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    Make spring even sweeter with Sweet Emotion® abelia! It’s not like any other abelia: hardy to USDA zone 4, with mid-spring flowers that give off the most intoxicating jasmine scent. Deep pink buds open to reveal white and pink flowers. They attract butterflies and make a very nice cut flower. In autumn, foliage turns a nice orange color. Grow this very special abelia as a hedge or specimen, or include it in your flower garden.

    Why grow Sweet Emotion abelia?

    • Hardy and heat tolerant: thrives in USDA zone 4 through 8
    • Mid-late spring blooms have a powerful jasmine-like fragrance
    • Deer resistant and durable

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  • FLUFFY® Arborvitae

    Fluffy® Western arborvitae (Thuja plicata) is a beacon of color and touchable texture in the landscape or garden. It naturally grows as a narrow pyramid of shiny “fans” of golden foliage that have an unusual braided look to them. As a Western arborvitae, it is more resistant to deer damage than the standard Eastern arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis), but it should still be protected in areas where deer visit, especially as a young plant. Though it resists burning, a good 2-3″/5-7cm layer of shredded bark mulch over the roots is recommended to help retain soil moisture, especially in winter.

    Why grow Fluffy arborvitae?

    •  Evergreen foliage is a bright, cheerful gold all year-round
    • Thick, glossy foliage has a braided texture
    • Equally suited to being grown as a dramatic specimen, paired at an entryway for formality, or as an unexpected hedge or screen

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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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  • LEGEND OF THE FALL® Bottlebrush

    Demand more from your fall color display with Legend of the Fall® fothergilla! It lights up with every gorgeous hue a leaf can be, starting with purples and reds, intensifying to oranges and yellows. Happily, it’s not just a one note plant. Its fragrant white flowers in spring are the ideal way to welcome the season, and provide sustenance to pollinators as they wake up or migrate back to the area. A rather neat habit makes this plant easy to work into your landscape or garden. Like other fothergilla, it may put out some suckers, but these can be easily controlled by pulling, cutting, or severing with a sharp spade. Plant in sun, shade, or anywhere in between, but fall color will be most vivid in spots that get at least some sun each day.

    Why grow Legend of the Fall® bottlebrush?

    • Super low maintenance
    • Spring pollinator plant
    • Quite shade tolerant

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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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  • FINE LINE® Buckthorn

    Fine Line® buckthorn is a non-invasive selection with a very unique look. Long, skinny leaves and a naturally narrow, columnar habit combine to pack a lot of interested texture and coverage into very little space. Unlike weedy buckthorns, this selection produces very little seed. It makes a striking specimen, looks elegant when planted close together for a space-saving privacy hedge, happily performs as a centerpiece in decorative containers, and is generally an excellent choice for front-yard plantings, as its shape is ideal for covering with lights.

    Note: Rhamnus frangula is now known as Frangula alnus.

    Why grow Fine Line buckthorn?

    • Super versatile garden placement
    • Non-invasive version of a favored landscape plant
    • Tough landscape performance

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  • FIRE BALL® Burning Bush

    Fire Ball® burning bush is a much improved selection of dwarf burning bush. It’s super compact and has a very dense habit, perfect for creating a continuous look as a hedge or screen. It also has superior stem hardiness, so it’s able to come through harsh winters without damage.

    Why grow Fire Ball burning bush?

    • Super vibrant fall color
    • Tight branching makes a uniform view
    • Convenient mid-size habit

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    Smaller leaves and an outstanding compact habit make Unforgettable Fire® a superior choice for dwarf burning bush. It naturally has a very full habit, unlike some of the sparse older varieties you’ve likely seen. Its fall color is unmistakable and happily more reliable thanks to improved hardiness.
    Why grow Unforgettable Fire burning bush?

    • Fuller, more compact habit
    • Incredible fall display
    • Adaptable landscape performance
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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 Pearl’ Butterfly Bush

    White flowering plants are quite versatile. They can provide a backdrop for other flower colors or shine at night when the light of the moon touches them. Whatever your goal is, ‘Miss Pearl’ butterfly bush is ready to deliver. Its blooms arrive in profusion and stand out beautifully against the dark green, matte foliage. With its non-invasive status, you can simply plant and enjoy.

    Why grow ‘Miss Pearl’ butterfly bush?

    • Long bloom time
    • 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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  • JAZZ HANDS BOLD® Chinese Fringe-flower

    In a series known for bright colors and exciting habits, why does this particular plant deserve to have the word bold in its name? Very large flowers and foliage, of course! Jazz Hands Bold® Loropetalum will not fade into the background of any garden. It has a nice midsize habit, which nicely displays its supersized features. Place in the middle of the border or use as a hedge to let its easy beauty do the work for you.

    Why grow Jazz Hands Bold Chinese fringe-flower?

    • Stately burgundy black foliage all growing season
    • Vibrant fuchsia flowers in spring
    • Useful midsize habit

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  • ‘Diamond Ball’ Clematis

    Big flowers give your garden big appeal! Each rounded bloom on ‘Diamond Ball’ clematis reaches an average of 4.5 inches wide. Visible even when you’re driving by at 50 mph. It’s a prolific bloomer, starting in June through August, so you’ll plenty of time to enjoy its flowers and debate with your neighbors whether they’re very pale blue or white. Plant it on a trellis or fence for the best display.

    Why grow ‘Diamond Ball’ clematis?

    • Impressive large flowers
    • Long bloom time
    • Easy care

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  • ‘Viva Polonia’ Clematis

    This cheerful, easy-to-grow variety has pink-red flowers accented by a white inner star. The flowers are borne in abundance in June to July, then rebloom later in the summer.

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  • STILL WATERS™ Clematis

    Large, icy violet-blue flowers contrast with the dark red stamens of this stunning, easy-to-grow variety. The early flowering, long-lasting blooms appear from late spring to late summer. Plant it on a trellis or fence for the best display.

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