I know there are other lists of favorite perennials out there, but I must share this list with you. If there are any other gardeners out there whose plants must thrive on neglect to survive, then this list is for you. If a plant needs to be coddled and pampered, it does not do well in our garden. What are the best hardy perennials? Here are five reliable returning perennials that need very little care. They are also well-behaved, meaning they don’t spread out of control and have to be cut back or divided each year. Read on, low-maintenance gardeners!
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What is the longest blooming perennial? At our place, it’s the bleeding heart plants. They are so delicate-looking, and the heart-shaped blossoms are fascinating to observe. It’s fun for kids to see in such an obvious way how the plant came by its name. Around our house, we have the wild variety growing in the woods. We also have a gorgeous, reliable spring bloomer growing in our backyard. Purchased from a nursery, our backyard plant is taller than its wild cousins. Also, it fits in perfectly with the purple, blue and pink color scheme I am so fond of. I never give a thought to this easy-care plant. It’s located in a mostly sunny location. If we have a long dry spell, I give it some water, but that’s about it. It’s definitely a favorite perennial in my book!
I always wanted some bluebells, then my husband rescued some unwanted bluebell plants from an improvement project where he worked. Hooray! They have done well in their partial shade location in our backyard. I welcome them back each year, just like old friends. Bluebells are easy to divide and spread around, but they aren’t invasive. Bonus!
Maybe it seems weird to include chives in a list with favorite perennials, but our chives serve both ornamental and culinary purposes. I love the cute pom-pom blooms atop the slender stalks. I consider it a bonus that I am able to nip outside to snip some chives to use in recipes during the spring and summer months.
Perfect for shady garden areas, hostas have beautiful foliage that is prized as much, if not more than, their blooms. The only challenge we have had was keeping the deer from nibbling on the tender hosta shoots in early spring. Ever since we moved the hostas to a more sheltered location in our backyard, the deer haven’t been able to find them (yet).
Also known as lungwort, because the leaves are shaped like lungs, I prefer the name pulmonaria. I can’t even remember how we acquired our first plant, but after the first one, I was hooked. We planted our first one in a mainly shady location, and it thrived. We liked it so well, we divided it, and it thrived. The delicate purplish-pink blossoms make a show in the spring, and the rest of the growing season we enjoy the spotted foliage. The plants are very low-maintenance, and add interest to our perennial garden for many months of the year. I think in this list of favorite perennials, this one is my very favorite. It never spreads too much, the deer seem to avoid it, and I don’t have to do anything to it. A definite winner!
Some Which Did Not Make the Cut
Some of you may be wondering why I left irises off of the list. We do have a lovely row of irises, and they bloom beautifully each year. However, weeding around the tubers is a pain. Also, they do need to be divided every so often. That’s on my to-do list for the fall. I love the way they look, but irises were not low-maintenance enough to make the final five on my list of favorite perennials.
Another reliable, beautiful variety of perennial we have in our yard is the peony. Peonies are fragrant, bloom profusely, and return every year for a wonderful show of blossoms in late spring/early summer. Why didn’t they make the list of favorite perennials? They need to be staked. Someone in my household did a wonderful job of staking our peonies. I’ll give you a hint: It wasn’t me! So, the staking was a deal-breaker as far as being easy-care, but I still think peonies are terrific.
What Are Your Favorites?
What are the best perennial flowers? Your list of favorite perennials may be entirely different from mine. I enjoy reading about favorite plants from folks in different geographic areas than where I live, which is the Pacific Northwest of the United States. What are your favorite perennials? I’d love to learn about them.
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