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Scleranthus biflorus

Attracts butterflies, not bees, light traffic

Heliotrope is grown as an annual in Zones 2 to 9 and as a perennial in Zones 10 to 11. It bears wonderful clusters of purple or white flowers, which are intensely fragrant with a deep, grapey smell. Leaves are glossy and attractive with slight ribbing. The plant will grow a foot or two high as an annual, or up to 4 feet tall as a perennial, depending on the variety.

Flowers that Beat the Heat

Heliotrope (Heliotropium arborescens) Prized for its sweet vanilla-tinged fragrance, heliotrope develops dense flower heads of purple or white in summer. Bring it indoors for the winter. >>Love the fragrance and color of heliotrope!

Anchor your garden with a pretty walkway and savor the rewards of all that digging, planting and weeding.

Pictures of garden pathways and walkways

A fieldstone path leads the gaze away from a brightly colored home and cedar pergola. Blue spruces frame the path's entry point, while layered plantings create a sense of wonder about the garden and grounds beyond.

Stachys densiflora Alba

Stachys densiflora Alba

Glad I read this since I was thinking of planting sunchokes! Do not plant sunchokes in a standard garden bed, or field, or anywhere else you might like to grow other plants at some time in the future.  You will spend very large amounts of time attempting to remove them if you do.  Plant them in their own area, that can be mowed around, to keep them under control.

Before You Plant Sunchokes, You Need to Read This Post

Before You plant sunchokes, you need to read this post. What are sunchokes? What are the health benefits of sunchokes? Why you shouldn't plant sunchokes in your regular garden.

White Vinca. Easy to grow and loves the heat and sun. "Vincas are the indestructible beauties of the garden. While resembling impatiens, they thrive in full sun and intense heat. Hardy, large, bushy plants provide a dense layer of sparkling color and evergreen foliage to beds, borders and containers. Plants require almost zero care."  Annual, Full Sun.  Plant Mar - Sep in zone 8b.

Vinca easy to grow and loves the heat and sun, requires almost zero care. Plant Mar - Sep in zone

upside downers

5 vegetable types that can be grown upside down ~ When you have limited space to garden, add a hanging vegetable garden with vegetables grown upside down. What can be grown upside down? Read here to learn about vegetables for an upside down garden.