There is such a thing as a low maintenance, easy care perennial plant. It may vary from climate to climate and season to season, but there are many wonderful perennial plants that can be labeled low maintenance. The two basic tricks are: 1) Pick plants suited to your site and 2) allow them time to become established.
If you do this, you will have at least a few low maintenance, undemanding plants providing interest and bloom in the perennial border. This is not to say your garden will be no maintenance. Where's the fun in that? But these 10 plants will allow you time to enjoy gardening.
Although native to marshy areas, Liatris is surprisingly drought tolerant and accepting of all types of soil. It is a tireless bloomer and the spiky flowers and grassy foliage add definite textural interest to the garden. With their high nectar content and tubular flowers, these plants are also magnets for monarch butterflies, during their fall migration.
To avoid staking, select a compact or low growing variety.
USDA Zones: 3 - 9
Blooms: Mid-summer through fall
Colors: Purples, pink, or white
There was a time not so long ago when coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) were Purple Coneflowers. Now this extremely rugged prairie plant can be had in almost any color of the rainbow, including some bold, electric colors. The originals are still the hardiest, but as they keep refining the breeding of the newer varieties, they get better and better. Coneflowers will bloom all summer, with deadheading. Other than deadheading though, coneflowers pretty much take care of themselves.
USDA Zones: 2 - 10
Colors: Purple, white, orange, yellow, pink & red (More every year!)
Coral Bells Will Dazzle in a Shade Garden
Heuchera (Coral Bells) Heuchera got its common name of Coral Bells because the original garden plant had dainty coral bell-shaped flowers. The foliage was nice, but it was the froth of flowers that was the main attraction. These days Coral Bells are more often grown for the colorful and variegated leaves. Heuchera come in shades of purple, butterscotch, mottled green and strips. Most varieties favor partial shade, where their season-long color is always welcome.
Despite the small size of the flowers, they are one of the most popular hummingbird plants.
USDA Zones: 3 - 8
Blooms: Late spring / Early summer, but grown for its foliage.
Colors: Flowers are white, pink or red and the foliage can be anything from lime green to deep purple, with lots of swirls and splotches in the mix.
Delicate, Well-Behaved Foam Flower Carpets the Garden
Foam Flower (Tiarella cordifolia) spreads rapidly, but accommodates other plants by going around them. It makes an ideal ground cover, giving four seasons of interest where the leaves are still visible above snow cover.
Fuzzy spikes of flowers shoot out above the maple shaped leaves. The velvety leaves remain attractive all season. Foam Flower will take care of itself if planted in a shady or woodland setting.
USDA Zones: 3 - 9
Blooms: Late spring / Early summer
Colors: White or pink
Here is one thistle that is not weedy or invasive. Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro) don't require division, because with its long tap root, it doesn't like to be disturbed. It appears to bloom forever, because the seed head is as attractive as the bloom. Which means there is no need to deadhead. Echinops even does well in poor, dry soil.
Although they stay in bloom for weeks at a time, the beauty does not end there. Globe thistle looks attractive even as it fades, and it make a great dried flower, almost drying itself.
USDA Zones: 3 - 9
Blooms:Early summer to Early Fall
Colors: Blue or white
taken from https://www.thespruce.com/low-maintenance-easy-care-perennials-
Till next time this is Becky Litterer from Becky's Greenhouse, Dougherty, Iowa