We are often asked for perennial plants that bloom all season. We thrifty New Englanders want to get the most bang for our buck!
While there are plenty of perennials that do bloom for long periods of the season, the only plants that truly bloom all summer are annuals. The gardens we drool over in magazines are the most colorful gardens because they are a mix of perennials, shrubs, and annuals.
Think of annuals like adding a cute, seasonal accent pillow to your sofa! While they will not winter over, planted in between all the perennials, annuals will provide a burst of color all season.
Perennials are a great choice because, with the proper care and planting, they will come back in your garden from year to year. When you are shopping for perennials, it is easy to buy all the beautiful plants that are in bloom when you are at the garden center. Remember to shop for perennials that aren’t yet blooming and you’ll be sure to have great color all season long!
Our Top Perennial Picks
Creeping Phlox ‘North Hills’ – (subulata) This adorable variety has bright white flowers with a violet center for a carpet of show stopping affect on a hillside or rock wall! Blooms in early to mid Spring.
Baptisia ‘Grape Taffy’ – (False Indigo) We’re passionate for these deep purple blooms accented with a soft yellow keel. The foliage is attractive when not in bloom, it is easy to grow and requires little maintenance. Blooms late Spring to early Summer.
Astilbe ‘Delf Lace’ – (False Spirea) This is an old fashioned beauty that flowers in a soft pink with lacy burgundy edged foliage that will offer some late season color and interest even after blooms fade. Blooms early Summer.
Leucanthemum ‘Whoops-a-Daisy’ – (Shasta Daisy) You can’t help but smile at this dense clump ball of happiness! This variety features full and fluffy blooms that last from early to mid-summer. They will pair well with almost any other perennial and do well in the ground or in a container. Butterflies love them! Blooms early to mid Summer.
Allium ‘Millenium’ – (Ornamental Onion) Like a magnet for pollinators, these beauties will make for a unique addition to your garden! Blooms mid to late Summer.
Echinacea ‘Pow-Wow’ – (Coneflower) This magenta gem will put the ‘wow’ in your garden all summer long. Leave the seed heads in tact to provide winter food for the birds. Blooms mid to late Summer. Seed heads provide fall interest.
Perovskia ‘Blue Jean Baby’ (Russian Sage) It’s difficult to achieve true shades of natural blue in the garden, but this variety really delivers colorful impact right into mid-fall. Blooms mid Summer to Fall.
You’ll find all of these varieties and hundreds more, including annuals, edibles, shrubs and trees at Studley’s. View our 2020 Garden Center Inventory.
My Pro Tip: If you only visit a garden center once or twice at the beginning of the season, you are missing out on lots of great mid-summer and late summer color! Use our Plant Finder Wish Lish to keep note of all the plants you plan to collect and introduce in your garden. For the areas you want to fill or plant, make note of soil types, hours of sun, and what is planted nearby. When you visit us at the Garden Center, we can help you choose the perfect addition to your garden!
See you at Studley’s!