‘Flashing Lights’ Dianthus (Pink): This evergreen dianthus is not pink, but a deep, brilliant red. The mound of narrow, dark green, grassy leaves is attractive year-round. Great for low edging at the front edge of a bed or in a rock garden. Attracts butterflies.
‘Firewitch’ Dianthus (Pink) is a bouquet of electric magenta flowers with frilly edges over a mound of attractive gray-green foliage. Excellent rock garden plant, or use at the front of a border. Attracts butterflies.
Shorter than other Echinaceas, Tennessee Coneflower cheerfully faces the rising sun and blooms like crazy–even despite heat and low water. Native to dry, rocky areas in Tennessee, it does well in the Intermountain West.
Common name: Rocky Mountain Daisy or Threenerve Fleabane
Height x Width: 2' x 2'
Native to: Idaho
Rocky Mountain Daisy is a freely flowering purple daisy that brightens up the mid-summer garden. It is similar to Showy Fleabane (Erigeron speciosus) but is taller and blooms a bit later. Supports bees and butterflies.
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.
Whorled Buckwheat has leathery leaves which form a basal mat sending up brilliant white, cream or yellow bon-bons in early summer. Likes well-drained soil. Boise foothills native. Pollinators: butterflies, bees.
This beautiful little plant appears to be a variety of Sulfur Buckwheat. Its sculpted leaves and diminutive shrubby form make it an outstanding rock garden plant. Blooms earlier than our regular Sulfur Buckwheat.
Sulfur Buckwheat is arguably the best all-around landscape plant native to S. Idaho. Bright yellow flower heads rise over a mat of spoon-shaped leaves and mature into a lovely copper color over the course of the summer. The basal leaves turn reddish-green in the fall and are attractive all winter long. Boise foothills native. Pollinators: butterflies, bees.
Amethyst Sea Holly has leathery, blue-green leaves with medium-tall stems bearing striking thistle-like, steel-blue flowers and matching bracts. The flowers appear in mid summer and remain effective until fall. An eye-catching garden accent!
Cheerful red flowers with yellow tips. Adaptable and reliable, this native wildflower blooms for most or all of the summer. Give haircut to in mid-summer to promote more flowering. Will seed out without being invasive. Tolerates a wide variety of soil types. Pollinators: native bees, honey bees. Not currently available, More information here.
Sticky Purple Geranium is found in open woods and meadows. This tall native wildflower has large deeply cleft, maple-like leaves and five petaled pinkish-purple flowers in summer, occurring in loose groups at the top of the plant. Pollinators: native bees, butterflies.
Coralbells has dramatic spikes of cream to white flowers rise from a base of scalloped deep green leaves. Favors rock outcroppings; great in full sun or dry shade. Very long blooming in our Boise garden. Choice!
Sundancer Daisy is a cheerful, showy, long-blooming western wildflower and is a gem in the xeric garden. The attractive thread- leaf foliage is covered by bright-yellow, long-stemmed daisies in summer. Remarkably adapted to arid regions, from low desert to mountains.
This showy biennial is a favorite of hikers. In its first year, Scarlet Gilia produces a clump of grassy basal leaves. In the second year it shoots up tall spikes covered with brilliant orange-red flowers. Will self-sow once established. Great hummingbird plant. More info here.
This fantastic biennial, native to Texas, produces a profusion of tubular red flowers in the second summer. Closely related to our native Scarlet Gilia, it is proving to be more reliable in cultivation. And, being from Texas, it is naturally bigger, bolder and showier. A real magnet for Hummingbirds
Prairie Junegrass is a native, perennial, cool season tufted bunch grass , growing actively when soil temps are cooler in spring and fall. It produces lustrous silver-green seedheads in early summer. The supporting foliage is an attractive green-gray color. June Grass prefers full sun and dry, sandy soil.
Rocky Mountain Blazing Star produces tall upright stalks of lavender/purple flowers that are premium butterfly attractors. This prairie native is a robust grower and does best in fertile soils with infrequent but deep soakings. Nectar plant for Monarch and other butterflies. Excellent cut flower.
A showy plant for dry gardens or shortgrass meadows, Dotted Gayfeather produces lavender bottlebrushes that bloom from the top down. Deep tuberous taproots account for extreme drought tolerance and long life. Nectar plant for butterflies. Not currently available.
Lewis Flax, a vigorous native that produces masses of cheerful little blue flowers from late spring through mid-summer. Each flower lasts only a day, drops to the ground and is replaced by more the next morning. Charming. Pollinators: bees.
Colorado Four O’Clock is one of those plants that vanishes completely in the winter, retreating underground to an enormous root. Then, fairly late in the spring, shoots begin to emerge and once the plant starts growing—there’s just no stopping it! It can sprawl far and wide and looks lovely draped over a wall. Long-lived! More info here.
Select Blue Catmint This is a sterile hybrid catmint forming a neat mound of grey-green leaves and loads of soft blue flowers. It has all the beauty of our old catmint with none of the pesky seedlings! Trim it back after bloom for a second flush of flowers in late summer. Attracts bees and other beneficial insects. Catmint is related to but not same as Catnip.