salvia - this is a hearty plant

Hummingbirds adore it! An annual salvia black colored stems and true cobalt blue flowers 'black and blue'.this is a must have for the sun garden or container. Planted here with Secretia 'Purple Palace'.

'Sugar Plum' Coral Bells   (Heuchera)  
Zones 3–8, $18; stargazerperennials.com

All About Groundcover

For a brilliant splash of purple, consider 'Sugar Plum' Coral Bells (Heuchera). I have it edging a long border with bluebells and a white evergreen candytuft plant ( don't know name). They soon reproduce themselves too, so are good value.

Flossflowers or Ageratum emits a smell which mosquitos find particularly offensive. It secretes coumarin, which is widely used in commercial mosquito repellent.  Ageratum is a perenial plant which reaches heights of 8-18” & has blue flowers, although there are varieties with pink, white & violet blooms. This plant will thrive in full or part sun & doesn't require rich soil. Good in rock gardens.Leaves can be crushed to increase  odor, its not advisable to rub directly on the skin.

5 Easy to Grow Mosquito-Repelling Plants - Before reaching for the chemical sprays, try planting these easy-to-grow plants which have natural mosquito-repelling properties.

Plumbego for ground cover. Chokes out weeds. Zones 5-9

plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, zones 5 to plant grows well in sun and part shade in all kinds of conditions all over the U. It chokes out weeds, blooms in a clear blue that reflects the summer sky and tops it off with fantastic fall color.

Blue Flax - 'Appar' is an excellent choice for naturalizing as it is a strong re-seeder. Extremely cold hardy, this wildflower is also well suited for the colder areas of the Rockies and Great Plains. Zones 3-9.

Appar Blue Flax (Linum perenne Appar) is a dwarf Flax covered with bright blue flowers for several months beginning in late spring, held over stout wiry stems

The 2 Minute Gardener: Photo - Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha)

Here is one of my favorite plants, Mexican Bush Sage, Salvia leucantha. This great hummingbird plant is also easy to grow.

variegated Japanese irises. the Heuchera to the right echoes the purple shades. When the irises are done blooming the white striped foliage continues to contrast nicely next to the Heuchera. The fluffy yellow cloud behind the iris is good old-fashioned ladies mantle, and the purple behind that is salvia

plant combos, A few of my favorite plant combinations last summer around the golf course garden, In the foreground are variegated Japanese i.

Salvia 'Lalarsha'

Salvia 'Lalarsha'

Garden Ideas, Border ideas, Perennial Planting, Perennial combination, Summer Border, Achillea 'Terracotta', Salvia Nemorosa, salvia Caradonna, salvia Mainarcht, Russian sage, Perovskia Atriplicifolia

Salvia, peach Achillea and Perovskia (Russian Sage). 'An Uprising of Kindness', Silver medal winner, RHS Hampton Court Flower Show 2010

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