Classic Garden Plants

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Across the decades, there are some perennials that have achieved the status of classics. These plants are vigorous, beautiful and absolutely dependable. They can be relied upon to give great performances year after year, and after they’re settled in, they are among the most carefree and generous plants we know. Below, we’re highlighting some of the classics we offered 70 years ago, and which we still consider to be outstanding choices.

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The tall hybrid Delphiniums are the outstanding element of every well-bred garden and get most of the press accorded to this genus. However, the sturdy and graceful species are equally charming, and a good deal more durable. Their colors are stunning and the period of bloom is long, in part because they produce secondary spikes in late summer and fall.

Delphinium x belladonna 'Bellamosum'

The tall hybrid Delphiniums are the outstanding element of every well-bred garden and get most of the press accorded to this genus. However, the sturdy and graceful species are equally charming, and a good deal more durable. Their colors are stunning and the period of bloom is long, in part because they produce secondary spikes in late summer and fall.

This selection of Peachleaf Bellflower is a popular border subject that produces pure white flowers on 30″ stalks in June and July. Blooms last a good week in a vase if the stems are cut as the first flower or two opens. We're told that this is one of the best Campanulas for the South.

Campanula persicifolia 'Grandiflora Alba'

This selection of Peachleaf Bellflower is a popular border subject that produces pure white flowers on 30″ stalks in June and July. Blooms last a good week in a vase if the stems are cut as the first flower or two opens. We're told that this is one of the best Campanulas for the South.

An outstanding variety that is sought after for its fragrance and late-summer bloom. The recurved, pendent flowers are white and crimson, 6″ across. This is the last of the Lilies in our list to flower, and to our nose at least, it is also among the most fragrant. Our gardens and terrace wouldn't be complete without it.

Lilium speciosum rubrum

An outstanding variety that is sought after for its fragrance and late-summer bloom. The recurved, pendent flowers are white and crimson, 6″ across. This is the last of the Lilies in our list to flower, and to our nose at least, it is also among the most fragrant. Our gardens and terrace wouldn't be complete without it.

Large, pure white, fragrant blooms with occasional flecks of crimson at the base of the center petals have made this variety a great Peony for generations and our largest seller for many years. It's also the best double for southern gardens. Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

Peony 'Festiva Maxima'

Large, pure white, fragrant blooms with occasional flecks of crimson at the base of the center petals have made this variety a great Peony for generations and our largest seller for many years. It's also the best double for southern gardens. Winner of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.

Canary-yellow flowers are carried in profusion above vigorous clumps of grasslike foliage. Although 'Hyperion' has been around since 1925, it remains unsurpassed in its color class. It's one of the great performers. The flowers, which retain a light, sweet fragrance lost in most modern hybrids, show mid-July through August at our nursery.

Hemerocallis (Daylily) 'Hyperion'

Canary-yellow flowers are carried in profusion above vigorous clumps of grasslike foliage. Although 'Hyperion' has been around since 1925, it remains unsurpassed in its color class. It's one of the great performers. The flowers, which retain a light, sweet fragrance lost in most modern hybrids, show mid-July through August at our nursery.

The old-fashioned Bleeding Heart has been a garden favorite for years. It bears long arching racemes of heart-shaped pink flowers. Bloom time starts here in early May and lasts several weeks, subsiding with the arrival of summer heat. Plants often go dormant in mid-summer. Interplant with Ferns and Hostas to fill the breach. If moisture is reliable, they will grow in full sun here in Litchfield. Long-lived and reliable year after year.

Dicentra spectabilis

The old-fashioned Bleeding Heart has been a garden favorite for years. It bears long arching racemes of heart-shaped pink flowers. Bloom time starts here in early May and lasts several weeks, subsiding with the arrival of summer heat. Plants often go dormant in mid-summer. Interplant with Ferns and Hostas to fill the breach. If moisture is reliable, they will grow in full sun here in Litchfield. Long-lived and reliable year after year.

An old-timer but still one of the best. The blooms are a pale pink with a crimson eye that winks at you from 3″ stems. It's rare to find a design that can't be improved by the addition of these glorious plants. Grow some in the cutting garden, for if cut with half of the flowers open, they will fill your home with their perfume.

Phlox paniculata 'Bright Eyes'

An old-timer but still one of the best. The blooms are a pale pink with a crimson eye that winks at you from 3″ stems. It's rare to find a design that can't be improved by the addition of these glorious plants. Grow some in the cutting garden, for if cut with half of the flowers open, they will fill your home with their perfume.

Thymus serpyllum Alba | White Flower Farm

Thymus serpyllum 'Albus'

In early summer, the dense mats of tiny, green leaves are covered with small white blossoms on 3″ stems that the bees find irresistible. We find...