Plants for the Backyard Garden

Create a vibrant backyard garden retreat with bold colors and long-lasting plants. Perennial flowers and blooming shrubs that are easy to maintain will give you a beautiful backyard year after year. Cluster the plants together, with the taller ones at the back, or plant them in large containers to scatter around the garden.

Butterfly Bush

The fragrant butterfly bush, a perennial shrub with cascading blooms, is a wonderful choice for your backyard garden if you love to watch butterflies, which are attracted to the blooms. This deciduous shrub has small flowers in a wide range of colors including purple, yellow, white or pink. The blooms resemble lilacs and are 4 to 10 inches long. The butterfly bush begins blooming in late spring and peaks in the summer. The shrub grows up to 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide, making it a large specimen plant or focal point for the back of the garden. It needs full sun and well-drained soil to flourish. It is also drought tolerant.


The Knock Out rose is a stunning but low-maintenance shrub. Its blooms are fragrant and don't require pruning. The shrub blooms continually from spring to fall. Knock Out roses grow 3 to 4 feet tall and wide and require full sun. This brilliant rose prefers moist and well-drained soils. The Knock Out rose is not susceptible to black spot, a common disease that affects roses. Plant the rose as a border or mixed within an existing garden. They also look pretty planted in containers and placed within the backyard garden.


Another unfussy perennial plant is the coreopsis. A member of the sunflower family, this high-yielding plant flowers year after year and has gorgeous mango-orange blooms fringed with red. The coreopsis appears in spring and continues to bloom through the summer, making the backyard garden light up with color and texture. The coreopsis tends to self-seed and spread around the garden space with little effort. The plant forms clumps and mounds and grows up to 2 feet in height. The foliage is bright green. To keep the blooms coming, deadhead or remove the spent blooms as soon as they are noticeable.

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Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.