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Angelina stonecrop is a drought-tolerant ground cover. This succulent has yellow flowers, but I prefer its golden to chartreuse foliage. This type of sedum will eventually spread, so stick it somewhere where you want a ground cover that will fill in an area and that you don't have to bother caring for: http://landscaping.about.com/od/groundcovervines1/p/angelina_sedum.htm
gardening and landscaping: ground cover perennial flowers suited for dry soil and drought conditions
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Grow it here in zone 5 too, although it's not as vigorous as most of the ones we grow.
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Bobo hydrangea is a dwarf type. As such, these shrubs are excellent alternatives where you need a compact plant (e.g., in small yards).
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Inspired by the older Annabelle hydrangeas, Incrediball hydrangea is known for the impressive size of its flower heads. The name, "Incrediball" is meant to suggest the "incredible" size of the blooming display: http://landscaping.about.com/od/shrubsbushes/p/Incrediball-hydrangea.htm
Incrediball hydrangeas have stronger branches and bigger flower heads than Annabelle shrubs. They share the latter's hardiness and flower on new wood.
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Weeping Higan is one of the weeping cherry trees that drape our yards in spring color. Others include the smaller 'Snow Fountains,' which is better suited to "postage-stamp" sized yards. Learn more about the weeping beauties here:  http://landscaping.about.com/cs/treesshrubs/a/weeping_trees.htm
As this picture of a weeping Higan cherry tree reveals, it's one of those "Cousin Itt" plants. Its drooping branches nearly touch the ground.
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Really AweWoWsome site!!!(;*
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Oleander is poisonous. So what tempts people to grow it? Look at those flowers! Moreover, oleander does well in arid regions, where choices are limited. See more pictures of flowering trees at http://landscaping.about.com/od/floweringtrees/ig/Types-of-Flowering-Trees/
As this photo shows, oleander flowers can be pink; another common color is white. These bushes are popular in the American Southwest but are toxic.
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Hey David, anything on Pomegranate's!?(;*
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Pink flowering almond won't give you any nuts, but it's a real looker in the spring landscape. It may not look like much the rest of the year, but in spring it can light up your yard on a cloudy day: http://landscaping.about.com/od/shrubsbushes/ss/Pink-Flowering-Almond-Bush-the-Dwarf-With-the-Giant-Impact.htm
Pink flowering almond bush (Prunus glandulosa) has double flowers (which is why it's called Rosea Plena). Learn the pros and cons of this spring star.
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Good choice!  Fruitless trees and shrubs are great for landscaping. Most people don't harvest their own fruit from their landscaping anyway, so all it does is wind up making a mess, especially when they can't bring themselves to plant the trees and shrubs away from their sidewalks, driveways, patios etc. like you need to do with fruit bearing plants.
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Learn how to install edging between your lawn and a planting bed in ten easy steps using this picture-based tutorial. This edging project includes the installation of a so-called "mowing strip" that will facilitate mowing your lawn: http://landscaping.about.com/od/toppicks/ss/garden_edging.htm
There's more than one way to hide plastic garden edging. One is with ground covers, but you can also hide it by selecting the right color for mulch.
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'Francee' is a well-known variegated hosta, with irregular white margins surrounding a green interior. Don't confuse it with 'Frances Williams,' which, while also variegated, has green and gold for colors: http://landscaping.about.com/od/plantsforshadyareas/ss/Francee-Hosta-Growing-Tips-for-a-White-Margined-Favorite.htm
Francee hosta could be just what you need as a full-shade plant that grows anywhere from zone 3 to zone 9. It sports textured, variegated leaves.
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'Ivory Chalice' magnolia tree is one of the flowering trees you'll see featured in my photo gallery. Its white flowers make it somewhat unusual for saucer magnolias around here (New England, U.S.) -- I see pink ones, mainly (white is usually confined to the star magnolias) . Follow the links for each entry to learn more about the plants pictured: http://landscaping.about.com/od/floweringtrees/ig/Types-of-Flowering-Trees/
A spring bloomer, 'Ivory Chalice' magnolia trees have white blossoms, as my picture shows. The cultivar name says it all.
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Know anyone named "Veronica?" Here's a type of Veronica from the plant world; you can read all about it here: http://landscaping.about.com/od/perennialflowers/p/veronica_plants.htm
Veronica plants include Royal Candles, which bears blue flowers late spring-early summer. I tell you how to grow these plants, which are also named speedwell.
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We're entering dogwood season now in New England, even though the red twig dogwoods (bark) were at their best earlier, and the miniature dogwood ground cover known as "bunchberry" doesn't bloom till June. But Cornus florida takes center stage now: http://landscaping.about.com/cs/treesshrubs/a/dogwood_trees.htm
Flowering dogwood trees are among the best spring specimens. 'Cherokee Chief' and Japanese (Kousa) trees are tops, as they excel at attracting wild birds.
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Often, having two of something is twice as good as having just one. Hundred dollar bills come immediately to mind! But what about coats of deck sealant? Are two necessarily better than one? -- http://landscaping.about.com/od/decksandarbors/ss/Should-I-Use-One-or-Two-Coats-When-Sealing-My-Deck.htm
Should you use one or two coats to seal a deck? Actually, the amount of deck sealant applied is what matters, not the number of coats, as I explain.
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