Perennial Gardens

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

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.

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.

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.

Dead nettles, a non-stinging nettle, has blooms that look like tiny pink or white snapdragons. Dead nettles are resistant to drought. Use dead nettle in your garden as ground cover or as an effective border.

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.

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.

Edelweiss has tiny heads of flowers flanked by gatherings of white, almost furry, bracts and grows to 1 foot in height. Use the softness of edelweiss to provide visual contrast in your rock garden.

Fleabane, a lovely clustered flower in the daisy family, grows atop stems over a foot tall. Learn to use this visually appealing flower among several types of plants in the garden or in a vase.

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.

Globeflowers stun the eye with golden flowers on stems over 2 feet high. The large blooms grow well near water. Learn to grow and display globeflowers in a vase or planted en masse outdoors.

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.

Goldenrod comes in about 130 species in the wild and, at times, reaches 6 feet in height. Learn to grow these yellow flowers in a wild garden or waterside, either mid-garden or along its edge.

Goldenstar sprouts 2-inch yellow flowers from its stem nodes. Its stems grow into a mound around 10 inches in height. Though its leaves are evergreen, goldenstar needs protection from snow and wind. Read about goldenstar.

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Bugleweeds are known for their colorful leaves and pretty, irregular flowers. They work well as garden ground cover that drapes over rock edging and blocks out weed growth. Learn to grow this easy-care perennial.

The shrub bush clematis, or upright clematis, makes a good garden border, complement to small conifers, or a tidy cover for a wire structure. Get tips about bush or upright clematis.

The candytuft shrub blooms white with occasional pink flushing in spring, and its branches should be pruned afterward. Learn to plant candytuft to weave through a rock garden or to act as a border.

Houttuynia grows to about one foot high and produces small, white flowers that resemble begonia blossoms. Learn to grow this versatile perennial, in shallow water or well moistened soil, in sun or shade.

Inula is a clump-forming plant with thin, narrow leaves growing to 16 inches. It's bright yellow daisies bloom in early August. Learn about growing inulas in the front or on the border of your garden.

Italian bugloss, a member of the forget-me-not family, is an easy to grow brilliant true blue blooming plant. Learn to use this perennial flower bunched in large clumps or in a border.

Knapweeds are bright and cheerful stout-stemmed plants that bear thistlelike flowers blooming from June to August. Learn to make knapweeds a great border or a featured element of your garden.

Carolina lupine, also called Aaron's rod, is a yellow wildflower belonging to the pea family. It blooms at a time of year when yellow colors are lacking in the garden. Learn to use Carolina lupine.

Chinese chives, or garlic chives, display both eye-catching leaves and dainty, pointy, white flowers. Learn to use Chinese chives in sun-filled or shaded gardens and as the centerpiece of a tall floral arrangement.

Lamb's-ears, also known as lamb's-tongue, have gray-white, woolly leaves that feel exactly like a lamb's skin. Learn more about growing this full sun annual as a border or in your rock garden.

Chinese forget-me-not, growing over 2 feet high, sprouts blue flowers, marking the height of summer. Stems that bend and a profusion of leaves are normal. Learn more about Chinese forget-me-not, perfect for the wild garden.