Perennials For Problem Spots

from Landscape Solutions
Find out what to replace your partial-shade-garden perennials with if they’re drowning in that swampy spot. With the right flowers, any backyard perennial garden can be beautiful.

Combat three landscape woes — hot, dry locations; wet sites; and exposed, windy areas — by choosing the right perennials.

Dry-Site Plants
The following perennials are some of our favorite plants that are both heat- and drought-tolerant.
Blanket flower (Gaillardia grandiflora): Daisylike, yellow-and-red flowers in summer. To 3 feet tall. Full sun. Zones 3–8.
Coneflower (Echinacea spp.): Pink, rose, or white flowers in summer. To 5 feet tall. Full sun. Zones 3–9, depending on species.
Daylily (Hemerocallis spp.): Flowers in many colors in summer. To 3 feet tall. Full sun. Zones 3–10.
Evening primrose or sundrops (Oenothera spp.): Yellow, pink, or white flowers in summer. To 5 feet tall. Full sun. Zones 3–9, depending on species.
Fairy fan-flower (Scaevola aemula): Blue or white flowers from spring to fall. To 20 inches tall. Full sun/light shade. Zones 9–11.
Gazania rigens: Yellow, orange, red, or pink flowers in summer. To 12 inches tall. Full sun. Zones 9–11.
Globethistle (Echinops ritro): Round blue flowers in summer. To 2 feet tall. Full sun/partial shade. Zones 3–9.
Lavender (Lavandula spp.): Aromatic purple, pink, or white flowers in summer.To 3 feet tall.Full sun. Zones 5–10, depending
on species.
Red-hot poker (Kniphofia hybrids): Red, orange, or yellow flowers in summer. To 4 feet tall. Full sun/partial shade. Zones 6–9.
Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia): Blue flowers from summer to fall. To 4 feet tall. Full sun. Zones 5–9.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium): Flowers in many colors in summer. To 3 feet tall. Full sun. Zones 3–9.
Blazing star or gayfeather (Liatris spp.). Purple or white flowers in summer. To 5 feet tall. Full sun. Zones 3–9, depending on species.
Butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa). Orange flowers in summer. To 3 feet tall. Full sun. Zones 4–9.

Wet-Site Plants
The following perennials are some of our favorite plants for locations that are moist or wet.
Angelica archangelica, A. gigas: Greenish-yellow or reddish-purple flowers in summer. To 6 feet tall. Full or partial shade. Zones 4–9.
Astilbe spp.: Plumes of red, purple, pink, or white flowers in summer. To 6 feet tall. Full sun/partial shade. Zones 4–9, depending on species.
Cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis): Red, pink, or white flowers in summer. To 3 feet tall. Full sun/partial shade. Zones 3–9.
Gooseneck loosestrife (Lysimachia clethroides): White flower spikes in summer. To 3 feet tall. Full sun/partial shade. Zones 4–9.
Joe Pye weed (Eupatorium purpureum): Light purple or violet flowers from summer to fall. To 7 feet tall. Full sun/partial shade. Zones 3–9.
Ligularia spp.: Daisylike yellow or orange flowers in summer. To 6 feet tall. Partial shade. Zones 4–8.
Meadowsweet or queen of the prairie (Filipendula spp.): Plumes of tiny pink or white flowers in summer. To 8 feet tall, depending on species. Full sun/partial shade. Zones 3–9.
Obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana): Purple, pink, or white flowers from summer to fall. To 4 feet tall. Full sun/partial shade. Zones 4–8.
Spiderwort (Tradescantia andersoniana): Rose, purple, blue, or white flowers in summer. To 2 feet tall. Full sun/partial shade. Zones 5–9.
Swamp hibiscus or common rose mallow (Hibiscus moscheutos):
Crinkly pink, red, or white flowers in summer. To 4 feet tall. Full sun. Zones 5–10.
Turtlehead (Chelone lyonii): Pinkish-purple flowers in summer. To
4 feet tall. Partial shade or sun. Zones 3–8.
Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica): Tubular blue or white
flowers in spring. To 18 inches tall. Light shade. Zones 3–7.



Windy-Site Plants
The following perennials are some of our favorite plants for sites that are exposed to wind.
Coneflower (Echinacea spp.): Daisylike pink, rose, or white flowers in summer. To 5 feet tall. Full sun. Zones 3–9, depending on species.
Daylily (Hemerocallis spp.): Flowers in a wide range of colors in summer. To 3 feet tall. Full sun. Zones 3–10.
Delphinium grandiflorum: Spikes of blue, pink or white flowers in summer. To 3 feet tall. Full sun. Zones 4–7.
Gazania rigens: Daisylike yellow, orange, red, or pink flowers in summer. To 12 inches tall. Full sun. Zones 9–11.
‘Indian Summer’ black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta ‘Indian Summer’): Daisylike golden-yellow flowers in summer. To 3 feet tall. Full sun. Zones 5–9.
Miscanthus sinensis: Silver, pink, purple, or rust-color plumes in late summer and fall. Narrow, straplike green or variegated foliage. To 12 feet tall. Full sun. Zones 4–9.
Penstemon spp.: Red, pink, blue, or white flowers from spring to fall, depending on species. To 6 feet tall, depending on species. Full sun/partial shade. Zones 3–10, depending on species.
Red-hot poker (Kniphofia uvaria): Spikes of red, orange, or
yellow flowers in summer. To 4 feet tall. Full sun/partial shade. Zones 6–9.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): Tubular blue flowers from spring to summer. Aromatic, needlelike evergreen foliage. To 5 feet tall. Full sun. Zones 8–10.
Sea holly (Eryngium spp.): Thistlelike blue or white flowers in summer. To 5 feet tall, depending on species. Full sun. Zones 3–9, depending on species.



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