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Hummingbird mint or giant hyssop is a favorite perennial for xeriscaping because of the beautiful flowers and drought-tolerant nature agastache has. Gardeners are always looking for long-lasting blooms, hardy plants that are easy to care for, and drought resistant plants that will help conserve water or survive in container plantings with ease. Agastache is a perennial that accomplishes all of...
The Forest Pansy Redbud tree excels in color and form for landscaping in a garden or as an undercover tree. A cultivar of the Eastern Redbud, the Forest Pansy (Cercis canadensis) is prized as a specimen tree, especially for landscaping for color and form. After being covered in small pink blooms in the spring, the leaves emerge the color of deep burgundy and...
The evergreen Lantana hybrid is a useful drought tolerant plant for any Mediterranean garden where it will flourish and bring colour for most of the year. There must be few Mediterranean gardens without a drought tolerant lantana hybrid, the most popular colourful perennial available at the garden centre. These colourful perennials are popular because they are easy to manage and...
Law enforcement officials report that strategically placed Cactus outside house windows is an excellent intruder deterrent. Criminologists who've made it their life's work to psychologically understand illicit individuals, have released reports stating that planting cactus under house windows deters potential home invaders. Criminals are notoriously cowardice and lazy, providing a deterrent can be all it takes to convince them to...
Small gardens can be a delight and can be used in a variety of ways. Here is advice about planning, planting, materials, features and low maintenance. Some houses, particularly in towns and cities, have very small gardens. This may be very attractive for owners as some people are not interested in gardening, or may have only a small amount of...
Get a garden or landscape off to a fast start with these fast growing perennials. Fast growing perennials are a great way to start landscaping or gardening. It will net the fastest way to fill your planters and continue to enjoy the fruits of gardening labor year after year (perennials need no replanting). These fast growing perennials are a few...
The foxglove is versatile. It can be tall enough for the back of the border or left to go to seed at the edge of a woodland garden. It's a perfect plant for naturalizing. Foxgloves have always been popular for a town or country garden. The sight of foxgloves en mass evoke pleasant childhood memories for many of us. They still grow...
Astilbe plants are an excellent choice for gardeners to add color to a shade garden and flower heads also make good cut flowers. Gardeners always want options for what to plant in a shade garden that will brighten the dark areas and provide color in a flower garden. Astilbes are a great choice both for their ability to tolerate shade,...
Blueberry bushes are a smart addition to the organic garden landscape. Blueberries require little care, and yield quarts of berries for pies, muffins, and fresh eating. Blueberries take a few growing seasons to reach their productive potential, but the bushes can produce for many years with proper care. Organic gardeners can integrate these ornamental berries into their landscapes without using chemical...
A look at three ferns that stay under two feet tall in a landscape. Ferns can really make a landscape come alive with their billowy airy look and feel. These plants make great features under trees and as borders in a garden spot. No matter where they are placed, they will definitely make a statement, and aren’t as hard to grow...

Shrubs in Garden Designs: Evergreen and Deciduous Plant Types for Mixed...

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There's a broad cast of shrubs homeowners can use in designing their gardens and planting beds. What are these shrub types, and how can...