24-28” / Zones: (3)4-8 | Exposure: Full Sun
Variety Pictured: Phlox subulata SPRING BLING™ 'Ruby Riot'Learn More
Later to bloom and more shade tolerant than other types of spring blooming Phlox. Spreads slowly.
Height: 6-8” | Width: 18-22” | Zones: 4-8 | Exposure: Full - Part Sun
Variety Pictured: Phlox 'Purple Sprite'Learn More
An intersection of fabulous foliage, flowers, and fragrance. Hybrid of native and non native species.
Height: 18-24” | Width: 15-18” | Zones: 3-7 | Exposure: Full - Part Shade
Variety Pictured: Polemonium 'Heaven Scent'Learn More
Silvery blue leaves create a vase-shaped habit. Foliage transitions to wine-purple at summer's end before turning deep red in fall.
Height: 3-3½' | Width: 2' | Zones: 3-9 | Exposure: Full Sun
Variety Pictured: Schizachyrium scoparium PRAIRIE WINDS® 'Blue Paradise'Learn More
A woodland perennial with fantastic foliage and a profusion of spring blooms. Excellent in shady places.
Height: 8-10” | Width: 16-18” | Zones: 4-9 | Exposure: Full - Part Shade
Variety Pictured: Tiarella 'Cutting Edge'Learn More