Our photos of garden perennials include all-time favorites such as Astilbe, Campanula, Clematis, Cone Flower, Coreopsis, Daylilies, Dianthus, Hosta and Lavender. Since these plants come back every year, Perennials will fill voids in the flower garden and save money since they don't need to be replanted every year like summer annuals.

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ACHILLEA 'Moonshine'
Silver foliage with yellow flowers through summer.
Andromeda Blue Ice


Bog Rosemary
Low, spreading plant tolerates wet, compacted acid soils. New foliage is silvery gray turning to blue green. Pinkish-white fragrant flowers are bell-shaped. Dwarf growth to 1 foot tall x 3 feet wide.
Silvermound perennial


ARTEMISIA schmidtiana 'Silvermound'
Wormwood, Angel's Hair
Bright silver foliage with growth to 18" high x 18" wide. Full sun. Commonly used in rock gardens and perennial borders.


Meadow Sweet
This deer-proof perennial prefers moist soil in partial shade. Harvest for cut flowers when they are half open.
Rose colored astilbe


ASTILBE 'Hennie Graafland'
Astilbe Hennie Graaf
Rose colored plumes in summer above dark green foliage. Best in masses. Grows to 18-inches tall in light shade.
Red astilbe


ASTILBE arendsii 'Glow'
Astilbe Glow
Dark red plumes midsummer. Prefers moist, rich, acid soil and light shade. Grows to 30-inches tall.
Pink Astilbe


ASTILBE chinensis 'Visions in Pink'
Visions in Pink
Thrives in shady, moist locations. Pink plume blossoms in summer. Grows to 15-inches tall.
Visions in Red astilbe


ASTILBE chinensis 'Visions in Red'
Visions in Red
Sweet-scented purplish-red plumes in mid to late summer. Part to full shade. Grows to 14-inches tall.
Lady Fern


ATHYRIUM filix-femina
Lady Fern
Prefers shade and rich, well-drained soil in a sheltered location. Hardiness zone 4 to 8. Rabbit tolerant. Grows 1 to 3 feet tall with similar spread.
Japanese Painted Fern


ATHYRIUM nipponicum
Japanese Painted Fern
Eye-catching fern due to its tri-colored fronds. Grows 10 to 20" tall.
Ursulas Red Fern


ATHYRIUM niponicum var. pictum
Ursula's Red Fern
Prefers a shady, sheltered location with rich soil kept evenly moist. Best color in light shade. Grows 12 to 18 inches tall and wide.
Jack Frost brunnera


BRUNNERA macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
Jack Frost
Wide heart-shaped frosty-silver leaves with light green veins. Blue flowers with yellow centers. Partial shade. Grows up to 15-inches tall.
Samantha campanula


CAMPANULA carpatica 'Samantha'
Blue Clips Samantha
Grows in low spreading mound to 10-inch height. Mildly fragrant violet-blue flowers from May thru September. Sun to partial shade.
White campanula


CAMPANULA carpatica 'White Pearl'
Bellflower White
Compact growth into a spreading clump with bell-shaped white flowers in summer. Part to full sun.

Clematis archway


CLEMATIS x jackmanii
Jackman Clematis
Deciduous vine with large flowers in various colors during late spring to early summer. Often trained up a lamp post or garden trellis. Sun to partial shade.
Lily of the Valley


Lily of the Valley
A favorite with the ladies that does well in moist shade.

Sandy's Garden Tips on Perennials

Q. When is the best time to divide perennials? I have peonies, daylilies and Siberian irises that need to be divided.

A. Late summer or early fall is an ideal time to divide peonies, daylilies and iris and many other perennials. They have been producing carbohydrates via photosynthesis all summer and have sufficient reserves in their roots. Also, soil temperatures are warm, which encourages strong root growth, but air temperatures are cooler, which is less stressful for newly divided plants. We tend to have more rain in the fall, too, which keeps those new divisions hydrated without you having to water as frequently. You may want to wait and divide early spring bloomers right after they finish flowering because they may not bloom if you divide them in fall.

Autumn Blush coreopsis


COREOPSIS 'Autumn Blush'
Autumn Blush
Peach-yellow flowers with red eyes, blooms all summer. Full sun with growth to 24-inches tall.
Jethro Tull coreopsis


COREOPSIS 'Jethro Tull'
Jethro Tull Coreopsis
Golden-yellow blooms with growth to 15-inches tall. Compact plant best in full sun to part shade.
Tickseed Coreopsis 'Moonbeam'


COREOPSIS verticillata 'Moonbeam'
Fernlike foliage with lemon-yellow daisylike flowers that bloom throughout the summer months. 1992 Perennial of the Year.
Dianthus Cranberry Ice


DIANTHUS 'Cranberry Ice'
Pink and rose colored flowers with a cranberry red eye and a pink edge. Fragrant blossoms measure 1-1/2 inches across.
Firewitch Dianthus


DIANTHUS gratianopolitanus  'Firewitch'
Cheddar Pinks
Growth to 8" tall x 12" wide. Magenta-pink blooms exude a clove scent. Silvery-blue evergreen foliage. Deadhead for best repeat bloom in fall.
Peppermint Star Dianthus


DIANTHUS  'Peppermint Star'
Cheddar Pinks
Grey-green foliage. Raspberry-pink blossoms with wine-red centers. Dwarf habit. Spicy scent. Requires good drainage.
Bleeding Heart


Bleeding Heart
Red, pink or white flowers, with growth up to 4 ft depending on the variety. Prefers well-drained but moist soil. Grow in partial shade.
Autumn Brilliance Fern


DRYOPTERIS erythrosora 'Brilliance'
Brilliance Autumn Fern
Green summer fronds have a russet color in spring and fall. Zone 5 to 8. Grows to 2-feet tall and wide. Tolerates morning sun and dry shade once established.

Robust Male Fern


DRYOPTERIS felix-mas undulata 'Robusta'
Robust male fern
Semi-evergreen fern with emerald-green colored fronds. Low maintenance, naturalizes well. Fast growth to 48" high x 24" wide. Shade to part shade.
Yellow coneflower


ECHINACEA 'Big Sky Sunrise'
Sunrise Coneflower
Lemon-yellow flowers with drooping petals July to September. Full sun. Grows to 30-inches tall.


ECHINACEA purpurea
The most common varieties have pink daisy-like flowers through the summer months. Coneflowers also include purple and white flowered varieties.
Heather 'Purple Bell'


ERICA cinerea
'Purple Bell' Heather
Silver Lace Vine


FALLOPIA 'Pink Flamingo'
Silver Lace Vine
Light pink flowers fade to white on a fast growing vine. Grows 20 ft tall in partial to full sun.

Daylily in bloom


Grown for their colorful mid-summer blossoms which each last one day. Hardy plants with a wide color range. Divide clumps every few years. 


Stella d'Oro Daylily


Stella d'Oro Daylily
Very popular daylily, with repeat blooming from June to frost.
Coral Bells 'Caramel'


HEUCHERA 'Caramel'
Caramel Coral Bells
Apricot-tinted foliage with growth to 12" tall and 18" wide. Tolerant of heat. Pink flowers in spring. Grows well in the garden or a container.
Paris Coral Bells


Paris Coral Bells
White-veiled green leaves and deep rose colored flowers. Repeat bloomer up to frost. Grows to 12-inches in partial shade.
'Raspberry Regal' Coral Bells


HEUCHERA 'Raspberry Regal'
Raspberry Regal Coral Bells
Grow in part shade, to full sun with adequate moisture. Raspberry red flowers on 24" stems, with foliage growth to 18" wide.
'Silver Scrolls' Heuchera


HEUCHERA 'Silver Scrolls'
Silver Scrolls Coral Bells
Silver over burgundy creates an attractive foliage that can withstand hot summers. Growth to 12" wide with white flower stems in late spring to 24" tall.
Tango Heuchera


Tango Coral Bells
Compact plant with metallic veiled purplish leaves and fuchsia-pink flower spikes. Part sun. Spikes grow to 14-inches tall.
Citronella Coral Bells


HEUCHERA 'Citronelle'
Citronelle Coral Bells
Heat tolerant, but needs part to full shade to protect its yellow foliage. Good in the garden or a container. Growth to 14" tall x 12" wide.
Hostas do well in the shade but deer love to eat them!

White variegated hosta doing well in partial shade


Plantain Lily or Funkia
Grown for their attractive foliage.
Prefer some afternoon shade. Don't plant in deer browse areas. Slugs can be a problem.
Climbing Hydrangea


HYDRANGEA petiolaris
Climbing Hydrangea
Vine form of Hydrangea that climbs well and provides a nice white flower. Great for a trellis or that narrow area which needs softened. Plant in partial shade to full sun. 
Variegated Iris


IRIS pallida 'Aureo Variegata'
Gold Variegated Sweet Iris
Variegated foliage adds interest to this Iris even when it's not blooming. Full sun to part shade. Tolerates wet soil very well.
Knautia Thunder and Lightning KNAUTIA macedonica 'Thunder and Lightning'
Field Scabiosa
Plants grow to 15" tall  and like sun. Summer bloomer with magenta colored flowers. Leaves have serrated edges with contrasting lightning bolt variegation. Good for cut and dried flowers, birds like the seeds. Zone 4 to 7.
LAMIUM Pink Pewter


LAMIUM 'Pink Pewter'
Pink Pewter Lamium
Excellent ground cover for partial to full shade. Soft pink flowers. Growth to 6" tall, space on 16" centers. Heat tolerant. Deer and rabbit resistant.


LAVENDER "Munstead Strain'
Lavender Munstead
Fragrant lavender flower spikes during summer contrasted against blue-gray foliage. Prune for repeat blooming.
Variegated Liriope


LIRIOPE muscari 'Variegata'
Lily Turf
Variegated herbaceous perennial grown in full sun to partial shade as a ground cover or border in Zones 5 - 10. Grows 18" tall and 24" wide with a purple bloom in late summer. Cutback in early spring to remove old foliage.
Grace Ward Lithodora


LITHODPRA diffusa 'Grace Ward'
Plant in full sun. Growth to 8" tall x 4 ft wide. Blooms spring to summer.
Ostrich ferns unrolling their new fronds


MATEUCCIA struthopteris
Ostrich Fern
Tall (3 to 4 ft) variety of fern that spreads and does best in evenly moist shade.

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