I find, in the garden, I prefer plants that aren't too needy. No codependent botanical relationships, please! I need lovelies that can root themselves, stand a little neglect, and still smile at me sweetly when I remember to pay them some due attention.
Top on the list? Lavender. Hardy, gorgeous, refined yet not stuffy. Give 'em a little prune each year and they hardly ask for more. Any perennials you find yourself befriending time and time again?