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Long blooming flowers

What gardener does not want constant colour in their garden? Long blooming flowers are always appreciated in a garden by both the gardeners themselves and by the wildlife. While annuals are known for their long blooms, there are quite a few perennials that have bloom times of 6 -8 weeks or more. Unlike annuals, many of these perennials are native. Many cultivars are bred for longer blooms and they are not marked here as native. Here is a list of these plants.

 

Name Notes
Agastache foeniculum native Will bloom for two months starting in July.
Agastache scrophulariifolia native Will bloom for two months starting in July.

Aquilegia canadensis native

A spring flower for hummingbirds.
Calamintha nepeta Late June until frosts in November
Coreopsis lanceolata native Commonly planted and has cheery colourful flowers.
Coreopsis verticillata As long as you keep deadheading, the flowers keep coming. It may be easier to deadhead the whole plant in which case you get two sets of blooms.
Echinacea purpurea Two months beginning in July
Euphorbia corollata It blooms during July and August
Gaillardia sp. native Long bloom period but a short lifespan.
Helenium autumnale native Does well in moist soils.
Helianthus "Lemon Queen" This particular cultivar of sunflower has an extended bloom time.
Heliopsis helianthoides native A tough plant that will bloom in a variety of conditions.
Knautia macedonica Blooms for most of the summer and is popular with pollinators.
Monarda didyma native Blooms for over 8 weeks starting at the end of June
Ratibida pinnatanative Blooms over the summer and attracts different bees.
Rudbeckia "herbstonne" Starts blooming in mid-July and will keep blooming until the frost. Other rudbeckia also have long blooms.
Tradescantia ohiensis native Spiderworts bloom in the spring and early summer.
Veronica spicata When the flowers are near the top of the flowerhead, shear off all the heads and you will get a new set of blooms within a couple of weeks.