The Best Perennials For Year-Round Blooming
How can you pick the best perennials out of so many lovely choices? These were chosen for their exceptional bloom power and dependability.
How To Choose The Best Perennials
How do you choose from the numerous beautiful perennials available in garden centers? Begin by selecting plants that will thrive in your growing conditions, such as those that will survive the winter in your growing zone, thrive in your garden beds, and attract pollinators.
If you have a deer problem in your shade garden, hellebore is the perennial for you. These evergreen perennials are often overlooked by four-legged critters, but their early spring flowers will be among the first to welcome pollinating bees back into your garden. Because they bloom during the Christian season of Lent, hellebores are also known as Lenten Roses.
Consider them to be plants that grow in the woods. They thrive in loose, organic soils and partial to full shade, and in Zones 4 to 9, they can even tolerate dry shade. There are single-flowered and double-flowered varieties available.
Tall Garden Phlox
Tall garden phlox is a classic cottage garden perennial that provides height to sunny gardens and attracts butterflies in Zones 3–8. From midsummer to late summer, many stand hip-high and yield enormous, fragrant clusters of pink, red, purple, or white blooms. While previous cultivars were prone to powdery mildew, modern varieties such as 'Glamour Girl' and 'Jeana' have proven to be significantly more resistant.
Tall garden phlox can grow and bloom in as little as four hours of sunlight, but it will thrive in a more sunny location.
Cranesbill types like 'Rozanne' (pictured here) are great for low-maintenance landscaping because they only need watering to grow. Although 'Rozanne' is hardy in Zones 5 to 8, there are perennial geraniums that can withstand the cold winters of Zone 3.
Deer and rabbits are deterred from browsing by fragrant leaves, while pollinating bees love the summer blossoms. Most only bloom for a few weeks, whereas 'Rozanne' blooms for months, from early summer to late autumn. Perennial geraniums can be used as a filler in the centre or front of the border, where they will produce a wide, low area in sun or part shade.
Catmint, a hardy perennial that produces blossoms that pollinating bees and butterflies like every year in late spring, is one of the few hardy perennials that offers so much beauty for so little work. From midsummer until fall, a short shearing of the fallen blooms can let it blossom again. This plant requires full light and well-drained soil to grow. It thrives in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 3 to 8, according to the USDA.
Catmint (Nepeta) is not a type of mint (Mentha) and is well-behaved in the garden, despite its common name. To create a clean edge for your vegetable garden or flower bed, look for miniature types like 'Purrsian Blue' (pictured here) and 'Cat's Pajamas.'