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Regional Picks: Deer-Resistant Plants – Mid-Atlantic

Fine Gardening - Issue 169

1. ‘Thalia’ Daffodil

‘Thalia’ Daffodil

Name: Narcissus ‘Thalia’

USDA hardiness zones: 3 to 9

Size: 10 to 12 inches tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil

This classic daffodil is so beautiful that upon first sight of the flower, I swore I would name my first-born daughter Thalia. Pure, nearly translucent white blossoms are held in sweetly nodding clusters with reflexed petals. There is a slight fragrance to the blooms, too. It is one of the latest blooming daffodils, with thin, grasslike foliage. This feature makes the deterioration of ‘Thalia’ a graceful event compared to other daffodils whose fat, heavy foliage collapses into a heap, looking like a pile of discarded linguini. Stunning in combination with Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica, Zones 3–8), ‘Thalia’ is reliably elegant and breathtaking year after year.

 

2. ‘Ascot Rainbow’ Euphorbia

‘Ascot Rainbow’ Euphorbia

Name: Euphorbia × martinii ‘Ascot Rainbow’

Zones: 6 to 9

Size: 16 to 20 inches tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade;…

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