Front yard garden with hostas Choco Nishiki and Sagae, Geranium macrorrhizum, and a Japanese maple  2 WAYS TO ENLARGE!Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window. Click the image to enlarge.

Front yard garden with hostas Choco Nishiki and Sagae, Geranium macrorrhizum, and a Japanese maple 2 WAYS TO ENLARGE!Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window. Click the image to enlarge.

A Gardener's Guide to Lavender:  As fragrant as it its colorful, lavender is a wonderful addition to any sunny garden or container. Use this guide to choose the best type for your conditions.

A Gardener's Guide to Lavender

A Gardener's Guide to Lavender: As fragrant as it its colorful, lavender is a wonderful addition to any sunny garden or container. Use this guide to choose the best type for your conditions.

RHS Plant Selector Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n' Gold' . 'Emerald 'n' Gold' is a dwarf evergreen shrub of spreading habit, with broadly yellow-margined leaves, tinged pink in winter. Grow in well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Hardy H5 (cold winter) . Soil Acid, Alkaline or Neutral. Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings.

RHS Plant Selector Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald 'n' Gold' . 'Emerald 'n' Gold' is a dwarf evergreen shrub of spreading habit, with broadly yellow-margined leaves, tinged pink in winter. Grow in well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Hardy H5 (cold winter) . Soil Acid, Alkaline or Neutral. Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings.

Phormium ‘Jubilee’    Its leaves have cherry-hued margins like its ‘Jester’ parent, only much more vivid—striking in borders and containers. Grows 3 feet tall; colors up best in part shade. Zones 7–9, 14–24; H1, H2.

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Phormium ‘Jubilee’ Its leaves have cherry-hued margins like its ‘Jester’ parent, only much more vivid—striking in borders and containers. Grows 3 feet tall; colors up best in part shade. Zones 7–9, 14–24; H1, H2.

Malus x 'Spring Snow' - Spring Snow Crabapple. This small to medium sized tree has no fruit but an abundance of white blooms in spring. Hardy, fast growing with dense green foliage, this tree is an excellent choice for small yards, screening or for planting close to decks, patios and walkways. Great choice for gardeners with pets.

Malus x 'Spring Snow' - Spring Snow Crabapple. This small to medium sized tree has no fruit but an abundance of white blooms in spring. Hardy, fast growing with dense green foliage, this tree is an excellent choice for small yards, screening or for planting close to decks, patios and walkways. Great choice for gardeners with pets.

Flower Carpet roses in Scarlet red...just planted a bunch of these on the side of our house!

Flower Carpet roses in Scarlet red...just planted a bunch of these on the side of our house!

Rocky Mountain Penstemon (Penstemon strictus)--Loads of spring blooms-late summer, purple-blue flowers, do well in rocky or extremely dry soils, hummingbirds love, will not thrive during the wet, full to partial sun, zones 3-9, 8in-6ft tall, great for containers, privacy, slopes, great cut flowers, attracts butterflies (would probably do well for privacy at front landscaping)

Rocky Mountain Penstemon (Penstemon strictus)--Loads of spring blooms-late summer, purple-blue flowers, do well in rocky or extremely dry soils, hummingbirds love, will not thrive during the wet, full to partial sun, zones 3-9, 8in-6ft tall, great for containers, privacy, slopes, great cut flowers, attracts butterflies (would probably do well for privacy at front landscaping)

Sorbus commixta [Olympic Flame] = 'Dodong' AGM grows to be a very small, branching tree. Height: 16 - 20 ft and Spread: 16 ft. A stiff, columnar tree when young, leaves green, coppery in the spring with stunning orange and red tints in autumn.   _/\/\/\/\/\_

Sorbus commixta [Olympic Flame] = 'Dodong' AGM grows to be a very small, branching tree. Height: 16 - 20 ft and Spread: 16 ft. A stiff, columnar tree when young, leaves green, coppery in the spring with stunning orange and red tints in autumn. _/\/\/\/\/\_

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