In Idaho, it’s hot and dry in the summers and for some people, water is very expensive. If you want to know what grows well in your area, walk around your neighborhood and check out the landscape. Look to see what is in bloom, what is flourishing and even check out what plants look heat stressed or a bit lack luster. There are some plants that really do well here and will multiply and produce color and beauty for years. There are some perennials when planted in our high desert climate that suffer in the heat and low humidity.
I love to garden, but I do not want to spend my time babysitting a lot of fussy plants that will not thrive in our climate. If you are of the same persuasion, then here is the list for you!
A special thanks to Nancy from Cottage Gardeners who supplied this list of her personal favorites. These plants are what are considered the essence of a cottage garden, "always gay and never garish". A definition of a cottage garden:: bountiful, yet regulated informality, a tidy mess, "delightful disorder", where plants are grown for their medicinal value, for flavoring, or for their scents.
Siberia Bugloss (Brunnera)
Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)
Cranesbill (perennial Geranium)
Bleeding Heart (Dicentra)
Lenten Rose (Hellebores)
Lady's Mantle (Alchemilla)
Spotted dead nettle (Lamium)
Maltese cross (Lynchnis Calcedonia)
Michaelmas daisy (Aster)
Bee Balm (Monarda)
Pin Cushion Flower (Scabiosa)
Here are a few additions I have chosen that do very well in our soil and climate
Jupiter's Beard (Centranthus ruber)
Blanket Flower (Gaillardia)
And these are just a few. What are your favorite perennials for the Treasure Valley?