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Dyckias

Relatives of the Pineapple family, Dyckias grow in a rounded rosette form with colored leaves that are edged in sharp silvery-white spines. Most produce an orangish bloom on tall spikes in late Spring that attract pollinators. Dyckias are cold hardy, heat and drought tolerant and wildlife resistant. Unlike true succulents, they do not store water for arid times in their leaves, but respond to stressful conditions by just going dormant until adequate water revives them again. They are the perfect choice for the “plant it and forget it” type of gardener in xeriscapes, rock gardens and well-drained containers. Several varieties are sold here at Creekside in 2 gallon TC pots in colors from a deep burgundy to metallic silver.

Golden Barrel Cactus

Growing as a large roughly spherical globe, Echinocactus grusonii may eventually reach over 1 metre (3.3 ft) in height after many years. Younger Golden Barrel plants do not look similar to mature specimens. The generation lifetime is estimated to be around 30 years! There may be up to 35 pronounced ribs in mature plants, though they are not evident in young plants, which may have a knobbly appearance. The sharp spines are long, straight, or slightly curved, and various shades of yellow or, occasionally, white. Small yellow flowers appear in summer around the crown of the plant!

Burgundy Glow Ajuga

Sometimes called Bugleweed, this is a perennial groundcover with variegated foliage. Low-growing rosettes stay close to the ground, creating a dense carpet that thwarts weeds and controls erosion. It can fill in spaces where other plants struggle to grow - even under Black Walnut trees whose chemical Juglone prevents most plant life from surviving. Short spikes of blue flowers rise above the foliage late in Spring. Deer and rabbit resistant, it thrives in Zones 4-9 in all types of lighting and the flowers attract bees and hummingbirds. Sold here in 18 count flats of 4" pots.

Crape Myrtle 'Grape Bellini'

Lagerstroemia indica, ‘Bellini’ are unlike any other Crape Myrtle varieties. Its handy, compact size and bright purple blossoms that re-bloom all season long make it a superb addition to any garden. Perfect for a mixed flower garden, as a low perennial border or even in containers as an annual for your patio or balcony. Root hardy to USDA zone 5 and resistant to powdery mildew. Deer-resistant, too.

Montrose Purple Vitex

Also known as Chaste Tree, Vitex has aromatic green leaves and stunning long, narrow spikes of purple flowers that cover this plant in the summer months.These fragrant flowers attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.After blooming, narrow spikes of round, dark brown seeds are produced.Vitex grows shrub-like, but can be shaped into a tree form by trimming away the lower branches during its winter dormant period. They can achieve a mature size of 25 feet tall and wide. Handles hot summers, as well as tolerating short-term temperatures below Zero F. Hardy in Zones 6-10.