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Libertia

New Zealand Iris

Named for its colorful sword-like blades and for Marie Libert, a Belgian botanist who wrote about liverworts, this captivating New Zealand native belongs to the Iris family. Libertias prefer well-drained, somewhat moist soil and light shade in hot locales.

<i>Libertia ixioides</i> ‘Goldfinger’

Naturally Native New Zealand Plants, a nursery from down-under, selected ‘Goldfinger’ for its bright foliar hues and tidy compact stance. Sparking gold and burnt orange central streaks, the narrow finger-like olive green leaves reach up and out from a low warm-colored evergreen clump, while starry bright white flowers and large yellow berries furnish additional appeal. Second-to-none for containers or tight spots, this lively Libertia can be planted near mates such as Sedum ‘Matrona’ and Bouteloua ‘Blonde Ambition’. (PP#18,228)

Blooms June–August

Size: 18" high x 18" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

<i>Libertia ixioides</i> ‘Taupo Sunset’

Offering year-round allure, compact upright clumps sculpt narrow fans of stiff leathery blades, each uniquely painted in green, yellow, orange, purplish red and bronze-hued stripes. Openly branched stems bear 3-petaled white flowers shaped like saucers that sparkle in spring and manifest intriguing orange seed pods in autumn; dark red shades invigorate the leaves during the winter months. ‘Taupo Sunset’ can grace a poolside or mixed border with broad-leafed companions nearby. 

Blooms JuneľAugust

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

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Precious Primulas, Prized Pulmonarias and Fabulous Foliage!

Primulas offer elaborately-crafted colorful blooms in varied shapes,……

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One of the earliest perennials to bloom, you can be picking their enchanting urn-shaped flowers in February while the rest of the garden still slumbers. Many cultivars showcase an array of mercury-hued dapples, speckles and spots, while others sport solid pewter sheens or striking silver streaks. Easy-to-grow Pulmonarias prefer the lacy light of a woodland setting plus cool moist soil. Our newsletter also includes a handful of other shade-loving perennials that promise alluring foliage. Many of these perennials can be partnered with Pulmonarias for intriguing foliar contrast. You may wish to check out our online Pulmonaria offerings.

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