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Dan's Garden: Keeping Color in the Yard

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We all know that annuals live one year and perennials like these live from year to year, but they're just great plants for color all summer and they come back year to year.  Whether they're day lilies or monarda or beautiful flocks like this that are easy to grow, don't worry if you think you're putting them in the wrong place. They're easy to move and these all like the sun. Now, let's talk about some shade lovers.

And these are some shade loving plants like bleeding hearts and hostas. They don't require a lot of light. In fact they like shade. I love the  leaves of the hostas, whether they're variegated leaves like this, or even just a cool color of leaves.  Coral Bells is another plant that does very well in the shade.  They're good in a rock garden or even on the north side of the house, and so are snow beak. They look kinda funny, just like these prehistoric fens, that do well even though they're old timers.  It's still a good plant.  Now lets take a walk and look at some grasses.

There's many ornamental grasses that have become popular in the last ten years like this Carl Forester.  Just think, a couple years ago,this was just a little plant like this, and now they're beautiful.  They have the seed pods on all winter, they sway in the breeze, they even get sleet on them once in a while and then glisten with the sun.  In the spring all these perennials including the grasses, that would be the time that we cut them down to the ground and start over.

Next week, we have the traveling garden going out.  It's going to be a fun show, and until then, good gardening.

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