Our Top 5 Low Maintenance Perennial Picks

June is National Perennial Gardening Month! Perennials are near and dear to our heart at TGP, as we started our roots in Naperville as Emma’s Perennials in 1936. Some perennials have deep root systems, allowing them to survive heat and drought, once established. Most perennials will focus their energy on establishing roots in your garden over their first season, while others will be quite happy to provide lots of foliage or flower color the first season. Where annuals will provide continuous flower color throughout the season, perennials have windows of bloom during the season. This allows you to start the year with one color and transition to another throughout the year if desired. We note those perennials that are shorter lived, perhaps just two or three years, often setting seed to continue their presence in your garden. When planted in the right place, perennials will thrive for years and many can be divided over time to make MORE PERENNIALS! What is better than that?

The Growing Place has put together a list of our top five no-fuss perennials:

1. Allium

Allium is an excellent plant to bring the gap between spring and early summer blooming perennials. Allium can be grown from fall-planted bulbs, or pick up a plant right now! Alliums are easy to grow and pest-free. They prefer sun and average drainage. Alliums are a natural rabbit repellent and come in a variety of colors, including pink, purple, blue, and white. One of our favorites is ‘Summer Beauty’ which puts on a spectacular show of globular lavender blooms for many weeks in late summer.


2. Geranium

Perennial geraniums are valued for their beautiful blooms, attractive foliage, long bloom time, and exceptional vigor. They generally grow well in light shade with soil that stays evenly moist, but not soggy. One of our favorite varieties of perennial geranium is Geranium sanguineum ‘Max Frei’ which grows only 8” tall. Its small size and neat mounding growth pattern makes it perfect for edging gardens. ‘Max Frei’ has magenta purple flowers from early summer until frost.

Geranium macrorhizum ‘Bevan’s Variety’ is prized for its scented foliage. Geranium cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’ and ‘Karmina’ make excellent choices for groundcover. The Growing Place carries thirteen varieties of perennial geraniums in an assortment of colors.


3. Hosta

Bold foliage in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and textures make hosta an invaluable addition to the shade garden. Hosta can be combined with astilbes, ferns, bleeding-hearts, sedges, and countless other shade-loving perennials. Hosta can be used as edging along a path, as a groundcover when planted in masses, as a spectacular specimen planting, or even in cut flower arrangements. While hostas are known for foliage, they also produce flowers. Among the most fragrant hosta flowers are ‘Cathedral Windows,’ ‘Fragrant Bouquet,’ ‘Guacamole,’ ‘Royal Standard,’ and ‘Stained Glass.’


4. Siberian Iris

Siberian Iris is known for its attractive 18” grass-like leaves and showy flowers in a wide range of colors. Some varieties can handle very moist conditions and are excellent for the edge of a pond or in a rain garden. Iris siberica ‘Caseser’s Brother’ is a favorite at The Growing Place.


5. Sedum

Sedums are a large family of well-behaved plants that are known for their thick succulent foliage. They thrive in sunny, well-drained locations in the garden or in containers. Once established they require little care. Sedum ‘Autumn Charm’ and ‘Rosy Glow’ are ready to bloom late summer for a fresh burst of color in your garden. Autumn Charm’s large heads of dusty rose flowers mature into reddish brown seed heads for winter interest. Sedum ‘Rosy Glow’ is topped with a profusion of rosy-red flower clusters.


These are just the tip of the iceberg and we can help you choose which perennials are right for the conditions in your garden. Stop by to ask us questions, enjoy our gardens, or shop for healthy, locally grown plants. You can also join Joannie this Saturday (June 10) in Aurora at 1pm for our Easy Perennials for Your Landscape class.

Aurora Location

2000 Montgomery Road,

Aurora, IL 60504

Phone. 630-820-8088

Naperville Location

25w471 Plank Road,

Naperville, IL 60563

Phone. 630-355-4000

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March 30-June 30

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Saturday: 9am-5pm

Sunday: 11am-5pm

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Monday, May 27


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right plantsĀ in right places.