Three of my favorite perennials are in bloom in the garden. It is so refreshing to see the happy flower faces when I stroll around the house.
I purchased the Cancun Asiatic lily from a lady who lives on a farm a few towns over. They looked spectacular planted in large masses in her overwhelmingly huge garden space. Since my space is limited, I only took one and it stands proudly above the rest, demanding attention from passersby.
It is bi-colored magenta red with yellow centers. A prolific bloomer with up to 12 blooms per single bulb. The up-facing bloom is good for cut flowers. True lilies have stiff stems with relatively narrow strap like leaves from top to bottom. Large, showy flowers develop at the tip of each stem. I read that if you push a couple of sticks of chalk in beside the bulbs each spring, it is like a “timed-release” feed. You can also remove the orange center pistils to add bloom time.
Another easy-care beautiful perennial is the Early Sunrise Coreopsis. This will continue to bloom all the way until first frost! This plant is drought tolerant and likes to have its spent flowers removed. This plant has golden yellow, semi-double flowers on 20″ stems. It attracts lots of butterflies and I love the cheery and compact nature of this plant.
While the last flower I am featuring here is sometimes considered common and mundane, I happen to adore it. It’s the Stella de Oro daylily. This plant is the easiest to care for (pretty much requires no attention at all!), and it’s a reliable bloomer that will also continue until frost. I often see them planted at grocery stores, parks, and gas stations. The low maintenance and buttery blooms make it a key plant for filling in with long lasting color. This daylily will grow in any type of soil so long as it is not water-logged. It will produce well in partial to full sun, but I have also witnessed it thriving in shady locations.
What are your favorite perennials? Any suggestions for long bloomers in a shady location around a huge maple tree?