List of Perennials ~ List of Fail-Safe Plants

Gardening is more fun if you have some success to show for your time and effort. The following is a list of favorite fail-safe perennial plants:

Amsonia hubrechtli (Thread-leaf Blue Star): This former Perennial Plant of the Year is an American native with foliage that looks beautiful into late October.

Aster ‘Purple Dome’:  It likes the sun and will bloom from September until frost. Reaches 24 inches in height.


Autumn Bride Coral Bells (Heuchera villosa macrorrhiza):  A vigorous plant that is different from other coral bells. It reaches 20 inches, with wands of white in fall.


Autumn Sun Rudbeckia (Rudbeckia laciniata ‘herbsonne’): A dramatic, vigorous coneflower that reaches 5-6 feet high with bright yellow daisy-like flowers.

Baptisia Australis (Blue false indigo): A native plant that is drought-tolerant and super-adaptable.

Bigroot Geranium: This hardy perennial will grow in sun, shade, moist or dry conditions. Geranium macrorrhizum (pink) and White Ness (white) are favorites.

Black-Eyed Susan Summer Blaze (Rudbeckia ‘Summer Blaze’): This bright yellow plant thrives in full sun and attracts bees, butterflies and birds.


Blue Star Japanese Aster (Kalimeris incise “Blue Star’):  2 feet tall, pale blue flowers that bloom from midsummer. The deer leave it alone.

Boltonia ‘Snow Bank’: A large plant reaching 5-6 feet, covered with hundreds of white daisy like flowers in early September through October.

Carex ‘Ice Dance’: Good for the semi-shade garden, it forms low mounds (up to 12 inches) of variegated foliage; moderate rate of spread.

Coral Bells (Heuchera): You can’t go wrong with any of the scores of varieties that come in all colors, from maroon to black to peach. Most like partial shade and they are deer-resistant.


Day Lilies: Known as being indestructible, day lilies come in more than 100,000 varieties. Each year a variety is name the Stout Silver Medal Award Winner; any of the winners should be great. Find the listing at


Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla molis): A mounded plant with chartreuses leaves and unusual texture.


Montrose White Calamint (Calamintha nepeta ‘Montrose white’): 18 inches high, 30 inches wide and covered with tiny white flowers that bloom for months.

Northwind Switch Grass: Tall ornamental grass grows in a tight upright form and is very hardy.


Perennial Forget-Me-Not (Brunnera macrophylla): Its dainty sky-blue flowers bloom for up to six weeks in spring, and its heart shaped leaves look great all season.  Super hardy; prefers partial shade.

Rozanne Geranium: This perennial’s violet flowers bloom from June to September. 18 to 20 inches tall and 24 inches wide. A former Perennial Plant of the Year.

Ruby Star Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘Ruby Star’): As tall as 48 inches, this coneflower attracts birds but is deer-resistant.

Salvia ‘May Night’: An older hardy Salvia cultivar (1955) but still reliable, it provides spikes of deep indigo blue from the end of May into June. Needs well drained soil.

Shasta Daisy Becky: One of the best Shasta daisies. It blooms prolifically from July through August and reaches 30 inches or taller.

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Successful Gardening ~
Kali S Winters

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