10 of Spring’s Vibrant Perennials

Spring is coming. It is time to plan the perennials you want to add to your landscape this year. Here are ten of our favorite blooming perennials that are vibrant and colorful enough for any flower bed.

Oxeye Daisy (Leucanthemum Vulgare)

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Oxeye Daisies are native to Europe but have been in the United States for centuries. They are brilliant white with yellow centers. These flowers quickly grow and thrive in sun and shade or full sun. They require supplemental water to survive in full sun. Oxeye Daisies are tolerant of drought, heat, and poor soil. Water them an inch a week during periods of drought and extreme heat. They attract butterflies and resist deer and rabbits. Oxeye Daisies have a pleasing floral scent with spicy notes but are not overpowering. They make excellent cut flowers to bring the scent of the outdoors into your home.

Zone Height Width Light Needs Bloom
3-9 3-4 feet 2-4 feet Mix of sun/shade June-August

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa)

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Butterfly weed is native to the United States. This plant has bright orange flowers all summer to brighten up any garden. Butterfly weed attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. It doesn't just attract butterflies but is a type of milkweed that attracts and feeds Monarch butterflies. Monarchs are considered endangered, so planting butterfly weeds can help them. Butterfly weed will grow almost anywhere in the United States. It needs deadheading, may self-seed, and may need occasional aphid control. As a bonus, the seed pods are attractive and are often used in crafts or flower arrangements. Butterfly weed is drought and heat tolerant and resists deer and rabbits.

Zone Height Width Light Needs Bloom
3-9 1-2.5 feet 1-1.5 feet Full Sun June-September

Shasta Daisies (Leucanthemum × superbum)

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Shasta Daisies have white petals with blueish-purple tips and a yellow center. The foliage and stem are bright, glossy green. They require well-drained soil and are easy to care for. Native to Europe, they grow over a wide range of the United States. These plants form clumps that spread slowly and can be divided every two to three years. Shasta daisies are cold and hardy and need to be fertilized twice a year. Deadheading the spent blossoms will increase the number of blooms your plant makes. Shasta daisies make excellent cut flowers for a vase or bouquet. They attract bees and other pollinators. Foam Flower goes really well with this plant!

Zone Height Width Light Needs Bloom
5-9 1-3 feet 2-3 feet Full Sun June-September

Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)

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The trumpet vine has showy 3-4-inch-long trumpet-shaped orange flowers on a light green woody vine. The darker green leaves make a nice contrast to the stem and bright flowers. A native vine in the southeastern United States, the trumpet vine grows in many parts of the United States. Aerate the soil and fertilize twice a year for optimum growth. Trumpet vines are drought and heat-resistant and bounce back from colder winters. They attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. This vine is excellent for covering a fence or an arbor. You will need to prune it to control aggressive growth. Trumpet vines are deer resistant.

Zone Height Width Light Needs Bloom
4-9 20 feet 40 feet Full Sun June-September

Bearded Iris (Iris x germanica)

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The bearded iris has blue-violet or showy purple flowers on tall green stalks. The leaves are green and provide a great contrast to the flowers. The plant is native to the Mediterranean but grows over most temperate United States. Bearded irises grow in clumps and must be divided every 3-5 years in the late summer to maintain the flower color, or they will become white. They make excellent cut flowers and are recognized as Tennesse's state-cultivated flowers. Bearded irises need well-drained soil as they do not like wet feet. Use a low-nitrogen fertilizer to avoid soft rot. This iris is very drought tolerant. When the flowers are spent, remove the flower stalk, so the plant doesn't waste energy on seed formation.

Zone Height Width Light Needs Bloom
3-9 1-3 feet 2-3 feet Likes morning sun/afternoon shade Spring

Evening primrose (Primula vulgaris)

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Evening primroses are pale yellow flowers with a darker yellow center. They open in the evening and are open all night. During the day, they are closed. Evening primroses are native to Asia, northern Africa, and Europe around the Mediterranean. They form a green border with 6-8-inch leaves in a rosette pattern during the day. At night, the flowers attract nighttime moths and early morning bees. Evening primroses need well-drained but moist soil. They prefer dappled sunlight or partial shade. Fairly drought tolerant, these flowers thrive with a twice-yearly fertilization and a drink during prolonged drought.

Zone Height Width Light Needs Bloom
4-8 3-6 inches 4-8 inches Dappled light/partial shade March -August

Asters (Symphyotrichum)

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Asters are native to the United States. They are an excellent ground cover in many colors, from white to purple, with vibrant yellow centers. Asters attract butterflies and pollinators and can provide a vital late-season nectar source. Asters are usually grown from nursery transplants as seedlings take several years to mature. They like sandy loam soils that have a pH of 5.8-6.5. The roots like to spread out, so give them some room when planting. Fleabane Daisy is the twin to this plant.

Zone Height Width Light Needs Bloom
3-9 8 inches-8 feet 2-4 feet Full sun Summer-Fall

Wild Geranium (Geranium Maculaturm)

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Wild Geraniums are native to the forests of the eastern United States. They are usually rose-pink to lavender but are sometimes deep purple or white. The petals have slightly darker lines down the length of the petal. The leaves are five-lobed and have irregular margins. They are dark green. Wild Geraniums are easy to care for and drought tolerant. They need sun and the occasional dose of fertilizer with minimal water during dry spells. They spread quickly into a mound of plants. In addition, wild Geraniums attract butterflies, hummingbirds, and bumblebees.

Zone Height Width Light Needs Bloom
3-8 12-28 inches 12-18 inches Full Sun/Light Shade Late Spring-Early Summer

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

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Black-eyed Susan, native to the eastern United States but has spread throughout North America. The flowers have a large black center surrounded by rays of yellow flowers. The leaves are green with a serrated edge. This plant is a biennial, meaning it completes its life cycle in two years. However, it will come back season after season because it self-seeds. Black-eyed Susan attracts butterflies, bees, and other pollinators. Small mammals and birds eat the seeds in the fall. The plants are moderately tolerant to drought and salt and moderately deer resistant.

Zone Height Width Light Needs Bloom
3-10 3-4 feet 1-2 feet Full Sun Mid-Summer to Mid-Fall

Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)


Purple coneflower is native to the central and eastern United States. It prefers well-drained, moist loam but will live in other soils. Once established, purple coneflowers are drought tolerant and are heat, deer, rabbit, and salt resistant. Flowers have a round brown dome head surrounded by pink, lavender, or purple petals. The leaves are rough to the touch and dark green. Purple coneflowers attract butterflies and other pollinators. Birds eat the seeds in the fall. The petals are dried and used to make tea to treat colds. When the leaves are crushed, they emit a fresh, daisy-like fragrance.

Zone Height Width Light Needs Bloom
3-8 3-4 feet 1-2 feet Full Sun/Partial Shade Early Summer-Mid Fall
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Foam Flower

Foam Flower is a perennial plant with delicate, frothy spikes of white or pinkish blooms and deeply lobed, attractive foliage resembling foamy. It is a beautiful and beneficial plant with numerous advantages in landscaping projects. This herbaceous perennial belongs to the Saxifragaceae family and is admired for its delicate bloom spikes and attractive foliage. One of the primary benefits of incorporating it into landscaping is its captivating appearance. Foam Flower (Tiarella cordifolia), the Allegheny, is a gorgeous spring wildflower with feathery white spires that look lovely in sun-dappled gardens. With time, its foliage will form colonies with an excellent ground cover in shady spots. Where Foam Flower Can Be Found  It is native to wooded areas in eastern North America. This perennial can be found on seeps and stream banks, by creeks, in clearings, and under maple, hemlock, and white cedar trees. Along the eastern coast, it starts blooming in mid-March and continues to blossom through April. It owes its name to the sprays of tiny white to pinkish blooms that cover its three- to four-inch-long racemes. These delicate blossoms float around the tips of their long, graceful stems, which rise one to three feet above mounds of low-growing leaves. After it fades, the plant's foliage stays lush and glossy. The plant's bright green leaves grow up to four inches wide and usually have three to five lobes. The leaves' shape, color, and pattern can vary depending on the cultivar. They may stay evergreen in warmer climates, but their leaves and rosettes often turn red and bronze in the fall when temperatures cool down. Foam Flower Loves Shade Tiarella cordifolia brings soft, gentle intrigue to shady spots in your landscape. These blooms work beautifully in ornamental, wildflower, and woodland gardens beside ferns and blooms like Solomon's seal, dwarf crested iris, and bluebells. It adds a magical quality to small and mass plantings, grows under trees, and suits spacious pots and planters well. It also makes a lovely border or ground cover. It can be propagated by dividing and replanting the roots in late fall or starting from seed indoors, around ten weeks before the last spring freeze. Once the frost has parted, you can plant the seedling outside. It lures bees and other pollinators to your landscape, making them a valuable addition. Some small mammals eat its seeds for nourishment. Foam Flower Adds Whimsical Charm To Your Garden  Planting foam flowers will add whimsical charm to your springtime garden. Once established in your landscape, you can enjoy their showy blooms for years.

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Evening Primrose - TN Nursery

Evening Primrose

Evening Primrose is recognized for their tall stems adorned with bright yellow, four-petaled flowers that typically bloom in the afternoon, contrasted by lance-shaped, green leaves. It is a delightful and beneficial plant with numerous advantages when landscaping. This herbaceous perennial is native to North and South America and has become famous for gardeners due to its striking blooms, versatility, and ecological contributions. Evening primrose (Oenothera biennis) is a lovely and prolific North American flower that greatly benefits pollinators in gardens and the wild. Natural Habitat Of Evening Primrose Native to North America, Oenothera biennis is naturalized across the United States. This biennial wildflower grows along forest edges and clearings and can also be found in prairies, marshes, pastures, old mines, railroads, roadsides, and other open, disturbed areas. It is one of the few native plants that bloom into late fall. Oenothera biennis features clusters of four-petaled, bowl-shaped, two-inch-wide yellow blooms that blossom at the top of the stems. The heart-shaped petals surround eight yellow stamens and a cross-shaped stigma. The plant grows three to five feet tall. Its stiff, purple central stalk is covered in oblong olive-, light-, or medium-green leaves that also form a rosette at the plant's base. Evening Primrose Has A Wonderful Aroma  Oenothera biennis is a late-season biennial primrose that produces abundant fragrant, lemon-scented blooms from July through October. Its blossoms open in the afternoon, after the sun sets, and close up again in the morning after sunrise. In the garden, this plant will fit right into a cottage or wildflower garden and add color and texture to borders and flower beds. It can also add beauty to meadows and naturalized areas. This quick-growing flower is best planted in late fall. It will bloom in its second year and self-seed unless it's pruned back at the end of its blooming cycle. Suppose you want to attract pollinators to your garden, plant Oenothera biennis. Night-flying moths are the plant's chief pollinators, and when the flowers stay open on cloudy mornings, bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are likely to stop by. Birds will feast on the seeds, and small mammals will nibble on its roots and leaves. Add Rustic Color With Evening Primrose If you're looking for an easy way to add rustic color to your landscape and attract more bees, birds, and butterflies, be sure to plant Evening Primrose in your garden. These bright, fragrant plants will bring you joy during the late summer months.

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Fleabane Daisy - TN Nursery

Fleabane Daisy

Fleabane Daisy boasts delicate, white to pale pink petals surrounding a yellow center, and it is known for its ability to thrive in various natural habitats.is a charming and beneficial plant with numerous advantages in landscaping projects. This perennial flower belongs to the Asteraceae family and is known for its delicate appearance and versatility in outdoor spaces. The Fleabane Daisy is a precious North American flower that embodies the beauty of simplicity. As a pioneer species of the Rocky Mountains, this indigenous plant is acclaimed for its bright coloration and vibrancy. What Makes Fleabane Daisy So Unique Also known as Erigeron annuus, it is not your typical flower. In contrast to other members of its genus, this flower can be partially distinguished by its ample coarse-toothed leaves. The unusual cleft shape is a distinctly recognizable attribute that is particularly noticeable around the stem base. A tendency towards narrowing can be observed near the top, but their symmetrical pattern remains intact. The stem showcases a slight hairiness that can often only be seen up close. Fleabane Daisy Blooms White, Pink, Purple  With faint shades of pink and purple, the petals subtly evoke qualities of both romance and affection. From off-white to lavender, these daisies possess an irresistibly eye-catching and attractively understated gradient. Their gold and yellow centers discreetly provide an ideal contrast that lavishly amplifies the flower’s soft visual enticements. The relatively small circular core keenly enhances a slender and wispy presentation. Their blooming is culturally associated with late spring, and they commonly continue sprouting new flowers into mid-autumn. Heights vary widely due to their adaptive spirit, but they often grow up to 4 feet tall. Meanwhile, the delicate petals vary in length individually. They are approximately 1 inch long, and there are usually more than 100 per flower. An impressive clustering capacity often generates over 40 flower heads per stalk. This powerful inflorescence ultimately cultivates a rich and luscious visage. Fleabane Daisy Reseeds Itself  Fleabane Daisy is typically an annual species but has also been observed adapting to a biennial life cycle. Its quaint appearance masks an underlying robustness. It is renowned for its resilience, and this hearty nature lends itself to an abundant flowering cycle. Despite a reliance on standard pollination processes, these plants also can self-fertilize. As a favorite delicacy among bees, it is recognized for its contributions to healthy landscapes of all kinds.

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