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Our new 'Plant Index' page lists all the plants we expect to have available for the 2018 shipping season.

   On this page we offer some perennial plants that make nice additions to the garden but are often difficult to find at a mail order nurseries. While most of these perennials do not attract butterflies or hummingbirds, they are attractive and definitely on our list of garden-worthy plants.
   When available, the following plants are offered on this page:  Helianthus (Perennial Sunflower),  Heuchera villosa 'Caramel'  (Coral Bells),  Hibiscus (Hardy Hibiscus), Leucanthemum x superbum 'Crazy Daisy' (Shasta Daisy),  Liatris spicata 'Floristan Violet' (Kansas Gayfeather),  , Limonium (Sea Lavender),  Lupinus 'Russell Hybrids' (Lupine),  Lysimachia clethroides (Gooseneck Loosestrife),  Nippananthemum nipponicum
(Montauk Daisy), Oenothera tetragona
(Sundrops), and more.

Note:  Headed toward retirement, we are going to dramatically reduce the number of plants we offer during the 2018 season. Plants on this page will not be restocked. Once they are gone, they are gone. If you wish to order plants from this page, I suggest you order early in the season. Later might be too late. 

We ARE permitted to ship plants to the following states within the USA:  Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.
State and Federal regulations prohibit us from shipping to other destinations. If you do not live in one of the states we are permitted to ship to, please do not order. We will not ship your order and will charge you a $3.00 service charge to cancel your order and return your payment.
For an explanation of why we are not permitted to ship to states not listed above, please visit the 'F.A.Q.' page of the web site.

Perennial Plants
Available For Shipping:

We ship May thru October.   Most of our perennials are shipped in 3" to  4" pots. 
A few may be shipped bare root.   Most should bloom this summer.
Unless otherwise noted, the plants on this page prefer full sun.
We ship orders via USPS Priority Mail.

Perennial Sunflower 'Sunshine Daydream'
(Helianthus x multiflorus 'Sunshine Daydream')

Helianthus 'Sunshine Daydream' grows to about 48" high and produces large, fully double,  yellow flowers July through August. It makes an excellent background plant. Full sun is preferred.

, zones 5-9.     
$7.00 each     May be sold out. Please check back around late May.

Heuchera ‘Caramel’, Coral Bells 'Caramel' Coral Bells
(Heuchera villosa 'Caramel')

A new Coral Bell hybrid introduced by French breeder Thierry Delabroye, 'Caramel' has foliage of a soft caramel color. 'Caramel' Coral Bells is more vigorous and longer-lived than other caramel colored Coral Bells. 'Caramel' produces sprays of tiny white flowers in August, above mounded foliage that is just 6" high and 12"-15" wide. Deer resistant and very winter hardy. 

Perennial, zones 5-9.      $7.00 each 

'Plum Crazy' Hibiscus
(Hibiscus x 'Plum Crazy')

'Plum Crazy' Hibiscus grows 36"-48" high and produces large (7"-9" diameter) 5-petaled flowers August thru September. Its flowers are rose purple (almost burgundy) with darker purple veining and a very dark purple central eye. It has beautiful dark colored foliage too. Prefers full sun. 

Perennial, zones 5-9.       $7.00 each

Hibiscus 'Kopper King', hardy hibiscus 'Kopper King' Hibiscus
(Hibiscus  'Kopper King')

'Kopper King' Hibiscus grows 36"-48" high and produces huge (8"-10" diameter) 5-petaled flowers August thru September. Its flowers are pale pink with red veining and a bright red central eye. It has beautiful dark colored foliage too. Prefers full sun. 

Perennial, zones 5-9.      $7.00 each

'Robert Fleming' Hibiscus
(Hibiscus  'Robert Fleming')

'Robert Fleming' Hibiscus grows 30"-36" high and produces huge (8"-10" diameter) 5-petaled, deep red flowers August thru September. Its foliage resembles that of hydrangea and is dark colored too. Prefers full sun.

Note: Our Hibiscus have lots of holes in the leaves because they were heavily attacked by Japanese Beetles. 


Perennial, zones 5-9.      $7.00 each 

Hibiscus 'Sweet Caroline', hardy hibiscus 'Sweet Caroline' Hibiscus
(Hibiscus  'Sweet Caroline')

'Sweet Caroline' Hibiscus grows 36"-48" high and produces huge (8"-10" diameter) 5-petaled flowers August thru September. Its flowers are rich pink with darker pink veining and eye. Its flower buds resemble rose buds. Prefers full sun. 

Perennial, zones 5-9.      $7.00 each

Leucanthemum x superbum 'Crazy Daisy, Shasta Daisy, mail order nursery 'Crazy Daisy' Shasta Daisy
(Leucanthemum x superbum 'Crazy Daisy')

The frilliest, fluffiest Shasta Daisies you've ever seen! These plants mature at 24"-28" high and usually bloom during June and July. White petals with yellow eye.

Perennial, zones 5-8.     $6.00 each

 Liatris spicata 'Floristan Violet', Kansas Gayfeather Kansas Gayfeather, lavender flowers
(Liatris spicata 'Floristan Violet')

Also known as Blazing Star, Kansas Gayfeather matures at 24"-36" high and produces lavender spikes July thru August. Makes a great cut flower (indeed, these are sold in flower shops). Also available in white (see below). Deer resistant and drought tolerant.

Perennial, zones 5-9.           $6.00 each

Kansas Gayfeather, white flowers
(Liatris spicata 'Floristan White')

Also known as Blazing Star, Kansas Gayfeather matures at 24"-36" high and produces lavender spikes July thru August. Makes a great cut flower (indeed, these are sold in flower shops). Deer resistant and drought tolerant.

Perennial, zones 5-9.            $5.00 each 

Lupinus polyphyllus 'Russell Hybrids', Lupine Lupine 'Russell Hybrids'
(Lupinus polyphyllus 'Russell Hybrids')

A favorite among early blooming perennials, Lupine blooms late May thru June. Growing 30"-36" high, the flower color may be red, pink, purple, lavender, yellow, or white. Many are bicolored. Sorry, no choice of color.
This plant is also featured on the 'Butterfly Host Plants' page because it is a host plant for the Silvery Blue butterfly. Deer resistant.

Perennial, zones 4-9.            $7.00 each          Offered on the 'Butterfly Host Plants' page.

Goji Berry, Lycium barbarum Goji Berry 
(Lycium barbarum)

Goji Berry, also known as Chinese Wolfberry, is a super fruit, a fruit having exceptional nutrition and anticipated health benefits. Packed with antioxidants, it has been used in China for medicinal purposes for centuries. In 2007 Anheuser-Busch introduced the first energy drink made with the exotic Goji Berry. Among Goji products offered on the market today, you will find dried berries (plain, chocolate coated, and yogurt coated), juice blends, pure juice, dietary supplements, and energy drinks.  
Related to tomatoes, potatoes, chili peppers, and eggplant, Goji Berry is easy to grow. Like its relatives, it should be grown in full sun. Staking is recommended for maximum access to the nutrient-rich fruit, which grows on long, elegantly curving branches. The stake should be about 48" high and approximately  1" wide. The produces lavender to purple flowers June thru September. Red berries mature August thru October.  The berries should be left on the plant for about two weeks after turning red. 

A recipe for Goji Breakfast Bars will accompany each order for one or more Goji Berry plants.

, zones 5-9.            $5.00 each  (May Special, $2.00 off regular price)


Gooseneck Loosestrife  
 (Lysimachia clethroides)

Gooseneck Loosestrife grows 24"-30" high and produces white flower spikes July thru August. Makes a great cut flower! Full sun or part shade. Deer resistant.    This plant spreads fast, too fast for some locations.

, zones 5-9.         $5.00 each   (May Special, $2.00 off regular price)



Lysimachia punctata 'Alexander', variegated yellow loosestrife Variegated Yellow Loosestrife  
 (Lysimachia punctata 'Alexander')

Variegated Yellow Loosestrife grows 24"-30" high and produces spikes of bright yellow flowers July thru August. Beautiful variegated foliage. Makes a great cut flower! Full sun or part shade. Deer resistant.

, zones 5-9.               $4.00 each  (See note below)    (May Special, $2.00 off regular price)

 Note:  These plants are reverting to green-leaved plants. A few still have some variegated foliage, but most have solid green foliage.


Nippananthemum nipponicum, Montauk Daisy, Nippon Daisy Montauk Daisy   (also known as Nippon Daisy)
(Nippananthemum nipponicum))

Montauk Daisy grows 30"-36" high wide, and produces large white daisies from late September  thru October. Its stems are semi-woody and its succulent leaves are dark green. Plant in full sun or part shade. On warm fall days, Montauk Daisy is utilized as a pollinator by numerous insects.
Tip: To keep the plant shorter, simply cut it back in late June to abut 12" high.

Perennial, zones 5-8.            $5.00 each   (May Special, $2.00 off regular price)


Oenothera tetragona 'Fireworks', Evening Primrose, Sundrops Sundrops 
(Oenothera tetragona)

Sundrops grow 18" - 24" high and blooms June thru July. Often  it will rebloom later if you remove the spent flowers. Sundrops produces bright yellow flowers that are about 2" in diameter.

Perennial, zones 3-8.       $4.00 each     (May Special, $2.00 off regular price)   

Herb Plants:

     If you have been contemplating the thought of growing culinary herbs, it may be time to put that idea into action. Most herb plants are easier to grow than vegetables---and almost all are prettier to look at. Some are quite fragrant and others produce beautiful flowers. Each will produce wonderful home-grown flavoring for your food.
     Maybe you would like your herb garden located near the kitchen door, making access to culinary herbs easy. Perhaps you'd like to design an island garden in the middle of your yard, where you can view it from indoors through a window. Or maybe you'd prefer your herbs to be next to the vegetable garden, where you can conveniently harvest tomatoes and basil together.
     We offer only a few of the best known herbs, hoping to satisfy the beginner herb gardener. Advanced herb gardeners will have to look elsewhere for those harder-to-find herb plants.
     If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you will find several recipes utilizing common herbs. Whether you purchase our herb plants or not, feel free to try these tasty recipes.

Special: Now thru May 31 (or until the plants are gone): One of each of these four perennials herbs:
Oregano, Origanum vulgare, culinary herb plants English Thyme, Thymus vulgaris, culinary herb plants' width= Garlic Chives, Allium tuberosum, culinary herb plants Spearmint, Mentha spicata Each herb is shipped in a 3" - 4" pot.

4 plants for $15.00
(Save $8.00)

(Origanum vulgare)
(Thymus vulgaris)
Garlic Chives
(Allium tuberosum)
(Mentha spicata)

Oregano, Origanum vulgare, culinary herb plants Oregano
(Origanum vulgare)

Oregano is an aromatic perennial plant which grows 12" - 24" high and flowers July thru August. Aside from its well known use in flavoring tomato sauces for pizza and spaghetti, oregano enhances egg and cheese combinations. It adds dimension to yeast breads, marinated vegetables, roasted and stewed beef, pork, poultry, game, and shellfish. Its flavor combines well with those of garlic, thyme, parsley, and olive oil.

Perennial, zones 4 - 9.         $6.00 each  

English Thyme, Thymus vulgaris, culinary herb plants' width= Thyme
(Thymus vulgaris)

Thyme is a small, many branched aromatic shrub. It generally grows 6" - 15" high and 12" - 24" wide.  When in doubt, use thyme for flavoring. Thyme works well with veal, lamb, beef, poultry, fish, poultry stuffing, sausages, stews, soups, stocks, bread, herbed butters, flavored vinegars, and most vegetables. Its flavor blends well with those of lemon, garlic, and basil.

Perennial, zones 4 - 9.       $6.00 each   

Garlic Chives, Allium tuberosum, culinary herb plants Garlic Chives
(Allium tuberosum)

Chives belong to the onion family and like onions, they produce slender, hollow green leaves. They generally grow 12" - 18" tall and produce edible flowers that are great for garnishing salads. Mince the fresh, slender leaves and sue them in recipes. Add chopped chives to soups and stews at the last moment (just before serving).

Perennial, zones 3 - 9.        $6.00 each

Spearmint, Mentha spicata Spearmint
(Mentha spicata)

One of the most distinctive features of the mints are their square stems. Most mints (including Spearmint) are invasive perennials--but every gardener wants mint in his or her herb collection. Spearmint is the most versatile culinary mint. Milder than Peppermint, it enhances all sorts of meat, fish, and vegetable dishes. It mingles well with fruit salads and fruit beverages. Spearmint usually grows 18" - 24" high.

Perennial, zones 4 - 9.        $6.00 each

Salvia officinalis, Sage, culinary herb plant Sage
(Salvia officinalis)

Sage is a hardy perennial herb that grows 12" - 18" high and generally flowers in June or July. Young sage leaves can be eaten fresh in salads or cooked in omelets, soups, yeast bready, marinades, or poultry stuffing. Its flavor harmonizes with beef, pork, chicken, fish, and vegetables. Add finely chopped leaves to sausage and other fatty foods.

Perennial, zones 4 - 8.        $6.00 each  

Parsley, Dill, Fennel, and Cilantro are easy to grow from seed....and seed for these herbs are readily available in stores and online.


Herb Butter

Flavored butter adds a special touch to hot breads, baked potatoes, or hot vegetables. Use it to cook eggs or toss noodles and other pasta. Melt it on broiled meats and fish.
To make an herb butter, mix 1 tablespoon fresh minced herb (or 1 teaspoon dried herb) with 1/4 cup softened butter. Refrigerate for eight hours before serving.
Herbed Cheese Balls

8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup finely chopped herbs: chives, parsley, rosemary, sage, or thyme

Shape the cheese into plum-sized balls and roll them in the chopped herbs. Serve on hot vegetables, or as a spread for bread, crackers, or toast. 
Marinade for Beef

1 cup Oil
1/2 cup wine or vinegar
1 clove crushed garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
Herbs to taste: oregano, rosemary, sage, or thyme

Mix ingredients together and pour over meat, cover and refrigerate. Turn meat several times so all portions are marinated.
Herb Mix for Stuffing

Good cooks know the value of herbs to stuffings and dressings for pork, poultry, or beef. If you make stuffings often, try creating your own stuffing herb mix.  Among the dried herbs that are excellent stuffing additions are ssge, parsley, rosemary, thyme, and oregano.

Pesto Sauce

1/2 cup parsley
2 cups sweet basil
1/4 cup strong herbs (choose one or several from: sage, rosemary, 
                                  thyme, or oregano)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pinenuts
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
salt to taste

Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor. Puree until ingredients are well blended and the consistency of a paste. Pour into airtight containers. Warm and serve over pasta. 
Herbal Blend

1/2 cup parsley
1/2 cup chives
1 cup mild herbs (choose one or several from: sweet basil, lemon basil, spearmint, or marjoram)
1/2 cup strong herbs (choose one or several from: sage, thyme, rosemary, or oregano)
2/3 cup vegetable or olive oil

Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor. Puree until well blended and the consistency of a paste. Pour into airtight containers and freeze. Frozen herbal blends usually retain their flavor for up to two years. 
Make several different herbal blends if you have an abundance of fresh herbs. Be sure to label each blend before freezing. (Tip: I pour my blends into ice cube trays and freeze. I remove the cubes from the trays and freeze them. Then I just add a cube to dishes when cooking.

Herb-Cream Cheese Spread

2 (8 oz.) pkgs. softened cream cheese
1tablespoon sour cream
2 tablespoons chopped chives
2 teaspoons dried dill weed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Combine all ingredients. Beat on medium speed of electric mixer until smooth. Serve with crackers.

Vegetable Dip

2/3 cup mayonnaise
2/3 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon onion, minced
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
1 teaspoon dill weed

Mix all ingredients together. Chill for 8 hours. Dip cauliflower, celery, carrots, broccoli, and/or cucumbers.

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Rose Franklin's Perennials, a mail order nursery
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(814) 422-8968        Email:  RoseFranklin@aol.com

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