Variegated Foliage

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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…

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    Garden Magic in Minnesota

    Trisha Burdick sent in these photos from her garden in Excelsior, Minnesota, which is in the chilly Zone 4. But as they show, a cold climate doesn’t mean you can’t…

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    Plants That Shine in the Shade

    Throughout my horticultural life, I have gardened almost exclusively in the shade. While the cool, shady areas have provided me with the opportunity to grow some of my favorite genera,…

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    A Garden Like Heaven

    My garden is on a quarter of an acre, and I have planted it for 50 years. Due to massive compost enrichment, I do not spray or fertilize. Last summer…

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    The Tranquillity of Winter

    Linda Skyler shared these images of a really incredible garden. She writes: "Although this seems a very uneventful time of year at the Bloedel Reserve, the tranquillity of walking through…

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    ‘Old Fashioned’ smoke bush

    Continus coggygria 'Old Fashioned'

    Excellent fall coloring and a smaller size set this smokebush apart.

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    ‘Gold Band’ pampas grass

    Cortaderia selloana 'Gold Band'

    This clumping, drought-tolerant grass is one of the best pampas grasses you could grow.

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    Variegated sweet flag

    Acorus calamus ‘Variegatus’

    Variegated sweet flag is a deciduous, aquatic perennial with 5-foot-long bright green leaves with creamy, longitudinal stripes.

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    Calamint

    Calamintha grandiflora 'Variegata'

    A well-behaved perennial from the mint family (Lamiaceae), variegated calamint has pale-green, oval leaves with strong white marbling.

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    ‘Fireworks’ purple fountain grass

    Pennisetum 'Fireworks'

    A refreshing new look to an old time favorite ornamental grass!