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The pink flowers on the left are heather (Erica sp.), the medium blue flowers in the middle are Lithodora, and the light blue flowers at right are periwinkle (Vinca sp). As with candytuft, all three of these should be sheared or cut back after blooming to keep them compact.

The pink flowers on the left are heather (Erica sp.), the medium blue flowers in the middle are Lithodora, and the light blue flowers at right are periwinkle (Vinca sp). As with candytuft, all three of these should be sheared or cut back after blooming to keep them compact.

Spirea - looks like bridal wreath, may be good for front yard, especially as corner anchors.  Need to make sure we prune this one when its not in bloom.

Spirea - looks like bridal wreath, may be good for front yard, especially as corner anchors. Need to make sure we prune this one when its not in bloom.

Weed-smothering groundcover: Soapwort - Soapworts are underappreciated plants. Many of them make fine groundcovers. 'Max Frei' is a low-growing, mat-forming selection that is highlighted with starry pink flowers in spring. It's an excellent choice for gardens because it tolerates summer's heat and humidity.  Name: Saponaria x lempergii 'Max Frei'.  Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil.  Size: To 1 foot tall.  Zones: 3-7

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Weed-smothering groundcover: Soapwort - Soapworts are underappreciated plants. Many of them make fine groundcovers. 'Max Frei' is a low-growing, mat-forming selection that is highlighted with starry pink flowers in spring. It's an excellent choice for gardens because it tolerates summer's heat and humidity. Name: Saponaria x lempergii 'Max Frei'. Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil. Size: To 1 foot tall. Zones: 3-7

Three Asian-inspired island gardens (“Life,” “Harmony” and “Serenity”) are planted in drought-tolerant sedums, grasses and conifers on the site of the old driveway. A stone lantern and backdrop of Japanese maples add to the effect.

Three Asian-inspired island gardens (“Life,” “Harmony” and “Serenity”) are planted in drought-tolerant sedums, grasses and conifers on the site of the old driveway. A stone lantern and backdrop of Japanese maples add to the effect.

Main feature rock garden, Pottertons nursery.  I want a BIG rock garden like this! CB

Main feature rock garden, Pottertons nursery. I want a BIG rock garden like this! CB

Seattle is a city built on hills. Our houses are arranged on these hills like theater seats, taking advantage of the remarkable views our part of the world has to offer. Of course, keeping all of these sloping properties from sliding to the bottom of their respective hills is a challenge. And rising to this challenge are thousands of retaining walls and rockeries.

Seattle is a city built on hills. Our houses are arranged on these hills like theater seats, taking advantage of the remarkable views our part of the world has to offer. Of course, keeping all of these sloping properties from sliding to the bottom of their respective hills is a challenge. And rising to this challenge are thousands of retaining walls and rockeries.

Rock Gardens Lino Lakes Minnesota ~ http://lanewstalk.com/garage-man-cave-designs-create-the-beauty-of-your-house/

Rock Gardens Lino Lakes Minnesota ~ http://lanewstalk.com/garage-man-cave-designs-create-the-beauty-of-your-house/

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