Perennial Gardens

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

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.

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.

Foxgloves are garden classic perennials whose large bell-shaped flowers are perfect for mass plantings. These tall plants bloom at about the same time as roses. Learn more about this foxy flower.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The foliage and seed heads of ornamental grasses help to extend the garden season through winter. These perennials usually have feathery or plumelike flowers. Learn more about ornamental grasses for the garden.

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.

Lady's mantles are perennials grown for their foliage and their unusual chartreuse flowers that are nice in bouquets. The easy to grow plants have lobed leaves of silvery gray-green. Learn about lady's mantles.

The diverse iris genus contains more than 200 distinct species and countless cultivars. You can find iris bulbs in the flower garden in a rainbow of colors. Learn more about the colorful iris.

Lavender is a perennial aromatic herb that tends to be shrubby. Flower spikes are clusters of deep purple or lavender flowers. Most are familiar with lavender bath oil, made from this flower. Learn about lavender.

Ligularia is a bold perennial for garden use. The plants bear sprays or spires of yellow or orange flowers in summer, on strong stems. Find out more about the ligularia.

Liatris, also known as blazingstars or gayfeathers, are good garden perennials. Their small fluffy florets are set along tall spikes, flowering from the top down, which makes them unusual cut flowers. Learn about liatris.

A collection of peonies in perennial bloom presents a view of exquisite, huge flowers in many colors. The peony is great in cutting gardens. Find out more about the showy flower.

Poppy flowers with silky petals are a focal point in any garden. Oriental poppies come in orange, scarlet, watermelon-pink, pale pink, and white. Find out more about this perennial flower.

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.

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, 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, 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.

Amsonia, or bluestars, are popular garden plants, and they grow wild in wooded areas and on river banks from New Jersey to Tennessee to Texas. Learn more about this easy-to-grow perennial.