Our initial lineup of herbaceous perennials, Urban Durables are hardy, beautiful plants, hand-picked to thrive in the often extreme soil conditions of Chicago. All Urban Durables are sold for $5 in 1-gallon containers.  An up-to-date inventory of available plants is available here

Common Name: ‘Hella Glashoff’ Yarrow

Height: 1′-2′

Spread: 1′-1.5′

Bloom: Rounded, but Flat, 2″-3.5″, Light Yellow Grouping

Bloom Time: Mid June – Mid July

Exposure: Full Sun

Common Name: Summer Beauty Onion

Height: 1′-1.5′

Spread: 1′

Bloom: Round, 2″, Light Purple Grouping

Bloom Time: Late June – August

Exposure: Full Sun – Light Shade

Common Name: ‘Karl Foerster’ Feather Reed Grass

Height: 2′-3.5′

Spread: 1′-2′

Bloom: Narrow, Feathered, Purple-Tinged Spikes

Bloom Time: Late June – August

Exposure: Full Sun – Light Shade

Common Name: Catmint

Height: .5′-2′

Spread: 1′-1.5′

Bloom: Small, White Spikes of Flowers

Bloom Time: Late July – Mid October

Exposure: Full Sun

Common Name: ‘Golden Showers’ Tickseed

Height: 2′-3′

Spread: 1.5′-2′

Bloom: 0.75″ Gold Daisies

Bloom Time: May – October

Exposure: Full Sun – Light Shade

Common Name: Purple Coneflower

Height: 2.5′-3′

Spread: 1′-1.5′

Bloom: 5″, Rosy Purple Daisies with Dark Cones

Bloom Time: June – August

Exposure: Full Sun – Part Shade

Common Name: Bloody Cranesbill

Height: 0.5′-1′

Spread: 1′-1.5′

Bloom: 1″, Round, Rosy Purple Flowers

Bloom Time: June – August

Exposure: Full Sun – Part Shade

Common Name: ‘Chicago Apache’ Daylily

Height: 1.5′-2′

Spread: 2′-3′

Bloom: 3″-6″ Scarlet Flowers with a Green Throat

Bloom Time: July – August

Exposure: Full Sun – Part Shade

Common Name: ‘Happy Returns’ Daylily

Height: 1′-1.5′

Spread: 1′-1.5′

Bloom: 3.5″ Lemon Yellow Flowers

Bloom Time: June – October

Exposure: Full Sun – Part Shade

Common Name: Eastern Beebalm

Height: 1.5′-2′

Spread: 1′-1.5′

Bloom: 2″, White and Purple Globes

Bloom Time: June – Mid July

Exposure: Full Sun – Part Shade

Common Name: Blue Catmint

Height: 1′

Spread: 1′-1.5′

Bloom: Small Blue-Purple Spikes of Flowers

Bloom Time: May – June

Exposure: Full Sun

Common Name: Russian Sage

Height: 1′-3′

Spread: 1′-2′

Bloom: Small, Lavender Flowers along all branches

Bloom Time: Mid July – September

Exposure: Full Sun

Common Name: Orange Coneflower

Height: 2′-3′

Spread: 2′-2.5′

Bloom: 2″-3″ Orange-Yellow Daisies with Dark Cones

Bloom Time: June – October

Exposure: Full Sun – Light Shade

Common Name: ‘Wesuwe’ Meadow Sage

Height: 1.5′-2′

Spread: 1′

Bloom: Small Violet Spikes of Flowers

Bloom Time: May – Early July

Exposure: Full Sun

Common Name: ‘East Friesland’ Meadow Sage

Height: 1′-1.5′

Spread: 1′

Bloom: Small Purple Spikes of Flowers

Bloom Time: June – September

Exposure: Full Sun

Common Name: Prairie Dropseed

Height: 0.5′

Spread: 1′-2′

Bloom: Golden Panicles on Thin Mounding Blades

Bloom Time: Mid August – October

Exposure: Full Sun

Common Name: Ironweed

Height: 0.5′-3′

Spread: 1′-2′

Bloom: Clusters of Small Violet Flowers

Bloom Time: September – October

Exposure: Full Sun