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from Better Homes and Gardens

No-Fuss Sun-Loving Garden Plan

Butterfly Garden. Hint: Butterfly bushes spread like crazy, underground. I have a lot of butterfly bushes in my garden, and all of them came from digging up little ones that have spread from my mother's butterfly bush in her front yard. Now mine spread at my own house!

purple trailing lantana; heat tolerant, low water use, bright attractive flowers spring-fall. Can take over an area so plant in spots you want to fill quickly!

from Old Farmer's Almanac

Gladiolus

Gladiolus Garden! Beautiful cut flowers!

Abiqua Moonbeam Hosta - Large green leaves with chartreuse margins adorn the Abiqua Moonbeam Hosta, which is a sport of August Moon Hosta. Great for shady borders as well as container plants. Hosta are easy to grow and add a burst of color to shady spots! Thsi variety is more sun tolerant than a lot of other Hosta varieties.

from This Old House

All About Groundcover

For a brilliant splash of purple, consider 'Sugar Plum' Coral Bells (Heuchera). Grows in zones 3-8. | Photo: Josh Mccullough/PhytoPhoto | thisoldhouse.com

Eastern Snowball---Masses of pure white, snowball-like flower clusters make a showy display. Bright green leaves have a purplish-red fall coloring. Spectacular landscape specimen. Deciduous.Average landscape size: Moderate grower to 12 ft. tall, 10 ft. wide, larger with age.

from Finding Purpose Blog

10 Minute DIY Baby/Pet Gate

Goodness, where is the time going these days?! I’ve been meaning to get this post out for at least a week now…Christmas festivities keep taking priority, and of course I wouldn’t have it any other way.  But, without further ado, one of the easiest projects we’ve DIY’ed in a while…a baby/pet (pet in our case!) gate. Since our darling babies are now 6 and 4 years old, I thought we were LONG past the need for baby gates.  It was a glorious feeling to move so freely from one room of the house…

Fragrant And Richly Flowering The Dwarf Standard Lilac (Syringa Meyeri 'Palibin') will surprise you year after year with its delightfully scented flowers. It will make a dramatic display planted singly on the lawn or in the border. Another possibility is to plant it in a pot or planter for an eye-catching feature. Flowers in May to June and a second time in August - September