The Q&A Archives: plants outside

Question: What type of plant would be best outside year in year out?

Answer: Some of the perennials that have a long blooming season in the Boston area are coreopsis, campanula, blanket flower, bee balm "Jacob Kline," cardinal flower, butterfly plant, pincushion flower, pink yarrows, black-eyed Susan, nepeta, purple coneflower, Stella Dora day lily, Johnson?s blue and Roxanne cranesbill geraniums and Jackmanii clematis.

Suggestions for flowering shrubs that bloom for more than two months are endless summer hydrangea, butterfly bush, hibiscus, rose of Sharon, potentilla, hybrid tea roses, rosa pink double knock out, and rosa carefree delight.

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