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A Zone 3 climate can be challenging. Sikorski desperately wanted foxgloves in her garden, but for three years in a row was disappointed that these biennials would not overwinter and bloom. She discovered from the gardening community on BHG.com that there are varieties (such as the 'Foxy' and 'Camelot' series) that act more like annuals and flower the first year from seed. She's now able to grow these beautiful plants./

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Be Persistent, Foxy foxgloves flower from seed the first year as well as camelot.

Ever wonder what's in season? Here's a list of 33 Beautiful Spring Annuals and Perennials to help you out!

Spring Flowers for the Garden Idea Box by Laura, Pet Scribbles

12 Beautiful Bulbs Deer and Rabbits Don't Eat    Don't let deer, rabbits, or other hungry critters ruin your spring show. Select these bulbs for a bright, bold display of color.

12 Beautiful Bulbs Deer and Rabbits Don't Eat

12 Beautiful Bulbs Deer and Rabbits Don't Eat Don't let deer, rabbits, or other hungry critters ruin your spring show. Select these bulbs for a bright, bold display of color.

Dahlia - "best summer bulbs" from bhg.com - range in size from dwarf to monster/dinnerplate, nearly every color, variety of flower forms;  like full sun/moist, dig the tubers and store them for winter

The Best Summer Bulbs

Summer Flowers and Bulbs Summer flowers electrify your garden. Summer-blooming flowers offer some of the most spectacular color of the entire year, whether they are late summer flowers, annual summer flowers, or perennial summer flowers.

VINCA - My go to plant for absolutely no fail.  'Bright eyes' is beautiful white flower with red center.  Heat-Tolerant Plants

Native Plants for Southwestern Gardens

Sweet William        Another biennial that typically self-seeds, sweet William produces beautiful clusters of fragrant blooms in early summer. They're great for cutting, and they attract hummingbirds and butterflies.        Name: Dianthus barbatus        Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil        Height: To 2 feet tall        Zones: 3-9, depending on variety

The 18 Best Plants for Cottage Gardens

Another biennial that typically self-seeds, Sweet William produces beautiful clusters of fragrant blooms in early summer. They're great for cutting, and they attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Name: Dianthus barbatus

Sidewalk Garden        Use this mix of annuals to brighten your parking strip -- gazania, cosmos, and zinnias will flower all season long. Garden size: 6 by 18 feet.

Colorful Front-Yard Garden Plans

Coreopsis Coreopsis is a long-blooming summer perennial flower. 'Zagreb' threadleaf coreaopsis, shown here, has fine feathery foliage, and spreads to make an effective sun-loving groundcover in heavy clay soil. Name: Coreopsis Zones: 3-9

Top Plants that Thrive in Clay

'Zagreb' threadleaf coreopsis Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb' grows to 18 inches tall and bears brilliant gold daisies on ferny medium green foliage. Zones Long-blooming, grows through clay.

With just a little research and knowledge of your planting zone you can achieve a beautiful, healthy garden in no time. Here are 5 great perennials that will get you started or be great additions to existing plants. #spon

5 More Must-Have Perennials

With just a little research and knowledge of your planting zone you can achieve a beautiful, healthy garden in no time. Here are 5 great perennials that will get you started or be great additions to existing plants.

The Scottish Thistle is the oldest recorded 'National Flower' and is probably one of the most well-known, and easily recognized symbols of Scotland.

Scotland - My Aunt Barbara gave me a tea set she received as a gift from my Uncle David that have these Scotland thistles on them. So pretty!

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