This is the perfect time to pretty up your spring garden with some perennial flowers. Thinking about what to plant? Here are 7 flowers that would make your garden pretty when summer arrives.

Perennial flowers bloom year after year once you plant them. They could add spectacular colors to your garden and green spaces. Different perennials bloom at different times, so you can very easily have a dynamic garden season after season. Here are 7 perennial flowers you could try this spring.

1. Blanket Flower

Blanket flower (gaillardia) is a heat tolerant wild perennial flower that does well in the sunny areas. They are excellent for providing a colorful border for your garden pool side. These flowers look similar to sunflowers, with yellow, gold, red or brown shades. They are usually 3 inches in diameter, with double or single petals. Flowers will bloom all through late spring, summer and fall. They are easy to grow and will flower the first year from seeds. Plant sizes vary from 10-12 inch high dwarfs plants to as tall as 24-30 inches of some tall varieties.

2. Paeonia, Sorbet

These are large colorful flowers with pink and ivory petals. They are admired for their double bloom and fragrance that could easily become the star of your garden. These plants do well in full or part sun and grow up to 3 feet tall, with 5-7 inches of double bloom flowers.

3. Ruffled Velvet Siberian Irismexican-sunflower-514801_1280

Ruffled Velvet Siberian Iris blooms in late spring and early summer with butterfly-like flowers. They come in many hues and shades, including purple, yellow, pink and white. They are an easy and trouble-free group, forming clumps of grassy foliage, excellent for lining your pond or your water garden.

4. Elegant Candy Daylily

Elegant Candy is a re-blooming flower that blooms all season long. These are bright colored, sun loving flowers with pink and yellow shades and a red eye zone. Flowers are about 4 inches in diameter and the plants normally grow to 25 inches tall. They do well in full sun or partial shade. They need well drained, well fertilized soil rich in organic matter. Divide the plants as they age and as they flower to keep your flowers growing. Cut leaves down if you divide plants later in the season.

5. Perennial Sunflower

Perennial Sunflowers are one of my personal favorites. They are great long blooming garden flowers. Sunflower seeds are also used for several purposes, including producing oil from their seeds. There are several types of perennial sunflower species available in the market, but the most common type is the daisy like yellow and gold flowers with a center disk. The appearance can vary depending on the type of flower you get. Most types will bloom their best in full sun.

Some of the common species of perennial sunflower:mount-fuji-580578_1280

  • Capenoch Star
  • Loddon Gold
  • Beach sunflower
  • Swamp sunflower
  • Maximilian’s sunflower

6. Veronica

Veronica is a spectacular spike like flower that grows on top of 12- to 24-inch plants. They come in a variety of different shades of purple, blue or red colors. They bloom from early summer through fall. They like the sun if you live up North but in the South states they prefer the shade. Plant these perennial flowers in the front of your garden.

7. Russian Sage

Russian sage is kind of an exotic plant because it was imported from Central Asia and was tailor-made for Colorado’s climate and growing conditions. It thrives in our dry and bright climate and in alkaline soil. With their tall thin wands of lavender or blue flowers and silvery foliage, Russian sage could play an important role in your summer and fall gardens. Foot-long panicles of flowers bloom for many weeks. They need good drainage and full sun, although a little shade won’t hurt them.

honorary-award-393195_1280A garden full of flowers can really do wonders for your home especially when you plant and design your garden yourself. This summer, make your garden stand out with some of these perennial flowers and become a center of attraction for your friends, family and neighbors. It would surely give you a great opportunity to get together and enjoy some outdoor fun.

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Source: Nourish the Planet

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