27 best flowers and perennials

27 best flowers and perennials

When everything else fades in late fall, asters are just beginning their display.

They come in shades of lavender, blue, pink and purple. Some will even survive a light frost. They need full sun, and pollinators love them!

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Black-eyed Susan

Your garden will glow with these sunny yellow flowers, which appear from mid-summer through fall.

The foliage has a low, clumping habit, while the flowers are quite long. Read the label: While some are long-lived perennials, others are biennials or shorter-lived annuals. Bonus: They reseed, which means more free plants over time. Give them full sun.

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Close-up of a delicate pink astilbe bloom on a blurred green background
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This underrated perennial should be part of any shade garden.

Feather plumes come in many different colors, from pinkish white to hot pink. Butterflies love it!

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Roman chamomile

Beautiful and fragrant fresh chamomile growing in the garden at a shallow depth of field photo, botanical, herbal tea
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Yes, you can make tea from these dried flowers! (You can also make a very delicious cocktail.)

Be sure to plant Roman chamomile, which is a low-growing perennial plant, not an annual, and is called German chamomile. Likes full sun.

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Nothing says fall like moms! They are perennial if you put them in the ground early in the season (spring to mid-summer) so they can establish roots.

If you plant them too late in the fall, they may not have time to settle in before winter so they are treated as annuals. Plant some in every color!

Related: How to Plant, Grow and Care for Chrysanthemums

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Blue salvia in the flower market
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These spiky flowers belong at the back of your border in full sun. It is drought tolerant once established and blooms in mid to late summer for several weeks.

Trouble with deer? They usually don't bother salvia. Pollinators like hummingbirds love sagebrush! (Here are more flowers that pollinators love.)

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Sea hellebore

Close-up of a dark pink blooming primrose, also known as the Lenten rose or Christmas rose
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Red columbine, a trumpet-shaped perennial flower
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These perennial trumpet flowers don't just attract hummingbirds Aquilegia canadensis (Eastern red columbine) is native to North America.

Give these summer pants a portion of shade.

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Shasta Daisy

Shasta daisy, small white flowers perennial
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The Shasta daisy is a low-maintenance perennial that resembles the common daisy but grows in shrubs about 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide. Plant it where it will get full sun.

Related: How to Grow Daisies

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Beautiful summer blooming asters also known as Masterwort with pollen collecting bees
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Here is a perennial that has long been a favorite in the home garden but is not as well known these days.

It deserves a space in your garden! Its beautiful flowers bloom for a long time from early summer to early fall. Adored by pollinators, the flowers are beautiful in the garden cut or dried.

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Thrift (Armeria marittima)

Gorgeous pink carnations of Armeria Maritima in the garden
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The grassy foliage of this plant is attractive all season long, but the small, ball-shaped flowers that appear in late spring and early summer are the reason why these gorgeous perennials are grown.

Thrift likes to be part of full sun.

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If you want a perennial that will bloom most of the summer, grow mint! The leaves are grey-green and have a pleasant spicy aroma, while the purple spikes attract many pollinators.

Give it full sun.

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Coneflower (Echinacea)

Purple coneflower, also known as echinacea, blooms in the perennial garden bed
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Purple coneflower (actually a light pinkish purple) is the original, but today coneflowers come in almost every shade of the rainbow! They require full sun and range in height from 12 to 36 inches, so read the label so you plant them accordingly in your mixed border.

Fun fact: Echinacea is not the only flowering plant known as coneflower. Plants in the genus Rudbeckia, which includes perennial and annual species, also bear the common name.

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Put these all-sunny spring pants on your shopping list for fall—this is the best time to plant. Each flower looks like a watercolor work of art.

Over time, you can divide them and plant the additions elsewhere in your garden or pass them on to a friend.

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Amsonia tabernaimontana, eastern blue star
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Clusters of starry blue flowers cover this plant in spring through early summer. It looks best planted in masses. It likes to be part of full sun.

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If you're having trouble growing anything in your soil, try daylilies.

They reproduce year after year. Each flower only lasts one day (hence the name!) but they bloom profusely. Make sure they are exposed to full sun for the best blooms.

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These lesser-known perennials have beautiful spikes of indigo blue, pink, yellow, white or purple-black flowers that become attractive seeds in the fall.

Pollinators love it too! Give it full sun.

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Peonies bloom in late spring to early summer, and the plants get bigger and better each year.

Give them plenty of full sun and room to grow because they don't like being moved (they tend not to flower the following year), and they don't like crowding! The ants you see are just coming to sip the nectar; It does not harm the plant.

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