Perennials for Various Uses

Long blooming perennials
Easy perennials
Shade perennials
Ground cover perennials
Perennials for damp soil

Drought tolerant perennials
Perennials for hummingbirds
Perennials for butterflies


Ground Cover Perennials

The following perennials can be used effectively as ground covers    
       
Scientific Name Common Name Exposure Bloom Period Color
Acinos alpinus Alpine Calamint sun June-July purple
Ajuga Bugleweed sun to shade May blue
Alchemilla mollis Lady's Mantle sun to shade May-June chartreuse
Anemone sylvestris Snowdrop Anemone shade May-June white
Arenaria montana Sandwort sun May-June white
Carex flacca Blue Sedge partial shade grown for foliage blue foliage
Carex 'Ice Dance' Ice Dance Sedge partial shade grown for foliage varieg. Foliage
Campanula portenschlagiana Dalmation Bellflower sun-partial shade June-Aug blue
Cerastium tomentosum Snow in Summer sun May white, silver
Ceratostigma plumbaginoides Plumbago sun-partial shade Aug-Oct blue
Dianthus 'Bath's Pink' Pinks sun   June  pink
Epimedium Barrenwort shade April-May various
Euphorbia myrsinites Donkey-tail Spurge sun April-May yellow
Gallium odoratum Sweet Woodruff shade May white
Gypsophila repens Creeping Baby's Breath sun June-Aug white, pink
Hemerocallis Stella d' Oro Stella d' Oro Daylily sun May-Sept gold
Hosta varieties Hosta shade June-Sept foliage
Hypericum calycinum St. John's Wort sun-partial shade June-Aug yellow
Iberis sempervirens Candytuft sun May white
Lamium Dead Nettle partial shade May-Sept various
Lamiastrum galeobdolon Yellow Archangel part-full shade June yellow
Lysimachia nummularia Creeping Jenny part-full shade May-June yellow foliage
Phlox divaricata Wild Sweet William partial shade May-June blue, white
Phlox stolonifera Woodland Phlox partial shade May various
Phlox subulata Creeping Phlox sun April-May various
Polemonium reptans  Creeping Jacob's Ladder partial shade May blue
Saponaria ocymoides Soapwort sun June pink
Scutellaria Skullcap sun June-July various
Sedum 'Bertram Anderson' Stonecrop sun Aug-Sept rose
Sedum cauticola Stonecrop sun Aug-Sept pink
Sedum 'Czar's Gold' Stonecrop sun May yellow
Sedum Ellacombianum Stonecrop sun June-July yellow
Sedum 'Rosy Glow' Stonecrop sun Aug-Sept rose
Sedum sieboldi Stonecrop sun Sept-Oct pink
Sedum spurium 'Red Carpet' Stonecrop sun June-July red
Sedum spurium 'VooDoo' Stonecrop sun June-July red
Sedum 'Vera Jameson' Stonecrop sun Aug-Sept rose
Silene maritima Silene sun May-June white, pink
Stachys lanata Lamb's Ears sun June silver foliage
Stachys Helene von Stein Lamb's Ears sun n/a silver foliage
Thymus 'Doone Valley' Doone Valley Thyme sun May-June lavender
Thymus lanuginosus Wooly Thyme sun May-June gray foliage
Thymus 'Magic Carpet' Magic Carpet Thyme sun May-June lavender
Thymus serphyllum  Creeping Thyme sun May-June lavender
Veronica Aztec Gold Speedwell sun-partial shade May-June yellow foliage
Veronica Waterperry Speedwell partial shade May-July lavender
Viola labradorica Labrador Violet partial shade April-May purple foliage