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Flower Ideas: Show Me…Long-blooming Perennials

Balloon Flowers (Platycodon grandiflorus) like ‘Single Blue’ and ‘Marieseii’ will bloom for months if you cut off the spent flowers. The first show in early July is the most spectacular, but the plants will continue to send up plenty of … Continue reading

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Flower Ideas: Show Me…Something Lavender

Thalictrum (Meadow Rue) ‘Black Stockings’ is a perennial that blooms in early summer in full sun or partial-shade. Once established the plants can grow as tall as 5 feet. The more sun this plant gets, the darker the flower stems … Continue reading

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Flower Ideas: Show Me…Something Pink

‘Profusion Double Hot Cherry’ zinnia is an AAS-winning annual that grows 12-14 inches tall on bushy plants that are loaded with flowers from early summer until frost. The plants are easy to sprout from seed and require little care once … Continue reading

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Flower Ideas: Show Me…Something White

Asiatic Lily ‘Eyeliner’ is a bulb with pure-white flowers that have festive maroon freckles at their center. The petals are outlined with a slight maroon line—thus the name. Plant Asiatic lily bulbs 6 or 7 inches deep and 6 inches … Continue reading

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Flower Ideas: Show Me…Something Lavender

Veronica ‘Eveline’ is a perennial with beautiful lavender spikes. The plants grow 20 inches tall. If you deadhead the spent flowers, you’ll be rewarded with blooms for several months each summer. ‘Eveline’ prefers full sun but will tolerate partial shade. … Continue reading

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Flower Ideas: Show Me…Something Purple

Salvia ‘Saga Blue’ is an annual with lovely dark-purple flowers. The plants are supposed to grow 10 inches tall, but I’ve grown this plant in my garden for a number of years now and it always gets much taller—from 15 … Continue reading

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Flower Ideas: Show Me…Something Red

Daylily ‘Baltimore Oriole’ has a whisper of orange hiding beneath its velvety, red flowers. This daylily grows happily just about anywhere. My plant grew in the shade for years and still sent up several scapes full of flowers each summer. … Continue reading

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Flower Ideas: Show Me…Something Yellow

Calendula ‘Candyman Yellow’ is an easy-to-grow annual with fully-double, golden-yellow flowers. Calendulas will grow in full sun or part-sun and bloom all summer long if you keep them deadheaded. Older calendula cultivars were happier as cool-season plants for late spring … Continue reading

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Flower Ideas: Show Me…Flowers That Scream Color

Daylily ‘Bat Masterson’ shows off fiery, dark-orange flowers with a red eye and a lime-green throat. The plants grow 28 inches tall, and the 5-inch flowers are fragrant and appear early in the daylily season: Zinnia ‘Purple Prince’ is an … Continue reading

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Flower Ideas: Show Me…Something Gold

Daylily ‘Buttered Popcorn’ is one of the most reliable and easy perennials you can grow. The plants bloom for 2 months or more each summer. They are drought resistant and grow into nice, large clumps that can be divided into … Continue reading

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