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Question: What kind of plants with flowers last long for the central valley area

Answer: You're in USDA zone 9 and can grow all kinds of beautiful plants. Here's a partial list:

1. Spicy Globe Basil
Put this tiny leafed basil in an herb pot just outside your back door. It's so fragrant and flavorful, you can harvest some for just about every meal!

2. Morning Glory, 'Glacier Moon'
Sky-blue trumpets of flowers welcome each new day with this vigorous climber. This fast advancing morning glory vine grows beautifully up a trellis or screen.

3. Psyche Mix Cosmos
Open and airy, constantly in color, and disease and insect free -- this cosmos is a must have every year in the garden. Its pink and magenta blooms will give you a feeling of wildflowers right in your back yard.

4. Sundance Kid Sunflower
"Sunny day, chasin' the clouds away..." Nothing will brighten your day more than a vase filled with the shining faces of sunflowers. Let sunflowers bring a ray of sunshine into your garden.

5. Cherry Profusion Zinnia
Zinnias are not only easy to grow, but their bright blooms are a great summer pick-me-up. Cut from these blooming beauties every day once they start flowering.

6. Painted Lady Sweet Peas
Plant these sweet peas close to a door so you can enjoy their delicious fragrance every time you walk by. Check out these pink and white delicate blooms.

7. Cup and Saucer Vine
If purple is your color - then you'll enjoy all shades of it with this colorful creeper. A show unto themselves, this beautifully blooming vine gives off a range of bright colors from late spring through early autumn.

8. Festival Series Gerbera Daisy
Love daisies? Then you will fall for this cartoon-like gerbera. Their carnival of color lasts forever in a vase and also looks terrific in the edge of the garden.

9. Woodland Flowering Tobacco
Get a whiff! Some nicotiana open at night to release their wonderful fragrance, but this one stays open all day p the entire garden with its sweet scent.

10. Impatiens All Color Mix
Impatiens are great for brightening a shaded corner and are extremely adaptable plants. No matter how dark and dreary, the area illuminates once they are planted.


1. Coral Bells, 'Palace Purple'
You'll love the deep and dramatic purple hues of this plant. Its showy foliage is also a great way to break up a floral-heavy garden.

2. Northern Sea Oats
Imagine large bushes of oats, right in the middle of your garden. Let this bushy wild perennial give your garden texture and atmosphere year after year.

3. Bleeding Heart
Be still my bleeding heart… These flowering beauties with their heart-shaped blooms are quite a sight. Drooping gently from their thin branches, you will fall in love with this magical plant.

4. Canadian Phlox, 'Laphamii'
Looking to plant something in the shade? This phlox is for you. Colorful and intriguing, these violet-blue flowers will bring a tranquil feeling to your garden.

5. Clematis, 'Ville de Lyon'
Most gardeners will say that the clematis is a popular flower because it's a vigorous climber and easy to grow. But we know better. The carmine red blooms of this ville de lyon are a stunner!

6. Hosta, 'Wide Brim'
Who doesn't love the hosta? Perfect for a shady corner, this leafy hosta will bring a great green texture to your garden and is easy to grow.

7. Cinnamon Fern
If you love lots of green, this is the plant for you. This clump-forming fern spreads slowly, and its intriguing wooly texture will surprise any fern lover.

8. Carpathian Bellflower, 'White Clips'
Imagine hundreds of white bells, right in your garden! Plant these white bellflowers to add some variety to your colorful garden and let the sun sparkle on their white blooms.

9. Purple Lilac
So, you've always wanted a lilac bush. Now is the time! Not only are lilacs popular because of their incredible scent, but the pastel blooms are unlike anything else that grows in the spring.

10. Bee Balm, 'Raspberry Wine'
Red raspberry. Deep color. Bright and cheerful. This mildew-resistant plant with its spiky flowers will bring a spirited bloom to any garden.

For even more ideas, visit your local garden center.

Enjoy your garden!

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