There are tons of perennials out there, but you tend to see the same varieties over and over again in people's yards. Here at the Better Homes & Gardens Test Garden®, we have our selection of favorite perennials that are often underused. These plants provide color and coverage to any garden, and should make their way onto your landscaping list.
Variegated Solomon's Seal
Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum,' or variegated Solomon's seal, has creamy-edged alternate leaves and usually pairs of creamy bell-shaped blooms. This plant may grow 3 to 4 feet tall, is very drought tolerant, and is hardy in Zones 3-8. The spreading and clumping habit of this plant makes it a great tall groundcover.
Bishop's Hat, also known as barrenwort, is a rare plant—one that thrives in the dry shade beneath shallow-rooted trees. It is also drought tolerant and pretty low maintenance. Bishop's Hat spreads at a moderate rate, forming a graceful, dense groundcover.
Easy and undemanding, veronicas catch the eye in sunny gardens over many months. 'Eveline' is known for its upright plant habit and violet, spired flowers. These plants are low maintenance and deer resistant.
Geranium 'Rozanne' blooms friom June to the first frost. This perennial geranium has silvery mottled foliage on spreading plants that can grow up to 3 feet wide. These plants are deer resistant and are great for slopes.
'Junior Walker' Catmint
This variety of catmint is a dwarf version of 'Walker's Low' catmint. It features textured, aromatic, gray-green foliage and lavender flowers. These plants are deer resistant and drough tolerant, and are very fast growers.