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Creeping Jenny- hardy perennial plant that will thrive in full sun or shade. Purchase plants from nurseries in the spring and choose a site, in the shade or sun that drains well. Space these plants two feet apart, as they grow rapidly to fill in empty areas.

So the story goes...the name "foxglove" is derived from folklore where the plant was originally called folk's glove, the 'folks' being woodland fairies and elves, and the fairies and elves distributed the flowers to foxes so they could wear them as gloves while raiding the henhouses. Digitalis though, is Latin for finger, because the thimble shaped flowers on the foxglove are the perfect size to fit a human finger.

'Big Blue' Sea Holly for sunny garden, deer-, rabbit-, and drought-resistant perennial shows off silvery foliage and iridescent silvery-blue flowers in midsummer...wonderful cut flower and prime choice for butterfly gardens. Name: Eryngium 'Big Blue' Full sun well-drained soil Size: To 30 inches tall and wide Zones: 4-9

Persian shield. Persian Shield is known botanically as Strobilanthes dyerianus. It is native to Burma and has 8-inch-long leaves that are iridescent in shades of purple, lilac and pink, with purple-maroon on the undersides. If those colors aren't awesome enough, the foliage looks like it has a light coat of silver electroplated to it. Although newly in fashion. the plant has been used in gardens since Victorian times.