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Informal and Cottage

Add romance, scent and color to your garden!

Celebrated for their abundant planting and profusion of color, cottage gardens generally enjoy a simple layout with a central narrow path of brick, stone or gravel separating rectangular beds on each side. Hedges, rose arbors and arches are often used to split the garden into various spaces enjoying different planting schemes and atmosphere. Self-seeding is favored and plants may spill across pathways, their delicate scent awakening the senses while passing by.


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Alstroemeria 'Fougere' (Peruvian Lily)

Alstroemeria 'Fougere' (Peruvian Lily) is a vigorous perennial that features long-lasting, large, funnel-shaped white flowers, flushed with purple in the throat and adorned with burgundy streaks.

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Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' (Peruvian Lily)

Exotic looking, Alstroemeria 'Indian Summer' (Peruvian Lily) is a vigorous perennial with coppery-orange and golden-yellow flowers that are ideal to brighten up the garden. Adorned with dark burgundy streaks, the eye-catching flowers bloom profusely for weeks above a handsome foliage of lance-shaped, rich bronze leaves.

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Alstroemeria 'Mars' (Peruvian Lily)

Exotic looking, Alstroemeria 'Mars' (Peruvian Lily) is a vigorous perennial with fiery scarlet flowers that are ideal to brighten up the garden. Their inner petals are adorned with dark burgundy streaks and the upper two enjoy a golden-yellow flash.

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Alstroemeria 'Princess Mathilde' (Peruvian Lily)

Compact and free-flowering, Alstroemeria 'Princess Mathilde' (Peruvian Lily) is a vigorous perennial that features large peachy-orange flowers flecked with burgundy. Grows up to 10-14 in. tall (25-35 cm)

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Alstroemeria 'Saturne' (Peruvian Lily)

Cheerful and exotic looking, Alstroemeria 'Saturne' (Peruvian Lily) is a vigorous perennial with warm coral-pink flowers, interestingly heart-shaped at their tips. Their inner petals are adorned with dark burgundy streaks and a bright golden-yellow flash.

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Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily)

An essential component of many bouquets thanks to their long vase life (over 2 weeks), Peruvian Lilies (Alstroemeria) are striking beauties that also deserve a spot outdoors.

Alstroemeria aurea (Peruvian Lily)

One of the hardiest Peruvian Lilies, Alstroemeria aurea is a tuberous perennial with terminal clusters of small, brilliant orange or golden-yellow, orchid-like flowers, often adorned with spotting and streaking.

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Alstroemeria Inticancha 'Antarctica' (Peruvian Lily)

Compact and free flowering, Alstroemeria 'Inticancha Antarctica' (Peruvian Lily) is a vigorous dwarf perennial that features long-lasting, crisp white flowers adorned with burgundy streaks.

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Alstroemeria Inticancha 'Sunlight' (Peruvian Lily)

Compact and free flowering, Alstroemeria 'Inticancha Sunlight' (Peruvian Lily) is a vigorous dwarf perennial that features long-lasting, creamy-yellow flowers adorned with burgundy streaks.

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Amaranthus cruentus 'Velvet Curtains' (Purple Amaranth)

Exotic-looking, award-winning Amaranthus cruentus 'Velvet Curtains' is a vigorous annual or biennial plant with erect, dark crimson plumes and stunning, ovate, red colored foliage. It enjoys an upright, bushy habit and helps create dramatic mixed borders. Great for the back of the border or as a filler, its long-lasting flower spikes make excellent cut flowers that are prized by florists for their beauty. 

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Amaryllis belladonna (Belladonna Lily)

Award-winning Amaryllis belladonna (Belladonna Lily) is a bulbous perennial featuring large clusters of up to 4-12 scented, trumpet-shaped, pink flowers, 4 in. long (10 cm), per flower stalk. Protruding from each flower is a long upturned style amongst a group of large curved anthers. The anthers are black and shiny at first, but split open to reveal masses of white pollen.

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Amelanchier alnifolia 'Regent' (Serviceberry)

A compact serviceberry, Amelanchier alnifolia 'Regent' is an ornamental shrub or small tree which provides multi-season interest. In early spring, before the leaves appear, it produces masses of showy and slightly fragrant white flowers held in upright clusters.

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Ammi visnaga (Toothpick Weed)

Adding a delicate airiness to borders or fresh bouquets, Ammi visnaga (Toothpick Weed) is a lovely hardy annual or biennial plant with large domed umbels of densely packed white flowers which gracefully mingle with the other plants in the border.

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Amorpha canescens (Lead Plant)

A North American native which forms a lovely rounded shrub with small, grayish green, aromatic, feathery leaves and tall racemes of tiny, bluish-purple flowers with gold anthers.

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Amsonia hubrichtii (Narrowleaf Bluestar)

Native to Arkansas, Amsonia hubrichtii (Narrowleaf Bluestar) is an erect, clump-forming perennial which provides 3 seasons of interest with its starry blue flowers in spring, its bright green summer foliage and its charming fall color.

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Amsonia tabernaemontana (Blue Star)

Selected by the American Horticultural Society as one of the 75 Great Plants for American Gardens, Amsonia tabernaemontana (Blue Star) is an exceptional perennial with early-season blue flowers, attractive summer foliage, a sturdy habit and golden fall color.

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Anaphalis margaritacea (Pearly Everlasting)

Ideal to complement colorful perennials in beds or borders, award-winner Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) is a rewarding bushy perennial topped with bountiful clusters of long-lasting, buttonlike flowers which are perfect for dried floral arrangements.

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Anaphalis triplinervis 'Sommerschnee' (Pearly Everlasting)

Ideal to complement colorful perennials in beds or borders, award-winner Pearly Everlasting 'Sommerschnee' or 'Summer Snow' (Anaphalis triplinervis) is a rewarding bushy perennial topped with bountiful clusters of long-lasting, buttonlike flowers which are perfect for dried floral arrangements.

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Anchusa azurea (Italian Bugloss)

If you love true blue flowers, do not overlook Anchusa azurea (Italian Bugloss)! This pretty biennial or short-lived perennial forms loose clusters of tiny bright blue flowers, resembling those of forget-me-nots, on stems rising between 3-5 ft (90-150 cm) atop low clumps of large, deep green, hairy leaves.

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Anemanthele lessoniana (New Zealand Wind Grass)

Gorgeous, fast growing, tough as nails, Anemanthele lessoniana or Stipa arundinacea (Pheasant's Tail Grass) is an elegant and impressive ornamental grass that has become a favorite of landscape designers and gardeners.

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Anemone 'Dreaming Swan' (Japanese Anemone)

Following the incredibly popular, Anemone 'Wild Swan', Anemone 'Dreaming Swan' was born to enchant our gardens. It produces masses of slightly larger, semi-double flowers, opening tinged pink and fading to white with attractive lavender-blue bands on the reverse of their petals

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Anemone 'Wild Swan' (Japanese Anemone)

Enjoying an exceptionally long flowering season, 'Wild Swan' blooms continuously from late spring until frost as a result of its parentage which includes a few different early- and late-blooming Anemone varieties.

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Anemone blanda 'Blue Shades' (Grecian Windflower)

Lovely mounds of large daisy-like flowers, about 2 inches wide (5cm), show off in shades of lilac-purple over a finely cut fernlike foliage and spread out to form a carpet of flowers

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Anemone blanda 'White Splendour' (Grecian Windflower)

Sparkling flowers in the sunshine! Multiple award-winner, Anemone blanda 'White Splendour' is a very attractive tuberous perennial that provides drifts of pure white color in early to mid spring

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