PERENNIAL - Pincushion Flower Pincushion flower, or scabiosa, serves up dainty blue flowers all summer and into fall, making it one of the longest-lasting bloomers in the perennial bed. It likes sun or partial shade, and is best at the front of the bed. The foot-tall variety 'Blue Butterfly' stands up to heat best.
Advertisement Gayfeather The dramatic spires of this sun-loving perennial create an eye-catching vertical element in the midsummer garden. Reaching up to 3 feet tall, the lavender, purple or white blooms attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Gayfeather needs full sun and air circulation to avoid mildew; plant roughly one foot apart. USDA Hardiness Zones: 3 to 9
Plant with Perennials - Garden Design with Perennials
Delphinium The hardy Blue Fountains delphinium, shown here, is the ideal choice for an exposed garden or mixed border in full sun and well-drained soil; at 32 to 39 inches tall, their early summer blooms can withstand wind and do not need staking.
Giant Scabiosa Cephalaria gigantea (Code: PCEGA) Grow amongst tall perennials and grasses, or at the back of a border against a drak hedge. Masses of yellow flowers dance above the perennial border like primrose fairies.
Perennials for Full Sun - Mallow Shrublike with white, pink, or purple-pink flowers all summer Coreopsis Yellow flowers all summer Hollyhock Summer flowers on tall spikes early to midsummer Campion or Maltese Cross Silver foliage and scarlet flowers in early summer Centaurea or Mountain Bluet Blue-violet flowers in midspring to early summer Poppy Flowers with paperlike petals in late spring and early summer Peony
Hollyhock - Lend old-fashioned charm to your perennial border with hollyhock. Known for its tall spires of colorful blooms, hollyhock is the perfect back-of-the-border plant. Old-fashioned selections can easily grow more than 6 feet tall in a spot with full sun and moist, well-drained soil.
Calibrachoa 'Tanerine' Abundant, small petunia-like flowers Flowers all season Cascading growth Low maintenance Attracts Hummingbirds Deadheading Not Necessary Heat Tolerant Pet Friendly Semi-Trailing Habit Excellent in containers, flower beds and hanging baskets