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As we prepare to head back to school this fall, let’s take a look at ideal plants for the student life.

Here are some sure fire ways to attract our winged friends, the butterfly, to your garden.

Phantom Hydrangea in a pot

The Hydrangea paniculata is one of the most unique compact flowering trees, and perfect for large pots and small spaces. While we most often see them as a shrub, once pruned into tree form they are spectacular! Paniculatas have large, showy cone-shaped flowers and bloom the entire summer!

close up of a bunch of blueberries

July is Blueberry Month! So whether you like your blueberries in jams smeared on buttered toast, or baked into muffins, here are a few varieties we believe are the best.

a full garden with an upside-down wine bottle for irrigation

Maintaining your landscape and your vegetable garden can be a very demanding job, and in the summer months when it gets hot your plants require daily attention.

Venice Hydrangea blooms

Hydrangeas today bloom earlier, don’t require pruning, and are re-blooming. They are a versatile plant that can solve many problems in the garden, especially when you want big color in a small space.

A Sioux Crape Myrtle with a honey bee

Crape Myrtles deliver showy summer flowers, attractive bark, and in many cases brilliant fall color, making them a year-round garden performer.

A bee on a cosmo

If you are looking to attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden, the following perennials are a perfect additions. With a little deadheading of spent blooms, these will continue to flower throughout the summer.

Sedums

With a warm summer predicted, every gardener starts to think about watering and water consumption. Depending on your watering habits and your choice of plants, your actual water usage can vary greatly. Some great water wise options come from the Perennial family.

Pink echinacea bloom

Butterflies love the flowers, birds love the seeds, and we love the generous long lasting bouquets.