Plant these perennials in your garden for the gift that keeps on growing

Plant these perennials in your garden for the gift that keeps on growing

If you're a gardener, you know that perennials are truly the gifts that keep on giving, or should we say, growing? These plants and flowers are a great investment because you can plant them once and enjoy them as part of your landscape for years to come. In fact, some last for decades! Watch them flourish in your small gardens or even in raised beds. But you need a little patience, as even the best perennial plants and flowers don't do much in the first year or two. The old saying is that perennials crawl, walk, and run, so by the third season, they're really taking off.

Here we've found options that will do just that! There are cottage garden flowers like peonies and lavender as well as flowers that attract hummingbirds to your garden. Because who wouldn't want visits from these beautiful creatures year after year? You'll also find easy, low-maintenance plants as well as plants that will add to your garden edging ideas or thrive in rock gardens. Just keep in mind that perennials typically only bloom for a few weeks each year, compared to annuals, which bloom from planting until the first hard frost.

By including both annuals and perennials in your garden, you will provide food and shelter for beneficial pollinators and wildlife all year long. You also need to choose plants that can survive winters in a USDA hardiness zone. (Find yours here!) Finally, read the plant tag or description before purchasing to be sure what type of light your perennial plant needs.

Bee balm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Daylily

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

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

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

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 flower 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 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

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

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

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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Brunner

Prunera's silver-green, heart-shaped leaves provide great texture and pattern to the garden all year round. They mostly like shade, making it easy to grow in a darker yard.

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Aster

Asters are one of the last perennials to bloom in the garden in late fall, so you should definitely plant these hardy plants one last time before winter! Plant in full sun in the back of a mixed border.

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Black-eyed Susan

These sunny-faced plants are guaranteed to make you smile in mid- to late summer with their cheerful black centers and bright yellow petals. Make sure you buy a perennial type, as some are grown as annuals. They need full sun.

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Salvia

Spikes of pink, purple or white flowers attract pollinators to this sun-loving plant. Flowering continues for weeks in late spring to early summer. Make sure you buy a perennial type.

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Dianthus

Dianthus, also called pink, comes in colors ranging from pink and violet to white and red. Some have double and fragrant flowers. This old favorite is like the sun for part of the sun.

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It will last

Sedum comes in trailing, creeping and upright varieties. These succulents love sun, love sun, and are drought hardy once established.

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Speedwell

Small spikes of dark pink, purple or white cover the low-growing foliage of this charming perennial. Also called Veronica. Bees and butterflies adore this sun-loving flower.

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Fern

Ferns come in many different shapes and sizes, but they are a beautiful perennial with long-lasting color. Some species are green, others are more silver, gold, or bronze. Give them full shade.

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Lavender

Lavender has beautiful purple thorns and silvery foliage. They are tough as nails once established. Make sure it gets full sun and choose a variety that suits your hardiness zone.

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Blanket flower

These beautiful flowers have orange and yellow petals with crimson tips, making them an eye-catcher in the garden. They don't mind heat and drought once established. Give them full sun.

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