Flowers have colorful foliage and bright blooms to light up the landscape. There are many flowers to choose from to provide a long-lived and unfussy garden. Perennial flowers are a satisfying choice because they come back each year. Perennial flowers can also be drought- and deer-tolerant, making for a hardy and robust garden. Annual flowers are not long-lived, but they provide a seasonal splash of color and texture in the landscape.
This perennial late-summer bloomer has gold flower blooms and black centers, making a striking contrast. Black-eyed Susans are hardy, drought-tolerant flowers to grow in the garden for a long-lasting bloom. They grow up to 30 inches in height and have a moundlike growth, ideal for planting in rows along a garden bed. Black-eyed Susans require full sun to partial shade to thrive. These prolific bloomers prefer well-drained soil and can be cut back after flowering for a second round of blooms in late fall. The USDA hardiness zone is 3 to 9.
The Peruvian lily is a hardy perennial that begins its blooming season in spring. The tall stems grow up to 48 inches tall for a classic flower along the back of the garden border. Colors of the Peruvian lily include red, purple and yellow. They bloom through the summer, as long as it’s not overly hot. The petals have dark flecks shooting around the petals for an unexpected design. To keep these blooms coming back, pinch off the shoots at the base of each stem. The Peruvian lily requires sun to part shade and well-drained soils. The USDA hardiness zone is 8 to 10.
Hollyhock blooms are large perennial flowers to grow around the landscape for bright bursts of color and height. These tall plants grow up to 60 inches in height, sometimes taller, and have colorful blooms. Their colors include yellow, pink, purple, peach and white, all with a yellow center. Hollyhocks begin blooming in the spring and last through fall. The heart-shaped leaves are 3 to 6 inches wide with single, semidouble or double flowers. These lovely perennials require full sun and regular watering to flourish. They also prefer well-drained soil. The USDA hardiness zone is 5 to 9.