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    If the details delight you, prepare to be truly dazzled. Brilliantina™ abelia is filled with little touches of beauty. Its foliage is a vibrant, watercolor-like blend of green and yellow, with orange new growth. Deep red stems and pretty little white flowers in the spring add complexity to the show. Altogether these slender stems beg to be used in an arrangement as foliage filler or as a fine textured flower filler. You’ll have plenty of time to notice all of these little elements due to a very easy care nature. You won’t have to be out pruning, as it was developed specifically to maintain a tidy habit without any of the random long shoots – also known as “dog legs” –  you might be familiar with from other abelias. It gets established quickly and will happily live under a layer of mulch and a bit of water now and then if there’s a drought.

    Why plant Brilliantina™ abelia?

    • Cheerful coloring
    • Very easy to care for
    • Useful mid-size habit for the border

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    FUNSHINE® Abelia

    The bright spot of any landscape! Funshine® abelia greets the season with bright caramel-orange foliage that matures to chartreuse. Throughout summer, fragrant lavender blooms pepper the plant, attracting myriad hummingbirds and butterflies. Shade tolerant and deer resistant, it’s a trouble-free way to add color to your yard.

    Why plant Funshine abelia?

    • Brightly colored foliage brings light and life to any spot in the landscape
    • Lavender flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies
    • Shade tolerance and deer resistance make it easy to grow and enjoy

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  • MUCHO GUSTO® Abelia

    You’ll be pleased to make the acquaintance of Mucho Gusto abelia. This tidy, easy-care shrub brings the color and pizazz of variegated foliage to your landscape or garden, providing color from spring through fall. It’s especially nice for brightening up shady spots. In summer, it is in bloom continuously, with fragrant white flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Like other abelias, it’s heat tolerant and deer resistant. Little to no pruning is required, though it may be shaped if you wish.

    Why plant Mucho Gusto® abelia?

    • Constant color
    • Tough, easy-care plant
    • Compact habit

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    TRES AMIGOS® Abelia

    Colorful, but elegant! Soft bluish-green, pink, and cream come together in elegant, variegated foliage. Throughout the season, you’ll see subtle shifts in the main color; in spring the creamy yellow is most dominant and by summer the pink margins take front stage, accented by bold pink new growth. Tiny white, fragrant flowers appear all summer long complementing the interesting foliage show and drawing in pollinators like butterflies and hummingbirds. Its continuous color and compact habit make it a great candidate for Mass plantings, filling in a border or a foundation planting, and even for containers on balconies.

    Why plant Tres Amigos® abelia?

    • Constant color
    • Tough, easy-care plant
    • Compact habit

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  • Deer Proof

    Vibrant color and architectural interest any garden could use. With a narrow, upright (fastigiate) habit and color so bold it’s almost neon, Sunjoy Orange Pillar® barberry acts as an exclamation point in the landscape! It’s very easy to care for – no need to prune, no deer doing any unwanted pruning, and no need to water after it’s established. Just plant and enjoy the bold presence it brings to your garden.

    Why grow Sunjoy Orange Pillar® barberry?

    • Vibrant color
    • Interesting habit
    • Easy care regimen

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  • PEARL GLAM® Beautyberry

    Beautyberry (known botanically as Callicarpa) always lives up to its name in late summer/early autumn, when its elegant, arching branches are covered with a huge crop of the most unbelievably purple berries. However, most beautyberries are less than thrilling up until that point. Pearl Glam® beautyberry changes all of that, thanks to elegant dark purple foliage from spring through frost. It also boasts a neat, upright habit that takes up far less valuable garden real estate than the old sprawling varieties. Pearl Glam beautyberry does not need a separate variety to pollinate it – it is self-fruitful and will develop a showy crop of purple fruits even if you plant just one. This is a very nice choice for cut flower arrangements as well as in the garden or landscape.

    Why grow Pearl Glam beautyberry?

    • Dark purple foliage keeps it interesting all season, not just in late summer when it fruits
    • Tons of clusters of perfectly round purple berries in late summer/fall
    • Space-saving upright habit takes up far less space than conventional beautyberries

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  • FIRE BALL SEEDLESS™ Burning Bush

    Finally, a sterile burning bush! Fire Ball Seedless™ burning bush takes everything you love about the original, but has absolutely no risk of spreading. This long wished for plant will is ready to change the fall landscape. Folks who had to rip out their old plants and gardeners who never felt comfortable planting the original can finally have the undeniably magnificent fall color that burning bush is known for (without any of the worry). Get ready to enjoy this rather compact, sterile burning bush as a hedge, in the middle of the border, in a mass planting, and more!

    Why grow Fire Ball burning bush?

    • Non-invasive fall color
    • Conversation starter
    • Convenient mid-size habit
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  • ‘Miss Molly’ Butterfly Bush

    Bring in the drama with ‘Miss Molly’ butterfly bush! Its large, but not too large, habit is filled with dark, sangria-red flowers all throughout the summer. If you’re a fan of butterfly bushes, this is the closest to red you’ve probably ever seen! And if you happen to live in the south, the red color may be even more pronounced. This butterfly bush is non-invasive, so you’ll get to enjoy all the blooms and the pollinators without worrying one bit.

    Why grow ‘Miss Molly’ butterfly bush?

    • Dark pink coloring
    • Useful full habit
    • Super tough landscape performance

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  • ‘Miss Ruby’ Butterfly Bush

    Electric coloring and an electrified habit make ‘Miss Ruby’ an absolute stand out in the garden. Its bright pinky purple flowers are truly unlike any other variety. These blooms are not only long, but long-lasting as well, inviting a multitude of colorful pollinators day after day in the summertime. Making this shrub the perfect choice for photographers and plain old pollinator lovers alike. Due to this shrub’s non-invasive nature, you can breathe easy when you plant it amongst your pollinator patch, cottage garden, or hedgerow.

    Why grow ‘Miss Ruby’ butterfly bush?

    • Long bloom time
    • Extremely vibrant coloring
    • Super tough landscape performance

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    ‘Miss Violet’ Butterfly Bush

    These true purple blooms attract pollinators in droves! Each long spire is packed with little blooms, creating a feast that allows insects to conserve energy and stay in one place. The feeding opportunities don’t stop there! Like other butterfly bushes, each flower opens from the bottom up, meaning that one bloom lasts for over a week. These long lasting blooms result in a floral show that spans from June to October! And not a single one of those blooms will result in a seedling, so you can plant ‘Miss Violet’ anywhere you’d like knowing that it will stay put. A more compact habit than the typical butterfly bush also helps with placement. Its 4-5′ tall and wide frame is snug, but not overwhelming in the middle of the border.

    Why grow ‘Miss Violet’ butterfly bush?

    • Rich purple coloring
    • Long feeding time for pollinators
    • Super tough landscape performance

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  • LO & BEHOLD® ‘Blue Chip’ Butterfly Bush

    This non-invasive dwarf variety blooms all summer and into fall without deadheading, and will not litter the landscape with unwanted seedlings. The fragrant flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

    Why grow Lo & Behold ‘Blue Chip’ butterfly bush?

    • First of its kind
    • Super tidy habit
    • No need to deadhead
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  • LO & BEHOLD® ‘Blue Chip Jr.’ Butterfly Bush

    Lo & Behold® ‘Blue Chip Jr.’ butterfly bush is the kind of plant you want to use everywhere. With a super tidy habit, small overall size, and non-invasive status, you truly can put it in any garden role! It fills a container nicely, makes a super low maintenance edging, and feels right at home in any water wise garden. It blooms early in summer and keeps going until the last breaths of fall, without any need to deadhead. It quickly grows to its mature size, filling in holes in the garden and reliably providing food for pollinators.

    Why grow Lo & Behold ‘Blue Chip Jr.’ butterfly bush?

    • Reliable pollinator plant
    • Easy care regimen
    • Convenient small habit

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  • LO & BEHOLD® ‘Pink Micro Chip’ Butterfly Bush

    Smaller than our already small butterfly bushes, Lo & Behold® ‘Pink Micro Chip’ is perfect for areas that could use a no fuss pop of pink. Its little flower spires arrive in great numbers all throughout the summer and into fall, attracting pollinators of all kinds. You won’t have to get out the pruners to deadhead either, just walk by to enjoy the fragrance and happily fluttering butterflies and move on.

    Why grow Lo & Behold ‘Pink Micro Chip’ butterfly bush?

    • Very small footprint
    • Blooms continuously without deadheading
    • Very tough in the landscape

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  • LO & BEHOLD® ‘Purple Haze’ Butterfly Bush

    The uniquely low-spreading, horizontal habit of Lo & Behold® ‘Purple Haze’ butterfly bush makes it ideal for mass plantings. The dark purple flowers arch downward for a distinctive effect. Its flower show starts in mid-summer and lasts until frost, delighting gardeners who love the fragrance and pollinators passing by.

    Why grow Lo & Behold ‘Purple Haze’ butterfly bush?

    • Reliable pollinator plant
    • Easy care regimen
    • Non-invasive

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  • LO & BEHOLD RUBY CHIP® Butterfly Bush

    Juicy dark pink flowers start to fill up the tiny little frame of Lo & Behold Ruby Chip butterfly bush in midsummer and keep going until frost. Size-wise it’s a bit larger than the other members of the series, which is nice for planting along a bed edge! It not only fills the space well, it can hide accidental cuts from string trimmers easily thanks to a fast growth rate and ability to bloom on new growth. It’s a great companion in pollinator gardens, as it provides plenty of nectar and stays where it’s planted due to its non-invasive status.

    Why grow Lo & Behold Ruby Chip butterfly bush?

    • Bold coloring
    • Non-invasive
    • Convenient mature size

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  • PUGSTER® Amethyst Butterfly Bush

    A smaller habit, but not smaller blooms. Pugster® Amethyst buddleia is bursting with massive pale purple blooms non-stop from early summer through frost. Each tiny flower has a yellow-orange eye in the center, acting as a bullseye for pollinators and adding handsome detail to its overall appearance. Thanks to thick, sturdy stems, the Pugster® series offers vastly improved hardiness and winter survival over other types of dwarf butterfly bush.

    Why grow Pugster® Amethyst buddleia?

    • Impressive bloom size
    • Impactful dark blue coloring
    • Very low maintenance

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