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Great Plant Picks LogoGreat Plant Picks "is an educational program committed to building a comprehensive palette of outstanding plants for maritime Pacific Northwest gardens. Great Plant Picks is one of the educational outreach programs for the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden, providing a forum for sharing horticultural information with the wider gardening community." Whose main goals are to "Create a comprehensive list of hardy, reliable plants for home gardeners and industry professionals specifically focused on the maritime Northwest." Their website, greatplantpicks.org, has beautiful images, detailed cultural information, a variety of helpful lists, and an excellent and extensive database to help with plant selection.

 

The 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year! Arkansas Blue Star provides three seasons of interest with starry light-blue to nearly white flowers in spring, soft-textured narrow medium green foliage in summer, and wonderful golden yellow, orange, and chartreuse fall color. A sun loving and heat tolerant reliable perennial that is mannerly enough to grace any garden. Item# 9715.

Grows To: 30-40"H x 2-3
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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One of the most amazing Hydrangea's as each flower petal is slightly cupped producing a much different effect as the large, long lasting flower clusters of deep blue or pink emerge in late spring. A must for any Hydrangea lover and a beautiful cut flower! Ayesha is truly one of our favorites! According to Dr. Michael Dirr it may also be sold under the names Silver Slipper and Uzu Ajisai. item # 9379.

Grows To: 4-5'H x 5-6'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Morning sun, Filtered sun, Full sun in cool summer climates
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Black Adder Agastache, Hyssop

Agastache 'Black Adder'  

Lavender flowers emerge from dense, dark purple to near black bottlebrush-like spikes beginning in summer and continuing until fall. Black Adder Agastache is a vigorous sterile hybrid with fragrant licorice scented foliage and so it continues to flower throughout the growing season. Easy to grow and the flowers attract loads of pollinators especially bees. Item# 10807.

Grows To: 30-36"H x 24-36"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sun
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Black Dragon Japanese Cedar, Cryptomeria

Cryptomeria japonica 'Black Dragon'  

A dwarf, densely branching upright selection of the evergreen Japanese Cedar with dark blackish-green mature foliage and soft green new growth. An excellent specimen plant and backdrop for lighter flowers and foliage. Item # 9111.

Grows To: 10'H x 6'W avg
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Blue Fortune Agastache, Hyssop

Agastache 'Blue Fortune'  

Masses of dense blue spikes of fragrant, tubular flowers are held above the licorice scented, rich green foliage in summer on this highly sought after Agastache. The nectar rich flowers of Blue Fortune Agastache attract hordes of native pollinators and other beneficials to the garden. The beautiful form, fragrance, and flower power, and proven performance of this Agastache have made it a hit in gardens across the US. Use Blue Fortune in mass at the back of the border or in small specimen groupings to make a splash of long lasting color. Item# 10882.

Grows To: 36-48"H space at about 24" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sun

Blue Ice Bluestar

Amsonia 'Blue Ice'  

With some of the deepest blue flowers of any Amsonia and a consistently compact habit, Blue Ice has become one of the most popular Bluestar cultivars on the market. The clusters of deep blue, starry flowers open from deep violet buds and will be sure to brighten any spring garden. Yellow fall color adds to its interest. Bluestars are pest, disease, and deer resistant perennials that are considered to be somewhat drought resistant once well-established. Item# 10652.

Grows To: 12-24"H x 24-36"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Spikes of deep blue to near purple pea-shaped flowers are produced in spring atop the gray-green foliage in mid to late spring. Blue Wild Indigo is a long-lived easy to grow native that develops and extensive taproot and so it prefers not to be moved once it begins to get established. Baptisias are durable pest and disease resistant perennials that should be considered the Lupine of the South. Provide a sunny position for optimum flowering. Like a fine wine these natives only get better with age. Item# 11593

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Canyon Creek Glossy Abelia

Abelia x grandiflora 'Canyon Creek'  

Clusters of light pink, nicely fragrant, somewhat funnel-shaped to tubular flowers are held against a foil of coppery pink, long-lasting bracts and bright golden yellow foliage beginning in late spring to early summer and continuing into fall. Canyon Creek Glossy Abelia, an open pollinated seedling of Abelia chinense that was selected through Dr. Michael Dirr's breeding program at UGA, is a vigorous growing cultivar with some of the best yellow foliage of any shrub on the market today. The glossy, medium to fine-textured foliage starts out a contrasting coppery red and matures to bright sunny to golden yellow and finally to green in summer providing interest throughout the year and will have the best color where it receives at least a half a day or more of direct sunlight in a moderately fertile to rich soil. Utilize this tough and easy, evergreen to semi-evergreen medium to large shrub in the garden or landscape as a specimen plant or formal to informal hedge. The fragrance of the flowers in a bouquet can be enough to fill a room. Highly recommended. Item# 3073

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-6(-8)'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Carolina Moonlight Baptisia, Wild Indigo, False Indigo

Baptisia x 'Carolina Moonlight'  

Carolina Moonlight Baptisia produces loads of sturdy spikes filled with rich buttery yellow pea-like blossoms that emerge in mid to late spring with the flowers attracting larger bees. The newly emerging blue-green foliage creates a wonderful bouquet-like effect accenting the contrasting flower spikes. Baptisia's are durable, pest and disease resistant, long-lived perennials and could be considered the Lupine for the south. An excellent addition to the perennial border or cut-flower garden that is drought resistant, deer resistant, adaptable and easy. This is a hybrid of two native species, a.k.a. 'nativar'. Carolina Moonlight Baptisia received 4.5 out of 5 stars in 2012-2015 Baptisia Trials at Mount Cuba Center! Item# 10860

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Chinese Fringe Tree

Chionanthus retusus  

Large, 4-7'', clusters of fragrant brilliant white flowers are borne in spring as the rich green new growth emerges. A beautiful and easy small flowering tree. Rich dark glossy green foliage. Durability, toughness, and vigor lend this tree to use as a street tree or practically anywhere in the garden. Chinese Fringe is moderately drought tolerant once well established. Highly recommended by Dr. David Creech at Stephen F Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas where a huge planting of this wonderful tree lines Wilson street on campus. A 2003 UGA Gold Medal winner! Item# 11089

Grows To: 15-20'H x 15-20'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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A broad stripe of contrasting sunny yellow runs down the center of each of the blue-green to green sword-shaped leaves creating a year round splash of color adding red, pink, and purple tinges in winter. Color Guard Yucca is a selection of the native Yucca filamentosa, or Adam's Needle, and develops into a low rounded mass of evergreen foliage on a deer, heat, and drought resistant plant eventually reaching about 2'H x 3'W. It may eventually produce small offsets colonizing the area under good conditions. This tough as nails plant makes a colorful, low-maintenance, reliable, evergreen addition to the garden and landscape and can also be used to good effect as low-maintenance and forgiving container specimens. Adam's Needle is found throughout much of the eastern and central US and as far west as Kansas and is common component in the Longleaf Pine understory. Provide a full sun to part sun site in average to well-drained soils. Item# 12628

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-5'W, flower stalks can reach 6-8'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Dark Knight Bluebeard, Spiraea, Caryopteris

Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Dark Knight'  

Dense whorls of nectar rich, purple to dark blue-purple, tubular flowers seemingly cover up the upper most portions of the plant for weeks beginning in mid to late summer and continuing into fall. Dark Knight Bluebeard, a.k.a. Black Knight, is a vigorous and easy sunloving free-flowering clump forming shrub-like perennial that quickly develops into a dense mound of fragrant and deer resistant gray-green foliage. In zones 5-6 it tends to act more like a clump forming die-back perennial and becomes more shrub-like where winters are milder although it benefits from hard late winter or early spring pruning since it flowers on new growth. Somewhat drought resistant once well-established and prefers a sunny site in a well-drained soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 12117

Grows To: 2-3'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Donation Camellia

Camellia x williamsii 'Donation'  

A Camellia Hall of Fame Award winner! The 3-4" wide, semi-double, rich pink flowers, often with a hint of purple, of Donation are born over an extended period in late winter and spring and show off a boss of yellow stamens. This is a large and vigorous, free flowering, upright growing Camellia hybrid with rich dark green, Sasanqua-like foliage. Item# 10632.

Grows To: 10-15'H x 6-10'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part sun, Part shade, Filtered shade, Light shade
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Eastern Bluestar

Amsonia tabernaemontana  

Clusters of blue to light blue, star-shaped flowers are borne in spring on sturdy stems atop the wide foliage. The Eastern Bluestar makes a wonderful garden addition with a mannerly clump forming habit and excellent pest and disease resistance. Yellow fall foliage color adds to its interest. Tolerant of wet to average moist soils. Eastern Bluestar is an easy to grow and reliable native perennial. The flowers attract butterflies and hummingbird moths. Item# 10268

Grows To: 2-3'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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Edward Goucher Glossy Abelia

Abelia x grandiflora 'Edward Goucher', Linnaea × grandiflora  

One of the earliest to begin flowering and an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner! Clusters of lilac-pink tubular flowers are produced in abundance beginning in midspring and continuing into fall and are held against a contrasting foil of long-lasting showy deep bronze-red bracts and exceptionally dark green glossy foliage that takes on purple and bronze tones in winter. The flowers of Abelias attract a variety of pollinators including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Edward Goucher Glossy Abelia, considered to be a hybrid of Abelia x grandiflora x A. shumanii, has a naturally dense, rounded to vase-shaped habit on this medium-sized, evergreen to semi-evergreen shrub. Abelias are known for their toughness and adaptability to a variety of soil types provided they have average or better drainage. Deer resistant, somewhat salt tolerant, and mature, well-established plants are moderately drought resistant. Provide a full sun to part shade site with moderately fertile, average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Long one of our personal favorites! Item# 3041

Grows To: 3-5(-8)'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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2022 Missouri Botanic Garden Plants of Merit selection! 18" long arching spikes composed of numerous dark golden yellow flowers burst onto the scene in late summer and fall creating a much needed feast of nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies including migratory Monarchs, and other garden beneficials. Fireworks is an award winning selection of the native Roughleaf Goldenrod, Solidago rugosa, and it won top marks in the Goldenrod trials at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. This is a hardy, clump-forming slowly spreading (a.k.a. short rhizomatous) herbaceous perennial that is both adaptable and manageable. Fireworks Goldenrod prefers a full to mostly sunny site in an average moist to moist fertile soil although it is tolerant of part shade, part sun conditions. Use this easy to grow native perennial in naturalistic settings and in mixed perennial gardens and landscapes. Item# 12313

Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-5'W space at about 1' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Elegantly arching, 4-8" long spikes of 1" wide, bell-shaped, fragrant white flowers with contrasting yellow anthers are produced in spring to early summer with the warmest regions flowering earliest. The Fragrant Snowbell, Styrax obassia or S. obassis, is a highly desirable, showy small tree that is initially pyramidal in form but broadens and becomes rounded with age. The large papery, rounded to oval to near heart-shaped foliage can reach 8" long and the beautiful foliage alone makes this plant worth growing. From the moist forests of Japan and Korea, the Fragrant Snowbell will benefit from protection from strong drying winds as well as a moist to average moist, loamy, well-drained acidic soil that is rich in organic matter and an organic mulch over the root zone. Full sun to part shade tolerant but it may benefit from afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Item# 12607

Grows To: 20-30'H x 15-25'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade

Francis Mason Golden Variegated Abelia

Abelia x grandiflora 'Francis Mason'  

The bright yellow and green variegated foliage of this dwarf variegated Glossy Abelia is a standout in the garden, landscape, and even as a container plant where its sunny foliage contrasts nicely with surrounding perennials and shrubs. The new growth of Francis Mason Abelia emerges an orange to coppery color and matures to a sunny yellow to gold and green. Francis Mason is a naturally dwarf to semi-dwarf, semi-evergreen to deciduous, naturally rounded shrub selected for its boldly variegated foliage and its clusters of large white tinged pink, lightly fragrant, funnel shaped flowers that begin appearing in late spring or early summer and continue into fall on new growth. The nectar rich flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Provide a full to mostly sunny site for optimum vigor and the brightest foliage color. Tough, pest and disease resistant, easy and reliable. Item# 12052

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Glowing Embers in known for producing large clusters of flowers in rich deep colors on a compact but vigorous plant. In alkaline soils the showy serrated sepals of Glowing Embers Hydrangea open a deep pink and mature into shades of rich red. In acid soils they open a deep blue and darken into shades of deep blue, indigo, and purple. Never lacking for vigor and reliability, Glowing Embers produces a compact and sturdy shrub with deep dark green foliage on a naturally rounded plant. Provide an evenly moist soil and afternoon shade in hot summer climates but otherwise this Hydrangea is an easy to enjoy addition to the garden and landscape. Hydrangeas are also wonderful cut flowers and what a bouquet Glowing Embers would make! Item# 10748.

Grows To: 3-4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Morning sun, Filtered sun, Full sun in cool summer climates
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Goldstrum Black-Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldstrum'  

A profusion of dark-eyed golden yellow, 3-5'', daisies are held above the tidy rosette of foliage throughout summer. A reliable, tough, and deservedly award winning clump forming perennial. Excellent for butterflies and the birds will enjoy the seedheads in winter. Item# 9155.

Grows To: 12''H x 12-18''W (Flower stalks 2'H)
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

Japanese Fatsia, Japanese Aralia, Glossy-Leaved Paperplant

Fatsia japonica, Aralia japonica, A. sieboldii  

Large, deep to medium green, tropical-looking, palmately lobed foliage adorns this reliable evergreen shrub. Fatsia makes an excellent choice for shaded locations and slowly develops into a fairly large shrub with time. Makes a wonderful specimen, informal hedge, or container plant for indoors or out. Item# 10311.

Grows To: 6-10'H x 6-10'W
Outdoor Light: Light shade, AM sun, Shade

Limelight™ Panicle Hydrangea

Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'  PP12874, CBR 2319

An amazing and unusual color selection bringing a huge splash of color to the summer and fall landscape. Masses of 8"+ cone to football-shaped, densely packed white panicles that change to lime-green for summer and finally to pink, red, and burgundy in fall providing months of interest. Limelight™ is a vigorous Panicle Hydrangea that will prefer full sun in cooler climates to afternoon shade, particularly in hot summer climates, and an average moist to moist, well-drained, fertile soil. This naturally vase-shaped to rounded deciduous shrub has proven its merit in gardens across the US becoming a staple among landscapers and gardeners alike. Limelight™ Panicle Hydrangea has been selected as a 2018 Louisiana Super Plant, a Missouri Botanic Gardens Plant of Merit, a UGA Trial Gardens Plant of Merit and Knock Your Socks Off Award winner, an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner, and is a Proven Winners® Color Choice® selection. Item# 490

Grows To: 6-8'H x 6-8'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade in hot summer climates
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Magnus Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus'  

A superb butterfly nectar plant! Pinkish-purple daisy-like blooms with dark centers to 7" across are born mid-summer to fall. The flowers are held on sturdy stems that are 2-3'H. An outstanding and award winning selection of our native Purple Coneflower! Item # 1100.

Grows To: 2-4'H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Merrit's Supreme Bigleaf Hydrangea, French Mophead Hydrangea

Hydrangea macrophylla 'Merrits Supreme'  

Large rounded clusters in shades of deep pink to near red (alkaline or no Aluminum), dark purple (neutral to acid), to near indigo(very acid) depending on soil acidity and the availability of Aluminum. Merrit's Supreme Bigleaf Hydrangea begins flowering early and the long lasting flower clusters mature into purple, red, and green shades. This is a compact growing Hydrangea with strong sturdy stems originally developed as a florist's Hydrangea but it has proven to be a reliably hardy, small to medium-sized deciduous shrub for the garden and landscape. Merrit's Supreme also makes an easy and low-maintenance container specimen and can be overwintered indoors outside of its hardiness range. The large glossy deep green foliage is disease resistant. Provide a moist, well-drained, fertile soil in an area that receives morning sun and shade during the hottest portion of the day for optimum vigor and flowering. Item# 12347

Grows To: 4'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Morning sun, Part sun, Filtered sun, to Full sun in cool summer climates
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The 2011 Perennial Plant of the Year! Arkansas Blue Star provides three seasons of interest with starry light-blue to nearly white flowers in spring, soft-textured narrow medium green foliage in summer, and wonderful golden yellow, orange, and chartreuse fall color. A sun loving and heat tolerant reliable perennial that is mannerly enough to grace any garden. Item# 9715.

Grows To: 30-40"H x 2-3
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
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