Benjamin Kilbride, Editorial Assistant at The Old Farmer’s Almanac
Grow these easy-to-grow perennials that will come back year after year!
Why Grow Perennials
Unlike annuals, perennial flowers come back every year after you plant them once and last for decades, providing you keep them healthy and happy. Perennials also . . .
- don’t need tons of care, such as staking and deadheading
- are resistant to insects and diseases
- have a long life span
- can adapt to a range of conditions
- will grow almost anywhere in North America (Zones 2 to 9)
There are thousands of perennials to choose from—How do you know which are the best? Use this as a guide for a few easy-to-grow ones. Try growing these four perennial plants!
An end-of-summer bloomer, the black-eyed Susan has a sturdy stem and a beautiful golden daisy-like flower with a black cone center. Try the ‘Goldsturm’ variety, a staple of any garden, or its cousin ‘Early Bird Gold’, which is day-length neutral and will bloom from June until October in most climates.
Similar to the black-eyed Susan, the coneflower produces big pink or white blooms on thick stems with a prickly, green to orange center. You can also get different hybrid varieties of the coneflower in a wide range of colors, such as yellow, orange, red, or green. Coneflowers bloom from the middle of summer to early fall.
There are so many kinds of daylilies that it can be a whole category itself. From big to small flowers, dwarf to giant stalks, early to late bloomers, they have it all. An excellent variety is the ‘Stella de Oro’, which has yellow flowers and blooms all summer! Overall, daylilies come in all kinds of colors, such as yellow, orange, pink, purplish-red, and white.
A very popular choice, hostas can grow in almost any conditions, from completely shaded to full sun, and in rocky soil to thick and loamy. Two things to keep in mind are that you should get slug-resistant varieties, and that hostas have no resistance to deer. If they do get eaten, the good thing is that they bounce right back! Hostas come in all shapes and sizes, with different sized and colored leaves. Their trumpet-shape flowers are white to purple, and bloom in early summer to fall.
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