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Caesalpinia Mexicana

This plant is grown mainly for its bright yellow and fragrant flowers. Native to the Rio Grande Valley, it can take high heat and full sun with little water. Considered a large shrub or small tree that is evergreen. Height can reach 30 foot but, usually stays in the 15 foot range with a 15 foot spread. The seed pods can be poisonous, so this may not be a plant for you if you have small children or pets.

Persicaria 'Red Dragon'

With pointed heart-shaped leaves in a mid shade of green with silvery markings, this is a beautiful foliage plant. This is a mounding plant that has small sprays of white flowers in the summer. This plant makes a great border or small accent plant and also adds a dramatic look to a container planting. Plant in full sun to part shade grows to 23-25' high, with a 23-35" spread. Works well in zones 6-9 deer and rabbit resistant.

Caryopteris 'Dark Knight'

This blue mist spirea variety has the deepest blue color of them all. Its tidy upright growth habit and profusion of flower spikes is a great performer in any landscape. Use as a hedge or a group planting in front of low retaining walls. This plant will grow in every light condition except full shade. Can reach heights of 48" with the same spread but can be trimmed to control its size. Drought, deer, and rabbit resistant, it will attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

Cyclamen

Growing Cyclamen in your garden can be easy under the right conditions. Suited for shade or light shade in well drained soil. Mix with hardy perennials for a great fall/ winter garden. Only reaching a height of 8", plant near a shaded outdoor living area so they can be easily seen and enjoyed. Cyclamen also make a great container planting on decks and patios, with their bright colored flowers they will brighten up in garden or patio.

Midnight Marvel & Starry Starry Night Hibiscus

Two fresh new perennials that you do not want to overlook are the hardy hybrid hibiscus (say that three times fast!Midnight Marvel and Starry Starry Night. These shrubs are bound to grab attention with their large blooms and dark purple foliage. Scarlet-red flowers open from round cups into plate-like blooms on the Midnight Marvel. In contrast, the Starry Starry Night bears light pink flowers with red veining, also blooming into flat discs. Unlike other hibiscus cultivars, flowers are produced from top to bottom of the shrub. Growing to be about 4 feet tall, these hibiscus will bloom continuously in full sun until the first frost.