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5 Best-Behaved Trees to Grace a Patio

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Darmera Peltata (ok in zone 5 & is a shade plant)!! Love the huge leaves. . i want it!!

Fothergilla A wonderful but underused shade-loving shrub, fothergilla offers blue-green foliage in spring and summer. Its leaves reveal warm shades of gold and orange in fall. And fothergilla has honey-scented springtime flowers to boot.

Top Trees and Shrubs for Fall Color

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Philodendron Monstera, no 60's or 70's inspired home is complete without it. Brings a great graphic and tropical effect to any corner.

BACK, SIDE // Phyllostachys aurosulcata, Good Companion Plant: Shibataea kumasaca, a unique dwarf bamboo with dark green leaves.

Internationally Popular Drought Resistant Plants | Garden Design

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Plant-A-Grams: Beginner's garden plan, canning garden, salad garden, northern cool garden, etc

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

Alyssum Compacta, flowers, gardening, landscaping

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...

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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