Perennial Flower List

Perennial flowers are those that come back season after season without replanting. Flowering plants that are perennial can really make your garden a lower-maintenance prospect, eliminating the need to replant year to year, while maintaining a lovely aesthetic. Perennials make great choices for any garden whether it is a shade garden, container garden or landscaping.


The blackberry, or bramble (Rubus fruticosus) is an easy-to-grow perennial that attracts birds. This trailing vine has edible fruits and can be wild or cultivated. Thorny and thornless varieties exist. Plant a blackberry in full sun with 1 inch of rain or water a week. Propagate by tip layering or by suckers.

Armand's Clematis

The Armand's clematis, or evergreen clematis (Clematis armandii), is a fast-growing, fragrant evergreen perennial vine. It climbs 20 feet with narrow, 7-inch-long, glossy green leaves. White (or pink) clustered flowers, in winter, are 2 1/2 inches wide. Plant an Armand's clematis in partial shade. Propagate via cuttings.

Blue Butterfly Bush

The blue butterfly bush, or blue glorybower (Clerodendrum ugandense), is a fast growing evergreen perennial shrub. It gets 10 feet tall and 10 feet wide. Egg-shaped leaves are 3 to 4 inches long. Flowers are 1 inch long and blue/violet-blue. Flowers bloom from summer to fall. Plant a blue butterfly bush in partial shade with regular watering. Propagate via stem cuttings, root cuttings or by suckers.


The poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is a fast-growing, evergreen perennial shrub that is drought-resistant. It can get 10 feet tall with oval, dark green leaves. Flowers are in winter and very small. It is a popular Christmas plant. Plant a poinsettia in full sun or partial shade in average water. Propagate via summer cuttings.

Halberdleaf Marshmallow

The halberdleaf marshmallow, or smooth marshmallow (Hibiscus laevis), is a butterfly-attracting perennial. Leaves are 3 to 7 inches long. Flowers are 6 inches wide and are pale pink. Blooms come in summer. The entire plant can get 7 feet tall. Plant a halberdleaf marshmallow in full sun in wet conditions. Propagate via seed or root division.

Common Heliotrope

The common heliotrope, or cherry pie (Heliotropium arborsecens), is a fragrant evergreen shrub that attracts butterflies. It can get 12 to 18 inches tall on average, but could get up to 4 feet. Leaves are hairy and 1 to 3 inches long. Tubular flowers are in clusters and are white, purple or violet. Plant a common heliotrope in full morning sun and afternoon shade with plenty of water. Propagate via seed, spring shoots, or by summer semi-ripe wood tip cuttings.

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Tina Samuels has been a full-time freelance writer for more than 10 years, concentrating on health and gardening topics, and a writer for 20 years. She has written for "Arthritis Today," "Alabama Living," and "Mature Years," as well as online content. She has one book, “A Georgia Native Plant Guide,” offered through Mercer University; others are in development.