Extremely Attractive Foliage

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    A (nearly) complete list of perennials that can be valued for more than just their flowers. The plants in this article have shown exemplary foliage color, variegation, or other unique characteristics that keep them interesting even when not in bloom.

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    Agave bracteosa 'Monterrey Frost'

    Rare form. Ribbon-like, arching, narrow leaves have light green centers and creamy white, smooth edges compared to its spiny cousins. Makes a stunning specimen in containers. Prefers partial to bright shade.

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    Agave 'Desert Diamond' PP26384

    Sport of ‘Kissho Kan' with more vivid variegation. Green leaves have bright cream margins lined with cinnamon spines. Forms a remarkably symmetrical, small, rounded rosette that remains small. Excellent for troughs and dish gardens.

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    Agave gypsophila 'Ivory Curls'

    A variegated form of A. gypsophila but with half inch wide, ivory margins. Wavy, spined, blue-gray leaves. Best color in full sun; greener in part shade. From Stan Walkley.

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    Agave neomexicana 'Sunspot'

    A yellow margined sport of the small-scaled A. neomexicana. Dark blue-green glaucous leaves have long brown terminal spines and creamy yellow margins to form a rigid rosette. From David Salman of High Country Gardens.

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    Agave ovatifolia 'Frosty Blue'

    One of the most cold hardy Agaves. Forms a solitary rosette of short, broad, cupped leaves lined with small teeth and tipped with steel grey, terminal spines. Its distinctive powdery grey foliage has a near-turquoise cast. From Cistus Nursery.

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    Agave xylonacantha 'Frostbite'

    This rare, exciting selection offers incredible variegation and biting spines lining the scalloped leaves. Long, narrow, rigid leaves are dark green with creamy yellow to crisp white margins. Broad spreading, solitary rosette.

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    Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop' PP15815

    Attractive smaller-scale groundcover with glossy, near-black, scalloped leaves. Shocking violet blue flowers appear on short spikes in spring. Stays compact without growth regulators.

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    Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow'

    Tri-colored foliage in shades of creamy-white, rose-burgundy, and dark green. In fall, mature leaves turn deep bronze, and newer growth is a rose tone. Produces short spikes of blue flowers. Evergreen.

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    Amsonia hubrichtii

    A southern native with very narrow, needle-like leaves that line the stems like bottlebrushes. Produces 2-3in clusters of small, light blue, star-shaped flowers. Valued for its golden yellow fall color.

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    Amsonia tabernaemontana 'Storm Cloud'

    New stems emerge near-black like a dark rain cloud. Dark green leaves have silver veining and form a wide, mounded habit. Light periwinkle blue, star-shaped flowers cover the plant for many weeks.

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    Aralia cordata 'Sun King'

    This hardy, tropical looking beauty brightens up the shade garden with its very large, compound, bright gold leaves. Color is greener in deep shade. Tiny white flowers give way to purple-black berries in fall.

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    Artemisia schmidtiana 'Silver Mound'

    Soft feathery leaves grow into compact, cushion- like mounds. Has multiple applications in the landscape including edging, rock gardens or containers.

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    Aruncus aethusifolius

    A miniature selection with the same traits as A. dioicus at roughly 1/3 the size. Fine, glossy, fern-like foliage. Creamy white, 3-4in long, feathery spikes of flowers appear above the foliage. Excellent fall color.

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    Aruncus dioicus

    Outstanding specimen plant. Looks like a giant white Astilbe. Creamy white flowers are produced on feathery, open panicles which can grow up to 1ft long. Robust habit; can be grown in place of a shrub in the garden.

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    Aruncus 'Misty Lace' PP15798

    The perfect size Aruncus for smaller gardens. Large, creamy white, feathery plumes on dark red stems. Selected by Dr. Allan Armitage for its heat and humidity tolerance. The best Aruncus for the south.

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    Asarum splendens

    Vigorous, spreading groundcover with heart-shaped, dark green leaves elegantly mottled with silver. Semi-evergreen; fresh foliage is produced over older leaves each spring. Dark purple flowers are produced under the foliage at soil level.

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    Astilbe 'Amber Moon' PP26028

    Emerges radiant chartreuse yellow with a tinge of red in spring; in summer, the foliage turns to chartreuse green. Tall, strong, blush red stems topped with rose pinkflowers are excellent for cutting.Chinensis hybrid; exhibits good heat tolerance but is best in shade. Discovered by Darrell Probst.

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    Athyrium filix-femina 'Lady in Red'

    Dark green, upright fronds with deep burgundy stems. (Note: This burgundy color takes 2-3 years to develop.) Pair with purple heucheras to really help the stem color stand out.

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    Athyrium 'Ghost'

    A hybrid of ‘Pictum' and A. filix-femina. Frosted apple green fronds emit a ghostly white light in the shade. Dark purple stems hold the broad fronds rigidly upright. This selection is taller than many other Athyriums.

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    Athyrium 'Godzilla'

    Similar to ‘Pictum' but much larger. Thought to be a sporeling of ‘Pictum' and Lady Fern, discovered at Plant Delights. Forms a massive, arching clump of silvery fronds with green highlights and dark purple stems.

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    Athyrium niponicum 'Pictum'

    Silvery-grey fronds are dusty purple towards the center. Purplish-red veins and stems. Low, mounding habit. Spreads slowly by rhizomes.

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    Brunnera macrophylla 'Emerald Mist' PP20460

    An improvement over ‘Langtrees'; heavier silver bars connect to form a silver collar around the perimeter of the leaf. Very light silver dusting over the entire leaf. Baby blue, forget-me-not type flowers.

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    Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' PP13859

    ‘Jack Frost' is a name known worldwide and it continues to be a top seller for our customers. It forms a beautiful mound of heart-shaped, silver leaves with green veining. Airy sprays of baby blue, forget-me-not flowers appear in spring.

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    Brunnera macrophylla 'Looking Glass' PP17829

    Wispy panicles of blue forget-me-not flowers hover above the young foliage which is similar to its parent, ‘Jack Frost'. Large, heart-shaped, mature leaves are solid silver and tend to cup downward. Wonderful for brightening up shade gardens.

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    Brunnera macrophylla 'Variegata'

    Large, heart-shaped leaves with irregular, creamy white leaf margins are striking from a distance. Some leaves are almost entirely white. Baby blue, forget- me-not like flowers. Performs best in full shade.

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    Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Avalanche'

    Variegated form of ‘Karl Foerster'. Deep green leaves with a wide, white stripe down the center. Distinctly upright, clumping habit. Excellent for screening or the back of the garden.

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    Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Overdam'

    Variegated foliage has bright creamy-white margins which turn white with a pink flush. Strikingly erect, feathery plumes turn tan as they age.

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    Campanula 'Dickson's Gold'

    Bright gold foliage forms a low growing, dense, weed-suppressing clump. A profusion of lavender blue, star-shaped flowers provide striking contrast. If grown in part shade, the foliage is lime green.

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    Carex elata 'Bowles Golden'

    Bright gold foliage with thin green margins. This selection is taller than most other sedges. It needs consistant moisture to thrive. It will grow in shallow water or in garden beds that are watered regularly.

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    Carex oshimensis 'Evergold'

    This versatile sedge is beautiful as a spiller in containers, rock gardens, and landscapes. Forms a cascading clump of narrow, creamy yellow leaves with dark green edges. Spreads slowly by rhizomes. Insignificant blooms. Very easy to grow.

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    Carex morrowii 'Ice Dance'

    Dark green leaves with bright white edges measure ¼ to ½ inch across. Grows in nearly full sun to shade in average to moist soil. A slow to moderate spreader that can be used as a groundcover or in containers.

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    Carex siderosticha 'Banana Boat'

    This showy broad-leaved, deciduous sedge lights up the shade garden with its wide, bright lemon to banana yellow and green striped leaves. Creeps slowly to form a dense mass of bold foliage. Insignificant flowers.

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    Carex siderosticha 'Snow Cap'

    Similar in size and habit to ‘Banana Boat'. Nearly all-cream to bright white, wide, strappy leaves with narrow green stripes. Reverse variegation pattern of ‘Variegata'. Grows surprisingly well for a plant with so little green. Forms a dense, spreading clump of deciduous foliage. Insignificant flowers.

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    Cimicifuga 'Chocoholic' PP24821

    Deep bronze purple, dissected leaves form a dense, upright clump. Greener in full shade. Fragrant, bottlebrush flowers open mauve pink, then lighten to white. Distinctive specimen for partial shade.

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    Cimicifuga ramosa 'Hillside Black Beauty'

    Striking dark purplish-black foliage; the darkest Cimicifuga to date. Fragrant, 1ft long, bottlebrush flowers open white with a pale blush pink tinge. A collector's item.

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    Clematis recta SERIOUS BLACK™

    AKA Clematis recta ‘Lime Close'. Extraordinarily dark purple new foliage forms an upright, self-supporting clump of intertwining stems. Benefits from the support of other perennials. Foliage matures to olive green and is topped with a profusion of antique ivory blossoms. Rare selection.

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    Cordyline terminalis 'Cherry Cordial' PPAF

    This sport of ‘Chocolate Queen' shares the same attributes as its parent but with vibrant red coloration. Mahogany leaves are streaked with olive green and bright red. This plant forms an upright stalk of wider than typical, strap-like foliage.

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    Dicentra spectabilis 'Gold Heart'

    A bright twist on a classic perennial. Radiant yellow foliage creates the perfect backdrop for arching sprays of large pink and white, heart-shaped blossoms. Foliage color mellows a bit in summer. May go summer dormant in some climates. Discovered by Nori Pope.

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    Dryopteris erythrosora 'Brilliance'

    Lustrous young orange fronds light up against the glossy, deeper green coloring of the mature fronds. Best leaf color is achieved in part sun. Tolerates a wide range of growing conditions once established.

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    Euphorbia epithymoides 'First Blush' PP15292

    Light green leaves have wide, cream margins flushed bright rose-pink from spring into summer. Low, mounded foliage. Radiant yellow bracts surround rosy flower buds in spring.

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    Euphorbia polychroma 'Bonfire' PP18585

    Phenomenal color! Deep purple, red, and orange leaves with a touch of chartreuse are set ablaze with crackling sulfur yellow bracts in spring. Turns rich red in the fall. Forms a rounded mound. From E. polychroma.

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    Euphorbia x martinii 'Ascot Rainbow' PP21401

    One of the most outstanding plants in our trials. Flashy green and yellow variegated foliage takes on pink and orange tones in cool weather. Unique variegated bracts appear in large clusters in spring. Overwinters well in zone 5b with excellent drainage.

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    Geranium pratense 'Dark Reiter'

    From Jelitto Perennial Seeds comes this attractive dark-leafed selection that forms a compact mound of finely cut, plum purple foliage. Leafy scapes carry clusters of nicely contrasting, lilac blue flowers.

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    Hakonechola macra 'Aureola'

    Green and yellow variegated foliage forms a cascading clump like a golden waterfall. Reddish pink fall color. Spreads slowly by rhizomes but is not invasive.

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    Hakonechola macra 'All Gold'

    Brilliant solid gold foliage glows in the shade. Compared to ‘Aureola', this variety has a more upright habit and increased vigor. Spreads slowly by rhizomes but is not invasive. Reddish brown flowers.

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    Heliopsis helianthoides 'Sunstruck' PP25524

    More compact habit, more ray florets, and a deeper flower color than ‘Loraine Sunshine'. 2in large, golden yellow flowers appear above the cream and green variegated foliage earlier than typical Heliopsis. From Darwin Perennials.

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    Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra 'Sunburst'

    Seed selection similar to ‘Lorraine Sunshine'. Fabulous cream and green variegated foliage is topped with 2-21/2in, golden yellow flowers. Greens up a bit in the heat of summer. Showy in combo containers. From Sahin.

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    Heliopsis 'Loraine Sunshine' PP10690

    Variegated white leaves with extensive green veining that darkens late in the season. Golden yellow, single, daisy-like flowers on upright stems.

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    Heuchera DOLCE® 'Appletini' PPAF

    The perfect combination of lime foliage and red flowers! Medium sized, lime green leaves have a silver overlay. Dark rose red stems hold rich ruby red flowers, starting in early summer. This plant occasionally reblooms into fall.

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    Heuchera PRIMO™ 'Black Pearl' PPAF

    Meet the new standard in black Heuchera! Forms a dense habit of shiny, jet black leaves with scalloped, ruffled edges and rosy purple undersides. Keeps its intense black color even in full sun. White flowers are held in pink calyxes (requires vernalization to bloom).

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    Heuchera DOLCE® BRAZEN RAISIN™ ('Inheubrara' PP27568)

    Large, nearly matte black leaves form a dense mound topped with deep red, proportional scapes carrying showy panicles of hot pink buds. Flowers open pale pink to white with a hot pink base. Blooms without vernalization. Occasionally reblooms in fall.

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    Heuchera 'Caramel' PP16560

    Popular selection prized for its vigor and densely robust habit. Forms a rounded mound of large, fuzzy leaves that range in color from apricot to amber depending on light levels and temperature. Cream flowers. From Thierry Delabroye.

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    Heuchera 'Electric Plum' PPAF

    New leaves emerge near black and lighten to an intense purple with dramatic black veining. Dainty, bright fuchsia pink flowers. Brighter purple foliage color, more attractive flowers, and improved floral performance compared to ‘Grape Expectations'.

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    Heuchera 'Grape Expectations' PP26894

    An excellent grower, very uniform in production. Forms a dense, upright mound of broad, thick and durable, vibrant grape purple leaves with black veins. Holds its color well, then develops a bright silver overlay in the heat of summer. Creamy white flowers. Good performance in southern zones.

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    Heuchera 'Lava Lamp' PP26761

    This robust grower forms billowy mass of large, rounded, coppery purple leaves which are bright copper orange in spring. Deep purple scapes carry the cream flowers in early summer. Terrific in landscapes and large containers.

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    Heuchera PRIMO™ 'Pretty Pistachio' PPAF

    A big and beautiful perennial! Leaves are chartreuse in spring and mellow to lime green in summer. Huge, 5in wide clusters of medium pink flowers appear all summer long. Flowers dry on the stems to a lovely raspberry color. Best in filtered sun or afternoon shade.

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    Heuchera 'Rose Quartz'

    Newest leaves emerge dusty rose and transition to light pewter with charcoal veining. Dusty rose color lingers on the pewter leaves for an extended time. Forms a dense but petite habit. Rosy pink buds open to cream flowers on proportionate flower stems.

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    Heuchera DOLCE® 'Silver Gumdrop' PPAF

    Unlike other silver Heucheras, ‘Silver Gumdrop' has vibrant pink flowers instead of the typical white. A smaller scale Heuchera with silver, iridescent leaves and a semi-glossy finish. Leaves take on a rosy blush overtone later in the season.

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    Heucherella 'Catching Fire' PPAF

    A polished, vigorous perennial. Rounded, vibrant lime green leaves have defined flame-shaped markings that flare from the center like cherry red fire. In summer, markings deepen to mahogany. Cream flowers. Best in filtered sun or afternoon shade.

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    Heucherella 'Galactica' PPAF

    A perfect complement for yellow or red foliage plants. Large, dissected silvery green leaves have incredibly deep colored veining and form a very full, rounded clump. Newest leaves are olive green with a purple cast. Cream flowers.

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    Heucherella FUN AND GAMES® 'Hopscotch' PPAF

    Leaves emerge red with dark red centers early in spring, before lightening to bronze red. Lobed leaves create a unique lacy texture in the garden. The leaves mellow to deep green later in the season. Cream flowers.

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    Heucherella 'Pink Fizz' PP26947

    Durable perennial for sun or shade. Large, deeply lobed, soft green leaves are lightly silvered with prominent purple veins. Retains its dense habit and coloration all season. Pure pink flowers pop open from hot pink buds on densely packed flower wands.

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    Heucherella 'Pumpkin Spice' PPAF

    Bronze red leaves emerge in late spring and hold its color well into early summer. Each lobed leaf has deep mahogany centers that follow the veins of the leaf. Dark red stems hold cream flowers.

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    Heucherella FUN AND GAMES® 'Red Rover' PPAF

    Newest leaves in spring are coppery red, a brighter red than ‘Hopscotch'. Large, deeply lobed, finger-like leaves have burgundy red centers. The leaves mellow to olive green later in the season with rich, red fall color. Burgundy rose stems hold creamy white flowers.

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    Hibiscus SUMMERIFIC® 'Berry Awesome' PP27936

    This stunning variety has a densely compact habit of deeply lobed, maple-like leaves, a vast improvement on older varieties. Its dark, midnight olive green foliage complements the lavender pink flowers for a showy display in late summer. Huge 7-8in ruffled flowers have a red eye.

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    Hibiscus 'Midnight Marvel' PP24079

    Absolutely stunning! Combines the deep wine purple, maple-like foliage of ‘Summer Storm' and the scarlet red, 8-9in flowers of ‘Cranberry Crush'. Relatively compact habit; intermediate in size between its parents. Indeterminate bloomer; very long flowering selection.

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    Hibiscus 'Mocha Moon' PP27837

    A great combination of dark foliage and white flowers. Huge 7-8in, slightly cupped pure white flowers have a scarlet red eye. Flowers are produced from the top to the bottom of the plant. Bright lime green calyxes contrast nicely with the deep bronze-green foliage.

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    Hibiscus SUMMERIFIC® 'Perfect Storm' PP27880

    Everything you would want in a Hibiscus: awesome compact habit, huge flowers, and dark foliage. About half the size of ‘Summer Storm'. 7-8in wide, white flowers are edged with light pink, with a bright red eye that radiates out with the veins.

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    Hibiscus 'Starry Starry Night' PP27901

    Stunning flowers with the darkest foliage to date makes this Hibiscus a must-have. Near-black, broad, maple-like leaves. Interesting 7-8in, pale pink flowers have darker pink speckling and veining. Bright green calyxes contrast with dark foliage.

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    Hosta 'Afterglow' PP26755

    This wide margined sport of ‘Climax' features large, green, heart-shaped leaves with incredibly striking, wide, yellow margins. Forms an impressive upright mound in the landscape; makes an excellent specimen. Pale lavender flowers.

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    Hosta 'Brother Stefan'

    A favorite of hosta enthusiasts! Forms a large clump of thick, heavily corrugated, puckered leaves. Spring leaves are chartreuse with a blue margin. Mature leaves are gold with a green margin. Near-white flowers.

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    Hosta 'Cathedral Windows' PP17295

    A brighter version of ‘Holy Mole'. Grows quickly to form a large clump of rounded, bright gold leaves with very wide, dark green margins. Leaves become domed as they age. Large, fragrant, near-white flowers.

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    Hosta 'Curly Fries'

    This popular hosta forms a seemingly electrified clump of extremely rippled, narrow leaves. Mature plants have red speckled petioles. Best in morning sun where its chartreuse foliage will be brightest. Lavender flowers.

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    Hosta 'Dream Weaver'

    Large, distinctive leaves have very wide, blue-green borders and sharply contrasting creamy white centers. Leaves are nearly round and corrugated. White flowers. A sport of ‘Great Expectations'.

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    Hosta 'Earth Angel'

    A superb sport of ‘Blue Angel'. Large, heart-shaped, blue-green leaves with wide, creamy white margins that are creamy yellow in spring. Pale lavender flowers. Use this one as a specimen.

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    Hosta 'First Frost'

    A sport of ‘Halcyon' with the same intense blue-green leaf color. Emerges with a gold margin which changes to pure white later in the season. Good grower in containers and in the garden. Leaves hold up well until the “first frost.” Light lavender flowers.

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    Hosta 'Guacamole'

    Huge, apple green leaves develop dark green margins and brighter chartreuse centers in summer. Large, fragrant, near-white to lavender flowers emerge from lavender buds. A sport of ‘Fragrant Bouquet'. Exhibits greater sun tolerance.

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    Hosta 'Happy Dayz'

    Sport of ‘Orange Marmalade' with wider, more blue-green margins and better vigor. Leaves of good substance have yellow centers which brighten to parchment in summer. Livens up the shade garden with its distinct variegation and light lavender flowers.

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    Hosta 'Humpback Whale'

    Forms a massive, dome-shaped mound of blue-green, corrugated, heart-shaped leaves. Color is bluest in the spring. Blue-green scapes carry near-white, bell-shaped flowers in early summer. From the late Mildred Seaver, “Queen of Hostas”.

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    Hosta 'Island Breeze' PP27151

    Sport of ‘Paradise Island' with better variegation and leaf substance. Wide, green margins contrast with bright yellow centers in spring. Centers turn chartreuse in shade and light yellow in sun. Showy red petioles. Dark lavender flowers.

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    Hosta 'Mini Skirt' PP26743

    This flirty mini hosta has very wavy, thick, blue-green leaves with creamy yellow margins in spring. Center turns green and edge lightens to creamy white in summer. Pale lavender striped flowers appear on proportionate scapes.

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    Hosta 'Old Glory' PP12503

    A sport of ‘Glory'. Heart-shaped leaves with golden yellow centers and irregular, 1in wide, dark green margins. Light lavender flowers. Really brightens up shady areas!

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    Hosta 'Pocketful of Sunshine' PP23709

    This cute small hosta grows quickly to form a compact clump of chartreuse to yellow, cupped leaves with broad, deep green margins. Thick, rugose foliage. Sport of ‘Rainforest Sunrise' with wider margins. Light lavender flowers.

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    Hosta 'Praying Hands'

    Definitely a collector's item! Upright, narrow, tightly folded leaves resemble hands folded in prayer. The dark green leaves are heavily rippled with very thin, gold margins. Lavender flowers.

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    Hosta 'Rainbows End' PP17251

    This incredible variegated hosta is very distinctive in gardens and containers. Shiny, bright yellow leaves of good substance have dark green margins that jet into the center which brightens to creamy white in summer. Showy red scapes carry dark lavender flowers.

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    Hosta 'Rainforest Sunrise'

    An exciting sport of ‘Maui Buttercups'. Leaves emerge light green, then quickly develop dark green margins and a radiant gold center. As they mature, the thick leaves become lightly cupped and heavily puckered. Light lavender flowers.

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    Hosta 'Royal Wedding' PP26727

    Prestigious wide-margined sport of ‘Diana Remembered'. Forms an upright mound of thick, shiny yellow leaves with very wide, creamy white to pure white margins. Enjoy its sweetly perfumed, large 3-4in, white flowers.

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    Hosta 'Stained Glass'

    A sport of ‘Guacamole'. Huge 10½in long, brilliant gold leaves with wide, dark green margins. Large, fragrant, pale lavender flowers. Exhibits greater sun tolerance.

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    Hosta 'Touch of Class' PP13080

    A tetraploid sport of ‘June' with wider blue margins, chartreuse to yellow centers, and green jetting. Leaves are of heavy substance. Lavender flowers.

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    Hosta 'Vulcan'

    This vigorous sport of ‘Captain Kirk' has crisp white centers that do not melt out. Dark green margins and yellow coloring jet toward the center of each broad, heart-shaped leaf. Light lavender flowers on white scapes top the clump.

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    Imperata cylindrica 'Red Baron'

    Popular in the north where it spreads slowly by underground runners to form a thick patch of green leaves with striking blood red tips. Glows nearly all-red in fall; rarely flowers. Spreads more quickly in the south; care should be taken to control its spread there.

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    Iris pallida 'Argentea Variegata'

    Striking green and ivory striped form. New foliage emerges with creamy yellow margins that fade to ivory as the season progresses. Classic lavender-blue flowers in late spring. The most reliable and disease resistant of all Tall Bearded Irises.

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    Iris pallida 'Variegata'

    Striking golden variegated foliage with green and creamy yellow stripes make this one attractive even when not in bloom. Classic lavender-blue flowers. The most reliable and disease resistant of all Tall Bearded Irises.

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    Knautia macedonica 'Thunder and Lightning' PP21437

    Light green leaves are shaped like lightning bolts with creamy yellow to white margins. Compact, shorter selection with the same deep reddish purple flowers as the species. We ship clean stock.

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    Lagerstroemia 'Cherry Mocha' PPAF

    A very refined shrub for the landscape. Woody, burgundy-colored stems bear semi-glossy burgundy foliage. Cherry red flowers open from shiny red buds, contrasting nicely with its dark foliage.

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    Lagerstroemia 'Like a Latte' PPAF

    A petite habit with branched, woody stems. Attractive, dark green foliage with burgundy veining. In late summer, coppery red buds open to pure white flowers.

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    Lagerstroemia 'Spiced Plum' PPAF

    An exciting new color to the collection. Rosy red flower buds open to raspberry purple flowers. Dark red stems hold deep green leaves with heavy olive highlights, forming a compact, rounded habit as stellar as the flowers.

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    Lagerstroemia 'Sweet Macchiato' PPAF

    Upright, branched, and bushy selection. Dark blue-green foliage with glossy deep red new growth. In late summer, glossy red buds burst open to sweet, hot pink flower clusters with mustard yellow stamens.

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    Ligularia 'Bottle Rocket' PP24486

    A more compact sport of ‘Little Rocket'; delivers excellent garden performance. Perfectly proportional plant forms a dense clump of thicker, serrated green leaves with mustard yellow flower spikes held on chocolate stems just at the top of the foliage. Foliage holds up well in the summer heat.

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    Ligularia dentata 'Britt-Marie Crawford' PP16113

    Broad, glossy, chocolate-purple leaves with bright purple undersides make a bold statement in the garden. Golden orange, daisy-like flowers on purplish-black stems. A top seller!

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    Ligularia 'King Kong' PPAF

    Same dark foliage as ‘Britt-Marie Crawford' but with leaves nearly twice as big at 16in across. Newest leaves are glossy black-purple that mellow to burgundy purple. Greener leaves in full shade--best in morning sun. Golden orange, daisy-like flowers.

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    Manfreda undulata 'Mint Chocolate Chip' PPAF

    Long, silvery succulent, blue-green leaves with near-black spotting form a ground-hugging, low habit. Compared to ‘Chocolate Chips', this plant has wider leaves, darker spotting, and more silvery blue leaves.

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  • 104.

    Mangave 'Inkblot' PPAF

    Thick, wide, dark green leaves with blood red spotting arch downward to form a low, wide habit, perfect for framing decorative containers. More exposure to UV light will bring out the dark coloration and the spotting.

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  • 105.

    Mangave 'Kaleidoscope' PPAF

    One of the very best! This sport of ‘Jaguar' has many colors present on an arching habit. The long, lance-shaped leaves are deep green with bright rosy red dots and creamy yellow margins. A thin rosy red edge lines the margin, looking nearly orange. Best color is in direct sunlight.

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  • 106.

    Mangave 'Lavender Lady' PPAF

    A unique, feminine beauty with a solitary rosette habit and smoky purple coloration. In direct sunlight, smoky purple, ovate leaves are formed at the top of the rosette and have subdued burgundy purple dots. The leaves lighten to green with age. Tiny white, fairly benign marginal spines. Cinnamon brown terminal spine.

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  • 107.

    Mangave 'Mission to Mars' PPAF

    An homage to the Red Planet due to the unique, intense red coloration from the leaves. Wide, green leaves form an arching habit and are heavily speckled with burgundy red, with spots that bleed into each other for an overall red appearance. Best color in direct UV light.

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  • 108.

    Mangave 'Moonglow' PPAF

    Cool-looking, silvery blue-green leaves practically glow with huge, contrasting dark purple spots. More UV light levels will enhance the spotting. Flat leaves are held rigidly straight from the base, forming a low, wide, and spiky habit. Relatively soft to the touch.

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  • 109.

    Mangave 'Pineapple Express' PPAF

    Refined, spiky habit reminiscent of the top of a pineapple. One inch wide, dark green leaves are long and slender with pronounced burgundy spotting, brought out with UV light. Waxy coating gives the leaves a minty-green finish.

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  • 110.

    Matteuccia struthiopteris

    Green, pinnate fronds are shaped like ostrich plumes, being much wider at the top and tapering to a bare stipe. Turns bronze-gold in fall, then brown in winter. Spreads rapidly by underground runners. Needs moist soil.

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  • 111.

    Miscanthus sinensis 'Dixieland'

    A dwarf form of ‘Variegatus'; similar green and white variegated foliage but a shorter, more compact growth habit. Does not need staking. Very showy, silky pink plumes. Nice in containers.

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  • 112.

    Miscanthus sinensis 'Little Zebra' PP13008

    A popular grass, especially in northern regions, since it blooms reliably each year in late summer. Green leaves with distinctive gold banding form a rounded, almost ball-shaped clump topped with reddish purple plumes.

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  • 113.

    Miscanthus sinensis 'Morning Light'

    Distinctively elegant ornamental grass. Very narrow, finely textured leaves have a silvery green appearance and glow when backlit by the sun. Refined upright arching clump is topped with bronze red plumes which age to cream.

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  • 114.

    Miscanthus sinensis 'Oktoberfest' PP27074

    Improved ‘Graziella'; better fall color and early blooming. Forms a narrow, upright tower of wide, deep green leaves that develop deep purple and red highlights in late summer to early fall. Shimmering burgundy flowers turn creamy tan as they age. From Gary Trucks.

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  • 115.

    Miscanthus sinensis 'Strictus'

    Similar green and yellow banded foliage like ‘Little Zebra' but a totally different habit. Spiky textured foliage grows strictly upright like porcupine spines, thus the name. Pinkish copper blooms in areas with long growing seasons.

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  • 116.

    Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Niger'

    Grass-like plant forms a compact, dense clump of nearly jet black foliage. Looks much like a black Liriope. Short spikes of light purple to white flowers are followed by purplish black berries in fall.

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  • 117.

    Panicum virgatum PRAIRIE WINDS® 'Cheyenne Sky' PP23209

    Petite red Panicum; ideal for containers. Forms a tight, vase-shaped clump of blue-green foliage that turns wine red in early summer. Purple flowers. From Gary Trucks.

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  • 118.

    Penstemon 'Blackbeard' PPAF

    Named for the famous black-bearded pirate, this perennial has incredible dark eggplant purple foliage. Dark purple flower stems hold its lilac purple flowers with white flaring tubes. Stays strictly upright all season long.

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  • 119.

    Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum'

    Classic shade groundcover. Green and white variegated leaves line the arching, unbranched stems. Dainty white flowers dangle from the stems soon after emerging in spring.

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  • 120.

    Pulmonaria longifolia 'Betram Anderson'

    Gentian blue flowers emerge from fuchsia buds. Like other P. longifolia, this selection has long, narrow leaves heavily spotted with silver. Typically blooms a couple of weeks later than the other varieties.

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  • 121.

    Pulmonaria 'Raspberry Splash' PP12138

    Our most floriferous and robust selection. Produces sizeable clusters of large, bright raspberry pink flowers which age to lilac purple. Forms a large, upright clump of disease resistant, dark green, silver spotted foliage.

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  • 122.

    Pulmonaria saccharata 'Mrs. Moon'

    Silvery-gray dotted leaves form an attractive mound of foliage that is great for brightening up the shade garden. Magenta-pink buds open to bright blue bells. Excellent underplanting for taller shrubs.

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  • 123.

    Schizachyrium scoparium PRAIRIE WINDS® 'Blue Paradise' PPAF

    A result of an extensive Schizachyrium breeding program. Upright and columnar habit stays upright all season, silvery blue leaves in summer. Deep wine fall color.

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  • 124.

    Schizachyrium scoparium 'Smoke Signal' PP27433

    A beautifully refined version of our native cultivar that takes on scarlet red tones in late summer, turning deeper red-purple in fall. Tiny, tan seed heads appear in early fall. Maintains its strictly upright habit through fall without flopping.

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  • 125.

    Schizachyrium scoparium 'Twilight Zone' PP27432

    A standout cultivar that possesses a nearly iridescent silvery mauve purple cast all over beginning in midsummer. Retains this color through fall when brighter purple highlights develop. Forms a strictly upright, narrowly columnar clump.

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  • 126.

    Sedum AUTUMN DELIGHT™ ('Beka' PP18398)

    Upright sedum with chartreuse-yellow leaves and a narrow, blue-green, serrated margin. Cream buds open to large clusters of light pink flowers. Bronze seed heads. From Intrinsic Perennial Gardens.

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  • 127.

    Sedum 'Frosted Fire'

    Similar to AUTUMN CHARM™, ‘Frosted Fire' is a variegated sport of ‘Autumn Fire' rather than ‘Autumn Joy'. Light green leaves with creamy yellow, serrated margins form a dense, upright mound.

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  • 128.

    Sedum sieboldii

    Low, spreading species; forms a rounded mound and spreads horizontally from the crown. Round, blue-green leaves with a narrow pink margin. Small clusters of bright pink flowers in early fall. Brilliant fall color.

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  • 129.

    Tiarella 'Fingerpaint' PPAF

    This semi-running woodland perennial has bright green foliage in spring and is deeply lobed with pointy edges and an overall lacy texture. Burgundy blotches in the center of the leaves. Ivory flowers in spring.

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  • 130.

    Tiarella 'Sugar and Spice' PP16738

    One of the very best Tiarella introductions by Terra Nova Nurseries. Forms a compact clump of glossy green, deeply dissected leaves with a prominent blackish purple blotch. Lightly fragrant, pink and white flowers appear in spring. Works well in containers and landscapes.

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  • 131.

    Tradescantia 'Charlotte's Web' PPAF

    Finally, a gold foliage Spiderwort that doesn't burn in sun! Grass-like, chartreuse foliage transitions to gold with more sun exposure. Small, three-petaled soft blue flowers cover the arching, bushy clumping habit.

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  • 132.

    Tricyrtis formosana 'Autumn Glow'

    Improvement over ‘Gilt Edge'; much more impressive variegation. Wide, yellow leaf margins are showier in the shade. Arching stems of orchid-like, reddish purple to blue violet speckled blossoms are great for late season interest.

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  • 133.

    Yucca filamentosa 'Excalibur'

    An improvement over the species; much more uniform, compact habit. Forms a spiky clump of evergreen, blue-green to glaucous greygreen leaves lined with an extraordinary number of curly white filaments. Sturdy spikes of white flowers.

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