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  1. Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster, Calamagrostis acutiflora

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

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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 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. At home in moist soils and tolerant of part shade, salt, and humidity, this sterile variety does not self-sow and is deer resistant. (Calamagrostis acutiflora)
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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 $9.98 Sale $4.99
    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. 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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  4. Aralia Cordata Sun King, Japanese Spikenard in a perennial garden

    Ideal for shrub & foliage lovers, ‘Sun King’ Golden Japanese Spikenard boasts beautiful large compound leaves in a golden shade of chartreuse. ‘Sun King’ can grow upwards of ...

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    Sun King Aralia Japanese Spikenard Aralia cordata Sun King
    $29.98 Sale $14.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Ideal for shrub & foliage lovers, ‘Sun King’ Golden Japanese Spikenard boasts beautiful large compound leaves in a golden shade of chartreuse. ‘Sun King’ can grow upwards of four feet tall in a single season, and gives you bright color where you need it most - in your shady or part shade beds. When gardeners need to brighten and enliven their shady spaces, they increasingly turn to ‘Sun King’ Golden Japanese Spikenard for striking color and vigor. Small late summer flowers attract pollinators, and blue-black berries are eaten by birds. Plus, these beautiful plants are deer resistant! (Aralia cordata)
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  5. Carex Grass Ice Dance, Carex morrowii, Variegated Japanese Sedge

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

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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. This ornamental grass is an evergreen, with showy white edges lining each moss-green blade. Deer-resistant sedges prefer moist soil and can be used to edge streams, ponds and banks. Makes a fine 'filler' for container plantings. (Carex morrowii)
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  6. Japanese Sedge Grass Everillo, Carex oshimensis close up of golden green foliage

    Carex ‘Everillo’ 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, addi...

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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
    Carex ‘Everillo’ 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. Deer resistant. (Carex oshimensis)
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  7. 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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  8. 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
    $19.98 Sale $9.99
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    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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  9. Red Beauty Japanese Painted Fern, Athyrium

    'Red Beauty' Japanese Painted Fern is a graceful color-maker in the shade garden, with silver-tinged green fronds that sport deep-burgundy stems and veins. Making its home in moist, ...

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    Red Beauty Japanese Painted Fern Japanese Painted Fern Red Beauty Athyrium niponicum Red Beauty
    $15.98 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    'Red Beauty' Japanese Painted Fern is a graceful color-maker in the shade garden, with silver-tinged green fronds that sport deep-burgundy stems and veins. Making its home in moist, shady areas, 'Red Beauty' will grow vigourously if the plants are kept well watered, but is not an agressive spreader. Carries a slightly spicy fragrance. (Athyrium niponicum)
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  10. White Shasta Daisy Snowcap, Leucanthemum close up flowers

    Dwarf Snowcap is a compact shasta daisy, to 18 inches tall. Snow white flowers, glossy leaves. (Leucanthemum superbum)...

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    Snowcap Shasta Daisy Snowcap Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum superbum Snowcap
    $9.98 Sale $4.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Dwarf Snowcap is a compact shasta daisy, to 18 inches tall. Snow white flowers, glossy leaves. (Leucanthemum superbum)
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  11. 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 $5.49
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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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  12. Red Astilbe japonica Montgomery, Astilbe, False Spirea

    'Montgomery' Astilbe produces feathery, magenta-crimson blooms that stand tall over its deep green foliage. A standout addition to the shade garden, 'Montgomery' delivers loads of co...

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    Montgomery Astilbe False Spirea Montgomery Astilbe japonica Montgomery
    $24.98 Sale $12.49
    Per Bag of 3
    'Montgomery' Astilbe produces feathery, magenta-crimson blooms that stand tall over its deep green foliage. A standout addition to the shade garden, 'Montgomery' delivers loads of color and is a perfect choice for mass plantings. Leaves emerge bronze-red in spring and turn green over the course of the season. Prefers moist soil. (Astilbe japonica)
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  13. 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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  14. Pink Bee Balm Pink Lace, Monarda, Bee Balm

    Dwarf Pink Lace grows to only 12-18 inches tall, this Bee Balm gives you large pink flowers on small plants. Hummingbirds love it. PP#18367 (Monarda didyma)...

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    Pink Lace Bee Balm Pink Lace Bee Balm, Bergamot, Oswego Tea Monarda didyma Pink Lace
    $13.98 Sale $6.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Dwarf Pink Lace grows to only 12-18 inches tall, this Bee Balm gives you large pink flowers on small plants. Hummingbirds love it. PP#18367 (Monarda didyma)
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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. Coreopsis Mercury Rising, Coreopsis rosea, Tickseed

    Create a long-lasting, bold statement with this Coreopsis. Mercury Rising’s velvety-red blooms are 3” across and long-lasting, blooming from late spring into the fall. PPAF (Core...

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    Mercury Rising Coreopsis Mercury Rising Tickseed PP#24689 Coreopsis Mercury Rising PP#24689
    $15.98 Sale $7.99
    Per Plant - 3" Pot
    Create a long-lasting, bold statement with this Coreopsis. Mercury Rising’s velvety-red blooms are 3” across and long-lasting, blooming from late spring into the fall. PPAF (Coreopsis)
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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. Geranium Pink Penny, Crane's Bill

    Pink Penny Geranium is a luxurious ground cover that continuously blooms from early summer to fall. It clumps and forms mounds which are suitable for rock gardens, with deep rose pi...

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    Pink Penny Geranium Pink Penny Cranesbill PP#17656 Geranium Pink Penny PP#17656
    $22.98 Sale $11.49
    Per Bag of 1
    Pink Penny Geranium is a luxurious ground cover that continuously blooms from early summer to fall. It clumps and forms mounds which are suitable for rock gardens, with deep rose pink cupped flowers with dark colored veins. This hardy geranium grows best planted in part shade, attracts butterflies and is deer resistant. (Geranium)PP#17656
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  20. Purple Geranium Rozanne, Geranium, Crane's Bill

    Geranium Rozanne is a beautiful Crane's Bill that produces mounds of deep green foliage with long-lasting, violet purple flowers. Rozanne blooms in the heat of the summer and continu...

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    Rozanne Geranium Rozanne Cranesbill PP#12175 Geranium Rozanne PP#12175
    $22.98 Sale $11.49
    Per Bag of 1
    Geranium Rozanne is a beautiful Crane's Bill that produces mounds of deep green foliage with long-lasting, violet purple flowers. Rozanne blooms in the heat of the summer and continues to bloom till late fall. It performs as great ground cover and is perfect for borders. PP# 12175 (Geranium)
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  21. 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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  22. 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 $6.99
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    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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  23. Red Columbine Little Lanterns, Aquilegia canadensis, Wild Red Columbine or Eastern Red Columbine

    Little Lanterns' Columbine is a famous native wildflower, growing along woodland edges from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Brilliantly colorful with nodding, trumpet-shaped crimson an...

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    Little Lanterns Columbine Wild Red Columbine, Eastern Red Columbine Aquilegia canadensis Little Lanterns
    $18.98 Sale $9.49
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    Little Lanterns' Columbine is a famous native wildflower, growing along woodland edges from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Brilliantly colorful with nodding, trumpet-shaped crimson and yellow flowers, this short and showy variety is a favorite of hummingbirds. 'Little Lanterns' shares its blooms from early spring to mid summer. (Aquilegia canadensis)
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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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