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  • Cut flowers before morning dew has dried or in early evening. Snip above a node or dormant bud to spur new blooms. Put stems in a pail of lukewarm water as you cut them.
  • Recut stems on a slant, under water to eliminate air bubbles that block food and water uptake.
  • Remove bruised leaves and foliage below the water line to prevent decay.
  • To stop nutrient-rich sap from oozing, scald stem ends in boiling water for 20 seconds or over a candle flame.
  • Condition flowers several hours before arranging. Put stems in lukewarm water, in a dark, cool place.
  • Arrange conditioned flowers in a vase of warm (110F) water.
  • Put the vase in a well-ventilated cool place (as low as 38F) to slow aging. Don't store flowers near unsealed fruits and vegetables, which produce ethylene, a gas that hastens ripening.
  • Change water every couple of days. In mixed bouquets, flowers may give off sap toxic to other varieties in the vase.

Freshly cut flowers often have enough stored sugars to survive in a vase. For extended enjoyment, use a commercial floral preservative or the following formula -

* 1 cup regular 7-Up (the sugar provides energy)
* 1 cup water
* 1/2 teaspoon household bleach (controls bacteria)

 Plants to consider include -

  • Heuchera 'Berry Timeless' PPAF
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    Heuchera 'Berry Timeless' PP26357 (20)ct Flat

    Heuchera 'Berry Timeless' PP26357 (20)ct Flat Coral Bells Height: 8-10 Inches, Spread: 20 Inches, Scape Height: 18-20 InchesFlower Color: Pink shades, Foliage Color: Green shadesHardiness Zone: 4 - 9Full sun - Full shade Blooms Early summer -...

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  • Baptisia 'Honey Roasted'
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    Baptisia 'Honey Roasted' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Baptisia 'Honey Roasted' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: False IndigoAn attractive native perennial that's bound to be a permanent fixture in your garden. Long 10" spikes of dark mahogany flowers have bright yellow keels, producing a wonderful bicolor...

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  • Baptisia 'Burgundy Blast'
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    Baptisia 'Burgundy Blast' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Baptisia 'Burgundy Blast' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: False IndigoA color break for False Indigo! The shade of purple is redder than the typical purple Baptisia. Dark wine purple flowers are produced over very dark blue-green foliage. When it is in...

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  • Dianthus 'Paint the Town Red'
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    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Red' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Red' PPAF (30)ct Flat - Proven Winners® Paint the Town SeriesCommon Name: PinksMembers of the Paint the Town Series are prized for their bright colors and increased heat tolerance. This translates to better performance nearly...

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  • Heuchera 'Evening Gown'
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    Heuchera 'Evening Gown' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Heuchera 'Evening Gown' PPAF (30)ct Flat Proven Winners® DRESSED UP Series Common Name: Coral Bells'Evening Gown' is the inaugural member of a new series of Heuchera for Proven Winners that is prized for its incredible ruffled leaves, a feature that...

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  • Heuchera 'Toffee Tart'
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    Heuchera 'Toffee Tart' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Heuchera 'Toffee Tart' PPAF (30)ct Flat Proven Winners® DOLCE® Series Common Name: Coral Bells'Toffee Tart' displays differing shades of ginger caramel throughout the seasons. In spring, newest leaves are amber with a silver overlay. Mature...

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  • Veronica 'Purple Leia' 
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    Veronica 'Purple Leia' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Veronica 'Purple Leia' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: Spike Speedwell'Purple Leia' joins popular companions 'Blue Skywalker' and 'Lavender Lightsaber' except with rosy purple flowers covering the top half of a columnar, upright habit. Bucking the trend...

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  • Phlox 'Opening Act Romance'
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    Phlox 'Opening Act Romance' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act Romance' PPAF (25) BR Plants - Proven Winners® Common Name: Hybrid PhloxIt keeps getting better and better for Opening Act Phlox. This new variety is the pinnacle of refinement, with a low-wide habit that's nearly dome-like, a...

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  • Phlox 'Backlight'
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    Phlox p. 'Backlight' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Backlight' PPAF (25) BR Plants Proven Winners® LUMINARY Collection Common Name: Tall Garden PhloxJoining the other members of the LUMINARY™ Collection, 'Backlight' brings a highly sought-after flower color. Pure white flowers are...

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  • Pennisetum 'Lemon Squeeze'
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    Penstemon a. 'Lemon Squeeze' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Penstemon a. 'Lemon Squeeze' PPAF (30)ct Flat Proven Winners® PRAIRIE WINDS® Collection Common Name: Fountain GrassA brilliantly colored ornamental grass that's perfect for contrast in your sun garden. 'Lemon Squeeze' behaves like other Fountain...

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  • Nepeta 'Picture Purrfect'
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    Nepeta 'Picture Purrfect' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Nepeta 'Picture Purrfect' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: CatmintA new must-have for landscapers! 'Picture Purrfect' has a similar compact height to 'Kitten Around' but has a much broader habit and blooms about two weeks earlier, depending on...

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  • Amsonia 'String Theory'
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    Amsonia 'String Theory' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Amsonia 'String Theory' PPAF (25) BR Plants Common Name: Blue Star'String Theory' can be described as a compact version of the industry standard Amsonia hubrichtii. The compact habit is covered with light periwinkle blue flowers in late spring, flowering...

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  • Lobelia STARSHIP™ Blue
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    Lobelia s. 'Starship Blue' (30)ct Flat

    Lobelia s. 'Starship Blue' (30)ct Flat Height: 28-32 Inches, Spread: 18-20 InchesFlower Color: Blue shadesHardiness Zone: 6 - 10Full sun to Part shade Blooms Midsummer to Early fall Deep violet blue flowers are produced on incredibly upright...

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  • Hemerocallis 'Stella de Oro'
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    Hemerocallis 'Stella de Oro' SF BR

    Hemerocallis 'Stella de Oro' Daylily (Jablonski, 1975)  Single Fan bare root plant The world's most popular daylily! 2.75", bright gold complete self with mild pie crust edging and a subtle fragrance Begins blooming in early summer...

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  • Daylily PURPLE de ORO

    Hemerocallis 'Purple de Oro' SF BR

    Hemerocallis - 'Purple de Oro' (DeGroot, 2000) Single Fan bare root plant a/k/a RAZZMATAZZ Medium dark purple with lighter midrib and edge above gold throat. Height is 20 inches with 3 inch bloom.Mid Season Rebloomer, Dormant, Dipliod. Petals have...

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  • Daylily  HYPERION

    Hemerocallis 'Hyperion' SF BR

    Hemerocallis - 'Hyperion' Daylily Single Fan bare root plant A nostalgic daylily that has been in cultivation for nearly 90 years 5", canary yellow self with a tiny, green throat Trumpet flower form; when viewed from the side it has the shape of a...

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  • Salvia 'Vanity Flair' 
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    Salvia 'Vanity Flair' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Salvia 'Vanity Flair' PPAF - FASHIONISTA® Collection (25) bare root clumps 'Vanity Flair' has large sky blue flowers. The long flower spikes are produced above a dense mass canopy of dark green foliage. Height: 20.0-22.0 InchesSpread: 20.0-24.0...

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  • Phlox 'Ultraviolet'
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    Phlox p. 'Ultraviolet' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Ultraviolet' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® LUMINARY Collection (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Tall Garden PhloxVery dark, magenta violet flower panicles are held above a full, bushy habit of bright green foliage. An improvement on the...

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  • Phlox p. 'Opalescence'
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    Phlox p. 'Opalescence' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Opalescence' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® LUMINARY?? Collection (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Tall Garden PhloxThe flagship variety of the LUMINARY™ Collection and the gold standard of powdery mildew resistance. In an extensive...

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  • Phlox 'Opening Act Ultrapink'
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    Phlox 'Opening Act Ultrapink' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act Ultrapink' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Tall Garden PhloxThis Phlox isn't just pink, it's ULTRApink! With this addition to the Opening Act Phlox Collection, it is officially the brightest, most...

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  • Phlox 'Magenta Pearl'
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    Phlox 'Magenta Pearl' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Magenta Pearl' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid PhloxA counterpart to 'Amethyst Pearl', this variety has similar disease-resistant foliage, and early bloomtime and rebloom power, but with deeper magenta pink flowers. This variety is...

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  • Phlox 'Baby Doll White'
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    Phlox 'Baby Doll White' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Baby Doll White' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid PhloxAt just a foot tall, this perennial is easy to tuck into small spaces in the garden or for use in containers. White flowers form a mass of blooms on top of the dark green foliage...

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  • Phlox 'Baby Doll Pink'
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    Phlox 'Baby Doll Pink' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Baby Doll Pink' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid PhloxAt just a foot tall, this perennial is easy to tuck into small spaces in the garden or for use in containers. Bright pink flowers with a white halo form a mass of blooms on top of...

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  • Perovskia a. 'Sage Advice'
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    Perovskia a. 'Sage Advice' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Perovskia a. 'Sage Advice' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Russian SageYou would be wise to choose this Perovskia because it's the darkest purple shade to date. Rich lavender purple flowers are produced on strong,...

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  • Dicentra 'Pink Diamonds'
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    Dicentra 'Pink Diamonds' PPAF (20)ct Flat

    Dicentra 'Pink Diamonds' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners®(20)ct Flat Common Name: Fern-leaved Bleeding Heart'Pink Diamonds' explodes with flowers in late spring to early summer and blooms throughout the season. Pink flowers open light pink and show a...

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  • Dianthus 'Paint the Town Fancy'
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    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Fancy' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Dianthus 'Paint the Town Fancy' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® (30)ct Flat Common Name: Pinks'Paint the Town Fancy' produces 1', single, rosy fuchsia flowers with a red eye and serrated petals. Flowers completely cover the plant when it's in peak. Its...

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  • Baptisia 'Blue Bubbly'
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    Baptisia 'Blue Bubbly' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Baptisia 'Blue Bubbly' PPAF CPBRAF - Proven Winners® DECADENCE® DELUXE Series(25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: False IndigoAll Baptisia have a substantial presence in the garden, but the members of the DECADENCE® DELUXE are larger than their...

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  • Aster 'Grape Crush'
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    Aster 'Grape Crush' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Aster 'Grape Crush' PPAF (25) Bare Root Plants Common Name: New England AsterBringing refinement to fall blooming Asters, 'Grape Crush' produces a large, very round mound with densely packed flowers. We have observed no lodging in our trials, a...

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  • Aquilegia KIRIGAMI Yellow
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    Aquilegia KIRIGAMI Yellow (30)ct Flat

    Aquilegia KIRIGAMI Yellow (30)ct Flat Common Name: ColumbineKIRIGAMI™ Yellow has flowers with light yellow shades. Aquilegia is especially lovely when allowed to naturalize in shady, woodland borders. They also have excellent potential as cut...

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  • Aquilegia KIRIGAMI Rose & Pink 
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    Aquilegia KIRIGAMI Rose & Pink (30)ct Flat

    Aquilegia KIRIGAMI Rose & Pink (30)ct Flat Common Name: ColumbineKIRIGAMI™ Rose & Pink has flowers with a mix of dark rose and lighter pink shades.Aquilegia is especially lovely when allowed to naturalize in shady, woodland borders. They...

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  • KIRIGAMIƒ?› Mix 
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    Aquilegia KIRIGAMI Mix (30)ct Flat

    Aquilegia KIRIGAMI Mix (30)ct Flat Common Name: ColumbineThe KIRIGAMI™ Mix includes blue, red, pink, yellow, and white shades.Aquilegia is especially lovely when allowed to naturalize in shady, woodland borders. They also have excellent potential...

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  • Osmunda regalis (bare root plant)

    Osmunda regalis (bare root plant)

    Osmunda regalisCommon Name: royal fernFamily: OsmundaceaeZone: 3 to 9Height: 2 to 3 feetSpread: 2 to 3 feetSun: Part shade to full shadeWater: Medium to wetMaintenance: LowNaturalize, Rain GardenTolerate: Rabbit, Heavy Shade, Wet Soil Mature field grown...

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  • Phlox paniculata 'Uptown Girl'
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    Phlox p. 'Uptown Girl' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox p. 'Uptown Girl' PPAF - GARDEN GIRLS Collection (25) bare root clumps Height: 32.0-36.0 InchesSpread: 28.0-32.0 InchesHardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8Flower Color: Pink shadesFoliage Color: Green shadesFull Sun Average Water NeedsAverage to Fertile...

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  • Phlox 'Opening Act Pink-a-Dot'
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    Phlox 'Opening Act Pink-a-Dot' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox 'Opening Act Pink-a-Dot' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Common Name: Hybrid PhloxThis new hybrid Phlox will bloom even earlier. It boasts a long season of color in addition to being early blooming. Near white flowers with a dark pink, central star...

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  • Phlox paniculata 'Cover Girl'
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    Phlox p. 'Cover Girl' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Phlox paniculata 'Cover Girl' PPAF - GARDEN GIRLS Collection (25) bare root clumps Height: 38.0-42.0 InchesSpread: 24.0-28.0 InchesHardiness Zones: 3,4,5,6,7,8Flower Color: Purple shadesFoliage Color: Green shadesFull Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct...

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  • Penstemon 'Onyx and Pearls'
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    Penstemon 'Onyx and Pearls' PPAF (25) BR Plants

    Penstemon 'Onyx and Pearls' PPAF (25) bare root clumps Named after two polar opposite colors of gemstones, onyx is in reference to its dark foliage and pearls refers to its soft lavender flowers with white interiors. From a distance, the flowers look...

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  • Panicum virgatum 'Gunsmoke'
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    Panicum v. 'Gunsmoke' PPAF (30)ct Flat

    Panicum v. 'Gunsmoke' PPAF (30)ct Flat Common Name: Switch Grass, Ornamental GrassA new nativar perfect for the late summer landscape! The seedheads on this moderately sized grass billow over the top of the habit. Wide, steel colored leaves densely pack...

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