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Perennials offer many different sizes, colors and textures in both their leaves and flowers. They happen to be my favorite since the selection seems endless and they return every year. They offer a good variety for both sun and shade and there are many hardy varieties. Below I have created a list of those perennials that I have found are best performers and most reliable. I have broken the lists out into full sun and part to full shade plants.


  • Hibiscus
  • Larkspur
  • Corabell
  • Day Lily
  • Sedum
  • Balloon Flower
  • Bell Flower
  • Dianthus
  • Canna Lily
  • Balck-eyed Susan
  • Cone Flower
  • Yarrow
  • Many grass plants
  • Hosta
  • Carnation
  • Daisies
  • Gardenia
  • Mum
  • Geranium
  • Bee Balm
  • Aster
  • Mallow
  • Pincushion
  • Tickseed


  • Hosta
  • Anemone
  • Columbine
  • Astilbe
  • Grass plants
  • Viola
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Fern
  • Primrose
  • Helleborus
  • Corabell

As you can see some of these plants cross-over onto both lists since within each stated plant there are many different varieties, some that have been bred outside there normal requirements. For example, there are Corabells that do well in sun and others that require shade.

I have been careful to list only those perennials that have proven to be reliable but even these may not return from season to season depending on how severe and moist the winter. Preparing the plants for winter can help but there is no way to guaranty defeat of mother nature. Expect about a 2 to 5 percent lose each season. On the positive side, many of these plants are also known to multiple. If they are given what they require throughout the growing season they will multiple and replace any lose.

Plants like Day Lilies and Dianthus will need to be split every couple of seasons and those like Black-Eyed Susans and Anemone will reproduce from seed. Each variety has it's own time of season to bloom, some lasting longer than others. Blooming time is important when planning your garden. In order to see color all season long you will need to select plants that bloom at all different times so that the garden always has color. You can also mix in some annuals to achieve constant color. Also, the region in which you live needs to be considered. Some perennials, no matter how well prepared for winter, will not return if they are not intended for your zone. See the regional zones and corresponding temperatures to use as a guide when selecting your plants. Each plant tag will direct you on the zone or climate associated with the success of that plant.

Perennial flowers are attractive, hardy, varied and easy to grow. They can greatly enhance any landscape and provide a blanket of all season flowers. Following the simple steps and selecting the right plants makes it possible for anyone to succeed with these performers.