Easy-to-Grow Perennials to Plant This Fall

Easy-to-Grow Perennials to Plant This Fall

Perennials are one of the most popular types of flowering plants, both for the beginning and experienced gardeners.  Gardeners of all types and abilities enjoy the beauty, hardiness and ease of planting of these fine plants.

In addition, perennials come in every color of the rainbow, and in all shapes and sizes, making them a great choice for any garden.  What makes perennials special, however, is their ability to come back year after year.  While the actual life span of a perennial will vary from species to species and planting to planting, some types of perennials have been known to last for decades.

Fall is a great time to plant perennials, especially in colder climates. Planting them now allows the roots to get established while the rest of the plant is dormant during the winter. Plants put a lot of energy into leaf and flower production in the spring and summer, so while you can plant perennials in the spring fall is an even better time.

Perennials can be used anywhere in the garden, and anywhere around the home as well.  Many varieties of perennials are great as landscape plantings, and their ability to regenerate makes them perfect for areas of the garden that are hard to reach.  Using perennials to line a driveway, surround a flagpole or accent a front porch is a great idea for any gardener.

In fact, the hardest part of perennials for many gardeners is choosing the right ones.  There are so many different perennials at your local garden center that it can be difficult to choose the right ones. 

Here are a few tips on what to know before selecting your plants so that you can get the right perennial for your particular spot.


  1. Know Your Zone – All areas of the US have designated hardiness zones. For perennials to come back every year, they need to be hardy enough to survive the coldest temperatures of a particular zone. You can do a search for hardiness zone for your area or check with your local garden center. Then when you find a plant you like, check to be sure it is hardy up to your zone.
  2. Check the Sun – Check how many hours of sunlight the spot where you will plant gets. Then check on whether the plant is good for full sun, shade, or part sun/part shade.
  3. Wet or Dry – It’s also good to know how wet or dry the spot is. Some perennials like well-drained soil while other like damp conditions.

If you are unsure, just check with your local garden center before buying. They should be able to recommend the right plants for you.

Getting Started

Below is starter list of some of the most popular easy-care perennials for the home garden, as well as some brief care tips.


Name: Achillea

Common name: Yarrow

Needs: Full sun, moderate water (less watering once fully established)




Name: Anemone

Common name: Japanese Anemone

Needs: Partial shade, regular watering



Name: Aster

Common name: New England Aster

Needs: Full sun, partial shade in hot climates, regular watering


Name: Astilbe

Needs: Partial to full shade (some sun OK in cool climates, regular watering



Name: Chrysanthemum

Common name: Shasta Daisy

Needs: Full sun, partial shade in hot climates, regular watering


Name: Coreopsis

Common name: Threadleaf Coreopsis

Needs: Full sun, moderate to little watering


Name: Delphinium

Needs: Full sun, regular watering



Name: Echinacea

Common name: Purple Coneflower

Needs: Full sun, moderate watering


Name: Geranium

Common name: Geranium

Needs: Full sun or partial shade.  Must have afternoon shade in hot climates.  Regular watering



Name: Helleborus

Common name: Lenten Rose

Needs: Full sun in winter; partial to full shade in spring, summer and fall.  Regular watering



Name: Nepeta

Common name: Catmint

Needs: Full sun, moderate watering


Name: Paeonia

Common name: Peony

Needs: Full sun, partial shade in hot climates, regular watering



Name: Papaver

Common name: Oriental Poppy

Needs: Full sun, regular to moderate watering


Name: Penstemon

Common name: Beard Tongue

Needs: Full sun; light shade in hot climates.  Regular watering.


Name: Phlox

Common name: Summer Phlox

Needs: Full sun.  Flowers may fade in hot climates.  Needs regular watering.


Name: Rudbeckia

Common name: Black-Eyed Susan

Needs: Full sun.  Regular to moderate watering.


Name: Salvia

Needs: Full sun.  Regular watering.



Name: Sedum

Common name: Autumn Joy

Needs: Full sun or partial shade.  Moderate to little watering.


Name: Veronica

Needs: Full sun.  Regular watering.




Happy Planting!


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