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Long-Blooming Perennials

Isn't it disappointing when your favorite flowers go by? You have to wait another whole year to enjoy them again. Some are worth the wait, to be sure. But it helps to supplement those ephemeral beauties with long-blooming perennials. The latter will be the floral backbone of the growing season, blooming all summer for you.

List of Long-Blooming Perennial Flowers
Perennial flowers bloom year after year, but not all perennial flowers stay in bloom all summer. When their blossoms depart, you're left with a hole in the garden. So what is the solution if you want to plug the holes and maintain constant color in your summer yard? Grow plants that will "stand by you."

Stella de Oro Daylily
Although individual Stella de Oro daylily blooms last only one day, these perennials do an excellent job of reblooming. Hence the popularity of Stella de Oro daylily when seeking color all summer long. In short, Stella de Oro is one of those constant plants that you can rely on.

Caradonna Salvia Plants
Caradonna salvia plants, nicknamed "meadow sage," have strikingly delicate flower spikes. Caradonna salvia flowers are dark; the purplish-blue color of these long-blooming perennials holds up all summer. I recommend growing a number of different blue salvias to add variety; all of them bear long-lasting blooms.

May Night Salvia
May Night salvia is a long-blooming perennial for zones 3-9. This type of salvia is better-known than Caradonna and also has a more robust flower stalk. As with the other blue salvias I have written about, May Night salvia will bloom throughout the summer if deadheaded.

Blue Hill Salvia
'Blue Hill' is another very popular salvia. Grow this long-blooming perennial in zones 4-8. The blooms on Blue Hill salvia are a lighter color than those on Caradonna and May Night. I think Caradonna and Blue Hill make an especially effective combination when grown together.

Lavender Plants
When you hear "lavender," what is the first thing that pops into your mind? Some probably think of a color first. Others may think of a smell. In the context of discussing English lavender plants, both reactions enjoy ample justification. The flowers are a lavender color, and the heaven-sent scent of the dried plants makes them an inveterate choice for fragrance gardens.

Moonbeam Coreopsis Plants
Moonbeam coreopsis bears light yellow flowers, and the more common coreopsis has orange blooms. But you are not limited to yellow and orange when growing these long-blooming perennials. I have been growing one (Ruby Frost) with 2 colors on its petals (red and white; the center is yellow) on a trial basis to see how it performs.

Russian Sage
Russian sage has a "misty" look to it, not unlike blue mist shrub (Caryopteris). Its delicate texture makes this sub-shrub a sound choice if you want contrast with plants that have a coarser texture. Use Russian sage along a border as an edging plant. Due to its drought-tolerance, it can also work in a rock garden.

Echinacea 'Firebird,' an Orange Coneflower
Echinacea 'Firebird' is a coneflower that can range in color from red to reddish-orange. Like all coneflowers, it is great for dry soils. Learn how to grow this colorful, long-blooming perennial.

Red Hot Poker Plants
Torch lilies, also named "red hot poker plants," have spiky blooms and are both drought-tolerant and deer-resistant. Consult my tips and find out how to grow these show-stopping long-bloomers, which come in a number of different colors.

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