Perennial Gardens

Perennial gardens can produce lovely results year after year. Learn how to plan for, plant and care for perennial gardens.

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Ladybells have enormously beautiful blue flowers. It requires little maintenance; it self-seeds, and may persist for years. Read about this heat-tolerant flower and how to care for this easy-to-care-for flower.

By Natalia K. Hamill

Hyssop, anise hyssop, is a herblike perennial with spikes of brightly colored flowers that bloom in later summer to early fall. Read about this showy plant and find out which animals it attracts.

By Natalia K. Hamill

Leadwort is a beautiful ground cover with foliage that especially shines at the end of the season. It is a semi-evergreen that should not be planted with other perennials. Read about it here.

By Natalia K. Hamill

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Jupiter's beard, or red valerian, is a cheerful and blowzy plant. It is not fussy and it has a long flowering period, starting in spring. Learn about this old perennial and find out how to grow it.

By Natalia K. Hamill

Monkshood has showy dark blue flower spikes that bloom in late summer and early fall and resemble hoods. Its toxic properties have been described since the early sixteenth century. Read more about this fascinating plant.

By Natalia K. Hamill

Moss phlox has dark green, prickly leaves with groups of flat flowers held above the foliage. It blooms in April and May when spring weather has come to stay. Read about this great ground cover.

By Natalia K. Hamill

Thyme is usually relegated to the herb garden but it's creeping habit makes it a natural for edging and planting in between stepping stones in a sunny perennial garden. Read more about this misunderstood herb.

By Natalia K. Hamill

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Dalmatian bellflower is an excellent flower for all kinds of rock gardens. It is easy to grow and produces bluish-purple blossoms. In this article, learn about planting, growing, propagating, and using Dalmatian bellflower.

By C. Colston Burrell

Rock cresses are creepers with tufted rosettes of oval leaves covered with white down. Learn to care for these perennials, whether placed in a rock garden or cultivated in a wall garden.

By C. Colston Burrell

Spiderworts are similar to daylilies and dayflowers where each blossom lasts only one day. They produce 3-petaled flowers that open at dawn. Learn about how to use Spiderworts as a house plant in this article.

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Sundrops (evening primrose) have petals that look like molten gold. The stems grow up to two feet high and are topped by clusters of bright yellow flowers that bloom in the summer.

By C. Colston Burrell

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Toad lilies are, contrary to their name, very attractive perennials with purple-spotted, creamy white flowers that bloom in late September or October. They prefer shade and must be protected against frost.

By C. Colston Burrell

Yellow coneflowers, or black-eyed Susans, are an American wildflower. Their daisylike ray flowers and purple-brown disk flowers bloom in midsummer on to frost and are perfect for cutting. Learn more about these pretty perennials.

By C. Colston Burrell

Cinquefoil, a shrub with deep red flowers, takes to well-drained soil and direct sunlight. Cinquefoil is easy to care for and serves as the edge of your garden or flowerbed. Learn more about growing cinquefoil.

By C. Colston Burrell

Creeping buttercup, replete with yellow flowers and occasionally spotted leaves, originated in Europe. Some of the buttercup species are aquatic, but in general they look best in more informal gardens. Learn to grow creeping buttercup.

By C. Colston Burrell

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Cupid's dart sprouts two-inch blue or white flowers and prefers direct sunlight with well-drained soil. Learn to use Cupid's dart as a good frontrunner in the garden or long-lasting winter cut flower.

By C. Colston Burrell

Cushion spurge, like the Christmas poinsettia, has colored leaves, often mistaken for petals. It comes in bright yellow, changing to red in autumn. Learn to use cushion spurge in a bank or against a wall.

By C. Colston Burrell

Knotweed, also called Himalaya fleece flower, has dark green, tapered leaves on creeping stems with tiny bright rose flowers. Learn to use this excellent ground cover as an edging plant for the bed or border.

By C. Colston Burrell

Delphinium, or larkspur, grows delicate, hollow stalks that become covered in flowers. As such, they should be staked or planted near protection from wind. Learn to propagate this cold-resistant blossom.

By C. Colston Burrell

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Gas plant, or burning bush, grows up to three feet tall. Its shiny leaves smell a bit like lemon. Learn to make gas plant a part of your garden, even after the flowers are gone.

By C. Colston Burrell

Golden aster, a native to America, has furry stems with a violet tint. Growing up to 3 feet high, the flowers are yellow. Learn to grow this drought-resistant blossom in regular or sandy soil.

By C. Colston Burrell

Planting your flower or vegetable plants isn't the first step you take when getting a garden started, but it's the most important. Learn all you need to know about planting a garden.

By Betty Barr Mackey

Bluestar, also known as blue dogbane or blue star-of-Texas, sprouts blue flowers atop 2- to 3-foot stems which turn gold in autumn. Use bluestars to add visual appeal along or inside your garden.

By C. Colston Burrell

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Mallow is a bushy soft green perennial with 5-petaled flowers that bloom in full sun or shade. Learn to grow this easy-care perennial, mixing it with ornamental grasses for a beautiful garden layout.

By C. Colston Burrell

Meadow rue is moderately easy to care for in moist soil, and fits naturally in a wild garden. Learn to use meadow rue as background in a flower bed or in a bouquet.

By C. Colston Burrell