Maintaining an annual flower bed, though very beautiful, can be a lot of work. You have to fertilize the soil, plant the seeds, and nurture the flowers, only to pull them out once Old Man Winter comes knocking. Then, you start the process all over again when the temperature begins to rise.

That’s why even the most avid gardeners and plant enthusiasts have a fondness for perennials. With the warm months around the corner, you can achieve faster results by purchasing perennial flowers that bloom all summer.

What are perennials and why do we love them?

Perennials are flowers and plants that live for more than two years, whereas annuals live for only one growing season. Many homeowners want a beautiful garden in front of their home, but not everyone has the time to care for one. Perennials’ low maintenance and annual blooms make them a popular choice for homes across the country.

Certain perennials are more commonly found in gardens and around homes than others. Here are eight that stand out as being particularly desirable.

1. Black-eyed Susan

perennial flowers that bloom all summer with Black Eyed Susans

Black-eyed Susan give you the best of both worlds. This plant has become extremely popular because it resembles a sunflower but with almost none of the maintenance.

2. Dalmatian bellflowers

perennial flowers that bloom all summer with Dalmation Bellflowers- Purple

Don’t let the name fool you — this flower has enough color to liven up any home or garden. Their proclivity to spread make them ideal plants to use as groundcover.

3. Russian sage

perennial flowers that bloom all summer with Russian Sage Flowers

The flowers of the Russian sage are small, but the plant itself takes up quite a bit of space, making it a very economical choice. If your home has a large cement base you’re looking to cover, these flowers are the perfect choice.

4. Lavender

perennial flowers that bloom all summer with Lavender Field

From the medicine cabinet to the kitchen, lavender has a seemingly unlimited number of uses. Plus, this plant will fill your yard with its sweet, calming smell.

5. Dahlia

perennial flowers that bloom all summer with Dahlia Flowers- Orange & Purple

These bold blooms come in a wide range of colors and can be easily incorporated into any existing or new garden. And, unlike most plants, these flowers thrive in some shade. Although dahlias are perennials, they are tuberous rooted plants and should be replanted every spring after resting.

6. Butterfly weed

perennial flowers that bloom all summer with Butterfly Milkweed Flowers

Most gardeners cringe at the word “weed,” but in this case, it’s actually a good thing. This low-maintenance, vibrant yellow and orange flower grows as easily as a weed, making it perfect for those who just want to grow a “set it and forget it” garden.

7. Lenten rose

perennial flowers that bloom all summer with Lenten Rose

Not many flowers bloom while there’s still snow on the ground, but this one does! Not actually a rose but a member of the buttercup family, the lenten rose will add great pops of color to a garden at a time when not much else might be growing in it.

8. Valerian

perennial flowers that bloom all summer with Red Valerian Flowers Close-Up

Because of their captivating smell, valerian flowers were used in the 16th century as an early form of perfume. They can also grow to a towering 5 feet tall, making them a wonderful flower to plant around the circumference of your house or against a fence.

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Tara Carlson graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Public Relations and loves any and all things creative writing - which is why she is thrilled to be working with Petal Talk. When she's not writing, you can probably find her swimming at the beach, playing soccer, and catching up on the latest movies (she's a big fan of award season)!

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