Which perennials tend to be short-lived?
When selecting perennials for the home landscape, it’s important to consider their size, bloom period, hardiness, and cultural requirements. Another consideration is their longevity. Some perennials are extremely long-lived. In contrast, some perennials grow well for a few years and then decline and fade away.
Short-lived perennials include columbine (Aquilegia spp.), delphinium (Delphinium spp.), pinks (Dianthus spp.), blanket flower (Gaillardia x grandiflora), baby’s breath (Gypsophila paniculata), coral bells (Heuchera spp.), hyacinth (Hyacinthus orientalis), Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum spp.), perennial flax (Linum perenne), lupine (Lupinus hybrids), Maltese cross (Lychnis chalcedonica), Iceland poppy (Papaver nudicaule), pincushion flower (Scabiosa spp.), painted daisy (Tanacetum coccineum), and hybrid tulips (Tulipa spp.).