The best perennials for your garden

Perennial: having a life cycle lasting more than two years.

When picking out perennial plants for your garden you probably already look for the sun and shade requirements, the hardiness zone, and the mature size of the plant. But, you may also need a perennial that will grow well under a large tree or in a hot, dry area next to the street. Here are some perennials that may work well in tough sites around your yard and garden:

Perennials for Roadway Gardens (dry, poor soil, salt from winter snow removal)

  • Yarrow Achillea species
  • Milkweed Asclepias spp.
  • Aster Aster spp.
  • Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea
  • Daylily Hemerocallis spp.
  • Hosta Hosta spp.
  • Bearded Iris Iris germanica
  • Asiatic & Oriental Lily Lilium spp.
  • Bee Balm Monarda didyma
  • Catmint Nepeta spp.
  • Peony Paeonia lactiflora
  • Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia
  • Garden Phlox Phlox paniculata
  • Sedum/Stonecrop Sedum spp.
  • Speedwell Veronica spp.

Perennials that grow is clay soil

  • Columbine Aquelegia canadensis
  • New England Aster Aster novae-angliae
  • Blue False Indigo Baptisia australis
  • Feather Reedgrass Calamagrostis xacutiflora
  • ‘Karl Foerster’
  • Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea
  • Cranesbill Geranium maculatum
  • Daylily Hemerocallis spp.
  • Blazing Star Liatris spp.
  • Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia
  • Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia hirta
  • Sedum/Stonecrop Sedum spp.

Deer Resistant Perennials

  • Yarrow Achillea spp.
  • Columbine Aquilegia canadensis
  • Bubane Cimicifuga spp.
  • Coreopsis Coreopsis spp.
  • Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea
  • Peony Paeonia lactifolia
  • Poppy Papaver spp.
  • Penstemon Penstemon spp.
  • Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia
  • Lungwort Pulmonaria spp.
  • Lamb’s Ear Stachys byzantina
  • Creeping Thyme Thymus spp.

Perennials for Dry Shade

  • Ajuga Ajuga reptans
  • Lady’s Mantle Alchemilla mollis
  • Lady Fern Anthyrium angustum
  • Columbine Aquilegia canadensis
  • Goatsbeard Aruncus dioicus
  • Bergenia Bergenia cordifolia
  • Siberian Bugloss Brunnera macrophylla
  • Foxglove Digitalis purpurea
  • Sweet Woodruff Galium ordoratum
  • Cranesbill Geranium spp.
  • Dead Nettle Lamium spp.
  • Periwinkle Vinca minor

Long Blooming Perennials

  • Yarrow Achillea spp.
  • Coreopsis Coreopsis spp.
  • Cheddar Pinks Dianthus spp.
  • Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea
  • Blanket Flower Gaillardia spp.
  • Cranesbill Geranium spp.
  • False Sunflower Heliopsis helianthoides
  • Daylily Hemerocallis
  • Shasta Daisy Leucanthemum spp.
  • Blazing Star Liatris spp.
  • Blue Flax Linum perenne
  • Catmint Nepeta spp.
  • Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia
  • Garden Phlox Phlox paniculata
  • Balloon Flower Platycodon grandiflorus
  • Black-eyed Susan Rudbeckia fulgida
  • Salvia Salvia nemorosa
  • Sedum/Stonecrop Sedum ‘Autmun Joy’
  • Speedwell Veronica spicata
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