Nierembergia

Nierembergia is not a common plant in the upper Midwest. This perennial in the potato family is only hardy to zone 7, so in colder climates it is grown as an annual. It loves hot, dry weather, so is good for edging along pavement or flagstone, in rock gardens and in containers. To learn more about this plant that flowers in white or purple, read this article…

Verbena bonariensis

With its long, airy sprays of purple flowers, Verbena bonariensis is a great addition to the garden. It is a perennial, but only to zone 7. However, it is very easy to grow and will flower the first year from seed, so can be treated as an annual in colder climates. The flowers are highly attractive to butterflies and other insects. To learn more about Verbena bonariensis, read this article…

'Silver Falls' Dichondra argentea

Looking for a trailing plant with silvery foliage? ‘Silver Falls’ dichondra fits the bill, with shimmering silver leaves on trailing stems. Only hardy to zone 8, it makes a great seasonal plant for containers or planted in the ground as a fast-growing ground cover. Learn more about this attractive foliage plant in this article…

Ageratum, Ageratum houstonianum

Not many bedding plants boast blue flowers. Ageratum flowers come in a variety of blue, pink and purple tones and various heights.  The soft fuzzy flowers are dainty and feathery, often delightfully fragrant, and usually completely cover the plants. To learn more about this easy-to-grow, tender annual, read this article…

Lantana

Lantana is a tender perennial shrub that’s grown as a flowering annual in colder climates. The species may have rangy habits, but newer ornamental types are compact, more floriferous and come in a variety of colors. To learn more about this plant, read this article…

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