My favorite Perennial [this week] is: Canna Lily

canna_bothCanna Lilies, Canna x generalis:

The large paddle like leaves of canna give a great tropical feel to the garden. I have several varieties and most are starting to bloom now. Foliage can be red, purple or variegated and flowers are peach, yellow, orange, red, or multi-colored. They provide a tall backdrop to other shorter perennials – cannas add real drama to my garden as well as height!
– Ann, Perennials

Sun to part sun. Shade tolerant, but won’t flower as well
3’ – 8’ T, depending on variety
Water tolerant
Blooms all summer
Large tropical looking foliage
Attracts butterflies