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GayfeatherGayfeather Also known as Liatris or Blazing Star, this drought-tolerant plant will add height to your garden. Spiky brushes of lavender or white blooms rise on 36 to 48 inch stems. The leaves are spiky as well! Gayfeather is sure to attract butterflies.

Purple Coneflower and Prairie Gayfeathers (Echinacea purpurea and Liatris spicata) COPYRIGHT:2010 Laura Berman

Liatris or Gayfeather/ ATTRACTS: Monarch Butterflies. Plant with Milkweed - an important host plant for the Monarch. Plant in mass plantings. Hates water. Never fertilize.

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16 Top Alliums for Your Garden

Drumstick Allium is a beautiful summertime bloomer that looks great with lilies! More alliums for your garden:

Pinus contorta or the Chief Joseph pine is winter hardy to zones 5-8. It has light green color during the warm season, then in the fall, the color changes to a bright yellow that lasts until the following spring when it transitions back to light green. Grows 1' per year to a max of 8'. Plant in full sun.


Grow the Iridescent Leaves of Persian Shield

grow in full sun. Persian Shield. Easily multiplied by simply breaking off and sticking in potting soil. You can have all you want and save money too

For back fence...Limelight hydrangeas. They grow up to 8 ft tall, can grow in full sun or shade and can tolerate dry soil. Beautiful!

Creeping Thyme: In early summer the plants are covered with stunning pinkish-rose flowers that last until the first hard frost. The stunning foliage stays all through the winter months. A very hardy perennial that attracts butterflies and can be grown throughout the country


Bear's Breeches

Bear's Breeches: drought tolerant, grows in full shade or sun, flourishes in poor soil.

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The Best Drought-Tolerant Perennials

Drought resistant -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

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20 favorite perennial flowers

English lavender is the most fragrant, but Spanish lavender’s deep purple “rabbit ears” stand out. compact form Lavandula angustifolia ‘Thumbelina Leigh’ from High Country Gardens. It stays 12 to 15 inches tall.

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Butterfly Bush and other Top Plants for Your Butterfly Garden

Pentas: It's a sure bet for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds in need of a snack. Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide Zones: 10-11, but usually grown as an annual Grow it with: Angelonia for an easy-growing combo that looks smashing all season.