Echinacea, Lavender, Russian, Sage, Agastache, and Sedum - Long Blooming FlowersEchinacea, Lavender, Russian, Sage, Agastache, and Sedum - Long Blooming Flowers

Top 20 Long Blooming Perennials

By David Salman, High Country Gardens Chief Horticulturist

Many perennial plants have a specific window of flowering, typically 3 to 6 weeks during the growing season. Good garden design requires selecting perennials that bloom in early spring, late spring, summer, and early fall to provide a changing tapestry of colors as one plant goes out of flower and another comes into flower.

However, some perennials flower for an extended length of time, as long as 2 to 3 months at a time. These long-blooming perennials deliver major impact with little effort. See our top picks for flowers that bloom for weeks on end for a non-stop show.

Perovskia ‘Lacy Blue’ - A true dwarf cultivar discovered in an English garden and recently introduced to the US. Its smaller size makes it very useful when space is an issue.  Blooms from mid-summer through the fall.

Agastache 'Ava' - One of High Country Gardens' very best plant introductions, renowned for its tall spikes of deep rose-pink flowers held by raspberry-red calyxes. This vigorous hybrid Hummingbird Mint blooms for many months beginning in mid-summer. 2005 Plant of the Year.

Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ - A European hybrid known for its vigor, cold hardiness, and adaptability to grow across much of the US. Highly attractive to bees and butterflies.

Salvia greggii ‘Furman’s Red’ - Furman's Red is one of the most cold-hardy of the native Salvia greggii family. Blooming in late spring and again in the fall, the plant covers itself with bright red flowers that attract the hummingbirds from miles around

Salvia sylvestris 'May Night' - An outstanding perennial with excellent cold hardiness, vigor, and tolerance of heavy clay soils. Blooming in late spring with a profusion of flower spikes, it reblooms later in the summer when deadheaded.

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead Violet’ -  A bee favorite, our chief horticulturist, David Salman, discovered the plant as a chance seedling in a Santa Fe, NM garden, featuring some of the darkest purple flowers you'll find for Lavender.

Delosperma ashtonii ‘Blut’ - With its vigorous growth habit, durable evergreen foliage and summer-long display of deep magenta-red flowers, it is an invaluable groundcover.

Russian Sage, Coreopsis, and Salvia are planted in a matrix for a natural looking garden that blooms for months on end.Russian Sage, Coreopsis, and Salvia are planted in a matrix for a natural looking garden that blooms for months on end.
Russian Sage (Perovskia), Coreopsis, and Salvia are planted in a matrix for a natural looking garden that blooms for months on end.
Columbine (Aquilegia) and Nepeta create a complementary pairing in this Santa Fe, NM garden.Columbine (Aquilegia) and Nepeta create a complementary pairing in this Santa Fe, NM garden.
Columbine (Aquilegia) and Nepeta create a complementary pairing in this Santa Fe, NM garden.

Echinacea purpurea 'Magnus' - A distinctive, vigorous and large growing coneflower cultivar. The bright reddish-pink petals of its huge flowers are held flat as they radiate out from the cone.

Penstemon mexicali 'Red Rocks' - A superb hybrid variety that blooms most of the summer with large rose-pink flowers. The plants are vigorous and have attractive glossy green foliage. A 1999 Plant Select winner

Phlox nana ‘Perfect Pink’ - Blooming in late spring with hundreds of large deep pink, white eyed flowers, it continues to bloom off and on throughout the summer.

Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' - The world's most popular ornamental grass, 'Karl Foerster' has a strong upright habit and blooms with showy flowers that ripen to tawny seed heads that decorate the plant through the fall and winter months. 

Aquilegia chrysantha (Columbine) - Blooms for months beginning in late spring with a profusion of large, cheerful yellow flowers that attract hummingbirds. Allow the plant to reseed itself to form colorful long lived colonies.

Anthemis tinctoria 'Susanna Mitchell' (Marguerite Daisy) - Blooms most of the summer with large, creamy white daisies. Vigorous and easy-to-grow, its attractive, fine-textured foliage shows off the flowers to great advantage. 

Diascia integerrima ‘Coral Canyon’ - Native to South Africa, it blooms all summer with salmon-pink flowers held over finely textured stems with bright green foliage.

Achillea (Yarrow) and Russian Sage have contrasting blooms to add lasting interest to the garden.Achillea (Yarrow) and Russian Sage have contrasting blooms to add lasting interest to the garden.
Achillea (Yarrow) and Russian Sage have contrasting blooms to add lasting interest to the garden.
Echinacea, Lavender, Russian Sage (Perovskia), Agastache, and Sedum planted in a harmonious palette of long-lasting blooms.Echinacea, Lavender, Russian Sage (Perovskia), Agastache, and Sedum planted in a harmonious palette of long-lasting blooms.
Echinacea, Lavender, Russian Sage (Perovskia), Agastache, and Sedum planted in a harmonious palette of long-lasting blooms.

Nepeta fassenii ‘Select Blue’ - A fantastic xeric perennial with dramatic lavender-blue flowers and handsome gray-green foliage. A recurrent bloomer, the first flush of flowers comes in late spring, and again later in summer.

Coreopsis lanceolata 'Sterntaler' - A robust, long-blooming Tickseed with showy golden-yellow petals with a reddish-brown center. The flowers are continuous over the summer when deadheaded.

Callirhoe involucrata (Poppy Mallow or Wine Cups) - A native wildflower with a summer-long display of bright magenta-pink flowers. A sprawling grower with long branches that spread out across the ground to create a colorful mat of flowers and foliage. 

Caryopteris clandonensis 'Dark Knight' - One of the best Blue Mist Spirea varieties, 'Dark Knight' has the deepest blue color of them all. Its tidy, upright growth habit and profusion of flowering spikes make it an essential part of the summer landscape. A fantastic nectar source for bees and butterflies.

Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’ - A vigorous tall growing yarrow with large flat deep golden-yellow flower heads. This non-reseeding variety blooms all summer and thrives with heat and sun in any soil including clay. 

Sedum 'Autumn Fire' - This is a larger growing, longer blooming version of the older variety Autumn Joy. This plant also holds its flowers much longer into the fall and winter providing an extended season of color and structure. Autumn Fire is one our best low care, high color perennials. 

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Perovskia ‘Lacy Blue’ is a new true dwarf variety of Russian Sage. This is great news for those of us with small gardens or flower beds where Perovskia ‘Blue Spires’ would be much too large. ‘Lacy Blue’ reaches a height of 18-24” and spreads to about 3 ft. in width. And like its other Perovskia cousins, ‘Lacy Blue’ blooms for 2 to 3 months, from mid-summer into the fall. Perovskia will grow in any soil from sand to heavy clay and looks its best growing in full sun with only occasional deep watering once established.

Salvia 'Burgundy Seduction'
Salvia ‘Burgundy Seduction’ is a new hybrid bush sage that appeared in my garden as a seedling of ‘Raspberry Delight’ and an unknown pollen parent. The deep burgundy-red color of the flowers is truly outstanding. ‘Burgundy Seduction’ is the most darkly colored of the cold hardy bush sages. The foliage is especially aromatic, with a pleasing sweet herbal scent that keeps hungry deer and rabbits from eating the leaves.

From the mountains of South Africa, comes the delightfully cheerful Osteospermum Avalanche (Avalanche White Sun Daisy). ‘Avalanche’ is a new release from the Colorado State University/Denver Botanic Gardens Plant Select® program. And what a great plant it is! Completely cold hardy to USDA zone 5, ‘Avalanche’ is as easy to grow as a Shasta Daisy, but much more exotic with its bright white petals and silvery-blue sheen on their undersides. Attractive semi-evergreen foliage and a nice mounding habit make this beauty a “must have” ever-blooming perennial. It is outstanding for attracting bees and butterflies too. It fares best in average compost-enriched garden soil with moderate amounts of water once established.

Here are a few more of my favorite long blooming perennials: Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’Salvia greggii ‘Furman’s Red’Salvia ‘Maraschino’Delosperma ashtonii ‘Blut’Phlox nana ‘Perfect Pink’Aquilegia chrysanthaDiascia integerrima ‘Coral Canyon’ and Nepeta faassenii ‘Select Blue’Callirhoe involucrata and Achillea ‘Coronation Gold’.

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