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Dahlias: Late Summer's Drama Queens

Miniature pompons, about 2 inches across, top 'Elfin' all season.

Dahlias: Late Summer's Drama Queens

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10 Foolproof Native Plants for Prairie-Style Gardens

Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium dubium 'Little Joe') is a compact cultivar of popular Joe Pye weed, 'Little Joe' blooms with pink billows of fragrant flowers that attract butterflies in summer. The perennial does best in full sun to part shade. Grows up to 4 feet high and 3 feet wide in Zones 3 to 9.

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10 Plants That Self-Seed for Prairie-Style Gardens

False Indigo (Baptisia australis) is a big perennial that's tough as nails, false indigo kicks off summer with spires of pure blue (cultivars come in a variety of other colors). Its rounded form makes a great contrast to the verticality of prairie grasses. False indigo develops deep taproots, so site it in a spot for the long term. It self-seeds modestly, and it's safe to move seedlings when small. Grows up to 4 feet high and wide in Zones 3 to 9.

10 Plants That Self-Seed for Prairie-Style Gardens

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10 Foolproof Native Plants for Prairie-Style Gardens

Culver's Root (Veronicastrum virginicum 'Lavender Towers') is a vision, and 'Lavender Towers' is the plant at its best. Light-purple flower spikes hover above tall stems of symmetrical leaves in summer. While this tough plant is happy in average soil, it thrives in wet meadows, too. Grows up to 5 feet high and 3 feet wide in Zones 3 to 10.

10 Foolproof Native Plants for Prairie-Style Gardens

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10 Foolproof Native Plants for Prairie-Style Gardens

Blue Grama (Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition') has fluffy flowers that grow nearly horizontal on the end of the grass stalks. The tan "eyebrows" float above powdery green foliage in this compact variety. Grows up to 30 inches high and 18 inches wide in Zones 3 to 10.

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50 State Flowers to Grow Anywhere

No bloom holds more titles than the rose. It's an official emblem for New York, Georgia, North Dakota, Iowa, and Oklahoma, as well as the national flower of the U.S.A.

50 State Flowers to Grow Anywhere

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10 Natives for Pollinators in Prairie-Style Gardens

The name says it all—Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a small milkweed species and a favorite of monarch butterflies. Its cheery orange flowers evoke their coloring, too. 'Hello Yellow,' a cultivar that comes in canary, grows up to 30 inches high and 18 inches wide in Zones 3 to 9.

10 Natives for Pollinators in Prairie-Style Gardens

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10 Natives for Pollinators in Prairie-Style Gardens

Cheerful candelabra lit with lavender-blue top off this tall Blue Vervain (Verbena hastata) late in the growing season, a treat for pollinators in the hottest days of summer. Blue vervain is tough but prefers soil on the damp side, making wet meadows an ideal spot. Grows up to 6 feet high and 30 inches wide in Zones 3 to 8.

10 Natives for Pollinators in Prairie-Style Gardens

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10 Natives for Pollinators in Prairie-Style Gardens

Butterflies love this plant's tufted spires of purplish-pink. A polite clumper, blazing star, or gayfeather, also multiplies fairly quickly, and its bulb-like roots are easy to divide. Grows up to 4 feet high and 18 inches wide in Zones 3 to 8.

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Echeveria Raindrops: a stunning succulent in shades of pink, purple and green.

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This flower turns amazingly transparent when touched by raindrops

"Diphylleia grayi" (Skeleton flower) - The petals turn transparent with the rain. Amazing!

This flower turns amazingly transparent when touched by raindrops

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"White Feathers" Hosta: Comes up white in the spring and turns a super pale green in the summer. Gorgeous.

"White Feathers" Hosta- Comes up white in the spring and turns a super pale green in the summer. Gorgeous. - MyHomeLookBook

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Perennial Picks that Make Quick Climbers

The sweetly scented pink-to-white flowers of Poet's Jasmine (Jasminum officinale) cloak this twining climber throughout the summer. Fiona Sunrise (shown) has gold foliage but needs protection from hot afternoon sun to keep the color bright. It grows up to 30 feet tall and 15 feet wide in Zones 7–10.

Perennial Picks that Make Quick Climbers

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Perennial Picks that Make Quick Climbers

Wild Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is a summer-blooming tendril climber with intricate purple-and-white, citrus-scented flowers. Drought resistant with age, it bears edible fruit in midsummer. It grows up to 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide in Zones 5–

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10 New Hydrangeas You'll Want to Grow Now

Vanilla Strawberry (Hydrangea paniculata 'Renhy') is related to the classic PeeGee hydrangea. With its cone-shaped flowers, this French variety can show three colors at once during its bloom time, which can last into late fall. Vanilla Strawberry starts the season blooming creamy white before flower heads turn pink, then red or a darker burgundy. Grows up to 8 feet high and 5 feet wide. Zones 3-8; White Flower Farm

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Perennial Picks that Make Quick Climbers

Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) is a twining woody evergreen vine with sumptuous clouds of gold, honey-scented trumpets that perfume the landscape from February to April. 'Margarita' (shown) has bigger flowers and purplish winter foliage. It grows up to 20 feet tall and 6 feet wide in Zones 7–10.

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All About Hydrangeas

Oakleaf Hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia), is of the best picks for deep shade, this southeastern native features cone-shaped blooms from mid- to late summer and hefty leaves that turn purple-red in autumn. 'Snow Queen' (shown) is especially bright in fall. Size: 4 to 10 feet tall and up to 8 feet wide Zones: 5 to 9

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Pro Picks for Summer-Blooming Bulbs

Starting in late summer, Hardy Begonia (Begonia grandis) sprouts dark-green to red leaves topped with fragrant white or pink flowers in partial to full shade. 'Heron's Pirouette' (shown) has larger, more abundant clusters of flowers than the species, with deep-red stems. It grows up to 18 inches tall and 2 feet wide, naturalizing in Zones 5–9.

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From midsummer until early fall, Montbretia (Crocosmia masoniorum) produces orange-red flowers and tolerates partial shade. Heat-loving 'Lucifer' (shown) has pleated, strappy green leaves with scarlet-red blooms that face up on arching stems. It grows up to 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide, naturalizing in Zones 6–9. Avoid C. x crocosmiiflora hybrids, which can become invasive.

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Pro Picks for Summer-Blooming Bulbs

Surprise Lily (Lycoris sprengeri) is smaller than other lycoris species, blue-tipped pink flowers that last from August to September. The offshoot Resurrection lily, or L. squamigera (shown), pushes foliage out in spring that dies back in early summer, before returning weeks later with fragrant rose-colored flowers with gold centers and blue to purple veining over strappy green leaves. It grows up to 28 inches tall and 16 inches wide in Zones 5–9.

Pro Picks for Summer-Blooming Bulbs

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Pro Picks for Summer-Blooming Bulbs

In early summer, shade-tolerant Peruvian Daffodil (Hymenocallis narcissiflora) blooms with up to five white, sweet-smelling flowers on each 24-inch-long stem above dark-green leaves. 'Sulfur Queen' (shown) has six soft-yellow flowers, each with a green throat and a citrus scent. It grows up to 2 feet tall and 1 foot wide in Zones 8–10.

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10 New Hydrangeas You'll Want to Grow Now

Blue Enchantress (Hydrangea macrophylla 'Monmar') is a reblooming mophead that features huge flower orbs up to 9 inches wide on the ends of glossy black stems as thick as pencils. Like many varieties, the bloom's color depends on the pH of the soil. Flowers turn green dotted with cream in fall. Grows up to 6 feet high and wide. Zones 5-9; Monrovia

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Pro Picks for Summer-Blooming Bulbs

Plant Blazing Star (Liatris spicata) near early-summer bloomers as a way to disguise the latter's fading spent foliage. This North American native produces densely packed, 18- to 28-inch-tall spikes of pinkish-purple or white flowers over grassy foliage. Compact 'Kobold' (shown) doesn't need staking and has deep-purple flowers from July to August. It grows up to 30 inches tall and 1 foot wide, naturalizing in Zones 3–8.

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Perennial Picks that Make Quick Climbers

Light shade helps boost the color of variegated Kiwi (Actinidia kolomikta) vine's green-to-white-to-pink mottled leaves. It grows up to 20 feet high and 10 feet wide in Zones 4–8.

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Pro Picks for Summer-Blooming Bulbs

Foxtail Lily (Eremurus stenophyllus) has striking spires covered with hundreds of dark-yellow, bell-shaped flowers that shoot up over grayish-green leaves in early summer. 'Cleopatra' (shown) naturalizes with burnt-orange petals marked with red ribs. It grows up to 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide in Zones 5–9.

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