Carex hystericina (Porcupine Sedge)

Tall light green blades house yellow spikelets that are pollinated through the wind. Spreads at moderate rate by rhizomes.

Blooms in early spring
2-3 ft tall x 1-1.5 ft spread
HARDY to -20­°F (-28.9°C)
Deer and rabbit resistant

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Zone Zone 5
Exposure Partial to Full Shade
Moisture Low to Moderate Moisture

Scarlet red, aromatic plumes grow on thin green stems high atop red-tinted dark green deeply lobed foliage. Moderate growth rate.

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

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Foliage is narrow and mid-green, with the tips of the fronds ending in a forked point, and arranged in a criss-cross pattern. Shorter sport of ‘Victoriae’. Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested; handling plant may cause skin irritation/allergy.

Blooms mid spring to summer
1.5-2 ft tall x 1.5 ft wide
Attracts butterflies
Deer and rabbit tolerant

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Delicate pink heart-shaped flowers are contrasted against feathery grey-green foliage. Moderate growth rate.

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

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English ivy is a clinging vine with green leaves and creamy white veining that climbs by means of tiny sticky suckers. Commonly used as a groundcover, along a brick or stone wall, or as privacy to cover a fence. Rapid growth rate.

Blooms late spring to mid-summer
2-2.5 ft tall x 2.5-3.5 ft spread
HARDY to -20°F (-28.9°C)
Attracts butterflies
Deer and rabbit resistant
Groundcover
High salt tolerance

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Clump-forming deep red-black leaves with plum undersides grow below tall white stems with small pink bell-shaped flowers. 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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These shade-loving, rhizomatous, clump-forming perennials bear thick leaves that are aqua-blue with a red-purple spot where the leaf meets the petiole. Lavender bell-shaped flowers bloom on one-sided racemes atop tall bracted scapes. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early summer
1.5 ft tall x 2.5 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Moderate salt tolerance
Tolerant to juglone

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Blue-green coarse blades that are blue-grey at the base are the focal point of this sedge; green white blooms appear in summer are insignificant, and are followed by bronze fall foliage. Slow growth rate.

Blooms mid to late summer
1 ft tall x 1-1.5 ft wide
HARDY to -20­°F (-28.9°C)
Deer and rabbit resistant

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Narrow green blades grow up on straight, sturdy strong stems that sport insignificant tan blooms in the spring. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late spring to early summer
2-3 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide
HARDY to -30­°F (-34.4°C)
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant

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