But first, my criteria for a favorite perennial.
I do not have time to coddle a plant. I have enough little persons that I have to keep fed and clothed, if a plant can't survive (and thrive) on neglect, it doesn't deserve a spot in my flower bed. I look for plants that are long blooming (all summer is far better then one week) hardy (in my zone 6) and easy care (no staking or spraying). Extra points are given to plants that are fragrant or are good cut flowers.
Before I was married I worked at a greenhouse and tried growing lots of different perennials. I still buy a couple new perennials every year just to try them out. Some are winners and join the ranks of favorites. Others fail for numerous reasons and don't deserve a place in the flower bed. Obviously, this is a hobby to me and something I think worth spending time (and a little money).
Many plants come in numerous varieties. If I have a favorite variety I will label it in quotation marks.
- Shasta Daisy "Becky"
- Helopsis varigated
- Geranium cranesbill "Rozanne"
- Echinacea "Magnus" purple coneflower
To be continued...
In meantime, what is your favorite perennial?