When you buy plants for your garden you hope that they will thrive and provide a good show. It’s often very tempting to choose plants that are in full flower when you buy them, but this can lead to disappointment as the blooms soon fade and fail to produce more flowers. This list of ten best value plants should prove a useful guide to help you pick attractive and reliable flowers. I came across this list on the Birds and Blooms website.
Beautiful, reliable plants don?t have to be a gamble. These eye-catchers will produce abundant blooms and stunning foliage while saving you time and money. Stretch your dollar a little bit further and let this list of best value plants be your guide.
BlanketflowerGaillardia spp., Zones 3 to 10
This flower offers fantastic color with little effort on your part. It also lasts in bouquets. A North American native, blanket flower grows best in full sun and in well-draining soil. At the end of the growing season, you can save the flower heads, dry the seeds and plant them the following spring.
CatmintNepeta x faassenii, Zones 3 to 8
Easy to grow, catmint provides silvery-green or gray foliage and a long season of blooms. The flower spikes reach about 2 feet tall and enjoy full sun to partial shade. Hybrid catmint is sterile, so it won?t set seed. Divide plants in spring or take cuttings in summer.PerennialResource.com
ConeflowerEchinacea spp.,?Zones 3 to 9
This native plant has plenty of fans in the human and animal worlds: Coneflowers attract butterflies, birds and bees. Once available primarily in hues of purple, it now comes in a rainbow of colors. For greater impact, plant in groups of five or more, 12 to 18 inches apart.Terra Nova Nurseries
CoreopsisCoreopsis spp.,?Zones 3 to 11
Though you can find this bloom as an annual that?s easy to grow from seed, make sure you pick up the perennial version, too. It loves the sun and grows well in dry conditions. New varieties offer striking alternatives to the traditional yellow blooms. No matter what type you pick, you?ll love that it just keeps growing and growing.