16 long-lived perennials that will last for decades with little care

16 long-lived perennials that will last for decades with little care

Plant perennials and they will generally come back year after year, rather than needing to replant as annuals do. But not all perennials are the same. Some will bloom beautifully for a few seasons and then slowly decline unless you intervene, while others have serious staying power, lasting for decades without requiring much care from you. Here's a roundup of the longest-lived perennial varieties you can try in your garden.

Peony

Andreas Trautmansdorf

If you want to leave a blooming legacy, plant peonies (pioneer Prosecution.). These hardy perennials will last for decades. In fact, peonies grown in the Better Homes and Gardens Test GardenĀ® in the 1950s still bloom vibrantly today. Add mesh stakes around your peonies to provide support when the plants bloom to prevent the flowers from collapsing.

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil

measuring: to 3 feet

Regions: 3-8

Liriobi

Dean Shopner

It is also called lilyturf (Liriobi spp.) liriope has narrow, grassy leaves that can be green or variegated. It is an excellent ground cover or edging plant that is often planted for erosion control on steep slopes. This perennial problem solver can continue for years. In fact, it has been found growing in long-abandoned southern gardens.

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil

measuring: to 18 inches

Regions: 5-10

Liriope is considered invasive in some areas of the country.

Daylily

Bob Stefko

Despite their long-lasting power, daylilies (Hemerocallis The prosecution.) Vigorous enough to grow and thrive in commercial areas, along highways, and steep hillsides. Available in an endless array of colors, bi-colors, and flower shapes, daylilies will last in your garden for years. They need to be divided every few years to keep them blooming, but the plants will survive even if you ignore them.

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil

measuring: to 1 foot tall

Regions: 3-10

Hosta

Greg Ryan

Year after year you can count on hostas (Hosta spp.) to brighten shaded corners in your landscape. Cultivars for your shade garden are available in many colors, sizes, leaf shapes and textures. Their only enemies are snails, slugs and deer, so if you can keep those pests away, you'll be able to enjoy hostas long after you plant them.

Growing conditions: Part to full shade and well-drained soil

measuring: to 3 feet

Regions: 3-8

iris

Rob Cardillo

The iris family boasts a large number of long-living relatives. Bearded iris, shown here, They can often be found blooming around abandoned homes or in historic cemeteries. Siberian and African iris are two other species that will persist in your garden with little attention from you. All irises, including those that bloom, should be divided every few years to promote flowering, but they will survive even without the extra attention.

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

measuring: to 3 feet

Regions: 3-10 for bearded. 3-8 for Siberia. 9-11 for the African

Oriental poppy

David Nevala

After seeing its crepe paper-like flowers, you might think that the oriental poppy (Anemone oriental) It is a delicate plant, but this perennial powerhouse will thrive despite the harshest conditions. In fact, it has been found growing around long-neglected farms. Native to Central Asia, the oriental poppy survives summer drought by going dormant after flowering in the spring and then reemerging in early fall. Once poppies are established in the garden, it is best not to move them; However, poppies can be divided and planted in the fall, if necessary.

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

measuring: to 3 feet

Regions: 3-7

Baptisia

Susan Gilmore

Commonly called false indigo, baptism (Baptisia australis) It is a native meadow plant that has been given a modern twist with a number of new color options. These tall, trailing perennials develop gorgeous spikes of pea-like flowers and blue-green foliage that are beautiful enough to stand on their own. Because they are naturally drought and insect resistant, Baptism will last for decades in your garden. It's relatively slow growing, so buy the largest plant you can find to enjoy its flowers as quickly as possible.

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil

measuring: to 4 feet

Regions: 3-9

It will last

Peter Cromhardt

Sedums are drought tolerant and almost guaranteed (It will last spp.) come back year after year. There are many sedum species to choose from, but some of the best sedums are ground cover varieties, such as 'Dragon's Blood', shown here. These beautiful rock garden plants will slowly cover your garden with color even under extreme weather conditions.

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

measuring: to 6 inches

Regions: 4-9

Mint

Edward Julich

Apparently pollinators can't get enough mint (Nepeta Prosecution.). Add these fuss-free plants to sunny beds and borders, where they grow beautiful, nectar-rich blue or white flowers from late spring to summer. After flowering, cut off flower spikes to encourage more blooms. Elegant mounds of fragrant green foliage look attractive in their own right, too.

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil

measuring: To 30 inches tall

Regions: 4-8

New England Aster

Janet Missick McKee

Native wildflower, New England star (Symphiotrichum New Britain) It is the best choice for providing late season color to your garden. These bold perennials are literally smothered with blue, pink or purple blooms from late summer to fall. It is a favorite plant for butterflies, especially migratory monarch butterflies, which congregate on the nectar-rich flowers. Pinching the plant before mid-July will help keep it somewhat compact, but pinning may still be necessary.

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

measuring: to 6 inches

Regions: 4-8

Agapanthus

Carles Grants

A very reliable and long-lived perennial plant in warm climates, agapanthus (Agapanthus spp.) produces tall flower stalks with colorful balls of white or blue trumpet-shaped flowers that make a gorgeous cut flower. The plants also have evergreen foliage (much like daylilies) that looks lush even when the plants are not in bloom. In northern gardens, grow agapanthus in containers and move the plants indoors during the winter.

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade

measuring: to 4 feet

Regions: 6-10

Wisteria

Denny Schrock

Often flowering for many generations, wisteria vines (Wisteria spp.) offers fragrant purple or white spring flowers. A vigorous climber, wisteria requires sturdy support because as the vine matures it can become heavy enough to collapse trellises or lightweight trellises. In northern climates, some wisteria varieties grow but do not bloom because the flower buds freeze during the winter. Look for a variety, such as 'Blue Moon', which was developed specifically for colder regions. In the south, look for native varieties that are less aggressive than the Asian species.

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

measuring: to 25 feet

Regions: 3-9

Trumpet vine

Jay Wilde

Hummingbirds will flock to your garden if you have a trumpet vine (Campsis radicals) Enlightened – blooming. This hardy native plant will quickly scramble over trellises, fences and trellises, producing masses of crimson, yellow or orange trumpet-shaped flowers all summer long. However, trumpet vine can become a weed, sending suckers all over your garden and self-seeding, so it's best to give it plenty of room. Some varieties, such as 'Apricot' and 'Indian Summer' remain more compact, so they are easier to control.

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade and average soil

measuring: to 40 feet

Regions: 4-9

Heliopsis

General Klenev

Often called the false sunflower or daisy oxy, Heliopsis (Heliopsis prosecution.) It is a native wildflower that develops wave after wave of cheerful yellow flowers in mid to late summer. They are unpretentious perennials that bloom even in poor soil or in times of drought. Its nectar-filled flowers attract butterflies and other pollinators.

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

measuring: to 6 feet

Regions: 3-9

Phlox mousse

Peter Cromhardt

One of the shorter members of the phlox family, Mos phlox (Phlox sabotage) It holds a large spring flower show every year. Covered with blue, pink, white or violet flowers, this low-growing plant is an excellent ground cover for small slopes or rock gardens. To maintain their shape and encourage potential rebellion, cut their stems by half after flowering.

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

measuring: to 6 inches

Regions: 3-9

Yarrow

Bob Stefko

yarrow (Yarrow The prosecution.) It doesn't mind drought or poor soil. It produces flat flower heads above lacy foliage in mid to late summer. Flower colors vary from yellow, cream, pink, red or bicolor. Plants can become floppy in late summer, so cut them back immediately after flowering to encourage compact growth and an extra flush of blooms.

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

measuring: to 3 feet

Regions: 3-9

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