By . Garden. Published at Friday, March 30th, 2018 - 16:07:41 PM.
The plants at the visible edge along a walk, patio, or lawn, can make all the difference in its appearance. Low-growing plants in the front row accentuate the shape of the bed, soften harsh edges, and help draw attention to the taller plants behind.
Our color choices in the landscape are, for the most part, influenced by our geographic locale, the sun’s intensity, and the time of year. For example, in England, pastel colors captivate while bright colors may appear garish in the muted, north light.
The brief joy of a butterfly encounter is well worth the effort to plant a garden dedicated to attracting these lovely pollinators. Summer-blooming flowers such as lantana, ageratum, cosmos and dahlias are great butterfly magnets.
The Himalayan poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia, above) and English delphiniums are classic examples of true blue flowers, but both are tricky to grow. Look to amsonias, lupines, ceanothus, salvias, phlox and other American natives for easy blues.
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