Perennials are plants that come back every year. The term perennial is derived from the Latin word “perennis” which means to last or endure. Perennials are considered the backbone of a garden because they offer an ever-changing landscape and can be used in many different ways. Here, we have compiled a list of our favorite perennials for you to consider adding to your own garden
1. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia):
Lavender is a perennial plant in the mint family and is often used in cooking and medicine. It has many uses and is wonderful in the garden! The lavender gives off a sweet smell that can be calming at times, but also very invigorating when you need it to be. Beautiful perennial flowers provide brilliant color around your yard for an extended period of time. Not only do they add color with their flowers, but the attractive gray-green foliage adds texture and beauty as well.
2. Lily (Lilium spp.):
There are several types of lilies; we prefer Oriental hybrids because they last longer than most other types of lilies. Their tall spike flowers provide a wonderful fragrance and look spectacular when planted in groups. Oriental hybrids are perfect for borders, mass plantings, and even as a cut flower. They work great individually as well as clustered together to create stunning arrangements near your home or patio area.
3. Spider Flower (Cleome hasslerana):
These large blooms resemble wildflowers and grow extremely fast! They also have a two-tone coloring that offers several colors at one time–red with yellow striping or purple with pink striping. The blooms seem to effortlessly slide down the tall stems towards the ground which makes this flower truly beautiful and different from any other flower we’ve seen before!
4. Daylily (Hemerocallis spp.):
We love the daylily perennial flowers for their durability and long-lasting blooms. Daylilies grow well in most soils and can be planted just about anywhere. They are low-maintenance flowers which is something we look at when selecting perennials for our garden! The flowers come in a variety of colors ranging from bright yellow to orange, red, pink, purple, white, even two-tone varieties. Each flower lasts one day but by the next morning, there will be another bud opening up with a new flower waiting to greet you–a truly amazing plant!
5. Coleus (Solenostemon scutellarioides):
This ornamental plant is simply stunning when grown outdoors in your landscape or indoors as a potted plant. Leaves come in all shapes, sizes, and colors with distinguishing veins and ribs that make coleus very unique and popular among gardeners. The flowers stand upright on the tall stems like little stars producing a wonderful fragrance that is not overwhelming or obnoxious at all!
6. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium):
Many people call yarrow the “filler” of the garden because it can be used to fill any empty spaces with color and texture. This flower blooms most of the summer providing consistent color with its delicate white flowers speckled with green foliage. We love this plant for its ability to attract butterflies and honeybees which we consider bonus points!
7. Lantana (Lantana camera):
Hardly recognizable for its small, daisy-like flowers that are bright orange with dark centers. The lantana provides the perfect pop of color when you need it most giving your garden a boost. It works great planted in groups to allow the colors to blend together and provide an even more dramatic look in your yard!
8. Mexican Anise (Illicium parviflorum)
This fragrant perennial plant has wonderful foliage, interesting branches, and fragrant white blossoms which attract butterflies and hummingbirds alike. The anise holds up very well during hot summer days providing just the right amount of shade for any area it is planted in. Since this plant can be grown indoors or outdoors it’s the perfect choice for most gardens!
9. Butterfly Bush (Buddleia davidii):
This plant has very attractive perennial flowers which are not only colorful but quite fragrant as well. The butterfly bush is easy to grow and thrives in full sunlight areas which makes it perfect for your landscape or container garden. These striking perennial flowers can be grown year after year making them one of our favorite perennials you’ll love to have in your garden!
10. Hollyhock (Alcea rosea):
We really enjoy hollyhocks because they are so flexible when it comes to planting them throughout your yard or into containers along your home’s foundation. They are fast-growing flowering plants that offer a huge variety of colors ranging from pinkish to red, white to yellow, orange to purple–we’ve never had a problem finding one that didn’t match the rest of the plants perfectly!
Perennial flowers are the best choice for almost any garden. They come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, so there is something to suit every person’s tastes. Perennials require little maintenance once they have been planted; some species even die back during winter months (although this may be undesirable) while others will re-sprout from their roots after being cut down by frost or drought conditions.