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Planting perennials in your New Jersey garden can fill your landscape with beautiful color and interesting texture throughout the year.

Unlike annuals that must be replanted every year, perennial flowers are hardy bloomers that come back year after year, often with minimal care and maintenance.

The lifespan of perennial flowers range from three to 15 years, although some varieties like peonies can bloom for a lifetime.

list of perennial flowersChoosing the Right Perennials Flowers

There’s a wide variety of perennial flowers that grow well in Bergen County, located in USDA Hardiness Zone 6.

Perennial flowers are wonderful plants for areas around shrubs and trees, garden beds, container gardens and window boxes because they provide a variety of shapes, textures and colors in the landscape.

Some varieties produce tall, vertical forms, some grow in mounded clusters and others create lovely groundcovers.

There are many sun-loving varieties, as well as shade-loving varieties, so it’s easy to choose the right perennial flowers for your landscape conditions.

Take a look at a list of perennial flowers that will thrive in your NJ garden.

1. Anemone

Anemones are colorful, delicate flowers that rest on top of slender stems. Also called windflowers, anemones blow freely in the wind creating a poetic dance as they move.

Anemones produce fragrant scents and make wonderful cut flowers for your home. They produce cupped flowers in white, pink or rose and deeply lobed foliage.

Light: full sun, partial sun

Height: 1 to 3 feet

Spread: 1 to 3 feet

Blooms: spring, summer and fall

2. Aster

Asters are always at the top of the list of perennial flowers for Bergen County gardens because they are native to the New Jersey area, easy to grow and drought tolerant.

Asters provide great height and striking color in any landscape. Some varieties grow  from six to eight feet tall and bloom with beautiful hues of white, pink, lavender and purple.

Light: full sun

Height: 1 to 8 feet

Spread: 1 to 4 feet

Blooms: spring and fall

list of perennial flowers

3. Astilbe

Astilbe will add a graceful, feathery texture and soft colors in white, pink, red and blue to your landscape.

In Northern NJ gardens, astilbe will tolerate full sun, as long as there is a rich moist soil and adequate water.

In hot temperatures of spring and summer, the leaves can scorch in full sun, so it’s best to plant astilbe in shady garden areas.

Light: shade, partial sun

Height: 5 inches to 8 feet

Spread: 18 to 30 inches

Blooms: spring and summer

4. Basket-of-Gold

Basket-of-gold is a hardy perennial flower that loves to grow in unexpected places, like the edge of gravel pathways, patio borders, cracks between paving stones and rocky garden areas.

It makes the list of perennial flowers for NJ gardens that need casual, informal appeal.

As the name implies, basket-of-gold blooms with vibrant gold flowers that add a lot of color to your landscape.

Light: full sun

Height: 6 inches to 3 feet

Spread: 12 to 18 inches

Bloom: spring

5. Bee Balm

Bee balm is a special perennial flower that attracts butterflies and beneficial bees to your garden.

A native plant to New Jersey, bee balm blooms with lovely shaped flowers in jewel tones of white, pink, red and purple.

Flowers grow on top of clumps of dark foliage and produce fragrant scents.

Bee balm is often planted in herb gardens where foliage is used to make tea.

Light: sun, partial sun

Height: 1 to 8 feet

Spread: up to 2 feet

Blooms: summer and fall

6. Blanket Flower

Blanket flowers are hardy perennials for sunny garden areas. Varieties produce both single and double daisy-like flowers in bright yellow and orange hues.

They got their name because flowers resemble patterns and colors often found in Mexican blankets.

Blanket flowers thrive in NJ gardens because they tolerate light frost and are deer resistant.

Light: full sun

Height: 1 to 3 feet

Spread: 6 inches to 2 feet

Blooms: summer and fall

list of perennial flowers7. Butterfly Weed

Butterfly weed is a native plant to New Jersey, so it does well with minimal care and maintenance.

Vividly colored flowers in white, orange, pink and red attract many types of birds and butterflies, including Monarch butterflies that feed on its gold/chartreuse foliage without harming the plant.

Butterfly weed is drought tolerate, deer resistant and fragrant, topping the list of perennial flowers.

Light: full sun

Height: 1 to 8 feet

Spread: 2 to 3 feet

Blooms: summer

8. Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums are a must-have for any Bergen County fall garden. As a late-season bloomer, chrysanthemums deliver a powerful punch of color in shades of white, pink, red, orange, green and blue.

Some varieties produce daisy-like blooms, while others produce blooms that are rounded, flat, fringed, spoon-shaped or quill-shaped.

Chrysanthemums are great in garden areas and containers.

Light: full sun, partial sun

Height: 1 to 3 feet

Spread: 1 to 3 feet

Blooms: summer and fall

9. Coral Bells

The diverse colors and interesting textures of coral bells, makes them a favorite on the list of perennial flowers for NJ gardens.

Coral bells produce spires of dainty, white, pink and green flowers and different colored foliage in silver, purple and burgundy. They grow in low clumps, so they work well as border plants and groundcovers.

Coral bells like rich, humusy soil that retains a lot of moisture.

Light: full sun, partial sun, shade

Height: 1 to 3 feet

Spread: 6 to 30 inches

Blooms: spring, summer and fall

list of perennial flowers10. Daylily

Daylilies are so easy to grow that you often spot them growing freely in fields and ditches.

They produce delicate, trumpet-shaped flowers in shades of pink, red, orange and blue. Blooms sprout on leafless stems that make them prevalent in any type of garden.

With 50,000 named hybrid varieties, it’s easy to see why daylilies are on the favorite list of perennial flowers for NJ gardens.

Light: full sun, partial sun

Height: 6 inches to 8 feet

Spread: 1 to 3 feet

Blooms: spring and summer

11. Delphinium

Delphiniums are beloved by many gardeners. They produce luxurious, flower spikes in beautiful shapes and shades of white, pink, purple and blue blooms that tower over dark green course leaves.

They look great in formal and informal garden settings.

Delphiniums prefer good moisture and little wind, and they may re-bloom if you cut back flower stalks after flowers fade.

Light: full sun, partial sun

Height: 1 to 8 feet

Spread: 1 to 3 feet

Blooms: summer

12. Goldenrod

Goldenrod produces glorious flowers in brilliant yellow/gold hues. Many people don’t plant it, because they think it produces lots of pollen that aggravates allergies, but this is a myth.

The pollen is too heavy to blow in the wind, but it does stick to the legs of insects and butterflies that feed on the nectar.

When planting goldenrod, choose hybrid varieties that bloom longer and don’t spread out of control.

Light: full sun, partial sun, shade

Height: 5 inches to 8 feet

Spread: 8 inches to 3 feet

Blooms: summer and fall

list of perennial flowers13. Hellebore

Hellebores are easy-to-grow plants on the list of perennial flowers.

They produce exquisite bowl-or saucer-shaped flowers in white, pink, yellow and burgundy. Flowers are often speckled, providing variegated color and texture.

Hellebores are great for New Jersey woodland gardens, because they require low maintenance and deer won’t eat them.

Light: full sun, partial sun, shade

Height: 1 to 8 feet

Spread: 1 to 3 feet

Blooms: spring and winter

14. Hibiscus

Hibiscus are always on the list of perennial flowers that provide gorgeous, vibrant colors.

Hibiscus plants bloom with large, funnel-shaped flowers that are stunning in a garden setting.

Although blooms are short-lived, they provide dramatic contrast to other plant varieties. Make sure you give them plenty of water, rich, well-drained soil and lots of room to spread out.

Light: Full sun

Height: 3 to 20 feet

Spread: 3 to 5 feet

Blooms: summer and fall

15. Lupine

Lupine produces large, pea-like flowers clustered in long spikes on sturdy stems.

They create gorgeous blooms in vivid shades of white, pink and blue that draw the eye skyward in the garden.

Bicolor Russell hybrids are the most popular type on the list of perennials, but there are other varieties as well.

Lupine prefers light, well-drained soil that’s slightly acidic and cooler temperatures.

Light: full sun, partial sun

Height: 1 to 3 feet

Spread: 1 to 2 feet

Blooms: summer

list of perennial flowers16. Painted Daisy

Painted daisies are great in all types of garden settings. They work well in woodland gardens, rock gardens and areas around shrubs and trees.

Finely cut leaves and brilliant blooms in a variety of colors make them easy to place in the landscape.

Painted daisies create a natural look that’s reminiscent of old-fashioned English gardens with winding pathways and lots of trees.

Light: full sun, partial sun

Height: 6 inches to 3 feet

Spread: 8 to 18 inches

Blooms: summer and fall

17. Peony

Perhaps the best-loved flowers on the list of perennial flowers are peonies.

They produce sumptuous single and double blooms in glorious shades of white, yellow, pink and red and rich foliage is deep shades of green.

Peonies are hardy perennials that grow well in Bergen County weather with little care and maintenance. Peonies have been know to bloom year after year for 50 to 75 years.

Light: full sun, partial sun

Height: 1 to 8 feet

Spread: 2 to 4 feet

Blooms: spring

18. Poppy

If you want brilliant color in your NJ garden, plant poppies. Finer species including Iceland, Alpine, and Atlantic poppies have a special charm with flowers that come in an array of beautiful colors.

Oriental poppies are less refined, but they produce large, exploding flowers in brilliant shades of white, pink, orange, red and purple with black stamens.

Light: full sun

Height: 6 inches to 3 feet

Spread: 4 inches to 3 feet

Blooms: spring and summer

19. Sunflower

There’s no other flower on the list of perennial flowers quite like sunflowers.

They will provide height and brilliant color to any NJ garden. Sunflowers are imposingly tall with large, floppy flowers that get up to 4-inches in diameter.

Bright yellow flowers form loose clusters that thrive in sun and soil that’s less than perfect. Taller flowers may need support in the garden, but they make beautiful cut flowers.

Light: full sun

Height: 3 to 20 feet

Spread: 3 to 4 feet

Blooms: summer and fall

20. Violet

Who doesn’t love violets with soft, velvety petals marked with beautiful shades of yellow and purple?

Violets produce blooms in shades of white, pink, red, orange, blue and purple. You can plant them in borders, garden beds, wildlife gardens, rock gardens, containers and window boxes.

Violets grow well in Bergen County, even in cold New Jersey winters. To prolong blooms, deadhead faded blooms and cut back weak stems.

Light: full sun, partial sun, shade

Height: 5 inches to 12 inches

Spread: 6 inches, depending on variety

Blooms: spring, fall and winter

In addition to the list of perennials shown above, there are many other blooming varieties, as well as exotic grasses and varieties with year-round green foliage.

If you’re interested in planting a perennial NJ garden, contact the garden designers at Borst Landscape & Design.

We can help you plan a beautiful garden that will enhance the beauty of your Bergen County home.