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A sample perennial garden plan designed by
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A brief description of a few popular perennials used in this plan.*

* Alchemilla mollis:
The folded leaves of "Lady's Mantle" are filled with glistening dewdrops at dawn, the hour when dew was once believed to have held magical powers. Medieval alchemists noted the jewel-like dew and collected this liquid for use in their gold-making recipes. The plant itself is a workhorse, and will tolerate poor soil and shade. The floriferous yellow-green panicles rise above the leaves in a graceful, airy fashion from June through August.

* Campanula persicifolia:
The peach-leaved bellflower is an old fashioned romantic favorite beloved through the centuries for its tall, graceful stalks carrying large lavender blue bells. Deadheading the bells when they fade will result in a second showing of blooms. Blossoms late June through July.

* Stachys lantana:
Lamb's Ears are a real child pleaser. The gracefully shaped, wooly white leaves deserve use in the front of the perennial border, to contrast other perennials. To create a silvery mat, cut down the flowering stalks and dry them for use in arrangements. Stachys thrives in ordinary soil and sun.

* Coreopsis verticillata Moonbeam:
This plant is a real standout. Pale yellow flowers are borne in abundance above the fine, lacy foliage. Moonbeam is ironically a sun lover. Continuous bloom is this plant's specialty. Blooms from July to October.

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