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Take a virtual tour of pretty perennials from around the country and get new ideas for your landscaping.
  • Columbine (aquilegia)

    Ohio resident Sharon Laney's favorite perennial is the columbine (aquilegia). "It comes in a wonderful variety of colors and winters over well," she says. "I prefer the pastels: yellow, lavender and pink but I also have a deep purple that sometimes upstages the others."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • European peonies

    Jennifer MacLeod and her husband found these Eurpoean peonies on their Maine acreage when the moved in 14 years ago. They were actually brought over from Europe by the previous owners of the home. "Besides cutting a few of the flowers to have indoors each year, I don't do much to tend them," she says. "I make sure Spring grass doesn't take over their spot and I set a flower frame so they stand instead of lay flat on the ground. Otherwise, I simply enjoy them."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Evening primrose

    About 20 years ago, my husband's aunt shared these wonderful, amazing flowers with us," says Miriam Brooks of State Road, North Carolina. "She called them 'night bloomers' but we found out the real name was 'evening primrose'. From the first time we saw one open in front of our eyes, we were hooked," she said. Evening primrose begins the process by unwrapping themselves and ultimately popping into full bloom in a matter of a few seconds up to a couple of minutes. "It is truly like watching time lapse photography," she says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Siberian iris

    After making a purchase at a greenhouse several years ago, Pat, of Mechanicsville, Virginia, was given a free plant. Though the free plant looked pitiful and small, she did plant it. Several years later a gorgeous purple iris bloomed. "I had to stop and wonder just where it came from," she says. "Then I remembered the wee little free plant from the greenhouse. Purple and green being my favorite color combinations, these Siberian iris' have totally won my heart."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Cornflower close-up

    Perennial cornflower is one of Jennifer Erickson's favorites. "It is an early bloomer and so exquisite -- small bush-like plant with a color I've never seen anywhere else," she says. "I have a bunch of small plants that have come up from seed, so if anyone wants one, show up with shovel in hand."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Giant allium

    "I also love giant allium," says Jennifer Erickson. "It's a BIG bulb you plant in the fall, obviously an onion relative."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Bird nest

    The giant bulb of the allium makes a comfortable perch for a robin's rest.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • 60-year-old peony

    Barb Bartle purchased her home in 2004 and was told by her neighbors about a 60-year-old peony that continues to bloom every Mother's Day, year after year. "At times it has had over 100 blooms as big as saucers and so fragrant," she says.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • Sweedish daffodils

    Ellen Still received these photos from here daughter in Vaxjo, Sweden. "The field of daffodils is just a five minute walk from her home," she says. "She thought they were so beautiful, she wanted to share them with everyone."

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012
  • "Purple Smoke" baptista

    Terri Vetter took these photos of her beautiful "Purple Smoke" baptista. "This is a full- to part-sun, non-woody, but shrub-like plant, she says. "They can get about four feet tall, and have beautiful foliage and smoky lavender blooms in late spring.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 4, 2012

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