The Ritter family has been in the horticultural industry for nearly 100 years. the family started growing vegetables and flowers in the early 1920’s. Over the years, the family expanded into growing annuals, perennials, holiday crops and houseplants.
Twenty-five years ago, Barry, third generation grower, carried on the tradition and started his own business, Ritter Perennials. Barry is one of the premier perennial growers in the Midwest. Many of the local independent garden centers stock Ritter Perennials. When not in the greenhouse, he travels the country to find new and unique varieties of perennials that will grow well in the extreme weather conditions of the Midwest. Some of the varieties he has introduced are Musa Banjoo–the hardy banana tree, begonia grandis and many varieties of heucheras.