This hardy flower is extremely weather resistant and will tolerate full sun. It likes well-draining, slightly alkaline or neutral soil. In (season), Golden or “Goldeneye” Phlox will produce beautiful purple or pink flowers with a conspicuous golden ring around the center. Petals are flat and fused to form a tube shape in the middle.
This popular perennial is a great choice for lining the borders of your garden and does well in the shade. Its flowers and leaves form short spikes and can be found in a dizzying variety of colors. The flowers range from red to white to pink, but for most gardeners the real beauty of this plant is in the foliage, which display colors with heavy sheens of gold and silver. One favorite is called “Purple Palace” and sprouts deep purple leaves with red undersides. Coral Bells prefer well-draining soil but are drought and flood-tolerant and generally require little care, making them an ideal low-maintenance garden plant.
This sweet-smelling perennial is native to the northern regions of Asia, North America and Europe. It typically blooms from May through June and will do well in most types of soil found in the northeast regions. It’s a hardy, drought-tolerant plant, often found growing wild in disturbed areas and in grasslands. It enjoys full sun but will generally do fine with partial sun if full is not available. Its strong sweet smell makes it great choice for attracting butterflies.
Though it’s called “wild” anemone, this delicate flower can easily be cultivated in the temperate northeast. It makes excellent groundcover and will spread to fill a sizeable portion of your garden in no time. Wild Anemone produces delicate white flowers with yellow centers, and thrives in moist, well-draining soil packed with plenty of organic matter. Partial sun is ideal for this plant. The blooms will grow to a height of about a foot, usually dying back in late spring or early summer.
The epitome of low-maintenance, Veronica tolerates full sun and thrives in well-draining soil but will also do fine in partial shade. Deadhead the flowers over time to maximize blooming and the health of the plants. It’s towering flower spikes bloom in shades of purple blue white and pink and may last from early spring all the way through fall. Veronica is actually edible and teas made from this plant have been found to ease bronchial distress associated with allergies and asthma.