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10 Hard Working Perennials for Mountain Gardens

By Kate_miller

10 Hard Working Perennials for Mountain Gardens

Primrose is a very early bloomer, loving cold temperatures.

Bright sunshine inspired a whole lotta work in the gardens yesterday ~ in spite of the fact that it was blustery and cold... Sitting here, this morning, tired, and sore, happy as all get out. Having dedicated an entire day to playing in the mud.
What's your favorite time in the garden? Mine is right now. When tiny green shoots are poking up all over the place, promising pretty things to come.

10 Hard Working Perennials for Mountain Gardens

Sad to say, it's too early to plant. And, of course, that makes me itchy. Trying desperately to avoid the local nurseries, tempting me with new flowers that will surely freeze ~ should I lose control and jump the gun.
So, while I'm spinning my wheels, waiting ever so impatiently for Memorial Day to come, here's a salute to the 10 hardest working perennials in my waterwise gardens. These gals bloom for at least 8 weeks, some 12 or 16 weeks. All are drought-tolerant, much-loved by hummingbirds, butterflies, and most everyone who bikes past the Street Garden.
10 Hard Working Perennials for Mountain Gardens

May Night SalviaSalvia x superbaFlowers: June - August, with deadheadingFull sun
USDA zones 5-9
10 Hard Working Perennials for Mountain Gardens

Tickseed CoreopsisCoreopsis lanceolataFlowers: June - September, with deadheadingFull sunUSDA zones 5-9

10 Hard Working Perennials for Mountain Gardens

Munstead LavenderLavandula angustifoliaFlowers: July - OctoberFull sunUSDA zones 4-10 

10 Hard Working Perennials for Mountain Gardens

Bellflower Deep Blue PearlsCampanula carpaticaFlowers: June - SeptemberFull sunUSDA zones 3-8
10 Hard Working Perennials for Mountain Gardens




John Cabot RosesFlowers: June - OctoberFull sunUSDA zones 3-7


10 Hard Working Perennials for Mountain Gardens
Johnson's Blue GeraniumGeranium himalayense x pratenseFlowers: May - SeptemberFull sun
USDA zones 4-8

10 Hard Working Perennials for Mountain Gardens
Redbirds in a Tree
Scrophularia macrantha
Flowers: June - September
Happiest at 6,000 feet or higher
Full sun
USDA zones 5-10

10 Hard Working Perennials for Mountain Gardens
Six Hills Giant Cat MintNepeta x faaseenii 'Six Hills Giant' Flowers: June - AugustFull sun
USDA zones 4-9

10 Hard Working Perennials for Mountain Gardens
Jupiter's Beard
Centranthus Ruber
Flowers: June - August, with deadheading
Full sun
USDA zones 4-9

10 Hard Working Perennials for Mountain Gardens
Corkscrew Ornamental OnionAllium senescens 'Blue Twister'Flowers: June - SeptemberFull sun/Loves clay soil
USDA zones 3-8


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