Some Perennials Basics

Some Perennials Basics

Perennials


5 Hardy Perennials
These reliable and relatively easy-care plants are generally hardy to USDA Zone 4.
Check individual plant descriptions for specific characteristics.

Phlox
(Phlox spp.)

Different species have different growth habits, but all have showy flowers. Garden phlox (P. paniculata), also called summer phlox, grows to a height of 4 to 5 feet.

Daylily
(Hemerocallis spp.)

Sword-shaped leaves and lilylike flowers characterize this popular perennial. Ranges in height from 1 to 6 feet depending on variety.

Peony
(Paeonia spp.)

Once established, peonies are long-lived and reliable. The beautiful blooms tend to make the plant top-heavy; use supports to keep flowers upright.

Columbine
(Aquilegia spp.)

Columbine's lacy foliage and delicate flowers belie their hardiness. Hybrid strains have showy, sometime double, flowers. Prefers filtered shade and moist soil.

Bee balm
(Monarda spp.)

Forms shrublike clumps 3 to 4 feet tall; hummingbirds love the tubular flowers. Prefers moist soils; once established it will spread readily.

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