Flowering perennials are among some of our most beloved blooms. We love them not just for their low-maintenance qualities and lack of a need for yearly replanting, but also because they offer an endless variety of sizes, shapes, and colors to choose from.
Luckily, we can thank our warm climate for allowing an abundance of pretty plants to be classified as perennials here in Fort Lauderdale! With that being said, year-round blooming seasons make it a little tricky to ensure that your garden always has something in bloom. Use our perennial blooming calendar for SoFlo to ensure your landscape is decorated with continuous color all year long!
Perennial Blooming Calendar for Spring
Spring marks the beginning of the blooming season with bunches of bright and cheery blooms to get you in the mood for sunny days ahead. Here are some of our favorite spring-blooming perennials in Florida:
- Primrose: For early spring greetings, primrose sure doesn’t disappoint. Though its petals are tiny, this pretty little plant makes a big statement with an array of intense, vibrant colors to choose from.
- Bleeding Hearts: It’s not hard to see where these pink-red, heart-shaped blooms with a showy, pendulous drop get their name from. These little bleeding hearts bring charm to the shadier areas of your spring garden.
- Foxglove: Bridge the gap between early spring beauties and summer stunners with late-spring bloomers, like foxglove. These tall spikes of bell-shaped blooms add vertical interest to your landscape and are favored by hummingbirds.
Perennial Blooming Calendar for Summer
Not all flowers can withstand the intense humid heat of a SoFlo summer—heck, sometimes we can’t stand it either! Luckily, these tough blooms are perfect for gardeners who like their garden to look great during our hottest season:
- Penstemon: This hardy perennial features showy spikes of long, tubular flowers that bloom in vibrant shades of pink, purple, red, or white. Penstemon emerges in late spring and embraces the following summer heat and drought with grace.
- Lantana: With clusters of flowers that change color as they mature, lantanas often feature bi- or tri-colored flower heads, including brilliant shades of red, orange, pink, yellow, purple, and white. While many varieties are only annuals in many areas of the U.S., we’re lucky enough to call all of them perennials here in SoFlo!
- Butterfly Bush: Our fluttering friends love the colorful, spiked flowers of this bush just as much as we do! Summer’s end doesn’t have to mean goodbye to blooms and butterflies if you’ve got this pretty perennial in your garden. One thing to remember with this plant, though, is that many varieties are considered invasive here in SoFlo. To avoid a rampant spread, be sure to look at sterile varieties only.
Perennial Blooming Calendar for Fall
There’s no doubt that fall is all about the foliage, with stunning, warm hues of yellow, orange, red, and burgundy decorating our landscapes. Introduce gorgeous, fall-blooming perennials to accent your autumn garden’s foliage display and add a burst of blooms to kick it up a notch.
- Black-Eyed Susan: Black-Eyed Susans may begin blooming during the summer, but they’re best known for accenting autumn gardens with their sunny golden color and large, black centers.
- Sedum: A classic autumn-bloomer, sedum offers its fleshy, succulent leaves in a variety of shapes and sizes. They’re known for their clusters of star-shaped flowers that bloom in shades of pink, red, white, and yellow. Choose the ‘Autumn Joy’ variety for a gorgeous shade of dusty rose.
- Aster: One of our most beloved fall-blooming wildflowers, Asters decorate not only our gardens but also our roadsides with pretty shades of pink, purple, blue, yellow and white.
Year-Round Flowers in Florida
When winter arrives in Florida, we can appreciate a break from the sweltering heat for a few months. Luckily, it cools off just enough to make it comfortable, but not too much that our gardens go dormant. Our never-ending growing season allows for year-round color from some of these perennial beauties:
- Begonias: Known for their bountiful, showy blooms and variety of bright colors, begonia plants are reliable for year-round flowers here in Florida.
- Gerbera: Gerbera daisies are already prized for their long blooming season in other parts of the country, but that season is never-ending here in SoFlo! These vibrant flowers are full of saturated colors, like pink, orange, yellow and white, but also come in a variety of soft pastel shades.
- Beach Sunflower: Embrace the sunshine state with a flower that loves the sun almost as much as our tourists do! Beach sunflowers bless our gardens and brighten our landscapes all year long with their colossal golden petals.
When you’re heading outside to water the garden for what feels like the millionth time this summer, try to appreciate the Florida heat that allows us to grow so many perennials and keeps our beautiful gardens blooming all year long! Stop into Living Color Garden Center in Fort Lauderdale to see all these fantastic varieties and more!