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  1. 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 $16.98 Sale $8.49
    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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  2. Honeymoon French Kiss Helleborus, White and Purple Lenten Rose

    Honeymoon™ ‘French Kiss’ Hellebore will welcome spring with a spectacular display of white blossoms adorned with raspberry-pink veining above thick evergreen foliage. Helle...

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    Honeymoon™ French Kiss Helleborus Honeymoon™ French Kiss Lenten Rose Helleborus Honeymoon™ French Kiss
    $42.98 Sale $21.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Honeymoon™ ‘French Kiss’ Hellebore will welcome spring with a spectacular display of white blossoms adorned with raspberry-pink veining above thick evergreen foliage. Hellebores, also called Lenten Rose, bloom six weeks or more, beginning in late winter and lasting well into spring. Flowers gently nod atop sturdy stems, making for excellent cut flowers. Hellebores are exceptionally easy to grow, are deer and rabbit resistant, and make lovely cut flowers. As these plants will naturalize and spread, they’re perfect for filling shade and woodland gardens with lovely blooms. (Helleborus)
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  3. White Flame Dwarf Garden Phlox in container garden, Phlox paniculata White Flame

    White Flame® Dwarf Garden Phlox offers all of the flower power of its bigger cousins, but in a compact, manageable size. In mid-to-late summer, pure white panicles of star-shaped bl...

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    White Flame® Phlox White Flame® Dwarf Garden Phlox PP#16,259 Phlox paniculata White Flame®
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    White Flame® Dwarf Garden Phlox offers all of the flower power of its bigger cousins, but in a compact, manageable size. In mid-to-late summer, pure white panicles of star-shaped blossoms top the strong 12-18” stems, attracting butterflies, bees, and moths. The deep green lanceolate foliage of White Flame® provides a backdrop for this native stunner, and shows strong mildew resistance. Pure white flowers on tall stems make beautiful cut flowers, and deadheading will encourage more blooming. An excellent option for small gardens and tight spaces, or anywhere you’d like to add a bright spot in a sunny garden! (Phlox paniculata)
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  4. 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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  5. Butterfly Bush Buzz Series Ivory PP23,464, Buddleia davidii, Photo Credit Ptelea

    Buzz Ivory Butterfly Bush is a prolific bloomer, loaded with fragrant ivory spikes and generous foliage. Compact in size, Buzz Ivory grows to only 3 - 4 feet and is perfect for conta...

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    Buzz® Ivory Butterfly Bush Buzz® Ivory Butterfly Bush Buddleia Buzz® Ivory
    $14.98 Sale $7.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Buzz Ivory Butterfly Bush is a prolific bloomer, loaded with fragrant ivory spikes and generous foliage. Compact in size, Buzz Ivory grows to only 3 - 4 feet and is perfect for containers, small-space gardens and patio plantings. It's also a great choice for disguising your foundation or creating a secondary layer of color between taller background shrubs and perennial plantings. Placed in full sun, this butterfly bush will bloom from spring through fall. (Buddleia davidii)
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  6. 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
    $18.98 Sale $9.49
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    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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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
    $37.98 Sale $18.99
    Per Plant - 3.5" Pot
    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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  10. 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
    $23.98 Sale $11.99
    Per Bag of 25
    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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  11. Whorled Milkweed, Asclepias verticillata- Photo Credit Joshua Mayer, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/

    Whorled Milkweed earns it's name from it's skinny, "whorled leaves". Small clusters of white flowers bloom a little later in the season providing color in your garden when most flow...

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    Whorled Milkweed Whorled Milkweed Asclepias verticillata
    As low as $16.98 Sale $8.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Whorled Milkweed earns it's name from it's skinny, "whorled leaves". Small clusters of white flowers bloom a little later in the season providing color in your garden when most flowers have disappeared. Prepare to entertain many types of pollinators such as butterflies, and bees with this Asclepias. Monarchs will lay their eggs and the larvae (caterpillars) will enjoy a late season feast. When planting this perennial you can be proud to be supporting the Monarch population. (Asclepias verticillata)
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  12. White Astilbe japonica Deutschland, Astilbe japonica, False Spirea, Photo Credit Walters Gardens Inc

    'Deutschland' Astilbe's pure white plumes are lovely in the moonlight and can brighten the shade garden with grace. Soft and feathery flowerheads play beautifully against the glossy ...

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    Deutschland Astilbe Deutschland False Spirea Astilbe japonica Deutschland
    $26.98 Sale $13.49
    Per Bag of 3
    'Deutschland' Astilbe's pure white plumes are lovely in the moonlight and can brighten the shade garden with grace. Soft and feathery flowerheads play beautifully against the glossy green, mounding foliage. Very showy and very easy to care for, like most astilbes, this one is resistant to both deer and rabbits. Try pairing with any fern for a gorgeous, contrasting look. (Astilbe japonica)
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  13. White Joe Pye Weed Chocolate, Eupatorium rugosum, Joe Pye Weed

    This easy-to-grow variety of Joe Pye Weed boasts mounds of dark, bronze-purple leaves and deep stems. Fragrant, pure-white flowers attract butterflies to the late summer garden and t...

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    Chocolate Joe Pye Weed Chocolate Joe Pye Weed Eupatorium rugosum Chocolate or Ageratina altissima
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    This easy-to-grow variety of Joe Pye Weed boasts mounds of dark, bronze-purple leaves and deep stems. Fragrant, pure-white flowers attract butterflies to the late summer garden and this compact variety grows to be 36-48" tall. (Eupatorium rugosum)
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  14. Pink and White Foam Flower, Tiarella cordifolia, Foam Flower

    Foam Flower’s white, feathery plumes create a mystical look in the spring garden. This interesting plant is deer resistant and will thrive in full sun to partial shade. (Tiarella ...

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    Foam Flower Foam Flower Tiarella cordifolia
    $18.98 Sale $9.49
    Per Bag of 3
    Foam Flower’s white, feathery plumes create a mystical look in the spring garden. This interesting plant is deer resistant and will thrive in full sun to partial shade. (Tiarella cordifolia)
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  15. White Solomon's Seal Variegatum, Polygonatum oderatum, Solomon's Seal

    This Woodland beauty boasts light green leaves with clusters of creamy white bells, followed by indigo blue berries in the fall. The arching stems create an evolving, elegant stateme...

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    Variegated Solomon's Seal Variegated Solomon's Seal Polygonatum oderatum var. pluriflorum
    $21.98 Sale $10.99
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    This Woodland beauty boasts light green leaves with clusters of creamy white bells, followed by indigo blue berries in the fall. The arching stems create an evolving, elegant statement in the shade garden. (Polygonatum oderatum var. pluriflorum)
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  16. White Solomon's Seal, Polygonatum multiflorum, Solomon's Seal

    A close relative to Lily of the Valley, Solomon's Seal is a native plant with delicate, bell-shaped flowers that drip gracefully from arching 18" stems. Set against broad green leave...

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    Solomon's Seal Solomon's Seal Polygonatum multiflorum
    $21.98 Sale $10.99
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    A close relative to Lily of the Valley, Solomon's Seal is a native plant with delicate, bell-shaped flowers that drip gracefully from arching 18" stems. Set against broad green leaves, the tiny flowers seem to glow each evening at dusk and emit a sweet fragrance. Most at home in moist, rich soils, this woodland plant will excel in any shady spot as long as you amend the planitng site with compost and mulch the whole area to help retain moisture. Will spread and naturalize, slowly but surely. (Polygonatum multiflorum)
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  17. Pink Geranium Biokovo, Geranium cantabrigiense, Crane's Bill

    Looking for an elegant, low-maintenance groundcover? This Geranium, also known as Crane’s Bill, is the perfect choice for you. Delicate, pure white blooms are splashed with pink an...

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    Biokovo Geranium Biokovo Cranesbill Geranium cantabrigiense Biokovo
    $18.98 Sale $9.49
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Looking for an elegant, low-maintenance groundcover? This Geranium, also known as Crane’s Bill, is the perfect choice for you. Delicate, pure white blooms are splashed with pink and create a carpet of color in the summer garden. It grows in full sun to light shade and tolerates most soil types. This garden favorite attracts pollinators and will quickly become one of your favorite go-to perennials for low-growing blooms. It spreads heartily, but is easy to control.
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  18. 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 $9.49
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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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  19. White Lily of the Valley, Convallaria majalis, Lily of the Valley

    Easy to grow from tiny roots called pips, Lily of the Valley is a much-loved, old-fashioned groundcover for shade. Enjoy the richly scented blossoms. (Convallaria majalis)...

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    Lily of the Valley Lily of the Valley, May Bells Convallaria majalis
    $23.98 Sale $11.99
    Per Bag of 15
    Easy to grow from tiny roots called pips, Lily of the Valley is a much-loved, old-fashioned groundcover for shade. Enjoy the richly scented blossoms. (Convallaria majalis)
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  20. Pink Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower, Epigaea repens

    Trailing Arbutus is an exquisite woodland flower that boasts sweet-scented, pastel pink beauty blooms along running stems of shiny evergreen leaves, creating the ultimate groundcover...

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    Mayflower Mayflower, Trailing Arbutus Epigaea repens
    $21.98 Sale $10.99
    Per Bag of 3
    Trailing Arbutus is an exquisite woodland flower that boasts sweet-scented, pastel pink beauty blooms along running stems of shiny evergreen leaves, creating the ultimate groundcover for woodland gardens. (Epigaea repens)
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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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