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Little Bluestem

Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium

Plant a mini-meadow to host the larvae of prairie butterflies like skippers. This vertical, drought-tolerant accent will rustle and sway in the breeze.

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Grass seedheads on an arching stem

River Oats

An ornamental grass with distinctive flat seedheads on graceful, arching stems that likes to grow where many grasses don't - in shady, moist sites.

Upright grass in the landscape

Little Bluestem

Plant a mini-meadow to host the larvae of prairie butterflies like skippers. This vertical, drought-tolerant accent will rustle and sway in the breeze.

Silvery-blue grass

Blue Fescue Grass

Clumps of spiky steely blue grass.

Annuals

Oregano 'Drops of Jupiter'
Oregano 'Drops of Jupiter'

An ornamental oregano with chartreuse foliage and showy purple flowers. New for 2021!

Chantilly Mix Snapdragon
Chantilly Mix Snapdragon

This mix from Harris Seeds & Garden Trends comes in shades of orange, pink, purple, white, and yellow, and offers a fresh scent in addition to eye-catching colors. Photo courtesy of National Garden Bureau

Firestorm(R) Lantana
Firestorm(R) Lantana

Add lasting color to hot, dry sites, with clusters of multicolored blooms. Photo courtesy of Southern Living Plant Collection.

Oregano 'Drops of Jupiter'
Oregano 'Drops of Jupiter'

An ornamental oregano with chartreuse foliage and showy purple flowers. New for 2021!

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Perennials

Baptisia 'Pink Lemonade'
Baptisia 'Pink Lemonade'

With unique bicolor flower spikes, 'Pink Lemonade' opens yellow and age to dusty purple, with both colors on display at the same time. Full, bushy growth, low maintenance, and long-lived.

Epimedium 'Pink Champagne'
Epimedium 'Pink Champagne'

An excellent ground cover perennial for dry shade. Delightful flowers in spring, with evergreen foliage. This variety has dark green foliage mottled with dark burgundy.

Gaillardia 'Celebration'
Gaillardia 'Celebration'

A long-blooming perennial for tough, dry sites. 'Celebration' blazes through summer with cheery red flowers. Photo courtesy of Southern Living Plant Collection.

Baptisia 'Pink Lemonade'
Baptisia 'Pink Lemonade'

With unique bicolor flower spikes, 'Pink Lemonade' opens yellow and age to dusty purple, with both colors on display at the same time. Full, bushy growth, low maintenance, and long-lived.

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Bulbs, etc.

Crinum Lily 'Ellen Bosanquet'
Crinum Lily 'Ellen Bosanquet'

A Southern garden classic, glorious hot pink trumpets bloom during the hottest summer months. Photo courtesy of Southern Living Plant Collection.

Calla Pink Melody
Calla Pink Melody

Large, elegant blooms of white brushed with rose pink edges. Beautiful in containers, and as a cut flower, too. Photo courtesy of NGB/Harris Seeds.

Daffodil Lemon Ice
Daffodil Lemon Ice

Soft white cups on this Large Cup daffodil complement the yellow blooms in this blend from Van Zyverden. Photo courtesy of National Garden Bureau.

Crinum Lily 'Ellen Bosanquet'
Crinum Lily 'Ellen Bosanquet'

A Southern garden classic, glorious hot pink trumpets bloom during the hottest summer months. Photo courtesy of Southern Living Plant Collection.

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Grassy Plants

Sassy Grass(TM) Blue Eyed Grass
Sassy Grass(TM) Blue Eyed Grass

Clusters of dainty violet-blue flowers bloom above dark green, grass-like foliage in late spring. Forms a slowly spreading clump. Photo courtesy of Southern Living Plant Collection.

Beyond Blue(TM) Festuca
Beyond Blue(TM) Festuca

Intense, powder blue foliage stays bright throughout the season without browning. Photo courtesy of Southern Living Plant Collection.

Sassy Grass(TM) Blue Eyed Grass
Sassy Grass(TM) Blue Eyed Grass

Clusters of dainty violet-blue flowers bloom above dark green, grass-like foliage in late spring. Forms a slowly spreading clump. Photo courtesy of Southern Living Plant Collection.

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Foliage Plants

'Orange Rocket' Barberry
'Orange Rocket' Barberry

Spring foliage emerges coral, ages to a ruby red. Shrub forms a vertical accent for landscapes and containers. Photo courtesy of Southern Living Plant Collection.

Mangave
Mangave

A cross between manfreda and agave, this tender succulent has the wider leaves of an agave without the extreme spikiness.

Lavender 'Meerlo'
Lavender 'Meerlo'

Highly heat, humidity, and drought tolerant lavender, with beautifully variegated foliage - and of course, that wonderful fragrance. Photo courtesy of Southern Living Plant Collection.

'Orange Rocket' Barberry
'Orange Rocket' Barberry

Spring foliage emerges coral, ages to a ruby red. Shrub forms a vertical accent for landscapes and containers. Photo courtesy of Southern Living Plant Collection.

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Groundcovers

 
Alternanthera Purple Prince
Alternanthera Purple Prince

Burgundy-purple leaves with ruby-rose undersides. A well-behaved spreader that works well in containers, too. Low water needs and high heat and humidity tolerance. Photo courtesy of National Garden Bureau.

Alternanthera Purple Prince
Alternanthera Purple Prince

Burgundy-purple leaves with ruby-rose undersides. A well-behaved spreader that works well in containers, too. Low water needs and high heat and humidity tolerance. Photo courtesy of National Garden Bureau.

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Evergreen Shrubs

Montana Moss Juniper
Montana Moss Juniper

A juniper that's soft to the touch but handles tough, dry sites.

Peppy Le Pom Ornamental Pomegranate
Peppy Le Pom Ornamental Pomegranate

Peppy Le Pom™ is a dwarf ornamental pomegranate with bright orange flowers all summer. It is hardy to Zone 7, but small enough to plant in a container to bring inside in winter. It will be available in garden centers in 2020, and can be ordered using my Amazon Affiliate link by clicking the image.

'Marvel' Mahonia
'Marvel' Mahonia

Tall and stately, large frond-like leaves develop in whorls. Sprays of fragrant yellow flowers appear in late fall or early winter. Photo courtesy of Southern Living Plant Collection.

Montana Moss Juniper
Montana Moss Juniper

A juniper that's soft to the touch but handles tough, dry sites.

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Large Shrubs & Small Trees

Flip Side® Vitex
Flip Side® Vitex

Vitex, or chaste tree, is a magnet for hummingbirds and other pollinators, who love the purple flower spikes in summer. Flip Side® has a dusky purple underside to the leaves for an added bonus.

Smoothie Fusion Althea
Smoothie Fusion Althea

Beautiful double bluish-purple, bi-colored red and pink, and raspberry blooms adorn this medium-size shrub from mid to late summer.

BananAppeal Anise
BananAppeal Anise

A compact, golden variety of Illicium parviflorum, which maintains its glowing color in shade. The scented, leathery evergreen leaves don't appeal to deer.

Flip Side® Vitex
Flip Side® Vitex

Vitex, or chaste tree, is a magnet for hummingbirds and other pollinators, who love the purple flower spikes in summer. Flip Side® has a dusky purple underside to the leaves for an added bonus.

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