Find out about nine tempting perennials, and then worry about how you’re going to squeeze them into your garden.
1. Euphorbia polychroma "First Blush"(Variegated Cushion Spurge)
This is one of the prettiest euphorbias ever. Hardy to Zone 4, its green and cream foliage is flushed with pink early in the season. The flower buds also start out pink then change to a creamy white. Versatile, it’s happy in sun to partial shade, in moist well-drained soil. A good container plant too.
2. Gaillardia "Fanfare"
Fanfare aptly describes the striking, trumpet-shaped petals of this new gaillardia. It performs beautifully from spring until fall and is easy to care for. It produces loads of golden yellow and scarlet orange blooms on an attractively mounded plant. It is terrific as a cut flower. Give this gaillardia rich to moderate, well-drained soil.
3. Heuchera "Lime Rickey"
This exciting Coral Bells hybrid has frosted and ruffled lime green leaves with small, pure white flowers in the spring. It is a vigorous grower that is showy year round and very versatile. Hardy to Zone 4 it grows in full sun to part shade; in average to moist, well-drained soil but it’s also fairly tolerant of dry soils.
4. Tiarella "Black Snowflake" (Foamflower)
This beautiful spring bloomer is a real winner. The new growth starts out nearly black and looks like it has snowflakes falling on the black foliage. Hardy to Zone 4, it has a light fragrance, repeat flowering, and unusual leaf shape. What more can you ask for? At only 20 cm high it makes a great container plant.
5. Athyrium "Ghost"
This vigorous and easy-to-grow plant is the result of a cross between Japanese painted fern and Southern lady fern. Its upright 60 to 90 cm fronds are silvery gray and will illuminate the woodland setting either in masses or paired with trilliums, hostas, or empimediums. Happiest in filtered light, it prefers moist to well-drained soil.
6. Geranium maculatum "Espresso" (Espresso Hardy Cranesbill)
This version of Geranium maculatum boasts lobed chocolate brown foliage. It grows in tight clumps about 38 cm, and in early spring sports stalks of light lavender flowers. Hardy from Zone 5, plant ‘Espresso’ in partial to full sun. It’s happy in a moderately fertile, well-drained soil.
7. Geranium "Rozanne"
Rozanne blooms from June until the first frost. It has 6 cm saucer-shaped violet blue flowers that sit above deep green foliage. It does well in light shade in a moist well-drained soil. In one season a plant will cover a 60 to 90 cm area, making it a good candidate for the border, a hanging basket or containers.
8. Aquilegia chrysantha v chaplinei "Little Treasure"
Only 38 cm tall, this beautiful little columbine is loaded with flowers and blooms for many weeks, beginning in late spring. Its numerous bright yellow flowers are 2.5 cm wide with long spurs. It has a very attractive mound of foliage resembling that of a maiden-hair fern. Hardy from Zone 5, Little Treasure thrives in compost-enriched soils and semi-shade.
9. Sedum "Angelina"
Angelina has brilliant, needle-like, golden-yellow foliage with yellow flowers that bloom in June and July, on 15 to 20 cm stems. In the fall the foliage takes on an orange tinge. Hardy to Zone 3, Angelina is happy in well-drained soil that’s on the dry side. When used in the garden it has a creeping habit. Great in containers, it takes on a trailing habit.