All Things Shabby and Beautiful ...

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Gladiolus 'Joan'

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hostas and hydrangeas...gorgeous!!

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Hummingbird Garden Plants

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Poppies and ladies mantle

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Purple Coneflower It's hard not to love purple coneflower. This resilient perennial blooms much of the summer producing tons of mauve-purple blooms that hold up really well when cut. Or, if you leave them in the garden, they'll attract scores of butterflies. Name: Echinacea purpurea Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 5 feet tall Zones: 3-9

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Lamb's Ears An easy-to-grow ground cover, lamb's ears has soft, fuzzy leaves. Their silvery tone makes them a great foil for just about any plant in the garden. Note, though: Lamb's ear can spread aggressively in rich soil. Name: Stachys byzantina Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 18 inches tall Zones: 4-8

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Russian Sage We can't help but love Russian sage. One of the toughest plants, it offers fragrant silvery foliage and plumes of violet-purple blooms. Taller varieties are great for the back of the border. Not only is it heat and drought resistant, but deer, rabbits, and most other pests steer clear of it. Name: Perovskia atriplicifolia Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 6 feet tall Zones: 5-9

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Yarrow Not only does yarrow tolerate heat and drought like a champion, but this easy-growing perennial is also a great cut flower -- and deer, rabbits, and most other pests won't touch it. It comes in a number of varieties with blooms in shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, and white. Name: Achillea varieties Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall Zones: 3-9

The Best Drought-Tolerant Perennials

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Pineleaf Penstemon A hummingbird favorite, pineleaf penstemon offers delicate, fine textured foliage and bright, orange-red or yellow flowers through the summer. Name: Penstemon pinifolius Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 1 foot tall Zones: 4-9

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You don't need a lot of space to create a butterfly garden. The one here, designed by Sunset test garden coordinator Bud Stuckey, measures just 8 by 10 feet.For ease of care, he used only perennials, no annuals. Most plants, including the asters, black-eyed Susans, and lantana, are nectar sources; larval plants include Asclepias and sedge.To make the area even more appealing to butterflies, Stuckey added an urn fountain for them to sip from and a trio of flat rocks where they can bask in the...

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Lady Emma Hamilton (Austin, english shrub)

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'Ascot ' Rose

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The Lark Ascending (David Austin English Roses /2012)

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self watering hanging basket

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White garden!

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White garden!

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blooming cactus

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White Clips Bell Flower

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A Rose Lover's Front Walk

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parking strip garden

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Very old fashioned cabbage roses Love these!

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Gorgeous black flower

Hellebore, Onyx Odyssey - Hellebores at Burpee.com

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Blackberry Rose

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