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Perennial Flower Garden Ideas

By Katherine Kally ; Updated September 21, 2017

Perennial flower gardens present dazzling color for your landscape year after year. You can design your perennial flower garden based to coordinate with the colors of your home’s exterior or to attract birds and helpful insects to your property.


Plan a perennial flower garden against your house or a fence line with tall species of canna lilies along the back, daylilies in the center and small calla lilies along the front border. Tall cannas grow between 4 and 6 feet tall with vibrantly colored blossoms. For the center of your perennial flower garden, select from any of the numerous varieties of daylilies. Select daylilies in vivid colors to complement your cannas with an overall height of no more than 30 inches. Finish your lily garden with a line of callas along the front border for deep green foliage and delicate, simple blossoms. Callas grow between 12 and 14 inches tall with blooms that are perfect for cut flower arrangements.

Flowering Herb Garden

Plant a perennial flower garden filled with blooming aromatic herbs that will add spice to your culinary endeavors and scents for your aromatherapy oils, and attract bees and butterflies to your garden. Begin your springtime color with Salem rosemary. This bush-like herb stands up to 2 feet tall and offers blue blossoms in the early spring. Add ornamental oregano for delicate purplish-pink blooms throughout the summer. For late summer blooms, Tutti Fruiti anise hyssop grows up to 6 feet tall with raspberry-colored flowers.

Peonies and Roses

For heady aroma and showy blooms, plant a perennial flower garden with roses and peonies. Both species enjoy sunny locations with well-drained soil, but the peonies bloom only for a short time, while the roses may bloom from spring to fall, depending on the variety you select. A combination of roses and peonies creates a beautiful cut flower arrangement for your home.



About the Author


Katherine Kally is a freelance writer specializing in eco-friendly home-improvement projects, practical craft ideas and cost-effective decorating solutions. Kally's work has been featured on sites across the Web. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of South Carolina and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.