Longest Flowering Plants
Remembering that UNgardeners are those who are NOT in their yards working more than they are in their yards playing, one of the ways to reduce the amount of time and money you spend in the yard is to plant either long blooming (because you plant less that year) or perennial plants (because you plant less over many years). I like both. This spreadsheet shows longest blooming easy care plants. It’s, of course, going to vary a bit from state to state (I am in VA), but would be a great starting point for anyone. I created this list a few years ago primarily to get me started with flowers when I didn’t know Begonias from Impatiens. Now, after two years, I can honestly say I could point out about half of these flowers when I drive by them on the street. I hope to be able to name all of them at some point. But for now, I’m happy being more familiar with some. It helps tremendously to know the basics so you can pick plants out at the store when they go on sale. Before I would have no idea about sun requirements, length of bloom, being able to imagine what size the plant might become… etc… That makes gardening very difficult. So baby steps it is! I will learn a couple new ones this year too.
Longest Flowering Low Maintenance Plants (Link to open this file as a PDF… feel free to comment below if you’d like it in Excel…)