A Few of My Favorite Perennials

When we first built our home, we had a landscape designer create a plan for us. I asked her to keep two words at the forefront of her mind as she was working on our yard:  low maintenance.

Needless to say, we have A LOT of easy care perennials in our yard. Here are a few of my favorites (we’re in Zone 5):

Rose of Sharon:  this blooms in late summer. It is a gorgeous bush with nice foliage. It gets tall – that is a six-foot fence behind it. Full sun.

“Autumn Joy” Sedum:  this plant is a member of the succulent family (read: cactus) so I never have to water it. The blooms at the top turn a beautiful red color in the fall. Full sun.

Purple Coneflower:  these are cheery, hearty, smell good and are great as a cut flower. Full sun.

Coral Bells:  love the dark color of the foliage against our gray-green colored house. Loves shade.

Pink spirea:  um…I guess I should’ve taken this picture earlier in the season. It has these tiny clusters of pretty pink blooms in early summer. This is another flowering shrub that looks great without me  having to do much to it. Full sun.

“Summer Wine” Ninebark:  this is a very hardy flowering shrub and is gorgeous when it blooms in spring. (This picture, however, just doesn’t do it justice – it’s a really pretty plant). Full sun.

“Knock-out” Rose:  absolutely spectacular, easy-to-grow shrub rose that blooms all summer long. I’ve noted several people stop their walk and come up into our driveway so they can get a better look at it. Both the flowers and the foliage are beautiful. Full sun.

Russian sage:  super hearty and very low maintenance. It does spread so make sure to plant it where you have a lot of room. Full sun.

Mandevilla:  OK, so this plant isn’t an annual in Zone 5 (it’s just too cold here in Michigan). It is a tropical flowering vine that is really quite pretty. It loves the heat and humidity. I’ve tried to winter it inside before, but haven’t had much luck. It is beautiful growing up a trellis in our newly freshened up patio.

So there you have it – a few of my favorite, easy-care perennials. Do you have others to add to the list?

I linked this post up to Centsational Girl’s Garden Link Party.

Published in: on July 23, 2011 at 5:30 am  Leave a Comment  

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