The obvious reason we love perennials is that the plants can be enjoyed for years to come. Does your garden need an upgrade? Give it an updated look with these unique perennial varieties that you don't see every day.

September 01, 2016

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

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.

'Eveline' Veronica

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.

'Rozanne' Geranium

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.

Comments (3)

May 24, 2018
How are these underused? I have had all of these in my garden.
April 17, 2018
Catmint sheds terribly. Yes, it blooms the lavender blue it shows above, but if you touch it, it sheds. Keep it off your porch.
April 17, 2018
Shame it is an American site.....I am in NZ ( NewZealand) where gardening is a national passion. And southern hemisphere