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Andean Silver-Leaf Sage, Peruvian Sage, Concolor Sage

Salvia discolor, S. bonplandiana, S. nigricans

The exceptionally dark purple to near black tubular flowers peek out of the mealy white 1" long tubular calyxes that are borne in whorls around equally white stems in summer and into fall. Andean Silver-Leaf Sage, Salvia discolor, is a shrubby naturally scandent or sprawling herbaceous perennial from the Peruvian Andes Mountains that grows to about 2-3 feet high and 2-3 feet wide. The ovate dark green glossy opposite foliage has a brightly contrasting white reverse and is borne along mealy white stems. The foliage, stems, and buds are fragrant when brushed or bruised. Also known as Peruvian or Concolor Sage it is widely grown as 3'x3' shrub in the warmer parts of Europe. It is listed as being tolerant of part shade but we find it to be most vigorous in full to mostly sunny conditions in average moist well-drained soils. Item# 12239

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Morning sun, Partial sun, Light shade, Part shade, Full sun (in cool humid summer climates)
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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One of the most popular and commercially important Olive varieties, Arbequina is semi-dwarf Olive tree that begins bearing at a fairly young age under container culture and takes slightly longer when planted in the garden. Introduced to Spain in the 1600's from Palestine, it has become one of the most popular commercial and home garden varieties that is excellent for both eating and for the exceptionally high quality oil it produces. The brown colored olives are small to medium sized when mature. Olives make beautiful evergreen additions to the garden and landscape with their narrow blue-green foliage with a silvery reverse. Use the Arbequina Olive Tree as a large shrub, small tree, or as a screen or enjoy it as a container plant or bonsai specimen. Provide ample sunlight and a well-drained soil. Arbequina Olive has long been touted as being self-fertile but recent studies seem to contradict that (see "Olives for Your Florida Landscape" from the University of Florida Extension to learn more). Use Arbosana, Koroneiki, or Picual for cross pollination. Item# 11251

Grows To: 8-15'H x 8-15'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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Blue Empire™ Bluebeard, Spiraea, Caryopteris

Caryopteris x Blue Empire™ 'Elst01' PPAF

Boasting bigger blue and more beautiful whorled clusters of nectar rich tubular flowers in tall wands that extend well above the gray-green foliage and last for weeks in summer. Blue Empire™ Bluebeard or Caryopteris was selected for its noticeably larger and longer lasting clusters of flowers as well as for its nicely compact habit further highlighting the tall candles of flower clusters. In zones 5-6 Bluebeard 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. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 12248

Grows To: 30-40"H x 24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Blue Ginger, Brazilian Ginger

Dichorisandra thyrsiflora

Deep purplish-blue blooms are borne in 6" spikes in summer and fall. Tropical glossy green ginger like foliage is borne on stiff fleshy stems. Item# 326.

Grows To: 7'H x 3'W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Blue Rose Minature Agave

Agave potatorum 'Shoji Rajin'

A very dwarf Agave, that produces rosettes of wide and thick bluish-green foliage. This miniature is not short on vigor and quickly produces a multitude of pups making a nice mass but even so will be perfectly happy to remain in a 4" pot indefinitely. Excellent for mixed containers, rock gardens, and xeriscaping. Item# 10749.

Grows To: 3-4''H x 4-6''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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In midspring tall blue-gray flowers stalks are adorned with 2-4 grape juice purple buds open to 6" wide flowers with dark purple falls and slightly lighter medium purple standards with a yellow-orange 'beard' or nectar guide. Bobbie's Old Fashioned Purple Bearded Iris is an heirloom pass-a-along that appropriately has found its way to us from both sides of our family and we came to know it as "Bobbie's Purple" since Aunt Bobbie shared it with us. The steely blue-gray fans of foliage act as a wonderful foil for the dark colored flowers and the plants will eventually develop into a groundcover like group of plants. Provide this heirloom Bearded Iris with a well-drained soil in a full to mostly sunny location for optimum vigor and flowering. Sold as individual plants actively growing is their own soil and container. Item# 11696

Grows To: 16-24"H, space at about 6-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Buzz™ Hot Raspberry Butterfly Bush, Buddleja

Buddleja davidii 'Hot Raspberry' PPAF

Intense raspberry pink, nectar rich, fragrant flowers are produced in dense spikes held at the ends of the arching branches and contrast nicely with the gray-green foliage on compact plants. Buzz™ Hot Raspberry Butterfly Bush or Buddleia was selected for its slightly smaller densely branching compact stature as well as its exceptional flower power. The Buzz series of Butterfly Bushes are small enough to be enjoyed as fragrant patio container plants where they can draw pollinators in close as well as in the garden and landscape. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in a well-drained average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, all rights reserved. Item# 12113

Grows To: 3-5'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Buzz™ Midnight Butterfly Bush, Buddleja

Buddleja davidii 'TOBUDMIDNI' PPAF

Intense dark purple, nectar rich, fragrant flowers are produced in dense spikes held at the ends of the arching branches and contrast nicely with the gray-green foliage on compact plants. Buzz™ Midnight Butterfly Bush or Buddleia was selected for its slightly smaller densely branching compact stature as well as its exceptional flower power. The Buzz series of Butterfly Bushes are small enough to be enjoyed as fragrant patio container plants where they can draw pollinators in close as well as in the garden and landscape. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in a well-drained average moist soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, all rights reserved. Item# 12112

Grows To: 3-5'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Concord Grape Spiderwort, Tradescantia

Tradescantia 'Concord Grape'

Clusters of large 1-1/2" wide 3-petaled deep royal purple flowers with nicely contrasting bright yellow stamens sit atop sturdy stems that rise above the clumps of contrasting blue-green narrow foliage in late spring to midsummer. Concord Grape Spiderwort is stunning in the garden and landscape even when not in flower with its showy foliage that is sure to contrast with its neighbors. It can also be enjoyed as an easy and low maintenance container plant where its pollen laden flowers can draw the pollinators up close. Spiderwort is a tough and easy, no-care clump forming perennial that is adaptable to most moist to average moist soils. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 11938

Grows To: 15-18''H x 16-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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The rounded mass of steel blue narrow sword like foliage is topped by tall spikes of dangling creamy white bell-shaped flowers are produced in spring on mature plants. Excalibur Yucca, a selection of our native Yucca filamentosa, is grown mainly for its steely blue to gray-green foliage that provides a nice contrast to nearby plants. This is a tough as nails, clump-forming, evergreen, small  native shrub that has a naturally rounded habit and even though it is fairly drought resistant it happily thrives in most well-drained soils in a full sun to partly shaded site. 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. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12298

Grows To: 3'H x 3-5'W flower stalks can reach 6-8'H+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
Quart Pot / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml
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Wave after wave of fragrant blue to blue-purple flowers with a contrasting orange eye are produced in dense spikes from spring to fall. Flutterby Petite® Blue Heaven Butterfly Bush is a densely branching compact deciduous shrub with gray-green foliage that makes colorful addition to the garden and landscape but is small enough to use in medium-sized containers. The fragrant flowers of Buddleias are excellent for attracting butterflies, bees, and a host of other garden beneficials. Item# 11445

Grows To: 24-30''H x 24-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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An award winning Butterfly Bush, Flutterby Petite® Tutti Frutti produces wave after wave of fragrant fuchsia colored flowers with a contrasting orange eye in dense spikes from spring to fall. This Buddleia is a densely branching compact deciduous shrub with gray-green foliage that makes colorful addition to the garden and landscape but is small enough to use in medium-sized containers. The fragrant flowers of Buddleias are excellent for attracting butterflies, bees, and a host of other garden beneficials. Flutterby Petite® Tutti Frutti Butterfly Bush was selected as an LSU Super Plant in 2014.  Item# 11438

Grows To: 24-30''H x 24-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The huge, to 6", golden, daisy-like blooms with tall dark brown cones or eyes are held on tall sturdy stems which can grow to 7' or more! A tough and hardy, native perennial. Great for pollinators. The large attractive soft, blue-green foliage makes a nice garden accent and is at its prime in winter and spring. Item# 1152.

Grows To: 5-7'H x 20-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Grey Ghosts™ Sasanqua Camellia

Camellia sasanqua 'Grey Ghosts'

The new growth of this exciting new Camellia Sasanqua from the breeding work of Bobby Green and company at Green's Nurseries is heavily flecked and splashed with silvery white and pink and ages to silvery green. It contrasts nicely with the deep reddish brown stems and bright red single blossoms of fall. Grey Ghosts™ appears to be a moderately vigorous Sasanqua Camellia and will likely mature into a medium to large evergreen shrub suitable for use as a specimen or it can be used as a hedge or screen. Images courtesy of Green's Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 11823

Grows To: 6-8'H x 4-6'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Filtered shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Gunsmoke Switchgrass

Panicum virgatum 'Gunsmoke' PP32373

Steel blue spring and summer foliage is topped by nicely contrasting tan colored airy panicles in late summer and fall. In fall the foliage changes to yellow and finally beige creating winter interest and providing food, habitat, and nesting material for a variety of birds and other fauna. Gunsmoke is a selection of our native Switchgrass, Panicum virgatum, with an initially upright to vase shaped habit becoming rounded once flowering begins. This is a naturally clump-forming herbaceous perennial that is found throughout much of the US and into Canada, except for the westernmost states, and is a major component of the Tall Grass Prairies. Switchgrass was also used by native Americans to build long-lasting, rain resistant shelters. The foliage is a larval host to the Delaware Skipper and Dotted Skippers. Adaptable to a wide variety of soil types and moisture regimes. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12305

Grows To: 4-5'H x 3'W space as close as 1-2' apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Hairy Swamp Rosemallow, Woolly Swamp Mallow

Hibiscus lasiocarpus, H. moscheutos subsp. lasiocarpus

This native perennial Hibiscus produces 5-6" wide white flowers with a deep burgundy eye over a long period in summer held in clusters atop the white to silvery green foliage. The Hairy Swamp Rosemallow, Hibiscus lasiocarpus, is a perennial Hibiscus that is native to moist acidic soils but will perform nicely in average garden soils in full sun. The perennial native Hibiscus are hosts to a wide variety of butterfly species. Item# 9744

Grows To: 4-6'H x 4-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Considered by many to be one of the most fragrant Passionvines with a strong gardenia-like perfume emanating from the 2" white flowers that have a purple stripe centered on the frilly corona. May produce delicious passionfruit under good conditions and with cross-pollination. The beautiful silvery-green delicate trilobed foliage makes it a great contrast for darker colored trellises and backdrops. A vigorous growing vine that is adaptive to containers as well. Can be successfully grown indoors. A host plant for the Gulf Fritillary, Variegated Fritillary, Zebra Longwing, and other Heliconian butterflies. Item # 9229.

Grows To: 20-40'H, Smaller in containers
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Clusters of 2" deep reddish orange upward facing tubular blooms are born from summer to fall, making this a choice plant for fall migrating Hummingbirds. The bright nectar rich flowers are held on sturdy stems above the beautiful bluish gray velvety foliage on this tough little heat and sun loving perennial. Typically freezes to the ground in winter but readily returns in spring. Drought tolerant once well established and does best in well drained soils. Item# 9563.

Grows To: 24-36"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Whorls of egg-yolk yellow 1 1/2" long tubular flowers surround the fuzzy gray green stems in summer. Jerusalem Sage is an heirloom tough and easy to grow, bushy clump-forming perennial whose fuzzy gray-green foliage looks very similar to the cooking Sage, Salvia officinalis, although it lacks the sage-like fragrance. Flowering can be extended by deadheading the spent flowering stems. Provide Jerusalem Sage with an average moist to semi-dry (once well-established) well-drained soil in a full to mostly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. It is considered to be a fairly reliably root hardy die-back perennial in zones 5-7 and generally remains evergreen in zones 8-10. It makes a forgiving container plant as well as a low maintenance addition to the garden and landscape. An RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Item# 12179

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: Evergreen - 8,9,10 Perennial - 6,7,(5?)
Grows To: 2-4'H x 3-5'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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Large showy horizontal spikes composed of soft primrose colored, large, pea-shaped blossoms are produced in early spring providing rich rewards to native pollinators, particularly queen bumblebees. The arching spikes sit along blue-green stems adorned with round, 3-5 foliate leaves that fade to gray as summer wanes. The black grape-like clusters of ripened seed pods offer forage to wildlife like quail and wild turkey or spread the seeds and grow more of this beautiful and long lived native perennial. Long-Bract Wild Indigo is one of the lower growing Baptisias and rarely seems to exceed 18-24" high but may spread to 36" across at maturity. Item# 10870.

Grows To: 1-2'H x 2-3'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sun
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Longwood Blue Bluebeard, Spiraea, Caryopteris

Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Longwood Blue'

Dense clusters of fragrant dark azure to blue-violet flowers nearly cover up the nicely contrasting blue-gray foliage of this shrubby perennial beginning in mid to late summer and continuing into fall. The flowers attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Longwood Blue Bluebeard is a vigorous freely flowering selection of Caryopteris growing to 4' high and 3-4' wide and selected by Longwood Gardens of Pennsylvania. Caryopteris prefers a well-drained soil in a full to mostly sunny position. Somewhat drought resistant once well-established. A Missouri Botanic Gardens Plant of Merit award winner. Item# 11671

Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-4'W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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The gray evergreen foliage of this durable native perennial contrasts nicely in the garden. Louisiana Artemesia, sometimes called Dusty Miller, creates a mass of silvery-gray foliage and stems that spreads fairly quickly and develops into large colonies. Drought tolerant, deer and pest resistant, and a good larger groundcover. Item# 10343.

Grows To: 18-36"H x 12-24"W++
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Mexican Hat, Grey Headed Coneflower, Upright Prairie Coneflower, Red Hats

Ratibida columnifera, R. columnaris, Rudbeckia columnifera

Solid burgundy, burgundy tipped with yellow (the typical color), to solid yellow ray flowers surround the tall narrow grayish green cones of disc flowers and may be produced from late spring well into fall under average moisture conditions. The Mexican Hat or Gray Headed Coneflower, Ratibida columnifera, is an exceptionally easy to grow heat and sun-loving tap-rooted native perennial that is tough enough for roadside plantings right up next to the asphalt but colorful enough to be utilized in informal cottage garden settings. The flowers attract smaller pollinators and other garden beneficials and the somewhat lacy gray green foliage contrasts nicely with surrounding perennials. Provide a full to mostly sunny site in soils with average or better drainage. Item# 10965

Grows To: 20-30''H x 24-36''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Andean Silver-Leaf Sage, Peruvian Sage, Concolor Sage

Salvia discolor, S. bonplandiana, S. nigricans

The exceptionally dark purple to near black tubular flowers peek out of the mealy white 1" long tubular calyxes that are borne in whorls around equally white stems in summer and into fall. Andean Silver-Leaf Sage, Salvia discolor, is a shrubby naturally scandent or sprawling herbaceous perennial from the Peruvian Andes Mountains that grows to about 2-3 feet high and 2-3 feet wide. The ovate dark green glossy opposite foliage has a brightly contrasting white reverse and is borne along mealy white stems. The foliage, stems, and buds are fragrant when brushed or bruised. Also known as Peruvian or Concolor Sage it is widely grown as 3'x3' shrub in the warmer parts of Europe. It is listed as being tolerant of part shade but we find it to be most vigorous in full to mostly sunny conditions in average moist well-drained soils. Item# 12239

Grows To: 2-4'H x 2-4'W
Outdoor Light: Morning sun, Partial sun, Light shade, Part shade, Full sun (in cool humid summer climates)
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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