Perennials: Nature’s Survivors Part 1

Perennial plants are a great way to enhance the look and add some color to your landscaping. With the crazy weather we've been having in Kansas City, plants that can stand the test of time, temperature and tempest are a must. We've compiled a list of perennials with the flower power and fortitude to survive for years to come:

Colorful gardenDaylily

Daylilies are practically indestructible. It seems like all they need is a sunny spot. They are insect and drought resistant, and they offer a wide range of colors to choose from. They are available in early-, mid-, and late-season bloomers, or you can select repeat bloomers that flower from spring until autumn. They are easy-care plants, and they do have large dumps that should be divided every three to four years.

Buddleia (Butterfly Bush)

These plants produce wave after wave of fragrant flowers that are rich with nectar all summer long. Every fall, they die, but return bigger and better the following spring. Buddleia's color choices are white, red, purple, blue, pink and lavender. They look great in flower borders or in containers. They do need lots of sun.


Dry, hot weather doesn't stop the Coreopsis from flowering all summer long. While we may have more rain than we know what to do with this summer, it doesn't hurt to plan for the future. These flowers are native to North America, and are one of the most reliable perennials you can grow. They produce yellow, pink, orange, white, red or even bi-colored blooms that dance in the wind. They also have few insect or disease problems. Removing faded blooms as they appear can promote even more flowers.


Sedums require almost no care. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors and won't buckle to heat, drought, winter, cold or insects. They grow quickly and can make anyone feel like he or she has a green thumb. They prefer the sun, but can also grow in partial shade.With these scrappy and easy-care flowering plant options, you're bound to find the perfect fit for your lawn and landscaping needs. Stay tuned for part two for even more botanical survivors.

For more information on power perennials, call Olympic Lawn and Landscape at (816) 875-9296.