Looking for some no-fail, unfussy perennials to add to your landscape? Look no further! Here’s a quick list of some garden beauties that are long-lived, thrive in Utah’s summer heat, and will continue to flower for you, year after year.
1. Coneflower (Echinacea):
This plant comes in all sorts of fun colors, and also comes in various heights! So, depending on the type you choose, these plants will either be short and squatty (perfect for borders), midsize, or tall and wispy (gorgeous when paired with a grouping of ornamental grasses). Try ‘Sundown,’ ‘Harvest Moon,’ and ‘Magnus.’
Also known as Tickseed, these plants form a low mound of green leaves and are armed with tons of tiny daisy-like flowers. Try ‘Presto’ and ‘Rising Sun.’
These plants form a low mound of deeply-cut green leaves, that bear tall spikes of showy blue, lavender, or white flowers. Try any of the ‘Guardian Series’ such as ‘Guardian Lavender,’ ‘Guardian Blue,’ and ‘Guardian White.’
Which is also known as the Blanket Flower, has low mounding green leaves and daisy-like blooms that come in shades of yellow, red, and orange. They are great in a summer border because of their long season of bloom. Try any of the ‘Gallo Series’ Gaillardia, such as ‘Dark Bicolor,’ ‘Peach,’ ‘Orange,’ and ‘Red.’
Loose sprays of white or pink flowers that reach between 2 ½ – 4 feet tall,. These plants look beautiful moving in the wind, almost like a cluster of small butterflies! Try ‘Whirling Butterflies,’ ‘Ballerina,’ and ‘Siskiyou Pink.’
Great touch of color in the border of a part sun/shade garden! These plants form low leafy mounds that send up slender, wiry stems of tiny bell-shaped, pink or white blooms. They come in shades of lime, deep plum, chocolate, and more. Try ‘Southern Comfort,’ ‘Georgia Peach.’
The fragrant flowers and foliage make it a favorite for herb gardens and in the perennial border! Try ‘Hidcote Blue,’ ‘Blue Cushion,’ ‘Provence,’ and ‘Munstead.’
Low, bushy mounds of green leaves that produce lots of trumpet shaped blooms. Try ‘Rondo,’ which is a mix of red, pink, lilac, and purple.
This long blooming butterfly magnet has huge daisy flowers with large deep green and glossy leaves. Try ‘Herbstsonne’.
This plant has a rich display of spiky deep purple flowers that remind you very much of a lavender plant. They can reach 3 to 4 feet tall by 4 to 6 feet wide, depending on the variety. Try ‘Caradonna’ and ‘East Friesland.’