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Enjoy big clusters of fragrant white blooms in early summer with this heavy-blooming tree lilac. It starts flowering at an early age and puts on a better display every year. The butterflies will love you for it! This tree grows 18 feet tall -- so it provides plenty of privacy without taking up too much yard space.
Name: Syringa reticulata 'Snow Dance'
This beautiful crabapple has a graceful, weeping habit with rose-pink flowers in spring and bold, purple foliage in summer. It has great disease resistance, too. And 'Ruby Tears' holds onto its fruits -- so they're always available for the birds.
Name: Malus 'Ruby Tears'
Note: This is a special offering for the winner of our Season-Long Wildlife Garden -- 'Ruby Tears' crabapple will not be available for sale until 2010!
For hydrangea lovers, this variety is one of the best. It's ultrahardy, flowers on current-year's growth (so you can be sure to get a spectacular display every year), and tolerates tough conditions. This selection blooms early in the season and offers flowers that fade to deep rose-pink color in fall. It also provides great habitat for birds.
Name: Hydrangea paniculata 'Quick Fire'
Add season-long zing to your landscape with arrowwood viburnum. 'Blue Muffin' is a wonderful variety with white flowers in spring, blue berries in summer, and brilliant red fall color. Plus, it grows well in full sun or partial shade and is deer-resistant. What more could you ask for?
Name: Viburnum dentatum 'Blue Muffin'
Don't forget to include some treats for yourself in your wildlife garden. 'Northcountry' blueberry produces plenty of delicious sweet fruits on a tidy, 2-foot-tall shrub. Bold fall color is an added bonus. And if you don't eat the berries, the birds surely will.
Name: Vaccinium 'Northcountry'
Most blueberries bear the best crops if you plant more than one variety. So we selected 'Patriot' for this garden to complement 'Northcountry'. It grows 4 feet tall and bears large, sweet fruits. Like 'Northcountry', you can enjoy it for its pretty flowers, yummy berries, and fantastic fall color.
Name: Vaccinium 'Patriot'
Beautyberry is one of fall's most spectacular plants because of its clusters of rich, violet-purple fruits. This easy-growing shrub is great for attracting birds and adding a fun dash of color at the end of the season.
Name: Callicarpa dichotoma 'Issai'
Treat bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to this stunning lacecap hydrangea. Unlike most lacecaps, Endless Summer Twist-n-Shout blooms on current-year's growth -- so you're sure to see its beautiful flowers every year, even if you live in Zone 4.
Name: Endless Summer Twist-n-Shout Hydrangea macrophylla
Name: Endless Summer Blushing Bride Hydrangea macrophylla
Name: Endless Summer Hydrangea macrophylla
Another of the easiest perennials you can grow, baptisia resists heat, drought, and even part shade -- and pollinators love it. This selection blooms in early summer with spires of deep violet flowers over attractive blue-green foliage. It's an extremely long-lived plant that puts on a big, bold show.
Name: Baptisia 'Twilite Prairieblues'
Contrast the big, bold form of baptisia with beautiful Siberian iris. This perennial's grassy foliage is a perfect complement -- as are the delicate-looking pure white flowers. Happily, Siberian iris is a lot tougher than it looks, thriving in clay and even part shade.
Name: Iris sibirica 'White Swirl'
Native to areas of North America, Queen of the Prairie is a butterfly favorite. In summer, it bears beautiful plumes of soft pink flowers atop 5- to 6-foot-tall stems. The divided foliage is a great contrast to hydrangeas and other plants with large leaves.
Name: Filipendula rubra 'Venusta'
Name: Geranium 'Rozanne'
Tufted hairgrass is one of the few ornamental grasses that thrives in shade. It looks great, too: It forms a mound of finely textured foliage that turns a wonderful shade of gold in the fall. It's perfect for adding texture to bigger, bolder plants such as hydrangeas and baptisia -- and giving birds a source of nesting material.
Name: Deschampsia cespitosa
Name: Dianthus 'Firewitch'
Create a delightful textural contrast in your garden with Jacob's ladder's uniquely divided, purple-shaded foliage that looks good from spring to fall. Its purple flowers appear in early summer and delight pollinators.
Name: Polemonium 'Bressingham Purple'
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