If you’re planning to update your landscaping or add some new flower beds in your yard, consider perennials. These flowers provide beauty year after year, and can even be divided in the Spring to plant around other areas of your landscaping.
– Coneflower. These beautiful, and recognizable, commonly pink-purple or white flowers range in height from sixteen inches to four feet, depending on the variety and bloom all summer.
– Black-eyed Susan. The bright-gold flowers generally bloom in August and do well in full sun. The spiky seed heads offer bird food during winter. The flowers can reach three feet tall and two feet wide.
– Allium. This plant is easy to grow from hardy bulbs. Purple allium, has a unique pom-pom shape and leafless stem, brings height to beds of low-growing plants. Lavender Globe Lily and Turkestan Onion varieties thrive in partial shade, making them a natural partner for the hosta.
– Hosta. Speaking of hostas, this shade-loving plant is super hardy, grows abundantly year after year, and provides a great option for areas under trees or where sunlight is at a minimum.
– Hydrangeas. Hydrangeas are especially recommended for the Midwest because of their tolerance to cold. They can become large in size, from six to eight feet tall and wide, often appear in hedges, borders or as a focal point in a a garden. They can range in colors from blues and purples to white and pink depending upon the soil in which they are planted.
– Russian Sage. These extremely low-maintenance plants range in shades of gray and amethyst,bloom in late summer or early autumn, rising three to five feet tall. It’s an excellent companion to plants such as roses, ornamental grasses or tall sedums. Be sure that the area with sage has good drainage.
– Aster. Aster grows well in dry, clay or rocky soil and blooms with flowers in the fall. The aster also is a strong companion plant to little bluestem grass and goldenrod. Pinch in early summer to prevent flopping.
– Sedum. This easy-to-grow plant is stingy with water and rich in texture and shape. By midsummer, sedum produces green broccoli-like buds, which open into large pink flower heads that deepen to rusty red by fall.
Another fun part of perennials is sharing them with friends! Talk to your neighbors and see if you can swap perennial cuttings to add even more color and diversity to your landscaping to amp your curb appeal. Many perennials also can be cut and displayed in vases indoors.