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Perennial Plants: Rainbow Makers of the Garden

Updated on April 1, 2016
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Tammy is an avid gardening writer and love the horticulture field. Selling USDA licenses plants to all states and 13 foreign countries.


Spring has sprung! The flowers are rousing, and life is blooming. A new magnificent cycle of reproduction has begun. The warmer, rainy months of the year create a perfect nurturing environment for freshly planted bushes and shrubs. Every color of the rainbow will soon spring forth, blanketing the land with a scene that can only manifest in nature.

It is entirely possible to find and plant a flower to represent every color of the rainbow. There may not be too many people aching to forge a personal flowering color arch, but a working knowledge of available plant life is a timeless tool.

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Take a look at this collection of flowering plants that will generate color year after year. These perennials are some of the most popular among gardeners and require little to no maintenance.

Managing Color in the Garden


Hollyhock Mars Magic (Alcea rosea) produces blooms to fulfill any need for the color red in the garden. This perennial is not only pleasing to the human eye, but it is pleasing to any neighborhood hummingbirds. These fluttering creatures will bring a new dynamic to the color scheme of the garden.

Orange Tiger Lily


Orange Tiger Lilies (Lilium) should have been named Leopard Lilies for their black spots. A beautiful ornamental flower, the Tiger Lily blooms a beautiful shade of orange accompanied by an array of little black spots. They are known to attract butterflies, and they are super easy to grow.



Nature’s provision for the color yellow in the garden is the Goldsturm Black-eyed Susan. These flowers burst into a showy and vibrant yellow each season. They are good for more than color. Black-eyed Susans are deer resistant, bee friendly, easy to grow, they attract butterflies, and they attract birds. They are an all-in-one plant. They are also known for their extended blooming time so that the yellow color will last for weeks.


Green does not always have to come from the grass in the yard. There are green blooms. Jack in the Pulpit (Ariseama triphyllum) has quite an unusual flower. Its flowers are hooded green blooms equipped with an upright spadix that will eventually evolve into a red berry. They are deer resistant and known to bloom early in the Spring.

Jack in the Pulpit


Blue Phlox



Some may find it difficult to pinpoint a distinctly blue flower, but we have got the color blue on lockdown. Creeping Blue Phlox (Phlox subulata) is an excellent blanketing flower. As its name suggests, the Phlox creeps. It grows quickly and spreads as fast as it can grow. Creeping Phlox is a great foundational color dropper, as it is a plant meant for ground cover.


Catmint Walkers Low (Nepeta faassenii) will not only add a vibrant splash of purple to the garden, but it will bring in the right type of visitors. This plant is resistant to deer but attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. It is also a rather fragrant flower.

Its name is also quite suggestive. Catmint is a favorite among cats. They may be found rolling and playing in the garden, so keep a watchful eye.

Catmint Walker's Low



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