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"Thanks to the breeding efforts of Clifford Parks... there are new primula crosses that remain evergreen through summertime heat and humidity and also display a glorious parade of color in the heart of wintertime." 
-From 'Persistent Primulas' by Pam Beck in the January/February 2008 Carolina Gardener Magazine. 

These are hybrids developed by my dad, Dr. Clifford Parks of Primula vulgaris ssp. sibthorpii and the showy cultivated strains. These are exceptionally heat tolerant and grow clumps of impressive plants in moist shady garden areas. The color range is being developed from white, yellow, red, lavender to purple shades and different color patterns are being bred such as white picotee borders and bicolors with yellow shading into the other colors. Please inquire about larger quantities for resale.


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Amorphophallus konjac, Voodoo Lily Caryopteris divaricata 'Snow Fairy', Variegated Bluebeard Epimedium pinnatum ssp. colchicum, Fairy Wings
This is a bizarre aroid with a single, huge 3-4 foot diameter leaf with about 150 leaflets, and a giant 5-6 foot tall flower stalk that grows from the dry corm (without roots) indoors in the late winter or April outdoors.   Plant these quite deep for winter hardiness.   Be prepared for the floral scent!  It's fly pollinated.  These are budded corms.

Zone 7
(zone 5-9)-  A Japanese selection of the Himalayan native "perennial Bluebeard".  The variegated foliage has a pungent smell, which repels all pests away, including deer.  In late summer small clusters of blue flowers appear, creating a blue haze above the bright foliage.  Post frost you can cut it to the ground, as it will return in spring, creating a rounded bush of 2-3' tall and wide.  Plant in part to full sun, with moist well drained soil. [4'T X 3'W] This is a good choice as a slow growing spreading evergreen ground cover.   In early spring, bright yellow flowers are held above the glossy foliage.   This comes from Turkey and the Republic of Georgia.

Zone 5
Habranthus robustus, Rainlily
(zone 6-9)-  This South American native bulb has narrow, strap-like foliage.  The impressive pale pink flowers are very showy in late summer after a good rainfall. These can be induced to bloom by watering after a dry period, can be grown in pots, and are very pest resistant. Regular irrigation will not get them to bloom more.  Photo credit:  Green Nurseries