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Carex siderosticha Banana Boat (Creeping Broadleaf Sedge)

Bright yellow variegated broad leaves sport a green margin and produce brown spikes of insignificant flowers. Slow growth rate.

Blooms late spring
0.5-1 ft tall x 1-1.5 ft wide
HARDY to -20­°F (-28.9°C)
Deer and rabbit resistant
Groundcover

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

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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Light green lacy fronds grow , moderate growth rate,

Blooms mid spring to summer
2-3 ft tall x 1-2 ft wide
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Attracts butterflies
Deer and rabbit resistant
Groundcover

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Bright rose-pink, heart-shaped flowers grow on tall burgundy stems and are contrasted against feathery blue-green foliage. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late spring to summer
0.5-1 ft tall x 1 ft wide
HARDY to -20°F (-28.9°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 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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These shade-loving, rhizomatous, clump-forming perennials bear gold leaves with wide, dark green margins. Lavender bell-shaped flowers bloom on one-sided racemes atop tall bracted scapes. Moderate growth rate. Sport of ‘Gold Standard‘.

Blooms mid-summer
2.5 ft tall x 2 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Moderate salt tolerance
Tolerant to juglone
Slug Resistant

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Narrow, finely textured green grassy foliage is accompanied by spikelets that bear a rosy hue on one small portion of its green seedheads. Slow growth rate. More vigorous substitute for Carex pensylvanica.

Blooms late spring to late autumn
1 ft tall x 1.5 ft wide
HARDY to -40­°F (-40°C)
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Groundcover

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Olive green blades turn a warm copper hue in the summer, then fade to  orange when the colder winter weather arrives. In early summer, brown blooms of inconspicuous flowers form on stems that wilt delicately as the season progresses. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms in early summer
1.5-2 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft wide
HARDY to -40­°F (-40°C)
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant

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