The majority of the state of Michigan resides in hardiness zones 3 through 6. When choosing a full-sun perennial plant, it is important to choose a plant that will thrive in your specific zone. Perennial plants are plants that you can plant in the ground and it will return year after year. All of the plants on this list can thrive if cared for properly in at least one of the zones in Michigan.
Blue Fescue Grass
Blue Fescue Grass is a full-sun ornamental grass that can be grown in zones 4, 5 and 6 in Michigan. In fact, those who grow this grass will note that the more sun the plant receives, the more beautiful the shade of blue to blue-grey it becomes.
Similar in appearance to a daisy, the Black-Eyed Susan can be grown in the majority of Michigan. This larger blooming perennial can reach up to 3 feet in height and produces flowers that are yellow or golden in color with a dark brown or black center.
The Butterfly Bush is a large shrub and it can reach heights of up to 10 feet. It gets its name from the fact that it attracts butterflies and moths to the area with it’s fragrant flowers. The Butterfly Bush can produce flowers that are lilac, orange, red, purple, pink and white flowers.
Echinacea purpurea, or the Purple Cone Flower, is similar in appearance to the Black-Eyed Susan; except it produces petals in shades of purple rather than yellow.
Daffodils are great for gardeners who want to deter deer from their Michigan garden. However, it should be noted that daffodils may or may not be perennials. Some bulbs will continue to flower and come back year after year; while others may die off in a single season. Care is key to keeping your daffodils around.
A personal favorite, the Shasta Daisy is a hardy perennial that can reach up to three feet in height. However, it’s not the prettiest smelling of flowers, so you may want to keep it out in a garden and away from windows or doors. Though the scent may not be pleasing to you, it’s certainly pleasing to a variety of insects.
Yarrow (Achillea) can be planted in either a garden or it can be used successfully in container gardening. Some species may grow as tall as 4 feet, but some may only reach 6 inches. Colors vary from white, red, orange, salmon and pink.
Daylilies are known for being hardy in the state of Michigan. However, they can be deemed invasive if left to their own device. Currently there are more than 30,000 different cultivars of daylily, many of which are acceptable for growing in Michigan.
Gaillardia (Blanket Flower)
Another favorite, Gaillardia is also known as the Blanket Flower. This hardy perennial can grow in zones 3, 4, 5 and 6, making it great for use in Michigan. It produces beautiful, vibrant flowers that are red, orange, yellow and bicolored.
The Hardy Hibiscus can be grown in zones 4 to 6 in Michigan, but not in colder areas found in the upper peninsula or portions of the lower peninsula. However, the Hardy Hibiscus is not to be confused with the well-known tropical Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis,) as these are two different plants.
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map