Peonies are ultra tough -- and ultra beautiful. The plant practically rewards neglect with its gorgeous, showstopping early summer blooms that bring fragrance and add stunning beauty to cut flower arrangements. Plant Name: Paeonia officinalis Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall and wide Grow it with: To 4 feet tall and wide Zones: 3-8
Blanket Flower - drought tolerant and can grow under very difficult conditions, even enduring full summer heat with only moderate watering and feeding. - sow seeds from early spring to early summer. It will bloom in its first year, and cutting faded flower stalks will help preserve its lengthy blooming season. Space plants 15 to 18 inches apart, and have stakes handy, because Blanket Flowers can get floppy! Place Blanket Flowers in garden borders that receive a lot of sun.
Creeping Thyme. Plant in full sun to partial shade. Blooms all summer long. Will tolerate all soil types, is drought tolerant, rabbit and deer resistant. This old-fashioned perennial has a year round display of color. In early summer the plants are covered with stunning pinkish-rose flowers that last until the first hard frost. The stunning foliage stays all through the winter months. A very hardy perennial that attracts butterflies and can be grown throughout the country. Zones 4 - 9.
Blue Oatgrass It's tough to beat blue oatgrass for a low-care plant with steel-blue color. It also has a wonderful mounded habit and won't spread and take over your garden. Name: Helictotrichon sempervirens Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall Zones: 4-9
Russian Sage We can't help but love Russian sage. One of the toughest plants, it offers fragrant silvery foliage and plumes of violet-purple blooms. Taller varieties are great for the back of the border. Not only is it heat and drought resistant, but deer, rabbits, and most other pests steer clear of it. Name: Perovskia atriplicifolia Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 6 feet tall Zones: 5-9
Lavender Hidcote - This easy-to-grow sun perennial thrives in full sun normal garden soil. Plants vigorously grow to form mounds of fragrant, silvery foliage 18 tall 24 wide. This drought-tolerant hardy perennial has extremely fragrant foliage