Colorful Flowers

Learn about several plant varieties and the planting information for each zone.

Shadow Dancer Climbing Rose

shadow dancer climbing rose has striped blooms

Climbing rose with striped deep and light pink flowers

Fragrant; Repeat Bloomer
Disease Resistant
Plant in moist, but well-drained soil; fertilize once in spring, summer and fall
Prune by removing oldest canes after spring flush
Plant in full sun for all zones
height: 6-10 feet; Width: 2-5 feet

Hardy in USDA zones 5-9:
Zone 5: Plant in spring; water in dry periods during growing season; after first hard frost, build protective cage around base and fill with compost or shredded leaves; may suffer some dieback.
Zone 6: Plant in spring; water in dry periods during growing season; after first hard frost, mound compost or shredded leaves several inches deep above crown.
Zone 7: Plant in early spring or early fall; water in dry periods during growing season.
Zone 8: Plant in early spring or early fall; water in dry periods during growing season.
Zone 9: Plant in early spring or early fall; water in dry periods during growing season.

Golden Sunblaze Rose

Miniature Rose with large, bright golden flowers
Mild Fragrance; Light Pink Double Blooms; Repeat Bloomer
Disease Resistant
Moist, but well-drained soil
Plant in full sun for all zones
Height: 12-15 inches; Width: 12-18 inches

Hardy in USDA zones (4)5-10:
Zone 4: Plant in spring; water in dry periods during growing season; after first hard frost, build protective cage around and 6" taller than shrub and fill with compost or shredded leaves; prune back 1/3 to 1/2 in late winter; may suffer significant dieback. Marginally hardy in this zone.
Zone 5: Plant in spring; water in dry periods during growing season; after first hard frost, build protective cage around and 6" taller than shrub and fill with compost or shredded leaves; prune back 1/3 to 1/2 in late winter; may suffer some dieback.
Zone 6: Plant in spring; water in dry periods during growing season; after first hard frost, mound compost or shredded leaves several inches deep above crown; prune back 1/3 to 1/2 in late winter.
Zone 7: Plant in early spring or early fall; water in dry periods during growing season; after first hard frost, mound compost or shredded leaves several inches deep above crown; prune back 1/3 in late winter.
Zone 8: Plant in early spring or early fall; water in dry periods during growing season; after first hard frost, mound compost or shredded leaves several inches deep above crown; prune back 1/3 in late winter.
Zone 9: Plant in early spring or early fall; water in dry periods during growing season; watch for fungal diseases year round; apply light fertilizer in November; prune back 1/3 after blooming which can continue into December.
Zone 10: Plant in early spring or early fall; water in dry periods during growing season; watch for fungal diseases year round; apply light fertilizer in November; prune back 1/3 after blooming which can continue into December.

Sweet Alyssum 'Rose'

sweet alyssum rose is fragrant and low growing

Fragrant, low-growing tender perennial grown as an annual for its profuse pink flowers

Plant in moist, but well-drained soil; fertilize monthly during growing season
Plant in full sun for all zones
Shear back in mid summer to encourage blooming
Height: 12 inches; Width: 6 inches

Annual
Zones 2-11: Plant seeds or seedlings after danger of frost has passed; plant in full sun; mulch in colder areas; water until established; plants may survive winter in frost-free locations.

Excelsior Hybrid Foxglove

excelsior hybrid foxglove is a biennial

Biennial grown for its spikes of purple trumpet-shaped flowers in late spring

Plants grown from seed flower the second season and then die after setting seed
Collect seeds or allow them to drop to have plants the following year
Although used for heart medicine, all parts of this plant can be toxic
Plant in moist, organic, but well-drained soil
Plant in light to partial shade
Height: 3-5 feet; Width: 2 feet

Hardy in USDA zones 4-10:
Zone 4: Sow seeds or plant in spring; plant in light shade; water during dry periods; mulch after first hard frost; protect from salt; remove mature plants after setting seed.
Zone 5: Sow seeds or plant in spring; plant in light shade; water during dry periods; mulch after first hard frost; protect from salt; remove mature plants after setting seed.
Zone 6: Sow seeds or plant in spring; plant in light to partial shade; water during dry periods; mulch after first hard frost; remove mature plants after setting seed.
Zone 7: Sow seeds or plant in spring; plant in light to partial shade; water during dry periods; mulch after first hard frost; remove mature plants after setting seed.
Zone 8: Sow seeds or plant in spring; plant in light to partial shade; water during dry periods; mulch after first frost; remove mature plants after setting seed.
Zone 9: Sow seeds or plant in spring; plant in light to partial shade; water during dry periods; mulch in fall; remove mature plants after setting seed.
Zone 10: Sow seeds or plant in spring; plant in light to partial shade; water during dry periods; mulch in fall; remove mature plants after setting seed; plants may languish in warmer, humid regions of this zone.

Blue Salvia

Gardener's Note: Salvia pratensis is a Class A noxious weed prohibited and quarantined in Washington State. Herbaceous perennial grown for its spikes of deep lavender-blue flowers
Plant in average to poor garden soil that is well-drained; drought tolerant
Plant in full sun
Deadhead to prevent invasive spread
Height: 1-3 feet; Width: 1-3 feet

Hardy in USDA zones 4-8:
Zone 4: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; plant in full sun; shear back if plants become untidy; mulch in fall; pull back mulch in spring; avoid exposure to salt.
Zone 5: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; plant in full sun; shear back if plants become untidy; mulch in fall; pull back mulch in spring; avoid exposure to salt.
Zone 6: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; plant in full sun; shear back if plants become untidy; mulch in fall; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 7: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; plant in full sun; shear back if plants become untidy; mulch in fall; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 8: Plant in spring after danger of frost has passed; plant in full sun; shear back if plants become untidy; mulch in fall; pull back mulch in spring.

White Night Shasta Daisy

white night shasta daisy is herbaceous perennial

Herbaceous perennial with large white daisy flowers in early to mid summer

Tolerant of most well-drained soils
Plant in full sun; deadhead; prune foliage back after flowering
Fertilize in spring; divide in spring when new foliage appears
Height: 1-2 feet; Width: 2 feet, slowly spreading

Hardy in USDA zones 4-8:
Zone 4: Plant in spring to avoid winter heaving; plant in full sun; avoid exposure to salt; mulch heavily after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to avoid winter heaving; plant in full sun; avoid exposure to salt; mulch heavily after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 7: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.
Zone 8: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch after first frost; pull back mulch in spring.

Asessippi Lilac

asessippi lilac has fragrant pale lavender blooms

Large, upright deciduous shrub grown for its fragrant single pale lavender blooms in spring

Plant in full sun to light shade
Plant in rich, but well-drained soil; fertilize in spring; prune after flowering
Height: 10-12 feet; Width: 10-12 feet

Hardy in USDA zones 3-7:
Zone 3: Plant in spring; mulch after first hard frost for protection; avoid contact with salt; plant in full sun; water regularly the first season.
Zone 4: Plant in spring; mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; plant in full sun; water regularly the first season.
Zone 5: Plant in spring; mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; plant in full sun; water regularly the first season.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; mulch after first hard frost; plant in full sun to light shade; water regularly the first season.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; mulch in fall; plant in full sun to light shade; water regularly the first season; flowering may be reduced after warm winters.

Pink Summersweet

pink summersweet is deciduous, suckering shrub

Plant in full sun to partial shade
Plant in wet to moist soil
Attracts butterflies
Fertilize in spring as new foliage appears
Height: to 8 feet; Width: 6-8 feet, spreading by suckers

Hardy in USDA zones (3)4-9:
Zone 3: Plant in early spring; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in spring to conserve moisture and again after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; prune only if needed in early spring; may be marginally hardy in this zone.
Zone 4: Plant in early spring; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in spring to conserve moisture and again after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; prune only if needed in early spring.
Zone 5: Plant in early spring; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in spring to conserve moisture and again after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; prune only if needed in early spring.
Zone 6: Plant in early spring or early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch in spring to conserve moisture and again after first hard frost; prune only if needed in early spring.
Zone 7: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch in spring to conserve moisture and again after first hard frost; prune only if needed in early spring.
Zone 8: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch in spring to conserve moisture and again after frost; prune only if needed in early spring.
Zone 9: Plant in early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; mulch in spring to conserve moisture and again in fall; prune only if needed in early spring.

Astilbe

astilbe has dissected foliage and showy plumes

Deciduous perennial with finely dissected foliage and showy plumes of various colored flowers in spring

Tolerates moist soil
Plant in partial shade for all zones
Height: 1-2 feet; Width: 2-3 feet
Water when dry during growing season; fertilize in spring

Hardy in USDA zones (3)4-8:
Zone 3: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch heavily after first frost; avoid contact with salt; divide clumps every few years in early spring; marginally hardy in this zone.
Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch heavily after first frost; avoid contact with salt; divide clumps every few years in early spring.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch heavily after first frost; avoid contact with salt; divide clumps every few years in early spring.
Zone 6: Plant in spring; mulch after first frost; divide clumps every few years in early spring.
Zone 7: Plant in spring or early fall; mulch after first frost; divide clumps every few years in early spring.
Zone 8: Plant in spring or early fall; mulch after first frost; divide clumps every few years in early spring.

Cream Desire Daylily

Deciduous daylily with creamy flowers with ruffled edges and a chartreuse throat
Late-blooming
Plant in full sun to light shade
Plant in fertile, moist but well-drained soil; drought tolerant once established
Prune back after first frost; divide and fertilize in spring
Height: 12 inches Width: 18 inches

Hardy in zones 3-9:
Zone 3: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; protect from salt; pull mulch back in spring; may be marginally hardy in this zone.
Zone 4: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; protect from salt; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 5: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; protect from salt; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 7: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 8: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 9: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall; pull mulch back in spring.

Green Flutter Daylily

Deciduous daylily with yellow flowers with ruffled edges and a green throat
Late-blooming
Plant in full sun to light shade
Plant in fertile, moist but well-drained soil; drought tolerant once established
Prune back after first frost; divide and fertilize in spring
Height: 18-24 inches Width: 18 inches

Hardy in zones 3-9:
Zone 3: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; protect from salt; pull mulch back in spring; may be marginally hardy in this zone.
Zone 4: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; protect from salt; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 5: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; protect from salt; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 7: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 8: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 9: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall; pull mulch back in spring.

Hyperion Flutter Daylily

Deciduous daylily with prolific soft yellow flowers that are fragrant
Mid-season blooming
Plant in full sun to light shade
Plant in fertile, moist but well-drained soil; drought tolerant once established
Prune back after first frost; divide and fertilize in spring
Height: 36-40 inches Width: 24 inches

Hardy in zones 3-9:
Zone 3: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; protect from salt; pull mulch back in spring; may be marginally hardy in this zone.
Zone 4: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; protect from salt; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 5: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch heavily after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; protect from salt; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; mulch in fall; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 7: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 8: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall; pull mulch back in spring.
Zone 9: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to light shade; mulch in fall; pull mulch back in spring.

Karl Ronsefeld Peony

karl ronsefeld peony is herbaceous perennial

Herbaceous perennial noted for its large soft pink flowers in mid spring

Plant in full sun to light afternoon shade; cut back foliage after frost.
Plant shallowly in rich, but well-drained soil; fertilize in spring; divide in autumn, if desired.
Height: 20-24 inches; Width: 20-24 inches

Hardy in USDA zones 3-8:
Zone 3: Plant in spring; mulch after first hard to prevent winter heaving; avoid contact with salt; plant in full sun; fertilize when new growth appears in spring.
Zone 4: Plant in spring; mulch after first hard frost to prevent winter heaving; avoid contact with salt; plant in full sun; fertilize when new growth appears in spring.
Zone 5: Plant in spring; mulch after first hard to prevent winter heaving; avoid contact with salt; plant in full sun; fertilize when new growth appears in spring.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; mulch lightly in fall; plant in full sun to light afternoon shade; fertilize when new growth appears in spring.
Zone 7: Plant in spring or early fall; mulch lightly in fall; plant in full sun to light afternoon shade; fertilize when new growth appears in spring; blooming may be reduced after warm winters.
Zone 8: Plant in spring or early fall; mulch lightly in fall; plant in full sun to light afternoon shade; fertilize when new growth appears in spring; blooming may be reduced after warm winters.

Neon Star Dianthus

neon star dianthus is trailing evergreen perennial

Trailing evergreen perennial grown as a groundcover or in containers with silver foliage and neon pink flowers in mid spring

Plant in moist, but well-drained soil
Plant in full sun
Shear back after flowering to promote reblooming
Height: 7 inches; Width: 12 inches

Hardy in USDA zones (3)4-9:
Zone 3: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; may be marginally hardy in this zone.
Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost.
Zone 7: Plant in spring; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost.
Zone 8: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun.
Zone 9: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun.

Shasta Doublefile Viburnum

shasta doublefile viburnum has rows white flowers

Deciduous shrub with horizontal branching and double rows of white flowers in spring

Plant in full sun to partial shade
Plant in average to moist soil
Height: 6 feet; Width: 10-12 feet

Hardy in USDA zones 5-8:
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 6: Plant in spring or early fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 7: Plant in fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells.
Zone 8: Plant in fall; plant in full sun to partial shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells.

Garden Phlox

garden phlox is noted for its tall upright habit

Deciduous perennial noted for its tall upright habit and profuse flowers in a variety of colors in late spring and summer

Plant in full sun to light shade
Plant in average to moist soil; divide in early spring every 3-4 years
Plant with good air circulation or may develop powdery mildew
Height: 30-36 inches; Width: 12-24 inches

Hardy in USDA zones 4-8:
Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun to light shade; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 7: Plant in early spring; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells.
Zone 8: Plant in early spring; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells.

Blue Bees Delphinium

blue bees delphinium is noted for blue flowers

Deciduous perennial noted for its tall upright spikes of blue flowers with white centers

Plant in full sun to light shade
Plant in average to moist soil; divide in early spring every 3-4 years
Plants may need staking in wind or heavy rain
Poisonous
Height: 36-48 inches; Width: 18-24 inches

Hardy in USDA zones 3-9:
Gardener's Note: Although many resources say hardy in zones 3-9, it sometimes struggles in zones colder than zone 7 in the South and 8 in the Pacific Northwest.
Zone 3: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 4: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; plant in full sun to light shade; apply extra mulch after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt.
Zone 6: Plant in spring; plant in full sun to light shade.
Zone 7: Plant in early spring; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells; plants may languish in hot, humid areas.
Zone 8: Plant in early spring; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells; plants may languish in hot, humid areas.
Zone 9: Plant in early spring; plant in full sun to light shade; provide supplemental water during dry spells; plants may languish in hot, humid areas.

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