Perry's Perennial Pages

Young Perennial Plant Photos 

 Have you ever wondered what that small plant is coming up in your garden in early spring? Is it a weed? Should you pull it or leave it? Or some spring are you trying to locate that XXX that you know you planted there last year? Perhaps you inherited an overgrown or abandoned perennial bed, and are trying to decide what to save during the spring cleanup? If any of these scenarios fit you, perhaps these photos of some common emerging perennials will help.

If you're not sure where to begin looking, perhaps the following designations will help:

spike: just that, a shoot with no apparent leaves

tree: looks like a small tree, small shoot, small leaves, may just be a clump of leaves

fountain: shoots, but generally leaves, emerging from a common point, as a fountain; this includes a fan of leaves such as daylilies and iris

Scientific Name Common Name (cultivar if shown) habit
Achillea Yarrow ('Moonshine') tree
Achillea millefolium Yarrow tree
Aegopodium podagraria Goutweed tree
Amsonia tabernaemontana Blue Stars spike
Aquilegia Columbine ('Chocolate Soldier') tree
Artemisia schmidtiana Silvermound Artemisia tree
Aruncus dioicus Goatsbeard tree
Aster novae-angliae New England Aster fountain
Astilbe Astilbe tree
Baptisia australis False Blue Indigo spike
Boltonia asteroides White Boltonia tree
Campanula (takesimana) Bellflower tree
Centaurea (hypoleuca 'John Coutts') Bluet tree
Cimicifuga racemosa Snakeroot tree
Clematis Clematis spike
Coreopsis verticillata Tickseed spike
Corydalis (lutea) Corydalis tree
Delphinium elatior  Delphinium, hybrid tree
Dicentra spectabilis Old-fashioned Bleeding Heart tree
Dicentra eximia Fringed Bleeding Heart tree
Erigeron Fleabane tree
Euphorbia (polychroma) Spurge spike
Filipendula Meadowsweet ('Kahome') tree
Filipendula rubra Meadowsweet ('Venusta') tree
Fragaria Ornamental Strawberry ('Pink Panda') tree
Geranium Perennial Geranium tree
Geum Avens tree
Helenium autumnale Helen's Flower fountain
Hemerocallis Daylily fountain
Heuchera Coralbells tree
Hosta Plantain Lily spike
Hosta lancifolia Narrow-leaved Plantain Lily spike
Iris Bearded Iris fountain
Iris sibirica Siberian Iris fountain
Leucanthemum Shasta Daisy fountain
Lilium Lily spike
Lysimachia (punctata) Loosestrife tree
Macleaya cordata Plume Poppy tree
Malva (alcea fastigiata) Mallow tree
Monarda didyma Bee Balm tree
Oenothera speciosa Sundrops fountain
Penstemon Beardtongue ('Husker's Red') fountain
Paeonia Peony tree
Phlox maculata Phlox ('Miss Lingard') fountain
Phlox paniculata Tall Garden Phlox fountain
Physostegia virginiana Obedient Plant fountain
Polemonium caeruleum Jacob's Ladder ('Brise d'Anjou') tree
Pulmonaria saccharata Lungwort (spotted leaves, and Vinca) tree
Rudbeckia fulgida Black-eyed Susan ('Goldsturm') tree
Rudbeckia laciniata hortensis Golden Glow Rudbeckia tree
Sanguisorba obtusa Burnet tree
Sedum Sedum ('Autumn Joy') tree
Solidago canadensis Goldenrod fountain
Solidago sphacelata Goldenrod ('Golden Fleece') tree
Thalictrum aquilegifolium Columbine Meadow-Rue tree
Thermopsis caroliniana Southern Lupine spike
Tiarella wherryi Foamflower tree
Veronica Speedwell ('Sunny Border Blue') tree

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