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Campanula 'Iridescent Bells' Pale lavender bells cover this tall perennial. The 2-inch-long flowers grow in clusters. The buds are deep purple, then open to lighter lavender -- and the combination of buds and blooms on the plants gives a two-tone effect. Up to 30 blooms appear on each shoot from spring through summer. Plants don't self-seed, so you won't be digging up starts the following spring. Growing Conditions: Full sun Size: To 30 inches tall and 18 inches wide Zones: 5-8

Lamium Lamium is an excellent, easy-care groundcover. Most types bloom through the summer, producing clusters of pink or white flowers. Even when they're not blooming, they have great silver-marked foliage that brightens up shady corners. What a beautiful alternative to a struggling lawn! Name: Lamium maculatum Growing Conditions: Full shade and moist, well-drained soil Size: 8 inches tall Zones: 4-8

Once found growing wild on the American prairie, coneflowers are now one of the most widely grown and hybridized perennials in the country:

Bear's Breeches It can shoot up flower spikes in summer up to 4 feet high, but bear's breeches is also distinctive for its huge, coarse leaves, adding sculptural form to woodland plantings. Plant Name: Acanthus mollis Growing Conditions: Part shade and well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall and wide Grow it with: The dark foliage and similarly spiky blooms of delphinium. Zones: 7-11