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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Prairie coneflower is also known as Mexican hat. It is a tall wildflower that will help attract butterflies to the garden. it does very well in a meadow planting or in borders. Read more about how to cultivate prairie coneflowers.

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Persian violet is an easy-to-care-for house plant that will rebloom for three to four months. It is full of blue or white flowers and has shiny, oval leaves. Read more about this pretty rounded plant.

By Larry Hodgson

Soapwort, or bouncing bet, has stout stems swollen at the joints with oval leaves. It bears clustered pink or white flowers and are especially fragrant at night. Read more about this easy-to-care-for perennial.

By C. Colston Burrell

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Ornamental onion is only one of over 500 species of onion. It has rounded flowers in various pinkish hues, white, mauve, and green. Use them in groups or with other perennials. Read to learn more.

By Natalia K. Hamill

Hollyhocks are typical cottage garden flowers. They come in a variety of colors that are either single or double and may blossom several times throughout summer. Read about this flower that is regaining its popularity.

By Natalia K. Hamill

Catmint, or faassen nepeta, is -- like catnip -- a member of the mint family. Its bluish flowers may bloom twice. Find out how to make the best of this pretty mint.

By Natalia K. Hamill

Fragrant Solomon's seal is a graceful plant with tall leaves, creamy bell-shaped flowers, and blue-black fruit. It may take some time to get established, but is well worth the wait. Read about this colorful plant.

By Natalia K. Hamill

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Golden lace, scabious patrinia, is a much overlooked perennial that mixes well with most other plants. It is easy to care for and makes an excellent cut flower. Read about this great flower.

By Natalia K. Hamill

Goutweed, also known as bishop's weed, can easily grow out of control but for the same reason, it makes for perfect ground cover. Read about its foliage and flowers and how to care for it.

By Natalia K. Hamill

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

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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

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

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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

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

Bower actinidia, commonly used on trellises, produces white, scented flowers and yellowish berries. It propagates in shady and low-quality dirt. Learn how to use bower actinidia to quickly camouflage man-made items in the garden.

By C. Colston Burrell

Creeping fig, though thin in the stem and covered in leaves shaped like hearts, can completely hide a building wall within a few years. Learn how to use it as a backdrop or camouflage.

By C. Colston Burrell

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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

Soapweeds are evergreens plants with swordlike clumps of leaves. They bear greenish-white flowers which turn up at night and become fragrant. They are very drought-resistant and are excellent as specimen plants.

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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Thrifts, also called sea pinks, are excellent for a rock or wall garden. They bloom in spring with tightly packed globes of pink flowers and are very easy to care for.

By C. Colston Burrell

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