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  1. Orchid Frost Lamium

    Orchid Frost makes a great groundcover for shade with variegated leaves and orchid-pink bloom. Only 8 inches tall. PP#11122 (Lamium maculatum)...

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    Orchid Frost Lamium Orchid Frost Dead Nettle PP#11122 Lamium maculatum Orchid Frost PP#11122
    As low as $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Orchid Frost makes a great groundcover for shade with variegated leaves and orchid-pink bloom. Only 8 inches tall. PP#11122 (Lamium maculatum)
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  2. White Nancy Lamium

    White Nancy is a mat forming flowering groundcover for shady areas. Use with hostas and other shade lovers. (Lamium maculatum)...

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    White Nancy Lamium White Nancy Dead Nettle Lamium maculatum White Nancy
    As low as $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    White Nancy is a mat forming flowering groundcover for shady areas. Use with hostas and other shade lovers. (Lamium maculatum)
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  3. Purple Dragon Lamium

    Purple Dragon has stunning silver leaves with dark green edging and large, magenta-purple flowers. This Lamium is perfect for any shady area of the garden. PP# 15890 (Lamium maculatu...

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    Purple Dragon Lamium Purple Dragon Dead Nettle PP#15890 Lamium maculatum Purple Dragon PP#15890
    As low as $10.98 Sale $5.49
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    Purple Dragon has stunning silver leaves with dark green edging and large, magenta-purple flowers. This Lamium is perfect for any shady area of the garden. PP# 15890 (Lamium maculatum)
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  4. Blue Cardinal Flower, 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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  5. Yellow and Purple Viola Etain, Viola cornuta, Violet

    Violet Etain has lovely violet flowers with pale lemon yellow petals, edged in purple. Beautiful summer color. (Viola cornuta)...

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    Etain Violet Etain Horned Violet, Horned Pansy, Tufted Violet Viola cornuta Etain
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Violet Etain has lovely violet flowers with pale lemon yellow petals, edged in purple. Beautiful summer color. (Viola cornuta)
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  6. 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
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    '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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  7. Purple Astilbe arendsii Amethyst, Astilbe arendsii, False Spirea

    Plant this luminous Astilbe in any shady spot of the garden and it will be sure to turn heads – Amethyst’s rich, lavender plumes almost seem to glow! (Astilbe arendsii)...

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    Amethyst Astilbe False Spirea Amethyst Astilbe arendsii Amethyst
    $23.98 Sale $11.99
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    Plant this luminous Astilbe in any shady spot of the garden and it will be sure to turn heads – Amethyst’s rich, lavender plumes almost seem to glow! (Astilbe arendsii)
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  8. Purpurkerze Astilbe

    A striking giant for the shade garden, 'Purpurkerze' Astilbe grows up to 42 inches tall with spectacular, candelabra-like flowers in rich purple. Foliage is deeply-cut and carries a ...

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    Purpurkerze Astilbe Purpurkerze Chinese Astilbe Astilbe chinensis Purpurkerze
    $26.98 Sale $13.49
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    A striking giant for the shade garden, 'Purpurkerze' Astilbe grows up to 42 inches tall with spectacular, candelabra-like flowers in rich purple. Foliage is deeply-cut and carries a bronze tint. Like other astilbes, 'Purpurkerze' prefers shade and moist soils, but seems to have more tolerance for drought and sun. (Astilbe chinensis)
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  9. Pink Astilbe thunbergii Straussenfeder, Astilbe thunbergii, False Spirea

    A departure from the more familiar upright astilbes, 'Straussenfeder' creates a fountain of rich pink, weeping blooms that bend and arch with grace. Flowering in mid summer, this var...

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    Straussenfeder Astilbe Straussenfeder False Spirea Astilbe thunbergii Straussenfeder
    $23.98 Sale $11.99
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    A departure from the more familiar upright astilbes, 'Straussenfeder' creates a fountain of rich pink, weeping blooms that bend and arch with grace. Flowering in mid summer, this variety still prefers a shady spot and moist soil. 'Straussenfeder' Astilbe is sometimes called Ostrich Plume, because of its dramatic draping plumes. (Astilbe thunbergii)
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  10. Yellow Ligularia stenocephala The Rocket, Golden Ray

    A great choice for moist, shady gardens, this big plant forms a large canopy of leaves and sends up bright yellow flower spikes in the middle of summer. A hummingbird favorite. (Ligu...

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    The Rocket Golden Ray The Rocket Golden Ray Ligularia stenocephala The Rocket
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
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    A great choice for moist, shady gardens, this big plant forms a large canopy of leaves and sends up bright yellow flower spikes in the middle of summer. A hummingbird favorite. (Ligularia stenocephala)
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  11. White Bugbane Atropurpurea, Actaea simplex or Cimicifuga ramosa, Bugbane

    Black Bugbane is a unique beauty that boasts dark, coppery-purple foliage and spikes of fluffy, bottlebrush-shaped white flowers. Thrives in shade, part-shade and woodland settings w...

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    Black Bugbane Black Bugbane Actaea simplex artopurpurea, Cimicifuga ramosa
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
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    Black Bugbane is a unique beauty that boasts dark, coppery-purple foliage and spikes of fluffy, bottlebrush-shaped white flowers. Thrives in shade, part-shade and woodland settings with moist soils and is ignored by deer. Its showy flowers and interesting color are great paired with more traditional shade plants like hostas and ferns. Bugbane gets its name from its natural ability to repel insects. (Actaea simplex)
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  12. Astilbe Mix, Astilbe, False Spirea

    Looking to add bold, bright color to a shady spot in your garden? Our Astilbe Mix is an amazing choice, providing a variety of color to the mid-summer garden with unique, spiky flowe...

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    Astilbe Mix False Spirea Mix Astilbe Mix
    $23.98 Sale $11.99
    Per Bag of 5
    Looking to add bold, bright color to a shady spot in your garden? Our Astilbe Mix is an amazing choice, providing a variety of color to the mid-summer garden with unique, spiky flower plumes that don’t require staking. Also known as False Spirea, our Astilbe Mixture is deer resistant and amazingly easy to grow. Make sure to plant extra, as these blooms make for gorgeous summer bouquets and last all year long if dried. Astilbe makes a bold statement on their own or paired with other shade-loving perennials, such as Hostas and Columbines.
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  13. Ginger, Arrow Leaf, Asarum arifolium

    Arrow-Leaf Ginger, grows up to 6-8inches in height. It blooms dark purple flowers in early summer and grows best in full shade to partial shade. It is deer resistant and has scented...

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    Arrow Leaf Ginger Arrow Leaf Ginger, Arrow-leaf Ginger Asarum arifolium
    $18.98 Sale $9.49
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    Arrow-Leaf Ginger, grows up to 6-8inches in height. It blooms dark purple flowers in early summer and grows best in full shade to partial shade. It is deer resistant and has scented leaves. (Asarum arifolium)
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  14. Violet, Viola Halo Violet

    Halo Violet is a compact sweet smelling ground cover. At 8-10” tall it produces larger dark purple flowers than most violets. A heat tolerant Violet and deer resistant. Plant in...

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    Halo Violet Halo Horned Violet PP#24428, Horned Pansy, Tufted Violet Viola cornuta Halo PP#24428
    $11.98 Sale $5.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Halo Violet is a compact sweet smelling ground cover. At 8-10” tall it produces larger dark purple flowers than most violets. A heat tolerant Violet and deer resistant. Plant in full sun to part shade as a border or in containers. (Viola cornuta PP#24428)
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  15. Pink Lamium Pink Pewter, Lamium maculatum, Dead Nettle

    Pink Pewter is a great groundcover for shady areas with bright bloom from late spring into summer. (Lamium maculatum)...

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    Pink Pewter Lamium Pink Pewter Dead Nettle Lamium maculatum Pink Pewter
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    Pink Pewter is a great groundcover for shady areas with bright bloom from late spring into summer. (Lamium maculatum)
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  16. Astilbe chinensis Pumila Plant with pink plumes

    A fine choice for moist shady soil, particularly when used as a groundcover, ‘Pumila’ Astilbe will light up your garden in late summer with slender, feathery plumes of lavender p...

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    Pumila Astilbe Pumila Chinese Astilbe Astilbe chinensis Pumila
    $23.98 Sale $11.99
    Per Bag of 3
    A fine choice for moist shady soil, particularly when used as a groundcover, ‘Pumila’ Astilbe will light up your garden in late summer with slender, feathery plumes of lavender pink. The finely dissected, fern-like foliage of this Chinese dwarf variety is low growing and spreads rapidly via rhizomes. Blooms later than other astilbes. (Astilbe chinensis var. pumila)
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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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