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These 4 Common Landscaping Plants Are Worth The Hype
While it’s great to introduce variety to your landscaping with new plant cultivars, some plants are worthy staples for your garden, as they’re reliable, hardy, and low maintenance.
Lamb's ear (Stachys byzantina) is one such example — growing best in sun and partial shade, it tolerates almost any soil type and adds a gray, velvety texture to your garden.
Its delicate purple flowers bloom in the summer, offering nectar for bumblebees while being deer-resistant. You can use lamb’s ear as an effective weed-suppressing
ground cover.
Impatiens are an affordable way to add a variety of colors to your garden. While they tolerate hot and humid summers, they don’t like full sun, except for the SunPatiens cultivar.
Dusty miller (Senecio cineraria) has grayish-white fuzzy leaves that are similar in texture to lamb's ear. It’s drought-tolerant and prefers full sun but will tolerate some shade.
Varieties differ in hardiness or leaf shape but are similar in color, growth habits, and maintenance. Their clusters of tiny yellow flowers pair well with bright summer blooms.
Begonias come in many bloom and leaf colors and are very low maintenance. Wax begonias are the type most commonly used in garden beds, and they grow from 6 inches to 2 feet tall.
Blooming from spring through fall, begonias are ideal for edging, but they don’t like extreme heat or full sun, so they should ideally be placed in a bed that gets evening shade.