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Getting the Most From Tall Plants

How to support towering flowers in your garden

‘Lemon Queen’ helianthus. Photo: Michelle Gervais.

Plants bred for compact size and short stems are great for containers and tight spaces, but don’t be afraid to let your garden grow up. Even in the smallest gardens, textural layers that include tall annuals, biennials, and perennials can make a space feel bigger by shifting scale and perspective while providing a sense of enclosure and privacy. Tall plants also make excellent focal points.

Give tall plants some protection from wind, and consider the following strategies to keep them from toppling under the weight of their own blooms:

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