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I’m not one for fussy plants, I like those that deliver! Here are a few to get you started, perhaps, for planning next years garden.
You’ve seen this guy before! Let me add that Baptisia Australis aka Blue False Indigo is the 2010 Perennial of the Year. Zone 3 hardy and doesn’t mind clay soil. A full sun lover that grows 3 to 5 feet tall.
Liatris – Blazing Star
Another hard worker, this Liatris is a native too. Zone 3 hardy and butterflies love it.
Cranesbill aka Wild Geranium
The above beauty flowers in the Spring and then it’s leaves turn a red/orange for Fall. Rob’s Plants has great pictures of the varieties available. You can see the different foliage options and colors!
Coreopsis is another favorite of mine. Take a look at ‘Mercury Rising’. This wonderful plant has delivered flowers from early summer and is still going strong even after our intense heat. It started out with deep red flowers and is now coming up with this! I love it. The plant is about 15 inches tall and about 2 feet wide.