Most gardeners are familiar with classic perennials such as daylilies, peonies, hostas, and iris, but there's a whole host of lesser-known, underused perennials that can add color and interest to your garden. You may have to search for them at your garden center or an online source, but they're all worth the effort. Here are 15 of our favorite underused perennials.
Yarrow Not only does yarrow tolerate heat and drought like a champion, but this easy-growing perennial is also a great cut flower -- and deer, rabbits, and most other pests won't touch it. It comes in a number of varieties with blooms in shades of yellow, orange, red, pink, and white. Name: Achillea varieties Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall Zones: 3-9 Tips for Growing Yarrow PREV 3/16
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Power Perennials: Plants That Thrive No Matter What
Coreopsis: Hot, dry weather won’t stop Coreopsis from flowering all summer long. This American native is one of the most reliable perennials you can grow. The plants produce large quantities of yellow, orange, pink, white, red, or bicolored blooms.
Trollius ledebouri "Lemon Queen" Herbaceous Perennial has lemon-yellow double flowers and a nice compact habit. Sometimes called Buttercups, these grow well in a sunny or part-shaded border, also at the edge of a moist woodland. Flowers will last a few days when cut. Flowering Time Spring, Summer. Sun or Partial Shade. Height 50-60cm (20-24) Spread 45-60cm (18-24") Flowers For Cutting/Drying, Moist Soil, Pest Resistant. Type of garden Cottage Garden, Wildflower Garden, Woodland Garden
My 2nd favorite perennial ever. I've had the same one at my folks house for 7 years and she does NOT have a green thumb. Blooms from May til Halloween, no joke! This is Early Sunrise Coreopsis. The more sun, the better! Zone 3-9