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These cheerful little plants will put a smile on your face.
CAN YOU IMAGINE A GARDEN without pansies? These charmers have endeared themselves to gardeners for almost two centuries. In southern regions with mild falls and winters, they...
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Hardworking sedges find a welcome home in residential gardens.
THEY LOOK LIKE GRASS, YOU SAY? Indeed sedges, rushes, and grasses superficially look alike. Look more closely, however, and you’ll notice the differences. Rushes (Juncus...
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Most succulents love summer. They soak up the sun, grow, and thrive during the warmest months. Once fall arrives, though, some varieties succumb to frost and plunging temperatures. Help your...
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If ever there was a flower that shimmers in a cheerful spectrum of colors, it’s zinnias, hands down.
Affable, affordable, and infinitely happy-go-lucky, zinnias are the sort of kick-yourshoes-off, toss-away-your-inhibitions kind of flower you want to hang with all summer long. Easy to grow...
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Steamy, overheated weather can affect plants as much as people and animals. Follow these precautions and you'll keep your outdoor plants happy even when the thermometer is topping out.
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Juicy ripe tomatoes warm from the sun and just-picked from the vine are one of summer’s highlights. So imagine our distress when blight or other maladies ruin our crop of tomatoes. Here are some of...
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Because monarch butterflies cannot live without milkweed, it’s more important than ever to plant from the Asclepias family.
PLANT AT A GLANCE: MILKWEED COMMON NAMES: Milkweed, butterfly weed, pleurisy root, blood flower, Indian root, swallowwort BOTANICAL NAME: Asclepias species and cultivars...
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The huge trumpet flowers on this perennial add tropical drama and color even in Northern gardens.
Common names: Hardy hibiscus, rose mallow, swamp mallow, wild cotton, Eastern rose mallow  Botanical name: Hibiscus moscheutos, hybrids, and cultivars  Hardiness: Zones...
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Vivid and summery, daylilies stand out as hardy perennial plants that thrive in sunny gardens and bloom when the weather is hot. Each flower opens for just one day, but clumps of daylilies produce a...
Plant at a Glance: Daylily Common Name: Daylily Botanical Name: Hemerocallis spp. Hardiness: Most daylilies are hardy in Zones 3–9. Conditions: Daylilies grow best in full sun to...
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Draw the eye skyward with soaring flower spikes
A cottage garden without hollyhocks is unthinkable. We associate certain flowers, including hollyhocks, with old-fashioned gardens surrounding cottages. Hollyhocks often symbolize cottage style...

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