Low Maintenance Perennials for the Garden

Perennials return year after year and require minimal care.

Perennials are the perfect choice for low-maintenance gardens. These gems return year after year and require only minimal care from you once established. Learn some of the most popular choices for sun and shade perennials. 

Best Sun Perennials 

Siberian iris - Siberian iris grows in classic purple, plus vibrant hues of yellow, pink, and white. Plants thrive in hardiness zones 3 through 8 and can grow successfully without being divided for as many as 10 years. Divide clumps to encourage spreading or promote more abundant blooms. 

Black-eyed Susan - This gold and brown bloom gives a reliable pop of color to sunny garden beds. Black-eyed Susan grows well with little care, and is hardy in zones 3-9. 

Liatris - Tall spikes of purple and pink flowers deliver major interest in the back of your garden beds. Grow liatris in zones 4 to 9 and be prepared for 36-inch tall clusters of flowers. 

Peony shrubs can grow for decades.

Peony - Attractive perennial shrubs that can grow for decades, peonies produce blooms in pink, yellow, and white hues. Grow peonies in zones 3 through 8 and enjoy long-lasting color and fragrance. 

Gaillardia - Gaillardia or blanket flowers produces red and yellow flowers that lure butterflies from summer into fall. Plant gaillardia in zones 3 through 11 and enjoy this bright, deer-resistant perennial. 

Delphinium - With its tall stalks of dark blue, purple, lavender, or white flowers, delphinium is a favorite in the perennial garden. Try delphinium in zones 3 through 7. 

Best Shade Perennials 

Bleeding heart - One of the first plants to pop up in spring, and a reliable favorite for shade gardens, bleeding heart comes in hues of pink and white. The elegant flowers last a long time. If left alone, plants can spread up to 10 feet; divide to reduce spread or multiply plants. Grow bleeding heart in zones 3 through 9. 

Lungwort - With its clusters of purple or pink flowers and silvery leaves, lungwort is a great flowering plant for shady spots. It's also rabbit and deer-resistant. Plant lungwort in zones 4-8. 

Hellebore is a shade garden, early spring bloomer.

Hellebore - Hellebore is an early-spring or late-winter shade garden bloomer that delivers rose, green, or cream flowers. Plant hellebore in zones 4-8 and enjoy the early flowers it delivers. 

Epimedium - This sweet shade ground cover is somewhat of a hidden gem. It is deer-resistant, acclimated to dry climates, and may even offer a pop of fall color. Flowers may be red, orange, yellow, pink, purple, or white depending on the variety chosen. Grow epimedium in hardiness zones 5-9. 

Find these perennials at your local garden center or nursery. To get all the tips you need to make your garden thrive, visit homechanneltv.com


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