by Amanda

As fall planting approaches quickly, many of us are planning on adding new garden beds or filling in existing ones that may need extra color. I wanted to share an extremely simply garden tip with you that can go a long way: Limit your plant selections!

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In the garden, a little bit of everything doesn’t always have as much impact as a wealth of a few well-chosen plants. Choose several reliable perennials that you know will grow in your area and repeat the plant combinations to set the overall tone for your garden. Love the early color Peonies bring to the spring garden? Instead of planting 1 or 3 plants, try planting 9 for a dramatic effect. Love the way Butterfly Bushes attract pollinators to the garden? Try planting 3-5 in one area for a show-stopping look.

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As you're planning for fall planting, remember also to think about seasonal blooming – Spring-Blooming Bulbs, Columbines, Peonies, and Bleeding Hearts all offer gorgeous spring blooms. Daylilies, Butterfly Bushes, Astilbe, and other Lilies provide fabulous summer color. Hydrangea, Sedum, and Echinacea provide late summer and fall blooms in the garden.

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