No shade garden is complete without astilbe. These rugged perennials thrive in moist shade, providing you with a summer's worth of big, bold, frilly flower heads. And even when not in bloom, the plants' mounded, fernlike foliage is worth the price of admi
Salvia sylvestris May Night (Sage) - perennial 1.5' x 1.5', blooms all summer, spikes of deep violet-blue flowers, full sun, drought tolerant. Planted by driveway 5/2013 (HD) [great plant, stayed in bloom all summer, will plant more, but it does attract a LOT of bees, so keep away from patio areas, would plant again] (Cut back to ground in winter, but was grown back and blooming again by March)
Red Creeping Thyme ~ Border, Containers, Ground Cover. Just a few inches high, the plant is densely covered with tiny, dark green, shiny leaves that are intensely aromatic when crushed -- plant them between paving stones and enjoy their fragrance every time you pass by. Zone 4 - 9
This plant is all about the hummingbirds. In fact, it's a magnet for them, especially during their fall migration. Glowing orange flowers cover low, cascading plants in autumn and ward off rabbits and deer with potent mint-scented. While hardy to colder zones, 'Sky Island Orange' does best in western gardens where precipitation is less than 30 inches a year. In severe droughts, morning water will prolong flowering. Plant Name: Zauschneria canum var. arizonica 'Sky Island Orange' Growing
Beat the Heat If you live in a hot, dry climate, choose perennials that thrive in those conditions. Here, Heliopsis and coreopsis have roots in the American prairie, so you know these flowering beauties will keep on blooming even though temperatures and rainfall fluctuate. There's no need to coddle either one.