Perennials can be a charming addition to your garden, and it's easy to incorporate these hardy plants into your landscaping. If you're looking for plants that are easy to care for that you don't have to replant each year, check out our favorites when you go shopping at the nursery.
Sun or shade? 5 easy perennial plants
- Helleborus, or Lenten rose: This flowering plant thrives in the shade. It blooms from February to late spring with a delicate flower that almost appears to have flowing petals. The dusky foliage will form a soft, healthy looking accent for your other plants during the rest of the growing season. At about one-foot tall, these plants make a pretty accent or border to hide the stems of taller plants.
- Echinacea purpurea, or cone flower: Cone flowers thrive in full sun and in soil that drains well. Plants grow to about two-feet tall. Plant them as an accent behind shorter plants or edging, and in front of taller landscaping accents, such as a fence or your house. Pluck the blooms after the flowers wilt to keep the plants healthy and blooming all season.
- Hemerocallis, or day lily: Day lilies thrive in full sun. They add colorful blooms in a variety of heights and bloom sizes. The flowers grace lean, spindly stems, and the foliage grows in long, thin spikes around the stem. Tall day lilies look nice in patches on their own or surrounded by shorter flowers. Shorter day lilies dress up walkways and flower-bed borders with an elegant flair.
- Chrysanthemum superbum, or Shasta daisy: Shasta daisies get fairly tall, around two feet, and they do well in full sun. They are easy to care for, with little need for pruning or fertilizing. They will, however, give you a longer blooming season if you take a moment to pluck off wilted blooms. The plants also get tall enough that they fall over when blooming heavily. It's a good idea to plant them behind something that can help hold them up, such as a short border fence or a shorter bushy plant.
- Hostas and ferns While hostas and ferns are two different kinds of perennial plants, they are together in this list because they are commonly planted near each other in shady areas. The different leaf types and colors are lovely complements to each other and to surrounding plants. Hostas and ferns come in a variety of sizes, so discuss your landscaping needs with your Atlanta landscaper, or check the size label on the plants you are considering at the local nursery before buying and planting.
These easy-to-care-for perennials and other popular spring flowers and plants create a beautiful addition to your Atlanta yard or garden.