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Basic Plants & Shrubs

Ground covers are a great alternative to where grass is hard to grow; for example, steep slopes or cool, shady areas. Ferns and hostas are a hardy option for the amateur gardener, as they are low maintenance and hard to kill.

Shrubs and bushes are used to fill areas that require a larger space. You may choose from evergreen, which keeps its needles and color year round; to leafy plants that may bloom during the summer. Always remember the eventual size of the shrub when you plant.

Climbing vines are used to grow up trellises, fences, or walls as screens. Some of the more common vines are ivy, wisteria, and wild grape.

Herb gardens are practical ways to enhance not only your garden, but your cooking. Itís wonderful to walk into your back yard and pick fresh basil or garlic for your tomato sauce.
Perennials grow and spread from the same roots each year, which makes them popular for their low maintenance. Keep in mind, some perennials do not bloom all summer. Tulips are spring bloomers, while dahlias bloom in late summer to fall. Some bulb type perennials require more maintenance: they must be dug up every fall. Dahlias are an example of this type of plant. Tulips are planted in the fall and bloom in the spring, but you donít have to dig them up every year. They should be thinned out periodically in the fall.

Annual flowers will bloom all summer, but they must be replanted each year. If you are new to flower gardening, marigolds are hardy flowers that are easy to maintain and will last into fall. Petunias are also an easy flower to grow in the sun, while impatiens do great in the shade.



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