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Northern Sunset Label System

The Northern Sunset label system starts with the background color of the label. The background color indicates the plants preferred light condition.

Periwinkle Blue: Full Shade
Mint Green: Part Shade
Warm Apricot: Part Sun
Sunny Yellow: Full Sun

In addition to the information our label system provides to your client, the color system of Northern Sunset provides the garden center with some interesting possibilities. For example, when our product is shipped, your employees will know that the trays labeled in periwinkle blue should be put in the shade house, the sunny yellow labels can be placed in the sun.

We call Northern Sunset Perennials the “Colors of Success!” The beautiful sunset colors of the Northern Sunset labeling system will help your customers and clients place the right plant in the right place, enabling them to achieve gardening success.

Northern Sunset Perennial labels

Our labels are clean, modern and simple to read, and with …the Colors of Success! system you’ve come to know. They will help you and your customers put the right plant in the right place for gardening success.

The Colors of Success consists of four components: the label system, soil, selection, and sizes.

Icon Bar

Northern Sunset labels contain extensive information that will let your customers make an informed decision. Below the name of the plant on the label is an icon bar that indicates the plants water requirements, and special uses such as cut flower, butterfly plant and ground cover. Your customers will put the right plant in the right place every time.

Here is an example of an icon bar. This plant thrives in a garden with part sun during the day, enjoys well-drained soil, attracts butterflies, and works well as a groundcover.

We have icons that describe a wide variety of information.
Here are the icons you will find along with their meanings.

Special Uses

Cut Flower: The flowers will last for some amount of time in a vase

Aromatic Plant: Some part of the plant has a pleasing odor

Dried Flower: Flowers are useful in home decor and crafts when dried

Culinary Plant: Some part of the plant is edible as a vegetable or herb

Dye Plant: Some part of the plant may be used to make a natural dye

Special Garden Types

Water Plant: These plants will grow in or around water

Ground Cover: These plants will spread to cover bare ground

Edging: These plants make ideal edgings for your garden

Salt Tolerant: These plants are ideal for planting

Traffic Tolerant: These plants tolerate foot traffic

Vine: These plants climb walls, trellises, stumps, etc.

Rock Garden: These plants will grow in or around rocks

Containers: These plants will thrive in containers

Rain Garden: These plants are suitable for planting in specialized gardens that soak up rain water

Special Environmental Use

Bird Lovers: Some part of the plant is useful to birds for food or shelter

Hummingbirds: Some part of the plant is useful to hummingbirds for food (nectar)

Pollinators: These plants attract bees with their nectar and pollen

Butterflies: These plants attract butterflies

Deer Resistant: A natural way to deter deer from visiting your garden

Moisture Requirements

Wet: A soil in which plant roots have access to water at all times

Well-Drained: A soil in which surplus water drains away quickly

Moist: A soil in which there is usually some dampness or moisture

Dry: A soil which holds no excess water

Sun Recommendations

Full Sun: Sun for most of the day. All to mostly direct sun. Usually a Southern Exposure.

Part Sun/Part Shade: Sun for half of the day. Some direct sun or filtered sun. Usually a Western or Eastern Exposure.

Full Shade: Shade all day. No direct sun. Usually a Northern Exposure.

Back of the Label

The back of the tag is full of cultural information like height, spread, soil preferences, bloom time and uses. Just about anything you would want to know about that plant in a nutshell.

The Northern Sunset Perennial’s color system
helps your customers put our perennials
in the right place for gardening success!

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