Sun

Some definitely like it hot--like these beautiful sun-loving plant combinations that thrive in sunny gardens—in bold or soft palettes, as well as collections crafted for cutting.

Faith C.'s collection

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

Krauss' Spikemoss

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Krauss' Spikemoss

Vibrant color provides a splash of light in the shady garden. Cultivated for its delicately branching moss-like foliage. In warm regions, it makes a smashing ground cover. Otherwise, use for seasonal interest or enjoy year-round as a houseplant. Prefers average to acid (sour) moist soil.

Pink Pussy Toes

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Pink Pussy Toes

Beautiful foliage forms a dense silvery carpet, accented with uniquely shapes flower clusters. Attractive in the rock garden, between paving stones and on rock walls. Excellent weed-free ground cover for dry soils.

Hen and Chicks

Hen and Chicks

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

Hen and Chicks

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Hen and Chicks

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

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Chris V.'s collection

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

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Ageratum

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

Diascia

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Diascia

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

Globe Amaranth

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Globe Amaranth

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

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Anita G.'s collection

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

Lady's Mantle

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Lady's Mantle

Striking foliage and profuse flowers make for an outstanding garden performance. Attractive at garden's edge, as a ground cover, or in groupings with plants such as Siberian iris, astilbe or hosta. Flower sprays dry well for arrangements. Will self-sow.

Rose

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Rose

Large, full hot-pink flowers are showy over rich green foliage. Highly scented flowers on vigorous, bushy, upright-growing plants are terrific for cutting. Use for accents or borders, or as a specimen. Remove spent flowers to encourage reblooming.

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.

Lamb's Ear

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Lamb's Ear

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

Salvia

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Salvia

Vibrant flower spikes attract butterflies to the garden and are great cut flowers. Complements many perennials, including yarrow, coreopsis and grasses. Extend flowering and promote rebloom by removing faded flowers. 1997 Perennial Plant of the Year.

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Janice P.'s collection

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

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Celosia

Vibrant plumes bloom consistently regardless of conditions. Thrives in heat, humidity, drought and rain. Wonderful contrast between bold foliage and feathery flowers. Well-suited for garden's edge or in containers mixed with sweet potato vine, coleus and spikes. Flowers dry well for everlastings.

Diascia

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Diascia

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

Globe Amaranth

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Globe Amaranth

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

Verbena

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Verbena

Paludosum Daisy

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Paludosum Daisy

A profusion of large daisies attract butterflies to this annual plant. Compact growth habit makes this an ideal choice as a filler for garden's edge with hemerocallis and small ornamental grasses or in container gardens with geraniums and spikes. Prefers moderately fertile, moist well-drained soil.

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Fiona B.'s collection

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

Verbena

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Verbena

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

Lupine

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Lupine

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

Lupine

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Lupine

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

Shasta Daisy

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Shasta Daisy

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

Calendula

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Calendula

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

Black-Eyed Susan

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Black-Eyed Susan

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

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Geraldine C.'s collection

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

New Zealand Flax

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New Zealand Flax

Hen and Chicks

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Hen and Chicks

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

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.

Silver Spurge

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Silver Spurge

Chicagoland Green™ Boxwood

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Chicagoland Green™ Boxwood
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Lily A.'s collection

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

Coleus

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Coleus

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

Lantana

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Lantana

A profusion of brightly colored flower clusters cover neat, upright mounds of foliage. An ideal choice for mixed containers, window boxes or butterfly gardens.

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.

Salvia

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Salvia

Striking blue flower spikes accent the green foliage and attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Excellent for containers, baskets and garden beds.

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.

Calibrachoa

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Calibrachoa

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

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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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Courtney Y.'s collection

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

Plants: 

Viola Combo

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Viola Combo

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

Loosestrife

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Loosestrife

Beautifully variegated foliage accents brilliant flowers. Attractive in the garden or landscape, planted with Siberian iris and meadowsweet. Growth is best in moist soil; tolerates average soil. Must have shade in dry soil. Good cut flower.

Osteospermum

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Osteospermum

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

Canna

Canna

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

Perilla

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Perilla

This striking plant features showy, richly hued foliage that provides excellent contrast of color, texture and form. Use in combination pots or in the garden. Particularly striking when mixed with silver foliages or yellow flowers. Very heat and cold tolerant. Vigorously reseeds. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Pincushion Flower

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Pincushion Flower

Sky blue flowers float delicately above neat mounds of deeply cut foliage. Wonderful plant with a vigorous habit, perfect for perennial borders. Makes a long-lasting cut flower for summer bouquets and attracts butterflies to the border.

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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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Kathleen P.'s collection

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

Plants: 

Lysimachia

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Lysimachia

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

Marigold

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Marigold

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

Ageratum

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Ageratum

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

Yarrow

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Yarrow

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

Blue Butterfly

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Blue Butterfly

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

Butterfly Weed

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Butterfly Weed

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

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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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Emma S.'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.

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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Stella H.'s collection

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

Vinca

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Vinca

Beautiful flowers attract butterflies to gardens, patio tubs or hanging baskets. Lovely with dusty miller, salvia or grasses. This superb summer performer thrives in hot locations near buildings or pavement. Prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soil.

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.

Alyssum

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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.

Viola

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Viola

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

Vinca

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Vinca

Large overlapping petals form full flowers that bloom in bright, rich colors. Great for attracting butterflies. This superb summer performer thrives in hot locations near buildings or pavement. Lovely with dusty miller or grasses. Provides a vivid display of color for landscapes and containers. Heat and drought tolerant.

Thrift

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Thrift

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

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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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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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Helen B.'s collection

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

Croton

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Croton

Beautiful, colorful foliage plant is excellent for brightening the interior or exterior landscape. Attractive featured alone as a floor plant, in a container on the porch or deck, or group several together for a vivid display. Higher humidity will help prevent leaf drop. Prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soil.

Dwarf Oleander

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Dwarf Oleander

A wonderful flowering broad-leaved evergreen shrub. Use this dwarf variety for the shrub garden, as a specimen or hedge, or in containers. Where not hardy, overwinter indoors. Remove spent flowers for continued bloom. Prune lightly, as needed. Tolerant of many conditions. All parts are toxic; contact may irritate skin.

Ornamental Peanut

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Ornamental Peanut

Spreading, easy-to-grow ground cover with delicate yellow flowers. In warm regions, this legume is well-suited for hard-to-mow areas. Or mow once or twice a month for an easily maintained, 1.5" turf substitute. Drought resistant.

Fiji Fan Palm

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Fiji Fan Palm
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Iris J.'s collection

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

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California Poppy

This fast-growing annual, native to western North America, bears vibrant flowers. Perfect at garden's edge, tucked in bright corners of a patio or along walkways. Requires a sunny location with poor, well-drained soil.

Dianthus

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Dianthus

Vibrant flowers are delicately fringed and often have contrasting centers or patterns. Strong stems make this an ideal cut flower, or allow to run wild in the cottage or herb garden among hardy geranium and baby's breath. Short-lived; may reseed. Prefers average to alkaline (sweet), well-drained soil.

Nierembergia

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Nierembergia

Lovely blooms cover diminutive plants all summer. Well-suited for garden's edge, between stepping stones or as ground cover. Also lovely in baskets, window boxes or combination pots. Heat and drought tolerant. Appreciates a protected location with moist, well-drained soil.

Black-Eyed Susan

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Black-Eyed Susan

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

Heliotrope

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Heliotrope

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

Salvia

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Salvia

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

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Brittany B's collection

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

Grandiflora Petunia

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Grandiflora Petunia

African Daisy

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African Daisy

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

Licorice Plant

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Licorice Plant

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

Vinca Vine

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Vinca Vine

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

Strawflower

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Strawflower

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

Dusty Miller

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Dusty Miller

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

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Jacqueline M.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
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Nemesia

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Nemesia

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

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.

Tea Tree

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Tea Tree

Shrub to small tree form with attractive light colored, corky bark. Leathery green leaves and two-tone pink and red single flowers. Use as a specimen, in borders, or as a screen. Very drought tolerant once established.

African Daisy

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African Daisy

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

Dwarf Marigold

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Dwarf Marigold

Compact plants are just the right size for garden's edge, large groupings, or container gardens. Adorable, with single, double and crested flowers in various shades. Combine with blue- or purple-flowering plants for greatest color contrast.

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Kathryn G.'s collection

Plant type: 
shrub
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
4 - 9
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Burning Bush

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Burning Bush

Best known for brilliant fall color, this popular landscape shrub is impossible to miss once the leaves change in autumn. Striking fall foliage is nicely offset by blue-foliaged plants, chrysanthemum and aster. Use for hedge, screen, accent and specimen.

Japanese Maple

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Japanese Maple

Bird's Nest Spruce

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Bird's Nest Spruce

Slow-growing, needle-leaved evergreen shrub with fine foliage and a flat spread, resembling a "bird's nest." Very effective as an accent, specimen or foundation plant. Also suitable in rock gardens. Deer resistant. Prefers moist, well-drained, neutral to acid (sour) soil.

Japanese Barberry

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Japanese Barberry

This exceptional barberry variety bears striking red foliage throughout the growing season. Well-suited for planting in large groups, as accent, or for the mixed garden. Contrasts best with yellow- and gray-leaved plants. Exposure to full sun stimulates richest leaf color.

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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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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.

Juniper

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Juniper

Ruby Carouselᆴ Barberry

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Barberry Ruby Carouselᆴ
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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.

Japanese Garden Juniper

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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.

Golden Vicary Privet

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Golden Vicary Privet

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

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Elise P.'s collection

Plant type: 
shrub
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
4 - 8
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Dwarf Burning Bush

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Dwarf Burning Bush

Best known for brilliant fall color, this popular landscape shrub is impossible to miss once the leaves change in autumn. Striking fall foliage is nicely offset by blue-foliaged plants, chrysanthemum and aster. Compact size is ideal for foundation plantings, low hedge, accent and specimen.

Austrian Pine

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Austrian Pine

Superb, fast-growing evergreen has handsome needles and charismatic bark. Provides a nice landscape backdrop, focal point or windbreak. Exceptionally tolerant of urban conditions. Prefers well-drained soil.

Juniper

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Juniper

Feathery branches with bright green foliage form a compact, low-growing and wide-spreading evergreen shrub. A superb choice for ground cover or mass plantings. Low maintenance and tolerates drier conditions.

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Gayle S.'s collection

Plant type: 
evergreen shrub
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
5 - 8
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Golden Threadleaf False Cypress

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False Cypress Golden Threadleaf

Use this unusual conifer to add an exotic touch to the landscape. Wonderful, graceful form is carefree and rarely needs pruning. Contrasts well with red-leaved smokebush or Japanese maple.

Yew

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Yew

Rich, soft-textured evergreen works well as a foundation plant or as background. Produces inedible red berries in fall. Lovely with rhododendron, barberry, heather, hosta, and variegated euonymus. Grows slowly. Tolerates hard pruning. Prefers well-drained soil; will tolerate alkaline (sweet) or acid (sour).

Japanese Laurel

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Japanese Laurel

Large, lustrous green leaves are speckled with gold. Small purple-red flowers bloom in spring. Bright red berries are borne on female plants. An ideal plant to brighten a shady area. Prefers well-drained soil. Dense habit is perfect for hedges or background plantings.

Mugo Pine

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Mugo Pine

A covering of 2" needles gives this small pine a uniform appearance. Its slow growth will prevent it from taking over your yard. Makes a nice rock garden shrub. Roots grow close to the surface, so heavy mulching is recommended.

American Sweetgum

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American Sweetgum

Beautiful shade tree for large lawns or streetside. Puts on a spectacular fall display in bronze, orange and yellow. Interesting seedpods resemble brown starbursts. Very nice against a backdrop of evergreens. Prefers moist, well-drained, neutral to acid (sour) soil.

Compact Hinoki Cypress

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Hinoki Cypress Compact
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Louise B.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
part sun
Zone: 
9 - 1
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New Zealand Flax

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New Zealand Flax

Impressive form and foliage color. Sword-shaped leaves grow in fanning clumps. Effective as an accent, planted in large groups or grown in a decorative container. Towering stalks of flower panicles are striking.

Bird of Paradise

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Bird of Paradise

Stunning tropical leaves fan out from a central trunk on thick, strong stems. Vibrant flowers that resemble a bird in flight are excellent for floral arranging. Where hardy, use as specimen or accent, or use in a courtyard garden. In cold regions, grow in a container and overwinter this beauty indoors. Plants can grow to be quite large.

Algerian Ivy

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Algerian Ivy

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

Variegated Parson's Juniper

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Parson's Juniper Variegated
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Lisa O.'s collection

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

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Orange Sedge

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

Lantana

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Lantana

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

Phlox

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Phlox

Beautiful fragrant flower clusters attract butterflies to the garden. Lovely in summer bouquets and stunning in the flower garden, planted with bee balm, Shasta daisy, cranesbill, daylily and ornamental grasses. This cultivar is compact and quite weather tolerant. Remove faded flowers to prolong blooming.

Dahlia

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Dahlia

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

Lantana

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Lantana

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

Ivy

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Ivy

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

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Alexis J.'s collection

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

Stokes' Aster

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Stokes' Aster

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

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

Attractive gray-green leaves edged in rose-pink complement delightful flowers that attract butterflies. Allow seed heads to remain standing for winter interest. Excellent in the garden or landscape planting; beautiful with rudbeckia and coneflowers.

Coneflower

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Coneflower

Abundant, intensely colored flowers attract butterflies to a wide range of landscape settings. Excellent strong-stemmed cut flower. Beautiful in perennial, wildflower or mixed gardens, in formal or informal designs. Will tolerate periods of drought.

Coral Bells

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Coral Bells

Striking ruffled foliage of maroon, deep green and silver combines beautifully with silver- or gold-leaved plants. Ideal for edging or ground cover. Dainty cream-colored flowers on tall, slender spikes attract butterflies and make a great addition to fresh bouquets.

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Savannah C.'s collection

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

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Marigold

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

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.

Alyssum

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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.

New Guinea Impatiens

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New Guinea Impatiens

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

Snapdragon

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Snapdragon

An old-fashioned favorite prized for its beautiful flowers. Wonderful for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. Outstanding as a cut flower. Great with zinnia, marigold, sweet potato vine and other sun-lovers. Remove spent flowers to encourage rebloom. Prefers fertile, well-drained soil.

Zonal Geranium

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Zonal Geranium

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

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Leah H.'s collection

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

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Geranium

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

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

A four-season perennial! Butterfly-attracting pink flowers mature to bronze-red and complement the foliage. Seed heads provide winter interest. This improved form of 'Autumn Joy' is superb in the garden or landscape with rudbeckia, coneflowers and asters.

Lobelia

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Lobelia

Delightful small blue flowers bloom on compact, mounded plants. Spectacular as an edging to borders, or mass plant for a beautiful effect. Also lovely in containers or window boxes.

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.

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.

Alyssum

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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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Aubrey F.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
3 - 8
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Black-Eyed Susan

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Black-Eyed Susan

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.

Paludosum Daisy

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Paludosum Daisy

Dwarf, bushy plant with small white flowers that have yellow centers. Stunning as a border plant or in mass plantings. Attractive in butterfly gardens, cutting gardens, or combined with other perennials or annuals.

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.

Black-Eyed Susan

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Black-Eyed Susan

Brilliant flowers grow 5" wide and attract butterflies to your garden. Striking plants make a bold statement in the perennial garden and are lovely planted with annuals or ornamental grasses. Wonderful as a cut flower. 2003 All-America Selections winner.

Mexican Feather Grass

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Mexican Feather Grass

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

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Morgan G.'s collection

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

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African Marigold

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

Ageratum

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Ageratum

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

Zonal Geranium

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Zonal Geranium

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

Green-Leaf Wax Begonia

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Wax Begonia Green-Leaf

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

Zonal Geranium

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Zonal Geranium

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

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.

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Brooklyn H.'s collection

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

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Grandiflora Petunia

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

Zonal Geranium

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Zonal Geranium

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

Fuchsia

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Fuchsia

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

Salvia

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Salvia

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

Nicotiana

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Nicotiana

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

Sweet Alyssum

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Sweet Alyssum

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

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George W.'s collection

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

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Zinnia

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

Globe Amaranth

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Globe Amaranth

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

Ageratum

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Ageratum

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

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Jerry B.'s collection

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

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.

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).

Globe Amaranth

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Globe Amaranth

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

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Michael W.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
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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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Sadie F.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
3 - 8
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Bloody Cranesbill

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Bloody Cranesbill

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

Lobelia

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Lobelia

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

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.

Rose

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Rose

Deep red color on edges of petals fades to white at the center of the bloom. Beautiful flower with high contrast. Use in borders, or as a specimen or cut flower. Remove spent flowers to encourage reblooming.

Japanese Boxwood

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Japanese Boxwood

Slow-growing, dense shrub is well-suited for trimming and shaping. Use as a low hedge, foundation planting or at the garden's edge. Protect from winter winds. May scorch if too hot and dry. Trim to shape in summer. Prefers fertile, well-drained soil and some shade.

Artemisia

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Artemisia

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

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Chelsea C.'s collection

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

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Daffodil

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

Common Thyme

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Common Thyme

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

Pansy

Pansy

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

Grape Hyacinth

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Grape Hyacinth

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

Corkscrew Willow

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Corkscrew Willow

Mustard Greens

Mustard Greens

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

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Plant type: 
herb
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
5 - 8
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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.

Daylily

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Daylily

An incredible assortment of flower sizes and colors, bloom times and plant heights means that there's a daylily for nearly any landscape situation! Try them in mixed shrub or perennial plantings, or naturalized in open areas. Long-lived and easy to grow.

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

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

Catmint

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Catmint

A profusion of flowers complements fragrant silver leaves and attracts butterflies. Lovely in the herb or flower garden, planted with yarrow and verbena. Shear in midsummer to shape and promote reblooming. The longest flowering of the catmints.

Threadleaf Coreopsis

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Threadleaf Coreopsis

Lavender Cotton

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Lavender Cotton
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