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  1. Bandwidth Miscanthus Grass

    Bandwidth' Maiden Grass PPAF is a new cultivar of Miscanthus that delivers beautiful, striated color in a smaller size without troublesome invasive reseeding issues. Bands of light ...

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    Bandwidth Miscanthus Grass Bandwidth Maiden Hair Grass PPAF Miscanthus sinensis Bandwidth PPAF
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    Bandwidth' Maiden Grass PPAF is a new cultivar of Miscanthus that delivers beautiful, striated color in a smaller size without troublesome invasive reseeding issues. Bands of light green stripe the slender leaves of this well-behaved, deer resistant perennial grass. Plant 'Bandwidth' to add a layer of soft, sophisticated texture to your garden that lasts through all four seasons. Plant in full sun. (Miscanthus sinensis)
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  2. Elijah Blue Fescue Grass, Festuca glauca

    Elijah Blue is one of the most popular, no fuss ornamental grasses, low growing in tight mounds, great for border plantings and adding texture. Blue green clumps. (Festuca glauca)...

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    Elijah Blue Fescue Grass Elijah Blue Fescue Festuca glauca Elijah Blue
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    Elijah Blue is one of the most popular, no fuss ornamental grasses, low growing in tight mounds, great for border plantings and adding texture. Blue green clumps. (Festuca glauca)
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  3. White Anemone Whirlwind, Anemone hybrida, Windflower

    Whirlwind’s pure white, satiny flowers are offset by green and yellow centers. This vigorous deer resistant grower attracts butterflies and illuminates the garden from late summer ...

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    Anemone Whirlwind Windflower Anemone hybrida
    $15.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Whirlwind’s pure white, satiny flowers are offset by green and yellow centers. This vigorous deer resistant grower attracts butterflies and illuminates the garden from late summer into the fall. (Anemone hybrida)
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  4. Echinacea Double Scoop Orangeberry, Coneflower

    Double Scoop Orangeberry coneflower adds fiery, non-fading color to any sunny garden. Brilliant red-orange petals surround a thick, berry-colored center cushion that will hold its sh...

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    Double Scoop® Orangeberry Echinacea Coneflower Double Scoop® Orangeberry PP#23145 Echinacea Double Scoop® Orangeberry PP#23145
    $29.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Double Scoop Orangeberry coneflower adds fiery, non-fading color to any sunny garden. Brilliant red-orange petals surround a thick, berry-colored center cushion that will hold its shape through winter. This echinacea forms multiple branches on compact plants. Deadhead spent blooms to promote the next round of budding. (Echinacea)
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  5. Pink Micro Chip Butterfly Bush, Buddleia

    'Pink Micro Chip' is a miniature Butterfly Bush with vivid, purple-pink flowers that appear in abundance from early summer until frost. Incredibly fragrant and nectar-rich, this peti...

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    Pink Micro Chip Butterfly Bush Butterfly Bush Lo & Behold® Series Pink Micro Chip PP#26547 Buddleia Lo & Behold® Series Pink Micro Chip PP#26547
    $29.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Pink Micro Chip' is a miniature Butterfly Bush with vivid, purple-pink flowers that appear in abundance from early summer until frost. Incredibly fragrant and nectar-rich, this petite plant is highly attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators. Well suited to containers and small spaces, be sure to site your butterfly bush in full sun for strong growth. 'Pink Micro Chip' is non-invasive and does not need to be deadheaded to encourage more blooms. (Buddleia)
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  6. Cracked Ice' Heucherella

    Cracked Ice' Heucherella makes an incredible statement in containers and gardens. Deeply lobed leaves with dark veining have a silver-pink tint in spring and fall, changing to silver...

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    Cracked Ice Heucherella Cracked Ice Foamy Bells Heucherella Cracked Ice
    $24.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Cracked Ice' Heucherella makes an incredible statement in containers and gardens. Deeply lobed leaves with dark veining have a silver-pink tint in spring and fall, changing to silver-green in summer. Heucherella, also called Foamy Bells, are easy-to-grow perennials that thrive in part-shade to full-shade and rich, well-drained soil. Spikes of delicate white flowers are held above the foliage in early summer. (Heucherella)
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  7. American Gold Rush Black Eyed Susan

    American Gold Rush' Black Eyed Susan PP#28498 is a new cultivar that delivers the intense golden color of traditional Black-Eyed Susans, with the benefit of disease-resistant breedin...

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    American Gold Rush Black Eyed Susan American Gold Rush Black Eyed Susan PP#28498 Rudbeckia American Gold Rush PP#28498
    $22.50
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    American Gold Rush' Black Eyed Susan PP#28498 is a new cultivar that delivers the intense golden color of traditional Black-Eyed Susans, with the benefit of disease-resistant breeding and a slightly smaller stature. Their deep green, narrow foliage will stay fresh and beautiful throughout the season, even in humid areas. 'American Gold Rush' blooms heavily from mid-summer through early fall. Rich ochre blooms are a pollinator favorite in a sunny garden or meadow. (Rudbeckia)
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  8. Hardy Pampas Grass Erianthus, Saccharum ravennae Erianthus

    'Erianthus' Hardy Pampas Grass (also known as Ravenna Grass) is cold hardy, and makes an excellent specimen plant all year. Airy, white plumes form in mid-summer over green foliage....

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    Hardy Pampas Grass Erianthus Hardy Pampas Grass Saccharum ravennae Erianthus
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Erianthus' Hardy Pampas Grass (also known as Ravenna Grass) is cold hardy, and makes an excellent specimen plant all year. Airy, white plumes form in mid-summer over green foliage. Leaves turn to bronze then red in fall. Plant can reach up to 10 feet tall. (Saccharum ravennae)
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  9. Yellow Helenium Sombrero, Sneezeweed flowers

    A compact perennial terrific for sunny native meadows and pollinator gardens as well as informal cottage gardens, ‘Sombrero’ helenium (aka sneezeweed) brings bright yellow color ...

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    Mariachi™ Sombrero Helenium Mariachi® Sombrero Sneezeweed Helenium autumnale Mariachi® Sombrero
    $19.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    A compact perennial terrific for sunny native meadows and pollinator gardens as well as informal cottage gardens, ‘Sombrero’ helenium (aka sneezeweed) brings bright yellow color to late summer and early autumn. The flower petals surround a prominent yellow cone and are held above deep green foliage for several weeks. Great cut flower. Deer resistant. (Helenium autumnale)
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  10. Peony Benjamin Franklin, Paeonia lactiflora, Photo Credit - Mt. Cuba Center

    Lightly fragrant, ‘Benjamin Franklin' Peony's deep-red double blossoms join the parade just as other peonies are fading in early summer. Perfect for cut flowers, the large outer pe...

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    Benjamin Franklin Peony Peony Benjamin Franklin, Double Peony Paeonia lactiflora Benjamin Franklin
    $21.98
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    Lightly fragrant, ‘Benjamin Franklin' Peony's deep-red double blossoms join the parade just as other peonies are fading in early summer. Perfect for cut flowers, the large outer petals cradle delicate inner petals for sumptuous blooms that star in the yard or in a flower vase. Long-lived, a peony will thrive for decades. (Paeonia lactiflora)
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  11. Aster Purple Dome

    The violet daisy-shaped blooms of 'Purple Dome' Aster pair beautifully with its honey yellow centers and forest green foliage. This native wildflower is easy to grow and compact, mak...

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    Purple Dome New England Aster New England Aster Purple Dome Aster novae-angliae Purple Dome
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    The violet daisy-shaped blooms of 'Purple Dome' Aster pair beautifully with its honey yellow centers and forest green foliage. This native wildflower is easy to grow and compact, making it a great choice for containers, borders and small-space gardens. 'Purple Dome' bursts into bloom in the late summer, providing much-needed color and vital nectar for pollinators right when much of the garden has finished for the season. (Aster novae-angliae)
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  12. Lipstick Lychnis

    Huge, lipstick-red blooms are offset by bronze foliage on this drought-tolerant beauty. Lychnis Lipstick will grow to be about 48” tall and is deer resistant. (Lychnis) ...

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    Lipstick Lychnis Maltese Cross Lychnis
    $16.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Huge, lipstick-red blooms are offset by bronze foliage on this drought-tolerant beauty. Lychnis Lipstick will grow to be about 48” tall and is deer resistant. (Lychnis)
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  13. Orange and Yellow Helenium Mardi Gras, Sneezeweed

    'Mardi Gras' Helenium adds bold late-season color to the garden, with red-orange petals edged in yellow that circle mounded, deep-brown center cones. Native to the States, Helenium i...

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    Mardi Gras Helenium Sneezeweed Mardi Grass PP#15124 Helenium Mardi Gras PP#15124
    $11.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Mardi Gras' Helenium adds bold late-season color to the garden, with red-orange petals edged in yellow that circle mounded, deep-brown center cones. Native to the States, Helenium is deer resistant and can be planted both in the garden and in containers. A butterfly favorite that blooms from summer through fall. (Helenium) PP#15124
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  14. Purple Veronica First Glory, Veronica longifolia, Speedwell

    'First Glory' Veronica is a deep-blue spiked flower that adds intriguing texture and color to the early summer garden. Tight, bright-green growing tips contrast beautifully against t...

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    First Glory Veronica Speedwell First Glory PP#23294 Veronica longifolia First Glory PP#23294
    $13.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'First Glory' Veronica is a deep-blue spiked flower that adds intriguing texture and color to the early summer garden. Tight, bright-green growing tips contrast beautifully against the developing ultramarine flowers - a real head-turner! Becoming only 12-18" tall, 'First Glory' has a compact growth habit and makes a perfect addition to borders and small-space gardens. PPAF (Veronica)
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  15. Caradonna Meadow Sage, Salvia Caradonna

    'Caradonna' is a striking bi-color sage with deep, purple-black stems that highlight its vivid blue flower spikes. Attracts beautiful hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden with ...

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    Caradonna Meadow Sage Meadow Sage Caradonna Salvia nemorosa Caradonna
    $10.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Caradonna' is a striking bi-color sage with deep, purple-black stems that highlight its vivid blue flower spikes. Attracts beautiful hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden with blooms that last throughout the season. A true heat lover, its color will remain vibrant even in full sun. (Salvia nemorosa)
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  16. Purple Russian Sage Little Spire, Perovskia atriplicifolia, Russian Sage

    Love the lavender-blue flower spikes of Russian Sage, but don’t have the space? 'Little Spire' is the perfect choice for a border or small-space garden, growing to be only 24” ta...

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    Little Spire Russian Sage Dwarf Russian Sage Little Spire PP#11643 Perovskia atriplicifolia Little Spire PP#11643
    $11.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Love the lavender-blue flower spikes of Russian Sage, but don’t have the space? 'Little Spire' is the perfect choice for a border or small-space garden, growing to be only 24” tall. A tidy plant that won't flop over, this variety is hardy and extremely easy to grow. PP# 11643 (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
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  17. Hameln Fountain Grass, Pennisetum alopecuroides

    'Hameln' is a smaller variety of fountain grass with three distinctive seasons of stunning displays. Green, fine-textured grass blades up to 3 feet tall are tipped with soft, wheat-s...

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    Hameln Fountain Grass Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass Pennisetum alopecuroides Hameln
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Hameln' is a smaller variety of fountain grass with three distinctive seasons of stunning displays. Green, fine-textured grass blades up to 3 feet tall are tipped with soft, wheat-shaped seed heads. Foliage turns rust gold in autumn and pale blonde in winter, and is a favorite stopover for birds. A great match for late-season perennials and colorful shrubs in the mixed border. (Pennisetum alopecuroides)
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  18. Christmas Fern, Polystichum acrostichoides, Christmas Fern, Photo Credit Wasp32---Own-work, CC BY 4.0

    Christmas fern will provide your garden with four seasons of deep, evergreen beauty. A deer-resistant native of the Eastern United States, this robust, easy fern is a terrific choic...

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    Christmas Fern Christmas Fern Polystichum acrostichoides
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Christmas fern will provide your garden with four seasons of deep, evergreen beauty. A deer-resistant native of the Eastern United States, this robust, easy fern is a terrific choice for erosion control on shady and partly-shaded slopes, and is easily divisible for gardeners with large areas to cover.(Polystichum acrostichoides)
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  19. Peony Duchesse de Nemours, Paeonia lactiflora

    In cultivation for over 150 years, ‘Duchesse de Nemours’ Peony will add a timeless elegance to your garden's border. Pure white double blooms with a hint of gold at the center, l...

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    Duchesse de Nemours Peony Peony Duchesse de Nemours Paeonia lactiflora Duchesse de Nemours
    $24.98
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    In cultivation for over 150 years, ‘Duchesse de Nemours’ Peony will add a timeless elegance to your garden's border. Pure white double blooms with a hint of gold at the center, lend a glow and a sweet fragrance to a garden setting. Lovely cut flowers too! (Paeonia lactiflora)
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  20. Red Peony Felix Crousse, Paeonia lactiflora

    An old-fashioned and beloved peony that has been amazing gardeners for generations, 'Felix Crousse' produces magenta-red double blooms with a slight silvery glow. Fragrant flowers ar...

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    Felix Crousse Peony Garden Peony Felix Crousse, Double Peony Paeonia lactiflora Felix Crousse
    $15.98
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    An old-fashioned and beloved peony that has been amazing gardeners for generations, 'Felix Crousse' produces magenta-red double blooms with a slight silvery glow. Fragrant flowers are plentiful on the bush and excellent in bouquets. Introduced from France, 'Felix Crousse' is on the smaller side for a peony, making it a great choice for full-sun border displays. (Paeonia lactiflora)
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  21. Pink Sedum Autumn Joy, Sedum, Stonecrop

    'Autumn Joy' Sedum produces delicate bright-pink flowers on large heads that age into a beautiful copper color as fall approaches. 'Autumn Joy' is a stout, spreading plant with succu...

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    Autumn Joy Sedum Stonecrop Autumn Joy Sedum spectabile Autumn Joy
    $9.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Autumn Joy' Sedum produces delicate bright-pink flowers on large heads that age into a beautiful copper color as fall approaches. 'Autumn Joy' is a stout, spreading plant with succulent foliage that pairs well with ornamental grasses and against the deep-green leaves of summer perennials. Easy to care for, very adaptable, and a popular stand-in for shrubs, this sedum lasts and lasts when other plants begin to wane. (Stonecrop)
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  22. KICKIN® Carmine Red Aster, Aster novae-angliae, Photo Courtesy of Walters Garden Inc.

    KICKIN® Carmine Red Aster brings vibrant, magenta-red blooms to the fall garden. A profusion of daisy-like flowers covers every inch of this compact, mounding aster for weeks at a t...

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    KICKIN® Carmine Red Aster KICKIN® Carmine Red Aster Aster novae-angliae
    $12.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    KICKIN® Carmine Red Aster brings vibrant, magenta-red blooms to the fall garden. A profusion of daisy-like flowers covers every inch of this compact, mounding aster for weeks at a time, providing a rich source of nectar for pollinators. This low-maintenance marvel maintains a tight, bushy habit without cutting back. (Aster novae-angliae)
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  23. Blue Cardinal Flower, Lobelia siphilitica, Cardinal Flower

    Great Blue Lobelia (also called Blue Cardinal Flower) is a tough, hardy perennial with large leaves and gorgeous, light blue blooms. An easy to grow native that will thrive in a part...

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    Great Blue Lobelia Blue Cardinal Flower Lobelia siphilitica Great Blue
    Per Plant - 2" Pot
    Great Blue Lobelia (also called Blue Cardinal Flower) is a tough, hardy perennial with large leaves and gorgeous, light blue blooms. An easy to grow native that will thrive in a partly sunny, moist spot in your garden, this Lobelia will spread and multiply when given the chance. Blooms appear late in the season and provide important nectar to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer and rabbit resistant. (Lobelia siphilitica)
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  24. Blue Jean Baby' Russian Sage

    Blue Jean Baby' Russian Sage PP#29281 is a compact selection of Russian Sage that gives you beautiful lavender-blue spires of late-summer color with a more manageable size in the lan...

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    Blue Jean Baby Russian Sage Blue Jean Baby Russian Sage PP#29281 Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Jean Baby PP#29281
    $11.98
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Blue Jean Baby' Russian Sage PP#29281 is a compact selection of Russian Sage that gives you beautiful lavender-blue spires of late-summer color with a more manageable size in the landscape. Gray-green foliage has a piney, sage-like scent and contrasts perfectly with those pollinator-attracting blooms – and it's highly deer resistant. Sunny, well-drained soils. (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
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Deer Resistant Perennials

Keep the deer away with fragrant perennials

Most deer-resistant plants are very fragrant, an attribute that is highly appealing to gardeners, but a huge turn-off to deer (rabbits, woodchucks, and other critters often feel the same). If you have high "deer pressure" in your neighborhood, the flowers listed here are a great place to start when designing a garden that will succeed without being munched on.

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