Purple Fountaingrass A favorite of gardeners everywhere because of its burgundy-red foliage all season long, this tender perennial is often used in container gardens. Name: Pennisetum setaceum 'Purpureum' Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 3 feet tall Zones: 9-10 (grown as an annual in cooler climates) Plant This Grass Because: It offers rich, deep purple color. Feet Tall, Coolers Climate, Purple Fountaingrass, Full Sun, Fountaingrass Gardens, Growing Conditioning, Fountain Grass, Pennisetum Setaceum, Tenders Perennials
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Bush Sage Salvia is an all-around great plant. It's very tough, grows well in a range of conditions, produces beautiful flowers, and attracts hummingbirds. What's not to love? 'Raspberry Delight' offers gorgeous raspberry-red flowers over a long season: From late spring to early fall. Name: Salvia 'Raspberry Delight' Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 3 feet tall Zones: 6-10
Hollyhock Though it's a biennial or short-lived perennial, hollyhock reseeds itself, so you can be sure you'll always have a crop of the colorful summertime spires in your yard. Plant Name: Alcea rosea Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil Size: To 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide
Tufted Hairgrass- Native One of the more elegant ornamental grasses, tufted hairgrass offers soft, fine-textured, green foliage. It makes a great backdrop for other drought-tolerant perennials such as coneflowers and black-eyed Susans. Name: Deschampsia caespitosa Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: 3-4 feet tall Zones: 4-9
Little Bluestem A lovely, tough-as-nails prairie native, little bluestem offers gray-green leaf blades that turn bold shades of purple, red, and orange in autumn. Name: Schizachyrium scoparium Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 3 feet tall Zones: 4-9 Plant This Grass Because: It has beautiful blue coloring in summer and good fall color.
Bellflower- best plants for cottage gardens This tough perennial produces spikes of white or blue blooms in early and midsummer. Like most cottage garden plants, the flowers are great for cutting. Name: Campanula percisifolia Growing conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil Height: To 3 feet tall Zones: 3-8, depending on variety More on Growing Bellflower