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Mikeyanne O'sullivan

Lamium, Hosta, shade, brick path

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Privacy fence made of assorted old shutters.

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Inspiring you & your home!

Weed-smothering groundcover: Soapwort - Soapworts are underappreciated plants. Many of them make fine groundcovers. 'Max Frei' is a low-growing, mat-forming selection that is highlighted with starry pink flowers in spring. It's an excellent choice for gardens because it tolerates summer's heat and humidity.  Name: Saponaria x lempergii 'Max Frei'.  Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil.  Size: To 1 foot tall.  Zones: 3-7

These 30 Plants Are the Easiest Groundcovers for Your Yard

You’ll love the way these pink blooms smell.

Shrubs That Grow Well in Shade

Transforming a side yard from Blah to Beautiful - Harmony in the Garden

In honor of my new book, Refresh Your Garden Design, I’ll be spending the next few months writing about the many different aspects of color, texture and form. Whether its gardeners I’ve met who have embraced these design principles to the fullest, simple solutions you can use to transform your own garden, or perhaps specific […]

Ground Cover For Steep Slopes | Courtesy of DK - Simple Steps to Success: Lawns and Groundcover ...

Groundcovers and Plants to Use As Lawn Alternatives landscape experts share facts about how to choose and where to place groundcovers and plants used as lawn alternatives.

A Southeastern native, Fothergilla has a lot to offer for modern landscapes. Growing just 1 to 4 feet tall and 2 to 4 feet wide, this compact shrub can be tucked into a perennial border or a narrow foundation planting. It prefers rich, slightly moist, acidic soil and a sunny to partially sunny location. It’s prized for its white, bottlebrushlike spikes of fragrant spring flowers and spectacular fall foliage. Zones 5-8 Seasonal Highlights: Fall: Leaves turn shades of red, orange, and…

Native Plants with Seasonal Appeal

Having a colorful garden all year long is easy when you rely on native plants. Besides offering year-round beauty, natives are generally more insect- and disease-resistant than other plants. Here's a list of some of our favorite natives that are especially colorful in the fall.

Cherry Lemonade Coreopsis: Bright, feathery golden foliage with cherry red flowers all summer long! The startling color combination combined with its low, compact habit, make this a dramatic standout in any container or border garden. Plant in containers in northern gardens and bring indoors for winter. Grows 8-9″ tall. Full sun.

Photo of the entire plant of Hybrid Tickseed (Coreopsis 'Cherry Lemonade')

Photo #1/3 of Hybrid Tickseed (Coreopsis 'Cherry Lemonade'). Caption: Photo courtesy Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc. wwwterranov...

Red Penstemon-truly awesome color and the butterflies and humminbirds love it

Gurney's Perennials- Roses, Clematis, Iris, Peonies & More

Gurney's carries a complete selection of perennials, including roses, clematis and other vines, low-maintenance irises, beloved peonies, colorful phlox and more.

10 No Fail Perennials for Low Water Gardens! • Great tips and ideas on water wise and drought tolerant gardening with perennials! #gardeningidea

10 No Fail Drought Tolerant Perennials for Low Water Gardens • The Garden Glove

If you live in drought stricken or prone areas, it's a must. While I love a gorgeous hydrangea, and roses are amazing, there are plenty of flowering plants that don't suck down our water resources. These ten no fail perennials for low water gardens fit the bill, check them out!

Cranberry Crush Hardy Hibiscus (Hibiscus ‘Cranberry Crush’), courtesy of

13 Low-Maintenance Perennials

Find out which low-maintenance perennials need little dividing to keep them thriving.

Plant Name: Silene dioica 'Ray's Golden' Growing Conditions: sun to part sun Size: 24 inches tall and wide Zone: 5-7

Perennials Your Garden Has Been Missing

We've sought out the latest must-have perennial varieties you won't want to miss in 2016.


Shadowland® 'Seducer' - Hosta hybrid

This hosta forms a large mound of dark green leaves with a chartreuse to gold margin and a trace of white between the center and margin. Summer heat draws out the unique coloration. Near-white flowers.

Japanese forestgrass (Hakonechloa macra) is a wonderful grass for plants that grow in shade. It offers a lovely waterfall-like habit and variegated varieties have bight gold, yellow, or white in the foliage. In fall, the leaves of these shade plants usually pick up beautiful reddish tones. It grows best in Zones 5-9 and grows a foot tall. Top Picks: 'Aureola' bears bright yellow leaves with dark green edges; 'All Gold' has even brighter golden foliage. Plant it with: Add zing to a shady…

17 Perennials That Will Thrive in Shady Gardens

Brighten up not-so-sunny areas of your yard with the foliage and flowers of these easy-to-grow plants.