Design a Showy Flowerbed with These 5 Easy-Care Perennials
Costa Farms gardening expert, Justin Hancock shares valuable design tips for selecting and planting perennials and ideal companion plants. Because they come back year after year, require little watering, are long-blooming, and offer a variety of textures, shapes and colors, Hancock says perennials are the backbone of any beautiful garden. He suggests starting with these five beautiful, easy-care perennials to instantly transform any garden.
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Low-Maintenance Rudbeckia Second on Hancock’s list is rudbeckia, also known as Black-eyed Susan. It develops wave after wave of cheerful daisy-like blooms from early summer to fall. Most varieties grow around 2 feet tall and are great cut for bouquets. Because rudbeckias are native to the central and eastern parts of the United States, they are also naturally drought and insect resistant.
Sun-Loving |Zone: 3-10| Bloom Time: Late summer to fall
Companion Plant: Aster
Rudbeckia gives a brilliant gold and aster comes in stunning shades of blue and purple. You can’t go wrong combining gold with blue or purple. Plus, aster is fantastic for attracting butterflies.
The loose and informal look of rudbeckia makes an ideal plant for cottage style gardens. If you don’t want the loose and informal look, then do a mass planting of rudbeckia. The eye will be paying more attention to the bold color and won’t notice the habit as much.