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Acanthus spinosus is an herbaceous perennial. There are other species but this is my favourite as I prefer it's more dissected, thistle-like leaves. A mature clump in flower is an impressive site. Scroll down this board for further details.

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from David Domoney

How to: plant a herbaceous perennial border

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Pratia or White Star Creeper is a herbaceous perennial groundcover used as a lawn substitute, as fillers in pathways, in rock gardens and in borders. A profusion of starry white flowers bloom spring through summer, followed by globular, reddish-purple fruit in autumn, attracting birds. This plant will tolerate wet or dry conditions in sun or shade. Low growing (2-3" tall). Zones 5-10

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from Diy & Crafts Ideas Magazine

10 Different and Great Garden project Anyone Can Make 10

David Phlox (mine came from a friend in Chicago 19 years ago and has been divided again and again to other homes.)

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Burgundy Lace Japanese Painted Fern is a herbaceous perennial that is resistant to deer and extreme weather. Zones 5-8. Grows in part to full shade to about 12" tall.

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