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Great Design Plant: Snake Flower
"Plant this low-maintenance succulent now for brilliant eye-catching orange blooms... foliage and flower colors.” If you live in USDA climate zones 8-10, you can plant versatile... Snake flower, also known as Bulbine frutescens 'Hallmark', is a favorite plant for... accent plant, an almost nonstop bloomer and also looks great throughout the seasons... massed, and equally beautiful mingled with companion plants that have contrasting foliage..."
Great Design Plant: Feed Wildlife With Flowering Currant
Blossoms and berries make this plant irresistible to birds, bees and other critters — and a treat for the eyes too
"ssoms and berries make this plant irresistible to birds, bees and other critters... critters — and a treat for the eyes too... bloom, and bees and other pollinating insects find the flowers similarly irresistible... on the plants starting in June, and watch as they fatten in size and turn powdery... bright flowers appearing in late winter to early spring, flowering currants (Ribes... gardens. Flowering currants are popular native plants in the Pacific Northwest, not..."
Bright Plants for Flower Beds That Wow
"annual and perennial varieties to grasses, get dramatic with swaths of color... owner and his gardening skills. Plantings included pelargoniums, heliotropes, salvias... salvias and lobelias. Raising these mainly half-hardy bedding plants was expensive... Raising plants from seed or cuttings requires heat in the late winter and early spring... use of plants to provide blocks of intense color in gardens has been with us since..."
Great Native Plant: Pasque Flower
Get ahead with this early-blooming perennial, which has an unusual feature you've got to feel for yourself
"have few flowers both late in the growing season and early. Well, I can solve the latter... pasque flower, a clumping, slowly expanding native flower that's ahead of the game... prairie and remember fondly how each and every spring my husband and children presented... Custer, and these grow wild there. Yes, they are the first flowers to come up in the... power of flowers and gardening, how they take us to places in our lives like Star Trey..."
Great Design Plant: Slipper Plant
"all year and offers an unexpected surprise in fall... Consider this plant as the gift that keeps on giving. “One of the plants we have a hard... round, and is perfect for massing in narrow planting areas or featuring in raised... planters.” And with a beautiful fall-blooming flower to boot, we're just about to see... cacti and agave are your only options for lowering water consumption, think again... slipper plant (Pedilanthus macrocarpus) is not only a sustainable gardening godsend..."
Great Design Plant: Blanket Flower Brings Year-Round Cheer
It's irresistible to wildlife, but this wildflower's drought tolerance, copious blooms and versatility draw human fans too
"blooms and versatility draw human fans too... native plant, either. Blanket flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators, their... climates can plant them in the ground now and enjoy flowers for most of the year.... tolerant, and they tolerate both extreme cold and extreme heat, as well as salty beachfront... seeds and plant them in the spring garden for blooms in the same year. Gardeners in... blanket flower brightens America's wild places from sea to shining sea — from the balmy..."
Flower Spikes Nail Impact in Summer Gardens
"spiky flowers and plants that create excitement and drama... spiky flowers are particularly present in early summer. Here are a few of my favorites... If a plant is a long investment, flammable, AND an irritant, I'm probably not going... going to plant it in my garden! But the false indigo is very pretty... @aeykelbo:... ;-) Gas-plant, Dictamnus, a nostalgic favorite since first encountered in my grandma's... of this plant is delightful, intense, even bordering on overpowering. Sweet sent of..."
Autumn Joy: How to Get 3 Months of Fall Flowers
"little care and go on and on for years while bringing in diverse colorful insects. But... sell. And I’m talking native species asters that, when properly sited, will require... keep the flower gratification going much longer — like a fireworks finale on auto repeat... one fall and threw the faded flowers into a flower garden. The next year I had tall... wildflower.org/plants/index.php Do a plant search, Aster + Texas, and see what comes up. Otherwise..."
Great Design Plant: Aster
Putting on a spectacular show in fall, asters in a rainbow of colors and a range of sizes are a versatile fit for any garden
"colors and a range of sizes are a versatile fit for any garden... pinks and purples, and there are more than 600 known species to choose from. Plant... lack of flowers blooming in the garden in the fall can be a real bummer, but as I write... time to plant some autumn bloomers. Asters come in a range of stunning colors, particularly... blossoming and colorful well into fall.... asters, and once had some that were 3 feet tall. I need to add more to my gardens..."
Great Design Plant: Fringe Flower's Star Rises
Thank plant breeders for all the exciting new variations of this useful and easygoing flowering shrub
"Thank plant breeders for all the exciting new variations of this useful and easygoing... to the plant breeders responsible for all the exciting new colors, shapes and sizes... fringe flower, or Loropetalum chinense, was barely known; it was usually described... highly used flowering shrubs — adaptable to a broad range of landscape uses. Give a big... shade and so I planted mine against my metal pole barn in full sun! The plants (two..."
Great Design Plant: Walker's Low Catmint
Prolific purple blooms, fragrant leaves, and cold-hardiness makes this a go-to plant for almost any garden
"leaves, and cold-hardiness makes this a go-to plant for almost any garden... orange, and red in the garden signals that fall is upon us and that most plants are... leaves and blue color make it a perfect choice as a foil to bolder textures and colors... prolific flowering of Walker’s Low catmint’s (Nepeta x faassenii 'Walker's Low') soft... shades, and its cold tolerance makes it all that more appealing when you're anticipating..."
Great Design Plant: Iranian Wood Sage
Architecturally spiky yet soft in a breeze, this heat-tolerant plant brings on the butterflies and gives gardens a delicious scent
"heat-tolerant plant brings on the butterflies and gives gardens a delicious scent... visually and aromatically. Iranian wood sage is a sun- and heat-loving perennial that... water use and easy on the eyes, and will keep you seeing magenta from June until September... is here and the heat is on, with the sweet scents of the garden permeating the air... time, and to me they look structural. I have planted them in my garden and they look..."
Great Design Plant: Black-Eyed Susan
"Plant seeds this fall for rich swaths of golden blooms in the garden come summer... garden or plant it as part of a native meadow mix. It's also a great cutting plant to... summer and early fall. Admire it in large masses right off the highway, add it for... Great plant and excellent cut flowers. Yes, the bunnies love to eat the tender new... these plants. They grow very well in the midwest and flower later in the season when..."
Great Design Plant: Lavender Cotton
Sun-loving santolina can take the summer heat, brightening up any garden style with bursts of yellow blossoms
"leave plants scorched and depleted by late summer, making for a tired-looking garden... settles down and we can get out to appreciate the outdoors. For lavender cotton (Santolina... because this plant can take the heat.... foliage and the charming little yellow flowers. I use it often in my low-water garden... blooms and when the foliage gets a little overgrown. In Spring and Summer it bounces... garden and also have a lower growing/evergreen plant placed in front of it! I've been..."
Great Design Plant: Butterfly-Friendly Crossvine
"feature, and flowering vines like crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) really pull double... interest and an opportunity to use vertical elements, such as trellises and arbors.... vigorous and prolific bloomer, crossvine offers gardeners stunning color, year-round... large and woody - so give it plenty if space and strong support. Wondering if this... gutters and roofline if you plant it on or near the house. My vine took years to bloom..."