A tidy garden is a healthy garden, and cutting back perennials helps to achieve both of these things. But confusion comes into play when deciding which perennials to cut back when. Relax! We’ll teach you how biannual pruning can become an act of meditation for the gardener. Read our handy guide, and you’ll look forward to a tidy cleanup.
Winter savory is the perennial cousin of the annual summer variety, and its evergreen leaves can be enjoyed in recipes year-round. This easy-to-grow herb adds a peppery umami flavor to bean dishes, game, meat, and stuffing, and makes a great companion plant in the garden. Read more now to learn how to grow your own.
Amaryllis bulbs produce stunningly colorful flowers that are often grown indoors during the winter holiday season. Easily propagated from offsets and by divisions, just one mature bulb has the potential to produce several new plants. Learn how to propagate amaryllis from bulb offsets and sectioning. Read more now.
Cotoneaster is a showy, hardworking shrub that provides multi-season interest with deep green foliage and pretty flowers, followed by bright berries and fantastic fall colors. Attractive as groundcovers and hedges, in containers and rockeries, or against fences and walls. Learn how to grow cotoneaster in this guide.
Tall and elegant, Japanese anemones add enchanting, saucer-shaped flowers in shades of pink and white to the fall garden. Reliable and low maintenance, they’re terrific when mass-planted and add charm to cottage, cutting, and shade gardens. Learn how to grow and care for Japanese anemone flowers in this guide.
Nothing cheers the heart like a border of blue, white, and violet-hued agapanthus. Even better, some of these beauties have evergreen foliage, providing year-round texture to the garden. if you want to enjoy these beauties in your flower borders, learn how to grow and care for agapanthus with this guide. Read more now.
To extend this year’s flowering season, look no further than hardy garden mums. With a beautiful variety of flower colors, shapes, and plant sizes, this easy-care and cold-hardy autumn mainstay adds blooming brilliance as the other flowers finish for the year. Here’s how to grow chrysanthemums for late season color.
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.
Gladiolus is a flowering perennial for USDA Hardiness Zones 7-11. It grows from corms that readily naturalize providing colorful, ever-enlarging displays. Enjoy it as an annual in other zones, where it can be lifted for the winter. Read on to learn all you need to know to cultivate this ornamental beauty in your garden.
Perennial asters are vigorous plants that spread readily via self-sowing and extensive root systems. They have a clumping growth habit and masses of tiny, daisy-like blossoms. Colors include blue, pink, purple, and white. Read on to discover 21 tips for managing their aggressive nature and enjoying them in your yard.
For a cheery splash of daisy-like flowers that attract butterflies and bees, consider adding black-eyed susan to your landscape. You’ll be rewarded with masses of blooms that do well in a variety of soils and conditions. Pollinators love it, and you’ll find plenty of other benefits to this lovely flower in our feature.
Milkweed is a native perennial that’s easy to grow, and it attracts a seemingly unlimited list of wildlife to the garden. As the only host to monarch butterflies, growing it is a foolproof way to aid your local ecosystem, and to gain the admiration of your neighbors. Learn how to grow Asclepias now on Gardener’s Path!
The iconic flowers of the bird of paradise plant have made it a popular landscape plant in regions with warm climates. And despite their regal appearance, these plants are relatively easy to care for, and rarely succumb to pests or diseases. Read on to learn how to grow birds of paradise in your garden in Zones 9-12.
In gardening, understanding the difference between annuals and perennials is one of the most important things you can know. Most of us use a combination of both to make our gardens stand out, but do you know what the benefits are? Or why plants have different lifespans? Is one better for your garden than the other?
Caladiums are perfect for lush tropical gardening. These showy foliage plants come in a wide array of variegated colors like pink and chartreuse, red and green. They grow as perennials in USDA Hardiness Zones 9 to 11, and can also be cultivated as annuals or houseplants. Read on for how to grow your own caladiums now.
Honeysuckles are beautiful, fragrant, and survive in all kinds of environments, which is why they’ve become a garden staple. Picking the right one for your space is the key to success since some are invasive and may cause serious problems. In this guide, we’ll talk about all of your options and how to make them thrive.
Nothing says summer quite like the sweet, tart flavor and dark purple skin of the boysenberry, so why not try growing some at home? Learn everything you need to know to add this tasty fruit to your summer garden and enjoy a fresh harvest – perfect for snacking, pies, smoothies, and even savory dishes. Read more now.
Alstroemeria, or Peruvian lily, is a garden treasure when it comes to having your own supply for cut flower arrangements. Cultivate this sturdy and colorful perennial in the garden or containers that you can bring in for the winter. Read on to learn how easy it is with instructions from your friends at Gardener’s Path.
Love echinacea? Go beyond the classic purple coneflower you know and adore and take a look at 17 of our favorite colorful series and cultivars that you can grow. With single or double blooms, available in just about every hue, flower arrangers and beneficial insects alike will go crazy for these perennial beauties.
Coneflowers are a triple threat. They’re easy to grow, undeniably pretty and they’re also useful in the medicine cabinet, as you probably know. You can even make use of echinacea in the kitchen, which may come as a surprise to you! Ready to add these North American native beauties to your garden? Read more now.
Did you know there are two different types of chamomile with different growth habits and uses? German chamomile has cheerful flowers just waiting to be turned into tea, while English chamomile is ideal for growing as a low-maintenance ground cover. Learn about the differences between English and German chamomile now.
Balloon flower is prized for its blue color, uniquely inflated buds, and cheerful star-shaped blossoms. Given room, this hardy disease-resistant perennial establishes a firm root system, and slowly assumes a feature role. Learn all about your new favorite summer flower right here on Gardener’s Path.
Calamint is a fragrant perennial plant that makes an attractive member of an herb garden or flower bed. These bushy plants, covered with small white, blue, pink, or purple flowers, attract beneficial bees and butterflies, and are a delight to behold. Read more now to learn how to grow and care for calamint.
If you need a tough species that can survive neglect, check out gopher plants. It doesn’t take a lot of work to raise these low-maintenance evergreens, whether you need something to fill your containers, xeric garden, or dry areas. Learn all about propagation, planting, and care in this guide to Euphorbia rigida.
Drumstick alliums are remarkable plants with distinctive drumstick-shaped blossoms that turn from green to dark maroon in the summer. They add an architectural element to the ornamental garden without all the fussiness and maintenance required by some other flowers. If you’re ready to add them to your garden, read on!
If you’re searching for eye-catching color, texture, and height to add to your late summer to fall garden, put sky blue aster at the top of the list. This vigorous native perennial produces masses of small, daisy-like blooms on upright, branching stems. Read more to learn how to grow sky blue aster in your garden now.
Looking for a durable plant that isn’t very thirsty or hungry and thrives in almost any soil? Try growing salvia. With many different varieties available, whether tall, short, annual, or perennial, you’ll get a tough plant softened by beautiful and profuse blooms in white, pink, red, coral, purple, blue, or yellow.
With vivid colorful blooms and a trailing or upright growth habit, lobelia provides outstanding ornamental value to beds, containers, rockeries, and window boxes. And it loves a cool afternoon so it’s perfect for brightening up shady spots in the garden. Learn how to plant and grow lobelia in this guide. Read more now.
Evening primrose flowers bloom later than many other plants, are tolerant of many environmental stressors, and are just flat-out gorgeous. In our guide to growing Oenothera, you’ll learn how to propagate, cultivate, and maintain these wonderful plants, as well as how to keep them safe from pests and disease. Read more.
Cheerful New England aster provides late-season color with an abundance of bright flowers that attract bees and butterflies. This easy to grow native perennial blooms from late summer right up to the first frost and returns vigorously year after year. Learn how to plant and grow New England aster in your garden now.
The alpine aster is a low-profile, cold-weather perennial for USDA hardiness zones 4 to 7. It’s an early-blooming species that flowers from late spring through early summer. Perfectly suited to rock gardens, its flowers are pink, purple, or white. Learn how to grow and care for alpine aster, here on Gardener’s Path.
Have you ever tasted a boysenberry? In this article, we dive into the red-ripe, juicy-sweet world of this hybrid berry. You’ll learn about its many health benefits, plus delicious recipe ideas, and best uses in the garden and the kitchen. Learn more about the uses and benefits of boysenberries. Read more now.
The vibrant funnel-shaped flowers of hibiscus and their long stamens are iconic symbols of beauty – but did you know hardy varieties can grow in cold climates too? Thanks to the work of breeders, many sizes and colors are now available. We’ll explain how to grow them, with tips to bring out their best blooms.
If you are looking for a drought-tolerant flower that blooms profusely from early spring to late fall, consider blackfoot daisy, the heat-loving American native that’s not picky about soil and is resistant to pests, deer, and diseases. You will love its cheerful white flowers and low, rounded form. Read more now.
Perennial asters have daisy-like flowers and readily naturalize in the garden through self-sowing and an extensive root system. By dividing perennial asters you can keep them under control, growing vigorously, and enjoy them in other areas of the garden. Learn when and how to divide asters with our guide. Read more now.
Yarrow is a perennial flowering herb with a long history of medicinal use, from treating wounds on the battlefield to modern herbal remedies. With feathery leaves and delicate flowers, it repels pests and provides ornamental interest in the garden. Read on to learn all about the history of yarrow and its many uses.
True lilies are splendid, showy flowers that add bright, bold colors and sweet perfume to beds, containers, cutting gardens, and naturalized areas. Easy to grow, these perennial bulbs multiply readily, making them cost-effective as well as highly ornate. Learn how to plant and grow true lilies right here. Read more now.
If you need a perennial that gives long-lasting, reliable color during the hot months, summer flowering clematis is a great choice. Terrific for vertical interest, as a groundcover, or weaving through trees and shrubs, these hardy vines are easy to care for and maintain. Discover 19 of the best varieties for your garden.
If you’re looking for an assertive climbing vine that can take heat and drought and still reward with spectacular displays of yellow, orange, and red trumpet-shaped flowers, consider crossvine, Bignonia capreolata. This evergreen US native is easy to care for, bothered by few pests, and can grow to be 50 feet tall.
Four o’clocks bloom in the late afternoon, which is just part of their appeal. They also thrive in poor soil, resist drought, and sprout easily from seed. Our guide explains how to tend this old-fashioned cottage garden flower, from selecting cultivars to overwintering to saving seeds. It’s time to grow four o’clocks.
Ornamental alliums are versatile plants that add an architectural element to the garden. They’re also incredibly varied, with blossoms that may look like little yellow starbursts or others with purple softball-sized flower heads. Plus, they don’t require much maintenance. If you like the sound of this, then read on!
Offering a spectacular springtime display of bright yellow, trumpet-shaped blooms, the assertive Carolina jessamine vine happily climbs up arbors and scrambles over fences all over the southeastern United States and beyond. Read our expert advice to learn how to add this easy-care native plant to your garden now.
Hostas can make a striking addition to the shade garden, with colorful foliage and tiny lavender or white flowers. Check out our roundup of favorite cultivars, in hues of blue-green and gold, chartreuse and lime, with spiky or heart-shaped leaves, plus a few classic white and green varieties. Read more now.
Tulips are a favorite among springtime flowering bulbs for many gardeners, available in a wide selection of sizes, colors, and styles with early, mid-season, and late bloom times. But what type should you choose for your garden? Learn more about the different varieties of tulips, grouped into 15 divisions. Read more.
For pest-resistant blooms that add striking color and a graceful form to the landscape, painted daisy is the perfect perennial. Easy to grow and even easier on the eyes, Tanacetum coccineum has all sorts of gardening applications! In this guide, you’ll learn exactly how to grow and care for these beauties.
Wood hyacinth, aka Spanish bluebell, is a spring bulb that sports bright green foliage and blue, pink, or white bell-shaped blooms. This hardy plant is easy to grow in drifts under trees, in containers, and in garden beds and borders. Learn how to plant and grow this robust, showy perennial in this guide. Read more now.
The daylily is one of America’s favorite perennials, and with good reason. It is an easy-to-grow plant with extended periods of flowering, and is susceptible to few ailments. Practically required in your perennial borders, we share all the tips you’ll need. Read more about this lovely perennial now on Gardener’s Path.
Have you ever wanted to grow a tulip that looks like a peony? Well, you totally can, and in this guide we’ll show you how. Peony tulip blooms last longer than actual peonies, and these flowers are just as deliciously fancy. Learn everything you need to know about growing peony tulips in our guide. Read more now.
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.
Bulbs add beautiful blooms to the garden, and many of them will happily multiply and naturalize on their own. But some, usually the expensive ones, are more reluctant to divide and need manual manipulation for offspring to form. Join us now for all the details on how to successfully propagate your own bulbs at home.
Native to North America, the Virginia bluebell is an early spring blooming plant that sports flowers in shades of purple, pink, and blue. Plus, this cool weather, moisture, and shade-loving plant is easy to grow. Read more now to learn all about propagating and caring for this perennial, ephemeral beauty.
Azaleas are a mainstay of the spring garden, but the show doesn’t have to end just because the season does. With several summer and fall flowering specimens, you can enjoy their gorgeous floral display right until frosty temperatures arrive. Read all about azalea bloom times and flowering groups for months of flowers.
It’s really sad when you purchase a good-looking batch of strawberries only to find them bland, tart, or worse – nothing but mush. Have you tried growing your own? As a cold hardy perennial, you’ll be surprised how little is involved in growing a plant or two for some delicious snacking. Read more on Gardener’s Path.
Coreopsis is a native perennial with cheerful flowers that keep blooming from spring to fall. These low maintenance, pollinator-friendly beauties are ideal for a planting in a wildflower meadow or to add color to beds and borders. Learn how to plant and grow coreopsis flowers in this guide. Read more now.
Yarrow is a flowering perennial that grows in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9. Flattened flower heads called corymbs create a carpet of velvety color in late spring and summer. Choose from shades of pink, red, white, and yellow. Drought and salt tolerant, you’ll find this plant easy to cultivate. Learn how to grow it now.
Bright and beautiful, azaleas add gorgeous colors in spring, summer, and fall. Tidy, low maintenance shrubs, they’re suitable for light shade to full sun and sparkle in borders, containers, foundations, flowering hedges, woodland edges, and more. Discover 21 of the best azaleas for your garden and yard in this guide.
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.
Evergreen oleander shrubs add tropical flair to the garden, blooming for months in vibrant shades of pink and red or delicate white. These low maintenance beauties thrive in poor soil, drought, high heat, and salt air and are suitable for cultivation in Zones 8-10. Learn how to plant and grow oleander in this guide.
Tea, damask, polyantha, oh my! There are so many kinds of roses that it can all get a bit confusing. If you’re wondering what a shrub rose or a tea rose is, or what separates modern roses from old garden roses, this is the guide for you. We’ll help you sort out all the details and choose the best varieties for your garden.
Want to grow your own strawberries? There’s a huge variety of cultivars to choose from, from tiny alpines to juicy giants, in shades of red, white, yellow, and even purple. Some offer extra disease resistance, or stunning flowers. To make your selection a little easier, check out our roundup of top picks now.
Grape hyacinths are beloved for their easy, bright splash of purple in the early spring garden. These reliable bulbs are delightful in showy shades of blue, pink, and white as well. And they multiply freely too, with more pretty blooms every year. Get all the details you need on how to plant grape hyacinth right here.
Of all the plants in my garden, chamomile offers the most return on my investment. It is a vigorous and problem-free plant that produces a spray of beautiful flowers that can immediately be harvested to make a tasty tea. Gardener’s Path has all of the information you need to know about growing this fine addition in your own garden. Read on to learn more!
Bleeding hearts maintain and enjoy their status as a unique and easy to care for perennial beloved by gardeners. With soothing green foliage and iconic heart-shaped flowers, it’s easy to see why this shade-loving plant is a mainstay in many gardens. Discover how to grow and care for your own bleeding hearts now.
If you’re anticipating a springtime bounty of daffodils, there’s nothing worse than watching your plants fail to bloom. Or maybe the leaves never poked out of the ground at all. In this guide, find out the 5 most common reasons for this sad occurrence and learn how to prevent it from happening again. Read more.
Carnations, sweet williams, and pinks are long-lasting in the garden and cut arrangements. With a spicy fragrance, Dianthus flowers sport attractive shades of pink, red, white, and purple that bloom all summer long. A stand-out in borders, rockeries, and window boxes, get all the growing details now on Gardener’s Path.
Rejuvenate the bare gardens of winter with the fresh blossoms of spring. Discover 25 of the best early spring flowering bulbs, perennials, and shrubs. Boost your curb appeal and welcome visitors with bold, vivid colors that invigorate, or pastels that soothe. Say goodbye to winter and find your new favorites now.
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.
Finding the right evergreen shrub for your garden can be a headache, especially if you want something unique. We’ve taken the guesswork out of the project and compiled 13 of the best evergreen shrubs for you to consider. Read on to see our favorite picks for a variety of growing zones in this guide. Read more now.
Welcome spring with mass plantings of hardy snowdrop, a bulb flower that blooms right through the snow. Let this charming perennial naturalize for impressive drifts of bell-shaped white blossoms, or interplant it with crocus for a stunning display. Learn how to add Galanthus to your garden now on Gardener’s Path.
Ferns are fabulously varied, and they’re not just lacy fronds that grow in shady areas. There are endless options if you want some color for shade, but there are also sun-lovers and others that grow on trees. Some are drought tolerant and others can thrive in a swamp. Read more now to learn how to grow your own ferns.
Weeping forsythia is a late winter to early spring sensation with its gracefully arching branches covered in little yellow flowers. It’s easy to grow in full sun and well-draining soil in USDA Hardiness Zones 5 to 8. Read on for pro tips to guide you in cultivating healthy, show-stopping shrubs in your landscape.
Cosmos flowers are gorgeous ornamentals that add beauty to the landscape while also attracting pollinators. With colorful blooms and graceful foliage, these summer annuals brighten up both flower beds and veggie gardens, and will thrive in less than ideal conditions. Keep reading to learn more about growing cosmos.
Raspberries mean summer’s here, and it’s time to grow your own. Whether you want to eat them fresh, bake them into a pie, or can homemade preserves, there’s something for everyone. To find the best everbearing or summer bearing cultivar for your growing zone, in a variety of colors, read more now on Gardener’s Path.
Carnivorous pitcher plants are incredible in both form and function. Are you considering adding some to your landscape? Once you understand their distinctive needs, you’ll be ready to propagate and plant a few, whether in a naturally occurring wetland area or as part of your very own bog garden. Read more now.
It’s no wonder hostas are one of the most popular plants to grow in the garden. They’re versatile, add color even to shady spots, and are rarely impacted by insect pests or diseases. With hundreds of cultivars, there’s an endless variety to choose from. Our guide will help you to pick, plant, and care for your hostas.
Are you planning your next garden project? Summer snapdragon is a perennial flower for beds, borders, and containers that you need to know about. Angelonia angustifolia is a must-have where summers are hot and humid. Discover what makes this plant unique, where to buy it, and how to grow it in this guide. Read more now.
Small globe thistle (Echinops ritro) features whimsical pom-pom flowers atop stems that grow to over three feet tall. Ideal as a background for smaller foreground plants, small globe thistle is a striking addition to the garden. Learn how to plant and grow this exceptional perennial in this guide. Read more now.
Chinese lantern is a charming ornamental that will bring a touch of whimsy to your garden. The papery, red-orange husks of this perennial come into their full splendor in autumn, providing bright fall color, and can be used in bouquets or dried arrangements. Keep reading to learn more about growing Chinese lantern.
Widely considered by herbalists to be a natural remedy for headaches, feverfew also happens to be an attractive landscaping plant. With white and yellow daisy-like flowers atop green feathery stems, this colorful herb is a fantastic addition to the garden. Learn how to plant and grow feverfew in this guide. Read more now.
Are you looking for a flower that evokes images of Victorian ladies with parasols in their cottage gardens? One that adds rich color and fragrance to beds and borders? Matthiola incana, commonly called stock, is the perfect choice. Learn all about this timeless classic and how to grow it in this guide.
Colorful, beautiful, sweet-smelling, and incredibly flavorful, scented geraniums are a delight for the senses. These multi-purpose plants don’t enjoy the same popularity as their garden cousins, but they’re more than worthy of a spot in the yard. With so many varieties to choose from, they’re sure to please. Read more.
Cosmos come in a stunning array of different varieties, but we’ve narrowed the field to 25 of the most gorgeous, colorful cultivars, many of them award winners. Discover the best and most beautiful double, semi-double, bicolored, and patterned cosmos varieties and choose your favorite for your yard and garden.
With an elegant form, sumptuous colors, a delicate fragrance, and elaborate blossoms, the iris is a delightful specimen of early summer. Named after a goddess and used as a symbol of royalty, this flower is easy to grow and multiplies readily. Learn how to enjoy this divine beauty in your garden with this guide.
Dahlias are bright, beautiful flowers that are much loved in the late season garden. And with such a marvelous selection of colors, forms, and sizes to choose from, deciding which type is best for your garden can be tough. Learn about the different types of dahlias and how they are classified in this guide. Read more now.
Are you eager to expand your blueberry patch? You could go to a nursery and buy potted plants, but why not try propagating your own? You can do this by taking cuttings, collecting and sowing seeds, via layering, or transplanting suckers Learn how to propagate your own blueberry plants using these methods. Read more now.
The Paeonia genus contains flowers native to Asia, Europe, and North America. There are numerous species and cultivars with different growth habits, dimensions, and colors. Discover exciting options for beds, borders, and containers, in this informative guide to the different types of peonies. Read more now.
You don’t need lots of space, or a garden even, to grow and enjoy your own homegrown blueberries. You can grow these bushes in containers and keep them on your patio or balcony where they provide ornamental interest as well as delicious fruit. Learn how to grow your own blueberries in pots in this guide. Read more now.
For vibrant color from late spring to early summer, fill your garden beds and borders with the luscious blossoms of perennial peony. Available in shades of pink, purple, red, white, and yellow, these gorgeous flowers are an ornamental highlight. Learn how to plant and grow peonies in this guide. Read more now.
Looking for reliable, bold color for the late season garden? Delightful dahlias are a perfect fit. From dwarf cultivars to jumbo dinner plates, and in almost every imaginable color, these dazzling tubers flower consistently from summer until they’re felled by frost. Read all about how to plant and grow dahlias now.
Is there anything more disappointing than when it’s well into summer and your hydrangeas still aren’t blooming? In this guide, we’ll help you figure out what on earth went wrong, whether it’s a pruning issue or you have a light problem, and what you can do to fix it so you can enjoy those magnificent blossoms again.
A good late season bloomer can be hard to find, but don’t worry – Montauk daisies have got your back. This tough perennial features large, vibrant white flowers with bold yellow centers that stay in bloom until first frost. Learn how to grow these lovely, easy-to-tend perennials in this guide. Read more now.
Forsythia is a low-maintenance shrub that grows in full sun and average, well-draining soil. It’s famous for its bountiful yellow spring blooms. Depending upon the age and condition of yours, it may be beneficial to do a hard pruning. Read on to learn how to decide when this practice is the appropriate action to take.