Abelia × grandiflora

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Michelle Gervais
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Glossy abelia
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This is a rounded, semi-evergreen shrub to 10 feet tall and 12 feet wide with glossy, dark green leaves. From midsummer to autumn, it produces fragrant, funnel

Abelia × grandiflora 'Confetti'

Abelia  X grandiflora 'Confetti'
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Steve Aitken
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Variegated glossy abelia
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'Confetti' offers finely textured medium green foliage variegated with creamy white and pink. Pale pink tubular flowers appear in late summer or fall. This

Abeliophyllum distichum

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Steve Aitken
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White forsythia
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This deciduous shrub is related to the forsythia, but differs in that it has white (rather than yellow) flowers that open in early spring before true forsythia

Abelmoschus manihot

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Jennifer Benner
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Hibiscus manihot
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A large ornamental okra with dinner-plate-sized, sulfur yellow flowers with dark eyes. Each flower lasts only a day—unfolding slowly in the morning and closing

Acaena inermis 'Purpurea'

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Purple sheep's burr
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This New Zealand native subshrub has 3-inch-wide scalloped leaves and little purple-brown to pale olive leaflets. Its rhizomatous roots spread in a mat to

Acalypha wilkesiana

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Copperleaf
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This spreading shrub is grown for its multi-colored, toothed, oval leaves. Use it as a houseplant or as an annual or container plant outdoors where it is not

Acalypha wilkesiana 'Tricolor'

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Colleen Fitzpatrick
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Copperleaf
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This spreading shrub from tropical and subtropical regions can reach 6 feet tall. It is grown as a houseplant or as an annual outdoors where it's not hardy.

Acanthus mollis

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Michelle Gervais
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Bear's breeches
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Acanthus mollis is prized for its bold clumps of shiny green leaves topped with striking, 3-foot-tall spires of white flowers which are clasped by showy purple

Acanthus mollis 'Tasmanian Angel'

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Jennifer Benner
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Bear's breeches
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With their white margins and mottling, the jagged leaves of 'Tasmanian Angel' are a real showshopper, and in late summer, 3-foot-tall, pink-and-cream flower

Acer griseum

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Jennifer Benner
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Paperbark maple
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This slow-growing understory tree has highly ornamental, peeling orange-cinnamon bark. Its dark green, three-lobed leaves turn a brilliant orange-red in autumn.

Acer japonicum 'Aconitifolium'

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Melissa Lucas
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Full-moon maple
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Full-moon maple has deeply lobed leaves, crimson autumn color, and plenty of small, reddish flowers in spring. It can be grown as a small tree or multi-stemmed

Acer palmatum 'Amber Ghost'

Acer palmatum 'Amber Ghost'
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'Amber Ghost' Japanese maple
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'Amber Ghost' offers unique color in the maples. In spring, it is first bright pink, changing to a melon, pink-orange color. In summer it is a warm soft amber

Acer palmatum 'Oshu Shidare'

Acer palmatum 'Oshu Shidare'
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'Oshu Shidare' Japanese maple
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This Japanese maple has long-lobed, deeply divided leaves that are cherry red in the spring, a perfect contrast to the pea green bark. In summer the foliage

Acer palmatum 'Wolff'

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Courtesy Michael Hayman
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Emperor I® Japanese maple
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I’ll never forget when, in the mid-1990s, I called up a renowned nurseryman in Pennsylvania with questions about a holly, and he shifted the conversation to a

Acer palmatum var. dissectum

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Steve Aitken
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Japanese maple
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This round, mound-forming, deciduous Japanese maple has many qualities that make it an excellent garden plant, including a sculptural form, deeply cut foliage

Acer palmatum ‘Olson’s Frosted Strawberry’

Acer Palmatum 'Olson's Frosted Strawberry'
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'Olson’s Frosted Strawberry' Japanese maple
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The foliage is bright strawberry red at first emergence, and slowly pink suffuses each leaf along the vein as the spring progresses. Graceful deeply divided

Acer platanoides

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Jennifer Benner
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Norway maple
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This vigorous maple has large, broadly ovate, dark green leaves that turn yellow or red in autumn. It is invasive in some areas.

Acer rubrum

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Red maple
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This tree has lobed leaves that are green on top and gray-white beneath. It turns bright red in autumn. Its form can be round to open-headed.

Acer rubrum 'Red Sunset'

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Michael Dirr
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Red maple
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This is a rounded to open-crown deciduous tree up to 70 feet tall and 30 feet wide with early, brilliant red fall coloring.