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FutureStarrZone 7 perennials
Practically indestructible, daylilies (Hemerocallis) will flower profusely in almost any sunny spot. They are drought-tolerant and insect-resistant and offer a wide range of colors and bicolors. Daylilies are also available in early-, mid-, and late-season bloomers. For an all-season flower show plant a few of each in your garden. Or, grow daylily varieties that are repeat bloomers, flowering from spring until fall. These easy-care perennials eventually form large clumps that should be divided every three to four years to keep them blooming their best.
One of the best shade perennials, barrenwort (Epimedium spp.) is a real garden workhorse. This hardy groundcover offers both colorful foliage and flowers. It’s also highly drought resistant which makes it an ideal choice for shady locations with dry soil. Depending on the variety you grow and your region, the plants may also remain evergreen through the winter. Epimedium spreads slowly, gradually carpeting your garden with color.Hot, dry weather won’t stop tickseed (Coreopsis spp.) from flowering all summer long. This American native is one of the most reliable perennials you can grow. The plants produce large quantities of yellow, orange, pink, white, red, or bicolored blooms that dance on wiry stems every time the wind blows. They also have few insect or disease problems. Foliage varies between species and can be either threadlike or broad. To promote even more flowers, remove faded blooms as they appear.
Just when you think winter is never going to end, the spirit-lifting flowers of hellebores burst into bloom. Often called Lenten or Christmas rose because of their early-flowering season, hellebores excel as a perennial flower for shade where their nodding pink, white, rose, green, purple, yellow, spotted, or bicolored blooms bring welcome color to dark corners of the landscape. They also make perfect companions for spring-flowering bulbs such as Narcissus and Scilla. Hellebores are also deer and rabbit resistant.Put sedums on the top of your shopping list if you’re looking for a perennial that requires almost no care. These scrappy plants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors and won’t knuckle under to heat, drought, winter cold, or insects. One popular variety is called Dragon’s Blood sedum. This fast-growing creeper has pretty red-and-green foliage, making it an excellent groundcover for sloping sites. Sedums prefer sunny locations, but they will also grow well in partial shade. (Source: www.bhg.com)