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Pretty perennials II

Take a virtual tour of pretty perennials from around the country. We'd love to add your favorites to our slideshow! Post your photos in our Gardens gallery from the link below.
  • Lilacs

    "My favorite perennials are lilacs," says Tonya VanLaningham, of Ottumwa, Iowa. "We are fortunate enough to have several bushes that line our driveway, and when they bloom in the spring, there is no better smell in the world! As soon as you step out of the house, you are greeted with the wonderful aroma, and I can't help but cut a few to take inside and give my home that wonderful spring smell!"

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • "Purple Emperor" butterfly bush

    Christine McDanel, of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, submitted this photo of her "Purple Emperor" butterfly bush. "The butterfly bush fives off a wonderful grape-like scent," she says.

     

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    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • "Gay Butterfly" asclepsia

    McDanel also submitted this photo of her "Gay Butterfly" asclepsia. "The colors just pop in the summertime," she says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Froggy delight

    Emily Norris, of Sarasota, Florida, found this "froggy delight" one morning while checking on her flowers.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Butterfly kisses

    Sandy McKinny, of Breeding, Kentucky, submitted this photo of her lilac bush. "This is the most beautiful it has ever looked," she says. " I am using one of these for my screen saver on my computer."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Peony tree

    Susie Snyder owns a registered Hereford Farm near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and enjoys the farm's peony tree. "I anticipate its blooming every Mother's Day," she says. The tree is about 12 years old and every year there are more blooms than the year before. The flowers are eight inches in diameter and smell wonderful. I do absolutely nothing to the tree but admire it.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Grandma's irises

    When Andrea Lambert and her husband got married their yard was full of perennials that had belonged to his grandmother before she passed away. "She was an expert gardener, as evidenced by the peonies, lilacs, forsythia, daffodils and lilies that bloomed every year," Andrea says. "But my favorites have to be the small patch of irises, because they were given to me by my grandma Easter, who lives two hours away. They are a collection of several different varieties that I don't know the names of, but I do know that the small blue one in front had come from my great grandmother, and it has a very, very strong, almost candy-like smell, much more noticeable than any of the others."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Dandelion

    Thomas Rea, of Chicora, Pennsylvania, says his children and neighbors agree that he is nuts. His favorite flower is the dandelion. "The dandelion bloom in western Pennsylvania is a pretty sure sign that winter-like storms are past," Thomas says. "Such storms often spell disaster to rapidly expanding hives which survived the long winter months. Not to mention the fact that they are a wonderful source of both pollen and nectar for the hungry little bees."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Pretty peony

    Sharon Huber, of Sugar Camp, Wisconsin, submitted a photo of her peony, noting that it looks like Betsy's flowers. "I noticed yours in the magazine and mine looks like yours," she said. "The bright pink one is called flame."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Clematis

    Chasity Burrell's favorite perennial at her Georgia home is her clematis. "We have only had this plant for a year now, but it is such a joy to watch grow," she says. "First the lovely vine that weaves its way up our trellis and the side steps of the house, and then the gorgeous dinner plate sized blooms that are so hearty and glorious. It is a fast grower as well, and so it is really nice to see just how much it grows every day, by summer, I expect my whole railing to be covered with vines and blooms. I can't wait!"

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Azaleas

    Danita Angelotti and her husband, of Millcreek Township-Erie, Pennsylvania, moved to their home over six years ago, in the fall of the year when we were expecting their first baby. "I was raised a country girl, but circumstances now have us living in a small town with a fairly small lot," she says. "With the house came a tastefully landscaped lot; being autumn when we moved in, though, we did not really know what we'd find the next spring. Imagine this country girl's excitement the next May to discover lush lilacs, forsythia, hosta, strawberries, and several gorgeous azaleas!" Angelotti says the two front yard azaleas are the show-stoppers. "In full bloom, they contrast each other with gusto," she says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Native azaleas

    Mary Harrell, of Brandon, Mississippi, submitted this photo of her native azalea.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
  • Backyard perennials

    Judy Jobe lives an four acres in Houghton Lake, Michigan. She loves gardening and this view of her backyard shows her clematis, hostas, astillbe, lilies, begonias and young wisteria. "I love my flowers," she says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: April 30, 2012
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