30 Best Perennial Plants and Flowers to Grow

30 Best Perennial Plants and Flowers to Grow

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Bee balm

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As its name suggests, the uniquely shaped bee balm is essentially irresistible to bees – as well as hummingbirds and butterflies. The fringed, fragrant petals that come in purple, pink and red can be planted in spring or fall and can handle a variety of conditions. Just make sure it gets good air circulation, otherwise the leaves may develop a fungal disease.

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chrysanthemum

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That's the thing with chrysanthemums: they are perennial if you put them in the ground during the spring months until mid-summer. If you wait too long, the roots will not have time to settle before winter and they will serve as annuals. So plant the bright, beautiful flowers early (and in direct sunlight) and with a little care, you'll be rewarded year after year.

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Roman chamomile

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How gorgeous are the daisy-like flowers of these perennials? The low-growing herb is often used as a ground cover or along paths. It's also a great candidate for containers! No matter where it's grown, you'll enjoy the apple's sweet scent and the fact that you can make tea from its dried flowers. When purchasing this type, double check that you have a perennial Roman chamomile and not an annual German chamomile.

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Astilbe

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Whether added to borders, used in moist locations, or placed in containers, these feathery blooms atop fern leaves will add vibrant color and texture to your garden. Plant them in fall or spring, then watch them bloom from late spring to late summer. Better yet, it attracts butterflies but is resistant to rabbits and deer.

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Lamb's ear

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The only downside to this beautiful plant? It will be hard for you not to run your fingers over the soft, silvery leaves every time you pass by. This option is ideal for ground cover and will make a great addition to the edges of your beds. Since it is very drought tolerant, you can also add it to rock gardens or to cover a dry spot in your garden. The best time to plant lamb's ear is spring, but they can also be planted until fall.

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Columbine

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This unique-looking wildflower is known to be one of the best flowers for attracting hummingbirds to your shade gardens! This is because they bloom from spring until early summer, providing early nectar for pollinators. Although they may seem delicate, these perennials are also reliable.

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Shasta Daisy

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Although the Shasta daisy is similar in appearance to the classic daisy, it is actually larger and produces stronger flowers. Easy and fresh, this short-lived perennial will come back for years. You should also note that they are able to spread so you may want to keep them in garden beds.

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iris

The best perennial flowering plants are iris
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These beautiful purple flowers are named after the Greek goddess of the rainbow. They can grow two to three feet tall and will make a colorful statement in your garden in the spring and summer. Plant it in full sun to make sure it reaches its full potential.

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foxglove

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If you want to invite beautiful little creatures like hummingbirds and bumblebees into your garden, these colorful and elegant bell-shaped flowers are the way to do it. Plant it for two years in a row to enjoy continuous blooms.

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Goat beard

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Add whimsy and appeal to your garden when you plant this perennial shade plant. It's filled with dark green fern leaves and feathery plumes of cream-colored flowers that will bloom in late spring or summer. Bonus points: This plant can also withstand any storm – in fact, it has been known to survive hurricanes unscathed!

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Amsonia

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Add a beautiful splash of color to your garden by planting these soft blue star-shaped flowers. Amsonia pairs perfectly with the larger-leaved plants on this list, such as peonies and hostas.

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Baptisia

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Plant these long-lived perennials once and they can last for decades! They also bloom from spring through fall, so you'll be able to enjoy them for the better part of the year.

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13

Daylily

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Can't get anything else to grow? Plant daylilies! These hardy, sun-loving plants bloom in midsummer, and although bloom lasts only one day (hence the name), they have multiple flowers per stem. They come in all shades of the rainbow and tolerate most soil types.

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Coneflower

Coneflowers
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Coming in a range of colors and heights, coneflowers are long-lasting, sun-loving flowers that add great color to the summer garden. You can also leave the seed heads intact for the winter and as bird food in your garden.

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The rose of fasting

The double pink flowers of hellebore are also known as lentil rose
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These amazing shadow lovers almost don't look real! The Lenten rose, also called hellebore, appears in late winter or early spring (around the time of Lent) when there is still snow on the ground. Its thick, shiny leaves remain year-round.

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Peony

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Peonies are the queens of the spring garden! With its huge, lush, generously scented flowers, it blooms in late spring. Make sure they get full sun, or they won't bloom well. Don't worry about ants visiting you; They do not harm the plant and simply enjoy the nectar. (It's also a myth that it's necessary to make plants flower.) If you are cutting to get them inside, just get rid of the ants.

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Catmint

Catmint
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Catmint is almost indestructible. With their fuzzy gray-green leaves and pretty spikes of purple flowers that pollinators love, these perennials add fuss-free color to the sunny spots in your garden.

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Penstem

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Bees and hummingbirds love the tubular flowers of this hardy perennial that loves full sun. It comes in many different colors, and some varieties have beautiful burgundy foliage that sparkles all season long.

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Heuchera

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This beautiful plant is a must in any garden. Heuchera, also called coral bells, are grown most for their gorgeous, ruffled leaves that come in shades ranging from deep burgundy to pale yellow. Small flower spikes appear in mid-summer. It is also not particularly tasty to deer or rabbits and tolerates sun and shade.

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Tiarella

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Tiarella, also called foam flower, has lots of frothy-looking flowers in late spring. It's the perfect perennial for brightening shady spots. Beautiful foliage adds season-long interest to the garden.

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