7 of the Best Perennials (for color that comes back every year)

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Planning out your yard and want to choose the best perennials? Start here. When you picture the ideal yard, what do you see? Flowers? Fruit trees? Shrubs and other ornamental plants? The beauty of perennials lies in their ability to provide everything you need to create the ideal yard, year after year, without requiring much maintenance or special care. So whether you’re just getting started or your garden is already well-established, consider our list of the seven best perennial plants for every yard.

1) Clematis

This fragrant vine is easy to grow and a great choice if you’re looking to add some color or even some privacy to an outdoor space. There are a mind boggling array of varieties, and the gorgeous blooms also attract butterflies, making it a great choice if you’re looking to create a home for local pollinators. Clematis are extremely versatile, but need to be planted in areas where sunlight is abundant.

2) Shrub Roses

Perennial favorites, hardy shrub roses are a great addition to any garden. These tough rose bushes come in numerous colors and sizes and bloom like crazy. They’re also very easy to take care of! Roses will bloom all summer if you water them once or twice a week. Learn about winter care for your rose bushes here.

3) Lavender

Lavender is a tough perennial that grows well in many climates and prefers sandy soil. It’s easy to grow and comes back stronger each year. This fragrant flower is also very versatile – from essential oils to home decor, lavender can be used in a variety of ways. Although it can take up a bit of space, lavender is worth it when you realize how many uses you have for it around your home. Your local bees will thank you!

4) Hydrangeas

Nothing looks more like summer than a big splash of white or blue from hydrangeas. Hailing from southern China and Japan, hydrangeas grow well in plant hardiness zones 3 through 9, depending on which variety you choose to grow (find your zone here). In fact, there are over 100 different types available to gardeners today!

5) Butterfly bushes

Butterfly bushes are arguably one of the best perennial plants you can have in your garden. These gorgeous shrubs attract a wide range of butterflies, and they’re also very low maintenance (they do need a little watering during dry spells). A few things you should know before planting: it’s always good to know exactly what kind of plants grow best in your region before planting anything outside—and since there are almost as many types of butterfly bushes as there are flowers out there, it might be good to know your zone, and choose species that grow best where you live.

6) Hostas

The best perennial plants for any garden are often the less flashy, tried and true plants. On that front, hostas never disappoint. These easy-to-grow beauties come in a range of sizes and colors, from solid green to white and every shade in between; they tolerate a wide range of growing conditions (and almost any type of soil) and are equally useful in flower beds or as ground cover.

7) Shasta Daisy

The Shasta Daisy is one of America’s favorite perennials, with its cheerful white petals and sunny yellow centers. The plants are hardy, too—they can survive in a range of soil conditions and average at least 10 years under proper care. The daisy also blooms from spring to fall, so you’ll have colorful plants all year long.

Ready to get started? Check out our collection of beautiful perennials and get growing!

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