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Annual flowers for rocky area near driveway in Pennsylvania
What type(s) of annual flowers can I plant along a driveway in northeast PA? The soil is very rocky and the area is mostly shady receiving only morning and some late afternoon sun.
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Beltzville, PA
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Ashley, PA
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What perennial plants are native to northeastern Pennsylvania?
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Palmerton, PA
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Danielsville, PA
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Stroudsburg, PA
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East Stroudsburg, PA
Need an attractive plant to help stabilize a wet area in East Stroudsburg PA.
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Lansford, PA
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Tamaqua, PA
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Bushkill, PA
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Dalton, PA
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