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Catmint, achillea and roses brighten up the border

Catmint, achillea and roses brighten up the border inside the front fence. Photo Credit: Jessica Damiano

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Clematis 'Madame Julia,' which I bought for my
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Clematis 'Madame Julia,' which I bought for my daughter, also Julia. (June 22, 2012)

Catmint, achillea and roses brighten up the border
Photo Credit: Jessica Damiano

Catmint, achillea and roses brighten up the border inside the front fence.

One of two 'Rosa' Knockout roses flanking the
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One of two 'Rosa' Knockout roses flanking the front border. (June 22, 2012)

Chartreuse sweet potato vine foliage contrasts nicely with
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Chartreuse sweet potato vine foliage contrasts nicely with Supertunia 'watermelon charm' in window boxes on the front porch. (June 22, 2012)

Geranium 'Rozanne' (June 22, 2012)
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Geranium 'Rozanne' (June 22, 2012)

Rainbow Knockout rose (June 22, 2012)
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Rainbow Knockout rose (June 22, 2012)

Guacamole -- my favorite hosta -- will send
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Guacamole -- my favorite hosta -- will send up a sweetly scented white flower spike later in the season. (June 22, 2012)

Grasses, hosta, and roses create a private garden
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Grasses, hosta, and roses create a private garden room. The fire pit and seating within isn't visible from the main part of the yard. (June 22, 2012)

Raised beds in the backyard play host this
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Raised beds in the backyard play host this year to herbs, tomatoes, potatoes and peppers. (June 22, 2012)

An experiment: zucchini growing in a Miracle-Gro grow
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An experiment: zucchini growing in a Miracle-Gro grow bag. So far, so good. (June 22, 2012)

I love Egyptian walking onions: Stems can be
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I love Egyptian walking onions: Stems can be used as scallions would, and at the top of each is a cluster of shallot-like bulbs. Underground, larger onions grow and can be cultivated later in the season or simply left in the ground. As stems get top heavy, they bend toward the ground and the shallot-like cluster plants itself. Next year, another plant grows from the planted cluster a distance away from the mother plant, hence the name "walking" onion. (June 22, 2012)

Tomatoes in cages in their raised bed in
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Tomatoes in cages in their raised bed in the backyard. (June 22, 2012)

Squirrels usually get my pears before I do,
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Squirrels usually get my pears before I do, but at least I get to enjoy looking at them while they ripen for the rodents. (June 22, 2012)

Contained mint, as all mint should be. (June
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Contained mint, as all mint should be. (June 22, 2012)

These Limoncello roses bloom all summer long. (June
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These Limoncello roses bloom all summer long. (June 22, 2012)

This 'Let's Dance Starlight' lacecap hydrangea blooms on
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This 'Let's Dance Starlight' lacecap hydrangea blooms on old and new wood all summer long. (June 22, 2012)

Maddie the mutt nosing around the front border.
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Maddie the mutt nosing around the front border. (June 22, 2012)

Knockout 'Rosa' roses, Achillea (yarrow), lamb's ears, and
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Knockout 'Rosa' roses, Achillea (yarrow), lamb's ears, and catmint (Nepeta 'Walkers Low') in full bloom -- all at once, just as they should be. (June 22, 2012)

Sedum 'Autumn joy,' Asiatic lilies, daylillies roses and
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Sedum 'Autumn joy,' Asiatic lilies, daylillies roses and butterfly weed getting ready to bloom. (June 22, 2012)

The yellow blades of golden Japanese Forest Grass,
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The yellow blades of golden Japanese Forest Grass, Hakone 'Aureola' plays nicely off the purple flowers of Nepeta 'Walkers Low' catmint, with chartreuse creeping jenny and purple Lamium filling in the bare spots. (June 22, 2012)

Desert rose Adenium 'Kissable pink' (June 22, 2012)
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Desert rose Adenium 'Kissable pink' (June 22, 2012)

Because they get droopy, I secured these Campanulla
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Because they get droopy, I secured these Campanulla to the arbor around the front gate. (June 22, 2012)

This Buddleia 'Black Knight' is more than 8
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This Buddleia 'Black Knight' is more than 8 feet tall. (June 22, 2012)

Daylilies, butterfly weed, catmint and roses.
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Daylilies, butterfly weed, catmint and roses.

Awaiting planting in the temporary shelving that adorns
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Awaiting planting in the temporary shelving that adorns the front porch for a few weeks every spring. (June 22, 2012)

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