15 low maintenance perennial flowers

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Low-maintenance perennials are a must in your flower garden if you want an easy gardening experience. Perennial flowering plants are easy to find in any nursery and make your spring and summer gardens extra colorful. Read more to learn about the 15 low-maintenance perennial flowers.

Some of the best low-maintenance perennials are drought tolerant, making your job even simpler. Find varieties that tolerate sun to part shade as different types of soil. Depending on the species you choose, you will have blooms from early spring through fall.

Find gorgeous flowers ranging from clump-forming perennials to single stems. Take a look at this low-maintenance perennials list to see which beautiful flower species you want to add to your perennial garden. Continue reading to learn about 15 low-maintenance perennial flowers.

1. Coneflower

Coneflower (echinacea) - perennial flowers that bloom all summer
15 low-maintenance perennial flowers

This mid-summer bloomer is a fantastic perennial to plant in your garden. It’s easy to maintain, and it comes in tons of colors and varieties. The coneflower is deer resistant and perfect for attracting butterflies in the spring and throughout the summer. They also make wonderful cut flowers if you like to create bouquets during the year. Plant them in full sun to help them thrive.

2. Shasta Daisy

Shasta daisies

These classic flowers are super simple to grow. Their large blooms last until the early fall. They come in a variety of heights for different garden borders and backdrops. They also make wonderful cut flowers for bouquets. Shasta daisies prefer well-drained soil and partial shade and are perfect low-maintenance perennials for your garden.

3. Perennial geranium

These perennial flowers are wonderful border plants for your garden. The brightly colored blooms start in late spring and last all summer. Plant them in partial shade or full shade. These flowers don’t prefer tons of sunlight. The great thing about geraniums is that they are rabbit resistant, and they attract butterflies.

4. Hibiscus

Cotton rose hibiscus

A hardy hibiscus plant will attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. These plants love the full sun and start blooming in the summertime. You can find these flowers in reds, pinks, and whites. In the wintertime, they appear dead, but if you let them be, they will flourish with amazing colors even in cold temperatures.

5. Hosta plant

Ruby slippers hydrangea companion plants - hostas

If you have a shade garden, hostas are a must. They thrive in this type of environment and come in hundreds of different varieties. I love the blue hostas as well as the traditional bright green ones. Depending on the type you get, they tolerate full sun or full shade.

6. Catmint


If you want flowers from April to October, catmint is just the plant for your garden. These perennials grow tall and spread out wide. Once they are established, they are drought tolerant. They often come in clusters or blue or purple and can be planted in the sun or part shade. These fragrant blooms will attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

7. Ferns


Ferns are a lovely piece of greenery that can be added to any garden. They love the shade and add great texture to your perennial flowers and plants. Many different varieties can be found in nurseries ranging from short to tall. Add these low-maintenance perennials to your garden for tons of color.

8. Sedum

Autumn joy sedum beside rock and lavender plant

Late summer and fall gardens look fantastic with sedum added to them. These upright, flowering perennials are drought-resistant and very low maintenance. When planted in a group, the sturdy stems and large flower heads are exceptionally beautiful. Plant them in moist soil and watch them blossom.

9. Black-eyed Susan

Black-eyed susan (rudbeckia) - long blooming perennials

Black-eyed Susan is perfect for a full summer garden. It has bright bold colors and is simple to care for all year long. This perennial blooms from July to September, giving you gorgeous blooms late into the year. The plant is deer and rabbit resistant and, like many other flowers, attracts butterflies for pollination. Plant your black-eyed Susans in full sun. This plant does do best when deadheaded when blooms are spent.

10. Coreopsis

Coreopsis tinctoria

These daisy-like flowers come in many different colors, including pink, red, yellow, and multi-colors. You will see the coreopsis species bloom in your garden from early to mid-summer. Deadhead these blooms for optimal growth throughout the year. Both birds and butterflies love this flower species. When taken care of, they grow to be 1 to 3 feet tall.

11. Astilbes


These stunning flowers are perfect for shady areas and don’t do well in full sun. They are very low-maintenance and grow to be anywhere from 6 inches to 5 feet tall. The clusters can span out to about 2 feet wide. You will love adding this fern-like flower to your perennial garden.

12. Achillea (yarrow)

Yarrow (achillea) - long blooming perennials

These clumps of feathery foliage are so fun to have in the garden. This perennial flower grows well in almost all climates and soil types. Achillea attracts butterflies and other pollinators to the garden. They come in a variety of colors as well, making it fun to pick and choose perennials. You will love the added greenery in your garden.

13. Garden phlox

Creeping phlox in white with pink centres for around the tulips

Gardeners love this sweet-smelling flower in their gardens. The beautiful blooms attract all sorts of pollinators and wildlife. This sun-loving plant is an excellent option for garden boxes and planters, as well. Use them to decorate a bouquet or fill up your garden. Garden phlox grows to about 18 inches tall.

14. Blue false indigo

Blue false indigo is the perfect perennial plant because it is drought-tolerant and can endure many different types of soils. This makes it super simple to care for in any garden. The plant grows to about 4 feet tall and does best in full sunlight or partial shade. The blooms come out in the spring and can easily take over your entire yard if you don’t contain it a bit. Find this flower in many different colors, including purple and yellow!

15. Siberian iris

This grass-like plant has beautiful petals that show off their eye-catching colors. They love well-drained soil and do best in full sun or part shade. You will see new flowers bloom in May and throughout the spring. The petals are purple with hints of white and yellow. They look fantastic with white flowers like daisies to emphasize their color.


What is the easiest perennial to grow?

Coneflowers and Hibiscus are low maintenance and easy to grow perennials. Not only do they have bright and vibrant colors, they require low maintenance.

What is the longest blooming perennial?

Catmint is a longer blooming perennial. Catmint grows tall and out, and can be grown from April – October. This makes for a longer lasting bloom out of the flower.



Mary Jane Duford
Mary Jane Duford

Mary Jane Duford is a gardening expert and founder of Home for the Harvest. She's also a professional engineer, certified permaculture garden designer, and master gardener in training. Mary Jane has been featured by publications such as Real Simple, Mother Earth News, Homes & Gardens, Heirloom Gardener, and Family Handyman.