Learn about 10 long blooming perennials that work well in many garden environments and zones so you can have color in the garden all season long.
Doesn't everyone want plants that bloom for a long time in the garden? Here are some of my favorite garden perennial flowers and one favorite shrub that bloom for months in my garden.
Many come in a variety of colors, are easy to grow, and are low maintenance. They do enjoy full sun but some can grow well in part shade. Best of all because they are perennials they will come back year after year.
Easy Long Blooming Perennials to Grow
The first of this wonderful list of long-blooming plants is Coreopsis 'Moonbeam.' This variety has been around for a long time, and there are so many new varieties available.
Watch out, you may become addicted. Many are shades of gold. However, I know of at least one that is a rosy pink, and recently I saw a gorgeous deep burgundy colored one.
You can grow salvias in a range of colors. The image above is one of my favorites called May Night and was crowned Perennials of the Year in 1997. Not a fan of purple? You can find other salvias in colors of white, pink, and red.
It's another deer resistant plant that pollinators love.
Nepeta racmosa aka Catmint
I love the gray-green foliage with lavender purple flowers of catmint. It starts blooming in late spring, and early summer and continues until frost. A hardy perennial, catmint fills in a space well and can be cut back mid-season to produce more flowers.
Works well in flower arrangements, and it's deer resistant. This variety is called 'Walker's Low.'
Hardy Geranium 'Sanguineum'
This is a perennial geranium not to be confused with the showy annual geraniums sold in nurseries. I personally have about a dozen different varieties and have written about them in Cuckoo for Cranesbills. They have a beautiful sprawling habit you find in cottage gardens.
This magenta colored one is Geranium Sanguineum also known as Bloody Cranesbill. This tough guy self-seeds and shows up all over the place in the garden.
Hardy Geranium 'Orion'
Here's another hardy geranium in with pretty violet-blue flowers called 'Orion.' So far it has not shown itself as a self-seeder but comes back readily in its spot every year.
Another variety, Geranium Rozanne, is often sold in nurseries and was named Perennial of the Year in 2008.
Leucanthemum superbum aka Shasta Daisy
Shasta daisies are very common perennials and one of the easiest to grow. Sometimes the foliage starts to look a little ratty in late summer but the flowers keep on going. An obvious choice for cut flowers, and one that does well in many soil conditions.
Lychnis coronaria aka Rose Campion
Rose campion shows up all over the garden. Don't worry it's super easy to pull up, and quite frankly you probably won't want to unless you are growing a formal garden, and then you probably wouldn't plant it anyway. Another great cut flower, so bright and striking with fuchsia blooms and velvety gray-green leaves.
Achillea millefolium aka Yarrow
This white yarrow was here when we purchased the property. I believe it is the original common form and I've moved it all over the place. This one will grow anywhere and the butterflies and bees love it. Yarrow comes in a number of colors including gold and shades of pink. Yarrow flowers also dry well so you can enjoy them all year round in arrangements and wreaths.
Achillea millefolium 'Pretty Woman'
There are many pretty colored yarrows. The is a newer variety called 'Pretty Woman.' They are beautiful but not quite as hardy as the white.
Perovskia atriplicifolia aka Russian Sage
Another good one to dry is this Russian Sage. This pretty perennial with purple flowers is also drought tolerant, but not a fan of wet feet. Some varieties can reach upwards of four feet but this one is 'Little Spire,' a dwarf variety, which only grows to around two feet.
Echinacea purpurea aka Purple Coneflower
One of my first loves, this beauty with bright pink flowers is an Eastern North American native perennial. It grows very well for me here in Pennsylvania. That is if I can keep the rodents away long enough to get it established. They love to eat new spring growth.
This is the common purple coneflower variety with daisy-like flowers. It's easily grown from seed, however, you would not believe the new hybrids that come out every year. Check out this fabulous gallery from HGTV.
Lady's Mantle is a wonderful long flowering perennial for the front of the border. The bright chartreuse blossoms look really pretty in flower arrangements for your summer entertaining or just to bring a little outside beauty indoors.
Rudbeckia aka Black-Eyed Susan
Black-eyed Susan daisy-like blooms will last all summer and into the fall. Great as a cut flower, the variety above was named Perennial of the Year for 2023.
More long blooming plants not pictured here:
Here are some more perennial plants that have a long bloom period from June through September.
- Campanula aka Bellflower
- Gaillardia aka Blanket Flower
- Veronica aka Speedwell
- Garden Phlox
If you love flowers, this list of long blooming perennials is great for beginning gardeners and will allow you to enjoy flowers all season long.