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Perennial plants for the home garden

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Perennial plants are those that, once established in your gardens, will return year after year bringing color to every corner of your flower beds. Here are a few of those plants:

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Rudbeckia: commonly known as coneflower plants. The most popular is the pink. Coneflowers have a brown center with daisy like petals. They can grow to a height of 3 feet.

Black-eyed Susan: This is a tall plant with bright yellow petals and a brown center. They will spread by seeding in the garden. Black-eyed Susan grows to a height of 3 feet.

Scabiosa (scab-ee-OH-sah): Often called Pincushion Flower is a beautiful shade of blue with a fuzzy looking flower. This is a compact plant with a spread of 18 to 20 inches. The foliage is nice and stays green throughout the growing season.

Cats Whiskers: This plant is considered an herb, as it is in the mint family. The flower stalk supports individual flowers with stamens that shoot out like cats whiskers.

Foxglove: This is a beautiful plant with a bad reputation. The leaves contain a form of digitalis and are considered poisonous if consumed. The flower however is beautiful, blooming in colors of pink, red and white combinations. This plant has a shorter lifespan but you will enjoy it for several years.

Monarda: Or Bee Balm this plant serves as a good source of nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds. Each flower petal is a flower in itself and the hummingbird’s long tongue can easily siphon off a long drink of nectar. Monarda is most often dark red but a smaller variety can be found in pink and lilac.

Kniphofia (nip-HOFF-ee-uh): This plant is known by the shape of its flower. The Red Hot Poker is an apt name for this plant. As it gets taller, sometimes to a height of five feet, the bloom will follow the sun providing some interesting shapes. The bloom time is several weeks on this plant. The leaves are sword like and rough around the edges.

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