When it comes to selecting plants for your garden, do you want a little more bang for your buck? While annuals are famous for their long bloom times, there are some perennials available that bloom for an extended period of time AND will bloom again next year and the year after that.
Here's a list of my favorite long-blooming perennials that will keep your garden colorful from spring through fall.
- Bleeding Heart. If you have a shady spot that needs some color, Bleeding Heart fits the bill. I grow Bleeding Heart all along the foundation of my house. It prefers shade and will bloom continuously from spring to fall in cooler climates. It also makes a nice cut flower. Zones 3-9.
- Astilbe with its spiky blooms of pink, purple, white, or red is another long-blooming perennial for a shady spot. Deer typically avoid astilbe, and it's easy to care for, too. Look for variety 'Key Largo,' which is a prolific bloomer. Zones 4-8.
- Black-Eyed Susans. These sun lovers have a sweet, old-fashioned charm. 'Goldsturm' is a nice variety. Zones 3-9.
- Purple Coneflower. Purple coneflower must be planted in full sun. It attract bees and butterflies with its large purple flowers, and it's quite easy to grow. Zones 3-9.
- Daylily. While it's true that a daylily's bloom lasts just one day, each stem typically has several buds to give you bloom after bloom. Look for the beautiful 'Stella d'Oro,' a shorter variety with golden flowers. Zones 3-9.
- Salvia. Grow this member of the sage family for their long-lasting blooms that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. 'Blue Hill' is a lovely choice. Salvias need sun but tolerate dry soil. Zones 3-8.
- Honorable mention goes to the Dahlia. While dahlias produce long-lasting, beautiful blooms, they require some extra care. Dahlias grow from tuberous roots. These tubers must be re-planted at the beginning of the summer. At the end of the blooming cycle, before the frost, these tubers have to be dug up and overwintered indoors. Lots of trouble? Yes. But have you seen a dahlia lately? Gorgeous. If you have a little extra time on your hands, give this plant a try.
Need to figure out your hardiness zone? The National Gardening Association has a Hardiness Zone Map on their website.
Which long-blooming perennials do you grow in your garden?
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