Dark green leaves with spikes of deep pinkish-purple flowers? What could go wrong with that combination? Absolutely nothing. It’s a perfectly pleasing perennial.

Of course, we love that it attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and bees, but when it’s planted in masses it creates a vivid wave of color that will please any gardener. It’s easy to grow, thrives and full sun and is drought tolerant, but enjoys average moisture to ensure the best blooms. Once it blooms out, cut it back to allow it to rebloom.