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some think the Katsura tree smells like caramel or cotton candy when it loses it's leaves in the fall. Besides being wonderful to smell in the fall, the Katsura sports a lovely blend of orange-, raspberry- and apricot-coloured leaves. In the spring Katsura has reddish-purple new growth, in summer it sports heart-shaped blue-green leaves and in winter the gray, slightly exfoliating bark lends interest.

WEIGELA 'Midnight Wine' A Paradise Garden Five Star Shrub A marvelous low mounding, dwarf version of 'Wine & Roses'. Dark burgundy-purple foliage and pink flowers. Perfect for the front of the border.

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Master the Art of Using Color in the Garden

Golden leaves grab the eye -- but so do purple ones. And plants with violet, maroon, or plum-hue leaves (including 'Diabolo' ninebark, many Japanese maples, and many weigelas) are especially trendy. The rich coloring stands out in the garden and blends well with a wide variety of shades, including chartreuse.

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All About Groundcover

For a brilliant splash of purple, consider 'Sugar Plum' Coral Bells (Heuchera). Grows in zones 3-8. | Photo: Josh Mccullough/PhytoPhoto | thisoldhouse.com

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Colorful Shrubs for Your Garden

Pretty easy-to-grow flowering shrub: 'Sizzling Pink' Fringe Flower (Loropetalum). Also has spectacular evergreen foliage. It offers clusters of pink blooms from winter into spring and bold burgundy leaves that fade to purple-tinted green. I have mine planted next to my Forsythias and they both are the first to bloom in early Spring. Beautiful pink and yellow flowers! -Ali C.

Baking soda neutralizes the ph in the soil and nothing will grow there. use baking soda around all of the edges of flower beds to keep the grass and weeds from growing into beds. Just sprinkle it onto the soil so that it covers it lightly. Do this twice a year - spring and fall.

Colorblaze Keystone Kopper Coleus thrives in sun or shade, is a snap to grow, and produces quantities of beautiful copper-color foliage. It makes a bold statement planted by itself in a container or garden bed or mixed with other annuals. And it can even be brought indoors in the fall as a spirit-lifting houseplant.

LITTLE BIBI - LITTLE BIBI is a naturally dwarf evergreen shrub with glaucous grey green leaves. It flowers heavily with its main flush in spring/summer, and continuously throughout the remainder of the year (depending on location and local conditions) with pretty mauve/purple pea like flowers. Heat and frost hardy, this tough plant is ideal for a wide range of domestic and commercial landscapes.

Want This Cotton Candy Ornamental Grass (Muhly) - Easy to grow, full sun, 3-4', low maintenance and withstands heat, humidity, poor soil and drought. Blooms late summer to fall.

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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.

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The Best Perennials for Shade

Hostas instead of bushes

Lavender Hidcote - This easy-to-grow sun perennial thrives in full sun normal garden soil. Plants vigorously grow to form mounds of fragrant, silvery foliage 18 tall 24 wide. This drought-tolerant hardy perennial has extremely fragrant foliage

Caryopteris Sapphire Surf- Low maintenance shrub produces swell of stunning flowers from top to bottom, drought tolerant Zones 5-9, full sun, butterflies love it. :) :) Read up @ http://www.icangarden.com/document.cfm?task=viewdetail&itemid=9552

Using coleus as mass plantings as you would annual flowers. Shade garden. Colorful foliage - burnt orange, vivid magenta, lime green, deep burgundy & chartreuse.

Moss Verbena may end up being your favorite groundcover.  It grows between 6 to 12 inches tall, but has a spreading capability of up to 5 feet.  It's easy to grow, is drought and heat tolerant, attracts butterflies and comes in blue, purple and white flowers.