Easy-care perennials – 10 options

With the least effort in gardening, you can survive by favoring perennials, or perennial herbaceous plants, in your flower choices. Most easy-care perennials overwinter under snow cover without protection, and not many of them need care during the growing season.

Fertilize the perennials in the spring and cover with compost. When the planting areas are quite dense, there is no place for weeds there. It is advisable to divide the crops every few years.

When choosing a plant, always check the light and humidity conditions in which the species thrives. In thin soil the soil dries quickly, in deep soil moisture is retained for a long time.

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Easy-care perennials x 10

1. Large star tube

Big Star Tube (Astrantia major) rises to 50 to 80 cents high. Mycorrhizal lilacs or white flowers burst after midsummer. The species thrives in the sun and semi-shade, in the ordinary garden soil. The species can sow in its environment, so remove the flowers if you don’t want it to spread.

A favorite of butterflies that lasts a long time in a vase.

© Summer Laine

2. Summer little heart

Summer little heart (Dicentra formosa) is a low-growth and easy-care relative of the broken heart.

The shoots grow into a dense mat 20 to 40 centimeters high and cover the ground effectively. Flowering that begins in early summer lasts up to months. Ants may propagate the seeds of the plant.

A favorite of pollinators, especially bumblebees.

summer little heart

© iStockphoto

3. Spring longing flower

Spring Egret (Omphalodes verna) small blue flowers resemble pet flowers. The leaves are different, heart-shaped.

Growing only 10-20 centimeters, the shoot covers the ground with its beautiful press, and blue flowers burst in April-May.

The plant is spread by above-ground runners and seeds, but over-propagation is rarely a nuisance.

Spring longing flower

© Jorma Marstio

4. Mallow

Glossy malt (Malva sylvestris) is a traditional tradition that has been cultivated since the 19th century.

The red lilac flowers of the mallow, which grows to 50–100 centimeters, gradually open from July to autumn. The species can be planted from the sun to half shade. The species is accustomed to surviving even in a weaker country.

Relatives include gray mallow, musk mallow and mallow.

Easy-care perennials: Muscat

Muscat © Summer Laine

5. Moonlily

Moon lilies (Hosta) leaf sizes range from plate sizes to small miniatures. The leaves are green, green-white or green-yellow.

The lilies thrive in half shade and shade, when planted in the sun they need watering. The lilies of the moon spread in the soil of the earth into large “shrubs”.

The handsome blue-leaved lily (Hosta sieboldiana ‘Elegans’) grows 50 to 60 centimeters tall. The decorative value is in the press, but in late summer it also blooms.

Easy-care perennials: moon lily

Regal Splendor © Jarmo Wright

6. Swordfish

Irises (Iris) are especially popular for species that thrive in moist habitats or deep soils.

The irises, as the name implies, have sword-like stiff leaves and bloom in June-July.

Yellow Sword (I. pseudacorus) is a wild species, but also popular in the garden. Popular aquatic edge plants are also the narrow-leaved Siberian anchovy (I. sibirica) and the wider swordfish (I. Germanic).

siberian anchor sword

Siberian anchor sword © Tommi Tuomi

7. Kurjenpolvi

Irises (Geranium) includes, among others, the light blue-flowered village squirrel generation (G. pratense), a pink-flowered Scented Egret (G. macrorrhizum) and a shade-flowering purple-flowered black grouse (G. phaeum). The woodcock generation (G. sylvaticum) blooms as wild plants at the forest edges.

Irises thrive in thick country, several species preferably in semi-shade.

Easy-care perennials: the kite generation

The kite generation © Tommi Tuomi

8. Liverweed

Liver grass (Sedum) are especially saviors of dry and sunny rocks. There are many species, such as wild yellow liverwort and red-flowered turquoise (S. ewersii) and Caucasian liverweeds (S. spurium).

Low liver grasses survive even in sand and plant roofs. The tall, handsome liverwort requires more soil to grow. It does not bloom until autumn.


© Summer Laine

9. Love of goods

Burning Love (Lychnis chalcedonica) is an enduring favorite of gardens that thrives in sunny and even toasty habitats.

The shoots grow to 60 to 80 centimeters. The red, pink or white flowers open slowly in July-August. If the piece of food is rotting in the drought, it is worth cutting it down in the summer, and by the autumn there will be new leaves.

Piece love spreads from the seeds to their surroundings. Butterflies also like the species.

burning Love

© Seppo Saarentola

10. Sun lily

Orchard lilies (Hemerocallis) are shrub perennials between 30 and 100 cm, depending on the species and variety.

Flowering lasts for a few weeks, but the press stays beautiful and lush even after that. The flowers open for the day and close in the evening, hence the name of the plant.

A thick layer of nutritious soil ensures that the plant thrives for years. When flowering begins to fade, it is time to divide the plant in the fall. Even if the plant is not distributed, the press will continue its lush growth.

sun lily

© Jonne Räsänen

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