Top 10 flowering perennials for beginners

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1. Leucanthemum × superbum (or Shasta daisy) grows up to 3 feet.
USDA HARDINESS ZONES: 5, 6, 7, 8
LIGHT: Full Sun
SOIL TYPE: Any
FLOWER COLOR: White
BLOOM TIME: Summer, Fall
shasta-daisies

2. Dianthus is a genus of about 300 species of flowering plants in the family Caryophyllaceae
USDA HARDINESS ZONES: 3-10
LIGHT: Part Sun, Sun
HEIGHT: Under 6 inches to 3 feet WIDTH: 4-18 inches wide
FLOWER COLOR: Blue, Pink, Red, White
FOLIAGE COLOR: Blue/Green, Chartreuse/Gold
BLOOM TIME: Spring Bloom, Summer Bloom
Dianthus_caryophyllus_Colori_Joy

3. Echinacea (Cone Flower) Echinacea species are herbaceous, drought-tolerant perennial plants growing up to 140 cm or 4 feet in height
USDA HARDINESS ZONES: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
LIGHT: Full Sun
SOIL TYPE: Loamy
FLOWER COLOR: Red, Pink, Purple, White
BLOOM TIME: Summer, Fall
Echinacea

4. Coreopsis is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. Common names include calliopsis and tickseed. Grows 1-4 ft.
USDA HARDINESS ZONES: 2-9
LIGHT: Full sun to light shade
SOIL TYPE: Sandy
FLOWER COLOR: Yellow
BLOOM TIME: May – July
coreopsis

5. Geranium is a genus of 422 species of flowering annual, biennial, and perennial plants that are commonly known as the cranesbills.
USDA HARDINESS ZONES: 5a-8b
LIGHT: Full sun to light shade
SOIL TYPE: Sandy
FLOWER COLOR: Blue Violet
BLOOM TIME: Summer to Fall
Geranium-Cranesbill

6. Kalimeris – Blue Star (Japanese Aster) (or the Kalimeris Asters) is a genus of plants in the sunflower family. Grows up to 18-24 inches.
USDA HARDINESS ZONES: 5-9
LIGHT: Full sun to part
SOIL TYPE: Sandy
FLOWER COLOR: White
BLOOM TIME: Late Summer
Kalimeris

7. Black Eyed Susan Indian Summer – Indian Summer is a new Black-eyed Susan with large, semi-double flowers.
USDA HARDINESS ZONES: 4-9
LIGHT: Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
SOIL TYPE: Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Acidic Soil
FLOWER COLOR: Yellow
BLOOM TIME: Mid summer to early fall
black-eyed-susan

8. Salvia A relative of the familiar kitchen sage, flowering salvias produce spikes of small, densely packed flowers atop aromatic foliage.
USDA HARDINESS ZONES: 4-9
LIGHT: Full Sun
SOIL TYPE: Sand
FLOWER COLOR: Purple, Blue
BLOOM TIME: Early to late summer
Salvia-May-Night

9. Veronica, also called Speedwell, is a carefree and easy-to-grow perennial with long spikes of small petals in purple, blue, pink, or white.
USDA HARDINESS ZONES: 3-11
LIGHT: Full Sun
SOIL TYPE: Loamy
FLOWER COLOR: Purple, Blue, Pink, White
BLOOM TIME: Spring to Fall
Veronica_Speedwell

10. Asters are daisy-like perennials with starry-shaped flower heads. They bring delightful color to the garden in late summer and autumn when many of your other summer blooms may be fading. 8 inches to 8 feet
USDA HARDINESS ZONES: 3-8
LIGHT: Full Sun, Part Sun
SOIL TYPE: Loamy
FLOWER COLOR: Red, Purple, Pink, White
BLOOM TIME: Summer to Fall
Aster-Flower