Everyone wants a colorful garden throughout the year, but timing plant blooms takes some preparation and skill.
There are some plants that are the landscape workhorses; giving you long-lasting bloom times.
Here are our favorite plants with long bloom times:
- Knock Out and Carpet Roses: They bloom May/June through frost. Both need sun for best bloom, and both may take a rest from blooming if there is very hot and dry weather.
- Endless Summer Hydrangea: Bloom June through frost. A little temperamental…this plant needs sun to bloom, but will wilt in late afternoon sun.
- Daylilies (re-blooming types): 4-6 weeks, variety of colors, but Stella d’oro, the bright yellow favorite blooms longest. Sun to part shade.
- Salvia: 4-6 weeks, but when cut back will provide further bloom. Sun helps to keep plants upright.
- Perennial Geranium: 6-8 weeks of bloom. They can be pruned back to promote more bloom and neaten appearance. Sun to part shade.
- Catmint: 4-6 weeks, but easily more. Can be cut back to renew appearance and bloom. Sun is best for this perennial.
- Russian Sage: 8-12 weeks of bloom on a semi-woody perennial. Tough and drought tolerant for full sun.
- Dianthus (re-blooms with shearing): 6-8 weeks of bloom with a spicy fragrance. Sun with good drainage. Dislikes wet and heavily mulched areas.
- Black-eyed Susan: 6-8 weeks bloom from a perennial favorite. Sun is best.
- Sedum (Autumn Joy): 4-6 weeks, but buds start sooner and winter interest of dried flowers extends this plant’s usefulness in the landscape. Prefers sun with good drainage.
- Coreopsis: Zagreb, Moonbeam: 6-8 weeks of bloom on plants that love the sun.
- Yarrow: 6-8 weeks, with long bud time and nicely dried flower heads extending the interest. There are a variety of colors ranging from white, to pink, red and gold. Sun and good drainage are best.
- Coneflower: 4-6 weeks. New colors are coming out every year. Colors range from the native purple to white, pink, red, orange and yellow.
- Balloon Flower: 4-6 weeks, but pruning back will force more bloom. The flower buds are interesting and the flowers a true blue. Sun to part shade.
- Clematis: 4-6 weeks or 8-12 weeks depending on type. Vining to use on trellises. Likes to have shade at the root and sun at the top for best bloom.
- Bleeding Heart: Luxuriant: 8-12 weeks. Part shade.