Let the gardening experts sway you when it comes to these functional beauties. We turned to the editors of The New Sunset Western Garden Book and learned that these five basic plants fix many common gardening problems.
Above: The Geraniaceae ‘Johnson’s Blue,‘ as well as other cranesbills, offers a colorful and polite way to cover empty ground; they will not choke other plants in their path; $7 at Geraniaceae.com Image via Sunset.
To cover a shady corner without spending a fortune, consider planting some Hosta ‘Saint Paul‘; these affordable plants spread quickly and send up floral spikes each summer; $11.99 at Amazon. Image via Sunset.
Stop erosion on a slope: Symphoricarpos Coral Berry will grow happily on a steep hillside and will flower in spring or early summer; $16.99 at ShrubSource. Image via Old Blue Crow.
Although often dismissed as a common hedge shrub, the Waxleaf Privet deserves credit for its ability to protect tender garden plants from being damaged by high winds; $44.98 at Amazon. Image by Mary Richmond via Flickr.
Anchor a flowerbed with a rose that blooms all summer. The Rosa ‘Molineux’ shrub has a long blooming season and is disease-resistant; $23.95 at David Austin Roses. Photograph by Jim W. via Flickr.
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