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Plant Varieties to Try, Plant Varieties to Lose

Try one of these unexpected replacements for common garden plants

Fine Gardening – Issue 174

With the wide variety of plants at our fingertips, we should be experimenting with new plants all the time. But we often default to the same familiar cultivars, which is an easy shortcut, since we know what to expect. Some of our go-to plants should be dropped because they are weedy or unruly. Others are simply overused to the point of being a cliché. Even reliable performers sometimes need to step aside and let other selections take center stage. Here are some excellent options to try.

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