12 of the Best Perennials to Brighten Up Your Garden 

Perennial is a plant that lives more than two years, usually growing in size each year. They are easy to grow, and incredibly versatile.

Most perennials generally bloom for a single season: summer, spring or fall, providing long-lasting color to gardens or containers on your balcony.

1. Black-eyed Susan

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These hearty flowers really enjoy the sun. Black-eyed Susan plants have a long bloom period from mid-summer to fall. Butterflies, bees, and a variety of insects are attracted to the flowers for the nectar.

2. Peony

Peonies are garden favorites for their delicate blooms fluffy, fragrant flowers that appear in spring. They are sun-lovers and will perform best when they get at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.

3. Lavender

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Lavender is a fragrant summer flower, beautifully scented and highly attractive to bees and butterflies. They have good drought tolerance, coping well with light, sandy soils.

4. Dianthus (Pinks)

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With a long bloom period from late spring until early autumn, Dianthus (Pinks) are highly scented flowers. They are not difficult to grow and are often chosen to be grown in a rock garden.

Plant pinks in full sun, partial shade where they receive at least 6 hours of sunlight each day, and need well-drained soil.

5. Coreopsis 'Mango Punch'

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This scrumptious Coreopsis is an easy to grow and an easy to maintain plant. Grows in a compact mound, and has hugely floriferous soft peach-orange coreopsis which blooms all summer. It makes a fantastic display in the garden.

6. Echinacea (Coneflower)

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Echinacea (Coneflower) is an attractive plant that is well-loved not only for its beauty and its ability to attract butterflies, but also for its medicinal value. They are heat and drought resistant, easy to grow and bloom from summer to fall.

These hardy perennials, are wonderful additions to the landscape with their brightly colored blossoms

7. Sedum (Stonecrop) - Ruby Glow

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Sedum (Stonecrop) are a wide-ranging genus, an easy to grow group of succulents that look great in the garden.

Sedum Ruby Glow (illustrated) produces spectacular red flowers from late summer into early autumn. They are hardy, easy to care for, and attract dozens of pollinators, bees and butterflies.

8. Moss Rose (Portulaca)

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Moss Rose (Portulaca) is a semi-succulent plant that creates a stunning carpet of attractive brightly coloured flowers. Flower blooms begin to appear in early summer. They are available in yellow, pink, violet, red, white, orange and many more colors.

Moss Rose can be use in a rock or crevice garden, in the front of the border, in pots or allow to cascade down a wall. 

Although this plant has a high drought and heat tolerance, they will grow better with a little care.

9. Lilies

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With an elegant look, the lily was deemed a flower fit for royalty during the Victorian times.

Lilies have a rainbow of colorful blooms, interesting shapes and sizes, and intoxicating fragrance. They are not toxic for humans but, unfortunately, true lilies are super toxic to pets.

Lilies tend to bloom from early summer to fall, depending on the type.

10. Campanula Portenschlagiana (Dalmatian Bellflower)

Dalmatian Bellflower is a perennial, with fresh flowers appearing early summer to late summer. This purple perennial have a long blooming period, if the plant receive partial to full sun. The more direct sunlight Campanula receives, the more blooms it will produce!

Campanula easily grown in rock gardens, on walls, in front of borders or even in containers.


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Clematis is a climbing flower that blooms all season long. With stunning diversity, includes color, fragrance, and multi-season displays It likes to be in the sun.

There are perfectly happy growing in a small garden or even in a pot on the patio.

12. Impatiens (Busy Lizzies)

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Impatiens is one of the most popular perennial that makes an excellent summer bedding or houseplant and container plant.

Busy Lizzies flowers are a vibrant, cheerful plants due to their brightly color blooms and their ability to grow in shady areas.

These perennial work best in the ground or in pots and containers

"Flowers are the music of the ground. From earth's lips spoken without sound."Edwin Curran

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