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Joined: 4/08/2008
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 241
Posted: May/12/2008 1:11 PM PST

What are your top five favorite perennials? Mine are:

Blanket flower
Butterfly Bush

I know...hard to limit it to five! haha
Joined: 5/10/2002
Location: Dayton, OH
Posts: 90
Posted: May/12/2008 8:14 PM PST

Limiting to 5 is really tough! How about 5 for each phase of the season? LOL
Spring: columbine, variegated soloman's seal, celandine poppy, coral bells, centaurea montana (mountain bluet)
Summer; purple echinacea, rudbeckia(BES), coreopsis early sunrise, gardenview scarlet monarda, shasta daisies
Late summer/fall: Ligularia dentata, sweet autumn clematis, mums,sedum Autumn Joy
This is only a fraction of what I have, but are among the most reliable and hardy. I also love May Night salvia, russian sage, gaillardia...Oh Lord, I better stop.
Favorite biennials: foxglove, sweet william, Canterbury bells
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Joined: 8/23/2002
Location: Cross Plains,Tn. zone 6
Posts: 1542
Posted: May/12/2008 9:06 PM PST

It is hard to limit them to just 5 but here goes.
Gaura- pink
Canterbury Bells are my all-time favorite.
The list could go on and on but you said 5 was the limit.
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Joined: 8/28/2004
Location: Upstate New York
Posts: 1197
Posted: May/13/2008 4:23 AM PST

Five IS too hard!
2-coral bells

There are just too many not getting their credit!!
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Joined: 11/29/2006
Location: West Kentucky
Posts: 1803
Posted: May/13/2008 4:29 AM PST

Including, but not limited to:
Wind anemones
Responding to this post made me realize that I have perennials in my yard that begin with every letter of the alphabet except "Q" and "X".
That's just insane
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Joined: 4/24/2008
Location: Chesapeake VA
Posts: 1954
Posted: May/13/2008 5:49 AM PST

This will be hard but here goes:
Agastache "Blue Fortune"
Mexican Eve. Primrose
Like evryone else, there's loads more- but these are the ones I really look forward to seeing
Joined: 12/30/2007
Location: SW KY/zone 6
Posts: 297
Posted: May/13/2008 6:39 AM PST

LOL, too many to choose from is right! But I narrowed it down to 5.

Daffodils--first thing to bloom every spring and completely carefree; dug mine up from a neglected property with the owners blessing. Had been growing there so long that you can't even see any trace of the church that once stood there.

Perennial Hibiscus--Huge tropical flowers on plants that come back from the roots each year and bloom from July on (I have a scarlet that gets 8', 2 5' with red centered deep pink flowers, and sa border of 3'burgundy-centered white flowering ones).

Vinca minor--makes a lovely shiny green groundcover in the big island bed around a magnificent 90' triple-trunk cottonwood. And my bulbs grow up through it nicely.

Bronze Fennel--purty feathery purplish foliage, and swallowtail butterfly caterpillers LOOOOOOVE it! They're like flowers that fly around the yard.

LOL---DANDELIONS!---Goldfinch and Indigo Buntings and Bobwhites LOOOOOVE the seeds! They're like flowers that fly---and sing!
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Joined: 2/16/2004
Location: west allis wisconsin
Posts: 892
Posted: May/13/2008 9:51 AM PST


Okay, foxglove, delphinium,daisy,columbine,peony.
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Joined: 3/16/2006
Location: Gulfport, MS
Posts: 1208
Posted: May/13/2008 11:07 AM PST

1. Columbine
2. Jacab's Ladder
3. Astilbe
4. Bleeding Hearts
5. Purple coneflower
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Joined: 3/17/2008
Location: SC
Posts: 2104
Posted: May/13/2008 8:19 PM PST

Hollyhocks, lantana, roses, hyssop, butterfly bush
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