Baptisia might just be the perfect Midwest plant! Here's why: http://www.midwestliving.com/blog/life/the-one-native-perennial-everyone-should-plant/ #gardening #garden

Baptisia might just be the perfect Midwest plant! Here's why: http://www.midwestliving.com/blog/life/the-one-native-perennial-everyone-should-plant/ #gardening #garden

Most gardeners are familiar with classic perennials such as daylilies, peonies, hostas, and iris, but there's a whole host of lesser-known, underused perennials that can add color and interest to your garden. You may have to search for them at your garden center or an online source, but they're all worth the effort. Here are 15 of our favorite underused perennials.

The 15 Most Underused Perennials

Most gardeners are familiar with classic perennials such as daylilies, peonies, hostas, and iris, but there's a whole host of lesser-known, underused perennials that can add color and interest to your garden. You may have to search for them at your garden center or an online source, but they're all worth the effort. Here are 15 of our favorite underused perennials.

Baptisia australis (Blue wild indigo) | NPIN

Baptisia australis (Blue wild indigo) | NPIN

~Baptisia alba, or White Wild Indigo has dark black stems and creamy white flowers in The Gravel Garden.

~Baptisia alba, or White Wild Indigo has dark black stems and creamy white flowers in The Gravel Garden.

Baptisia australis (Blue wild indigo) | NPIN is native to Indiana, aka Wild blue indigo, Blue false indigo

Baptisia australis (Blue wild indigo) | NPIN is native to Indiana, aka Wild blue indigo, Blue false indigo

(False Indigo) DECADENCE® Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' a sweet new introduction from Proven Winners. Breed for it's compact size DECADENCE® Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' grows to 3' tall at maturity, great for small urban gardens or for sprawling country hillsides. The crisp lemon yellow spikes bloom in late spring to Early Summer. The vigourous, well branched dark green foiliage and dark stems look fantastic all summer long with the added interest of large seed pods well i...

DECADENCE® Lemon Meringue Baptisia

(False Indigo) DECADENCE® Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' a sweet new introduction from Proven Winners. Breed for it's compact size DECADENCE® Baptisia 'Lemon Meringue' grows to 3' tall at maturity, great for small urban gardens or for sprawling country hillsides. The crisp lemon yellow spikes bloom in late spring to Early Summer. The vigourous, well branched dark green foiliage and dark stems look fantastic all summer long with the added interest of large seed pods well i...

Know Your Natives – Cream Wild Indigo – Arkansas Native Plant Society

Know Your Natives – Cream Wild Indigo – Arkansas Native Plant Society

Baptisia lactea (White Wild Indigo): Minnesota Wildflowers

Baptisia lactea (White Wild Indigo): Minnesota Wildflowers

False Blue Indigo. Just planted on the edge of the Rain Garden. Nitrogen fixer, bees love it, can be cut back a few times a year for a mulch plant. Forms a deep tap root.

False Blue Indigo. Just planted on the edge of the Rain Garden. Nitrogen fixer, bees love it, can be cut back a few times a year for a mulch plant. Forms a deep tap root.

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