July 31, 2012
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Ornamental Onion Comparison

Ornamental Onion Comparison Genus: Allium The ornamental onion (Allium) family includes a selection European varieties and a Wisconsin native! They\’re noted for their grass-like foliage and round or drooping flower blossoms during summer. You may recognize its round, golf-ball size (globe shape) flowers. The flower colors range from white to […]
June 22, 2012
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Hosta Comparison Chart

Hosta Comparison Chart Hosta Comparison Chart The Hosta Comparison Chart is a list of common perennial hostas found at Johnson\’s Nursery. Hostas are one of the most commonly grown part-shade to full shade perennials. They have a distinct foliage, long-stalk flowering habits, and summer bloom times. They can vary slightly […]
June 22, 2012
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Native Ferns Comparison

Wisconsin Native Ferns Under rated and under utilized perennials, Wisconsin native ferns are staples in part-to-full shade landscapes. We commonly tout ferns for their ability to give any landscape setting a \”woodsy\” feel. The easily recognizable foliage offers shade environments a unique level of texture. These Wisconsin native perennials are […]
December 15, 2010
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Hairy Penstemon

Hairy Penstemon is a Wisconsin native perennial with clusters of trumpet-shaped, light lavender flowers on upright stalks in early summer. Found on dry gravelly and sandy prairies, or in hillside oak woodlands. It is also naturalized on roadsides.
December 15, 2010
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Blue Giant Hyssop

Blue Giant Hyssop is a Wisconsin native perennial commonly found in drier prairies and upland forests. Leaves and flowers are fragrant, similar to licorice. Great nectar source for bees, butterflies, and their allies. The aromatic leaves can be used to make herbal teas or jellies. Seeds can be added to cookies or muffins.
December 15, 2010
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Shooting Star

Shooting Star is a Wisconsin native spring ephemeral of the prairie. They are completely done with their season and go dormant by mid-summer. Wide color variation naturally occurs from purple to pale pink to almost white. Mahogany-colored seed pods that are often not noticed because other tall species have over-topped them by that time.
December 13, 2010
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Delft Lace Astilbe

Delft Lace Astilbe Astilbe x ‘Delft Lace’ PP19,839 Description & Overview Delft Lace Astilbe is a superb addition to eastern exposures with consistent moisture. Its blue-green foliage has a silver overlay in shaded gardens but will develop attractive purple-red margins in locations receiving direct morning sun. The foliage texture is […]
December 10, 2010
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Miss Manners Obedient Plant

Miss Manners Obedient Plant Physostegia virginiana ‘Miss Manners’ Description & Overview Attractive white snapdragon-like flowers make this plant perfect to mix into colorful beds. Miss Manners is also a non-invasive, clumping form of the Obedient Plant making it a great alternative. Its tubular flowers attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and all sorts […]
November 21, 2010
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Cinnamon Fern

Cinnamon Fern is a Wisconsin native perennial fern with light-colored leaves contrast beautifully with the cinnamon-colored stalks of the fertile spikes.
November 20, 2010
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Ostrich Fern

Ostrich Fern is a Wisconsin native perennial fern that may grow to 6 feet tall. Ostrich Fern is a full sun to full shade plant perfect for a woody landscape
October 31, 2010
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Prairie Dock

Prairie Dock Silphium terebinthinaceum Description & Overview Portraying large leaves with a rhubarb-like appearance, Prairie Dock is a statement native that will flaunt its blooms through October. This beautiful fall-blooming perennial will give life to an otherwise fading garden during the chilly months of September and October. Once established, Prairie […]
October 29, 2010
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Compass Plant

Compass Plant Silphium laciniatum Description & Overview Creating a mass of up to 30 yellow, sunflower-like blooms, Compass Plant is a statement to any wildflower landscape. Serving as the focal point of the garden or the backdrop, there are many ways to incorporate this native into a landscape. Compass Plant […]
October 28, 2010
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Cup Plant

Cup Plant Silphium perfoliatum Description & Overview Attractive to us, attractive to wildlife; Cup Plant fosters a habitat with a native ecosystem and works in conjunction with the environment to create a full perennial hedge. The beautiful, large-yellow flowers have an analogous appearance to a Sunflower or a large, yellow […]
October 21, 2010
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Summerific® Series Hibiscus

Summerific® Series Hibiscus Comparison Genus: Hibiscus hybrids The Summerific Series Hibiscus includes a collection of perennials known for their stunning, very large flowers. They\’re noted for their northern hardiness and ability to flower along the stems, unlike more traditional hibiscus. You may recognize their stunning flowers, often compared to a […]
October 21, 2010
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Summerific® Berry Awesome Hibiscus

Summerific® Berry Awesome Hibiscus Hibiscus Summerific® ‘Berry Awesome’ PP27,936 Description & Overview Berry Awesome Hibiscus is a shrub-like, summer-blooming perennial with near-black buds that open to large lavender-pink against midnight green leaves. These plants may not break dormancy until as late as mid-June, so keep calm and hold out for […]
October 21, 2010
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Summerific® Cranberry Crush Hibiscus

Summerific® Cranberry Crush Hibiscus Hibiscus Summerific® ‘Cranberry Crush’ PP21,984 Description & Overview Cranberry Crush Hibiscus is a shrub-like, summer-blooming perennial with near-black buds that open to large deep scarlet red flowers against the deep green, leathery, maple-like leaves. These plants may not break dormancy until as late as mid-June, so […]
October 21, 2010
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Summerific® Evening Rose Hibiscus

Summerific® Evening Rose Hibiscus Hibiscus Summerific® ‘Evening Rose’ PPAF Description & Overview Evening Rose Hibiscus is a shrub-like, summer-blooming perennial with large hot pink flowers against near-black foliage. These plants may not break dormancy until as late as mid-June, so keep calm and hold out for the bloom show from […]
October 21, 2010
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Great Blue Lobelia

Great Blue Lobelia Lobelia siphilitica Description & Overview A native Wisconsin wildflower, Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) blooms in late summer with bright blue flowers on tall spikes that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Sometimes a short-lived perennial, Great Blue Lobelia can self-seed under the right conditions, forming attractive colonies in […]
October 21, 2010
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Cardinal Flower

Cardinal Flower Lobelia cardinalis Description & Overview A native Wisconsin wildflower, Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) is known for its bright scarlet-red flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Flowers appear on tall spikes in late summer and add a splash of color to the perennial bed or naturalized area. Often a […]
October 20, 2010
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Cat’s Pajamas Catmint

Cat’s Pajamas Catmint Nepeta ‘Cat’s Pajamas’ PPAF Description & Overview Cat’s Pajamas Catmint is unlike other Catmint varieties. While others only produce flowers at the top of the stems, ‘Cat’s Pajamas’ blooms all along the stem – from the base to the tips. It’s also significantly more compact and begins […]
October 18, 2010
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Leadplant

Leadplant Amorpha canescens Description & Overview A Wisconsin native prairie plant, this wily perennial loves full sun. This is a resilient plant with a long taproot which makes it drought tolerant and great for an area with sandy, dry soil. The blue/purple flower racemes in later summer last up to […]
October 12, 2010
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False Blue Indigo

False Blue Indigo Baptisia australis Description & Overview False Blue Indigo is a shrub-like perennial with attractive, soft blue-green foliage all season. In spring, open spikes of 1″ indigo-blue flowers emerge, followed by attractive seedpods that can be used in dried arrangements. While the blooms are early-season, the unique texture […]
October 12, 2010
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Canadian Columbine

Canadian Columbine Aquilegia canadensis Description & Overview Canadian Columbine is an interesting shade plant with dainty, fan-shaped foliage. Numerous, nodding red flowers with yellow centers are borne on slender stems in late spring and early summer. Delicately beautiful, this plant is an excellent choice for alkaline environments in partial shade. […]
October 8, 2010
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Prairie Smoke

Prairie Smoke Geum triflorum Description & Overview Prairie Smoke is an excellent native perennial for all season interest! In spring sprays of pendulous pinkish-white flowers explode into a striking display of smoky-pink feathery plumes creating a billowy cloud of “smoke”. Its fern-like mounds of foliage remain attractive all season and […]
October 8, 2010
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Fischer Monkshood

Fischer Monkshood Aconitum fischeri Description & Overview CAUTION: All parts of this plant are poisonous. Handle with care. The stunning, deep-blue flower spikes of Fischer Monkshood provide a beautiful, (but deadly) vertical accent to the garden. Individual blooms are helmet or hood-shaped. Attractive, deeply lobed foliage makes this plant a […]
September 27, 2010
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Ironweed

Ironweed Vernonia fasciculata Description & Overview Ironweed (Vernonia fasciculata) gets its common name for its tough, rusty green-colored stems among other “iron-like” plant characteristics. This large statured perennial features large clusters of distinctively glabrous bright purple flowers which stand out in the late summer landscape drawing in pollinators from far […]
September 27, 2010
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Sky Blue Aster

Sky Blue Aster Symphyotrichum oolentangiense Description & Overview Sky Blue Aster is a versatile Wisconsin native that blooms in early fall, adding a nice pop of color to any flower garden with its pretty blue flower petals and yellow central disks. Naturally found in prairies, fields and open woodlands, Sky […]
September 27, 2010
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Zig Zag Goldenrod

Zig Zag Goldenrod Solidago flexicaulis Description & Overview This native woodland perennial is a boon to wildlife and to someone with a shady yard. Zig Zag Goldenrod prefers part-shade and fertile soil but is also tolerant of heavy shade and clay soil. Once established it will also tolerate dry soil. […]
September 27, 2010
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Viette’s Little Suzy Black-Eyed Susan

Viette’s Little Suzy Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia speciosa ‘Viette’s Little Suzy’ Description & Overview With endless blooms from July through September, great disease resistance, and bright yellow, daisy-like flowers, Viette’s Little Suzy is a dependable perennial that brings a dose of happiness wherever it’s planted. This dwarf cultivar blooms all season […]
September 27, 2010
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Yellow Coneflower

Yellow Coneflower Ratibida pinnata Description & Overview Native to dry prairies and savannas in Wisconsin, Yellow Coneflower is a striking plant, featuring vibrant yellow, slightly drooping florets that surround a skyward-pointing cone-like green center. Coarse, rough leaves on sturdy, long flower stalks contrast with its nodding and graceful heads that […]
September 27, 2010
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Prairie Phlox

Prairie Phlox Phlox pilosa Description & Overview The German horticulturist Karl Foerster once wrote: ‘Life without phlox is a mistake.’ With their adaptability to many habits, fragrances, and color varieties, Phlox can find a home almost anywhere. More specifically, Prairie Phlox (Phlox pilosa) are easy-to-grow, low-maintenance perennials that flourish in […]
September 27, 2010
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Prairie Blazing Star

Prairie Blazing Star Liatris pycnostachya Description & Overview Native to Wisconsin, Prairie Blazing Star is the tallest of the blazing stars, reaching 5 feet tall, with tons of bright rose-pink to lilac-purple flowers. Upright and striking, Prairie Blazing Star flowers from top to bottom from July through September, attracting many […]
September 27, 2010
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Bigleaf Aster

Bigleaf Aster Eurybia macrophylla Description & Overview Bigleaf Aster is a Wisconsin native woodland perennial aster that spreads by rhizomes to form a lush carpet of large, hairy leaves that grow up to 8-inches in length. It has rather delicate flowers with thin lavender/blue petals that appear in late summer. […]
September 27, 2010
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Pale Purple Coneflower

Pale Purple Coneflower Echinacea pallida Description & Overview Pale Purple Coneflower is a beautiful Wisconsin native perennial that will handle many soil types and moisture levels. Typically found in prairies, they are tough and can handle rocky, clay, and dry soil. Their taproot makes them drought tolerant. They are distinguishable […]
September 27, 2010
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Stiff Coreopsis

Stiff Coreopsis Coreopsis palmata Description & Overview Stiff Coreopsis can handle many soil types and all the heat while gifting us with pretty, long-lasting yellow flowers in late summer followed by orange to purple foliage in the fall. This perennial is a hardy, reliable Wisconsin native that butterflies (and many […]