Peony  Perhaps the best-loved perennials, herbaceous peonies belong in almost every garden. Their sumptuous flowers -- single, semidouble, anemone centered or Japanese, and fully double -- in glorious shades of pinks and reds as well as white and yellow announce that spring has truly arrived. The handsome fingered foliage is usually dark green and remains good-looking all season long. Provide rich soil with plenty of humus to avoid dryness, and don't plant the crowns more than 2 inches deep.

Sweet Marjorie Peony - "One of the new breed of cactus-style peonies, 'Sweet Marjorie' offers pink blooms that are cut and twisted." "It's one of the most eye-catching and dramatic peonies available.

Bluestar, as you might guess, is a perfect pick for blue flowers. A great plant you've probably never heard of, bluestar deserves a lot more attention in the garden: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/design/color/blue-flower-garden-ideas/?socsrc=bhgpin052814bluestar&page=7

Best Blue Flowers for Your Garden

Amsonia A tough, but sadly underused perennial, amsonia produces clusters of sky-blue flowers in late spring. Its not just a one-season wonder, though. In autumn, its foliage turns brilliant shades of gold — enough to rival many of the trees when they put

Blaze  A reliable performer with bright red blooms, 'Blaze' offers 6-inch flowers that are perfect for cutting.  Name: Paeonia 'Blaze'  Bloom Time: Early season  Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil  Size: 26 inches tall  Zones: 3-8  Native to North America: No  Why We Love It: The bright color stands out in the garden. And it's better adapted to mild-winter areas than many other peonies.

Top Picks: 23 Perfect Peonies

'Blaze' peony Paeonia 'Blaze' offers single, scarlet-red blooms in early season. It grows 26 inches tall.

Immortality Iris     Tall bearded irises are great garden plants, but varieties like pure-white 'Immortality' are must-haves because they often rebloom again in late summer.  Plant Name: Iris 'Immortality'  Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil  Size: To 3 feet tall and 1 foot wide  Zones: 3-9

Best White Flowers for Your Garden

'Immortality' Reblooming Iris Noted for its reliable show of snowy-white flowers in spring and again in fall, this stunning tall bearded iris is among the easiest perennials to grow. The ruffled blooms are borne on stems above the sword like foliage.

Astilbe - late spring early summer, pink/white/red, good for shady moist spots. (Would be good for my problem pot)

26 Best Perennial Varieties for Your Garden

Astilbe The feathery plumes of astilbe rise above fernlike foliage for a month or more in late spring and early summer. Available in shades of pink, white, and red, astilbe is ideal for shady, moist spots. Plant a swath of these to beauties for a memora

Geum Red Dragon

Avens Geum selections Light: Sun Plant Height: 6 inches to 2 feet tall Zones: Plant Type: Perennial

Most gardeners are familiar with classic perennials such as daylilies, peonies, hostas, and iris, but there's a whole host of lesser-known, underused perennials that can add color and interest to your garden. You may have to search for them at your garden center or an online source, but they're all worth the effort. Here are 15 of our favorite underused perennials.

The 15 Most Underused Perennials

Most gardeners are familiar with classic perennials such as daylilies, peonies, hostas, and iris, but there's a whole host of lesser-known, underused perennials that can add color and interest to your garden. You may have to search for them at your garden center or an online source, but they're all worth the effort. Here are 15 of our favorite underused perennials.

Peony - "Krinkled White"   One of the few peonies that can tolerate the south

Top Picks: 23 Perfect Peonies

Paeonia 'Krinkled White' is an early bloomer. Its large single flowers are pure white, ruffled along the edges, with a central boss of brigh.

PREV1/25NEXTRose Thrift Perfect for your rock garden or along the edge of a bed or border, rose thrift adds a punch of pink atop a grassy mound of foliage.Name: Armeria maritima RoseaGrowing Conditions: Full sun to part shade, and well-drained soilSize: 6-8 inches tall and wideZones: 3-9Learn more about armeria. PREV2/25NEXT'Alice du Pont' Mandevilla Soften your pergola or trellis with mandevilla, a heat-loving tropical vine that sports charming pink flowers all summer long.Name: 'Alice du…

Best Pink Flowers for Your Garden

Anemone Anemone selections Light:Sun, Part Sun Plant Height: feet tall. Plant Type: Perennial Anemones are lovely, delicate flowers that dance atop slender stems, giving them their poetic common name -- windflower

One of the earliest spring bloomers, the purple or lavender blooms of pasque flowers were once used to dye Easter eggs.

Septic safe One of the earliest spring bloomers, the purple or lavender blooms of pasque flowers were once used to dye Easter eggs.

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