Happy Mother's Day! Here Are 8 Perennials You Should Plant in Your Mom's Garden

Posted by Laine Smith on 5/8/16 10:17 AM

Topics: Home Ownership

Happy Mother's Day! Stuck on what to give mom this year? Give her a long-lasting, low-maintenance gift by planting some of these Midwest-native perennials in her garden.

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Columbine

Columbine

This hardy perennial offers dainty red and yellow-spurred flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds. This adaptable plant does well in sun or shade but prefers partial shade and well-drained soil. It can tolerate full sun, average soils and dry soil conditions.

Jack-in-the-Pulpit

jack-in-the-pulpit

This enchanting plant can grow up to two feet tall. It is a shade lover and does well in moist, well-drained soil. After blooming in early spring, the stalk forms a cluster of red berries that attract birds and wildlife.

Wild Anemone

anemone

These easy-to-grow and easy-to-love flowers grow in moist soils rich in organic matter. The large white flowers are a great spring plant with immense groundcover. Plant these in a partly sunned and shaded area for best results.

Goldenrod

goldenrod

This cheerful plant boasts bright yellow blooms, hence its name. These thrive during the fall season in fully sunned areas with well-drained soil.

Poppy Mallow

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The poppy mallow plant also has incredible groundcover with reddish-purple blooms, guaranteed to brighten up your garden all summer long. Poppy mallow is drought-tolerant and pest-free, perfect for the front border of your garden landscaping or along a rock wall.

Blue Sage

bluesage

Blue sage will give your garden height, as it grows to four feet tall. In the early fall, its flowers bloom a beautiful sky blue. This easy perennial attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and makes a great border flower. 

Spiderwort

spiderwort

This wildflower favorite typically boasts a blue or purple flower, though some varieties may be pink, red or white. Because spiderwort grows in clumps with grass-like foliage, this plant is best used for borders, edging and woodland gardens.

Butterfly Weed

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Butterfly weed is prized for its large clusters of electric-orange flowers, making it a buttefly magnet. This prairie plant is deer and drought resistance with a pleasant fragrance. Enjoy this prairie plant's blooms in the summer by planting in a well-sunned area.

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