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Hosta

With many landscapes having a shady area where getting plants to thrive is a problem, a great solution is the Hosta. Blue Angel with its blue-green 16" leaves will fill in a large area with a great color contrast. You can also try Stained Glass with its golden leaves with green margins will add a bright spot to a shady area. Paradigm also has a bright golden-yellow leaf with a bluish green margin. Hosta plants also make great container plantings on patios.

Texas Primrose

This plant with its finely textured leaves will bloom from spring to summer. Intense yellow buttercup-shaped flowers will open in the evening and stay open through the next day. Older flowers tend to fade to a pink-orange color. This primrose can reach 6" in height and have a spread up to 3 feet. Texas Primrose will tolerate heat making it a great rock garden plant or a border in a sunny location. Make sure to plant in an area with good drainage. To promote more blooms, remove old blooms and water when dry.

Mexican Flame Vine

Mexican Flame Vine is a fast growing, heat loving plant that features attractive evergreen foliage. The small clusters of brilliant orange, daisy-like blooms contrast well with the dark green leaves. Although the blooms peak in spring and summer, the vine often produces blooms throughout the year. Mexican Flame Vine is great for adding color to an unsightly fence or to crawl up a trellis.

Salvia Greggii Mirage Pink

This salvia gives another great color choice in a perennial. With its pretty pink color it will mix well with blue, white and red salvias making a great perennial garden. Will work well in a container planting mixed with verbenas or trailing lantana. Blooming from early spring to fall in most areas, heat tolerant with only medium water needs. Reaching 12-14 inches in height with a 14-16 inch spread and hardy in zones 7-9. Will also attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

Coreopsis Gold & Bronze

Coreopsis make a great addition to in any full sun garden. Blooming from spring to late summer this plant will add a splash of bright color. A mounding habit reaching 12-14" height and a 12-14" spread this plant works well in any size garden. Try planting in a container with petunias or portulaca on a sunny patio to add interest. Low water needs and resistant to mildew.