Photo:  David Sieren/Getty Images | thisoldhouse.com | Lavender attracts beneficial insects, such as bees, ladybugs, and praying mantises

Best Plants for a Healthy, Organic Garden

Plant Lavendar near Roses, Alliums and Fruittrees to discourage fleas and moths while drawing beneficial insects, such as bees, ladybugs, and praying mantises

Astilbe, a shade-loving perennial, has plume-like pink flowers over glossy green leaves from late spring to early summer. | Photo: © User: Kor!An/Wikimedia Commons/CC-BY-SA-3.0/GFDL | thisoldhouse.com |

Living Large in a Small Yard

Astilbe, a shade-loving perennial, has plume-like pink flowers over glossy green leaves from late spring to early summer

Hollyhocks, in shades of red, apricot and yellow, attract butterflies and hummingbirds in early- to mid-summer. | Photo: John Glover/Alamy | thisoldhouse.com

Best Plants for a Cottage Garden

Hollyhocks (Alcea rosea) Butterflies and hummingbirds flock to this old-fashioned favorite, which is well suited for g.

thisoldhouse.com | Baby Necklace is a succulent variety that thrives with little to no work from you.

Succulent Plant Types

Succulent Plant - Crassula Rupestris x Perforata 'Baby Necklace'. These feature disc-shaped, red-edged leaves that appear to be threaded on a thin stem. 'Baby Necklace' can be planted as a creeping ground cover, but will hang out of a basket nicely, too.

Astrantia ‘Ruby Cloud’

Buy Astrantia major 'Ruby Cloud' from Sarah Raven: Astrantia 'Ruby Cloud' is an excellent garden plant and cut flower, dried as well as fresh. It will grow happily in sun or light shade.

Photo: Courtesy White Flower Farm | thisoldhouse.com | Lilacs are hardy, fragrant, and easy to grow.

12 Best Plants for Black Thumbs

common lilac (small purple clustered flowers) and orange and black monarch butterflies

Add color to your garden—and plate—by planting these 11 bright, edible bloomers. | Photos: Lamontagne/Getty Images; Annabelle Breakey/Getty Images | thisoldhouse.com

Grow an Edible Flower Bouquet

Photo: Bob Stefko/Getty Images | thisoldhouse.com | Cardinal Flower light up garden beds with vivid red flowers

How to Get Late-Summer Color in Your Garden

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