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Fall Aster IV / Symphyotrichum

Aster nova-angliae¬†‘Rudelsburg’ (syn.¬†Symphyotrichum) – An unusual bright magenta-pink fall aster with strap-like fringed petals and a contrasting yellow eye. This older (1964) introduction is highly attractive to beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies. It blooms from September to October … Continue reading

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Yellow-Flowered Perennials V

Doronicum orientale ‘Magnificum’ – An early-flowering Leopard’s Bane which also does quite well in partial shade, but can tolerate some sun. Yellow thin-petaled daisies are borne over bright green heart-shaped foliage from late March through to May. These are usually … Continue reading

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Drought Tolerant Perennials

Eryngium giganteum ‘Silver Ghost’ – A striking architectural perennial with thistle-like lime green blooms with blue stamens, surrounded by silvery bracts and leaves. It is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and requires very well-drained soils in winter or … Continue reading

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Spring-Tips Scotch Heather III / Calluna vulgaris

Calluna vulgaris ‘Leslie Slinger’ – A very showy spring-tips Scotch heather with coral-pink to reddish-orange new growth over contrasting mid green foliage. ‘Leslie Slinger’ produces lavender flowers in late summer, usually from August into September. This species prefers full sun … Continue reading

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Winter Heather V / Erica

Erica carnea ‘Tatjana’ – A compact growing winter heather with deep magenta-red blooms from February through to April. The flowers are nicely contrasted by dark green needle-like foliage that takes on a bronze tone in the colder winter weather. Prefers … Continue reading

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Giant Dutch Crocus / Crocus vernus

Crocus vernus ‘Pickwick’ – The distinct striped flowers of this cultivar combine a near-white to pale lavender petal veined in a darker lilac tone. It blooms in the garden from March to April and looks best when the corms are … Continue reading

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Dwarf Flowering Shrubs

x Phylliopsis ‘Coppelia’ – This dwarf evergreen shrub is an intentional cross of Kalmiopsis leachiana and Phyllodoce empetriformis made by Barry Starling in 1975. It is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and features purplish-pink flowers borne in terminal … Continue reading

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