A favorite of gardeners everywhere, lavender is one of the best-smelling plants you can grow. (Plant it next to pathways where you can brush by and enjoy the relaxing scent.) It's also one of the prettiest garden plants, bedecked in silvery foliage and gorgeous purple blooms. Plant Name: Lavandula selections Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 3 feet all and 4 feet wide, depending on type Zones: 5-10, depending on type
Every year a group of plant breeders, nurserymen, and garden writers select a top-performing perennial as Perennial of the Year. Here are their picks since 1990; these plants are sure to be winners in your garden, too!
Top 10 Plants for Sandy Soil: Yarrow. Achillea • Achillea • Zones 3 to 9 Lacy flower heads top each stem of yarrow. Varieties range from a short 6 inches to more than 4 feet tall. This hardy bloomer thrives in full sun and should be divided in spring for the optimal summer show.