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ALWERDT'S GARDENS

"A DESTINATION GARDEN CENTER"

New For 2017

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Perennials


006c129941ba391f3530fa3365b269f4.jpg Amsonia t. ‘Storm Cloud’ – New growth emerges in spring in a dark color, almost black. Foliage is dark green with silver veining and blooms blue, star-shaped flowers that last for weeks! Grows 24-30 inches tall and spreads 38-42 inches. This native prefers full sun to part shade, tolerates heat and humidity, and is deer resistant. Zone 4-9

 


BAP Lunar Eclipse 0003.JPGBaptisia ‘Lunar Eclipse’ – Blooms spikes of flowers that change color! Blooms emerge creamy white, then light to medium purple. Grows 24-36 inches tall in full sun. Zone 4-7

 

 

 


Buddleia Blue Knight.jpgBuddleia ‘Blue Knight’ – A new butterfly bush with blooms that emerge light purple and deepen into a gorgeous blue-purple with age. Grows 3.5-4 feet tall and spreads 6-6.5 feet wide.  Flowers all summer long in full sun, attracts butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Zone 5-10

 

 

Buddleia Magenta Munchkin.jpgBuddleia ‘Magenta Munchkin’ – A compact butterfly bush featuring magenta flowers each with a light center. Grows 2.5-3 feet tall and to 4 feet wide in full sun. A part of the Humdinger® series, they are said to bloom earlier than other varieties. Zone 5-10

 


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Buddleia ‘Orchid Annie’ – Another one of the Humdinger® series that blooms an impressive display of fragrant orchid purple colored flowers. Grows 2.5-3 feet tall and 3.5-4 feet wide in full sun. Zone 5-10

 

 


Buddleia Prince Charming.jpgBuddleia ‘Prince Charming’ – A new butterfly bush with eye-popping color! Blooms are a bright raspberry pink and last all summer long. Grows 3.5-4 feet tall and wide in full sun. Zone 5-10

 

 


Buddleia Queen of Hearts.jpgBuddleia ‘Queen of Hearts’ – Blooms a full display of magenta-red flowers all summer long. Grows 2.5-3 feet tall and 3.5-4 feet wide in full sun. Zone 5-10

 

 


BUD Buzz Hot Raspberry 0001.jpgBuddleia ‘Buzz™ Hot Raspberry’ –  In the same series of dwarf plants, this new variety boasts fragrant raspberry pink flowers.  Blooms all summer long! Grows 36-60 inches in full sun. Zone 5-9

 


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Buddleia ‘Buzz™ Sky Blue’
– A new series of dwarf butterfly bushes, this one features fragrant, pale blue flowers. Plants stay compact, respond well to shaping, and perform great in containers. Grows 36-60 inches in full sun. Zone 5-9

 


 

BUD Wisteria Lane 0001.jpgBuddleia ‘Wisteria Lane’ – Produces beautiful lilac flowers that are longer and take a weeping growth habit that looks similar to wisteria vine on an arbor. Grows only 22-24 inches in full sun. Zones 5-9

 

 

 

 

Coreopsis Crazy Cayenne.jpgCoreopsis ‘Crazy Cayenne’ – A new threadleaf variety with intensely bright orange flowers that are golden yellow underneath the petals. A compact grower, it reaches 15-18 inches tall and 22-26 inches wide in full sun. Easy to grow and blooms all summer long, these plants attract butterflies and resist deer. Zone 5-9

 


Corepsis Curry Up.jpgCoreopsis ‘Curry Up’ – This new threadleaf variety has beautiful yellow flowers with a defined red eye that blanket the foliage. Grows 15-18 inches tall and 22-26 inches wide in full sun. Zone 5-9

 

 


Coreopsis Hot Paprika.jpgCoreopsis ‘Hot Paprika’ – Another new threadleaf variety that boasts an impressive display of bold red flowers in a compact, rounded growth habit. Grows15-18 inches tall and 22-26 inches wide in full sun. Zone 5-9

 

 


DIA Devon Cottage Pinball Wizard 0001.jpgDianthus ‘Pinball Wizard’ – Produces fragrant, double, red and white striped flowers. Grows to 12 inches in full sun. Zone 5-9

 

 


Echinacea ‘Cleopatra’ – This coneflower is named after the Cleopatra butterfly and features beautiful bright yellow blooms that appear in summer and fade to a creamy yellow. Grows 15-18 inches tall and 18-24 inches wide in full to part sun. Zone 5-9


Echinacea ‘Julia’ – A coneflower named for the Julia Longwing butterfly, it sports an eye-catching tangerine color on large 4 inch flowers. Stays compact, growing 15-18 inches tall and spreads 18-24 inches. Zone 5-9


ECH Hot Papaya 0001_1.jpgEchinacea ‘Hot Papaya’ – This cone flower features gorgeous double flowers in a spicy orange on deep green foliage. Grows 30-36 inches in full sun to part shade. Zone 4-9

 

 


Geranium s. ‘Elke’ – A long flowering cranesbill that features cup-shaped, hot pink flowers with dark pink streaks. Foliage turns red-bronze in winter. Grows 8-10 inches tall and 23-35 inches wide making it an excellent groundcover. Plant in full sun to part shade. Zone 3-9


Heliopsis Sunstruck.jpgHeliopsis ‘Sunstruck’ – A new variety of false sunflower that can fit in any yard! Features green and white variegated foliage and large golden yellow flowers that bloom all summer long. This compact grower only reaches 14-16 inches tall and 12-14 inches wide. Prefers full sun to part shade. Zone 4-9

 


Helleborus Flower Girl.jpgHelleborus ‘Flower Girl’ – Part of the Wedding Party™ series, this early spring bloomer features double flowers in white to light pink shades. Grows 18-24 inches tall and wide in full to part shade. Zone 4-9

 

 


Helleborus Spanish Flare.jpgHelleborus ‘Spanish Flare’ – Part of the Honeymoon™ series, these early spring single flowers are pale yellow with a maroon center. Grows 18-24 inches tall and wide in full to part shade. Zone 4-9

 

 


Heuchera Black Pearl.jpgHeuchera ‘Black Pearl’ – This variety of coral bells must be seen to be believed! Ruffled foliage is jet black with a dark purple undertone. Foliage will hold its amazing color even in full sun without fading to brown. Blooms cream colored flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Grows 8-10 inches tall, flower height 18-20 inches tall, and spreads 18-20 inches. Plant anywhere in full sun to full shade. Zone 4-9

 


Heuchera Citronelle.jpgHuechera ‘Citronelle’ – Excellent compact growth habit with a strong bold yellow color. When planted in full shade, color takes on a greener tint. Blooms cream colored flowers in summer. Grows 12 inches tall, flowers reach 14 inches tall, and to 14 inches wide. Plant in full to part shade. Zone 4-9

 


Heuchera Grape Expectations.jpgHeuchera ‘Grape Expectations’ – A new coral bell with purple foliage and dark veins. This variety forms an upright mound of foliage instead of a low spreader and blooms white flowers. Grows 12 inches tall, flowers reach 34 inches tall and spreads 24 inches wide. Full sun to full shade. Zone 4-9

 


Hibiscus Mars Madness.jpgHibiscus ‘Mars Madness’ – The beautiful deep green, finely lobed foliage gives way in late summer for huge, 6-8 inch red flowers. Blooms later than other varieties and will produce flowers from the top to the bottom of the plant for a full effect. Grows 4-4.5 feet tall and 6-6.5 feet wide in full sun to part shade. Zone 4-9

 


Lilium ‘Tiny Crystal’ – An Asiatic lily with compact size growing only 12-14 inches tall and 10-12 inches wide.  Features ivory white flowers in summer. Plant in full sun. Zone 3-9


Lilium ‘Tiny Ghost’ – This Asiatic lily sports beautiful reddish-purple flowers. Grows 12-14 inches tall and 10-12 inches wide in full sun. Zone 4-7


Lilium ‘Tiny Nugget’ – A little lily with a big effect! Gorgeous yellow blooms are splattered with red speckles. Grows 12-16 inches tall and 10-12 inches wide. Zone 3-8


Lilium ‘Tiny Pearls’ – This little lily features bold, medium pink blooms. Grows 14-16 inches tall and 10-12 inches wide in full sun. Zone 2-9


Lilium ‘Tiny Poems’ – A gorgeous and unusual bicolor with raspberry pink petals and a dark, almost black, throat. Grows 12-14 inches tall and 10-12 inches widein full sun to part shade. Zone 3-9


Lilium ‘Tiny Rockets’ – Flowers are a deep, blood red color. Grows 14-16 inches tall and 10-12 inches wide. Zone 2-9


Monarda Blue Moon.jpgMonarda ‘Blue Moon’ – This new bee balm blooms the most beautiful shade of  lavender-blue flowers that cover the plant in mid-summer. Dark green foliage and a compact habit make it perfect for containers or the garden. Grows 20 inches tall and 18-22 inches wide in full sun to part shade. Zone 4-8

 


Peony Festiva Maxima.jpgPaeonia ‘Festiva Maxima’ – A classic perennial for late spring, this variety blooms fragrant white flowers with a dab of red splashed into the center. Grows 34 inches tall and 24 inches wide in full sun to part shade. Zone 3-8

 

 


Penstemon Blackbeard.jpgPenstemon ‘Blackbeard’ – This new variety features upright lilac flowers growing above a mound of dark foliage. Flowers mature into attractive burgundy seed pods to further its summer display. Tolerates heat and humidity and attracts hummingbirds. Grows 28-34 inches tall and 24 inches wide in full sun. Zone 3-8

 


Perovskia Blue Jean Baby.jpgPerovskia ‘Blue Jean Baby’ – For those needing a shorter, more compact Russian sage, this variety is just right. Blooms sooner than other varieties with a spray of lavender-blue flowers and fragrant light green foliage. Grows 24-38 inches tall and spreads 36 inches. Deer resistant. Zone 4-9

 


Phlox Early Pink Dark Eye.jpgPhlox EARLY PINK DARK EYE™ - A new series of tall garden phlox that stays short and compact. This variety features clusters of fragrant bright pink flowers with dark pink eyes. Blooms 3 weeks sooner than other varieties. Grows 12-16 inches tall and 16 inches wide in full sun. Zone 4-8

 


Phlox Early Purple.jpgPhlox EARLY PURPLE™ - A short, compact version of tall garden phlox that will never need staked. Features fragrant, grape purple flowers with a white starry center. Blooms 3 weeks sooner than other varieties. Grows 13-16 inches tall and 16 inches wide in full sun. Zone 4-8

 


Phlox Fashionably Early Flamingo.jpgPhlox ‘Fashionable Early Flamingo’ – A new variety of tall garden phlox with that blooms 2-3 weeks earlier than other varieties. Features bright lavender-pink flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds and mildew resistant foliage. Grows 30-36 inches tall and 26-30 inches wide in full sun. Zone 4-8

 


Salvia n. ‘Wesuwe’ – Creates a dense display of reddish-purple flower spikes from late spring into early summer. Cut flowers back for a rebloom in late summer. Grows 12-18 inches tall and 18-24 inches wide in full sun to part shade. Zone 3-8


Sedum SunSparkler® ‘Wildfire’ – A new groundcover sedum with bright pink-red foliage that blooms dark pink flower clusters in late summer. Grows 6 inches tall and to 18 inches wide in full sun to part shade. Zone 4-9


SEM Oddity 0006.jpgSempervivum ‘Oddity’ – This new variety of hens and chicks is certainly an oddity with its green, tubular leaves that are open and tipped red at the ends. Blooms pink, star-shaped flowers in summer. Grows 2-4 inches tall in full sun. Zone 4-8

 

 


Veronica Blue Skywalker.jpgVeronica ‘Blue Skywalker’ – This easy grower provides garden height without taking up a lot of space. Provides a full, upright display of lavender-blue spikes that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Grows 28-30 inches tall and 18-20 inches wide in full sun to part shade. Zone 4-9

 

HOSTAS

Hosta Bridal Falls.jpg‘Bridal Falls’ – Large, heart-shaped leaves in green with creamy yellow to white margins. Forms an attractive, round mound of foliage and blooms lavender flowers in mid to late summer. Grows 26-28 inches tall, flowers reach 44 inches tall, and spreads to 48 inches wide. Plant in full to part shade. Zone 3-9

 


Hosta Cool As A Cucumber.jpg‘Cool As A Cucumber’ – Long, tapered leaves are white with a bright green margin. Blooms lavender flowers in mid to late summer. Grows 28 inches tall, flowers reach 40 inches, and spreads 48 inches wide. Plant in full to part shade. Zone 3-9

 

 

Hosta Hudson Bay.jpg‘Hudson Bay’ – Features large, showy, heart-shaped leaves with a wide blue margin and white center with traces of green. Thick texture promotes good slug resistance. Blooms near white flowers in mid to late summer. Grows 24 inches tall, flowers reach 26 inches tall and spreads to 24 inches. Plant in full to part shade. Zone 3-9


Hosta Seducer.jpg‘Seducer’ – A large hosta with large, heart-shaped leaves that are bright green with an even brighter yellow margin. Blooms near-white flowers in mid to late summer. Grows 26 inches tall, flowers reach 36-40 inches tall, and spreads 36 inches. Plant in full to part shade. Zone 3-9

 

VINES

Clematis Empress™ - double flowers are pink with dark pink bars and have a spiky center that remains on the flower for up to 3 weeks. Grow 6-8 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide. Plant in full sun to part shade. Zone 4-9


Clematis Happy Jack PW.jpgClematis x Happy Jack® – this clematis is an upgraded version of the ever popular ‘Jackmanii’. It features large, velvety purple flowers that bloom from mid-summer into fall. Blooms on old and new wood and it is recommended to prune it back to 2 feet every spring. Grows 6-8 feet long, spreads 3-4 feet wide. Plant in full to part sun. A Proven Winner. Zone 5-9


Clematis Pink Mink PW.jpgClematis x Pink Mink® - An easy-to-grow clematis that features pink flowers that bloom and repeat bloom from early summer to late summer. Flowers on old wood, pruning is recommended in late winter and should be cut back to 18 inches. Grows 9-10 tall, trailing to 10 feet long, and spreads 6-6.5 feet wide. Plant in full to part sun.  A Proven Winner. Zone 4-9

 

ROSES

Benjamin Britton Rose.jpgBenjamin Britten® - An English rose with unusual coloring that goes from light to dark pink on full double flowers. Described as having an intensely fruity fragrance. Grows 3-4 tall and 2-3 feet wide. Plant in full sun. Zone 5-9

 

 

Lady of Shalott – Orange-red buds open up into double flowers in salmon pink with golden yellow undersides. Highly disease resistant and very fragrant. Quickly grows into a bushy shrub but it can be trained as a climber. Grows 36-42 inches tall and 36-42 inches wide. Plant in full to part sun. Zone 5-9

Olivia Rose Austin – Features shiny foliage and blooms soft pink flowers shaped like cupped rosettes. A vigorous grower, it is highly disease resistant, very fragrant, and continuously blooming. Grows 30-36 inches tall and 24-30 inches wide. Plant in full sun. Zone 5-9

The Lady Gardener – The first English rose to have flowers in apricot. The large flowers have a strong fragrance and repeat bloom quickly. Grows 3-4 feet tall and 2-3 feet wide in full sun. Zone 5-9

The Poets Wife – Shiny green foliage forms a mound that stays low and round. Blooms double flowers in a strong yellow that does not fade. Sweet lemony fragrance becomes sweeter and stronger with age. Grows 3-4 feet tall and wide in full sun. Zone 5-9

 

TREES AND SHRUBS

Acer pseudo. Korean Maple – An alternative choice to the Japanese maple, these trees can tolerate a colder climate. They feature green, palmate leaves that change colors in fall and attractive bark. Grows 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide in full sun to part shade. Zone 4-7


Aronia Low Scape Mound PW.jpgAronia Lo Scape® Mound – Forms a small mound of shiny green foliage that bursts into white flowers in spring, followed by purple-black fruit in summer, and leaves turn red in fall. Grows 12-24 inches tall and 18-24 inches wide in full to part sun. A Proven Winner. Zone 3-9

 


BloomAThonDoublePink PW.jpgAzalea Bloom-a-Thon® Pink Double – A semi-evergreen azalea that blooms pink double flowers in spring, again in summer, and again in fall. Stays compact growing 3.5-4.5 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide in full to part sun. Prune to shape after first spring bloom.  A Proven Winner. Zone 6-9


BloomAThonRed PW.jpgAzalea Bloom-a-Thon® Red – A semi-evergreen azalea that blooms red flowers in spring, early summer, and again in fall through frost. Stays compact growing 3-4 feet tall and wide in full to part sun. Prune to shape after first spring bloom. A Proven Winner. Zone 6-9


Azalea Encore® Autumn Fire™ – This rebloomer has semi-double flowers in velvety red. Grows 2.5 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Full sun to part shade. Zone 6-9


Azalea Herbert.jpgAzalea ‘Herbert’ – An evergreen azalea with a small size and gorgeous reddish-purple blooms with a darker purple center. Grows 2-3 feet tall and wide, plant in part shade. Zone 4-8

 


Betula Golden Treasure.jpgBetula x plettkei ‘Golden Treasure’ – A dwarf birch shrub with exceptional cold tolerance. New growth emerges in shades of orange and red, maturing into a bright yellow-green.  Grows 2-4 feet tall and 1.5-3 feet wide in full to part sun. Deer resistant. A Proven Winner. Zone 2-7


Cornus alba ‘Red Gnome’ – A compact grower with green foliage that turns red in fall, and red stems. Grows 3-4 feet tall and 4-5 feet wide in full sun. Zone 3-7


Cytisus Sister Golden Hair PW.jpgCytisus scoparius Sister Golden Hair® - Commonly called a Scotch broom, this new perennial features weeping branches that bloom golden flowers in spring. Performs well in dry, sandy soils and is deer resistant. Grows 12-18 inches tall and wide in full sun. A Proven Winner. Zone 5-8

 


Forsythia Sugar Baby.jpgForsythia Show Off® Sugar Baby – This adaptable spring bloomer comes in a smaller, compact size. Blooms bright yellow flowers in early spring. Grows only 18-30 inches tall and wide in full to part sun. Deer resistant. A Proven Winner. Zone 5-8

 

 


Hibiscus First Editions® Summer Ruffle™ - A dwarf rose of sharon that features green and white variegated foliage and blooms double lavender flowers in summer. Grows 3-4 feet tall and wide in full sun. Zone 5-9


Lil Kim Red hibiscus.jpgHibiscus s. Lil’ Kim™ Red – A dwarf rose of sharon that blooms rosy-red flowers in summer. Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, resists deer. Plant in full sun to part shade with average, well-drained soil. Grows 36-48 inches tall and wide. A Proven Winner®. Zone 5-9

 


Hibiscus LilKim Violet PW.jpgHibiscus s. Lil’ Kim™ Violet – A dwarf rose of sharon with violet flowers that bloom in mid to late summer. Only grows 3-4 feet tall and wide, perfect for small gardens. Plant in full sun. A Proven Winner. Zone 5-9

 

 


Hydrangea Lets Dance Rave PW.jpgHydrangea m. Let’s Dance® Rave™ - A reliable rebloomer with rich color ranging from purple in acidic soils to deep pink in alkaline soils. A compact plant, growing 2-3 feet tall and wide. Plant in part shade. A Proven Winner. Zone 5-9

 


Hydrangea Tuff Stuff Red PW.jpgHydrangea s. Tuff Stuff™ Red – A tough rebloomer with compact size and excellent cold tolerance. Flowers are a deep reddish-pink. Grows 2-3 feet tall and wide in part shade. A Proven Winner. Zone 5-9

 

 


Ilex Gem Box.jpgIlex glabra Gem Box® – This evergreen holly can be an alternative to boxwood.  Dark green foliage is tipped in red in early spring and forms a neat ball. Grows 24-36 inches tall and wide. Plant in full to part sun. A Proven Winner. Zone 5-9

 


Ilex Berry Poppins.jpgIlex v. Berry Poppins® -  A new winterberry holly in a smaller size. Winter display of bright red berries that attract birds but resistant to deer. Grows 3-4 feet tall and wide in full to part sun, prefers moist soil. Requires male pollinator to set fruit. A Proven Winner. Zone 3-9

 


Ilex Mr Poppins.jpgIlex. v. Mr. Poppins® - a male winterberry holly for use as a pollinator for female plants. Grows 3-4 feet tall and wide in full to part sun, prefers moist soil. A Proven Winner. Zone 3-9

 


Liriodendron t. ‘Little Volunteer’ -  a tulip tree with incredible size growing only 12-15 feet tall and 5-6 feet wide. Glossy green leaves turn golden yellow in fall. Plant in full sun. Ideal for smaller yards. Zone 5-9


Quercus phellos.jpgQuercus phellos (Willow Oak) – A large tree that features fast growth, willow-like leaves, and oval shape. Prefers full sun and moist to wet soils. This tree is a Missouri native. Typically grows between 40-75 feet tall and 25-50 feet wide. Zone 5-9

 


Thuja Whipcord.JPGThuja plocata ‘Whipcord’ – This evergreen shrub is a compact grower that features whipcord-like foliage in bright, glossy green. Forms a flattened mound for the first few years and takes on a rounder shape with age. Grows 4-5 tall and wide in full sun to part shade. Zone 5-7

 


Zelkova serrata.jpgZelkova serrata – The Japanese zelkova makes an excellent substitute for the American Elm for its resistance to Dutch Elm Disease. Green leaves have fall colors ranging orange-yellows to red-browns. Grows 50-80 feet tall and wide in full sun with moist soils. Zone 5-8