Container

Nothing holds more promise than an empty planter waiting to be transformed by those container garden design ideas you’ve seen in magazines, catalogs, and garden centers. Decorating with containers is a great way to add instant color and texture to patios, decks, walkways, and entryways. Better yet, container gardens are easy to plant and simple to maintain – all you need is a little creativity and inspiration!

Whether you’re an expert looking for new plant combinations or a beginner looking to get started with a few container garden ideas, we’re here to help! We’ve combined thrillers, spillers, and fillers to create garden collections that look great and thrive under similar growing conditions. Browse through our container garden design ideas to find the collections that fit your lifestyle.

Want to try your hand at annuals, perennials, herbs, or vegetables? We have inspired garden container ideas for planters, hanging baskets, and window boxes. Start with a container you love, add soil and fertilizer, then head to the garden center with our handy shopping list. All of our container garden ideas can be created with six plants or less. Feel free to use our collections as a starting point and then change the colors and arrangement to fit your personal taste.

Don’t be afraid to completely change your containers with the season! Replace pansies and spring bulbs with vibrant summer flowers, then welcome fall with mums, ornamental cabbages and pumpkins. Our collections include garden container ideas for spring, summer, and fall container plantings. Don’t feel guilty about a container update – after all you wouldn’t wear white after Labor Day, so why keep those hot pink flowers in September?

 

Containers are also a great way to decorate for a special event or holiday. From an outdoor wedding to a backyard barbeque or even a pumpkin carving party, there are container garden design ideas that complement any theme. The garden center offers limitless possibilities for flowers and plants in colors, shapes, and styles that fit your décor. Try some Garden container ideas at your next party to set the mood…

Once you see the container garden ideas you like, simply print out the shopping list to make your trip to the garden center a breeze.

 

Don B.'s collection

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

Aeonium

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Aeonium

A succulent shrub of green-leaved rosettes, tinged red. Creamy yellow flower spikes emerge from the center of the rosettes. Great on steep and rocky slopes.

Senecio

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Senecio

Rosemary

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Rosemary

A low, spreading rosemary with fragrant, needle-like green leaves and deep blue flowers. Great when allowed to cascade over walls or containers. May be used fresh or dried to flavor meats, sauces and soups.

Snapdragon

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Snapdragon

An old-fashioned favorite prized for its beautiful flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. This compact variety is loaded with blooms. Combines well with zinnia, marigold, sweet potato vine and other sun-lovers. Remove spent flowers to encourage rebloom. Prefers fertile, well-drained soil.

Hen and Chicks

Hen and Chicks

This easy-care plant is heat tolerant, drought tolerant, and deadheading is not necessary. Rosettes of wavy, coral-blushed blue-green leaves produce slender wands of red pink flowers. Grows well in poor, rocky soil, and ideally suited for rock gardens, mixed containers and desert plantings. Can be grown indoors as a house plant where not cold hardy--simply place in a bright window and water sparingly.

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Ed R.'s collection

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

Hen and Chicks

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Hen & Chicks

Rosettes of succulent leaves on neat plants have an unusual look. Great for container gardening, particularly in strawberry jars. Use between pavers, stone steps or scattered along garden's edge. Requires sharply drained soil.

Hen and Chicks

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Hen and Chicks

Striking evergreen foliage has a unique webbed appearance. Excellent for strawberry jars or other containers, miniature gardens, rock gardens and walls. Attractive at garden's edge or as a small-scale ground cover. Rose-red flowers in flat clusters.

Hen and Chicks

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Hen and Chicks

Rosettes of succulent leaves have an unusual look. Great for container gardening, especially in strawberry jars, plant some in between pavers, stone steps or along garden's edge. Requires sharply drained soil.

Hen and Chicks

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Hen and Chicks

Striking evergreen foliage on vigorous plants. Excellent for strawberry jars or other containers, miniature gardens, rock gardens and walls. Attractive at garden's edge or as a small-scale ground cover. Deep pink flowers in flat clusters.

Hen and Chicks

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Hen and Chicks

Rosettes of succulent leaves on neat little plants have an unusual look. Great for container gardening, particularly in strawberry jars. Or tuck some in between pavers, stone steps or scattered along garden's edge. Requires sharply drained soil.

Hen and Chicks

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Hen and Chicks

This easy care plant is heat tolerant, drought tolerant, and deadheading is not necessary. Exquisite red markings define the interior and edges of each leaf; pink flowers appear in fall. Use in rock gardens, mixed containers and desert plantings.

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Chelsea C.'s collection

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

Daffodil

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Daffodil

Let these vibrant flowers help welcome spring! A cheerful sight after a long winter, combine these beautiful flowering bulbs with tulips, pulmonaria and hyacinth for a spectacular early season display. If planted in a container the previous fall, they can be brought inside for an indoor garden.

Common Thyme

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Common Thyme

Tiny leaves, with pretty gray-silver variegation form a cushion of foliage highlighted by dainty flowers. Makes an excellent edging plant. Thyme adds flavor to vegetables, stuffings, soups, seafood, meats and poultry.

Pansy

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.

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.

Corkscrew Willow

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Corkscrew Willow

Mustard Greens

Mustard Greens

Flavorful foliage brings a mild, pleasing mustard taste to salads, soups, stir-fry or used as greens. Leaves are also quite attractive, in shades of bright green or deep burgundy, perfect for the edible landscape or simply ornamental use. Mustard is a cool-season vegetable that can turn bitter in the heat of summer; for best quality greens, plant in early spring and again in fall, avoiding hot weather. A quick, easy-to-grow vegetable.

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Marylou N.'s collection

Plant type: 
tropical
Light: 
shade
Zone: 
1 - 1
Plants: 

Peace Lily

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Peace Lily

Beautiful snowy white flowers resemble a calla lily on this easy-to-grow plant. An ideal plant to use as a focal point in a room. Great on a shaded patio. Prefers moderate home temperatures of 70-75°F (21-24°C) daytimes and 65-70°F (18-21°C) nights.

Nephthytis

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Nephthytis

Nepthytis, also known as Arrowhead Plant, is an attractive, vigorous foliage plant. The most common varieties have green or green and white variegated leaves. However, cultivars are now available that sport shades of pink and white too. It’s great for hanging baskets, cascading over containers or trained to climb a small trellis.

Dwarf Elephant's Ear

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Dwarf Elephant's Ear

Exotic foliage brings a dramatic tropical flavor to your home. This tightly clumping elephant ear produces glossy dark green leaves with lime green veins.

Dumb Cane

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Dumb Cane

Beautiful, bold foliage plant; attractive displayed alone or in groupings. As plants grow, the lower leaves drop, revealing an interesting trunklike stalk. Keep out of the reach of small children and pets, as the sap is irritating to the mouth.

Mondo Grass

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Mondo Grass

Striking foliage with well-defined variegation makes a stunning show in the landscape. Spreading, grasslike leaves are well-suited for garden's edge, ground cover, or along a pathway. Late-season flower spikes are followed by small blue-black berries. Benefits from light fertilization throughout the growing season.

Algerian Ivy

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Algerian Ivy

This beautiful ivy adds rich texture to a wide range of landscape situations. In warm climates, use as a ground cover, for erosion control on slopes, or as a vine for climbing tree trunks and walls. Where not hardy, add to outdoor containers for porch, deck or use for indoor greenery. Prefers humus-rich, moist well-drained soil.

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Jake R.'s collection

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

Aeonium

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Aeonium

A succulent shrub of green-leaved rosettes, tinged red. Creamy yellow flower spikes emerge from the center of the rosettes. Great on steep and rocky slopes.

Kalanchoe

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Kalanchoe

Succulent leaves produce flowers in shades of red, pink, salmon, white, orange and yellow. Generally available year-round as a potted plant. Use as a colorful accent for house, porch or patio. When flowers fade, retain as an interesting foliage plant. Prefers well-drained soil and partial shade.

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

Setcreasea

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Setcreasea

Bold and vibrant, especially in full sun, use this trailing plant as a ground cover where climate allows. In cooler regions, use as a houseplant or in combination plantings for patio or deck. Contrasts well with blue flowers. Known to survive mild winters, but frost will kill tops. Prefers well-drained soil.

Hen and Chicks

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Hen and Chicks

This easy care plant is heat tolerant, drought tolerant, and deadheading is not necessary. Exquisite red markings define the interior and edges of each leaf; pink flowers appear in fall. Use in rock gardens, mixed containers and desert plantings.

Hen and Chicks

Hen and Chicks

This easy-care plant is heat tolerant, drought tolerant, and deadheading is not necessary. Rosettes of thick, succulent leaves produce slender wands of coral to pink flowers. Grows well in poor, rocky soil, and ideally suited for rock gardens, mixed containers and desert plantings. Can be grown indoors as a house plant where not cold hardy--simply place in a bright window and water sparingly.

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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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Desiree M.'s collection

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

Agave

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Agave

Aloe

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Aloe

Known for its healing properties, the gel-like substance from these leaves is used for everything from skin conditioners to hair rinses. A pot kept by the kitchen window will provide a handy remedy for cuts and burns. Individual leaves may be used as needed.

Gold Tooth Aloe

Gold Tooth Aloe

Striking, succulent foliage with leaf margins lined with golden yellow teeth, which also appear scattered on the leaf surface. Adds textural interest to containers, or planted in the garden where the climate is suitable. Plants can be wintered indoors or grown as a houseplant where not hardy; place in a bright location and water sparingly. Vibrant orange-red flowers on slender 24" wands are attractive to hummingbirds.

Dwarf Utah Agave

Dwarf Utah Agave

Beautiful rosettes of silver-blue foliage with leaf margins lined with contrasting black teeth. Plants are deer and rabbit resistant, and tolerant of drought and heat. Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds. Excellent container plant or in the garden, and can be grown as an easy-care houseplant in cold winter climates. Mature, established landscape plants will produce a spectacular column-like flower stalk up to 6' tall, covered with small yellow flowers. Needs dry outdoor conditions in winter.

Spotted Aloe

Spotted Aloe

Rosettes of succulent, speckled foliage are striking in the garden or in containers. Plants are deer and rabbit resistant and tolerant of drought. Mature, established landscape plants will produce tall, slender spires with orange to red flowers. Often grown as an easy-care houseplant or a summer annual, where plants will remain small and are grown for their decorative foliage.

Hen and Chicks

Hen and Chicks

This easy-care plant is heat tolerant, drought tolerant, and deadheading is not necessary. Rosettes of thick, succulent leaves produce slender wands of coral to pink flowers. Grows well in poor, rocky soil, and ideally suited for rock gardens, mixed containers and desert plantings. Can be grown indoors as a house plant where not cold hardy--simply place in a bright window and water sparingly.

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Jayne G.'s collection

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

Torenia

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Torenia

Uniquely shaped flowers bloom season-long over low-growing plants. Thriving in shade, they add excitement to container gardens, at garden's edge or as a houseplant. Pinch to keep bushy and full. Keep soil evenly moist.

Licorice Plant

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Licorice Plant

Attractive rounded leaves are borne on this trailing plant. Foliage contrasts with and highlights other plants, making this a superb addition to containers, hanging baskets and gardens. Combines well with geranium, verbena and dwarf delphinium. Prefers well-drained soil.

Torenia

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Torenia

Uniquely shaped flowers bloom season-long over low-growing plants. Thriving in shade, they add excitement to container gardens, at garden's edge or as a houseplant. Pinch to keep bushy and full. Keep soil evenly moist.

Torenia

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Torenia

Uniquely shaped flowers bloom season-long over low-growing plants. Thriving in shade, they add excitement to container gardens, at garden's edge or as a houseplant. Pinch to keep bushy and full. Keep soil evenly moist.

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John S.'s collection

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

Egyptian Papyrus

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Egyptian Papyrus

A bold and dramatic foliage plant with enormous flower clusters up to 12" across. Stunning in the water garden or large container. This plant is used in the ancient Egyptian art of paper-making. May be wintered indoors, as space permits.

Persian Shield

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Persian Shield

Absolutely stunning foliage. This unusual plant displays carmine highlights on shimmering copper-purple to metallic blue leaves. Fabulous for combination pots or planting in large drifts.

Artemisia

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Artemisia

Outstanding plant for the rock garden or at garden's edge. Use for striking contrast with vibrant colors or as a cool complement to blues and pinks. Flowers and foliage dry well for arrangements. Tolerant of seaside conditions and poor, dry soil.

Blood Leaf

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Blood Leaf

Beautiful, deep purple foliage makes a stunning accent in mixed containers, hanging baskets and at garden's edge. Try pairing it with bold, contrasting textures and colors for a dramatic effect.

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Alma R.'s collection

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

Grandiflora Petunia

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Grandiflora Petunia

Fan Flower

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Fan Flower

Profuse flowers blanket cascading stems throughout the season. Heat-tolerant plants thrive in hanging baskets, patio planters, mixed containers or in the garden as a small-scale ground cover. Lovely combined with bold-textured or dark-foliaged plants.

Phlox

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Phlox

Produces clusters of brilliantly colored flowers. Attracts hummingbirds to gardens or containers. Phlox make good cut flowers. Remove spent blooms to promote additional blooms and extend the blooming period.

Angelonia

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Angelonia

Charming pink 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.

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Lisa O.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
7 - 1
Plants: 

Orange Sedge

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Orange Sedge

Beautiful fine-textured ornamental grass; excellent in rock gardens, slopes and banks. Attractive bronze foliage complements silver foliages, bright flowers and variegated grasses. Flowers and fruit are inconspicuous.

Lantana

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Lantana

Vibrant flowers attract butterflies to the garden. Striking as a ground cover, low hedge, topiary or in mixed containers. Where not hardy, may be wintered indoors in a bright location. Vigorous, drought tolerant plants are resistant to deer browsing.

Phlox

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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. This cultivar is compact and quite weather tolerant. Remove faded flowers to prolong blooming.

Dahlia

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Dahlia

Lovely flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds and contrast starkly with the richly hued foliage. These beautiful plants create a stunning display at garden's edge, in containers, window boxes or cut flower arrangements. Where not hardy, dig roots and store in a cool, dry place until spring.

Lantana

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Lantana

Profuse flowers attract butterflies to the garden. Striking as a ground cover, low hedge, topiary or in mixed containers. In cold-winter climates may be wintered indoors where it makes an excellent houseplant. Vigorous spreading where hardy.

Ivy

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Ivy

This self-branching variety add rich, bushy texture to a wide range of landscape situations. Ideal as a ground cover, for erosion control on slopes, or as a vine for climbing tree trunks and walls. Add to outdoor combination planters or use for indoor greenery. Prefers humus-rich, moist well-drained soil.

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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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Nora T.'s collection

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

Bacopa

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Bacopa

Cascading sprays of tiny flowers cover mounded plants. Outstanding as an airy filler in combination plantings or mixed containers, and wonderful in hanging baskets, as a small-scale ground cover, or at garden's edge.

Zonal Geranium

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Zonal Geranium

Vibrant blossoms provide a season-long display of color and attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Lovely in mixed garden plantings and containers. Combine with sweet potato vine, coleus and verbena for a delightful blend of color, texture and form.

Fan Flower

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Fan Flower

Profuse flowers blanket cascading stems throughout the season. Heat-tolerant plants thrive in hanging baskets, patio planters, mixed containers or in the garden as a small-scale ground cover. Lovely combined with bold-textured or dark-foliaged plants.

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Olivia G.'s collection

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

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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Wanda B.'s collection

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

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.

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.

Ornamental Pepper

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Ornamental Pepper

Shiny black "pearls" of berries that mature to a vibrant red are nestled among striking black foliage. Provides outstanding color contrast as a landscape plant or in containers. Compact, upright form for accent. Prefers well-drained soil. 2006 AAS winner.

Japanese Silver Grass

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Japanese Silvergrass

Delightful silvery foliage forms petite, graceful clumps, ideal for smaller gardens, landscapes or at water's edge. Striking complement to large-leaved plants and evergreens for winter effect. Pinkish flower plumes, beautiful cut or dried.

Pansy

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Pansy

Abundant flowers adorn compact plants. Excellent for adding early and late season color to gardens and containers.

Greek Oregano

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Greek Oregano

Tender, sweetly spicy leaves with excellent flavor. Adds zest to Greek, Italian and Mexican cuisine and complements tomato dishes, beef or lamb stew, gravies, soups, salads or casseroles. Use fresh, dried or fresh frozen. Harvest before flowering.

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Annabel V.'s collection

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

Canna

Canna

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

Sweet Potato Vine

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Sweet Potato Vine

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

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.

Lantana

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Lantana

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.

Calibrachoa

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Calibrachoa

Profuse, vibrant trumpets burst open with color, covering the handsome, trailing foliage of this excellent landscape plant. Whether rambling across the garden floor or gently tumbling over a container's edge, plentiful flowers abound on this uniform variety. Prefers well-drained soil.

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Bonnie M.'s collection

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

Spreading Petunia

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Spreading Petunia

The choice for garden beds, baskets and containers! Fast-growing, mounded plants spread up to 3' (90 cm) and produce masses of bright 2 1/4" (6 cm) blooms all season. Use for quick cover on the ground, in containers or baskets. Lovely in combination with other annuals.

Blood Leaf

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Blood Leaf

Heat, sun and shade tolerant, ムBlazin' Rose' has many uses in the landscape. Exceptionally colored foliage contrasts nicely with silver or green-leaved plants, and looks good on its own. Pinch tips to shape and control growth.

Licorice Plant

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Licorice Plant

Attractive rounded leaves are borne on this trailing plant. Foliage contrasts with and highlights other plants, making this a superb addition to containers, hanging baskets and gardens. Combines well with geranium, verbena and dwarf delphinium. Prefers well-drained soil.

Salvia

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Salvia

Stunning electric blue flowers contrast sharply with the black stems. Especially attractive to hummingbirds. Excellent for middle or back of the garden. Terrific complement to coreopsis, rudbeckia and ornamental grasses. Good cut flower.

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.

Cordyline

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Cordyline

Easy-to-grow plant with absolutely striking, glowing purple and dark red foliage. The plant acquires a palmlike appearance as it matures. A show stopping specimen when used in containers. Likes high humidity.

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Amy S.'s collection

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

Plants: 

Lantana

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Lantana

Vibrant flower clusters attract butterflies. Striking in gardens and containers, where plants can easily be trimmed to shape. Excellent drought and heat tolerance, and resistant to deer browsing. Vigorous where hardy; may be wintered indoors where not hardy. Prune lightly in mid- to late spring.

Geranium

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Geranium

Large flower clusters in varying shades put on a fabulous display in gardens, baskets or containers. Groom plants by removing spent flowers and leaves. Feed regularly with a balanced fertilizer to ensure a fantastic show of blooms.

Coreopsis

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Coreopsis

Profuse, large, pale yellow, daisy-shaped flowers bloom over a long season. Attracts butterflies and bees to the garden. Airy, fernlike foliage is a superb filler in the flower garden or bouquet. Will tolerate heat, humidity and dry soil.

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.

Calibrachoa

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Calibrachoa

A profusion of miniature flowers in an array of vibrant colors bloom throughout the season. Attracts hummingbirds. Cascades beautifully from containers and window boxes, trails over stone walls, and is a wonderful edging for garden paths.

Purple Fountain Grass

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Purple Fountain Grass

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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Melba D.'s collection

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

Plants: 

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.

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Algerian Ivy

This beautiful ivy adds rich texture to a wide range of landscape situations. In warm climates, use as a ground cover, for erosion control on slopes, or as a vine for climbing tree trunks and walls. Where not hardy, add to containers for porch, deck or indoor greenery. Prefers humus-rich, moist well-drained soil.

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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.

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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.

Coral Bells

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Coral Bells

This exciting heuchera produces ruffled purple leaves and brilliant coral flowers. Makes a wonderful addition to the perennial border or rock garden. Delicate pink flower spikes complement the foliage and are lovely in cut flower arrangements.

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Impatiens

Large, abundant flowers contrast beautifully with the rich, compact foliage. Highlights the shaded garden and is especially lovely in mixed containers, hanging baskets, at garden's edge, or anywhere a splash of color is desired.

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Michele B.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
shade
Zone: 
3 - 9

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Hosta

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Hosta

Beautiful, powdery blue leaves and lightly fragrant, near-white flowers in early summer brighten shady spots in the landscape. Visual appeal and a growth habit that produces new leaves all season make this a breeding breakthrough and a choice addition to your shade garden.

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Spotted Deadnettle

Beautifully variegated leaves and long-blooming flowers brighten shaded gardens and summer containers. Superb ground cover beneath trees or shrubs, especially when combined with spring-flowering bulbs. Attractive at garden's edge or along walkways.

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Impatiens

Bright flowers with a darker edge bloom over compact plants. These prolific bloomers are an excellent choice for annual beds, garden edges or decorative containers in the shady garden. Highlights the shaded garden, especially lovely in mixed containers or anywhere a splash of color is desired.

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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.

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Japanese Painted Fern

Fantastic foliage for the shaded or woodland garden. Attractive accent to burgundy or silver-leaved plants and ruby or white flowers, which highlight the rich colors in the fern. New growth is lighter in color and contrasts nicely with older fronds.

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Donna G.'s collection

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

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Stock

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Stock

Panicles of fragrant flowers add color to the garden's edge or container garden. Lovely in the landscape or cut flower arrangement with lighter-textured plants, such as baby's breath or low-growing grasses. Average to alkaline (sweet) soil is best.

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Mexican Feather Grass

Slender, bright green leaves topped with tan flowers sway easily in the breeze, bringing texture and motion to your garden. Stunning combined with coneflower, yarrow, aster and sedum. Flower plumes are wonderful in dried arrangements.

Ranunculus

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Ranunculus

Delightfully silky, cup-shaped flowers rise above delicately cut foliage. Provides vibrant color and delicate texture to the landscape. An excellent cut flower, either alone or mixed with other blooms. Also nice in containers or for naturalizing.

Pansy

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.

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Candytuft

Profuse 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. Shiny evergreen leaves.

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Algerian Ivy

This beautiful ivy adds rich texture to a wide range of landscape situations. In warm climates, use as a ground cover, for erosion control on slopes, or as a vine for climbing tree trunks and walls. Where not hardy, add to containers for porch, deck or indoor greenery. Prefers humus-rich, moist well-drained soil.

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Diana R.'s collection

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

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Leatherleaf Sedge

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Leatherleaf Sedge

Beautiful fine-textured ornamental grass. Excellent in the perennial garden or as a ground cover. The cinnamon-colored foliage is outstanding planted with silver foliage plants, brightly colored flowers or variegated grasses.

Sweet Potato Vine

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Sweet Potato Vine

Wonderful trailing foliage provides fabulous color contrast in the garden. Beautiful complement to both flowers and foliage, particularly yellow ones. Ideal as small-scale ground cover or cascading from planters or window boxes. Produces edible tubers (potatoes).

Calibrachoa

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Calibrachoa

A profusion of miniature flowers in an array of vibrant colors bloom throughout the season. Attracts hummingbirds. Cascades beautifully from containers and window boxes, trails over stone walls, and is a wonderful edging for garden paths.

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Gloriosa Daisy

A profusion of vibrant flowers attracts 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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Celosia

Large plumes on easy-to-grow plants. Wonderful contrast between bold foliage and feathery flowers. Well-suited for garden's edge or in combination plantings with sweet potato vine, spikes and trailing geranium. Unique addition to fresh or dried floral arrangements.

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Angelonia

Valued for its heat and drought tolerance, this tropical perennial bears an abundance of charming flowers that makes a colorful display in landscape beds, combination pots or window boxes. Prefers moist, well-drained fertile soil.

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Janet J.'s collection

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

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Coral Bells

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Coral Bells

This exciting heuchera produces ruffled purple leaves and brilliant coral flowers. Makes a wonderful addition to the perennial border or rock garden. Delicate pink flower spikes complement the foliage and are lovely in cut flower arrangements.

Cordyline

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Cordyline

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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Autumn Fern

A wonderful, easy-to-grow fern. Newly unfolding fronds have a beautiful coppery-pink color, aging to deep green. Striking in shaded or woodland gardens, formal or informal. Attractive with hostas, epimedium and wild ginger. Good filler for bouquets.

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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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Astilbe

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.

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Mary M.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
7 - 1

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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.

Canna

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Canna

Large, bright blooms attract butterflies and complement bold, vibrant foliage. A tall-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.

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.

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Jewels of Opar

A member of the purslane family, this beautiful mounded bright green foliage stands up to heat and drought. The reward for stress on this plant is even brighter chartreuse color. The endurance to adverse conditions makes it easy to grow in full sun in either gardens or containers.

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Creeping Jenny

Vibrant flowers complement bright green or yellow foliage. A vigorously spreading ground cover for moist woodland soil, at water's edge, on banks, or cascading over walls. Ideal for areas where its spreading nature will be an asset. Good in containers.

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Sally S.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
shade
Zone: 
4 - 8

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False Spirea

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False Spirea

Showy flower plumes in a range of lovely colors, outstanding in the shaded or woodland garden. Attractive planted with hosta, ferns or Japanese iris and especially attractive near water. A beautiful, long-lasting cut flower, fresh or dried.

Plectranthus

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Plectranthus

Dark purple stems hold deep lavender flowers above dark green foliage. This eye-catching color combination is ideal in borders and mixed containers. Great for fall landscapes in warmer climates.

Tuberous Begonia

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Tuberous Begonia

Large, elegant, fully double flowers bloom continuously all season. Plant in hanging baskets or decorative containers and allow the lovely blooms to cascade gently over the edges. Provide moist, well-drained soil and protect from wind.

Hosta

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Hosta

Stunning golden foliage with a dark blue edge highlights the shaded garden. Attractive at garden's edge or in groupings with other shade-loving plants such as ferns, astilbes and blue-leaved hostas. Foliage and flowers are excellent for arrangements.

Impatiens

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Impatiens

Large, abundant flowers contrast beautifully with the rich, compact foliage. Highlights the shaded garden and is especially lovely in mixed containers, hanging baskets, at garden's edge, or anywhere a splash of color is desired.

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Licorice Plant

Attractive rounded leaves are borne on this trailing plant. Foliage contrasts with and highlights other plants, making this a superb addition to containers, hanging baskets and gardens. Combines well with geranium, verbena and dwarf delphinium. Prefers well-drained soil.

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Paula A.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
part sun
Zone: 
4 - 9
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Coral Bells

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Coral Bells

Handsome, richly colored foliage bears lofty, dainty bells that are irresistible to hummingbirds. Creates a beautiful display in perennial or rock gardens, along walkways, or in cut flower bouquets. Mulch lightly in winter to protect shallow roots. Remove faded flowers for extended blooming.

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Pansy

A very popular cool-weather plant with colorful flowers. 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.

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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.

English Ivy

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English Ivy

Beautiful evergreen foliage adds rich texture to a wide range of landscape situations. Ideal as a ground cover for both sunny and shaded sites, for erosion control on slopes, or as a vine for climbing tree trunks and walls.

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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.

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Rhonda T.'s collection

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

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.

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Stonecrop

A four-season perennial! Butterfly-attracting pink flowers mature to bronze-red and foliage is attractive. Allow seed heads to remain standing for winter interest. Outstanding in the garden or landscape planting. Beautiful with rudbeckia, coneflowers and asters.

Garden Mum

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Garden Mum

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.

Maiden Grass

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Maiden Grass

Graceful silvery foliage is stunning in the garden or landscape. Striking complement to large-leaved plants or combined with berrying shrubs and evergreens for winter effect. Coppery flower plumes are beautiful cut or dried. Clump forming.

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Stonecrop
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Taylor V.'s collection

Plant type: 
flowering shrub
Light: 
part sun
Zone: 
6 - 9
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Bigleaf Hydrangea

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Bigleaf Hydrangea

Calibrachoa

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Calibrachoa

Profuse, vibrant trumpets burst open with color, covering the handsome, trailing foliage of this excellent landscape plant. Whether rambling across the garden floor or gently tumbling over a container's edge, plentiful flowers abound on this uniform variety. Prefers well-drained soil.

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Euphorbia

Silvery foliage makes for an attractive contrast with standard green plants, also adding an interesting, tangled mat texture. Use in rock gardens, containers or as a dramatic accent. Drought tolerant.

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Kylie J.'s collection

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

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Nemesia

Profuse, fragrant flowers are a wonderful filler for flower gardens or bouquets. Lovely in planters, window boxes and hanging baskets. Remove faded flowers and keep containers well-watered to promote prolific, continuous flowering.

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Lantana

Marguerite Daisy

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Marguerite Daisy

Profuse, delicate daisies in a variety of colors attract butterflies. Feathery, fragrant leaves complement the long-blooming flowers. A beautiful cut flower and a wonderful plant for garden's edge, containers or mixed planters. Not hardy; treat as an annual in northern climates.

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Bacopa

Cascading sprays of tiny flowers cover mounded plants. Outstanding as an airy filler in combination plantings or mixed containers, and wonderful in hanging baskets, as a small-scale ground cover, or at garden's edge.

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Erin W.'s Collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
5 - 7
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Heather

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Heather

English Ivy

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English Ivy

Beautiful evergreen foliage adds rich texture to a wide range of landscape situations. Ideal as a ground cover for both sunny and shaded sites, for erosion control on slopes, or as a vine for climbing tree trunks and walls.

Lemon Thyme

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Lemon Thyme

Aromatic foliage has a strong, sweet lemon scent. Excellent culinary herb used to flavor chicken, fish and pork, vegetable dishes, stuffings and makes a flavorful tea. Good in potpourri and sachets. An attractive garden plant with rosy lavender flowers.

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Heather

Heather

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Heather

A profusion of dainty flowers complements attractive yellow foliage that turns red in winter. Excellent as ground cover, in rock gardens, or at the base of azaleas or rhododendrons. Needs a moist, acidic, well-drained soil.

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Brenda B.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
6 - 8
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Heather

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Heather

Flowering Cabbage

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Flowering Cabbage

An indispensable ornamental for the fall garden. Large, colorful rosettes of leaves resemble huge flowers. Great as an accent plant in the garden or add to seasonal combination pots with pansies and ceratostigma. Well-drained, lime-rich soil is best.

English Ivy

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English Ivy

Beautiful evergreen foliage adds rich texture to a wide range of landscape situations. Ideal as a ground cover for both sunny and shaded sites, for erosion control on slopes, or as a vine for climbing tree trunks and walls.

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Gene B.'s collection

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

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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.

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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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Darcy J.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
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Blood Leaf

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Blood Leaf

Heat, sun and shade tolerant, ムBlazin' Rose' has many uses in the landscape. Exceptionally colored foliage contrasts nicely with silver or green-leaved plants, and looks good on its own. Pinch tips to shape and control growth.

Begonia

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Begonia

Easy to grow! Versatile! Loves hot and cool! Use in baskets, planters and beds. DragonWingBegonia.com

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.

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Ginger

Fabulous yellow-striped leaves are spectacular in the garden or mixed containers. Beautiful in combination with burgundy foliage plants or vibrant flowers. May be wintered as a houseplant where not hardy. Mature plants produce fragrant flower clusters.

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Prairie Mallow

Lovely spires of flowers are stunning in the garden or for summer bouquets. Beautiful with yarrow, baby's breath, purple coneflower or ornamental grasses. An ideal substitute for hollyhocks in a small garden. Remove faded flowers to prolong blooming.

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Sylvia H.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
part sun
Zone: 
n/a
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Persian Shield

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Persian Shield

Absolutely stunning foliage. This unusual plant displays carmine highlights on shimmering copper-purple to metallic blue leaves. Fabulous for combination pots or planting in large drifts.

Feather Grass

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Feather Grass

Graceful, silky foliage sways gently in the slightest breeze. Superb in perennial gardens or containers with agastache, aster, artemisia or sedum. Slender green flower spikes dry to a beautiful golden color; excellent for cut or dried arrangements.

Angelonia

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.

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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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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Randy G.'s collection

Plant type: 
tropical
Light: 
shade
Zone: 
1 - 1
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Peace Lily

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Peace Lily

Beautiful snowy white flowers resemble a calla lily on this easy-to-grow plant. An ideal plant to use as a focal point in a room. Great on a shaded patio. Prefers moderate home temperatures of 70-75°F (21-24°C) daytimes and 65-70°F (18-21°C) nights.

Dumb Cane

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Dumb Cane

Beautiful, bold foliage plant; attractive displayed alone or in groupings. As plants grow, the lower leaves drop, revealing an interesting trunklike stalk. Keep out of the reach of small children and pets, as the sap is irritating to the mouth.

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Nephthytis

Nepthytis, also known as Arrowhead Plant, is an attractive, vigorous foliage plant. The most common varieties have green or green and white variegated leaves. However, cultivars are now available that sport shades of pink and white too. It’s great for hanging baskets, cascading over containers or trained to climb a small trellis.

Dwarf Elephant's Ear

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Dwarf Elephant's Ear

Exotic foliage brings a dramatic tropical flavor to your home. This tightly clumping elephant ear produces glossy dark green leaves with lime green veins.

Algerian Ivy

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Algerian Ivy

This beautiful ivy adds rich texture to a wide range of landscape situations. In warm climates, use as a ground cover, for erosion control on slopes, or as a vine for climbing tree trunks and walls. Where not hardy, add to outdoor containers for porch, deck or use for indoor greenery. Prefers humus-rich, moist well-drained soil.

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Mondo Grass

Lush foliage has dark green leaves with white stripes. Lovely at garden or woodland edges, or in rock gardens. An outstanding ground cover that lights up shady areas and spreads slowly.

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Adele G.'s collection

Plant type: 
herb
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
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Basil

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Basil

Large leaves with sweet, spicy fragrance and flavor, perfect for a full-bodied pesto. Flowers are attractive in the herb garden, but are usually pinched off as buds form to promote high-quality leaves for cooking.

Tomato

Tomato

Fresh tomatoes from the garden are the best summer treat! Great for eating fresh, cooking or canning. Clusters of bright red, sweet-tasting fruit are produced on trailing plants.

Broadleaf Sage

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Broadleaf Sage

Large, rounded gray-blue leaves are very aromatic with a spicy scent and flavor. Looks beautiful when planted in mass with other gray plants or beside bright flowering plants. Use fresh or dried leaves for cooking.

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Flowering Kale

An indispensable ornamental for the fall garden. This vigorous variety has wide, colorful rosettes of feathery leaves that resemble huge flowers. Great as an accent plant in the garden or add to seasonal combination pots with pansies and ceratostigma. Well-drained, lime-rich soil is best.

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Ben K.'s collection

Plant type: 
herb
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
4 - 8
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Greek Oregano

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Greek Oregano

Tender, sweetly spicy leaves with excellent flavor. Adds zest to Greek, Italian and Mexican cuisine and complements tomato dishes, beef or lamb stew, gravies, soups, salads or casseroles. Use fresh, dried or fresh frozen. Harvest before flowering.

Creeping Thyme

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Creeping Thyme

Fragrant foliage and showy flowers. Ideal ground cover between paving stones, where footsteps will release its scent. Flowers attract bees. Tolerates poor, dry soil. Outstanding for seasoning poultry, fish and pork, in sauces and in herbal vinegar.

Oregano

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Oregano

Hot, spicy aroma and flavor make this the classic pizza herb. Adds zest to Italian, Greek and Mexican cuisine and complements tomato dishes, beef or lamb stew, soups, salads or casseroles. Use fresh, dried or fresh frozen. Harvest before flowering.

Variegated Sage

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Variegated Sage

Aromatic variegated foliage and blue flower spikes make a showy addition to the herb or flower garden. Fresh or dried leaves add flavor to sausage, stuffing, salad and soup. Attractive in arrangements, fresh or dried. Can be grown indoors in winter.

Thyme

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Thyme

Beautifully variegated foliage with a robust lemon scent. Dense, creeping growth habit makes this variety an outstanding fragrant ground cover, especially between paving stones, where footsteps will release its scent. Makes a great garnish.

Sweet Marjoram

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Sweet Marjoram

Sweetly spicy leaves add flavor to a wide range of foods. Fresh leaves add zest to vegetable dishes, soups, sauces and Italian cuisine. Rub on fresh meats or add to sausage or meat loaf for extra flavor. Freeze for winter use, or grow in a pot indoors.

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Edgar S.'s collection

Plant type: 
herb
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
8 - 1
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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

Caraway Thyme

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Caraway Thyme

This wonderful variety produces small, rose-purple flowers among tiny, fragrant leaves. A versatile herb that may be used to flavor meats and soups or add color to the garden's edge.

Broadleaf Sage

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Broadleaf Sage

Large, rounded gray-blue leaves are very aromatic with a spicy scent and flavor. Looks beautiful when planted in mass with other gray plants or beside bright flowering plants. Use fresh or dried leaves for cooking.

Oregano

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Oregano

Hot, spicy aroma and flavor make this the classic pizza herb. Adds zest to Italian, Greek and Mexican cuisine and complements tomato dishes, beef or lamb stew, soups, salads or casseroles. Use fresh, dried or fresh frozen. Harvest before flowering.

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Winter Savory

Aromatic foliage has a strong peppery flavor that enhances bean dishes and complements strong-flavored game meats and pâté. Makes a good sood salt or pepper substitute, and may be used fresh or dry.. Periodic shearing encourages tender, flavorful new growth, and also keeps plants from becoming woody and less attractive with age. Harvest before the white to lilac flowers appear.
 

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Garrett C.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
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Cabbage/Kale Ornamental

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Cabbage/Kale Ornamental

An indispensable ornamental for the fall garden. Large, colorful rosettes of leaves resemble huge flowers. Great as an accent plant in the garden or add to seasonal combination pots with pansies and ceratostigma. Well-drained, lime-rich soil is best.

Lavender

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Lavender

Wonderfully aromatic flowers and leaves; outstanding in butterfly, herb or rock gardens. Dried flowers and leaves are valued in potpourri, sachets or everlasting arrangements. There are many species of lavender, with a wide range of flower colors and forms. Some are quite winter hardy and others are grown as annuals in many regions.

June-Bearing Strawberry

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June-Bearing Strawberry

Juicy, vibrant red berries have a sweet, rich flavor. Excellent for jellies, pies and eating fresh. Plants produce one large crop annually during June. Use young plants that form at the end of runners to replace older plants. Prefers well-drained soil.

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. 

Curled Parsley

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Curled Parsley

Attractive fragrant leaves are excellent for seasoning and as a garnish. Flavor enhances most dishes, especially sauces, salads, meats and vegetables. A biennial grown as an annual; replant each year for best flavor.

Chard

Chard

Grown for both culinary and ornamental value, the large, crinkly leaves can be eaten like spinach and the stalks like asparagus, or they can be stewed. Dramatic foliage displays contrasting stems and veins in various colors. Harvest as needed, outer leaves first. Keep soil evenly moist.

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Dana W.'s collection

Plant type: 
herb
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
5 - 9
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Sage

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Sage

Large, rounded gray-green leaves have a spicy scent and flavor. This plant is a great choice for use in cooking and is ornamental enough for the border.

Mint

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Mint

Aromatic leaves have a sweet, refreshing fragrance and flavor. Delicious in salads, soups or desserts, or to flavor teas and jellies. Mints are vigorous spreaders and should be contained; plant in containers sunk into the ground.

Cilantro (Coriander)

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Cilantro (Coriander)

Aromatic, flavorful leaves (cilantro) and seeds (coriander). Lemon-sage flavored seeds are excellent in stews, bean dishes and pastries. Pungent, sharp-flavored leaves enhance poultry and meats in spicy recipes, salsas and soups. Reseeds.

Sweet Basil

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Sweet Basil

Aromatic leaves with a spicy clove fragrance and flavor are outstanding for tomato sauce, pesto, salad, and meat dishes. White flowers are attractive in the herb garden, but are usually pinched off as buds form to promote high-quality leaves for cooking.

Lemon Balm

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Lemon Balm

Intense, sweet lemon fragrance and flavor; fresh leaves are excellent in teas, as a salad herb or as a flavorful garnish in fruit cups. Dried leaves are good in potpourri or tea. Attractive plant for the herb or flower garden. Variegated and golden-leaved forms offer a bright contrast. Reseeds in the garden, so you'll have plenty to use and share--and keep in mind that periodic shearing and harvest will minimize excess seeding.
 

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April S.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
part sun
Zone: 
5 - 1
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Carpet Bugleweed

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Carpet Bugleweed

Striking variegated foliage complements vibrant flowers that attract hummingbirds. Beautiful in rock gardens, at garden's edge, or planted with hostas or other perennials. Vigorous plants are an excellent ground cover beneath trees or shrubs. Grows best in light shade and moist soil.

Coral Bells

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Coral Bells

A very attractive plant with varying shades of orange to brown foliage and cream-colored flowers. Excellent for borders, ground cover, edging, rock gardens or cutting.

Dwarf Fountain Grass

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Dwarf Fountain Grass

Profuse flower plumes cover neat mounds of foliage. Ideal as an edging in the garden, as a cover for spring-flowering bulbs and as part of a stunning late season display with rudbeckia, Russian sage and asters. Virtually maintenance-free.

Heather

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Heather

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

This dainty plant is an outstanding addition to mixed succulent containers. Excellent in the rock garden, at garden's edge, along walkways and in small niches between rocks. Low maintenance and easy to grow.

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Beth D.'s collection

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

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

Striking foliage complements vibrant flowers. Outstanding as ground cover, in the rock garden, along walkways or cascading over stone walls. Easy to maintain. Thrives in hot, dry locations.

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

This dainty plant is an outstanding addition to mixed succulent containers. Excellent in the rock garden, at garden's edge, along walkways and in small niches between rocks. Low maintenance and easy to grow.

Hebe

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Hebe

Hebe was the Greek goddess of youth and immortality. This eternally vigorous genus lives up to her legacy. Silvery leaves twinkle on the arching black stems. Pale lavender flowers appear in the spring. Wind and drought tolerant.

Carpet Bugleweed

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Carpet Bugleweed

Striking variegated foliage complements vibrant blue, hummingbird-attracting flower spikes. Beautiful in rock gardens, at garden's edge or planted with hostas or other perennials. Vigorous plants are an excellent ground cover beneath trees or shrubs.

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Dallas T.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
part sun
Zone: 
4 - 9
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Foamy Bells

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Foamy Bells

This outstanding selection has large yellow leaves with bright red markings along the midribs. Leaf color fades to light yellowish-green with a red center. White flowers are produced early. Wonderful low edger or container plant.

Aster

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Aster

Abundant blue-purple flowers add bright color to the late garden. Excellent habit and a strong grower. A great addition to the perennial border, where it attracts butterflies. Can be used as a cut flower.

Coral Bells

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Coral Bells

Striking ruffled foliage is purple with a silver overlay, and combines beautifully with silver- or burgundy-leaved plants. Dainty bell-shaped blooms are white to green on 26" mahogany stems. An attractive accent in the garden or cut flower arrangement.

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

Striking foliage with beautiful flowers that attract butterflies. Outstanding in the garden or landscape planting, along walkways or in the rock garden. Attractive planted with late-summer flowering plants like rudbeckia, coneflowers and asters.

Blue Fescue

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Blue Fescue

Outstanding in perennial or rock gardens, 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.

Gold Spot Euonymus

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Gold Spot Euonymus

Bushy, midsized shrub has oval, broad yellow-green leaves with a yellow margin. Evergreen foliage serves as an attractive year-round accent in the landscape. Ideal for foundation plantings, as an informal hedge, or for mass planting.

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Earl E.'s collection

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

Pinks

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Pinks

Early-flowering, low-growing plant produces a multitude of attractive flowers. A great choice for beds and borders.

Coral Bells

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Coral Bells

Hummingbirds are drawn to the dainty flowers offset by bold, richly colored foliage. Gorgeous next to lady's mantle, delicate woodland ferns, or wide silvery-blue hosta leaves. The strong, straight stems are ideal in cut flower arrangements. Mulch lightly in winter to protect shallow roots. Prefers average, moist well-drained soil.

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

Carpet Bugleweed

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Carpet Bugleweed

Striking variegated foliage complements vibrant flowers that attract hummingbirds. Beautiful in rock gardens, at garden's edge, or planted with hostas or other perennials. Vigorous plants are an excellent ground cover beneath trees or shrubs. Grows best in light shade and moist soil.

Gold Spot Euonymus

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Gold Spot Euonymus

Bushy, midsized shrub has oval, broad yellow-green leaves with a yellow margin. Evergreen foliage serves as an attractive year-round accent in the landscape. Ideal for foundation plantings, as an informal hedge, or for mass planting.

Tufted Sedge

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Tufted Sedge

A spectacular sedge bearing beautiful, arching grassy leaves. Makes a beautiful accent plant in the perennial garden and will brighten any deeply shaded spot with its vibrant colors. Plant in large groups or combine with hosta, ferns and tricyrtis for a delightful blend of textures.

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Ivan T.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
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Ornamental Pepper

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Ornamental Pepper

An outstanding landscape plant. Small vibrant fruit is produced in clusters atop rich foliage, making this a highly ornamental plant. A unique choice for garden's edge, planting in groups, as summer bedding, or use in combination pots mixed with other annuals for the patio or deck.

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.

Coral Bells

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Coral Bells

Beautiful ruffled leaves, chocolate-brown on top and burgundy underneath, provide excellent dark contrast. Slender stems bear delicate purple, bell-shaped flowers. Wonderful for attracting hummingbirds to the border. Long-lasting cut flowers.

Carpet Bugleweed

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Carpet Bugleweed

Beautiful flower spikes complement rich, burgundy foliage and attract hummingbirds. Vigorous, spreading plants are 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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Pam N.'s collection

Plant type: 
evergreen shrub
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
4 - 8
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False Cypress

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False Cypress

A compact, mounding, evergreen shrub with golden yellow new foliage. Its fine textured, mop-like form makes this a lovely and unique accent plant. Slow growing.

Japanese Pieris

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Japanese Pieris

Colorful foliage emerges red, changes to pink, and then to creamy white before maturing to green. Plant in containers, or use as a specimen or accent plant. A beautiful addition to the shrub border or landscape.

Juniper

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Juniper

Tough, durable evergreen well-suited for low ground cover that grows thick enough to stop weeds. Works well planted under tall evergreens, or on slopes or banks to prevent soil erosion. Requires little or no pruning. Tolerates any well-drained soil type.

David Viburnum

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David Viburnum
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Sahara D.'s collection

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

Coral Bells

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Coral Bells

Hummingbirds are drawn to the dainty flowers offset by bold, richly-colored foliage. Gorgeous next to lady's mantle, delicate woodland ferns, or wide silvery-blue hosta leaves. The strong, straight stems are ideal in cut flower arrangements. Prefers average, moist well-drained soil.

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

Cyclamen

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Cyclamen

Strong stems proudly bear vibrant, frilly flowers well above attractive, silver-mottled leaves. Cyclamen make an excellent host gift for the holidays. Since they prefer cool, moist conditions, mist occasionally with room-temperature water. Avoid drafty locations.

Tufted Sedge

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Tufted Sedge

A spectacular sedge bearing beautiful, arching grassy leaves. Makes a beautiful accent plant in the perennial garden and will brighten any deeply shaded spot with its vibrant colors. Plant in large groups or combine with hosta, ferns and tricyrtis for a delightful blend of textures.

Sedge

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Sedge

Finely textured, reddish-bronze foliage emerges upright from a dense clump before arching downward. Interesting for both its color and texture, it is stunning planted alone, in masses or in rock gardens.

Gold Spot Euonymus

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Gold Spot Euonymus

Bushy, midsized shrub has oval, broad yellow-green leaves with a yellow margin. Evergreen foliage serves as an attractive year-round accent in the landscape. Ideal for foundation plantings, as an informal hedge, or for mass planting.

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Tahiya K.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
5 - 1
Plants: 

Coral Bells

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Coral Bells

Delicate sprays of white flowers bloom above caramel-colored leaves. This plant is durable and tolerates heat and humidity. Deer resistant. Wonderful as an accent plant.

Fountain Grass

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Fountain Grass

Soft-textured variegated foliage and fuzzy, greenish-white flower spikes. Excellent choice when mass planted as a ground cover, at garden's edge, or in containers. A low-maintenance plant that is tolerant of wind and salt spray. Cut plumes are attractive in mixed arrangements.

Euonymus

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Euonymus

Dwarf, compact, shrubby growth habit and tiny, dark green leaves with a golden margin. Durable, heat- and drought-resistant plant. Flowers are inconspicuous. Use for low hedge.

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

Striking foliage with beautiful flowers that attract butterflies. Outstanding in the garden or landscape planting, along walkways or in the rock garden. Attractive planted with late-summer flowering plants like rudbeckia, coneflowers and asters.

Chrysanthemum

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Chrysanthemum

Beautiful silver-edged leaves are an attractive foliage accent in the garden. Lovely at garden's edge, and an excellent small-scale ground cover, especially among rocks or evergreen shrubs. Flowers are small, bright yellow buttons, sometimes ringed with white or soft pink petals. Blooms very late, may not flower in short-summer climates.  

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Vince L.'s collection

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

Blue Hair Grass

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Blue Hair Grass

Tidy mounds of foliage are outstanding in rock gardens, at the front of the garden, as a small-scale ground cover, or in mixed containers. The silver-green spikelets may be cut for bouquets or allowed to dry to a buff color for dried arrangements.

Aster

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Aster

Abundant blue-purple flowers add bright color to the late garden. Excellent habit and a strong grower. A great addition to the perennial border, where it attracts butterflies. Can be used as a cut flower.

Coral Bells

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Coral Bells

Striking ruffled foliage is purple with a silver overlay, and combines beautifully with silver- or burgundy-leaved plants. Dainty bell-shaped blooms are white to green on 26" mahogany stems. An attractive accent in the garden or cut flower arrangement.

Cyclamen

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Cyclamen

Strong stems proudly bear vibrant, frilly flowers well above attractive, silver-mottled leaves. Cyclamen make an excellent host gift for the holidays. Since they prefer cool, moist conditions, mist occasionally with room-temperature water. Avoid drafty locations.

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

Striking foliage with beautiful flowers that attract butterflies. Outstanding in the garden or landscape planting, along walkways or in the rock garden. Attractive planted with late-summer flowering plants like rudbeckia, coneflowers and asters.

Gold Spot Euonymus

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Gold Spot Euonymus

Bushy, midsized shrub has oval, broad yellow-green leaves with a yellow margin. Evergreen foliage serves as an attractive year-round accent in the landscape. Ideal for foundation plantings, as an informal hedge, or for mass planting.

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Walker T.'s collection

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

Coral Bells

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Coral Bells

Sprays of dainty flowers are offset by beautifully variegated foliage. Irresistible to hummingbirds. Creates a beautiful display in perennial or rock gardens, along walkways, or in cut flower bouquets. Mulch lightly in winter to protect shallow roots. Remove faded flowers for extended blooming.

Sedge

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Sedge

Eye-catching and attractive! Light and airy, arching blades of colorful foliage form graceful mounds. Great for adding textural interest. Lovely planted among astilbe, trollius and ligularia in the garden. Prefers moist, fertile well-drained soil.

Cyclamen

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Cyclamen

Strong stems proudly bear vibrant, frilly flowers well above attractive, silver-mottled leaves. A tropical perennial that makes a great ground cover for shaded areas or under trees. In northern climates, plant in pots for seasonal color. Prefers cool, moist conditions.

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

Striking foliage and vibrant flowers. Wonderful as ground cover, in the rock garden, along walkways or cascading over stone walls. Easy to maintain. Thrives in hot, dry locations.

Euonymus

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Euonymus

Dwarf, compact, shrubby growth habit and tiny, dark green leaves with a golden margin. Durable, heat- and drought-resistant plant. Flowers are inconspicuous. Use for low hedge.

Heather

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Heather

Profuse dainty flowers complement attractive evergreen leaves. Excellent as ground cover, in rock gardens, or at the base of azaleas or rhododendrons. Needs moist, acidic, well-drained soil. Prune to shape in early spring.

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Rylie U.'s collection

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

Lavender

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Lavender

Striking silver foliage and fragrant flowers are lovely in herb or flower gardens. Attracts butterflies. Dried flowers and leaves are prized for potpourri, sachets or crafts. Fresh leaves and flowers are a novel addition to sauces and cookies.

Broadleaf Sage

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Broadleaf Sage

Large, rounded gray-blue leaves are very aromatic with a spicy scent and flavor. Looks beautiful when planted in mass with other gray plants or beside bright flowering plants. Use fresh or dried leaves for cooking.

Trailing Rosemary

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Trailing Rosemary

A low, spreading rosemary with fragrant, needlelike green leaves. Lovely when allowed to cascade over walls or containers. May be used fresh or dried in a variety of dishes.

Thyme

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Thyme

Beautiful golden foliage looks wonderful as a ground cover or for adding color to the garden's edge. Small, white to pale pink flowers appear in early summer. A versatile herb used to flavor meats and soups.

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

Caraway Thyme

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Caraway Thyme

This wonderful variety produces small, rose-purple flowers among tiny, fragrant leaves. A versatile herb that may be used to flavor meats and soups or add color to the garden's edge.

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Tim Y.'s collection

Plant type: 
herb
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
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Sweet Basil

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Sweet Basil

Aromatic leaves with a spicy clove fragrance and flavor are outstanding for tomato sauce, pesto, salad, and meat dishes. White flowers are attractive in the herb garden, but are usually pinched off as buds form to promote high-quality leaves for cooking.

Winter Savory

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Winter Savory

Aromatic foliage has a strong peppery flavor that enhances bean dishes and complements strong-flavored game meats and pâté. Makes a good sood salt or pepper substitute, and may be used fresh or dry.. Periodic shearing encourages tender, flavorful new growth, and also keeps plants from becoming woody and less attractive with age. Harvest before the white to lilac flowers appear.
 

Lemon Balm

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Lemon Balm

Intense, sweet lemon fragrance and flavor; fresh leaves are excellent in teas, as a salad herb or as a flavorful garnish in fruit cups. Dried leaves are good in potpourri or tea. Attractive plant for the herb or flower garden. Variegated and golden-leaved forms offer a bright contrast. Reseeds in the garden, so you'll have plenty to use and share--and keep in mind that periodic shearing and harvest will minimize excess seeding.
 

Plain Parsley

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Plain Parsley

Fragrant flavorful leaves are excellent for seasoning and as a garnish. A complementary flavor that enhances most dishes, especially sauces, salads, meats and vegetables. Dries well. A biennial grown as an annual; replant each year for best flavor.

Garlic Chives

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Garlic Chives

Beautiful, sweet-scented white flowers complement gray-green leaves. Foliage has a distinctive mild garlic flavor, delicious in soups, salads, sauces and spreads. An attractive plant for the herb, perennial or fragrance garden. Good cut or dried flower.

Chives

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Chives

Also known as onion chives, the beautiful flowers and foliage of this plant have a distinctive mild onion flavor. Fresh leaves add zest to soups, salads, eggs or sour cream, or use whole blossoms for a novel herb vinegar. Attractive in the herb or cutting garden and a good companion plant for roses.

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Willis D.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
shade
Zone: 
n/a
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Caladium

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Caladium

Large, boldly patterned leaves highlight shaded areas with stunning color. Outstanding in containers or in the garden with impatiens, hostas and ferns. Can be grown indoors as a houseplant, in medium light and warm temperatures. Ideal for overwintering.

English Ivy

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English Ivy

Beautiful, large, variegated leaves add rich texture to a wide range of landscape situations. Ideal as a ground cover, for erosion control on slopes, or as a vine for climbing tree trunks and walls. Add to outdoor combination planters or use for indoor greenery. Prefers humus-rich, moist well-drained soil.

Triangular Shamrock

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Triangular Shamrock

Corkscrew Rush

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Corkscrew Rush

This hardy bog plant has unusual, grasslike, wiry, twisted stems. Very effective when grown in containers and excellent in dried floral arrangements. Combine with trollius, houttunyia, lizard's tail or ligularia for a delightful blend of colors and textures. Prefers continually moist, acid (sour) soil.

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Dan F.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
part sun
Zone: 
1 - 1
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Stromanthe

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Stromanthe

Striking and outstanding multicolor foliage of burgundy, green, hot pink and white is perfect for jazzing up shaded areas. Plant in beds or use in containers. Pale pink flowers are an added touch.

Peperomia

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Peperomia

Darling plants are available in an assortment of variegation patterns. Generally cultivated as a houseplant, this easy-to-grow plant is perfect for dish gardens, terrariums or seasonal interest. Be careful not to over water, mist once a week with room-temperature water.

Croton

Croton

Glossy dark green leaves are splattered with bright yellow dots. Plant is excellent for brightening the interior or exterior landscape. Attractive featured alone as a floor plant, in a container on the porch or deck, or group several together for a vivid display. Higher humidity will help prevent leaf drop. Prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soil.

Spider Plant

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Spider Plant

One of the most popular of all houseplants, Spider Plants have brilliant foliage that makes a striking accent. Small plantlets and white flower sprays dangle on arching stems and cascade gracefully from hanging baskets or planters.

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