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Growing native plants is a great way to support pollinators like butterflies and bees, songbirds, and other wildlife. Even the smallest patio garden can provide much-needed habitat for native creatures. And it doesn’t have to be difficult! Many beautiful native wildflowers, such as those listed here, are incredibly easy to grow. 1. Lupine (Lupinus spp.) …

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Not a common color among flowering plants, blue adds a unique beauty to the garden. Its calming hue invites wanderers to pause and take notice. Bring some cooler hues to your landscape this year with beautiful annual blue flowers. 1. Bachelor’s buttons (Centaurea cyanus) Also called cornflower, bachelor’s buttons can often be seen blooming along …

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They pollinate wildflowers and crops, contributing to biodiversity as well as human food supplies, and produce the sweet honey we love to stir into tea or drizzle on warm buttermilk biscuits. Although we fear their sting, there is far more to love about bees. The Republic of Slovenia recognized the importance of bees and the …

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Although they play an important role in native ecosystems, muskrats can cause significant damage with their foraging and burrowing. This semi-aquatic rodent looks like a small beaver with brown fur, a thick body, and large, partially webbed hind feet. Adult muskrats average two and a half pounds and two feet long, including their long, black, …

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Many types of flowers will bring butterflies to the garden, but these beautiful insects find some plants more attractive than others. Fill your planters and beds with beautiful, nectar-rich annual flowers that attract butterflies, and enjoy not only stunning blooms but friendly pollinators as well. 1. Tickseed sunflower (Bidens aristosa) In late summer and into …

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Many flowers are pretty but effervescent, delighting us with their beauty for only a few short weeks each year. While these plants certainly have a place in the garden, sometimes we just want a flower that blooms for a longer period of time. The following long-lasting annual flowers will ensure you have blooms in the …

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A drought-tolerant garden doesn’t have to sacrifice beauty; many stunning flowers will thrive with little to no supplemental water. Native wildflowers and plants from the Mediterranean region often do well in dry conditions. To help you get started, here are 10 beautiful and hardy drought-tolerant flowers. 1. Giant hyssop (Agastache spp.) Giant hyssop, or hummingbird …

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A lavender hedge might be the perfect addition to your outdoor space if you love lavender and neat, orderly gardens. Almost as tidy as boxwoods but decidedly more colorful and fragrant, a lavender hedge gives a classical garden an extra spark of interest and beauty. But before you dive in, it’s important to understand how …

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Propagating your own lavender plants is a fun, cheap way to produce more lavender, share with friends and neighbors, and even earn a profit from selling the resulting plants. However, not all lavender plants can legally be propagated! Before you begin taking cuttings, make sure that the cultivar has not been patented. The list of …

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Everyone knows that roses are red (and other colors, too), but so many other flowers come in crimson shades, too! The list below celebrates 11 perennial red flowers that bring vivid color to the garden year after year. 1. Wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis) In spring, wild columbine produces unique, drooping flowers on tall stalks, with …

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