Thursday, May 21, 2009

Add Perennials for Flower Power!

Flowers bring a landscape to life. Their bright colors, variety of forms and the birds and butterflies they attract add zest to the otherwise green and brown color scheme of the typical yard. Traditionally, annuals have been relied on to add seasonal color, but annuals must be changed every season – a task that can add up to a lot of work and expense. One way to reduce the work it takes to have a colorful landscape is to use perennials, such as this Red Star Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus). Perennials not only come back year after year, they also multiply giving you more plants to spread around the landscape or share with friends. The variety of perennials available from local garden centers has greatly increased in the past several years, making it easy to incorporate a diverse array of these repeat performers in every yard.

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