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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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Caryopteris divaricata 'Snow Fairy', Variegated Bluebeard Epimedium pinnatum ssp. colchicum, Fairy Wings Rohdea japonica, Japanese Sacred Lily
(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
1 gallon pot.
The "Japanese Sacred Lily" is a wonderful evergreen perennial well suited for the dry woodland.  It was highly prized in Japan during the Edo Period (1600's-1840) where many interesting varieties were selected.  This species form has broad, leathery, strap-like evergreen leaves which grow out from a wide base.  The flowers, which emerge in mid spring, are interesting, but not terribly show.  However, the orange red berries which appear in fall and persist through winter create great winter interest.  Better yet, the deer do not bother this plant, which can be grown as a container specimen, or in mass throughout the shady landscape.  

Hardy in USDA Zones 6-10