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Perennials

Perennials: A Field Guide

Like old friends who arrive on your doorstep when you need them most, perennial plants reemerge from the earth just in time to fill in gaps after spring bulbs finish blooming.

Flowering perennials are the backbone of any garden. (Skip to the plant guides.) Most perennials a natural life cycle: Perennial plants die back in cold weather, then sprout again next spring, and the spring after that, and the spring after that. (What sets perennial plants apart from shrubs—which may also be perennial—is that garden perennials are herbaceous; shrubs typically have woody branches.)

Not all perennials are created equal. Some have a brief bloom season and others flower for months. Short-lived perennials such as poppies, lupines, or columbines may die after two or three years. Dutch master garden designer Piet Oudolf, famous for his painterly landscapes of mixed perennials, favors hardier, long-lived perennials such as salvias, Veronicastrums, asters, and Monardas.

Read more at Everything You Need to Know About Perennials.

Gardening 101: Field Guides for Perennials

African Violet
Agapanthus
Allium
Asters
Astilbe
Bacopa
Barrenwort
Bellflower
Bergenias
Black-eyed Susan
Black Mondo Grass
Bromeliad
Bugleweed
Butterburs
Calla Lily
Catmint
Chamomile
Chrysanthemum
Clematis
Columbine
Coneflower
Coral Bells
Crocosmia
Crocus
Cyclamen
Daffodils
Daylily
Dead Nettles
Dianthus
Dutchman’s Breeches
English Bluebell
Flax Lily
Fleabane
Foxglove
Fuchsia
Gaura
Geranium
Globe Amaranth
Grape Hyacinth
Hellebore
Hollyhock
Honesty
Hosta
Hyssop
Iris
Japanese Anemone
Kalanchoe
Lady’s Mantle
Lamb’s Ear
Lavender
Lily
Lily of the Valley
Lilyturf
Lobelia
Lungwort
Lupine
Milkweed
Mint
Palm
Pansy
Paperwhite
Pelargonium
Penstemon
Peony
Primrose
Queen Anne’s Lace
Ranunculus
Rose
Russian Sage
Salvia
Siberian Squill
Snapdragon
Solomon’s Seal
Spurge
Stonecrop
Sweet Woodruff
Thistle
Trillium
Trout Lily
Tulip
Verbena
Violets
Western Sword Ferns
Wood Anemone
Yarrow

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