Perennials You'll Love
A great choice for attracting and supporting wildlife. Its flower nectar provides sustenance for pollinting insects such as bees, butterflies, moths, as well as hummingbirds; and its seed heads provide food for songbirds in fall and winter.
Pictured: 'Pardon My Cerise' bee balm
Learn more about growing bee balm.
Another long-lived perennial, astilbes prefer rich soil and filtered sun. Although easy to grow, they do require a lot of water.
Zones: 3-9, depending on variety
Pictured: 'Bridal Veil' Astilbe hybrid
Learn more about growing astilbe.
A North American native commonly called tickseed, coreopsis plants thrive in well-drained soil and full sun. Blooms attract butterflies and bloom in early summer.
Pictured: Uptick™ Gold & Bronze tickseed
Learn more about growing coreopsis.
Easy-to-grow succulents with tall, creeping, and trailing types. Sedums are low-maintenance, drought tolerant, and are rarely bothered by pests.
Zones: Varieties for Zones 3-11
Pictured: Rock 'N Round™ 'Pride and Joy' stonecrop sedum.Learn more about growing sedum plants.
This tough perennial survives drought, poor soil, and sweltering heat. With a variety of sizes, there is a yarrow for almost every purpose: low-growing ground cover to back-of-the-border staple.
Pictured: 'Firefly Sunshine' yarrow
Learn more about yarrow.
A member of the mint family, salvias are drought tolerant once established. They bloom in a variety of colors, and are perfect for use in perennial borders, baskets, and in pollinator gardens.
Pictured: Rockin'® Fuchsia salvia
Learn more about growing salvia.
Peonies bloom mid to late spring, and many change colors as they open. Peony flowers bloom in a range of colors, including white, pink, red, coral, maroon, and yellow, and most are fragrant. Peonies are also deer and rabbit resistant.
Learn more about peonies.
Superstars of the shade garden, hostas are available in a variety of sizes, from 8 inches up to 6 feet. Hosta leaves can be smooth, veined, ruffled or curled, and their colors are truly something to see.
Pictured: Shadowland® 'Autumn Frost'
Learn more about hostas.
These carefree perennials light up gardens in late summer with bright yellow to gold flowers. Combine with other pollinator-friendly plants and you’ll attract a diversity of butterflies and bees.
Learn more about black-eyed Susan plants.
Daylilies come in a rainbow of colors, love the sun, and are truly one of the most popular, low-maintenance perennials. Available in a variety of sizes, daylilies are perfect for beds, borders, mass plantings, and meadow-style gardens.
Pictured: Rainbow Rhythm® 'Orange Smoothie'
Learn more about how to grow daylilies.
Garden phlox is hardy in Zones 4-8 and is a summer garden mainstay. A long-lived perennial, it may last in the garden for decades under the right conditions. Its sweetly fragrant flowers attract bees and other pollinators to your garden.
Pictured: 'Cloudburst' tall cushion phlox
Learn more about growing phlox.
A stunning addition to borders and perennial gardens, lavender is also a natural pest repellent and deters mosquitoes, flies, and other problem insects. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are attracted to this shrubby perennial and will visit in droves.
Zones: Differs by type, varieties for Zones 5-11
Pictured: Sweet Romance® lavender
Learn more about how to grow lavender.
Bring height and color to your summer garden with delphiniums. They prefer cool, mild summers with low humidity. Bright flowers bloom on tall spikes in a wide variety of colors, including true blues, lavender, purple, pink, scarlet, white, and a rare yellow.
Pictured: 'Million Dollar Blue' delphinium
Learn more about delphiniums.
Popular perennials, and for good reason—coneflower plants are heat and drought resistant, and easy to care for. They bloom for months in a variety of colors, make great cut flowers, and attract a host of pollinators.
Pictured: Summersong™ Firefinch™
Learn about growing coneflower.
With sky blue to lavender flowers, this perennial thrives in hot, dry gardens. Russian sage grows best in full sun and well-drained soil.
Pictured: 'Denim 'n Lace' Russian sage
Learn more about how to grow and care for Russian sage.
Shasta daisies are a classic, perfect for garden beds and borders and combine well with other summer-blooming perennials like yarrow, daylilies and Russian sage. Excellent for cut-flower gardens as well.
Pictured: Amazing Daisies® Daisy May®
Learn more about Shasta daisies.
A cottage garden staple, dianthus bloom best in full sun, but can also tolerate some partial shade. The perennial form of this species is commonly referred to as pinks. Grow dianthus along borders, in a window box or container for spring to summer (and sometimes fall) blooms.
Pictured: Fruit Punch® 'Classic Coral'
Learn more about how to grow dianthus.
Not many other plants can match the features of coral bells – multi-season interest, striking foliage, long-lasting flowers, low maintenance, and many color options. Plus, they’re rarely bothered by deer or rabbits.
Pictured from top to bottom: Primo® ‘Pretty Pistachio’, Primo® ‘Mahogany Monster’, and Primo® ‘Black Pearl’. See all coral bells from Proven Winners.
Learn more about coral bells.