The Q&A Archives: Flowering Perennial

Question: I am looking for a perrenial that will get 3-4' tall and spread width wise about 2' I would like something that will flower the majority of the season. The area I will be planting it in gets some most all day. I am in zone 5 MI. Can you suggest a few plants?

Answer: Summer Lilac, Leptodermis oblonga, matures at 2'x2' making it ideal for the narrow strips between driveways and front doors, at the front of borders, and in small gardens. It can handle sun and heat. Leptodermis' fragrant flowers are similar to those of a lilac. They will flower heavy in the early summer with a light re-blooming into the fall.

Knockout shrub roses truly require almost no care - no fungicides and no deadheading. And, they flower from spring until frost. Some gardeners will prune them in the spring for a smaller plant. There are newer varieties out that stay smaller such as Double Knockout and Home Run.

Or, consider Dwarf Cranberry Bush or Dwarf Burning Bush for the area.

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