Massive Perennial Delivery for the Signature Garden

Our friends at Walters Gardens, home to all of the Proven Winners' perennials, sent us a massive delivery for the Signature Garden, and I can't wait to show you all of the gorgeous plants we received. These beauties will give us months upon months of color and interest!

Video Transcript

Welcome to Garden of the Creekside! We're thrilled to have received a fantastic delivery of perennials from Walters Gardens, home to all of the proven winter perennials. They generously allowed me to select from their list for our signature garden. So, we've got four racks of massive, beautiful perennials ready to be planted. Today, I'll show you what we have and give you some ideas for your own garden. Remember, fall is an excellent time for planting perennials.

These plants arrived this morning from Walters Gardens in Michigan, traveling a long way on an 18-wheeler. The smallest size container they sent us is a premium gallon, but we also have larger sizes, like two and three-gallon containers. We started unloading and sorting these four racks but quickly ran out of room on the wagons. We'll unload these two wagons, then reload them with the rest, and I'll show you those varieties too. We've organized them by shade perennials on one trailer and sun perennials on the others.

So let's dive in! Grab your gardening journal and jot down some names. Almost all plants have tags, but I'll give you the names and specs as we go through them. There's a ton to cover, so I'll move with purpose to show you all these beauties.

On the back of the Polaris, we have the stunning Monarda 'Leading Lady Raspberry', one of my favorite bee balms from Walters. It features gorgeous raspberry fuchsia flowers, hardy in zones 4 to 9, and loves the sun. This variety is shorter, only 28 inches tall, making it compact and manageable. It thrives in full sun to part sun and requires consistent moisture. Monarda naturalizes well, spreading but not invasively.

Next, we have the largest 'Heaven Sent' plants I've ever seen. They are Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium pulmonium), hardy in zones 3 to 7. Although we're in zone 7B, they've thrived here. They prefer deep shade with filtered light in warmer zones and can tolerate more sun in cooler areas. They have light, airy, true blue flowers and look somewhat like ferns. This is an excellent choice for a shade garden, offering a unique look and deer resistance.

Moving on, we have the 'Dark Side of the Moon' Astilbe. Contrary to the tag, I recommend planting it in morning sun and afternoon shade in hot, humid environments like the Southeast. It features near-black foliage and rosy purple flowers, reaching 20 to 22 inches in height.

Then, there are the Eucharis, specifically 'Dolce Wildberry'. These Coral Bells have purple leaves with a silver overlay and are semi-evergreen. They grow 10 to 14 inches tall, including flowers, and are hardy in zones 4 to 9. Their velosa species is native to the Southeast U.S., which explains their excellent performance in our garden.

The hostas here are magnificent. Despite a bit of sun damage, they are healthy, indicating a strong root system. 'Diamond Lake' is a blue hosta with silvery blue foliage, while 'Empress Wu' is larger, with green foliage. Both are hardy in zones 3 to 9 and provide a wonderful texture with their blooms.

We also have Brunneras, like 'Queen of Hearts', perfect for shade gardens. They spread nicely, featuring large, heart-shaped leaves with green and silver tones. Then there's the 'Crested Surf' fern, which grows about two feet tall and has a unique texture, resembling a Japanese painted Fern.

Next is the non-vining, herbaceous 'Stand By Me' pink clematis, new to me this year. It's hardy to zone 7, which is a bit of a gamble for me in 7B, but I'm excited to try it. The plant has beautiful old bloom heads, even when not flowering, adding interest to the garden.

On to the 'Dark Side of the Moon' back-in-black sedums. These love full sun and well-drained soil. They have dark foliage and raspberry-colored flowers, perfect for adding contrast in the garden.

We also have a variety of daylilies, like 'Blood Sweat and Tears', with a raspberry-red color and a yellow throat. Daylilies are hardy in zones 3 to 9 and adore full sun.

The 'Summerific' hibiscus series, such as 'All Eyes on Me' and 'Edge of Night', are must-haves. They grow about three and a half feet tall and wide, preferring lots of sun and water.

We've got 'Rock and Grow Midnight Velvet' sedums, another drought-tolerant, sun-loving plant with dark foliage and raspberry flowers.

Then, there's the 'Ment to Be Queen Nectarine' Agastache. It's hardy in zones 6 to 9, loves full sun, and has a melon-colored bloom that attracts pollinators.

We have a mix of Echinaceas, like 'Double Scoop Butter Pecan', 'Raspberry Beret', and 'Fuchsia is Bright'. They range from 18 to 22 inches tall and are hardy in zones 4 to 8.

Phlox varieties, such as 'Luminary Prismatic Pink' and 'Opening Act Ultra Pink', offer different blooming times and heights. They're fragrant and range in height, perfect for various garden spots.

We've also got 'South Seas' pink perfusion Salvia, a shorter variety at 14 to 16 inches tall, and hardy in zones 3 to 8.

The 'Silver Lining' Artemisia offers beautiful silver foliage, reaching 12 to 16 inches in height. It's hardy in zones 4 to 9 and does not root as it spreads.

There are various Nothofias, or Red Hot Pokers, in the Pyromania series, like 'Orange Blaze', 'Back Draft', and 'Rockets Red Glare'. These are hardy in zones 5b to 9 and are deer-resistant.

Lastly, we have the 'Tuscan Gold' Heliopsis, a continuous bloomer hardy in zones 4 to 9. It has been blooming non-stop in our berm since spring.

That's a quick overview of our incredible perennial delivery. We'll soon be planning the beds on paper and then planting these beauties in the signature garden. I hope this has inspired you to visit your local garden center and add some of these perennials to your garden. Thank you for joining us at Creekside. We'll see you in the next video. Bye, friends!