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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Cupid's Dart

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

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 Nettle

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, Himalaya Fleece Flower

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, Larkspur

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, Burning Bush

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

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.

Planting a Garden

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.

Bluestar, Blue Dogbane, Blue Star-of-Texas

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.


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.

Meadow Rue

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.

Meadowsweet, Queen-of-the-Prairie

Meadowsweet, also called queen-of-the-prairie, can grow to seven feet with large clusters of tiny pink flowers reminiscent of a ball of cotton candy. Learn to use meadowsweet against a dark background in your garden.

Ox-Eye, False Sunflower

Ox-eyes are often called false sunflowers, but bloom earlier in the season. These bright yellow daisies are easy to care for, and are valuable in a bed, border, or wild garden. Learn more about ox-eyes.

Pachysandra, Japanese Spurge

Pachysandra, Japanese spurge, is a popular ground cover that bears small, greenish-white flowers in the spring. Learn to use this perennial flower in shady areas, especially under bushes and along shaded walkways.

Pearly Everlasting

Pearly everlastings are a wildflower common throughout much of the country. They grow two feet tall and have silvery gray leaves in the spring that turn green as the summer progresses. Learn about peraly everlastings.

Perennial Pea, Sweet Pea

Perennial pea vines are light green and bear sweet pealike flowers of pink, bluish-red, or white in August. They do well in any good garden soil and are perfect for ground covers and trellises.

Perennial Sunflower

Perennial sunflowers yellow flowers bloom late in the season. They are tall plants with simple leaves and large yellow daisylike flowers. They are easy to care for in full sun with good moist garden soil.

Periwinkle, Myrtle

Periwinkle flowers in the early spring. The blue 5-petaled flowers are borne on short stems. Periwinkle makes excellent ground cover and is great when planted along the edge of beds or borders.

Pincushion Flower

Pincushion flowers resemble pincushions full of pins when closed. They have simple lance-shaped deeply cut leaves will long graceful flower stems. They're best planted in drifts along the edge of beds or borders.

Plume Poppy

Plume poppies are lovely both in and out of bloom along borders. Their large lobed leaves of gray-green and white come with small with flowers that wave in the wind and bloom in late summer.