Keep the Color Coming! Best Perennials for a Summer-Long Bloom

After our cold and colorless winters, the arrival of spring can feel like Dorothy’s step into Oz. Stunning displays of tulips, daffodils, and crocuses are nature’s way of saying, “We made it!”

But, as quickly as the colors arrive, they can fade. By mid-summer, those vibrant hues are often just a memory. However, with the proper selection of perennial plants and flowers, you can keep your garden’s color canvas vibrant well into the season.

Here are some plants to help you extend nature’s color show.

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Black-Eyed Susan

  • What: Known for its bright yellow petals and dark brown center, the Black-Eyed Susan is a hardy plant that thrives in full sun and well-drained soil.
  • Pro Tip: Deadhead spent blooms to encourage continuous flowering. Once established, this plant is drought-tolerant, making it low-maintenance.

Coneflower

  • What: With its daisy-like flowers in shades of pink, purple, and white, the coneflower is a favorite for attracting butterflies and bees.
  • Pro Tip: Plant in full sun and provide moderate water. Coneflowers are also excellent for cut flowers, adding a touch of summer beauty indoors.

Phlox

  • What: Phlox produces large clusters of fragrant flowers in various colors, including pink, purple, red, and white.
  • Pro Tip: Plant in full sun to partial shade. Ensure good air circulation to prevent mildew and water at the base to keep foliage dry.

Daylilies

  • What: These tough perennials come in various colors, from yellow and orange to pink and red. Each bloom lasts only a day, but each stem can produce multiple flowers.
  • Pro Tip: Daylilies prefer full sun and well-drained soil. Deadhead regularly to promote new blooms.

Sedum

  • What: Also known as stonecrop, sedum is a succulent that produces clusters of tiny, star-shaped flowers in late summer and fall.
  • Pro Tip: Plant in full sun and ensure good drainage. Sedum is also an excellent choice for rock gardens and borders.

Lavender

  • What: Lavender is loved for its fragrant purple-blue flowers and silvery-green foliage. It attracts pollinators like bees and butterflies, and its soothing scent makes it a favorite for aromatherapy and dried flower arrangements.
  • Pro Tip: Plant lavender in full sun with well-drained soil. Once established, it’s drought-tolerant and benefits from occasional pruning to promote new growth. Avoid overwatering, as lavender prefers slightly dry conditions.

Your Plants Need Love and Care.

Enrich the soil with compost before planting to improve drainage and fertility. Water new plants thoroughly and moisten the soil until they are established. Apply mulch to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.

But Don’t Overdo It!
Feed perennials with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring, but avoid over-fertilizing. Watch for pests like aphids and spider mites, using organic insecticidal soap or neem oil if needed. Ensure proper spacing and air circulation to prevent fungal diseases.
Happy gardening!

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