A tall, structural plant with whimsical blooms. Prefers sunny, moist spots; may flop in too much shade; good for wetter rain gardens but it doesn't like to dry out. May be cut back after first bloom for a possible second bloom in the fall.
Can take quite a bit of shade. Also called Wild Oregano, the minty leaves can be brewed for tea. May produce frost flowers in early winter. Spreads through rhizomes, though not as quickly as other mints.
A shorter goldenrod great for your shady garden. May colonize by rhizomes. Goldenrods are great pollen and nectar sources in late fall, and host plants for several moth species. Can spread as wide as tall.
Though the flowers aren't showy, we absolutely love the puffball seeds that glow in the winter, especially against bronze grasses like shorter Andropogons or Little bluestem. Deeply rooted plant tolerant of extreme drought.
Stunning white flowers. Seed pods also add beauty and texture to the garden. A study in KC showed that Penstemon is one of the plant genera in our area that attracts the largest number of different bee species.