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Achillea  (Yarrow)  Asteraceae
Useful for the border, wild garden or meadow. Good cut flowers and suitable for dried arrangements. 
Grows well in full sun, in poor soil. Prefers some moisture but has good drought tolerance. Avoid soggy soils.
 
Aconitum  (Monkshood)  Ranunculaceae
Does well in the shady perennial border or wildgarden. Excellent cutflowers.Note that all parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested. 
Prefers partial shade and grows best in fertile, cool, moisture-retentive soil.
 
Agapanthus  (African Lily)  Liliaceae
Agapanthus makes an excellent container plant. 
Prefers full sun and moist, well-drained, humusy soil.
 
Anemone  (Windflower)  Ranunculaceae
Outstanding plants when used en masse. Perfect for background plantings in the perennial border. 
Prefers sun to partial shade and humusy, moisture-retentive soil.
 
Astilbe  (False Spirea)  Saxifragaceae
Excellent plants for borders, containers, the shade garden and edges of ponds. Good cut flowers. 
Astilbes prefer shade to partial shade and fertile moist soil. Adequate moisture is very important.
 
Athyrium  (Lady Fern)  Dryopteraceae
Use en masse in the border of woodland garden. 
Shade to semi-shade in medium-moist, loamy, humus-rich soil.
 
Brunnera  (Heartleaf Alkanet)  Boraginaceae
For the shady border or open woodlands. A good groundcover. 
Prefers light shade and fertile, moist soil. Does well in full sun only if soil remains moist al the time.
 
Campanula  (Bellflower)  Campanulaceae
Nice border plant and good cutflowers. 
Sun to partial shade in slightly alkaline, well-drained soil.
 
Centaurea  (Cornflower)  Asteraxeae
Produces long lasting flowers for the perennial border. Makes good cuts. 
full sun and well-drained soil.
 
Cimicifuga  (Bugbane)  Ranunculaceae
For the perennial border or woodland garden. 
Prefers partial shade in humusy soil. Needs constant moisture in full sun.
 
Dicentra  (Bleeding Heart)  Fumariaceae
For borders, woodlands, and rock gardens.  
Prefers partial shade and well-drained humusy soil.
 
Dodecatheon  (Shooting Star)  Primulaceae
For the woodland garden. Plants die down in midsummer. 
Prefers partial shade and rich woodland soil.
 
Dryopteris  (Wood Ferns)  Dryopteridaceae
For the border or woodland garden. 
Shade in consistantly moist soil.
 
Echinacea  (Coneflower)  Asteraceae
For the sunny border, prairie garden or wildflower meadow. Also used as a cutflower. 
Requires full sun and well-drained fertile soil.
 
Eryngium  (Sea Holly)  Apiaceae
A usefully diferent plant for the perennial border. Suitable for dried arrangements. 
Requires full sun and well-drained soil. Does well in salty, costal areas.
 
Geranium  (Cranesbill)  Geraniaceae
Excellent border plants, often used in mass planting. 
Sun to partial shade and well-drained soil.
 
Helianthus  (Perennial Sunflower)  Asteraceae
Large specimen plants for the border. 
Easily grown in full sun and well-drained soil.
 
Hemerocallis  (Daylily)  Liliaceae
Daylilies do best in the mixed perennial border. Also good for mass plantings and for container growing. 
Hemerocallis prefers full sun and well-drained soil.
 
Heuchera  (Coral Bells)  Saxifragaceae
Excellent plants for the front of the perennial border or among trees and shrubs. Smaller cultivars also good for containers and the rock garden. 
Sun to partial shade and well-drained, alkaline, organic soil.
 
Hosta  (Funkia)  Liliaceae
Good multipurpose plants for the shade and woodland garden, the border and containers. Excellent as groundcovers or for edging 
Prefers partial shade and humusy, moisture-retentive soil.
 
Iris  (Iris)  Iridaceae
Very useful in the perennial border. 
Full sun or partial shade and fertile, moist soil.
 
Kirengeshoma  (Yellow Waxbells)  Hydrangeaceae
Nice plants for naturalizing. 
Prefers an acid soil and shady position in the garden.
 
Lavatera  (Tree Mallow)  Malvaceae
Lush, widely-branched shrubs for the border. 
Prefers full sun and well-drained soil.
 
Liatris  (Gay Feather)  Asteraceae
Excellent wild flowers for the sunny border or wild flower meadow. Good cutflowers and drying. 
Full sun or light shade in moderately fertile, sandy soil. Avoid soggy soils during the winter.
 
Ligularia  (Golden Ray)  Asteraceae
Impressive plants for the bog garden, or for shady moist borders. Very effective alongside water. 
Sun to partial shade in moist, fertile soil.
 
Lilium  (Garden Lily)  Liliaceae
Lovely flowers the perennial border. Excellent and stylish cut flowers. 
Prefers full sun and requires well-drained soil.
 
Melittis  (Melittis)  Laminaceae
For beds, borders or containers. 
Grow in normal soil in a sunny position.
 
Monarda  (Wild Bergamot)  Lamiaceae
Place in the perennial border for a bold effect. Division will be required every 3 years to prevent rampant spread. Attracts bees and hummingbirds. 
Sun or partial shade, in rich moisture-retentive soil. Monarda is not drought tolerant.
 
Mukdenia  (Mukdenia)  Saxifragaceae
Good groundcover plants for woodland gardens and part-shaded rock gardens 
Prefers cool, moist soil and partial shade, though sunlight is necessary to induce the fall coloring. Can be grown in sun if provided with adequate moisture.
 
Paeonia  (Peony)  Paeoniaceae
Good border plants. 
Prefers sun and very well-composted soil.
 
Papaver  (Poppy)  Papaveraceae
Spectacular and eye catching border plants.  
Prefers full sun or partial shade and well-drained fertile soil.
 
Phlox  (Phlox)  Polemoniaceae
Nice plant for the perennial border. 
Best in full sun and humusy soil.
 
Polemonium  (Jacob's Ladder)  Polemoniaceae
Good border plants. 
Full sun or part shade in rich, well-drained soil.
 
Primula  (Primrose)  Primulaceae
Ideal for edges of streams and ponds. 
Requires shade and moist soil. Plants perform best if there is cool, moving water around the base.
 
Rudbeckia  (Coneflower)  Asteraceae
Good plant for the sunny border or meadow. Plant in masses for an effective display. 
Full sun or light shade in ordinary soil. Mildew-resistant.
 
Salvia  (Meadow Sage)  Lamiaceae
Useful for the mixed border. Very effective used en masse. Can be used for cutting and dried flower. 
Full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Tolerant to drought.
 
Sedum  (Stonecrop)  Crassulaceae
For the rock garden or the perennial border. 
Sun or partial shade, any soil that is well-drained.
 
Sidalcea  (Miniature Hollyhock)  Malvaceae
For the summer border. 
Sun or partial shade in moist, well-drained soil.
 
Silene  (Campion)  Caryophyllaceae
Plant in groups to add bold color to the perennial border. 
Performs well in sun or partial shade. Soils should be moist and well-drained with good fertility.
 
Tradescantia  (Spiderwort)  Commelinaceae
Nice in the border, wild gardens or for naturalizing. 
Can be grown in full sun to part shade. Prefers good, moist soil.
 
Tricyrtis  (Toad Lily)  Liliaceae
For the sunny or lightly shaded border. Large groups are most effective. 
Likes sun but needs partial shade in areas with hot summers. Moist, well-drained soil. May need staking.
 
Veronica  (Speedwell)  Scrophulariaceae
Nice in the perennial border and good for cutflowers. 
Full sun and moist, well-drained soil.