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Whirling Butterfly Gaura

Native to the prairies, roadsides, and pond edges of the Deep South, this cultivar of Gaura is a compact, vase shaped perennial with slender arching red stems. During late summer and through the fall it grows pink buds that bloom snowy white flowers. Whirling butterfly has an airy and lovely growth habit. The flowers open only a few at a time and dance in the wind like butterflies. This plant is great as a border plant that will show color late in the year.

Blue Lyme Grass

Blue Lyme Grass is a cool season, drought tolerant evergreen that can tolerate some hot weather. It grows best in Zones 3-9 and will grow 2 feet tall with a width of 1 to 2 feet. It has a pretty silver/white foliage and produces tall flower spikes that bloom in the summer. The blooms turn beige as they mature. Creekside Nursery sells Blue Lyme Grass in a 1 gallon container.

Caryopteris 'Dark Knight'

In late summer and early fall, when few other shrubs are in bloom, Caryopteris ‘Dark Knight’ is a showy bloomer. Its deep blue to lavender flowers are very interesting against the gray-green foliage. Beautiful in front of low walls, in mass groupings, as a hedge, or even as a specimen plant, it has a tidy, upright growth habit. It is small enough for a patio garden. Grows to approximately 3’ x 5’.

Almond Verbena

Almond Verbena is a herbaceous perennial that requires little attention once established. It is very fragrant with a scent of vanilla/sweet almond which attracts butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. A native to Argentina, it can grow up to 20 feet once established, but usually gets between 8’ and 12’, it needs plenty of space. Prefers full sun, but will tolerate partial shade with moderate to low water needs. Heat and drought-tolerant. No major disease issues. Durable long bloom period. Great for the summer landscape.

Caesalpinia pulcherrima ‘Pride of Barbados’

Referred to as Caesalpinia, Peacock Flower, Mexican Bird of Paradise, and most commonly, Pride of Barbados.