North Carolina boasts an array of perennial flowers that thrive in this region. The temperatures around the state vary from the mountains to the coast, as do the flowers. Perennial flowers have the ability to come back each year stronger and fuller. Their blossoms and foliage die back after frost sets in, while the roots survive under the soil to keep the plant alive. Perennial flowers are ideal because they grow for many years and do not need to be planted each season.
The purple coneflower is native to the eastern United States. It is one of the toughest perennial flowers and can withstand severe drought and the hot summer sun. The purple blooms begin to emerge in the summer when they flower until the first frost. The center of the purple coneflower has a gold to brown color that resembles a beehive. The purple coneflower grows up to 36 inches in height. Coneflower prefers full to partial sun and well-drained soil to thrive. These blooms are lovely along a garden wall or fence.
This stunning late summer perennial is a tough and hardy plant in North Carolina. It provides a plethora of bright blooms throughout the summer and into late fall. Black-eyed Susan’s prefer well-drained soil. The plant grows up to 30 inches in height and is an ideal perennial to use for landscaping a perennial garden or in the front of a flower bed. The bright yellow petals contrasts perfectly with the gold to black centers. The black-eyed Susan requires full sun to partial shade and is a summer favorite in North Carolina.
Gerbera daisies begins flowering in early summer and lasts until frost. The gerbera daisy blooms in a variety of colors, including yellow, red, pink and orange. The bright green stem and contrasts nicely with the colorful flowers.The daisy grows between 12 and 18 inches in height. Gerber’s require full sun and well-drained soil for proper growth. When cut to make a fresh floral arrangement, the gerbera daisy creates a long-lasting bouquet. Gerber daisies look brilliant tucked into a flower pot or nestled within a front garden bed.
Hollyhocks are an old-fashioned perennial bloom that begins flowering in the spring and last through the fall. These stunning perennials are a showstopper and create a focal point wherever they grow. The bloom colors on hollyhocks include pink, apricot, purple, yellow and white. This perennial is quite tall and can reach up to 60 inches. Hollyhocks require full sun and well-drained soil. Grow these lovely blooms along the side of an outbuilding or garden wall for color and beauty. They also look lovely grown together in clumps that help support each other.