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Vitis vinifera ‘Purpurea’

Vitis purpurea
Leaves open green, then quickly turn a deep, rich purple that looks fabulous against white. Growing quickly & clean, this vine produces delicious large 
purple grapes with a few seeds. ‘Purpurea’ loves sun & good drainage. Zone 5

Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’

 Viburnum Dawn
Blooming in late winter to early spring. This cross between Viburnum farreri & Viburnum grandiflorum combines the best qualities 
 of each parent. The sweet-scented flowers are rich rose-red in bud, opening to pink with a distinct flush of deeper pink. The deciduous foliage is dark green in summer, turning to attractive reddish purple in fall. Of upright growth, it ultimately attains 10 feet, with a similar spread. In more northerly areas, plant in a sheltered site. Zone 6

Potentilla fruticosa ‘Pink Beauty’

Potentilla Pink Beauty
This fast & vigourous grower offers an unusual new colour & more refined foliage. Reminiscent of semi-double roses, the 
1-inch flowers arean intense pink that does not fade, even in extreme sun. Compact, 24-inch mounds with lush dark-green foliage bloom from early summer to frost . Best in sun to part shade.         Zones 4-7

Heptacodium miconioides

Heptacodium
Beautiful, sweetly fragrant cascades of sparkling white flowers in late summer are only the beginning of this rare
 tree’s spectacular drama. Flowers soon transform into fruits surrounded by large, glowing red & purple calyces more gorgeous than the flowers --an effect that lasts 4-5 weeks (well into late fall), increasing even further when the prominently-veined leaves turn a gorgeous purple. Grows rapidly to about 15 feet. Adaptable to sun or shade, although best colour is in sun. Whitish, exfoliating young bark turns rich brown at maturity. Zones 5-9

Daphne ‘Briggs Moonlight’

Daphne Briggs Moonlight
Stunning reverse-variegation of Daphne ‘Carol Mackie’ This rare sport has semi-evergreen leaves with creamy-yellow central zones & narrow green margins. Plants strong-growing-- unusual for variegated plant
s with light-toned leaves --ultimately reaching 3 feet by 2 feet in 5-6 years. In early summer it delivers a good show of richly fragrant, pale pink flowers for which Daphne is famous. Best in light shade. Zones 5-8

Acer palmatum ‘Ukigumo’ (Floating Clouds)

Acer ukigomo
This strong & graceful shrub  displays all the beautiful colour changes for which many 
variegated-leaved Japanese Maples are celebrated, & tolerates reasonable levels of sunlight without danger of leaf burn. The basic leaf colour is light green, but these 5-lobed, evenly separated & delicately serrated leaves mature into unique patterns of white & pink -- no two leaves are alike. The colours become more subtle & pastel -hued with age, & the variegation actually increases. At maturity, ‘Ukigmo’ has an upright habit 6-7 feet tall & 4-5 feet wide, with short, multi-branched twigs. Zones 6-8
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