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    8 shrubs that provide reliable good looks without a lot of work

    Chaste tree Chaste tree is a drought-tolerant shrub with elegant divided compound leaves and fragrant lilac, blue, or white flowers borne in long panicles in late summer to autumn. Gardeners in Zone 5 can treat it like a perennial because it dies to the ground each winter but resprouts from the

    Bee Balm - It grows over 6 feet tall, smells great, self seeds and attracts hummingbirds.

    Bigroot Geranium One of the toughest plants in the shade garden, bigroot geranium (Geranium macrorrhizum) doesn't mind heat or drought. And, deer and rabbits typically pass it by in search of tastier morsels. This plant puts on a spring show with pink or white flowers; some varieties also offer outstanding fall coloration in their woodsy-scented foliage. Bigroot geranium is hardy in Zones 4-8 and grows 2 feet tall. Top Picks: 'Album' offers white flowers; 'Ingwersen's Variety' offers clear ...

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    Beginner Perrenial Garden for Full Sun (with flowers to bloom from spring to fall)

    5 Flowering Shrubs - Hedge. These deciduous shrubs provide blooms from late February until the end of Summer. The offer comprises: 1 of each of the following shrubs. The fully grown height in cms for each is: Forsythia Spectabilis - golden 150-250 Spirea Arguta - white 150-200 Weigelia - burgundy red 125-175 Buddliea- Pink 125-150 Ceanothus Yankee Point - Blue 125-150.

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    Hydrangea paniculata is the easiest hydrangea to grow! More best summer-blooming shrubs: www.bhg.com/...

    Fairy rose - best shrub rose ever. Can't kill it, blooms its head off all summer says pinner.

    Allium Gladiator" Large, ball-shaped purple flowerheads, 6-9 inches across with silver tips. Blooms early summer. Great as long-lasting cut flower. Height: 4-5 feet (Bulb)

    ◾Hostas tolerate shade. ◾Hostas are low maintenance. ◾Hostas have a 3 season presence. ◾Hostas blend beautifully with other perennials, annuals, trees, and shrubs.

    New Variety! The Pistachio™ Hydrangea. Grows in part sun to part shade getting 3-4' tall and wide. Showy 5" mophead flowers bloom from spring to fall. Zones 5-9

    Yellow Corydalis - The plant grows about 12 inches tall and is hardy in Zones 5-8.

    How to Prune Cane-Growing Shrubs: Keep new plants looking young and make old plants look like new

    A Better Garden Bed. •Showy hardscape elements, such as an oversize boulder, fill in gaps in a drought-tolerant garden by adding unexpected focal points. •If plants with a variety of water needs are included in a garden, group those with similar requirements together, such as the lavender cotton the penstemon grouping here.

    Ornamental Grasses are low maintenance and add visual appeal to any garden. See the top 17 ornamental grasses: www.bhg.com/...

    What a great idea these potlifters are!

    Pygmy Ruby Barberry Shrub. Dramatic fall .Easy Care. Full Sun. Slow growing. 1 1/2' H x 3' W.