Rachel is a passionate plantsperson, YouTuber and author living in Ireland. She grows a wide range of hardy subtropical and tropical plants.
3 Easy-Care Perennials for New Gardeners
Sometimes it's hard to know where to start in the garden—there just seems like so much choice and so much to learn. In this article, I want to introduce you to three perennials that are perfect for beginners.
These are tough little cookies that can withstand some neglect and still come up smiling, rewarding you with beautiful flowers. They're hardy too, withstanding temperatures as low as -4˚F (-20˚C), and they tolerate a variety of soils.
1. Turkish Sage (Phlomis russeliana)
The first plant I want to showcase today is Phlomis russeliana. But if that's too much of a mouthful, you can call it Turkish sage, which is its common name.
Turkish sage is a hairy perennial that gets to about 3 feet or 90 centimeters in height. It produces stout stems that bear whorls of hooded, soft, yellow flowers. The shape of the flowers is quite unusual and very architectural, and the yellow color blends perfectly with a variety of other flower colors. Flower spikes continue to add structural value to your garden, even after the blooms fade. The plant has large, rough-textured, gray-green leaves and produces a healthy clump over time.
Tips for Growing Turkish Sage
Grow this plant in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun, although it will tolerate some shade. Turkish sage is a perennial you can pretty much forget about once it's established, except for cutting off the spent stems in spring. Use it in flower beds, cottage garden plantings or just as a statement plant all on its own.
2. Red Campion (Silene dioica)
My second plant is red campion, a clump-forming plant that produces masses of shocking pink blooms in late spring. You'll forget you have this plant until it surprises you by suddenly flowering before most other plants in the garden have woken up!
Red campion has downy, semi-evergreen leaves, and its flower stems reach up to just over 3 feet or 1 meter in height.
Tips for Growing Red Campion
Grow this easy plant in part shade and well-drained soil anywhere where you want a splash of early garden color.
3. Masterwort (Astrantia)
My final easy perennial is the Astrantia or Masterwort. Masterwort comes in a variety of pinks, purples, reds and whites and produces masses of neat pincushion flowers on wiry stems starting in June. This plant makes a neat clump with its palmate leaves and will seed readily, giving you more plants for free.
Tips for Growing Masterwort
If you don't want more plants, just cut the plant to the ground after flowering and it will soon produce fresh new leaves. It can be grown in moist or dry soil in sun or partial shade. Grow this plant in flower beds, cottage garden settings or city courtyard gardens and enjoy it.
Whether you like yellow, pink, red or white, I hope there's something here for you on this list. Happy growing!
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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