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Blue Star Juniper
Add a colorful, silver-blue contrast to a landscape of green or purple foliage with Blue Star Juniper. Native to China and the Himalayas, its dense, spreading branches are perfect for a rock garden, bank, or low border. Graceful and unique, it makes a deﬁnite impact.
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You can keep ﬂowers blooming in your garden all winter long with camellias. These hardworking shrubs deliver eye-popping blossoms in red, pink, and white through fall and winter. There are spring-blooming, as well as fall- and winter-blooming, varieties, but all have glossy, dark green leaves that are a delight in and of themselves. Upright varieties can be trained into trees for a stunning garden accent.
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Drops of Gold Holly
Make a dramatic statement in a hedge or foundation landscaping with Drops of Gold Holly. Its top leaves are golden yellow, a brilliant contrast to the rich, green foliage underneath. It can be sheared annually or left to take on an organic shape, which accentuates its variegated beauty.
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Royal Purple Smoke Bush
Invite lush and changing color into your landscape with Royal Purple Smoke Bush. New growth opens red and then deepens to rich purple, complemented by feathery ﬂowers. But wait—the show’s not over. Fall brings a burnished orange color to its foliage. Growing to 10 feet high and wide, this is a standout as an accent, barrier, or border.
Provide year-round interest in your landscaping with Virburnum davidii (David viburnum). It has glossy, dark green leaves and bursts with showy white ﬂowers in spring, followed by brilliant blue berries in the fall that attract birds and butterﬂies. Plant two or more to ensure good cross-pollination for consistent berry production.
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Delight in Nandina domestica , also known as heavenly bamboo. Its showy fall foliage is punctuated by masses of red berries through winter. Late spring brings on white ﬂowers, which cascade over its soft, slender leaves. Upright and full to the base, it’s an outstanding addition to a porch or patio.
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Bring a show to your garden with any of the many varieties of euonymus. Many cultivars of this highly ornamental evergreen display variegated leaves that turn color in cold weather. Some can even vine or creep as high as 20 feet.
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