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the musings of the cottage gardener: lady's mantle

Lady's Mantle: it is exploding in all my gardens! The plants are so showy, they border on ostentation.

Lady's mantle Alchemilla mollis displays a froth of chartreuse flowers throughout the summer. It grows 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide. Zones 4-7 'Thriller lady's mantle' 'Thriller lady's mantle' Alchemilla mollis 'Thriller' is more upright than the species, has larger leaves, and puts on an outstanding show of bloom. It grows 30 inches tall and wide. Zones 4-7Lady's mantle

Alchemilla mollis 'Thriller' is more upright than the species, has larger leaves, and puts on an outstanding show of bloom.

I love astilbes, which do great in the shade, and this is a big ol' collection for not a lot of money.

Cornerstone Astilbe Collection

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"The pond was full of water lilies, and skirted by all kinds of bog loving plants. Old scotch pines, and densiformis yews of considerable size and age provided lots in the way of screening of the neighboring properties.

Scutellaria incana - Plant Finder For new garden

Scutellaria incana - Plant Finder For new garden

Bee balm! Great for clay soil.

Top Plants That Thrive in Clay Bee balm is an old-fashioned favorite that produces flowers in shades of red to pink, lavender, and purple. It grows in heavy soil, attracts hummingbirds, and is deer- and rabbit-resistant. Name: Monarda selections Zones:

Hollyhocks, perfections

attempting hollyhocks - they are biennials and take a couple of years. Beautiful things are never instant. Pretty green painted door and pink hollyhocks make a welcoming entrance

Cute tiny house with cedar shingle siding & huge skylights

Potting Shed Greenhouse-A charming wood-shingled backyard structure is part greenhouse and part garden shed. With south-facing windows this would be the perfect place to propagate plants and start seedlings before transplanting!

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