While annual flowers are lovely for a burst of color during the summer, many gardeners find perennial plants to be more rewarding. In addition to giving the gardener a break from replanting every year, flowering perennials give gardens a sense of consistency, reintroducing beloved blooms year after year.
Daffodils (Narcissus spp.) are early indicators of spring, often blooming at the tail end of winter. These popular perennials have fleshy green foliage topped with lily-like blooms that are usually a combination of white with yellow or orange, though there are literally thousands of daffodil cultivars in circulation. Daffodils are sensitive to sunlight and do best in sunshine in the morning with filtered sunlight in the afternoon. Soil should be well drained and neutral or acidic. Daffodils make wonderful cut bouquets, and many varieties are quite fragrant.
The Black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia hirta) has a lot to offer a garden: striking blooms, low care requirements and the ability to draw butterflies into the garden. The plant has sturdy green foliage and deep yellow flowers accented by brown, eye-like centers. Native to much of the United States, the plant thrives in many different soils and environments. The drought-tolerant plant grows best in full, bright sunlight in soils that are well drained.
White Ginger Lily
White ginger lily (Hedychium coronarium), also called garland flower, is a tall-growing tropical perennial that can reach heights of 7 feet. The plant boasts fleshy green leaves and striking white blooms that attract crowds of butterflies. Ginger lily is easy to grow, though as a tropical plant it won't tolerate heavy frosts. The plant grows well in full sun to partial shade in rich, moderately moist soils. The stiff stems make ginger lily an excellent cut flower.