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Ornamental Kale / Brassica oleracea

Brassica oleracea ‘Glamour Red’ – The first Ornamental Kale to win an AAS Award (in 2011), ‘Glamour Red’ has unusually glossy foliage of ruffled bluish-green that forms loose heads. These develop a bright purplish-pink center when night temperatures fall below … Continue reading

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Ornamental Grasses

Pennisetum alopecuroides ‘Piglet’ – A dwarf Fountain Grass that is smaller than ‘Hameln’ but more showy and floriferous than the often disappointing ‘Little Bunny’. The bottlebrush plumes (white with a hint of pink) emerge from August to October, fade to … Continue reading

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Winter Pansies / Viola x wittrockiana

Viola x wittrockiana ‘Delta Premium Neon Violet’ – A heat tolerant winter pansy with intense violet blooms with dark purple wings, a purplish-black central blotch and a tiny yellow eye. This F1 hybrid is floriferous with short, sturdy stems and … Continue reading

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Lenten Rose V / Helleborus x hybridus

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Sparkling Diamond’ – One of the Winter Jewels Series and the perfect addition to any ‘Alba’ garden. ‘Sparkling Diamond’ features slightly nodding, fully double flowers of pure white (with the occasional soft pink picotee). This floriferous strain … Continue reading

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Unusual Conifers

Juniperus squamata ‘Blue Star’ – What makes this sport of ‘Meyeri’ so special is that it grows in tight crests instead of those long, often awkward branches – so you rarely have to prune it. Which means that ‘Blue Star’ … Continue reading

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Winter-Flowering Shrubs

Abeliophyllum distichum – White Forsythia is actually a member of the Olive family and blooms before its namesake. The tiny white to pink-tinged flowers are highly fragrant and emerge from purple buds. This deciduous shrub is a bit unruly in … Continue reading

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Winter Bedding Plants

Viola spp. – Bedding Violas are essentially miniature pansies that cover themselves in tiny 3/4″-wide blooms for the fall, winter and spring season. In periods of extreme cold, they seem to fare better (and recover faster) than the larger-flowered winter … Continue reading

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