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    • Bird-Friendly Garden

      A garden rich with food sources and nesting sites is an ideal year-round habitat for songbirds. Cotoneaster, viburnum, and other shrubs produce fruits that are relished by birds throughout the growing season. Coneflowers and black-eyed Susans offer their seedheads in fall. This garden can be planned around an existing shade tree in place of the October Glory maple. It includes plants for both sun and shade.

    • Spring Rock Garden

      This garden plan calls for low-lying, colorful plants with a mixture of blooming dates to last you the whole year through -- bergenia, primrose, iris, snow-in-summer, Icelandic poppy, Delta and Nonstop pansies -- ranging in colors of blue, pink, yellow, white, and lavender. Plant your garden in full sun and watch your ajugas, phlox, and arabis bloom in the spring while the pansies and the Icelandic poppy bloom all year.

    • Summer Rock Garden

      This plan is much like the Spring Rock Garden, only for summer. Add rocks from big to small, colorful to plain. This garden includes perennials such as snow-in-summer in a bright white as well as Dusseldorf Pride thrift in pink, Septemfida bentian in blue, and Sunray coreopsis in a happy yellow. Plants range in height from a half foot to a foot and a half still standing low to the ground.

    • Cottage Garden

      Capturing the old-fashioned charm of an English cottage garden, this border planting is lush, colorful, and full of familiar favorites, such as hollyhocks, roses, daisies, and peonies. In true cottage-garden style, it mixes perennials, shrubs, and bulbs. One section of the garden hugs the house's foundation, and a rose-covered arbor leads to the side yard. If you place this garden in a corner where there is no need for a walk-through arbor, you may eliminate the arbor and flagstone path and, in their place, plant another 'Annabelle' hydrangea or a 'Miss Kim' lilac. Plant this garden where is receives at least six hours of sun daily.

    • Walk to Front Door 1

      First impressions are important! This entry garden greets your guests with beauty in all four seasons. A fragrant viburnum, evergreen boxwoods, and a small flowering tree create the backdrop for long-blooming perennials. Across the walk, annual flowers and spring bulbs mingle in a narrow strip. Your own front walk may not match the shape of this curved walkway, so feel free to adapt the plan to your front yard's configuration. This garden needs a half day or more of sunlight, making it suitable for houses that face east, south, or west.

    • Walk to Front Door 2

      The addition of flowers brings life to an unimaginative row of shrubs and turns the front walk into a garden path. Low-growing potentilla, a ground cover, is tucked between the existing foundation shrubs. A variety of bulbs and perennials, many with long, blooming seasons, fill a bed on the other side of the walk. The curving edge of the flower bed softens the angularity of the concrete walk. Give this garden six hours or more of sun daily.

    • Large Sunny Summer Border

      Start with a large sunny border and get ready to have some fun with color. This garden plan consists of an arrangement of several perennials and annuals. The colors vary from grays and whites to pinks, yellows, reds, lavender, and blue. Lounge in the sun and enjoy your sweet williams, achilleas, Shasta daisies, veronicas, rhubarb, bachelor's buttons, marigolds, and verbenas.

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