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Indian Summer Rudbeckia

Also called Black Eyed Susan, this course, hairy perennial plant features daisy-like flowers with bright yellow to orange-yellow rays, with dark chocolate brown center disks. Huge flower heads that are 6-8" in width add bold, stunning color to landscape borders. They do best in full sun and the soil needs to be kept moist but mostly require little maintenance. They work best in Zones 4-10. They will naturalize in the bed by self-seeding. They attract butterflies and are drought tolerant. Surprisingly, deer tend to avoid this plant. Deadhead any spent flowers to encourage additional flowering and prevent any unwanted self-seeding.

Gray Ghost Organ Pipe Cactus

This large, shrubby columnar cactus becomes tall dark green with age but is a nice powdery blue gray when young. They will nocturnally produce small white flowers that have a pink tinge and following the flowers are very large edible fruits about the size of a small apple that will change color from yellow, orange-green to a purple. This cactus is great for a native landscape needing full sun, little water, and no fertilizer. They also require little to no pruning making them a worry free addition. They will grow to be around 15-20ft tall with a 10ft spread.

Croton Petra

This perennial evergreen shrub has colorful foliage great for tropical areas and houseplants. Foliage is large leathery and glossy in shades of red yellow purple and green and varies in shapes and sizes. Excellent choice for bright locations. Nice effect when planted in masses. As it ages, the plant’s color may darken to nearly black. This plant can be pruned if you wish to keep it to a certain size or encourage a bushier look. Otherwise, it will only need to be pruned to remove dead or unhealthy foliage. Brown leaves or stems should be cut all the way back to a node on the stem, and the same applies when trimming overgrown stems.

Delta Blue Pansy

These blotch pansies are a great addition to a landscape. They are fairly disease and insect resistant and have a great mounded growing habit. They grow to be on average 6-8" tall with a 6-8" spread. They require full sun and tend to grow very uniform. They are easy to grow and can last through winter if they have had time to get a good root system. They grow best in loose, rich soil with a regular watering. Get them now before they are gone and plant them soon!

Coppertone Loquat

Coppertone loquats are a great addition to a landscape. They can grow to be 15-25 feet tall with an equivalent spread. When they are enjoying their climate they can grow 36in per year. Their snowy white flowers attract bees as well as colorful birds. The trunk of this shrub will support a low canopy as it continues to grow. They are hardy in zones 9-11 and are not picky in terms of soil pH.