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Coreopsis Like yarrow, coreopsis is an easy-to-grow wildflower with colorful blooms held atop long slender stems. It's not very picky about soil, tolerating poor, shallow, chalky, or dry soils. It blooms usually in yellows and golds, with daisylike 2-inch flowers. 'Early Sunrise' is a favorite. Zones 3-9

Coreopsis Like yarrow, coreopsis is an easy-to-grow wildflower with colorful blooms held atop long slender stems. It's not very picky about soil, tolerating poor, shallow, chalky, or dry soils. It blooms usually in yellows and golds, with daisylike 2-inch flowers. 'Early Sunrise' is a favorite. Zones 3-9

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.  Name: Amsonia hubrichtii  Size: To 3 feet tall and wide  Zones: 5-9  Plant it with: Peony, iris, and lilies

The Best Perennials for Your Yard

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. Name: Amsonia hubrichtii Size: To 3 feet tall and wide Zones: 5-9 Plant it with: Peony, iris, and lilies

Perennial 'Sweet Pea' could be a good choice if you want color but no scent. Grows 6' tall and produces all summer. Zones 5-9

The Best Perennial Vines for Your Garden

Perennial 'Sweet Pea' could be a good choice if you want color but no scent. Grows 6' tall and produces all summer. Zones 5-9

The 15 Most Colorful Perennials for Your Yard.  Gorgeous colorful perennial options for adding color to your yard without planting every year.

The 15 Most Colorful Perennials for Your Yard

The 15 Most Colorful Perennials for Your Yard. Gorgeous colorful perennial options for adding color to your yard without planting every year.

The Sombrero series of coneflowers features stunning, color-rich blooms. This collection is a group of brightly colored single-flower echinaceas that are well-branched and compact.

Must-Grow New Perennials for 2013

The Sombrero series of coneflowers features stunning, color-rich blooms. This collection is a group of brightly colored single-flower echinaceas that are well-branched and compact.

'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

Must-Grow New Perennials for 2013

'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

Lupine Get detailed growing information on this plant and hundreds more in BHG's Plant Encyclopedia.

Lupine Get detailed growing information on this plant and hundreds more in BHG's Plant Encyclopedia.

These gorgeous sun lovers will bloom reliably for decades, getting bigger and better every year. Peonies are available in a variety of colors and flower forms including singles, doubles, and semi-doubles. The flowers are also delightfully fragrant, making them an ideal choice for fresh-cut bouquets. Although they vary slightly by variety, most peonies bloom in May and June, but even after they flower, their finely cut foliage provides interest in the flower border. Grows in Zones 3-8./

Power Perennials: Plants That Thrive No Matter What

These gorgeous sun lovers will bloom reliably for decades, getting bigger and better every year. Peonies are available in a variety of colors and flower forms including singles, doubles, and semi-doubles. The flowers are also delightfully fragrant, making them an ideal choice for fresh-cut bouquets. Although they vary slightly by variety, most peonies bloom in May and June, but even after they flower, their finely cut foliage provides interest in the flower border. Grows in Zones 3-8./

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