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Where kitchens are the heart of the home, gardens are the soul. Everyone love’s a bright, colorful garden that provides an essence of spring as long as possible, leading to the question I am asked most often – which plants flower all year round?
The unfortunate answer is, none of them.
Flowers are just one part of plant growth and go through cycles like everything else. But, there are a few plants that flower almost all year, or for more than one season at least, to give you that spring feeling for as long as possible.
What’s the point of planting if your plants die within weeks or months? If you’re going through all the trouble of digging up your garden you might as well plant something with a little endurance, something that’s willing to sprout all over again once the bitter winter frost has passed.
These twelve plants could very well be your next long-lasting perennial.
1. Moonbeam (Coreopsis)
If we’re being honest, this one’s first because I love its name. Moonbeam grows in clumps around one to two feet tall, they are known for their density and feature yellow flowers similar to daisies.
If you shear them in the middle of summer, you’ll promote their regrowth in the fall.
2. Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia)
This wildflower is native to Missouri and typically grows in fields, open woods, and roadsides.
It can be a bit weedy, but it blooms in a gorgeous orange to yellow hue with dark brown centers.
3. Bloody Cranesbill
Bloody Cranesbill begins to blossom in late spring and continues on into early summer.
The purple flowers contrast beautifully against the deep green foliage which will change to crimson in the fall months.
Bloody Cranesbill is a herbaceous perennial which needs regular waterings and partial to full sun.
4. Shasta Daisies
A classical pretty flower, perfect for any women’s hair, the Shasta Daisy is a larger and more robust roadside daisy.
They bloom in large clumps, up to two to three feet tall and one to two feet wide.
They return every spring or early summer depending on when you planted them and will bloom in the early fall months.
Although related to common roadside daisies, they are not an invasive species and take to cutting very well.
There are over five hundred varieties of daylilies, so some research is required to find the perfect species for your garden.
You’ll find them most in Minnesota and Florida, but they thrive in an abundance of areas.
They tolerate an impressive range of soil types, are not disturbed by pests or diseases, and bloom without fail for years without your constant hovering and attention.
6. Orion Cranesbill
A low-maintenance plant with violet flowers and deep purple veins, the Orion Cranesbill will bloom from mid-spring to early summer.
They plant best when grouped and should not be pruned until it has flowered. If you live in a particularly deer-infested area, this plant is not their favorite.
I won’t say it repels them, but it is doubtful your four-legged friends will munch on them. It has many good landscaping qualities and can be planted in containers and along borders.
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