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Summer sun can be brutally strong in some climates, and it’s not for the faint of heart. These new 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.

Oso Easy Cherry Pie Rose

For many home gardeners, it’s not the lack of desire to work in the garden, but the lack of time to do the work. Wouldn’t it be nice to relax on your patio, look out into your lush landscape, and know that the shrubs you’ve planted are growing beautifully all on their own? By choosing low maintenance varieties, it’s easy to realize that dream. Here are five top-rated shrubs you’ll love to grow.

If you are like many who garden in shade, you feel inspired and motivated when you first walk into a garden center in spring, but your hopes become dashed when you discover that everything you want to buy requires full sun. You don’t want to have to plant those same flats of seed impatiens you’ve grown every year, but you aren’t sure what to plant instead. No problem! Here are four fun new ideas for vibrant, lively plantings that won’t just survive, but thrive in your shady garden.

Buddleia 'Miss Molly' (butterfly bush)

It’s hard to beat butterfly bush for sheer flower power – these sun-loving plants are some of the longest blooming shrubs you can find. They come in an array of rich, summer-ready colors, bloom continuously through fall, and of course, attract butterflies and hummingbirds by the score.

Today’s busy gardeners want and need low maintenance landscapes. They desire a beautiful yard but often don’t have the time or expertise to achieve the look they want. Do them a favor and offer these low maintenance annuals, perennials and shrubs to guarantee their success.

Introducing the 2017 Landscape Plant of the Year: Yuki Cherry Blossom® Deutzia! Don't let the delicate look of this pretty pink, spring flowering shrub fool you. It's tough constitution makes it a durable plant for challenging spaces. 

Introducing the 2017 Perennial of the Year: Amazing Daisies® 'Banana Cream'! As our most popular Proven Winners Perennial, the choice was obvious when it came to naming the top perennial of the year. Its buttery yellow blooms and strong growth have earned it a place of honor in gardens across the U.S.

 

Introducing the 2017 Annual of the Year: Supertunia® Vista Bubblegum®! In our inaugural year of the National Plant of the Year program, this iconic Supertunia was the obvious choice to represent the very best in our line of flowering annuals.

There is nothing worse than walking out into the garden, only to find that the deer have devoured your favorite plants overnight. Short of installing a nine-foot-tall fence and repeatedly applying repellants, there are few sure cures for the problem, but planting things they don’t prefer to eat will help. Let’s look at ten plants that deer typically will pass by in your garden in favor of tastier treats down the road.

This article covers plants great for landscape plantings.

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