The National Garden Bureau has chosen its perennial flower of the year for 2013: the wildflower. This broad category includes natives that will thrive in any zone and any exposure, making this the most versatile choice the NGB has ever showcased. Wildflowers include some of the plants you may already have in your garden, such as columbines, coneflowers, and the New England Aster. Why not try a lesser known selection this spring, like the chocolate daisy? Wildflowers nourish bees and butterflies with their nectar, and usually require less water and pest control than exotic plants. Ask your local garden center for a recommendation for your region.
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