Butterfly weed Though it has the word weed in its common name, don't let that scare you away from butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa). Sometimes called milkweed, it's as easy to grow as a weed but much prettier, plus hummingbirds and butterflies (especially monarchs) adore it. Clusters of orange, yellow, pink or vermillion flowers appear in mid- to late summer, followed by thin, ornamental seedpods.

12 Top Midwest Perennial Flowers

Butterfly weed Though it has the word weed in its common name, don't let that scare you away from butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa). Sometimes called milkweed, it's as easy to grow as a weed but much prettier, plus hummingbirds and butterflies (especially monarchs) adore it. Clusters of orange, yellow, pink or vermillion flowers appear in mid- to late summer, followed by thin, ornamental seedpods.

I love the idea of hanging a grouping of...who knows...from a rake head. Don't love these particular lanterns though.

I love the idea of hanging a grouping of...who knows...from a rake head. Don't love these particular lanterns though.

Raised planter box along fence that doubles as a bench. Also brackets for hanging plants

Raised planter box along fence that doubles as a bench. Also brackets for hanging plants

One of the 20 favorite perennial flowers from Sunset magazine The 'Gloriosa' daisy

20 favorite perennial flowers

One of the 20 favorite perennial flowers from Sunset magazine The 'Gloriosa' daisy

How to Divide Hostas - I do this - I buy one hosta and divide it into three and plant three from one purchased pot. They all grow quickly to look bigger than the original single purchased plant.

Expert Tips to an Ultimate Hosta Garden

How to Divide Hostas - I do this - I buy one hosta and divide it into three and plant three from one purchased pot. They all grow quickly to look bigger than the original single purchased plant.

Growing asparagus. Perennial vegetable = only plant once! Good companions: rhubarb, strawberry, horseradish.

Perennial Vegetables: Grow More Food With Less Work

Growing asparagus. Perennial vegetable = only plant once! Good companions: rhubarb, strawberry, horseradish.

Please do not use "Round up" or at least read about all the terrible stuff it does to our people and environment before deciding to do so. Try this instead. Thanks. vinegar weed killer

Why Use Roundup? Make Your Own Weed Killer

Please do not use "Round up" or at least read about all the terrible stuff it does to our people and environment before deciding to do so. Try this instead. Thanks. vinegar weed killer

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