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Fragrant Shrubs II

Syringa BLOOMERANG ‘Dark Purple’ (syn. ‘SMSJBP7’) – A new addition to the BLOOMERANG Series with larger deep purple flowers in spring, with a repeat bloom from midsummer into autumn. It is a Proven Winners shrub and is taller than the earlier … Continue reading

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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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Late Summer to Autumn Perennials

Vernonia arkansana (syn. V. crinita) – Ironweed is a rarely cultivated perennial that is native to the eastern United States but seems to find more garden favor in Europe. It was first  collected in America back in the late 1600’s and features … Continue reading

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Lavender V / Lavandula

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Purple Bouquet’ – A typical English Lavender with a floriferous nature and spikes of sweetly fragrant purple blooms from late June through to early September with deadheading. The long flower stems are ideal for cutting and drying. Drought tolerant … Continue reading

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Unusual Shrubs III

Clethra alnifolia ‘Ruby Spice’ – This Summersweet is a darker sport of ‘Pink Spires’ with July to August highly fragrant bottlebrush blooms of rose-pink. These are highly attractive to both bees and butterflies, and this shrub even blooms well in partial … Continue reading

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Plants that Attract Butterflies II

Phlox paniculata ‘Delilah’ – Probably the most intense violet-purple flowers you are ever going to find in this species and it does not readily fade. The blooms are quite large given the plant size and it is also quite mildew resistant. … Continue reading

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Echinacea IV / Coneflower

Echinacea ‘Raspberry Tart’ – This Purple Coneflower features smaller raspberry-pink blooms that are fragrant, accented with a maroon-red central cone. It flowers from midsummer through to fall with regular deadheading and will definitely attract the butterflies. This compact cultivar prefers full … Continue reading

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