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17 Top Sedums

A great ground cover, this sedum grows fast to smother out weeds. It offers silvery foliage and yellow flowers in summer. Name: Sedum spathulifolium Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil Size: to 4 inches tall Zones: 5-9 Native to North America: Yes Why We Love It: For its fast growth and silvery foliage./

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40 Plants That Attract Hummingbirds

Love hummingbirds? There are many different flowering plants you can add to your garden or balcony to attract and nourish these beautiful birds. Have a look at the suggestions and see what would work in your yard. Hummingbirds, like bees and butterflies,

Love the rhythm of these. Spanish Lavender is a good choice for not only its bloom color but because it also blooms for a longer time than most lavenders do and it has lovely silvery foliage that will play well with these other shrubs when the flowers are finished. Maybe for trhe front garden?

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The 18 Best Plants for Cottage Gardens

Bellflower- best plants for cottage gardens This tough perennial produces spikes of white or blue blooms in early and midsummer. Like most cottage garden plants, the flowers are great for cutting. Name: Campanula percisifolia Growing conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil Height: To 3 feet tall Zones: 3-8, depending on variety More on Growing Bellflower