Native plant advocate Caroline Stevens shares her 12 favorite perennials from her own garden.
(Saponaria x lempergii 'Max Frei') PICTURED
Soapwort is not native but is a wonderful edging plant. Its small pink blossoms will greet you from late June until frost, if you cut them back hard after each bloom.
(Phlox paniculata) PICTURED
I love the round shape of the compound bloom and how it sits atop tall stems. The strong magenta color is a standout.
(Echinacea purpurea) PICTURED
This plant has a long blooming period and needs no care. The seed heads are interesting. If you break out the seeds and leave the bract, snow will catch in the bowl. Very pretty.
(Veronicastrum virginicum) PICTURED
Culver's root has tall, willowy, white spikes that you can see through the rest of the border.