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One appeal of perennial flowers is that they return year after year, relieving you of the duty of replanting each spring. There are more long-blooming perennials than you might realize, and designing your garden with the right species makes it possible to have blooms from spring to fall, even if you are planting only perennials.
The enduring perennials here deliver, with subtle charms like unusual foliage and fragrant flowers that demand to be admired up close. Here’s an easy-grow collection of the best, most beautiful perennial flowers that are perfect for any garden, especially if you’re longing for the beauty all year long!
Come July, garden phlox is a staple of the garden. This long-blooming perennial flowers from mid-summer well into the fall, but it can be susceptible to powdery mildew, a fungal disease that can be disfiguring although it rarely causes serious damage.
It is difficult to contemplate a daisy and not come away with a sunny outlook on life. This classic flower is more than just eye candy; they are tough plants, displaying resilience and endurance which belie their delicate appearance.
Salvia is a large genus of plants that include both annual and perennial species, but the best perennial forms for long-lasting blooms.
Today, most of us are more interested in the beauty and low maintenance of yarrow than in its herbal use. Divide the plants every three to five years. Deadheading spent flowers will lengthen the bloom period.
Lavender-scented linens, sachets, and potpourris provide a nice touch in a home and are ridiculously easy to acquire. But even people with no interest in such domesticity grow lavender plants, since they bring a touch of class to the landscape, too.
Coneflowers typically bloom from June through August on plants that grow 2 to 5 feet in height. They will benefit from division every four years or so, but are otherwise very low maintenance.
‘AUTUMN JOY’ SEDUM
‘Autumn Joy’ is highly prized for the long-lasting fall interest it provides. The blooms are actually large masses of smaller flowers that clump together in groups 3 inches or more across.
RED HOT POKER
Few plants are named more accurately, as the flowers of red hot poker match the name precisely. The typical red hot poker grows 3 or 4 feet tall with red and yellow flowers, but a number of hybrids and cultivars are available offering different heights and flower colors.
Commonly called Black-eyed Susan, rudbeckia is a joy to grow. It develops wave after wave of cheerful daisy-like blooms from early summer to fall. The flowers sport yellow or orange petals that surround a darker center.
The plants bloom their heads off from late spring until mid-autumn with a heavy show of purple-blue flower spikes that are extremely attractive to pollinators and beneficial insects.
Gardeners who want a lower maintenance landscape would be wise to look for perennial plants that are both easy-to-grow and offer a long blooming period. With literally hundreds of perennial flowers to choose from, a trip to the garden center can be bewildering. Our advice? Start with the classics: beautiful, reliable, and easy-care perennials.
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