Pretty Perennial Color
We've picked the top varieties for fuss-proof blooms that keep coming back for more.
Do the plants live forever?
The honest answer is no, but read on. Every perennial has its own personality, and once you know what to expect, success is easy. The stunning mid-summer combination at left includes 'Common Purple' summer phlox, yellow coneflowers, and sun-loving chartreuse coleus. The original 'Miss Huff' lantana has been going strong for almost 50 years in the same location, and peonies last a very long time with minimal maintenance.
Other perennials are more transient and must be rejuvenated every few years to stay vigorous. Short-lived choices such as ox-eye daisies (Chrysanthemum leucanthemum) and gloriosa daisies (Rudbeckia hirta) live 2 to 3 years. They need to reseed or be replaced to perpetuate. On the other hand, a daylily might live 10 to 12 years but should be divided every 3 to 5 years.
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