Enjoy an unbeatable floral show without having to do a ton of work.

By Sheryl Geerts
Updated February 12, 2021
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Overlapping bloom times is the secret to nearly nonstop color in this easy-care summer garden plan. The low-maintenance perennials in this design produce a palette of pink, purple, yellow, and white flowers from spring to fall, but shine brightest during the warmest months. And when one variety finishes flowering, another takes its place. Plants with staying power such as yarrow and daylily help bridge any bloom gaps. You’ll even get an encore from the reblooming iris when it produces a second flush of pristine white flowers in late summer after its first show in spring. Site this plan in full sun for maximum blooms.

Easy-Care Summer Garden Plan
Credit: Illustration by Gary Palmer

Plants for Creating the Easy-Care Summer Garden Plan

  • 3 Catmint (Nepeta × faassenii): Zones 4-9
  • 2 Daylily (Hemerocallis ‘Johnny One Note’): Zones 3-10
  • 1 Bearded iris (Iris ‘Immortality’): Zones 4-9
  • 2 Perennial geranium (Geranium Rozanne): Zones 5-9
  • 2 Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea ‘Merlot’): Zones 3-9
  • 2 Blazing star (Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’): Zones 4-9
  • 1 Yarrow (Achillea millefolium ‘Summerwine’): Zones 3-10
  • 3 Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicfolia): Zones 4-9
  •  2 Perennial sunflower (Helianthus multiflorus 'Flore Pleno'): Zones 4-9
  • 2 Feather reedgrass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora): Zones 4-9

If you aren't able to find the exact cultivars listed above, substitute with others that have similar colors, shapes, and sizes. And because some plants can become overly aggressive and spread out of control in certain climates, always check which species are considered invasive in your area before planting.

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