Easy Come, Easy Grow

21 Perennials that can be Grown with Minimal Effort

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    These Plants Will Look Great Without Taking All Your Time

    Whether you're an experienced gardener or just starting out, everyone can appreciate having a few plants in their yard that will thrive without much effort. The majority of the plants in this list are representative of their genus, but for assured success we recommend trying these specific varieties or series.

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    1. 'Millenium' Ornamental Onion

    Height: 15-20" / Width: 10-15" / Zone: 5-8 / Full to Part Sun

    Care: Cut back dead foliage, flower stalks in spring. Do not deadhead as the seeds will attract birds through the fall and winter months.

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    2. 'Cat's Meow' Catmint

    Height: 17-20" / Width: 24-36" / Zone: 3-8 / Full Sun

    Care: Can be sheared back after bloom for a second flush of flowers. Dead foliage can be removed in late fall or early spring.

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    3. 'Empress Wu' Hosta - SHADOWLAND® Collection

    Height: 3-4' / Width: 5-6' / Zone: 3-9 / Part to Full Shade

    Care: Remove dead foliage in spring. Flower stalks are proportionate to the foliage and do not need to be removed.

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    4. 'Smoke Signal' Little Bluestem

    Height: 3-4' / Width: 1½-2' / Zone: 3-9 / Full Sun

    Care: It is a good idea to cut this grass back to ground level in late fall in order to have a sturdier plant the coming year, but can be left up for winter interest.

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    5. 'Ruby Spider' Daylily - RAINBOW RHYTHM® Collection

    Height: 34" / Width: 18-24" / Zone: 3-9 / Full to Part Sun

    Care: Remove dead foliage, flower stalks in spring. Foliage, stems, and flowers can be trimmed through the season to keep the plant clean, but it is not necessary.

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    6. 'Cardinal' Columbine - Songbird Series

    Height: 20-28" / Width: 18-24" / Zone: 3-9 / Full to Part Sun

    Care: In the fall, cut plants back to their basal foliage. In the spring, remove only the dead leaves.

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    7. 'Lavender Cupcake' Butterfly Bush - HUMDINGER® Collection

    Height: 3½-4' / Width: 4-4½' / Zone: 5-10 / Full Sun

    Care: Prune in early spring before new growth appears. Spent blooms can be removed to prolong bloom, but it is not necessary.

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    8. 'Starry Starry Night' Rose Mallow

    Height: 3½-4' / Width: 3½-4' / Zone: 4-9 / Full to Part Sun

    Care: Cut back in spring or late fall after the foliage have fallen off. Remove spent flowers to keep the plant looking clean. Prefers moist areas.

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    9. 'Daybreak' Tickseed - L'IL BANG™ Series

    Height: 8-12" / Width: 12-18" / Zone: 5-9 / Full Sun

    Care: Tickseed are easy to grow, thriving in any well-drained soil and full sun. Once established, it is rather drought tolerant.

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    10. 'Sparkling Sapphires' False Indigo - DECADENCE® Series

    Height: 2½-3' / Width: 2½-3' / Zone: 4-9 / Full to Part Sun

    Care: Remove dead stems in late fall or early spring. Flower stalks can be left untrimmed as they will produce attractive seed pods late in the season.

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    11. 'Apache Rose' Switch Grass - PRAIRIE WINDS® Grasses

    Height: 4' / Width: 2½' / Zone: 4-9 / Full Sun

    Care: It will grow in any soil, from sand to clay, is drought tolerant once established, and even withstands periodic flooding. Grow this grass in full sun. It will tolerate light shade, but will flop over if the shade is too heavy. Cut back in spring.

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    12. 'Excalibur' Yucca (Adam's Needle)

    Height: 1½-2' / Width: 3-3½' / Zone (4)5-10 / Full to Part Sun

    Care: Evergreen perennial that does not need to be cut back. If it blooms, flower stalks can be trimmed or left as desired.

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    13. 'Blue Whiskers' Blue Fescue

    Height: 10-12" / Width: 24-28" / Zone: 4-8 / Full to Part Sun

    Care: In cooler areas they should be trimmed back almost to the base either before the onset of winter or in early spring. If division is required, it is best performed in the spring so the divisions have time to root in before winter.

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    14. 'Karl Rosenfield' Garden Peony

    Height: 34" / Width: 24" / Zone: 3-8 / Full to Part Sun

    Care: Caging or support is beneficial. Can be cut or trimmed back in early spring or late fall after it goes dormant.

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    15. 'White Wands' Spike Speedwell - MAGIC SHOW® Collection

    Height: 14-16" / Width: 16-20" / Zone: 4-8 / Full to Part Sun

    Care: Cut back after flowering to encourage a second flush of bloom; cut back in late fall or early spring as well. Deadheading will promote additional blooms.

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    16. 'Crystal Blue' Perennial Salvia - COLOR SPIRES® Collection

    Height: 18-20" / Width: 24-26" / Zone: 3-8 / Full Sun

    Care: Deadheading prolongs flowering and encourages reblooms. Remove dead foliage in late spring or early fall.

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    17. 'Rozanne' Hardy Geranium

    Height: 18-20" / Width: 24-36" / Zone: 5-8 / Full to Part Sun

    Care: If the foliage looks ragged in late summer, it can be trimmed back and a new flush of foliage will take its place.

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    18. Sedum 'Pure Joy' - ROCK 'N GROW® Collection

    Height: 10-12" / Width: 16-20" / Zone 3-9 / Full Sun

    Care: Cut back in early spring. Seed heads will remain upright through winter and add seasonal interest.

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    19. Hen & Chicks (Sempervivum)

    Height: 3-4" / Width: 6-8" / Zone: 3-8 / Full Sun

    Care: An evergreen, hardy succulent perennial that does not need to be cut back. This plant is particularly effective when planted in the cracks and crevices of stone walls or walkways. It is also very attractive in containers.

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    20. 'Mango Tango' Anise Hyssop

    Height: 16-18" / Width: 14-16" / Zone: 6-9 / Full Sun

    Care: Cut back in late fall if the foliage looks tired or as part of spring clean up.

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    21. 'Tuscan Sun' False Sunflower

    Height: 24-36" / Width: 20-24" / Zone: 3-9 / Full to Part Sun

    Care: Deadheading prolongs blooms. Should be cut back in fall or early spring.

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