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Perennials are vibrant plants and come in a variety of colors, textures and shapes. The underground part of perennials can withstand the cold winter months so they’ll return in the spring for several years. Choosing several varieties instead of a large mixture of colors that clash will accent your garden with balance. You can also choose your favorite perennial and add a color scheme to complement it.

Perennials are low maintenance plants if they are grown in a location that receives lots of sunlight and taken care of properly. These plants can be easily moved to different areas of the garden and still grow well. Several types of perennials are red cardinal flower, yellow Day Lillies and orange coneflower. The vibrant colors attract birds, bees and hummingbirds, which feed off the nectar.

Red cardinal flowers are so vivid that they brighten a garden even in the shade and look beautiful alongside yellow Day Lillies. These flowers grow best in moist soil and partial shade but can also tolerate full sun. A red cardinal flower will bloom from mid-summer to mid-fall and grow about 2 to 3 1/2 inches tall.

Yellow Day Lillies bloom late spring to autumn and can grow in a variety of climates. Care is quite easy with regular watering and plenty of sunlight. They need about six hours of full sun but can tolerate part shade. These flowers easily adapt to good soil but it should be moist and well drained.

Coneflowers are also called Perennial Echinacea. Another name for the Orange Coneflower is Black-eyed Susan. It's an herbaceous perennial or plant without a wood stem. It grows very fast and can grow up to 24 inches. It needs full sunlight and somewhat moist conditions. Some plants from the Orange Coneflower color group are called Orange Meadowbrite, Summer Sun, Firebird and Hot Papaya. The largest plant in this color group is called Sunset.

Perennials are a wonderful accent to many types of gardens. Avoid overwatering perennials or fungus could grow. It’s important to let the soil completely dry out between watering times. Add organic material as mulch at least twice a year. Only use a small amount of fertilizer or plants may grow too big and not produce flowers.

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