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Meadow Sage - violet-blue flowers from midsummer to early fall - loved by butterflies and hummingbirds and are great cut flowers - up to 28 inches tall ...for front of garden?

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Royal Empress Tree...grows 15-18 ft./year. Explodes with rich lavender flowers that look like Orchids but smell like Jasmine. Grows as far north as Canada and as far south as Mexico.

French and English lavender in different shades

'Tranquility' is a large creamy English Rose rosette with a sweet lemon scent from David Austin. Photo by Jason Ingram.

Rock Cress - Plant Aubrieta 'Cascade Blue' Excellent evergreen ground cover, producing cushions of pretty purple-blue flowers. It can be planted along the edge of a bed or lawn, or in the rockery, but is also very effective in a hanging basket displaying a profusion of colour.

Sterling Silver rose. My absolute favorite rose. Lavender roses have the sweetest fragrance.

I WANT A LEMON TREE AND AN ORANGE TREE >>>> this has some great advice for keeping them alive ... :)

'Hidcote' Lavender. An English lavender that is small, compact, great to create a border or hedge for a cottage garden feel

Plant a garden full of mosquito repelling plants so you can actually enjoy being outdoors :)

Campanula - easy to grow & self seeds

Box balls with blue perennial geraniums

Raspberries will grow happily in a container on your patio. Great idea for any vine berries- will keep them from completely taking over.

Asclepias Tuberosa - aka Butterfly Milkweed. Need to get some of this to attract more butterflies. :)

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SECRET Fertilizer :) My 'fertilizing cocktail' consists of mixing 1/2 bottle of cheap beer, 1 tablespoon of Epson salts, and 2 tablespoons of fish emulsion in a watering can (1-2 gallons). I do this to ALL my vegetable, flowers, and indoor plants. You will definitely notice the difference in a few weeks! Don't waste too much money on the beer. Cheapest still works great -- plants aren't picky!

The French tradition of giving lily-of-the-valley flowers on May Day is supposed to have begun on May 1st, 1561, when King Charles IX of France was presented with a bunch of lily-of-the-valley flowers as a token of luck and prosperity for the coming year. The king took a shine to this idea and began the custom of presenting lily-of-the-valley flowers to the ladies of his court each year on May 1st.

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Want a plant to brighten a dull corner of your yard? This may be it! There hasn't been this much buzz about a plant in years! People have been clamouring for a re-blooming lilac for years and 'Bloomerang' delivers with a dense, compact plant with an intense mid May bloom followed by more deliciously fragrant bloom cones throughout the summer and fall, and it attracts butterflies, too! Mature ht 1.5 m (4 to 5 ft).

Check out what Ashley did with our Flower Tower Project. You can make it happen too!

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