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Mountain Gardening: Corner Garden Plan

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Add color and charm to an unused corner with this garden plan from Lowe's Mountain region gardening contributor Jodi Torpey.

Mountain Corner Garden Plan

This colorful garden offers something for all sorts of pollinators. Butterflies gather to appreciate the flat coneflowers that make good landing pads. Bees flock to the nectar-producing sage and lavender. Sphinx moths caravan at night to the fragrant honeysuckle, with its tubular flowers. Prepare the soil and add a trellis or two, then plant the flowers in colorful clumps of three or more to make it easy for pollinators to find their way. Mulch after planting.

Once established, this perennial garden is easily maintained because there's no need for pesticides or herbicides. Simply clip dead flowers to keep plants blooming through spring and summer.

PLANT LIST

A) Hall's Japanese honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica 'Halliana')

B) Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

C) Russian sage (Perovskia x 'Longin')

D) French lavender (Lavandula stoechas 'Anouk')

E) White Jupiter's beard (Centranthus ruber)

F) Pincushion flower (Scabiosa columbaria 'Butterfly Blue')

G) Ruby Star coneflower (Echinacea purpurea 'Rubinstern')

H) Butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii  'Harlequin')