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Every Garden Needs These 10 Plants

No matter how big or small your garden, there’s always room for one more plant! You can plant different kinds of annuals every spring or change out what you put in your planter boxes to keep your garden new and interesting. But the backbone of your landscape should be a mix of perennials, shrubs, and trees for year-round color and interest. Before buying, know your USDA Hardiness zone (check yours here) to ensure a plant can survive winter in your climate. Then before planting, pay attention to how much sun or shade area an area of your garden receives. Full sun means 6+ hours of direct sunlight, while part sun is about half that. Full shade means an area gets no direct sun, or only a smidge of morning sun. Follow the plant tag or description because you can’t get around it: Sun lovers need sun to flower and flourish, while shade lovers will fry in the hot sun. There’s no sense spending money and not giving your plant a good start in life.

Here are some of our absolute favorite types of plants to round out every garden: