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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Tips for Growing Perennials

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

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.

Alstroemeria, Lily of Peru

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.

Salvia, Meadow Sage

Salvias, or meadow sages, are perennials grown in flowerbeds. Sage is used in cooking. There are many varieties of hardiness and appearance available to gardeners. Learn about the salvia species.

Pulmonaria, Lungwort

Pulmonarias, or lungworts, are perennials that grow in difficult sites where others cannot, like sloping ground shaded by trees. Pulmonarias are great in a shade garden, wild garden, or as ground covers. Learn about lungworts.

Veronica, Speedwell

Veronica, or speedwell, is a roadside plant with pretty flowers that "speed you well." The perennial plant is good in rock gardens and as cut flowers. Learn how to grow veronica.


Yarrow is a perennial flower that is excellent in garden borders, mass plantings or as cut flowers. These small wildflowers with fern-like foliage have an intriguing connection to Greek myth. Learn about yarrow.


Primrose is a perennial flower. Gardeners enjoy its beautiful shades of colors, including red flowers, yellow flowers, purple flowers and orange flowers. Grow primrose in the outdoor garden bed or as a house plant. Learn about primrose.

Physostegia, Obedient Plant

Physostegia, or obedient plant, is a perennial flower that makes a great potted plant. It's named the obedient plant because of the way it holds its shape in flower bouquets. Grow this perennial.

Anemone, Japanese

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.

Astilbe, Garden Spirea

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, Michaelmas Daisy

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.

Balloon Flower

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, Bee Balm, Oswego-Tea

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.

Baptisia, False Indigo, Wild Indigo

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, Goldentuft

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.

Bergenia, Pigsqueak

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

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.

Brunnera, Siberian Bugloss

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, Milkweed

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, Bellflower

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.

Cardinal Flower

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.