Perennials are flowers are those that live for more than two years. In the winter, the tops die down to the ground, but the roots live through the winter and put forth shoots in the spring. Perennials are known for their easy-care and their ability to provide interesting foliage even when not in bloom. With planning, you can have perennials provide blooms throughout the summer. Spreading varieties planted in well-drained soil will fill your garden quickly.
Lantana produces a delicate pink, yellow or orange flower even in drought-prone areas that grow to 6 to 10 inches tall. It flowers from summer until first frost and will attract butterflies to your garden. Lantana likes full sun and well-drained soil, and thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 to10.
Shasta daisies have white petals and will yellow centers and are an old-fashioned favorite in many gardens. They bloom from June to July and make an excellent ground cover as well as a cut flower. They are hardy from zone 4 through zone 9. They need well-drained soil and full sun exposure. Shasta daisies grow from 12 to 36 inches tall and will spread to fill garden areas.
For the biggest impact in your garden with the least amount of effort, peonies cannot be beat. They produce gorgeous, huge blooms that are fragrant and need little care outside of a little fertilizing and tying to support them. They prefer a well-drained, slightly acidic soil and will produce blooms in late summer year after year. They will spread so make sure they are given a bit of room. Peonies will grow in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 7. They prefer full sun to partial shade.
Phlox produces clusters of white, pink, red or coral blooms on tall stems. There are many varieties of phlox, some of which grow to 2 feet tall, others which are only 6 inches tall and creep quickly. Phlox is hardy from zones 3 to 8, depending on the variety. It does best in full sun, but can tolerate shade and dry weather. Stalks are strong and do not need supporting unless planted in areas of high winds.
Coreopsis is usually known for its yellow flowers, but it can come in red, pink and orange. It produces a daisy-like flower that can be 9 inches to 3 feet tall depending on variety. They are hardy in zones 4 to 9 and attract butterflies to your garden. Coreopsis loves full sun and needs well-drained soil. Their average spread is 1 to 2 feet.
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