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Full Sun Plants
This is a list of plants that prefer full sun, which is defined as being a location in direct sunlight for most of the day, particularly during mid-day (11am to 2pm), and is usually accomplished with a full southern exposure. Please note that while these plants prefer full sun, quite a few will also grow well in partial shade.

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Partial Shade
This is a list of plants that prefer partial shade, which is defined as being a location that receives early morning sun (before 11am) or late afternoon sun (after 2pm), and is typically not a southern exposure, but can also be accomplished with light to moderate canopy (i.e. from trees) coverage. Please note that while these plants prefer partial shade, quite a few will also grow well in either full sun or full shade.

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Full Shade
This is a list of plants that prefer full shade, which is defined as being a location that receives only two or three hours of sun very early in the morning or late in the afternoon (after 4pm), and can also be accomplished by a heavy canopy (i.e. from trees) coverage. Please note that while these plants prefer full shade, quite a few will also grow well in partial shade.

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Moisture-Loving Plants
This is a group of perennials that prefer a moist soil. You will find these plants useful in areas of the garden that are consistently moist, such as low-lying spots or gardens alongside a pond or stream. This list is also useful in generally understanding which perennials abhor periods of drought. Please also note that ‘moist’ does not mean ‘saturated’, and although some of these plants may tolerate saturated soils for a short time, very few on this list actually prefer it.

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Attracts Hummingbirds and/or Butterflies
This is a group of perennials that is known to attract and feed various types of hummingbirds and butterflies. Keep in mind that hummingbirds and butterflies also prefer a sunny and sheltered (i.e. from the wind) site. It is best to use a selection of the following to provide an assortment of flower colours and bloom times.

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Drought-Tolerant Plants
This is a group of perennials that can tolerate periods of drought. A term for designing gardens primarily using these plants is ‘xeriscaping’ or ‘water-wise gardening’. You will find these plants particularly useful with the increased municipal water restrictions of recent summers. Please keep in mind that the keyword here is ‘tolerant’, as very few of these plants will thrive in complete and constant drought – that is, these plants will tolerate periods of drought – they will still require some water. In addition, young plants need a period of time to become established in their new garden before their drought tolerance is to be relied upon.

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Grandma’s Favourites (Cutflower)
These plants could be considered “traditional” perennials, with several likely to have been seen in your grandmother’s garden. Most of them would also be used in English, “cottage”-style gardens. They are also relatively tall and usually make ideal cutflowers..

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Easy
This group consists of perennials that are relatively easy to grow. When planted in good soil and appropriate sun/shade conditions, success and satisfaction is easily obtainable. In addition, they generally require less maintenance. As such, they make good choices for not only beginning gardeners, but also for a significant portion of every garden.

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Long Blooming
Everyone appreciates long-blooming perennials! This group consists of perennials that bloom relatively longer than most others. In general, these perennials will bloom for at least four weeks, although several will bloom much longer. Although not necessary, a few in this group will benefit from the removal of finished flower stalks, or a mid-summer shearing.

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Multi-Season Interest
In addition to flowers, many in this group have the additional benefit of colourful and attractive foliage, extending interest into other seasons. Some in this group also produce attractive seed-heads, and the grasses can provide additional winter colour and texture.

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Container
This group of perennials is ideally suited for use in patio containers, either on their own as “specimens” or planted together with other perennials or annuals. Several have colourful foliage that lends to extended interest in a container. The shape and size of the container can vary according to the plant(s) and/or your personal preference, but give some consideration to the soil used and your ability to provide water on a regular basis.

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Fragrant
These perennials have either fragrant foliage or flowers. In the case of those with fragrant foliage, several are herbal in nature and can be used for drying and in potpourri, etc. Keep in mind that the sense of smell is subjective – what is pleasant to some can also be foul to others.

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Native
Including some native plants in your garden is a great way of re-introducing original flora to our yards, neighbourhoods and regions. In general these plants are native to parts of the provinces and states surrounding the Great Lakes. Because they were “born and raised” here, they are also generally easier to grow. In addition, several of there perennials provide a valuable food source to native wildlife.

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