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The Best Plants, Only Better

You might think there is no substitute for several tried-and-true perennials, but there is

Fine Gardening – Issue 158

The gold standards—when it comes to plants—are a handful of varieties that have proven their worth over many years. Their names, like Rozanne geranium, are almost as familiar as the names of our children. There is nothing better than these garden starsor is there? Some of us have become complacent when it comes to certain plants, settling for what’s familiar over what might actually be a better alternative. The following eight plants are ones that you should be growing instead of the so-called “oldies but goodies.” Infusing your garden with this new pack of platinum substitutes will lead to lower maintenance and overall better looks.


A supersize geranium with a better shape

The New Standard: ‘Dragon Heart’ geranium

Geranium ‘Dragon Heart’

Zones: 5 to 8

Size: 2 feet tall and wide

Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist, well-drained soil

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