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Top Shade-Loving Annuals

Add lobelias to bring rich, true blues in the garden. These trailing plants flower prolifically in spring and fall, almost covering themselves in flowers. Annual lobelia is a cool-season plant that does best in shade in the South, though it loves partial shade in the North.

Three shades of Baby's Tears... I love these....I companion plant them on the surface of my big potted plants....nice way to save water and add beauty

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The 18 Best Plants for Cottage Gardens

Phlox

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A Rose by any Other Name

Lunaria Annua - Money Plant; blooms are pretty purple flowers and they seed like this...

Delphinium - Hummingbirds love delphinium, which blooms in early summer. Height for these perennials can average anywhere from 2 to 8 feet tall, depending on variety. Delphinium requires rich soil, and areas w/ relatively cool summers.

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No-Fail Perennials of the South

Black-Eyed Susan-If summer heat makes your garden fade, add this versatile plant. Hot temperatures bring out the best in this summer border and container favorite. Plant Name: Rudbeckia fulgida Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide Grow it with: Black-eyed Susans make for a great addition to a casual garden bed, as do the summer blooms of accenting phlox. Zones: 4-9