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Athyrium niponicum Crested Surf (Crested Japanese Painted Fern)

Intense silver-green arching fronds with dark maroon veining turn a rich green in the summer. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms mid spring to summer
2 ft tall x 2-2.5 ft wide
Deer and rabbit resistant

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Zone Zone 4
Exposure Part to Full Shade
Moisture Moderate to Consistent Moisture
Patent Info PPAF CPBRAF

Vibrant violet-blue flowers on short spikes in the spring. Foliage is glossy, near-black with scalloped leaves. Compact groundcover. Fast growth rate.

Blooms from late spring to early summer
6 in tall x 3 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies
Deer and rabbit resistant
Tolerant to juglone
Drought tolerant
Groundcover

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Lilac purple aromatic plumes grow on thin dark purple stems high atop dark green deeply lobed foliage. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late spring to early summer
1.5-3 ft tall x 1-2 ft wide
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Deer and rabbit resistant
Attracts butterflies
Tolerant to juglone
Fragrant

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Large frosted dark green leaves with crackled veining are covered with tall racemes of tiny blue forget-me-not type flowers. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms mid to late spring
1-2 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Deer and rabbit resistant

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Clump-forming vibrant mint-green leaves grow under small bell-shaped flowers that turn from light pink to deep red and appear on tall stems early in the season. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early to late summer
1.5-2 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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This perennial features foliage of silver-speckled green leaves that become almost completely silver when mature. Flowers emerge a delicate shade of pink but become pale blue/white. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early to mid-spring
0.5-1 ft tall x 1 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Deer and rabbit resistant
Attracts pollinators

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Flowers bearing brilliant golden-yellow petals with a buttery yellow cone grow en masse above bright green foliage. Moderate growth rate.

Use as cut or dried flowers. Be sure to keep some flowers in the garden over winter, as the blackened seedheads provide cold-season garden interest, as well as food for finches and other winter birds.

Blooms mid-summer to early fall
1 ft tall x 1-2 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant

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Purple brown fruit with red to violet flesh grows on branches with bright green leaves. The sweet-tasting fruit ripens in early summer on old wood and in late summer on new wood. Moderate growth rate. Columnar habit.

Blooms: seasonal bloomer
4-8 ft tall x 9-12 ft spread
HARDY to -10°F (-23°C)
Attracts birds

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