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Our waterwise plants (drought resistant, xeric plants) are selected for their colorful flowers, interesting foliage, durable low-care garden performance, and habitat friendly nature. Note: All perennials will need supplemental irrigation to get established. Learn more: Water Saving Gardening Tips.

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  1. Hesperaloe parviflora Yellow Texas Yucca flower

    Yellow Flowering Texas Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora 'Yellow') is a beautiful, uncommon yellow-flowered form of Texas Red Yucca, a low-water garden favorite. Plant it with other Hespe...

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    Yellow Flowering Texas Yucca (Hesperaloe) Yellow Flowering Texas Yucca Hesperaloe parviflora Yellow
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    $12.99 Sale $11.04
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Yellow Flowering Texas Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora 'Yellow') is a beautiful, uncommon yellow-flowered form of Texas Red Yucca, a low-water garden favorite. Plant it with other Hesperaloes to create superb bi-colored combinations that are sure to draw hummingbirds to your garden.
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  2. Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet By Plenuska (CC License via Wikimedia Commons)

    Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet) is a handsome, fuzzy, grey-leaved groundcover that thrives in problem areas such as dry shade and poor soils. Silver Carpet...

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    Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina Silver Carpet) is a handsome, fuzzy, grey-leaved groundcover that thrives in problem areas such as dry shade and poor soils. Silver Carpet Lamb's Ear is a drought resistant (xeric), non-flowering perennial plant.
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  3. Little Trudy® Nepeta

    Little Trudy® Nepeta (Nepeta ‘Psfike’ PP18,904) is a compact, long-blooming Catmint with warm purple flowers that bloom from late spring through summer, attracting bees and butt...

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    Little Trudy® Nepeta Little Trudy® Catmint Nepeta x Psfike PP#18,904
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    Little Trudy® Nepeta (Nepeta ‘Psfike’ PP18,904) is a compact, long-blooming Catmint with warm purple flowers that bloom from late spring through summer, attracting bees and butterflies. Finely textured aromatic foliage will help to deter deer and rabbits.
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  4. Veronica Blue Reflection®, Blue Reflection® Speedwell

    Blue Reflection® Veronica (Speedwell) is a vigorous groundcover that covers its garden space with handsome evergreen foliage and a profuse late spring display of small blue flowe...

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    Blue Reflection® Veronica Blue Reflection® Creeping Speedwell Veronica x Blue Reflection®
    As low as $7.99 Sale $6.39
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Blue Reflection® Veronica (Speedwell) is a vigorous groundcover that covers its garden space with handsome evergreen foliage and a profuse late spring display of small blue flowers; very durable and xeric.
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  5. Walker's Deep Blue Catmint (Nepeta)

    Walker's Deep Blue Catmint (Nepeta) is just like 'Walker's Low'--long blooming and easily grown--but with noticeably darker blue flowers....

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    Walker's Deep Blue Nepeta Walker's Deep Blue Catmint Nepeta Walker's Deep Blue
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Walker's Deep Blue Catmint (Nepeta) is just like 'Walker's Low'--long blooming and easily grown--but with noticeably darker blue flowers.
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  6. Salvia greggii Cold Hardy Pink

    Cold Hardy Pink is a long blooming, very cold hardy form of Texas sage that covers itself with deep pink flowers all season long. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric)....

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    Cold Hardy Pink Texas Salvia Cold Hardy Pink Texas Sage Salvia greggii Cold Hardy Pink
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Cold Hardy Pink is a long blooming, very cold hardy form of Texas sage that covers itself with deep pink flowers all season long. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  7. Origanum libanoticum Close Up

    Cascading Ornamental Oregano (Origanum libanoticum) is an Old World herb that blooms in mid-summer on tall stems with cascading sprays of pink bracts and flowers. Planted on the edge...

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    Cascading Hopflower Oregano Cascading Hopflower Oregano Origanum libanoticum
    $8.49
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Cascading Ornamental Oregano (Origanum libanoticum) is an Old World herb that blooms in mid-summer on tall stems with cascading sprays of pink bracts and flowers. Planted on the edge of a raised bed shows off the lantern-like flowers to best advantage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  8. Cardinal Penstemon Close Up of Red Tubular Blooms

    Cardinal Penstemon (Penstemon cardinalis) is a rare, cold hardy wildflower from the southern mountains of New Mexico. Tall, impressive spikes of dark red flowers bloom in mid-summer,...

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    Cardinal Penstemon Cardinal Beardtongue Penstemon cardinalis
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Cardinal Penstemon (Penstemon cardinalis) is a rare, cold hardy wildflower from the southern mountains of New Mexico. Tall, impressive spikes of dark red flowers bloom in mid-summer, making this favorite source of natural nectar for hummingbirds. A must-have for your pollinator garden. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  9. Jewel of Desert® Peridot Ice Plant (Delosperma) with lemon-yellow open blooms

    A gorgeous ground-covering solution for your driest, sunniest spots, Jewel of Desert Peridot Ice Plant (Delosperma) is a long-blooming perennial that shines in two-toned color from l...

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    Jewel of Desert® Peridot Ice Plant Jewel of Desert® Peridot Ice Plant Delosperma Jewel of Desert® Peridot
    As low as $8.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    A gorgeous ground-covering solution for your driest, sunniest spots, Jewel of Desert Peridot Ice Plant (Delosperma) is a long-blooming perennial that shines in two-toned color from late spring until early fall. Bright yellow blossoms with white centers cover the succulent green foliage. This plant will thrive as long as conditions are dry. Peridot is great for waterwise rock gardens, green roofs, and attractive erosion control. (Delosperma)
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  10. Ruschia pulvinaris, Customer Photo

    This is a vigorous evergreen groundcover with succulent, blue-green leaves and an explosion of shimmering fuchsia-pink flowers in late-spring through early summer. Rabbit resistant a...

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    Creeping Shrubby Ice Plant (Ruschia) Creeping Shrubby Ice Plant Ruschia pulvinaris
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    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    This is a vigorous evergreen groundcover with succulent, blue-green leaves and an explosion of shimmering fuchsia-pink flowers in late-spring through early summer. Rabbit resistant and drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). 3" tall x 12" wide.
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  11. New Snow Pearly Everlasting, Anaphalis margaritacea New Snow, Small white flowers on tall upright stems

    New Snow Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) has attractive silver-gray wooly foliage and clusters of tiny white flowers held on top of tall, upright stems. This native plant...

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    New Snow Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis) New Snow Pearly Everlasting Anaphalis margaritacea New Snow
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    New Snow Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) has attractive silver-gray wooly foliage and clusters of tiny white flowers held on top of tall, upright stems. This native plant is highly attractive to butterflies. Resilient and easy to grow, it’s excellent for use in meadows and perennial pollinator-friendly gardens with dry, poor soil. Drought tolerant.
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  12. Desert Sunrise Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop), Agastache Desert Sunrise, Hybrid Hummingbird Mint

    Desert Sunrise Agastache is a hybrid native wildflower that blooms for months with tall spikes of orange and pink tubular flowers. The nectar-rich flowers are highly attractive to hu...

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    Desert Sunrise Agastache Desert Sunrise Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop) Agastache Desert Sunrise
    As low as $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Desert Sunrise Agastache is a hybrid native wildflower that blooms for months with tall spikes of orange and pink tubular flowers. The nectar-rich flowers are highly attractive to hummingbirds. The plant has aromatic, mint-scented foliage and flowers.
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  13. Agastache Fall Fiesta Hummingbird Mint close up flowers

    Fall Fiesta Hybrid Hummingbird Mint (Agastache 'Fall Fiesta') is a brand-new hybrid that is impressive for its huge size and tall, head high, spikes of pink and orange flowers that a...

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    Fall Fiesta Agastache Fall Fiesta Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop) Agastache Fall Fiesta
    As low as $11.99 Sale $10.19
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Fall Fiesta Hybrid Hummingbird Mint (Agastache 'Fall Fiesta') is a brand-new hybrid that is impressive for its huge size and tall, head high, spikes of pink and orange flowers that appear many weeks later than other Agastache cultivars. An excellent late-season source of nectar for hummingbirds.
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  14. Delosperma cooperi, Cooper's Hardy Ice Plant

    Delosperma cooperi (Coopers Hardy Ice Plant) is covered with large magenta-pink flowers for much of the summer. A perfect groundcover where easy-care, high color is on the wish-list....

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    Cooper's Hardy Ice Plant Cooper's Hardy Ice Plant Delosperma cooperi
    As low as $6.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Delosperma cooperi (Coopers Hardy Ice Plant) is covered with large magenta-pink flowers for much of the summer. A perfect groundcover where easy-care, high color is on the wish-list. It grows vigorously, creating a succulent carpet of color.
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  15. Pristine™ Pink Penstemon, Photo Courtesy of Plant Select

    An improved form of Penstemon, Pristine™ Pink (Penstemon barbatus) blooms for a long time in mid-summer, with glossy foliage that offers lasting texture. Medium-tall spikes of brig...

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    Pristine™ Pink Penstemon Pristine™ Pink Beardtongue Penstemon barbatus Pristine™ Pink
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    An improved form of Penstemon, Pristine™ Pink (Penstemon barbatus) blooms for a long time in mid-summer, with glossy foliage that offers lasting texture. Medium-tall spikes of bright pink tubular flowers attract hummingbirds and bees. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  16. Yellow Phlomis russeliana, Lampwick Plant, Jerusalem Sage Close Up

    Phlomis russeliana, a Mediterranean species native to the mountains of Syria, is admired for both its unusual whorls of soft yellow flowers and its large olive-green leaves. Commonly...

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    Hardy Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis) Hardy Jerusalem Sage Phlomis russeliana
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    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Phlomis russeliana, a Mediterranean species native to the mountains of Syria, is admired for both its unusual whorls of soft yellow flowers and its large olive-green leaves. Commonly known as Hardy Jerusalem Sage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  17. Hairy Grama Grass with eyelash-like flowers,  Bouteloua hirsuta

    Hairy Grama Grass (Bouteloua hirsuita) is a small-growing native grass that thrives in poor soils and blooms in summer with cheery eyelash-like flowers. This xeric plant is an excell...

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    Hairy Grama Grass Hairy Grama Grass Bouteloua hirsuita
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Hairy Grama Grass (Bouteloua hirsuita) is a small-growing native grass that thrives in poor soils and blooms in summer with cheery eyelash-like flowers. This xeric plant is an excellent addition to waterwise gardens, for groundcover and textural accents that provide visual interest year-round. It will reseed and naturalize over time, but is not appetizing to deer.
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  18. Yellow Cotula Tiffindell Gold, Cotula Tiffindell Gold, Creeping Gold Buttons

    Exclusive. Tiffindell Gold is a lush looking groundcover that can be used in flower beds or as a lawn substitute. This South African native has bright green, finely textured foliage ...

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    Creeping Gold Buttons (Cotula) Creeping Gold Buttons Cotula Tiffindell Gold
    As low as $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Exclusive. Tiffindell Gold is a lush looking groundcover that can be used in flower beds or as a lawn substitute. This South African native has bright green, finely textured foliage and a profuse display of yellow button-like flowers in mid-summer. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction.
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  19. All Star Penstemon Collection

    Our ‘All Star Penstemon Collection’ is a showcase of colors and forms that delivers more flowers every year. Enjoy warm red, pale pink, magenta, and inky purple flowers blooming ...

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    All Star Penstemon Collection All Star Penstemon Collection Penstemon Collection
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    $128.35 Sale $115.52
    Per Collection of 15
    Our ‘All Star Penstemon Collection’ is a showcase of colors and forms that delivers more flowers every year. Enjoy warm red, pale pink, magenta, and inky purple flowers blooming early spring to early summer, followed by a lovely tapestry of evergreen foliage textures to complement later-blooming perennials. Penstemon, or Beardtongue, are easy-to-grow native perennials that will spread steadily, attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, but resisting hungry deer. Plant 10” tall Penstemon pinifolius with vivid scarlet flowers in front, and willowy 48-60” tall Penstemon palmeri with pale pink fragrant flowers in back. A must-have collection for waterwise gardens! Collection of 15 plants.
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  20. Artemisia versicolor Seafoam, Photo Courtesy of Plant Select

    Seafoam is grown for its curlicue silver foliage and low, mounding habit. Useful as a small scall groundcover, the plant is an excellent companion for other tall perennials with gree...

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    Seafoam Artemisia Seafoam Curlicue Sage Artemisia versicolor Seafoam
    As low as $8.99 Sale $7.19
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Seafoam is grown for its curlicue silver foliage and low, mounding habit. Useful as a small scall groundcover, the plant is an excellent companion for other tall perennials with green or blue foliage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). Introduced into cultivation in the US by Lauren Springer Ogden.
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  21. Gopher & Rabbit Resistant Collection

    This grouping of different gopher and rabbit resistant plants consists of a colorful combination of flowers in red, blue and chartreuse. The roots and leaves of the plant are distast...

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    Gopher & Rabbit Resistant Collection Gopher & Rabbit Resistant Collection
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    $95.91 Sale $81.52
    Per Collection of 9
    This grouping of different gopher and rabbit resistant plants consists of a colorful combination of flowers in red, blue and chartreuse. The roots and leaves of the plant are distasteful to burrowing garden pests. It includes three of each variety: Buena Vista Lavender, Scarlet Monardella and Sunset Foxglove for a total of nine plants.
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  22. Lavandula angustifolia Miss Katherine, Miss Katherine Lavender - Customer Photo

    Miss Katherine Lavender (Lavandula Miss Katherine) is the best pink-flowered English Lavender currently in cultivation, blooming in late spring-early summer with numerous spikes of l...

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    Miss Katherine English Lavender Miss Katherine English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Miss Katherine
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    Miss Katherine Lavender (Lavandula Miss Katherine) is the best pink-flowered English Lavender currently in cultivation, blooming in late spring-early summer with numerous spikes of light pink flowers.
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  23. Florentine Silk Bearded Iris

    Florentine Silk Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) arrives in late-spring with exquisite peach-pink standards over soft lavender-purple falls edged in dusky plum. The deep orange beards a...

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    Florentine Silk Bearded Iris Florentine Silk Bearded Iris Iris germanica Florentine Silk
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    Florentine Silk Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) arrives in late-spring with exquisite peach-pink standards over soft lavender-purple falls edged in dusky plum. The deep orange beards and throat are the perfect complement to this award-winning flower. An outstanding cultivar, with huge 6-8 inch flowers, it’s a perfect choice for the perennial bed. A deer resistant pollinator favorite.
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  24. Swingtown Bearded Iris

    Swingtown Fragrant Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) hits a home run with exquisitely ruffled, rich royal purple petals. A stunning selection, this sweetly fragrant Iris is a prolific bl...

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    Swingtown Bearded Iris Swingtown Fragrant Bearded Iris Iris germanica Swingtown
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    Swingtown Fragrant Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) hits a home run with exquisitely ruffled, rich royal purple petals. A stunning selection, this sweetly fragrant Iris is a prolific bloomer that will fill your late-spring garden and cut flower bouquets with saturated color. This pollinator favorite is drought tolerant and deer resistant.
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  25. Starring Bearded Iris

    Starring Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) offers drama and decadence with velvety midnight falls contrasted by crisp white standards. With smoky orange beards that make perfect landing ...

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    Starring Bearded Iris Starring Bearded Iris Iris germanica Starring
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    Starring Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) offers drama and decadence with velvety midnight falls contrasted by crisp white standards. With smoky orange beards that make perfect landing pads for bumblebees, the striking color combo can wake up a sleepy late-spring landscape. This multiple award-winner will steal the show in the late-spring garden.
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  26. Blueberry Bliss Bearded Iris

    Blueberry Bliss Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) has the deep blue color of a freshly picked berry. With plentiful, large, and generously ruffled flowers, Blueberry Bliss adds a classic...

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    Blueberry Bliss Bearded Iris Blueberry Bliss Bearded Iris Iris germanica Blueberry Bliss
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    Blueberry Bliss Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) has the deep blue color of a freshly picked berry. With plentiful, large, and generously ruffled flowers, Blueberry Bliss adds a classic blue accent, perfect for garden designs and cut flowers. Stunning sapphire tones complement the lighter shades of the mid-spring garden. A pollinator favorite, deer and rabbits stay away.
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  27. Funday Monday Bearded Iris

    Funday Monday Fragrant Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) is a knockout with finely detailed colors and movement in the garden. Ruffled falls of raspberry with an orchid-like center surro...

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    Funday Monday Bearded Iris Funday Monday Bearded Iris Iris germanica Funday Monday
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    Funday Monday Fragrant Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) is a knockout with finely detailed colors and movement in the garden. Ruffled falls of raspberry with an orchid-like center surround vibrant yellow beards, topped by creamy buff standards. A prolific bloomer, this sassy fragrant perennial can’t help but make you smile. A great deer-resistant addition to the late-spring garden.
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  28. Before The Storm Bearded Iris

    Before The Storm Fragrant Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) arrives in mid-spring with great drama and flair. Its sophisticated ruffled black petals earn its status as a multiple awardin...

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    Before The Storm Bearded Iris Before The Storm Bearded Iris Iris germanica Before The Storm
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    Before The Storm Fragrant Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) arrives in mid-spring with great drama and flair. Its sophisticated ruffled black petals earn its status as a multiple awarding-winning, highly prized Iris. Prolific, sweetly fragrant blooms will draw pollinators and have neighbors lined up for viewing. Add contrast to monochromatic plantings, or a bold accent to colorful garden beds. Grow extra for elegant cut flowers.
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  29. Play With Fire Bearded Iris

    Play With Fire Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) glows like embers in the late-spring garden. An undulating palette of scarlet red and burgundy ruffles are highlighted by cheery orange b...

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    Play With Fire Bearded Iris Play With Fire Bearded Iris Iris germanica Play With Fire
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    Play With Fire Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) glows like embers in the late-spring garden. An undulating palette of scarlet red and burgundy ruffles are highlighted by cheery orange beards and delicate white throats. This amazing flower sparkles with warm color, drawing pollinators to the garden and adding lovely color to cut flower arrangements. An easy-to-grow, deer and rabbit resistant superstar.
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  30. Haunted Heart Bearded Iris

    Haunted Heart Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) will steal your heart with broad silver-white petals washed with delicate lavender veins. Richly fragrant and heavily ruffled, this award-...

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    Haunted Heart Bearded Iris Haunted Heart Bearded Iris Iris germanica Haunted Heart
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    Haunted Heart Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) will steal your heart with broad silver-white petals washed with delicate lavender veins. Richly fragrant and heavily ruffled, this award-winning Iris merits a special place in your garden. The subtle colors will complement any garden design, and make beautiful cut flower bouquets. Easy-to-grow, it’s drought tolerant and deer resistant too.
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  31. Reblooming Bearded Iris Collection

    Our Reblooming Bearded Iris Collection blooms mid spring to early summer, then returns for a finale of color in early fall. An array of ruffled petals in crisp white and saturated go...

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    Reblooming Bearded Iris Collection Re-Blooming Bearded Iris Collection
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    Our Reblooming Bearded Iris Collection blooms mid spring to early summer, then returns for a finale of color in early fall. An array of ruffled petals in crisp white and saturated gold, violet, blue, and red hues give you creative freedom in your garden design. Bumblebees love the long-lasting blooms. Plant for an easy-care waterwise flower bed, or extend the bloom season in any garden. Collection of 5 plants. (Iris germanica)
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