Make gardening easier with low maintenance perennials. Just plant and watch your garden thrive as they bloom year after year. Here’s our top 10 favorite low maintenance perennials:
1. Shasta Daisy
Shasta Daisies are easy to grow. This classic perennial has large white blooms that last until early fall. Shasta daisies prefer well-drained soil. Choose from different varieties for different heights – short ones are perfect for borders and tall ones create a dramatic backdrop. A perfect low maintenance plant that are great as cut flowers!
Coneflower is a mid-summer bloomer that’s a great cut flower. There are many different varieties in many colors. Coneflower is deer resistant and attracts butterflies. Plant in full sun.
3. Hardy Hibiscus
Hardy hibiscus loves full sun and attracts both hummingbirds and butterflies. It starts blooming late in the summer producing huge flowers in shades of red, pink or white. The plant dies back in the winter and is very late to break dormancy. It’s usually mistaken for dead, but give it time and you’ll be rewarded with spectacular color!
4. Perennial Geranium
Perennial Geranium is a great border plant. Tiny brilliantly colored flowers bloom for months starting in late spring. Plant in part shade to shade. It’s resistant to rabbits and attracts butterflies.
Hostas are the “queen” of the shade garden. Primarily grown for their foliage, hostas comes in hundreds of different varieties from light green to blue leaves. Plants tolerant full sun to deep shade.
Ferns are perfect for the shade garden. Lots of different varieties, growing short to tall. Great for texture.
Catmint produce clusters of blue flowers from April thru October. It grows tall and is a vigorous grower, so give it room to spread. It is drought tolerant once established. Plant in sun to part shade, and it will attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
Coreopsis has sunny daisy-like flowers that bloom in a variety of colors, such as yellow, pink, red or bi-color. The flowers blossom early summer to midsummer. Deadheading spent blooms will increase bloom time. They attract birds and butterflies. Grows about 1 to 3 feet tall.
9. Black-eyed Susan
Rudbeckia or Black-eyed Susan is a must for the summer garden. It blooms from July to September, is deer and rabbit resistant and attracts butterflies. Plant in full sun, and be sure to remove spent blooms for more flowering.
Upright, flowering sedums are perfect for late summer and fall gardens. Sedum are drought-resistant and require very little care. The bold foliage, strong stalks, and large flower heads are stunning, especially if planted in a group.
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