Perennial Gardens

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

Perennials include a beautiful variety of vivid flowers and foliage. This article will show you how to plant and care for perennials, and inspire creative approaches to displaying these wonderful plants in your garden.

Black cohosh, a towering 8-foot perennial, provides summertime shade and works well as a 'starry" backdrop for gardens when in bloom. Learn more about black cohosh and garden perennials in this article.

Alstroemerias, or lilies of Peru, are lilylike perennials with trumpet-shaped flowers. Flowers come in pink, rose, purple, yellow, cream, orange, and white and are great in garden containers and flowerbeds. Learn about these showy flowers.

The Japanese anemone's name comes from the Greek word for wind. Its showy flowers can reach a height of four to five feet. Find out more about this poppylike perennial.

Beautiful perennials for the garden, the astilbes, or garden spireas, available today are usually the result of hybridization. Color may be white, pink, lavender, or cranberry. Learn how to grow this versatile flower.

Aster, or michaelmas daisy, is a North American flower that grows in wayside places with no care at all. You'll find garden asters in many sizes and colors. Find out about these perennial flowers.

The unopened flowers of platycodons resemble hot-air balloons, for which they are named. The buds of these perennials open to bell-shaped flowers in pink, blue, and white. Learn about the balloon flower.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Butterfly weed, or milkweed, is a native American wildflower at home in both the wild garden and the perennial border. This flower attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Find out more butterfly weed.

Chrysanthemums are highly variable members of the daisy clan, numbering more than 200 species of ornamental plants. This perennial's leaves are typically divided and aromatic. Find out more about chrysanthemums.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.