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    Ground cover needed for a sunny hillside? Soapworts are underappreciated plants. Many of them make fine groundcovers. 'Max Frei' is a low-growing, mat-forming selection that is highlighted with starry pink flowers in spring. It's an excellent choice for gardens because it tolerates summer's heat and humidity. Name: Saponaria x lempergii 'Max Frei' Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 1 foot tall Zones: 3-7

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