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Gunnera manicata

Gunnera is a bold architectural plant. It is grown mainly for its enormous lobed leaves, each of which can span 6 feet across. It thrives in wet places beside streams and ponds and in bog gardens. The small flowers cluster in large structures similar to corn cobs. If happy, gunnera develops into huge and gorgeous colonies, so provide plenty of space.


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8 to 20 feet


10-12 feet wide

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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
Take a walk down the primrose path and you'll never look back! Primroses are a classic cottage flower and are popular with collectors. They covet the hundreds of different primroses available, especially some of the tiny rare alpine types.Many are staples of cottage gardens and rock gardens, while others provide spring color to damp places, rain gardens, and bog gardens. Their basal rosettes of oval leaves are often puckered or are very smooth. The colorful flowers may be borne singly or rise in tiered clusters, or even spikes. Provide humus-high soil that retains moisture and some shade for best results.

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