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Cephalanthus occidentalis Sputnik (Buttonbush)

Fragrant, nectar-rich white and pink-tinged ball-like blooms resemble satellites, with their pincushion-like flower heads. Moderate growth rate. Upright mounding habit.

Blooms mid to late summer
5-12 ft tall x 4-8 ft spread
HARDY to -30­°F (-34.4°C)
Attracts butterflies
Fragrant

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Zone Zone 4
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Moisture Moderate to Consistent Moisture
Native to Native Cultivar

Bright orange-yellow flowers bloom on top of tall hairy stems, and give way to seed pods. Leaves are speared and narrow. Despite it’s common name, this particular species of milkweed has no milky sap. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms mid summer to early fall
1-3 ft tall x 1-3 ft wide
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies
Moderate salt tolerance
Drought resistant
Deer resistant

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Cool season spreading grass has purple-green arching flowers in mounds of dark green to blue green narrow-bladed foliage. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early to mid summer
3 – 5 ft tall x 1.5 – 2 ft wide
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Deer resistant
Attracts birds
Drought tolerant
Moderate salt tolerance

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Large hooded fuchsia flowers grow opposite each other on spikes of dark green leaves. Slow growth rate.

Blooms from late summer to mid fall
1.5 ft tall x 1 ft wide
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Tolerant to juglone

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A midsized choice of Joe-Pye weed, with magenta pink umbrella-like flower heads that sit atop deep green foliage and form a bushy, upright mass. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms mid-summer to early fall
2-3 ft tall x 2-3 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Tolerant to juglone

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Flat-topped clusters of white flowers on strong stems with emerald green feather-like foliage. Fast growth rate.

Blooms mid-summer to early fall
3-4 ft tall x 2-3 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Tolerant to juglone

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Bright gold foliage emerges in spring, complemented by purplish-blue blooms, creating all-season interest. Moderate growth rate. Mounded habit.

Blooms late summer to mid fall
2-2.5 ft tall x 2-2.5 ft spread
HARDY to -20°F (-28.9°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Fragrant

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Masses of double buttery lemon-yellow flowers open around a lime green centre and, once fully bloomed, resemble puffballs, growing tall above deep green foliage. Rapid 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 early to late summer
2 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Fragrant

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