List of Hardy Perennials?

cindylouhoo(6MidTN)May 30, 2009

Is there a list, or can we put together a list of tried and true perennials for Tennessee? I mean the kind that will return year after year and not just for 2-3 years. I tried a search but didn't find anything.

I realize that different conditions will effect all plants, but some are going to be more hardy overall.

I haven't been gardening for long, but from what I understand, peonies, hostas, and sedums are some that could be on the list. Can you add any others?

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cannahavana(z7a Knoxville)


I could go on and on...

    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 3:36PM
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madmouser(7 TN)

UT Gardens publishes a list every year of what does well here.
Scroll down to the "best and the beautiful" by year. Perinnials are in the middle of each year's page.
Or just go to the gardens -- they're free -- and wander around. When you see something you like, look for the name.
The UT Gardens are trial gardens. They test to see what works well here and what doesn't and publish the results every year.
They're an incredible resource.
That same link also gives you month-by-month gardening advice.

Here is a link that might be useful: UT Gardens Tips and reports

    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 6:21PM
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madmouser(7 TN)

You'll find more detailed trial data for perinnials at the link below.
BloomsDay at the Gardens, with workshops, will be coming up June 27-28. Look for workshops on good plants to grow. They are usually excellent and included in the price of admission.

Here is a link that might be useful: UT Gardens Trial Data

    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 6:30PM
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I didn't know about that UT link! Cool!

You need to get yourself a good perennial encyclopedia! :) Then look for stuff that is hardy to Zone 6 or 7.

When I first started gardening I ordered some of the Time/Life series of gardening. I still have those books - they are great reference. I also really like Reader's Digest gardening books.

I rotate out my collection and read a few at a time in short spurts. There is one I found a couple of years ago on sale at Borders for $'s encyclopedia sized, by Reader's Digest, and I think the name is something like "200 of the Hardiest Plants"...or something like that (it's downstairs and I'm too tired to go down there. LOL) Anyway, it's a great one. It lists the top cultivars for performance as well, which is neat.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2009 at 8:40PM
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Here are a few more for sun:
Balloon Flower
For shadier spots:
Columbine (short-lived but self sows reliably)
Hardy Begonia (Begonia Evansiana) - invasive in deep shade.
Bleeding Heart

    Bookmark   May 31, 2009 at 1:19PM
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