Whale's Tongue Hardy Century Plant Agave ovatifolia One of the few agaves that will grow as far north as zone 6b. A true dream of a plant, this once-in-a-lifetime find was originally discovered and introduced to horticulture by renowned Texas plantsman Lynn Lowery from Nuevo Leon, northeastern Mexico, where it grows in a small, rugged mountain area between an astonishing 3700 and 7000 ft.
'Dart's Gold' Ninebark... often confused as forsythia! Golden-green foliage, yellow in spring! Very resilient! About as close to a plant-it-and-forget-it shrub as you can get. 6ft tall, 8 ft wide. Zones 3-7. BONUS: The chartreuse foliage turns a nice shade of yellow (flushed with bronze) come autumn. It also has better resistance to powdery mildew than many of the purple-leaf varieties.
Sit Back and Relax - You should also create opportunities to enjoy your lawn close-up. Position a bench in a shady spot where you can gaze out upon the grass. You'll soon discover a tapestry of subtle detail that changes with the shifting breeze and the dance of sun dapples.
You love spending time outside in your yard, but not so much with mosquitos for company. Bug spray helps, but there are also a bunch of plants that act as a natural bug repellant that’ll keep those pests from buzzing around. Head over to eBay and discover ten plants that keep mosquitos away and smell wonderful.