Top 10 Easiest Perennials

Browse these pictures of flowers, and find an assortment of low-maintenance plants that will give you color in the garden from spring to fall.

  • Colorful Shade Garden

    Astilbe

    Feathery flower clusters appear above the fern-like foliage in midspring. Astilbe comes in shades of pink, rose and white.

  • Delicate Pink Peonies

    Peony

    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.

  • Dramatic Hosta

    Hosta

    With hostas you get a bright splash of foliage color that lasts all season long. Tubular flowers appear on tall stalks in midsummer.

  • Coneflower

    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.

  • Purple Mexican Bush Sage

    Salvia

    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.

  • Bright Yellow Achillea Flowers

    Yarrow

    This drought-tolerant perennial with its flat-topped blooms and ferny foliage are a welcome addition to the summer garden.

  • Cheerful Yellow Flowers

    Black-eyed Susan

    Depending on the variety, this prolific, drought-tolerant perennial produces dozens of flowers in midsummer to fall.

  • Vivid Purple Russian Sage

    Russian sage

    Very drought tolerant, Russian sage adds color to the late summer and fall garden. Pair it with ornamental grasses.

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