8 Pretty Perennials to Plant for Year-Round Color

Paige Bennett
Written by Paige Bennett
Updated March 16, 2022
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Bring color to your yard year after year with these popular perennials

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Perennials can boost your curb appeal year after year, thanks to their longer lifespans. While annuals last just one year, and biennials complete their life cycle over the course of two years, perennials will bring color to your landscape for two or more years. That means you can plant once and enjoy the view for quite some time before needing to purchase new flowers. Find out which perennial plants will work best in your front yard with this handy guide.

1. Knock-Out Roses

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Designed for easy care by breeder Will Radler, Knock-Out roses are a family of perennial roses of varying colors. The original rose, Radrazz, is a deep pink flower bred for disease resistance and is a low-maintenance plant for your yard, perfect for the lazy gardener.

  • Hardiness zone: Most Knock-Out roses are suitable for hardiness zones 5 to 11. Some work for zones 4 to 11. Petite Knock-Out roses work in zones 4 to 10.

  • Water: These perennial rose bushes prefer infrequent, deep waterings rather than frequent waterings in small amounts. They are drought-tolerant.

  • Soil: These rose bushes require neutral soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5.

  • Sunlight: Knock-Out roses prefer 6 to 8 hours of full sunlight per day.

2. Coneflowers

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For a burst of warm tones, like pink, red, orange, or yellow, consider coneflowers of the Echinacea genus. These plants will grow up to 5 feet tall and a couple of feet wide, plus they are resistant to many gardening woes, like drought and heat.

  • Hardiness zone: Coneflowers typically grow well in zones 3 to 9.

  • Water: Give your coneflowers about 1 inch of water per week.

  • Soil: The best soil for coneflowers is neutral with a pH of 6.5 to 7.

  • Sunlight: Most coneflowers need full sun, but some varieties can tolerate partial shade.

3. Lantana

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For plants that bloom most of the year, consider the colorful, tiny flower clusters of lantana plants, which bloom from spring through fall and even longer in warmer locations. This is a perfect addition to a pollinator garden in your front yard, as these flowers are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds

  • Hardiness zone: Lantana grows in most hardiness zones but only works as a perennial in zones 9 to 11.

  • Water: Water container plants or young lantana twice per week. Established lantana plants need little watering and are drought-tolerant.

  • Soil: This perennial will grow in many soil types but prefers slightly acidic soil with a pH of 6 to 6.5.

  • Sunlight: Lantana needs 6 to 8 hours of full sun exposure daily.

4. Chrysanthemums

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Many flowering plants bloom in spring and summer, which is why many gardeners love chrysanthemums, or mums, that show off their colors in the fall. These perennials are available in a wide variety of colors, including white, yellow, orange, red, purple.

  • Hardiness zone: Chrysanthemums grow in zones 5 to 9.

  • Water: Mums need about 1 inch of water per week, and they may need more in the heat of summer.

  • Soil: The best soil for chrysanthemums has a pH of around 6.5

  • Sunlight: Give mums full sun before the flower buds develop for maximum flower yield. Once they begin flowering, move to partial shade for longer-lasting flowers.

5. Black-Eyed Susans

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Rudbeckia hirta, or black-eyed Susans, are a common wildflower that can give your landscape a more natural look and will attract pollinators. They have a bright, yellow color for a splash of sunshine in your front yard.

  • Hardiness zone: You can grow black-eyed Susans in hardiness zones 3 through 7.

  • Water: Keep the soil moist, but make sure it drains well.

  • Soil: The ideal pH is 6.8

  • Sunlight: These flowers thrive in full sun but will accept partial sun

6. Daylilies

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If you have a brown thumb but still dream of a vibrant front garden, plant daylilies. These hardy flowers add color and charm to a landscape, plus they are almost completely resistant to drought, pests, and disease.

  • Hardiness zone: Plant daylilies in zones 4 through 9.

  • Water: Daylilies grow best with about 1 inch of water per week.

  • Soil: Daylilies can tolerate many types of soil and will grow best in soils with a pH of 6 to 8.

  • Sunlight: While daylilies prefer full sun, they can survive just about any growing conditions you give them.

7. Amsonia

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Amsonia, also known as bluestars, will add a unique look to your front yard thanks to the long, narrow leaves and periwinkle hue. Even when amsonia plants aren’t in bloom, their foliage adds interest to any landscape.

  • Hardiness zone: Depending on the type of plant you purchase, amsonia will grow in zones 3 to 9 or 6 to 10.

  • Water: Keep amsonia moist in full sun. Planting these perennials in partial shade warrants slightly fewer waterings.

  • Soil: The soil pH for bluestars should range from 6.2 to 7.

  • Sunlight: Amsonia can grow in partial shade to full sun.

8. Lavender

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Lavender is a long-lasting perennial that is just as functional as it is beautiful. The purple flowers are attractive and fragrant. This plant will attract pollinators and can bloom at various times in the year. Plus, you can harvest the lavender to use in the kitchen for making tea, seasoning meals, or flavoring desserts.

  • Hardiness zone: Lavender grows in hardiness zones 5 to 8.

  • Water: Lavender is easy to overwater, which can cause root rot. Water young lavender about once a week and mature lavender once every few weeks.

  • Soil: This perennial needs slightly alkaline soil of 6.7 to 7.3. Acidic soil can kill lavender plants.

  • Sunlight: Lavender needs full sunlight to grow.

If caring for perennials or any other flower just isn’t your forte, look into hiring a local gardener to get your front yard looking great. 

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