Short Perennial Flowers

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CRANES BILL  
(Geranium)

Flowers in shades of blue, pink, with veining, Blooms in late spring through summer. Height from 6" to 18". Prefers 
well drained soil, and is drought tolerant.
Seed capsule looks like a cranesbill.
Historically used to treat digestive ailments.
Full sun to part shade.
Deer resistant.
CUPID'S DART   
(Catananche)

Blue cornflower looking flower in aster family blooming early to late summer.
Height 18".
Soil tolerant, needs good drainage, drought tolerant.
Supposedly used by ancient Greeks as a love potion.  
Full sun.       

 
PINKS 
(Dianthus)

Flowers have frilly or "pinked" margins. Blooms are shades of whites, pinks, and reds, many are bicolored, patterned, single or double. Most are fragrant. 
Neutral, well drained soil.
Name is from the Greek dios (Zeus) and anthos (flower)
Full sun.     

 
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CATMINT
(Nepeta)


Showy tubular flowers on spikes in shades of blue and purple from May to September.
All catmints have a low level of nepetalactone which binds to the olefactory receptors in cats noses. Catnip has more.
Height 12" to 40".
Well drained soil, drought tolerant.
Full sun.
Deer resistant.

 
TICKSEED (Coreopsis x.)

Flower shades of yellow, gold, red, pink, and bicolors , Long blooming May to August. More prolific in cooler weather.
Height 10" to 48".
Tolerant of pollution and a variety of soils.
Small seeds attach themselves to passing objects and clothing and so nicknamed Beggar Ticks.  
Full sun.

 
BELLFLOWER    
(Campanula)

Name means little bell.
Bell-shaped flowers in shades of purple, white, and pink in late June to September.
Height 6" to 20".
Moderately moist, well drained soil. Drought tolerant.
Full sun to part shade.

              
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ICE PLANT 
(Delospermum)  

Flowers May to October in shades of yellow, fuchia, purple,white, and bicolors. Many with white centers. 
Height flat 2" to 4" succulent foliage. Sometimes appears sparkly.
Full Sun.
Deer resistant.
BLANKET FLOWER
(Gaillardia)


Flowers in many colors of yellow, orange, red, purple, and bicolor.  Possibly named after brightly patterned Native American blankets or their tendency to "blanket" the ground where they grow wild.
Height 12" to 36".
Full sun and drought tolerant. Deer resistant.

 
SPEEDWELL
(Veronica)   


Flowers in blues, purple, pink and white. Height 12" to 36". Some also mat forming groundcovers.
Soil fertile, well drained. Drought tolerant. Native Americans used the species, americana, for asthma and allergies.
Full sun.