Feathery flower clusters appear above the fern-like foliage in midspring. Astilbe comes in shades of pink, rose and white.
An extremely long-lived perennial, the peony produces its fragrant flowers in late spring. Often the blooms are so large that the stems have to be staked.
With hostas you get a bright splash of foliage color that lasts all season long. Tubular flowers appear on tall stalks in midsummer.
Moderately drought-tolerant, coneflower is a butterfly magnet in summer. The large daisy-like flowers on two- to three-foot-tall stems come in shades of pink, white, orange, rose and yellow.
Long-blooming spikes on drought-tolerant plants make salvia an enduring summer-blooming plant, and many varieties, like this Mexican bush sage, flower in late summer to fall.
This drought-tolerant perennial with its flat-topped blooms and ferny foliage are a welcome addition to the summer garden.
Depending on the variety, this prolific, drought-tolerant perennial produces dozens of flowers in midsummer to fall.
Very drought tolerant, Russian sage adds color to the late summer and fall garden. Pair it with ornamental grasses.