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powerhouse plants by Graham Rice

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There may be a few lucky gardeners who have unlimited space, unlimited time, and unlimited budgets, but I've yet to meet one. Most of us have gardens in which every square foot is precious, and we have to do our gardening in whatever spare moments we can snatch from busy lives, and without breaking the bank.

The upshot of these harsh realities is that we can't afford to fill our gardens with plants that do just one thing for only a brief period (you know who you are). We need plants that work hard for us — that, for example, provide brilliant fall foliage as well as fragrant spring flowers, like witch hazels, or that have three seasons of interest, with frothy flowers, handsome foliage, and brilliant fall fruits, like the best cotoneasters.

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