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Astilbe -- one of the easier perennials for a shade garden.  They don't like dry or clay soil.   Good in a little bit wet areas.

Astilbe -- one of the easier perennials for a shade garden. They don't like dry or clay soil. Good in a little bit wet areas.

If you're looking for hardy, no-care, "Plant and Forget" spring flowering bulbs, look no further - load up on Muscari. These bulbs are so winter hardy and easy to grow that no garden should be without them.

If you're looking for hardy, no-care, "Plant and Forget" spring flowering bulbs, look no further - load up on Muscari. These bulbs are so winter hardy and easy to grow that no garden should be without them.

The Hardiest of Hardy Perennials. Generally speaking, a plant is classified as a perennial if it can survive to Zone 7. Above that range, plants become tender perennials or annuals. For the purpose of this article, we will only consider the "hardiest" of hardy perennials, plants that are hardy to Zones 4 and lower (or higher in latitude). The plants on this list are definitely tough enough to survive your area's worst winters.

The Hardiest of Hardy Perennials. Generally speaking, a plant is classified as a perennial if it can survive to Zone 7. Above that range, plants become tender perennials or annuals. For the purpose of this article, we will only consider the "hardiest" of hardy perennials, plants that are hardy to Zones 4 and lower (or higher in latitude). The plants on this list are definitely tough enough to survive your area's worst winters.

Allium ‘Millenium’ is a versatile perennial for a sunny garden because of its compact upright habit and resistance to all types of pests. It is also drought tolerant and loved by butterflies and bees. Though the fragrant blooms are very attractive in midsummer, the seed heads are the real floral feature. They last for several months, providing interest in the garden until late winter.

Allium ‘Millenium’ is a versatile perennial for a sunny garden because of its compact upright habit and resistance to all types of pests. It is also drought tolerant and loved by butterflies and bees. Though the fragrant blooms are very attractive in midsummer, the seed heads are the real floral feature. They last for several months, providing interest in the garden until late winter.

Hellebores: very low maintenance required for these winter blooming, shade-loving, evergreen perennials.

Hellebores: very low maintenance required for these winter blooming, shade-loving, evergreen perennials.

Asparagus is a wonderful perennial veggie that can produce for 20+ years. Grow it! Put it to bed properly for the Winter to ensure a good next growing season.

Asparagus is a wonderful perennial veggie that can produce for 20+ years. Grow it! Put it to bed properly for the Winter to ensure a good next growing season.

Just planted these in our back yard along the fence. I love them! Sweet broom - blooms late winter to early spring, up to 6 feet tall, full sun to light shade, perennial

Just planted these in our back yard along the fence. I love them! Sweet broom - blooms late winter to early spring, up to 6 feet tall, full sun to light shade, perennial

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