Perennials Bloom All Season in This Easy Summer Garden Plan

Enjoy an unbeatable floral show with very little work.

The secret to nearly nonstop color in this easy-care summer garden plan is overlapping bloom times. The low-maintenance perennials in this design produce a palette of pink, purple, yellow, and white flowers from spring into fall, but they're at their brightest during the warmest months. When one variety finishes flowering, another takes its place, while plants with staying power, such as yarrow and daylily, help bridge any gaps. You'll even get a post-spring encore in late summer when the reblooming iris produces a second flush of pristine white flowers. For maximum color, site this plan in full sun.

Easy-Care Summer Garden Plan
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 reed grass (Calamagrostis x acutiflora): Zones 4-9

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

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