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Achillea ‘Moonshine’
  • Common name: Moonshine Yarrow
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 18-24 in. x 24 in.
  • Native to: Eurasia

Moonshine Yarrow has cheery lemon-yellow flowers in profusion over a long bloom season.

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Achillea ageratifolia
  • Common name: Greek Yarrow
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4 in. x 18 in.
  • Native to: Eurasia

Greek Yarrow is a slow-growing, tidy, dense evergreen ground cover. This beauty is a reliable heavy-bloomer bearing bright white clusters of tiny flowers for many weeks in late spring. Attracts bees and butterflies.

Achillea tomentosa
  • Common name: Woolly Yarrow
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 6-12 in. x 28 in.
  • Native to: Eurasia

Woolly Yarrow is a vigorous, low growing, evergreen ground cover forming tight clumps of charming, fuzzy grey-green leaves.Clusters of cheerful yellow blossoms pop up in late spring. Attracts bees and butterflies.

Achillea x kellereri
  • Common name: Bulgarian Yarrow
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun or Part Shade
  • Height x Width: 8" x 8"
  • Native to: Bulgaria

A natural hybrid from Bulgaria, this unusual and charming miniature yarrow produces clumps of small white flowers over carpets of attractive silvery leaves. Expanding gradually by root, this plant can form loose colonies.

Aethionema schistosum
  • Common name: Persian Stonecress
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 10 in. x 15 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Persian Stonecress forms handsome tight mounds of unusual deep blue-green foliage which is completely evergreen. The plant is covered with cheerful pink blossoms in late spring to early summer.Can seed out fairly aggressively.

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Agastache cana
  • Common name: Texas Hummingbird Mint
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 24-26" x 24"
  • Native to: SW US

Texas Hummingbird Mint produces tall spikes of tubular purple flowers, highly attaractive to Hummingbirds. Also a good nectar plant for bees and butterflies. Blooms in the heat of mid to late summer.

Agastache neomexicana
  • Common name: New Mexico Hummingbird Mint
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 18" x 18"
  • Native to: New Mexico

This compact Agastache, or ‘Hummingbird Mint’ bears dozens of upright stalks of purple tubular flowers which–of course!–attract hummingbirds. Because of its compact form, it can be used to create spectacular small ‘hedges’,  bringing color to the late summer garden.

Agastache rupestris
  • Common name: Threadleaf Giant Hyssop
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 36 in. x 18 in.
  • Native to: Southwest US

Threadleaf Giant Hyssop has numerous spikes of uniquely-colored orange-purple tubular flowers over fragrant, finely divided leaves. It blooms in the heat of mid-summer and persists into fall. Outstanding hummingbird plant and nectar source for bees.  More info here.

Allium cernuum
  • Common name: Nodding Onion
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun or Part Shade
  • Height x Width: 12-18" x 12"
  • Native to: Idaho

True to its name, Nodding Onion produces lovely drooping clusters of pale purple flowers in mid-summer. Supports butterflies. Deer resistant. Foliage is evergreen.

Alyssum montanum
  • Common name: Mountain Alyssum
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4 in. x 15 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Mountain Alyssum has bright yellow flowers over attractive, spreading gray-green mat of small oval leaves. Nice for rock gardens, front of borders. Pollinators: bees and butterflies.

Amelanchier alnifolia
  • Common name: Serviceberry
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: to 12 ft. x 6 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Serviceberry is a large erect shrub to graceful small tree. Lovely white blossoms in early spring, dark purple fruit followed by red leaves in fall. Pollinators: butterflies, bees.

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Anaphalis margaritacea
  • Common name: Pearly Everlasting
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / Part shade
  • Height x Width: 1-3 ft. x 1-2 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Pearly Everlasting is a sturdy, undemanding native wildflower that can be grown in dramatic drifts in sun or part shade.Hundreds of glowing, white flowers atop woolly, erect stems account for its “pearly” appearance. Fine food source for butterflies. More info here and  here.

Antennaria microphylla
  • Common name: Littleleaf Pussytoes
  • Zone: 2
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 2" and spreading
  • Native to: Idaho

Littleleaf or Rosy Pussytoes is a very low growing, tight groundcoverwith pinkish “pussytoe” blossoms in late spring. Spreads nicely around garden rocks and thrives in dry sunny areas with poor, well-drained soil. Retains grey-green leaves all winter.

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Arenaria alfacarensis
  • Common name: Spanish Sandwort
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1/2" x 6"
  • Native to: Spain

Amazingly tight, hard mats of silver-green triangular foliage are sprinkled with tiny white flowers in late spring. A fine and rarely available alpine from Spain. Exquisite rock garden plant, evergreen.

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Arenaria montana
  • Common name: Mountain Sandwort
  • Zone: 2
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 4 in. tall and spreading
  • Native to: Europe

Mountain Sandwort is a classy little alpine or rock garden plant. It forms a low evergreen cushion of dark green leaves, bearing loads of large white flowers during the spring and early summer.  Great for edging paths, between flagstones, in walls or rock gardens.

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Arenaria tetraquetra
  • Common name: Spanish Sandwort (#2)
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1/2” x 12-15”
  • Native to: Spain

The tightly packed mat of gray-green leaves is so dense that it almost resembles a lichen. An excellent plant for rock gardens, Spanish Sandwort is also a great filler between pavers and flagstones. Evergreen.

Armeria maritima
  • Common name: Thrift
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 6 in. x 8 in.
  • Native to: Pacific Northwest US

Thrift has pink globe flowers over mounds of grassy leaves. Deadhead for prolonged bloom. Evergreen foliage.

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Armeria Pseudarmeria
  • Common name: False Sea Thrift
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 10" x 6"
  • Native to: Spain and Portugal

Taller and longer-blooming than its cousin, Thrift, this “False Thrift” is a colorful focal point in any garden. Evergreen foliage.

Artemisia frigida
  • Common name: Fringed Sage
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 6 in. x 24 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Fringed Sage is a low growing sagebrush relative forming mats of frilly grey-green leaves, giving rise in summer to foot-high fringed seed-stalks. Trim off seed-stalks to maintain as an ornamental ground cover with good color year- round.

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Artemisia pedemontana
  • Common name: Dwarf Wormwood
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3" x 12"
  • Native to: Europe

This low, compact sagebrush relative makes a perfect rock garden plant. Fluffy flowers arise in early summer, can be cut back to reveal the evergreen mat. Choice!

Asclepias fascicularis
  • Common name: Narrow Leaf Milkweed
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 1-3' x 1'
  • Native to: Idaho

Narrow Leaf Milkweed, native to Southern Idaho, is smaller and more drought-tolerant than the better-known Showy Milkweed. Mauve-pink flowers emerge in mid-summer. With extra water, bloom time is extended. Host plant for Monarch butterflies.

Asclepias tuberosa
  • Common name: Butterfly Milkweed
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / Part shade
  • Height x Width: 12-18 in. x 12-24 in.
  • Native to: West Central US

Butterfly Milkweed has thick umbels of bright orange flowers over narrow leaves. Food for butterfly larvae. More info here.

 

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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Berlandiera lyrata
  • Common name: Chocolate Flower
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 12 in. x 24 in.
  • Native to: Southwest US

Chocolate Flower: Cheerful wispy yellow daisies keep coming all summer and actually smell like chocolate! Attracts butterflies, honey bees and beneficial insects.

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Bouteloua gracilis
  • Common name: Blue Grama
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 10-15 in. x 10 in.
  • Native to: Idaho

Blue Grama can be used as a xeric lawn grass or as a stand alone specimen grass. Unmowed, it forms a tight mound with interesting and graceful seedheads that look a bit like bushy eyebrows waving above the mound by mid-summer. It could star as an accent in a flower bed or naturalized meadow setting. To avoid aggressive seeding, cut back seed heads in fall.

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Callirhoe involucrata
  • Common name: Winecups, Purple Poppy Mallow
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3 in. x 18 in.
  • Native to: Mountain West US

Winecups or Purple Poppy Mallow has striking wine colored blooms on prostrate stems. Tough and long blooming, needs well-drained soil. Pollinators: native bees.

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Calylophus hartwegii
  • Common name: Hartweg's Sundrops
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 15 in. x 18 in.
  • Native to: Southwestern US

Hartweg’s Sundrops has freely flowering mounds with trailing stems of grey-green leaves and cheerful, clear yellow blossoms all summer. Easy-and reliable. Needs well-drained soil. May be slow to emerge in spring, but flowers continuously through fall. Attracts: butterflies and bees.

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Campanula carpatica
  • Common name: Carpathian Harebells
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun or Part Shade
  • Height x Width: 10" x 10"
  • Native to: Southeastern Europe

Carpathian Harebells is a more compact version of our native harebells, with larger flowers and a later bloom time. Charming!

Centranthus ruber
  • Common name: Jupiter's Beard
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun/Part shade
  • Height x Width: 3' x 3'
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Jupiter’s Beard produces masses of crimson flowers fading to pink from late spring right through the summer. Periodic deadheading will enhance the bloom even more. Attracts Swallowtails and Monarchs. Can seed out somewhat aggressively.

Easy, reliable.

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Cerastium tomentosum
  • Common name: Snow-in-Summer
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 8 in. x 15 in.
  • Native to: Mediterranean

Snow-in-Summer is a lovely evergreen groundcover, attractive even in winter. The fine silvery foliage is covered with masses of white blooms in late spring. No pruning necessary, but faded flowers may be sheared.

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Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
  • Common name: Plumbago
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun or Shade
  • Height x Width: 3" and spreading
  • Native to: W. China

Valuable as a shade-tolerant groundcover, Plumbago will also grow in full sun. Glossy deep green leaves and lovely blue flowers with striking red calyces make this a most attractive spreading groundcover. The plant vanishes in winter, but comes back reliably each spring.

Cercocarpus ledifolius
  • Common name: Curleaf Mountain Mahogany
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun / part shade
  • Height x Width: 10-15 ft. x 8-10 ft.
  • Native to: Idaho

Mountain Mahogany is an attractive evergreen, large shrub to small tree with spreading open crown of thick, twisted branches and furrowed reddish brown bark This beautiful Owyhee County native will tolerate heavy pruning and is browsed into beautiful bonsai-like shapes in the wild. More information here.

Chilopsis linearis
  • Common name: Desert Willow
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 10-15 feet tall
  • Native to: Southwest US

Desert Willow is a small tree with willow-like leaves and gorgeous iris-like flowers in mid-late summer. Attracts Hummingbirds! More information here.

Cleome lutea
  • Common name: Yellow Bee Plant
  • Zone: (annual)
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3' x 1'
  • Native to: Idaho

New! A yellow version of Rocky Mountain Beelant, these two annuals are extremely valuable as food sources for native bees and butterflies as well as honeybees. Freely reseeding in the garden.

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Cleome serrulata
  • Common name: Rocky Mountain Bee Plant
  • Zone: (annual)
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 3' x 2'
  • Native to: Idaho and most of the Western U.S.

This outstanding native annual is a magnet for honey bees and native bees alike! Tall stalks end in multiple flowers that look as if they were designed by Dr. Seuss. Once it starts blooming in early to mid-summer, Rocky Mountain Bee Plant just keeps going until fall. More information here. Not currently available.

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Cretaegus douglasii
  • Common name: Douglas Hawthorn, Black Hawthorn
  • Zone: 4
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 10' x 8'
  • Native to: Idaho

Deciduous upright shrub or small tree usually with thorns, dense, good bird habitat, white flowers in spring, intense red color in fall. 10-15′ tall.

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Dalea purpurea
  • Common name: Purple Prairie Clover
  • Zone: 3
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 18" x 18"
  • Native to: Great Plains

Purple Prairie Clover produces lovely purple bottle-brushes on erect stems. Perfect specimen plant or as part of a meadow or prairie planting. Long-lived, with a deep taproot. Often found on eroded, depleted soils, including caliche. Supports butterflies and fixes nitrogen.

Delosperma ‘Salmon’
  • Common name: Salmon Iceplant
  • Zone: 5
  • Exposure: Sun
  • Height x Width: 2" and spreading
  • Native to: South Africa

Low carpet of semi-evergreen foliage topped with shocking salmon-colored flowers in late spring. Wonderful addition to any rock garden.