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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.

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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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

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.

~Trifolium Rubens / Perennial~ A magnet for bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies.

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

Angelonia -It's easy to grow and flowers profusely (AND IT'S PURPLE!) great plant for our dry spells and heat. Not fussy about soil either. Butterflies love it!

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Hummingbird Favorites

Want to attract Hummingbirds and Butterflies to your garden. Plant the Perennial "Bee Balm" Be sure too give this plant a garden of it's own.

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20 favorite perennial flowers

Hgtv mag says its a tough as nails perennial

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No-Fuss Sun-Loving Garden Plan

Butterfly Garden. Hint: Butterfly bushes spread like crazy, underground. I have a lot of butterfly bushes in my garden, and all of them came from digging up little ones that have spread from my mother's butterfly bush in her front yard. Now mine spread at my own house!

Allium, Rosenbachianum Mix Large globes that are the earliest to flower. This is a brilliant mix for the beginner bulb gardener. Easy to grow and rare, these alliums produce 5" globes of star-shaped flower heads in purple, white and blue. lifecycle: Perennial Zone: 4-8 Uses: Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers Sun: Full Sun Height: 2-3 feet Spread: 2-3 inches

Blue fountains delphinium Captivating blue, purple, and white flower spikes will only get to about three feet tall, but won't require any staking support. These huge blossoms will bloom in June and July, but can bloom again in the fall if cut back after flowering.

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Must-Grow New Perennials for 2013

Echinacea Supreme Cantaloupe - This ambitious coneflower blooms nonstop all summer and into fall, enticing butterflies and bees. The seed heads are also attractive to finches that feed on them during the winter. Coneflowers are American natives; they are deer-resistant and one of the easiest plants to grow. Name: Echinacea 'Supreme Cantaloupe' Growing Conditions: Full sun Size: To 30 inches tall and 24 inches wide Zones: 5-9 Grow It With: Russian sage

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Cornerstone Astilbe Collection

Astilbe grow in shade