perennials - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by allysa
April 13, 2010
I have been looking at perennials for the first time. If it says blooms in early spring does that mean the flowers will only last through early spring. What are the lowest maintenance perennials?

Answer from NGA
April 13, 2010
All perennials have a specific bloom time although some will bloom sporadically throughout the spring and summer. By choosing early, mid and late blooming perennials you can have something (but not everything) blooming all season long. There are a few perennials noted for being long-bloomers. If that's what you want, consider growing:

Rudbeckia Goldsturm which offers up showy yellow-orange petals and bronze-brown central cones.

Coreopsis 'Moonbeam' is about 14 inches tall compared with the rudbeckia's two to three feet, and more delicate in appearance, if not in performance. Its two-inch soft, yellow flowers are beautiful.

?Stella D? Oro? daylily is a repeat bloomer - often from spring through fall. blooming daylily.

Corydalis lutea is my favorite long blooming perennial and simply the longest blooming plant in my garden.

Dianthus can be very long blooming perennials if you choose the new hybrids. Dianthus gratianopolitanus and D. deltoides are two of the best.

Lavender is a classic long blooming plant for growing anywhere in the full sun.

Liatris, is Gayfeather or Blazing Star, and is a good long bloomer and unusual flower heads.

Linum perenne or perennial flax produces literally hundreds of blue flowers every day almost all summer from early July onwards. Grow it yourself from seed ? direct sow it in the garden ? it is easy.

Hope this short list is helpful.

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