• Perennials at Stonefalls Gardens •

At StoneFalls Gardens, we have an entire alphabet of perennials from A to Z. With over 50,000 perennials, all hardy to zones 2-5, we have something for every New Hampshire garden, from moist shade to full sun locations. And, many of them are propagated right here at StoneFalls Gardens!

  • Many of our perennials are grown in one gallon container pots that can be found in rows between the greenhouses. We also offer larger specimen plants – in 2 up to 5 gallon containers.
  • We have a wide selection of shade perennials located under the Hemlock grove.

Also see our Annuals at Stonefalls Gardens.

New Hampshire perennials

The new gardener, as well as the seasoned gardener, is coming to rely on perennial flowering plants to a greater extent every year. Perennials possess qualities which enable them to fill almost all gardening needs. By selecting perennials wisely, a great deal of variety and beauty can be achieved with little effort.

Choosing Perennials

When choosing perennials, look for their hardiness and ease of culture. Also, color, height, and time of bloom are important. Our rule of thumb is 'less is more'. It is far better to have a few large masses of several good varieties than a mixed collection of many inharmonious plants.

Plan ahead! A well-designed garden should have a background and enclosure. It should relate properly to the other parts of the grounds and the house. It should also have balance, unity of composition, and accent—for a garden is not merely a collection of flowering plants. Remember to start with soil preparation, fertilizing and mulching to ensure that your perennials continue to grow, blossom and multiply.

PERENNIALS for SEMI-SHADEPERENNIALS for LIGHT SHADE
Aconitum (Monkshood)
Ajuga (Bugle)
Anemone Japonica (Japanese Anemone)
Asperula (Woodruff)
Convallaria Majalis (Lily-of-the-Valley)
Dicentra Spectabilis (Bleeding-Heart)
Epimedium Alpinus (Barrenwort)
Eupatorium Geranium Sanguineum (Cranesbill)
Helleborus Niger (Christmas-Rose)
Hemerocallis Flava (Daylily)
Heuchera Sanguinea (Coral-Bells)
Hibiscus (Rose-Mallow)
Hosta, in variety (Plantain Lily)
Hypericum (St. John's-Wort)
Iberis Sempervirens (Candytuft)
Liatris (Gayfeather)
Lobelia Cardinalis (Cardinal Flower)
Myosotis Palustris Semperflorens (Forget-Me-Not)
Phlox Platycodon (Balloon Flower)
Polygonatum (Solomon's-Seal)
Primula (Primrose)
Thalictrum (Meadow Rue)
Trillium (Trillium)
Trollius europxus (Globeflower)
Veronica (Creeping Speedwell)
Althaea Rosea (Hollyhock)
Aquilegia (Columbine)
Campanula
Chelone (Turtlehead)
Cimicifuga Racemosa (Bugbane)
Doronicum Plantagineum (Leopard's-Bane)
Monarda Didyma (Bee-Balm)
Paeonia (Peony)
Polemonium (Valerian)
Pulmonaria (Lungwort)
Saxifraga (Saxifrage)
PERENNIALS FOR EDGINGPERENNIALS FOR OLD-FASHIONED GARDENS
Ajuga Reptans (Carpet Bugle)
Bellis Perennis (English Daisy)
Aubrietia (Rockcress)
Campanula (Bellflower)
Cerastium (Snow-in-Summer)
Dianthus Deltoides (Maiden Pink)
Dianthus Plumarius (Grass Pink)
Festuca Glauca (Blue Fescue)
Heuchera Sanguinea (Coral-Bells)
Iberis Se (Candytuft)
Phlox (Moss Phlox)
Sedum (Jenny Stonecrop)
Sedum Stoloniferum (Running Stonecrop) Veronica (Speedwell)
Viola, in variety (Violas)
Aconitum, in variety (Monkshood)
Althaea Rosea (Hollyhock)
Asters, old varieties Campanula, in variety (Bellflower)
Convallaria majalis (Lily-of-the-Valley)
Delphinium (Delphinium)
Dianthus
Dicentra spectabilis (Bleeding-Heart)
Digitalis, in variety (Foxgloves)
Hemerocallis (Lemon Lily)
Lilium tigrinum (Tiger Lily)
Lupinus, not new varieties (Lupines)
Lychnis chalcedonica (Maltese Cross or Scarlet Lychnis)
Myosotis, in variety (Forget-Me-Nots)
Paeonia officinalis types (Peony)
Primula veris (Primrose)
Trillium, in variety (Trillium or Wake Robin)
Viola odorata (Sweet Violet)
Viola, in variety (Pansies)
PERENNIALS FOR BACKGROUND PLANTINGFRAGRANT PERENNIALS
Althaea Rosea (Hollyhock)
Aster (New England Aster)
Campanula (Bellflower)
Cimicifuga Racemosa (Cohosh Bugbane) Delphinium (Delphinium)
Helenium Autumnale (Sneezeweed)
Helianthus (Sunflower)
Hibiscus Grandiflorus (Great Rosemallow) Rudbeckia (Black eyed Susan)
Valeriana Officinalis (Common Valerian)
Asperula Odorata (Sweet Woodruff)
Convallaria Majalis (Lily-of-the-Valley)
Dianthus Plumarius (Grass Pink)
Hemerocallis Flava (Daylily)
Hosta Grandiflora (Big Plantain Lily)
Iris, Pallida Section
Monarda Didyma (Bee-Balm)
Enothera, in variety (Evening Primrose)
Paeonia, in variety (Peony)
Phlox Paniculata (Phlox)
Rosa Species (Roses)
Viola Cornuta (Tufted Pansy)
Viola Odorata (Sweet Violet)
Herbs Thymus, in variety (Thyme)
Lavandula Origanum Majorana (Sweet Marjoram)

Perennial of the Year on Display

In 2010, StoneFalls Gardens created a display garden featuring the Perennial Plant Association's Perennials of the Year. In addition to being on display, the perennials are also available for purchase.

The "Perennial Plant of the Year" Program promotes the use of perennials. Four perennials are selected by the Perennial Plant of the Year Committee from an extensive list of nominations made earlier by association members. Each year members cast their vote for one of the four selected plants with the following attributes:

  • suitable for a wide range of climate types
  • low maintenance
  • easily propagated - easily comes true from seed or vegetative propagation
  • exhibits multiple season interest

Perennial Plant of the Year™

2013 Perennial of the Year: Polygonatum Odoratum 'Variegatum' commonly known as Solomon's Seal

2013 Perennial of the YearPolygonatum Odoratum 'Variegatum' is the Perennial Plant Association's 2013 Perennial Plant of the Year. This all-season perennial has greenish-white flowers in late spring and variegated foliage throughout the growing season. The foliage turns yellow in the fall and grows well in moist soil in partial to full shade.

It is native to Europe, Asia, and North America is a member of the Asparagaceae family. It was formerly found in the family Liliaceae. Regardless of its new location, members of Polygonatum are excellent perennials for the landscape.
Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum' grows 18 to 24 inches tall and will spread by rhizomes to form colonies. The oval-shaped leaves are carried on upright, arching, unbranched stems. The variegated leaves are light green with white tips and edges. The leaves turn an attractive yellow in the autumn. The bell-shaped white flowers are small with a sweet frangrance. Bluish-black berries are sometimes present in the autumn

Variegated Solomon's Seal is a classic beauty for the shady woodland garden or the part-shade to full-shade border. It is a great companion plant to other shade lovers including hostas, ferns, and astilbes. The sweet fragrance will enhance that walk along a pathway on a spring morning. Flower arrangers will find the variegated foliage to be an attribute for spring floral arrangements.

There are no serious insect or disease problems with variegated Solomon's Seal. Plants may be divided in the spring or fall. The white rhizomes should be planted just below the soil surface. Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum' is a very easy perennial to grow and will enhance any shade garden, especially a more natural one.

Light: Variegated Solomon's Seal performs well in part to full shade conditions.

Soil: Variegated Solomon's Seal prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Uses: This perennial offers vivid highlights in shaded areas of borders, woodland gardens, or naturalized areas. The variegated foliage is attractive in flower arrangements.

Unique Qualities: Solomon's Seal has arching stems that carry pairs of small, bell-shaped, white flowers in mid to late spring. The variegated ovate leaves are soft green with white tips and margins. Fall leaf color is yellow.

Maintenance: There are no serious insect or disease problems with variegated Solomon's seal. Plants may be divided in the spring or fall. The white rhizomes should be planted just below the soil surface. Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum' is a very easy perennial to grow and will enhance any shade area.

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 8.

Past Perennial winners include:

2012 Brunnera Macrophylla (Jack Frost)
2011 Amsonia Hubrichtii (Thread-leaf Blue Star)
2010 Baptisia Australis
2009 Hakonechloa Macra (Aureola)
2008 Geranium (Rozann)
2007 Nepeta (Walker's Low)
2006 Dianthus Gratianopolitanus (Feuerhexe)
2005 Helleborus Xhybridus
2004 Athyrium Niponicum (Pictum)
2003 Leucanthemum (Becky)
2002 Phlox (David)
2001 Calamagrostis X Acutiflora (Karl Foerster)
2000 Scabiosa Columbaria (Butterfly Blue)
1999 Rudbeckia Fulgida var. Sullivantii (Goldsturm)
1998 Echinacea Purpurea (Magnus)
1997 Salvia 'Mainacht' (May Night)

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