Velvety kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos ‘Orange Cross’ and Bush Gems series) add spicy color against golden grasses in a garden in Tiburon, California, designed by Arterra Landscape Architects (arterrallp.com). The plants tolerate drought but flower best with some water in summer and excellent drainage in light sandy soil.

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Velvety kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos ‘Orange Cross’ and Bush Gems series) in Tiburon, California, Arterra Landscape Architects

If you have a sunny, dry spot in your garden, these plants will survive any drought conditions.

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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

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Old bucket planted with lavender.  Good choice for gardens with clay soil.  Lavender likes a sandy soil, so you can customize the soil in the bucket easily.

Old bucket planted with lavender. Good choice for gardens with clay soil. Lavender likes a sandy soil, so you can customize the soil in the bucket easily.

15 Impossible-to-Kill Outdoor Plants | With summer in full swing, it’s hard not to admire the yards and gardens around town that are filled with greenery and colorful blooms. If you’ve always assumed that your yard was too dry, too shady, or that the soil was too sandy to support such beautiful plants—guess again. In fact, these common problems may just inspire you to get more creative with your plant picks. With expert advice and care...

15 Impossible-to-Kill Outdoor Plants

15 Impossible-to-Kill Outdoor Plants | With summer in full swing, it’s hard not to admire the yards and gardens around town that are filled with greenery and colorful blooms. If you’ve always assumed that your yard was too dry, too shady, or that the soil was too sandy to support such beautiful plants—guess again. In fact, these common problems may just inspire you to get more creative with your plant picks. With expert advice and care...

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