Perennials typically bloom for one season per year. This could either be spring, summer, fall, and even winter.
However, some plants may produce flowers sporadically throughout the year. This is subject to the type of plant, climate conditions, as well as how good the growing conditions are.
To ensure that your perennial blooms to its fullest potential, give it the right amount of sunlight, water, and nutrients. Also, be sure to deadhead spent flowers regularly. Doing so will help encourage new growth and extend the blooming period.
Once you have all the flowers picked out that you want to grow, consider planting trees and bushes to provide shade and continuity to your landscape.
Characteristics of Perennials
Perennials are plants that live for more than two years. They are typically deep-rooted and have a woody stem. Some common examples of perennials include roses, tulips, lilies, and daffodils.
These plants have a wide range of similarities, which include:
- They often die and regrow from the same root system each year
- They live for more than two years
- Perennials have a woody stem
- Perennials tend to be deep-rooted plants
Perennials provide color and splash to any garden with little maintenance required.
Spring Flowering Perennials
What sets spring flowering perennials apart is that they begin to bloom around the time when spring arrives. This is typically in March or April.
There are many beautiful spring flowering perennials to choose from. Some of the most popular options include:
Spring flowering perennials are also a great way to welcome in the warmer weather. The best time to plant spring flowering perennials is in the fall, so they have time to establish themselves before blooming.
Summer Flowering Perennials
What’s great about summer flowering perennials is that they provide color during a time when the garden may otherwise be looking a bit dull. They typically start blooming in June and continue until August or September.
Some of the most popular summer flowering perennials include:
The best time to plant summer flowering perennials is in the spring.
Fall Flowering Perennials
Although not as common as spring or summer flowering perennials, there are a few fall flowering options available. These plants typically start blooming in September and continue until the first frost arrives.
Some of the most popular fall flowering perennials include:
- Ornamental Grasses
Be sure to plant fall blooming perennials in the summer so they have time to establish themselves before blooming. JC’s Landscaping offers a Spring and Fall Clean-Up service and part of that includes planting colorful flowers.
Winter Flowering Perennials
Winter is a time when the garden can often look a bit bleak. However, there are a few winter flowering perennials that can add some color and interest during this time. These plants typically start blooming in December and continue until February or March.
Some of the most popular winter flowering perennials include:
- Winter Aconites
You can almost always find winter flowering perennials for sale in the fall. This is the best time to plant them so they have time to establish themselves before blooming.
Perennials are a great addition to any garden because they provide color and interest year after year with little maintenance required. For even more ideas on which perennials to plant, Texas A&M University has published a list of, “Outstanding Perennials for Texas.”
A surefire way to add some life to your garden is to include a few spring, summer, fall, and winter flowering perennials. This will ensure that there is always something in bloom no matter the season.
Here at JC’s Landscaping we are honored to provide our customers with superb landscaping installation and this service includes planting flowers and mulching the beds.
We hope this guide has helped you learn a little more about perennials and how to incorporate them into your garden. Happy planting!