Great Perennials for the Landscape

Great Perennials for the Landscape

Summer is rolling in, and you may want to hit the ground running with your garden. Maybe you've been planning all winter and gathering some new ideas for the blooming season, and if so, we love your enthusiasm!

When it comes to bringing something exciting and new to your landscape, perennial flowers are in it for the long haul. When perennial landscaping, choosing a compelling blend of colors and styles is the goal here. We like to mix types of perennials that bloom together throughout the season so there's always something new and beautiful happening!

The Benefits of Perennials

They Have a Longer Lifespan

Annuals are great for changing color schemes and combos year after year, but perennials are there to provide continuous color and texture. Most perennials flower the first year planted and quickly establish themselves in the landscape.

They're Easy to Share

As perennials flower year after year, they begin to take up more room in your garden. When they reach this point, it's easy to divide your hardy perennials elsewhere-to a new spot in your landscape or as a pop of color in a container garden. Better yet, you can share the love by introducing them to a friend's garden! Just be sure to keep an eye on them, as perennials are fragile for a few days after dividing and relocating. To minimize any stress to perennials, divide them at the start of spring after the threat of frost has passed. For Bismarck, North Dakota, that's typically after Mother's Day.

They're Low Maintenance

Perennials need regular watering when initially planted to help them adapt to the new environment. However, not all varieties need the same amount of water. Most only require watering on the top few inches of soil, while some may need more as they adjust to changing weather conditions. To make things easier, consider grouping perennials together with similar watering habits.

Through the season check your plants to deadhead spent blooms to encourage more, remove damaged leaves as they happen and be mindful of animals and pests that may find your perennials appetizing.

Selecting Perfect Perennials

Selecting Perfect Perennials

Easy Growers

Some perennial flowers will grow and bloom repeatedly on their own without any extra assistance. Here are a few of our favorites at Plant Perfect:

Blanket Flower

If you're looking for a long-blooming, low maintenance flower with big, bright colors of red, yellow and a combination of both, then blanket flower checks all the boxes. Their petite growth habit is ideal for adding continual color for the edge of your sunny planting beds. No need for deadheading - they're self-cleaning!


An eye-catching bloomer whose bell-like flowers open in a range of colors and grow without much effort. Some daylilies repeatedly bloom on their own, making them a pretty independent species and an ideal choice when preparing your garden for the new season. While others bloom large and boastful for a mid-summer display.


A bloomer for the birds, bees, and butterflies, Echinacea grow flowers in a variety of colors, typically in the purple and dark pink ranges, but many other hues as well. Coneflowers are highly resilient, easy to maintain, and grow best in drier, nutrient-poor soil.

Black-Eyed Susan

Like a ray of sunshine, these golden-yellow beauties illuminate the landscape when their flowers emerge late summer into early fall. Another rockstar for butterflies and bees and one that flourishes with little care too! Consider planting Rudbeckia in the middle to back section of your flower beds.

Russian Sage

A common perennial with fragrant foliage and striking blue-lavender flowers, Russian Sage is a staple for any landscape. Its upright shape is ideal for a vertical pop of color at the backdrop of your sun-loving garden. Some varieties grow large enough for a minty-green hedge of privacy.

Early Bloomer

Early Bloomer

When the spring can't come soon enough, these flowers bloom bright and early.


Classic and traditional, peonies are tried-and-true perennials blooming in a wide range of colors. Enjoy the beautiful fragrance of their early-spring flowers by planting them near garden entrances, close to your windows, or cut their buds for a fresh flower arrangement for your table.


Another petite beauty, perfect to line the edge of your garden bed, Dianthus sprouts early with interesting foliage and pretty little flowers. Some varieties will push another round of flowers in summer. Whether they're in color or not, the tight-mounding growth habit of Pinks is easy to enjoy.


Rest easy. Though they look quite similar and are both quite aromatic, catmint is a distant cousin to catnip and won't attract any unwanted cats to your yard. Nepeta is a sharp-looking, mounding perennial with mint-green foliage and lavender flowers that bloom in spring and then again late summer. Plant catmint where they can grow without constrictions as they'll spread to take it all in.

Foliage Perennials

Foliage Perennials

When the flowers are between blooms, plants with striking foliage will help keep your landscape colorful throughout the season.

Silver Mound

A soft and airy perennial with eye-catching silver foliage, Artemesia is great for lining walkways around your garden. Its contrasting foliage complements any palette of color and thrives best in full sun.

Coral Bells

This shade-loving plant blooms in late spring and makes for a great border perennial in the lowest-lit corners of your garden. It can withstand harsh weather conditions and can provide some interesting colors like purple and deep bronze, making it a tough and popular perennial in any garden.


The large, boastful and colorful leaves of hostas are typically the first feature spotted. Varieties with bright or contrasting variegation are perfect for shady landscapes to "brighten-up" the space. Additionally, most hostas have fragrant flowers in white or purple hues.

While shrubs are often considered the backbone of your landscape, perennials are the supporting elements that offer color and texture throughout the season. Visit us to learn more and see for yourself, the many perennial varieties we have available this year.

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