A list of perennial flowers for sun and shade. The best types of perennials for every garden. Perennial plant care tips. Buy orange, yellow, pink, and red flowering plants that bloom in spring, summer, and fall.
Flowering perennials play many roles in the landscape. High-voltage colors like red and orange electrify a planting while cool blues and whites lend an air of sophistication to garden borders.
Those who find making decisions about color combinations challenging can design beautiful perennial gardens around a single color. The subtle variations in flower shade and foliage textures keep these schemes interesting.
The plants featured here display a wide variety of growth habits. There are spreading ground covers to help you create a colorful carpet in sun or shade, tall, bold perennials to draw attention to the back of a bed, and a host of easy-care perennials you can plant just about anywhere.
No matter what climate you live in, you'll find plants on this list of perennial flowers that will flourish in your yard.
Orange Perennials for Sale:
'Julia' Coneflowers grow to a height of 24". They produce their daisy flowers from spring through fall in zones 4-8.
The 'Primal Scream' Daylily measures about 3' to the top of its bloom stalk. This summer bloomer performs best in zones 3-9.
At 3' tall, 'Orange Perfection' Phlox is perfect for the middle of the border. Plant it in zones 3-7.
Pink Perennials for Sale:
'Siskiyou Pink' Gaura is a clump forming perennial that will spread to 3' wide. Pink blooms appear on whispy 2' stalks from spring through fall in zones 5-9.
'Birthday Party' is a 7" dwarf Sedum that blooms big! Its 5" flower clusters obliterate the purplish foliage from late summer until the first freeze. Plant this drought tolerant butterfly attractant in zones 4-9.
The flower spikes of 'Candy Mountain' Foxglove sport unique upward-facing cups which puts their, normally hidden, spotted throats on full display! Expect it to reach 3-4' heights when planted in full sun to part shade in zones 4-9.
Digitalis foxglove plants are available in a variety of other colors and heights.
Yellow Perennials for Sale:
Echinacea 'Daydream' produces its fragrant blooms on stiff 2' stalks. A beautiful, deer resistant perennial for the late summer garden in zones 4-9.
Echinacea flowers in several other colors.
'Banana Cream' is the most delicious of Shasta Daisies. Its flower petals open the color of cream pie and intensify as they age! Compact growth to less than 2' make this a great perennial plant to use in container gardens. Grow this summer garden treat outdoors in zones 5-9.
'Etain' is a long flowering perennial violet featuring big blooms (1.75") on very small (8") plants. The fragrant petals of the old fashioned blooms are a soft butter yellow edged in lavender.
Unlike most violets, 'Etain' is clump forming. Plant it in USDA zones 5-8.
Purple Perennials for Sale:
'Eveline' is a full sun perennial for the front of the border. Its purple bloom spikes add color to the summer garden; its leaves turn purple in the fall. Tolerates dry soil in zones 4-9.
'Venosa Violacea' is a unique Clematis with flower petals colored purple and white. Plant it on a trellis or let is scramble through a climbing rose in zones 4-9.
Blue Perennials for Sale:
Plant 'Summer Nights' where its navy blooms can be appreciated up close. This dwarf Delphinium performs best in zones 3-7.
Speedwell 'Georgia Blue' is a fantastic perennial ground cover in zones 4-9. In addition to electric blue spring flowers, it features ever-changing foliage.
The leaves start out reddish in spring, turn green for summer, and finish the season a beautiful bronze color.
'Blue Ice' is a compact-growing Amsonia adorned with light blue star-shaped spring flower clusters. This hard working plant provides a second color display in the fall when its bright green leaves turn yellow.
Other Blue Perennials:
Lupins - also available in red, yellow, white, and orange
Buy White Perennials:
'Ice Carnival' is a 32" (when blooming) tall, fragrant daylily for full to part sun locations in zones 3-9.
'Double Jewel' is a compact, heat tolerant perennial Geranium for zones 4-8. It will accept dry soil when grown in semi-shade. When planting it in full sun, keep it hydrated.
Campanula 'White Clips' adds a splash of bright white to the garden from spring through late summer. At less than a foot tall, it makes a great edger in zones 3-8.
Buy Red Perennials:
'Luna Red' is a hardy dinner plate Hibiscus that will add tropical sizzle to northern landscapes. For best flowering, give it full sun and moist soil in zones 4-9.
'Lord Baltimore' is a bright red cultivar.
The rich red blooms of Dicentra 'Burning Hearts' dangle from the plant's curved stems like necklace pendants. This is one of the prettiest long blooming perennial flowers you can plant in shady zone 5-9 gardens.
Some of the most beautiful perennial flower plants thrive in shade. You can install shade-tolerant plants under trees and create a woodland retreat. Use these plants to brighten up those, sometimes, drab north-facing spots that all gardeners struggle with.
A List of Perennial Flowers for Shade:
Allegheny Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)
Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum)
Siberian Bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla)
When planting perennials in dry soil it is best to prepare the bed by working in a two inch layer of organic compost prior to installing the plants. Then, only site drought tolerant plants in that area. One water hog will steal all available moisture from the others jeopardizing the whole scheme.
A List of Perennial Flowers for Dry Soil:
Yarrow (Achillea hybrids)
Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro)
Gayfeather (Liatris scariosa)
Sea Lavender (Limonium latifolium)
Spring perennials provide us that long awaited first burst of color at the start of each growing season. The flower colors of spring bloomers range from the delicate to the flamboyant.
Be sure to plant several drifts of these around your landscape so you won't have to wait a minute longer than necessary for spring to begin.
A List of Perennnial Flowers that Bloom in Spring:
Winter Pansies (Viola x wittrockiana)
The golden yellow and deep red flowers of these plants herald the season as clearly as a crisp fall breeze. Fall's palette is richer than spring's, more subtle than summer's but no less satisfying.
These plants will help you savor the last few weeks of the growing season and end the gardening year on a high note.
A List of Perennial Flowers to Illuminate the Garden in Autumn:
Mexican Bush Sage (Salvia leucantha)
Late Season Coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea)
'Autumn Joy' Sedum