Bluestar This plant would seem to have it all! Bluestar is a North American native that offers pretty spring flowers, great fall foliage color, and is deer and rabbit resistant to boot. It does best in full sun but tolerates part shade.
Russian sage grows so well in hot, dry, sunny clay that in some areas it is considered invasive. Its wispy lavender flower spikes and silvery foliage make it an anchor of the summer border. Zones: Learn more about Russian sage.
Hellebore Among the first perennials to bloom, hellebores offer beautiful flowers and foliage that stays evergreen in all but the coldest Zoneszones. This tough drought-, deer-, and rabbit-resistant perennial loves shade, too! Name: Helleborus select
Crested Iris: Crested Iris This charming woodland iris bears delicate blue, white, or purple flowers in mid-spring. Even when not in bloom, the tiny clumps of foliage are a great textural contrast in the shady garden.
Sedum 'Autumn Joy' sedum is a drought-resistant perennial flower that grows well in most soil types, even dense clay. Plant it in full sun for best results. Its late-summer blooms attract butterflies. Name: Sedum 'Autumn Joy' Zones:
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Plant that thrives in clay soil. Blazing Star native prairie plant that has become a popular cut flower and a must-have perennial for butterfly gardens. It offers spikes of purple or white flowers over clumps of grassy foliage. Name: Liatris selections
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Rozanne Perennial Geranium 'Rozanne' gives you big flower power: It starts blooming in June and the show of sky blue flowers continues nonstop all the way to frost. This perennial makes a bold statement as it weaves through the garden.
Potentilla-It starts blooming in late spring and continues through autumn, bearing cheery yellow, orange, red, or white flowers that look like single roses (which attract butterflies). It has attractively divided foliage.
'Becky' Daisy bears bright white flowers with cheery yellow centers from midsummer to fall. Strong stems make this daisy among the best for bouquets, too. Name: Leucanthemum 'Becky' Size: To 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide deadhead flowers as necessary.
A topnotch perennial, this penstemon offers gorgeous burgundy-tinged foliage and clusters of white flowers in early summer. Name: Penstemon digitalis 'Husker Red' Growing Conditions: Full sun and moist, well-drained soil Size: To 2 feet tall Zones:
With a name like ironweed, you know that this perennial flower is tough. It thrives in clay, tolerates summer heat, and withstands long periods of drought. In late summer it bears purple flowers that attract butterflies. Name: Vernonia selelctions