Butterfly

What could be better than strolling through a garden wafting with fragrance or watching a butterfly flutter from flower to flower on a warm summer day?  Browse our collections of butterfly gardens to see how to create an irresistible oasis for butterflies, hummingbirds, and gardeners alike.    There’s no need for a butterfly net when you’ve got these beautiful collections that attract butterflies into your garden to stay!

All of our butterfly gardens combine spectacular blooms and alluring fragrances that are magnets for monarchs, skippers, swallowtails, and longtails.   Scented with citrus, spicy, earthy, or sweet floral notes, they literally perfume the air as you walk by, inviting you to pause and enjoy the blooms along with the butterflies.   Add these fragrant flowers that attract butterflies to your sun garden and wait for your visitors to alight.  They’ll bring your garden to life in a whole new way as colorful butterflies flutter from flower to flower, each visit creating a new scene to admire and appreciate.

Some of favorite flowers that attract butterflies include lavender, coneflower, sage, goldenrod, bee balm, anise hyssop, and of course butterfly bushes.  These flowers are sure to make your garden a favorite spot for collecting nectar.  Along with these garden classics for attracting butterflies, we’ve mixed and matched other sun-loving flowers, shrubs, succulents, and grasses into the collections to add contrast, color, fullness, and fragrance.  Choosing among these butterfly gardens might just be your biggest gardening challenge as all our collections can be created with six plants or less! 

There’s almost no more perfect pairing than butterflies and flowers.  If you are as hooked on adding fragrance and inviting butterflies into your garden as we are, check out our articles on fragrant perennials and flowering shrubs to see other plants and flowers that attract butterflies into your garden.

Evan D.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
8 - 9
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Spanish Lavender

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Spanish Lavender

Handsome ruffled flowers contrast with compact foliage excellent for small gardens and containers. Attracts butterflies. Increased tolerance of humidity. Prune lightly after flowering for repeat bloom.

Lavender

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Lavender

Wonderfully aromatic flowers and leaves on compact plants. Outstanding in butterfly, herb or rock gardens. Attractive planted with yarrows or sedums, or used as a low hedge. Dried flowers and leaves are valued for use in potpourri, sachets or everlasting arrangements.

Candytuft

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Candytuft

Profuse, bright flowers attract butterflies to the garden. Attractive cascading over stones, planted at garden's edge or along walkways. Striking companion to spring-blooming perennials and bulbs. Shear after blooming for best appearance. Evergreen.

Catmint

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Catmint

Beautiful flowers complement fragrant silver leaves and attract butterflies. Lovely in the herb or flower garden, especially at garden's edge, as a small-scale ground cover or planted among rosebushes. Shear in midsummer to shape and promote reblooming.

Siberian Iris

Siberian Iris

Beautiful all season. Striking flowers, cut or in the garden. Grasslike foliage complements hostas, coral bells and lady's mantle, and is beautiful reflected in water. Attractive fall color and ornamental seedpods for winter effect or dried arrangements.

Mexican Orange

Mexican Orange

Snowy white spring blooms are deliciously fragrant and are nicely set off by the glossy green foliage. Flowers also attact butterflies and are wonderful in a bouquet. A fast-growing small shrub that looks great in the perennial garden or mixed shrub planting. Mexican Orange can also be clipped and used as a privacy screen or hedge--but prune right after flowering to avoid removing next season's flowers.

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Bella M.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
4 - 9
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Bee Balm

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Bee Balm

Showy flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Ideal for perennial, herb or cutting gardens and natural plantings. Lovely combined with phlox, cranesbill and yarrow. Fragrant leaves make a delicious tea. Divide every 2-3 years. Disease-resistant plants.

Daylily

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Daylily

Long grasslike leaves recurve to the ground, making this variety outstanding in borders and at woodland edges. Pale yellow flowers are highly fragrant. Dry conditions or too much shade may inhibit flowering. Long-lived and easy to grow.

Purple Coneflower

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Purple Coneflower

An excellent choice for adding color to the perennial garden. A shorter, compact form, this variety stands up better in the garden and flowers earlier and longer than other Echinacea.

Violet

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Violet

Profuse richly colored flowers carpet the garden. Attractive cut flower and beautiful at garden's edge, in rock gardens or as a small-scale ground cover. Allow to reseed for longevity in the garden. Reblooms in cool weather.

False Spirea

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False Spirea

Showy flower plumes and striking foliage are indispensable in the shaded or woodland garden. Excellent complement to bergenia, hosta, ferns or Japanese iris and especially attractive near water. A beautiful, long-lasting cut flower, fresh or dried.

Sage

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Sage

Masses of two-tone purple and pink flower spikes cover the wide green foliage. Attracts butterflies to the garden and makes a great cut flower. Complements many perennials including yarrow, coreopsis and ornamental grasses.

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Paige T.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
4 - 9
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Thrift

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Thrift

Striking foliage is accented by ball-shaped flowers that attract butterflies and are lovely in summer bouquets. Ideal for the rock garden, as a small-scale ground cover, or as an edging in the garden. This perennial is quite salt tolerant and adapts well to poor, dry soils.

Lavender

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Lavender

Wonderfully aromatic flowers and leaves on compact plants. Outstanding in butterfly, herb or rock gardens. Attractive planted with yarrows or sedums, or used as a low hedge. Dried flowers and leaves are valued for use in potpourri, sachets or everlasting arrangements.

Viola

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Viola

Profuse fragrant flowers carpet the early garden. Beautiful at garden's edge, in rock gardens, as a small-scale ground cover, and lovely in bouquets. Allow to reseed for longevity in the garden. Reblooms in cool weather.

Thrift

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Thrift

Abundant long-blooming flowers attract butterflies to the garden and are lovely in bouquets. Ideal for the rock garden, as a small-scale ground cover, or as an edging in the garden. Plants will adapt well to poor, dry soils.

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Mark N.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
3 - 9
Plants: 

Siberian Wallflower

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Siberian Wallflower

Dainty, four-petaled flowers are borne in clusters on long stems. Narrow, gray-green foliage is attractive and evergreen in warmer climates. An excellent choice for rock gardens, perennial borders and walls.

Fringed Lavender (French Lavender)

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Fringed Lavender, French Lavender

Fragrant flowers and leaves, beautiful in herb gardens and excellent in containers. Attracts butterflies. Dried flowers and leaves are prized for potpourri, scented oils and crafts. Winters well in containers indoors, blooms year-round in mild climates.

Lavender Cotton

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Lavender Cotton

Sedge

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Sedge

Beautiful fine-textured foliage forms graceful flowing mounds. Lovely spilling over slopes and walls, in containers and at garden's edge. Cut back to 3-4" as new growth begins in spring. A good houseplant where not winter hardy.

Dusty Miller

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Dusty Miller

Wonderful for providing color contrast to the landscape. Intricate, silvery gray leaves are finely textured. Striking planted with red flowers, in large groups or added to combination pots.

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Urban L.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
Plants: 

Marigold

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Marigold

Vibrant flowers bloom above fragrant, highly divided foliage. This fast-growing annual is well-suited for garden's edge, container gardening, or window boxes. Very attractive in combination with blue-spiked flowers. May repel pests. Prefers well-drained soil.

Ageratum

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Ageratum

This ever-popular annual bears vibrant flower clusters that attract butterflies. Tall varieties make a colorful addition to flower gardens and are excellent in bouquets. Shorter selections are perfect in containers for the deck or patio, or window boxes and baskets. Grows best in moist, well-drained soil.

Dahlia

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Dahlia

Huge, long-lasting blooms on vigorous plants attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Excellent cut flower. Perfect for garden's edge, in containers and window boxes, or cut flower arrangements. Prefers rich, well-drained soil and full sun.

Golden Vicary Privet

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Golden Vicary Privet

A lovely semi-evergreen shrub highlights the landscape with its vibrant foliage. Well-suited for hedge, accent, or specimen. Aromatic flowers in spring, berries in late summer. Provides striking color contrast when planted in front of dark green shrubs or evergreens.

Zonal Geranium

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Zonal Geranium

Large clusters of colorful blooms spring through fall on upright-growing foliage with distinctive leaf design. Pinto™ tolerates both cold and hot conditions, offering toughness and versatility for containers and landscapes. Remove spent flowers for continuous bloom. Keep soil moist and feed monthly with low-nitrogen fertilizer for nonstop blooming.

Dusty Miller

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Dusty Miller

Highly divided silvery gray foliage has an antlerlike or coral-like appearance. Dusty Miller provides an excellent foil to most annuals and is a great choice to add contrast to beds, containers or baskets.

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Gene B.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
8 - 1
Plants: 

Canna

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Canna

Large, bright blooms attract butterflies and complement bold, vibrant foliage. A medium-growing variety that is lovely at water's edge and a wonderful contrast to fine-textured water plants. Very handsome in container gardens or along walls. In northern climates, lift and store root rhizomes over winter.

Zinnia

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Zinnia

A favorite from Grandma's garden. This popular annual features brightly colored flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. An outstanding cut flower. Frequent cutting for bouquets promotes reblooming.

Canna

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Canna

Striking flowers attract butterflies and complement bold, colorful foliage. Fantastic in containers and planted in the garden. Lovely at water's edge and a wonderful contrast to fine-textured water plants. Can be grown as a house plant or lifted and stored from season to season where not winter hardy.

Heliotrope

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Heliotrope

Exquisitely fragrant flowers attract butterflies and perfume the garden. Beautiful planted with perennials or annuals or in hanging baskets or other containers. Plants can grow quite large (4-6') in a cool greenhouse or where hardy.

Swedish Ivy

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Swedish Ivy

Exceptional foliage accent with variegated or bronze leaves. Lovely trailing vine for hanging baskets or mixed planters indoors or out. Thrives in average home temperatures and outdoors in partial shade. White or pink flowers.

Basil

Basil

Stunning flowers and foliage for the herb or flower garden. Wonderfully aromatic leaves add a spicy flavor to sauces, salads and meat dishes, and give a lovely pink tint to white wine vinegar. Ideal for potpourri and dried arrangements. 

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Dave R.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
5 - 9
Plants: 

Anise Hyssop

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Anise Hyssop

Long spikes of tubular pink flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden. Bold symmetrical form makes a striking garden display. Sheer lightly early in the season for a more compact plant or for container use. Excellent cut flower.

Butterfly Bush

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Butterfly Bush

Bouncing Bet

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Bouncing Bet

Fragrant flower clusters on upright stalks, perfect for cutting. A welcome addition to the rock garden, perennial or mixed shrub planting. Plants spread rapidly in fertile soil.

Butterfly Bush

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Butterfly Bush

Wonderfully fragrant flowers on arching stems attract butterflies to the garden. Stunning in the perennial garden, for mixed shrub plantings or in large groupings. Remove faded flowers for continuous bloom. Prune hard in early spring.

Bronze Fennel

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Bronze Fennel

Aromatic, feathery bronze foliage is a fragrant and attractive filler in the herb or flower garden. Leaves and seeds have a pleasant anise flavor. Use fresh leaves in salads, soups and herb vinegar. Ripe seeds add zest to Italian sauces and sausage. Yellow flowers.

Scented Geranium

Scented Geranium

Bring a bouquet of fragrance to your garden! Fantastic for potpourri, sachets, and as flavoring in food. Plant near walkways or in containers where plants can be touched to release their scent. Flowers attract butterflies and vary in size and color.

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Richard N.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
5 - 9
Plants: 

Shasta Daisy

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Shasta Daisy

Beautiful daisy flowers are great for summer bouquets. Also attractive in butterfly gardens or combined with other perennials such as iris, poppy, daylily or yarrow. Remove faded flowers down to the next visible bud to promote rebloom.

Salvia

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Salvia

Striking flower spikes attract butterflies to the garden and make outstanding cut flowers, fresh or dried. Complements many perennials, including yarrow, coreopsis, rudbeckia and grasses. Remove faded flowers to extend flowering and promote rebloom.

Coleus

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Coleus

Foliage so colorful and interesting there's no need for flowers! Plant alone in the garden or in decorative containers for spectacular color contrast. Combine with other annuals such as sweet potato vine or zinnia. Prolong your collection by taking cuttings in fall to start new plants for the coming season. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Cotoneaster

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Cotoneaster

The vibrant fruit of this spreading semi-evergreen shrub attracts birds. Graceful, arching branches are low-growing and well-suited for ground cover, erosion control or planting in large groups. Improved disease and pest resistance. Prefers well-drained soil.

Green-Leaf Wax Begonia

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Green-Leaf Wax Begonia

Vibrant blooms cover the bright foliage of this tender perennial. Perfect for combination pots, containers and window boxes, or makes a bold display when planted in large groups. In northern climates, treat as an annual; in frost-free areas, divide each spring. Prefers well-drained, humus-rich soil.

Black-Eyed Susan

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Black-Eyed Susan
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Glenda V.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
3 - 8
Plants: 

Swamp Milkweed

Swamp Milkweed

Fragrant flower clusters attract butterflies. Excellent for perennial gardens, boggy areas or water gardens, and especially striking combined with asters, Joe Pye weed and bee balm. Both flowers and seedpods are prized for cut arrangements.

Coleus

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Coleus

Foliage so colorful and interesting there's no need for flowers! Plant alone in the garden or in decorative containers for spectacular color contrast. Combine with other annuals such as sweet potato vine or zinnia. Prolong your collection by taking cuttings in fall to start new plants for the coming season. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Heliotrope

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Heliotrope

Exquisitely fragrant flowers attract butterflies and perfume the garden. Beautiful planted with perennials or annuals, in hanging baskets or other containers. Plants can grow quite large, 4-6' (1.2-1.8 m), in a cool greenhouse or where hardy. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Spirea

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Spirea

Vivid clusters of rose-pink flowers provide a stunning accent above chartreuse foliage. The foliage of this compact cultivar remains golden all season. Excellent as a ground cover when massed or as a specimen in the border.

Lamb's Ear

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Lamb's Ear

Bold, silver foliage, ideal as a ground cover or accent plant. Striking in an all-white theme garden, for contrast with vibrant colors, or to help blend plants of different colors in the garden. Excellent variety for hot, humid areas. Lilac flowers.

Blue Star Creeper

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Blue Star Creeper
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Frank L.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
4 - 9
Plants: 

Coneflower

Coneflower

Large, 3-4" flowers on towering plants highlight the late season garden. Attracts butterflies, especially monarchs, and makes a stunning cut flower. Beautiful planted with ornamental grasses and tall asters for a dramatic autumn display.

Wild Bergamot

Wild Bergamot

Striking flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Beautiful in meadow plantings and in the garden, combined with phlox, cranesbill and yarrow. Fragrant leaves make a delicious tea. Divide every 2-3 years to control spread. Disease resistant. Native to the eastern U.S. Tolerates drier, rockier soils than other species.

Swamp Milkweed

Swamp Milkweed

Fragrant flower clusters attract butterflies. Excellent for perennial gardens, boggy areas or water gardens, and especially striking combined with asters, Joe Pye weed and bee balm. Both flowers and seedpods are prized for cut arrangements.

Black-Eyed Susan

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Black-Eyed Susan

Vibrant daisy flowers are classic summer beauties that attract butterflies and make beautiful cut flower arrangements. Native to North America, they are well-suited for the meadow or wildflower garden, and for naturalizing. Combines well with aster, butterfly bush and echinacea. Heat tolerant.

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Emma S.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
3 - 8
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Yarrow

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Yarrow

Vibrant, long-lasting blooms and fragrant silvery foliage. Striking in the butterfly or flower garden, in formal or informal settings. Attractive planted with artemisia, veronica and salvia. Superb cut flower, fresh or dried. Tolerates poor, dry soil.

Salvia

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Salvia

Compact yet vigorous grower with short spikes of deep blue flowers. Very free-flowering and an excellent rebloomer. This easy-to-grow salvia blooms throughout summer and will bloom longer if periodically deadheaded. Excellent in borders or containers.

Catmint

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Catmint

Beautiful flowers complement fragrant silver leaves and attract butterflies. Lovely in the herb or flower garden, especially at garden's edge, as a small-scale ground cover or planted among rosebushes. Shear in midsummer to shape and promote reblooming.

Garden Phlox

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Garden Phlox

Fragrant clusters of vibrant long-blooming flowers attract butterflies to the garden. Lovely in summer bouquets and stunning in the flower garden, planted with Shasta daisies, daylilies and ornamental grasses. Remove faded flowers to prolong bloom.

Delphinium

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Delphinium

Abundant, long-blooming flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Well-suited for garden's edge, along walkways or for the cutting garden. Attractive with coreopsis or pink roses. Remove faded flower stalks to encourage reblooming. Prefers fertile, well-drained soil.

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Valerie D.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
3 - 9
Plants: 

Purple Coneflower

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Purple Coneflower

An excellent choice for adding color to the perennial garden. A shorter, compact form, this variety stands up better in the garden and flowers earlier and longer than other Echinacea.

Phlox

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Phlox

Large clusters of fragrant flowers attract butterflies to the garden. Lovely in summer bouquets and stunning in the flower garden, planted with bee balm and ornamental grasses. Exceptionally disease-resistant variety. 2002 Perennial Plant of the Year.

Anise Hyssop

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Anise Hyssop

Vibrant spikes of tubular flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden. Plant near walks or windows where the scented foliage can be enjoyed. Excellent for herb, wildflower or cottage gardens, and adds wonderful free-form to cut flower arrangements.

Anise Hyssop

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Anise Hyssop

Beautiful spikes of flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden. Add the aromatic foliage to teas, salads and drinks for a sweetly spicy flavor. Prized for its neat habit, long blooming season and heat and drought tolerance.

Gayfeather

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Gayfeather

Large, impressive flower spikes are outstanding cut or dried flowers and a magnet for butterflies. Attractive planted with rudbeckia, echinacea or phlox. Blossoms open from top of spike; simply remove spike tips to trim away faded flowers.

Dwarf Garden Phlox

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Dwarf Garden Phlox
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Andrea M.'s Collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
5 - 9
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Stokes' Aster

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Stokes' Aster

Stunning flowers open soft blue and mature to a rich, deep purple. Lovely in summer bouquets. Beautiful in the perennial garden or wildflower planting with verbenas and artemisia. Remove faded flowers for best reblooming. Heat and drought tolerant.

Dalmatian Iris

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Dalmatian Iris

Beautiful all season. Striking flowers are lovely in the garden or cut for bouquets. Dwarf variety with variegated foliage. Grasslike foliage complements hosta, coral bells and lady's mantle and is beautiful reflected in water. Attractive fall color and ornamental seedpods for winter interest or dried arrangements.

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

Upright growth of gorgeous variegated foliage sets off pink flowers that mature to bronze-red. Outstanding in the garden or landscape.

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

Dense clusters of bronze-pink flowers bloom atop mounds of dark purple-brown succulent foliage. Excellent for raised beds or mixed borders. Wonderful in the rock garden. Easy to maintain. Thrives in sandy, well-drained soils.

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Hanna J.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
3 - 9
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Threadleaf Coreopsis

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Threadleaf Coreopsis

Vibrant flowers attract butterflies to the garden, and airy foliage adds fine texture to the garden or bouquet. Attractive in groupings of perennials such as echinacea, phlox, gaillardia or aster, or in wildflower plantings. Will tolerate dry soil.

Bee Balm

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Bee Balm

Intense flower clusters attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. A lovely addition to perennial, herb or cutting gardens, especially with phlox or cranesbill. Exceptional disease resistance and garden performance. Divide every 2-3 years.

Yarrow

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Yarrow

Striking in butterfly or flower gardens, with fragrant ferny foliage and lovely pastel flowers. Beautiful in both formal and informal gardens; ideal for softening bold-textured plants. Superb cut flower, fresh or dried. Tolerant of dry, poor soil.

Speedwell

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Speedwell

Brilliant flowers attract hummingbirds to the garden. A prolific bloomer that forms low-growing clumps of foliage. Stunning in the perennial garden in combination with coreopsis, cranesbill, daylily or ornamental grasses. A lovely addition to summer bouquets. Deer resistant. Prefers well-drained soil.

Tickseed

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Tickseed

Vibrant flowers are a favorite of butterflies and lovely in bouquets. A stunning addition to perennial or wildflower gardens with complementary perennials such as echinacea, gaillardia, aster and phlox. Remove faded flowers for continuous bloom.

Garden Phlox

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Garden Phlox

Beautiful fragrant flower clusters attract butterflies to the garden. Lovely in summer bouquets and stunning in the flower garden, planted with bee balm, Shasta daisy, cranesbill, daylily and ornamental grasses. Remove faded flowers to prolong bloom.

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Mary G's Collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
part sun
Zone: 
n/a
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Zonal Geranium

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Zonal Geranium

Large clusters of colorful blooms spring through fall on upright-growing foliage with distinctive leaf design. Pinto™ tolerates both cold and hot conditions, offering toughness and versatility for containers and landscapes. Remove spent flowers for continuous bloom. Keep soil moist and feed monthly with low-nitrogen fertilizer for nonstop blooming.

Bidens

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Bidens

Ferny foliage bursts forth with brilliant flowers that attract butterflies. This compact trailing plant is a great choice for containers, baskets, ground cover, or garden's edge. Where not hardy, treat as an annual. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Tuberous Begonia

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Tuberous Begonia

Vibrant flowers bloom continuously throughout the summer. These brightly blooming plants are ideal for shaded containers and protected garden sites. This variety has compact, upright growth that is ideal for pots or along garden's edge. Prefers evenly moist, well-drained soil.

Verbena

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Verbena

Profuse flowers over an exceptionally long season. A superb edging plant for butterfly gardens. Also ideal in containers or trailing over stones and rock walls. Beautiful contrast to yellow flowers or golden-leaved plants. Drought and heat tolerant.

New Guinea Impatiens

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New Guinea Impatiens

Nonstop flowers in beautiful hues are offset by handsome, glossy foliage. Popularly used for adding lively color to containers and annual plantings. Particularly lovely in mixed containers and hanging baskets. Provide shelter from wind.

Marguerite Daisy

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Marguerite Daisy

Bold, fanning foliage is particularly striking when planted among dark-leaved plants. Interesting pale yellow star-shaped flowers add dramatic presence. Soften the edges of this plant by placing it with dark-leaved eupatorium. Prefers neutral to alkaline (sweet) soil.

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Brittany B's collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
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Grandiflora Petunia

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Grandiflora Petunia

African Daisy

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African Daisy

Profuse, bright flowers carpet the garden. Excellent for ground cover, rock gardens, containers or erosion control on slopes. Prune lightly after flowering to maintain shape and extend the lifespan of the plant. Drought tolerant. Prefers a sheltered site with light, well-drained soil.

Licorice Plant

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Licorice Plant

Slender silvery foliage adds an elegant touch to mixed plantings and containers. Lovely with cool colors or as a contrast to vibrant flowers. Clusters of yellow flowers in long-summer regions; rarely blooms elsewhere. Combines well with geranium, verbena and dwarf delphinium. Prefers well-drained soil.

Vinca Vine

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Vinca Vine

Long, trailing shoots of glossy leaves arch elegantly from window boxes, decorative containers or raised planters. Where hardy, makes a fabulous ground cover. In cooler climates mix with other annuals such as zinnia, geranium or spikes in a combination planter.

Strawflower

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Strawflower

Beautiful, vibrant flowers dry easily and hold their color well for everlasting bouquets. Combines nicely with baby's breath, statice, and celosia. Deer resistant. Prefers well-drained, neutral to alkaline (sweet) soil in a sunny location.

Dusty Miller

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Dusty Miller

Wonderful for providing color contrast to the landscape. Intricate, silvery gray leaves are finely textured. Striking planted with red flowers, in large groups or added to combination pots.

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Shelly W.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
5 - 9

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Russian Sage

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Russian Sage

Striking combination of aromatic flowers and foliage provides an airy filler for the garden or bouquet. Beautiful with daylilies, garden phlox or balloon flowers. Drought tolerant. Cut back to 4-6" in spring. 1995 Perennial Plant of the Year.

Feather Reed Grass

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Feather Reed Grass

Beautifully variegated grass is lovely in the perennial garden, landscape, or at water's edge. Mauve spikes dry to a buff color and are excellent as dried flowers or left on the plant for winter interest. Forms neat clumps that are ideal for small gardens.

Sedum

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Sedum

Butterfly Bush

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Butterfly Bush

Wonderfully fragrant flowers on arching stems attract a profusion of butterflies to the garden. Stunning in the perennial garden, for mixed shrub plantings or in large groupings. Remove faded flowers for continuous bloom. Prune hard in early spring.

Tufted Hair Grass

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Tufted Hair Grass

Striking variegated foliage complements abundant sprays of delicate flowers all summer. Foliage is exceptionally brilliant in cool weather. Beautiful in perennial or rock gardens, especially against a dark background. Good cut flower, fresh or dried.

Ajuga

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Ajuga

Beautiful flower spikes attract hummingbirds to the garden. Vigorous, spreading plants make a superb ground cover for difficult situations, such as dry shade, beneath trees or on slopes. Attractive in rock gardens or at garden's edge.

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Heather J.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
4 - 9

Plants: 

Penstemon

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Penstemon

Dramatic flower spikes against rich foliage, striking in the garden or bouquet. Attracts hummingbirds. Outstanding in rock gardens or in combination with cranesbill, yarrow, sundrops (Oenothera spp.) or lamb's ear. 1996 Perennial Plant of the Year.

Coleus

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Coleus

Stunning colors and variegation patterns highlight the shaded garden. Combine these rich colors with complementary or contrasting flowers or foliages for a remarkable effect. Some varieties tolerate full sun when given ample moisture.

Alyssum

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Alyssum

Low-growing carpet teems with the tiniest of flowers! A versatile annual equally effective spilling over the rims of containers, filling in cracks between flagstones or blanketing garden's edge. Very salt tolerant.

Verbena

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Verbena

Outstanding selection with a profusion of large, vibrant flower clusters. A superb plant for the butterfly garden, at garden's edge, or trailing over stones and rock walls. Heat and drought tolerant. Grown from cuttings, not seed.

Osteospermum

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Osteospermum

Attractive upright plant with daisylike flowers and a dark center. Good in containers or gardens. Attracts butterflies. Great for adding early and late season color. Ideal in cool summer climates.

Turtlehead

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Turtlehead

Striking flowers, set off nicely by dark foliage, attract butterflies to your garden. Stunning late-season color for shaded gardens; lovely planted with fall anemones and asters. Grows well in moist or average soil; needs more moisture in full sun.

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Kathleen P.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
part sun
Zone: 
6 - 9

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Lysimachia

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Lysimachia

Thick mats of foliage are accented with clusters of charming flowers. Plant along streams, ponds or shady areas where soil will remain moist. Also good for hanging baskets in shady locations. A great companion for ligularia, trollius and chelone.

Marigold

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Marigold

Vibrant flowers bloom above fragrant, highly divided foliage. This fast-growing annual is well-suited for garden's edge, container gardening, or window boxes. Very attractive in combination with blue-spiked flowers. May repel pests. Prefers well-drained soil.

Ageratum

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Ageratum

This ever-popular annual bears vibrant flower clusters that attract butterflies. A colorful addition to flower gardens, deck or patio containers, or window boxes and baskets. Grows best in moist, well-drained soil.

Yarrow

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Yarrow

An excellent yarrow for the butterfly or flower garden. Fragrant foliage and pastel flowers enhance nearly any color theme. Superb cut flower, fresh or dried. Very heat and drought tolerant. AAS Winner 1990.

Blue Butterfly

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Blue Butterfly

This spectacular tropical shrub bears slightly arching branches that produce violet-blue to pale blue flowers resembling butterflies. A wonderful accent plant for the perennial garden.

Butterfly Weed

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Butterfly Weed

Drive butterflies crazy with these large clusters of vibrant flowers. Easy to grow, this readily self-sowing plant produces interesting seedpods when the flowers are spent. Gorgeous planted in groups or add to the wildflower or cottage garden with coneflower, delphinium and cranesbill. Prefers fertile, well-drained soil.

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Jennifer G.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
4 - 1

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Snow White Bee Balm

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Snow White Bee Balm

Striking flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Ideal for perennial, herb or cutting gardens and natural plantings, combined with phlox, cranesbill and yarrow. Fragrant leaves make a delicious tea. Divide every 2-3 years to control spread.

Butterfly Weed

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Butterfly Weed

Vibrant flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden and are striking when planted with achillea or artemisia. This native plant adapts well to poor, dry soil and is ideal in meadow gardens or natural areas. Good as a cut flower; dry seedpods for crafts.

Purple Coneflower

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Purple Coneflower

Abundant flowers attract butterflies to a wide range of landscape settings. Beautiful in perennial, wildflower, cutting or mixed gardens and attractive planted with monarda, daisies, phlox, liatris or ornamental grasses. Will tolerate periods of drought.

Lupine

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Lupine

Dazzling spires of pea-shaped flowers rise impressively above textured mounds of palmlike leaves. Excellent choice for summer bouquets or attracting butterflies to the garden. Remove faded flower spikes to encourage reblooming. Prefers cool, evenly moist sites and slightly acid (sour) soil.

Columbine

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Columbine

Exquisite long-spurred flowers are a favorite of hummingbirds. Striking addition to the cutting, flower or rock garden. Attractive planted with ferns, hostas or pulmonarias, or at the base of larger perennials such as baptisia or delphinium.

Goldenrod

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Goldenrod

Abundant plumes of colorful flowers highlight the late season garden. Attractive to butterflies and a beautiful complement to the vibrant magentas and purples of asters, mums and fall foliages. Pollinated by insects, not wind; does not cause hay fever.

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Caryn L's collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
2 - 9
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Mountain Alyssum

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Mountain Alyssum

Lovely flowers make a beautiful display cascading over walls, at garden's edge, or as a small-scale ground cover. An ideal companion for spring bulbs, iberis or sedum. Inclined to self-seed. Prefers well-drained soil.

Rock Cress

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Rock Cress

Abundant flowers and attractive foliage make this a wonderful small-scale ground cover. Attractive cascading over stones or as edging near the front of the garden. Shear after blooming to encourage new growth and a neat appearance.

Wall Rock Cress

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Wall Rock Cress

Abundant, fragrant flowers and attractive silvery foliage make this a wonderful small-scale ground cover. Attractive cascading over stones, or as edging near the front of the garden. Shear after blooming to encourage new growth and a neat appearance.

Grape Hyacinth

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Grape Hyacinth

A commonly cultivated spring bulb that is well-suited for garden's edge, between flagstones or the rock garden. Vibrant flower color and strong, delicious fragrance. Plant in front of taller spring bulbs or tuck into sunny nooks and crannies for a springtime delight. Can become invasive.

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Darla J's collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
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Petunia

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Petunia

An all-time favorite that enlivens the garden with a profusion of blooms that are irresistible to butterflies and hummingbirds. Naturally dwarf growth is splendid in hanging baskets and containers. Super planted with verbena, marigold, zinnia, geranium or other annuals.

Verbena

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Verbena

Large, brilliant flower heads cover beautiful trailing foliage and provide nonstop color in the garden. Heat and drought tolerant, Lanai® blooms consistently through the hottest summer weather. Resists forming a powdery mildew residue even after heavy watering. Pinch spent blooms and trim foliage to encourage new growth.

Lobelia

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Lobelia

Low-growing carpets in vibrant hues gently cascade beyond the garden's edge, down a stone wall or over the rim of a container. The dainty flowers are borne in abundance, inviting butterflies as well as adding season-long color. Geranium, coleus, zinnia and spikes are all lovely complements.

Zonal Geranium

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Zonal Geranium

Large clusters of colorful blooms spring through fall on upright-growing foliage with distinctive leaf design. Pinto™ tolerates both cold and hot conditions, offering toughness and versatility for containers and landscapes. Remove spent flowers for continuous bloom. Keep soil moist and feed monthly with low-nitrogen fertilizer for nonstop blooming.

Nicotiana

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Nicotiana

A refreshing change from the old annual standbys, this mix offers star-shaped blooms in a wide range of vibrant colors. Plant at garden's edge or add to combination pots with lobelia, zinnia and sweet potato vine.

Wax Begonia

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Wax Begonia

Vibrant blooms cover bronze foliage. Superb heat tolerance! Perfect for combination pots, containers and window boxes, or makes a bold display when planted in large groups. In northern climates, treat as an annual; in frost-free areas, divide each spring. Prefers well-drained, humus-rich soil.

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Fiona B.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
Plants: 

Verbena

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Verbena

Outstanding selection with a profusion of large, vibrant flower clusters. A superb plant for the butterfly garden, at garden's edge, or trailing over stones and rock walls. Heat and drought tolerant. Grown from cuttings, not seed.

Lupine

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Lupine

Dramatic flower spikes are an excellent choice for summer bouquets or attracting hummingbirds to the garden. Remove faded flower spikes to encourage reblooming and mulch lightly in winter. Prefers cool, evenly moist sites.

Lupine

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Lupine

Dramatic flower spikes are an excellent choice for summer bouquets or attracting hummingbirds to the garden. Remove faded flower spikes to encourage reblooming and mulch lightly in winter. Prefers cool, evenly moist sites.

Shasta Daisy

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Shasta Daisy

A profusion of large (4") flowers on mounded plants. Attractive in butterfly gardens, cutting gardens or combined with other perennials or annuals. Remove faded flowers for continued bloom and best appearance.

Calendula

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Calendula

Large and abundant, these full, daisylike flowers add vibrant color to the garden or container while attracting bees and butterflies. Long-lasting as a cut flower. Lovely mixed with sweet potato vine and dwarf delphinium. Remove faded flowers to promote continued bloom. Prefers well-drained soil.

Black-Eyed Susan

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Black-Eyed Susan

A profusion of vibrant flowers attract butterflies. Excellent cut flower, outstanding in the perennial garden or wildflower planting, and especially attractive with daylilies, daisies, asters and grasses. Allow to reseed in the garden. Heat tolerant.

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Jodi M.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
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Verbena

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Verbena

Bright and colorful, these verbenas have a mounding, trailing habit and thrive in heat and sun. Attractive foliage stays healthy all summer. Great for use in containers, borders and baskets.

Lobelia

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Lobelia

Low-growing growth bears vibrant dainty flowers in abundance. Invites butterflies and provides season-long color. Allow to gently cascade beyond the garden's edge, down a stone wall or over the rim of a container. Geranium, coleus, zinnia and spikes are all lovely complements.

Sweet Alyssum

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Sweet Alyssum

Low-growing carpet teems with the tiniest of flowers! A versatile annual that is equally effective spilling over the rims of containers, filling in cracks between flagstones or blanketing garden's edge. This variety boasts an extremely compact habit. Very salt tolerant.

Zonal Geranium

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Zonal Geranium

Exceptionally large, long-lasting flowers on durable plants. Vibrant blossoms provide a season-long display of color and attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Lovely in mixed garden plantings and containers. Grown from cuttings, not seed.

New Guinea Impatiens

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New Guinea Impatiens

Nonstop flowers in beautiful hues are offset by handsome, glossy foliage. Popularly used for adding lively color to containers and annual plantings. Particularly lovely in mixed containers and hanging baskets. Provide shelter from wind.

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Salvia (Tall)

Spikes of tubular red flowers bloom season-long on tall, well-branched plants. These heat and drought tolerant plants are a bright addition to landscape borders and containers.

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Laraine Z.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
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Marigold

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Marigold

Vibrant flowers bloom above fragrant, highly divided foliage. This fast-growing annual is well-suited for garden's edge, container gardening, or window boxes. Very attractive in combination with blue-spiked flowers. May repel pests. Prefers well-drained soil.

Ageratum

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Ageratum

An ever-popular annual bearing vibrant flower clusters that attract butterflies. This variety is weather tolerant with an extremely uniform growth habit. A colorful addition to flower gardens, deck or patio containers, or window boxes and baskets. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Golden Creeping Jenny

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Creeping Jenny Golden

Vibrant flowers complement bright foliage. A vigorously spreading ground cover for moist woodland soil, at water's edge, on banks, or cascading over walls. Best foliage color when plants receive morning sunlight. A beautiful foliage accent in containers.

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Olivia G.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
8 - 1
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Dusty Miller

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Dusty Miller

Highly divided silvery gray foliage has an antlerlike or coral-like appearance. Dusty Miller provides an excellent foil to most annuals and is a great choice to add contrast to beds, containers or baskets.

Spikes

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Spikes

Long green, grasslike leaves grow upward from a common point, arching slightly until the leaf tips point down. A popular plant for adding height to a container garden. Very beautiful mixed with flowering plants.

Dwarf Marigold

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Dwarf Marigold

Cheerful flowers add vibrant color to the flower garden, containers, or the vegetable garden where the fragrance can deter pests. Very attractive in combination with blue-spiked flowers. Fast-growing and compact. Prefers well-drained soil.

Ageratum

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Ageratum

This ever-popular annual bears vibrant flower clusters that attract butterflies. Tall varieties make a colorful addition to flower gardens and are excellent in bouquets. Shorter selections are perfect in containers for the deck or patio, or window boxes and baskets. Grows best in moist, well-drained soil.

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Priscilla D.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
3 - 7
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Delphinium

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Delphinium

Vibrant flowers are tightly packed on tall, upright spikes. Remove faded stalks to encourage additional flowering. An excellent choice for the perennial garden and as a cut flower in summer bouquets. May require staking and shelter from wind.

Gayfeather

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Gayfeather

Large, impressive flower spikes are outstanding cut or dried flowers and a magnet for butterflies. Attractive planted with rudbeckia, echinacea or phlox. Blossoms open from top of spike; simply remove spike tips to trim away faded flowers.

Delphinium

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Delphinium

Dramatic flowers are excellent cut, or beautiful at the back or center of the garden. Especially attractive with foxglove, tall bearded iris and peony. Fertilize well and stake for best results. Cut back after flowering for rebloom. Attracts hummingbirds.

Pincushion Flower

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Pincushion Flower

Exceptionally long-blooming flowers attract butterflies to the garden's edge or rock garden. Both flowers and seed heads are attractive and long-lasting in arrangements. Prefers partial shade in hot summer climates; avoid sodden soil in winter.

Sea Holly

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Sea Holly

Profuse, gleaming pincushion flowers above spiky bracts add texture to the garden. Excellent cut flowers, fresh or dried, they combine beautifully with colorful annuals and enhance other white flowers.

Globe Thistle

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Globe Thistle

A striking combination of flower, foliage and stem color, impressive in the garden and cut for arrangements, fresh or dried. Attracts butterflies and lovely planted with baby's breath, garden phlox, yarrow, daylily, Russian sage or ornamental grasses.

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Quinn W.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
part sun
Zone: 
3 - 9
Plants: 

Turtlehead

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Turtlehead

Striking flowers, set off nicely by dark foliage, attract butterflies to your garden. Stunning late-season color for shaded gardens; lovely planted with fall anemones and asters. Grows well in moist or average soil; needs more moisture in full sun.

Soapwort

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Soapwort

Abundant flowers create a striking display in a rock garden, as a small-scale ground cover, or cascading over walls. Looks great with yarrow, veronica or artemisia. Shear lightly after blooming for best appearance. Adaptable to infertile or sandy soils.

Baby's Breath

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Baby's Breath

Beautiful, long-blooming flowers and attractive foliage. Outstanding in the rock garden or trailing over stone walls; pretty at garden's edge, along a walkway or used as a small-scale ground cover. Easiest gypsophila species to grow.

Joe Pye Weed

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Joe Pye Weed

Dramatic plant for large gardens, as a landscape specimen or at water's edge. Large flower clusters attract butterflies to the garden. Attractive planted with bellflowers, meadow rue, cardinal flowers and ornamental grasses. Prune as needed after flowering; remove spent flowers to promote rebloom. Prefers moist soil.

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Rachael P.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
4 - 1
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Bee Balm

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Bee Balm

Plants are more compact and less invasive than most varieties. Very showy, bright red flowers are fragrant and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Foliage is mildew resistant and plants bloom all summer. Plant near the front of the border.

Garden Phlox

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Garden Phlox

Beautiful fragrant flower clusters attract butterflies to the garden. Lovely in summer bouquets and stunning in the flower garden, planted with bee balm, Shasta daisy, cranesbill, daylily and ornamental grasses. Remove faded flowers to prolong bloom.

Cranesbill

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Cranesbill

Beautiful, long-blooming flowers attract butterflies. Aromatic foliage makes an excellent weed-free ground cover. Also attractive in rock gardens, along paths or at garden's edge, planted with garden phlox, bellflower and ornamental grasses. Prune old leaves and flowers to encourage new growth.

Garden Phlox

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Garden Phlox

Profuse fragrant flower clusters attract butterflies to the garden. Lovely in summer bouquets and stunning in the flower garden, planted with bee balm, cranesbill and ornamental grasses. Remove faded flowers to prolong bloom. Disease-resistant variety.

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Susan K.'s collection

Plant type: 
flowering shrub
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
3 - 8
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Common Lilac

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Common Lilac

Deciduous shrub with fragrant flower clusters in spring. Spectacular in flower. Traditional favorite with dark green foliage. A wonderful choice for informal hedges, borders or accents.

Bluebeard

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Bluebeard

Lovely flowers complemented by rich, aromatic foliage attract butterflies and create a cloudlike effect in the garden or mixed shrub planting. Striking when combined with yellow flowers or burgundy foliage. Cut back to the ground in spring. Drought tolerant and deer resistant.

Korean Spice Viburnum

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Korean Spice Viburnum

A deciduous flowering shrub. Spring blooms have a heady fragrance and yield vibrant autumn berries. Foliage provides nice fall color. Excellent for accent, hedging, screening, specimen and foundation plantings. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Virginia Sweetspire

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Virginia Sweetspire

Gracefully pendant flower spikes in early summer are followed by persistent scarlet-purple foliage in fall. A wonderful selection for naturalizing, mass planting or as accent. Plant with spring-flowering bulbs for a beautiful display. Prefers moist, well-drained, neutral to acid (sour) soil.

Pittosporum

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Pittosporum

Thick, leathery foliage makes an outstanding screen, hedge, and windbreak, particularly in coastal regions. Beautiful, fragrant flowers. Combines well with Indian hawthorne, African iris, Lily-of-the-Nile and lantana. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Butterfly Bush

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Butterfly Bush

Sweetly fragrant flowers on compact plants attract a profusion of butterflies to your garden. Stunning in perennial or mixed shrub plantings, or in large groupings. Remove faded flowers for continuous bloom. Prune hard in early spring.

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Morgan G.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
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African Marigold

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African Marigold

Large flowers add vibrant color to the flower garden or containers. Useful in the vegetable garden, where its fragrance can deter pests. Very attractive in combination with blue-spiked flowers. Long-blooming, tough and compact. Prefers well-drained soil.

Ageratum

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Ageratum

An ever-popular annual bearing vibrant flower clusters that attract butterflies. This variety is weather tolerant with an extremely uniform growth habit. A colorful addition to flower gardens, deck or patio containers, or window boxes and baskets. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Zonal Geranium

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Zonal Geranium

Large clusters of colorful blooms spring through fall on upright-growing foliage with distinctive leaf design. Pinto™ tolerates both cold and hot conditions, offering toughness and versatility for containers and landscapes. Remove spent flowers for continuous bloom. Keep soil moist and feed monthly with low-nitrogen fertilizer for nonstop blooming.

Green-Leaf Wax Begonia

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Wax Begonia Green-Leaf

Vibrant blooms cover the bright foliage of this tender perennial. Perfect for combination pots, containers and window boxes, or makes a bold display when planted in large groups. In northern climates, treat as an annual; in frost-free areas, divide each spring. Prefers well-drained, humus-rich soil.

Zonal Geranium

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Zonal Geranium

Large clusters of colorful blooms spring through fall on upright-growing foliage with distinctive leaf design. Pinto™ tolerates both cold and hot conditions, offering toughness and versatility for containers and landscapes. Remove spent flowers for continuous bloom. Keep soil moist and feed monthly with low-nitrogen fertilizer for nonstop blooming.

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Salvia

Spikes of richly colored flowers attract butterflies to the garden and are lovely in bouquets. Plant in large groups to emphasize the vibrant blooms or in container gardens blended with black-eyed Susan and pink petunias for a marvelous display.

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Brooklyn H.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
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Grandiflora Petunia

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Grandiflora Petunia

An all-time favorite that enlivens the garden with a profusion of blooms that are irresistible to butterflies and hummingbirds. Splendid in hanging baskets and containers. Plant with verbena, marigold, zinnia, geranium or other annuals. Heat tolerant. Prune stems to promote bushiness.

Zonal Geranium

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Zonal Geranium

Exceptionally large, long-lasting flowers on durable plants. Vibrant blossoms provide a season-long display of color and attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Lovely in mixed garden plantings and containers. Grown from cuttings, not seed.

Fuchsia

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Fuchsia

Exquisite flowers in a breathtaking array of forms and color combinations. Some cascade elegantly from arching branches, others dangle precariously from stiff, upright stems. Combine with lobelia, bacopa, and ivy for a graceful, classic display. Prefers a cool site with moist, well-drained soil sheltered from drying winds.

Salvia

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Salvia

Spikes of small, brightly colored tubular flowers create a vivid floral display all season. This vibrant variety is a popular standby! Plant at garden's edge, in large groups to emphasize its color, or in mixed container gardens. An excellent complement to any garden setting.

Nicotiana

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Nicotiana

A refreshing change from the old annual standbys, this variety offers star-shaped blooms in a lovely shade. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Use for background or along fences, or add to combination pots with lobelia, zinnia and sweet potato vine.

Sweet Alyssum

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Sweet Alyssum

Low-growing carpet teems with the tiniest of flowers! A versatile annual that is equally effective spilling over the rims of containers, filling in cracks between flagstones or blanketing garden's edge. This variety boasts an extremely compact habit. Very salt tolerant.

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Victoria A's collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
part sun
Zone: 
4 - 9
Plants: 

Foxglove

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Foxglove

Jacob's Ladder

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Jacob's Ladder

Beautiful flowers complement finely textured foliage. Attractive at garden's edge, along walkways or as a small-scale ground cover and ideal for lightly shaded rock gardens. Plant in a lime-free, neutral to acidic (sour) soil.

Salvia

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Salvia

Striking flower spikes attract butterflies to the garden and make outstanding cut flowers, fresh or dried. Complements many perennials, including yarrow, coreopsis, rudbeckia and grasses. Remove faded flowers to extend flowering and promote rebloom.

Bellflower

Bellflower

Profuse flowers brighten garden's edge or rock gardens and attract hummingbirds. Lovely as a small-scale ground cover or grown on rock walls. Light green foliage provides excellent contrast when planted with evergreens or other dark-leaved plants.

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Chris V.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
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Ageratum

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Ageratum

This ever-popular annual bears vibrant flower clusters that attract butterflies. Tall varieties make a colorful addition to flower gardens and are excellent in bouquets. Shorter selections are perfect in containers for the deck or patio, or window boxes and baskets. Grows best in moist, well-drained soil.

Diascia

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Diascia

Sumptuous flowers bloom on short, upturned spikes, adding masses of bright color to the garden. Fast-growing, compact and extremely floriferous, this is a great plant for containers, baskets and garden's edge. Water during dry spells.

Globe Amaranth

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Globe Amaranth

Colorful, papery flower heads from summer to frost are a butterfly magnet, whether grown in the garden or in containers. Though plants typically reach 18 inches or taller, also look for compact 6-10 inch varieties for a tidy edge to the garden or walkway. Taller varieties have an open, branching form and work well both in mid-garden or as a see-through plant at garden's edge. An excellent and long-lasting cut flower; dried blooms will retain their color.

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George W.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
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Zinnia

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Zinnia

A new twist on a favorite from Grandma's garden, ムProfusion' zinnias are extremely tough, low maintenance, and are both weather and disease tolerant. Blooms continuously all summer. Combine with licorice plant, nasturtium and feather-type celosia at garden's edge or scatter them among aster and coneflower in a cottage garden.

Globe Amaranth

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Globe Amaranth

Colorful, papery flower heads from summer to frost are a butterfly magnet, whether grown in the garden or in containers. Though plants typically reach 18 inches or taller, also look for compact 6-10 inch varieties for a tidy edge to the garden or walkway. Taller varieties have an open, branching form and work well both in mid-garden or as a see-through plant at garden's edge. An excellent and long-lasting cut flower; dried blooms will retain their color.

Ageratum

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Ageratum

This ever-popular annual bears vibrant flower clusters that attract butterflies. Tall varieties make a colorful addition to flower gardens and are excellent in bouquets. Shorter selections are perfect in containers for the deck or patio, or window boxes and baskets. Grows best in moist, well-drained soil.

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Michael W.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
Plants: 

Heliotrope

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Heliotrope

Exquisitely fragrant flowers attract butterflies and perfume the garden. Beautiful planted with perennials or annuals or in hanging baskets or other containers. Plants can grow quite large (4-6') in a cool greenhouse or where hardy.

Dahlia

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Dahlia

Huge, long-lasting blooms on vigorous plants attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Excellent cut flower. Perfect for garden's edge, in containers and window boxes, or cut flower arrangements. Prefers rich, well-drained soil and full sun.

Cleome

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Cleome

Unusual flowers create clouds of color that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. These elegant and spectacular plants are best planted in multiples. Perfect as background plants, or striking against a wall or fence. Heat and drought tolerant, deer resistant. Prefers light, well-drained soil.

Beard-Tongue

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Beard-Tongue

Vibrant, long-blooming flowers are irresistible to hummingbirds. Beautiful in summer bouquets or planted in perennial gardens with cranesbill, yarrow and lamb's ear. Well-drained soil in winter improves hardiness. Remove faded flowers for rebloom.

Ageratum

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Ageratum

This ever-popular annual bears vibrant flower clusters that attract butterflies. Tall varieties make a colorful addition to flower gardens and are excellent in bouquets. Shorter selections are perfect in containers for the deck or patio, or window boxes and baskets. Grows best in moist, well-drained soil.

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Billie S.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
4 - 7
Plants: 

Bellflower

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Bellflower

Turkish Veronica

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Turkish Veronica

Tiny, leathery leaves form very low, prostrate mats of foliage. Bright flowers bloom profusely from late spring to early summer. Drought-tolerant plants are good for rock gardens, edging and ground cover.

Salvia

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Salvia

Spikes of richly colored flowers attract butterflies to the garden and are lovely in bouquets. Plant in large groups to emphasize the vibrant blooms or in container gardens blended with black-eyed Susan and pink petunias for a marvelous display.

Ageratum

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Ageratum

This ever-popular annual bears vibrant flower clusters that attract butterflies. Tall varieties make a colorful addition to flower gardens and are excellent in bouquets. Shorter selections are perfect in containers for the deck or patio, or window boxes and baskets. Grows best in moist, well-drained soil.

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Bill C.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
Plants: 

Angelonia

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Angelonia

Charming snapdragon-like flowers bloom profusely on upright stems. Purple flowers provide a colorful display in landscape beds or containers. This plant is extremely valuable for its heat tolerance and adaptability to moist or dry areas.

Black-Eyed Susan

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Black-Eyed Susan

Enormous 6-9" flowers attract butterflies to the garden. Outstanding cut flower, striking in the garden, and especially attractive planted with daylilies, daisies and grasses. Sturdy plants do not require staking. 1995 All-America Selections winner.

Salvia

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Salvia

Striking flower spikes attract butterflies to the garden and make outstanding cut flowers, fresh or dried. Complements many perennials, including yarrow, coreopsis, rudbeckia and grasses. Remove faded flowers to extend flowering and promote rebloom.

Sneezeweed

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Sneezeweed

Vibrant flowers are excellent for front of the garden or in bouquets. Striking in the butterfly garden with tall phlox, aster, coreopsis and ornamental grasses. Highly tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions; thrives in hot and dry locations.

Dusty Miller

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Dusty Miller

Highly divided silvery gray foliage has an antlerlike or coral-like appearance. Dusty Miller provides an excellent foil to most annuals and is a great choice to add contrast to beds, containers or baskets.

Common Boxwood

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Common Boxwood

Handsome evergreen shrub is very tolerant of pruning and shaping. Well-suited for topiary, entryways or hedging. Flowers in spring are insignificant but very fragrant. Prune in summer. Prefers fertile, well-drained soil and some shade.

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Erika K.'s collection

Plant type: 
shrub
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
5 - 9
Plants: 

Butterfly Bush

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Butterfly Bush

Wonderfully fragrant flowers on arching stems attract a profusion of butterflies to the garden. Stunning in the perennial or mixed shrub planting, or in large groupings. Remove faded flowers for continuous bloom. Prune hard in early spring.

Sweet Potato Vine

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Sweet Potato Vine

Stunning foliage highlights the garden and complements plants with burgundy or silver foliage or vibrant flowers. Lovely trailing across the ground or cascading from planters or window boxes. Produces edible orange tubers (potatoes).

Angelonia

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Angelonia

Charming snapdragon-like flowers bloom profusely on upright stems, providing a colorful display in either landscape beds or containers. This plant is extremely valuable for its heat tolerance and adaptability to moist or dry areas.

Black-Eyed Susan

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Black-Eyed Susan

Enormous 6-9" flowers attract butterflies to the garden. Outstanding cut flower, striking in the garden, and especially attractive planted with daylilies, daisies and grasses. Sturdy plants do not require staking. 1995 All-America Selections winner.

Ageratum

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Ageratum

An ever-popular annual bearing vibrant flower clusters that attract butterflies. This variety is weather tolerant with an extremely uniform growth habit. A colorful addition to flower gardens, deck or patio containers, or window boxes and baskets. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Canna

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Canna

Striking flowers attract butterflies and complement bold, colorful foliage. Fantastic in containers and planted in the garden. Lovely at water's edge and a wonderful contrast to fine-textured water plants. Can be grown as a house plant or lifted and stored from season to season where not winter hardy.

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Peter R.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
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Nicotiana

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Nicotiana

A refreshing change from the old annual standbys, with lovely star-shaped blooms that provide a unique shade of chartreuse that looks great in nearly any color scheme. Plant at garden's edge or add to combination pots with lobelia, zinnia and sweet potato vine. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

Grandiflora Petunia

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Grandiflora Petunia

This all-time favorite enlivens the garden with a profusion of blooms that are irresistible to butterflies and hummingbirds. Splendid in hanging baskets and containers. Super planted with verbena, marigold, zinnia, geranium or other annuals. Prune stems to promote bushiness.

Scented Geranium

Scented Geranium

Bring a bouquet of fragrance to your garden! Fantastic for potpourri, sachets, and as flavoring in food. Plant near walkways or in containers where plants can be touched to release their scent. Flowers attract butterflies and vary in size and color.

Lemon Verbena

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Lemon Verbena

Exquisite and intense lemon fragrance adds delightful flavor to teas, fruit salads, jams, jellies and iced drinks or dry for potpourri. Cut back young stems periodically to keep plants compact. In cold winter climates, grow in pots and winter indoors. A hardy shrub in USDA zones 8-10.

Rockspray Cotoneaster

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Rockspray Cotoneaster

This wonderful landscape plant makes an excellent ground cover or espalier. Low-growing habit with glossy leaves that turn reddish-purple in fall. Berries ripen to a striking red. Prune or train as needed to maintain desired shape.

Bronze Fennel

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Bronze Fennel

Aromatic, feathery bronze foliage is a fragrant and attractive filler in the herb or flower garden. Leaves and seeds have a pleasant anise flavor. Use fresh leaves in salads, soups and herb vinegar. Ripe seeds add zest to Italian sauces and sausage. Yellow flowers.

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JoEllen H.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
8 - 1
Plants: 

Canna

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Canna

Striking flowers attract butterflies and complement bold, colorful foliage. Fantastic in containers and planted in the garden. Lovely at water's edge and a wonderful contrast to fine-textured water plants. Can be grown as a house plant or lifted and stored from season to season where not winter hardy.

Basil

Basil

Stunning flowers and foliage for the herb or flower garden. Wonderfully aromatic leaves add a spicy flavor to sauces, salads and meat dishes, and give a lovely pink tint to white wine vinegar. Ideal for potpourri and dried arrangements. 

Black-Eyed Susan

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Black-Eyed Susan

Zinnia

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Zinnia

A favorite from Grandma's garden. This popular annual features brightly colored flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. An outstanding cut flower. Frequent cutting for bouquets promotes reblooming.

Butterfly Bush

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Butterfly Bush

Wonderfully fragrant flowers on arching stems attract a profusion of butterflies to the garden. Stunning in the perennial garden, for mixed shrub plantings or in large groupings. Remove faded flowers for continuous bloom. Prune hard in early spring.

Creeping Zinnia

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Creeping Zinnia

Low, creeping plants with bright flowers are delightful at garden's edge, in containers or along a walkway. Lovely planted with ageratum, baby's breath and blue delphinium. Very drought and heat tolerant once established.

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Georgia C.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
part sun
Zone: 
4 - 9
Plants: 

Foxglove

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Foxglove

Dramatic flowers attract hummingbirds to the garden. Beautiful in a wooded setting with goatsbeard, cimicifuga or snowdrop anemone. Divide after blooming or allow to self-seed to keep these lovely plants in the garden for years to come. Good cut flower.

Rose

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Rose

Abundant coral-pink blossoms have a perfect form and exude a rich, spicy fragrance. Climbs quickly and is a consistent performer all season. An excellent choice for trellises, arbors or wall-training.

Rose

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Rose

Arching canes bear large, creamy white double flowers with a flattened appearance and strong fragrance. Easily trained on an arbor or pillar, or use as a freestanding shrub. Remove spent flowers to encourage reblooming.

Pansy

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Pansy

Well-branched, compact plants with large flowers. Great for adding a splash of early or late season color. Completely hardy, even under snow! Flowers well into June. Replant in late summer for the following spring.

Southern Wood Fern

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Southern Wood Fern

Graceful fronds arch up and outward. Excellent as a ground cover in shady areas and as a background for shade-loving flowering plants. Combine with hosta, cimicifuga and tricyrtis for a delightful blend of textures. Grows best in humus-rich soil with good drainage.

Verbena

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Verbena

Profuse flowers over an exceptionally long season. A superb edging plant for butterfly gardens. Also ideal in containers or trailing over stones and rock walls. Beautiful contrast to yellow flowers or golden-leaved plants. Drought and heat tolerant.

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Vance H.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
9 - 1
Plants: 

Trailing Lantana

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Trailing Lantana

Brilliant flower clusters attract butterflies. Stunning in rock gardens or raised beds, where it will cascade gracefully to the ground. Also attractive in containers and as a ground cover. Heat and drought tolerant, and resistant to deer browsing.

Spikes

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Spikes

Long green, grasslike leaves grow upward from a common point, arching slightly until the leaf tips point down. A popular plant for adding height to a container garden. Very beautiful mixed with flowering plants.

Jupiter's Beard

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Jupiter's Beard

Fragrant flowers bloom over a long season. A fantastic display for butterfly, perennial or cutting gardens, and attractive in combination with yarrow, asters and coreopsis. Remove faded flowers to encourage rebloom. Does well in poor, dry soils.

Artemisia

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Artemisia

Outstanding foliage accent for perennial, fragrance or herb gardens. Highlights bright colors, blends with pastels, striking with deep reds and purples. Superb cut for fresh or dried arrangements or crafts. Shrublike growth; trim to shape in early spring.

Lantana

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Lantana

Brilliant flower clusters attract butterflies. Stunning in rock gardens or raised beds, where it will cascade gracefully to the ground. Also attractive in containers and as a ground cover. Heat and drought tolerant, and resistant to deer browsing.

Snow-in-Summer

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Snow-in-Summer

A quick-spreading ground cover with felted silvery green foliage that stays attractive all season. Beautiful when grown between stepping-stones, allowed to cascade over walls, or used in an all-white garden. Shear after flowering to promote new growth.

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Herb H.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
4 - 8
Plants: 

Rose Campion

Rose Campion

Felted silver-gray foliage and stems and a twiggy open form make this plant work well both in the garden or at garden's edge as a see-through plant. Flowers are most often a vibrant magenta, but white and blush-pink selections are also available. Plants are deer resistant and drought tolerant once established. The silver leaves allow this plant to work in nearly any color scheme, despite its strong flower color. Good cut flower. Allow to reseed for longevity in the garden.

Salvia

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Salvia

Long spikes of beautiful flowers attract butterflies and create a cloudlike effect in the garden. An attractive, long-blooming display in the landscape or cut for arrangements, fresh or dried. Remove faded flowers for best appearance in the garden.

Golden Creeping Jenny

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Creeping Jenny Golden

Vibrant flowers complement bright foliage. A vigorously spreading ground cover for moist woodland soil, at water's edge, on banks, or cascading over walls. Best foliage color when plants receive morning sunlight. A beautiful foliage accent in containers.

Creeping Vervain

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Creeping Vervain

Profuse flowers over an exceptionally long season. A superb edging plant for butterfly gardens; also ideal in containers or trailing over stones and rock walls. Beautiful contrasted with yellow flowers or golden-leaved plants. Drought and heat tolerant.

Iris

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Iris

Exquisite flowers in a stunning array of colors and forms, some scented; wonderful for attracting hummingbirds to the garden. Lovely planted with peonies, pinks, azaleas and lilacs; beautiful in flower arrangements. For best vigor divide every 3-4 years.

Poppy

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Poppy

Create a stunning display in your garden with these enormous bright flowers and bold gray-green foliage. Great addition to the perennial or cottage garden, where random re-seeding creates burst of color in any open spaces. Ornamental seed pods are wonderful dried for crafts and arrangements. Allow to reseed for repeat flowering and extended presence in the garden.

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Oran J.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
7 - 9
Plants: 

Spanish Lavender

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Spanish Lavender

Wonderfully fragrant plant has striking contrast between vibrant blooms and silvery foliage. A delight in decorative containers. Use dried flowers and leaves for potpourri, sachets, scented oils and crafts. May reseed where hardy; winter indoors in cold climates.

Lavender Cotton

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Lavender Cotton

Pindo Palm

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Pindo Palm

Small, slow-growing palm with silvery green fronds and edible fruit. This tropical palm can grow outdoors in warmer climates or it can be used for an indoor accent. Attractive in containers when used in a patio setting.

Rosemary

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Rosemary

Intensely fragrant leaves have a distinctive pungent flavor, excellent for seasoning meat or vegetable dishes. Grows well in containers, and can be trimmed into topiary forms for a formal setting. An attractive evergreen shrub where winter hardy. May be grown indoors in pots

Fringed Lavender (French Lavender)

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Fringed Lavender, French Lavender

Fragrant flowers and leaves, beautiful in herb gardens and excellent in containers. Attracts butterflies. Dried flowers and leaves are prized for potpourri, scented oils and crafts. Winters well in containers indoors, blooms year-round in mild climates.

Brachyscome

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Brachyscome

Abundant daisies accent clouds of lacy foliage. Wonderful in the rock garden, trailing over stone walls or at garden's edge, and stunning in hanging baskets and mixed containers. Prefers well-drained, fertile soil.

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Terry G.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
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Marigold

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Marigold

Add pizzazz to garden's edge, mass plantings, or container gardens. ムZenith' marigolds have more branches bearing more flowers that last longer. Increased heat and rain tolerance. Combine with plants with blue or purple flowers for greatest color contrast.

Dahlia

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Dahlia

Huge, long-lasting blooms on vigorous plants attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Excellent cut flower. Perfect for garden's edge, in containers and window boxes, or cut flower arrangements. Prefers rich, well-drained soil and full sun.

Black-Eyed Susan

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Black-Eyed Susan

This impressive seedling from ムGoldsturm' offers larger, brighter golden daisies on a shorter plant. Mildew resistant. Excellent cut flower, outstanding in the perennial garden or wildflower planting, and especially attractive planted with grasses.

Garden Mum

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Garden Mum

Striking flowers attract butterflies to the garden. Wonderful for bouquets and lovely in gardens or mixed landscape plantings with ornamental grasses and asters. Pinch in early June to keep plants compact and delay flowering, if desired.

Dwarf Canna

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Dwarf Canna

Fabulously colored large blooms attract butterflies and complement bold, colorful foliage. A compact, low-growing variety lovely at water's edge and a wonderful contrast to fine-textured water plants. Very handsome in container gardens or along walls. In northern climates, lift and store root rhizomes over winter.

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Ada J.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
5 - 9
Plants: 

English Lavender

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English Lavender

Wonderfully aromatic flowers and leaves; outstanding in butterfly, herb or rock gardens. Attractive planted with yarrows or sedums, or used as a low hedge. Dried flowers or leaves are valued for use in potpourri, sachets or everlasting arrangements.

Crocosmia

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Crocosmia

Striking flowers on graceful stems attract hummingbirds to the garden and are a breathtaking addition to summer bouquets. Beautiful in the mixed perennial garden with coreopsis, yarrow or coneflowers. The root is actually a corm and should be planted about 10" (25 cm) deep.

German Statice

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German Statice

Beautiful flower sprays make an attractive, airy cloud in the garden above leathery gray-green leaves. Excellent cut or dried flower. Lovely at garden's edge or as a filler between other plants. Well adapted to seaside conditions and drought.

Artemisia

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Artemisia

These plants are grown mainly for their soft, fragrant foliage in shades of green, silver and gray. Excellent in the mixed perennial garden as specimens or accents. Many are useful for fresh or dried flower arrangements. Cut back in late fall or early spring. Many become vigorous.

Autumn Sage

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Autumn Sage

Spikes of beautiful flowers are a hummingbird magnet. The intricate blooms are a great accent for gardens and containers. A lovely companion to yarrow, daisies, coreopsis and ornamental grasses. Heat and drought tolerant. Good winter drainage is essential.

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Vaughn B.'s collection

Plant type: 
rose
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
5 - 9
Plants: 

Rose

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Rose

Wonderful free-flowering shrub has a vigorous growth habit and bears clusters of lovely, softly hued flowers. A beautiful selection to use for accent or specimen, or in a rose garden. Plant exhibits good disease resistance.

Spanish Lavender

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Spanish Lavender

Wonderfully fragrant plant has striking contrast between vibrant blooms and silvery foliage. A delight in decorative containers. Use dried flowers and leaves for potpourri, sachets, scented oils and crafts. May reseed where hardy; winter indoors in cold climates.

Lantana

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Lantana

Brilliant flower clusters attract butterflies. Stunning in rock gardens or raised beds, where it will cascade gracefully to the ground. Also attractive in containers and as a ground cover. Heat and drought tolerant, and resistant to deer browsing.

Bloody Cranesbill

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Bloody Cranesbill

Vibrant long-blooming flowers attract butterflies. Beautiful in the rock garden, as a small-scale ground cover or at garden's edge, planted with Siberian iris, garden phlox, bellflowers and ornamental grasses. Attractive foliage with vibrant fall color.

Lavender

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Lavender

Wonderfully aromatic flowers and leaves on compact plants. Outstanding in butterfly, herb or rock gardens. Attractive planted with yarrows or sedums, or used as a low hedge. Dried flowers and leaves are valued for use in potpourri, sachets or everlasting arrangements.

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Roger L.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
6 - 9
Plants: 

Lavender Cotton

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Lavender Cotton

Fringed Lavender (French Lavender)

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Fringed Lavender, French Lavender

Fragrant flowers and leaves, beautiful in herb gardens and excellent in containers. Attracts butterflies. Dried flowers and leaves are prized for potpourri, scented oils and crafts. Winters well in containers indoors, blooms year-round in mild climates.

Siberian Wallflower

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Siberian Wallflower

Dainty, four-petaled flowers are borne in clusters on long stems. Narrow, gray-green foliage is attractive and evergreen in warmer climates. An excellent choice for rock gardens, perennial borders and walls.

Blue Fescue

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Blue Fescue

Outstanding in perennial or rock gardens, in mixed landscape plantings or as a small-scale ground cover. Good companion plant for Sedum ムAutumn Joy' or hardy geraniums. Remove faded flowers to promote foliage growth. Tolerant of dry, poor soil.

Dusty Miller

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Dusty Miller

Highly divided silvery gray foliage has an antlerlike or coral-like appearance. Dusty Miller provides an excellent foil to most annuals and is a great choice to add contrast to beds, containers or baskets.

Mexican Bush Sage

Mexican Bush Sage

Graceful 10" spikes of long-lasting, fragrant blue-purple flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. Outstanding in cut arrangements, fresh or dried. Complements many perennials including yarrow, coreopsis, rudbeckia and grasses.

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Ulrich B.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
part sun
Zone: 
6 - 9
Plants: 

Crocosmia

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Crocosmia

Striking flowers on graceful stems attract hummingbirds to the garden and are a breathtaking addition to summer bouquets. Beautiful in the mixed perennial garden with coreopsis, yarrow or coneflowers. Benefits from a winter mulch in zone 5.

Sweet Potato Vine

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Sweet Potato Vine

An outstanding plant with deep purple, spade-shaped leaves that provide excellent contrast in the garden. Ideal in hanging baskets and containers or as an accent in borders. Makes a beautiful annual ground cover. Will thrive in full sun, but color deepens in part shade.

Zinnia

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Zinnia

A favorite from Grandma's garden. This popular annual features brightly colored flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. An outstanding cut flower. Frequent cutting for bouquets promotes reblooming.

Verbena

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Verbena

Fine-textured foliage and flowers make this a wonderful plant for softening curb edges or cascading over the rim of a large combination pot. Vibrant flowers attract butterflies. This plant likes it hot and dry! Drought tolerant. Do not overwater.

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Laine P.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
Plants: 

Marigold

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Marigold

Delightful double flowers add vibrant color to the flower garden, containers, or the vegetable garden, where its fragrance can deter pests. Very attractive in combination with blue-spiked flowers. This low-growing French marigold prefers well-drained soil.

Nasturtium

Nasturtium

Brightly colored, spice-scented flowers contrast nicely with deep green foliage. Nasturtiums naturally discourage insects, and the flowers and leaves are edible. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds all season.

Marigold

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Marigold

Petite, ruffled flowers grow on sturdy stems above deeply divided foliage. A fast-growing annual for garden's edge, window boxes or containers. Very attractive in combination with blue-spiked flowers.

Nasturtium

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Nasturtium

Brightly colored, spice-scented flowers contrast nicely with deep green foliage. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds all season.

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Nell O.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
Plants: 

Zinnia

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Zinnia

A favorite from Grandma's garden. This popular annual features brightly colored flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. An outstanding cut flower. Frequent cutting for bouquets promotes reblooming.

African Marigold

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African Marigold

Huge flowers add vibrant color to the flower garden, in containers, or around the vegetable garden where its fragrance can deter pests. Very attractive in combination with blue-spiked flowers. Full flower heads can withstand overhead watering. Prefers well-drained soil.

Zinnia

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Zinnia

A new twist on a favorite from Grandma's garden, ムProfusion' zinnias are extremely tough, low maintenance, and are both weather and disease tolerant. Blooms continuously all summer. Combine with licorice plant, nasturtium and feather-type celosia at garden's edge or scatter them among aster and coneflower in a cottage garden.

Zinnia

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Zinnia

A favorite from Grandma's garden. This popular annual features brightly colored flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. An outstanding cut flower. Frequent cutting for bouquets promotes reblooming.

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Yori H.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
Plants: 

Angelonia

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Angelonia

Charming snapdragon-like flowers bloom profusely on upright stems, providing a colorful display in either landscape beds or containers. This plant is extremely valuable for its heat tolerance and adaptability to moist or dry areas.

Lantana

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Lantana

Dahlia

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Dahlia

Huge, long-lasting blooms on vigorous plants attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Excellent cut flower. Perfect for garden's edge, in containers and window boxes, or cut flower arrangements. Prefers rich, well-drained soil and full sun.

Canna

Canna

Striking flowers attract hummingbirds and complement bold, colorful foliage. Lovely at water's edge and a wonderful contrast to fine-textured water plants. Can be grown as a houseplant or lifted and stored from season to season where not winter hardy.

Zonal Geranium

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Zonal Geranium

Large clusters of colorful blooms spring through fall on upright-growing foliage with distinctive leaf design. Pinto™ tolerates both cold and hot conditions, offering toughness and versatility for containers and landscapes. Remove spent flowers for continuous bloom. Keep soil moist and feed monthly with low-nitrogen fertilizer for nonstop blooming.

Napiergrass

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Napiergrass

Graceful flower plumes and striking foliage are lovely in the summer landscape. Wonderful paired with bold, vibrant plants for contrast, or with complementary cool pastels and grays. Lovely in containers or mixed plantings. Excellent cut flower.

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Owen P.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
Plants: 

Angelonia

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Angelonia

Charming snapdragon-like flowers bloom profusely on upright stems, providing a colorful display in either landscape beds or containers. This plant is extremely valuable for its heat tolerance and adaptability to moist or dry areas.

Ageratum

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Ageratum

An ever-popular annual bearing vibrant flower clusters that attract butterflies. This variety is weather tolerant with an extremely uniform growth habit. A colorful addition to flower gardens, deck or patio containers, or window boxes and baskets. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Lantana

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Lantana

Dahlia

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Dahlia

Huge, long-lasting blooms on vigorous plants attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Excellent cut flower. Perfect for garden's edge, in containers and window boxes, or cut flower arrangements. Prefers rich, well-drained soil and full sun.

Cuphea

Cuphea

Large-petaled blooms enhance gardens and containers alike. Weather resistant, non-stop flowers perform all summer and will attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

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Jack S.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
Plants: 

Salvia

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Salvia

Spikes of tubular flowers bloom season-long on well-branched plants. These heat and drought tolerant plants are a bright addition to landscape borders and containers. The bright color provides a punch of color in borders and pots.

African Marigold

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African Marigold

Large flowers add vibrant color to the flower garden or containers. Useful in the vegetable garden, where its fragrance can deter pests. Very attractive in combination with blue-spiked flowers. Long-blooming, tough and compact. Prefers well-drained soil.

Zinnia

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Zinnia

A new twist on a favorite from Grandma's garden, ムProfusion' zinnias are extremely tough, low maintenance, and are both weather and disease tolerant. Blooms continuously all summer. Combine with licorice plant, nasturtium and feather-type celosia at garden's edge or scatter them among aster and coneflower in a cottage garden.

Mealy Sage

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Mealy Sage

Spikes of richly colored flowers attract butterflies to the garden and are lovely in bouquets. This variety has a tidy, compact growth habit. Plant in large groups to emphasize the vibrant blooms or in container gardens blended with black-eyed Susan and pink petunias for a marvelous display.

Zinnia

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Zinnia

A favorite from Grandma's garden. This popular annual features brightly colored flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. An outstanding cut flower. Frequent cutting for bouquets promotes reblooming.

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