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8 perennial flowers that bloom all summer long

Do you love the look of colorful summer blossoms but hate having to replant every season? Well, get ready to fall in love with perennial flowers that bloom all summer long! With options that work in full sun, full shade, and a little bit of both, there are literally dozens of choices at your disposal. 

For best results, check the growing information for the perennials you select before planting to make sure that they work with your soil type, amount of sun, and growing region. By taking a little bit of time to research and choose the right types, colors, and styles of perennials for your yard or container garden, you can enjoy vibrant, sweet-smelling blossoms all summer long.

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Perennial flowers that bloom all summer

Fill your garden with color all summer long with plants that bloom this year, and for many years to come.

Perennial geranium

Starting in late spring, perennial geraniums will produce brilliant, tiny white, pink, red, orange, or purple blossoms for months. Geraniums love the shade, so plant in either partial or full shade for best results. As they love the heat and don’t mind drier soil, geraniums are not only a wonderful perennial choice for the garden but also in pots and containers. These geraniums are also resistant to rabbits and attractive to butterflies, so they make wonderful additions to garden borders. 

Hardy hibiscus

A magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies, hardy hibiscus produces huge blossoms in vibrant shades of pink, red, or white and thrives in full sun. It typically has a longer dormancy than some other flowering perennials, but the reward of spectacular color will be well worth the wait.


Alliums thrive in locations with full sun, delivering colorful blossoms of yellow, white, pink, or purple. The tall thick stems and globe-like clusters of flowers make up the whimsical structure that can grow up to 3 feet tall. They make great cut flowers, too so you can fill the vases in your home with flowers from your own garden.

Becky Shasta daisy

With their sunny yellow and white blossoms, Becky Shasta daisies can’t help but make you smile. This classic summer flower blooms from July through September and is much tougher and more resilient than it looks. These daisies can survive dry to medium moisture level soil, and they are even somewhat drought resistant. Plant these beauties in full sun and get ready for a season full of sunny flowers.

Low-growing perennials that bloom all summer long!

Ground cover perennials are a lovely way to upgrade the look of your front yard, flower beds, or garden pathways. You can find low maintenance, low-growing perennials that bloom all summer long, with these plants that also add color, minimize soil erosion, and prevent weeds. Here are a few of our favorites. 

Lily of the Valley

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better low-growing perennial than Lily of the valley. It is considered one of the easiest to maintain among the perennial ground covers, and it grows best in partial shade with moist soil. If you can’t perfect these conditions, don’t worry. This lily is so hearty and adaptable that it can also do well in full sun or even full shade, depending on the moisture level of the soil. Not only are the snowy white bell-shaped blossoms beautiful to look at, but they are also some of the sweetest smelling flowers out there.

Creeping thyme

While this plant isn’t of the edible variety, creeping thyme offers the same wonderful herbal fragrance as the thyme you’d find in the kitchen. This purple plant is an excellent ground cover for sunny or lightly shaded areas of the garden, filling empty spots in the yard and gaps between stepping stones. Creeping thyme also has the added benefit of choking out invasive weeds, so these blooms will keep your garden free from bothersome weed growth. 

Delosperma – Ice Plant 

With spreading leaves and striking flowers that open to the sun and close in the shade, this low-growing perennial features a gorgeous blend of orange, fuchsia, and white blossoms. They thrive in sunny areas with fast-draining soil and require weekly watering in the heat of summer. 

Sedum ‘Dragon’s Blood’

It should come as no surprise that Dragon’s Blood is known for the distinctive, vibrant red color of the petals. Sedums enjoy good sun and soil that isn’t too dry. They’re fairly undemanding though, so they can also grow in partial shade (but not full shade). Known to provide year-round beauty in your garden, you may still see the pretty rosette flowers peeking out from beneath the snow in winter. 

You don’t need a green thumb to achieve a riot of colorful blossoms in your garden all summer long. All you need are the right perennials and a well-thought plan to grow a vibrant garden you’ll enjoy this summer and for many summers to come.

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