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A Model Flower Bed: Showcasing Tall Perennials

The gardening and landscaping experts at help you pick the best, most beautiful tall perennials for your design by sharing design uses, site and soil preferences and the size and shape of popular plants.
Susan Bergquist
Susan Bergquist • 1 year ago

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