super cool plants

  • pink grass widow flowers
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    Grass Widow Is a Charming Late-Winter Native Plant

    One of our favorite Washington State native wildflowers, grass widow is a doughty, deer-resistant spring ephemeral that shares the same dauntless spirit of its namesake, David Douglas, the intrepid Scottish…

  • white wisteria plant
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    A Milder-Mannered Wisteria With Stunning, Fragrant White Blooms

    Wisteria is a vine that has always intrigued me, with its distinctive growth and flowering characteristics and its capacity to thrive almost anywhere. It’s a familiar, fragrant landscape component in…

  • pink annual flower
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    Vibrant, Unexpected Color From a Classic Annual

    While you’re perusing seed catalogs or the annual section at your local garden center this year, don’t overlook this jaw-dropping plant if you see it. ‘Fire King’ pincushion flower is…

  • native bulb
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    A Native Bulb With a Stunning Spring Show

    It sometimes seems that all bulbs come from either the Netherlands or somewhere around Greece or Turkey. But North America is home to some stunning bulbs as well. Camassia is…

  • variegated shrub
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    A Variegated Shrub With a Long Season of Interest

    I vividly remember my first encounter with Japanese summersweet (Clethra barbinervis, Zones 5–8). The local arboretum had a few large mature specimens that I stumbled across when they were starting…

  • ground cover with color
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    A Ground Cover With Color All Year Long

    At the mention of ground covers, most gardeners immediately think of periwinkle (Vinca minor*, Zones 4–8), Japanese pachysandra (Pachysandra procumbens, Zones 5–9), or lilyturf (Liriope muscari and cvs., Zones 5–9).…

  • Zimbelstern sneezeweed
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    Wrap Up Summer With the Bright Blooms of ‘Zimbelstern’ Sneezeweed

    Sneezeweeds won’t make you sneeze, but they will make you smile. Their cheery blooms come along to make you happy right when summer is starting to wear you down. One…

  • Kindred Spirit oak
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    A Tough, Slender Oak Tree

    In 1974, legendary nurseryman Earl Cully planted a thousand acorns from a cross of columnar English oak (Quercus robur ‘Fastigiata’, Zones 4–8) with our native swamp white oak (Q. bicolor,…

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    A Compact Toad Lily for Late-Summer Blooms

    Toad lily (Tricyrtis spp. and cvs., Zones 5–8) is an Asian perennial often found growing in dappled, open glades, woodland trail edges, partially shaded slopes, or, in some cases, enjoying…

  • ‘Pharaoh’s Mask’ elephant’s ear
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    Add Tropical Flair to Your Landscape With ‘Pharaoh’s Mask’ Colocasia

    Elephant’s ear is known for its big, bold foliage. Newer cultivars tend to focus on darker colors or splashy patterns to grab attention. ‘Pharaoh’s Mask’ doesn’t need any of that…