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5 Problem-Solving Plants

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5 Problem-Solving Plants

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.

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Remodelista is a one-stop sourcebook for the considered home, guiding readers through the design and renovation process. Founded by four friends with a shared design DNA and appreciation for intelligent design, Remodelista counts architects, design professionals, and style-conscious consumers among its daily audience. The Remodelista aesthetic favors classic and livable over trendy and transient, well-edited interiors over cluttered environments, and thoughtfully designed products over mass-market, disposable goods.

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10:14AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

5:27PM PDT on Apr 20, 2013

Thank you for the list of beautiful plants and shrubs!

8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

While there is nothing wrong with planting native plants, unless a non local plant is a problem like the beautiful but deadly Purple Loosestrife that chokes out native plants in wetlands and changes the environment I see no problem in planting plants, bushes from other areas of the world like Barbara G. implies. What are the problem unless one variety is invasive?
Variety, colour and plants are the spice of life, enjoy them and their beauty!

3:16AM PDT on Apr 20, 2012

Good info, thank you!

8:39PM PDT on Apr 13, 2012

Don't mean to sound like a garden snob, but there are better options out there than most of those listed above, especially considering the different climates readers live in. Best thing is to go to a reputable garden centre and speak to staff who have worked in the gardening business for at least a few years about plant selection for your location. Also, look into native species for you region and try to incorporate them as much as possible - more beautiful than you'd think plus they're often hardier.

8:20PM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

Thanks!

7:01AM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

Spreading perennials are a good investment...just remember to keep them contained.

9:28PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

Thankyou.....

7:12PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

I love the Sunset Gardening books and is like "a Bible" for gardeners!! Check out what works in your area and ask the fred meyers, your Home Depot, if Lowes still exists in your area....ask them to order what you want and the local nurserys ...this is for price points..with the economy, nurserys have had to "up" the price, but what they "usually sell" works in you are...BUT BECAREFUL, IF YOU DO NOT KNOW!!!..here in the N.W> USA, it is all plants from California..so they only last the season and have to be replaced and do not florish in our climate ..(which I live, can be very different 30 miles away!!)..I was accepted into Master Gardeners back in 1979..I know!..and like I said, no matter who you are, get your self one of these books, readup, investigate and ask, before you spend your hard earned $$$ and do the work...Be happy, not diaappointed..( and unfortunately with the economic downside, the people in the main stores, might not nessicarily know plants at all..so do some reading, so that you can enjoy what you buy and plant!!!)

4:08PM PDT on Apr 10, 2012

You should never HAVE to spend a dime on perrennials.. if you have a friend with them. I have landscaped at least three others yards . If you don`t thin them they will not be as healthy.. Born to share plants !

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Thanks to all of you...got some good ideas--I am very mop phobic.

Another win for dark chocolate.

Interesting article!

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