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  1. Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster, Calamagrostis acutiflora

    'Karl Foerster' Feather Reed Grass creates a dramatic garden accent, with tall, slender, vertical growth and feathery plumes of shifting bronze color that stay in place year-round. A...

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    Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Calamagrostis x acutiflora Karl Foerster
    As low as $17.98 Sale $8.99
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Karl Foerster' Feather Reed Grass creates a dramatic garden accent, with tall, slender, vertical growth and feathery plumes of shifting bronze color that stay in place year-round. An early bloomer, 'Karl Foerster' is a cool season grass that grows most rapidly in the spring season and produces notably early blooms. It is a clump-forming decorative grass, with an upward architectural growth habit, making it a dramatic specimen plant in garden or meadow. Torch-like plumes are widely used in dried flower arrangements. This sterile variety does not self-sow, is deer resistant, and notably cold hardy. (Calamagrostis acutiflora)
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  2. Hardy Pampas Grass Erianthus, Saccharum ravennae Erianthus

    Hardy Pampas Grass, or Ravenna Grass, makes an excellent specimen plant all year. Airy white plumes form in mid-summer over green foliage. In autumn, leaves turn to bronze then red, ...

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    Hardy Pampas Grass Erianthus Hardy Pampas Grass Saccharum ravennae Erianthus
    As low as $12.98 Sale $6.49
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    Hardy Pampas Grass, or Ravenna Grass, makes an excellent specimen plant all year. Airy white plumes form in mid-summer over green foliage. In autumn, leaves turn to bronze then red, adding a layer of color and visual interest. Plant can reach up to 12 feet tall, perfect for creating living fences or adding privacy to the landscape. This cold-hardy, quick-growing grass can help stabilize soil and prevent erosion. (Saccharum ravennae)
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  3. 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 $6.99
    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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  4. 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 $8.49
    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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  5. Ostrich Fern, Matteuccia struthiopteris, Ostrich Fern

    The Ostrich Fern is a grand, native plant from the Eastern American woodlands. Unfurling in a fiddlehead shape, it gets its name from the open plumes that resemble ostrich feathers. ...

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    Ostrich Fern Ostrich Fern Matteuccia struthiopteris
    As low as $14.98 Sale $7.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    The Ostrich Fern is a grand, native plant from the Eastern American woodlands. Unfurling in a fiddlehead shape, it gets its name from the open plumes that resemble ostrich feathers. Like most ferns, this one prefers a cool, moist spot and will spread and thrive in any wet, shady area of the garden. A notably graceful plant. (Matteuccia struthiopteris)
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  6. EverColor Everest Sedge Grass Foliage Variegated with Green and White

    EverColor 'Everest' Sedge Grass has gracefully arching green foliage with clean white margins. This variegated fountain-like grass looks lovely spilling from containers, or massed as...

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    EverColor® Everest Sedge Grass EverColor® Everest Variegated Sedge Grass PP#20,955 Carex oshimensis EverColor® Everest PP#20,955
    As low as $22.98 Sale $11.49
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    EverColor 'Everest' Sedge Grass has gracefully arching green foliage with clean white margins. This variegated fountain-like grass looks lovely spilling from containers, or massed as a groundcover to brighten shady beds. Part of the popular EverColor Series, 'Everest' is easy to maintain, with neat mounding evergreen foliage that provides texture and beauty all year. Use this ornamental grass to edge walkways or rain gardens, beautify a slope or bank, or plant en masse to create a lovely ground cover in sun-to-part-shade areas. (Carex oshimensis)
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  7. Stinking Hellebore in woodland garden, Helleborus foetidus

    Stinking Hellebore might have an unappealing name, but don’t let that deter you - this evergreen perennial, blooms late winter to mid-spring, offering stunning foliage and flowers ...

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    Stinking Hellebore Stinking Hellebore Helleborus foetidus
    $39.98 Sale $19.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Stinking Hellebore might have an unappealing name, but don’t let that deter you - this evergreen perennial, blooms late winter to mid-spring, offering stunning foliage and flowers when your garden needs it most. This hellebore has dark green leathery leaves, deeply cut to form narrow fingers with a lush, tropical appeal. Clusters of nodding, bell-shaped chartreuse flowers are edged in contrasting burgundy, energizing the garden for months. A lovely complement to spring-flowering bulbs and an excellent choice for filling in a sparse spring garden. Also known by interesting names such as Bearfoot, Ox Heel, and Stinkwort, this plant is a true gem for the early season shade garden. (Helleborus foetidus)
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  8. Carex Grass Ice Dance, Carex morrowii, Variegated Japanese Sedge

    Add bright color and texture to your shade garden with gorgeous 'Ice Dance' Sedge Grass. This ornamental grass is an evergreen, with showy white edges lining each moss-green blade. D...

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    Ice Dance Sedge Grass Ice Dance Japanese Sedge Carex morrowii Ice Dance
    As low as $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    Add bright color and texture to your shade garden with gorgeous 'Ice Dance' Sedge Grass. This ornamental grass is an evergreen, with showy white edges lining each moss-green blade. Deer-resistant sedges prefer moist soil, and they can be used to edge streams, ponds, and banks. Makes a fine 'filler' for adding texture to container plantings. (Carex morrowii)
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  9. Japanese Sedge Grass Everillo, Carex oshimensis close up of golden green foliage

    EverColor 'Everillo' Sedge Grass shines with golden foliage that lights up the shade garden. Part of the popular EverColor Series, foliage emerges lime green and shifts to a sunny ye...

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    EverColor® Everillo Sedge Grass Everillo Japanese Sedge Grass PP#21002 Carex oshimensis EverColor® Everillo PP#21002
    As low as $24.98 Sale $12.49
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    EverColor 'Everillo' Sedge Grass shines with golden foliage that lights up the shade garden. Part of the popular EverColor Series, foliage emerges lime green and shifts to a sunny yellow, adding vibrant texture and year-long color to the landscape. A versatile, low-maintenance groundcover or edging plant for wet or dry shade. Perfect for edging woodland pathways and shady planting beds. Add 'Everillo' to containers and window boxes for evergreen color and lush texture. Deer resistant. (Carex oshimensis)
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  10. 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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  11. Purple Miscanthus Grass, Miscanthus sinensis Purpurascens

    Purple Miscanthus Grass, or Maiden Grass, has graceful compact form highlighted by a kaleidoscope of color. Foliage emerges green, with red accents that deepen throughout summer, top...

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    Purple Miscanthus Grass Purple Maiden Grass, Purple Silver Grass, Flame Grass Miscanthus sinensis Purpurascens
    As low as $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    Purple Miscanthus Grass, or Maiden Grass, has graceful compact form highlighted by a kaleidoscope of color. Foliage emerges green, with red accents that deepen throughout summer, topped by silver-pink plumes in late summer. Fall brings a fiery orange-red color to foliage, turning burgundy by winter, which gives contrast to the plumes that turn to an icy white as seeds develop. Fluffy white seed heads and burgundy color endure through winter for year-round interest. (Miscanthus sinensis)
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  12. 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 $10.99
    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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  13. Red Head Fountain Grass, Pennisetum alopecuriodes

    'Red Head' Fountain Grass stands out as one of the earliest-flowering fountain grasses. 'Red Head' dazzles with bottlebrush plumes that emerge burgundy red in mid-to-late summer. Sof...

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    Red Head Fountain Grass Red Head Fountain Grass Pennisetum alopecuriodes Red Head
    As low as $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Red Head' Fountain Grass stands out as one of the earliest-flowering fountain grasses. 'Red Head' dazzles with bottlebrush plumes that emerge burgundy red in mid-to-late summer. Soft, fuzzy plumes shift to a silvery hue in fall and remain in place throughout winter. Flowing, ribbon-like grass blades adds texture and motion throughout the seasons, with leaves taking on yellow highlights in autumn. An excellent cut flower, fresh or dried. (Pennisetum alopecuriodes)
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  14. 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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  15. Morning Light Miscanthus Grass, Miscanthus sinensis

    'Morning Light' Miscanthus Grass is a versatile ornamental grass loved by birds. This elegant grass has fine arching white-and-green variegated leaves, giving the whole plant a silve...

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    Morning Light Miscanthus Grass Morning Light Maiden Grass Miscanthus sinensis Morning Light
    As low as $19.98 Sale $9.99
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Morning Light' Miscanthus Grass is a versatile ornamental grass loved by birds. This elegant grass has fine arching white-and-green variegated leaves, giving the whole plant a silvery appearance. Wheat-colored flowers appear in late summer to fall, and dry to a creamy white, adding great drama to the fall landscape. This grass is deer resistant and will attract birds to the garden. (Miscanthus sinensis)
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  16. Gracillimus Miscanthus Grass, Maiden Grass

    Elegant 'Gracillimus' Miscanthus Grass, or Maiden Grass, is a classic ornamental grass. It forms a tall, rounded mound of thin, variegated foliage, topped by feathery copper blooms i...

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    Gracillimus Miscanthus Grass Gracillimus Maiden Grass Miscanthus sinensis Gracillimus
    As low as $21.98 Sale $10.99
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    Elegant 'Gracillimus' Miscanthus Grass, or Maiden Grass, is a classic ornamental grass. It forms a tall, rounded mound of thin, variegated foliage, topped by feathery copper blooms in late summer to mid-autumn. Excellent as a privacy screen or architectural landscape element, 'Gracillimus' can grow to be 8 tall and 5 wide. While it prefers full sun and moist soil, this Maiden Grass tolerates a variety of conditions, including humidity. Foliage turns from silver-green to bronze as winter approaches. (Miscanthus sinensis)
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  17. 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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  18. Hart's Tongue Fern, Asplenium scolopendrium

    Hart's Tongue Fern is unique in its appearance, with long, smooth fronds that unfurl into tall and narrow blades. Lacking the tooth-like divisions most ferns are known for, this plan...

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    Hart's Tongue Fern Hart's Tongue Fern Asplenium scolopendrium
    $14.98 Sale $7.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Hart's Tongue Fern is unique in its appearance, with long, smooth fronds that unfurl into tall and narrow blades. Lacking the tooth-like divisions most ferns are known for, this plant still delivers loads of interest to the garden with its pointed tips that remain curled until the last moment, and notably thick, cigar-shaped spores. The Hart's Tongue Fern will flourish in shady, cool areas with moist soil. (Asplenium scolopendrium)
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  19. Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass, Schizachyrium scoparium

    'Prairie Blues' is an exceptional variety of native Little Bluestem Grass, selected for its vibrant color and compact growth. Fine leaf blades shine with a more intense blue color th...

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    Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues
    As low as $18.98 Sale $9.49
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    'Prairie Blues' is an exceptional variety of native Little Bluestem Grass, selected for its vibrant color and compact growth. Fine leaf blades shine with a more intense blue color than most of the species, and late summer brings slender deep-purple plumes atop the foliage for an added layer of color. In autumn, small, airy, silver-white seed heads glisten in the autumn sun, against foliage that shifts to a warm bronze-orange color. Leave standing over winter to enjoy the colors and textures. An outstanding choice for both formal structured mass plantings and natural-looking landscapes. An exceptionally cold-hardy grass. (Schizachyrium scoparium)
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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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