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$18.95, 3 for $53.00
SHADEPARTIAL SHADE
Semi-double flowers emerge snow-white and take on a light pink glow to brighten the early spring garden. Winter foliage is very dark with red and purple highlights. Blooms rise above compact foliage mounds just 10" tall. Bergenia have semi-evergreen, leathery, glossy foliage that is the perfect backdrop for the abundance of flowers. Plant Bergenia DragonflyTM 'Angel Kiss' in mass, in containers, or along the front of a border. Deer resistant.

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SHADEPARTIAL SHADE
Cute as a button with deep pink flowers on short stems above shiny green leaves. Large blooms on petite plants provide a very showy display in early spring. Very floriferous, a one year old clump of Bergenia 'Flirt' had over thirty flower spikes. Winter foliage is clean, shiny, and almost black. Deer resistant. Grow Bergenia 'Flirt' in containers, front of border, or in mixed beds.
Frosty silver, heart shaped leaves traced with dramatic green veining highlight this distinctive American introduction. In early spring, vivid blue, forget-me-not-like flowers bloom with Magnolia and daffodil. Excellent heat tolerance. Thrives in evenly moist, rich soil. Use Brunnera 'Jack Frost' in the shady border or add to a container.

 
 

 
 

 
 

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SHADEPARTIAL SHADE
Variegated leaves on a nicely compact grass-like plant. Dark green foliage edged with bright white makes this Sedge a striking addition to the shade garden. Small, cream, bottlebrush-like flowers are produced in mid-spring but are insignificant compared to the handsome foliage. Deer resistant. Evergreen in its southern range. Grow in average to moist soil. This is one of those plants we like not only for its looks, but also for its "useability". A compact, but not too small size, lets Carex 'Ice Dance' work wonderfully in containers, rain gardens, woodland areas, and borders. A slow to moderate spreader, it can also be used as a ground cover.

$18.95, 3 for $53.00
PARTIAL SHADE
Narrow, arching creamy-yellow leaves with dark green margins. This Variegated Japanese Sedge prefers rich, moist soils, but will also grow well in average soil. Has a better tolerance for occasional dry spells than most Sedges. Clump forming. Grow Carex 'Evergold' along walkways, in rain gardens, containers, and at the edge of woodland gardens.

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PARTIAL SHADEFULL SUN
Abundant, soft pink blooms on wiry stems in early spring rise above a vigorous, spreading clump of dark green foliage. Epimedium 'Pink Elf' is a hybrid from Epimedium expert Robin White; an E. leptorrhizum and E. pubescens cross with evergreen leaves.

 
 

 
 

 
 
In spring, sprays of large cherry-rose flowers with prominent white spurs rise above the clumps of small deciduous leaves. Epimedium 'Princess Susan' originated in the New York garden of the late Harold Epstein, one of North America's most revered plantsman and named in honor of his daughter.
A very exceptional deep purple form. With its rich plum purple buds, it is lovely even before it blooms. Small leaves emerge a muted rose then turn green as the season progresses. Epimedium 'Purple Prince' is just 8" tall as it begins to bloom, after flowering a second flush of leaves it grows to 18". Deciduous.
Larger flowers have near white spurs backed by rich, deep lavender pink inner sepals, a striking deviation from the typical paler blooms of the species. Although its evergreen leaves of dark green are larger than the species, It is one of the lowest growing of groundcover epimedium. Collected by Darrell Probst in 2000 in the Sichuan/Hubei Province border.

 
 

 
 

 
 
Fabulous lavender pink flower spikes. Spring foliage is red tinged, turning green; then comes long lasting fall color ranging from yellow, orange, to red. Clumping habit. Evergreen in zones 7 and 8, deciduous in zones 5 and 6.

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SHADEPARTIAL SHADE
Amazingly unique selection has compact mounds of glossy, elongated, spiny-edged leaves that are burnished and shaded with copper and red tones. As a dainty counterpoint, lemon yellow flowers create spidery candelabras above the foliage in spring. Deer resistant.
A true pink Epimedium. Petite, spurless flowers are dark pink in bud, then open to a pale pink edged in medium pink above small, light green leaflets. As the early spring bloom season progresses, one flower cluster tops the previous, until the plant reaches 8-10" tall. Deciduous. Epimedium 'Baby Doll Pink' is wonderful at the front of the shady border or path, or with other diminutive shade plants such as miniature Hosta.

 
 

 
 

 
 

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SHADEPARTIAL SHADE
Explodes with sprays of small, silvery pink flowers held well above the foliage. The leaves fan outward only 3" tall in bloom, with flower stems to 7". A second flush of leaves reaches 10". A little direct sun encourages blooms. Epimedium 'Pink Star' is fast growing with an evergreen nature.
Double blooms in scrumptious berry shades! Helleborus 'Berry Swirl' has some flowers in a deep rose-red, others are blended with cream for shades of deep to light orchid pink to create a pleasing mix for the spring garden.
Double white flowers with deep raspberry pink veining and picotee edges in early spring. Helleborus 'Blushing Bridesmaid' is a vigorous grower with abundant blooms. From Hans Hanson, selected for double flowers on plants with notable vigor and showy floral displays with large numbers of blossoms per plant, and rich flower colors. Hardy to the warmer half of zone 4 (Zone 4b).

 
 

 
 

 
 
Double, fluffy, light pink flowers are the perfect addition to the early spring garden. After the subdued hues of winter, the clear pink blooms of Helleborus 'Cotton Candy' will bring a bright, fresh touch to the garden. A sweet Hellebore!
A color medley for the garden! Lovely single-flowered selections of the HoneymoonTM Series from hybridizer Hans Hansen. In his breeding work, he selects for plants with notable vigor, showy floral displays with large numbers of blossoms per plant, and rich flower colors. Colors in the mix include apricot, black, mauve purple, white, yellow, wine red, and pink. Hardy to zone 4b (the southern half of zone 4).
Large, 3", cream to light yellow flowers heavily splashed with strawberry to burgundy red flecks on each petal. Extraordinarily heavy flowering, Helleborus 'Ice Follies' is the most floriferous and robust member of the great Winter ThrillersTM series! Hardy to Zone 4b (the warmer half of zone 4).

 
 

 
 

 
 
Double, 2-3", flowers in shades of light to dark pink accented with ivory anthers. Helleborus 'Maid of Honor' is from the work of Hans Hanson; these plants have notable vigor and showy floral displays with large numbers of blossoms per plant. Hardy to the warmer half of zone 4 (Zone 4b).
Dark, dramatic color that includes deep grey-purple, jet black, and black-purple. Abundant 2-1/2" to 3” single flowers. Helleborus 'New York Night' is a lovely selection chosen for vigor, large numbers of blossoms per plant, and rich flower colors.
Helleborus 'Paris in Pink' has extra large, 3-1/2 to 4", single blooms flushed with rosy plum; a hint of lime green acccents the centers. From Hans Hanson; these plants have notable vigor and showy floral displays with large numbers of blossoms per plant. Hardy to zone 4b (the southern half of zone 4).

 
 

 
 

 
 
Glowing, rich rose red blooms on this excellent large flowered double strain of Hellebore. Very well branched and free blooming. Flowers in early spring. Helleborus 'Red Sapphire' is perfect in mixed beds, cottage gardens, or as an understory planting at the sunny edge of a woodsy area.

$26.95, 3 for $75.00
SHADEPARTIAL SHADE
Helleborus 'Rome in Red' has 3-4", single, rich maroon to wine red flowers. Ivory anthers highlight the center of the blooms. From Hans Hanson's HoneymoonTM series. He selects for plants with notable vigor, showy floral displays with large numbers of blossoms per plant. Hardy to zone 4b (the southern half of zone 4).

$28.95, 3 for $80.00
SHADEPARTIAL SHADE
Large 3" cup-shaped outward facing late winter to early spring flowers open in shades of pink and rose. Leathery, dark green foliage. No two plants are identical in color. A German seed strain whose parentage includes the finest Hellebore varieties.

 
 

 
 

 
 
Bold, outward facing, large, 3" rounded flowers in shades of burgundy-red from late winter into spring. Handsome dark green foliage. Helleborus Red Lady Strain is a seed raised German strain with cup-shaped single blooms and a bushy, clump-forming habit.

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SHADEPARTIAL SHADE
Soft yellow blossoms in early spring. Some flowers in this strain will be accented with maroon spotting. Cup-shaped flowers are to 2-3" diameter. One of the Lady Series of Hellebore developed by Gisela Schmiemann of Germany. Leathery green foliage. Beautiful with green and ivory variegated Hosta and the dark tones of Actaea foliage.
This Japanese version of Solomon's Seal is much desired with its variegated streak, silvery leaves that reflect the white flowers. Not widely available.

 
 

 
 

 
 

$26.95, 3 for $75.00
SHADEPARTIAL SHADE
Cream-yellow to white flecks and striations over a green leaf merge into solid cream borders as the plant matures. This vigorous Japanese selection of Solomon's Seal has reddish stems and small white bells in late spring. Polygonatum 'Fireworks' grows well in the shade, but some sun will bring stronger growth.

$16.95, 3 for $48.00
SHADEPARTIAL SHADE
Petite and charming, this dwarf Solomon Seal is just 6" tall. Creamy white bell-shaped flowers have lower tips of green.

$22.95, 3 for $63.00
SHADEPARTIAL SHADE
Raised center ribs of a light gray-green on bright green leaves set this Solomon's Seal into the realm of rarity. Low growing arching sprays have the typical creamy white dangling blooms, but grow Polygonatum 'Koryu' for the foliage interest.

 
 

 
 

 
 

$18.95, 3 for $53.00
SHADEPARTIAL SHADE
Profuse creamy-white flowers dangle from short arching stems in spring; they are followed by green berries that turn purple in autumn. The season ends with the foliage turning an attractive golden yellow in fall. This vigorous spreader can form a dense colony in a few years. Its leathery foliage allows it to adapt to shade to full sun, and medium moisture to dry soils. Use in the perennial border or woodland garden.

$19.95, 3 for $56.00
SHADEPARTIAL SHADE
The Japanese counterpart to our native False Solomon's-Seal, with creamy terminal clusters of flowers in spring. The blooms are borne in a short panicles composed of densely packed, tiny white flowers followed by pea-sized berries that ripen to bright red. Best used for naturalizing in a wild flower garden or near the wood's edge. Spring bloomer

$22.95, 3 for $63.00
SHADEPARTIAL SHADE
Tall, almost black stems, with green leaves, are topped in spring with large, fluffy, lavender flowers. Very showy for the back of the border. Fast growing with clump habit. Thalictrum 'Black Stockings' will grow in sun with moist soil.

 
 

 
 

 
 

$16.95, 3 for $48.00
SHADEPARTIAL SHADE
Lightly fragrant spring flowers are a frosty mix of pink and white on 13" wands. Lacy green leaves are glossy with dark purple markings. Semi-evergreen, more so in warmer areas. Forms a clump, that will slowly trail outward giving it possibilities as a restrained groundcover. Prefers a organic soil. Tiarella 'Sugar and Spice' is a very decorative choice for a shady border or in containers.

 
 

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We ship well-grown, established plants. Pot size is 2.06 quart/1.95 liter, unless otherwise noted.

Bergenia (Pig Squeak, Heart Leaf Bergenia)

Bold, semi-evergreen groundcover with thick, leathery, glossy leaves that turn shades of reddish purple in fall. Clustered, bell-shaped flowers bloom in late spring. Prefers part shade to full shade, and organic, moisture retentive soil, but is tolerant of poorer and dry soils. Deer resistant.

>Bergenia Varieties

Brunnera (Siberian Bugloss)

Brunnera is a woodlander of distinction with striking, handsome foliage. Sprays of vivid blue forget-me-not-like flowers bloom above the foliage mound in spring. When planted in mass, these superb plants create a fantastic ground cover. They prefer organic soils with steady moisture in shady areas.

>Brunnera Varieties

Epimedium (Bishop's Hat, Fairy Wings, Barrenwort)

Graceful spring flowers on slender stems plus elegant foliage. Able to grow in dry shade once established. Slowly spreading clumps make a refined groundcover. Deer resistant. Epimediums are an exceptional choice for the garden.

>Epimedium Varieties

Helleborus (Hellebore, Lenten Rose)

Helleborus are well loved for their long lasting early spring blooms. Their gracefully nodding or outward facing blooms come in an intriguing range of colors, from pristine white through darkest blue-plum; many have shading, picotee edges, or striking markings. They are easy to grow, long-lived, and highly deer resistant. Hellebores have handsome, deep green, leathery foliage. We offer for sale many top choices of new and distinctive Hellebore.

How to Care for Hellebores
Hellebores grow best in a well drained soil with good organic matter, adequate moisture, in part to light shade, but they will also grow and bloom in less than ideal conditions. Hellebores also tolerate heavy shade, but light to moderate shade for best flowering. Tolerant of heat and humidity, and when established, drier conditions. If the foliage becomes tattered, it can be cut back in late winter just before the new flower buds emerge.

Hellebores are wonderful growing in mixed beds and cottage gardens, or along the edge of an understory planting. When planted in groups they make a stunning groundcover. Cut a few Hellebore blooms to float in a shallow bowl to bring a welcome touch of spring indoors.

Get a head-start on Helleborus with our husky plants. We pot up our starter plants then grow them on for 2 years. We give them room for a strong root system in large, 6" wide, 6.25" deep, 2.59 quart pots.

>Helleborus Varieties

Deer Resistant

Deer generally avoid scented, fuzzy, and tough to chew plants, but there are also many other plants that they pass by. Although deer can be unpredictable, we have compiled this list of plants that they usually ignore. For a region specific list, check with your local university extension service, they often provide information about deer resistant plants.

>Deer Resistant Varieties

New for 2019

Part of the fun of gardening is trying something new! We choose our new plants for both their beauty and their good growing traits.

>New for 2019 Varieties

Grasses

Grasses are a versatile group with selections for sunny or shady areas.

Grasses for sunny spots add graceful form and texture. They range in height from tall, back of the border plants to smaller varieties for the front edge of a planting. They can add fine linear texture, dramatic height, color that changes with the seasons, or decorative seedheads that sway in the slightest breeze. Many of the varieties we offer are selections of native grasses known for their beauty, toughness, and, when established, their drought tolerance. They complement each other when planted in groups, and also are wonderful with Echinacea, Salvia, and other sun lovers.

Grasses for shady areas add a flowing, graceful touch to borders and containers. We offer choice varieties of the shade grass Hakonechloa, known as Japanese Forest Grass. Their slim, linear foliage looks great with the broad leaves of shade lovers such as Hosta and Heuchera. They add a finishing touch along the shady side of a shrub border, and look especially lovely growing near the base of Japanese Maples and Tree Peonies. They prefer a loamy, compost-enriched soil.

Leave grasses in the garden for fall and winter interest; cut back in early spring to make room for new growth.

>Grasses Varieties

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