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Plant lemon grass in big pots for the patio... it repels mosquitoes and it grows tall

'Creature of the Night' lily in front of Cotinus or 'Baggen's Gold'

Potato tower - grows up to 25 lbs of potatoes

Hydrangeas are my favorite flowers- they remind me of weathered clapboard houses and hydrangea-filled gardens on Cape Cod

Magnolia susan. Have one of these beauties in my backyard! :)

pink muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris) – here with ‘Karl Foerster’ feather reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora) from the amazing Nancy J. Ondra

Baking soda neutralizes the ph in the soil and nothing will grow there. Use baking soda in a 6" wide area around all of the edges of flower beds to keep the grass and weeds from growing into the beds. Just sprinkle it onto the soil so that it covers it lightly. Usually doing this twice a year works - spring and fall.