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How to Choose the Right Plants for the most Colorful Impact in Sun or Shade

Updated on April 16, 2016
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Theresa finds joy and beauty in gardening. She feels closer to the Lord God when digging her hands into His earth.

Zinnia Elegans

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Learning what plants to choose for easy impact and rich color no matter whether in shaded or sunny areas of your yard, makes a huge difference in saving a lot of time and money.

It would be interesting to know from those who do not live in the southern United States, whether any of these same beautiful flowers, grasses, shrubs or trees are also found in the area in which others live. If so, it would be so nice to share in the comments section after reading this hub.

Over the years, it has been through trial and error that I have learned what works well for me, and I do hope the following lists are helpful to other gardeners who happen to live in the beautiful South. In my married life, we have owned three homes. The first home had a totally sunny yard and so in choosing the right plants for that yard, I had to make sure they could take the intense southern heat all day long! Our second home also had, for the most part, a sunny yard. We had trees in both yards, but still the yards were sunny throughout most of the day. Currently, our home has both sunny and shaded areas. I had to learn all about which plants would look great and thrive under shade for most of the day with little or partial sun.

However, when in doubt, do not hesitate to talk with the local nursery in your area. We have a wonderful one here in our county and they are always such a great help and extremely knowledgeable. They are known far and wide for their exquisite antique roses. It is located on several acres and owned by a retired judge and his wife. I just love wandering around discovering new plants that will thrive here in the beautiful South.

The South has varied weather, so I will divide into lists the best plants suitable for the Upper South, Lower South, Middle South, Coastal South, Tropical South and even those suitable for the entire South.

Add Color to Your Sunny Garden or Yard - Purple Coneflowers

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Easy-Care Color

Upper South
Middle South
Lower South
Coastal South
Tropical South
The Entire South
Annual
coneflower
coneflower
*lantana
*lantana
*lantana
daylily
zinnia
coreopsis
coreopsis
coneflower
coneflower
 
ornamental grass
sun-flower
 
 
coreopsis
coreopsis
 
 
 
* Can be grown in containers where not winter hardy.

Easy-Care Color Flowers and Grass I Enjoy

Here, in the Lower to Coastal South, I am actually able to enjoy all of the easy-care color flowers, as well as the ornamental grass, which we sometimes call Monkey Grass.

Yellow Daylily

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Drought-Tolerant Flowers

Upper South
Middle South
Lower South
Coastal South
Tropical South
The Entire South
Annual
sedum
sedum
*lantana
*lantana
*lantana
daylily
narrow-leaf zinnia (Zinnia agustifolia)
coneflower
coneflower
sedum
coneflower
 
 
 
 
 
coneflower
 
 
 
 
* Can be grown in containers where not winter hardy.
Zones Depend on Species
yucca

Drought-Tolerant Flowers and Plants I Enjoy

Actually, I am able to enjoy all of the above-mentioned drought-tolerant flowers where I live.

I have even had yucca plants around my swimming pool when we lived in the city. They certainly are drought-tolerant and sharp to the touch! In Spring, they bloom beautiful white flowers at the very top of the plant. They are certainly tropical looking and may help to keep unwanted visitors from jumping the fence into your pool. It may be best to place these plants in the back of your garden being their leaves are razor sharp. They are prolific growers and spread, so you may have to dig one up from time-to-time and transplant elsewhere. When they grow too tall, they will topple over from being top heavy. I was amazed at just how tall these plants can become, sometimes towering above privacy fences.

Gardenia Flower

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Fragrant Flowering Plants

Upper South
Middle South
Lower South
Coastal South
Tropical South
Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
lilac (Syrina sp.)
Armand clematis (Clematis armandii)
Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
ginger lily (Hedychium sp.)
lilac (Syrina sp.)
gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)
gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)
Armand clematis (Clematis armandii)
Confederate jasmine (Trachelosper-mum jasminoides)
Korean spice viburnum (Viburnum carlesii)
Korean spice viburnum (Viburnum carlesii)
Korean spice viburnum (Viburnum carlesii)
gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)
 
 
Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
ginger lily (Hedychium sp.)
ginger lily (Hedychium sp.)
 
 
 
Confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)
Confederate jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)
 
 
 
Southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)
 
 
The Entire South
rose (Rosa sp.)

Fragrant Flowering Plants I Enjoy

Oh, I am so blessed beyond measure to be able to enjoy all of the above-mentioned fragrant flowers! I especially love the gardenia with its intoxicating smell.

Confederate jasmine is a wonderful climbing plant that is also especially fragrant and beautiful. At our home in the city, we planted some on both ends of a bench swing out by the pool. I remember, after arriving home from a busy day at work, how I loved going out and sitting on that bench swing and breathing in the sweet fragrance. Once Confederate jasmine takes root, it is hardy and grows quickly. You must be ready to keep it tamed down a bit, or it will become overgrown. When this begins to happen, you can easily transplant some of it to another area of your yard, maybe on a trellis against a brick wall, which especially looks beautiful.

Then of course there is the rose, a must have for any garden!

Last, but certainly not least, is the magnificent Southern magnolia. What a sight to behold. Currently, these trees are so lovely with their dark green leaves, but there are no gorgeous blossoms yet. If you have never seen one of these gorgeous trees in bloom in person, you are truly missing out! Although I do not have any in my yard, my neighbor has three in a row that I can see from my front porch. Plus, all around the building in which I work in the city, the Southern magnolias are planted, so I am able to enjoy them on a beautiful day when taking a little break or enjoying my lunch.

Texas Lantana

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File: Lantana urticoides.jpg Texas Lantana Author: Clinton & Charles Robertson from Del Rio, TX & College Station, TX USA CC-BY-2.0 | Source

Colorful Plants for Containers

Lower South
Coastal South
Tropical South
*lantana (Lantana sp.)
*lantana (Lantana sp.)
*lantana (Lantana sp.)
*angel's trumpet (Brugmansia sp.)
*angel's trumpet (Brugmansia sp.)
*angel's trumpet (Brugmansia sp.)
*lily-of-the-Nile (Agapanthus sp.)
*lily-of-the-Nile (Agapanthus sp.)
*lily-of-the-Nile (Agapanthus sp.)
 
*sun coleus
*sun coleus
 
*purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum')
*purple fountain grass (Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum')
*Can be grown in containers where not winter hardy.

Colorful Plants for Containers I Enjoy

Once again, I am able to enjoy all of these colorful plants for container gardening. Lantana is great for ground cover too and comes in many beautiful colors.

Hydrangea

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Long-Blooming Trees and Shrubs

Upper South
Middle South
Lower South
Coastal South
Tropical South
French hydrangea (Hyrangea macrophylla)
French hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)
French hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)
French hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla)
 
crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
crepe myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
 
butterfly bush (Buddleia sp.)
butterfly bush (Buddleia sp.)
butterfly bush (Buddleia sp.)
*Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)
*Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)
 
 
 
butterfly bush (Buddleia sp.)
 
*Can be grown in containers where not winter hardy.

Long-Blooming Trees and Shrubs I Enjoy

These are some of my favorites here in the long-blooming trees and shrubs! I have always had crepe myrtles in my yards over the years. They look gorgeous when planted in groupings or pairs. Currently, it is too early for them to be in bloom. They come in such pretty pinks, reds and even variegated colors. It is best to prune crepe myrtles in late winter (February to March).

Another favorite of mine is the hydrangea. I have it pictured here. They are so beautiful and their color depends on the chemistry of your soil. So, you never really know until they bloom for the first time what colors you will be getting. They especially look beautiful in weddings or as a centerpiece in a beautiful vase on your dining room table or anywhere really.

Oh, and the hibiscus is a glorious flowering plant that grows and grows! I gave my mother one for her patio, and she would bring it in during the winter. Its leaves turned the most beautiful dark purple color and it grew so tall! I was surprised by just how large this flowering plant can grow. Therefore, it is best to prune it a bit to be manageable.

I do not have any butterfly bushes in my yard yet. However, I do want to plant many for my grandchildren to enjoy. It is always great to get young children involved in gardening and they seem to love it. My oldest granddaughter, who just turned six, always notices whenever I plant new flowers and she comments on the flowers. My youngest granddaughter, who will turn four soon, loves to pick all of the flowers and is so delighted in doing so!

Add Color to Shady Areas of Your Garden or Yard - Lenten Rose

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Flowering Ground Covers

Upper South
Middle South
Lower South
Coastal South
The Entire South
Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis)
Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis)
Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis)
 
'Big Blue' liriope (Liriope muscari 'Big Blue')
golden star (Chrysogonum virginianum)
golden star (Chrysogonum virginianum)
golden star (Chrysogonum virginianum)
golden star (Chrysogonum virginianum)
 
carpet bugleweed (Ajuga reptans)
carpet bugleweed (Ajuga reptans)
carpet bugleweed (Ajuga reptans)
 
 
mazus (Mazus reptans)
mazus (Mazus reptans)
mazus (Mazus reptans)
mazus (Mazus reptans)
 
common periwinkle (Vinca minor)
common periwinkle (Vinca minor)
common periwinkle (Vinca minor)
common periwinkle (Vinca minor)
 

Flowering Ground Cover I Enjoy

I am able to enjoy all of these flowering ground cover!

Holly

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Plants with Colorful Berries

Upper South
Middle South
Lower South
Coastal South
Japanese yew (Taxus cupsidate)
Japanese yew (Taxus cupsidate)
 
 
nandina
nandina
nandina
nandina
Italian arum (Arum italicum)
Italian arum (Arum italicum)
Italian arum (Arum italicum)
Italian arum (Arum italicum)
Zones Depend on Species
holly

Plants with Colorful Berries I Enjoy

I enjoy the holly bush with red berries and have several bushes planted along the side wall of my front garage leading to the front entrance to my home. Funny thing is, I was so disappointed that I had no berries on the plants this past Christmas. I always enjoy bringing in a few branches for a pop of color around the house. Someone indicated in a question I asked about why I did not have any berries this year on my holly bushes, that it was possible certain kind of migrating birds had swooped down and eaten all of them, and that these birds were able to do so in no time at all. I am fine with that if there are hungry birds who love the berries.

Camellia

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Plants for Winter Bloom

Upper South
Middle South
Lower South
Coastal South
Tropical South
camellia (Camellia japonica)
camellia (Camellia japonica)
camellia (Camellia japonica)
camellia (Camellia japonica)
tea olive (Osmanthus fragrans)
Lenton rose
Lenton rose
Lenton rose
leatherleaf mahonia (Mahonia bealei)
 
leatherleaf mahonia (Mahonia bealei)
leatherleaf mahonia (Mahonoia bealei)
leatherleaf mahonia (Mahonia bealei)
tea olive (Osmanthus fragrans)
 
 
winter daphne (Daphne odora)
winter daphne (Daphne odora)
 
 
 
 
tea olive (Osmanthus fragrans)
 
 

Plants for Winter Bloom I Enjoy

My favorite of these plants for winter boom I enjoy is the camellia bush. It is stunningly beautiful and comes in several gorgeous colors. I planted two red blooming camellia bushes at my current home on either side of the house when we first moved here. They only bloomed that first year, and later one did not make it. I am so disappointed and will have to learn what I have done wrong in caring for these beauties. However, I am able to enjoy my neighbor's gorgeous camellia bush. It has many blossoms of light pink to darker shades of deep pink.


Evergold

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File: Evergold SedgeCarex oshimensis 'Evergold' Leaves 3008px.JPG Author Derek Ramsey (Ram-Man) GFDL-1.2 GNU Free Documentation License CC-BY-SA-2.5 | Source

Colorful Grasses for Shade

Upper South
Middle South
Lower South
Coastal South
The Entire South
variegated Japanese sedge (Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold')
variegated Japanese sedge (Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold')
variegated Japanese sedge (Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold')
variegated Japanese sedge (Carex hachijoensis 'Evergold')
variegated sweet flag (Acorus gramineus 'Variegatus')
golden Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola')
golden Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola')
golden Japanese forest grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola')
 
golden sweet flag (Acorus gramineus 'Ogon')

Colorful Grasses for Shade I Enjoy

Once again, I am able to enjoy all the colorful grasses for shade!

Caladium

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File: Caladium 2.jpg Author KENPEI GFDL CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated | Source

Plants with Colorful Foliage

Upper South
Middle South
Lower South
Coastal South
Tropical South
The Entire South
'Plum Passion' nandina (Nandina domestica 'Monum')
'Plum Passion' nandina (Nandina domestica 'Monum')
'Plum Passion' nandina (Nandina domestica 'Monum')
'Plum Passion' nandina (Nandina domestica 'Monum')
caladium
aucuba (Aucuba japonica 'Mr. Goldstrik')
 
 
 
 
coleus
 
Annual
calidium
coleus

Plants with Colorful Foliage I Enjoy

I see the beautiful caladium plant all of the time around the area I live. It certainly thrives here in the shade! Its massive leaves are stunning with the variegated colors of light pink and green.

Begonia

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File: Begonia Semperflorens Hybrids 1005 Pink.JPG Free Software Foundation GFDL CC-BY-SA-3.0-migrated | Source

For Months of Flowers

Tropical South
Annual
begonia
begonia
impatiens
amesthyst flower (Browallia sp.)
*peace lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
impatiens
 
wishbone flower (Torenia Fournieri)
*Can be grown in container where not winter hardy.

For Months of Flowers I Enjoy

I always plant plenty of begonias, especially in containers, as they are so hardy,long-lasting and add a pop of color together with their contrasting dark leaf color.

I am able to enjoy all of these long-lasting flowers here.

As for the lovely peace lily, I have always planted it in containers.

Southern United States

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Sun or Shade

Do you have mostly sun or shade in your gardens or yard?

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Azaleas, "the Royalty of the Garden"

Whether in sun or shade, it is important to choose the right plants in your Southern garden for the most impact. I hope these lists are helpful in choosing what is best for your garden to add the greatest colorful impact.

Again, if you do not live in the southern United States, and happen to also have some of these same beautiful flowers, grasses, shrubs or trees in the area where you live, it would be great if you shared such when commenting.

Thank you for reading, and now it is time to get out there and dig in His good Earth!


© Copyright Faith Reaper March 25, 2014

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I fear, my dear, that half of these plants would never survive in Washington....now, having said that, this is an excellent guide for gardeners in your area. Well done, Faith! great resource and research.

      blessings and a hug coming your way

      bill

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      What gorgeous flowers! I have seen those little moths like in that first picture, aren't they adorable? They get right in the middle of all my flowers right with the big bumble bees! They attract butterflies, hummingbirds and just everything! So glad it is spring and just love this article showcasing so much. I know they are called southern states but I would be cautious in Virginia(part anyway), West Virginia and Kentucky for they have some very northern temperatures. Never understood why they include them.

      Loved this, can see you put some work into it, up, across and sharing. We should always share the good hubs! Show what at HP is worth sharing!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      My best time of year is Springtime to prepare for new planting. These flowers spectacular. Voted up, beautiful, interesting and useful.

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      mckbirdbks 3 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      I see that spring fever has struck home. What a beautiful display of flowers you presnt us with. And just in time to react and get outdoors and well, 'smell the roses'. Beautiful.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Faith, a veritable feast for the eyes! Between living in the Caribbean where I started my lovely tropical garden from scratch, my Hertfordshire garden and my current little plot, sadly in need of some TLC right now, I've grown many of beautiful plants you've mentioned above, loved them all. Great hub as always, you've certainly inspired me to brave the cold spring weather to get down and dirty. :) Beautifully done, my best to you.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      I enjoy colors more so in the spring ..I am not much of a gardener.. but th e arrangement of colors and flowers maybe Ill go give it a shot this spring and then Ill hub back at you.. thanks Faith :) Frank

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      KrisL 3 years ago from S. Florida

      Hi Faith.

      I marked this both useful and "awesome" and I'm posting it to facebook too. I'm in the tropical south down here in SE Florida, and gardening advice can be hard to find.

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      Shannon 3 years ago from Texas

      Hi! I'd love to try my hand at gardening, but i do not have any sort of green thumb. And I currently do not have a yard to put any flowers in, but I'm thinking of trying my hand at potting some plants for the patio. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi dear Bill, enjoying a short break and admiring the magnificent Southern magnolias planted around the building outside here, even without blossoms yet, they are truly magnificent trees to behold. Oh, since I am big on giving hugs to all too, I am thrilled to know of another hugger and I receive your hug! Ah, I always feel much better after being hugged. Well, as for the flowers, I know Washington just has to have its own gorgeous flowers and trees unique to your area. I appreciate the kind and generous comment. I have actually learned so much by trial and error over the years, plus with the help of a great local nursery. Blessings and hugs to you, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi my dear southern friend, Jackie, I am so glad you love this hub here! Oh, yes, that moth in that first picture is actually called a Hummingbird Hawk Moth, so unusual looking, but adorable. I know your garden is stunningly beautiful, especially with your azaleas!!! Yes, I was going cross-eyed with these tables making sure I put all the flowers and plants in the right spot without leaving out any. Thank you so much for the vote up and more and especially sharing, which I appreciate so much! Yes, I make sure I always vote up and share on all the great hubs I read too. Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Faith Reaper

      I recognised some plants from here but it is too cold for some. We definitely don't need drought hardy plants in Scotland, the rain falls on a regular basis in between the sunshine.

      You have put so much work into this hub and it shows. Your experience and knowledge will be invaluable for gardeners in your area.

      Anna :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, Jackie, I meant to comment too that you are so right about Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky, as they sure do get the northern states' temperatures. I do not how they came up with which states are considered southern states. May be a good topic for a hub to research. Hugs

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Devika,

      Always so glad to see you stopping by to read. Oh, yes, I just love Spring for sure. I hope the weather is lovely there where you live to be able to get out and get ready to plant for more beautiful flowers! I appreciate the vote up and more.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Dear mckbirdbks,

      Always so lovely when you stop by to read! Yes, Spring fever has struck in a major way. Let's get out there and smell those roses ... life is too short to not enjoy all the beauty around us. I appreciate your kind comments. If you are just off the crossroads of Texas, then you are a southerner too! My daughter was born in Texas when my husband was stationed there in the Air Force. We loved it there for the two years we were there.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, wow, Dear Jo (tobusiness),

      Thank you for sharing all about your lovely gardens! I just know they are glorious and I am glad you are ready to get down and dirty now after reading this hub! LOL I just love learning about what others have growing in their gardens from other parts of the world. I am so glad that you actually have some of these where you live, awesome!

      I appreciate the wonderful comments.

      Take care and many hugs to you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Frank,

      Oh, yes, it is those magnificent colors that get me every time too! I will anxiously await you hubbing me back with your colorful garden surprise of a hub! Well, you can always do container gardening and check with your local nursery for help as to sun or shade or what will be best. I learned a lot over the years by doing just that.

      Have a lovely evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Awesome KrisL,

      Thank you for stopping by to read and for sharing on FB! I do hope these lists (tables) are helpful, as it is important to choose the right plants for your area whether in sun or shade. I lived in Tampa, Florida when I was very young and first married. We loved it down there.

      I appreciate your wonderful comments here this day.

      Have a lovely evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Dear fellow southern friend, Shanmarie,

      So glad to see you this day stopping by to read! Well, just check out these here that are great for container gardening and you will be set to go! Containers truly add a warm and homey feel to our outside spaces too. Plant something with a beautiful fragrance ... gardenias are very fragrant, and a bit intoxicating too! LOL

      Hugs and much love,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Dear Anna,

      Thank you for stopping by to read this day. Always lovely when you visit. Yes, no need for the drought-tolerant plants and flowers there in Scotland! I am sure you have such lovely and unique flowers that will thrive in those conditions. When in doubt, just check with your local nursery. That is what I have done over the years, as I have stated, and I have learned so much and then stopped wasting a lot of time and money purchasing the wrong plants. I do hope this is helpful to some. I appreciate your kind comments.

      Have a great evening there,

      Faith Reaper

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      Writer Fox 3 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      I've grown almost all of these but I never had much luck with Gardenias. Maybe you'll write an article just about those flowers some day. Loved your pictures and voted up!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Writer Fox, so lovely to know you have grown almost all here! I am sorry about your Gardenias though. That is a good idea there. So glad you loved the photos. I appreciate the vote up. Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Excellent research . Great presentation. You've done all the work for gardeners in your area. I bet your yard is always beautiful. I recognize at least four plants which are familiar to us in the Caribbean. Very good work!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much MsDora. Well, I have learned over the years what works well and what does not and that has been pretty much most of my research lol. Plus, I am always asking my local nursery for ideas of what will work for sun or shade best in the area in which I live.

      At the moment, my yard is not looking so good due to this flip flop weather we have been having here ...one day up in the mid to upper 70s and then dropping back into the 20s! The poor flowers and trees do not know what to do. I hope it evens out soon.

      How interesting that you have some of the same plants in the Caribbean! I can just imagine the beautiful tropical plants found there where you live.

      I appreciate your generous comments.

      Enjoy your day,

      Faith Reaper

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Beautiful hub, Faith! I can't wait to see the flowers in my backyard. We still have a lot of snow but Spring is not too far away I think :-)

      I have some of the plants that you mentioned in my backyard : Purple Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea), several colours of Daylily and Hydrangea. I have seen in Ottawa other plants that you mentioned so I suppose that quite a lot of them are hardy enough to survive winter! I am just wondering if we will lose a lot this year because the winter was so long and cold. It seems that this kind of winter is really good to help trees grow... we will see :-)

      Great choice of pictures to illustrate your hub!

      Thank you for sharing your knowledge on plants. It's always a peasure to read your articles! Definitely voted up, useful, interesting, beautiful and awesome!

      I will be away from HP for a while because I just have too much work at the moment :-(

      Take good care of yourself! Enjoy your summer :-)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a beautiful and well researched hub Faith. Lovely pictures of flowers as well. We have a totally different climate but we do grow some of those plants you mentioned such as caladiums, begonia, one flower, agapanthus, and impatiens. Lantana is a pest here as it spreads out of control, smothering other vegetation so it is not recommended to grow that.

      Voted up. God bless.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Joelle (kidscrafts),

      Wow, sounds like your yard will be so beautiful once that cold is out of there for good! Sounds like you do have many of the same flowers and plants where you live as we do down this way. My yard is not looking too good at the moment due to the extended cold too. Well, one day it warms way up and then the next it will be back in the 20s. Crazy weather for sure. I am ready for it to stay steady and warm and I am sure that is just around the corner for both of us, hopefully. Yes, it is supposed to help the trees though, as you stated. Well, they should be gorgeous then!

      Yes, I have learned the hard way, by trial and error. I really appreciate you stopping by to read and always leaving such wonderful comments which add to the topic of the hub. Thank you so much for the vote up and more.

      Oh, I certainly will miss you here on HP, but I also understand about work piling up too and being busy with that indeed. Please know just how much I have enjoyed knowing you via HP and that I was always blessed whenever you stopped by to read and leave your kind comments.

      Hugs and blessings to you and yours,

      Faith Reaper

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      This is such a well rounded hub. There is something for everybody. A ton of good suggestions. Voted up, pin, tweet.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Jodah,

      Oh, thank you very much, and I am so glad you found this beautiful and well-researched. A lot of my research has been through many, many years of trial and error trying to find what is best in sun or shade for my own yards over the years. The local nurseries have been very helpful in explaining what to do and what not to do.

      That is very interesting that, even though Australia has a much different climate, it seems you do have a good bit of the same plants there. We usually plant lantana in containers, but a lot of times as ground cover, as you say, it does take over and spreads! It is not considered a pest here though.

      I certainly appreciate the vote up. It is always interesting to me to learn about what other parts of the world has going on. I appreciate you stopping by to read and leaving great comments to add to the subject of this hub here.

      God bless you too,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Dear Patsy,

      Oh, thank you so much for stopping by to read and I appreciate the wonderful comment and vote up, pin and tweet!

      I do hope many come to read your amazing hubs on gardening, for you are truly an expert at it. I have learned a lot reading what I have read so far.

      Enjoy your day,

      Faith Reaper

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      William Kovacic 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Beautiful pictures Faith,

      It's colder here in Pa for sure, but we do share some of the same flowers. Hydrangeas, azaleas, zinnias, daylilies, and roses, and I'm sure more. The information was great, and the pictures really brought it to life. Thanks.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Again Dear Bill (lifegate),

      Thank you so much for reading and I am glad you loved the pictures. We have had an unusually cold winter here and we are still having flip flop weather, with it being very cold and then much warmer up into the high 70s? So strange. The poor flowers do not know what to do. I do hope the weather evens out a bit so we can enjoy our normal beautiful blossoms, but in due time we will be able to do so. Yes, you do enjoy many of the same flowers and plants it seems there in PA!

      God bless you,

      Faith Reaper

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      This is fantastic Faith! What a great hub! I love your info, and your graphs, charts not sure what to call them, lol, are really well explained, this is good enough for HOTD so come on staff, get clicking! lol! wonderful, voted up and shared everywhere!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      LOL, Wow, Nell, thank you so much!!! You are so generous in commenting and I love it LOL. When drafting this hub, I initially in my Word document had all of the information just typed out in long lists under each category, but when I popped it into the hub, I saw the capsule for "table" and thought, well, I will give these tables a try. I had forgotten about using the tables for this type of information, and maybe have used them once before. They are good for dividing up information.

      I am so glad you like this hub and I really appreciate the vote up and sharing everywhere! Thank you again. You're the best!

      Enjoy your evening or whatever time it is over the great pond there,

      Faith Reaper

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Thanks Faith, yes that's the word, tables! LOL! my mind has gone blank tonight! Have a wonderful evening, nell

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, thank you!!! I appreciate you very much!

      Enjoy your evening,

      Faith Reaper

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Dear Faith,

      I intend to come back :-)

      Hugs and blessings to you and yours as well!

      Joelle

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, thank goodness, dear Joelle. Take care and I will look forward to seeing you back at HP! Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I am a poor gardener who loves the idea of planting and tending flowers. But when it comes to making selections and actually watering, I am not so talented or reliable. This was a beautiful hub chock full of helpful information for people like me. Have a lovely weekend!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I have many of the plants and flowers you mention in my yard. I have confederate jasmine growing along a fence in the front yard. It's just beginning to bloom. I planted 3 plants when I bought my house in 1995. Now the entire fence is full and running halfway down the length on the side of my house. I also have a crepe myrtle with lavender flowers. Gorgeous! I have a hibiscus with orange/yellow blooms. It's a good thing they bloom constantly because it seems each flower only lasts a day or two. I have a huge cluster of bougainvillea in my front yard that are in full bloom right now. The hot pink bracts are stunning!

      In the shady part of my yard I have bromeliads, caladiums, variegated liriope, ti plants, and crotons (they do well in sun or shade). I also have pineapple plants growing on the side of my house and a few in the back as well. I live in zone 9.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Flourish,

      Well, if you live in the southern USA, then this hub may be helpful? If not, do as I do, and go and talk with your local nursery in your area, and they will fix you right up with the right plants. I just love the colorful impact plants add to one's yard or gardens and some will attract hummingbirds and butterflies which add to the beauty.

      I appreciate you stopping by to read!

      Have a great weekend too,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Sha,

      Wow, that is awesome! Your yard sounds amazingly beautiful with all of your plants down there in Central Florida. Oh, I sure do miss having the confederate jasmine in this yard here, but we had it at our home in the city. I am going to remember to plant some here, as the fragrance is just so lovely and the plant is as well, especially when it blooms with the white flowers. I think I have a great spot for it to grow here. We have several crepe myrtles but none are in bloom yet here. We had a whole row of them at my other home, so gorgeous indeed! The hibiscus is perfect for tropical areas, although it does quite well here, and we may be considered tropical too.

      Oh, I am jealous of your bougainvillea. Each summer I get one that is in a hanging basket and place it on that stoop in that container I have that keeps toppling over, but I have never actually transplanted into the ground to grow, but I will this year, as it is really my favorite and stunningly beautiful. I should have dug out some of my old photos to put here of the bougainvillea. Right now nothing is doing so well due to our weather will warm up and then turn back cold again.

      Wow, you certainly have plenty in the shady part of your yard. You should write a hub with all of the beauties you have growing. It may be featured in Southern Living magazine. You never know!

      I would love pineapple plants too, but do not think they would do well here.

      Thank you for sharing about your beautiful yard filled with all of these plants and then some! I would be spending most of my time outdoors if I had your lovely yard, and I am sure you do!

      Enjoy your weekend,

      Faith Reaper

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      I'm back to say congratulations on your HubPot winning! Very well-deserved! Pinning and sharing!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, what! LOL, well, I am just one clueless person. Thank you for letting me know. I have not been to check this day on the winners. So I am in the top 10 or won the pot? Guess I need to check. I have been home the past two days with my back going out, so this will help me forget the pain. LOL

      Bless you, Flourish!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Flourish,

      I went to my feed and looked, but I do not see it there, unless I am just overlooking it LOL? Did they send an email of yesterday's winners out?

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I see it now after I signed out and signed back in, I saw it updated there! Thank you for letting me know.

      Blessings

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Faith, my yard is so heavily laden with leaves right now! I need to get out there and spend a few weekends raking and bagging. Trouble is every time I plan on doing some yard work it's too windy to rake. Hopefully, I can start working on it this weekend. Then it'll be time to pull weeds and do some sprucing up.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, yes, Sha, that wind has been something else here too! Raking is a big job for sure but does burn a good bit of calories. I was hoping to get out this weekend but it looks like it is going to rain all weekend and it is already raining with the temperature dropping. Hopefully by Sunday it will clear up some so I can get out too. Take care, Faith Reaper

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      Angela Joseph 3 years ago from Florida

      Faith, beautiful hub as always. I live in the south, so I'm familiar with most of the flowers you showed. Where you didn't have pictures, I was lost, as I couldn't recognize the names. But yes, I especially like what you said about children enjoying gardening. My grandchildren were always helpful in that regard when they lived with me. I notice you didn't mention any orchids. They are my favorites as I don't have a yard now and I do container garden. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Faith.

      I am as late visiting this uplifting, beautiful and informational hub as Spring is in arriving in the Northeast.

      I share your love of the gardenia and the hydrangea bush...we are actually able to grow quite a few of the beautiful plants you have featured. I would give anything to have magnolias and gardenias in our garden.

      Thank you for this taste of Spring. Hope you have a beautiful weekend.

      Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello fellow southern, quildon,

      I am so glad to see you stopping by to read! Yes, I thought about that and, my goodness, the hub would have gone up for days lol, so I decided to choose one from each category to highlight. My eyes were already going cross-eyed from making sure the tables had all the plants. I had initially planned on just doing lists, but then remembered the tables. I was so delighted to find out they chose this hub for the top ten hubs of the day in the Hub Pot Challenge too. Oh, yes, children seem to really want to help with the gardening and are so thrilled at all the flowers. Orchids are so very delicate and beautiful indeed. One of my favorite for the inside. They would certainly be so beautiful in a container, especially there in Florida. We have such torrential downpours of rain and strong winds and storms in the summer, I am afraid they would be too delicate to survive outside. I appreciate the vote up and more.

      Enjoy your weekend and I hope it is beautiful enough to get out and enjoy His good Earth to dig into and plant.

      Blessings,

      Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Maria,

      Always so lovely when you are able to stop by to read! That is interesting you are able to grow most of these plants there were you live.

      Oh, yes, the magnolias, gardenias and hydrangeas are most magnificent. I want to plant a magnolia or two in my yard here, but I can enjoy the three belonging to my neighbor from my front porch for now.

      I appreciate your lovely comments and hope your are enjoying Spring break and do hope your weekend is the best.

      Hugs and much love,

      Faith Reaper

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      MysticMoonlight 3 years ago

      Terrific Hub, FaithReaper! I, too, love plants of all kinds and have a special place for flowers. They are truly splendid, indeed. I really, really enjoyed all of the fantastic information that you have shared here, especially how you broke it down for different areas. So helpful! The pictures you used in this hub are so beautiful. I cannot wait for everything to be in full bloom! Voted up!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi MysticMoonlight,

      I appreciate you stopping by to read and leaving wonderful comments! I am so glad you enjoyed this hub. I cannot wait either, for we have been having up and down weather and the poor plants do not know what to do!

      Hopefully, it will not be too much longer when we are able to get out more and enjoy planting and seeing the results of our labor! I really appreciate the vote up.

      Enjoy your weekend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      The photographs in this hub are beautiful, Faith, and the tables are very useful! My favorite flower in your hub is the hydrangea because of its varying color and the fact that it grows well where I live. Thank you for all the work that you did to create the details in this lovely hub, which I'll share.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi AliciaC,

      I appreciate you stopping to read and I am glad you like the photos here and glad the tables are useful. Oh, yes, the hydrangea is so beautiful. I am waiting for mine to bloom here, if this weather ever truly feels like Spring!

      I appreciate the share.

      Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

      Faith Reaper

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      I am reading this hub thanks to AliciaC who shared it and what a beautiful hub it is. I wonder if these flowers or their equivalents would survive in my region. Purple cone flowers are quite frequently seen here though.

      What I did learn from this hub is that we could try their northern equivalents here. I had planted native wild flowers in my previous home and the advantage was that they attracted many butterflies and birds, some really beautiful and worth taking pictures of.

      Thanks for sharing a very colourful hub.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Suhail, oh, AliciaC is such a dear to share and I do so enjoy reading her most brilliant hubs. I am so glad you found this hub beautiful. Yes, you could try their northern equivalents indeed! I just love wild flowers, especially those that attract many butterflies and birds. I do hope you did take some lovely photos as such sights are indeed worthy of taking photos of indeed. Thank you for reading and I appreciate your lovely comments. Enjoy the rest of your evening, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I am sorry, dear Suhail, for I did not mean to exclude your dog. Blessings to you both, Faith Reaper

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 3 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      K2 says woof in thanks :-)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      : ) haha ... Hi K2 thank too ...woof!

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Coming from someone who has managed to kill every plant she has ever nurtured, your article gives me new hope. Must look for a lantana plant.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello grand old lady, oh, dear!!! Well, am am glad this article has given you hope. I do hope you find some colorful plants that work well for you in your area! Enjoy the rest of your evening, Faith Reaper

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      I plan to take some camellia clippings today to use as starters. I simply remove all but a few leaves from the tops of 8" or so tips of branches and put them in a glass with about 3" of water. Changing the water every few days and patience for a few weeks usually produces roots that can grow very hardy in 6 weeks. Just over a week ago I started some rosemary plants this way and already have new roots! Also have forsythia and Pinky Winky hydrangea started. It is such fun to see how fast the roots of each plant begin growing. am hoping to clear a space for zinnias this afternoon. Somehow lost all my butterfly bushes and want to start more this way, but will have to visit my friend for the starter branches. Am in need of some color in the winter but they must be plants that can make in the Southern summer sun. Lenten roses help, and they've done a beautiful job of reproducing themselves in the shade, but the front sunny areas are a different story--bleak in winter! Camellias will help, but I need more variety. So many comments in such a short time is a tell-tell sign of an interesting hub--thanks for putting this together for us. You've answered my question of what to put in a container on my front porch. I think a hydrangea will fit the bill!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi RTalloni,

      Wow, it sounds like you are well on your way to having that wonderful yard with great colorful impact for sure! I need to do the same with some camellia clippings! What a great idea. I just love all of your plans you have shared here for your yard. It will be amazing from what I can tell just by reading your plans.

      Thank you for your kind comments and I am glad this hub was helpful to you. Yes, the hydrangea is one of my favorites.

      Enjoy digging in His good Earth!

      Faith Reaper

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I have always loved the hydrangea variety but have never been able to grow them. Love your photos and tips for these types of plants. Blessings, dear lady.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi teaches,

      Oh, yes, the hydrangea is lovely and I, too, have had a bit of trouble with them myself. The first year they were so beautiful, but after that, not so much. I must find out what I am not doing right with the soil and such.

      Blessings to you too and thank you so much for reading,

      Faith Reaper

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      You are a dangerous writer. I suspect you work for the growers. Now I feel like I must go out and buy more begonias and cone flowers. We would definitely need a garden staff, if we could plant all the flowers we wanted. Thanks. Up, pin tweet.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Patsy,

      So nice to see you stopping by to read. You do not need any help in this department for sure after I have been reading your wonderful hubs! I think you know your stuff. I get a lot of help from my wonderful local nursery who is known far and wide in these parts for their antique roses, but the are so wonderful to help all like me with hundreds of questions.

      Yes, I would like a garden staff : ) ... as I do love flowers and the more the better!

      Enjoy your day and get those hands out in His good earth. I appreciate the vote up, pin and tweet.

      Blessings

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      Joanna Chandler 3 years ago from On planet Earth

      Nice Hub Faith flowers are beautiful i would like to have a flower garden but someone will have to do it for me, as i am afraid of worms so won't go near manure. Oh YUCK!

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      These sounds like such great plants. Wish I had my own yard instead of a rental.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks Jo (LadyFiddler),

      I appreciate the kind comments, even though you are no gardener for reasons as you have stated here LOL.

      Blessings to you and yours for a lovely weekend ahead.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Deb (aviannovice),

      Thank you so much for reading. Oh, if you are in a rental, then you should try container gardening. Then, if you ever move, you can take with you. Container gardening adds a lot of beauty and makes that rental feel homey for sure.

      Blessings for a lovely weekend ahead on Boomer Lake.

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      With the exception of lantana, (and maybe the lenten rose -- WI has roses, but maybe not that particular kind) all the flowers you have pictured here are common up north in Wisconsin where I'm from. They're also common in other states I've lived in -- MA, CO, CA, etc.

      Beautiful pictures and great information. It's still early enough up north to plant these flowers and maybe down here in TX too, if people hurry. Lantana grows down here in TX and we even have a suburb full of million dollar houses named after it. :)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Au fait,

      Thank you so much for reading. I am sorry for the late reply here but my Internet has been down since Friday and also on my phone I learned from HP team that I needed to download the Chrome browser and allow desktop view on this site, and it worked just a bit ago! LOL It is true, we learn something new everyday. My phone had been working just fine, but who knows?

      Wow, you have lived in many areas across the US! So interesting that many of these same flowers are also grown in these other others as well.

      We lived out in Texas for two years when my husband was in the Air Force long ago and my daughter was actually born there. Wow, a million dollar suburb named Lantana. So glad you enjoyed the photos. We had a terrible winter here in the deep South, with snow and ice, which is so unusual, so a lot of our plants were wiped out from the three days of ice on the ground. So, at the time of publishing this hub, no plants to take photos of really. However, I did find some great legal ones, and I am pleased to have something.

      Thank you for sharing and I appreciate you stopping by to read here.

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      Dear Faith,

      Not sure how this one got past me. I am starting to think I am not always notified by HP regularly as I once was. Per usual, you have created a wonderful hub that is most useful and presented professionally and beautifully. I especially enjoy the user-friendly and ways you organized the material, not to mention the pictures of gorgeous flowers.

      I have printed it so that I can use it as an ongoing guide for it is especially perfect for those of us living in the South. V+++/HP and hopefully pinned. I am still learning my way around using pininterest.

      Wishing you a beautiful warm day and the breezes such as we get here in along the Blue Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains.

      Kim

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Kim,

      Thank you so much for reading and leaving most generous comments here. You are so kind, as always.

      Oh, I love the Blue Ridge of the Appalachian Mountains, and I bet it is gorgeous right now with the lovely breezes too! I understand about Pinterest, as I did not even know how to create a board correctly when I first joined and just left mine a big mess for over a year. I think I have mine under control now LOL.

      I appreciate the vote up and pin.

      Blessings and love to you and yours.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Dear Faith, again you bring back the best memories. My grandma reaised most of the flowers and plants you have listed above. One of my favorites was the Hollyhock, they were taller than my head, lol. LOL, because I remembered when my brother said after he grew up: "My pet banty rooster was knee high". That was true, what he did not say was that he was 4 years old. But the Hollyhocks do grow to about 5 feet.

      Sorry my telaporter just brought me back to your beautiful work of art.

      Everything is so beautiful, I have enjoyed it more than you can imagine.

      Voted up UABI, pinned to the Amazing Hubpages (created by Brett Tesol), and shared.

      Have the most wonderful and blessed day.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Shyron,

      Oh, I am so glad you were reminded of such lovely memories. Thank you for sharing about your grandma and all of the flowers, plants and especially your favorite, the Hollyhock. LOL about your brother and your pet banty rooster.

      I am thrilled your telaporter brought your back and you really have enjoyed this hub!

      I appreciate the vote up and more, pin and share.

      Bless you, dear Shyron.

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      How did I miss you comig to my house? LOL I have almost everything you have listed here. The lantana is one of my favorites for a perennial in southern Oklahoma and my favorite annual is probablly the Zinnias. This is such a wonderful and well done hub! Up and more!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      LOL, I am so glad, sg, to hear that you have almost everything here I have listed! How wonderful. I bet your gardens are lovely. Good to know that southern Oklahoma has all of these varieties too. Yes, Zinnias is a wonderful annual.

      Thank you for sharing and I appreciate the vote up and more.

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub Faith. Your obvious hard work certainly paid off and voted up for sure.

      Eddy.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Eddy,

      Always so lovely to see you stopping by to read, especially when you are so kind to leave such generous comments. I truly appreciate the vote up.

      Have a blessed weekend

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      What a beautiful lens :) I love al these flowers. I especially love the gardenia flower, but actually I never knew the name. Thanks so much for sharing this :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, VioletteRose, for reading. Oh, I truly love all flowers and especially these. Yes, the gardenia is one of my favorites with its intoxicating smell! I appreciate your comments.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Wow what a great article Faith!!!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Audrey,

      Thank you so much. The beauty of the flowers speak for themselves always.

      I hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend, surrounded by beauty.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      This was great Faith! Your information and pictures top notch. I enjoyed reading it as I do love my flowers. Here in NY we can grow just about everything you've mentioned, however, the flowering seasons are shorter due to the temperature. I love my hydrangea's and hardy hibiscus most of all. We have orange day lilies here that grow wild but as I said they have a short blooming period.

      Voted up, useful,, awesome, and interesting.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mary (Till),

      Thank you for the enthusiastic comment. That is so great to know that you can grow these same flowers and plants there in NY too! The short blooming period up there, I am sure makes all appreciate their beauty even more so, I would think. I know I look so forward to Spring each year when there is always such a floral wonderment springing forth from the earth.

      I appreciate the vote up and more

      Blessings to you and yours this lovely Sunday

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Beautiful flower selection. I do have some of them, but would like to add a few more in the future. Maybe some Camellia.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi favored,

      So nice to meet you and welcome to HubPages. Thank you for stopping by to read. Yes, the Camellias are certainly beautiful, and the more the better.

      Happy planting!

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      Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      How am I just now seeing this hub! I love my gardens. I can feel my Grandmother smiling at me as I weed and feed and pinch back and mulch just the way she taught me. My iris are my pride and joy but I also love my hydrangea and hosta beds. Last winter I kept my geraniums' bare roots in paper bags in my basement and this year I had the biggest, best-blooming ones I've ever had! I need to bookmark this hub for future reference. Thanks for all the work putting it together!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Kathleen,

      Sounds like you have such lovely gardens. It is wonderful that your precious Grandmother taught you how to tend to a garden. Thank you so much for leaving such enthusiastic comments here to add to the subject of the hub.

      Enjoy gardening!

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      A great hub Faith. Voted up and shared. Here's wishing you a wonderful day .

      Eddy.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Eddy,

      Always so lovely to see you stopping by my side of HP Town. I appreciate the vote up and share.

      I do hope you are having a great weekend so far.

      Blessings

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Was that hummingbird moth always there in the first picture? I don't mean did it just fly in there but you know what I mean. lol I don't rem seeing it before and I love those things! I can never get a good enough shot of those but I have had them almost touch my hands taking pictures. (well I was taking the pictures, not them) OK scratch all that. I went up and read my comment. I need help. haha

      Up and sharing! Love this one.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I'm back yet again to share this beauty of a hub. In the midst of winter, we need a reminder that beautiful things are in store for us. Also sharing on G+.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jackie,

      I apologize for not seeing your comment here from four weeks ago! Oh, yes, that moth was there in that photo LOL. They are amazing little creatures for sure. Hahaha You are so funny.

      Thank you for the vote up and share at that time.

      So glad you love this one.

      Hugs

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Flourish,

      You are so kind to return and share. Yes, it is lovely to look forward to spring no doubt!

      Blessings

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      I tried to leave a comment on this Hub, but something is again wrong! As soon as I try to submit the comment, it goes right to the top. It is a wonderful Hub.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Mary,

      Looks like this comment has taken. Thank you for reading and so glad you think it is a wonderful hub!

      Blessings

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      Jaymie 2 years ago from Ellijay, Ga

      What a great hub! Very informative as well as beautiful with all the colorful plants. I must admit it just added to my desire to get through winter and into spring so I can plant my southern garden too.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello jrpierce,

      So lovely to meet you! Thank you so much for stopping by to read and leave most generous comments.

      Yes, the flowers are gorgeous to look at, especially in the dead of winter.

      I grew up in Georgia. It is so nice to meet a fellow Georgian.

      Blessings

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      Jacquelyn fuller 2 years ago from Woonsocket, Rhode Island

      Thank you Faith for sharing your expertise knowledge on how to care for plants and flowers ... I love flowers and plants but do not know how to care for them... I will use thus as my guide as I go plant shopping and start to grow my own garden.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Jacquelyn, So nice to meet you. Oh, I am certainly no expert but we do have a wonderful nursery here where people come from far and wide as they specialze in antique roses. I always have to ask them for help and how to grow plants and certain flowers. So, over the years I have taken note. I do hope this is helpful for where you live.

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      You just did a superb Hub! It must have taken a lot of time to write those tables! One of my favorite flowering vines is the Rangoon Creeper (I wrote a Hub about that one). I have also enjoyed Con. Jasmine on a chain link fence.

      Since I had to leave my big house and large yard, I now grow everything in pots. I now have 10 pots of lovely red Pentas hanging from a wooden fence. The Butterflies just love those.

      Voted UP, etc. and shared. Also Pinned to my Gardening board.

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      Joyfulcrown 2 years ago

      Thank you for sharing these beautiful flowers and foliage. I wish I could grow them all where I live.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Living in Houston, Texas I have grown a number of the plants you mentioned and see plenty of magnolia trees in neighbor's yards. We have something in bloom year round down here.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Mary,

      Oh, thank you so much. You are always so kind and generous in your commenting. Yes, the tables do tend to make one go cross-eyed.

      I must go visit your side of HP Town and read your hub on the Rangoon Creeper. Oh, that is such a lovely flowering vine no doubt about it.

      Oh, I loved reading here about your great idea of hanging pots on a wooden fence filled with red Pentas. I am planning on planting bushes that attract butterflies for all to enjoy, especially my grandchildren. I did not think about the red Pentas, so thank you! I am making a note of them for sure.

      I appreciate the vote up, share and pin.

      Blessings

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Wonderful work. Enjoyed your beautiful photos my friend. whonu

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello joyfulcrown,

      I appreciate you stopping by to read and enjoying all of the flowers. Oh, you must just go by a local nursery and they will help you to grow what is perfect for where you live.

      I hope you have a lovely evening.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Peggy,

      I am so happy to see you stopping by to share about your lovely plants you have there in Texas. Yes, here in the South, we are blessed to have something blooming year round.

      Texas is a great state. My daughter was born there, as we lived out there for two years in Ft. Worth, when my husband was in the Air Force way back when.

      Blessings

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi whonu,

      What a nice visit from you this evening. Thank you for stopping by. So glad you enjoyed this hub.

      Oh, your photos are stunningly beautiful, as I always say. I really enjoyed one of your latest hubs about Heroes and the most gorgeous photos of flowers you included in it.

      Blessings and peace

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      How beautiful! Love the photos.

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      Jacquelyn fuller 2 years ago from Woonsocket, Rhode Island

      Thanks I do my best to be creative ... I know one thing about people they are not too much into reading they identify with pictures and videos...

      Especially in America-- we are spoiled

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello poetryman,

      Thank you for stopping by. Yes, all of these flowers are certainly beautiful!

      Blessings

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hello Jacquelyn fuller,

      Thank you for stopping by my side of HP Town. Yes, we have become a visual people no doubt about it. We are spoiled, but nothing compares to reading a good book to me, without one photo or image.

      Blessings

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      Jacquelyn fuller 2 years ago from Woonsocket, Rhode Island

      Faith we really do live in the greatest country in the world ... That why united we stand

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Jacquelyn,

      Thank you again for returning here. Yes, God bless America.

      There is an abundance of beautiful flowers and plants throughout the US.

      Blessings always

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      Celebrates 2 years ago

      This is an amazingly illustrated article. The choice of photography and how it is displayed is very well done. It is really an aesthetically pleasing article. I should bookmark this as an example of great design.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Celebrates,

      So glad you like the design of this article. I do try to make them as pleasing to the eye as possible, coupled with important facts and insight as relates to the topic.

      I appreciate the visit here.

      Blessings

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 2 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      A lot of good and very thoughtful information. I dream of living where the magnolias grow tall enough to shade the second story balcony. ^+

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks Patsy,

      Yes, that happens here where I live! You make it sound so romantic, and I guess it truly is romantic. Magnolias are exquisite.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      After a day of rest I'm about to hit the garden again for the afternoon/evening, doing some transplanting (spent day lilies, iris, and liriope) and more clean out/up. Have been thinking about those bleak winter areas and after opening my front door to the stunning fragrance of two star gardenias (medium sized plants) in full bloom I believe I'll be adding more of this size sort of in circles around three established camellias to get more winter green in that island. They will bloom again in the summer making them a worthy investment! Besides, gardenia is one of the those southern plants that lets me practice my southern drawl. :) I experimented with the old-fashioned which are common but so faithful, this small size, and dwarf. Lost a couple of dwarfs--they seem a little delicate when first planted, but, the remaining ones are perfect where they are. Anyway, no pruning is necessary for the stars in the areas they are in or the bleak areas, and this fragrance is so heady! With everything that's happened and now going on around here it will likely be next year before I've caught up and have my yard hub worthy again, but I hope to share the new improved version eventually.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I love, love, love gardenias in full bloom. My son has a huge gardenia plant that must have been growing there forever before they moved in. The other day I went to have lunch with him and when I walked out the door, boy, that intoxicating fragrance hit me!

      Whew, you are making me tired with all the work you are doing : ) ...I planted two camellias with red blossoms, the first year we moved to the small town/country, and they did well that first year, but one died! The other one is barely hanging on, so not sure what is wrong. I planted them on each side of my home. One side is really shady, but the other is partial shade. Do they need full sun?

      Well, it sounds like you are certainly getting it in shape pretty fast. I look forward to when you share the new improved version ...be careful to not injure yourself. Gardening is great, but it can certainly take its toll if we try to do too much all at once.

      Thank you for sharing, and I have enjoyed your visit here this day.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Camellias do like the sun, but my biggest problem with them is that our area usually gets a little freeze right at their bloom time meaning we get little color from them. They are evergreen, though, making up for so much brown in the winter here.

      In my work today I discovered that one of the large old-fashioned gardenia has it's first bloom, and those mid-sized ones are loaded with new buds to open up as the first flush fades.

      Thanks for the advice. I can guarantee that I'll only be doing a little gardening tomorrow!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh really, well, that may very well be the problem with mine. We do get a little freeze too at times but I see that my neighbor has a lovely full grown one on the side of her home in full sun. Mine has not even grown much at all? I wonder if I have the dwarf kind? Do they need a certain kind of fetilizer? I think I will try the gardenias again. Well, as much gardening as you do, I am sure you are in great shape to handle as much as you do. The days are getting warmer and warmer here in the Deep South. Enjoy!

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      Patricia Scott 23 months ago from sunny Florida

      Hi Faith Lovely lovely ....I so love spending time in the gardens around the property. It is so exciting to me to go out and find a lovely new bud or flower in full bloom.

      Thank you so much for sharing these tips....the more plants in my yard, the happier I am.

      I hope all is well with you and your family ....

      Angels are headed your way today ps Voted up++++

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      Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear PS,

      I know you love your gardening. Yes, it is certainly a joy to me as well to see a lovely new bud or flower in full bloom.

      Unfortunately, I have not been able to do much gardening this year.

      Yes, all is well here, dear heart. You and your precious family are always in my thoughts and prayers.

      I appreciate the vote up and more. Angels headed your way as always

      Thank you for blessing me with your visit here this day.

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