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Red Cascade Climbing Rose
Prices start at : 12.99 USD

Excellent for growing on a low fence or on a trellis. Red Cascade is reported to be somewhat deer resistant according to a Master Gardener in Bexar County, Texas. See the external info link below for more from Dr. Jerry Parson's of T A&M.
  • USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11
  • Container Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
  • pH Range: Slightly Acidic, Neutral
  • Deer Resistance: Somewhat Resistant
Louisiana
Merryville
Yellow Cross Vine
Prices start at : 9.99 USD

Cross Vines are a low maintenance choice for fences, posts, and large trellises. We normally grow Cross Vines in average garden soils with good drainage, average moisture and full sun for best flowering and vigor.
  • USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 6,7,8,9
  • Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
  • Deer Resistance: Rarely to Sometimes Bothered
  • Soil & Moisture: Average moist, generally well-drained soils but fairly adaptable. Somewhat drought resistant once well-established.
  • Container Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Louisiana
Merryville
White Rose of Montana, White Coral Vine
Prices start at : 9.99 USD

An uncommon selection of Rose of Montana, this is a beautiful climbing perennial which produces sprays of lacy white flowers all summer and fall. On a recent trip to west Texas we saw a Coral Vine that must have had 50 or more butterflies on one plant!...
  • USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 8,9,10
  • Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
  • Container Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
  • pH Range: Mildly Acidic, Neutral, Mildly Alkaline
Louisiana
Merryville
Variegated Monkey Ball Vine, Ornamental Yam, Variegated Potato vine
Prices start at : 12.99 USD

A vigorous but manageable unusual perennial tropical vine. Large deep green heart shaped foliage is veined with silver and randomly splotched with maroon and black.
  • Native To / Origin: S America
  • USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 8B,9,10,11
  • Container Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
  • Soil & Moisture: Average moisture, well-drained soils.
Louisiana
Merryville
Giant Dutchman\'s Pipevine, Brazilian Dutchmans Pipe Vine, Aristolochia
Prices start at : 14.99 USD

The Pipevines are used by the Pipevine Swallowtail and Polydamas Swallowtail butterflies as a caterpillar host plant. Large medium to dark green somewhat heart-shaped foliage makes a nice natural screen.
  • Grows To: 15-20'H+
  • Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part sun, Part shade
  • Soil & Moisture: Average moist, moderately well-drained soils.
  • pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral
  • Native To / Origin: Panama
Louisiana
Merryville
Mexican Love Vine (Orange), Mexican Flame Vine
Prices start at : 7.99 USD

Blooming spring to fall. Intense orange, 2" daisy-like blooms with yellow centers are borne on a vigorous twining vine. An easily grown perennial vine.
  • Grows To: 20'H
  • Container Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
  • Native To / Origin: N Central Americas
  • Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Louisiana
Merryville
Ogon Nishiki Asiatic Jasmine, Salsa Asiatic Jasmine, Japanese Star Jasmine
Prices start at : 8.99 USD

Asiatic Jasmine, as it is known locally, is a tough, reliable, and dense evergreen groundcover that is tolerant of a wide variety of soils and light conditions. Ogon Nishiki translates to "Golden Brocade" another common name for this cultivar.
  • Salt Tolerance: Moderate to High
  • Grows To: 6-8''H and spreading
  • USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,10,11
  • Container Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
  • Deer Resistance: Rarely Bothered
Louisiana
Merryville
Snow-N-Summer™ Asiatic Jasmine
Prices start at : 9.99 USD

Rosy pink new growth matures to white and deep rich green creating a snowfall of color in the garden. Evergreen and dense. item# 1188. This is an excellent choice for difficult sites and is quite drought tolerant once well-established.
  • Grows To: 6-8''H and spreading
  • Container Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
  • pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral, Mildly Alkaline, Alkaline
  • Salt Tolerance: Moderate to High
  • Deer Resistance: Rarely Bothered
Louisiana
Merryville
Flutterby Petite® Blue Heaven Butterfly Bush, Buddleia
Prices start at : 10.99 USD

Buddleias or Butterfly Bushes do best where they have good drainage and prefer a full to mostly sunny position for the best overall health and flowering. The fragrant flowers of Buddleias are excellent for attracting butterflies, bees, and a host of other...
  • USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11
  • Grows To: 24-30''H x 24-30''W
  • pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral, Mildly Alkaline, Alkaline
  • Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
  • Native To / Origin: US Gardens - Peter Podaras, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY - 2011
Louisiana
Merryville
Raspberry Wine Bee Balm, Monarda, Oswego Tea, Bergamot
Prices start at : 7.99 USD

Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. In the wild Scarlet Beebalm is most common in the Northeastern and Northcentral US and may prefer afternoon shade in the hotter portions of its range.
  • Deer Resistance: Rarely Bothered
  • Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sun
  • pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral
  • Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W, space about 12-18" apart
  • Soil & Moisture: Evenly moist, well-drained, moderately fertile soils.
Louisiana
Merryville
Lo\' & Behold™ Ice Chip Butterfly Bush, Buddleja
Prices start at : 9.99 USD

A tight compact mound of blue-green foliage is topped with spikes of white fragrant flowers. Photos courtesy of Proven Winners - www.provenwinners.com Buddlejas are considered invasive in some regions please check with your local state offices before...
  • Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
  • Native To / Origin: Gardens-USA, JC Raulston, Dr. Dennis Werner - 2012
  • Container Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
  • Soil & Moisture: Well-drained soils, with average moisture. Does not tolerate wet feet / poor drainage but are otherwise fairly adaptable.
  • pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral, Mildly Alkaline, Alkaline
Louisiana
Merryville
Zagreb Threadleaf Coreopsis, Tickseed
Prices start at : 7.99 USD

2" wide sunny yellow daisies top the fine-textured blue-green foliage of this durable native perennial from late spring to late summer and sometimes up until frost. Drought tolerant and deer resistant.
  • Container Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
  • Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
  • pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral, Mildly Alkaline, Alkaline
  • Grows To: 12-18''H x 18-24''W
  • Deer Resistance: Rarely Bothered
Louisiana
Merryville
Talayote (Milkweed Vine)
Prices start at : 12.99 USD

Admittedly the flowers of Talayote are not extra large and showy but it could certainly be used in the garden as a screen or at the back of the garden if so desired. By some this plant may be considered weedy, simply remove any ripening seed pods to prevent...
  • Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
  • Container Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
  • USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 8B,9,10,11,(8A?)
  • Grows To: 10-15'H
  • Deer Resistance: Not Likely to be Bothered
Louisiana
Merryville
Missy Puryear\'s Pink Turks Cap
Prices start at : 7.99 USD

This is a hummingbird's delight! A vigorous and easy to grow, long-lived perennial for full sun to part shade and is drought resistant once established. In mild winter climates they can get fairly large but are certainly amenable to pruning.
  • Soil & Moisture: Average to moist but moderatley drought tolerant once well established. Adaptable to soil types.
  • pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral, Mildly Alkaline, Alkaline
  • Salt Tolerance: Moderate
  • Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
  • Native To / Origin: US- Greg Grant, Nacogdoches, TX
  • Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-5'W
Louisiana
Merryville
Lo\' & Behold™ Blue Chip Jr. Butterfly Bush, Buddleja
Prices start at : 12.99 USD

Lo' & Behold™ Blue Chip Jr. Butterfly Bush is slightly smaller and more compact than Lo' & Behold™ Blue Chip Butterfly Bush and is less brittle. Photo courtesy of Proven Winners - www.provenwinners.com
  • pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral, Mildly Alkaline, Alkaline
  • USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11
  • Soil & Moisture: Average moist, well-drained, moderately fertile soils.
  • Container Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
  • Native To / Origin: Gardens-USA, JC Raulston, Dr. Dennis Werner
Louisiana
Merryville
Miss Ruby Butterfly Bush, Buddleja
Prices start at : 9.99 USD

In some states and counties Buddleia's are considered invasive, please check with your local state offices before purchasing. Photo courtesy of Proven Winners - www.provenwinners.com
  • USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11
  • Soil & Moisture: Well-drained soils, with average moisture. Does not tolerate wet feet / poor drainage but are otherwise fairly adaptable.
  • Salt Tolerance: Slight
  • Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
  • Container Size: 3 inch DP / 12 fl.oz. / 354ml
Louisiana
Merryville
Cheyenne Spirit Purple Cone Flower
Prices start at : 6.99 USD

Flowers the first year! Echinacea or Purple Coneflowers are beautiful and hardy, clump forming fibrous rooted or taprooted North American native perennials that attract butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Deer Resistance: Rarely Bothered
  • USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9
  • Container Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
  • Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
  • Soil & Moisture: Well-draining, average moist soils. Do not keep overly wet or soggy. Drought resistant once well-established.
Louisiana
Merryville
Jacob Cline Scarlet Bee Balm, Monarda, Oswego Tea, Bergamot
Prices start at : 5.99 USD

Dig and divide every 2-3 years for the best results. In the wild Scarlet Beebalm is most common in the Northeastern and Northcentral US and may prefer afternoon shade in the hotter portions of its range.
  • Container Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
  • Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
  • Soil & Moisture: Evenly moist, well-drained, moderately fertile soils.
  • USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9
  • Native To / Origin: US - discovered by Jean Cline in GA and named for her son, introduced by Saul Nursery
Louisiana
Merryville
American Elderberry, Common Elderberry
Prices start at : 7.99 USD

Periodic removal of older and weaker canes will help to keep them growing vigorously. Elderberry was selected as the 2013 Herb of the Year by the International Herb Society. Remember that the Elderberry flowers and fruits on new growth so even though...
  • Deer Resistance: Rarely Bothered
  • Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
  • Salt Tolerance: High soil and aerosol salt tolerance
  • USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
  • Container Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Louisiana
Merryville
Lady in Red Scarlet Sage, Blood Sage, Hummingbird Sage
Prices start at : 7.99 USD

Somewhat drought resistant once well-established but will grow and flower better under average water conditions. An application of fertilizer at this time may also be beneficial in spurring flower production.
  • Salt Tolerance: Moderate
  • Native To / Origin: US - TX, LA, MS, GA, AL, FL
  • USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10,11, (9A-9B?)
  • Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
  • Container Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Louisiana
Merryville
Henlea\'s Hummingbird Heaven Porterweed
Prices start at : 6.99 USD

Produces larger purple flowers with a slightly lighter red-purple eye and less conspicuous white throat, Henlea's Hummingbird Heaven Porterweed appears to be the true Lavender Porterweed although it has a denser more compact growth habit than our Coral...
  • USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 10,11,(9?)
  • Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
  • Pruning: Not needed except to remove spent flower stems though it's not required, pinch to improve branching.
  • Fertilizing: Spring-frost or year round in warm, frost free conditions.
  • Grows To: 3-4'H x 3'W
Louisiana
Merryville
Scaly Blazing Star, Gayfeather, Liatris
Prices start at : 7.99 USD

A very early and often long flowering drought tolerant Liatris. Clusters of deep violet-purple flowers emerge from short upright to arching stems in summer and are held above the deep green grass-like foliage of this tough bulbous native perennial wildflower.
  • pH Range: Acidic, Slightly Acidic
  • Deer Resistance: Rarely Bothered
  • Grows To: 12-24"H 12-18''W
  • Container Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Louisiana
Merryville
Blue Mistflower, Wild Ageratum, Hardy Ageratum, Blue Boneset
Prices start at : 7.99 USD

Flat topped clusters of bluish-purple Ageratum-like flowers are born atop sturdy stems in summer and sometimes into fall. Blue Mistflower is often listed as an excellent butterfly plant but we find mostly bees using it.
  • Native To / Origin: US- Central and Eastern
  • Grows To: 18-30"H x spreading, space at 8-12" apart
  • Container Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
  • pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral
  • Deer Resistance: Not Normally Bothered
Louisiana
Merryville
Miss Pearl Butterfly Bush, Buddleja
Prices start at : 9.99 USD

In some states and counties Buddleia's are considered invasive, please check with your local state offices before purchasing. Photo courtesy of Proven Winners - www.provenwinners.com
  • Soil & Moisture: Well-draining, average moist soils.
  • Salt Tolerance: Slight
  • Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
  • Native To / Origin: US Gardens- JC Raulston, NCSU, Dr. Dennis Werner
  • Container Size: 2.25 inch DP / 12 fl.oz. / 354ml
Louisiana
Merryville
Golda Emanis Yellow Foliaged Great Coneflower, Cabbage-Leaf Coneflower
Prices start at : 12.99 USD

He describes it as "chartreuse-green foliage and the normal tall golden yellow flowers. Great in foliage or flower. The best foliage color is during the winter months and in full sun".
  • Grows To: 5-7'H x 20-30''W
  • pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic
  • Native To / Origin: US - Greg Grant - selected in Cherokee County, TX
  • USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9
  • Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
Louisiana
Merryville
Buzz™ Soft Pink Butterfly Bush, Buddleia
Prices start at : 8.99 USD

Provide a full to mostly sunny position in well-drained soils. Buddleias or Butterfly Bushes do best where they have good to excellent drainage and prefer a full to mostly sunny position for the best overall health and flowering.
  • Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
  • pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral, Mildly Alkaline, Alkaline
  • Grows To: 3-4'H x 3-5'W
  • USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 5,6,7,8,9,10,11
  • Container Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Louisiana
Merryville
Blue Porterweed
Prices start at : 8.99 USD

In zone 10 Blue Porterweed is likely to be a reliable perennial if not evergreen. For more information see the research paper " Nectar Theft and Floral Ant-Repellence: A Link between Nectar Volume and Ant-Repellent Traits?
  • pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral
  • Grows To: 3-4'H x 2-3'W
  • Fertilizing: Spring-frost or year round in warm, frost free conditions.
  • Container Size: 3.5 inch SQ / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
  • USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9B,10,11
Louisiana
Merryville
Dwarf Mouse-Eared Coreopsis, Dwarf Lobed Tickseed
Prices start at : 7.99 USD

Deadhead to extend flowering into fall. An evergreen perennial that slowly develops into a 6-9" high slowly spreading stoloniferous groundcover. Provide Mouse-Eared Tickseed with average moisture and good drainage in average garden soils for best results.
  • Deer Resistance: Rarely Bothered
  • Native To / Origin: US - Eastern
  • Grows To: 6-9''H x 10-12''W
  • USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9
  • Container Size: 3.5 inch / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Louisiana
Merryville
Pinkscale Blazing Star, Gayfeather, Liatris
Prices start at : 7.99 USD

This beautiful perennial wildflower is common to the Pineywoods of western Louisiana and east Texas and needs a well drained soil for best results. Grown from locally collected seed.
  • USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9
  • Grows To: 24-36''H x 12-30''W
  • Native To / Origin: US - S Central
  • Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
Louisiana
Merryville