The Q&A Archives: New perennials

Question: Next to our front porch we have a butterfly bush which is MUCH larger than we ever anticipated it would be. We trim it back and it just gets bigger and bigger. We want to relocate this bush and need some suggestions for perennials and/or bulbs that are hardy, colorful, and do not require a lot of care. This area is on the east side but is shaded by a garage and very tall blue spruce, so it doesn't get much sun.

Answer: Some of the best low maintenance plants are the native plants and here are some suggestions:
Columbine; Blue False Indigo; Blue Flag Iris; Wild Geranium; Virginia Bluebells; Fire Pink; Celandine Poppy; Sweet Joe-Pye-Weed; Cardinal Flower; Great Blue Lobelia; Summer Phlox. Of course, no shady garden would be complete without hostas and ferns of all types. You might even plant astilbes. Hope this short list gives you some good ideas!

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