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Most foxglove blossoms point down but this one points UP so the beautiful blooms that start peachy and end up dark pink very showy. Foxglove (Digitalis hybrida Candy Mountain) Perennial, Tall 3-4' (Plant 1-2' apart) Bloom Time: Early Summer to Late Summer Sun-Shade: Mostly Sunny to Mostly Shady Zones: 4-9 I started these from seed and I risked planting them (with trepidation) in an area with shade most of the day but hot afternoon sun. They thrived and all of them grew to AT LEAST 4 feet!

Bloom time charts for fall-planted bulbs, spring-planted bulbs and perennials. Very handy!

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Zebra Hollyhocks are perennials that bloom all summer long. They are easy to grow, self seed, are drought tolerant, and attract butterflies. They grow in sun to part shade and get 2-4' tall. Great for perennial beds, cottage gardens, borders, and rock gardens. Zones 4-8 by letitia

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Red Lupine | Zone 4 perennial | Possible planting for back of side beds or near DeGroot's Spire to add a bold splash of color among the purple and yellow.

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Grow the Iridescent Leaves of Persian Shield

Persian Shield - would be striking in a pot with sweet potato vine!

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Low-Maintenance Ground Covers That Suppress Weeds

Sedum Spurium Dragons Blood - Zone 3 - weed choking ground cover - deer resistant - PERFECT FOR ALONG THE STONE WALL!!!

A few hearty, drought resistant perennials that will grow in zone 4.

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Heuchera Stainless Steel. Zone 4 perennial, 10" plant, half sun to full shade-- more shade = more silver color. Flowers white.

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Purple Sage Plant | Purple Sage Bush | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

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Expert Picks for Colorful Fall Perennials

The aromatic blooms of Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) start in midsummer and last through midfall with little water or upkeep. The habit of 'Denim 'n Lace' (shown) is perkier than those of other Russian sages, making it a nice fit behind shorter plants in a border. This sage grows up to 32 inches high and wide. Full sun; Zones 4–9

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