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nice foliage shapes, limited palette. Nice use of iris foliage to hide the tulips when they die. gardening, landscaping, flowers

pink muhly grass - drought resistant, evergreen, tolerates poor soil, requires little water

Attach seed packets to wooden stakes by slitting the bottom of the paper with a knife and sliding the stake through; shield each marker under a small inverted mason jar.

Cold Hardy Avocado Trees are the Perfect Patio Plant, growing indoors or out. They reportedly withstand temperatures down to 18F. In colder states, you can bring them in for the winter where they will continue to grow and produce fruit. Just place them near a sunny window and they'll become your favorite houseplant. You get a lot of Avocados to eat and share. A commercial orchard tree can produce 1,200 avocados annually. Even compact patio trees can produce a hefty harvest. This Cold...

orange flower bush

Globe Thistle One of the best flowers many gardeners have never heard of, globe thistle produces round, metallic-blue flowers though the summer. These flowers are perfect for drying and using in dried-flower projects and other crafts. Plus, it's a cinch to grow! Name: Echinops 'Blue Globe' Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall Zones: 4-9

Mojave Sage Among the most beautiful of the sages, Mojave sage offers beautiful pink blooms that look good well into fall. Even when not in bloom, its gray-green foliage is lovely. Like other salvias, it's great for hummingbirds and butterflies. And it's a great cut flower. Name: Salvia pachyphylla Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 3 feet tall Zones: 5-9

Bush Sage Blanket Flower A tough prairie plant, gaillardia blooms all summer and into fall. Its flamboyant flowers are usually marked with bright shades of red and yellow. Name: Gaillardia 'Kobold' Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 3 feet tall Zones: 3-8

Russian Sage We can't help but love Russian sage. One of the toughest plants, it offers fragrant silvery foliage and plumes of violet-purple blooms. Taller varieties are great for the back of the border. Not only is it heat and drought resistant, but deer, rabbits, and most other pests steer clear of it. Name: Perovskia atriplicifolia Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 6 feet tall Zones: 5-9

Pine-Leaf Penstemon This semi-evergreen penstemon bursts into bloom each summer producing masses of bright scarlet-red flowers that butterflies and hummingbirds will love as much as you do. It's a cinch to grow in any sunny spot. Name: Penstemon pinifolius Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 18 inches tall Zones: 4-10

Yarrow tough prairie plant, gaillardia blooms all summer and into fall. Its flamboyant flowers are usually marked with bright shades of red and yellow. Name: Gaillardia 'Kobold' Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 3 feet tall Zones: 3-8

The pure white blooms of Becky Shasta daisy brighten the perennial garden with their cheery display. As flowers fade, cut them off and you'll be rewarded with a repeat showing.

Constant Color from Catmint Lovely purple flower spikes set off the gray-green foliage of Walker's Low catmint. Give the plant a haircut after its initial flush of flowers in late spring to keep it compact and initiate another cycle of bloom. Count on catmint to be low-maintenance and stand up to hot and dry conditions.

Could this be great under the fig? Bush Sage - Salvia is an all-around great plant. It's very tough, grows well in a range of conditions, produces beautiful flowers, and attracts hummingbirds. What's not to love? 'Raspberry Delight' offers gorgeous raspberry-red flowers over a long season: From late spring to early fall.

peonies - my favorite! Get this honestly from my grandmother :-) 18.07.13: This is exactly the shape/texture and colour that I want lots & lots of. more this clolour than the whites and creams.Lisa

Gomphrena - loves heat and tolerates drought. Attracts butterflies.