by Jennifer Poindexter
Do you need easy-to-grow, flowering perennials? I have great news for you!
Fortunately, most flowering perennials are simple to grow. If you plant them in the right growing conditions and provide the right care, you should have few problems.
If you’re in search of inspiration for a beautiful perennial garden, you’ve come to the right place. I’m going to provide you with a list of flowering perennials.
Hopefully, this will give you a few ideas and help you accomplish the look you’re aiming for. Here are the easy-to-grow, flowering perennials which could work best in your garden:
Hosta plants are a wonderful choice for a shaded growing location. These plants form lush foliage and produce blooms from stems which pop-up from the mound of leaves. It’s a nice pop of color and contrast in a garden space.
If you love the idea of growing this plant, try to provide the right growing conditions. As mentioned, they prefer shade and like consistently damp soil. These perennials are hardy in planting zones three through nine.
2. Black-eyed Susan
You may not be aware that there are many varieties of Black-eyed Susan. Some are perennial while some are biennial. Be sure you plant the right variety for your perennial garden.
Black-eyed Susan might be a great choice for your growing location because they’re drought tolerant and most insects don’t love them. If you live in planting zones three through nine, consider this perennial flower.
3. Knock Out Roses
I’m a huge fan of knock out rose bushes. They’re great for landscaping, but unlike many bushes, they provide great color to your yard. When they aren’t in bloom, the foliage is a deep green. Once the blooms form, you can’t help but notice these gorgeous roses lining your home or yard.
If you’d love knockout roses on your property, be sure to plant them where they receive ample sunlight. This will cause the shrub to bloom more. Also, be sure they’re planted in well-draining soil. Get these few things right, and you could have a colorful landscape.
Do you like to plant flowers which look different? There are some flowers which produce typically shaped petals. These are the blooms most of us think of when a flower comes to mind.
Then you have flowers, like bee balm, which produce colorful and jagged blooms. If you’d like something a little different in your garden, consider planting this vibrant addition.
I love the look of cottage gardens. The tall plants, with gorgeous blooms, make me smile every time I see them. You can have this look around your home by planting the right perennial flowers.
Helenium would be a great choice. They can grow to be five feet tall, need full sun, and well-draining soil. They also thrive in planting zones three through eight. Provide the right conditions and these flowers can produce an array of colors, with blooms which resemble the daisy, around your home.
Another name for this flower is tickseed. Don’t let the name deter you from planting these gorgeous flowers. These plants come in a variety of colors and heights.
Regardless of the type of coreopsis that you plant, they will need full sun and adequately draining soil. Other than this, these flowers thrive on slight neglect.
The coneflower looks as the name suggests. These are flowers with a distinct center. As the petals bloom, they drop lower and lower. This makes the center more prominent.
The overall shape of the bloom starts to look like a colorful cone. If you live in planting zones five through eight, you can have this unique flower in your perennial flower garden.
8. Blazing Star
If you need a taller flowering plant, you can’t miss the blazing star. This plant starts off looking like a typical shrub with lush, green foliage.
As the plant begins to bloom, it produces tall flowers that almost look fuzzy in appearance. If you need something unique in your perennial garden, consider adding the blazing star plant.
I love peonies. They produce colorful yet classic blooms which many people love around their garden. Plus, they’re hardy in planting zones three through eight.
What’s great about peonies is they actually love cold winters. This drop in temperatures helps them to form more blooms. If you live in a cold climate and need a colorful flower for your perennial garden, give the peony plant some consideration.
Sedum is a flower that can require more space with each passing year. As it starts, it’s a mound of green leaves. From the leaves, long stems appear, and blooms begin to cluster on them. It’s a beautiful arrangement of color.
Each year, the sedum will come back larger and larger. Therefore, this flower spreads around your garden. When you need color to brighten up a space and a fuss-free flower which is disease resistant, can handle the heat, and is drought-tolerant, consider adding sedum to your growing space.
When I think of yarrow, my mind typically goes to green leaves, long stems, and bright yellow blooms. You might think of the plant this way, too.
However, yarrow can come in a variety of colors. It’s hardy in planting zones three through seven and prefers full sun. If you have soil that’s well-draining, in a sunny location, this could be a great plant for you.
12. Joe Pye Weed
Perennial gardens are made pretty when the gardener adds plants of varying heights. They usually place shorter plants in the front and have taller, colorful plants in the back. Joe pye weed would make a great background plant.
It’s taller, has longer stems, and produces clusters of flowers. This flower is hardy in planting zones four through eight. Be mindful that this plant can reach towering heights between three and twelve feet.
This is an interesting choice in flowers. Hellebore grows into a small bush and produces blooms similar to a bell. It loves growing in a shaded location and is drought tolerant.
What’s so fascinating about this plant is that it blooms in the late winter into the spring months and is hardy in zones four through nine. If you’d like your yard to look well-manicured, even during the colder portions of the year, this could be a great choice for you.
Salvia is another favorite perennial of mine. I love how it starts off with smaller green foliage, long stems, and clusters of gorgeous flowers.
However, as it grows, it becomes more like a bush. The blooms become taller and more distinct as well. If you need a plant, which will grow to be around three feet tall and is hardy in zones four through ten, then salvia could be what you’ve been searching for.
Lily plants produce large, gorgeous blooms that many people enjoy having around their home. If you’re a fan of lilies and live in planting zones three through eight, why not add them to your perennial flower garden?
They can grow to be between two feet and seven feet in height. These flowers can handle anything from full sun to partial shade and like well-draining soil.
Do you need a bright flower that’s perfect for lining walkways or edges of a structure? The daylily could be what you’ve been hoping for.
As long as you keep the weeds down in the area where they’re growing and plant them in full sun, they should thrive under your care. These are perfect perennial flowers in planting zones three through nine.
Phlox is another perennial flower which blooms in clusters. It’s the size of a bush but peeping out of the green foliage is a beautiful arrangement of color.
When choosing to grow this flower, it’s vital to plant it in well-draining soil where the flowers will receive full sunlight. These plants are only hardy in zones four through eight.
18. Bearded Iris
If you’ve ever seen a bearded iris flower, you won’t forget it. The blooms are gorgeous and unforgettable, in my opinion.
They’re also very hardy. These unique blooms can be yours if you live in planting zones three through nine. Like peonies, these flowers need a cold winter to help them form better blooms come spring.
Chrysanthemums are one of my favorite fall flowers. Depending upon where you live, they may bloom between July and October
If you need a perennial flower to brighten up your home, towards the end of summer or beginning of fall, consider planting these beauties. They thrive in planting zones five through nine.
20. Lady’s Mantle
This flower is another perennial which is great for lining sidewalks or fence lines. The plant starts off with mounding leaves.
Next, skinny stems form. Finally, a cluster of brightly colored flowers form to light up your garden. If this sounds like what you need, and you live in planting zones three through seven, give lady’s mantle a chance in your growing area.
Don’t scroll past this plant without learning a little more about it. Catmint is not like catnip. When this flower produces a fragrance, it won’t draw every cat in the neighborhood.
This fragrant flower can be a great addition to your yard, assuming it’s planted in full sun. It also needs well-draining soil and plenty of room to grow as it can be as tall as three feet. This makes a wonderful perennial flower as long as it grows in planting zones four through eight.
22. Blanket Flower
Blanket flowers are a simple way to light up your landscape. They produce blooms which remind me of the Gerber daisy.
These flowers prefer full sun and well-draining soil. Be mindful of where you plant them as they can grow to be as tall as three feet. Also, they do best in planting zones three through ten.
23. False Indigo
False indigo is a gorgeous flower that stands out due to its vibrant foliage, long stems, and pearl-shaped blooms.
If you need a larger perennial flower, false indigo grows to be as tall as four feet. It does prefer full sun and serves as a perennial in planting zones three through nine. If you can meet these growing conditions, this could be the perennial flower for you.
Are you looking for a flower that will make you smile? Daffodils could be a great fit. I love growing this flower around my home.
The daffodil is a cheerful yellow flower that brightens up any location with full sun. These flowers grow best in planting zones three through eight and should return each year with little help from you.
25. Russian Sage
Do you need a larger background or border plant? Russian sage might deserve your attention. This plant starts off with green foliage and takes the form of a shrub.
Overtime, it begins to form purple blooms that certainly make it stand out in a garden space. If you live in planting zones five through nine, it could make a great addition to your perennial flower garden.
The last perennial flower on our list is a classic. The aster is a cheerful flower with daisy-like blooms and comes in a variety of sizes. Some asters can be as short as a foot. Yet, other varieties can be as tall as four feet.
If you like a traditional yet bright flower, consider growing asters. They do well in planting zones three through eight.
This concludes our tour around the flowering perennial garden. These options should inspire you as you attempt to brighten or create a perennial growing space.
Start by picking flowers that you like and that will work for your planting zone. Do a little research to ensure you’re meeting their growing conditions, and you should be well on your way to creating a beautiful landscape around your home with easy-to-grow flowering perennials.