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Salvia, Scarlet Sage

Salvia, or scarlet sage, is an annual flower best known for its spiky form and bright red flowers. It is dependable in full sun or partial shade with equal ease. Learn more about scarlet sage.

Sanvitalia, Creeping Zinnia

Sanvitalia is an annual flower that although not a true zinnia, has enough resemblance to be called creeping zinnia. Golden-yellow flowers bloom nonstop all summer until frost. Learn more about this flower.

Shirley Poppy

Shirley poppy is an annual flower known for glowing in the sunlight. With large, silky blooms atop straight stems, the shirley poppy is desirable in the garden. Learn more about this flower.

Snapdragon

Snapdragon is an annual flower that children can snap open the flowers like puppets. Snapdragons endure cool weather and are planted for winter colors in mild-winter areas. Learn more about this winter flower.

Sunflower

The Sunflower is an annual North American flower in many colors. Its tall flowers grow as high as 15 feet. Sunflower seeds are a treat for birds and people. Learn about the sunflower.

Swan River Daisy

Swan River Daisy is an annual flower with blue, pink, white, and purple flowers, each one centered with either yellow or black. Find out more about this flower.

Sweet Pea

Sweet pea is an annual flower grown in cool maritime or mountain climates, and brings its beauty all summer. This vining plant is best in winter and early spring. Learn more about sweet pea.

Torenia, Wishbone Flower

Torenia, or wishbone flower, is an annual flower that thrives in shade and hot, humid weather. The blue flowers look a bit like open-faced snapdragons with prominent markings on the petals. Learn more about torenia.

Verbena

Verbena is an annual flower known for being a garden treasure in areas where few other plants will grow. Some are trailing plants, others are great in rock gardens. Learn more about this flower.

Vinca, Madagascar Periwinkle

Vinca, or Madagascar periwinkle, is an annual flower that flowers constantly. This tropical plant stands up well to heat and humidity. Vinca flowers are divided, one to two inches in diameter. Learn about this flower.

Zinnia

Zinnia is an annual flower among the favorite in American garden flowers, loved for its sturdy and colorful blooms. Flowers come in almost every color except blue. Learn more about this flower.

Agapanthus, Lily of the Nile

The Agapanthus, Lily of the Nile, is a perennial flower that has gorgeous blue or white florets arranged in large globes for a wonderful addition to the garden. Learn about agapanthus.

Perennial Grasses and Foliage

Perennial grasses and foliage are an excellent choice for an unusual ground cover. Learn about ornamental perennial grasses and foliage you can use to add interest and beauty to your garden.

Perennial Herbs

Herbs are useful for cooking, crafting, and decorating -- boldly coming out of the garden and into your home. Learn more about planting and growing perennial herbs such as lavender and rosemary.

Specimen Trees

Specimen trees are the ones that catch your eye. These brilliant beauties stand out from the forest. In this article, we'll teach you about specimen trees and how to add them to your yard.

Sweet Alyssum

Sweet alyssum is a type of annual that flowers for months, even through the winter. Although it grows only a few inches high, it spreads as much as a foot in diameter. Learn about this special type of mustard.

Dahlia

Dahlia is a diverse annual flower, from huge, dinner-plate-size blooms to midget pompons only two inches in diameter. Dahlias grow from one to five feet tall. Learn more about dahlia.

Shade Trees

Shade trees are the largest elements in the landscape. With each passing year, big trees grow more valuable, increasing the worth of your property. Learn about shade trees you can use to enhance your landscape.

Fast-Growing Trees

Fast-growing trees will increase in height by several feet a year. Learn about the fast-growing trees, such as weeping willows, which can make a big and quick impact on your landscape.

Annual Herbs

Herbs are useful for cooking, crafting, and decorating -- boldly coming out of the garden and into your home. Learn why annual herbs like basil are a mainstay of most herb gardens.

Annual Grasses and Foliage

Ornamental grasses and foliage add grace to any garden. With their array of colors, textures, and sizes, ornamental grasses add year-round interest. Learn about annual grasses and foliage you can use in your garden design.

White to Green Annual Flowers

Annuals are flowers that bloom the first year they are planted. In this article, learn about white to green annual flowers that can add some variety and color to your annual garden.

Evergreen Shrubs

Evergreen shrubs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with many different types of foliage. Learn how evergreen shrubs such as heather can add year-round beauty to your garden.

Flowering Shrubs

Flowering shrubs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with many different types of foliage. Learn how flowering shrubs such as azaleas and rhododendrons can add fragrance and beauty to your garden.

Landscape Shrubs

Landscape shrubs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with many different types of foliage. Learn how landscape shrubs such as euonymous, heather, and hydrangeas can add beauty to your garden.

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