Rose campion is unforgettable in full bloom because of its abundant hot-pink flowers. But before it puts on its floral show -- and after the flowers fade -- its silvery-gray leaves are ornamental on their own. Note: Rose campion can self-seed abundantly; some gardeners find it a bit of a pest once it's established. Name: Lychnis coronaria Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Plant Size: To 32 inches tall and 18 inches wide Zones: 4-8
Beat the Heat If you live in a hot, dry climate, choose perennials that thrive in those conditions. Here, Heliopsis and coreopsis have roots in the American prairie, so you know these flowering beauties will keep on blooming even though temperatures and rainfall fluctuate. There's no need to coddle either one.
Camassia leichtlinii Alba Camassia leichtlinii Alba is a statuesque late-spring flowering bulb with spires of creamy-white flowers which last for ages. One of the most tolerant and long-lived bulbs you can grow. They're ideal for being happy in sun or light shade, for naturalising.