The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of color, texture, and interest in the garden. Here are 15 cool-weather perennials that can invigorate your landscape with vivid blossoms and foliage as the days start to grow shorter. Extend the growing season with your new autumn favorites, right here on Gardener’s Path.
Pretty colors, a knockout fragrance, and easy growth are the hallmarks of garden pinks. Old-fashioned favorites, new cultivars add to their charm with improved growth, a longer bloom period, and vibrant color combos in pink, red, and white. Learn how to grow these enchanting flowers here on Gardeners Path.
With the arrival of the dog days of summer, is your garden looking a bit blah? Bring a rainbow of late summer color to your beds and containers with the best flowering bulbs. With 15 top-performing favorites to choose from that are suited to a variety of growing conditions, this roundup is not to be missed. Read more.
Creeping phlox is a low-maintenance, easygoing, low-growing perennial that provides perfect ground cover, with stunning flowers in shades of pink, purple, white, and blue. This plant is sure to quickly creep into your gardens – and into your heart! Read our growing guide now on Gardener’s Path to learn more.
When hot summer temps and high humidity strike, the native prairie wildflower Liatris spicata, or blazing star, puts on an excellent show. Tall plumes of feathery purple flowers welcome extreme summer conditions and shine when delicate greenhouse plants wither. Get all the details on this North American perennial now.
Fassen’s catmint is a mounded perennial that’s drought heat and tolerant, and unlike its cousin catnip, it doesn’t drive kitties crazy. You’ll love the gray-green foliage and lavender-blue flowers, not to mention the butterflies and hummingbirds this plant attracts. Learn how to grow it now with our in-depth guide!
Finding the right flowering plants for your shade garden can be problematic, and early blooming and fragrant varieties can be few and far between. Luckily, there’s lily of the valley, a happy-to-spread and pleasantly scented addition that fits in those neglected corners of your flowerbeds. Read more on Gardener’s Path.
If you’re looking for a versatile, low-maintenance shade plant that does well in the sun, too, consider Mexican petunia, aka Ruellia simplex. Sporting purple, pink, or white blooms, this easy-care hardy perennial comes in varieties short and tall, and you’ll love its slender, droopy leaves and sometimes-purple stems.