Perennials: Nature’s Survivors Part 3

With so many hardy perennials in the botanical mix, we couldn't cover them in one or two blog posts. (Click here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.) In part three of Perennials: Nature's Survivors, we're going to cover even more perennials that can stand the test of time and weather. Here's our list: Pretty manicured flower garden with colorful azaleas.


This perennial is perfect for shady spots. Commonly called barrenwort, epimedium grows only 10-12 inches tall, and covers the ground with both beautiful flowers and foliage. The perennial is also highly drought resistant, which is great for dry growing seasons, which occasionally happen here in the Midwest. And, depending on which variety you grow, the plants may remain evergreen through the winter.

Russian Sage

Russian sage adds a nice pop of color to your fall garden. It's native to central Asia, and tough as nails. It can do well in hot, dry conditions. They typically bloom mid to late summer and keep their beautiful color for weeks. The plant's silvery foliage is fragrant. It typically grows 3 to 5 feet tall, though dwarf varieties grow shorter than three feet.


Artemisia's foliage color is absolutely stunning. This perennial is great for perennial borders. The colorful foliage keeps your garden looking great while the flowering plants go in and out of bloom. The foliage is a silver-gray color that doesn't fade in sunlight. It resists insects and droughts, and its branches make a fantastic addition to indoor flower arrangements. The height varies depending on which variety you plant, from 5 inches tall to 3 feet.These perennials make a great addition to any garden. Not only are they low-maintenance and resistant to things like weather extremes and insects, but they're also beautiful, which is likely the reason you decided to plant a flower garden in the first place.

These survivors would make a great addition to any flower garden. For more information on how to make your garden great, call Olympic Lawn and Landscape at (816) 875-9645 and stay tuned for Part 4!