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Regional Picks: Deer-Resistant Plants – Northwest

Fine Gardening - Issue 169

1. ‘Gold Bar’ Miscanthus

‘Gold Bar’ Miscanthus

Name: Miscanthus sinensis* ‘Gold Bar’

USDA hardiness zones: 4 to 9

Size: 4 to 5feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide

Conditions: Full sun; tolerates wide range of soils

This flashy ornamental grass introduced by Joy Creek Nursery in Oregon sports a tight, compact habit with more gold stripes than any other miscanthus. What makes this such a good choice is its slow-growth habit. The dense blades of foliage and slow growth make for strong stems that will not flop in the garden, unlike other miscanthus cultivars. The golden stripes are radiant with a back lighting of late afternoon sun, and they add a sparkle to the late summer garden.


2. ‘Jack Frost’ Brunnera

‘Jack Frost’ Brunnera

Name: Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’

Zones: 3 to 8

Size: 15 to 18 inches tall and 24 to 30 inches wide

Conditions: Partial shade; well-drained soil

This hardy perennial is known for its beautiful silver-and-green-veined foliage. The large, heart-shaped leaves make a tight…

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