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Suncrest Salvia

Say hello to the Suncrest line of Salvias. Fire Dancer has blooms that are shades of orange-red. Flamenco Rose has a lovely bright pink blooms with white markings. Orchid Glow has blooms that are orchid to magenta. As with all salvias, they prefer full sun, but can take a small about of light shade. They are drought and heat tolerant and work well in most zones. Cut back mid-season to encourage more blooming.

Sedum 'Carl'

This old fashioned perennial with blue-green succulent foliage bears bright pink flower heads on upright stems. 'Carl' does great in full sun and is heat and drought tolerant. Grows up to 12-18 inches. Divide clumps every few years to improve flowering. It attracts butterflies and bees with its bright pink blooms.

Brugmansia ' Double White'

This showy plant from Central and South America produces large trumpet shaped flowers. Also known as Angel's Trumpet, this is a heat-loving tropical. Prefering warm days and cool nights, it is hardy for ground planting to Zone 8. In areas north of Zone 8, plant in large containers that can be moved indoors during the winter months. Attracts birds and is deer resistant. This plant is poisonous if ingested so keep that in mind when planting.

Acanthus Bear's Breeches

Bear's Breeches are huge mound forming perennials with bright green deeply cut leaves. Bear Breeches leaves can reach up to one foot wide and two foot long, the plant alone can grow to three foot tall and up to six foot wide. From late spring to mid summer they produce tall spike flowers that are light pink to light purple. Hardy zones 7-10, they can take early day sun but need shade from the hot afternoon sun.

Farfugium Gigantea

Farfugium is a clump forming perennial that is grown in gardens for its glossy dark green kidney shaped leaves. The leaves can grow up to a foot across making quite an impressive show. This native to Japan and Eastern Asia does well in moist shaded areas. Evergreen in warm climates, but will die to ground level in temperatures falling below 20 degrees. Daisy like yellow flowers bloom on a mostly leafless stalk. Farfugium works well in zones 7-10.