Common Perennial Flowers

Flowers that you plant once and enjoy season after growing season are called perennials. Some perennials are flowering plants and can be grown in a garden or landscape to bring yearly bloom and color to the yard.

Shasta Daisy

The Shasta daisy, Leucanthemum x superbum, is a perennial from the aster/daisy family. It gets 2 to 3 feet high and 1½ feet wide. It has white ray flowers 2 to 5 inches wide and dark green leaves 8 to 12 inches long. Leaves are basal, being at the base of the stem, and thick. Grow Shasta daisy in well-drained limey soil in full sun or partial shade. Propagate via seed or division in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9.

Aloe Vera

The aloe vera plant, Aloe vera, is a perennial from the lily family that is evergreen and drought-tolerant. Leaves are succulent, grayish-green, and up to 18 inches long. There are tiny yellow flowers in winter on a 3-foot tall stalk. Grow aloe vera in full sun or partial shade in well-drained soil. Propagate via the offsets in USDA hardiness zones 8 to 11.

Common Snapdragon

The common snapdragon, Antirrhinum majus, is a perennial from the figwort family that is fast and easy to grow. These range in size from 3 feet tall down to 4 inches. Size, color and type of bloom depend on the cultivar. Flowers are tubular. Grow a snapdragon in well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Propagate via seed in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 11.

Caladium

The caladium, Caladium bicolor, is a perennial from the alum family. It gets 2 feet high and 2 feet wide with leaves 6 to 14 inches long. Colors, shapes and sizes of leaves will depend on the cultivars. Grow a caladium in well-drained rich soil, slightly acidic, in full shade to partial shade. Propagate via tuber division or seed in USDA hardiness zones 9 to 12.

Purple Coneflower

The purple coneflower, Echinaceae purpurea, is a perennial from the aster/daisy family that is also quick and easy to grow. It gets 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide with coarse dark green leaves 3 to 8 inches long. Flowers are 3 inches wide, purple and daisy-like. Grow purple coneflower in full sun or partial sun. Propagate via seed or root division in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9.

Strawberry

The strawberry, Fragaria x ananassa, is a perennial from the rose family. It gets up to 6 inches tall with white or pink flowers and red fleshy fruits. Size of the fruits is dependent on cultivars. Grow a strawberry plant in sandy soils in full sun. Propagate via plantlets on the runner's ends in USDA hardiness zones 2 to 11.

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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.