5 More Easy Going Perennials

Summer Colour

Unless you’re a fanatical gardener or have a lot of time on your hands, you’ll probably be looking for plants you don’t have to replant and you don’t have to pamper.

Here are 5 really easy going perennials you’ll definitely want to check out because they exactly fit your wish list for easy to plant, easy to grow and easy to look after!

easy going perennialsSwitch Grass – Prairie Winds® Panicum
Native switch grasses are amongst the easiest ornamental grasses to grow. These hardy perennials will grow in any soil whether sand or clay, and in any moisture level, from dry to wet, but they do need full sun. Plant as wherever you need a privacy hedge, or a nice strong background or a Fall landscape focal point.
Cut foliage back in late winter / early spring.

easy going perennialsCatmint ‘Cat’s Meow’ Nepeta
This is a hugely popular perennial! It blooms in late spring with a dense mass of vibrant periwinkle purple flowers. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds love catmint. ‘Cat’s Meow’ is a lower maintenance Proven Winner’s selection because it forms a nice, tidy mound without pruning and won’t sprawl all over adjacent plants. It loves full sun and very well-drained, dryish soil.

easy going perennialsLavender Sweet Romance® Lavandula
Sweetly fragrant lavender is one of our favourites. We love the rich violet purple flowers of Sweet Romance which blooms from early summer through fall, with new flowers appearing throughout the growing season. Gorgeous in bouquets, sachets, sweet treats, and lemonade as well as a host of other things!
Sweet Romance is very easy to grow in a sunny, dry spot in sandy or very well-drained soil. Don’t fertilize. Trim back lightly in spring if necessary.

easy going perennialsFalse Indigo – Decadence® Baptisia
Baptisia, commonly known as false indigo is one of the longest-lived perennials and is native to the prairies. the Decadence variety grows to 2 ½-3’ tall and wide. It is very drought tolerant once established and loves full sun and heat. Doesn’t need fertilizing or deadheading. In fact, don’t cut off dead blooms, or its decorative seed pods won’t form. So just plant it, then leave it be and it will be fabulous!

easy going perennialsBaby’s Breath: Festival Star™ Gypsophila
Festival Star is a game changer when it comes to baby’s breath. This improved selection blooms from late spring through to fall without deadheading or going summer dormant, and its short 12-18” height is easy to manage. This plant needs good drainage to grow well, so if you have clay, add mulch and organic material to add drainage. Loves the sun and it can dry out a bit before being watered. Feel free to clip some of its fragrant blooms for your fresh or dried bouquets. New flowers will quickly take their place.

 

5 Summer Colour Choices

Summer Colour

Here are 5 great choices for late summer color and interest. 

Not only are these Proven Winner favourites, they are beautiful showy plants, and best of all, low maintenance, easy going perennials – meaning there’s not a lot of work involved in keeping them looking good.

Summer ColourDaylily – Rainbow Rhythm® Hemerocallis
Daylilies are everywhere in summer and there’s a good reason for that. They’re very low maintenance – just needing a little water plus, they last for years and multiply, filling your flower beds quickly and producing a reliable crop of summer flowers.
The Proven Winner varieties do come in a variety of colours including purple, yellow, red, orange, peach and bicolor – check with us as to what’s in stock at the moment.

Summer ColourFalse Sunflower – ‘Tuscan Sun’ Heliopsis
These easy going flowers add a gorgeous yellow gold to your garden from midsummer into early fall. The look is reminiscent of Black-Eyed Susans (Rudbeckia), but they’re less fussy, easier to maintain and will rebloom if you trim it back after the first round of flowers finishes. They prefer a mostly sunny to partly shaded spot in ordinary garden soil. Although it’s fairly drought resistant and loves the heat when established, you will need to water well until it is.

Summer ColourRussian Sage ‘Denim ‘n Lace’ Perovskia
Russian Sage is super easy going, prefers dryer soil and flowers during the hottest summer months. The only maintenance required is to cut back the stems in early spring. Some older varieties may be too large for smaller gardens, but the smaller ‘Denim ‘n Lace’ will be perfect just about anywhere. It grows to 2 ½’ tall and 3’ wide. It forms a dense, upright clump covered in flowers from midsummer.

Summer ColourSedum Rock ‘N Grow®  (Autumn Stonecrop)
Rock ‘N Grow stonecrop is very drought tolerant. It stores water in its succulent leaves and stems as a reserve meaning that you mostly don’t need to water it once it is established. Plant it in full sun and very well-drained soil, and do not add fertilizer or organic matter. Sedum comes in many sizes, shapes and colors. The Rock ‘N Grow collection includes both upright mounded and low spreading types that are hardy in zones 3-9. Expect them all to bloom in late summer and fall, providing a late season pollen source for bees and butterflies. Leave it alone in fall and then cut any remaining foliage down to the ground in early spring.

Summer ColourHosta Shadowland®
Here’s one for the shade garden. It’s the easiest, low maintenance perennial you can get.  Yes, we’re talking about Hostas which disappear underground during the winter only to pop up bright and healthy in the Spring. They quickly fill large spaces with their interesting foliage and thrive during the Spring, Summer and Fall in those difficult shady spots. Hostas grow best in organically rich soils and tolerate clay well. They like moist soil. They are happiest when grown under the canopy of tall trees

Hot August Colour

August Colour

Here are some great plant choices for vibrant colour and texture during those dog days of summer when most flowering plants are looking a little lack lustre in the heat.

Hydrangeas – of course!

hot august colorHydrangea Paniculata ‘Limelight’ is a delightful choice with it’s pearly cones of white flowers with a touch of blush that deepens into a lovely pinky bronze as the season wears on. It’s an easy going and hardy shrub that grows with very little maintenance. Pruning consists of simply clipping off the flowers to grace a vase somewhere in your home.  Talk about a big bang for very little bucks!

 

Miscanthus:

miscanthus ornamental grassIt’s similar to Pampas grass but the flower fronds are smaller and often have a pink cast to them.  This is another easy growing plant and it spreads quickly.  If you have a sunny corner that needs some height and interest, this is the one for you!

Another varient is the Miscanthus Rigoletto

Miscanthus-Rigoletto - August colourThis beautifully graceful grass glows in the late summer sun with its arching blades of creamy white and green stripes. At around 3′ tall, it’s smaller than the larger Miscanthus which can grow anything from 6′ to 8′ tall.

Pennisetum Fountain Grass ‘ Hameln’

Pennisetum Fountain Grass ‘ Hameln’ Pennisetum Fountain Grass ‘ Hameln’ august colorThe perfect fall plant to add to your garden. It forms a fountaining clump of dark foliage that turns a lovely amber in the fall and has pinky-brown, soft foxtail-like flowers that make nice cut flowers as well. It is perfect for the front or middle of the flower border in a container garden. Growing 24” tall and 30” wide.

Helenium ‘Short and Sassy’

Helenium ‘Short and Sassy’August colourPerfect compliment to fountain grass or even in containers. These gorgeous summer flowers produce clusters of yellow blooms edged with shades of orange. This is a very reliable garden plant. In full sun, this plant will grow to be 12-18” tall and 24” wide.

Crocosmia ‘Emily McKenzie’

Crocosmia ‘Emily McKenzie august colour’One of the most dramatic late summer bloomers is the crocosmia. This clump forming, grass-like plant, sports flame orange flowers with a red center and a yellow throat and makes a gorgeous cut flower. In full sun, this plant will grow 30-48” tall and 18” wide.