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5 Favorite Perennials for Summer Blooms

Renee Valdes
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If you’re seeking hardy flowers for a garden or container that gets at least six hours of sun a day, consider these sun-loving perennials.

This list of favorite perennials return year after year and will provide lots of beautiful color. They’re easy to take care of and spread easily, making them a great choice for low-maintenance gardening. 

Just plant these workhorse perennials where they’ll get sun. Fertilize and add mulch each spring and fall and watch the return of color and texture in your garden without fail year after year.



1. Coneflower

Known as echinacea, these heat-loving flowers come in many colors, including purple, pink, white and orange. These beauties typically grow from two to five feet tall and will attract butterflies and other pollinators to your garden or containers.

Because coneflower is very easygoing, there’s not much maintenance. You’ll have blooms until the first frost and if you leave the spent seed cones alone, the birds will nibble on them during colder months.



2. Coreopsis

This perennial is extremely tolerant to heat. Known also as tickseed, its blooms form in clumps and multiply to fill up your garden. Picking off or shearing dead blooms promotes an abundance of daisy-like flowers, which also work well for arrangements. In areas of intense heat, afternoon shade will keep coreopsis blooming strong. 

If you leave the seed heads for birds in winter, it will please the birds. Goldfinches, in particular, like to feed on them.



3. Catmint

With never-ending blooms, this rugged perennial explodes with showy flowers in shades of lavender, blue or pink. It’s such a treat to have catmint in the garden for the flowers but don’t overlook its gray-green foliage, which brings much to the show, too. Depending on variety, catmint can grow taller than 5 feet. Try the Greek catmint variety for height.

Catmint is not prone to disease or pests making it a must-have for the garden. In case you’re wondering about the name, this favorite is beloved by cats too. Outdoor frolicking felines will love licking and biting the leaves, similar to another type of catmint, catnip. 


Blanket flower l The Home Depot Garden Club

4. Blanket flower

Hardy blanket flower, also galled Gaillardia, is a bold accent anywhere you plant it, whether in a garden bed or container. As a result, it’s a butterfly and hummingbird magnet, too. While not mandatory, feel free to snip off spent blooms for more color.

This repeat bloomer is traditionally rust-colored with a yellow rim, though some newer varieties feature red and burgundy colors. Just give it sun and blanket flower will provide plenty of summer color.


Black-Eyed Susans/Rudbeckia

5. Black-Eyed Susan

Also known as Rudbeckia, these daisy-like flowers attract butterflies and easily multiply in your garden. They are low-maintenance and extremely drought tolerant. Plant in masses as a border or in a container with ornamental grasses.

Nectar-loving pollinators will flock to black-eyed Susan.

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