Now that spring has officially sprung, it’s time to talk garden design. Maybe you’re working with a blank slate like I am, or perhaps you need to fill in a few spaces in your existing garden. Maybe you’re just looking for something low-maintenance and cost-effective to spruce up your yard and make it look like you have your life together. Whatever it is, do yourself a favour and head straight for the perennial flowers in your local plant shop or by some fresh seeds online.
What makes perennial flowers such a good choice for your sustainable home garden? You can read seven sensible reasons why perennial flowers are a gardener’s best friend right here.
Now, let’s talk options.
There are so many beautiful and easy-to-grow perennial flowers to choose from. The most important things to consider are when you want your blooms, if you have the right growing conditions for certain species, and which varieties are native to your area. When given the option, always go for native species because these are what will naturally grow best in your gardening zone.
Top Perennial Flowers That Flourish Year After Year
Asters are late bloomers, providing beneficial pollinators like bees and butterflies with a last source of nectar before winter.
I love them for their standout spring colour in autumn when everything is turning shades of brown, red, yellow, and orange.
2. Black-Eyed Susan
The vibrant yellow petals and black “eye” of this perennial flower last from mid-summer all the way to late autumn. They’re a great choice for your low-maintenance perennial flower garden.
They’re also another pollinator-friendly pick. They attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects.
3. Bleeding Heart
This is one of the most striking perennial flowers you can plant in any garden. My grandmother had a bleeding heart plant when I was young and to watch it bloom and grow year after year was mesmerizing.
You don’t need a sunny yard to grow these beauties, either. They thrive in shady spots and partially shady areas.
There is a reason you see so many hostas hanging around in Canadian gardens. They are inexpensive and basically fool-proof plants that provide good ground coverage and beautiful blooms year after year.
They are also early risers in the spring and hang in there until the fall months and do well in both sun and shade.
Hydrangea flowers form into bountiful bouquets that look like they’re straight from a fairy tale. They commonly come in pinks, purples, and whites and can grow quite large over the years.
These perennial flowers have been on my wish list for years. Now that we have a house of our own, you better believe I’m getting my hand on at least a few of these this growing season.
You can plant lily bulbs in autumn and enjoy their colourful blooms once spring hits. Most varieties, including the popular tiger lily, are very hardy so they’re great for beginner gardeners. Just make sure to plant them in full sun or they will grow wonky while reaching for light.
Daisies compliment any wildflower garden design, but remember, they will multiply over the years and, like black-eyed susans, could take over if you’re not careful to cut them back. If you’re planning to split your daisy plants, do so at the beginning or the end of the growing season, not in between.
Bloom time for these popular perennial flowers extends all the way from spring to autumn.
8. Purple Coneflower
Also known as echinacea, these purple blooms can be used to make cold-preventing tea. They’re also a natural addition to any pollinator-friendly home garden.
Plant along a sun-filled fence line or in the back row of your wildflower or medicinal garden.
One of the coolest things about these delicate-looking blossoms is that you can find them in early, mid, and late blooming varieties. This means you can stagger their presence in your perennial flower garden and appreciate their beauty for several seasons throughout the year.
10. Morning Glory
This creeping bush grows best along sunny fence lines and trellis’. Just make sure the sun is on your side of the fence, less you want to decorate your neighbour’s yard or the street side with blooms, which absolutely happened to me the first year I grew morning glory.
You can find these striking flowers colours including pink, lilac, blue, red, and a deep purple that adds an element of drama to your perennial flower garden.
I’m convinced there’s a rose for everyone. From big bushes to climbing vines to mini bloomers, it really shouldn’t be hard to find a rose to fall in love with. You can find some that bloom in summer and others that will decorate your gardenscape throughout fall.
They come in soft colours like pink and peach and bold hues like orange and crimson.
Yarrow flowers are small and delicate clusters that add a soft touch to warm and sunny garden spots. They bloom in late spring and early summer.
The plant itself can also be used in natural remedies ranging from headache and pain-relief to reducing inflammation and helping to heal wounds.
Whatever your garden design, there is always room for perennial flowers. You can start them from seeds a few weeks before the last frost and/or find greenhouse grown seedlings at the local garden centre.