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Summer is here and it's time to plant and enjoy the beautiful flowers that bloom during the heat of the season. A perennial plant is one that remains in soil for two or more years and ultimately gives a garden its character. Most perennials spread readily, filling out gardens and providing a show of color year after year.

Perennials come in many colors. The selected colors will greatly affect the overall appearance of your garden. For example, orange and red are stimulating colors that attract attention. Yellows are warm and refreshing. Blues are cool with the most attractive in the months of summer. White is a neutral and peaceful color that helps blend the other colors. Usually it is better to have no more than two or three colors dominate both.

Many perennials have a different flowering period, which lasts from one week to a month or two. For some gardeners, this may seem a disadvantage, since each plant does not bloom all summer. However, if planned properly, can have a perennial garden plants that bloom all summer. Most perennial gardens change with stations. For example, you can enjoy beautiful Columbus in the spring, peonies, vibrant in the early summer, and Black-eyed Susans wonderful late summer – all in the same garden. One of the greatest pleasures of planting a perennial garden is looking at plants and flowers change with the seasons.

Although there are hundreds of perennials available, here are some that bloom best in hot summer months (June-August).

 • beard or German Iris (various colors)

 • Bellflower (white, blue)

 • Butterfly Weed (orange)

 • Cardinal Flower (red)

 • Coral Bells (pink, red, white)

 • Coreopsis (yellow)

 • Corydalis (yellow)

 • Cupid's Dart (Blue)

 • English Daisy (pink, white)

 • European Columbine (various colors)

 • Fernleaf Yarrow (yellow)

 • Digital (various colors)

 • Foxtail Lily (pink, yellow, white)

 • Harebell (blue, purple, white)

 • Malva (various colors)

 • Italian Aster (purple)

 • Oriental Poppy (red, orange, pink)

 • Peony (red, pink, white, yellow)

 • Phlox (white, pink, red, purple)

 • Echinacea purpura (purple)

 • Red Valerian (red)

 • Rose Mallow (white, pink, pink)

 • Sea Holly (gray)

 • Shasta Daisy (white)

 • Spiderwort (purple)

 • Sweet William (various colors)

 • Yellow Foxglove (yellow)

Here are five steps to planting a perennial garden success:

1. Choose a site that gets partial to full sun. Although there are some plants perennials that grow in full shade will have a larger selection of plants to choose from if your garden receives partial sun.

2. Choose the best plants for your garden. Check the USDA classification area and collect the plants that were adapted to grow in your region.

3. Prepare the soil. It is important to prepare the soil as the plants perennials occupy the same space of a couple of years or more. Most perennials will enjoy a moderately rich, loose soil with abundant organic matter.

4. Follow the planting instructions that come with the plant.

5. Be diligent about watering the new plants. Typically, a deep watering once a week is better than a daily sprinkle.

To get your perennial garden started, follow the steps above and make a trip to your local nursery. Take your time and familiarize with as many options as possible before selecting the plants. Sure to find out what the USDA zone you live in and select perennials that are better adapted to their region and its garden.

Happy Planting!

Lesley Dietschy is a freelance writer and the founder of – The Home Decor Exchange is a valuable website full of information and resources about home and garden decorating.

In addition to editing the Home Decor Exchange website, Lesley is a crochet pattern designer and needle fiber artist. You can view her crochet patterns and needle fiber designs at:

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