Holiday-Inspired Outdoor Decorating that Lasts

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Outdoor Christmas Decorating Ideas

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Deer-Resistant Shade Plants

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Shrubs with Winter Interest

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Fleece flower


It's not hard to figure out where fleece flower got its name. In summer, it produces large spikes of beautiful, fluffy flowers in pink, red, or white. The foliage is also attractive, with lance-shaped leaves that are often attractively variegated. Succulent stems with conspicuous knots at the node give this plant its other common name, knotweed.

And a weed it can sometimes be. Some types are invasive; seek out those that don't spread so rapidly. The plant does best in soil that does not dry out in sun or part shade, but keep an eye on them to curb any invasive tendencies.


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Painter's Palette fleece flower
Painter's Palette fleece flower
(Persicaria virginiana 'Painter's Palette') is grown for it's dramatically variegated and marked leaves. They are splashed with cream and pale green, and strongly marked with a burgundy chevron. It can grow 4 feet tall. Zones 5-9
Red Dragon fleece flower
Red Dragon fleece flower
(Persicaria microcephala 'Red Dragon') may reach 3 feet tall with leafy stems clothed with stunning oval deep red foliage strongly marked with a gray chevron. The spikes of white flowers are also pretty. Zones 5-9

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Named for the Greek goddess of the rainbow, iris indeed comes in a rainbow of colors and in many heights. All have the classic, impossibly intricate flowers. The flowers are constructed with three upright "standard" petals and three drooping "fall" petals, which are often different colors. The falls may be "bearded" or not. Some cultivars bloom a second time in late summer. Some species prefer alkaline soil while others prefer acidic soil.Shown above: Immortality iris
These vigorous growers are beautiful additions to the garden. They vary from tall, stately plants suitable for borders to others that can be planted as creeping groundcovers. Flowers, too, vary from tight spikes of 1/2 inch to 1-inch cups carried alone or in whorls. Humus-rich, moisture-retentive soil is recommended; some varieties enjoy wet soil and ample water. Several sorts may become invasive and need to be corralled.Note: These are not the invasive purple loosestrife, which has been banned in many parts of the United States.
Long-blooming helenium lights up the late-season garden with showy daisy flowers in brilliant yellows, browns, and mahogany, centered with prominent yellow or brown discs. Many of the best cultivars are hybrids. All are excellent for cutting. Deadhead to extend bloom time, and divide the clumps every couple of years to ensure vigor.

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