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With commentary by Oehme, van Sweden principal Eric Groft.

Adding a “nice red spark” to the garden from July through October, Persicaria amplexicaulis ‘Firetail’ forms a bushy mound of handsome foliage with distinctive markings, topped by brightly colored “tails” of tiny crimson flowers.

With commentary by Oehme, van Sweden principal Eric Groft.

Producing thick clumps of stems from underground stolons, Pycnanthemum muticum “creates a massed volume in the garden, and its silver-gray foliage and almost-white flowers contrast with the grasses.” A tough plant, it takes to wet or dry conditions, sun to part shade.

Hot plus cool equals a jazzy ornamental pepper that’s not pungent, so it’s safe to grow around kids. Indoors it makes a wild “hairdo,” spring through Christmas, of twisty narrow peppers in ivory, yellow, orange and red. Also look for child-friendly ‘Chilly Chili’.
With waxy, sedumlike foliage and airy heads of tiny pink flowers like baby’s breath, jewels-of-opar is a contrast in textures unto itself. Leaves are that ever-popular glowing chartreuse.
Masses of wine-red flowers on airy three-foot stems nod in the slightest breeze. A classy new flowering tobacco from Floranova, more compact than its ‘Tinkerbell’ cousin. Annual.
New leaves on this Indian bean tree emerge wine colored to chocolate, segueing to green in summer. White flowers are lavender-tinged. Though it can reach 40 to 50 feet tall and wide, it can be pruned hard to keep it shrubby. Zones 5-9. forestfarm.com
Building on the fan base established by hot-pink ‘Blazin’ Rose’, ‘Blazin Lime’ has lime-green leaves with cream markings and fuchsia stems. From Ball Horticultural Company. Zone 8.
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Bulletproof plants from the Old World, Sansevierias are ideal for beginning gardeners and top-drawer designers alike
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This leafy denizen of the forest tropics is making a splashy comeback
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