For your front yard perennial garden. Nepeta Walkers Low, salvia, artemisia, and autumn joy sedum could give you this look. Designer Plant Combinations: 105 Stunning Gardens Using Six Plants or Fewer : Scott Calhoun
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Hosta-Easiest way to make an impressive shade garden. Go pick different varieties of hosta from your local garden center. If they don't have you are at the wrong place. Arrange in the shade with tall in the back & correct spacing. Watch them grow.