A perennial plant is a flowering plant that lives for several years instead of only growing during its season. As a result, they return year after year, even after losing their leaves. Perennials are attractive; their long life span means they last longer than annual flowers.

If you want to make your neighbors jealous of your garden, then the perennial flower is your best pick. It is easy to care for and will stay with you in the long run. Read on to find out about perennial flower garden plans.

Here are perennial flower garden plans

1. Garden on the curbside with lots of colors

Turn the space between the street curb and your lawn into an oasis of colorful beauty with native plants, ornamental grasses, and groundcovers. These easy-to-care-for plants are perfect for adding color to your landscape without requiring much maintenance. They also attract butterflies, birds, bees, and pollinating insects.

The best plants for growing around sidewalks include:

  • Perennial flowers like purple coneflower, goldenrod, and baptisia.
  • Shrubs like blueberry, holly, rhododendron, and azalea.
  • Groundcovers like creeping phlox, hostas, and sedum.

You’ll find many of these plants at local nurseries.

2. The Garden of Heat-Loving Flowers

This heat-loving flower garden features dahlias, zinnia, cosmos, spider mums, marigolds, snapdragons, and more. You’ll love how they come together in one gorgeous display.

The variety of flowers you see here is just a small part of what you can grow in this space. You could add plenty of annuals and perennials to make it even bigger and better. If you want to learn more about growing flowers in containers, check out our guide.

3. Garden in the Corner of the Front Yard

This simple, low-maintenance garden plan has bright blooms, including sunflowers, zinnias, marigolds, dahlias, snapdragons, and more. So easy to grow, it requires no special soil preparation and doesn’t require weeding—just plant, water regularly, and wait for spring.

The design includes a variety of annuals, including daisies, petunias, impatiens, salvia, sweet peas, lobelia, and more. A trio of flowering shrubs rounds out the planting: butterfly bush, penstemon, and variegated rhododendron.

4. Small-Space, Easy-Care Sunny Garden

The sunniest part of my yard gets plenty of light throughout most of the day, making it ideal for small-space gardening. I’ve been growing flowers there since I moved into our home 10 years ago, and it’s one of the few places where I don’t feel like I’m trying to force growth — it just happens naturally, thanks to the sunny exposure.

This easy-care plan features a mix of perennials, annuals, bulbs, and shrubs, including some of my favorite plants. Coreopsis and purple coneflower are easy to grow and add bright colors to the garden during the spring and early fall months. And while you’re planting now, remember to plant your seeds indoors six weeks before transplanting outside.

You’ll also find hostas, daffodils, tulips, pansies, peonies, petunias, iris, lavender, and rosemary. If you want to try something different, consider adding a butterfly bush or flowering crabapple tree.

This plan offers up enough variety to keep you busy all season long.

5. An Annual Garden That Never Fails

Annual gardens are a great way to add bright color to your garden without worrying about planting perennials yearly. These beauties bloom for months and provide endless interest throughout the growing season. In addition, they come in many colors and sizes, making it easy to find one that fits your space perfectly.

In this design, a blue Morning Glory on a trellis in the center of the beds provides a beautiful focal point while adding a pop of color to the entire area.

The rest of the bed features colorful annuals like petunias, zinnia, cosmos, marigolds, and snapdragons. This arrangement works well for both formal and informal spaces.

6. Perennial Border around an Entire Backyard

A perennial border around the perimeter of a large backyard makes a statement without requiring much maintenance.

Here, the border extends from a fence line down the driveway, through a couple of raised beds, and then back up the other side of the property toward the house. 

It ends with steps leading up to the deck, creating a visual connection between the landscape and the main living areas.

7. Colorful Perennial Borders along the Front Walkway

A walkway can be the perfect place to display a colorful border, especially with a natural look. In this case, the planting was designed to accent the stone of the front walkway, but a similar effect could be achieved using any number of brightly colored perennials.

8. Low Maintenance Groundcover

You might prefer low-maintenance groundcovers if you have too rocky or compacted soil for traditional flowerbeds. For example, I love these ‘Sneezeweeds’ (Eupatorium maculatum) because they stay green through winter, even when everything else is dead. Plus, they require virtually no care beyond dividing once a year.

9. A Great Place for Containers

Containers offer a lot of advantages over conventional flowerbeds. First, they allow you to move plants around as needed; second, you can create interesting shapes with containers; third, certain types of containerized plants do not need to be replanted after each season; fourth, containers let you bring color into the most out-of-the-way spots in the yard; fifth, they make it easier to maintain small spaces; and sixth, they give you more flexibility in choosing where to put your flowers.

10. Planting Beds of Flowers

The final option is to plant individual flowerbeds in the middle of the lawn. These can be planted with perennials, annuals, bulbs, shrubs, vines, trees, and grasses. There’s something very satisfying about seeing blooms in the summertime, especially when their beauty lasts longer than just one day.

11. Create a Focal Point with a Single Rosebush

Roses are perhaps the best-known type of flowering shrub, and plenty of varieties are available today. If you want to create a sense of drama, combine several different rosebushes. You can group them to form a circle or square shape, or plant a few close together and fill in the gaps with smaller roses.

12. Use Hedges Instead of Traditional Flower Beds

Creating hedges requires less space than traditional flowerbeds and provides privacy and shade. Though many nurseries sell ready-made options, they’re easy enough to grow yourself. Don’t forget to train the hedge properly before cutting it back to encourage new growth.

13. An Easy Late-Summer Garden

This late-summer garden plan includes easy-to-grow plants that bloom throughout the fall and into early spring. They’re perfect for adding color to shady areas where you want to bring in nature’s beauty without worrying about a long gardening season.

The key to success here is choosing plants well-suited to your climate zone. For example, you’ll find many annuals that grow quickly and flower prolifically during the warm months. But remember: many of those flowers won’t survive the cold weather, so choosing perennial varieties that thrive in cooler temperatures is best.

You’ll also want to plant bulbs and shrubs that bloom later in the season. And don’t forget to include some low-growing groundcovers like creeping phlox (Phlox subulata ‘Wesuwe’) and sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum). These fast-growing, evergreen plants provide a colorful backdrop for your blooms.

14. An easy-to-maintain fall garden

The best way to enjoy gardening in the fall is to make it low-maintenance. A low-maintenance garden doesn’t mean you don’t plant anything—it just means that there are fewer things to do once the plants are established.

This plan includes annuals that bloom throughout the summer, such as zinnias, cosmos, snapdragons, sunflowers, marigolds, and petunias. But the real star of this plan is what happens after the leaves drop. With a few additions, such as sweet peas, salvia, and echinacea, you’ll have a gorgeous display of blooms well into winter.

15. Garden Plan for Slopes

The sloped garden plan incorporates colorful annuals and perennials into a beautiful display that will bloom from Spring to Fall. This design works well with most soil types, including clay, loam, sand, and even rocky soils.

Annuals are planted in early spring, while perennial plants are added later. The palette includes pink, purple, red, orange, yellow, white, and blue. The mix of colors makes it easier to spot pests and diseases without having to dig up each plant individually.

This plan features a wide variety of plants, including zinnia, salvia, cosmos, petunia, impatiens, phlox, marigold, larkspur, begonia, sunflower, geranium, daisy, dahlia, and many more.

The plants are arranged in groups to make it easy to identify where you’re planting what. You’ll also find plenty of space for vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, lettuce, basil, cucumbers, carrots, radishes, and herbs like thyme, oregano, parsley, cilantro, chives, sage, rosemary, and mint.

Some perennial flowers to plant in your garden

1.‘Blue Ice’ Bluestar (perennial):

Dense mounds display finely arranged starry blue flowers during mid or late spring. Autumn brings bright yellow leaves to these slender, rich-green trees. The plant grows in zones 4 to 9 and stands about 18 inches tall—the plant’s number six.

2. ‘Drummondii’ Chinese Brocade (perennial):

A bushy clump of glossy green foliage topped by trumpet-shaped, sky-blue blooms in May and June. It grows in zones 5 to 8 and reaches heights of 3 feet.

3. ‘Sunsation’ Sunfire (perennial):

This compact, spreading, multi-colored cultivar produces masses of deep violet buds that open to show off its hot magenta blossoms from late April to July. A native of South Africa, it grows in zones 6 to 10 and can reach heights of 2 feet.

4. ‘Superba’ (perennial):

This dwarf cultivar looks like an umbrella when it’s young but develops into a dense mound of golden-yellow foliage. Its huge, double-flowered heads turn shades of lemon-lime, gold, and cream from June through August. It grows in zones 7 to 11 and can reach heights of 1 foot.

5. ‘Tricolor’ Tricolor (perennial):

It has large clusters of small, round, purplish-pink flowers followed by dark green leaves. It grows in zones 3 to 8 and can grow up to 15 inches tall.

6. ‘Vesuvius’ Vesuvius (perennial):

This vigorous hybrid grows upright in a rounded cluster of glossy green foliage topped with lavender-pink flowers that mature to scarlet purple. It grows in zones 4 to 8 and reaches heights between 3 and 4 feet.

7. ‘White Cloud’ White Cloud (annual):

Layers of delicate white blooms appear at the ends of sturdy stems throughout summer. It grows in zones 6 to 9 and reaches heights of 30 inches.

8. Purple coneflower (perennial):

The flowers are large, daisy-like, purple-pink, and have prominent centers. They bloom throughout the summer on stems that grow from 3 to 5 feet tall. Also, look for yellow, orange, and white-flowered cultivars. A Zone 3 to 9 climate is suitable for growing it.

9. ‘Miss Manners’ obedient plant (perennial):

Bright-white blooms are borne in spikes on strong, upright stems from summer through fall. This cultivar is relatively well-behaved, even though it can spread rampant. In Zones 3 to 9, it grows to 18 to 24 inches.

Frequently Asked Questions [FAQs]

1. Is There Anything You Do With The Plants?

Get them out of the ground, give them to a friend, or leave them on the curb for some lucky passerby to find.

2. Can You Divide Plants?

It’s time to divide some plants after you’ve weeded out underperforming plants and figured out what works best in your garden.

3. What Is A Perennial Bed?

The perennial bed between my vegetable garden and the street adds color and interest to my landscape.

4. In Garden Design, What Is The Basic Pattern?

Garden design can be guided by grid lines drawn at 45 degrees. There is a great deal of popularity and use of rectangular themes. Formal gardens are created with them. Dividing long or narrow gardens into even sections using this theme is easy.


If you can correctly execute the above perennial flower garden design, you can easily make your neighbor jealous. They will come running to look at your garden and take pictures with your beautiful perennial. You can be a sassy person and don’t let them in, or you can be a friendly person and let them in and make friendly relations with them. So, what do you want to be? I’ll leave that decision up to you.

About the Author

Virginia E. Hayes is a gardening enthusiast who loves to write about gardening tools, safety issues, and ways to keep gardens clean and safe. With her vast experience in gardening, she provides valuable insights and tips to help fellow gardening enthusiasts to enhance their gardening experience. Her passion for gardening and writing has made her a sought-after author in the gardening community.

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