The Best Easy-Care Perennial Flowers
Add a profusion of colorful flowers that come back every year with these no-fuss plants.
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 six of our favorite low maintenance perennial flowers. Most perennial geraniums bloom in spring and early summer, and offer cheery flowers in shades of pink [MUSIC] Purple, blue and white. Perennial Geraniums are usually ignored by deer and rabbits and some offer attractive foliage too. Standouts include Rosanne, which blooms from June to frost with lavender blue flowers, and Dragonheart, which blooms all summer with purple flowers that have striking black centers. Perennial flowers don't get much easier to grow than Daylilies. Lilies. They're in 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 flower lasts just a day, the plants produce lots. lots of them. Get a little extra bang for your garden by growing rebloomers. They produce summertime flowers in two or three waves instead of just once. Also look with your nose. Sunday lilies are enticingly fragrant. Plus the flowers are edible. Use the petals to add a little color and texture to your summertime salads. Blanketflower is a tough midwestern parrot plant that blooms all summer long. Its daisy-shaped blooms come in shades of red, yellow, and orange, and are a sure-fire way to attract butterflies to your yard. Once established, this perennial flower resists hot, dry conditions like a champ. It's also a fantastic flower to cut and bring inside for bouquets. Yarrow is a perfect companion to blanket flower. Both of these perennials stand up to heat and drought and bear tons of blooms over the summer. Yarrow flowers appear in shades of white, yellow, orange, red, and pink. And are accompanied by soft, almost ferny looking foliage. Deer and rabbits usually leave yarrow alone too. For shaded gardens you can't bear 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 six foot 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. And, it grows two to four feet tall. This sun loving perennial attracts lots of birds and butterflies too.