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Editors' Picks: Favorite Fuss-Free Plants

Baptista - Also called false indigo for the rich blue shade of its flowers, this hardy perennial fills the spring garden with elegant spires of pealike blooms. It withstands drought -- and deer, rabbits, and other critters leave it alone. The bluish-green foliage looks great all summer long, and the charcoal-black seedpods create fun contrast in fall. Name: Baptisia australis Zones: 3-8

False Indigo (Baptisia). Drought tolerant prairie plant, deep taproot, blooms late spring, 2-4 ft tall, perennial, z3-8

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Top Plants that Thrive in Clay

Perennial Geranium Also called cranesbill for the shape of its seedpods, perennial geranium makes a great groundcover on sites with clay soil. It grows in full sun to part shade, and blooms profusely in spring. Some varieties continue to bloom throughout the summer. Many develop wonderful fall color to boot. Name: Geranium selections Zones: 3-9

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Everyone Should Plant Angelonia

As a horticulturist, I often find myself recommending plants to people. I feel bad when I get asked for the impossible plants; something like an evergreen that flowers all year long, is hardy in Zone 3, loves deep shade, and deer won’t eat it. There is one incredible flower that I frequently recommend, though, because [...]

Blue Clematis - Another beautiful blue flower for summertime gardens - makes it feel cooler just being around them!

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The Best Perennials for Your Yard

Baptisia Australis - heat, drought,deer, and rabbit resistant. It thrives in sun but tolerates part shade.

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Editors' Picks: Favorite Fuss-Free Plants

Make your garden low-maintenance with Rose Verbena. More fuss-free plants: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/editors-picks-favorite-fuss-free-plants/?socsrc=bhgpin051512?page=16

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The Best Drought-Tolerant Perennials

Amsonia A tough, but sadly underused perennial, amsonia produces clusters of sky-blue flowers in late spring. It's not just a one-season wonder, though. In autumn, its foliage turns brilliant shades of gold -- enough to rival many of the trees when they put on their fall finery. Name: Amsonia tabernaemontana Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 2 feet tall I want some of this for the front yard!

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Power Perennials: Plants That Thrive No Matter What

Coneflowers grow best in full sun, but will tolerate some light shade. They bloom from early summer to fall and are attractive to birds and butterflies.

Sedum bursts into bloom at summer's end! The deep red is the perfect autumn hue: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/fall-garden-plants/?socsrc=bhgpin081814sedum&page=8

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20 Best Perennials for Your Garden

Grow beautiful Asters for starlike blooms in late summer. More perennials: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/top-perennials-for-your-garden/?socsrc=bhgpin060812

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The 18 Best Plants for Cottage Gardens

Columbine Easy to grow and beautiful, columbine blooms in spring and early summer. The colorful blooms are loved by hummingbirds and gardeners alike. Name: Aquilegia varieties Growing conditions: Part shade and well-drained soil Height: To 3 feet tall Zones: 3-9, depending on variety

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No-Fuss Garden Plans

No-Fuss Garden Plans: 19 diff. flower garden plans...sun, heat, low water, shade, curbside and so on...great site!

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Best White Flowers for Your Garden

Sweet Autumn Clematis. Zones 4-9. Fast growing- up to 30 ft in a few months (tall and wide). Blooms late summer-early fall. Tolerates most soil and sun conditions.

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Top Fall Flowers for Your Garden

Perennial Sunflower

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21 Spring Flowers for Your Garden

Lilac There's no sweeter spring fragrance than the blooms of this cottage-garden favorite. Lilac varieties come in all shapes and sizes, from dwarf shrubs to taller trees. One tip: The lilac blooms on old wood, so hold off on pruning until right after the same year's flowering is finished. Name: Syringa vulgaris Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 20 feet tall and wide Zones: 4-8