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Juanita Hatten Bougainvillea

This heat loving flowering shrub boasts beautiful fuchsia pink bracts atop upright vining branches. Wonderful as an accent plant, its rapid growth makes this an excellent selection as a cover for arbors, trellises and fences. Prefers dry well drained soil for best flower production. This ornamental shrub can grow to be 20-30' tall with a similar spread. Once established it only requires the occasional watering. Fertilize in spring and fall with a well balanced fertilizer and prune to shape. Grows best in zones 10 and 11 with full sun.

Purple Leaf Loropetalum

A rounded evergreen shrub with arching branches covered with rich purple leaves. Frilly fuchsia pink flowers bloom along the branches making a stunning contrast with the foliage. Plant this unique variety as a focal plant in the landscape. They thrive in full sun with a regular watering until they are established and can grow to be 6-8' tall with a 6-8' spread. Prune as needed to maintain desired shape and size. Make sure to fertilize in the spring and again in the fall with a well balanced fertilizer. This evergreen will make a wonderful hedge plant or accent in the border garden.

Japanese Boxwood

This beautifully bright evergreen shrub is a great addition to a landscape that needs a small topiary hedge. Plant these 2 feet apart for a seamless bush. These will average 4-5ft in height and spread depending on trimming habits. They are slow growing and do not require rigorous trims. They are moderately drought-tollerant once they become established and are very well adapted in all arrays of light. The thick foliage on this shrub makes them a great choice for ornamental hedges as well as accent in a foundation planting. Grow best in zones 6-9.

Sago Palm

Popular low-growing palm that is seen in most tropical landscapes. Leaves are dark green and glossy on stiff stems. The leaves develop from a rosette and limbs can be pruned if a trunk form Sago Palm is desired. Makes a nice specimen plant or can be grown in large containers on patios or balconies. This is actually a cycad, not a true palm. They prefer full sun to partial shade and regular watering. These palms can grow to be 4-8ft tall with a 6-10ft spread! Make sure to fertilize them in the spring and summer with a well balanced fertilizer specially designed for palms. The seeds of this palm are extremely toxic to pets so make sure to keep an eye out when they are shedding seeds.

Indian Summer Rudbeckia

Also called Black Eyed Susan, this course, hairy perennial plant features daisy-like flowers with bright yellow to orange-yellow rays, with dark chocolate brown center disks. Huge flower heads that are 6-8" in width add bold, stunning color to landscape borders. They do best in full sun and the soil needs to be kept moist but mostly require little maintenance. They work best in Zones 4-10. They will naturalize in the bed by self-seeding. They attract butterflies and are drought tolerant. Surprisingly, deer tend to avoid this plant. Deadhead any spent flowers to encourage additional flowering and prevent any unwanted self-seeding.