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Arkansas Blue Star - Perennial of the year for 2011. It has blue flowers in the spring and fine, feathery green foliage in the summer. The show of colour it puts on in the fall rivals a Japanese Maple. Zones 5-9

Smoke bush - this is a wonderful bush for the garden. The blooms are very airy, thus the name smoke bush. Also changes colors with the seasons. Highly drought tolerant, tree/shrub

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Fireworks in the Flower Bed

Pennisetum Rubrum "Fireworks" Looks like something from a Dr Suess book! Pennisetum Rubrum is my favorite grass, I wish it was a perennial around here, I'll have to remember to get some for around he house this year.

Cotton Candy Grass - Withstands heat, humidity, poor soil and even drought. Very easy to grow, it reaches a mature height of 3-4 feet tall and gets 3-4 feet wide. Grows in all U.S zones.

Pampas Grass Pink Tall Feathery Blooms I have the white and would love to add some of this pink!

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17 Top Ornamental Grasses

Little Bluestem A lovely, tough-as-nails prairie native, little bluestem offers gray-green leaf blades that turn bold shades of purple, red, and orange in autumn. Name: Schizachyrium scoparium Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 3 feet tall Zones: 4-9 Plant This Grass Because: It has beautiful blue coloring in summer and good fall color.

Coleus 'Ruffles Copper' - Grown in containers and beds for its gorgeous foliage. Does well in sun or shade, it gets up to 18" tall.

Foxtail Barley (Hordeum jubatum) - zones 4-10, full sun to partial shade, moist to dry conditions. 20" tall

1000 Seeds Grass Burning Bush Kochia Scoparia RED Flower Plant Bulk Exotic B0097. $1.10, via Etsy.

pink muhly grass like a soft cloud Plant in full sun to part shade. Grows 3 ft. tall. Potted. Zones 6-10.

Tradescantia "Sweet Kate" - Sweet Kate is an easy-to-grow perennial that produces a profusion of unusual deep-blue flowers from summer to fall. An eye-catching accent for the border, the vibrant golden-yellow foliage is the perfect foil for its bloom and a bright companion for purple-foliaged plants. Height - 18 Inches Spread - 12-18 Inches Bloom Color - Blue/purple (Dry shade garden)

Shade Garden. Deer resistant, blooms all summer, nodding purple blue cups Campanula Birch Hybrid

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17 Top Ornamental Grasses

Zebra Grass

Lavender Hidcote - This easy-to-grow sun perennial thrives in full sun & normal garden soil. Plants vigorously grow to form mounds of fragrant, silvery foliage 18" tall & 24" wide. This drought-tolerant & hardy perennial has extremely fragrant foliage & flowers

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20 Best Perennials for Your Garden

The 7-inch spikes of veronica bloom atop 12- to 24-inch plants in shades of blue or red from early summer through fall:

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Pink Pampas Grass

Pink Pampas Grass Light: Full sun to partial shade Height: 5-7' Bloom Time: Summer to fall Size: Potted Zones: 7 to 10