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Vernonia gigantea or giant ironweed makes an impressive specimen at 8-10 feet tall topped with fluffy, warm purple flowers popular with butterflies.
Vernonia 'Iron Butterfly' has feathery foliage topped with clusters of warm purple flowers in late summer and fall.
Spreading mats of variegated foliage with spires of pale blue flowers.
Veronica liwanensis has tiny, glossy, oval leaves that form a neat evergreen mat and cobalt blue flowers with a white central eye.
A variegated veronica with spikes of white flowers.
Veronica incana 'Pure Silver' has gorgeous silver foliage and spires of royal purple flowers offering twice the interest of other speedwells.
Veronica Crystal River 'Reavis' has abundant blue flowers with white centres in spring followed by scattered blooms throughout the season.
Veronica 'Snowmass' is a delicate yet vigorous creeping speedwell producing masses of pure white flowers with blue eyes
Veronicastrum virginicum is a dramatic perennial that blooms like a white candelabra atop six foot stems.
Veronicastrum virginicum 'Album' has white candelabras held aloft on tall stems with whorls of architectural foliage.
Viola blanda is a darling violet with heart shaped leaves and fragrant, pure white flowers with deep purple veins on the lower petal.
Viola chaerophylloides 'Benizuru' has dissected leaves with fragrant, magenta and white flowers on red stems.
Viola pedata is a lovely little violet with very cool, dissected foliage that looks like a bird's foot.
Viola Starry Night gives us fragrant, dusky lavender blossoms with a yellow centre.
Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls' is a daintier, better behaved version of the Chinese wisteria for small spaces.
'Blue Moon' is an extremely fast growing and super hardy Wisteria for zone 3(!) that blooms up to three times a year if grown in full sun.
Gordonia grandiflora is a remarkable semi-evergreen tree with lancolate leaves and fragrant, camellia-like flowers.
Yucca 'Bronze Age' is a blue-green yucca that has deep burgundy bronze colouration in fall and winter.
Yucca filamentosa 'Excalibur' forms rosettes of spiky, strap-like leaves coloured blue-green to powdery blue.
Yucca filamentosa 'Hofer's Blue' forms rosettes of spiky, strap-like leaves coloured in a bold silver-blue.
Zanthoxylum piperitum, the Japanese pepper, is an aromatic, spiny shrub with small, yellowish green flowers and scarlet fruits used in Japanese and Korean cooking.
Zanthoxylum simulans, the Sichuan pepper, produces brownish red fruits that are used in Sichuan cuisine having a spicy, numbing effect.
Zinnia grandiflora 'Gold on Blue' is hardy to zone 4 with fine, textured, bluish-green foliage topped with golden yellow flowers all summer.