Also called false indigo for the rich blue shade of its flowers, this hardy perennial fills the spring garden with elegant spires of pealike blooms. It withstands drought -- and deer, rabbits, and other critters leave it alone. The bluish-green foliage looks great all summer long, and the charcoal-black seedpods create fun contrast in fall. Name: Baptisia australis Zones: 3-8

Also called false indigo for the rich blue shade of its flowers, this hardy perennial fills the spring garden with elegant spires of pealike blooms. It withstands drought -- and deer, rabbits, and other critters leave it alone. The bluish-green foliage looks great all summer long, and the charcoal-black seedpods create fun contrast in fall. Name: Baptisia australis Zones: 3-8

'Freak!' Leucanthemum: A fun, fluffy, even freaky, Shasta daisy, 'Freak!' The fluffy 2- to 2-1/2-inch-wide flowers feature layers of white petals. Plant in partial shade in really hot climates. Flowers bloom from June through frost. To encourage reblooming, remove faded blooms. Name: Leucanthemum x superbum 'Freak!' Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil Size: To 13 inches tall and 21 inches wide Zones: 4-8 Grow It With: Phlox

'Freak!' Leucanthemum: A fun, fluffy, even freaky, Shasta daisy, 'Freak!' The fluffy 2- to 2-1/2-inch-wide flowers feature layers of white petals. Plant in partial shade in really hot climates. Flowers bloom from June through frost. To encourage reblooming, remove faded blooms. Name: Leucanthemum x superbum 'Freak!' Growing Conditions: Full sun or part shade and well-drained soil Size: To 13 inches tall and 21 inches wide Zones: 4-8 Grow It With: Phlox

Cranebill geranium: One of the most reliable and longest blooming plants for the garden, cranebill geraniums add a burst of color that starts in spring and lasts until first frost. The small, cup-shaped blooms are available in blue, pink, rose and magenta. Select a site that has good drainage. Not related to the annual geranium used in planters. USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 (Pictured: 'Johnson's Blue')

Cranebill geranium: One of the most reliable and longest blooming plants for the garden, cranebill geraniums add a burst of color that starts in spring and lasts until first frost. The small, cup-shaped blooms are available in blue, pink, rose and magenta. Select a site that has good drainage. Not related to the annual geranium used in planters. USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 to 9 (Pictured: 'Johnson's Blue')

Perennial phlox bloom from the end of May through the first frost and are available in more than 100 varieties. These Peacock series phlox combine well with the rich colors of salvias.

Perennial phlox bloom from the end of May through the first frost and are available in more than 100 varieties. These Peacock series phlox combine well with the rich colors of salvias.

The cranberry color of this pompom-like flower will electrify your garden! More must-grow new perennials: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/new-perennials/?socsrc=bhgpin061913cranberry=13

The cranberry color of this pompom-like flower will electrify your garden! More must-grow new perennials: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/perennials/new-perennials/?socsrc=bhgpin061913cranberry=13

Astilbe The feathery plumes of astilbe rise above fernlike foliage for a month or more in late spring and early summer. Available in shades of pink, white, and red, astilbe is ideal for shady, moist spots. Plant a swath of these 2- to 3-foot-tall beauties for a memorable display year after year.

Astilbe The feathery plumes of astilbe rise above fernlike foliage for a month or more in late spring and early summer. Available in shades of pink, white, and red, astilbe is ideal for shady, moist spots. Plant a swath of these 2- to 3-foot-tall beauties for a memorable display year after year.

'Immortality' Reblooming Iris  Noted for its reliable show of snowy-white flowers in spring and again in fall, this stunning tall bearded iris is among the easiest perennials to grow. The ruffled blooms are borne on 30-inch-tall stems above the swordlike foliage.

'Immortality' Reblooming Iris Noted for its reliable show of snowy-white flowers in spring and again in fall, this stunning tall bearded iris is among the easiest perennials to grow. The ruffled blooms are borne on 30-inch-tall stems above the swordlike foliage.

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