Category Archives: Perennials


This is a good time to visit the nursery to see how beautiful the summer garden can be. These drought tolerant and deer resistant perennials also create a “nectar bar” for the bees, hummingbirds and butterflies.




August is an outstanding month for one of our favorite perennials, Echinacea. These drought and deer resistant perennials come in a wide variety of bloom colors, making them outstanding cut flowers. Our picture above is of the bright red, “Sombrero Red Salsa”, hot, hot, hot! Our perennial selection is dressed up with the warm glow of the late summer, early fall bloomers.

March Featured Plant: Bleeding Heart

The old fashioned Bleeding Heart, Dicentra spectabilis, is super easy to grow It is deer-resistant, fragrant, and has exquisite flower structure. It was one of the favorites in Grandma’s garden! Grows well in shade, goes dormant in the heat of summer, and is a charming early bloomer. We have many flowering perennials…stop by and see what’s new!

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Heathers and Camellias

Heathers come in many shapes, sizes, and colors and we have an amazing variety this fall. Critter resistant, tough as nails, no-fuss plants, heather’s draw your eye. From tiny, bright flower buds full of promise, to brilliant blossoms of purple/red, white, or pink, to incredible gold and orange toned winter/spring foliage, it’s hard to go wrong with Heathers.

And our most popular…
Kramer’s Rote

See our five-year-old Kramer’s Rote Heather as it goes into its winter glory. Just outside the front gate!

Kramer’s blooms start pink in the fall, then darken as the days grow cold. The last months of winter it becomes a deep purple/red that covers the dense, low-growing, dark-green foliage. Kramer’s is very tolerant of our coldest winters, always looks great without a lot of work, and is one of Eric’s favorite shrubs.

Our winter blooming varieties:
Ghost Hills
Springwood White
Pink Spangles
White Perfection
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Our summer blooming/ winter foliage heathers…
Plant for foliage colors that change throughout the winter and growing season.

Winter Chocolate (Orange new growth)
Firefly (Orange/red winter foliage)
Wickwar Flame (Orange foliage turns brick-red in winter)
Robert Chapman (Orange foliage turns scarlet in winter)

Growing tips for heathers:
-Water regularly through the first summer to develop a sturdy root system.
-Protect from bunnies the first few years with cages, repellants, or fencing.

Camellias are outstanding fall/winter/spring bloomers. Coming into season for the holidays we have the fall-blooming, fragrant, Setsugekka. The perfect double-white blossoms with frilled edges have a bright cluster of yellow stamens at the center. Grows 6-10 feet tall with dark glossy-green foliage.

Also available for the holidays, Camellia ‘Yuletide’ is a perfect match for your garden at Christmas. Showy, single, Santa-red blossoms with a bright yellow eye. This lovely dark green shrub will bring you house guests you did not expect. The hummingbirds that stick around for the winter will have a winter feast off this sturdy winter blooming evergreen. It is also dense, neat, and tidy for those gardeners with limited space.

Now in the Greenhouse: Fall and Winter Blooming Hellebores

Cheer up your home with durable, fall & winter blooming Hellebore!

We have the best selection of Hellebores available. They are no-fuss, critter resistant, reliable additions to both holiday décor and today’s gardens.

Outstanding varieties to look for at Bayview Farm & Garden:

  • Pink Frost (Dec) Vanessa’s Favorite!
  • Merlin (Mar)
  • Jacob (Dec)Jonas (Dec) Eric’s Favorite!
  • Ivory Prince (Feb) Elea’s Favorite!
  • Mahogany Snow (Jan)
  • Spring Party (Feb)
  • Spring Promise ‘Sally’ (Feb)
  • Spring Promise ‘Elly’ (Feb)
  • Red Lady (Mar)

Winter Jewels Collection:

  • Golden Sunrise
  • Cherry Blossom
  • Apricot Blush
  • Black Diamond
  • Golden Lotus
  • Onyx Odyssey
  • Painted
  • Peppermint Ice

For growing tips, visit Skagit Gardens website for a downloadable information sheet on the Helleborus Gold Collection.

Photo Credit: By JJ Harrison (Own work) CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons