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  1. Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata

    'Scarlet Flame' Creeping Phlox ushers in spring vibrantly with its star-shaped, magenta-pink blooms. A drought-tolerant evergreen, this perennial groundcover creates a dense mat of 6...

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    Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox Scarlet Flame Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Scarlet Flame
    As low as $11.98 Sale $7.79
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Scarlet Flame' Creeping Phlox ushers in spring vibrantly with its star-shaped, magenta-pink blooms. A drought-tolerant evergreen, this perennial groundcover creates a dense mat of 6 inch blooms atop needle-like foliage. Plant 'Scarlet Flame' in tricky areas like steep banks and rock walls to watch its flowers skillfully spread. Very cold hardy. (Phlox subulata)
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  2. Creeping Phlox Emerald Blue, Phlox subulata

    'Emerald Blue' Creeping Phlox is a fast-spreading, low-growing perennial groundcover that creates a carpet of pale lavender-blue flowers in spring. Extremely easy to grow, its early ...

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    Emerald Blue Creeping Phlox Emerald Blue Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Emerald Blue
    As low as $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Emerald Blue' Creeping Phlox is a fast-spreading, low-growing perennial groundcover that creates a carpet of pale lavender-blue flowers in spring. Extremely easy to grow, its early season blooms last for weeks and attract butterflies. Deer resistant and drought tolerant once mature. (Phlox subulata)
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  3. Purple Beauty Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata

    'Purple Beauty' Creeping Phlox creates a mat of bright purple blooms paired with deep violet center eyes and grass-like foliage. This 4-6" tall spreading perennial flowers in the spr...

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    Purple Beauty Creeping Phlox Purple Beauty Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Purple Beauty
    As low as $11.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Purple Beauty' Creeping Phlox creates a mat of bright purple blooms paired with deep violet center eyes and grass-like foliage. This 4-6" tall spreading perennial flowers in the springtime under full sun, but can be planted under trees that leaf out and create shade later in the season. Drought-tolerant and deer-resistant, 'Purple Beauty' carries a sweet fragrance that attracts butterflies. (Phlox subulata)
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  4. Elijah Blue Fescue Grass, Festuca glauca

    'Elijah Blue' Fescue Grass is one of the most popular, no fuss ornamental grasses. Low growing in tight mounds with fine silvery blue-green foliage, plant 'Elijah Blue' in borders, r...

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    Elijah Blue Fescue Grass Elijah Blue Fescue Festuca glauca Elijah Blue
    As low as $13.98 Sale $10.49
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Elijah Blue' Fescue Grass is one of the most popular, no fuss ornamental grasses. Low growing in tight mounds with fine silvery blue-green foliage, plant 'Elijah Blue' in borders, rock gardens, or as groundcover to create year-round visual interest in the garden. In late spring and early summer, blonde seed heads appear on tall stems. Compact forms are great for small gardens and containers, and wont overtake its companions in the garden. (Festuca glauca)
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  5. Hameln Fountain Grass, Pennisetum alopecuroides

    'Hameln' Fountain Grass is a smaller variety with three distinctive seasons of stunning displays in full sun or part shade gardens. First, fine-textured green grass blades up to 3 fe...

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    Hameln Fountain Grass Hameln Dwarf Fountain Grass Pennisetum alopecuroides Hameln
    As low as $16.98 Sale $12.74
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Hameln' Fountain Grass is a smaller variety with three distinctive seasons of stunning displays in full sun or part shade gardens. First, fine-textured green grass blades up to 3 feet tall are tipped with soft, wheat-shaped seed heads. Foliage turns rust gold in autumn, and finally, pale blonde in winter. 'Hameln' is a favorite for birds and resists hungry deer. A great match for late-season perennials and colorful shrubs in the mixed border, as well as cut or dried flower arrangements. (Pennisetum alopecuroides)
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  6. Amazing Grace Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata

    Amazing Grace Creeping Phlox welcomes spring with a flush of white blooms bearing a vibrant magenta eye. Petals may take on a flush of pink to complement the rosy highlights. Needle-...

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    Amazing Grace Creeping Phlox Amazing Grace Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Amazing Grace
    As low as $11.98 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Amazing Grace Creeping Phlox welcomes spring with a flush of white blooms bearing a vibrant magenta eye. Petals may take on a flush of pink to complement the rosy highlights. Needle-like, evergreen foliage forms a dense mat making a lush groundcover perfect for cascading over walls or across slopes. Flowers attract butterflies to the garden. (Phlox subulata)
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  7. Li'l Bang Starlight Coreopsis with Red and White Blooms, Photo Courtesy Of Walters Gardens

    Li'l Bang™ ‘Starlight’ Coreopsis packs plenty of personality into a small package, shimmering with season-long blooms from summer to fall. Pure white serrated petals are accent...

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    Li'l Bang™ Starlight Coreopsis Li'l Bang™ Starlight Tickseed PP#28,005 Coreopsis verticillata Li'l Bang™ Starlight PP#28,005
    $15.98 Sale $11.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Li'l Bang™ ‘Starlight’ Coreopsis packs plenty of personality into a small package, shimmering with season-long blooms from summer to fall. Pure white serrated petals are accented with unique markings in magenta and gold, giving flowers a star-like effect. Sweet nectar attracts bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects to the garden. Cool green foliage is deer resistant, extremely disease resistant, and adds lovely texture to the garden. (Coreopsis verticillata)
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  8. Creeping Thyme, Thymus praecox Coccineus with Lavender

    Creeping Thyme Coccineus is one of the very best flowering groundcovers. 1 to 3 inches tall in sun or partial shade. (Thymus praecox)...

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    Creeping Thyme Coccineus Creeping Thyme Thymus praecox
    As low as $13.98 Sale $10.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Creeping Thyme Coccineus is one of the very best flowering groundcovers. 1 to 3 inches tall in sun or partial shade. (Thymus praecox)
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  9. Alyssum Gold Spring, Alyssum wulfenianumc

    Early spring bloomer Golden Spring PPAF Alyssum lights up the garden with its bright yellow carpet like appearance. Its resistant to deer, rabbits and frost in early spring. Plant ...

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    Golden Spring Alyssum Golden Spring Alpine Alyssum PP#25710 Alyssum wulfenianum Golden Spring PP#25710
    As low as $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Early spring bloomer Golden Spring PPAF Alyssum lights up the garden with its bright yellow carpet like appearance. Its resistant to deer, rabbits and frost in early spring. Plant in full sun as a ground cover, in a rock garden or as a border. (Alyssum wulfenianum PPAF)
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  10. Purple Liriope Grass Big Blue, Monkey Grass, up close

    'Big Blue' Liriope is a low-maintenance groundcover for the most challenging sites. Spikes of blue-violet blooms complement deep green arching foliage in late summer, and almost blac...

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    Big Blue Liriope Grass Big Blue Monkey Grass Liriope muscari Big Blue
    As low as $15.98 Sale $11.99
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Big Blue' Liriope is a low-maintenance groundcover for the most challenging sites. Spikes of blue-violet blooms complement deep green arching foliage in late summer, and almost black berries in fall. Plants tolerate a range of conditions from full sun to shade, clay to sandy soils, and wet or dry sites. Liriope provides excellent erosion control, and is often used as a lawn alternative or groundcover. Evergreen foliage in warm southern climates. Plants are rabbit and deer-proof, making 'Big Blue' an easy choice for the no-fuss gardener. (Liriope muscari)
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  11. Dwarf Pampas Grass Pumila plant in garden

    'Pumila' Dwarf Pampas Grass makes a bold statement with massive ivory plumes towering over handsome arching foliage. Attractive feathery flowers emerge in late-summer and last for mo...

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    Pumila Dwarf Pampas Grass Pumila Dwarf Pampas Grass Cortaderia selloana Pumila
    As low as $21.98 Sale $10.99
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Pumila' Dwarf Pampas Grass makes a bold statement with massive ivory plumes towering over handsome arching foliage. Attractive feathery flowers emerge in late-summer and last for months. Like their larger counterpoints, the silky plumes are an excellent attraction in the landscape, and are beautiful for cutting or drying. Pampas Grass tolerates wind and moves gracefully in a breeze. A tough, fast-growing and drought-tolerant specimen, this variety is sterile and will not reseed. (Cortaderia selloana)
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  12. Blue Vinca minor, Vinca minor, Periwinkle or Creeping Myrtle

    Creeping Myrtle or Periwinkle. This famous Vinca spreads to make great patches under trees. Blue flowers. (Vinca minor)...

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    Vinca Periwinkle, Creeping Myrtle Vinca minor
    As low as $12.98 Sale $9.74
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Creeping Myrtle or Periwinkle. This famous Vinca spreads to make great patches under trees. Blue flowers. (Vinca minor)
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  13. Pink Creeping Phlox Emerald Pink, Phlox subulata groundcover

    'Emerald Pink' Creeping Phlox is famous for its blazing pink blooms and evergreen foliage that work together beautifully as a groundcover or colorful landscape accent. Allowed to spi...

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    Emerald Pink Creeping Phlox Emerald Pink Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Emerald Pink
    As low as $12.98 Sale $8.44
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Emerald Pink' Creeping Phlox is famous for its blazing pink blooms and evergreen foliage that work together beautifully as a groundcover or colorful landscape accent. Allowed to spill and trail over walls, slopes, and container egdes, low-growing 'Emerald Pink' will bring the garden to life while cleverly hiding any trouble spots. Drought-tolerant, deer resistant and extremely easy to grow. (Phlox subulata)
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  14. Christmas Fern, Polystichum acrostichoides, Christmas Fern, Photo Credit Wasp32---Own-work, CC BY 4.0

    Christmas fern will provide your garden with four seasons of deep, evergreen beauty. A deer-resistant native of the Eastern United States, this robust, easy fern is a terrific choic...

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    Christmas Fern Christmas Fern Polystichum acrostichoides
    As low as $15.98 Sale $9.59
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Christmas fern will provide your garden with four seasons of deep, evergreen beauty. A deer-resistant native of the Eastern United States, this robust, easy fern is a terrific choice for erosion control on shady and partly-shaded slopes, and is easily divisible for gardeners with large areas to cover.(Polystichum acrostichoides)
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  15. Fountain Grass Karley Rose, Pennisetum orientale

    'Karley Rose' is the most famous Fountain Grass, known for its highly decorative rose-purple plumes that catch sunlight like no other. Excellent in containers and when planted en mas...

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    Karley Rose Fountain Grass Karley Rose Oriental Fountain Grass PP#12909 Pennisetum orientale Karley Rose PP#12909
    As low as $21.98 Sale $14.29
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Karley Rose' is the most famous Fountain Grass, known for its highly decorative rose-purple plumes that catch sunlight like no other. Excellent in containers and when planted en masse, 'Karley Rose' is a cold-hardy variety that holds its sprays of blooms throughout the season. Tolerant of both drought and partial shade, this fountain grass delivers plenty of winter interest and has no major pest or disease issues. PP#12909 (Pennisetum orientale)
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  16. Stachys monieri Hummelo, Hummelo Betony, Photo Courtesy of Walters Garden Inc.

    Award-winning Hummelo Betony brings a vigorous burst of spiky violet blooms to your late spring garden while providing a strong mounding groundcover during the rest of the growing se...

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    Hummelo Betony Hummelo Betony Stachys monieri ‘Hummelo’
    $11.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Award-winning Hummelo Betony brings a vigorous burst of spiky violet blooms to your late spring garden while providing a strong mounding groundcover during the rest of the growing season. Masses of two-lipped flowers cluster on the top of strong stems and are a favorite for pollinators in a sunny garden. Deer resistant. (Stachys monieri Hummelo)
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  17. Fort Hill Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata

    'Fort Hill' Creeping Phlox delivers deep, rose-colored blooms that create a carpet of fragrant color on the garden floor in early spring. Star-shaped flowers pair beautifully with e...

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    Fort Hill Creeping Phlox Fort Hill Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata Fort Hill
    As low as $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Fort Hill' Creeping Phlox delivers deep, rose-colored blooms that create a carpet of fragrant color on the garden floor in early spring. Star-shaped flowers pair beautifully with evergreen, needle-like foliage. Deer resistant and tolerant of dry spells, 'Fort Hill' is a great choice for spilling down banks and cascading over walls. Attracts butterflies. (Phlox subulata)
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  18. Blue Geranium Johnson's Blue, Geranium, Crane's Bill

    Legendary color and flowers. Crane's Bill Johnson's Blue is the most famous blue geranium ever. Large flowers, compact plant. (Geranium)...

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    Johnson's Blue Geranium Johnson's Blue Cranesbill Geranium Johnson's Blue
    $10.98 Sale $7.14
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    Legendary color and flowers. Crane's Bill Johnson's Blue is the most famous blue geranium ever. Large flowers, compact plant. (Geranium)
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  19. SunSparkler® Blue Pearl Sedum, Stonecrop

    SunSparkler® Blue Pearl Sedum adds drama to the garden with intense plum-blue foliage that holds color all year long. Late summer brings a stunning display of vibrant pink blooms sw...

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    SunSparkler® Blue Pearl Sedum SunSparkler® Blue Pearl Stonecrop SunSparkler® Blue Pearl Sedum
    $16.98 Sale $11.04
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    SunSparkler® Blue Pearl Sedum adds drama to the garden with intense plum-blue foliage that holds color all year long. Late summer brings a stunning display of vibrant pink blooms swaying in clusters against the dark foliage. Butterflies adore the showy blooms of this perennial plant. A short, upright habit ideal for covering ground along walkways and planting in front of mixed borders. (Sedum hybrid)
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  20. Home Fires Creeping Phlox

    ‘Home Fires’ Phlox brings the delights of creeping phlox to the shade garden with masses of fragrant, bright-pink blooms covering lush, deep-green foliage each spring. Plants spr...

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    Home Fires Creeping Phlox Home Fires Creeping Phlox Phlox stolonifera Home Fires
    As low as $14.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    ‘Home Fires’ Phlox brings the delights of creeping phlox to the shade garden with masses of fragrant, bright-pink blooms covering lush, deep-green foliage each spring. Plants spread to form a dense groundcover that doesn’t overpower neighboring plants. Evergreen foliage is rounded and multi-layered. Fragrant flowers attract pollinators. (Phlox stolonifera)
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  21. Red Sedum spurium Dragon's Blood, Sedum spurium, Stonecrop

    Create a charismatic carpet of changing colors with 'Dragon's Blood' Sedum. Growing only 4 to 6 inches tall, the succulent green leaves are edged in dark cranberry and covered with v...

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    Dragon's Blood Sedum Stonecrop Dragon's Blood Sedum spurium Dragon's Blood
    $9.98 Sale $6.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Create a charismatic carpet of changing colors with 'Dragon's Blood' Sedum. Growing only 4 to 6 inches tall, the succulent green leaves are edged in dark cranberry and covered with vivid red, starry flowers in late summer. Foliage turns crimson with the arrival of cool weather. 'Dragon's Blood' makes an excellent groundcover owing to its spreading habit and tolerance of dry soils. (Sedum spurium)
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  22. White May Apple, Podophyllum peltatum, May Apple

    This unique groundcover boasts umbrella-type leaves and will thrive in any shady area. May Apple’s bright green foliage is also deer resistant. (Podophyllum peltatum)...

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    Mayapple Mayapple, Mandrake, May Apple Podophyllum peltatum
    $18.98 Sale $12.34
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    This unique groundcover boasts umbrella-type leaves and will thrive in any shady area. May Apple’s bright green foliage is also deer resistant. (Podophyllum peltatum)
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  23. Yellow Flowering Spurge, Euphorbia polychroma, Flowering Spurge

    Sometimes called cushion spurge, this plant produces tidy mounds of light green leaves that are covered with pretty yellow flowers in summer. Also known as Euphorbia, this charming g...

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    Euphorbia Flowering Spurge Euphorbia polychroma
    $13.98 Sale $10.49
    Per Bag of 1
    Sometimes called cushion spurge, this plant produces tidy mounds of light green leaves that are covered with pretty yellow flowers in summer. Also known as Euphorbia, this charming ground cover is extremely drought tolerant. It's deer resistant and is easy to grow. (Euphorbia polychroma)
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  24. Creeping Thyme Elfin, Thymus serpyllum

    Low growing and tough, this Thyme is perfect planted in a rock path or as a lawn alternative. Lavender-pink flowers emerge in early summer and attract pollinators to the garden. (Thy...

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    Elfin Creeping Thyme Elfin Creeping Thyme Thymus serpyllum Elfin
    As low as $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Low growing and tough, this Thyme is perfect planted in a rock path or as a lawn alternative. Lavender-pink flowers emerge in early summer and attract pollinators to the garden. (Thymus)
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Deer Resistant Perennials

Keep the deer away with fragrant perennials

Most deer-resistant plants are very fragrant, an attribute that is highly appealing to gardeners, but a huge turn-off to deer (rabbits, woodchucks, and other critters often feel the same). If you have high "deer pressure" in your neighborhood, the flowers listed here are a great place to start when designing a garden that will succeed without being munched on.

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