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.

False Indigo (Baptisia). Drought tolerant prairie plant, deep taproot, blooms late spring, 2-4 ft tall, perennial, z3-8

False Indigo (Baptisia). Drought tolerant prairie plant, deep taproot, blooms late spring, 2-4 ft tall, perennial, z3-8

BAPTISIA:The One Native Perennial Everyone Should Plant. Hardy in zones 4 - 8 | Midwest Living:

BAPTISIA:The One Native Perennial Everyone Should Plant. Hardy in zones 4 - 8 | Midwest Living:

If you’re looking for a striking perennial that needs minimum care to produce maximum results, take a good look at Baptisia plants. Find out how to grow and care for false indigo flowers in this article.

Baptisia Plant Care – How To Grow And Care For False Indigo Flowers

If you’re looking for a striking perennial that needs minimum care to produce maximum results, take a good look at Baptisia plants. Find out how to grow and care for false indigo flowers in this article.

Baptisia Blue Towers PP 27088 | Blue Towers False Indigo for sale $17.00 | Plant Delights Nursery

Baptisia 'Blue Towers' PP 27,088

Baptisia Blue Towers PP 27088 | Blue Towers False Indigo for sale $17.00 | Plant Delights Nursery

This smoky-purple Baptisia makes a strong statement in a perennial bed, hedge or as a speciman planting.

This smoky-purple Baptisia makes a strong statement in a perennial bed, hedge or as a speciman planting.

The Orange and yellow of dwarf fothergilla (fothergilla gardenii) and the black of blue false indigo (Baptisia australis) is dramatic.

Stylish Plants: Three Design Ideas for Growing Baptisia

The Orange and yellow of dwarf fothergilla (fothergilla gardenii) and the black of blue false indigo (Baptisia australis) is dramatic.

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

Lunar Eclipse False Indigo (Baptisia 'Lunar Eclipse' PP 25,875).  ["...the star of Jim Ault's baptisia breeding at the Chicago Botanic Garden."]

Lunar Eclipse False Indigo (Baptisia 'Lunar Eclipse' PP 25,875). ["...the star of Jim Ault's baptisia breeding at the Chicago Botanic Garden."]

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