Courtney's Perennials 2019

* = wintered outdoors here in Indian (potted)
<> = dug from our gardens
z = plant hardiness zones (z3 to -40, z4 to -30, z5 to -20)

Achillea millefolium ‘Laura’ (red Yarrow)* z3
Achillea ‘New Vintage Violet’ z4
Achillea millefolium ‘Ritzy Ruby’ z4
Achillea millefolium ‘Saucy Seduction’ (hot pink Yarrow)* z4
Achillea millefolium ‘Sunny Seduction’ (bright yellow Yarrow)* z4
Aconitum cammarum ‘Bicolor’ (tall blue, yellow, white Monkshood) <> z3
Aconitum (mounding blue Monkshood) <> z2
Actaea simplex ‘Brunette’
Actaea simplex ‘Hillside Black Beauty’
Actinidia arguta, Hardy Kiwi, male and female* z4
Actinidia kolomikta , Arctic Kiwi male and female* z3
Ajuga r. ‘Burgundy Glow’
Alchemilla mollis (Lady’s Mantle, shade or sun)* z3
Alchemilla sericata ‘Gold Strike’
Alopecurus pratensis ‘aerovariegatus’ (low-growing golden grass)* z4
Aquilegia x siberica biedermeyer group (mixed, tall Columbine)* z3
Aquilegia ‘Blue Jay’ (Blue and White Columbine)* z3
Aquilegia caerulea ‘Goldfinch’ (Yellow Columbine)* z3
Aquilegia canadensis "Little Lanterns" (orange, dwarf columbine)* z3
Arabis arendsii ‘Compinkie’
Arabis caucasica ‘Snowcap’ (early spring white Rock Cress)* z3
Armeria maritima ‘Rubrifolia’
Aronia ‘Viking’ (dark, medicinal berry, red foliage)* z3
Artemesia schmidtiana ‘Silver Mound’ (feathery silver foliage)* z3
Artemesia lactiflora ‘Valerie Finnis’
Aruncus dioicus (Goat’s Beard)* z3
Aruncus aethusifolia (dwarf Goat’s Beard)* z3
Asclepias tuberosa ‘Hello Yellow’ (yellow Butterfly Flower)* z3
Aster dumosus ‘Alert’
Astilbe chinensis ‘Amber Moon’ (pink)
Astilbe x arendsii ‘Fanal’ (red)
Astilbe chinensis ‘Maggie Daley’ (purple)
Astilbe chinensis ‘Milk and Honey’ (white)
Astilboides tabularis (Shield Leaf) <> z4
Astrantia major ‘Pink Joyce’
Astrantia major ‘Purple Joyce’
Astrantia major ‘Red Joyce’
Astrantia major ‘Star of Beauty’
Bergenia c. ‘Sakura’
Bergenia c. ‘Winter Glow’
Calamagrostis, ‘Karl Foerster’ (tall grass, green)* z3
Calamagrostis ‘El Dorado’ (tall grass, golden variegated)* z3
Cerastrium tomentosum ‘Snow in Summer’ (low-growing white)* z3
Cimicifuga (see Actaea)
Clematis alpina ‘Blue Dancer’
Clematis integrifolia (garden, non-vining, blue flower)*
Clematis jackmanii
Clematis macropetala ‘Markham Pink’
Clematis ‘Mrs. N. Thompson’
Clematis paniculata
Clematis tangutica (tall, hardy, yellow blooms)* z3
Clematis heracleifolia
Coreopsis ‘Berry Chiffon’
Coreopsis ‘Jethro Tull’
Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’ (long-blooming creamy yellow daisy-type bloom)* z4
Coreopsis ‘Sunkiss’
Dianthus ‘Razzlepop’
Dianthus barbatus ‘Scarlet Fever’
Dicentra spectabilis ‘Old Fashioned’
Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’
Dicentra spectabilis ‘Goldheart’
Dicentra formosa ‘Luxuriant’
Digitalis x mertonensis (trying it)
Echinops Veitch’s Blue (Globe Thistle)* z3
Eryngium “Big Blue” (Sea Holly)* z4
Eupatorium dubium ‘Baby Joe’
Eupatorium maculatum ‘Gateway’
Euphorbia polychroma ‘Polychrome’ (Cushion Spurge, spring, yellow) <> z4
Festuca ‘Elijah Blue’ (blue grass, rock garden)* z3
Filipendula x ‘Red Umbrellas’ (Meadowsweet w scarlet veined foliage, pink bl)*
Filipendula vulgaris ‘Kahome’ (2 ft. hot pink Meadowsweet)* z3
Filipendula ulmaria ‘Variegata’ (3 ft. variegated white Meadowsweet)* z3
Filipendula ulmaria (white Meadowsweet from garden, 4 ft.) <> z3
Fritillaria camschatcensis (Chocolate Lily)* z4
Galium odoratum (Sweet Woodruff)
Gentiana ‘True Blue’
Geranium cinereum ‘Ballerina’ (Grayleaf Cranesbill Geranium, lilac, purple)* z4
Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’ (low-growing, light pink bloom)* z4
Geranium himalayense ‘Derrick Cook’ (Cranesbill Geranium, lg. purple blm)* z3
Geranium pratense ‘Boom Chocolatta’
Geum avens ‘Mrs. Bradshaw’ (spring, red bloom) <> z4
Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’ (Avens)
Helleborus ‘Sandy Shores’
Helleborus ‘True Love’
Heuchera ‘Appletini’ (green apple foliage, red apple blooms, shade or sun)* z4
Heuchera ‘Fire Alarm’
Heuchera ‘Grape Soda’
Heuchera ‘Green Spice’
Heuchera ‘Midnight Rose’
Heuchera ‘Purple Palace’ (Coral Bells, purple leaves, pink spike bloom)* z4
Heucherella ‘Autumn Cascade’ (trailing Foamy Bells)
Heucherella ‘Cascade Copper’
Heucherella ‘Plum Cascade’
Heucherella ‘Sunrise Falls’
Hosta seiboldiana ‘Elegans’ (large Plantain Lilly, blue foliage white bloom)* z3
Hosta x ‘Hadspen Blue’
Hosta ‘Olive B. Langdon’ (large dk green foliage, lt. green margins, white bl)* z3
Hosta ‘Regal Splendor’ (vase-shaped blue leaves, wavy cream margin)* z3
Hosta ‘Touch of Class’
Hosta ‘Volcano Island’ (bright yellow leaves, red petiole, dk. grn margin)* z3
Humulus lupulus ‘Cascade’ (Cascade Hops)* z4
Humulus lupulus ‘Willamette’ (Willamette Hops) <> z4
Iris siberica ‘Butter and Sugar’ (tall Siberian Iris, white and yellow bloom)* z3
Iris siberica ‘Ceasar’s Brother’ tall Siberian Iris, velvety rich purple bloom)* z3
Iris siberica ‘Dance and Sing’ (tall Siberian Iris, dbl cream and yellow bloom* z3
Iris siberica ‘Kaboom’ (tall, Siberian Iris, lg. dbl. violet gold white bloom)* z3
Iris siberica ‘Ruffled Velvet’ (Siberian Iris, red purple blue gold bloom)* z3
Lamium macalatum ‘Aureum’ (lime shade groundcover w pink bloom)* z3
Lavandula a. ‘Mustead’
Levisticum officinale (Lovage-culinary herb) <> z4
Lewisia cotyledon ‘Elise’
Ligularia ‘Bottle Rocket’
Ligularia ‘The Rocket’ <>
Liatris ‘Kobold Original’ (late summer bottlebrush hot pink bloom)* z3
Lonicera sempervirens ‘Dropmore Scarlet’ (Vining Honeysuckle)
Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’ (Hall’s Honeysuckle)
Lychnis arkwrightii ‘Orange Gnome’ (Maltese Cross)* z3
Lysimachia punctata ‘Golden Alexander’ (upright, variegated foliage)* z4
Malva sylvestris ‘Zebrina’
Mondarda ‘Coral Reef’ (Bee Balm, coral)* z3
Monarda ‘Fireball’ (Bee Balm, red)* z4
Monarda ‘Leading Lady Plum’
Nepeta faassenii ‘Cat’s Meow’
Papaver orientale ‘Beauty of Livermore’ (red)
Papaver orientale ‘Little Patty’s Plum’
Papaver orientale ‘Queen Alexandra’ (pink)
Papaver orientale ‘Royale Wedding’
Peony ‘Felix Crousse’ (fragrant, raspberry red double blooms)* z3
Peony ‘Festiva Maxima’ (fragrant white flowers, w crimson flecks at base)* z3
Peony Itoh x Bartzella (double yellow, hardy)
Peony Rubra Flora Plena
Phlox paniculata ‘White Eye’
Phlox subulata ‘Candy Stripe’ (Moss Phlox, pink and white)* z2
Phlox subulata ‘Scarlet Flame’
Physostegia ‘Pink Manners’ (tall, late summer, pink blooms) <> z2
Potentilla x cultorum ‘Arc en Ciel’ (mounding Cinquefoil, red/yellow bloom)* z4
Potentilla neumanniana ‘Nana’ (mounding yellow rock garden cinquefoil)* z3
Primula Auricula <> z3
Primula denticulata (drumstick primrose)
Primula veris from garden (yellow cowslip primrose) <> z3
Pulmonaria x ‘Little Star’
Pulmonaria ‘Pretty in Pink’
Pulmonaria ‘Roy Davidson’
Pulsatilla vulgaris ‘Rubra’
Rheum palmatum tanguticum (Ornamental Chinese Rhubarb)*
Rhubarb <>
Rodgersia pinnata ‘Bronze Peacock’
Rodgersia pinnata ‘Chocolate Wings’
Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’
Saxifraga x arendsii ‘Touran Pink’
Saxifraga x arendsii ‘Touran Scarlet’
Saxifraga x urbium ‘London’s Pride’ (rock garden, variegated foliage) <> z5
Saxifraga ‘Purple Robe’ (small, bright green mound w red/purple blooms)* z4
Sedum ‘Carl’
Sedum ‘Dazzleberry’
Sedum ‘Firecracker’
Sedum ‘Frosted Fire’
Sedum kamtschaticum (yellow, low-growing Stonecrop) <> z3
Sedum x ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ (groundcover Stonecrop w yellow bloom)* z4
Sedum ‘Mr. Goodbud’
Sedum spurium ‘Voodoo’ (red foliage, low-growing, rose-pink bloom) <> z3
Sempervivum ‘Ruby Heart’
Stachys ‘Hummelo’
Tenacetum ‘Robinson Red’ (tall, red daisy, large bloom w yellow eye) <> z2
Tenacetum ‘Robinson Pink’ (tall, pink daisy, large bloom w yellow eye) <> z2
Thymus pseudolanuginosus (wooly thyme)* z4
Tiarella ‘Fingerpaint’
Veronica spicata ‘Red Fox’ * z4
Wisteria macrostachya ‘Blue Moon’

**The new shipment of plants don’t have their hardiness zones listed here yet; we will continue to add those as we get time. All of our plants are zoned to thrive in Southcentral Alaska.

***This list is subject to change as we add new plants and discover who really made it through the winter!


TROLLIUS chinensis 'Golden Queen' (Golden Globe Flower)


Hillside Black Beauty – The bloom of Actea Racemosa (previously classified as Cimicifuga) is striking against its full, dark foliage (or a blue sky :))...Turns out, this beautiful plant is also referred to as Black Cohosh and has been used medicinally for ages.

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Tried And True Varieties

Bush Cherry

Rosy Falls...sweet, large, round, pink cherry tomato, perfect for hanging baskets. This won our prize for flavor last year! determinate--heirloom--open-pollinated Tumbling Toms...yellow or red, this hybrid cherry tomato is lovely in a hanging basket, trailing 18" down all sides of the basket. determinate Red Robin... this dwarf variety thrives in containers or hanging basket combinations for your porch or in your home. It requires less light than other varieties, and we recommend bringing it indoors in the fall to extend it’s season. A true miniature, Red Robin will grow to be only 12" tall to produce large quantities of 1.25" fruits. Dwarf--- Determinate

Vining Cherry

Sweetie...we grow this extra sweet (14% sugar content), vining cherry tomato every year. The 1" to 1.5" fruits grow in clusters, and we inhale them all summer long from our greenhouse well into the fall. Indeterminate---Heirloom Blondekopfchen...a delicious heirloom yellow cherry from East Germany, called "Little Blonde Girl". Fruits grow in very large clusters on a 5 ft. vine. indeterminate--Heirloom

Outdoor/Indoor Tomato early, cold hardy variety producing 2.5" fruit on a 4-5 ft. potato-leaf plant. Originally from Czechoslovakia, Stupice has become a standard outdoor tomato variety for South Central Alaska, producing full-bodied, delicious fruit over a long season (pronounced "stu-peesh") Semi-determinate—Heirloom—open-pollinated Black Prince...Originally from Irkutsk, Russia, this is a truly flavorful, delicious black tomato. Also cold-hardy, it's regarded as a true Siberian variety and produced well for us outside and in the greenhouse last year. Indeterminate—Heirloom

Tomato Questions

What do “determinate” and “indeterminate” mean?

A determinate plant grows to a certain height, produces a ton of tomatoes all at once, and then rests while it produces more flowers and fruit on its suckers. They are bush-type shorter plants, and they don’t need pruning. We do trim leaves that block the sun and air from the fruit. An indeterminate plant will keep growing and producing fruit throughout the summer. This means they are a taller plant and must be pruned and staked/tied up. Prune the suckers on indeterminate plants to keep them as one vine. Stupice is a semi-determinate plant. It grows to 4 or five feet tall and produces fruit all summer. We prune the suckers on Stupice.

What are “suckers”?

A Sucker will grow at the joint where every branch and stem meet (the inverted armpit?) and will grow into a vine of its own. In warmer climates, these make for a wonderful jungle of a plant, producing many tomatoes over a long season. In Alaska, we only have a season long enough for one vine, and the suckers have to be removed throughout the summer. (I have allowed one to grow so I have 2 vines, but I didn’t notice more fruit as a result). Have you ever grown “all plant and no fruit”? This is a result of not pruning those suckers... p.s. you can also remove a sucker and root it in water and then soil. Pot it up, bring it indoors, give it light, and grow it through the winter as a new fruiting plant!!

Should I do any other pruning?

We top our plants in the first week of August on our indeterminate vines. We choose the last batch of flowers we think will produce fruit, and then we cut the vine above it. This tells the plant to stop making more plant and finish off all of the fruit instead. It’s the beginning of the end of the season. We also trim off lower leaves as they lose their color and vitality.

What should I feed my tomato plants?

We feed ours a combination of fish bone meal, kelp meal, rock phosphate, cottonseed meal, and langbenite mixed into 5 gallon pots full of topsoil, chicken manure, potting soil, and perlite. Partway through the growing season, we top-dress the soil with more of our fish bone meal, etc., and that works for us! There are 50 ways to feed a tomato; do your research and choose what speaks to you!

Do I need a greenhouse?

You can grow tomatoes indoors or outdoors. Give them a good start indoors to develop a good root system and begin producing flowers. Tomatoes like warm soil, so grow them in black pots or in a warm spot in the garden. We keep our greenhouse doors and windows open night and day to increase air flow and pollination. Let the bees do the work!

What is open-pollinated v.s. hybrid?

The seeds of an open-pollinated plant can be collected and replanted the following year, whereas hybrids cannot. We finally found an open-pollinated Tumbling Tom plant, so we no longer sell hybrids.

*please ask questions or share your knowledge and growing tips!!

Contact Info

(907) 653-7673
480 Indian Road, Indian, AK 99540