Every gardener loves their perennial plants, those plants that keep coming back year after year bring vibrant color to your landscape.  However, if you have ever planted one of those beloved perennials, hoping to get that repeat performance year after year, and it simply died or failed to thrive, perhaps you chose a plant that was not well suited to your zone.  

Here are some of the most beautiful perennial plants separated by zone:


Zone 1

  •         Blue Dogbane: this flowering shrub is a great perennial for the lower zones.  It can grow as high as 3 feet tall and will do well in partial or full sun.  In the early summer months, you will find delicate light blue flowers.
  •         Astilbe: while this plant need a lot of water to thrive, it does very well in full shade areas of your garden.  The pink blossoms are prevalent from early to mid-summer.

astilbe plant zone 1


Zone 2

  •         Alcea: more commonly known as Hollyhock, is a beautiful choice of perennials for those who live in zone 2.  The large (3-4 inches wide) pink and white flowers give an inviting pop of color to any landscape. 

alcea-rosea plant zone 2


Zone 3

  •         ‘Titan’s Glory’ Iris:   This is a great choice of perennial in zone 3 because it brings color and life to your garden early in the growing season, with blossoms arriving in late spring.  Requiring low amounts of water, this plant is an easy addition to your home garden.


  •         ‘Pacific Hybrids’ Primula: This flower comes in a large variety of colors, giving the home gardener a range of choices.  Only growing about 6 inches tall, the Primula plants do best with 4-6 hours of direct sunlight daily.


Zone 4

  •         ‘Burning Hearts’ Dicentra: This unique choice is quite captivating with its deep red heart-shaped flowers that bloom all the way from late spring to early fall.  They are a slow growing perennial, but they are known to attract hummingbirds.


  •         ‘Absolutely Amethyst’ Iberis: In late spring these plants are covered in plumes of purple flowers.  This plant is a great choice because it is very drought tolerant.


Zone 5

  •         ‘Golden Queen’ Trollius: This is a great addition to your garden with large golden yellow foliage.  These plants do require a moist soil, but can do well in full or partial sun.

'Golden_Queen'_2 zone 5


Zone 6

  •         ‘Snowcap’ Tradescantia: This unique plant has delicate white blossoms that only live for one day, but the plant itself produces many flowers, thus blooming for up to eight weeks.  Tradescantia is also known to attract butterflies.



Zone 7

  •         ‘Robinson’s Red’ Tanacetum: Commonly known as painted daisies, this perennial variety has deep red petals with a bright yellow center and thrives in full sun conditions.
  •         ‘Eveline’ Salvia: This bushy looking perennial produces light pink and purple flowers, and can re-bloom is pruned well.  These plants are also known to be deer and rabbit resistant.

salvia zone 7


Zone 8

  •         ‘Bowl of Beauty’ Paeonia: This variety blooms in late spring, bringing a light pink touch to your landscape.  Preferring partial shade and low water, these plants are a welcome addition to any perennial garden.

peonybowlofbeauty_zone 8


Zone 9

  •         Chocolate Cosmos: These plants are known for their chocolate-like smell and deep colored foliage.  They do best in full sun so make sure to plant them with plenty of exposure.
  •         Delosperma Red Mountain Flame: This is a show stopper with large bright orange/red flowers that bloom from late spring to early summer.  These plants are also a great choice because they are drought resistant.

Delosperma_dyeri_Red_Mountain_Flame zone 9


Zone 10

  •         Dahlias: there are many varieties of dahlias, ranging in colors from the palest pink to the deepest purples.  These flowers prefer a moist soil with lots of drainage.

dahlias zone 10


Zone 11

  •         Canna Lilies: these plants will bring large attention-grabbing blossoms to your landscape, with some species growing up to 6 feet tall!

anna lilies zone 12

Remember to plant perennials in the spring or in the fall.  Once these plants are established and have grown to the size you prefer, you can split them into 2  or 3 plants.  Split them in the fall, once the weather has chilled.  Learn more about plants what use less water here: 12 Drought Resistant Plants or 10 Beautiful Xeriscape Yards



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