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Selecting Flowers By Color Perennial Gardens

Selecting flowers by color for a perennial garden can be a nightmare. This informational page will give you some tips on how to choose flowers according to color, height, and light requirements. If you are thinking about doing a perennial flower garden, or incorporating some perennials in your landscape, take the time to plan your entire color scheme. I recommend to my clients to write down on a piece of paper their favorite flowers.

Learn about each of their colors and growing needs. Once you have done this, begin to narrow down the list. Taking your favorite colors and transforming your own personality in a perennial garden, can create a wonderful addition to your outside enjoyment. Here are a few photos of plants that can be used in a perennial garden Some may be annuals, depending on your geographic location.

Lamb's Ear

A perennial garden can be a ground or container garden. Before selecting your flowers, decide what area you want to do a container or ground garden. If you are doing a ground garden stake out the area, and do the critical prep work before planting.

Know the height of each flower and go ahead as you can design a perennial garden. When selecting a perennial garden you have options of making a multi color area, a few colors, or selecting a one or two theme colored garden.

Keep in mind that there are thousands of varieties of perennial flowers to select from.

Below is a list of some different colored perennial flowers and their soil, light requirement, and average height.

This is a simple reference list when selecting your flowers. The first is a multi color list. When selecting these types of flowers, multicolor means that each flower comes in a variety of colors.

Multicolor Flowers


  • Astilbe - moist soil - full sun to full shade - twelve inches and more.
  • Balloon Flower - average to moist soil - full to part sun - twelve inches and more.
  • Chryanthemum - average soil - full sun to full shade - under twelve inches.
  • Daylily - moist soil - full sun to full shade - over twelve inches.
  • Iris - dry to average soil - full sun to part shade - under to over twelve inches.
  • Peony - average soil - full sun to part shade - over twelve inches.
  • Phlox - average soil - part shade to shade - over twelve inches.
  • Poppy - Oriental - average soil - part shade - over twelve inches.
  • Spiderwart - average soil - full sun to part shade - twelve to twenty four inches.
  • Yarrow - dry to average soil - full sun to part shade - twelve inches and more.

  • Bellflower - average to moist soil - full sun to part shade - under twelve to over twenty four inches.
  • Italian Bugloss - average soil - full sun - over twenty four inches.
  • Cardinal - moist soil - full sun - over twenty four inches.
  • Purple Coneflower - average soil - full sun - over twenty four inches.
  • Forget-Me-Not (Chinese) - dry to moist soil - full sun - over twenty four inches.
  • Lavender - dry to average soil - full sun - twelve to twenty four inches.
  • Periwinkle - average to moist soil - full sun to part shade - under twelve inches.
  • Russian Sage - average to moist soil - full sun - over twenty four inches.
  • Salvia - average soil - full sun - over twenty four inches.
  • Globe Thistle - moist soil - part shade to full shade - over twenty four inches.


Pink To Fuchsia Flowers

  • Bleeding Heart - moist soil - part shade - twelve to twenty four inches.
  • Gas Plant - average soil - full sun to part shade - over twenty four inches.
  • Meadow Sweet - average to moist soil - full sun to part shade - over twenty four inches.
  • Poppy Plume - average to moist soil - full sun - over twenty four hours.
  • Rockcress - Aubrieta - dry to average soil - full sun - under twelve inches.
  • Christmas Rose - moist soil - part shade- twelve to twenty four inches.
  • Soapwort - average to moist soil - full sun - over twenty four inches.
  • Aubrieta - dry to average soil - full sun - under twelve inches.
  • Christmas Rose - moist soil - part shade- twelve to twenty four inches.
  • Soapwort - average to moist soil - full sun - over twenty four inches.
  • Turtlehead - moist soil - full sun to shade - over twenty four inches.

Yellow to Orange Flowers

  • Golden Aster - average soil - full sun to part shade - over twenty four inches.
  • Creeping Buttercup - moist soil - full sun to part shade - twelve to twenty four inches.
  • Coreopsis - average soil - full sun - under twelve to over twenty four inches.
  • Yellow Foxglove - moist soil - part shade - over twenty four inches.
  • Goldenrod - average to moist soil - full sun to part shade - over twenty four inches.
  • Lady's Mantle - average to moist soil - full sun to part shade- over twenty four inches.
  • Blackberry Lily - average soil - full sun - over twenty four inches.
  • Carolina Lupine - average soil - full sun - over twenty four inches.
  • Sundrop - average soil - full sun - twelve to twenty four inches.
  • Perennial Sunflower - average to moist soil - full sun - over twenty four inches.

White to Green Flowers

  • Baby's Breath - average soil - full sun - under twelve to over twenty four inches.
  • Candytuff- average soil - full sun - under twelve inches.
  • Chinese Chives - average soil - full sun to part shade - twelve to twenty four inches.
  • Edelweiss - dry soil - full sun - under twelve inches.
  • Pearly Everlasting - average soil - full sun - twelve to twenty four inches.
  • Goat's Beard - moist soil - full sun to part shade - over twenty four inches.
  • Big Blue Lily Turf - average soil - full sun to part shade - under twelve and up to twenty four inches.
  • Mallow - dry to average soil - full sun to part shade - over twenty four inches.
  • Obedient plant - average to moist soil - full sun - twelve to over twenty four inches.
  • Rodersia - moist soil - part shade - over twenty four inches.
  • Soapweed - average soil - full sun - over twenty four inches.

Grasses And Foilage

  • Bugleweed - average soil - full sun to part shade- under under twelve inches.
  • Fountain Grass - average soil - full sun - over twenty four inches.
  • Hosta - average to moist soil - part shade to shade - twelve inches and to over twenty four inches.
  • Lamb's Ear - average soil - full sun -under twelve up to twenty four inches.
  • Pachysandra - average soil - part shade to shade - under twelve inches.
  • Spurge, Cushion - average soil - full to part sun - under twelve inches.
  • Stonecrop - dry to average soil - full sun - under twelve and up to twenty four inches.


Herbee wanted to give you some insights on some flowers, their colors, and size. Many of these plants along with evergreen and flowering shrubs, will definitely enhance the beauty of your property. Truly a great investment for you.

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