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No plants are 100% deer resistant. The deer generally leave these plants alone, but when there's not enough to eat, they might get nibbled. Also, fawns will taste everything.
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Halimiocistus 'Merrist Wood's Cream'
× Halimiocistus wintonensis 'Merrist Wood Cream'
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
Spectacular bigeneric hybrid Rockrose with evergreen sage colored leaves and loads of 2" creamy flowers with each petal sporting a dollop of maroon at the base. Lots of color from May to July. This likes full sun and lean soil with good drainage and occasional light watering.

Aciphylla aurea
Aciphylla aurea
Price: $10.00
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Small Band Pot
Wicked New Zealander with defensively formidable stiletto yellowish leaves in a low dense mound. This is not only deer resistant but wild boar, komodo dragon and grizzly bear resistant as well. This well-armored Kiwi has dioecious white flowers in a showy yellow plume. Locally, this has perhaps been best grown at Linda Cochran's famed garden on Bainbridge Island where it has simply become more architecturally arresting over the last 10 years. Fare to say Linda is ruthless when it comes to underachievers and the fact that this has remained very high on her list of favorites for the last decade is ample endorsement. Reasonable drainage and full to half sun..
Aconitum episcopale
Aconitum episcopale
Price: $12.00
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Medium Band Pot
Rollicking twining Monkshood from China that delights in scrambling up into shrubs or onto thin trellage. Although a fine and aristocratic perennial, it remains devoid of snobbery embracing chainlink as if it were ornate wrought iron at an Antebellum mansion. Dusky lavender flowers in late summer and fall are hugely welcome. This is totally herbaceous dying completely back after flowering only to reemerge in spring bigger and better than before. The climbing Aconitum can be confusing to pin down as to proper identity but we finally sat down with flowers and foliage and key in hand and confirmed that this indeed A. episcopale. This is likely from a Diana Reeck collection in Yunnan in 1996 but that is best guessing. Nice blooming-sized plants.
Actaea (Cimicifuga) cordifolia
Actaea (Cimicifuga) cordifolia
Price: $10.00
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Small Band Pot
Appalachian Bugbane. The Actaea Formerly Known As Cimicifuga. Uncommon and quite nice perennial with maple-like leaves with late season white flowers like gleaming tapers. Superb shade plant and one your gardening friend won't have. Very likely deer proof. Easy.
Actaea pachypoda 'Misty Blue'
Actaea pachypoda 'Misty Blue'
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
Really, really good selection from Mt Cuba Center in Delaware of the eastern US 'Doll's Eyes'. In this selection, the normal green leaves are upstaged by gleaming cool pewter foliage. Any plant that gets metallic sheens, we're all over it! Incidental white puffs of flowers give way to late summer amazing white berries on red pedicels.
Actaea rubra
Actaea rubra
Price: $9.00
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Medium Band Pot
Seed collected by Ron Ratko in Idaho from a white berried form although these will likely be typical scarlet. Small poofs of white flowers in spring yield to showy seed clusters in late summer. A nice native for the shade garden.
Actaea rubra f. neglecta
Actaea rubra f. neglecta
Price: $9.00
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4" Pot
A subtle woodlander for most of spring and summer until late summer and fall when it suddenly busts a move and starts strutting its stuff. Fern-like foliage backs small white puffs of flowers in May which become showy clusters of bright white fruit in late summer & fall. The white version of our red fruited native.
Adiantum aleuticum
Adiantum aleuticum
Price: $10.00
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4" Pot
A NW native hanging out in moist shaded places especially loving mossy cliffs in the cooling mist of a nearby waterfall yet very easy in the garden. Nice black stems holding the fronds. The stems were flattened and used for imbrication in basketry by coastal tribes.
Adiantum aleuticum 'Miss Sharples'
Adiantum aleuticum 'Miss Sharples'
Price: $10.00
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Small Band Pot  It is easy enough to get a fern with rich, deep green leaves but sometimes that dark shade garden is just crying out for a little contrast and this fern will provide some subtle relief.  A deciduous species that gets just 18"-24" tall with fronds supported by wiry black stems.  A moisture lover, don't torture it in dry shade. 
Adiantum venustum
Adiantum venustum
Price: $10.00
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4" Pot
Himalayan Maidenhair Fern. Evergreen to semi-evergreen creeping fern making the the most textural groundcover imaginable. Salmon pink new growth goes to light olive and finally green leaflets on black wiry stems just 8"-12" high. Likes a loose moist soil but will tolerate dry when established.
Adiantum x mairisii
Adiantum x mairisii
Price: $10.00
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4" Pot
Mairis's Maidenhair Fern. This is a sterile semi-evergreen hybrid between Adiantum capillaris-veneris and anybody's guess. Sterile hybrid means vigor - no wasting time flinging spores into the air. If only I had been a sterile hybrid, I could have been a contender. All that time lost and distractions.
Agapanthus 'Kingston Blue'
Agapanthus 'Kingston Blue'
Price: $15.00
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Large Band Pot
A lovely cultivar introduced to this area by the enigmatic Pete Ray of Vashon and no relation to our local Kingston. Tastefully narrow deciduous leaves with medium small flower heads of a good clear mid-blue. Hardy and a good performer in the garden. Sun and deer resistant.
Ajuga incisa 'Frosted Jade'
Ajuga incisa 'Bikun'
Price: $10.00
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4" Pot
Frosted Jade Ajuga. A rare Ajuga the likes of which you may have never seen. We all are familiar with the utilitarian carpeting-with-abandon slug magnet ubiquitous in gardens everywhere. This is a different critter altogether and resembles Bugleweed about as much as a Bichon Frise does a Junkyard Dawg. Stays put in a clump with erect stems to 16" with showy leaves of white, green and cream and intense violet blue flowers. This has been one of the most asked about plants in our shade garden and when we say what it is, the answer usually is "That's an Ajuga? Do you have it?" It is completely deciduous as well which is another mind boggler. And for slugs - they do like this one too but really it is mainly the new shoots in early spring so we just keep an eye on the growth and if they are getting nibbled then we go out one or two evenings and inflict bodily harm and don't much about the plant afterwards.
Allium thunbergii 'Ozawa'
Allium thunbergii 'Ozawa'
Price: $9.00
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4" Pot
Here is a little Japanese bulbous plant that will add some late summer glitz to the rock garden or special foreground planting niche. Not shy about blooming, this will strut its stuff with round purplish flowerheads on 10" stems which sends our friends the Butterflies and Bees into quiet delirium.
Allium thunbergii DJH 272
Allium thunbergii DJH 272
Price: $10.00
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Quart Pot
A Dan Hinkley collection from Japan of this fine mid to late summer blooming Allium species. Good richly colored purple flowers are freely produced on this densely clumping little dude. Good in containers and great in the rock garden or special little niche.
Allium sp. CGG 14029
Allium wallichii
Price: $10.00
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Small Band Pot
Our collection at 9000' from the summit of highest peak in the Wuming Shan in SW China. This Allium was prevalent in the grazed grass and scrub summit with tall 12"-20" scapes and nice 2"+ half dome pink flowers. The local minority people harvest the bulbs for food. This was the first Western botanical foray to this mountain.
Allium wallichii CDHM14526
Allium wallichii CDHM14526
Price: $9.00
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Small Band Pot
A light pink version of this widespread Allium from our collection in southern Sichuan in October of 2012. The photo shows a late flower and some developing seed heads from the population in the wild.. A very easy plant in the garden getting up to 20" tall and having the added bonus of being edible which might be useful down the line.
Angelica atropurpurea
Angelica atropurpurea
Price: $9.00
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Medium Band Pot
Good purple-foliaged selection from seed we begged from Nita Jo Rountrees lovely garden. There needs to be at least one umbel in every garden and why not this one? Muted purplish foliage and light purplish-pink flowers in nice heads on tall stems give this an assertive yet graceful vertical presence. Easy.
Arisaema sp. CGG14147
Arisaema sp. CGG14147
Price: $12.00
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Small Band Pot These are small bulbs from the 2010 CGG seed collecting expedition. We were on the highest peak in the Damingshan which admittedly isn't high by mountainous standards but is still exposed to infrequent wintery blasts. This is not far from the Vietnam border in Guangxi Province and the flora has much in common with that of Vietnam which is hardly surprising. This smaller Arisaema from 4400' was perhaps 18"-24" tall with the withered remnants a radial leaflet arrangement such as would be seen in A. consanguineum for example and came to our attention by the showy reddish fruit cluster laying on the mossy bank.. These young bulbs are already making little detached offsets so it will be a nice increaser and these flower young. Quite nice flowers which are essentially green with white striping on the spathe tube while the spathe hood and long whip appendage are colored in variably from a touch of buff to a nice mocha. No idea yet what species it is but when we get it sorted out, we'll let you know. We're saying hardy to zone 7 but we are usually very conservative so would not be surprised by zone 6 with mulch.
Arisaema tortuosum
Arisaema tortuosum
Price: $9.00
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4" Band Pot
Tall Jack in the Pulpit. These grow into big boys with a large green flower and distinctive vertical spadix held well above the foliage. This merits that overused word of awesome especially when it gets 5' tall and you are eye-to-eye with that intriguing flower. The showy brilliant red fruit cluster is mist welcome in early fall.
Armeria maritima 'Little Penny'
Armeria maritima 'Little Penny'
Price: $8.00
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Small Band Pot
Marvelous little Thrift that is the lazy gardener's cushion plant. The English alpine gardeners in particular pride themselves in growing these difficult plants that forms cushions or 'buns'. Well this makes a perfect tight round dome on its own with pink flowers right in the foliage. Easy.
Arum 'Belldene'
Arum 'Belldene'
Price: $15.00
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Medium Band Pot
This has also been passed around in the past as 'Grimshaw's Form', referring to formidable plantsman John Grimshaw in England. We had the opportunity to visit John in the fall of 2013 and he took us around the Yorkshire Arboretum at Castle Howard where he is currently Director. The Sorbus collection was in full fruit and left us wanting to grow every Sorbus on the planet. While that might be somewhat limiting, there would still be plenty of room for Arums underneath and 'Belldene' would certainly be one prominently featured. We received our stock from another accomplished plantsperson, Ellen Hornig, and this selection has excellent and bright veining in the leaves with the accustomed pale large spathe for a flower in late spring/early summer and the Halloween appropriate orange seed clusters standing sentry sans leaves which had long disappeared into summer dormancy.
Arum 'Chameleon'
Arum 'Chameleon'
Price: $15.00
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Medium Band Pot We have Ellen Hornig of the late, great Seneca Hills Nursery to thank for sharing this with us. Some plants are just so good that one is duty bound to make sure they are kept in circulation and this is such a plant. Likely of hybrid origin, this has large leaves wonderfully patterned as you can see, which start appearing with the onset of the fall rains and are up and glorious all winter and spring before withering away for the summer. However, the spring pale sail-like flower spathes give way to erect stems holding knobby green seed heads which turn a brilliant orange in late summer and fall lasting for us through October and looking like some sort of Indian corn on a stick. This is a very easy bulb which gets by with a little care and does well in the shade or woodland garden where it can tolerate some summer drying under under trees.
Arum italicum 'Goldrush'
Arum italicum 'Goldrush'
Price: $15.00
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Medium Band Pot Thanks to Ellen Hornig for sharing this nice selection with us. Arums are quite rewarding bulbs with variously patterned foliage which emerges in late winter/early spring here and is distinct for having a yellowish vein pattern rather than the more typical white. This will make an imposing clump in time to 2' tall and in early summer, the foliage disappears and you are left with erect green seed pods standing at attention which turn to a brilliant orange in late summer and early fall. The flowers are large pale spathes in late spring and are briefly and curiously malodorous which we actually kind of enjoy because we first blame the dogs and then laugh when we realize they are not the culprits. Great when a plant can provide humor!
Asplenium scolopendrium 'Cristatum'
Asplenium scolopendrium 'Cristatum'
Price: $10.00
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Medium Band Pot  Crested Hart's Tongue Fern.  Crested ferns are always fun and this one does provide some amusement in the garden.  Rather than the typical evergreen, entire sword-shaped leaves which taper to a point, these crested forms splay out at the end into a rounded and ruffled flourish which might mark this as a self-indulgent dandy were it not for its complete absence of ego.  More than happy to play a necessary supporting role to those blooming Trilliums for example.  Doesn't mind a bit of lime and will self-spore in mortared walls.
Asplenium scolopendrium 'Undulata'
Asplenium scolopendrium 'Undulata'
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
Hart's Tongue Fern. Choice selection of this European native evergreen fern which has variable wavy and rumpled leaf margins. This doesn't mind a bit of lime in the soil and is very happy growing with bricks and will self-sow in the moss on shaded moist concrete or rock walls.
Asplenium scolopendrium Marginatum Group
Asplenium scolopendrium Marginatum Group
Price: $12.00
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Medium Band Pot
This a great form of the Hart's Tongue fern which always elicits comments in our shade garden. Positive comments, in case you were wondering if we were practicing the Art of Deceptive Honesty. Narrow evergreen leaves finely crimped and crinkled on the margins moves this from Plant into Sculpture.
Asplenium trichomanes
Asplenium trichomanes
Price: $12.00
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4" Pot
Maidenhair Spleenwort. We love common names. We must dig out our 15th century Herbal and read up on how to properly decoct this sweet little fern for afflicting humors of the spleen. Or we can just grow it in a gritty well-drained shaded rock garden and enjoy its evergreen delicate appearance which belies its rugged constitution. This little fern grows throughout the northern part of the northern hemisphere and just has a small foothold in our North Cascades. One of our favorite sights of this fern was when we did the Coast to Coast walk in northern England in the epic rainy summer of 2012 and we walked close to 200 miles through the Lakes District and Yorkshire Dales and Moors. We saw this growing everywhere naturalized on old stone walls, stone bridges and stone buildings. Very attractive and a clue to its drainage preferences.
Aster 'Coombe Margaret'
Aster 'Coombe Margaret'
Price: $9.00
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Medium Band Pot
Hard to find Aster in the UK let alone here in the colonies but we have plant-enabler Jim Fox to thank for scoring us a bit on one of his trips to England.   Fairly large double flowers of pink-lavender (at least according to my masculine color processing which Sue often questions when I get into the pink-mauve-lavender-violet-purple range.  "That's not pink - that's purple!") Three to five feet depending on whether you decapitate in early summer or not in pursuit of bushiness.  When shipped in the fall, we'll need to cut this plant back.
Aster 'Kylie'
Aster 'Kylie'
Price: $10.00
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Medium Band Pot
Award of Merit Aster from England which makes a profuse cloud of small pale pink flowers in large billowy display on arching stems. Nice tall stems and thin fine-textured leaves adds to the whole package. Pretty exceptional in the realm of Asters and one which Carol Klein calls "an immensely pretty plant". 'Kylie' is also a rare interspecific hybrid between Aster novae-angliae 'Andenken an Alma Potschke' and Aster ericoides 'White Heather'. We know Asters have been segregated into a bunch of unpleasant sounding genera but we're not there yet. When shipped in the fall, we'll need to cut this plant back.