Drought tolerant

Hardy, colorful plants that flourish in low-water conditions. Choose these drought-tolerant plants to save your water table and your water bill.

Roger L.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
6 - 9
Plants: 

Lavender Cotton

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Lavender Cotton

Fringed Lavender (French Lavender)

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Fringed Lavender, French Lavender

Fragrant flowers and leaves, beautiful in herb gardens and excellent in containers. Attracts butterflies. Dried flowers and leaves are prized for potpourri, scented oils and crafts. Winters well in containers indoors, blooms year-round in mild climates.

Siberian Wallflower

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Siberian Wallflower

Dainty, four-petaled flowers are borne in clusters on long stems. Narrow, gray-green foliage is attractive and evergreen in warmer climates. An excellent choice for rock gardens, perennial borders and walls.

Blue Fescue

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Blue Fescue

Outstanding in perennial or rock gardens, in mixed landscape plantings or as a small-scale ground cover. Good companion plant for Sedum ムAutumn Joy' or hardy geraniums. Remove faded flowers to promote foliage growth. Tolerant of dry, poor soil.

Dusty Miller

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Dusty Miller

Highly divided silvery gray foliage has an antlerlike or coral-like appearance. Dusty Miller provides an excellent foil to most annuals and is a great choice to add contrast to beds, containers or baskets.

Mexican Bush Sage

Mexican Bush Sage

Graceful 10" spikes of long-lasting, fragrant blue-purple flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. Outstanding in cut arrangements, fresh or dried. Complements many perennials including yarrow, coreopsis, rudbeckia and grasses.

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Karla G.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
5 - 8
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Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

Succulent, shiny green leaves have rosy bronze tips and turn a lovely pink-bronze in the fall. Plants quickly form a dense mat covered with yellow flowers. Excellent for cascading down slopes, over rocks or from planters. Outstanding ground cover in the South.

Tufted Hair Grass

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Tufted Hair Grass

Striking variegated foliage complements abundant sprays of delicate flowers all summer. Foliage is exceptionally brilliant in cool weather. Beautiful in perennial or rock gardens, especially against a dark background. Good cut flower, fresh or dried.

Blue Hair Grass

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Blue Hair Grass

Tidy mounds of foliage are outstanding in rock gardens, at the front of the garden, as a small-scale ground cover, or in mixed containers. The silver-green spikelets may be cut for bouquets or allowed to dry to a buff color for dried arrangements.

African Milk Tree

African Milk Tree

Dramatic plant with thorny, green or red-blushed stems brings a strong vertical presence to the garden or houseplant display. In tropical climates African milk tree makes an excellent hedge or bold statement in a mixed planting. Where not hardy, grow as a houseplant or in a patio container, and winter indoors in a bright location. Plants grown indoors will stay smaller.

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Tracey U.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
5 - 8
Plants: 

Hen and Chicks

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Hen and Chicks

Striking evergreen foliage has a unique webbed appearance. Excellent for strawberry jars or other containers, miniature gardens, rock gardens and walls. Attractive at garden's edge or as a small-scale ground cover. Rose-red flowers in flat clusters.

Kalanchoe

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Kalanchoe

Succulent leaves produce flowers in shades of red, pink, salmon, white, orange and yellow. Generally available year-round as a potted plant. Use as a colorful accent for house, porch or patio. When flowers fade, retain as an interesting foliage plant. Prefers well-drained soil and partial shade.

Hen and Chicks

Hen and Chicks

This easy-care plant is heat tolerant, drought tolerant, and deadheading is not necessary. Rosettes of thick. blue-green leaves blushed with wine produce slender wands of coral to pink flowers. Grows well in poor, rocky soil, and ideally suited for rock gardens, mixed containers and desert plantings. Can be grown indoors as a house plant where not cold hardy--simply place in a bright window and water sparingly.

Rattail

Rattail

Unique novelty plant with slender stems completely wrapped with small, pointed leaves, well-described by its many common names including princess pine, watch chain, rattail and clubmoss. New growth is upright, eventually cascading as stems grow heavy. An excellent small-scale ground cover or foliage accent in well-drained sites. Makes a good houseplant in a bright window.

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Ada J.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
5 - 9
Plants: 

English Lavender

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English Lavender

Wonderfully aromatic flowers and leaves; outstanding in butterfly, herb or rock gardens. Attractive planted with yarrows or sedums, or used as a low hedge. Dried flowers or leaves are valued for use in potpourri, sachets or everlasting arrangements.

Crocosmia

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Crocosmia

Striking flowers on graceful stems attract hummingbirds to the garden and are a breathtaking addition to summer bouquets. Beautiful in the mixed perennial garden with coreopsis, yarrow or coneflowers. The root is actually a corm and should be planted about 10" (25 cm) deep.

German Statice

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German Statice

Beautiful flower sprays make an attractive, airy cloud in the garden above leathery gray-green leaves. Excellent cut or dried flower. Lovely at garden's edge or as a filler between other plants. Well adapted to seaside conditions and drought.

Artemisia

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Artemisia

These plants are grown mainly for their soft, fragrant foliage in shades of green, silver and gray. Excellent in the mixed perennial garden as specimens or accents. Many are useful for fresh or dried flower arrangements. Cut back in late fall or early spring. Many become vigorous.

Autumn Sage

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Autumn Sage

Spikes of beautiful flowers are a hummingbird magnet. The intricate blooms are a great accent for gardens and containers. A lovely companion to yarrow, daisies, coreopsis and ornamental grasses. Heat and drought tolerant. Good winter drainage is essential.

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Ed R.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
4 - 9
Plants: 

Hen and Chicks

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Hen & Chicks

Rosettes of succulent leaves on neat plants have an unusual look. Great for container gardening, particularly in strawberry jars. Use between pavers, stone steps or scattered along garden's edge. Requires sharply drained soil.

Hen and Chicks

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Hen and Chicks

Striking evergreen foliage has a unique webbed appearance. Excellent for strawberry jars or other containers, miniature gardens, rock gardens and walls. Attractive at garden's edge or as a small-scale ground cover. Rose-red flowers in flat clusters.

Hen and Chicks

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Hen and Chicks

Rosettes of succulent leaves have an unusual look. Great for container gardening, especially in strawberry jars, plant some in between pavers, stone steps or along garden's edge. Requires sharply drained soil.

Hen and Chicks

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Hen and Chicks

Striking evergreen foliage on vigorous plants. Excellent for strawberry jars or other containers, miniature gardens, rock gardens and walls. Attractive at garden's edge or as a small-scale ground cover. Deep pink flowers in flat clusters.

Hen and Chicks

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Hen and Chicks

Rosettes of succulent leaves on neat little plants have an unusual look. Great for container gardening, particularly in strawberry jars. Or tuck some in between pavers, stone steps or scattered along garden's edge. Requires sharply drained soil.

Hen and Chicks

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Hen and Chicks

This easy care plant is heat tolerant, drought tolerant, and deadheading is not necessary. Exquisite red markings define the interior and edges of each leaf; pink flowers appear in fall. Use in rock gardens, mixed containers and desert plantings.

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Oran J.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
7 - 9
Plants: 

Spanish Lavender

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Spanish Lavender

Wonderfully fragrant plant has striking contrast between vibrant blooms and silvery foliage. A delight in decorative containers. Use dried flowers and leaves for potpourri, sachets, scented oils and crafts. May reseed where hardy; winter indoors in cold climates.

Lavender Cotton

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Lavender Cotton

Pindo Palm

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Pindo Palm

Small, slow-growing palm with silvery green fronds and edible fruit. This tropical palm can grow outdoors in warmer climates or it can be used for an indoor accent. Attractive in containers when used in a patio setting.

Rosemary

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Rosemary

Intensely fragrant leaves have a distinctive pungent flavor, excellent for seasoning meat or vegetable dishes. Grows well in containers, and can be trimmed into topiary forms for a formal setting. An attractive evergreen shrub where winter hardy. May be grown indoors in pots

Fringed Lavender (French Lavender)

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Fringed Lavender, French Lavender

Fragrant flowers and leaves, beautiful in herb gardens and excellent in containers. Attracts butterflies. Dried flowers and leaves are prized for potpourri, scented oils and crafts. Winters well in containers indoors, blooms year-round in mild climates.

Brachyscome

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Brachyscome

Abundant daisies accent clouds of lacy foliage. Wonderful in the rock garden, trailing over stone walls or at garden's edge, and stunning in hanging baskets and mixed containers. Prefers well-drained, fertile soil.

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Tara K.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
4 - 9
Plants: 

Russian Sage

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Russian Sage

A dwarf form of the popular Russian sage. Flowers present a lavender cloudlike appearance in the perennial border or rock garden. Elegant, aromatic, silvery blue foliage is highly dissected and forms an attractive bushy mound. Deer resistant.

Threadleaf Coreopsis

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Threadleaf Coreopsis

A profusion of flowers over a long season attracts butterflies to the garden. Airy, fernlike foliage is a superb filler in the flower garden or bouquet. Will tolerate dry soils. 1992 Perennial Plant of the Year. Slow to emerge from dormancy in spring.

Black-Eyed Susan

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Black-Eyed Susan

Vibrant daisy flowers are classic summer beauties that attract butterflies and make beautiful cut flower arrangements. Native to North America, they are well-suited for the meadow or wildflower garden, and for naturalizing. Combines well with aster, butterfly bush and echinacea. Heat tolerant.

Porcupine Grass

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Porcupine Grass

Stunning gold-banded foliage, ideal for the garden or landscape, screening, or at water's edge. Striking with yellow-flowered plants or combined with berrying shrubs and evergreens for winter effect. Coppery flower plumes, beautiful cut or dried.

False Sunflower

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False Sunflower

Vibrant, long-blooming flowers are excellent in the perennial or meadow garden or used as cut flowers. Combine with red or pink daylilies, garden phlox, liatris, veronica or fall asters for striking effect. Remove faded flowers to promote reblooming.

Feather Reed Grass

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Feather Reed Grass

A slender, upright grass for the garden, landscape or at water's edge. Red-bronze flower spikes dry to a golden buff color, excellent as dried flowers or for winter interest. Forms neat clumps; ideal for small gardens. 2001 Perennial Plant of the Year.

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Alexis J.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
4 - 1
Plants: 

Yucca

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Yucca

Stiff, sword-shaped leaves form evergreen rosettes and bear open spikes of fragrant, bell-shaped flowers. Makes a striking impression in the perennial garden or landscape. Prefers well-drained soil and is very drought tolerant.

Stokes' Aster

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Stokes' Aster

Stunning flowers open soft blue and mature to a rich, deep purple. Lovely in summer bouquets. Beautiful in the perennial garden or wildflower planting with verbenas and artemisia. Remove faded flowers for best reblooming. Heat and drought tolerant.

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

Attractive gray-green leaves edged in rose-pink complement delightful flowers that attract butterflies. Allow seed heads to remain standing for winter interest. Excellent in the garden or landscape planting; beautiful with rudbeckia and coneflowers.

Coneflower

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Coneflower

Abundant, intensely colored flowers attract butterflies to a wide range of landscape settings. Excellent strong-stemmed cut flower. Beautiful in perennial, wildflower or mixed gardens, in formal or informal designs. Will tolerate periods of drought.

Coral Bells

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Coral Bells

Striking ruffled foliage of maroon, deep green and silver combines beautifully with silver- or gold-leaved plants. Ideal for edging or ground cover. Dainty cream-colored flowers on tall, slender spikes attract butterflies and make a great addition to fresh bouquets.

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Aubrey F.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
3 - 8
Plants: 

Black-Eyed Susan

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Black-Eyed Susan

Bidens

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Bidens

Ferny foliage bursts forth with brilliant flowers that attract butterflies. This compact trailing plant is a great choice for containers, baskets, ground cover, or garden's edge. Where not hardy, treat as an annual. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Paludosum Daisy

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Paludosum Daisy

Dwarf, bushy plant with small white flowers that have yellow centers. Stunning as a border plant or in mass plantings. Attractive in butterfly gardens, cutting gardens, or combined with other perennials or annuals.

Fountain Grass

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Fountain Grass

Spectacular and long blooming. Excellent planted with spring-flowering bulbs, at water's edge, and in combination with rudbeckia, Russian sage and tall sedums. Attractive fall color and winter effect. Plumes are valued in flower arrangements.

Black-Eyed Susan

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Black-Eyed Susan

Brilliant flowers grow 5" wide and attract butterflies to your garden. Striking plants make a bold statement in the perennial garden and are lovely planted with annuals or ornamental grasses. Wonderful as a cut flower. 2003 All-America Selections winner.

Mexican Feather Grass

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Mexican Feather Grass

Slender, bright green leaves topped with tan flowers sway easily in the breeze, bringing texture and motion to your garden. Stunning combined with coneflower, yarrow, aster and sedum. Flower plumes are wonderful in dried arrangements.

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Mark N.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
3 - 9
Plants: 

Siberian Wallflower

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Siberian Wallflower

Dainty, four-petaled flowers are borne in clusters on long stems. Narrow, gray-green foliage is attractive and evergreen in warmer climates. An excellent choice for rock gardens, perennial borders and walls.

Fringed Lavender (French Lavender)

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Fringed Lavender, French Lavender

Fragrant flowers and leaves, beautiful in herb gardens and excellent in containers. Attracts butterflies. Dried flowers and leaves are prized for potpourri, scented oils and crafts. Winters well in containers indoors, blooms year-round in mild climates.

Lavender Cotton

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Lavender Cotton

Sedge

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Sedge

Beautiful fine-textured foliage forms graceful flowing mounds. Lovely spilling over slopes and walls, in containers and at garden's edge. Cut back to 3-4" as new growth begins in spring. A good houseplant where not winter hardy.

Dusty Miller

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Dusty Miller

Wonderful for providing color contrast to the landscape. Intricate, silvery gray leaves are finely textured. Striking planted with red flowers, in large groups or added to combination pots.

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Paige T.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
4 - 9
Plants: 

Thrift

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Thrift

Striking foliage is accented by ball-shaped flowers that attract butterflies and are lovely in summer bouquets. Ideal for the rock garden, as a small-scale ground cover, or as an edging in the garden. This perennial is quite salt tolerant and adapts well to poor, dry soils.

Lavender

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Lavender

Wonderfully aromatic flowers and leaves on compact plants. Outstanding in butterfly, herb or rock gardens. Attractive planted with yarrows or sedums, or used as a low hedge. Dried flowers and leaves are valued for use in potpourri, sachets or everlasting arrangements.

Viola

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Viola

Profuse fragrant flowers carpet the early garden. Beautiful at garden's edge, in rock gardens, as a small-scale ground cover, and lovely in bouquets. Allow to reseed for longevity in the garden. Reblooms in cool weather.

Thrift

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Thrift

Abundant long-blooming flowers attract butterflies to the garden and are lovely in bouquets. Ideal for the rock garden, as a small-scale ground cover, or as an edging in the garden. Plants will adapt well to poor, dry soils.

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Lori E.'s collection

Plant type: 
tropical
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
8 - 1
Plants: 

Huachuca Agave

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Huachuca Agave

Snow-in-Summer

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Snow-in-Summer

A quick-spreading ground cover with felted silvery green foliage that stays attractive all season. Beautiful when grown between stepping-stones, allowed to cascade over walls, or used in an all-white garden. Shear after flowering to promote new growth.

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

Attractive slow-growing ground cover adds wonderful texture to the rock garden. Lovely cascading over rock walls or along walkways. A good choice for container gardening. Not invasive and easy to maintain. Thrives in hot, dry locations.

Desert Spoon

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Desert Spoon

Stiff, spiky, blue-green leaves create a grasslike effect. Tiny greenish-white flowers are tightly clustered on a tall, narrow spike. Makes an outstanding accent or use in rock gardens. Drought tolerant, suitable for xeriscaping.

Senecio

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Senecio
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Bill C.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
Plants: 

Angelonia

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Angelonia

Charming snapdragon-like flowers bloom profusely on upright stems. Purple flowers provide a colorful display in landscape beds or containers. This plant is extremely valuable for its heat tolerance and adaptability to moist or dry areas.

Black-Eyed Susan

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Black-Eyed Susan

Enormous 6-9" flowers attract butterflies to the garden. Outstanding cut flower, striking in the garden, and especially attractive planted with daylilies, daisies and grasses. Sturdy plants do not require staking. 1995 All-America Selections winner.

Salvia

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Salvia

Striking flower spikes attract butterflies to the garden and make outstanding cut flowers, fresh or dried. Complements many perennials, including yarrow, coreopsis, rudbeckia and grasses. Remove faded flowers to extend flowering and promote rebloom.

Sneezeweed

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Sneezeweed

Vibrant flowers are excellent for front of the garden or in bouquets. Striking in the butterfly garden with tall phlox, aster, coreopsis and ornamental grasses. Highly tolerant of a wide range of growing conditions; thrives in hot and dry locations.

Dusty Miller

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Dusty Miller

Highly divided silvery gray foliage has an antlerlike or coral-like appearance. Dusty Miller provides an excellent foil to most annuals and is a great choice to add contrast to beds, containers or baskets.

Common Boxwood

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Common Boxwood

Handsome evergreen shrub is very tolerant of pruning and shaping. Well-suited for topiary, entryways or hedging. Flowers in spring are insignificant but very fragrant. Prune in summer. Prefers fertile, well-drained soil and some shade.

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George W.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
Plants: 

Zinnia

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Zinnia

A new twist on a favorite from Grandma's garden, ムProfusion' zinnias are extremely tough, low maintenance, and are both weather and disease tolerant. Blooms continuously all summer. Combine with licorice plant, nasturtium and feather-type celosia at garden's edge or scatter them among aster and coneflower in a cottage garden.

Globe Amaranth

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Globe Amaranth

Compact, bushy plants produce colorful, papery flower heads from summer to frost. Impressive massed in the border or as edging, this butterfly magnet is also a fine choice for containers. An excellent and long-lasting cut flower; dried blooms will retain their color.

Ageratum

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Ageratum

This ever-popular annual bears vibrant flower clusters that attract butterflies. Tall varieties make a colorful addition to flower gardens and are excellent in bouquets. Shorter selections are perfect in containers for the deck or patio, or window boxes and baskets. Grows best in moist, well-drained soil.

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Stella H.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
n/a
Plants: 

Vinca

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Vinca

Beautiful flowers attract butterflies to gardens, patio tubs or hanging baskets. Lovely with dusty miller, salvia or grasses. This superb summer performer thrives in hot locations near buildings or pavement. Prefers moderately fertile, well-drained soil.

Dusty Miller

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Dusty Miller

Wonderful for providing color contrast to the landscape. Intricate, silvery gray leaves are finely textured. Striking planted with red flowers, in large groups or added to combination pots.

Alyssum

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Alyssum

Low-growing carpet teems with the tiniest of flowers! A versatile annual that is equally effective spilling over the rims of containers, filling in cracks between flagstones or blanketing garden's edge. This variety boasts an extremely compact habit. Very salt tolerant.

Viola

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Viola

Profuse fragrant flowers carpet the early garden. These small dainty flowers are beautiful at garden's edge, in rock gardens and as a small-scale ground cover. Lovely in bouquets. Allow to reseed for longevity in the garden. Reblooms in cool weather.

Vinca

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Vinca

Large overlapping petals form full flowers that bloom in bright, rich colors. Great for attracting butterflies. This superb summer performer thrives in hot locations near buildings or pavement. Lovely with dusty miller or grasses. Provides a vivid display of color for landscapes and containers. Heat and drought tolerant.

Thrift

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Thrift

Striking foliage is accented by ball-shaped flowers that attract butterflies and are lovely in summer bouquets. Ideal for the rock garden, as a small-scale ground cover, or as an edging in the garden. This perennial is quite salt tolerant and adapts well to poor, dry soils.

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Lauren B.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
5 - 7
Plants: 

Santa Barbara Daisy

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Santa Barbara Daisy

Clouds of petite flowers open white and mature to a rosy pink giving the appearance of various colors of flowers on one plant. Blooms are attractive to butterflies. Ideal for garden's edge, tucked in between paving stones or in rock walls, and in containers or window boxes. Lovely addition to summer bouquets.

Gray Santolina

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Gray Santolina

English Lavender

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English Lavender

Wonderfully aromatic flowers and leaves, striking in the herb or flower garden. Attracts butterflies. Dried flowers and leaves are prized for potpourri, sachets or crafts. Fresh leaves and flowers are a novel addition to vinegars, sauces and cookies.

Lavender Cotton

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Lavender Cotton

Fragrant foliage complements a profusion of button flowers. A beautiful addition to garden's edge or rock gardens, and ideal for formal herb gardens, where it can be clipped to form a neat hedge. Shear after blooming for best appearance.

Catmint

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Catmint

Beautiful flowers complement fragrant silver leaves and attract butterflies. Lovely in the herb or flower garden, especially at garden's edge, as a small-scale ground cover or planted among rosebushes. Shear in midsummer to shape and promote reblooming.

Autumn Sage

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Autumn Sage
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Pamela F.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
3 - 9

Plants: 

Blanket Flower

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Blanket Flower

Add dazzling color to perennial or butterfly gardens with these vibrant flowers. Ideal at garden's edge and beautiful planted with coreopsis, yarrow or perennial salvia. Trim attractive seed heads periodically to make room for new flowers. Prefers a sunny location with rich, well-drained soil.

Yucca

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Yucca

Stiff, sword-shaped leaves form evergreen rosettes and bear open spikes of fragrant, bell-shaped flowers. Makes a striking impression in the perennial garden or landscape. Prefers well-drained soil and is very drought tolerant.

Threadleaf Coreopsis

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Threadleaf Coreopsis

Sedum

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Sedum

A low-growing mat of succulent green leaves is accented in spring by bright yellow flowers. Makes an excellent ground cover or use in rock gardens.

Russian Sage

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Russian Sage

Aromatic flowers and foliage, upright form. Striking as a filler for the garden or bouquet. Attractive complement to pink, yellow and purple flowers; try it with daylilies, garden phlox or balloon flowers. Drought tolerant. Cut back to 4-6" in spring.

Fan Flower

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Fan Flower

Profuse flowers blanket cascading stems throughout the season. Heat-tolerant plants thrive in hanging baskets, patio planters, mixed containers or in the garden as a small-scale ground cover. Lovely combined with bold-textured or dark-foliaged plants.

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Rebecca S.'s collection

Plant type: 
tropical
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
8 - 1

Plants: 

Huachuca Agave

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Huachuca Agave

Gazania

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Gazania

Cheerful flowers accent low-growing, carpet-forming foliage. A colorful addition to combination pots mixed with sweet potato vine, geranium and asparagus fern, or allow to fill in between flagstones or stone walls. Remove faded flowers to promote rebloom. Prefers sandy, well-drained soil.

Purple Coneflower

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Purple Coneflower

Abundant flowers attract butterflies to a wide range of landscape settings. Beautiful in perennial, wildflower, cutting or mixed gardens and attractive planted with monarda, daisies, phlox, liatris or ornamental grasses. Will tolerate periods of drought.

Purple Heart

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Purple Heart

Bold and vibrant, especially when in full sun, use this trailing plant as a ground cover where climate allows. In cooler regions, use as a houseplant or in combination plantings for patio or deck. Contrasts well with blue flowers. Known to survive mild winters, but frost will kill tops. Prefers well-drained soil.

Sedum

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Sedum

Vinca

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Vinca

Bright, cheerful flowers cover mounds of lush foliage. Great for attracting butterflies to gardens, patio tubs or hanging baskets. This superb summer performer thrives in hot locations near buildings or pavement. Lovely with dusty miller or grasses.

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Gina C.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
part sun
Zone: 
3 - 8

Plants: 

Northern Sea Oats

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Northern Sea Oats

Large, showy seed heads are lovely in your garden or cut for arrangements, fresh or dried. Broad leaf blades are deep green in shade and lighter in a sunny location. Beautiful massed in the garden or landscape, and ideal for moist, shaded sites.

Mexican Evening Primrose

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Evening Primrose Mexican

Fragrant flowers over an exceptionally long season. Ideal ground cover, especially in dry, poor soil where a colorful, easy-care planting is desired. In the garden, grow in containers to control spread. Tolerates heat and humidity. Blooms during the day.

Hens And Chicks

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Hens And Chicks

A tapestry of foliage colors and textures for the garden. Excellent for strawberry jars or other containers, miniature gardens, rock gardens and walls. Attractive at garden's edge or as a small-scale ground cover.

Lavender

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Lavender

Wonderfully aromatic flowers and leaves on compact plants. Outstanding in butterfly, herb or rock gardens. Attractive planted with yarrows or sedums, or used as a low hedge. Dried flowers and leaves are valued for use in potpourri, sachets or everlasting arrangements.

Agave

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Agave

Globe Amaranth

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Globe Amaranth

Compact, bushy plants produce colorful, papery flower heads from summer to frost. Impressive massed in the border or as edging, this butterfly magnet is also a fine choice for containers. An excellent and long-lasting cut flower; dried blooms will retain their color.

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Andrea M.'s Collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
5 - 9
Plants: 

Stokes' Aster

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Stokes' Aster

Stunning flowers open soft blue and mature to a rich, deep purple. Lovely in summer bouquets. Beautiful in the perennial garden or wildflower planting with verbenas and artemisia. Remove faded flowers for best reblooming. Heat and drought tolerant.

Dalmatian Iris

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Dalmatian Iris

Beautiful all season. Striking flowers are lovely in the garden or cut for bouquets. Dwarf variety with variegated foliage. Grasslike foliage complements hosta, coral bells and lady's mantle and is beautiful reflected in water. Attractive fall color and ornamental seedpods for winter interest or dried arrangements.

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

Upright growth of gorgeous variegated foliage sets off pink flowers that mature to bronze-red. Outstanding in the garden or landscape.

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

Dense clusters of bronze-pink flowers bloom atop mounds of dark purple-brown succulent foliage. Excellent for raised beds or mixed borders. Wonderful in the rock garden. Easy to maintain. Thrives in sandy, well-drained soils.

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Melanie G.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
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n/a
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Green-Leaf Wax Begonia

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Wax Begonia Green-Leaf

Vibrant blooms cover the bright foliage of this tender perennial. Perfect for combination pots, containers and window boxes, or makes a bold display when planted in large groups. In northern climates, treat as an annual; in frost-free areas, divide each spring. Prefers well-drained, humus-rich soil.

Celosia

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Celosia

Green-Leaf Wax Begonia

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Wax Begonia Green-Leaf

Vibrant blooms cover the bright foliage of this tender perennial. Perfect for combination pots, containers and window boxes, or makes a bold display when planted in large groups. In northern climates, treat as an annual; in frost-free areas, divide each spring. Prefers well-drained, humus-rich soil.

Globe Amaranth

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Globe Amaranth

Compact, bushy plants produce colorful, papery flower heads from summer to frost. Impressive massed in the border or as edging, this butterfly magnet is also a fine choice for containers. An excellent and long-lasting cut flower; dried blooms will retain their color.

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Morgan G.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
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African Marigold

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African Marigold

Large flowers add vibrant color to the flower garden or containers. Useful in the vegetable garden, where its fragrance can deter pests. Very attractive in combination with blue-spiked flowers. Long-blooming, tough and compact. Prefers well-drained soil.

Ageratum

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Ageratum

An ever-popular annual bearing vibrant flower clusters that attract butterflies. This variety is weather tolerant with an extremely uniform growth habit. A colorful addition to flower gardens, deck or patio containers, or window boxes and baskets. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Zonal Geranium

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Zonal Geranium

Large clusters of colorful blooms spring through fall on upright-growing foliage with distinctive leaf design. Pinto™ tolerates both cold and hot conditions, offering toughness and versatility for containers and landscapes. Remove spent flowers for continuous bloom. Keep soil moist and feed monthly with low-nitrogen fertilizer for nonstop blooming.

Green-Leaf Wax Begonia

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Wax Begonia Green-Leaf

Vibrant blooms cover the bright foliage of this tender perennial. Perfect for combination pots, containers and window boxes, or makes a bold display when planted in large groups. In northern climates, treat as an annual; in frost-free areas, divide each spring. Prefers well-drained, humus-rich soil.

Zonal Geranium

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Zonal Geranium

Large clusters of colorful blooms spring through fall on upright-growing foliage with distinctive leaf design. Pinto™ tolerates both cold and hot conditions, offering toughness and versatility for containers and landscapes. Remove spent flowers for continuous bloom. Keep soil moist and feed monthly with low-nitrogen fertilizer for nonstop blooming.

Salvia

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Salvia

Spikes of richly colored flowers attract butterflies to the garden and are lovely in bouquets. Plant in large groups to emphasize the vibrant blooms or in container gardens blended with black-eyed Susan and pink petunias for a marvelous display.

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Richard N.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
5 - 9
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Shasta Daisy

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Shasta Daisy

Beautiful daisy flowers are great for summer bouquets. Also attractive in butterfly gardens or combined with other perennials such as iris, poppy, daylily or yarrow. Remove faded flowers down to the next visible bud to promote rebloom.

Salvia

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Salvia

Striking flower spikes attract butterflies to the garden and make outstanding cut flowers, fresh or dried. Complements many perennials, including yarrow, coreopsis, rudbeckia and grasses. Remove faded flowers to extend flowering and promote rebloom.

Coleus

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Coleus

Foliage so colorful and interesting there's no need for flowers! Plant alone in the garden or in decorative containers for spectacular color contrast. Combine with other annuals such as sweet potato vine or zinnia. Prolong your collection by taking cuttings in fall to start new plants for the coming season. Prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Cotoneaster

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Cotoneaster

The vibrant fruit of this spreading semi-evergreen shrub attracts birds. Graceful, arching branches are low-growing and well-suited for ground cover, erosion control or planting in large groups. Improved disease and pest resistance. Prefers well-drained soil.

Green-Leaf Wax Begonia

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Green-Leaf Wax Begonia

Vibrant blooms cover the bright foliage of this tender perennial. Perfect for combination pots, containers and window boxes, or makes a bold display when planted in large groups. In northern climates, treat as an annual; in frost-free areas, divide each spring. Prefers well-drained, humus-rich soil.

Black-Eyed Susan

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Black-Eyed Susan
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Jake R.'s collection

Plant type: 
perennial
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
9 - 1
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Aeonium

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Aeonium

A succulent shrub of green-leaved rosettes, tinged red. Creamy yellow flower spikes emerge from the center of the rosettes. Great on steep and rocky slopes.

Kalanchoe

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Kalanchoe

Succulent leaves produce flowers in shades of red, pink, salmon, white, orange and yellow. Generally available year-round as a potted plant. Use as a colorful accent for house, porch or patio. When flowers fade, retain as an interesting foliage plant. Prefers well-drained soil and partial shade.

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

Setcreasea

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Setcreasea

Bold and vibrant, especially in full sun, use this trailing plant as a ground cover where climate allows. In cooler regions, use as a houseplant or in combination plantings for patio or deck. Contrasts well with blue flowers. Known to survive mild winters, but frost will kill tops. Prefers well-drained soil.

Hen and Chicks

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Hen and Chicks

This easy care plant is heat tolerant, drought tolerant, and deadheading is not necessary. Exquisite red markings define the interior and edges of each leaf; pink flowers appear in fall. Use in rock gardens, mixed containers and desert plantings.

Hen and Chicks

Hen and Chicks

This easy-care plant is heat tolerant, drought tolerant, and deadheading is not necessary. Rosettes of thick, succulent leaves produce slender wands of coral to pink flowers. Grows well in poor, rocky soil, and ideally suited for rock gardens, mixed containers and desert plantings. Can be grown indoors as a house plant where not cold hardy--simply place in a bright window and water sparingly.

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Desiree M.'s collection

Plant type: 
tropical
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
9 - 1
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Agave

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Agave

Aloe

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Aloe

Known for its healing properties, the gel-like substance from these leaves is used for everything from skin conditioners to hair rinses. A pot kept by the kitchen window will provide a handy remedy for cuts and burns. Individual leaves may be used as needed.

Gold Tooth Aloe

Gold Tooth Aloe

Striking, succulent foliage with leaf margins lined with golden yellow teeth, which also appear scattered on the leaf surface. Adds textural interest to containers, or planted in the garden where the climate is suitable. Plants can be wintered indoors or grown as a houseplant where not hardy; place in a bright location and water sparingly. Vibrant orange-red flowers on slender 24" wands are attractive to hummingbirds.

Dwarf Utah Agave

Dwarf Utah Agave

Beautiful rosettes of silver-blue foliage with leaf margins lined with contrasting black teeth. Plants are deer and rabbit resistant, and tolerant of drought and heat. Flowers are attractive to hummingbirds. Excellent container plant or in the garden, and can be grown as an easy-care houseplant in cold winter climates. Mature, established landscape plants will produce a spectacular column-like flower stalk up to 6' tall, covered with small yellow flowers. Needs dry outdoor conditions in winter.

Spotted Aloe

Spotted Aloe

Rosettes of succulent, speckled foliage are striking in the garden or in containers. Plants are deer and rabbit resistant and tolerant of drought. Mature, established landscape plants will produce tall, slender spires with orange to red flowers. Often grown as an easy-care houseplant or a summer annual, where plants will remain small and are grown for their decorative foliage.

Hen and Chicks

Hen and Chicks

This easy-care plant is heat tolerant, drought tolerant, and deadheading is not necessary. Rosettes of thick, succulent leaves produce slender wands of coral to pink flowers. Grows well in poor, rocky soil, and ideally suited for rock gardens, mixed containers and desert plantings. Can be grown indoors as a house plant where not cold hardy--simply place in a bright window and water sparingly.

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Finn I.'s collection

Plant type: 
herb
Light: 
sun
Zone: 
5 - 8
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English Lavender

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English Lavender

Wonderfully aromatic flowers and leaves, striking in the herb or flower garden. Attracts butterflies. Dried flowers and leaves are prized for potpourri, sachets or crafts. Fresh leaves and flowers are a novel addition to vinegars, sauces and cookies.

Daylily

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Daylily

An incredible assortment of flower sizes and colors, bloom times and plant heights means that there's a daylily for nearly any landscape situation! Try them in mixed shrub or perennial plantings, or naturalized in open areas. Long-lived and easy to grow.

Stonecrop

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Stonecrop

A four-season perennial! Butterfly-attracting pink flowers mature to bronze-red and foliage is attractive. Allow seed heads to remain standing for winter interest. Outstanding in the garden or landscape planting. Beautiful with rudbeckia, coneflowers and asters.

Catmint

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Catmint

A profusion of flowers complements fragrant silver leaves and attracts butterflies. Lovely in the herb or flower garden, planted with yarrow and verbena. Shear in midsummer to shape and promote reblooming. The longest flowering of the catmints.

Threadleaf Coreopsis

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Threadleaf Coreopsis

Lavender Cotton

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Lavender Cotton
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Nell O.'s collection

Plant type: 
annual
Light: 
sun
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Zinnia

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Zinnia

A favorite from Grandma's garden. This popular annual features brightly colored flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. An outstanding cut flower. Frequent cutting for bouquets promotes reblooming.

African Marigold

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African Marigold

Huge flowers add vibrant color to the flower garden, in containers, or around the vegetable garden where its fragrance can deter pests. Very attractive in combination with blue-spiked flowers. Full flower heads can withstand overhead watering. Prefers well-drained soil.

Zinnia

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Zinnia

A new twist on a favorite from Grandma's garden, ムProfusion' zinnias are extremely tough, low maintenance, and are both weather and disease tolerant. Blooms continuously all summer. Combine with licorice plant, nasturtium and feather-type celosia at garden's edge or scatter them among aster and coneflower in a cottage garden.

Zinnia

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Zinnia

A favorite from Grandma's garden. This popular annual features brightly colored flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. An outstanding cut flower. Frequent cutting for bouquets promotes reblooming.

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