The Q&A Archives: perennials for zone 6

Question: some that bloom in the spring,others summer others falland any that bloom spring to fall[part shade],weget about 4 hours of full sun.

Answer: Among perennials, super summer performers with long bloom periods include Astilbe, daylilies (Hemerocallis), purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), Gaillardia, garden phlox, Monarda, Rudbeckia, and Perovskia. Verbena bonariensis is one of my favorite summer flowers. Some early blooming perennials will rebloom later in the season if cut back after the early bloom flush. Among these are yarrow (Achillea), Tradescantia, many cranesbills (perennial geraniums), veronicas and salvias.

Favorite Perennials for Spring Bloom Include:

Pasque flower (Anemone pulsatilla), Creeping phlox (Phlox subulata), Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica), Lungwort (Pulmonaria) and the many minor bulbs such as Iris reticulata, Chionodoxa, crocus and of course daffodils (Narcissus).

Favorite Perennials for Late Spring to Early Summer Bloom Include:

Peonies, Bleeding heart (Dicentra), Columbine (Aquilegia), Siberian iris (Iris sibirica), tall bearded or German iris (Iris germanica), cranesbill (Geranium), Dianthus, Lamium, Baptisia, Coreopsis, Coral Bells (Heuchera), Salvia and Candytuft (Iberis).

Favorite Perennials Blooming in Summer Include:

yarrow (Achillea), purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea), black eyed Susan (Rudbeckia), daylilies (Hemerocallis), bulb lilies (Lilium), Indian blanket flower (Gaillardia), tall border phlox (Phlox paniculata), Penstemon, bee balm (Monarda didyma), Boltonia, and Hosta.

Favorite Fall Blooming Perennials Include:

Toadlily (Tricyrtis), Windflower or Japanese Anemone, assorted Sedums and assorted asters.

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