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Creeping sundrops

Calylophus berlandieri

You'll delight in the regular opening and closing of this little perennial's flowers. Creeping sundrops is a member of the evening primrose family and prepares for nightfall by closing its cheery lemon-yellow flowers, only to unfurl them again the following morning. Perfect for low-water areas, grow creeping sundrops near the front of beds and borders, or use it as a low-water groundcover. It grows best in very well-drained soil that is on the moist side of dry.

Note: This perennial is native to areas of central North America and is also an excellent rock garden plant. Be sure it doesn't stay too wet in winter, otherwise it may rot.

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Part Sun, Sun

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Under 6 inches

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To 3 feet wide

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Gaura

Delicate and airy, gaura is known as 'Whirling Butterflies', inspired by its dainty, dancing butterflylike flowers. It has long reddish stems that bear loose panicles of flowers, which open from pink buds. In beds and borders, they are best massed for greater effect or can be planted in small groups among shrubs. Gaura prefers rich, well-drained soil; it will not tolerate wet feet. Cut back by half after the first bloom flush for rebloom. It grows best where nights are cool.

Penstemon

This North American native plant has a home in nearly every garden with flowers that hummingbirds love. Long blooming with brilliantly colored, tubular flowers, penstemons -- ironically -- have been a staple in European gardens for decades.There are many different penstemon types. The leaves are lance-shape or oval, sometimes purple-red as in 'Husker Red'. Some Western species need outstanding drainage to dry conditions and won't thrive during wet weather. However, many, such as 'Husker Red', thrive in a wide variety of conditions. Just be sure to provide excellent drainage. Mulch in areas where a type is marginally hardy.

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