Low Maintenance Perennials for Both Sun & Shade

Perennials: What are they?

Adding plants to a new or existing garden can be intimidating, especially for a new gardener. It is hard to pick varieties without knowing what is easy to care for. Not to worry, there are tons of perennials that are low maintenance and incredibly easy to grow! Now you might be wondering what exactly a perennial is. A perennial is a plant that will come back every season. This means you won’t have to worry about planting new flowers every year! What’s not to love about that! The first thing you should do is check the amount of sun your garden gets. This will determine which plants will thrive in your garden.

Full Sun Perennials

In the gardening world, full sun is considered 6+ hours of direct sunlight per day. All of the plants listed below do well in sunny areas and require little maintenance throughout the season. Some may require a bit of deadheading, but that takes mere minutes.  Be sure to read the label, as it will tell you if there are any easy tricks for maintaining the plant.



A common name for dianthus is sweet william. It blooms all season long, with minimal deadheading required. This plant comes in a wide variety of colours, from whites to deep reds to bright purples.

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Salvia flowers all summer and is valued for its vibrant, deep, bluish purple colour. It is also drought tolerant, which is great if you travel in the hotter months or forget to water often.

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This plant commonly goes by its latin name, Echinacea. These are great as they are easy to grow, and come in dozens of different colors. They also attract different pollinators to your garden, so its a win-win!

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This is a very unique looking plant that is incredibly hardy and easy to care for. They’re known for their unique, succulent-like leaves that come in blues, greens, deep reds, and variegated with white and yellow. Sedums have tiny star shaped flower clusters, and vary in colour from yellow to pink. They are a great way to add some unique colour and texture to our garden!

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Despite these perennials being easy to grow, they do require a good quality soil to survive! We suggest using our Black Garden Soil. It will provide your plants with essential nutrients and help retain much needed moisture, so you can have the healthiest plants possible!

Shade Perennials

There aren’t as many perennials that can survive in the shade, as plants require the sun to perform photosynthesis. Plants that can survive in the shade are more efficient energy users, so they require less sunlight. The plants listed below are able to survive in full shade. An area that gets less than 4 hours of sunlight a day is considered full shade. Make sure that your garden isn’t full sun before planting, as some shade plants will burn if they receive too much sunlight.

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Another common name for this plant is ‘coral bells’. They are popular because of their unique leaves that vary from ruffled or smooth, to heart shaped or triangular. You can buy a variety of colours that include lime green, bronze, purple, and amber to name a few. They do get tall, tiny flowers that are usually pink or white although they are mostly known for their foliage.

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Bleeding Heart

These are a beautiful addition to any shaded garden, as they add colour and a uniquely shaped flower! The flowers look like hearts hanging from the plants, and bloom for a couple of weeks in the spring. They have interesting foliage to remain appealing for the rest of the season.

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Astilbe is known for its unique and colourful flowers. They are soft, cloud-like flowers that sit atop glossy green foliage. They add interesting colour as well as texture to any shade garden. Astilbes also range in colour from bright purples to white.


There are tons of other perennials that are quite common such as day lilies, hostas and black eyed susan to name a few. Finally, if you see a plant that you like the look of, take a picture of it and bring it to the nearest garden centre! As a result you won’t waste time trying to figure out what type of plant it is. They will be able to provide you with a name as well as ease of care. Do you know of any perennials that are easy to maintain that are particular favourites of yours? Let us know in the comments below!

Cameron Shimoda

Garden and Soil Enthusiast