We all like to get free plants. And self-seeders produce new plants for us every year. They are ideal if you want a fuss-free garden, because they require little intervention. Left to bloom and set seed, these prolific varieties will soon fill every available patch in the garden.  Here are my top 10 self-seeding plants. 1 Papaver

We all like to get free plants. And self-seeders produce new plants for us every year. They are ideal if you want a fuss-free garden, because they require little intervention. Left to bloom and set seed, these prolific varieties will soon fill every available patch in the garden. Here are my top 10 self-seeding plants. 1 Papaver

Sometimes you just can't expose your plants to enough sunlight, like if you live in an apartment and you don't have a backyard. But that's not a problem, because there are some beautiful plants that grow in the shade, so you can plant them in your apartment or any shady spot of your backyard.

Sometimes you just can't expose your plants to enough sunlight, like if you live in an apartment and you don't have a backyard. But that's not a problem, because there are some beautiful plants that grow in the shade, so you can plant them in your apartment or any shady spot of your backyard.

Shade Plants - For Difficult Spots Tough enough to handle shady spots with moist or wet soil, astilbe—instantly recognizable by virtue of its colorful spikes—arrests the eye when grown in clumps, so be sure to divide this perennial once fall comes around again.

Shade Plants - For Difficult Spots Tough enough to handle shady spots with moist or wet soil, astilbe—instantly recognizable by virtue of its colorful spikes—arrests the eye when grown in clumps, so be sure to divide this perennial once fall comes around again.

Hebe 'Youngii' - A compact, spreading, evergreen shrub which is smothered in short spikes of large violet flowers all summer, that gradually fade to white. The tiny leaves are dark green and glossy and often have fine red margins. Its spreading habit makes it ideal for rock gardens, or try it planted en-masse along a path or driveway. Like most hebes, it will flourish in a range of conditions, and once established, it is drought-tolerant, too. The flowers are a magnet for bees and…

Hebe 'Youngii' - A compact, spreading, evergreen shrub which is smothered in short spikes of large violet flowers all summer, that gradually fade to white. The tiny leaves are dark green and glossy and often have fine red margins. Its spreading habit makes it ideal for rock gardens, or try it planted en-masse along a path or driveway. Like most hebes, it will flourish in a range of conditions, and once established, it is drought-tolerant, too. The flowers are a magnet for bees and…

Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' - is a great evergreen perennial with grass like leaves.  It may be too much for the path, given the garden size, and distract from the main parts.

Liriope muscari 'Big Blue' - is a great evergreen perennial with grass like leaves. It may be too much for the path, given the garden size, and distract from the main parts.

Sweet Woodruff This is a perfect shade loving plant if you have a shady, difficult spot you want to cover. These white flowers will bloom in May and June. They are simple and even smell great too!

Sweet Woodruff This is a perfect shade loving plant if you have a shady, difficult spot you want to cover. These white flowers will bloom in May and June. They are simple and even smell great too!

GLOBE THISTLE part sun- partial shade. these.are prickly and weed=like often pulled out and confused with an invasive plant. Just get gumtree balls, spray paint blue, glue onto a skewer and call it good.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GLOBE THISTLE part sun- partial shade. these.are prickly and weed=like often pulled out and confused with an invasive plant. Just get gumtree balls, spray paint blue, glue onto a skewer and call it good.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cosmos 'Sonata Hot Pink Mixed' -  Large, daisy-like flowerheads, that come in an array of white and pink shades, appear non-stop throughout the summer and right up until the first frosts. Superb as border plants, they will also flourish in large pots - and their fine, feathery foliage is also attractive.

Cosmos 'Sonata Hot Pink Mixed' - Large, daisy-like flowerheads, that come in an array of white and pink shades, appear non-stop throughout the summer and right up until the first frosts. Superb as border plants, they will also flourish in large pots - and their fine, feathery foliage is also attractive.

Sambucus Black Lace. A shrub with similar leaves to a Japanese Maple, but that tolerates partial shade.  Can be pruned back hard in the fall or left to grow to 8-10 ft.

Sambucus Black Lace. A shrub with similar leaves to a Japanese Maple, but that tolerates partial shade. Can be pruned back hard in the fall or left to grow to 8-10 ft.

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