Are you excited to get your garden growing but don’t know where to start? Below are 10 perennials that are ideal for the northeast’s sometimes fickle weather!

NameColorGrow ZoneSoil NeedsExposureOther Notes

Astilbe
Pink
purple
white
4 to 8dry to medium moisture
well drained
Full sun to part shadeblooms once
does not require deadheading
does better with afternoon shade
Spiked Speedwellblue
pink & white cultivars
Purple
3 to 8Medium moisture
well-drained
full sunGrows 1-3 feet high
cut back flower stalks for repeat bloom
divide ever 3 years
Coral Bellscoral or pink flowers
foliage is bronze, green or yellow.
4 to 8moist
rich
well-drained

neutral – slightly acidic pH
Full sun-part shade.

The leaf color can be washed out with heavy sun.
Grows 12-18 inches high

Mulch after ground freezes to protect the crowns.
Bleeding HeartPink
red
white
2 to 9Average Well-drained soilPart to Full shadeBlooms once

Stays in
flower

Can’t handle the hot summers

Deadhead to get repeat flowering

Divide ever 4-5 years
Cranesbill GeraniumsPale to Dark Purple or Pink4 to 8Average
neutral – slightly acidic pH
Full sun – Part shadeGrow 9″ to 2′

Divide every 6-8 years
CatmintLilac – Violet4 to 8Average
dry – medium moisture
well-drained
Full sunGrows 18″

Shear back after it blooms for repeat bloom
Columbineblue
pink
purple
salmon
white
yellow
2 to 9Average
slightly acidic

Will adapt to any soil
Full sun – part shadedrought tolerant once established

divide every decade or so
Russian Sageblue
lavender
4 to 9Average dry – Medium MoistureFull sunHard prune in Spring
when buds start breaking.

Divide every 4-6 years

Entire plants will not transplant well.
DaylilyCome in all colors, including bicolors.3 to 9Average
slight acidic pH
will tolerate any soil
Full sun – part shadeCut back flower stems to get reblooms if you have reblooming variety
Peoniesbi-colors
pink
purple
red
white
3-8Average
well-draining
Full sun – part shadePlant with good circulation of air to ensure the leaves don’t remain wet.

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