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Aster azureus
  • Common name: Sky Blue Aster
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / Part shade
  • Height x Width: 2-3 ft. x 2-3 ft.
  • Native to: Central/Eastern US

Despite its common name, the flowers of Sky Blue Aster are more lavender than blue. But this Aster puts on a brilliant show in fall, each plant covered with hundreds of  beautiful blooms. Growing well in almost any soil, from dry sand to moist loam, it attracts butterflies and bees.

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Aster ericoides
  • Common name: Snow Flurry Aster
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6 in. and spreading
  • Native to: Central / Eastern US

Snow Flurry is a fall-blooming Aster that creates low-growing dense ground cover carpeted with tiny white flowers in September and October. A good strong grower and a totally new look and use for Asters! Makes an excellent container plant. Cut back in spring. Attracts native bees, honeybees and butterflies.

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Aster oblongifolius
  • Common name: Aromatic Aster
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6" and spreading
  • Native to: Great Plains

Aromatic Aster behaves like a spreading groundcover until late fall, when it bursts into bloom with myriad pink flowers. It provides nectar and pollen for a variety of bees and butterflies.

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Boltonia asteroides
  • Common name: False Aster
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4 ft. x 3 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

False Aster is a vigorous perennial that comes back from its roots every year to produce a veritable cloud of white blossoms in fall. Hundreds of white, aster-like flowers cover this 3-4’ tall plant, creating a stunning late season focal point.

Epilobium fleischeri
  • Common name: Alpine Willowherb
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun/Part shade
  • Height x Width: 18” x 12”
  • Native to: Europe

This is a miniature European version of our beautiful native Fireweed. We have been reluctant to offer Fireweed itself as it can be very invasive. Alpine Willowherb is much smaller and promises to be better behaved in the garden. Supports honeybees.

Erigeron compositus
  • Common name: Cutleaf Daisy
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6 in. x 12 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Cutleaf Daisy is a vigorous native fleabane with dissected leaves and bushels of white flowers. Excellent for rock gardens or exposed slopes with good drainage.

Eriogonum corymbosum
  • Common name: Lacy Buckwheat
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3-4 ft. x 3-4 ft.
  • Native to: Mountain West US

The largest of our Buckwheats, Lacy Buckwheat is an amazing fall bloomer. It forms large domes of finely divided woody branches that are covered with tiny white flowers Sep-Oct. Stunning! Supports honeybees and native bees. Prefers sandy/gravely soils and will tolerate poor soils. More information here.

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Eriogonum strictum
  • Common name: Strict Buckwheat
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 18 in. x 24 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Strict Buckwheat has gorgeous sprays of pinkish-white flowers that glow in the late summer/early autumn garden. Late season nectar source for honeybees. Boise foothills native.

Gaura lindheimeri
  • Common name: Gaura
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4 ft. x 4 ft.
  • Native to: Texas

Gaura has long graceful spikes of pinkish or white blooms float on the breeze from mid-summer to fall. Long-blooming, dramatic, easy.

Helianthus maximiliani
  • Common name: Maximilian’s Sunflower
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: to 6 ft. high
  • Native to: Southwest US

Maximilian’s Sunflower is a vigorous perennial sunflower that comes back from roots every spring and grows to 5 or 6 feet. In late summer a profusion of smallish sunflowers, cover the upright stalks. Excellent fall interest, great along fences. Late season nectar source for bees and butterflies.

Machaeranthera canescens
  • Common name: Hoary Aster
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 18-24 in. x 18 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Hoary Aster: The big purple daisies of this fall-blooming biennial light up the Boise foothills in fall. In the garden, the plants will flower vigorously, then self-sow and reappear the following year. Pollinators: bees, butterflies.

Salvia azurea/pitcheri
  • Common name: Azure Blue Sage
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 3-4 ft. x 3 ft.
  • Native to: West-central US

Azure Blue Sage is a tall, late-blooming Salvia. Brilliant blue tubular flowers on slender, arching stems provide dramatic late- season color in the garden. Disappears in winter and comes booming back from the roots in spring. Great late-season food source for bumble bees, honey bees, butterflies and hummingbirds! Tolerates clay.

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Sedum sp.
  • Common name: Sedum "Large Pink"
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 18" x 18"
  • Native to: Mediterranean

This large, mounding sedum blooms pink in the fall. Earlier in the summer, its handsome mound of succulent leaves is a great addition to any xeriscape. Not currently available.

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Zauschneria sp.
  • Common name: Hummingbird Trumpet
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 12 in. x 12 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Hummingbird Trumpet has masses of vivid orange-scarlet flowers on attractively sprawling plant in the mid and late summer. Adapts to sandy or clay soils, not fussy. Hummingbirds love it!