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Alli Wischer
Alli Wischer • 2 years ago

Our center bed is full of native perennials...hostas, meadow sage, blue salvia, liriope, coneflower, daffodils, hardy geranium, daylilies, iris, yarrow. We'll also plant a few drought tolerant seed annuals here -- cleome, alyssum and geranium.

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