With so many options to choose from when it comes to planning a perennial bed, it can be crazy to try to decide where to start. Enter this perfect perennial recipe! Each of these plants will look fantastic with each other, with different bloom times, flower colors, and foliage shapes. All of them will be fantastic in full sun in any soil type, but will do best in loamy or sandy soil. For best results, this recipe works best in zones 4 - 8, but some of the plants can extend beyond that range.
Origami Red and White Columbine - Aquilegia
The first to flower in this recipe, Origami Red and White Columbine's cheerful flowers will remind you that spring is here. As the name suggests, the flowers are red and white and resemble folded origami flowers. Deer and rabbit resistant, this columbine flowers for almost 12 weeks providing plenty of nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds! If you cut back the flowers after flowering, it will continue to bloom for longer. At maturity, this plant reaches approximately 18 inches tall, and will spread up to 18 inches wide over time.
Dickson's Gold Bellflower - Campanula
The shortest of these perennials, Dickson's Gold Bellflower is perfect along the border of the garden. The foliage reaches a maximum of 6 inches tall, and is a beautiful golden green color. The blue flowers of Dickson's Gold Bellflower appear in late spring and early summer, in stark contrast to the bright foliage. Attractive to many pollinators, including bees, hummingbirds and butterflies, this plant will not be plagued by deer and rabbits. Use it along your border for just the pop of color you weren't expecting!
Fire Dance Red Hot Poker - Kniphofia hirsuta
Fire Dance Red Hot Poker acts as a reminder of summer days to come. Blooming in late May and early June, this flower's red and yellow flowers look like their namesake. Reaching over 20 inches at maturity, this flowers narrow strap-like leaves and tall flowers provide a stunning contrast to many of the other plants in this recipe. Ignored by rabbits, deer and other pests, but adored by pollinators, Fire Dance Red Hot Poker is sure to please.
Scabiosa Pink Mist - Scabiosa columnaria
Ready for a pop of pink that lasts from April until the first frost? Try Scabiosa Pink Mist. Delicate pin-cushion pink flowers dot the plant through the uncertainty of spring, through rough days of summer and into the final days of fall. At 12 to 18 inches tall, this plant is perfect in the front of your planting, where the flowers can be enjoyed in all their glory.
Blue Ice Blue Star - Amsonia
Everyone loves looking at the stars, so why not enjoy them in your garden? Blue Star Blue Ice has delicate blue star-shaped flowers that will brighten your garden like the evening stars in the late spring and early summer months. Turning bright summer yellow in the fall, this plant has a little bit for every season. Low management and bright colors makes this a winner in your garden recipe. With a variety of colors, shapes and bloom times, each of these flowering perennials shine in their own way. Try all of them together for a burst of color all season long, or pick and choose what works best for you.