Perennial flowers are prized in the home garden and along landscapes. They return to bloom year after year at the same time, and their showy displays can always be counted on. Perennial flowers are favored among beginner and experienced gardeners alike for their easy maintenance and dependability. Planting perennial flowers yields a better return on initial gardening investment, and is recommended for gardeners on a tight budget, since blooms can be enjoyed for more than one flowering season.
Sedum 'Autumn Joy'
Sedum 'Autumn Joy' displays lively blooms throughout mid-summer until late in the fall. This perennial flower blooms in a wide variety of shades, including yellow, orange, pink and red. Sedum does well in container gardens as well as traditional flower beds. It is drought tolerant and only requires a bit of light watering to thrive. Sedum does well in many different types of soil, and is thus praised for its versatility in the flower garden. Full sun exposure is preferred for optimal bloom. After the blooms are spent in the fall, keep them on their stems for a unique look of naturally dried flowers in the fall and winter garden.
The black-eyed Susan is a widely popular wildflower that makes a statement in any garden. Black-eyed Susan gets its name from the deep, brown center that's surrounded by cheerful, yellow blooms. The stem of this perennial is tall and upright, often reaching heights between 2 and 3 feet. During the summer, black-eyed Susans remain low maintenance and reliably produce colorful blooms throughout the months of June, July and August. Plant in well-draining soil and in full sun exposure for best results. Black-eyed Susan is slightly drought resistant and does well in a variety of soil types. The easy maintenance make it a favorite among beginner flower gardeners.
Begonias are another type of perennial flower popular among flower gardeners. Often used as a border flower, the begonia is a summer-blooming perennial boasting several different shades including orange, white, pink, yellow and apricot. The versatility in color allows the begonia to be used in several different ways along flower gardens and landscapes. Begonias also do well in containers and window boxes for those with limited gardening space. Begonias thrive in partial sun and well-draining soils. They should be kept out of extreme heat since blooms may wither from too much exposure. Begonias are often planted in mass along flower gardens.