Perennial Flowers for Borders

Perennial flowers require a one-time planting, creating a low maintenance flower variety. Perennial flowers are ideal flanking a garden walkway, perennial border and providing color to the garden. Keep in mind the perennials maximum height and width when planting within the border. Have fun choosing those plants that complement each other and surrounding flora when designing the bed.

October Skies Aster

October skies aster (Aster oblongifolius "October Skies") is a perennial flower with a moderate growth rate and bushy, low-growing habit. Blooming in fall, the dark-blue flowers emerge in masses to cover the plant with the daisy-like blooms. The blue to purple rays surround the yellow center for a striking contrast. Growing 1 to 3 feet tall and wide, October skies aster is an ideal plant to grow along a flower border for a showy garden display. Hardy, this fall bloomer is deer- and frost-tolerant and attracts butterflies to the garden. The oblong, dark green foliage on October skies grows up to 3 inches long, and when crushed, the leaves are fragrant. They grow best in full sun to partial shade and well-drained, average soil. They tolerate poor soils and do well in sandy and clay soil. Plant October skies aster in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8.

Chrysanthemum 'Single Apricot'

Single apricot chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum "Single Apricot") is a perennial flower with a compact, mounded form. Growing 1-1/2 to 3 feet tall and 1-1/2 to 2 feet wide, chrysanthemums are striking tucked along borders like a a walkway. The daisy-like flowerheads consist of the apricot rays that surround the yellow center disk. Growing 2-1/2 inches wide, the flowers produce a plethora of pale blooms in fall. The dark green leaves are thick, lance-to-ovate-shaped and grow up to 3 inches long. To promote a bushy form, pinch back the stems from late spring to summer. Single apricot chrysanthemum grows best in full sun and well-drained, nutrient-rich soil with a medium amount of moisture. Plant in USDA Zones 5 to 9.

Becky Lynn Daylily

Becky Lynn daylily (Hemerocallis 'Becky Lynn') is a perennial flower with a clumping growth rate and moderate pace. Growing 1 to 3 feet tall and wide, Becky Lynn daylilies have six-petaled pink blooms with a central white stripe and ruffled edge. The yellow to green throats contrast with the pink petals to create a show-stopping border plant. As a diurnal plant, the bloom opens in the morning to last into the evening and die down that night. As the name indicates, daylilies last for only one day and as a rebloomer, Becky Lynn flowers bloom more than once during the season. They require full sun and nutrient-rich soils that are moist. To ensure they remain moist, mulch the daylilies with organic matter like shredded leaves. Plant in USDA zones 3 to 10.

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