Althought you can't control the weather, you can make it less impactful on your garden by choosing the right plants.
Once established, you can count the perennials below to perform, even in dry summer conditions.
- Avens (Geum)
- Bellflower (Campanula portenschlagiana)
- Brown sedge (Carex flagellifera)
- Cape fuchsia (Phygelius)
- Fleabane (Erigeron)
- Giant feathergrass (Stipa gigantea)
- Giant kale (Crambe)
- Lamb's ears (Stachys)
- Pearly everlasting (Anaphalis)
- Red-hot poker (Kniphofia)
- Rose campion (Lychnis)
- Spurge (Euphorbia)
- Toadflax (Linaria)
- Valerian (Centranthus)
- Wallflower (Erysimum)
More Easy-Care Perennials for the Northwest
-Perennials, the flowers that come back every year are the perfect solution for you if you're looking to add easy care, color, and interest to your yard. Visit your local garden center and you're likely to find hundreds of beautiful varieties. To help you pick the best, here are 6 of our favorite low-maintenance perennial flowers. The most perennial geraniums bloom in spring and early summer and offer cherry flowers in shades in pink, purple, blue, and white. Perennial geraniums are usually ignored by the [unk] rabbits and some offer attractive foliage too. Standouts include Roseanne which blooms from June to frost with lavender blue flowers and Dragon Heart which blooms all summer with purple flowers that have striking black centers. Perennial flowers don't get much easy to grow than Daylilies bearing blooms in shades of purple, red, pink, peach, cream, yellow, and orange. They have almost grassy-looking foliage and bear pretty flowers on tall stalks. Though each individual flowers last just a day, the plants produce lots of them. Get a little extra bank for your garden by growing Rebloomers. They produce summertime flowers in 2 or 3 waves instead of just once. Also look with your nose. Some Daylilies are enticingly fragrant plus the flowers are edible. Use the petals to add a little color and texture to your summertime salads. Blanket flowers are tough Midwestern bearing plant that blooms all summer long. Its daisy-shaped blooms come in shades of red, yellow, and orange, and are surefire way to attract butterflies to your yard. Once established this perennial flower raises hot dry conditions like a channel. It's also a fantastic flower to cut and bring inside for bouquets. Yarrows are perfect companion to a blanket flower. Both of these perennials stand up to heat and drought and bear tons of blooms over the summer. The Yarrow flowers appear in shades of white, yellow, orange, red, and pink, and are accompanied by soft, almost funny looking foliage. The [unk] rabbits usually leave the Yarrow alone too. For shaded gardens you can't beat Hostas. These perennial flowers are really grown more for their leaves which come in shades of green, blue, and gold, and are often variegated with cream or white. Hostas range in size from 60 wide stunners to miniatures that are smaller than the palm of your hand. Phlox is a perennial flower that adds sweet fragrance to the garden in late summer. It shows off lovely blooms in shades of purple, pink, orange, red, and white. It grows 2 to 4 feet tall. The sun-loving perennial attracts lots of birds and butterflies too.