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Penstemon: Penstemon produces attractive spikes of tubular flowers in pink, blue, lavender, white, or shades of red. The variety 'Husker Red' (from the University of Nebraska) combines white flowers and purple leaves, creating a wonderful contrast when combined with plants with light green leaves. Place this 3-foot-tall gem in the middle or back of the bed, and give it plenty of sunshine.

26 Best Perennial Varieties for Your Garden

Penstemon: Penstemon produces attractive spikes of tubular flowers in pink, blue, lavender, white, or shades of red. The variety 'Husker Red' (from the University of Nebraska) combines white flowers and purple leaves, creating a wonderful contrast when combined with plants with light green leaves. Place this 3-foot-tall gem in the middle or back of the bed, and give it plenty of sunshine.

Russian Sage  A can't-go-wrong plant for the late-summer and autumn garden, Russian sage features lovely gray-green foliage and violet-blue flowers. The plant has a great scent, is left alone by hungry deer and rabbits, and looks great even in drought.  Name: Perovskia atriplicifolia  Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil  Plant Size: To 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide  Zones: 4-9Russian Sage

Best Silver-Leaf Plants for Your Garden

Russian Sage A can't-go-wrong plant for the late-summer and autumn garden, Russian sage features lovely gray-green foliage and violet-blue flowers. The plant has a great scent, is left alone by hungry deer and rabbits, and looks great even in drought. Name: Perovskia atriplicifolia Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Plant Size: To 4 feet tall and 3 feet wide Zones: 4-9Russian Sage

21 Spring Flowers for Your Garden

21 Spring Flowers for Your Garden

Early spring flowers are the surest sign that warmer weather is coming. Our list of early spring flowers will give you ideas for the best flowers to plant in spring. After a long winter, it's time for spring landscaping!

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Garden Designer’s Roundtable: Ideas for Adding Texture to Your Landscape

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