Learn about ten long-blooming plants, including shrubs and perennials, that perform well in a variety of garden settings and provide color throughout the season.
Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’ is the first in this excellent selection of long-blooming plants. This kind has been around for quite some time, and there are several new variants to choose from.
You should be cautious since you can get hooked. Many of them are gold in color. However, I am aware of at least one that is a rosy pink, and I just saw one that is a stunning deep burgundy hue.
‘Invincibelle Spirit’ Hydrangea arborescens
It’s not the same as the lovely blue mopheads, but it’s cold hardy, blooms profusely, and comes in a pink version as well. ‘Invincibelle Spirit’ is the name of this kind.
‘Annabelle’ Hydrangea arborescens
The original white color scheme. For sturdier flowers, cut it back in the spring. Don’t worry, there will be enough. They have a lovely green tint when they first bloom, and they also produce a lovely dried hydrangea flower.
Hemerocallis, often known as Daylily
This all-summer blooming has a rainbow of hues. It has been bred several times to achieve some spectacular color combinations.
Catmint (Nepeta racmosa)
Catmint has a gray-green foliage with lavender blooms that I like. My cat like it as well. This hardy perennial fills in beautifully and may be pruned back to produce new blooms in the middle of the season.
It’s deer resistant and looks great in flower arrangements. ‘Walker’s Low’ is the name of this cultivar.
Geranium ‘Sanguineum’ is a hardy Geranium variety.
Not to be confused with the showy annual geraniums sold in nurseries, this is a perennial geranium. Cuckoo for Cranesbills details my own collection of roughly a dozen distinct kinds.
Geranium Sanguineum, popularly known as Bloody Cranesbill, is a magenta-colored plant. This hardy chap self-seeds and appears in the garden all over the place.
‘Orion’ is a hardy Geranium.
‘Orion,’ a hardy geranium with a lovely blue hue, is another option. It hasn’t proved itself to be a self-seeder yet, but it returns year after year to the same area.
Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum superbum)
Shasta daisies are a popular perennial that is also one of the simplest to cultivate. Late in the summer, the leaves begins to appear a touch ragged, but the blooms continue to bloom. It’s an easy option for cut flowers, and it thrives in a variety of soil types.
Rose Campion, Lychnis coronaria
Rose campion may be seen growing wild in the garden. It’s simple to pull up, and you probably won’t want to unless you’re cultivating a formal garden, in which case you definitely wouldn’t want to plant it anyhow. Another beautiful cut flower that stands out in the garden.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
When we bought the house, there was a white yarrow on the grounds. I think that’s the original common form, and I’ve moved it about a lot. This one will thrive in any environment. Yarrow is available in a variety of hues, including gold and pink tones. Yarrow flowers dry nicely, so you may use them in arrangements and wreaths all year.
‘Pretty Woman’ Achillea millefolium
Yarrows come in a variety of colors. A newer variation dubbed ‘Pretty Woman’ is available. They’re lovely, but they’re not as tough as the white.
Russian Sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia)
This Russian Sage is also a nice one to dry. This lovely perennial is drought resistant but dislikes damp feet. Some types may grow to be four feet tall, but this one is a dwarf variety called ‘Little Spire,’ which only grows to be around two feet tall.
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Last but not least, this Eastern North American native is one of my earliest loves. It thrives in my garden in Pennsylvania. That is, if I can keep the rats out long enough to develop it. They gorge themselves on fresh spring growth. This is the most popular kind, which can be produced from seed, but you wouldn’t believe how many new hybrids are released each year.
There are a few other long-blooming plants that aren’t shown here:
If you adore flowers, this list of long-blooming plants is ideal for new gardeners since it allows you to enjoy blossoms throughout the season.