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Snow-in-Summer Billowing mounds of crystalline white flowers float over snow-in-summer's silvery foliage. It makes a delightful accent to a stone wall, patio, or garden border. Snow-in-summer is able to handle a range of soil types as well. Name: Cerastium tomentosum Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: 3 inches tall Zones: 3-7

Soapwort are underappreciated plants. Many of them make fine groundcovers. 'Max Frei' is a low-growing, mat-forming selection that is highlighted with starry pink flowers in spring. It's an excellent choice for gardens because it tolerates summer's heat and humidity. Name: Saponaria x lempergii 'Max Frei' Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 1 foot tall Zones: 3-7

Canadian Hemlock Another evergreen at the top of our most graceful list, Canadian hemlock has arching, almost feathery new growth. It's also a winner because it doesn't mind a bit of shade. Name: Tsuga canadensis Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil Size: Varieties can grow as tall as 80 feet Zones: 4-7 Grow It Because: You want an evergreen that thrives in part shade.

One of the largest allium selections, 'Globemaster' heads can be bigger than a softball. Bloom Season: Late spring / Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil / Size: To 4 feet tall / Zones: 5-10

Hollyhock Hollyhocks have been garden favorites for generations. And what's not to love about their towering spikes of hibiscus-shape flowers? The pink-flowering types are particularly fun in the garden as they seem to blend well with everything. Name: Alcea rosea Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: 3-8 feet tall and 1-3 feet wide Zones: 3-

Eastern Bluestar We love this stalwart perennial and hope to see it used more in gardens. The tall plants sport blue, star-shaped flowers in spring. They're loved by migrating butterflies. Added bonus: These pest-free plants also have attractive yellow fall color. Name: Amsonia tabernaemontana Growing Conditions: Full sun, moist, well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall Zones: 4-9