Acanthus mollis (Bear's Breeches)

Tubular creamy white flowers, that at times can be pink, with lilac or rose hoods resemble snapdragons that bloom vertically on bold flower spikes. Leaves are lobed and a shiny dark green. Blooms mid to late summer.

3-5′ tall x 2-3′ spread
The genus ‘Acanthus’ comes from the Greek work ‘akantha’ meaning spine, in reference to the tooth-like leaves found on some species.

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Zone Zone 7
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Moisture Low to Moderate Moisture

*2020 Perennial of the Year*

An interesting foliage plant for the shade. Chartreuse/lime green foliage in full shade and bright yellow in part sun. Tiny white blooms in late summer followed by ornamental and inedible purple-black fruit. Fast growth rate.

Blooms mid-to late summer
3-6′ tall x 3-6′ spread
Attracts birds
Deer resistant

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Glistening gold blades with green margins curl elegantly downward on this grass that many say is the most striking Sedge. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early spring
2-3 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide
Deer and rabbit resistant

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Dense clumps of arching stems, with brilliant golden green-to-chartreuse leaves in cascading layers resemble dwarf bamboo. Hidden among the foliage are tiny delicate green flower heads. The foliage turns to an attractive golden tan shade as the weather cools. Slow growth rate.

Blooms late summer to early fall
1-2 ft tall x 1-2 ft spread
Shade tolerant
Deer and rabbit resistant
Groundcover

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Clump-forming purple leaves with black veining and violet undersides grow below tall stems with small white and pink bell-shaped flowers. Fast growth rate.

Blooms early to late summer
1 ft tall x 1.5 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Salt tolerant

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These shade-loving, rhizomatous, clump-forming perennials bear bright green leaves, which have deeply impressed veins, with pale chartreuse margins. Light lavender bell-shaped flowers bloom on one-sided racemes atop tall bracted scapes. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms mid-summer
2-3 ft tall x 3-4 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Tolerant to juglone
Moderate salt tolerance
Heat and humidity tolerant

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This perennial features flowers donning purple standards and purple falls that sport yellow and white eyes that have distinctive black veining on tall slender stalks with narrow, sword-shaped green leaves. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early summer
3-3.5 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Deer and rabbit resistant
Salt tolerant
Drought tolerant
Tolerant to juglone
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds

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Violet purple, purple stems, gray green foliage, yellow fall colour, fragrant, fast growth rate, blooms early summer to mid fall, 1 ft tall x 2 ft wide, full sun.

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(FRAGRANT) Pure white flowers bloom profusely against dark foliage creating formality to the garden. Blooms midsummer to fall. Compact mounding habit. 4-5′ tall x 3-4′ spread. Full Sun.

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Large flat clusters of tiny dark pink flowers open on fine fern-like foliage; often used in dried flower arrangements

Blooms from early summer to fall
1-1.5′ tall x 1-1.5′ spread
Drought tolerant
Tolerant to juglone
Fragrant foliage
Moderate salt tolerance

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