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    Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum) has tiny white flowers that pop up among lush green leaves from April through May. It spreads by runners, so a planting strip with built-in edging is a perfect location. Good to use under trees—even black walnuts, where few groundcovers grow. Grows up to 12 inches tall and wide. Zones 4–8

    Beardtongue (Penstemon) offers great versatility: mat-forming P. caespitosu has lilac-like flowers over bright-green leaves that reach a few inches tall and wide. P. canescens (shown) blooms with pink to dark-violet tubular flowers and grows up to 3 feet tall and 1½ feet wide. Penstemons thrive in sun and do well with medium to dry soil. Zones 3–9, depending on the type

    Vanilla Strawberry (Hydrangea paniculata 'Renhy') has cone-shaped flowers that can show three colors at once during its bloom time, which can last into late fall. Vanilla Strawberry starts the season blooming creamy white before flower heads turn pink, then red or a darker burgundy. Grows up to 8 feet high and 5 feet wide. Zones 3-8; White Flower Farm

    Diva (Hydrangea macrophylla 'SMHMLDD') is a reblooming lacecap with large florets ringing flower heads as big as dinner plates on a diminutive shrub. Starting in mid-July, bright pink (or blue) flowers emerge, then lighten in color toward the tips. Looks especially dramatic in containers. Grows up to 3 feet high and wide. Zones 5-9; Proven Winners.

    The cold-hardy Fire Light (Hydrangea paniculata 'SMHPFL') begins flowering about mid-summer, with white blooms, and continues until the end of fall when its spikes turn dark pink. The flower heads can reach up to 16-inches long and are kept upright by strong stems that prevent flop. Grows up to 6 feet high and wide. Zones 3-9; Proven Winners

    Twist-n-Shout (Hydrangea macrophylla Twist-n-Shout) is a reblooming lacecap with deep pink to periwinkle blue flowers, depending on soil pH. Supporting the blooms are red stems that add another layer of ornamental beauty to the garden. Grows up to 5 feet high and wide. Zones 4-9; Endless Summer

    Bigger is better when selecting a pot—not just for creating pleasing scale but also to give plants plenty of room to stretch their roots and grow. As a general rule, the pot should be about one-third to one-half the height of the planting at maturity. Here, spiky New Zealand flax combines dramatically with fuchsia, coleus, and sweet alyssum.

    Pinky-Winky (Hydrangea paniculata 'Dvppinky') can reach 8 feet high, but is probably better known for its blooms. Panicles reaching 16 inches long are covered with flowers that start white before those toward to the base turn dark pink for a sensational two-tone look. Grows up to 6 feet wide. Zones 3-9; Proven Winners

    Little Lime (Hydrangea paniculata 'Jane') is similar in minty green color to the blooms of the bigger 'Limelight'. This dwarf version fits into smaller beds and borders. The mounding blooms mature to a pretty pink by the end of September. Grows up to 5 feet high and wide. Zones 3-9; Proven Winners

    Everlasting Amethyst (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Hokomathyst') is a mophead that flowers in two colors, going from solid green to either fuchsia or blue with green edges, depending on soil pH. This reblooming variety keeps its color into the fall and its compact growth, about 4 feet high and wide, is a good choice for larger containers. Zones 5-9; Wayside Gardens

    Blushing Bride (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Blushing Bride') is part of the Endless Summer series of reblooming hydrangeas, which flower on new and old growth into fall. Blushing Bride packs a lot of color per square inch. Semi-double, 9-inch wide florets start out white, then turn blush pink or pale sky blue, depending on your soil pH. Grows up to 6 feet high and wide. Zones 4-9; Endless Summer

    Garden centers typically stock many varieties of sage (Salvia), including shrub and perennial forms suitable for street-side gardens. Flowers are blue, white, red, or purple, like S. farinacea 'Victoria' (shown). Many sages stay under 18 inches and can be coaxed to bloom through October if you cut back plants after the first wave. Likes sun and thrives with little water. Zones vary by variety.

    Blue Enchantress (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Monmar') has huge reblooming flower orbs up to 9 inches wide on the ends of glossy black stems as thick as pencils. Like many varieties, the bloom's color depends on the pH of the soil. Flowers turn green dotted with cream in fall. Grows up to 6 feet high and wide. Zones 5-9; Monrovia

    Invincibelle Spirit (Hydrangea arborescens 'NCHA1') has huge orbs like the cold-hardy Annabelle hydrangea, but in pink—and reblooms all summer. Flowerheads start out dark burgundy, fade to a soft pink, then finish green before the frost. Grows up to 4 feet high and wide. Zones 3-9; Proven Winners

    A rustic stacked-stone wall provides a perfect shelf for a rectangular planter overflowing with Calitunia, coleus, and angelonia.

    Oxalis Purple Clover (Purple Shamrock) has exquisite heart-shaped leaves and is easy to grow and take care of. But should you forget to water, it will revive itself via tiny bulbs that can go dormant in the soil. May be hazardous to pets.

    In fall, the needles of Larix kaempferi ('Diana') turn from blue-green to butter-yellow. Zones: 4-8. Grows up to 20 feet tall and 7 feet wide in partial to full sun.

    The Sundial Garden was the first garden that Prince Charles renovated and reworked to his own vision. Here, it is lush with deep blue, purple, and pink delphinium, the large flower spikes supported by single bamboo stakes.

    Blend edibles with the floribunda shrub named for famed chef Julia Childs. A: Julia Childs rose. B: Bronze fennel. C: Alpine strawberry

    Consider white and silver that glow by the light of the stars. A: Icecap rose. B: 'Hameln' fountain grass. C: Dusty miller. Get the growing details here.

    A "wow," easy-care rose with large clusters of slightly fragrant, very double, and very full deep-pink blooms resembling peonies. Appears in profusion from late spring through summer. Grows up to 3 feet high and wide in zones 5-9. Bare-root, about $21; Palatine Roses

    A cross between full-size groundcover roses and miniature roses, the Drift series is bred to provide the resilience, disease resistance, and frequent flowering of larger landscape roses, such as Knock Out, on much lower-growing bushes, perfect for containers. Flowers freely in extreme summer heat. Grows up to 1½ feet high and 2½ feet wide. Zones 4-11. 1-gallon pot; about $10; Chamblee Rose Nursery

    'Anne Boleyn' is exceptionally free-flowering, with large sprays of pink flowers; David Austin Roses.

    Flower Carpet Appleblossom is a groundcover that can produce over 3,000 flowers in a season;

    Flower Carpet Yellow rose pairs with sweet potato vine and 'Celebration Apricot' calibrachoa; Monrovia.