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    Underused Perennials for Your Region

    When you're looking to plant a new perennial, the options are plentiful, with new cultivars introduced every year. But that doesn't mean all plants are treated equal, or that some…

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    10 Perennial Standouts

    The Chicago Botanic Garden’s evaluation program has looked at nearly 10,000 different plants during the past 30 years, most of which were included in one of the more than a…

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    Regional Picks: Grass Companions – Midwest

        1. Chardonnay Pearls® Slender Deutzia Name: Deutzia gracilis ‘Duncan’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 8 Size: 2 to 3 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun to partial…

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    Regional Picks: Best New Finds – Mid-Atlantic

    1. ‘Morris Berd’ Smooth Phlox Name: Phlox glaberrima ‘Morris Berd’ Usda Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8 Size: 2 feet tall and 12 to 18 inches wide Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; moist…

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    Regional Picks: Water-Wise Plants – Southern Plains

    Southern Plains   1. ‘Blonde Ambition’ Blue Grama Grass   Name: Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’ Usda Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9 Size: 3 feet tall and wide Conditions: Full sun; tolerates…

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    Regional Picks: Unusual Autumn Stars – Southeast

    If you’re sick of the same old asters and mums, why not plant an unexpected fall-star instead? Here some truly out-of-the-ordinary plants for upping your fall garden game in the…

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    Regional Picks: Midwest

    best fragrant perennials midwest regional picks ‘Pink Spike’ bugbane name: Actaea simplex ‘Pink Spike’ usda hardiness zones: 4 to 8 size: 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide conditions: Partial…

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    The Best Garden Phlox

    Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 4–8) is one of those “memory” plants for me—a plant I remember from a long way back, before I even knew…

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    Regional Picks: Plants for Dry Shade – South

    ‘Spek-tacular’ cast-iron plant Name: Aspidistra elatior ‘Spek-tacular’ USDA Hardiness Zones: 7 to 11 Size: Up to 30 inches tall and wide Conditions: Light to full shade; moist, well-drained soil, rich…

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    The Best Perennials to Start From Seed—Southeast

    1. Woodland phlox Name: Phlox divaricata USDA Hardiness Zones: 4–8 Size: 10 to 15 inches tall, spreading indefinitely Conditions: Partial to full shade; moist, well-drained soil; can tolerate dry shade…