Blooms All Summer - Knowledgebase Question

Massapequa, NY
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Question by rfp40
July 6, 2000
What are some perennials that when started from seed will flower the first year and bloom all july and august.

Answer from NGA
July 6, 2000
Most perennials do not bloom over such a long time period, but rather for several weeks. In addition, most really need to be started a year ahead of time to bloom int he quantity and quality you might expect. If you are able to start them very early in a greenhouse for example then you might try the following, "Foxy" foxglove (more a biennial performer but will bloom first year), lance leaf coreopisis, purple coneflower, gaillardia, and perennial sweet pea. Occasionally some strains of hollyhock and verbascum can also bloom the first year.

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