How to make your garden bloom

The West's best flowers for borders, beds, bouquets, and containers

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These unfussy, long-lived plants pump out beautiful foliage and flowers year after year. Plant in fall or spring when cooler temperatures help them get a healthy start

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Lavender
Photo courtesy of High Country Gardens

Lavender

Every garden should have one of these beauties.

English lavender is the most fragrant, but Spanish lavender’s deep purple “rabbit ears” stand out in garden beds.

Where space is tight, grow a compact form; one we can’t wait to try is Lavandula angustifolia ‘Thumbelina Leigh’, coming late this year from High Country Gardens. It stays 12 to 15 inches tall.

More on growing lavender

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