Plan Your Prettiest Garden Yet with this Guide to Perennial Flowers by Season
You can have a succession of color from spring to fall by choosing plants with bloom times that overlap with each other. Use these suggestions for sun and shade by season to get started.
Perennials are a must-have in your garden because of their ability to come back year after year, usually growing even stronger and more beautiful with age. But unlike annuals that can bloom non-stop for months, most perennials have a relatively short bloom season, lasting from just a few days to a few weeks. You can still ensure plenty of flowers from your perennials through the seasons by choosing varieties with staggered bloom times. And don't be afraid to pack in the plants for the best color show: Where three or four types of annuals can brighten a bed all season long, you might need a dozen different perennials to make sure something is blooming from spring to fall. Start planning your continuously blooming garden by selecting a combination of these spring, summer, and fall-blooming perennials for sun and shade.
Spring Seasonal Perennials for Shade
These spring flowers will brighten any shady area. Planted in low light, these seasonal perennials are low-maintenance and low-risk in attracting pests. You can count on these early-bloomers to kickstart your garden every spring.
Spring Seasonal Perennials for Sun
Need a little something more to liven up your sunny space? These sun-loving perennials spring back year after year with dozens of blooms and beautiful color. Equipped for growing in the hot sun, many of these pretty perennials are also tough and drought-tolerant.
Late Spring to Early Summer Seasonal Perennials for Shade
Say hello to the first days of summer with these perennials that love the shade. Bright colors and lush foliage make for exciting accents in a shady corner spot. Park a bench near your shade garden, grab a book, and relax with a view of your gorgeous perennials.
Late Spring to Early Summer Seasonal Perennials for Sun
Welcome sunny days and warm weather with plants that can beat the heat. There's plenty of variety among these low-maintenance early summer flowers, so it should be easy to choose a few that fit into your dream garden plan.
Summer Seasonal Perennials for Sun
When the heat starts to set in, it's time for hardy, drought-resistant perennials to take over. You've got dozens of choices for summer flowers that can beat the heat, so go ahead and plant as many as you can fit in your yard.
- Balloon flower (Platycodon)
- Bee balm (Monarda)
- Bellflower (Campanula)
- Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
- Blanketflower (Gaillardia)
- Blazing star (Liatris)
- Butterfly weed (Asclepias)
- Catmint (Nepeta)
- Coneflower (Echinacea)
- Evening primrose (Oenothera)
- Garden phlox (Phlox paniculata)
- Globe thistle (Echinops)
- Hardy hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos)
- Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)
- Hyssop (Agastache)
- Lavender (Lavandula)
- Lily (Lilium)
- Maltese cross (Lychnis chalcedonica)
- Meadowsweet (Filipendula)
- Mullein (Verbascum)
- Pincushion flower (Scabiosa)
- Red-hot poker (Kniphofia)
- Shasta daisy (Leucanthemum x superbum)
- Yarrow (Achillea)
Summer Seasonal Perennials for Shade
These perennials bloom in the summer but don't necessarily enjoy the sun's rays. Find a shady, cool spot in your garden for these low-maintenance plants.
Late Summer and Early Fall Seasonal Perennials for Sun
Summer is coming to an end, but autumn is just around the corner. Feel the soft, cool breeze and smell the fresh scent of these beautiful fall flowers as the leaves start to turn. Add these colors to your space to help the summer season live on just a little longer.
Late Summer and Early Fall Seasonal Perennials for Shade
The sunny days may be dissolving, but these seasonal perennials will still thrive. Enjoy a few last blooms through the changing leaves with these shade-loving fall flowering plants. These seasonal perennials will perfectly complement a fall garden color palette.