Part Sun Perennial Flowers

Perennial flowers have the capability of shooting up each year fuller and healthier. They are unfussy, long-living plants that shoot out beauty to the surrounding space. Their blooms bring color and texture along a front porch or tucked within a perennial garden. They look lovely hanging from a basket along a back porch or patio. Perennial flowers are also hardier, tough plants that can sometimes be drought-tolerant.

Violet

These shade-loving perennial blooms are small flowers that grow between 4 and 8 inches in height. Violet emerge every spring and have a hardiness zone of 4 to 9. The colors of violet flowers include white, blue and purple, and the leaves are a deep green. Violets prefer moist, well-drained soil to thrive. Plant violets along a front perennial bed for small bits of color in the spring.

Stonecrop

Stonecrop is a summer bloomer that prefers partial shade. Its yellow blooms emerge every summer for a carpet of color. Stonecrop is a drought-tolerant perennial flower that grows in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 8. The low-growing plant grows between 3 and 12 inches in height and prefers well-drained soil. Stonecrop looks lovely growing within a rock garden or along the front of a garden bed.

Spiderwort

This perennial flower begins blooming in late spring to early summer. The long lasting blooms last through the summer for a bright burst of color to the garden. The colors of spiderwort include violet, white and pink. The flowers are in three parts, with spidery hairs growing around the stamen, hence the name spiderwort. The leaves of the spiderwort are quite long and range from 12 to 18 inches. The hardiness for this lovely perennial is 3 to 9. Spiderworts have a preference for moist and boggy soil.

Primrose

This colorful perennial flower prefers partial shade and cool, moist soils. The petals of the primrose overlap and contain five total petals. The bright colors of the primrose include red, yellow, blue and violet and are the first flowers to bloom each spring. Their name comes from the Latin word primula, meaning "first". The primrose grows between 6 and 12 inches in height and grows in hardiness zones 3-8. Some primrose blooms have contrasting-colored "eyes" that look interesting tucked within a garden container or planted among an existing perennial garden.

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About this Author

Callie Barber is a writer and photographer in North Carolina. Her work has appeared in Forbes and Automotive News magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.