long-blooming perennials


Long-Blooming Perennials – Color that Lasts All Season

Malva fastigata long-blooming perennial

A common question asked by a gardener shopping for perennials is, “Do you have something that blooms all summer?” I find I have to curb a sassy retort of, “Only if you plant petunias and marigolds!” Long-blooming color is important in a garden, but if you want a garden that is full of surprises with color-changing capacity, long-blooming perennials are the answer. There is nothing wrong with adding the non-stop, static effect of annuals to a garden, but do you really want that kind of expense, let alone boredom in your garden? A better solution is to plant a core of long-blooming perennials like Corydalis. Picking a group of five...

Corydalis lutea: Long-Blooming Perennial Plant

corydalis lutea blossoms

Corydalis  (pronounced kor-ID-ah-liss) starts blooming in May with the late spring-blooming Tulips and is still blooming with fall’s Asters. The best part is that this plant never requires deadheading to keep the flowering show going strong, so it is considered the longest of the long-blooming Perennials. Corydalis lutea or Yellow Corydalis blooms are so interesting with their flared, spur-like tubes of brilliant yellow that it doesn’t matter that they are only an inch or so long. They do a grand job at lighting up a shady garden spot despite their size. Corydalis only appears to be delicate. In fact, it is a tough, undemanding, maintenance free, partial shade plant that looks delightful...