A Drought Tolerant Ornamental Grass and Flower Container Garden

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My summer has been incredibly dry and hot with 3 of the last five days in the triple digits, but this container garden is still going strong with 3-4 waterings per week. This planter garden is packed with bright and refreshing colors, and 5 different types of drought hardy plants that fill in the container quickly, and make your thumb look greener than it may actually be.

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Native To Know: Cardinal Flower, Lobelia Cardinalis

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The Cardinal Flower is a bright, brassy North American native plant that grows up to 3 or 4 feet tall, and sports spiked torches of blood red blossoms!  In the last several years this Lobelia has gained popularity in garden centers, and home landscaping, but it’s use around the house can go much farther than just as the back row of a wildflower bed.

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Native To Know: Columbine

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This native to know is a gorgeous bloomer with unique flowers unlike anything else you’ll find. A few varieties of the Aquilegia family are able to withstand full sun, but they are better known as shade loving plants, and make great additions to those hard to fill spots in low lit areas.

What You’ll Love:

  • Columbine are easy care perennials, and self seeders.
  • They are April and early May bloomers, that can be encouraged into flowering through the summer by plucking off the spent blooms.
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Six Great Water Garden Plants You Can Find Anywhere

Cultivating water gardens can seem more difficult than it is.  The perfect plants to start your water garden may be no further away than a trip to your local big box store.  Before you put too much thought into purchasing rare plants for your pond,  take a look at these garden center classics that will thrive in your pond, and make you look like a water gardening genius when you combine them!

Common Garden Center Plants That Love Water Gardens:

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Canna Lily                          Creeping Jenny                               Hibiscus


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Elephant Ears                             Iris                                     Zebra Grass

All of these plants are perennial when cared for properly, and while the Elephant Ears must be moved indoors in cold winter climates along with the rhizome root system of the Canna lily to preserve them for the next year, they are all easily cared for.  Plant these plants in containers that you place in your garden to ensure that the root systems of the hardier plants (like the Iris and Zebra Grass) don’t latch onto the pebble bottom of your pond.


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