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    20 Flowers That Attract Hummingbirds

    Hummingbirds are attracted to bright colored flowers, especially red and orange. The hummingbird’s primary diet is flower nectar. They can hover like bees in front of tubular or trumpet-shaped blossoms, probing with their long needle-like beaks to extract nectar. Hummingbirds are very territorial, so plant several patches of their favorite flowers if you want to […] More

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    50 Flowers That Attract Butterflies

    Butterflies can be attracted to the garden by growing nectar-rich plants. Butterflies attracted to gardens with masses of brightly colored flowers. Their favorites are purple, red, orange, and yellow. Butterflies prefer small fragrant flowers. They prefer nectar-filled tubular blossoms or flat blossoms that serve as landing pads. They rarely visit large showy flowers or trumpet-shaped […] More

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    20 Fragrant Annuals and Perennials

    Fragrant annuals and perennials bring delight to the garden. In planting fragrant annuals and perennials consider first the place and circumstance. Choose annuals and perennials that will grow in your climate, then consider whether the plant will thrive in the sun or shade in the spot you have in mind, then consider the flower color […] More

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    20 Long-Blooming Perennials

    Long-blooming perennials are perennial plants that will hold blossoms for weeks on end–sometimes as long as 5 to 8 weeks for each flower. Long-blooming perennials are also plants that produce successions of blooms over a long season. They bloom and then they bloom again. Perennials are often referred to as the “busy gardener’s favorites” because […] More

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    Drought-Tolerant Trees

    Drought-tolerant trees can withstand dry conditions once established. No native or commonly used landscape plant is drought-resistant until it becomes established in the site. All plants require a steady supply of moisture when first planted. Trees can tolerate drought if they are deep-rooted. Deep roots can harvest soil moisture from past rainfalls. Trees planted in […] More

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    Drought-Tolerant Shrubs

    Drought-tolerant shrubs are shrubs that can withstand dry weather once established. No landscape plant is drought-resistant until it becomes established in the site. Once a drought-tolerant shrub is established and has a deep root system, it requires less water. All plants require a steady supply of moisture when first planted. Most shrubs require a year […] More

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    Fast-Growing Trees

    Fast-growing trees can transform a landscape in a few years. They can bring shade and privacy to an otherwise open situation. Fast-growing is a relative term when it comes to trees; a fast-growing tree can add 3 to 10 feet (.9-3m) in height and breadth in a year. That means a one or two-year-old sapling […] More

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    11 Easy-to-Grow Fragrant Vines

    Fragrant vines are a good choice for arbors, trellises, and pergolas near outdoor sitting areas or entries. Fragrances in addition to colorful flowers and foliage make these vines a welcome addition to outdoor living areas. The vines listed here are notable for their sweet and sometimes even heady fragrance. Fragrance is often compounded in warm […] More

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    Groundcovers for Slopes

    Groundcovers for slopes must be able to hold the soil and protect the ground. They must be able to withstand wind and rain. Their roots and foliage must grow quickly and laterally to hold the soil. Many groundcovers for slopes have a matting habit—growing low and wide. The spreading nature of groundcovers keeps wind, rain, […] More

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    Groundcovers for Hot, Sunny Areas

    Groundcovers that can survive in hot, sunny spots are especially useful. Few plants can thrive in hot, sunny conditions. Groundcovers for hot, sunny areas are practical plants that can solve a common landscape problem. Plants that are native to the Mediterranean are well-adapted to growing and thriving in hot, sunny, and often dry soil. Many […] More