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Best Flowering Shrubs for Hedges

Summersweet With a name like summersweet, you can guess that this shrub's pink or white flowers are fragrant. It's one of the few shrubs that bloom well in shade, although it also will grow in full sun in the north, provided it has adequate moisture. Name: Clethra alnifolia Growing Conditions: Full sun to shade and moist soil Size: 3-5 feet tall and wide…

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Best Flowering Shrubs for Hedges

Summersweet With a name like summersweet, you can guess that this shrub's pink or white flowers are fragrant. It's one of the few shrubs that bloom well in shade, although it also will grow in full sun in the north, provided it has adequate moisture. Name: Clethra alnifolia Growing Conditions: Full sun to shade and moist soil Size: 3-5 feet tall and wide Zones: 3-9

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No-Fail Perennials for the Midwest

Asparagus Asparagus rewards you twice. In spring, enjoy its tasty (and nutritious) young stems. Then in summer, it leafs out to become a big, fine-textured plant that's a beautiful backdrop for any perennial you grow with it. Plant Name: Asparagus officinalis Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall and wide Grow it with: Purple coneflower, which blooms constantly through the summer and into the fall…

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Best Flowering Shrubs for Hedges

Best Flowering Shrubs for Hedges. Dwarf Fothergilla is a plant with an extended season of interest. In early spring it bears fragrant white bottlebrush blooms; in fall its leaves turn fiery red, orange, and yellow. It grows in full sun or light shade. Its bigger cousin, large fothergilla (F. major) is similar except it grows to 8 feet tall. Name: Fothergilla gardenii Growing Conditions: Full sun to part shade Size: 3 feet tall and wide Zones: 5-9

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The 18 Best Plants for Cottage Gardens

Daisy Daisies offer a simplistic beauty that works well in any cottage garden. Their bright white blooms with sunny yellow centers are perfect for beds and borders, as well as vases. Name: Leucanthemum varieties Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil Height: To 3 feet tall Zones: 4-8 More on Growing Daisies

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Best Flowering Shrubs for Hedges

Hardy hibiscus Hardy hibiscus forms showstopping 8- to 12-inch-diameter flowers on plants 3-6 feet tall. The blooms appear in shades of red, white, salmon, or pink. Although it grows best in moist soil, it tolerates drought well. Here it teams with oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia and yew (Taxus spp.). Name: Hibiscus moscheutos Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist well-drained soil…

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Must-Grow New Shrubs, Trees, and Vines for 2014

Tiny Dancer Lilac- part of a small number of lilac plants that can grow in Texas Growing Conditions: Full sun, Partial sun Size: 4–5 feet tall, 3–4 feet wide

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Best Flowering Shrubs for Hedges

Bridalwreath Spirea Bridalwreath spirea makes an elegant border and is widely adaptable, deer proof, drought tolerant, and easy to grow. An arching abundance of white flower clusters in mid-spring give the shrub a romantic air. Name: Spiraea vanhouttei Growing Conditions: Full sun with well-drained soil Size: To 6 feet tall and 5 feet wide…

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The 13 Best Summer-Blooming Shrubs

Bluebeard Shrub. This shrub is a treat in late summer when it bears its airy clusters of beautiful blue blooms. It's extra-easy to grow, too, laughing off all but the worst heat and drought. As an added bonus, birds and butterflies love it. Bluebeard shrub makes a great cut flower, too. Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall Zones: 5-9

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The 13 Best Summer-Blooming Shrubs

Summer-blooming Oleander blooms in shades of pink, purple, yellow, and white. More blooming shrubs: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/trees-shrubs-vines/shrubs/summer-blooming-shrubs/?socsrc071712oleander#page=5