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Arizona Apricot Blanketflower—Gaillardia 'Arizona Apricot' Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 12 inches tall and wide Zones: 3-10 Grow it with: 'Rozanne' perennial geranium, which offers a lovely contrast with its soft blue-violet blooms
Dianthus Raspberry Surprise The fragrant pink 2" double-flowers have burgundy-red eyes and alluring blue-green foliage. Excellent for rockeries, edgings and pots. lifecycle: Perennial Sun: Full Sun Height: 12 inches Spread: 12-15 inches Uses: Beds, Borders, Container, Cut Flowers Bloom Season: Spring
Shasta Daisy, Crazy Daisy. Frilly summer perennial, great for cut flowers. Huge daisies, 3" across, frillier than anything ever seen before. Dozens of petals twist and turn, with no two flowers exactly the same. Blooms in summer and makes an excellent cut flower.
For the Deck- Mosquito grass (a.k.a. Lemon Grass) repels mosquitoes | the strong citrus odor drives mosquitoes away--very functional patio plant, plus, the leaves make a great healthy tea, and the cut up stems are great in Thai dishes, like Tom Lum (coconut milk) soup.