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from SF Gate

How to Keep Lilacs Blooming

The common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) grows as a large bush and produces extremely fragrant flowers in shades of purple and white. Lilac bushes typically bloom for a short period in the early summer ...

Heart shaped ivy - the perfect climber to create a shady privacy screen or cool nook in the garden. Get some inspiration for how to plant a vertical garden and beautiful structures you can use @ | The Micro Gardener

Agastache rupestris Licorice Mint or Sunset Hyssop: 36-42" x 18" wide, *2005 Plant Select®* winner. Superior perennial w spicy fragrance, uniquely colored flowers and finely textured foliage. Good 4 hummingbirds and hot, sunny well-drained soil. Zones 4-9 -

from Better Homes and Gardens

Easy Ways to Make Your Yard More Private

Give your favorite plants better view-blocking power by growing them in raised beds or berms. You will be surprised at how much more secluded your yard feels by mounding the soil enough to add a foot or two to your plants' height. Plus it puts medium-size plants at eye level.