Perennial plants and flowers may just be my favorite layer of the 4-season landscape. With so many beautiful options to choose from, I doubt I am alone in that. From late spring through early fall, perennial plants and flowers take the spotlight in a mixed border. The “bones” of your garden will almost disappear behind the wealth of blooms they offer. Plus, they come back strong year after year, without much fuss.
My favorite perennial plants and flowers for the mixed border
Here are some examples of common and easy-to-maintain perennial plants and flowers you can try.
Daylilies are so easy to grow you’ll often find them growing in ditches and fields, escapees from gardens. Although each bloom lasts only one single day, they carry numerous buds on each scape so they continuously bloom throughout the summer. There are some 50,000 named hybrid cultivars in a range of colors, heights, forms, and flower sizes (the minis are very popular). Daylilies typically grow 1-3′ wide and produce numerous flower buds that are showy over a long period. Zones 3-8.
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Blue Queen Salvia
Echinacea Purple Coneflower
Quick Tip: If you’re enjoying my top picks of perennial plants and flowers, hop over to my post about Landscape Layering where you can find information about all 5 (yes… five) layers you should have in the mixed border.
You’re in for a treat — a bonus layer beyond perennial plants and flowers are ornamental grasses. Ornamental grasses deliver a lot of bang for the buck. They introduce exciting textures to the garden, along with movement and even sound as they rustle in the breeze. You can count on these beautiful, low-maintenance grasses to add interest to your landscape all year long.
Striped tuber oat grass
Perennial plants and flowers make up the fourth layer of the 4-season landscape. In layers 1-3 we talked about ornamental trees, evergreen shrubs, and perennial shrubs. Now that these “workhorses” are in place, perennial plants and flowers will add fun color and style to your landscape. Choose perennials plants for their seasonal flowers and colors but also consider each plant’s form, texture and color. Why? Because the flowers of your perennial plants are fleeting compared their foliage, which is usually on display for months before it dies back in the fall. Since perennial plants and flowers are smaller in size, you can really add a lot of these to your landscape plan. If you want to learn more creating a 4-season garden, check out my post about Landscape Layering or read more about my Garden Pyramid for planting success.
What are your favorite perennial plants and flowers to grow? Let me know in the comments below!
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