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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Rodgersias have leaves resembling those of a horse chestnut tinted with bronze. Their white flowers appear in July, blooming in flat clusters. Moderately easy to care for, they need sun only part of the day.

Rose Mallow, Swamp Mallow

Rose mallow's hollyhocklike flowers are pink, purple, or white with a dark red eye. The leaves are green above and hairy white underneath. They're easy to care for with full sun and room for growth.

Sea Holly

Sea hollies have simple spiny-toothed leaves with clusters of teasel-like blossoms. Blooming in July and August, they need full sun. They will make a fascinating addition to a wild garden and as cut flowers.

Sea Lavender

Sea lavenders have large leathery leaves that form a basal rosette and branch out into clouds of tiny lavender-blue flowers. Since they bloom in summer, they are an excellent choice for beds and borders.


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.

Bush Clematis, Upright Clematis

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

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, Aaron's Rod

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, Garlic Chives

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, Lamb's-Tongue

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

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.


Leopard's-bane has bright yellow, daisylike flowers that bloom in the spring. Read about using this perennial flower as a border plant in front of low walls or as an excellent cut flower.

Perennial Lupine

Perennial lupine has fingerlike gray-green leaves. Relatively easy to care for, they make a spectacular sight when planted in large groups. Read about using perennial lupine, particularly in a seaside garden.


Bowman's-root, a wildflower from America's east coast, blooms in white. Removing spent flowers allows the plant to rebloom. Learn more about bowman's-root and how it can accent shaded gardens and shrubs.

Hardy Ageratum, Mist Flower

Hardy ageratum, or mist flower, is a blue-flowered perennial that appears in spring and blooms in early fall. It is excellent in a border or as edging in places with full sun to partial shade.

Gooseneck Loosestrife

Gooseneck loosestrife is a perennial flower with white to orange blossoms. Its stout stems grow quite tall and end in whorls of small flowers that bloom in summer. Learn more about gooseneck loosestrife.

Big Blue Lily Turf

Big blue lily turf looks like grass but is a member of the lily family. Growing well in sun or shade, flowers bloom in dark blue or violet. Learn more about this great ground cover.

Perennial Baby's Breath

Baby's breath is a perennial flower that accents other flowers in cuttings and arrangements or in the garden. In this article, learn about planting, growing, propagating, and using baby's breath.

Perennial Beard Tongue

Beard tongue is a perennial flower that accents other flowers in cuttings and floral arrangements or in the garden. In this article, learn about planting, growing, propagating, and using beard tongue.

Blackberry Lily, Leopard Lily

Blackberry lily or leopard lily is a perennial flower that adds bright color in cuttings and floral arrangements or in the garden. In this article, learn about planting, growing, propagating, and using blackberry lily.


Avens, a member of the rose family, sprouts brilliant blooms appropriate as garden borders or in front of rocks. Easy to grow, avens prefers cool summers. Learn more about avens at How Stuff Works.