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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.

Salvia

Salvia plants also known as sage, are long blooming, deer resistant and easy to care for. This garden perennial is essential for feeding honey bees and a favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies. Most salvias thrive in full sun but will bloom in light shade. Salvia will grow in clay to sandy soil making them low maintenance. Heights from 12" to 3' with a spread of 2-4', will grow in Zones 4-9. Trim back throughout the growing season to keep them under control and to increase blooming

Pavonia Rock Rose

Pavonia Rock Rose is extremely drought tolerant and can be found growing in the Edwards Plateau, Trans Pecos and Rio Grand Plains. With eye catching hibiscus-like flowers in shades of pink-rose this will be an ideal plant for any garden. Flowers are about 1 inch in diameter blooming from summer into the fall. Trimming through out the growing season will help control stretching and increase blooming. Blooms open in early morning and close in the evening.