Showy Seed Heads

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    ‘Velvet Cloak’ smoke tree

    Cotinus coggygria ‘Velvet Cloak'

    This shrub or small tree has stunning deep purple foliage that turns orange-red in autumn.

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    Pincushion hakea

    Hakea laurina

    Through the fall and into winter, pincushion hakea provides beautiful cut flowers for the holidays; the foliage and seedpods are also great for arrangements.

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    ‘Nugget’ ninebark

    Physocarpus opulifolius ‘Nugget’

    The yellow to lime green foliage of 'Nugget' ninebark makes an interesting contrast with the exfoliating, cinnamon-colored bark.

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    ‘Palace Purple’ heuchera

    Heuchera micrantha var. diversifolia ‘Palace Purple’

    Clump-forming perennial features a mound of maple or ivy-like, long-petioled leaves (3 to 5 inches wide) that are an attractive deep purple above and beet red beneath.

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    Compact stonecrop

    Sedum kamtschaticum ‘Variegatum’

    This variety is more compact than the species, and its leaves are variegated with creamy margins.

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    Nigella damascena and cvs.

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    Papaver orientale ‘Flamenco Dancer’

    The 4- to 6-inch-wide blooms of 'Flamenco Dancer' poppy stand out in late spring and early summer with their true red color and fanciful fringes.

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    Wrinkleleaf goldenrod

    Solidago rugosa

    This species has open, tree-shaped flower clusters that radiate out like a fountain.

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    Smooth hydrangea

    Hydrangea arborescens

    Creamy, six-inch flower heads form flattened spheres above heart-shaped leaves from June through frost.

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    Downy clematis

    Clematis macropetala

    Downy clematis is a hardy, deciduous early bloomer that can flourish in Zone 4.