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Garden phlox smell so sweet!
The 18 Best Plants for Cottage Gardens
Dame's Rocket A beautiful, old-fashioned annual, dame's rocket produces phlox-like clusters of lavender or white flowers in late spring. The flowers are delightfully fragrant. Name: Hesperis matronalis Growing conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil Height: To 4 feet tall
Top Plants that Thrive in Clay
Coreopsis Coreopsis is a long-blooming summer perennial flower. 'Zagreb' threadleaf coreaopsis, shown here, has fine feathery foliage, and spreads to make an effective sun-loving groundcover in heavy clay soil. Name: Coreopsis Zones: 3-9
Growing Peonies - The quintessential perennial, Peonies can live for an astounding 40 to 50 years.
The Best Drought-Tolerant Perennials
Mojave Sage: drought-tol. Among the most beautiful of the sages, Mojave sage offers beautiful pink blooms that look good well into fall. Even when not in bloom, its gray-green foliage is lovely. Like other salvias, it's great for hummingbirds and butterflies.
Editors' Picks: Favorite Fuss-Free Plants
Rose Verbena - "Almost continuous bloom" (Zone 4)
Best Silver-Leaf Plants for Your Garden
'Fire Witch' Dianthus, zones 5-9, full sun, well-drained soil, 6" tall & 18" wide, fragrant pink flowers early spring but after you shear faded flowers off the silvery-blue foliage takes center stage.