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.
With a long bloom time and generally trouble-free nature, coreopsis is an easy-to-grow perennial. It stands up to a little neglect when it comes to water and fertilizer, making it extremely low maintenance. A native prairie plant, this bright sunny-yellow flower is hard to miss even on a dreary day. Most coreopsis grow about 18 inches tall and produce single or double flowers.
Sun-Loving |Zone: 4-9 |Bloom Time: early to late summer
Companion Plant: Salvia
Salvia has an upright, spikey texture and coreopsis is more nicely mounded which creates great interplay in the form. Plus, both are butterfly magnets.
Because coreopsis is relatively low, it is fun to use at a border as an edging plant.