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Perennial Flowers That Bloom Year-Round

By Sheri Ann Richerson ; Updated September 21, 2017
Pansies are  perennial flowers that bloom year-round.
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Many perennial flowers bloom year-round. Some bloom non-stop, some bloom intermittently and others require several cultivars to achieve year-round blooms. Most perennial flowers that bloom year-round are tropical plants or, in cold climates, houseplants. A few truly perennial plants will thrive in cold climates, and you can achieve year-round blooming from them with a little planning.


The bell-shaped flowers of abutilon add year-round color.
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Abutilon, or flowering maple as it is commonly known, is a perennial flower that blooms year-round. It is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8 through 11. Gardeners in USDA hardiness zones 7 and colder should treat abutilon as either an annual or a houseplant.

Abutilon is easy to grow in containers. Since it will grow in full sun or filtered shade and still flower, getting it to keep flowering indoors all winter is not difficult.


Geraniums add variety to a garden
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Unless you live in a warm climate, getting annual geranium flowers to bloom year-round requires you to being them indoors over the winter. There are some perennial varieties of geraniums.

Geraniums can have single and double flowers. Typical colors include white, pink, red and purple. Some varieties of geraniums have flowers that are two colors.

Geranium leaves can be different, too--in shape and color. There are tri-color geranium leaves, leaves with colored edging and plain green leaves. Leaf shapes include ivy leaf, deep-cut leaf and twice-cut.


Cold-climate gardeners seeking perennial flowers that bloom year round should plant hellebore in their shade gardens.
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Hellebores are one of the few flowers that will bloom all winter, even with snow on the ground.

In recent years, hellebore flowers have been hybridized to create double blooms and a wide array of flower colors.

Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3 through 9, depending on variety, these plants are reliable performers that will not only naturalize over time, but the original plants will come back for years.


About the Author


Sheri Ann Richerson is a nationally acclaimed bestselling author who has been writing professionally since 1981. Her bestselling books include "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Year-Round Gardening," "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Seed Saving & Starting" and "101 Self-Sufficiency Gardening Tips." Richerson attended Ball State University and Huntington University, where she majored in communications and minored in theatrical arts.