Hardy plants are those classified as plants with the ability to survive a frost. Hardy varieties are available in annuals and perennials, the latter of which need less maintenance and fertilization for a gardener. Hardy plants thrive in warm summer weather and must be carefully maintained if placed in smaller flowerbeds, as they will easily outgrow their living space.
Not only hardy, but also drought and heat resistant, calendula are a lovely addition to large gardens. Calendulas flower quickly and produce an excellent blossom yield with minimal work. The flowers can be harvested and dried for medicinal use in the treatment of various skin conditions including eczema. Calendula will spread quickly, so it is important to maintain excellent care in ensuring controlled growth.
Native to China and Japan, this hardy plant combines the DNA of marguerites, mums and daises. This plant will produce blooms of any color except blue. Chrysanthemum received its name from the Greek term for "golden flower." These plants are so hardy, they will even produce flowers when crafted into bonsais.
Foxgloves are a biennial hardy plant, meaning they produce flowers in their second growing season. These tall spires of blooms are excellent for attracting hummingbirds and provide colorful filler in garden beds. Foxgloves produce flowers in shades of white, purple, rose, pink and yellow.
Beautiful and fragrant, pansies are a must in garden beds. Their deep blue flowers create a distinct impression second to none. If desiring a fragrant garden, yellow and blue pansies have the strongest scent. Consider harvesting these lovely flowers to create flavored honeys and to add color to summer salads.
Peonies typically flower for only one short week each year, but are known for filling a garden with their fragrance while in bloom. These perennials will vary in height from 2 to 4 feet and bloom in every color imaginable, except for blue. These flowers are an excellent choice for gardeners desiring transitional blooms, as they will faithfully bloom each year in late spring or early summer.