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When summer heat kicks in, rely on these drought-tolerant plants to hold their own -- and still look beautiful.

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Heat-Loving Container-Garden Plants

The dog days of summer can turn your gorgeous container gardens into a crispy mess. Try these plants that take the heat for color all season long.

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Summer is a gardener¿s busiest season. If you¿re short on time or not sure what to do, follow this easy summer gardening checklist to keep your lawn and garden in great shape all season long.

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Free Garden Plan

Our free Planting Guide for this garden includes a larger version of the illustration, a detailed layout diagram, a list of plants for the garden as shown, a list of alternatives for each plant, and complete instructions for installing the garden. (Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to Planting Guides for all garden plans.)

Trees and shrubs ("woody" plants) are the four-seasons backbone of the landscape. This garden displays small shrubs among three 'Royalty' crabapple trees. The crabapples have much to offer: crimson flowers in spring, tiny ornamental fruits in fall and winter, and purple foliage throughout the growing season. An evergreen, blooming groundcover of vinca blankets the foreground. The daffodils are optional. Plant in a sunny exposure. For all its beauty, this garden requires very little input from the gardener-it's truly low-maintenance. The choice of alternative trees will change the character of the garden. Upright forms, such as the crabapple or beech, give the garden a regal feeling. The broader, informal growth habit of redbuds lends the more natural look of a woodland garden. A multiple-trunked tree may be used in the corner of the planting rather than three separate trees.

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