Proven Winners® Perennials—Fuss-free plants that flourish for years
Perennials are a flower garden’s backbone, providing beautiful color, texture and form. They are easy-care, dependable performers that come back every year. They also are:
- Uncommonly colorful thanks to foliage and/or flowers
- Trialed and tested for proven performance
- Grow bigger and better with each growing season
Popular types of perennials
Perennial plants offer incredible variety. You're sure to find a fit for your garden. Many are drought tolerant once established, others make great cut flowers, and some can be grown in containers.
Keep in mind that all plants – perennials and annuals -- are programmed by Mother Nature to survive. All they need is the right amount of sunlight, food, water, and an occasional haircut. Learn more about perennial care. What makes Proven Winners® perennials different is that they are programmed to flourish year after year. They are born and bred to be innovators with extended bloom, expanded regions of performance, new colors and forms.
New to gardening with perennials? Here’s an important tip -- be patient. The gardening adage, “First year sleeps, second year creeps, third year leaps” is true. While Proven Winners perennial hybrids are bred for their vigor, it still takes at least a year for most to look like the photos on their plant tags.
Perennial of the year winners
What’s the difference between an annual and a perennial?
Annuals die when it gets too cold out. Perennials appear to die when the temperatures drops, but they’re actually hibernating. Beneath that dead-looking clump of stems, leaves and blooms are hardy roots that will produce a new plant come spring.
Do perennials come back every year?
If all goes well, perennials will come back every year. Some are short-lived and will last 2-3 years, while others can last 5 years or longer.
Here are some ways to encourage perennials to return:
- Make sure they can be grown in your zone
- Plant them in a spot that gets the right amount of sun or shade
- Ensure you are watering and fertilizing according to the plant's needs
- Prune or divide overgrown plants to rejuvenate them
- Remove spent flowers and damaged foliage
What perennials bloom the longest?
If you are looking for long-blooming perennials, try these:
- Black-eyed Susan
- Hardy geranium
- Shasta daisy
- Red hot poker
- Russian sage
- Sedum (stonecrop)
What are the easiest perennials to grow?
The easiest perennials are drought tolerant, don't need fertilizing, and will continue blooming without deadheading. Check out our Top 10 Low Maintenance Perennials.
When to plant perennials?
It is best to plant perennials in mild weather. Plant them in spring after the last frost and before the heat of summer. Or plant them in fall before the first frost.