Both the perennials I added happened to be roses. One was a variety I've had my eye on since last year--Marie Pavie. I was attracted by the rose's pretty, old-fashioned flowers, thornless stems, and easy-care reputation. So far it's been an unfussy addition to the garden, and I love the abundance of pink buds that open into small, blush-colored blossoms.
Speaking of faded flowers, the lavender we planted last year is proving troublesome in this regard. The plants that survived root rot last year seemed to be doing well this spring, doubling in size and getting lush, new foliage. We replaced the plants that had died and had a beautiful display of blue-purple blooms in June, but then the flowers faded. Trimming everything back only seemed to encourage the new plants to rebloom, and the old ones are still struggling with yellow and brown foliage despite replacing the surrounding mulch with gravel and refraining from watering. We'll probably take the lavender out this fall and replace it with something a little easier.