Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens Plant Sale Perennials Inventory

Many of the plants we sell have been found and nurtured on the grounds and in the greenhouse of the Bartlett. Please also see our inventory of shrubs and inventory of trees

Allegheny Monkeyflower

Allegheny Monkeyflower

Allegheny Monkeyflower (Mimulus ringens) — Sun or part shade; Damp to moderately moist; 3-5 feet tall; late summer violet color; Perfect for rain gardens, riparian buffers, and moist garden conditions; Likely to bloom in second year; Attracts bees and other pollinators; May be deer resistant

Blue Star (Amsonia tabernaemontana) — Herbaceous perennial; Height – 2’ to 3’, Spread - 2’ to 3’; Full sun to partial shade; Average to medium well-drained soil. Light blue, star-like flowers, blooms in late spring. Dull green foliage, turns yellow in fall; Nectar source for hummingbirds, carpenter bees, hummingbird moths, other pollinators

Anise Hyssop (Agastache foeniculum) — Full sun; Rich, well-drained to average soil; Purple summer flower 1-3 ft; Attracts butterflies and other pollinators

New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) — Full Sun; Wet, moist soil/adaptable soil; Grows naturally in moist, open fields; 3-7 feet tall; Good late season color, Deep purple flowers at the end of summer; Attracts butterflies and other pollinators; May be deer resistant

Stokes’ Aster (Stokesia laevis) — Perennial; Full sun; Soil: Sandy, loamy; Moisture: Medium, moist, well-drained soils (does not tolerate wet feet in winter); 1-2ʹ tall; Blue, lavender, or white flowers, with notched rays, and central button of feathery disk flowers; Blooms mid to late summer; Attracts butterflies, birds and other pollinators; Good heat tolerance and may be deer resistant

Smooth Aster (Symphyotrichum laeve) — Perennial; Full sun; Soil: Sandy, loamy, drought/dry; Moisture: Dry to medium, well-drained soils; 1-3ʹ tall; Star-like flowerheads, 1¼″ across, with light blue-violet to purple rays around yellow centers; Blooms late summer to early fall; Attracts butterflies, birds and other pollinators; Larval Host to Pearl Crescent butterfly (Phyciodes tharos); Drought tolerant and may be deer resistant

Common Bearberry, Kinnickinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Massachusetts’) — Evergreen ground cover; Height - 6” to 1’, Spread - 4’-6’; Full sun to part shade; Well-drained sandy soil, dry soil; Small showy white-tinged pink flowers – April-May bloom; Plump red berries in late summer-fall; Attracts songbirds, supports bees

Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis) — Full sun to part sun/part shade; Rich, dry, well-drained soils; 2-4 feet tall; Flowers white w/shades of pink, early summer; Attracts bird, butterflies and other pollinators; May be deer resistant

Beardtongue ‘Husker Red’ (Penstemon digitalis ˈHusker Redˈ) — Full sun to part sun/part shade; Rich, dry, well-drained soils; 1-3 feet tall; Flowers white w/shades of pink, early summer; Deep reddish-green foliage; Attracts bird, butterflies and other pollinators; May be deer resistant

Bee Balm

Bee Balm

Bee Balm (Monarda didyma ˈJacob Clineˈ) — Perennial; Full sun to part sun; Soil: Clay, loamy; Moisture: Moist, average, well-drained soil; 3-4 ʹ tall; Deep scarlet, long tubular flowers held in beefy whorls above aromatic foliage; Bloom July into September; Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators; May be mildew resistant and deer resistant

Sessile-leaf Bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia) — Perennial; Full Shade, part sun/part shade; Rich, moist, acidic, well-drained soil; 6-12 inches tall; Flowers pale yellow, hang bell-like; Bloom in spring; Attracts butterflies and other pollinators

Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) — Full sun to partial shade; Well-drained, Rich, Dry, Average/Adaptable; 2-4 Feet; Light purple flower; Summer bloom; Attracts butterflies and other pollinators

Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida ˈGoldsturmˈ) — Perennial; Full sun; Soil: Sandy, loamy; Moisture: Average, moist, well-drained soil; 20-24″ tall; Large (3-4″) brown-eyed, golden-orange, semi-double, daisy-like flowers, with deep green foliage; Blooms July to September; Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators; May be deer resistant

Fringed Bleeding Heart (Dicentra eximia) — Perennial; Half sun/half shade to full shade; Soil: Loamy, moist; Moisture: Average, moist, well-drained soils; 12-18″ tall; Rosy-pink, heart-shaped, 1″ long flowers; Bloom April to September; Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies; May be deer resistant

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) — Full Sun; Well drained soils; sandy, rich, dry; 1-2 feet tall; Eye catching, bright orange flower clusters; Bloom in summer; Host plant for Monarch caterpillar and butterfly; Attracts other pollinators

Cardinal Flower (Lobelia cardinalis) — Sun to part shade; Average to wet, peaty, moist, rich soil; 1-3 feet tall; Beautiful delicate, red tubular flowers; Attracts hummingbirds; Attracts butterflies and other pollinators; May be deer resistant

Common Boneset (Eupatorium perfoliatum) — Sun or part shade; Damp to moderately moist; 2-4 feet tall; White foamy flower, long blooming, July-October; Perfect for rain gardens, riparian buffers, ordinary garden conditions; A favorite of pollinators

Eastern Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium dubium) — Sun or part shade; Damp to moderately moist; 3-6 feet tall; Pink to magenta flowers; Blooms mid-season; Perfect for rain gardens, riparian buffers, ordinary garden conditions; Likely to bloom first or second year

Eastern Red Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) — Perennial; Part sun/part shade; Well-drained, sandy, dry soil; 1-3 feet tall; Red/yellow nodding blooms, late spring; May be deer resistant; Attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators

False Blue Indigo (Baptisia australis) — Perennial; Full sun; Soil: Loamy, sandy; Moisture: Average, moist, well-drained soils; 3-4ʹ tall; Violet-Blue, 1″ long, hooded, pea-like flowers; Blooms in June, followed by 2-2½″ long inflated black; seedpods that remain until plant dies back in fall; Attracts butterflies and other pollinators; Drought tolerant and may be deer resistant

Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) — Evergreen fern; Part sun to deep shade; Moist, slightly acid soil; Will tolerate sandy and higher pH soils; Drought resistant and hardy; Perfect for shady areas. Use for borders, ground cover, around the base of trees, or along the north side of a foundation.

Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum pedatum) — Full Shade; Rich, peaty, moist, acidic soil; Delicate flat sprays of green leaflets on thin dark stems 12-20” tall; clump-forming

Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) — Shade to part sun/part shade; Fertile, moist to wet soils; 21-72 inches tall; Dark green fronds emerge from central crown; Best source for delicious fiddleheads!; May be deer resistant

Field Pussytoes (Antennaria neglecta) — Perennial; Prefers full sun and dry conditions; 6-12 inches tall; White, cottony flower tufts in spring; Works well in rock gardens; Host plant for American Lady and Painted Lady caterpillars

Foam Flower (Tiarella cordifolia) — Perennial; Part shade to full shade; Soil: Loamy; Moisture: Average, well-drained soil; 10-12″ tall; Small, star-shaped, fluffy, creamy white flowers; with long stamens, “bottlebrush spikes”, well above foliage, lightly fragrant; Bloom late April into June; Attracts butterflies and other pollinators; May be deer resistant

Grass-leaved Goldenrod

Grass-leaved Goldenrod

Grass-leaved Goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia) — Full sun; Average to moist soils; 1-4 feet tall; Bright yellow flowers in late summer; Attracts butterflies, birds and pollinators; May be deer resistant

Bluestem Goldenrod (Solidago caesia) — Full sun to part sun or part shade; Well drained, rich dry to average soil; 1-3 feet tall; This Goldenrod likes the shade; It has bright yellow flowers in late summer to fall; Attracts butterflies and other pollinators; May be deer resistant

Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) — Full sun to part sun or part shade; Well drained, rich dry to moist; 3-6 feet tall; Bright yellow flowers in the fall; Attracts butterflies, birds and pollinators; May be deer resistant

Early Goldenrod (Solidago juncea) — Herbaceous perennial; Height – 2’ to 4’, Spread - 2’ to 3’; Full sun; Average, dry to medium, well-drained soil; Tiny yellow flowers in dense plume-like panicles. Blooms mid-summer; Native bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, beetles seek nectar and pollen from the flowers. Hosts caterpillars of several moth species. Seeds eaten by songbirds

Golden Star / Green and Gold (Chrysogonum virginianum) — Perennial Groundcover; Part sun/Part shade; Soil: Average, loamy; Moisture: Average, moist, well-drained soils; 6-12″ tall; Star-shaped, 1″, daisy-like, bright yellow flowers; Blooms spring to early summer; Attracts butterflies and other pollinators; May be deer resistant

Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium ˈPrairie Bluesˈ) — Ornamental Grass; Full sun; Soil: Dry, medium; Moisture: Sandy, loamy, well-drained soils; 2-4ʹ tal; Gray-blue foliage, strong, upright stems; Purplish-bronze flowers late summer above foliage, followed by fluffy, silver-white seed heads; Foliage turns bronze-orange color in fall; Attracts birds and butterflies; Quite drought tolerant and may be deer resistant

Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica) — Sun to part shade; Average to moist, rich soil; 1-3 feet tall; Self sows; Tubular blue summer flowers; Attracts hummingbirds; Attracts bees and other pollinators; May be deer resistant

Heart-leaved Alexander (Zizia aptera) — Perennial; Part Sun/Part Shade; Dry, well-drained soil; 1-3 feet tall; Flowers tiny, yellow, in flat clusters; Summer bloom; Drought tolerant; Endangered in CT

Joe-Pye Weed, Trumpetweed (Eutrochium fistulosum / Eupatorium fistulosum (Previous Botanical Name)) — Perennial; Full sun/Part sun; Soil: Clay, moist loam; Moisture: Average, moist, well-drained soils; 5-8ʹ tall; Mildly fragrant, pink-lavender to deep rosy pink, dome-shaped flower heads 6-12″ across; Blooms August to September; Attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators; May be deer resistant

Sundial Lupine (Lupinus perennis) — Perennial; Full sun to part sun; Soil: Sandy, loamy; Moisture: Dry, moist, well-drained soil; 1-2½ ʹ tall; Showy spikes of fragrant, pea-like, blue-violet flowers; Bloom late May into July; Attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators; Larval plant for endangered Karner Blue butterfly

Tall Meadow Rue (Thalictrum pubescens) — Part shade, shade; Humus-rich, moist soil; 4-6 feet tall; This summer blooming plant has delicate, finely divided leaves with white starburst flowers. Attracts butterflies and other pollinators; May be deer resistant

New York Ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis) — Full sun; Humus-rich, moist soil; 4-6 feet tall; Purple flowers; Late summer bloom; Attracts butterflies and other pollinators; May be deer resistant

Obedient Plant

Obedient Plant

Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana) — Perennial; Full sun to part sun; Soil: Rich loamy; Moisture: Moist to medium, well-drained soil; 3-4ʹ tall; Flowers pink, 1″ long, tubular, two-lipped, snapdragon-like, on 12-18″ upright terminal spikes; Blooms August until late September; Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and bees; May be deer resistant

Ox-eye Daisy (Heliopsis helianthoides ˈSummer Nightsˈ) - Perennial; Full sun; Soil: Clay, loamy; Moisture: Average, moist, well-drained soils; 3-6ʹ tall; Deep golden-yellow, 2-3″ diameter daisy-like flowers; with mahogany centers, atop dark red stems; Bloom June through September; Attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators

Moss Phlox (Phlox subulata ˈCandy Stripeˈ) — Perennial; Full sun to part sun; Soil: Average, sandy, rocky; Moisture: Medium, dry, well-drained soil; 3-6″ tall; Thick, mat-forming, semi-evergreen; White flower petals bisected with broad pink stripes; Bloom late April through May; Attracts butterflies and other pollinators; May be deer resistant

Prairie Phlox (Phlox pilosa) — Perennial; Full Sun; Rich, average, well-drained soils; 1-3 feet tall; Flowers pink, early summer; Will spread by runners to form a mass; Attracts butterflies and other pollinators

Bunny Blue Sedge (Carex laxiculmis ˈHobbˈ Bunny Blue® Sedge) — Part shade to full shade; Soil: Medium, loamy; Moisture: Moist, well-drained soil; 8-12 inches tall; Mounding evergreen sedge; Tiny yellowish-white flowers, early spring (great nectar source); Blue-green foliage visible year round; May be deer resistant

Spiderwort (Tradescantia virginiana) — Part sun to partial shade; Moist soils to average/adaptable; 1-3 Feet; Blue to purple flower; Grass like leaves; Summer bloom, after flowering, cut back for new growth; Attracts butterflies and other pollinators

Woodland Sunflower (Helianthus divaricatus) — Part shade; Medium to dry soil; 2-6 feet tall; Late summer yellow flowers; Spreads by creeping rhizomes; Attracts butterflies and other pollinators; May be deer resistant

Sunflower (Helianthus 'Lemon Queen') — Full Sun; Rich, moist to average/adaptable soil; 4-6 feet tall; Yellow flowers in summer; Attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators; May be deer resistant

Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) — Sun or part shade; Damp to moderately moist; 3-4 feet; Blooms late summer; pink flower; Perfect for rain gardens, riparian buffers. Can handle ordinary garden conditions; Monarch caterpillars’ favorite food

Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris) — Full sun to part sun or part shade; Wet, peaty, moist; 4-6 feet tall; Pink flowers, summer through fall; Attracts butterflies, birds and pollinators; May be deer resistant

Tickseed / Threadleaf Coreopsis (Coreopsis verticillata ˈZagrebˈ) — Perennial; Full sun; Soil: Sandy, loamy; Moisture: Dry, average, well-drained soils; 18-24″ tall; Yellow, daisy-like, single, 2″ diameter flowers; Bloom late June to late August; Attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators; Tolerant of heat, humidity, drought and deer

Purple/Red Trillium

Purple/Red Trillium

Purple/Red Trillium (Trillium erectum) — Perennial; Full shade; Rich, peaty, moist, acidic soil; 6-12 inches tall; Flowers reddish-purple in spring; May be deer resistant; Attracts butterflies and other pollinators

White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) — Perennial; Full Shade; Rich, peaty, moist, acidic soil; 6-12 inches tall; Flowers white to pale pink in spring; Attracts butterflies and other pollinators

Trout Lily (Erythronium americanum) — Part sun to partial shade; Moist soils to average/adaptable; 3-6 inches; Spring ephemeral has 1 to 2 inch wide nodding, yellow flowers. The 2 leaves are heavily mottled like a trout. One of our first spring flowers.

Pink Turtle-head (Chelone lyonii ˈHot Lipsˈ) — Perennial; Part sun to part shade; Soil: Loamy; Moisture: Average to moist well-drained soils; 2-3ʹ tall; Dense terminal spikes of 1″ long rose-pink; flowers that are shaped like turtle-heads; Blooms late summer to early fall; Attracts butterflies and other pollinators

White Turtlehead (Chelone glabra) — Perennial; Full sun; Moist, peaty, wet soil; 1-3 feet tall; White flowers bloom late summer through fall; Attracts butterflies

Dutchman’s Pipe (Aristolochia macrophylla) — Vine; Sun to partial shade; Moist well drained soil; Twining vine 30 plus feet; Flowers shaped like yellow green pipes, spring; Attracts and hosts pipevine swallow tail butterflies, food source for their caterpillars; May be deer resistant

Trumpet Honeysuckle (Lonicera semp ‘Major Wheeler’) — Twining vine; Sun to partial shade; Moist, well drained soil; 20 feet; Flower tube shaped orange-red to red with yellow and orange inside; Attracts humming birds, butterflies; Deer resistant

Virgin’s Bower (Clematis virginiana) — Vine; Full sun to part shade; Well drained, rich, moist soil; 12-20 feet tall; Fragrant white flowers bloom midsummer; May be deer resistant; Attracts butterflies, other pollinators, birds

Labrador Violet (Viola labradorica) — Perennial; Part shade to full shade; Soil: Humus rich; Moisture: Average to moist, well-drained soil; 2-4″ tall; Dainty, ¾″, pale, bluish-violet flowers with showy purplish-green foliage that forms a small, dense spreading mound; Blooms early May, and reblooms in fall; Attracts birds, butterflies and other pollinators; Larval food source for fritillary butterflies; May be deer resistant

Virginian Rose

Virginian Rose

Virginian Rose (Rosa virginiana) — Full sun to partial shade; Will tolerate most soils except excessive wet; 5-6 feet tall/ 6-7 feet wide; Deep brown thorny stems/Single pink flower with yellow center; Attracts hummingbirds, bees, butterflies, songbirds

Spotted Cranesbill / Wild Geranium (Geranium maculatum) — Perennial; Part sun to part shade; Soil: Sandy, loamy; Moisture: Average, moist well-drained soils; 1-2ʹ tall; Pink to lavender, single, five-petalled flowers; Bloom spring into early summer; Attracts butterflies, nectar source for native insects; May be deer resistant

Wild Stone Crop (Sedum ternatum) — Perennial; Part sun/Part shade; Rich, dry, sandy, well-drained soil; 0-6 inches tall; Flowers white, late spring; Low-creeping, very tough; Drought resistant; Attracts butterflies and other pollinators

Heart-leaved Wood Aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolum) — Part shade to part sun; Well drained, rich dry to average soil; 1-3 feet tall; Fall blooming with purplish-blue flowers; Clouds of flowers in fall in the shade; Great under trees and at woodland edges; Attracts butterflies and other pollinators; May be deer resistant