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  1. Bee Balm Jacob Cline, Monarda

    'Jacob Cline' Monarda is a colorfully vibrant, mildew-resistant variety of the cherished Bee Balm plant. Loved by both gardeners and hummingbirds, crimson red crown-shaped blooms app...

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    Jacob Cline Bee Balm Jacob Cline Bee Balm, Bergamot Monarda didyma Jacob Cline
    As low as $201.32 Sale $100.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Jacob Cline' Monarda is a colorfully vibrant, mildew-resistant variety of the cherished Bee Balm plant. Loved by both gardeners and hummingbirds, crimson red crown-shaped blooms appear on tall, herbaceous plants in mid summer. Its fragrant foliage and tolerance of pests, mildew and clay soils make 'Jacob Cline' a true favorite in the perennial bed. Deer resistant. (Monarda)
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  2. Aster Purple Dome

    The violet daisy-shaped blooms of 'Purple Dome' Aster pair beautifully with its honey yellow centers and forest green foliage. This native wildflower is easy to grow and compact, mak...

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    Purple Dome New England Aster New England Aster Purple Dome Aster novae-angliae Purple Dome
    As low as $108.98 Sale $54.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    The violet daisy-shaped blooms of 'Purple Dome' Aster pair beautifully with its honey yellow centers and forest green foliage. This native wildflower is easy to grow and compact, making it a great choice for containers, borders and small-space gardens. 'Purple Dome' bursts into bloom in the late summer, providing much-needed color and vital nectar for pollinators right when much of the garden has finished for the season. (Aster novae-angliae)
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  3. Ice Ballet Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata, Photo Credit Darlene Williams

    'Ice Ballet' Swamp Milkweed is a staple of the butterfly garden, providing essential food, nectar and shelter to Monarchs at every life stage. Clouds of fragrant, bright-white blooms...

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    Ice Ballet Swamp Milkweed Swamp Milkweed Ice Ballet Asclepias incarnata Ice Ballet
    As low as $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Ice Ballet' Swamp Milkweed is a staple of the butterfly garden, providing essential food, nectar and shelter to Monarchs at every life stage. Clouds of fragrant, bright-white blooms also attract and support a crowd of other pollinators. While many Swamp Milkweeds make their homes in wetlands, 'Ice Ballet' thrives in drier soils. (Asclepias incarnata)
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  4. Red Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria, Lobelia fulgens

    Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria is a hybrid of Americas famous wild lobelia with deeper red bloom and dark burgundy foliage. Hummingbirds love them. (Lobelia cardinalis)...

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    Queen Victoria Lobelia Queen Victoria Cardinal Flower Lobelia fulgens Queen Victoria
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Cardinal Flower Queen Victoria is a hybrid of Americas famous wild lobelia with deeper red bloom and dark burgundy foliage. Hummingbirds love them. (Lobelia cardinalis)
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  5. Starship Deep Rose Lobelia with Pink Blooms, Photo Courtesy Of Walters Gardens

    ‘Starship Deep Rose’ Cardinal Flower has rose-pink tubular flowers that open along strong flowering stems in mid-summer, attracting hummingbirds and pollinators into autumn. For ...

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    Starship Deep Rose Lobelia Starship Deep Rose Cardinal Flower Lobelia speciosa Starship Deep Rose
    ‘Starship Deep Rose’ Cardinal Flower has rose-pink tubular flowers that open along strong flowering stems in mid-summer, attracting hummingbirds and pollinators into autumn. For a garden or meadow that stays fairly moist, ‘Starship Deep Rose’ should be at the top of your list! The margins of a rain garden, water feature, pond, or quietly flowing stream are perfect for this North American native. Low-to mid-growing lanceolate foliage is a deep burnished green and provides a perfect foil to the rose-pink flowers. ‘Starship Deep Rose’ blooms earlier than most Lobelias – a terrific improvement upon a treasured native plant. (Lobelia x speciosa)
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  6. 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 $7.99
    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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  7. Blue Cardinal Flower with two monarch butterflies, Lobelia siphilitica, Cardinal Flower

    Great Blue Lobelia (also called Blue Cardinal Flower) is a tough, hardy perennial with large leaves and gorgeous, light blue blooms. An easy to grow native that will thrive in a part...

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    Great Blue Lobelia Blue Cardinal Flower Lobelia siphilitica Great Blue
    As low as $12.98 Sale $6.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Great Blue Lobelia (also called Blue Cardinal Flower) is a tough, hardy perennial with large leaves and gorgeous, light blue blooms. An easy to grow native that will thrive in a partly sunny, moist spot in your garden, this Lobelia will spread and multiply when given the chance. Blooms appear late in the season and provide important nectar to bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer and rabbit resistant. (Lobelia siphilitica)
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  8. Painted Trillium, Trillium undulatum, Wake-Robin

    Painted Trillium is an enchanting woodland wildflower, with delicate white petals and a magenta-red center burst. Native to the northern woods, each plant produces a single bloom tha...

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    Painted Trillium Wake Robin, Painted Lady Trillium undulatum
    Painted Trillium is an enchanting woodland wildflower, with delicate white petals and a magenta-red center burst. Native to the northern woods, each plant produces a single bloom that sits atop three whorled leaves. Painted Trillium prefers acid soils but can adapt itself to sweeter, more alkaline soils as long as it is given a good amount of shade and moisture. (Trillium undulatum)
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  9. Red Trillium, Trillium erectum, Wake-Robin

    Native Red Trillium is a beloved woodland wildflower with stunning, three-petaled burgundy flowers that float above a whorl of bright green leaves. Also known as Purple Trillium and ...

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    Red Trillium Wake Robin, Stinking Benjamin, Purple Trillium Trillium erectum
    Native Red Trillium is a beloved woodland wildflower with stunning, three-petaled burgundy flowers that float above a whorl of bright green leaves. Also known as Purple Trillium and Wake Robin, the flowers are some of the first to appear in spring and last for just under one month before forming berries that wildlife snack on. Prefers moist shade and rich soil and will naturalize over time. (Trillium erectum)
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  10. Hayscented Fern, Dennstaedtia fronds

    Have an area that needs some plant cover? Hay-Scented Fern’s lacy green fronds wave from upright plants that will thrive in shade to part-shade, and even sun if the soil is moist. ...

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    Hay Scented Fern Hay Scented Fern Dennstaedtia punctilobula
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
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    Have an area that needs some plant cover? Hay-Scented Fern’s lacy green fronds wave from upright plants that will thrive in shade to part-shade, and even sun if the soil is moist. Growing from 18-24" tall, Hay-Scented Fern will spread quickly to form colonies that can cover a large expanse. When the fronds are disturbed, the lovely scent of summertime hay wafts through the air. (Dennstaedtia punctilobula)
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  11. Arctic Fire® Dogwood, Cornus sericea Farrow, Photo Courtesy of Proven Winners

    Arctic Fire® Dogwood provides all the beauty of red-twig dogwood in a dwarf form, perfect for smaller gardens. Brilliant red stems color the winter garden and cuttings are prized fo...

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    Arctic Fire® Dogwood Arctic Fire® Dogwood Cornus sericea Farrow
    $36.98 Sale $18.49
    Per Plant - 4" Pot
    Arctic Fire® Dogwood provides all the beauty of red-twig dogwood in a dwarf form, perfect for smaller gardens. Brilliant red stems color the winter garden and cuttings are prized for holiday arrangements. Plant as a centerpiece in winter containers or mass in the landscape. Green summer foliage turns shades of red and orange in autumn before fading to purple. (Cornus sericea Farrow)
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  12. Showy Milkweed, Asclepias speciosa

    Showy Milkweed (Asclepias) lives up to its name, producing an explosion of star-shaped flowers in rounded three-inch clusters from late spring into summer. Each bicolor bloom stands ...

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    Showy Milkweed Showy Milkweed Asclepias speciosa
    Showy Milkweed (Asclepias) lives up to its name, producing an explosion of star-shaped flowers in rounded three-inch clusters from late spring into summer. Each bicolor bloom stands like a crown with pale, tapering horns surrounded by darker pink to purple sepals. An important nectar resource for adult monarchs, other butterflies, hummingbirds, native bees, and honey bees. (Asclepias speciosa)
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  13. Prairie Milkweed, Asclepias sullivanti

    Prairie Milkweed (Asclepias) is a hummingbird favorite and ideal pollinator plant, attracting a wide variety of bees and butterflies to the garden. Easy to grow and endlessly rewardi...

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    Prairie Milkweed Prairie Milkweed Asclepias sullivanti
    $18.98 Sale $9.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Prairie Milkweed (Asclepias) is a hummingbird favorite and ideal pollinator plant, attracting a wide variety of bees and butterflies to the garden. Easy to grow and endlessly rewarding, prairie milkweed blooms throughout the summer, producing clusters of fragrant, pink flowers. Flowers give way to smooth seed pods that are prized for dried flower arrangements. (Asclepias sullivanti)
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  14. Low Scape® Mound Chokeberry, Aronia melanocarpa, Photo  Courtesy of Proven Winners

    Low Scape® Mound Chokeberry provides season-long beauty in a rugged, compact shrub that grows almost anywhere: hot or cold climates, wet or dry soils, sun and part shade. And there ...

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    Low Scape® Mound Chokeberry Low Scape® Mound Chokeberry Aronia melanocarpa UCONNAM165
    $39.98 Sale $19.99
    Per Plant - 4" Pot
    Low Scape® Mound Chokeberry provides season-long beauty in a rugged, compact shrub that grows almost anywhere: hot or cold climates, wet or dry soils, sun and part shade. And there is no shortage of style, from hundreds of dainty white blossoms in spring to vibrant red fall foliage and shiny, purple-black berries. All that atop tidy mounds of handsome glossy green foliage. (Aronia melanocarpa UCONNAM165)
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  15. Little Henry® Sweetspire, Itea virginica Sprich, Photo Courtsey of Proven Winners

    Little Henry® Sweetspire delights with soft fragrance, summer blooms, and gorgeous fall foliage. A flush of white flowers drapes the shrub each summer, dangling in long tubular clu...

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    Little Henry® Sweetspire Little Henry® Sweetspire Itea virginica Sprich
    Little Henry® Sweetspire delights with soft fragrance, summer blooms, and gorgeous fall foliage. A flush of white flowers drapes the shrub each summer, dangling in long tubular clusters and drawing pollinators to the garden. This selection of the North American native shrub has more compact, mounded growth and fiery red and orange autumn foliage. (Itea virginica Sprich)
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  16. rudbeckia hirta, black-eyed susan orange sahara

    Sahara Black-Eyed Susan brings elegant, antique hues to a long-time garden favorite. Large, mostly double flowers bloom dusty rose, copper, amber, and russet against a dark chocolate...

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    Sahara Black-Eyed Susan Sahara Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Sahara Black-Eyed Susan brings elegant, antique hues to a long-time garden favorite. Large, mostly double flowers bloom dusty rose, copper, amber, and russet against a dark chocolate eye for soft color and loads of texture. Blooming midsummer through fall, collect handfuls for showy autumn bouquets. Velvety blooms attract a diversity of wildlife, from pollinators to songbirds. Grow as a perennial in zones 9-10, it’s a self-seeding annual in cooler zones. (Rudbeckia hirta)
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  17. Cherokee Sunset Black-Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta

    Cherokee Sunset Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) casts an autumn glow across the garden with large double and semi-double blooms burning in radiant yellow, orange, and copper hues. A dar...

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    Cherokee Sunset Black-Eyed Susan Cherokee Sunset Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta
    Cherokee Sunset Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) casts an autumn glow across the garden with large double and semi-double blooms burning in radiant yellow, orange, and copper hues. A dark mahogany center and chocolate brown eye accent the warm tones. Sturdy, upright stems and bright green foliage resist deer and rabbit browsing. An award-winning beauty for season-long color. Easy-to-grow self-seeding annual in cooler zones. (Rudbeckia hirta)
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  18. Floristan White Blazing Star, Liatris spicata, Photo Courtesy of Walters Garden Inc.

    Floristan White Blazing Star sends two-foot spikes of pure white blooms shooting skyward from mid-summer into fall. Each flowering wand is packed with frilly, nectar-rich blooms that...

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    Floristan White Blazing Star Floristan White Blazing Star Liatris spicata
    Floristan White Blazing Star sends two-foot spikes of pure white blooms shooting skyward from mid-summer into fall. Each flowering wand is packed with frilly, nectar-rich blooms that are a butterfly’s dream come true. This North American native selection was bred for excellent performance as a cut flower, be sure to gather handfuls for filling vases. (Liatris spicata)
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  19. Chim Chiminee Black-Eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta with bee, Photo Courtesy of Michael Davy

    Chim Chiminee Black-Eyed Susan paints the garden in rusty hues of bronze, gold, mahogany, and burnt orange from midsummer through autumn. Large flowers bear quilled petals for added ...

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    Chim Chiminee Black-Eyed Susan Chim Chiminee Black-Eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Chim Chiminee Black-Eyed Susan paints the garden in rusty hues of bronze, gold, mahogany, and burnt orange from midsummer through autumn. Large flowers bear quilled petals for added texture. Well-branched plants provide amply blooms for cutting. An elegant plant for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds. Seed heads provide winter interest and seed for songbirds. A tender perennial plant (zones 9-10); grow as a self-seeding annual in cooler zones. (Rudbeckia hirta)
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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 $7.49
    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. Bee Balm Marshall's Delight, Monarda

    'Marshall's Delight' Bee Balm is a hot pink, hummingbird and butterfly favorite that makes a huge show in the garden. Growing to 3 ft. in height, this variety has exceptionally fragr...

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    Marshall's Delight Bee Balm Bee Balm Marshall's Delight, Bergamot Monarda didyma Marshall's Delight
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
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    'Marshall's Delight' Bee Balm is a hot pink, hummingbird and butterfly favorite that makes a huge show in the garden. Growing to 3 ft. in height, this variety has exceptionally fragrant foliage and vibrant late-season color. Shows good resistance to powdery mildew and is happy to naturalize when allowed. (Monarda)
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  22. Eupatorium Baby Joe, Joe Pye Weed with Coreopsis

    'Baby Joe' Dwarf Joe Pye Weed is the solution for butterfly lovers short on space in the garden. This compact variety grows to a manageable 2-3’ tall and limits its spread. 'Baby J...

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    Baby Joe Dwarf Pye Weed Dwarf Pye Weed Baby Joe PP#20320 Eupatorium dubium Baby Joe PP#20320
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Baby Joe' Dwarf Joe Pye Weed is the solution for butterfly lovers short on space in the garden. This compact variety grows to a manageable 2-3’ tall and limits its spread. 'Baby Joe' has gorgeous purple blooms that add sweet fragrance to the late-season garden, supplying butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees with vital nectar. Deer resistant. (Eupatorium dubium) PP#20320
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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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