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Grow Lavender Like the French: 7 Easy Tips for Anyone!

7 TIPS FOR GROWING LAVEN DER — From: http://www.the gardenglove.com/grow-laven der-like-the-french-7-easy-tips-for-anyone/

from Sunset

20 favorite perennial flowers

English lavender is the most fragrant, but Spanish lavender’s deep purple “rabbit ears” stand out. compact form Lavandula angustifolia ‘Thumbelina Leigh’ from High Country Gardens. It stays 12 to 15 inches tall.

from Sunset

9 beautiful easy-care plants

Hedge lavender (Lavandula x intermedia 'Grosso') Like other varieites of lavender, this will succeed in cool coastal or mountain climates or inland valleys and deserts--essentially a great pick for a low-water garden.

Lavender Hidcote - This easy-to-grow sun perennial thrives in full sun normal garden soil. Plants vigorously grow to form mounds of fragrant, silvery foliage 18 tall 24 wide. This drought-tolerant hardy perennial has extremely fragrant foliage flowers#Repin By:Pinterest++ for iPad#

from Better Homes and Gardens

Top Annual Plant Pairings

This colorful combination will make your garden pop! More annual plant pairings: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/annuals/annual-plant-pairing-ideas/?socsrc=bhgpin080513celebratespring=15

The 1- to 2-inch plants are densely covered with tiny, dark green, shiny leaves that are intensely aromatic when crushed; plant them between paving stones and enjoy their fragrance every time you pass by.

Lavender- Every part of the plant is infused with aromatic oil, making this a choice herb to place along pathways or near outdoor seating areas Lavender varieties abound: The darker the flower, the more intense the aroma -- Drought-, heat-, and wind-tolerant, lavender doesn't like poor drainage, After flowering, shear plants to induce bushiness and subsequent bloom. Avoid cutting plants back to the ground. Dried blooms retain fragrance; crush dried flowers to release aromatic oils anew.

from HGTV

Create and Care for a Lavender Hedge

Lavender plants are generally easy to care for. Learn how to create a fragrant and beautiful lavender hedge, and maintain it for years to come.

Adding to my flower garden this year! Angelonia -It's easy to grow and flowers profusely, great plant for our dry spells and heat. Not fussy about soil either. Butterflies love it!

The best blueberries for container life are highbush varieties (as opposed to rabbiteye) that have been bred for short stature, commonly called "half-high." Plant blueberry bushes in acidic soil and in containers that are at least 18 to 24 inches deep. To get the best harvest, the flowers must cross pollinate with a nearby blueberry bush that is a different variety but is also flowering at that particular time of year. Just find 2 varieties that produce fruit at the same time of year.

Imagine this plant nestled among a bunch of evergreens, and you'll really see it pop. Wilma Goldcrest Monterey Cypress. To 6-8 feet tall, 1-2 feet wide. Smells like Lemon Pledge.

North/Central Garden Plan -- Great list of some good plants to start a bed in front of a blank wall

from Better Homes and Gardens

The Best Perennials for Your Yard

'Rozanne' Geranium I fell in love with this plant at first sight. It offers gorgeous lavender-blue flowers from early summer all the way to frost, attractive variegated foliage, and it's a cinch to care for. 'Rozanne' is definitely a winner! Name: Geranium 'Rozanne' Size To 1 foot tall and 3 feet wide Zones: 5-9 Plant it with: White shrub roses, yellow coreopsis, or perennial hibiscus

Pygmy Ruby Barberry Shrub. Easy Care. Full Sun. Slow growing. 1 1/2' H x 3' W. Dramatic fall foliage. Possibly plant around shed below trellis for backdrop appearance purposes?