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Valeriana officinalis, photo courtesy of Rob Cardillo

Valerian

Valeriana officinalis

Hardy flowering perennial fromEurope and western Asia. To5 ft. tall in bloom, spreading to4 ft. wide. ...

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Quercus lobata

Valley Oak

Quercus lobata

This deciduous tree is California’s mightiest oak, often reaching 70 ft. or taller, with equal o...

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Dianella tasmanica ‘Variegata’ (photo courtesy of Sunset Western Garden Collection)

Variegated Flax Lily

Dianella tasmanica ‘Variegata’

Strappy, boldly variegated, yellow-striped green leaves are a sublime accent for shady areas. Added in...

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Variegated Japanese Sedge

Carex ‘Ice Dance’

Grows to 1–2 ft. high and spreads slowly. Dark green leaves are edged in creamy white. Good edgi...

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Geranium renardii

Velvety Cranesbill

Geranium renardii

From the Caucasus. Compact grower to 1 ft. high and wide. Velvety gray-green leaves have deeply etched...

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Vetiveria zizanioides

Vetiver

Vetiveria zizanioides

A large, coarse grass native to tropical India. Erect growth to 8 ft. tall, 2–4 ft. wide, formin...

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Ligustrum ‘Vicaryi’ (photo courtesy of Proven Winners)

Vicary Golden Privet

Ligustrum ‘Vicaryi’

This is a hybrid between the Japanese L. ovalifolium ‘Aureum’ and the Europe...

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Arctostaphylos densiflora

Vine Hill Manzanita

Arctostaphylos densiflora

Native to Sonoma area, California. Generally low and spreading; outer branches take root when they tou...

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Acer circinatum (photo courtesy of Bailey Nurseries, Inc.)

Vine Maple

Acer circinatum

 

In the forest shade, plant is crooked, sprawling, and vinelike, with many stems from th...

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Viola 'Dynamite Blotch' (pansy)

Viola

VIOLA

Botanically speaking, violas, pansies, and almost all violets are perennials belonging to the genus Vi...

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Viola cornuta

Viola

Viola cornuta

To 6–8 in. high and 8 in. wide, with smooth, wavy-edged leaves. Purple, pansylike, slender-spurr...

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Violet Silverleaf

Leucophyllum candidum

Grows to 5 ft. tall and wide, with small, silvery leaves and deep purple flowers. ‘Silver Cloud&...

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