Skip to main content

Plant these 8 perennial flowers to have blooms all summer long

Get a garden full of of colorful blooms for the whole warm season

Chair beside blooming flower garden
Krawczyk-A-Foto / Shutterstock

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.

Recommended Videos

Perennial flowers that bloom all summer

red geraniums
svf74 / Shutterstock

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 whimsical structure, which can grow up to 3 feet tall, is made up of tall, thick stems and globe-like clusters of flowers. Alliums 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 season

White lily of the valley flowers in a garden
Kirill Demchenko / Shutterstock

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 creeping thyme isn’t edible, it 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. It thrives in sunny areas with fast-draining soil and requires 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.

Tips for growing perennial flowers in summer

Blue lupine perennial flowers
Cyrustr / Shutterstock

To ensure vibrant perennial blooms in summer, start with soil preparation — loosen it and amend it with compost for optimal drainage and nutrient retention. You should also select perennial varieties suited to your climate and soil type, considering factors like sun exposure and water requirements.

Plant at the appropriate depth, typically with the crown just at or slightly above the soil surface. Regular watering is also crucial, especially during dry spells, but avoid overwatering to prevent root rot. Finally, you should mulch around plants to retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Deadhead spent blooms to encourage continuous flowering and prune as needed to maintain shape and vigor.

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.

Kim Renta
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Kim has written for Bloomingdales, Movado, and various e-commerce wine sites. When she's not writing about wine and…
These are the best plants for a beautiful windowsill garden
Three plants on a windowsill

Having indoor plants is nothing new. Homeowners have long understood the healthy benefits of indoor plants; not only do they soak up carbon dioxide to make the air you breathe cleaner and better for you and your family but, they also provide a design element that shouldn’t be overlooked. Living, breathing plants add color, warmth, texture, and dimension to any setting, and when displayed properly, they can actually become the focal point of a room.

You’ll want to be mindful of which direction your window faces and the amount of light that shines through so you can select your plants based on light requirements. Measure the windowsill space and choose windowsill planters and pots that fit. Always water plants thoroughly, and use a drainage container beneath pots to avoid water damage on the windowsill. Check plants regularly during the first few weeks for signs of stress, cold, or water irregularities. 

Read more
The best perennial flowers that bloom all summer
best perennial flowers summer bloom pink lilac blue hydrangeas

One of the things we love most about summer is the flowers. Colorful, beautiful, and fragrant, a yard filled with flowers can be one of the great joys of any home gardener. If you’d rather spend more time enjoying the colors of your garden blooms and less time having to replant each and every year, it's time to get well acquainted with the world of perennials. 
Why perennials?
Perennials are plants that live more than two years, unlike annuals which live only a single season, and biennials which, as you can guess, live about two years. Plant a perennial and, barring some sort of gardening catastrophe, you are virtually guaranteed it will live for three seasons or more so you don't have to replant your garden at the change of every season. Some perennials can live for decades, and in the case of peonies, they very well could outlive you.

Sadly, the blooming season of many perennials is short — in the case of peonies, for example, it’s just seven to ten days. However, there is a wide variety of other perennials with more extensive blooming seasons that you can enjoy for weeks and months to come.

Read more
Missing out on your summer vacation? Stream these 8 travel shows
best travel shows netflix hulu hbo max amazon backpacker outdoor market thailand

Does it feel like your passport is growing cobwebs, and you can barely remember the last time you left your house, let alone traveled outside of the country? We feel your pain—especially now that summer vacation season is approaching with a slim-to-none chance of being able to hop on a plane and visit an exotic location. Sadly, there’s not much we can do to help—but if you can’t travel, the best travel shows online may be the next best thing. 

Check out our list of the ‘best of the best’ travel shows 2021 filled with must-stream travel shows of wonderful—and some not-so-wonderful—locales from around the world. Sit back, binge watch, and decide which places to add to your must-visit travel plans (and ones to avoid at all costs) once the world opens up for travelers again (fingers crossed it will be soon)!
Travel shows 2021 - the next best thing to being there
Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted
If your love of travel is second only to your love of food, you won’t want to miss Gordon Ramsay taking a break from Hell’s Kitchen to uncharted places. Although the show has a definite focus on food, this National Geographic show also puts a spotlight on the culture, festivities, wildlife, and people you’ll want to experience when you visit. A delicious mix of travel and cooking—count us in!
Down to Earth with Zac Efron
This show helps us all learn about sustainable living with wellness expert Darin Olien along for the ride. More than just pointing out problems, this Netflix show highlights solutions and how you can incorporate them into your everyday, healthier living. Of course, everything is through the lens of some of the most beautiful locations around the world.
Street Food
Each season of this Netflix series spotlights a different region around the world. Rather than focusing on fine dining, this unique take on a food and travel show explores the carts, stalls, and markets that locals and tourists alike visit for indigenous dining on the go. Not only will it get your tastebuds fired up, but you’ll feel a kinship with the people behind the recipes as you get immersed in the sights and sounds of faraway places.
Expedition Unknown
More of a road-less-traveled kind of explorer? You’ll love this Discovery Go series, hosted by archaeologist Josh Gates who is in a global adventure quest for uncovered mysteries, unsolved events, buried treasure, and lost cities. Gates' approach is less polished than some of the other travel shows around, but his quick wit and thirst for the unusual will hook you, inform you, and inspire your inner Indiana Jones.
The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes
Not able to Airbnb this summer? You can still visit some of the most breathtaking homes around the world (vicariously, of course) when you stream this Netflix series. Designed to challenge your ideas of what a home can be and flip the traditional architecture norms on its head. Every dwelling showcased fits the climate, the culture, and the soul of the location and the people who call the house home.
Travel Man
Let’s say you only have two days to really get to know a place; where would you begin? In the Amazon Prime series Travel Man, comedian Richard Ayoade takes time to try the food, the wine, the hotspots, and the thrills of top travel destinations around the world—and he does it all in just 48 hours! It’s the most culturally efficient way to travel we’ve ever seen, and it could inspire you to try some mini explorations of your own.
Dark Tourist
There’s more to travel than the pretty-as-a-postcard picture, and this Netflix series dives right in—to the cults, gangs, crime scenes, haunted buildings, and ancient ruins. Host David Farrier searches the globe in pursuit of finding the most dark, devious, and dastardly places around the world. It’s a different side of tourism, exploring the darkest sides of humanity.
Quite possibly the best travel show online… ever!
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
You can catch seasons 7 and 8 on Hulu and relive the late, great Anthony Bourdain’s special brand of travel magic. Bourdain’s full-on dive into the culture, the people, the food, and the cocktails of exotic destinations around the world are second to none. Plus, he gives insight into historical tidbits and current events that make you feel like you're traveling with him. Few travel hosts do it as well as Anthony Bourdain. Period.

Read more