16 colorful perennial flowers that bloom from spring to fall

16 colorful perennial flowers that bloom from spring to fall

Plant these perennial flowers that bloom from spring to fall at various times to add color to your garden throughout the seasons. We've listed them sequentially by bloom time to simplify planning your gardening calendar. All of these easy-to-grow plants will return annually to make a great display in your garden.

Sea hellebore

Robert Cardillo

What cruel beauty! Hellebores are one of the oldest perennials that bloom from spring to fall. The large bowl- or saucer-shaped flowers are delicate and beautiful. The flowers bloom in white with pink, yellow or maroon markings. Hellebores are cold-tolerant, deer-resistant, and do best in slightly shaded locations.

Flowering season: Winter/early spring

Growing conditions: Part to full shade in well-drained soil

measuring: Up to 2 feet tall

Regions: 4-9

Virginia bluebells

Bob Stefko

Virginia blueflowers create a sea of ​​blue, bell-like flowers in spring, perfect for lighting up woodland gardens. After flowering, these plants virtually disappear, so place other perennials around them to continue the color after they fade. They make perfect companions for daffodils and other spring-blooming bulbs.

Flowering season: Mid to late spring

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade in constantly moist soil

measuring: Up to 2 feet tall

Regions: 3-8

Viola

Justin Hancock

The smaller flower cousin offers masses of small, delicate perennial flowers that bloom from spring through fall under the right conditions. Violas bloom in a variety of colors including white, blue, purple, yellow and many color combinations. They add fun color to spring container gardens and window boxes. It is best to plant violas in a location shaded from the afternoon sun because excessive heat will kill them. Its flowers are edible and make a colorful addition to salads.

Flowering season: Early to late spring

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade in moist, well-drained soil

measuring: Up to 12 inches long

Regions: 2-11

Peony

Blaine trenches

One of the most beloved spring flowers, this bushy perennial produces large, round buds that open into large, fragrant flowers. Peonies offer a variety of flower types: double flowers filled with petals, semi-double flowers, anemone-centered flowers, and single flowers. The flowers come in bright and pastel colors: red, pink, salmon pink, white and yellow. Peonies are known to be long-lived and can bloom happily for decades with little care.

Flowering season: spring

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

measuring: Up to 3 feet tall

Regions: 3-8

Nepeta

Edward Julich

The soft blue flowers of mint, a perennial flower that blooms from spring to fall, add color all seasons. The gray-green foliage is also beautiful. If you cut plants back when their blooms wane, you can encourage another flush of blooms. Mint tolerates hot weather and can grow during times of drought.

There's a type of mint for every garden: short varieties make excellent edging plants and taller types that can add color to a flower border or a landscape scheme of mixed shrubs. Plus, bees and butterflies love it!

Flowering season: Spring and summer

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

measuring: Up to 3 feet tall

Regions: 3-9

iris

Kevin Miyazaki


Its delicate crepe paper petals and complex iris bloom make it a must-have in mixed flower borders. These easy-to-grow perennials produce spear-like leaves and long stems topped with gorgeous blooms. Siberian iris blooms in spring. The classic bearded iris blooms in early summer (some varieties, such as 'Peach Jam', can bloom again later in the season as well). Flower colors include white, blue, purple, orange, yellow and pink.

Flowering season: Late spring to summer

Growing conditions: Full sun in well-drained soil

measuring: Up to 3 feet tall

Regions: 3-9

Baptisia

Susan Gilmore

This native prairie plant looks stunning when in full bloom. Also called false indigo, baptismal plants are huge; It grows 3 to 4 feet tall and wide. In spring, the plants send up vigorous towers of blue, white, yellow or two-colored flowers. They make elegant additions to flower arrangements. Baptisia is drought tolerant and requires little care to thrive for years.

Flowering season: Late spring

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

measuring: Up to 4 feet tall

Regions: 3-8

Perennial geranium

Marty Baldwin

Perennial geraniums differ significantly from the annual plant of the same name. Perennial geraniums continue to bloom in shades of pink, purple, blue and white for several weeks, making them a colorful addition to the front of a perennial border. Additionally, the foliage forms neat, low-growing mounds, making these perennials ideal plants for bed edges. Perennial geraniums often take on beautiful fall color and are generally easy to grow.

Flowering season: summer

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

measuring: Up to 18 inches tall

Regions: 5-9

Black-eyed Susan

David Speer

Black-eyed Susan is a perennial that blooms from spring to fall and provides beautiful sunny color (yellow or orange flowers, depending on variety) to beds and borders. Additionally, they make long-lasting flowers for bouquets. Prairie natives are easy to care for, drought-tolerant, deer-resistant, and pollinator-friendly.

Flowering season: Summer to fall

Growing conditions: Full sun in well-drained soil

measuring: Up to 3 feet tall

Regions: 3-11

Coreopsis

Andy Lyons

Sunny and airy, Coreopsis is one of the easier-to-care-for perennials that blooms from spring to fall in the garden. It blooms for a long time, starting in summer and continuing until autumn. The daisy-like flowers bloom in bright yellow, but there are also species with pale yellow, pink or two-colored flowers. Deadhead flowers to encourage more blooms.

Flowering season: Summer to fall

Growth condition: Full sun in well-drained, slightly dry soil

measuring: Up to 2 feet tall

Regions: 3-9

Echinacea

General Klenev

Purple coneflower is a tough, hardy prairie plant and a wildlife magnet. Originally, coneflowers came in purple-pink or white, but modern hybrids have produced flowers in a rainbow of colors: yellow, orange, burgundy, cream and other shades. Coneflower is also virtually free of pests and diseases. Additionally, it makes a beautiful, long-lasting cut flower.

Flowering season: summer

Growing conditions: Full sun in well-drained soil

measuring: Up to 3 feet tall

Regions: 3-9

Phlox

Bob Stefko

By planting several different types of phlox, you can have something that will flower for months. Garden and meadow phlox produce large flower heads in summer in white, pink, lavender, purple and red. These tall beauties are perfect at the back of mixed borders. Low-growing species, such as creeping phlox and forest phlox, make colorful ground covers and bloom in the spring.

Flowering season: Spring or summer (depending on type)

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade in moist, well-drained soil

measuring: Up to 4 feet tall

Regions: 4-8

foxglove

Bob Stefko

Try foxglove if you're looking for a tall, showy plant for your backyard border. The tall towers are covered with a mass of flowers. Most foxgloves are biennial plants (they need two years to bloom and then die in the fall). But once foxgloves are established, they reseed, so they look like perennials. If the plants are in an open area, tall towers may need to be stacked to protect them from wind gusts.

Flowering season: summer

Growing conditions: Full to part shade in well-drained, evenly moist soil

measuring: Up to 6 feet tall

Regions: 3-8

“Autumn Joy” will last

Peter Cromhardt

Add burgundy hues to your fall garden with beautiful 'Autumn Joy' flowers. This large sedum grows 2 feet tall. The succulent gray-green leaves look stunning all summer long. In late summer, it bears large heads with green buds that bloom pink and turn russet red in fall. Pollinators will flock to the flowers. Because it is a succulent, 'Autumn Delight' doesn't mind drought or heat.

Flowering season: Late summer to fall

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

measuring: Up to 2 feet tall

Regions: 3-8

Russian sage

Peter Cromhardt

Color and texture in one plant! Russian sage offers a soft wand of lavender or blue flowers surrounded by silvery foliage. This large perennial shrub provides color when you need it most: in late summer and fall. The foot-long flowers remain in bloom for weeks. Plant in drifts to enjoy intense color. Close planting helps avoid crowding because these tall plants are prone to flopping over.

Flowering season: Summer to fall

Growing conditions: Full sun in well-drained soil

measuring: Up to 5 feet tall

Regions: 4-9

Asters

Marty Baldwin

Asters are the grand finale of perennial flowers that bloom from spring to fall, almost completely covered in bloom in late summer and often lasting until the first frost. Asters typically bloom in deep purple and lavender, but there are also white and pink varieties. Plants can reach 6 feet tall, but there are also compact versions, some of which can be grown in containers or window boxes. Bees and butterflies love asters, sipping the nectar as one of the last big meals in the garden.

Flowering season: Late summer to fall

Growing conditions: Full sun to part shade in well-drained, evenly moist soil

measuring: Up to 6 feet tall

Regions: 3-9

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