Gardening Right

The ultimate guide for having a more beautiful, abundant garden!

Gardening is a great way to relieve stress, get some exercise, and engage in a healthier way of life for you and your family. Watching the fruits of your labor bloom and blossom or tasting vegetables that are fresh from your own garden could never be more rewarding!

Planting Perennial Flowers


The easiest types of flowers to grow are Perennials.These plants live more than two years. Perennial are plants that flower reliably, year after year. Unlike annuals, that only live for one season, perennials are semi-permanent garden plants that need some cutting back from time to time and periodic divisions and re-planting to keep flowering their very best.

Examples of perennial flowers are listed below as well as some general characteristics of easy-care perennials:


Longevity (90 percent alive and thriving five years after planting)
Resistance to disease and insects, so you don't have spray them
Don't need to be divided more often than every four or five years
Tolerance of a wide range of growing conditions
Cold hardy Ė no winter protection needed
Good tolerance of summer heat
Long blooming period, or foliage that's attractive all season
Won't take over your garden

List of Recommended Perennial Flowers That Require Low Maintenance

  • Acanthus spinosus, Spiny Bearís Breeches. Full sun to half sun.
  • Achillea, Yarrow. Sun or part sun.
  • Aconitum carmichaelii, Azure Monkshood. Sun or part sun.
  • Adenophora, Lady Bells. Sun or part sun.
  • Agapanthus, Lily-of-the-Nile. Sun or part sun.
  • Agasthache foeniculum, Anise Hyssop. Sun or part sun.
  • Alcea rosea, Hollyhock. Full sun.
  • Alstroemeria, Liliaceae. sun or afternoon shade in hot climates.
  • Anemone x hybrida, Japanese anamone. Part sun.
  • Aquilegia Columbine. Sun or part sun.
  • Arctotis, African daisy. Full sun.
  • Armeria, Thrift. Full sun.
  • Aruncus, Goats Beard. Sun to part sun.
  • Asclepias, tuberosa, Butterfly weed. Full sun.
  • Aster. Full sun.
  • Astilbe, False Spiraea. Sun or part sun.
  • Astranthia, Masterwort. Sun or part sun. .
  • Aurinia saxatilis, Basket-of-gold. Sun or part sun.
  • Baptistia, False Indigo. Full sun.
  • Bergenia. Part shade to full shade.
  • Boltonia asteroides. Full sun to part sun.
  • Campanula, Bellflower. Sun to part sun.
  • Centaureu. Full sun.
  • Centranthus ruber, Jupiteríseard. Sun to part sun.
  • Chrysanthemum. Full sun.
  • Corydalis. Part sun.
  • Delphinium. Full sun.
  • Dianthus, Pinks. sun or part sun.
  • Diascia, Twinspur. Sun to part sun.
  • Dicentra spectabilis, Bleeding heart. Part shade to full shade.
  • Dictamnus albus, Gas Plant. Sun to part sun.
  • Digitalis, Foxglove. Sun to part sun.
  • Echinacea purpurea, Purple Coneflower. Full sun.
  • Echinops, Globe Thistle. Full sun.
  • Erigeron, Fleabane. Sun to part sun.
  • Eriogonum, Wild buckwheat. Full sun.
  • Eryngium amethystinum Sea holly. Full sun.
  • Erysimum, Bowles mauve. Sun or part sun.
  • Felicia amelloides, Blue marguerite. Full sun.
  • Filipendula, Meadowsweet. Sun or part sun.
  • Gaillardia x grandiflora. Full sun.
  • Gaura lindheimeri. Full sun.
  • Gazania asteraceae. Sun or part sun.
  • Geranium, Cranesbill. Sun or part sun.
  • Gerbera jamesonic, Transvaal daisy. Sun or part sun.
  • Geum roaceae. Sun or part sun.
  • Gypsophila caryophyllaceae. Full sun.
  • Helenium outumnale, Sneezeweed. Full sun.
  • Helleborus, Hellebore. Part shade to full shade.
  • Hemerocallis, Daylily. Sun to part sun.
  • Heuchera, Coral Bells. Sun to part sun.
  • Hibiscus moscheutos, Perennial hibiscus Rose Mallow.Full sun.
  • Hosta, Hostas. Half sun to shade.
  • Iberis sempervirens, Evergreen candytuft. Sun to part sun.
  • Iris germanica, Bearded Iris. Full sun.
  • Isotoma fluviatilis, Blue Star Creeper. Sun to shade.
  • Kirengeshoma palmata, Yellow waxbells. Pat shade to full shade.
  • Knautia macedonica, Knautia. Full sun.
  • Kniphofia uvaria, Torch Lily. Full sun
  • Lamium maculatum, Spotted Dead Nettle. Shade to dense shade.
  • Lavandula angustifolia, English Lavender. Full sun.
  • Leucanthemum x superbum, Shasta Daisy.Full sun.
  • Liatris spicata, Spicata. Full sun.
  • Ligularia stenocephala, The Rocket. Full sun.
  • Limonium latifolium, Sea Lavender. Full sun to half sun.
  • Linaria purpurea, Toadflax. Sun to part sun.
  • Linum perenne, Perennial blue flax. Full sun.
  • lobelia cardinalis, Cardinal flower. Sun to part sun.
  • Lupinus Russell Hybrids, Hybrid Lupine. Full sun to half sun.
  • Lychnis chalcedonica, Maltese cross. Sun to part sun.
  • Macleaya cordata, Plume poppy. Sun to part sun.
  • Malva alcea,Hollyhock Mallow. Full sun.
  • Mimulus, Monkey flower. Exposure needs vary by species.
  • Monarda didyma, Bee Balm. Half to full sun.
  • Nepeta La miaceae (Labiatae). Sun to part sun.
  • Nierembergia, Cup flower. Sun to part sun.
  • Oenothera, Evening primrose. Sun to part shade.
  • Paeonia (herbaceous), Peony. Sun to part sun.
  • Papaver orientale, Oriental poppy. Full sun.
  • Pelargonium, Geranium. Sun to part sun.
  • Penstemon, Beard tongue. Sun to part sun.
  • Perovskia, Russian sage. Full sun.
  • Phlomis lamiaceae. Full sun.
  • Phlox subulata, Moss pink. Sun to part sun.
  • Phygelius, Cape fuchsia. Sun to part sun.
  • Physostegia virginiana, False dragonhead. Sun to part sun.
  • Platocodon grandiflorus, Balloon flower. Sun to part sun.
  • Polemonium polemoniaceae. Part shade to full shade.



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