Long Blooming Perennials


Perennials are a low maintenance choice for landscape borders. Plant them once and they come back year after year. Here is some guidance for choosing and using flowering perennials with long bloom times. Selecting different types of perennials is the key to having a variety of interesting plants in flower all season.


Here are 6 easy steps for growing a perennial garden.

  1. First choose a large open location, that will provide full sun, partial sun, and full shade.
  2. Remember to sketch a plan for your garden.
  3. Choose plants that have varying heights to add excitement to your garden like ornamental grasses.
  4. Dig the bed and amend the soil with a rich compost. Rake the soil out smoothly.
  5. Place the plants, giving them plenty of space to grow. Plant them as deep as the pot, not any deeper. Remember that perennials grow year after year so they will need room to grow.
  6. Finally, mulch your perennials, to conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and unify the look of your garden.

If you are looking for perennials that do well in the shade, this video has some suggestions.

With so much focus on outdoor living and container gardening, utilizing these dynamic perennials will add excitement to the patio, deck, landscape or in raised planters mixed with shrubs, ornamental grasses, annuals or even tropical plants. It only takes a few minutes of time and minimal effort to gain incredible colour all season.