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New and Unusual

  Akebia quinata (Chocolate Vine) Zone 4
Spectacular vine with vanilla-scented flowers. Dark maroon flowers to 3/4" across, sweet edible fruit.
Amorpha canescens Amorpha canescens (Lead Plant)
US native of dry or well drained sites, to 4' with dense, white hairy leaflets, blue flower spikes in June-July.
  Anemone lesser! Zone 4
Charming rare hybrid with glowing red-rose flowers on erect 18" stems/ May-June. Very attractive.
angelica-gigas Angelica gigas Zone 4
Exciting purple foliage species with unique purple flower heads, near white flowers. 4' biennial used as an ornamental.
  Antirrhinum Woodside Gold Zone 3
Strong, golden yellow spring foliage gradually turns to light yellow. Colorful foliage contrasts attractively with blue and rose flowers in spring.
  Aruncus Kneiffii (Goats Beard) Zone 5
Creamy white flowers. Finely cut foliage looks like 3' giant fern. Exciting selection.
asparagus-verticillatus Asparagus verticillatus Zone 3
Very attractive hardy twining vine to 15'. Glossy rich green foliage, loads of tiny white flowers in leaf axils, abundant ½" shiny red fruits.
Callirhoe Logan Calhoun Callirhoe (Poppy Mallow, Wine Cups) Zone 4
alcaeoides 'Logan Calhoun'
Sparkling white 'wine cups' on plants that are 8-12" tall, 4' spread. Outstanding Great Plains native found by the late dedicated native American plantsman, Logan Calhoun. Named to honor the discoverer of this plant.
Callirhoe - involucrata Callirhoe (Poppy Mallow, Wine Cups) Zone 4
involucrata (Wine Cups, Purple P.M.)
Low growing cut-leaf native, bright purple cup-shaped flowers all summer.
  Campsis (Trumpet Creeper) Zone 5
Red Sunset Huge numbers of outstanding red flower trumpets into fall on rich green foliage.
  Caryopteris (Blue Mist Spirea) Zone 4
First Choice Ink blue buds, dark purple blue flowers earlier than other cultivars. Compact habit, dense dark green foliage to 36".
Clematis Mongolian Gold Clematis Zones 3-4
fargessii 'Paul Farges' ['Summer Snow']
Masses of creamy-white star-like 1 ½" slightly scented flowers mid-summer to mid-autumn on vigorous vines to 23'. Ideal for covering walls, buildings or climbing trees.
fruticosa 'Mongolian Gold' Yellow flowers in summer, glossy, dark green foliage. Attractive seed heads late summer and fall. Erect, woody shrub to 3 ½'.
China Purple Deep purple flowers July-September on non-climbing shrub to 48".
Alionushka Rich, slightly mauve-pink tepals with satiny sheen when young. Deep ridges on tepal reverse, crumpled edges, tips recurve & twist with age. Flowers JuneSept. Strong healthy semi-herbaceous foliage.
Blue Boy Wide hyacinth blue semi-nodding to nodding open 2-3" bells with recurving tepals mid-summer to early autumn. Non-clinging, very free flowering C. integrifolia - C. vitacella hybrid.
terniflora (Sweet Autumn C.) Spectacular show in fall, covered with small white flowers, Vine without 20'.
clematis-terniflora Clematis Zones 3-4
terniflora (Sweet Autumn C.) Spectacular show in fall, covered with small white flowers, Vine without 20'.
  Corydalis Zone 5
lutea Yellow Dicentra-like flowers on 12" stems, lacy foliage. Reliable, easy plant for shade.
Dalea Stephanie Dalea (Prairie Clover) Zone 4
Stephanie Bright lavender flowers on compact 15-18" bushy plants with as many as 40 stalks per plant! Great new selection with darker green foliage does not lodge.
  Delosperma (Hardy Ice Plant)
John Profitt Table Mountain Lustrous fuchsia flowers are an improvement on D. cooperi. A fast spreading 2" ground cover (to 18") from South Africa that blooms for most of the growing season. In winter, leaves remain turgid and green, often tinged with purple.
Kelaidis Mesa Verde Iridescent, salmon-pink flowered sport appeared among plants of a dwarf alpine form of D. cooperi at Denver Botanic Gardens in 1997. Vigorous, compact and floriferous 2" plants bloom spring to fall.
dictamnus-purpureus Dictamnus (Gas Plant) Zone 3
Purpureus Dark veined, pink flowers on plants to 30". Long lived perinneal may be 'Burning Bush' of Moses.
  Dracocephalum (Dragonhead)
Argunese 'Fuji Blue' Spikes of brilliant blue flowers early June to mid August. needle-like leathery green foliage forms compact durable 1' clumps, long lived perennial.
echinacea-tennesseensis Echinacea (Purple Coneflower) Zone 4
Tennesseensis hybrids Cheerful bright pink 3-3½" flowers with 1½" long uplifted petals. Blooms all summer into early fall. Deep rooted, very adaptable 24-30" plants.
fallugia-paradoxa Fallugia Zone 4
Paradoxa (Apache Plume) Glorius native 4-6' tall and 4-6' wide shrub of the southwest with anemone-like pale pink to white blossoms, May to September. Feathery pink seed heads provide a dramatic second act throughout the winter.
Geranium - Sanguineum Geranium (Crane's Bill) Zone 3
Sanguineum (Bloody C.) Bowl shaped, magenta flowers cover plants late spring, early summer, re-bloom if sheared. Durable deeply cut foliage forms a 12-15" mound that turns blood red in fall.
Heuchera Snow Angel Heuchera (Coral Bells) Zone 3
Snow Angel 12"x12" mounds of highly variegated, light green leaves with creamy mottled appearance, topped with spikes of complimentary pink bells.
  Houttuynia Zone 5
cordata 'Chameleon' Bright pink, white and green ;eaved stoloniferous ground cover. Exciting plant to 15"
  Hydrangea Zone 5
macrophylia 'Mariesii Variegata' Dark green foliage with a contrasting white to cream marginal variegation on a 3' shrub. Flowers usually pink to mauve pink, light blue in very acid soils.
lewisia-longipetala-little-plum Lewisia (Bitter Root) Zone 4
US Northwest native succulents with interesting fleshy, sometimes crinkly leaves produce clusters of beautiful flowers in pleasing soft colors, including stripes. Must have sharp drainage in scree or slope and be protected from winter wet.
longipetala 'Little Plum' Large intense rose-purple flowers with a touch of orange at first on short 4" upright stems. Lanceolate leaves in strong rosettes. Blooms May-June, reblooms in September. Easy to grow.
lonicera-magnifica Lonicera (Honeysuckle) Zone 4
Magnifica Vigorous semi-evergreen vine, 2" red trumpet flowers with yellow interior.
Lysimachia punctata 'Alexander' Lysimachia punctata 'Alexander' This plant will hold center stage in any perennial border from its appearance in early spring until dormancy in autumn. Upon emergence, it shows off a brilliant pink coral which elongates into gold margined leaves with a green center. By summer, the pink pigment disappears, the leaf margin changes to cream and the top of the stems are covered in gold, star shaped flower. Grows to 24 inches tall with a spreading habit. Hardy in Zones 4 to 8.
Oenothera Comanche Campfire Oenothera (Evening Primrose, Sundrops) Zone 4
Comanche Campfire The large shiny silver drought and sun resistant leaves are complimented by glowing ruby stems, topped with huge delicious yellow flowers till fall. Plants are 12-15" tall and 18-24" wide.
  Parthenocissus (Woodbine) Zone 3
var. engelmannii Smaller leaved variety
War Axe Penstemon (Beardtongue, Firecracker) Zone 4
War Axe Exceptional strain with wide color range including pinks, maroon, reds, and purples.
Prairie Splendor Penstemon (Beardtongue, Firecracker) Zone 4
Prairie Splendor Large flowers in white and magnificent shades of rose, lavender, and pink for about 4 weeks on plants averaging just over 26".
Physostegia virginiana 'Miss Manners' Physostegia virginiana 'Miss Manners' (False Dragonhead, Obedient Plant) This new and exciting Plant Haven release famed breeder Darrell Probst is surely destined for greatness. Here is a charming Physostegia with dark green foliage and pure white summer flowers and a clumping habit...no running! How's that for good behavior? 'Miss Manners" will reach 24 inches tall, has good branching for secondary floral display, and will stay put when showcased in the perennial border. This plant will do well in sun or light shade. Hardy in Zones 3 to 9.
  Potentilla (Cinquefoil, Five Finger) Zone 5
Ron McBeath Bright carmine-red flowers over long season on clean, neat, disease free foliage to 12".
  Pulmonaria (Lungwort) Zone 3
Roy Davidson Violet-blue flowers, dark green leaves with silvery spotting. 12" tall.
  Sedum (Stonecrop) Zones 3-4
Choice rock garden and ground cover selections. All require excellent drainage.
John Creech Outstanding dwarf spurium with neat blue-green overlapping leaves forming a 4" tall plant with pink flowers.
Neon Intense deep purplish-pink flowers in fall over 15" green foliage.
Silene dioica 'Clifford Moor' Silene dioica 'Clifford Moor' This cute silene is a selection that originated at York Stock Nursery in England. The narrow strap like leaves are a dark green, edged with creamy gold margins. Single pink flowers open from May through July on 18 inch flower stems. The 12 inch clump of variegated foliage remains attractive throughout the growing season. Silene 'Clifford Moor' prefers light shade and moist well drained soil. Hardy in Zones 5 to 9.
  Stokesia (Stoke's Aster) Zone 4
Purple Parasols Flowers can display 5 different colors on one plant by their maturity. From light powder blue to magenta. Height: 12-18".
talinum-calycinum Talium Zone 4
Calycinum (Rock Rose) Purplish-pink 1" wide flowers on 1' stems. Succulent leaves to 4", needs well drained, dry site.
trycyrtis-moonlight Tricyrtis (Toad Lily) Zone 4
Moonlight Chartreuse sport of hirta, 20" tall. Outstanding in shade garden.
Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard' Yucca filamentosa 'Color Guard'. Probably the most dramatic of the variegated yucca, this awesome selection was brought back from Japan by Paul Aden of Hosta fame. 'Color Guard' produces lance-shaped leaves that are bright gold, edged with a green margin. Holding its color better than the other medio variegated types. In mid-summer the 4 ft clumps send up 5 to 6 foot stalks which support dozens of white bell shaped flowers. Add pizzazz to your summer perennial border! Requires well drained soils in full sun to light shade. Hardy in Zone 5 to 10.

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