As a DIY Gardener, I have had as many failures as successes. Gardening is not an exact science. What works for one batch of soil might not work for another. That’s where hardy plants come in. These plants work for just about anyone, in just about any planting zone. Once they are established, they take very little care. All of the ones I am featuring today are perennials. Plant them once and reap the rewards for years.
Hosta – The Queen of all Perennials
Hosta is a favorite in my neighborhood because it once was a wooded swamp. There are tons of varieties and once you buy a few, you never have to buy any more. They split beautifully and bounce right back to their perfect round shape. The plants pictured below were split just last year. They have doubled in size and really could be split again. Another plus is that they die down in the fall so leaf clean-up is a breeze.
I love these for a cutting flower. I recommend Becky because it has strong stems and blooms for several weeks. They have a tendency to multiply and move around due to re-seeding. I just dig them up in the spring and plop them back where they belong.
To see how to use this amazing cutting flower in your home click here: Decorating with Daisies
Another daisy-type flower that, in my opinion, should be in every perennial garden is the Black-eyed Susan. Honestly, these plants are amazing. All they need, once established, is water and the blooms are abundant.
For more information on my soaker hose set-up click here: How a Soaker Hose Changed my Life.
One of my favorites, but not widely used, is Coreopsis.
I think I am emotionally attached to my coreopsis because it is the only plant that has survived from my original fence row garden plan. This batch started out as 3 little plants. I keep it in control by trimming around the perimeter of the patch in the spring. Although not really a cutting flower, I can see it from my kitchen window. Looking out to this view always lifts my spirits.
Click here to learn more about planting a fence row garden: How To Plant a Fence Row Garden
One plant that has done very well for me is the Daylily. Like hosta, they die down in the fall for easy clean-up. Their blooming time is short, but the blooms are plentiful and vivid.
Last but not least is the climbing vine, Clematis. The plant below was started 2 years ago. Last year it only had a few blooms and I was a little worried. As you can see, I had nothing to worry about! It takes a year or so to become established and then it goes crazy. Mine is Galore and the purple pops from the wood fence.
For tips and tricks for growing clematis click here: Growing Clematis | Through the Years
I have said many times that I’m not an expert at anything. I know a little bit about a lot of things! These plants are tried and true, All-American favorites that anyone can grow. A little water, a little sun and a prayer or two is all you need.
For Part 2 of this little series just click the image below. I’m sharing more plants that are easy to grow and low on maintenance.