Dependable Perennials

Top Perennials

Beautiful & Low Maintenance Plants...

Everyone wants a beautiful garden but no one wants to work too hard--especially in July-- to keep it in shape. If you choose wisely, you can have both! Read through the list below and try out a few of these hard working perennials...

 

TOP LOW MAINTENANCE PERENNIALS

1. Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum) (pictured below): Robust Shasta daisies are easy to grow and will provide your garden with a sea of cheerful, white summer flowers. 
Mature size: Some varieties will reach 3 ft. tall, while others grow only inches tall.
Bloom time: July to September
Light: Full sun to light shade... blooms best in full sun
Water: Water regularly especially in extreme heat. Plants don't like soggy roots or standing water.
Soil: Add organic material to your soil prior to planting. 
Tips: Staggered yearly plantings will ensure that daisies will naturalize in your landscape. Deadhead for more blooms. 

Allium Millennium

 

Perennial Geranium (Geranium spp.) (pictured below)

Perennial Geraniums--not to be confused with Pelargonium, the easily recognizable annual-- are also known as Hardy or Cranesbill geraniums. These mounding plants are easy to grow in well-drained, moderately rich soil. Choose from pink, violet, purple, white or blue flower colors.
Mature size: 15 - 18" tall 
Bloom time: Early summer. Cutting them back after flowering often prompts a second bloom period in late summer.
Light: Full sun or part shade
Water: Prefers to be fairly dry.
Soil: Well drained
Tips: Plant Perennial geraniums so that the crown of the plant is at ground level or slightly above. Planting too deep can prevent them from flowering.

Echinacea Magnus

 

Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea pictured below)

Coneflowers are usually mid-summer bloomers with daisy-like flowers. The Purple Coneflower is a native of the American prairie and the parent of all contemporary hybrid coneflowers. Beside pink-purple, you'll be amazed at the many other varieties that bloom in red, orange, yellow, white and even green. Butterflies and bees love the nectar and even finches in the winter nibble on the dried seeds in the center cone. It's exciting to see the new varieties every year!
Mature sizes: From 2 ft. to 4 ft. tall
Bloom time: Late spring through fall
Light: Full to part shade
Water: Moderate once established. Coneflowers are drought tolerant.
Soil: Very tolerant of poor soil conditions, but perform best in soil that's rich, so mix in organic matter when planting.
Reasons to love it: Very colorful groupings attract butterflies and makes a great addition to any pollinator garden. (Red Admiral butterfly pictured.)

Nepeta cats meow

 

Tickseed (Coreopsis) 

Coreopsis is a native perennial commonly called 'Tickseed' or 'Pot of Gold.' If you are looking for lasting summer color, Coreopsis is a perfect perennial to include in your garden design. It is very low maintenance... a profuse bloomer with daisy-like flowers and very few insect pests or disease problems.
Bloom time: Many Coreopsis varieties bloom from late spring into early fall. Coreopsis verticillata blooms May - July.
Light: Full sun
Water: Drought tolerant
Soil: Happy to grow in relatively poor soil.
Reasons to love it: It's a low maintenance source of blooming color in the garden. A very popular perennial Tickseed is called Coreopsis verticillata or Threadleaf Coreopsis (pictured below). It has airy & soft, needle-like leaves and yellow flowers. Matures from 2 - 3 ft. tall and wide.

hosta blue mouse ears 

 

Hosta (Hosta spp.)

Hosta are America's most popular perennial plant for shade. They are loved for their easy care, clumping foliage in blues, dark greens, chartreuse, white-edges and a myriad of patterns. Smaller Hosta varieties tend to grow most quickly and can reach their mature size in three to five years while larger types may take five to seven years. Hostas are best planted in early spring or as soon as the heat of summer ends in early fall.

Mini Hosta 'Blue Mouse Ears' (pictured below) 
This is the classic, miniature Hosta with its thick, blue-green leaves that are almost perfectly round. Large clusters of lavender flowers grow in perfect proportion to the small leaves... appearing in mid-summer. 2008 Hosta of the Year. 
Mature size: 8" tall x 19" wide
Bloom time: Early summer to autumn
Light: Part shade to shade
Water: Medium
Soil: Average, well-drained soil
Reasons to love it: A great addition to any shade garden and a 'must' for Hosta collectors. Also, it's slug-resistant. 

 hosta blue mouse ears

 

Catmint (Nepeta) 
Catmint is an extremely low maintenance perennial with gray-green foliage and blue-purple, tubular flowers. It's in the mint family and has a sweet minty fragrance when pruned or brushed against. Once established they are a good choice for dry garden areas. Deadheading promotes additional flowering. For best results, when plants are a few inches tall, pinch back to promote bushier growth. A recommended Catmint that doesn't need deadheading is...

  
Nepeta 'Cat's Meow.' (Pictured below)
Mature size: 17-20" tall x 2 - 3' wide
Bloom time: Blue purple flowers from early summer to early fall 
Light: Sun 
Water: Drought tolerant once established
Soil: Average to poor soil
Reasons to love it: It has upright, flop-proof stems with a dense uniform habit. Plants grow into a broad spreading mound with lots of flowers making it a good choice for mass plantings, edging or containers. 

hosta pandoras box

 

Allium 'Millenium (Pictured below)
An award-winning perennial that produces a compact clump of glossy green leaves. Bright rosy purple, rounded flower clusters appear on strong stems in summer.  
Mature size: 15 - 20" tall x 10 - 15" wide
Bloom time: Mid- to late summer
Light: Part sun to sun
Water: Average
Soil: Poor, average or fertile soil... will grow in clay soil, too.
Reasons to love it: Absolutely no work for you after planting this hardy allium. The dried seed heads even look pretty through the winter months. Attracts bees and butterflies but the aromatic foliage makes it deer and rabbit resistant. 

lobelia starship series