These 9 perennial plants are proven to be winners in almost any garden. You will find that many of them are native to North American and grow in the wild. Most can tolerate a variety of conditions, which is what makes them so low maintenance. Read on to find out more!
1. Black-Eyed Susan
Black-eyed Susans are native to North America, you’ve probably spotted them growing as wildflowers. Black-eyed Susans are very easy to care for. They are drought resistant and grow in a variety of soils. While they prefer full sun they will grow in partial shade. Besides being beautiful and low maintenance, black-eyed Susans attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. Unfortunately, they also attract deer and rabbits so plant them with repellant plants for best results.
There are a wide variety of salvias, from woody subshrubs to annuals. They offer fragrant foliage that provides deer resistance. Once established, they require almost no attention. Salvias are a favorite of hummingbirds and bees, so these easy to grow plants will also attract pollinators to your garden.
Coreopsis is a native to Americas prairies and woodlands. It’s low maintenance, drought tolerant and long blooming. It can grow in full sun to partial shade. Once Coreopsis is established it requires very little water. It’s also very pest resistant. Coreopsis makes a great filler in planting beds because of its tall height and wide spread.
There are many of varieties of sedum, characterized by thick succulent plants, fleshy stems and clusters of star-shaped flowers. Sedum does best in full sun and tolerates some shade. Sedum is a very hardy plant that requires little water or care. Sedum will grow in areas other plants will not survive. There are many varieties of sedum so they work in a variety of situations. Low-growing sedum works as a ground cover and in rock gardens. Taller works well for back borders.
Coneflower, also known as Echinacea, is a bright, colorful, daisy like flower with a raised center. Coneflowers are relatively drought tolerant and can handle heat very well. Coneflowers grow best in the sun but tolerate some shade. Coneflowers are native to North America and grow naturally in the wild. They make a wonderful addition to any garden because they attract pollinators like bees and butterflies as well as repelling pests like deer.
6. Itoh Peony
Itoh Peonies are a relatively new variety of peonies, they are a cross between herbaceous and tree peonies. They grow about 3 1/2’ tall, bloom longer and have much thicker stems that hold up their flowers better than herbaceous peony varieties. Once established Itoh Peonies only require regular watering. They tend look best when dead blooms are removed, but it’s not necessary. They thrive in full to part sun in well-drained soil. Itoh Peonies are disease resistant and bees love them!
Daylily flowers last only a day but a mature bunch of coneflowers can produce over 400 blooms each month. Daylilies work in planting beds but are also frequently used as a ground cover. Daylilies are rarely affected by any disease. They are very drought tolerant and require little ongoing care while growing.
There are over 2,500 cultivators of hostas with a variety of leaf shape, size, and texture. Hostas are shade plants, but some can tolerate more sun than others. A good rule of thumb is that hostas with lighter leaves can tolerate more sun and those with darker leaves need the most shade. Hostas are very rugged plants that need almost no care once established. Hostas tolerate summer heat and drought very well and make an excellent ground cover and filler plant. The one downside to the easy growing hosta is that they provide a tasty treat for snails and deer. This can be prevented if planted with deer resistant plants and there are a number of ways to prevent snails from attacking. https://www.hostasdirect.com/blog/get-rid-of-slugs-eating-hostas/
9. Groundcover Rose
Groundcover roses are different from your traditional roses. They are not actually a ground cover but they grow low and wide, and can cover a large area easily. Ground cover roses are compact, fuss-free and bloom profusely. Other than fertilizer they require very little work. They can be cut back and will grow back quickly and continue to give a great show. Ground cover roses are deer resistant and grow best in the sun.
Give these plants a try and you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful garden that only looks like a lot of work.