These are among the showiest of all perennials, with red, pink, white, blue, and purple flowers. They’re great in the ground and in containers, and butterflies and hummingbirds love them. Depending on the variety, they’ll grow from one- to three-feet tall and wide, ideally in full sun.
Also known as Beardtongue, this native plant comes in a variety of shapes, colors, and bloom times, and all are hummingbird magnets. They grow best in hot, sunny, dry spots and require very little care.
Easy to grow, carefree, and gorgeous. What’s not to like about these babies? And they’re extremely hardy, don’t need staking, and aren’t fussy about soil as long as it drains well. What’s more, they come in all sorts of colors.
This clump-forming beauty is so named because its flower buds puff up like balloons before bursting open into blue, bell-shaped flowers with five pointed lobes that last throughout much of the summer. It grows to about 30” tall in rich, well-drained soil. Does fine in full sun to part shade.
The list of Clematis grows every year, and with good reason: they are among the most beautiful vines in the plant kingdom. In full bloom, they are a sight to behold regardless of the color and type you choose. Just give them good soil, reasonable moisture, and shade at their roots.
Wormwood, as it’s commonly called, is a real workhorse in the garden, and it’s especially stunning when planted in mass. ‘Silver Mound’ is a particularly nice variety and features silvery, aromatic foliage that contrasts well with green-foliaged plants.
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