Hardy in USDA zones 9 to 11, Abutilon x hybridum 'Rosea', also called pink flowering maple, is a shrub with graceful, drooping stems. Its pink blooms open in spring and summer, while the foliage stays evergreen in mild winter climates. It's lovely in hanging baskets or other containers.
Garden slugs make their presence known by chewing holes in leaves and creating slimy trails over plants and pavers. They’re the bane of hosta lovers, with their non-stop chewing turning pretty hosta leaves into lace. Control slugs by placing boards or burlap bags throughout the garden overnight. Slugs will crawl beneath before daybreak—and you can scrape them into a bucket of soapy water. Slug baits, a resident toad and a healthy population of ground beetles also help control slugs.
To turn this backyard into the serene haven imagined by the homeowner, landscape designers cleared out the patchy lawn and replaced it with fruit trees, flowering shrubs and perennials. The careful mix ensures there's something to enjoy in any season.