Hummingbird

Sunny collections of brilliant, sweet-scented hummingbird flowers—annuals and perennials designed to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden and sustain them through the season.

Randi S.'s collection

Plant type: 
flowering shrub
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
1 - 1
Plants: 

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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Herb H.'s collection

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

Rose Campion

Rose Campion

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

Salvia

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Salvia

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

Golden Creeping Jenny

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Creeping Jenny Golden

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

Creeping Vervain

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Creeping Vervain

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

Iris

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Iris

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

Poppy

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Poppy

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

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Peter R.'s collection

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

Nicotiana

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Nicotiana

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

Grandiflora Petunia

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Grandiflora Petunia

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

Scented Geranium

Scented Geranium

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

Lemon Verbena

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Lemon Verbena

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

Rockspray Cotoneaster

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Rockspray Cotoneaster

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

Bronze Fennel

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Bronze Fennel

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

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Ken T.'s collection

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

New Guinea Impatiens

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New Guinea Impatiens

Large, vibrant nonstop flowers in a beautiful hue are offset by handsome, compact foliage. Popularly used for adding lively color to containers and annual plantings. Particularly lovely in mixed containers and hanging baskets. Provide shelter from wind.

Fuchsia

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Fuchsia

Gorgeous, richly hued foliage is offset by pendulous, luminescent flowers. Stunning as a container plant, or treat as an annual and plant among coleus and silver artemisia. Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Moist, well-drained soil sheltered from drying winds is best.

Royal Fern

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Royal Fern

A majestic fern with a beautiful vaselike habit and attractive, tufted fertile fronds. A stunning addition to moist woodland gardens and water gardens, planted with meadowsweet, Rodger's flower and astilbe. Good filler in cut flower arrangements.

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.

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 the flower garden, containers for the deck or patio, or window boxes and baskets. Grows best in moist, well-drained soil.

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).

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Michael W.'s collection

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

Heliotrope

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Heliotrope

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

Dahlia

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Dahlia

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

Cleome

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Cleome

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

Beard-Tongue

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Beard-Tongue

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

Ageratum

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Ageratum

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

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Bella M.'s collection

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

Bee Balm

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Bee Balm

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

Daylily

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Daylily

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

Purple Coneflower

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Purple Coneflower

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

Violet

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Violet

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

False Spirea

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False Spirea

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

Sage

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Sage

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

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Barbara J.'s collection

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

Impatiens

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Impatiens

Abundant flowers contrast beautifully with the rich green foliage. This variety displays flat, spreading growth that highlights the shaded garden. Especially lovely in mixed containers, hanging baskets, at garden's edge, or anywhere a splash of color is desired.

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.

Fuchsia

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Fuchsia

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

Impatiens

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Impatiens

Abundant flowers contrast beautifully with the rich green foliage. This variety displays flat, spreading growth that highlights the shaded garden. Especially lovely in mixed containers, hanging baskets, at garden's edge, or anywhere a splash of color is desired.

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.

Baby's Tears

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Baby's Tears

Dainty creeper makes a beautiful ground cover in shady spaces or woodland gardens. Lush and tropical as a houseplant or in a terrarium. Can become vigorous in warm climates.

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Ursula L.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
5 - 8
Plants: 

Penstemon

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Penstemon

Striking long-blooming flowers attract hummingbirds. Well-suited for garden's edge, rock gardens or for delightful bouquets. Lovely planted with cranesbill, yarrow and lamb's ear. Remove faded flowers to promote rebloom.

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.

Penstemon

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Penstemon

Striking, long-blooming flowers are irresistible to hummingbirds. Beautiful at garden's edge, in rock gardens, or cut for bouquets. Lovely planted with cranesbill, yarrow and lamb's ear. Remove faded flowers to promote rebloom.

Dusty Miller

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Dusty Miller

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

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Brooklyn H.'s collection

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

Grandiflora Petunia

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Grandiflora Petunia

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

Zonal Geranium

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Zonal Geranium

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

Fuchsia

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Fuchsia

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

Salvia

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Salvia

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

Nicotiana

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Nicotiana

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

Sweet Alyssum

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Sweet Alyssum

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

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Rachael P.'s collection

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

Bee Balm

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Bee Balm

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

Garden Phlox

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Garden Phlox

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

Cranesbill

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Cranesbill

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

Garden Phlox

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Garden Phlox

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

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Jacklyn D.'s collection

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

Plants: 

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.

Red Hot Poker

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Red Hot Poker

Vibrant flowers attract hummingbirds and make long-lasting cut flowers. Spectacular specimen for perennial or mixed shrub gardens, especially when planted in large groups. Attractive planted with caryopteris, Russian sage and catmint. Water regularly while in bloom to prolong flowering.

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.

Crocosmia

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Crocosmia

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

Mimulus

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Mimulus

This flowering perennial has vigorous, spreading green foliage. Vibrant, funnel-shaped flowers attract hummingbirds. A beautiful addition to damp borders, moist areas in rock gardens, or water's edge. Combines well with cardinal flower, trollius and myosotis. Prefers humus-rich soil.

Salvia

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Salvia

Striking flower spikes attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. Excellent cut flowers, fresh or dried. Complements many perennials, including yarrow, coreopsis, rudbeckia and grasses. When flowers fade, cut back to promote rebloom.

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Hallie R.'s collection

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

Plants: 

Trumpet Bush

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Trumpet Bush

Obedient Plant

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Obedient Plant

Vibrant flowers are beautiful in a garden or vase. Attractive in formal or natural settings, especially with rich colors like red, blue and purple. Grows well in any soil, but may need staking in rich, fertile conditions. Well-behaved clump-forming plant.

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.

Society Garlic

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Society Garlic

Loose umbels of tubular flowers rise above clumps of creamy white and pink variegated leaves. Foliage stays evergreen in mild winter locations. An excellent addition to perennial or cutting borders.

Coral Bells

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Coral Bells

Uniformly mounded form with pewter-marbled purple leaves. Vibrant sprays of red flowers are a unique feature of this plant.

Cape Fuchsia

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Cape Fuchsia

A beautiful shrub native to South Africa that bears hummingbird-attracting, tubular blossoms all summer. Upright flower spikes offer good textural contrast. Appropriate for the perennial, mixed, or cutting garden. Prune lightly in spring to maintain symmetry. Prefers well-drained, moist soil.

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Phoebe K.'s collection

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

Plants: 

Pentas

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Pentas

Clusters of lovely star-shaped flowers attract butterflies. Bushy plants covered with flowers are wonderful for containers or at garden's edge. Remove spent flowers to promote reblooming.

Foxglove

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Foxglove

Graceful flower spires, beautiful in the garden or bouquet and attractive to hummingbirds. Stunning planted at woodland's edge or in the shaded garden with clustered bellflower, bleeding hearts and variegated hostas. Trim faded flowers for rebloom.

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.

Honeysuckle

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Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is wonderful scrambling over fences, climbing up trees and poles, or draping sunny slopes in color. Intensely fragrant, lovely flowers. Flowers attract hummingbirds, and berries attract birds. Prune immediately after flowering.

Lobelia

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Lobelia

Low-growing carpets in a lovely hue 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.

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.

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Alicia R.'s collection

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

Tuberous Begonia

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Tuberous Begonia

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

Tuberous Begonia

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Tuberous Begonia

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

Bidens

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Bidens

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

Fuchsia

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Fuchsia

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

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.

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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Janine M.'s collection

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

Plants: 

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.

Petunia

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Petunia

Trailing petunia with tremendous color from early spring through fall. The superb bloom coverage makes Plush™ perfect for hanging baskets, containers and landscape beds. Feed weekly with a standard flower fertilizer or add slow-release fertilizer at planting for best results.

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.

Mexican Petunia

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Mexican Petunia

Delicate flowers in vibrant shades are an excellent nectar source for butterflies. Fabulous in the water garden and a nice complement to bold foliage plants such as canna and taro.

Cardinal Flower

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Cardinal Flower

Vibrant flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies to the late season garden. Beautiful with bold-textured plants such as hostas and ligularia, or with fine-textured plants with rounded forms such as daylilies, spiderwort, astilbe and ferns.

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.

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Susan K.'s collection

Plant type: 
flowering shrub
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
3 - 8
Plants: 

Common Lilac

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Common Lilac

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

Bluebeard

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Bluebeard

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

Korean Spice Viburnum

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Korean Spice Viburnum

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

Virginia Sweetspire

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Virginia Sweetspire

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

Pittosporum

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Pittosporum

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

Butterfly Bush

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Butterfly Bush

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

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Hanna J.'s collection

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

Threadleaf Coreopsis

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Threadleaf Coreopsis

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

Bee Balm

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Bee Balm

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

Yarrow

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Yarrow

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

Speedwell

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Speedwell

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

Tickseed

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Tickseed

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

Garden Phlox

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Garden Phlox

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

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Billie S.'s collection

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

Bellflower

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Bellflower

Turkish Veronica

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Turkish Veronica

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

Salvia

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Salvia

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

Ageratum

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Ageratum

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

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Dave R.'s collection

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

Anise Hyssop

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Anise Hyssop

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

Butterfly Bush

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Butterfly Bush

Bouncing Bet

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Bouncing Bet

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

Butterfly Bush

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Butterfly Bush

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

Bronze Fennel

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Bronze Fennel

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

Scented Geranium

Scented Geranium

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

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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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Ulrich B.'s collection

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

Crocosmia

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Crocosmia

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

Sweet Potato Vine

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Sweet Potato Vine

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

Zinnia

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Zinnia

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

Verbena

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Verbena

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

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Yori H.'s collection

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

Angelonia

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Angelonia

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

Lantana

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Lantana

Dahlia

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Dahlia

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

Canna

Canna

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

Zonal Geranium

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Zonal Geranium

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

Napiergrass

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Napiergrass

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

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Owen P.'s collection

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

Angelonia

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Angelonia

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

Ageratum

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Ageratum

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

Lantana

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Lantana

Dahlia

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Dahlia

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

Cuphea

Cuphea

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

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