Perennial plants provide season long interest in the landscape. Site selection and plant selection are the two most important decisions when selecting perennials. Determining whether you have full sun, partial shade or full shade can be difficult. Areas receiving any afternoon sun should be considered full sun. Soil moisture is another important consideration. Most plants tolerate moist locations better than dry and few plants do well in extremely dry locations. Different flowering times and contrasting foliage offer an interesting pallet to choose from. Throughout the Botanical Garden perennials are labeled for identification. In addition, new varieties are continually being added to the collection for evaluation. Visitors to the Botanical Garden have the opportunity to view and select perennials for their own landscape. View the Zoo’s new perennial database to learn more! Zoo’s Best Picks PerennialsSun Low Growing (under 15″Moonbeam Coreopsis – Coreopsis verticillataBath’s Pink Dianthus – Dianthus gratianopolitanusBiokovo Geranium – Geranium x cantabrigiense‘Karmina’ GeraniumBig Ears Lambs Ears – Stachys ‘Helen von Stein’Sun Medium (1′ – 3′)Blue Star Amsonia – Amsonia tabernaemontanaArkansas Amsonia – Amsonia hubrichtiiRaydon’s Favorite Aster – Aster oblongifolius ‘Raydon’s Favorite’October Skies Aster – Aster oblongifolius ‘October Skies’Wild Blue Indigo – Baptesia australisStella D’oro Daylily – Hemerocallis ‘Stella D’oro’Happy Returns Daylily – ‘Happy Returns’Becky Shasta Daisy – Leucanthemum x superbum ‘Becky’Russian Sage – Perovskia atroplicifoliaDavid Garden Phlox – Phlox paniculata ‘David’Goldstrum Black-eyed Susan – Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldstrum’Autumn Joy Sedum – Sedum ‘ Autumn Joy’Fireworks Goldenrod – ‘ Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’Part Shade/ShadeItalian Arum – Arum italicumSiberian Bugloss – Brunnera macrophyllaYellow Barrenwort – Epimedium x versicolor ‘ Sulphureum’Red Barronwart – Epimedium x rubrumLenten Rose – Helleborus orientalisHostaVariegated Solomon’s Seal – Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’ShadeChristmas Fern – Polystichum acrostichoidesJapanese Painted Fern – Athyrium nipponicum ‘Pictum’ Learn more about the full list of the Best Perennials (PDF) of the Zoo.