Deer resistant

Because the best defense is a good offense, these collections feature hardy, deer-resistant flowers and plants that won’t invite the herd to feast in your garden. 

Georgia C.'s collection

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

Foxglove

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Foxglove

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

Rose

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Rose

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

Rose

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Rose

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

Pansy

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Pansy

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

Southern Wood Fern

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Southern Wood Fern

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

Verbena

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Verbena

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

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Randi S.'s collection

Plant type: 
flowering shrub
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
1 - 1
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Pride of Madeira

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Pride of Madeira

Dense, purple-blue flower spikes are attractive to bees and butterflies. Plant tolerates windy, coastal conditions. Makes a striking specimen plant.

Fringed Lavender (French Lavender)

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Fringed Lavender, French Lavender

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

Coneflower

Coneflower

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

Jerusalem Sage

Jerusalem Sage

Bold plant with unique flowers for the back or middle of the garden. In warmer climates Jerusalam sage performs as an evergreen shrub, and in colder regions dies back in winter and regrows from the ground each spring. An excellent, easy care plant that is drought tolerant, rabbit and deer resistant and despite its size, does not usually need staking in the garden. Blooms make long-lasting cut flowers.

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Becky P.'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.

River Birch

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River Birch

Graceful, airy tree provides delightful dappled shade. Fabulous exfoliating bark provides interest year-round. Use as a landscape specimen or accent. A nice complement to dogwood and ligularia. Leaves turn vibrant yellow in fall. Vigorous and tolerant of wet, poorly drained soils.

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.

Bleeding Heart

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Bleeding Heart

Striking flowers attract hummingbirds to the garden and are excellent cut. Plant in cool, moist sites to prevent summer dormancy, or combine with hosta or ferns to fill in for the dicentra during hot, dry seasons. Attractive ferny leaves.

Hall's Honeysuckle

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Hall's Honeysuckle

Exceptionally fragrant flowers emerge white and mature to yellow. Attractive as a climbing vine on porches or trellises, or as a ground cover to help prevent erosion. Excellent as a transition between landscaped and naturalized areas. Vigorous growing.

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Erika K.'s collection

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

Butterfly Bush

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Butterfly Bush

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

Sweet Potato Vine

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Sweet Potato Vine

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

Angelonia

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Angelonia

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

Black-Eyed Susan

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Black-Eyed Susan

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

Ageratum

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Ageratum

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

Canna

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Canna

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

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Darcy J.'s collection

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

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.

Ginger

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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.

Prairie Mallow

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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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Dennis S.'s collection

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

Flowering Onion

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Flowering Onion

Enormous globes of flowers on tall, slender stems. Beautiful when planted among early-flowering perennials, bulbs and shrubs where the onion flowers seem to hover over the other plants. Excellent cut flower, lovely in bouquets. Plants disappear shortly after blooming, but return each spring for another display. 

Lady's Mantle

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Lady's Mantle

This low-growing, shrubby plant with silken, pleated leaves is a charming addition to shady areas. Plant with hostas, ferns, heuchera and tiarella. Flowers are an excellent filler for cut bouquets. Moist, well-drained soil is best, but will tolerate some drought.

Catmint

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Catmint

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

Ruby Grass

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Ruby Grass

Profuse showy flowers wave gracefully in the slightest breeze above mounds of blue-green foliage. Excellent for the perennial garden with white and blue flowering plants. Flowers are lovely in bouquets. Grown as an annual in colder climates.

Goldenrod

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Goldenrod

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

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Katrina Y.'s collection

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

Yarrow

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Yarrow

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

Lamb's Ear

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Lamb's Ear

Wonderful felted leaves, lovely as a ground cover or accent plant. Ideal for contrast with vibrant colors, for use in an all-white theme garden or to help unify and blend plants with different colors in a perennial garden. Lilac flowers on bold stalks.

Lemon Thyme

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Lemon Thyme

Variegated foliage has a sweet lemon scent. Excellent culinary herb used to flavor chicken, fish, pork, vegetable dishes or stuffings. Leaves make a flavorful tea. Good in potpourri and sachets. An attractive garden plant with pale pink flowers.

Boxwood

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Boxwood

Broad-leaved evergreen shrub. Dense, compact form with dark green, glossy foliage. Medium- to slow-growing. Can grow to 15' (4.6 m) tall and up to 15' (4.6 m) wide if not pruned. Prune regularly to maintain size and shape. Uses: accent, border, foundation, mass planting.

Hollyhock

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Hollyhock

Vibrant flowers over a long season add dramatic effect to butterfly or flower gardens. Great as a background planting for smaller plants and along walls and fences. Most attractive when planted at the center of a grouping to mask its midseason foliage.

Asparagus Fern

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Asparagus Fern

Distinctive fern that cascades in a delicate veil of fluffy branchlets. Provides excellent textural contrast. Where hardy, use in the landscape a ground cover or accent. In colder regions, use seasonally in decorative containers or combination pots, or as a houseplant.

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Penelope C.'s collection

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

Daylily

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Daylily

Profuse fragrant, long-blooming flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. Ideal for shrub plantings, perennial gardens or massing as a small-scale ground cover. Attractive combined with spike flowers or bold foliage plants.

Coral Bells

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Coral Bells

Striking mahogany foliage contrasts beautifully with silver- or golden-leaved plants. Dainty, bell-shaped blooms are white to green on mahogany stems. An attractive accent in the garden or cut flower arrangement. 1991 Perennial Plant of the Year.

Russian Sage

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Russian Sage

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

Butterfly Bush

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Butterfly Bush

Tickseed

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Tickseed

Delicate, deep pink daisylike flowers with a dark red eye bloom repeatedly throughout summer. Fernlike foliage is light and airy. Plant as a specimen or massed in the border.

Iris

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Iris

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

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Henna K.'s collection

Plant type: 
flowering shrub
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
4 - 9
Plants: 

Spirea

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Spirea

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

Bloody Dock

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Bloody Dock

Beautiful foliage makes this plant a dramatic accent in the garden or mixed container. Spectacular with dark-foliaged plants such as purple-leaved coral bells or bugleweed. Small flowers bloom in summer.

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.

Virginia Sweetspire

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Virginia Sweetspire

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

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Priscilla D.'s collection

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

Delphinium

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Delphinium

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

Gayfeather

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Gayfeather

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

Delphinium

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Delphinium

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

Pincushion Flower

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Pincushion Flower

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

Sea Holly

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Sea Holly

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

Globe Thistle

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Globe Thistle

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

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Irene B.'s collection

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

Sea Lavender

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Sea Lavender

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

Tea Tree

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Tea Tree

Upright bushy form with attractive light-colored, corky bark. Leathery green leaves and bright red single flowers. Use as a specimen, in borders, or as a screen. Very drought tolerant once established.

Pittosporum

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Pittosporum

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

Cranesbill

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Cranesbill

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

Silver Carpet

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Silver Carpet

Dense mats of narrow leaves make a good lawn substitute. Especially effective between pavers or stepping stones. Bright, tiny flowers are a bonus. Uses less water than a grass lawn and tolerates moderate foot traffic. Drought tolerant once established.

Common Rush

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Common Rush

Stiff, upright foliage makes a good accent for shady, damp spots. Unique seedpods pique interest. Excellent as a ground cover along water's edge, in containers or in streambeds. Prefers consistently moist soil.

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Quinn W.'s collection

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

Turtlehead

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Turtlehead

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

Soapwort

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Soapwort

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

Baby's Breath

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Baby's Breath

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

Joe Pye Weed

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Joe Pye Weed

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

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Tara K.'s collection

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

Russian Sage

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Russian Sage

A dwarf form of the popular Russian sage. Flowers present a lavender cloudlike appearance in the perennial border or rock garden. Elegant, aromatic, silvery blue foliage is highly dissected and forms an attractive bushy mound. Deer resistant.

Threadleaf Coreopsis

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Threadleaf Coreopsis

A profusion of flowers over a long season attracts butterflies to the garden. Airy, fernlike foliage is a superb filler in the flower garden or bouquet. Will tolerate dry soils. 1992 Perennial Plant of the Year. Slow to emerge from dormancy in spring.

Black-Eyed Susan

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Black-Eyed Susan

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

Porcupine Grass

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Porcupine Grass

Stunning gold-banded foliage, ideal for the garden or landscape, screening, or at water's edge. Striking with yellow-flowered plants or combined with berrying shrubs and evergreens for winter effect. Coppery flower plumes, beautiful cut or dried.

False Sunflower

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False Sunflower

Vibrant, long-blooming flowers are excellent in the perennial or meadow garden or used as cut flowers. Combine with red or pink daylilies, garden phlox, liatris, veronica or fall asters for striking effect. Remove faded flowers to promote reblooming.

Feather Reed Grass

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Feather Reed Grass

A slender, upright grass for the garden, landscape or at water's edge. Red-bronze flower spikes dry to a golden buff color, excellent as dried flowers or for winter interest. Forms neat clumps; ideal for small gardens. 2001 Perennial Plant of the Year.

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Virginia 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.

Foxglove

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Foxglove

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

Verbena

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Verbena

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

Bee Balm

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Bee Balm

Lovely colorful flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Ideal for perennial, herb or cutting gardens and natural plantings, combined with phlox, cranesbill and yarrow. Fragrant foliage. Divide every 2-3 years.

Coneflower

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Purple Coneflower

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

Columbine

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Columbine

This incredible columbine has an exceptionally long bloom period. Hummingbirds love these profuse, long-spurred flowers. A lovely addition to the cutting, flower or rock garden. Attractive planted with ferns, hosta or pulmonaria. May reseed in the garden. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

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Tilly T.'s collection

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

Plants: 

Primrose

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Primrose

Siberian Bugloss

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Siberian Bugloss

Airy sprays of flowers complement bold, heart-shaped leaves. Excellent foliage plant for shaded gardens. Attractive with spring bulbs, bleeding heart, epimedium, lungwort and ferns. Rich, moist soil yields best foliage, but plants tolerate dry conditions.

Lily of the Valley

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Lily of the Valley

Deliciously fragrant blossoms are superb cut flowers. An excellent naturalizing ground cover for shaded areas, especially well-suited to woodland sites or beneath trees and shrubs. Extremely drought tolerant. May be too vigorous for the perennial garden.

Japanese Tassel Fern

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Japanese Tassel Fern

Beautiful rich, dark green fronds feature a silvery underside. Stunning foliage plant for shaded gardens, at woodland's edge or as filler for cut arrangements. New fronds continue to emerge all summer.

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.

Bleeding Heart

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Bleeding Heart

Striking flowers attract hummingbirds to the garden and are excellent cut. Plant in cool, moist sites to prevent summer dormancy, or combine with hosta or ferns to fill in for the dicentra during hot, dry seasons. Attractive ferny leaves.

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Olivia O.'s collection

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

 

Plants: 

Anise Hyssop

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Anise Hyssop

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

False Indigo

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False Indigo

Spires of butterfly-attracting flowers are followed by large black seedpods, showy in the garden or cut. Attractive foliage. Beautiful with peony, cranesbill and ornamental grass. May need staking in shaded sites. Drought tolerant and long-lived.

Snow-in-Summer

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Snow-in-Summer

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

Yucca

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Yucca

Stiff, sword-shaped leaves form evergreen rosettes and bear open spikes of fragrant, bell-shaped flowers. Makes a striking impression in the perennial garden or landscape. Prefers well-drained soil and is very drought tolerant.

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.

Coral Bells

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Coral Bells

Rosettes of uniquely colored plum-purple foliage creates a beautiful display in perennial or rock gardens, or along walkways. Stunning planted with golden or variegated foliage plants. Profuse flowers on slender 24" stalks attract hummingbirds to the garden.

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Emily R.'s collection

Plant type: 
bulb
Light: 
part sun
Zone: 
8 - 1

 

Plants: 

Dutch Iris

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Dutch Iris

Vibrant flowers above slender, upright foliage look elegant in the garden. Attracts hummingbirds. Lovely planted near fountains, ponds or streams with Japanese primrose, hosta and ferns. Provide moist, well-drained soil.

Ozark Sundrops

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Ozark Sundrops

Fragrant, 3" to 5" flowers bloom over a long season. Beautiful in rock gardens or at garden's edge, especially in raised beds where fragrance can be appreciated. Attractive with catmint and irises. Showy, winged seed heads are used in dried arrangements.

Artemisia

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Artemisia

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

Dianthus

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Dianthus

Sweet, vibrant red flowers with a light pink edge adorn this floriferous plant. The red and pink flowers contrast nicely with the tight mound of blue foliage. Attracts hummingbirds.

English Lavender

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English Lavender

Wonderfully aromatic flowers and leaves, striking in the herb or flower garden. Attracts butterflies. Dried flowers and leaves are prized for potpourri, sachets or crafts. Fresh leaves and flowers are a novel addition to vinegars, sauces and cookies.

Bloody Cranesbill

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Bloody Cranesbill

Beautiful flowers are accented by gorgeous foliage and attract butterflies to the perennial or rock garden. Lovely as a small-scale ground cover. Great companion to delphinium, daylilies, foxglove and lady's mantle. Shear after flowering for best appearance and to encourage rebloom.

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Darla J's collection

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

Petunia

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Petunia

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

Verbena

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Verbena

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

Lobelia

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Lobelia

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

Zonal Geranium

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Zonal Geranium

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

Nicotiana

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Nicotiana

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

Wax Begonia

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Wax Begonia

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

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Phyllis D.'s collection

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

Smoke Tree

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Smoke Tree

Unique flower heads resemble puffs of smoke and contrast strikingly with the stunning round burgundy or gray-green leaves. Yellow to purple fall color. A nice complement to hydrangea, Japanese maple, and juniper. Outstanding as accent or specimen. Prune as needed in late winter.

Weigela

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Weigela

Deciduous shrub featuring vibrant leaves and vivid flowers that attract hummingbirds. Spreading growth. Well-suited for the shrub border, foundation plantings, and for the open woodland garden. Prune to shape after flowering.

Chinese Privet

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Chinese Privet

Panicles of white flowers bloom in spring and develop into shiny black berries through winter. Dense green foliage can easily be shaped into a tree by pruning. Excellent choice for screens, hedges and foundation plantings.

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Juniper

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Barberry Ruby Carouselᆴ
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Emma S.'s collection

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

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Yarrow

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

Salvia

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Salvia

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

Catmint

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Catmint

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

Garden Phlox

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Garden Phlox

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

Delphinium

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Delphinium

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

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Richard N.'s collection

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

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Shasta Daisy

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

Salvia

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Salvia

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

Coleus

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Coleus

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

Cotoneaster

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Cotoneaster

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

Green-Leaf Wax Begonia

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Green-Leaf Wax Begonia

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

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Caryn L's collection

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

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Mountain Alyssum

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

Rock Cress

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Rock Cress

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

Wall Rock Cress

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Wall Rock Cress

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

Grape Hyacinth

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Grape Hyacinth

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

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Riley J.'s collection

Plant type: 
flowering shrub
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
4 - 9
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Spirea

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Spirea

This shrub stays quite compact and maintains an upright form. The flowers are carmine-red and fade to deep pink with time.

Potentilla

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Potentilla

Weigela

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Weigela

Forsythia

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Forsythia

A harbinger of warmer days, this spring-flowering shrub teems with brilliant flowers before the leaves emerge. Combines well with spring-flowering bulbs and evergreens. Great as a hedge or screen, offset against a wall, or as a specimen. Prune every year after flowering.

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Juniper Japanese Garden

This evergreen forms a ground-hugging, cushionlike mat perfect for covering slopes, cascading over a wall, or at garden's edge. Low maintenance and easy to grow, this variety is adaptable to soil type, but prefers a well-drained location.

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Golden Vicary Privet

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

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Bill C.'s collection

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

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Angelonia

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

Black-Eyed Susan

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Black-Eyed Susan

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

Salvia

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Salvia

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

Sneezeweed

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Sneezeweed

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

Dusty Miller

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Dusty Miller

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

Common Boxwood

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Common Boxwood

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

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Lori E.'s collection

Plant type: 
tropical
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
8 - 1
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Huachuca Agave

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Huachuca Agave

Snow-in-Summer

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Snow-in-Summer

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

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

Attractive slow-growing ground cover adds wonderful texture to the rock garden. Lovely cascading over rock walls or along walkways. A good choice for container gardening. Not invasive and easy to maintain. Thrives in hot, dry locations.

Desert Spoon

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Desert Spoon

Stiff, spiky, blue-green leaves create a grasslike effect. Tiny greenish-white flowers are tightly clustered on a tall, narrow spike. Makes an outstanding accent or use in rock gardens. Drought tolerant, suitable for xeriscaping.

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Caroline T.'s collection

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

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Hellebore

Beautiful, long-lasting nodding flowers complement leathery evergreen leaves. Highlights the woodland garden or landscape. Plant with hosta, ferns and early-season shrubs such as serviceberries and dogwood. Long-lived.

Hosta

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Hosta

Classic foliage plant for shaded gardens or summer containers. Graceful mounding form is excellent at the garden's edge or used as a small-scale ground cover. Violet flowers on slender stalks are attractive in cut flower arrangements.

Hosta

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Hosta

Bold, handsome leaves with golden margins that highlight the shaded garden. Excellent companion to ferns, astilbes and blue-leaved hostas, or against tall evergreens. Resists insect damage and tolerates drier soil and more sun than many hosta varieties.

Hosta

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Hosta

Outstanding foliage plant for the shaded garden. Distinctive vase-shaped habit is attractive planted with shorter, mounded hosta, ground covers, or fine-textured plants such as ferns and astilbe. Lilac flowers on 5' stems. Resistant to insect damage.

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David S.'s collection

Plant type: 
evergreen shrub
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
3 - 7
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Juniper

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Juniper

Very broad, mounding shrub with upright and arching branches of evergreen needles. Makes an excellent large-scale ground cover, particularly on slopes or banks to prevent soil erosion. Allow plenty of room to spread. Requires little or no pruning. Tolerates any well-drained soil type.

Japanese Holly

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Japanese Holly

Dense, compact growth and lustrous leaves all year. Provides excellent textural variation to foundation plantings or borders. Also nice as a low hedge or border. Prune in late winter before new growth begins. Humus-rich, moist well-drained soil is ideal.

Arborvitae

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Arborvitae

Juniper

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Juniper

Graceful, arching branches with rich foliage provide a wonderful landscape accent or ground cover. The slow-growing foliage darkens with winter cold. Combine with red-leaved barberry for striking color contrast. Seldom requires pruning. Tolerates any type of well-drained soil.

Juniper

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Juniper

Irregular upright habit gives an artistic, twisted effect. No need to prune as it's valued for its natural form. Terrific as an accent or screen. Makes an ideal foundation planting or informal hedge. Also nice in a mixed shrub border. Excellent drought tolerance once established.

Southern Waxmyrtle

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Southern Waxmyrtle

A handsome evergreen shrub with wonderfully aromatic foliage. Clusters of waxy berries persist through winter and attract birds. Very effective as a screen or planted in large groups. Prune in late winter or early spring while still dormant. Prefers moist, humus-rich soil.

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Sam R.'s collection

Plant type: 
evergreen shrub
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
5 - 8
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Juniper

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Juniper

Dense, frosty evergreen shrub has a low, rounded habit that makes an attractive accent, foundation planting or evergreen grouping. Drought tolerant. Requires little or no pruning. Tolerates any well-drained soil type.

Fountain Grass

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Fountain Grass

Spectacular and long blooming. Excellent planted with spring-flowering bulbs, at water's edge, and in combination with rudbeckia, Russian sage and tall sedums. Attractive fall color and winter effect. Plumes are valued in flower arrangements.

Abelia

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Abelia

Tubular fragrant flowers attract butterflies and glossy foliage provides fall color. Place this deciduous shrub in a sheltered area of the landscape, using it for textural effect as an accent or in hedges. Prune in late winter or early spring, removing crossing branches to encourage a strong framework.

False Spirea

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False Spirea

Deciduous flowering shrub with deep green fernlike foliage and large plumes of creamy white flowers. Prefers moist, well-drained soil. Use as an accent or foundation shrub.

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Mario D.'s collection

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

Chamomile

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Chamomile

Deliciously fragrant flowers and leaves have a sweet apple flavor. Dried flowers are great in potpourri and make a flavorful and relaxing tea. Attractive in the herb or flower garden and ideal for a fragrant herb lawn which can tolerate foot traffic.

Calendula

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Calendula

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

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.

Sage

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Sage

Aromatic foliage and striking 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.
 

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Ward C.'s collection

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

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.

Carnation

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Carnation

Fragrant flowers are stunning in the garden or early summer bouquets. Attractive in rock or herb gardens or in combination with lamb's ears, creeping baby's breath, feverfew, roses and small grasses such as blue fescue. Remove faded flowers for rebloom.

Artichoke

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Artichoke

Gourmet vegetable with nutty flavor and easy-to-peel, meaty leaves that are delicious when dipped in butter. When not harvested, flower heads turn brilliant purple and can be used in flower arrangements. Large, woolly leaves and tall stalks are a great garden background. Mulch deeply to overwinter.

Angelica

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Angelica

A bold presence in the herb garden, with large, ball-shaped flower clusters on sturdy stalks. An ancient herb with many historical culinary uses and medicinal properties; as with all herbs, research before use. Angelica is a biennal plant, forming a mound of leaves its first year, and reaching its dramatic height in the second, and final, year of its life cycle. Allow some seed to mature and scatter where you want the next crop of plants to grow in your garden.
 

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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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Evan D.'s collection

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

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Spanish Lavender

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

Lavender

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Lavender

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

Candytuft

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Candytuft

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

Catmint

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Catmint

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

Siberian Iris

Siberian Iris

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

Mexican Orange

Mexican Orange

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

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Herb H.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
4 - 8
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Rose Campion

Rose Campion

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

Salvia

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Salvia

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

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Creeping Jenny Golden

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

Creeping Vervain

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Creeping Vervain

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

Iris

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Iris

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

Poppy

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Poppy

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

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Desiree M.'s collection

Plant type: 
tropical
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
9 - 1
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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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Nell O.'s collection

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

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Zinnia

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

African Marigold

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African Marigold

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

Zinnia

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Zinnia

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

Zinnia

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Zinnia

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

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Zoey M.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
8 - 1
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Dwarf Canna

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Dwarf Canna

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

Marigold

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Marigold

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

Heliotrope

Heliotrope

Large clusters of very fragrant flowers are produced on vigorous plants. Lovely in containers or mixed plantings where their beauty and fragrance can be appreciated. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Available in white, blue and purple.

Heliotrope

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Heliotrope

Dense, richly-colored flowers have an intense, sweet vanilla scent. Attracts butterflies to the garden, and is an excellent addition to summer bouquets. Tidy, mounded form is perfect in containers or planted in the garden. Deer resistant and heat tolerant.

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Olivia F.'s collection

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

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Angelonia

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

Globe Amaranth

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Globe Amaranth

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

Switch Grass

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Switch Grass

Outstanding foliage color makes this a must-have for the garden. A wonderful contrast to plants with purple or burgundy leaves, or in cool combination with silvers and grays. Large flowers are great for cutting.

Alyssum

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Alyssum

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

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Courtney P.'s collections

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

Fountain Grass

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Fountain Grass

Graceful flower plumes and soft green 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.

Mallow

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Mallow

Spectacular flowers are very striking in the garden. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Excellent in mixed perennial or shrub plantings or as a low hedge. Good companion to spring-flowering bulbs; new growth begins late in spring.

Cleome

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Cleome

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

Verbena

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Verbena

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

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Grace R.'s collection

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

Dwarf Canna

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Dwarf Canna

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

Heliotrope

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Heliotrope

Dense, richly-colored flowers have an intense, sweet vanilla scent. Attracts butterflies to the garden, and is an excellent addition to summer bouquets. Tidy, mounded form is perfect in containers or planted in the garden. Deer resistant and heat tolerant.

Marigold

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Marigold

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

Heliotrope

Heliotrope

Large clusters of very fragrant flowers are produced on vigorous plants. Lovely in containers or mixed plantings where their beauty and fragrance can be appreciated. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Available in white, blue and purple.

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