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Our Top 5 Favorite Low-Maintenance Perennials

Our Top 5 Favorite Low-Maintenance Perennials

By Southern Living Plants
Photographs courtesy of Southern Living Plants

Plan your spring garden with these easy-care perennials from Southern Living Plants.

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1. Nectar Blue™ Salvia

An improved earlier blooming version of Black and Blue. Another great salvia option for the mid to back of borders. Deer resistant and heavy blooming until frost. Full sun to part shade. 3-5’ high by 3’ wide. Hardy in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 8a-10b, or grow as an annual.

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2. Saucy™ Red Salvia

A stunning new salvia variety with a neat but vigorous plant habit, and lush green foliage that is covered with sizzling scarlet-red flower spikes from April to November. Sterile and self-cleaning, no need to deadhead; always looks luxuriant yet tidy. Full sun to part shade. 2-3’ high by 2-3’ wide. Hardy in Zones 9b-10b, or grow as an annual.

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3. Saucy™ Wine Salvia

A vigorous, tender perennial grown for its velvety burgundy-red flower spikes and lush green foliage, Saucy Wine blooms continuously from April to November. Sterile and self-cleaning, there is no need to deadhead. Like all salvias, Saucy Wine attracts pollinators but not deer. Full sun to part shade. 2-3’ high by 2-3’ wide. Hardy in Zones 9b-10b, or grow as an annual.

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4. Garden Jewels™ Gerbera Daisy

Add a splash of color and cheer to your garden with this award-winning Southern perennial. This tough variety offers strong pest/disease resistance and cold-hardiness to Zone 7. Enjoy extended flowering with up to 100 flowers on 12- to 14-inch stems atop lush foliage. For optimum blooms (and cut flowers), place in full sun to part shade and remove old blooms. Hardy in Zones 7a-10b, or grow as an annual.

View these color varieties:

Orange /Yellow Bi-color
Yellow
Red
Pink
Frosted Hot Pink
Orange

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5. Indigo Frost™ Agapanthus

Large bi-color flowers change from blue in the throat to white on the petal’s edge and are surrounded by green, strap-like foliage. Blooms open in spring, reblooming through summer. Part sun. 24-30” high by 16-18” wide. Hardy in USDA Zones 7b-10b, or grow as an annual.


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