Power Perennials for your backyard

Perennials are plants that thrive and grow for more than two seasons. The top portion dies during winter and re-grows from the same root system during spring. There are many varieties of perennials that keep their leaves throughout the year and offer groundcovers or attractive borders. Here is a list of tough-as-nails perennials that can add some flower power to your landscape.
  • Daylily – These plants will blossom beautifully in sunny spots and are practically indestructible. They are insect, drought resistant and easy-care perennials that form large clumps. They offer a variety of colors and bicolors and should be divided every three to four years.
  • Buddleia – These plants commonly called the butterfly bush, will produce an abundance of nectar-rich, fragrant flowers during the whole of summer.  They are flowering shrubs which die back only to grow bigger and better the following spring. The flowers bloom in a variety of colors like blue, white, red, pink, purple, lavender and yellow when planted in sunny spots. They look their best in containers or in flower borders.
  • Russian Sage – These plants add a burst of color to your fall or late summer garden. Native to Central America, these perennials thrive in hot, dry conditions. Their eye-popping flowers with a bluish-purple tinge paired with fragrant, silvery foliage appear during the mid or late summer season and retain their colors for many weeks.
  • Hellebore – These plants burst into full bloom during the winter season. Their spirit lifting flowers excel in shade gardens owing to their white, rose, pink, green, yellow, purple, bicolored or spotted colors. Often called Christmas Rose or Lenten, they bring an inviting aura into all the dark corners of your landscape. They also make wonderful companions for flowers like Scilla and Narcissus. The plants are rabbit and deer resistant.
  • Sedum – These plants almost require no care so, make sure to put them on top of your gardening shopping list. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. Even though scrappy looking, they won’t die out during heat, drought, winter cold or infestation. Dragon’s Blood sedum is an excellent choice as it makes for an excellent groundcover for sloping areas. They are fast-growing creepers with pretty green and red foliage. They should be grown in sunny spots with a bit of partial shade.
  • Baptisia – These plants also called False Indigo can live for many years, even decades. A shrub-like perennial, the plants develop graceful and beautiful stalks of white, blue, yellow or purple flowers during the early spring season. The plants look terrific even when they are not in bloom owing to their pretty looking blue-green, pea-like foliage.
  • Coneflower – These plants are hybridized perennials that are found growing in the wild on the American prairie. They grow best in the sun, but can tolerate some light shade. Their colors vary from traditional white, yellow, orange, red and purple shades. They are grown as single-flowering forms and also as double or triple petal packed varieties. They are attractive to butterflies and birds and will bloom during early summer and fall season. 
  • Peony – These gorgeous plants are sun lovers which will bloom for decades. They get bigger and better each year. They are available in a variety of colors, shades and flower forms which includes singles, doubles, and semi-doubles. They are ideal choices for fresh cut bouquets owing to their sweet-smelling flowers.  They bloom during the months of May and June.