Results: What Perennials Could You Not Garden Without?

This past Sunday I asked a for some inspiration on perennials for fall plantings. Here is a summary of what people suggested. I’ve simplified this post to show only the specific perennials themselves but those who commented offered some great ideas for where to use these perennials and some other options like trees and shrubs so please go back and read the comments for some more inspiration!

Laurie’s Picks (From my Garden to Yours…):

Tulips, daffodils and hyacinths, Shasta daisies, purple coneflowers, and clematis, honeysuckle, black-eyed Susans, mums, asters, deep crimson verbena (hanging baskets) and million bells.

Perennial Gardener’s Picks (The Perennial Garden Lover):


Gail’s Picks (Clay and Limestone):

Coneflowers, rudbeckia, TX salvias, Salvia azurea, Little bluestem grass, Mexican Feather Grass, goldenrods (Solidago), native asters, baptisias, hellebores, clematis, phloxes: pilosa and paniculata, stargazer lilies, daylilies, epimediums, villosa, heucheras and the crosses, hardy native ferns, verbena canadensis, monardas and malvas

Rhonda’s Picks (Adventures in My Garden):

Knockout roses, coneflower, black eyed susans, daisies, phlox, rose of Sharon, ‘Purple Homestead’ verbena, agastache ‘Blue Fortune’, blue liriope, daylillies, tulips, daffodils, monarda, the baptisia, Lambs ear.

Tina’s Picks (In the Garden)

Peonies, irises, amsonia, hardy geraniums, coneflowers, brown eyes, Russian sage, mums, hostas, sedum, salvias, eupatoriums, and daylilies.

Dee’s Picks (Red Dirt Ramblings)

Daylilies, pink garden phlox, Mexican feather grass, showy goldenrod, penstemons, balloon flower, maidenhair fern (the one with the black stems), lady in red fern.

Skeeter’s Picks (In the Garden)

Lantana (tender perennial/annual), Purple Homestead Verbena

Dave’s Picks (The Home Garden):

Salvia nemorosa (‘Caradonna’, ‘East Friesland’), Nepeta faassenii (Catmint ‘Walker’s Low’), Gaillardia, Coreopsis, Coneflower, Perovskia artiplicifolia (Russian sage), ‘Purple Homestead’ verbena and of course rudbeckia.

As you look over the list you may notice some favorites that repeat themselves. Things like rudbeckia, coneflower, phlox, daylilies and verbena all seem to be well liked! There is definitely a lot of perennials to choose from; time to make a list!

This next Sunday’s question will be about ornamental grasses!


Dave has written since 2007. He gardens on an acre and a half where he raises his 4 children. He enjoys growing vegetables, herbs, and propagating plants. Dave has a side business growing and selling heirloom vegetables and herb plants through Blue Shed Gardens and works as a real estate agent in Spring Hill, TN.

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. So have you decided what you will plant? Good Sunday post indeed!

  2. Tina,

    I’m still thinking on plantings but this post has spurred some ideas. Phlox is a definite maybe. I do want some penstemon and maybe some agastache.

  3. Dave ~ Thanks for these two posts. I am evaluating my gardens and trying to decide on some new plantings myself and this has been very useful.

  4. Great post Dave. I am trying to add more perennials to my garden too. Ones that I haven’t used before and that attract butterflies and/or hummers.

  5. Poppies and lantana would be two of my favs. 🙂

  6. I’d add the hybrid Lobelias. They provide such a great jolt of color late in summer just when it’s most needed. Did anybody mention Japanese Anemones?

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