The goal of many gardeners is to have something blooming in the landscape all season. Planting annuals every year achieves this, but it’s nice to also have perennial plants that come back every year. The problem is, most perennials have a short bloom time. The resolution to this problem is to plant perennials that have different bloom times. The perennials below are just a sampling of plants readily available, but there are many more to choose from. Some of these bloom in overlapping seasons.
Spring Shade Perennials– Bleeding Heart, Columbine, Primrose, Foamflower, Bergenia, Hellebore, Jacob’s ladder, Lungwort, Viola, Solomon’s Seal.
Spring Sun Perennials– Alpine clematis, Candytuft, Creeping phlox, Dianthus, Sea thrift
Late Spring to Early Summer Shade Perennials – Coralbells, Meadow rue, Foamy bells, Lady’s mantle, Yellow corydalis
Late Spring to Early Summer Sun Perennials – Bear’s breeches, Baptisia, Fleabane, Iris, Lamb’s ear, Peony, Geranium, May Night Salvia, Poppies
Summer Perennials for Shade – Astilbe, Goatsbeard, Hosta, Ligularia, Lilyturf (Liriope), Lobelia, Meadow rue
Summer Perennials for Sun – Balloon flower, Bee Balm (Monarda), Bellflower (Campanula), Black-eyed Susan, Blanket flower, Liatris, Butterfly weed, Catmint, Coneflower, Crocosmia, Delphinium, Evening primrose, Phlox, Hollyhock, Agastache, Lavender, Shasta Daisy
Late Summer and Early Fall Perennials for Shade – White turtlehead, Day lilies (sun to part shade)
Late Summer and Early Fall Perennials for Sun – Aster, Chrysanthemum, Japanese anemone, Joe Pye weed, Obedient plant, Russian sage, Sedum
The chart in the link below lists plants by color and height as well as sun or shade and provides a much more extensive list of plants.