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 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 Osmunda cinnamomea Description & Overview Regarded as a living fossil, Cinnamon Fern makes a great border in a shady spot, like on the north side of a foundation. The light-colored leaves contrast beautifully with the cinnamon-colored stalks of the fertile spikes and the shade of the environment. As […]
November 20, 2010
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Ostrich Fern

Ostrich Fern Matteuccia struthiopteris Description & Overview Growing up to 4 feet tall, Ostrich Fern is a dominant aspect of a woody landscape. The easy, maintenance-free perennial is a always a sure sign that spring has sprung. The delicate fiddleheads uncurling in the signature fern-fashion is a spectacular sight that […]
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 it’s 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 […]
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 deep green, leathery, maple-like leaves. These plants may not break dormancy until as late as mid-June, so keep […]
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 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 […]
August 10, 2010
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Montrose White Calamint

Montrose White Calamint Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta ‘Montrose White’ Description & Overview Montrose White Calamint is a very long-blooming perennial flower that is loaded with small white flowers from summer through fall. It’s favorite of many of our staff members for its extremely long bloom period, its resistance to animal […]
July 31, 2010
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Summer Beauty Ornamental Onion

Summer Beauty Ornamental Onion Allium ‘Summer Beauty’ Description & Overview Summer Beauty Ornamental Onion is a fine mid-sized onion for nearly any well-drained condition. They are drought tolerant and long-lived. This pink flowering onion puts on a show right in the heat of summer, later than most other onions in […]
July 31, 2010
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Millenium Ornamental Onion

Millenium Ornamental Onion Allium ‘Millenium’ Description & Overview ‘Millenium’ is a hybrid allium of unknown parentage, selected for its tidy foliage and 2″ round, rose-purple flowers that bloom July-August. It makes an excellent addition when growing en masse or as part of a border. The name ‘Millenium’ is a nod […]
July 31, 2010
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Nodding Pink Onion

Nodding Pink Onion Allium cernuum Description & Overview Nodding Pink Onion is a Wisconsin native perennial. Like other onions, it’s foliage is tufts of long, grass-like leaves. In summer, the stems are topped with a single bulb containing numerous white-to-pink flower clusters. Ornamental onions have a characteristic pungent onion aroma. […]
July 25, 2010
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Trevi Fountain Lungwort

Trevi Fountain Lungwort Pulmonaria ‘Trevi Fountain’ PP13,047 Description & Overview Trevi Fountain Lungwort is an excellent low-maintenance perennial for use as a border or groundcover. Its intense blue flowers in early spring add a pop of color when few other perennials are blooming. The low foliage of Trevi Fountain shines […]
July 25, 2010
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Zagreb Coreopsis

Zagreb Coreopsis Coreopsis verticillata ‘Zagreb’ Description & Overview Zagreb Coreopsis is a compact, clump forming plant with airy, thread-like bright green foliage. Daisy-like golden-yellow flowers are borne above the foliage throughout the summer. This selection is longer-lived than ‘Moonbeam’, making it a fine replacement that has a place in any […]
July 15, 2010
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Dwarf Goatsbeard

Dwarf Goatsbeard Aruncus aethusifolius Description & Overview An especially attractive dwarf version of the more familiar, taller, “Goatsbeard”. Core Characteristics Wisconsin Native: No USDA Hardiness Zone: to zone 3 Mature Height: 8″-12″ Mature Spread: 12″-16″ Growth Rate: Moderate Growth Form: Perennial Light Requirements: Partial Shade Site Requirements: Intolerant of dry […]
July 13, 2010


Butterflyweed Asclepias tuberosa Description & Overview Butterflyweed, Asclepias tuberosa, also known as Butterfly Milkweed, Orange Milkweed, Pleurisy Root, Chigger Flower is a slow-to-emerge perennial bearing fragrant clusters of orange flowers which attract butterflies. The seedpods are quite ornamental. Drought tolerant once established, requiring well drained soil. Core Characteristics Wisconsin Native: […]
June 14, 2010

Jack in the Pulpit

Jack in the Pulpit Arisaema triphyllum Description & Overview Single paired 8-12″ long, 3-lobed leaves frame the unusual green and purple hooded flowers. A superb woodland plant that becomes most visible in early autumn when its striking clusters of orange-red berries appear on leafless stalks brightening up shaded recesses. Core […]
May 25, 2010
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Heath Aster

Heath Aster Symphyotrichum ericoides Description & Overview A bushy, clump-forming native forb that spreads by creeping rhizomes. Abundant, white ¼” flowers with yellow centers are produced from August through October. Performs best in full sun, sandy to loamy, well-draining soils. Pollinators and wildlife will flock to asters in late summer […]
April 30, 2010
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Lily of the Valley

Lily of the Valley Convallaria majalis Description & Overview Lily of the Valley is an adaptable, shade-tolerant, spreading perennial that has historically been used as a groundcover in the difficult shade garden. We have discontinued producing and selling this plant due to its aggressive behavior in the landscape and invasive […]
April 22, 2010
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Moonshine Yarrow

Moonshine Yarrow Achillea x ‘Moonshine’ Description & Overview Moonshine Yarrow is a compact perennial of aromatic, ferny, gray-green foliage. Sulfur yellow flowers are produced all summer on sturdy stems and will rebloom when deadheaded. Attractive seedheads persist over winter. Core Characteristics Wisconsin Native: No USDA Hardiness Zone: to zone 4 […]
April 6, 2010
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Summer Peek-a-Boo™ Ornamental Onion

Summer Peek-a-Boo™ Ornamental Onion Allium ‘Summer Peek-a-Boo’ Description & Overview Summer Peek-a-Boo™ Ornamental Onion is a sport of Allium ‘Summer Beauty’ with medium purple flower heads set consistently above compact foliage. Expect your onions to attract butterflies and pollinators. ‘Summer Peek-a-Boo’ is an excellent choice for containers with an above […]
April 5, 2010
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Rosy Returns Daylily

Rosy Returns Daylily Hemerocallis ‘Rosy Returns’ Description & Overview This reblooming dwarf small daylily produces fragrant, 4″ rose-pink blend flowers with a deep rose eyezone and yellow throat. Bred by Darrel Apps, Rosy Returns Daylily combines bigger flowers with smaller stature for a striking border in any landscape. Rosy Returns […]