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Landscape’s Backbones: 11 Herbaceous Plants You Can Grow In Your Garden

Landscape’s Backbones: 11 Herbaceous Plants You Can Grow In Your Garden

05/04/2021 11:33
Daisy-Mae Schmitt

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Bleeding HeartsHardy GeraniumHostasFalse Indigo**PhloxButterfly BushAstersYarrowGoldenrodCoral BellsSageFinal Thoughts

Herbaceous plants are highly considered the backbone of any garden. They can brighten up any garden, no matter how simple they look. Herbaceous plants have non-woody stems. These plants die to the ground annually, but their roots will remain and generate new top growth every year. If you are currently looking for the best herbaceous plants to spruce up your garden, you can start with these most-loved plants in the landscape.

Bleeding Hearts

Bleeding hearts are part of the poppy family, Papaveraceae, and are commonly referred to as "old fashioned bleeding hearts." Most bleeding heart flowers bloom from mid-to-late spring to early summer. Although they're low-maintenance plants, they do require a bit of your attention, mainly once they bloom.

Hardy Geranium

Considering hardy geraniums for your garden adds value to your landscape. They are one of the most usual pests and disease-resistant, low-maintenance garden plants. They can survive in moderately fertile and well-drained soil. Most of the plant's species are drought tolerant. Thus, they can survive throughout the summer season.

Rozanne is the finest of all the hardy geranium varieties. This is widely considered as one of the garden's longest-blooming perennials. Its flowers are sterile, which keeps on blooming from late spring to mid-fall. Rozanne flowers can superbly decorate your landscape.


This low-maintenance plant can bring a tropical look to your garden. During the fall or summer seasons, Hostas plants come in a wide range of shades. While they are shade-loving plants, they need more sunlight, especially when the leaves become lighter. They need it to survive. If adequately maintained, Hostas can live for more than a decade.

False Indigo**

Also known as Baptisia, these plants are striking perennials that are also disease and pest-free. False Indigo can beautify your whole landscape with its lupine-like flowers and can grow for up to four feet in height.

False indigo flowers are members of the Fabaceae family, and their unique pea-like blossoms are also available in white, yellow, and blue. There are also several hybrid cultivars you can find in the market today.


Phlox is the most cherished garden plant because of its sweet fragrance that is often apparent during warm, sunny seasons. During the summer months, the plant will grow for up to five feet in height, decorating your whole landscape. 

Butterfly Bush

Throughout the summer and fall seasons, the blossoms on this foliage attract a large number of butterflies. Butterfly Bush comes in various colors, such as purple, white, and, but the most appealing shades are the lavender-pink blossoms. They are low-maintenance plants, but still, annual pruning is needed to keep the shrub in top shape.


Asters are somehow similar to daisies due to their star-shaped flowers, but they are entirely different. Asters can grow for up to eight inches to eight feet in height, decorating your whole border. They are also the best plants to attract more butterflies and bees.


Yarrow plants are also known as Achillea. This is a pest-resistant and a major pollinator plant you can cultivate in your garden. Yarrow plants can grow quickly. Thus, it is best to make it a ground cover or fill up open spaces.

These plants typically grow to 36-inches. They also produce white flowers. Other varieties however, have orange, red, pink, or yellow flowers. Cut them off when their shade fades to allow more flowers to bloom.


Never let your garden be plain and boring. Add some contrast by planting Goldenrod or also known as Solidago. These are golden-yellow spikes that can give life to your landscape. If you opt for a wildflower environment, this is the perfect plant for you as it can grow quickly, dominating your whole garden.

Coral Bells

Coral Bells can attract hummingbirds during the summer seasons and can add texture and colors to your landscape. Coral bells are known for their beautiful foliage. The majority of the varieties are dark purple or burgundy shade, but colors range from red to lime green. Coral Bells can be too delicate and colorful but not too flashy.


Also known as Salvias, this type of herb is perfect for your garden border with its blooming beauty that can attract bees and hummingbirds throughout the summer months. It produces spring flower spikes in a variety of colors, such as blue, purple, pink, and white. Regardless of the heat or drought, Sage plants can grow anywhere from 18 inches to five feet tall.

Final Thoughts

It is best to grow the herbaceous plants from seed. This will cost you nothing, especially if you have some friends or neighbors who can just give you some seeds to cultivate. Once planted and grown, beauty your whole border with their attractive petals and attract bees and butterflies with their sweet fragrance.

Daisy-Mae Schmitt | Daisy-Mae is obsessed with inventing new ways to create awesome content that's absurdly useful and successful, with over ten years of editorial and inbound marketing experience. She also serves as a reporter, strategist, interviewer, mentor, and therapist for in-house contributors and clients.


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