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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Bergamot are hardy perennials considered garden favorites for decades. Sturdy stems are topped by crowns studded with lipped flowers. Find out more about these flowers, beloved by butterflies and hummingbirds.

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A beautiful perennial all season long, baptisia, also known as false indigo or wild indigo, was originally planted to produce blue dye for early American colonists. Learn how to care for this beautiful blue flower.

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Basket-of-Gold, or goldentuft, has attractive foliage that grows in dense mats, giving support to clusters of four-petaled, golden-yellow flowers floating 6 to 12 inches above the plants. Find out more about this perennial.

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Bergenias, or pigsqueaks, grow thick, rounded evergreen leaves, often a foot long, and its white waxy or pink flowers bloom in drooping clusters. Learn more about these cold weather flowers.

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Bleeding heart, a poetically named perennial flower, has heart-shaped pendant pink or white flowers with spurs at the base and attractive fernlike foliage. Find out about this garden favorite member of Dicentra.

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From western Siberia, brunnera or Siberian Bugloss, are perennial forget-me-nots. Blue flowers are about 1/4-inch across, and bloom in clusters during the spring. Find out how to grow this showy perennial.

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Boltonias resemble asters, with narrow leaves and dozens of white flowers in clusters. A well-situated boltonia will be covered with bloom from late summer into fall. Learn more about this sturdy perennial.

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Campanula, or bellflowers, vary in size, shape, and plant form but are usually blue, lavender, or white. They bloom from late spring into early summer. Learn how to grow the beautiful bellflower.

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Cardinals, deep-red tubular flowers on spikes two or more feet tall, are perennials that bring magical drama to the home garden and attract hummingbirds. Learn how to grow this fiery flower.

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Columbines are perennials perfect for cut flowers with a long blooming season. Columbines grow single, double, and triple flowers in a rainbow of colors and attract hummingbirds. Learn how to tame this wildflower.

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Purple coneflowers are heat-tolerent natives that grow wild from Ohio to Georgia. These easy to grow perennials have prickly, cone-shaped heads surrounded by rose-purple or white petals. Learn to grow the purple coneflower.

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Garden phlox is an easy to grow perennial. These fragrant flowers make great border plants. Pop some color into your garden with these showy blossoms. Learn about the garden phlox.

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Several coreopsis species are popular in the garden, all of them sporting bright daisylike flowers. These perennials bloom pink, orange, and yellow flowers. Learn to grow this great drought-resistant flower.

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Coralbells, or alumroots, are a diverse group of perennials with ornamental leaves combining green, silver, and purple tones. Coralbell has white, green, or red flowers. Learn to grow this perennial flower.

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Each showy daylily, or everbloomer, flower opens, matures, and withers within 24 hours. These perennials are great container plants that prefer partial shade, especially in the South. Learn how to care for the daylily.

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Ferns are perennials grown for their ability to thrive where less-hardy plants can't. Some are evergreen, while others die down in fall and return in spring. Learn more about versatile ferns.

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Carnations, or pinks, have been popular perennials for hundreds of years. Dianthus are great in flower beds and bouquets. They come in red, white, orange, purple, and of course, pink. Learn how to grow dianthus.

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Low-growing foliage of great distinction and spring flowers make epimediums, also known as bishop's hat or barrenwort, a good choice. Flowers in soft colors sometimes bloom before plants leaf out. Learn about this shade-loving perennial.

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Yellow and red gaillardia, or blanket flowers, are daisies with serrated tips on the ray petals. These perennials are very tough and cheerful and make great cut flowers. Find out more about these hardy daisies.

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Geraniums, or crane's-bill, are clump-forming perennials that bloom in late spring or early summer. The flowers vary in color and size, but are great for rock gardens and as border plants. Learn about geraniums.

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Globe thistles are perennials that produce metallic-blue blossoms with perfectly round flower heads atop ribbed stems. The spiny-edged leaves are white and woolly underneath. Learn how to grow these blue beauties.

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Gaura is tough enough for regions with hot summers. This perennial has delicate pink or white flowers under an inch wide, in big clusters. Learn more about this drought resistant flower.

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Looking just a bit like sunflowers, heleniums, or sneezeweed, flower in the fall with huge masses of blooms on branched stems. Find out more about this cheerful perennial.

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Goat's beard, or wild spirea, is a showy perennial that comes into bloom in early autumn, producing many dramatic plumes composed of tiny, white flowers. Learn more about this easy-to-grow plant.

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Hostas, or plantain lilies, give color and texture to perennial gardens from mid-spring until mid-fall. Lilylike flowers bloom from late spring to late summer. Learn how to grow and care for hostas.

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