15 long-lasting perennials to fill your garden with color

15 long-lasting perennials to fill your garden with color

Perennials come back every year on their own, unlike annuals that need to be replaced after winter. The downside of perennials: a shorter bloom time than annuals. However, you can get almost continuous color with these tall-flowering perennials that bloom all summer long (and some produce blooms from spring to fall).

Black-eyed Susan

Perry Strauss

These popular, long-flowering perennials should be at the top of your planting list. The daisy-like black-eyed Susans bloom for weeks and weeks in the summer, lighting up gardens with their bright yellow petals. Additionally, deer tend to avoid this drought-tolerant plant. To obtain additional flowers and to prevent unwanted self-seeding, kill spent flowers.

name: Rudbeckia shining He was. deamii

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

measuring: to 3 feet

Regions: 3-7

Blanket flower

David Speer

If you are planting a cutting garden, be sure to include a blanket flower. These hardy but beautiful perennials have showy red and yellow flowers from early summer through fall. It doesn't mind heat, drought, or poor soil, and pollinators like bumblebees love it.

name: Gaillardia × Aristata

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

measuring: to 3 feet

Regions: 3-10

Phlox garden

Bob Stefko

Leave it in the phlox garden to flourish and bloom in shades of pink, purple, red, orange and white. This fragrant beauty displays colorful flower clusters from July to September. Phlox is essential to the butterfly garden and makes an excellent cut flower for bouquets as well.

name: Phlox paniculata

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil

measuring: to 4 feet

Regions: 4-8

Perennial geranium

Matthew Benson

With over 300 species and cultivars of perennial geraniums available, you're sure to find one that suits the shape, color and size of your garden. Just be sure not to confuse it with annual geraniums (genus Pelargonium) famous for pots — not related! Perennial geraniums bloom from early summer to fall and are commonly called crane geraniums because their seed pods resemble the beak of a crane.

name: Geranium

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil

measuring: to 18 inches

Regions: 5-8

pincushion flower

Mark Kane

For a non-stop display of flowers all summer long, grow a pincushion. Its long-stemmed flowers tumble gently against low mounds of gray-green foliage. Butterflies love its lavender-blue flowers. Deadhead these spring-blooming perennials regularly to keep the flowers coming and the plant looking tidy.

name: Caucasian mange

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

measuring: To 24 inches tall

Regions: 3-7

Roselle

Dean Shopner

Give your garden some tropical flair with hardy native hibiscus. These beautiful bloomers look like their cousins ​​from the tropics but survive the winter in colder climates. Hardy hibiscus has large, showy flowers in shades of white, pink, red and rose that will practically stop traffic all summer long.

name: Hibiscus guns

Growing conditions: Full sun and average, average to moist soil

measuring: to 7 feet

Regions: 5-9

Clematis

Bob Stefko

Clematis is known as one of the most beautiful flowering vines, displaying large blooms that last all summer long. These columnar plants are available in many shapes and colors. Jasmine plants look stunning climbing any type of structure.

name: Clematis

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil

measuring: to 8 feet

Regions: 4-8

Dianthus

Justin Hancock

Small but abundant, brightly colored flowers cover the dianthus plant from early spring until frost. Even the grass-like silvery green and gray foliage has staying power, surviving through the bleak winter months.

name: Dianthus

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

measuring: to 12 inches

Regions: 4-8

Threadleaf coreopsis

Andy Lyons

The cheerful yellow flowers of the threadworm can bloom almost non-stop from late June through fall. These perennials need to be deadheaded by snipping off the old flowers, which encourages continued emergence of new blooms. For a pretty flower border, plant it with any purple or blue flowers, such as perennial sage or balloon flower.

name: Coreopsis verticillata

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

measuring: to 3 feet

Regions: 3-9

False sunflower

Jacob Fox

These vibrant perennials begin blooming in midsummer and strut their stuff until frost. False sunflowers are also called oxy sunflowers because each flower has a single row of golden petals around a central, dark-yellow eye.

name: Heliopsis helianthoides

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

measuring: to 4 feet

Regions: 3-9

Daylily

Bob Stefko

You often find daylilies growing in ditches and fields as escapees from gardens. They are very easy to grow and produce gorgeous trumpet-shaped flowers in tons of colors. Look for ever-blooming or blooming varieties for the longest flower display.

name: Hemerocallis

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil

measuring: To 2 feet tall

Regions: 3-9

Catmint

Carson Downing


Mint's dense, fragrant gray-green leaves are reason enough to grow this beautiful perennial. But it also produces masses of small, lavender-blue flowers from spring to fall. Besides being attractive, this hardy plant is low-maintenance, grows easily in poor soil conditions, and attracts pollinators.

name: Nepeta

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade and well-drained soil

measuring: To 30 inches tall

Regions: 4-8

Salvia

General Klenev

You can count on perennial sage to bloom all summer long, in shades of purple, blue, pink, red and white. Most varieties of this nectar-filled plant are highly drought-tolerant and low-maintenance.

name: Salvia

Growing conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil

measuring: To 24 inches tall

Regions: 4-8

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