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Queens Circle is considered by many experts to be an almost perfect Tall Bearded Iris. The colors are exquisite, the form beautifu...l, and the performance in garden and vase matchless. Complementing all the blues, purples, whites, and yellows of the Iris garden, Queens Circle is a must-have anyway, but there is something so over-the-top perfect about this variety that it has won more than half a dozen major awards -- well, ALL the major Iris awards! -- and continues to be a favorite in every climate. 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 are as exquisitely beautiful as the watercolor shading of palest blue to deep violet that forms the narrow border of Queens Circles white falls! The standards (the top petals, which point straight up) of Queens Circle are pure white, wonderfully ruffled. And between the standards and falls are the beards, which shade from neon-orange to nearly white! Exquisite! Queens Circle is a petite Tall Bearded, just 32 inches high, but it has excellent staying power. It flowers from mid to late season, its long-lasting blooms making superb cuts and its white tones helping neighboring colors to glow more brightly. Introduced in 2000 by breeder Frederick Kerr from a cross of Victoria Circle x Christiana Baker, Queens Circle immediately began to gather honors and awards. Among those we are aware of are: Honorable Mention from the American Iris Society in 2002, Award of Merit from the American Iris Society in 2004, Walther Cup Award in 2002, Franklin Cook Cup in 2005, Wister Medal in 2006, and the Dykes Medal in 2007. Thats the royal flush of big Iris awards, and then some! Like all Tall Beardeds, Queens Circle appears in late spring or early summer, depending on how far north you are and how sunny your weather is. It loves full sunshine everywhere but the deep South, and once established, its quite drought tolerant. Deer and 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 3-8. read more

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Find a place of honor for Medici Prince, a spectacular Tall Bearded Iris in hard-to-find burgundy tones. This award winner arises ...in late midseason, and is often one of the final Tall Beardeds blooming in the garden at seasons end. It has so many buds that it simply outlasts most others! The plant is quite tall at 39 inches, and the flowers large and beautifully formed. Medici Prince offers standards (the top petals that face straight upwards) of ruby-purple, delightfully ruffled, above falls (the lower petals) of pure burgundy. The beards (the tiny tongue between the standards and the falls) is a matching shade of burgundy. Red is the only color that has not been successfully produced in Irises, making this purply-burgundy-ruby beauty all the more valuable and unusual! Best of all, Medici Prince is more weather-resilient than most other Tall Bearded Irises. It bounces back from rain and wind nicely, so if you live in a climate prone to summer thundershowers, youll appreciate its presence in the border! Colorful, large, free-flowering, and weather-tough, Medici Prince is truly royalty. And it comes from fine stock: it is the offspring of Tall Bearded Irises Merlot x Brazilian Holiday. Introduced in 2007, within two years it won an Honorable Mention from the American Iris Society! Like all Tall Beardeds, Medici Prince appears in late spring or early summer, depending on how far north you are and how sunny your weather is. It loves full sunshine everywhere but the deep South, and once established, its quite drought tolerant. Deer and 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 3-8. read more

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An instant classic from the moment it appeared, Sea Power is one Tall Bearded Iris that no garden (or gardener!) should be without.... It is the essence of the word iris, incorporating the rich blue color, sweet fragrance, and ruffled form found in the very best varieties. Winner of every major Iris award, it is a superb cut-flower but also looks so good on the plant you may not have the heart to bring it indoors! These huge blooms are simply breathtaking, with petals so perfectly, deeply ruffled they look as though they were done by hand! No other Tall Bearded can touch Sea Power for ruffles. And they are fragrant, their strong, sweet smell apparent even in small numbers in the vase. Sea Power is what is called a self Iris, meaning that its standards (upper petals) and falls (lower petals) are the same color. They stand tall on 38-inch-high plants, and make excellent cuts for the bouquet. Sea Power was introduced by noted Iris breeder Keith Keppel in 1999, and immediately began to rack up the honors. It started with a modest Honorable Mention from the American Iris Society in 2001. This was followed by the Societys top award -- the Award of Merit -- in 2003. Then it took the Wister in 2005 and, best of all, the Dykes Medal in 2006. Iris experts have no greater gifts to bestow on a variety! Sea Power comes by its beauty honestly: it is the offspring of Irises Yaquina Blue x Jazz Me Blue. Yaquina Blue has won top honors as well, and gives Sea Power its rich color. From Jazz Me Blue come the ruffles! Like all Tall Beardeds, Sea Power appears in late spring or early summer, depending on how far north you are and how sunny your weather is. It loves full sunshine everywhere but the deep South, and once established, its quite drought tolerant. Deer and 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 3-8. read more

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Here it is: the showstopper for your Iris garden! Grand Canyon Sunset is a magnificent bicolor Tall Bearded Iris, introduced in 20...11 and immediately the recipient of an award from the American Iris Society. There is something about the warm gold and cool lavender-pink tones of these big blooms that suggests the cliffs and canyons of their namesake. Add these rich southwestern colors intro your sunny garden this season! Grand Canyon Sunset offers standards (the top petals that face straight upwards) of pure, rich gold, ruffled and beautiful, above falls (the lower petals) that combine a lavender-pink base with an edge of deep gold to apricot, with an apricot to burnt-orange underside. The beards (the tiny tongue between the standards and the falls) are bright orange, adding another tone to the multicolored beauty of the blooms. Theres simply no other flower in the garden like this Iris! And the best part is that Grand Canyon Sunset is very free-flowering. Each bud is double- or triple-socketed, meaning that 2 to 3 blooms arise from every one! And each flowering stem offers up to 10 buds! So you can expect several dozen flowers on every stem over the season of this Iris! If you love Tall Bearded Irises the way we do, you may be interested in Grand Canyon Sunsets parentage: Lovely Senorita x Millennium Sunrise. Both boasting extra-large blooms, these gorgeous varieties gave Grand Canyon Sunset a head start on beauty! Like all Tall Beardeds, Grand Canyon Sunset appears in late spring or early summer, depending on how far north you are and how sunny your weather is. It loves full sunshine everywhere but the deep South, and once established, its quite drought tolerant. Deer and 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 3-8. read more

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Unbeatable for show and stately presence. A welcoming sight in the classic garden. The lilac-blue flowers are large, showy and dra...ped on foot-long racemes in enormous grape-like clusters. The fragrance is sweet, intense, habit-forming. Vigorous, quick to grow and tirelessly floriferous, this wisteria blooms three times a year, fragrantly flowering from early summer until fall defers to winter. Cold-hardy to -40 F with no loss of flowering ability. read more

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Stunning lavender-rose petals surround the trademark "shuttlecock". Echinacea purpurea Magnus was the 1998 Perennial of the Year A...ward winner. With enormous flowers up to 6" across, it's a favorite for the back of the perennial border and beautiful in fresh arrangements. An exceptionally hardy perennial that is heat and drought tolerant. Grow in full sun to light shade in average, well-drained soil. Plants grow to 3 ft. tall. Flowers are in full color from July-September and attract butterflies. read more

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Incredible thick leaves that holds the crisp colors better than any similar types. A Burpee Exclusive of a hosta that thrives in t...he shady garden with incredible thick leaves that holds the crisp colors of the white center with dark blue-green margins better than any similar types. As prolific a grower as its parent, Dancing in the Rain, and very long lived. The light lavender spike flower sweeps over the variegated foliage in a very complementary fashion. read more

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A notable new coneflower with hot orange blooms. Just the right tone to add to a sizzling full sun summer garden. A breeding break...through, Hot Papaya is the first double orange. The vibrant orange tones are made more spectacular by the dense-packed dome of dazzling orange petals. Interesting to view up-close and dazzling en masse. Plants are easy to grow, drought tolerant and butterflies' delight. Pot Size: 4" read more

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Unique orange coneflower! Enormous orange flowers up to 6" across on tall 3-ft. plants. A new favorite for the back of the perenni...al border and beautiful in fresh arrangements. An exceptionally hardy perennial that is heat and drought tolerant. Grow in full sun to light shade in average, well-drained soil. Flowers are in full color from July-September and attract butterflies. read more

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2010 Hosta of the Year Lavender flowers, intense blue-green leaves are bordered in bright gold. Holds well in the garden right up ...to first frost. read more

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Stunning white petals. Incredible! Before you know it, this vigorous small (24" tall) plant is completely covered with radiant whi...te double 3" flowers. This lovely new coneflower features a dense dome ringed with broad chaste white petals. Great as cut flowers, fresh or dried. read more

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Stunning, long-blooming perennial. Our blend of the full spectrum of echinacea colors and bloom types brings divine color harmony ...to the garden. We've included several different species so that you get bursts of pink, purple, wine, yellow, cream and orange. A range of delightful bloom forms, too, some with full upright petals and others displaying spooned or recurved petals. Makes for a carnival of color, ideal as a backdrop for a mass planting of purple petunias or pink vinca. read more

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Exciting new double coneflower with unique shades of flowers. We're knocked out by this flowerful new double coneflower. The dense...ly petaled double 4-5" flower heads have a unique shade: a tint nestled between soft red and almost pink. Lush 30" plants produce a flurry of firm blooms?landing pads for friendly birds and insects passing by. As the flower forms, the center cone stays rich, dark red?a nice contrast with the "red-or-are-they-pink" petals; the sturdy stems are dark chocolate (the color, that is). read more

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Hardy and very easy to grow. A superb addition to the Double Scoop line, with thick layers of petals in brilliant orange-red. Plan...ts are upright and sturdy, with extended bloom from late spring to late summer. One of the very best for overwintering and branching?easy to grow without staking. PPAF. read more

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Dense branching with white coneflowers. Let the (flower) show begin! The sensational explosion of 3-4" pure white flowers with gol...den centers dazzles from early to late summer. The 20-24" plants are remarkable for their dense branching, producing more flowers than any other compact white echinacea we've ever met. read more

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A new introduction, with vivid, raspberry rose, double flowers. Very hardy and heat tolerant. A fantastic, new coneflower, with do...uble-layered petals colored in intense raspberry rose. Exuberant flowering lasts through the summer heat, giving a dazzling, eye-catching show. An excellent choice for hot-color combinations in full sun gardens. Combine with vivid blue and rose phloxes, bright chartreuse green and purple perennials for an extra vibrant show-stopper. A sure magnet for busy butterflies and buzzing bees?a visual and auditory treat. read more

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A dazzling purple coneflower. The brightest and fullest floral display ever. Huge, luscious and full-headed with sturdy double-pet...aled flowers topped with golden-tipped cones. Hardy, sun-loving, non-droopy petals. read more

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Makes a striking display in the late spring garden. Huge, bright scarlet-orange flowers feature black blotches at the base of each... petal. Plants bloom profusely in May and June from the year after the seed is sown. read more

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HEIRLOOM. Large flowers, scarlet to pink with deep purple centers. The fragile beauty and shimmering colors of poppies are magical.... They practically grow themselves, which is why they were essentials in remote cottage gardens. Large flowers, scarlet to pink with deep purple centers. Flowers May-June. read more

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All-America Selections winner for 2010. Berry beautiful and berry prolific, this ruby-toned beauty produces a floriferous flurry o...f rose-purple 3-4" flowers with dark rose centers. This outstanding new variety, an AAS winner for 2010, produces a continuous flower show through the summer. Full-bodied, well-branching 20-24" plants require little dead-heading or upkeep. read more

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Luminous coneflower with dazzling rose pink blooms. A uniquely luminous coneflower with dazzling rose pink blooms. Upright plants ...are 3' tall, showing off full-rounded blooms 3-5" across. A very impressive selection for the tall border, with tidy habit and clean bright green foliage. Plant in masses for extra sizzling display. read more

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Exceptional first-year flowering coneflower from seed. A magical palette of coneflowers in lush, warm colors creates a tropical ga...rden spectacle from June through August. Single flowers in juicy shades of orange, yellow, scarlet red, rose, purple and cream stand 26-30" tall. On long, strong stems, they create stunning still-lifes in a vase, fresh or dried. read more

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For a fiery hot garden look, plant this coneflower among phlox, monardas and other coneflowers. The hottest, blazing new color in ...coneflowers. Flexed ray flowers open yellow-orange, aging to orange, then deep reddish-orange, offering a spectrum of fiery colors. Fragrant and extra-showy, cut fresh or dried, coneflowers are the native stalwarts of the sun border. This natural mutation was found by Marco van Noort of the Netherlands. Very attractive to birds, butterflies and bees. Pot Size: 4" read more

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Heavy blooming favorite produces up to 25 blooms per stem. One of our favorite mid-summer blooming flowers. Each flower has a dist...inctive color pattern that shines in the garden and in the vase. Zones 3-9. read more

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Reblooming beauty produces continuing show of countless 6-petalled 4? golden blooms. Boasting vibrant, deep golden-yellow double ...flowers with ruffled edges, this ever-popular daylily creates a shimmering blaze of color you can admire from a distance. Reblooming beauty starts flowering in early mid-season, producing a continuing show of countless 6-petalled, 4? golden blooms. Long-stemmed 20? tall plants, with long, arching, strappy leaves, are quickly multiplying and amazingly hardy. Nothing?not drought, heat, poor or dry soil?will phase these vigorous, adaptable and beautiful plants. read more

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Transforms into a shimmering pink sea of diamond-dusted 3? blooms. Daylily cultivar has won prize after prize, and you?ll quickly... see why. Over time, a massing of the extraordinarily hardy, wildly floriferous 20" tall plants transforms into a shimmering pink sea of diamond-dusted 3? blooms, with ever more flowers appearing. Admired up-close, daylily?s silky pink bloom reveals a rose band, a sunny yellow watermark, and a green throat. Flowers offer extended bloom over the day?16 hours?and over the season, first blooming in early summer, and reblooming thereafter. Vigorous grower and rapid propagator can tolerate the harshest conditions: poor and dry soils, slopes, city air. Easy to maintain, quick to multiply. read more

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Wonderful in the perennial border and perfect for rain gardens, this cardinal flower is sure to impress with its dramatic, dark ch...ocolate to purple foliage and bold red flowers. 'Black Truffle' holds this deep color throughout the growing season. A magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies all summer, and deer resistant. read more

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Color bare spots in full sun with these three showy sedums. Deer resistant and easy to grow. Turn problem spots in the garden into... beds of sparkling salmon, blue-green and yellow. These dense-growing sedums carry rosettes of small, spongy leaves that can stand up to deer, drought and direct sun. Use in well-drained containers as fillers, in rock gardens and as edgings along sunny pathways. Expect clusters of small, starry flowers in spring. Includes one plant each of Oracle, Coral Carpet and Weihenstephaner Gold. read more

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Durable and fast-growing carpet, with soft masses of extra fine leaves. Try these flat cushions of dense, moss-green for edging mo...ist, shady nooks in the garden. Only 1-inch tall, but very fast spreading, with plenty of tiny white flowers in springtime. Easy to maintain, but keep moist during dry spells. Very hardy and deer resistant. read more

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Prize-winning landscape plant with richly-toned scarlet 4? blooms. As the summer afternoon progresses, ?Frankly Scarlet?s scarlet ...blooms ramp up their color intensity. With alluring blue-green foliage, 24" tall plants begin their perennial color show in early-mid-season and go right on reblooming all summer. Prize-winning landscape plant is vigorous and adaptable; shows excellent sun tolerance. read more

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The cuphea grown from seed that produces lovely rosy-red blooms. For the first time ever, a cuphea grown from seed that produces l...ovely big rosy-red blooms. Flowering all summer long, 10-16? tall plants provide a vibrant attraction in the sunny border. Hardy, medium-sized, bushy spreading plants tolerate heat, drought and dry soil. Gorgeous in a container. Most alluring to butterflies and bees. read more

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Grows anywhere, adored by hummingbirds and butterflies. The lovely native cardinal flower forms brilliant spikes in incandescent s...carlet-red. Large, lovely bird-like florets cover 36" tall spikes like butterfly wings. read more

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Easy to grow, fast flowering, super colors. Mouth-watering color and silky crepe-paper petals make this poppy a scrumptious showpi...ece throughout summer. Splashy watermelon blooms are dotted with a delicious creamy white center, ideal for cooling sunny beds with small or large drifts. Easy to grow and fast to flower. read more

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Majestic blooms flower throughout the summer. A double peony type with majestic, bright salmon-pink blooms packed tightly with fri...nged petals for a bold garden display. Flowers freely throughout the summer in any sunny location. read more

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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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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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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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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 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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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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