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Carolina Wild-Petunia

Reullia caroliniensis

This little-known but subtly beautiful perennial has showy violet blooms that resemble the funnel-shaped blooms of petunias. Individual flowers last only one day but flowers appear intermittently from summer to fall.

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Nodding Onion

Allium cernuum

Nodding onion is a beautiful and carefree native bulb for the garden. Clusters of pink flowers are borne in loose heads on 1’ tall stems above grass-like leaves. Nodding onion grows well in a perennial border, open woods, or meadow in light shade to full sun.

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Plum-Leaf Azalea

Rhododendron prunifolium

The garden is ablaze with color in the heat of summer when the fiery orange to red flowers of plumleaf azalea emerge against the backdrop of dark green shiny leaves. This native azalea is a delightful surprise for the summer garden when planted in part shade with acidic well-drained, slightly moist soils.

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American Lotus

Nelumbo lutea

This striking aquatic plant sends up large, round leaves on sturdy stalks above the water that are towered over by enormous, white, pleasantly fragrant blooms in midsummer. The flowers bloom for about three days, closing each night and opening each morning. Following their bloom, the lotus’ distinctive seed pod develops, then detaches and floats on to disperse seeds.

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Hollow-Stem Joe-Pye Weed

Eutrochium fistulosum

A very tall, clumping plant found alongside ponds and in wet meadows. In mid-to-late summer, umbrellas of muted pink, pleasantly fragrant flowers blossom on stalks up to ten feet in height. Hollow-stem Joe-pye weed makes for a good addition to naturalized borders, pocket meadows, or water margins.

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Turk’s Cap Lily

Lilium superbum

In the sultry heat of summer, Turk’s cap lily is a magnificent flowering bulb for the shady garden. In late July, upright clusters of reflexed, bell-shaped, orange to red spotted flowers form a stunning candelabra-like arrangement atop 7-10’ tall plants.

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Clustered Mountain-Mint

Pycnanthemum muticum

This member of the mint family is typically found in open, grassy areas and lowland woods rather than the alpine habitat suggested by the common name. The silvery-green leaves give off a spearmint aroma when crushed and its minute flowers are favored by butterflies, bees, and small pollinators.

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Thin-Leaf Coneflower

Rudbeckia triloba

Rudbeckia triloba is a bushy, free-flowering, 2-3’ (to 5’) tall biennial or short-lived perennial that readily self sows and is very effective for naturalizing. It features masses of 1-2” wide, daisy-like, golden-yellow flowers with flat, purplish-brown centers on hairy stems from late summer to early fall.

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Royal Catchfly

Silene regia

This attention-grabbing perennial thrives in full sun and rocky, dry soils where other plants may fail. Its striking scarlet flowers appear in mid summer on spikes 3-4′ high and are favored by hummingbirds. Small insects can become trapped by royal catchfly’s sticky calyx, hence the common name.

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Early Goldenrod

Solidago juncea

One of the earliest goldenrods to bloom, early goldenrod shows off tiny yellow flowers along plumed panicles reminiscent of fireworks. Early goldenrod blooms through August and makes a good addition to a cut flower arrangement.

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