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Volcano phlox 'Purple' contrasts nicely with these dark orange daylilies

Volcano phlox 'Purple' contrasts nicely with these dark orange daylilies

Of the several dark-foliage ornamental grasses, the annual grain called millet has several with near-black foliage and seed heads, making it very dramatic as an accent specimen or mass-planting.

Of the several dark-foliage ornamental grasses, the annual grain called millet has several with near-black foliage and seed heads, making it very dramatic as an accent specimen or mass-planting.

The bright yellows of long-blooming coreopsis play nicely with the dark purples of salvia May Night.

The bright yellows of long-blooming coreopsis play nicely with the dark purples of salvia May Night.

Ruby and Orange - perfect together!

Ruby and Orange - perfect together!

long blooming combination with Rudbeckia 'Goldstrum', a stella type reblooming daylily and purple phlox 'Volcano'

long blooming combination with Rudbeckia 'Goldstrum', a stella type reblooming daylily and purple phlox 'Volcano'

My favorite flowering perennial, Verbena bonariensis, contrasted with orange daylilies.  2 WAYS TO ENLARGE! Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window

My favorite flowering perennial, Verbena bonariensis, contrasted with orange daylilies. 2 WAYS TO ENLARGE! Click directly on the photo to enlarge in a pop-up, or click HERE to see this image, larger, in a new browser window

You can extend the bloom time on your Volcano phlox if you deadhead them after their first bloom.  Check out this how-to video!

You can extend the bloom time on your Volcano phlox if you deadhead them after their first bloom. Check out this how-to video!

Whew, this time of year is sheer madness, garden designs and installs, interior designs and installs, equals one tired gal! Thankfully the s...

Whew, this time of year is sheer madness, garden designs and installs, interior designs and installs, equals one tired gal! Thankfully the s...

24 Different Types Of Power Plants That Are Near Impossible To Kill East Beginner Gardening Plants Flowers Coneflower Cone Flower DIY Gardening Tutorial Instructions Heat and Drought Resistant Cold Tolerant Varieties

Power Perennials: Plants That Thrive No Matter What

24 Different Types Of Power Plants That Are Near Impossible To Kill East Beginner Gardening Plants Flowers Coneflower Cone Flower DIY Gardening Tutorial Instructions Heat and Drought Resistant Cold Tolerant Varieties

Mugo Pine -  Thick branches form the evergreen 'Mops' mugo pine, which bear dark green needles and brown cones, into appealing round shapes up to 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide that resemble clouds when planted in groups. 'Mops' grows best in a sunny position with well-drained soil, and suits a rock garden or large container.

Drawing Inspiration From Vacation: A Coastal-Themed Garden

Mugo Pine - Thick branches form the evergreen 'Mops' mugo pine, which bear dark green needles and brown cones, into appealing round shapes up to 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide that resemble clouds when planted in groups. 'Mops' grows best in a sunny position with well-drained soil, and suits a rock garden or large container.

Coreopsis: Hot, dry weather won’t stop Coreopsis from flowering all summer long. This American native is one of the most reliable perennials you can grow. The plants produce large quantities of yellow, orange, pink, white, red, or bicolored blooms.

Coreopsis: Hot, dry weather won’t stop Coreopsis from flowering all summer long. This American native is one of the most reliable perennials you can grow. The plants produce large quantities of yellow, orange, pink, white, red, or bicolored blooms.

The Rocket Ligularia: shade garden This could easily be mistaken for a tropical plant—but it's really an easy-to-grow perennial. Plants reach 3-5 ft. tall with big, leathery leaves that are rich green on top with ebony to purple underneath. Bright yellow blooms form dense racemes 18-24 in. long in midsummer. Prefers partial to full shade. Zones 4-8

The Rocket Ligularia: shade garden This could easily be mistaken for a tropical plant—but it's really an easy-to-grow perennial. Plants reach 3-5 ft. tall with big, leathery leaves that are rich green on top with ebony to purple underneath. Bright yellow blooms form dense racemes 18-24 in. long in midsummer. Prefers partial to full shade. Zones 4-8

Purple and Silver shine in Wisley Gardens in England.

Purple and Silver shine in Wisley Gardens in England.