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Seemingly more than ever, crazy colored flowers in all sorts of patterns and shapes not seen before are popping up at garden centers. Many of them are bicolors: flowers with two distinct colors in one. It can be tricky to design with them container combinations, so here are a few tips to keep in mind when shopping this season.

Summer sun can be brutally strong in some climates, and it’s not for the faint of heart. These ten heat tolerant annuals not only survive in the heat, they thrive in it. They produce more flowers on larger plants as the temperatures rise, making them ideal for growing in warm climates and places with hot summers.

What comes to mind when you hear the word “gardening”? Some immediately think of hard work: tilling the soil, pulling the weeds, planting crops, getting your hands dirty. Others consider gardening to be a way to reconnect with nature after a stressful day at work, a way to help feed pollinators, a means to be able to grow what they eat, or an artistic expression of oneself. No matter your answer, we should all have one reason in common: Gardening is fun!

I am once again writing about my garden each month. You'll get to see the good and the bad, after all gardening is a different adventure every year.

Three different color pallets to brighten up your yard.  Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I am going to include tons of pictures with ideas to inspire your own creativity.

 

Learn about ways to use black in your garden, along with some plants you can use that have black foliage.

Little Quick Fire Hydrangea

You can imagine I have quite a collection of Proven Winners plants since I've been working here for 17 years.  Out of the 100's of Proven Winners plants in my yard (DeKalb, IL) these are my top favorites.

Little Quick Fire Hydrangea

YES! It’s a great way to gain more garden space, and it’s something that we do frequently in our trial gardens to specially showcase new varieties. Best of all, it’s easy to do!

Containers filled with perennials, doesn't necessarily ensure winter survival. Without adequate protection from cold, a perennial plant can succumb to cold injury—turning it into an annual.

There are some special considerations when it comes to containers for fall color.

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