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Purple smoke bush is often used as a garden specimen due to the purple-pink plumes and the purple leaves on some cultivars. It is highly drought tolerant. Common Names: Purple smoke bush, smokebush, smoketree, purple smoke tree. Zones 4-9. Size & Shape: Purple smoke bush grows to a size of 12-15' tall and wide. It is irregular to rounded. Exposure: Grow purple smoke bush in full sun.

This beauty is another variety of coleus. Sun-tolerant coleus with patterned veins is easy to grow. It is an annual foliage plant that thrives in warm weather with moist soil conditions. You also can plant it in container gardens or landscape beds for season-long color. Most varieties can be grown in sun or shade, but often develop more intense coloration in bright light.

Polyanthus --- Polyanthus plants, sometimes known as primrose, are a spring plant that offers blooms in a rainbow of colors. There is a difference between a Polyanthus and a Primrose. A primrose has one flower on a stalk, but a polyanthus has many.

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Persian Shield Care Instructions – How To Grow A Persian Shield Plant Indoors

gorgeous Persian-Shield: loves shade if grown outdoors, does great indoors too. Perennial in certain zones.

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The 18 Best Plants for Cottage Gardens

Romantic Foxglove produces flowers in shades of purple, pink, and white. More plants for cottage gardens: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/design/styles/best-plants-for-cottage-gardens/?socsrc=bhgpin061912#page=8

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How to Grow Lavender

COMPANION PLANTING -- FRUIT TREES -- Lavender - Plant lavender and it will repel fleas, ticks, and mice. Plant near or under fruit trees to deter the coding moth, while attracting beneficial insects such as butterflies.

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The Best Perennials for Shade

so many hostas, so little time!

Helleborous..A shade-loving perennial that blooms from winter to spring in shades of red, green, near-black, white, and pink.

The Turquoise Puya grows in soil, and can be treated much like a cactus or succulent. It is hardy in zones 8b-11. Mature plants are said to survive temperatures down to 18-20 degrees F (-7°C) if kept relatively dry.

For back fence...Limelight hydrangeas. They grow up to 8 ft tall, can grow in full sun or shade and can tolerate dry soil.