Bob’s photos of garden perennials include all-time favorites such as Astilbe, Campanula, Clematis, Cone Flower, Coreopsis, Daylilies, Dianthus, Hosta and Lavender. Since these plants come back every year, Perennials will fill voids in the flower garden and save money, since they don't need to be replanted every year like summer annuals.
Silver foliage with yellow flowers through summer.
ANDROMEDA 'Blue Ice'
Low, spreading plant tolerates wet, compacted acid soils. New foliage is silvery gray turning to blue green. Pinkish-white fragrant flowers are bell-shaped. Dwarf growth to 1 foot tall x 3 feet wide.
ARTEMISIA schmidtiana 'Silvermound'
Wormwood, Angel's Hair
Bright silver foliage with growth to 18" high x 18" wide. Full sun. Commonly used in rock gardens and perennial borders.
This deer-proof perennial prefers moist soil in partial shade. Harvest for cut flowers when they are half open.
ASTILBE chinensis 'Visions in Pink'
Visions in Pink
Thrives in shady, moist locations. Pink plume blossoms in summer. Grows to 15-inches tall.
ASTILBE chinensis 'Visions in Red'
Visions in Red
Sweet-scented purplish-red plumes in mid to late summer. Part to full shade. Grows to 14-inches tall.
Prefers shade and rich, well-drained soil in a sheltered location. Hardiness zone 4 to 8. Rabbit tolerant. Grows 1 to 3 feet tall with similar spread.
Japanese Painted Fern
Eye-catching fern due to its tri-colored fronds. Grows 10 to 20" tall.
ATHYRIUM niponicum var. pictum
Ursula's Red Fern
Prefers a shady, sheltered location with rich soil kept evenly moist. Best color in light shade. Grows 12 to 18 inches tall and wide.
BRUNNERA macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
Wide heart-shaped frosty-silver leaves with light green veins. Blue flowers with yellow centers. Partial shade. Grows up to 15-inches tall.
CAMPANULA carpatica 'Samantha'
Blue Clips Samantha
Grows in low spreading mound to 10-inch height. Mildly fragrant violet-blue flowers from May thru September. Sun to partial shade.
CAMPANULA carpatica 'White Pearl'
Compact growth into a spreading clump with bell-shaped white flowers in summer. Part to full sun.
CLEMATIS x jackmanii
Deciduous vine with large flowers in various colors during late spring to early summer. Often trained up a lamp post or garden trellis. Sun to partial shade.
Lily of the Valley
A favorite with the ladies that does well in moist shade.
Q. When is the best time to divide perennials? I have peonies, daylilies and Siberian irises that need to be divided.
A. Late summer or early fall is an ideal time to divide peonies, daylilies and iris and many other perennials. They have been producing carbohydrates via photosynthesis all summer and have sufficient reserves in their roots. Also, soil temperatures are warm, which encourages strong root growth, but air temperatures are cooler, which is less stressful for newly divided plants. We tend to have more rain in the fall, too, which keeps those new divisions hydrated without you having to water as frequently. You may want to wait and divide early spring bloomers right after they finish flowering because they may not bloom if you divide them in fall.
COREOPSIS 'Autumn Blush'
Peach-yellow flowers with red eyes, blooms all summer. Full sun with growth to 24-inches tall.
COREOPSIS 'Jethro Tull'
Jethro Tull Coreopsis
Golden-yellow blooms with growth to 15-inches tall. Compact plant best in full sun to part shade.
COREOPSIS verticillata 'Moonbeam'
Fernlike foliage with lemon-yellow daisylike flowers that bloom throughout the summer months. 1992 Perennial of the Year.
DIANTHUS 'Cranberry Ice'
Pink and rose colored flowers with a cranberry red eye and a pink edge. Fragrant blossoms measure 1-1/2 inches across.
DIANTHUS gratianopolitanus 'Firewitch'
Growth to 8" tall x 12" wide. Magenta-pink blooms exude a clove scent. Silvery-blue evergreen foliage. Deadhead for best repeat bloom in fall.
DIANTHUS 'Peppermint Star'
Grey-green foliage. Raspberry-pink blossoms with wine-red centers. Dwarf habit. Spicy scent. Requires good drainage.
Red, pink or white flowers, with growth up to 4 ft depending on the variety. Prefers well-drained but moist soil. Grow in partial shade.
DRYOPTERIS erythrosora 'Brilliance'
Brilliance Autumn Fern
Green summer fronds have a russet color in spring and fall. Zone 5 to 8. Grows to 2-feet tall and wide. Tolerates morning sun and dry shade once established.
DRYOPTERIS felix-mas undulata 'Robusta'
Robust male fern
Semi-evergreen fern with emerald-green colored fronds. Low maintenance, naturalizes well. Fast growth to 48" high x 24" wide. Shade to part shade.
ECHINACEA 'Big Sky Sunrise'
Lemon-yellow flowers with drooping petals July to September. Full sun. Grows to 30-inches tall.
The most common varieties have pink daisy-like flowers through the summer months. Coneflowers also include purple and white flowered varieties.
ERICA cinerea ‘Atropurpurea’
Purple Bell Heath
Deep violet, bell-like flower clusters on a small hardy shrub. Mixed plantings with other heathers will create an attractive multi-hued groundcover.
FALLOPIA 'Pink Flamingo'
Silver Lace Vine
Light pink flowers fade to white on a fast growing vine. Grows 20 ft tall in partial to full sun.
Grown for their colorful mid-summer blossoms which each last one day. Hardy plants with a wide color range. Divide clumps every few years.
Stella d'Oro Daylily
Very popular daylily, with repeat blooming from June to frost.
Caramel Coral Bells
Apricot-tinted foliage with growth to 12" tall and 18" wide. Tolerant of heat. Pink flowers in spring. Grows well in the garden or a container.
Paris Coral Bells
White-veiled green leaves and deep rose colored flowers. Repeat bloomer up to frost. Grows to 12-inches in partial shade.
HEUCHERA 'Raspberry Regal'
Raspberry Regal Coral Bells
Grow in part shade, to full sun with adequate moisture. Raspberry red flowers on 24" stems, with foliage growth to 18" wide.
HEUCHERA 'Silver Scrolls'
Silver Scrolls Coral Bells
Silver over burgundy creates an attractive foliage that can withstand hot summers. Growth to 12" wide with white flower stems in late spring to 24" tall.
Tango Coral Bells
Compact plant with metallic veiled purplish leaves and fuchsia-pink flower spikes. Part sun. Spikes grow to 14-inches tall.
Citronelle Coral Bells
Heat tolerant, but needs part to full shade to protect its yellow foliage. Good in the garden or a container. Growth to 14" tall x 12" wide.
Plantain Lily or Funkia
Grown for their attractive foliage. Prefer some afternoon shade. Don't plant in deer browse areas. Slugs can also be a problem.
Vine form of Hydrangea that climbs well and provides a nice white flower. Great for a trellis or that narrow area which needs softened. Plant in partial shade to full sun.
IRIS pallida 'Aureo Variegata'
Gold Variegated Sweet Iris
Variegated foliage adds interest to this Iris even when it's not blooming. Full sun to part shade. Tolerates wet soil very well.
KNAUTIA macedonica 'Thunder and Lightning'
Plants grow to 15" tall and like sun. Summer bloomer with magenta colored flowers. Leaves have serrated edges with contrasting lightning bolt variegation. Good for cut and dried flowers, birds like the seeds. Zone 4 to 7.
LAMIUM 'Pink Pewter'
Pink Pewter Lamium
Excellent ground cover for partial to full shade. Soft pink flowers. Growth to 6" tall, space on 16" centers. Heat tolerant. Deer and rabbit resistant.
LAVENDER "Munstead Strain'
Fragrant lavender flower spikes during summer contrasted against blue-gray foliage. Prune for repeat blooming.
LIRIOPE muscari 'Variegata'
Variegated herbaceous perennial grown in full sun to partial shade as a ground cover or border in Zones 5 - 10. Grows 18" tall and 24" wide with a purple bloom in late summer. Cutback in early spring to remove old foliage.
LITHODPRA diffusa 'Grace Ward'
Plant in full sun. Growth to 8" tall x 4 ft wide. Blooms spring to summer.
Tall (3 to 4 ft) variety of fern that spreads and does best in evenly moist shade.