Even the most experienced gardener loves hard to kill plants. If you’re a beginner, these plants can make everyone think that you have a green thumb. These perennials will come back year after year and give you a starting point from which to build your garden.
Hostas are known for their beautiful green, yellow, or blue leaves. They love shady areas and some varieties tolerate partial sun as well. Hostas develop large spikes that bloom into white or lavender flowers. The flowers resemble a lily. They are easy to grow and require little maintenance. Hostas are draught resistant, however when they don’t get enough water their leaf tips will turn brown and may droop. To keep the leaves looking their best make sure they are watered once a week.
Daylilies are members of the lily family and come in many shapes, colors, and sizes. They require very little care and can grow in a variety of climates. They are draught, disease, and pest resistant. Each bud of a daylily only blooms for one day, however, each flower stalk has several buds providing constant blooming for weeks at a time. Daylilies bloom from late spring to autumn. Some varieties only bloom once and other varieties bloom several times during the season.
Catmint is a member of the mint family. This plant is very easy to grow. They are pest and draught resistant. Catmint gets spikes of lavender flowers in the early summer and, when the spent flowers are removed, it will have a second bloom later in the season. This plant is often used as a substitute for lavender because lavender is much harder to grow. Like the name suggests, cats love catmint.
Peonies grow 2 to 3 feet tall and resemble shrubs during the summer months. Peonies bloom in the early summer for only a week or two, but their flowers are spectacularly large and fragrant. Peonies are very easy to grow and can take plenty of abuse. They prefer full sun and don’t usually bloom the first season after being transplanted. Peonies come in many different colors and they make great cut flowers.
Shasta daisies are a favorite among a lot of gardeners. Shasta daisies have plenty of white petals with yellow centers. If you keep up with removing spent flowers, they will bloom from June until September. They are very easy to grow and are draught tolerant. Shasta daisies require full sun and they make great cut flowers.
Although these plants are hard to kill, they do need some maintenance to perform at their best. Even draught resistant plants need frequent watering until their roots become established. Make sure you plant your flowers in a spot where they get the correct amount of sunlight. Removing the spent flowers, or dead-heading, will increase blooms. All flower gardens need regular weeding to keep them looking neat. Weeding weekly is ideal, but if your short on time, try to weed at least once a month during the growing season.