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There has never been a yellow Hosta quite like Dancing Queen, and it will stand out in the shade garden like a shaft of sunshine i...n a dark glen! This large, wide Hosta is exquisitely rippled and quilted, its outstanding foliage attention-getting in any setting. The new leaves open bright gold in spring, turning a lighter shade as the season progresses. Long, pointed, and heavily rippled, they are held elegantly up and out from the center of the plant. With each passing year, they grow more intensely textured and beautifully substantial. In midsummer, the foliage is topped by pale lavender blooms on 28-inch stems. Largely insignificant, the flowers may be snipped and used as filler in the vase, or left on the plant to highlight the color contrast they present against the yellow leaves. Dancing Queen eventually reaches 18 inches high and spreads about 30 inches wide. Spectacular in the border, it is also superb for woodland settings, and can even be grown in a large container. It forms the natural centerpiece of any Hosta garden, standing out brilliantly against El Nino, Silver Bay, and 48438>Abiqua Drinking Gourd, among many others. Dancing Queen was bred by Kent Terpening, and thrives in partial to full shade. Very hardy and long-lived, it belongs front and center in your shade garden display. Do add it to the garden this season! Zones 3-9. read more

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Plant Patent 16,515. Cultivar name: Endless Heart Expect up to 4 seasons of bloom each year from this magnificent red daylily, one... of breeder Darrel Appss Very finest. Part of the Jersey Earlybird? series, Earlybird Cardinal? delights with large watermelon-red blooms and evergreen foliage. Dont miss it for the perennial border, meadow garden, and containers. The flowers measure up to 4 inches wide, and arise on very floriferous plants. Earlybird Cardinal? sets 6 or more fans per plant, instead of the usual 2 to 3, so you get twice the blooms and then some. The first flush is in late spring, repeating steadily into early autumn. Thats an amazing show for any perennial! These blooms are lovely, saturated wtih light red color and starred with a chartreuse throat. The edges of each petal are pie-crusted, creating a stylish look that is repeated by the many dozen as the season progresses. Earlybird Cardinal? reaches about 21 inches high, a butterfly and hummingbird magnet in the sunny garden. Like all daylilies, it is left alone by most pests, highly disease-resistant, and tolerant of adversity from dry soil to heat and humidity. Easy to grow, easier to fall in love with, its a must-have! This diploid keeps its foliage through winter in most areas, making it a good choice for the foundation and other high-visibility spots. Zones 4-9. read more

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Discovered in an Anna, Illinois, garden, Annabelle is perhaps the most popular old-fashioned flowering shrub grown in American gar...dens. Once established, it produces enormous, 12-inch, globe-shaped flowerheads of snowy white starting in early summer and increasing in size until mid- to late summer -- truly spectacular! Growing to 4 feet high and wide, it is a splendid landscape plant that never gets out of bounds and complements every other color in the garden beautifully. It thrives in shade, but also tolerates heat and humidity. Very easy to grow once established, it is a lovely source of fresh and dried arrangements as well as a useful border, hedge, foundation, or accent planting. H. arborescens is a native species, far more cold-hardy than most other Hydrangea species. Recently another cultivar has been added to the family: spectacular pink-flowered Invincibelle Spirit. Try them together for a breathtaking pink-and-white hedge, border, or accent planting! Zones 4-9. read more

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As exquisitely formed and richly scented as a gardenia, the soft white, fully double blooms of White Rose last and last on this co...mpact, very cold-hardy little tree. A seedling selection of Ballerina that outdoes its parent in nearly every way, White Rose is ideal for todays smaller gardens, making a big impact without occupying a lot of space. The blooms arise in early spring, ahead of many Magnolias, and remain fresh and ultra-fragrant for weeks. The petals dont drop until long after the bloom has faded, so you can watch the color progression and enjoy every minute of these spectacular flowers. Held upright like giant candles on their stems, the blooms are awe-inspiring. Even after the flowers pass, White Rose is a pleasant presence in the garden. At maturity this tree is just 12 feet high and 8 to 10 feet wide, and it thrives in full sun in cool and temperate climates, partial shade farther south and west. (It makes a fine understory planting.) Give it a place of honor and enjoy the large, handsome foliage and plump, full shape of this tree. White Rose has much better tolerance of winds, cold weather, and poor soils than many other Magnolias. Once established, it is adaptable and easy. You will enjoy a legacy of early spring beauty for decades with this fine specimen! Zones 4-8. read more

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This exotic beauty comes to us bearing European awards for its superb form and color patterning. Reminiscent of Hippeastrum papili...o, the popular Butterfly Amaryllis, Rio Negro charms with pinstriped red-and-white blooms with long, slender, widely-space petals. But it also adds a purple-streaked stem and very prolific blooms, creating the ideal winter holiday plant. Rio Negro offers 1 to 3 stems per bulb. Each stem bears anywhere from 1 to 3 buds. The result is a bouquet of blooms over many, many weeks! And each flower is 6 inches wide (or a bit more), with a white base overlaid in dark red that appears solid near the base, fanning out into very narrow stripes as the petal progresses. Stunning! Expect Rio Negro to reach between 12 and 18 inches high. A Cybister type, it was developed from many strains of South American species. The long filaments are colorful as well. Such a refreshing change from traditional Amaryllis, it makes an attention-getting and very prolific holiday plant. Grow Amaryllis any time of year - just pot the bulbs 6 to 8 weeks before the date you want it to begin blooming! Plant your bulb in a 6- to 8-inch pot or space closer if planting more than one together. Keep about 1/3 to 2/3 of the bulb exposed above the soil, and water it in thoroughly. Unless the soil looks dry, you should not water it again until green shoots appear. When the first growth appears, move the plant into a sunny spot and keep it well-watered until it blooms. Once the blooms open, move it out of direct sunlight to prolong the life of the flowers. After the blooms pass, place the pot back in a sunny spot and keep watering and feeding it until the leaves turn yellow. (Most Amaryllis remain green for months, their deeply colored, strap-like foliage an attractive addition to the home or office.) When the foliage dies back, stop watering and keep the bulb potted up in a dry, cool place. Let it rest for at least 10 weeks before beginning the process all over again, and re-pot bulbs every 3 to 5 years to keep flowering at a peak. If you live in a mild climate, Amaryllis will grow beautifully in your garden. Plant the bulbs about 8 inches deep, spacing 6 to 8 inches between plants. Fertilize the soil about 3 weeks after planting. Our top-size bulbs are certain to bloom heavily for many years. Zones 10-11. read more

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Our Windowsill Herb Garden Kit lets you cultivate organic herbs right on your windowsill for an beautiful, delicious kitchen accen...t. This easy-to-use kit contains everything you need to grow basil, cilantro, oregano, parsley and thyme. Makes a great gift for green thumbs and chefs alike. ? Indoor herb garden kit ? Easy-to-use kit includes everything you need ? Grow basil, cilantro, oregano, parsley and thyme right in your kitchen ? A great gift! Size 8-1/2" dia. x 7-1/2"H Shipping Allow 1-2 weeks for delivery. Cannot ship to a PO Box. Ships within the 48 contiguous states only. read more

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Such a delight, Blue Mouse Ears sets exquisite soft blue-green leaves, gently curled, with the substantial texture youd expect fro...m much more mature specimens. A tightly mounded miniature, it keeps its distinctive color throughout the summer heat, looking as attractive in containers as it does in the shade border. No wonder it was named the 2008 Hosta of the Year! Leathery and heart-shaped, these small leaves discourage nibbling pests. They are infused with a rich aquamarine shade of blue-green that remains even in hot, sunny summer weather. Neat yet very dense, the foliage is topped in midsummer by lavender blooms held on short scapes in good proportion to the leaves below. A stunning presence, reaching just 6 inches high and 12 inches wide, Blue Mouse Ears is very highly sought for its size, color, foliage texture, and staying power! A sport of H. Blue Cadet, Blue Mouse Ears sets new foliage all season, often with a hint of gold at the base of the leaf. Use this compact plant in containers of all sorts, as edging, in the front of the shade border, and as an accent among green- and yellow-leafed plants. It tolerates partial to full shade, and prefers to avoid direct sun. Zones 3-8. read more

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Adding a scarlet Oriental poppy to the garden is a certain way to create brilliant spots of interest from late spring into early s...ummer. This intensely colorful, large flower is among the most eye-catching of all, the perfect cut-flower as well as a garden standout. Beauty of Livermere is a large flower, 4 to 6 inches across, with crepe-paper like petals of pure, radiant scarlet-red surrounding a huge, dramatic dark purple to black center. The blooms arise on tall, slender, very strong stems, reaching 30 inches high in the sunny garden. They last for several weeks, and after they pass, the plant goes dormant for summer. A fine plant for cool-summer climates, it tends to bloom earlier and for a shorter duration farther south. Named for a village in Suffolk, England, Beauty of Livermere is floriferous and very dependable, often self-seeding where it is content. It needs nothing beyond very good soil drainage and plenty of sunshine to flower season after season, with gray-green foliage on plants reaching just 18 to 24 inches wide. Best dotted rather than massed (because when they go dormant, they leave a gap in the garden display), Oriental Poppies are absolutely spectacular cut-flowers. The great red poppy came to prominence in 1920 as the symbol of the fallen soldiers of World War I, sparked by the hugely popular poem In Flanders Field, which begins: In Flanders field, the poppies blow / Between the crosses, row on row. For many years November 11 (Remembrance Day in the UK and Canada; Veterans Day in the USA) was marked by the wearing of a paper poppy on the lapel. In recent years the red poppy has been expanded into the symbol of many war-related charities in the United Kingdom, and is displayed prominently for several weeks beginning in late October. It has been joined by the white poppy as a symbol of pacifism, so if you would like to grow both, consider Royal Wedding as a companion to Beauty of Livermere! Zones 3-7. read more

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Plant Patent #18,538. American Perennial Diva, Stephanie Cohen, has been given the honor of having this delightful little daylily ...named after her. A hardy, everblooming beauty, its uniquely colored, boasting a bicolor blend of peachy pink, ruffled petals with a thin, purple eye, a dazzling yellow throat, and deep rose-purple sepals. It needs no maintenance to bloom almost continuously from early summer into fall. Stephanies Return is a short, sweet daylily that stands only 14-16 high, with a width of 14-16, making it a great choice for most any location. Bred by Dr. Darrel Apps. Like all Daylilies, Stephanies Return is extremely easy to grow. Find a location with plenty of sunshine and good soil drainage, and the battle is nearly won! It slowly spreads over time, asking only to be divided every few years. Impervious to heat, humidity, drought, cold, deer, poor soil, and most pests and diseases, Hemerocallis are among the most adaptable of all perennials. They make fine companions to Narcissus, the strap-like foliage concealing the dying Daffodil foliage, and also combine beautifully with Tall Bearded Iris, which bloom just before them, in most climates. Zones 4-8. read more

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Plant Patent #13,080. Eagerly anticipated, this sport of world-famous Hosta June exceeds its parent for color intensity and beauty...! Touch of Class is a magnificently thick-leaved, tricolored plant that keeps its cool blue tones right through summer heat. The only green youll see is the narrow band on each leaf where the brilliant gold flame overlaps with the jagged blue edging! Just a foot high and about 18 inches wide, Touch of Class makes a big impact in a small space. Its leaves are substantial, waxy, and nicely held, holding up to spring rains, summer heat, and autumn breezes. Heart-shaped and slightly downturned at the tips, they are puffy looking and texture quite beautifully over time, with a pleasantly quilted look as the vertical furrows become more pronounced. All Hostas improve with age, but Touch of Class really outdoes itself for foliage texture! Part of Touch of Classs vigor and strength comes from the fact that its a tetraploid, meaning that it has twice the chromosomes of diploid Hostas (such as its parent June). This is the beginning of a new trend in Hosta breeding -- the conversion of diploids into tetraploids with greater robustness. And if Touch of Class is any indication of the success of this idea, were in for a lot of tetraploids in the years to come! In midsummer this plant is topped by slender 2-foot stems bearing insignificant 1-inch lavender blooms, which may be cut away or kept, as you prefer. Its real beauty is the spring-through-fall display of spectacular tricolored foliage in the partly shaded garden! If youre new to Hosta growing, youre in for a treat. Like most Hostas, Touch of Class is very tolerant of just about any soil and weather conditions. Hardy from one end of the country to the other, it is very long-lived (plan on several decades!). Periodically you can dig it up and whack the rooty crown into several new plants, or simply let the older ones grow more magnificent with the passing of time! Space plants 18 inches apart in the garden or a large container. Very tolerant of heat, humidity, cold, and even drought (once established). Zones 3-9. read more

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Synonym: Razzmatazz The de Oro name promises greatness, and this brilliant purple and yellow bloom does not disappoint! Reblooming... tirelessly from midsummer into fall, this gorgeous diploid is the perfect solution for sunny borders, meadow gardens, groundcover, and small-space sites. Technically a miniature, it wow with 2-inch blooms so bright and bold they appear to be much larger -- especially among the fresh green foliage on compact plants. Purple de Oro sports rich, plummy purple blooms so saturated with color they appear to be wet. Darker violet veins, very slender, span the length of each petal, which terminates in an elegant pie-crusted effect. And the sepals are tipped in white for extra showiness. Wow! This daylily reaches just 20 inches high, and is irresistible to butterflies and hummingbirds. Like all Hemerocallis, it thrives in a wide range of soils, light, and environments. Give it a good start in life with well-drained, enriched soil and plenty of moisture, and it will establish quickly and take off! Few plants are easier. A fine complement to the classic Stella de Oro as well as to perennials of all types, Purple de Oro also makes a nice companion to daylilies in the sunny garden. As its new spring foliage fills in -- lush and arching -- it helps hide the keeled-over, browning stems of your Narcissus! A nice little partnership. Zones 3-9. read more

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This plant looks so exotic, with its combination of big, creamy-edged leaves and exquisite spotted pink blooms, that nobody need k...now its a cinch to grow! Gilt Edge is a shade- and moisture-loving Toad Lily, ready to flower for weeks during the dull late-summer-early-fall season when the garden is at one of those awkward in between stages! Gilt Edge is showier than most Formosa Toad Lilies, with long, elegant leaves the size of dollar bills, jaggedly edged in a creamy yellow that varies leaf by leaf. Vigorous and attractive all season, it doesnt brown out toward the end of summer, as some Toad Lilies will, but stays as fresh and clean as though the leaves were newly unfurled! The blooms may remind you of Orchids; just an inch across, they stand out brilliantly, their deep pink petals merrily spotted in deep purple. Expect them to keep coming for several weeks, offering a terrific color show in the garden. Plant Gilt Edge in the shade garden, giving it more sun in the north than in the south. It will colonize readily if you allow it room, so clear a wide area and get ready to watch this Toad Lily make itself at home! A good companion to ferns and Hostas, it reaches 20 to 24 inches tall and up to 30 inches wide in evenly moist (not boggy or wet) soil. If youre planting more than one, space them about 2 feet apart to give them room to spread! Hardy in zones 4-8. read more

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The sunniest Iris in the garden is this very large-flowered all-over yellow Siberian! Dance and Sing lives up to its name with a c...lear, rich buttery color that suggests lightness of spirits, and makes the perfect contrast to the dark blues and purples of the Iris garden. These oversized blooms have petaloid arms held straight up, primrose standards, and dark yellow falls. The overall impression is of layers of chiffon, the shades just one grade different from each other. Long-lasting and beautifully formed, these are superb cutflowers, but stand out so well in the garden you may hate to remove them even for the vase! The flowers arise in late spring and early summer on tall, sturdy plants 30 to 36 inches high. They may offer an encore in late summer, less profuse but still very showy, and most welcome at that bleak time of year in the sunny garden. Siberian Iris is a low maintenance perennial, content in consistently moist to damp soils. You can divide it easily every few years into even more plants, gradually acquiring a large and thriving colony! Dance and Sing was introduced in 2002 by Schafer-Sacks. It remains a favorite in the yellow family, and we are honored to make it available to you this season. Zones 4-9. read more

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Marque Moon is an endlessly fascinating daylily. Depending on the weather, it will appear either more creamy or more peachy-pink, ...with a pearlescent sort of sheen at all times known as diamond dusting. The flowers are huge, the plant vigorous, and the care so easy. Every sunny garden deserves this carefree perennial! The blooms measure 5 to 5 inches wide, quite large for any daylily and simply spectacular when the plant is in full flower, especially if part of a large planting. And since each Marque Moon can be expected to set 40 buds per scape, the show continues over a very long midsummer season. These flowers are a creamy shade with a primrose-yellow throat and yellow ruffled (pie-crusted) edges. The pink and peach cast shows up best on overcast days, and the diamond dusting glints in the sun. Fabulous! Expect Marque Moon to reach about 24 inches high, thriving in any well-drained soil receiving full sun or very light, partial shade. Like all daylilies, it is virtually indestructible, thriving despite drought, heat, humidity, cold, and poor soil fertility. Once established, this is a carefree perennial you will treasure. Most pests and diseases do not faze it, and its a happy companion in the border or meadow garden to daffodils as well as other flowering perennials. Zones 3-9. read more

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Sometimes known as the D.L.C. Hybrids after their breeder David Culp, the Brandywine? Strain of Hellebores represents the best of ...decades of European breeding, boasting unusual colors and combinations coupled with impeccable flower form. In this strain you will find single, anemone, and double blooms; a full range of solid, bicolored, freckled, and even picoteed forms; and colors from the traditional deep reds, pale greens, and ivories to very hard-to-find yellows, pinks, and apricots. (Each plant only displays ONE bloom color.) If its time to add some variety to the Hellebore display, you need the Brandywine? Strain. Breeder David Culp collected the original plants for this strain from the premier Hellebore gardens and collections of Europe, then spent 15 years hand-crossing them to select only the finest in color and flower form for the Brandywine? Strain. Rare species, award-winning plants, and a diversity of flower forms all contributed heavily to this strain, and the results show in every plant. Brandywine? Hellebores are about 12 to 18 inches tall and a foot wide. Like all Hellebores, they are wonderfully resistant to heat, humidity, drought, and cold. Rabbits and deer leave them alone (the plants are poisonous), making them ideal as ground cover, mass planting in woodland and other open areas, and in the border. Evergreen and very adaptable, they flower in late winter and early spring, the blooms drying on the plant and becoming papery over their several-months duration. Introduce the Brandywine? Strain into your shade garden this season and capture fine European breeding in its most refined form. Zones 4-9. read more

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Plant Patent #16,198. Cultivar name: PROse. This delightful Floribunda has the beauty and fragrance of an Old Rose with the modern... vigor, disease resistance, and bloom strength of a modern hybrid. Burgundy Iceberg? is prepared to flower all summer long, filling garden and vase with a strong honey-like scent and adding rich, dark, highly unusual color to the Rose display. Each of these blooms is fully double-flowered, with 20 to 25 petals that sport a deep pink reverse (exterior) to complement their dark burgundy interior. The coloration is purple to red-burgundy depending on the climate, with darker coloring in cooler temperatures. Measuring 3 to 4 1/2 inches wide, they arise in large clusters from late spring until the cool fall weather sets in. Very tolerant of heat and humidity, they are a superb choice for the south and southwest, but also content in shorter and cooler summer climates. Burgundy Iceberg? has won numerous awards in its native Australia, and we believe it will be a success here as well. This color is simply unavailable in most other Roses, and the rich fragrance and floriferousness make this shrub very valuable. Best of all, it has disease-resistant foliage, so you can plant it right into the crowded border (or in containers) without worrying about mildew and blackspot. If you have never grown a Rose before, Burgundy Iceberg? is a splendid way to begin. If youre a seasoned Rosarian, you can count on this cultivar to be one of the highest-performing and most trouble-free varieties in your garden! Zones 5-9. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For. This sport of Diana Remembered adds a charming white margin to the large, deeply-ruffled foliage. The ef...fect is magnificent in midsummer when the white edging is mirrored by the snow white flowers that arise on 20-inch flower scapes. While most Hostas grow tiny, ornamentally insignificant flowers, Royal Wedding boasts 3 to 4 inch blooms that are almost reminiscent of Magnolia blooms and which are, fittingly, very fragrant. Royal Wedding is a brilliant choice for any shady spot. It will brighten up the woodland garden, add perfume to any shady back yard, and it will even fit in a container. The foliage and flower alike are worthy specimens that would fit well in a cutflower arrangement. The variegated, deeply-ridged leaves arise profusely on symmetrical mounds about 12 inches tall and 20 inches wide. The mound of foliage continues to grow through summer, making an excellent cover for dying bulb foliage. Not to mention the ornamental quality of the spade shaped, cream-and-green leaves! The flowers come on from mid to late summer, adding beauty and fragrance that will attract a lot of attention! Butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators will be just as eager to get a sniff as you are! Royal Wedding is easy to care for, being resistant to heat, cold, and a whole host of other conditions--just plant it in a well-drained, partly shaded spot, and it will do the rest! These enduring plants are even unfazed by urban pollution! But like most Hostas, their Achilles heel can be slugs. Though the thick foliage is hard for slugs to eat, it is not yet slug proof. So if you start to see any holes in the leaves, put out some slug bait. Space plants about 20 inches apart in well-drained, enriched soil, and keep them well-watered, particularly the first year, when they are getting established in their new home. Once established this Hosta becomes very vigorous and easy to care for, shrugging off heat, humidity and cold and keeping its royal bearing! Zones 3-9. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For. A sport of Paradise Island, this Hosta features the same golden, variegated, subtly ridged foliage as it...s parent and adds a few improvements: stronger variegation, thicker leaf substance, and a faster growth rate. Island Breeze is a brilliant choice for any shady spot. It will brighten up the shady border or woodland garden, it is small enough for the container, and the foliage is so phenomenal that it is even a great specimen or cut flower. For its versatility, performance, and vibrant foliage, this Hosta was named one of The Best New Shade Perennials for 2014 by Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. These beautifully veined, cupped leaves arise profusely on symmetrical mounds about 12 inches tall and 18 inches wide. A bold golden hue edged in deep green, they are eye-catching from across the garden, and make a nice ribbon of color through the border, a bright accent plant anywhere youve got a couple feet of garden space, and a lovely container specimen! In midsummer, small purple flowers will arise on reddish scapes up to 28 inches high, adding another note of visual interest to the eye-catching foliage. The flowers arent especially showy or long-lived, but in their tenure they provide the added bonus of attracting butterflies to your garden. As if Island Breeze needed to provide any further color, the red-speckled petioles also bleed some red tones into the display, making it all the more fascinating. Island Breeze is easy to care for, being resistant to heat, humidity, and a whole host of other conditions. These enduring plants are even unfazed by urban pollution! Like most Hostas, their Achilles heel can be slugs. Though the thicker foliage is harder for slugs to eat, it is not quite slug proof. So if you start to see any holes in the leaves, put out some slug bait. Best in at least sun to bring out the gold hues in the foliage, Island Breeze is a delight! Space plants about 20 inches apart in well-drained, enriched soil, and keep them well-watered, particularly the first year, when they are getting established in their new home. Indifferent to heat, humidity, and cold, this is a very vigorous and easy to care for Hosta! Zones 3-9. read more

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This outstanding classic (introduced in 1930) is the standard by which all repeat-flowering climbers are judged! If you have stron...g vertical or horizontal support for this magnificent rose, add it to your garden at once! New Dawn is a free-flowering, easy-to-grow standout rose. Its blooms are fragrant, its glossy, dark green foliage lush and surprisingly disease resistant, and its season of bloom very long. Each fully double bloom measures 3 to 4 inches wide, sporting tones of pearlescent blush. The scent is powerfully sweet, making New Dawn a great choice for the vase as well as the garden. And the blooms arise in big clusters, so a single snip makes a bouquet. Climbing 18 to 20 feet high and 7 to 10 feet wide, New Dawn flowers reliably all summer long and into autumn in many climates. Its hardy, very vigorous, and tolerant of some shade. A classic for more than 75 years, it is a superb choice for a wide variety of areas, from pillars, arbors, and trellises to inclusion in the cut garden. This climbing rose can be grown in the ground or in a container, but container growth will require winter protection. It can be pruned after flowering is finished to maintain a smaller habit. Zones 5-9. read more

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Perhaps the finest Hybrid Tea ever introduced, Peace has a history as fascinating as its appearance! In 1935, Meilland discovered ...seedling #3-35-50 and managed to send it to the U.S. on the last plane to leave France for America before war broke out. It was named the day Berlin fell to the Allies. The day peace was signed with Japan, it won AARS honors and members of the newly formed United Nations were presented with its blooms. Each petal on the heavy, substantive 5- to 6-inch double blooms is a soft yellow edged with pink that deepens and spreads with maturity. From attractive ovoid buds, the petals unfold slowly around a high-pointed center. They are borne on heavy, strong, straight stems between 18 and 24 inches long, making them fantastic for vases. Flower production is unbelievably lavish, and the blooms last a remarkably long time, both on the plant and when cut. The plant reaches 4 to 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide, covering itself in healthy, glossy, dark green leaves. Truly the one Rose to plant! It should be pruned in the spring, with the removal of old canes and dead wood. Cut back canes that cross each other. Gardeners in warmer climates will want to cut the remaining canes by one-third, while those in colder climates will probably need to trim it a bit more. read more

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You will smell these luscious roses before you see them, for their licorice-like scent is pervasive and intoxicating. Large, petal...-packed, and very abundant, they cover this vigorous climber all summer long, appearing in small clusters and repeating in flushes until the cool fall weather arrives. A fragrant yellow rose is rare enough, but such fragrance -- the heady scent of anise -- is even more highly prized. Scent from Above? is a British introduction, sporting 4-inch blooms that open from lovely pointed, ovoid buds, flaunting up to 40 petals and the classic hybrid tea form. Cut all you like for the vase -- they open on 12- to 18-inch stems. Or let them remain on the vine, perfuming the sunny garden beautifully. Reaching a mature size of 8 to 10 feet high and 2 to 3 feet wide and covering itself with glossy, dark green, disease-resistant foliage, this gorgeous climber is a rare pleasure. Place one on each side of an arbor, allow one to drape itself over a favorite trellis, or dress up a well, fence, or any other structure with its fantastic color and perfume! Plant in full sun in moist, well-drained soil. Var: CHEWgoldtop (PP#17,126). Zones 5-9. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For. The Ruffles? series was bred using Heuchera villosa to create larger leaves and more heat tolerance. Lim...e Ruffles is the most vibrant of the series, with extremely large, ruffled leaves of such a neon lime-green that they seem to glow with their own chartreuse light. Lime Ruffles works beautifully as a groundcover for shadier spots, and is also compact enough to work in containers, where the dazzling foliage makes a striking statement in any arrangement. This Heuchera is a cross between Lime Marmalade and Lime Rickey. It features the same famous lime color on a rounder plant with distinctly larger leaves. Lime Ruffles quickly grows to its mature size of 24 inches wide and only 11 inches tall (18 when in flower). In May and June, little pink flowers arise on slender green stems, attracting hummingbirds and butterflies. The thick, leathery foliage is tough enough to stand up to the elements and retain its beauty--in fact, the color only improves with sunlight. Lime Ruffles can tolerate full sun in the North; in the South plant it in part to full shade and average soil. Let the plant dry out a bit between waterings--better too dry than too wet. Its high tolerance for drought, heat, and humidity makes it well-suited to the Deep South, though it is also hardy up to zone 4, and its foliage takes on a lovely tone in winter. Zones 4 to 9. read more

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Heat up your summer garden with this high-performing hemerocallis. The blooms are huge, brilliantly colored, and appear all summer... long on vigorous plants that go totally dormant in winter, making them successful in northern gardens where semi-evergreen daylilies often struggle with rot. Feature Alabama Jubilee in your sunny border, foundation, meadow, or driveway garden this season, and watch how it outperforms nearly every other plant in the vicinity! The colorful, thick-petaled blooms are excellent in the vase, adding an exciting dash of fiery orange that will last for several weeks. And these cutflower-quality blooms are also a boon in the landscape, attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to sip at their nectar all summer long. Alabama Jubilee is a tetraploid, meaning it has twice the chromosomes of traditional (diploid) daylilies. This is significant for several reasons. First, it gives the plant greater vigor, resulting in larger, brighter, more substantial blooms that repeat in late summer after a heavy early season flush. Second, it increases the growth potential of the plant, helping it stand up to adversity and send out new flowering stems quicker than older varieties. Third, it takes off more quickly in spring and then goes totally dormant in winter, making maintenance a breeze! Thriving even in intense heat and humidity, Alabama Jubilee blooms reliably every summer from July to August. The sizzling scarlet-and-orange blooms are the perfect warm accent for a summer garden. While this radiant daylily does well in the sunny or partly-shaded garden bed, you will probably want to feature it in your front yard, where its glory can be put on full display! Alabama Jubilee reaches up to 30 inches tall and 24 inches wide with very little help. All it needs is watering the first season or two to get its root system established. Like all tetraploid daylilies, it withstands cold, heat, humidity, and drought without turning a leaf. Deer leave it alone. Other pests and diseases seldom trouble it. All it asks is good soil drainage and plenty of sunshine! Zones 3 to 9. read more

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With a name befitting its origins in Virginia, this award-winning sport of the renowned Hosta Francee is elegant, formal, and brea...thtakingly beautiful! The heart-shaped leaves, 5 by 7 inches, have a deep, rich green center and broad (1-inch), jagged white margins. They arise in great profusion from the center of these mounded plants, creating many layers of fresh foliage. Bright purple shoots in spring and showy pale lilac flowers in early summer further enhance the beauty! Creating an elegant, formal, very neat look, the foliage remains crisp and variegated, even in the heat and humidity of southern summers! The plant quickly forms a neat, pest-resistant clump 12 inches tall and 30 inches wide. A carefree specimen for the shade garden, Patriot offers crisp, fresh bold color right up until frost! One quart pots. Zones 3-9. read more

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Everything about this classic American Peony is quicker, brighter, and more intense than most others. The flowers are fully double... and quite large, with rich bright red hues that last and last. They appear on exceptionally strong stems, and are quite fragrant. For sheer attention-getting beauty, you cant beat Renato! This peony grows quickly, with good branching and plenty of flowering stems. Expect it to reach about 32 inches high. It blooms in midseason, and the flowers last and last. Renato was bred in 1949 by A. L. Murowska, and introduced 6 years later. Now, more than half a century on, it remains one of the very best. Add it to your garden for a living legacy that will be enjoyed for decades! If you are new to the joy of Peonies, let us enumerate some of their merits! First, they are exceptionally carefree once established. One of the longest-lived perennials, a single plant can last for generations. Second, their phenol content makes them unappetizing to insects, rabbits, and even deer. Third, they offer 3 seasons of color: reddish spring foliage, bright late spring and early summer blooms; and bronze or purple fall tones. Fourth, they are equally suited for garden or vase, offering old-fashioned charm plus armloads of blooms. Very long-lived after cutting, the flowers can even be used as everlastings. Peonies are a nice garden bridge plant, looking something like a perennial and something like a shrub. Set in front of large shrubs or trees, they make a big splash of color without occupying a lot of space. Traditional companions to Peonies are spring-and summer-flowering bulbs, blue- and white-flowered perennials, flowering shrubs such as Azaleas, and ornamental grasses. Zones 3-8. read more

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Plant Patent #4247. A color breakthrough for Peonies! When this magnificent semi-double was introduced, it won the 1986 Gold Medal... of the American Peony Society, and has been winning hearts ever since! The deep coral buds -- beautiful in themselves -- open to bowl-shaped blooms with gracefully incurved petals of coral-peach surrounding a frilly, glowing mass of stamens. 5 to 6 inches across and very long-lasting fresh or cut, these mid-spring blooms are the focal point of any garden setting! One of the few Peonies to flourish in the southern end of its hardiness range, Coral Charm is an exceptionally robust garden plant, reaching 36 inches tall and covered with blooms. Its lovely foliage forms a nice backdrop for Daffodils and a foreground for mid-to late-summer Lilies! Plant Coral Charm in full sun and well-drained, moisture-retentive soil well enriched with organics. If planting more than one, space them about 3 1/2 to 4 feet apart. Hardy in zones 3-8. The merits of Peonies are virtually endless! First, they are exceptionally hardy -- easy to grow and carefree once established. One of the longest-lived perennials, a single plant can last for generations, blooming as reliably in its 50th year as it did in its 3rd! Second, their phenol content makes them unappetizing to pests, including insects, rabbits, and even deer. Remarkably disease-free as well, they literally need no attention once established. Third, they truly offer three seasons of color. The new spring foliage is reddish; the bright blooms span late spring and early summer; and the fall foliage is tinged with bronze or purple tones. Fourth, they are equally suited for the landscape or the vase, offering old-fashioned cottage garden charm plus armloads of stunning blooms. Very long-lived in the vase, the flowers can even be upended and dried for use as everlastings (the red and pink singles are best for this -- their color and petals outlast those of their paler, double cousins). Mature plants have a pleasingly rounded, plump form, and the foliage stays fresh even in the dog days of August. Fifth -- but you already know this -- the blooms are out-of-this-world lovely in color, fragrance, and form. As showy as roses and vastly easier to grow and care for, they are the unsung heroes of the flowering garden. Peonies are a nice bridge plant in the garden, looking something like a perennial and something like a shrub. They have enough height to form a good backdrop to low-growing and petite annuals and perennials, yet are compact enough for a slender border or corner display. Planted in front of large shrubs or trees, they make a big splash of color without occupying a lot of space. Traditional companions to Peonies are spring- and summer-flowering bulbs (because Peonies lush foliage nicely hides the slumping stalks after the bulbs have bloomed), blue- and white-flowered perennials, larger flowering shrubs such as Azaleas and Rhododendrons, part-shade plants such as Epimedium and Helleborus, and ornamental grasses. read more

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Plant Patent #20,774. My, Empress Wu, how you have grown! This astonishing Hosta is more like a shrub than a perennial, with leave...s 18 inches wide and flowers fluttering on stems 5 feet tall! Shake up the shade garden with beautiful, eye-popping Empress Wu! Magnificently quilted and heart-shaped, the foliage on this Hosta-and-a-half is lovely from spring through fall, its texture and substance improving with each passing year. In midsummer it is topped by lavender flowers, but the real beauty is the foliage itself. Dense, many-layered, and symmetrical, it is a glorious sight in the partly shaded garden! Empress Wu would make a nice specimen (solitary) planting, but it will be even better as a standout in the shade border, behind all the smaller Hostas and other hardy ferns. Expect passersby to stop in their tracks when they see this behemoth! Named for the only female emperor of China, Empress Wu was bred by Brian and Virginia Skaggs. It is descended from H. Big John x H. Zanadu, but easily outdoes both parents in magnitude and beauty! Like all Hostas, Empress Wu is very easy to grow in any well-drained soil receiving some shade. Once established in your garden, it tolerates heat, humidity, cold, and even drought effortlessly. If you want to divide this plant, simply whack it into pieces in late winter or early spring. But if you leave it intact, it will grow in stature and beauty more quickly. Very long-lived, it will grace your garden for decades! Enjoy this splendid and unusual Hosta! Zones 3-9. read more

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Celebrating 100 years of gracing sunny gardens and elegant vases, Sarah Bernhardt is one of the classic Peonies that helped make t...his perennial a favorite from the foundation planting to the patio, the border to the vase! Gigantic 7- to 9-inch double blooms of luscious pink (occasionally flecked with raspberry) release an unforgettable fragrance, and the sun-loving plant is as easy to grow as a weed! Sarah Bernhardt begins flowering in early summer and continues for several weeks. This plant reaches 3 feet tall, a nice size for any setting from the foundation to the patio garden. Sarah Bernhardt was introduced in 1906 by the renowned French nursery Lemoine. It establishes readily in moisture-retentive, well-drained soil enriched with organics and receiving full sun to light shade. If you are new to the joy of Peonies, let me enumerate some of their merits! First, they are exceptionally carefree once established. One of the longest-lived perennials, a single plant can last for generations. Second, their phenol content makes them unappetizing to insects, rabbits, and even deer. Third, they offer 3 seasons of color: reddish spring foliage, bright late spring and early summer blooms; and bronze or purple fall tones. Fourth, they are equally suited for garden or vase, offering old-fashioned charm plus armloads of blooms. Very long-lived after cutting, the flowers can even be used as everlastings. Peonies are a nice garden bridge plant, looking something like a perennial and something like a shrub. Set in front of large shrubs or trees, they make a big splash of color without occupying a lot of space. Traditional companions to Peonies are spring-and summer-flowering bulbs, blue- and white-flowered perennials, flowering shrubs such as Azaleas, and ornamental grasses. Zones 3-8. read more

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Early in summer, 2 1/2- to 3-foot stems are topped by gigantic violet-pink flowerheads -- some fully 8 inches wide! This terrific ...Dutch hybrid blooms for up to 3 weeks, repeating more reliably than its cousin, Allium giganteum. Because its sterile, it puts all its energy into producing more flowers instead of making seeds -- and you reap the benefits! Ideal combined with low-growing, mounding perennials. Zones 4-8. read more

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Large, vividly colored 4- to 5-inch lavender-pink double flowers appear on leafless stems in mid-autumn on this splendid bulb. Kno...wn as Autumn Crocus, Colchicum delights with fall flowers, and Waterlily is a particularly beautiful double-flowered variety. Colchicum is an interesting bulb. You plant it in fall, but in spring the only thing you get is foliage! Long after youve forgotten about it, the flowers literally burst open overnight -- in autumn, just when the garden floor needs some color! No plant is easier to grow. You can force this bulb indoors by setting it on a bed of pebbles in a pan of shallow water, or plant it in the garden in autumn. Garden rodents and even deer will leave it alone -- the bulb is poisonous, and pests keep their distance! These bright rosy-pink double blooms reach 4 to 5 inches wide, packed with long, slender petals. The flowers really do resemble a waterlily! No Colchicum is more lovely. Tuck the bulbs into your garden this autumn, and prepare to be delighted (and surprised!) next fall! Zones 5-8. read more

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Synonym: Tricyrtis sinonome One of the most beautiful flowering perennials for the shade garden, this Toad Lily has been a popular... cut-flower in Japan for many years, and is now eager to grace your border and vases with its glorious blooms. Sinonome is easy to grow, very free-flowering, and long-lived, slowly spreading to fill in bare spots and create a large, lush planting that flowers in autumn. This moisture lover sets bright green leaves, slightly ribbed, to 4 inches long in symmetrical ladders on long, strong stems. These are topped with long, pointed violet buds in late summer, each opening to a wide-petaled 1-inch-wide flower of cream, burgundy, and white. Freckled, streaked, and washed with color, each flower is uniquely beautiful, and there are plenty of every stem of Sinonome! Expect this Toad Lily to reach 30 to 36 inches high in bloom, and to start out at about a foot wide, spreading to 2 feet within a season or two. Left alone by most pests and diseases (snails can be an issue; use the same remedies you do for your Hostas), all it asks is consistently moist soil and partial to full shade. Long-lived, slowly spreading, and almost unbelievably elegant, this is a perennial you must try in your choicest shady garden spots! Space these plants about 2 feet apart, or slightly closer together if you want more dense converage immediately. Plan for the long term with Sinonome -- it will live a long and beautiful life where happy in the garden, and your indoor arrangements as well as your shade border or woodland garden will be all the better for it! Zones 5-8. read more

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Fragrant, easy-as-pie, endlessly beautiful Hyacinth is just made for the task of filling your best vases and sunniest garden spots... with bold, long-lasting color and fresh sweet scent, and Eros is one of its loveliest varieties. This exceptional new double-flowered Hyacinth greets you in early to mid-spring with stunning pink blooms marked with lovely white edges! Growing about 10 inches high, they fill the air with their strong, sweet perfume, adding another layer of beauty to the garden. Easy to grow and versatile, Eros is ideal for everything from formal gardens to sprinkling among perennials beds to planting along walkways. Zones 4-9. read more

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Plant Patent #13,481. Well, weve all heard of reblooming Daylilies by now, but Romantic Returns introduces a new flowering pattern... -- continually blooming, where the flowers open regularly over a long summer season, instead of coming in little waves. These 5-inch, rosy-pink flowers will keep you in color for months, looking as full and fresh on their last day as they did on their first! Romantic Returns is the work of premier Daylily hybridizer Dr. Darrel Apps, who introduced the sensational reblooming Rosy Returns (which makes a great companion plant to Romantic Returns, blooming both before and afterwards!). About 25 buds arise on every flowering stem of this super-vigorous little sun-lover, so you can expect masses of soft, warm color for the perennial border, edging, landscaping, or accent plantings! Romantic Returns reaches about 26 inches tall and 24 to 30 inches wide. Like all Daylilies, it is exceptionally easy to grow, with a superb indifference to punishing heat, humidity, drought, and cold. Not fussy about soil type, it needs only a sunny spot with reasonably good drainage to flourish for many years! Space these plants about 2 feet apart. Hardy in zones 5 to 9. read more

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This truly unique daffodil features yellow, salmon-edged inner cups that lay in a delicate, intricately overlapped pattern, lookin...g as if they were carefully folded by an Origami master! The sophisticated blooms emit a delicate fragrance somewhat reminiscent of Hyacinth or Jasmine. A showstopping accent plant for the border or specimen planting, this naturalizing bulb will also grow effortlessly in landscapes, but its blooms are so distinctive and impressive that its primary use should be in the cutting garden! Add the delightful color and fragrance of Taurus to your vase this season, and it will delight you for many springs to come! Truly one of the most trouble-free perennials of all time, Narcissus (Daffodil) grows and multiplies wonderfully on its own, filling in large drifts with spring color all without any help from you! Famously resistant to disease and untroubled by pests, these dream perennials don?t even need divided: just plant them in a well-drained soil with at least half a day of sunlight, and let them take it from there! Pack of 10 bulbs. Zones 4 to 9. read more

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Daffodils are a worry-free garden classic, and Dear Love is one of the most gorgeous and impressive Daffodils ever grown. For a re...liable source of colorful blooms in the Spring, there is no better option than Dear Love! Bred by Grant Mitsch (who started hybridizing Daffodils in the 30s), this exceptional cultivar features the same beautiful large-cupped blooms of Accent, but now augmented with a gorgeous split corona! Intensely frilled and ruffled, this split corona takes on a peachy tone, accented by lemon yellow in the center and edged in a creamy white. Truly one of the most trouble-free perennials of all time, Narcissus (Daffodil) grows and multiplies wonderfully on its own, filling in large drifts with spring color all without any help from you! Famously resistant to disease and untroubled by pests, these dream perennials don?t even need divided: just plant them in a well-drained soil with at least half a day of sunlight, and let them take it from there! Pack of 10 bulbs. Zones 4 to 8. read more

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Eyecatching form and unusual color distinguish this magnificent Peony! One of a series from renowned American breeder Roy Klehm, i...ts Oriental style makes it the darling of florists and gardeners alike, while its heavy flower production and tough-as-nails hardiness earn it top honors among those who value carefree perennials! You will be amazed at the variation from flower to flower -- if not petal to petal! -- on a single plant. The blooms measure 5 to 6 inches across, with marvelously twisted, fluted, ruffled, and streaked petals surrounding a glowing mass of stamens. They are variously streaked, striped, blushed, and otherwise marked with every shade of pink from bubblegum to berry. Youll have plenty of time to enjoy all this color, too, because Twitterpated blooms profusely in mid-spring, and the flowers are as long-lasting in the garden as they are in the vase. And if you just cant bear to see them go, upend a few blooms after cutting, let them dry, and enjoy them for many more weeks as everlastings! Vigorous, rounded plants reach 32 inches tall and about 20 to 24 inches wide, so space them 2 to 2 1/2 feet apart if planting more than one. (Who could plant just one?) If this flower form appeals to you, consider planting it with its exotic cousin, Green Lotus. Or, to continue the blooms into summer, situate it in front of a stand of Asiatic Lilies such as Antarctica. The rich foliage of Twitterpated stays fresh all summer, nicely masking the dying foliage of the Lilies in late summer. Site Twitterpated in full sun, and feed heavily to encourage the heaviest bloom. It is hardy in zones 3-8. If you like Twitterpated, consider the merits of the colorful, varied herbaceous Peony family! First, they are exceptionally hardy -- easy to grow and carefree once established. One of the longest-lived perennials, a single plant can last for generations, blooming as reliably in its 50th year as it did in its 3rd! Second, their phenol content makes them unappetizing to pests, including insects, rabbits, and even deer. (Imagine a deer fence consisting entirely of rows of Peonies along the border of your property! Okay, it would be a little short, but what an impact!) Remarkably disease-free as well, they literally need no attention once established. Third, they truly offer three seasons of color. The new spring foliage is reddish; the bright blooms span late spring and early summer; and the fall foliage is tinged with bronze or purple tones. Fourth, they are equally suited for the landscape or the vase, offering old-fashioned cottage garden charm plus armloads of stunning blooms. Very long-lived in the vase, the flowers can even be upended and dried for use as everlastings (the red and pink singles are best for this -- their color and petals outlast those of their paler, double cousins). Mature plants have a pleasingly rounded, plump form, and the foliage stays fresh even in the dog days of August. Fifth -- but you already know this -- the blooms are out-of-this-world lovely in color, fragrance, and form. As showy as roses and vastly easier to grow and care for, they are the unsung heroes of the flowering garden. Peonies are a nice bridge plant in the garden, looking something like a perennial and something like a shrub. They have enough height to form a good backdrop to low-growing and petite annuals and perennials, yet are compact enough for a slender border or corner display. Planted in front of large shrubs or trees, they make a big splash of color without occupying a lot of space. Traditional companions to Peonies are spring- and summer-flowering bulbs (because Peonies lush foliage nicely hides the slumping stalks after the bulbs have bloomed), blue- and white-flowered perennials, larger flowering shrubs such as Azaleas and Rhododendrons, part-shade plants such as Epimedium and Helleborus, and ornamental grasses. read more

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Since 1899 King Alfred has been the worlds best-loved Daffodil, and our selection is an improvement on the classic! 16 to 18 inche...s tall, vigorous, and better than ever with a 4-inch perianth. Single, early-spring blooms whose coronas (trumpets) are as long as or even longer than their perianths (petals). The all-time classic! Our high-quality bulbs each produce at least two strong flower stems--providing immediate satisfaction the first year and even more as they increase over the years. Plant about 5 bulbs per square foot. Great for forcing. Zones 3-8. read more

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One of the darkest, reddest peonies ever grown! Armani boasts satiny red blooms that are fully double, the intricately ruffled pet...als creating a tasteful, sophisticated look. The stylish blooms make incomparable cutflowers, and this long-lived, trouble-free plant is at home in most beds, borders, or foundation plantings. Easy and not picky about soil, just give Armani a sunny spot, keep the soil moist but well-drained, and enjoy decades of garden beauty! If you are new to the joy of Peonies, let us enumerate some of their merits! First, they are exceptionally carefree once established. One of the longest-lived perennials, a single plant can last for generations. Second, their phenol content makes them unappetizing to insects, rabbits, and even deer. Third, they offer 3 seasons of color: reddish spring foliage, bright late spring and early summer blooms; and bronze or purple fall tones. Fourth, they are equally suited for garden or vase, offering old-fashioned charm plus armloads of blooms. Very long-lived after cutting, the flowers can even be used as everlastings. Peonies are a nice garden bridge plant, looking something like a perennial and something like a shrub. Set in front of large shrubs or trees, they make a big splash of color without occupying a lot of space. Traditional companions to Peonies are spring-and summer-flowering bulbs, blue- and white-flowered perennials, flowering shrubs such as Azaleas, and ornamental grasses. Bareroot 3/5 Eye. Zones 3 to 9. read more

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A new color for the magnificent Clementine series! These big, double-flowered, blooms hold their heads up high over a long mid-spr...ing through midsummer season. They open a dark, rich shade of salmon, then gradually mature to a softer lavender-purple. A fully-blooming plant contains half a dozen or more differing hues, for a lovely display over a long season. The Clementine series is the most floriferous Columbine we have ever grown, and it deserves a place of honor (and a large planting!) in your partly shaded garden this season. Self-sowing freely, this plant is unpalatable to rabbits and deer, and asks only for an autumn shearing to return bushier and more bloom-happy than before. A magnet for butterflies and hummingbirds, it is a cutflower lovers dream. Clementine Salmon Rose is one of those hybrids that, when introduced, puts all previous varieties to shame with its improved habit, abundant flowering, bright colors, and ease of care. Enjoy! Zones 3-9. read more

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One of the most beautiful color combinations in the Peony family, Sorbet brings soft, luscious tones to the late spring garden. Th...ese blooms are 5 inches wide and tall, with 3 distinct layers of pastel color. Ideal for cutting (they are very long-lasting), they arise heavily on compact plants. Sorbet blooms in midseason, late spring to early summer in most climates, on plants just 3 feet tall and 2 1/2 feet wide. Well-branched but never sprawling, the plant is quite hardy, standing up to adverse weather nicely, and its flowers are absolutely showstopping in any setting, from the border to an accent planting. Peonies are such all-around top garden performers! First, they are exceptionally hardy -- easy to grow and carefree once established. One of the longest-lived perennials, a single plant can last for generations. Second, their phenol content makes them unappetizing to pests, including insects, rabbits, and even deer. Remarkably disease free as well, they literally need no attention once established. Third, they offer three seasons of color. The new spring foliage is reddish; the bright blooms span late spring and early summer; and the fall foliage is tinged with bronze or purple. Fourth, they are equally suited for the landscape or the vase, offering old-fashioned cottage garden charm plus armloads of stunning blooms. Very long-lived in the vase, the flowers can even be dried for use as everlastings. Fifth -- but you already know this -- the blooms are out-of-this-world lovely in color, fragrance, and form. As showy as roses and vastly easier to grow and care for, they are the unsung heroes of the flowering garden. Sorbet is hardy in zones 3-8. read more

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Heres a cold-tolerant, low-maintenance, hardworking Peony you just wont be able to resist! Santa Fe boasts an unusual combination ...of colors ? fuchsia on the outer petals, creamy white within ? and a heavy midseason bloom, making it indispensable to Peony fans and cutflower lovers! These large flowers have a sculpted look, so beautifully are the cupped petals held. They last a long time in the vase, and begin blooming about the middle of Peony season ? late spring or early summer, depending upon how far north you are! Cut all you like for indoor arrangements, but save a few for the garden, where theyre eye-catching from across the street! Santa Fe is a low-growing, bushy little plant, just a bit over 2 feet tall and no wider than 3 feet. It tolerates just about any well-drained garden soil, and is tolerant through zone 2 in the north ? surprisingly tough and adaptable for one so petite! Space plants about 3 feet apart in full sun (for best flowering) or light shade. Zones 2-7. read more

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(Heirloom 1889) Most of the tricks garden plants play on us are disappointing, so Magic Lilys dramatic, overnight late-summer bloo...m is all the more welcome! One of the stars of the sunny garden, this reliable performer puts on the final show of the season, offering large, bold trumpets of rosy-pink just as the bright annuals and perennials are fading! The glossy early-spring foliage passes and dies back weeks or even months before the blooms appear, and you may have forgotten all about them (or reluctantly chalked up a garden failure!) when suddenly, almost literally overnight, the blooms open atop thick, leafless stems! The 2 1/2-foot stalks are a useful size for the border or bed ? not tall enough to need staking, yet definitely a stately presence. The blooms are 2 to 3 inches across, their long petals bent back a bit to reveal a golden throat and prominent russet anthers. Long-lasting and quite abundant, they look too good to be true, but require nothing from you except admiration! Their pink cast led to the common name of Naked Ladies, but they are also called the Resurrection Lily. Of course, it turns out that they arent lilies at all (that would be too easy!), but a member of the Amaryllis family. The original plant and forget bulb, Magic Lily asks only full sun and reasonably well-drained soil. Does not bloom the first year. Hardy in zones 5-10. read more

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PPAF. Cultivar: PIILC-I. Crimson Fire brings year-round interest to the garden! Reaching just 2 to 3 feet high, this semi-evergree...n flowering shrub is ideal for small spaces and in foundation plantings. Its compact, mounding habit of red to burgundy foliage adds welcome color throughout the year, and spring brings lovely neon pink blooms that are a delight for butterflies and hummingbirds. This Chinese Fringe Flower is easy to grow and adaptable to most conditions, although it does perform best in well-drained soils. Since its habit tends to be somewhat spreading, some gardens are even using it as a groundcover. And of course its manageable size makes it a great candidate for container growth as well. Fast growing and deer resistant, its a delightful, low-maintenance shrub you wont want to miss! Zones 7-9. read more

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The flowers and foliage of Aspire are much more substantial than other Speedwells, which means the compact flower spikes stay love...ly much longer. The pink color is so richly saturated and long-lasting that this deer-resistant and butterfly-attracting cultivar is your greatest option for reliable all-season color! Plant Veronica in a sunny, well-drained spot. Prepare the planting hole with some compost, then after planting add another thin layer of compost and lastly some mulch. In the right conditions Veronica will reward you with an impressive bloom show, sending spires of pink blooms rising up every summer in a towering display. Deadhead the bloom wands to extend the season, and divide up clumps every 3 or 4 years to keep them from getting too crowded.1 Quart container. Zones 4 to 8. read more

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The rounded, creamy apricot blooms are softly ruffled and edged in mauve for a romantic effect that will make your border feel lik...e a slice of old Paris! Introduced by Keith Keppel, this child of Balderdash and Last Laugh received an Honorable Mention in 2008 and an Award of Merit in 2010 from the American Iris Society. This flower is known as a plicata style, meaning that it boasts an edge along the lower petals (the falls). Many Tall Beardeds are plicatas, but few achieve an effect as striking as these soft purple, deeply ruffled margins, which complement beautifully the soft orange of the style arms. Parisian Dawn appears in mid to late Spring, depending on how far north you are and how sunny your weather is. Like other Tall Beardededs, it loves full sunshine everywhere but the deep South, and once established it becomes quite drought tolerant. Deer, rabbits, and other nibbling creatures leave it alone, and its quite trouble-free, asking only to be divided into new plants every few years to keep the bloom strength up. The Tall Beardeds make wonderful companions to Daylilies in the border, usually beating them into bloom by just a few weeks, and often overlapping delightfully. You will admire this lovely cultivar for many years to come! Zones 3 to 9. read more

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The name says it all -- this Peony offers an intensely rich, sweet scent so magnificent it could make a rose green with envy! Gian...t double blooms last more than a week, releasing their irresistible fragrance generously in garden or vase. Find a sunny spot for this compact plant, and enjoy season after season of unparalleled fragrance! Beginning in late spring and extending into summer, this plant sets enormous 7-inch blooms packed with soft pink to cream petals. Cut the blooms just as they begin to open and they will last 10 days or so in the vase; they can also be refrigerated for several weeks to extend Peony season well into summer. Or you may just have to leave them on the plant, where they will generously perfume the entire garden! Edens Perfume reaches 30 inches high and up to 3 feet wide, thriving in any well-drained soil. Peonies are famously easy to grow (the pioneers transplanted them from their northeastern gardens into the unplowed soil of the west, after carrying the plants for months in covered wagons!). Give them a season to find their feet in your garden, and then sit back and enjoy the show, which will increase in size and beauty with each passing year. These blooms are in the bomb style of Peony, very elegant and packed with petals. They combine beautifully with darker red and pure white Peonies, and are the best friend of the rose. Planting a Peony is truly a legacy, for its blooms will be enjoyed for many years to come. Zones 2-8. read more

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Five to six golden-yellow blooms per head, shining brilliantly on 12-inch stems. After the flowers, grassy foliage arises and stay...s attractive all winter. Prefers wet winters and hot, dry summers. Just as summer color vanishes, this elegant member of the Amaryllis family arrives to rejuvenate the garden! With lovely trumpet-shaped, plentiful blooms, Lycoris thrives in sunny spots with good drainage: just plant and forget! Zones 7-10. read more

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Plant Patent Applied For, Cultivar Name: PIIHQ-I?. Lush wands of white florets come on in the spring and age to a deep raspberry r...ed, darkening from the bottom upwards, reaching the peak of its color in summer. But lots of Hydrangea have lovely blooms; what separates Jetstream? from the pack is its exceptional habit! The foliage grows naturally in a mid-sized, rounded form, growing a dense bush with strong stems that will resist wind without flopping. The large oakleaf foliage adds its own charm throughout the year, but really gets your attention in the fall, when the leaves burnish a brilliant orange-scarlet! This colorful cultivar is even gorgeous in the winter, where the peeling tawny bark adds its own appeal. This healthy native is a low-maintenance, reliable performer for borders, foundations, and hedges. Like all Hydrangeas, it benefits from frequent watering and doesn?t mind ?wet? feet. It prefers soil on the acidic side?if your soil is too basic, add some <#prodlink#?35871?>Soil Acidifier and watch the bloom color change! 1 Quart Container. Zones 5 to 8. read more

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This lovely Peony was introduced in 1951 by C. G. Klehm, and it is still the white Peony to beat! Vigorous and early blooming, it ...sets some of the largest (up to 8 wide) and prettiest white blooms in the Peony family: lush and fully double, these ivory flowers seem lit from the center by a golden glow! If you are new to the joy of Peonies, let us enumerate some of their merits! First, they are exceptionally carefree once established. One of the longest-lived perennials, a single plant can last for generations! Second, their phenol content makes them unappetizing to insects, rabbits, and even deer. Third, they offer 3 seasons of color: reddish spring foliage, bright late spring and early summer blooms; and bronze or purple fall tones. Fourth, they are equally suited for garden or vase, offering old-fashioned charm plus armloads of blooms. Very long-lived after cutting, the flowers can even be used as everlastings. Peonies are a nice garden bridge plant, looking something like a perennial and something like a shrub. Set in front of large shrubs or trees, they make a big splash of color without occupying a lot of space. Traditional companions to Peonies are spring-and summer-flowering bulbs, blue- and white-flowered perennials, flowering shrubs such as Azaleas, and ornamental grasses. Plant this perennial delight in well-drained soil in full sun. When planting more than one, place them 3 to 4 feet apart. If you live in a climate with severe winter weather, make sure the eyes are 1 to 2 inches below the surface of the soil (and top with mulch). In warmer areas, cover with an inch of soil and mulch lightly for winter. Park Seeds Peonies are sold in Bareroot form with at least 3 to 5 growing eyes. Zones 3 to 8. read more

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Bred by Klehm in 1994, this daylily is a blooming force in the garden, the huge 5 blooms looking resplendent with their lavender ...sepals, white stripes, and lime throats! Impervious to heat, humidity, drought, cold, deer, poor soil, and most pests and diseases, Hemerocallis are among the most adaptable of all perennials. They make fine companions to Narcissus, the strap-like foliage concealing the dying Daffodil foliage, and also combine beautifully with Tall Bearded Iris, which bloom just before them, in most climates. New Lavender Triumph is a tetraploid, meaning it has twice the chromosomes of traditional (diploid) daylilies. This is significant for several reasons. First, it gives the plant greater vigor, resulting in larger, brighter, more substantial blooms that repeat in late summer after a heavy early season flush. Second, it increases the growth potential of the plant, helping it stand up to adversity and send out new flowering stems quicker than older varieties. Third, it takes off more quickly in spring and then goes totally dormant in winter, making maintenance a breeze! Like other Daylilies, it thrives in a wide range of soils, light, and environments. Give it a good start in life with well-drained, enriched soil and plenty of moisture, and it will establish quickly and take off! Few plants are easier. Make your garden a Triumph with this New Lavender Daylily! Bareroot. Zones 3 to 9. read more

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