Perennials

6 Best Perennial Flowers To Grow In Iowa

This flowering perennial is native to Iowa, so it is best to choose the right one for the conditions. It should be planted in a well-drained, rich soil to avoid drought.

A well-drained soil is ideal for this plant, and it is quite hardy. Once it is planted, it will grow quickly and provide stunning flowers.

It also needs full sun or part shade to thrive. If you want a pop of color, you can choose a native flowering plant, such as scabiosa, or wisteria.

If you’re looking to plant flowers in Iowa, you can use the USDA’s plant database. You’ll be able to find a list of plants that are native to the state, including a few that aren’t native.

You’ll need to divide your perennials every two years if you want them to stay healthy. You can also take a trip to your local nursery to get professional advice.

There are some plants that grow best in shade. Some of these flowers are good for prairies. The black-eyed susan Gold stream is a great choice because it blooms late in summer and tolerates a variety of soil conditions.

It is also a vigorous spreader and can reach a height of about two feet. You should plant Virginia bluebells in a shady area of the garden to avoid leaf wilt.

The golden Alexanders are another good perennial. They are a good choice for sunny areas. They bloom from May to July and sometimes for longer.

They need medium-soil and full sunlight. They can grow up to three feet tall, with flowers that cluster at the top of their stalks. They are good for pollinating birds, butterflies, and bees. You can plant them in a pot on your patio or in a sunny spot.

Choosing the right perennial plant for your landscape can be tricky. You may want to choose something that will attract pollinators to your yard.

There are many types of wildflowers in Iowa that are easy to grow. You may even be surprised at how many varieties of these plants you can choose!

You can find a wide variety of varieties and colors. If you like to be around the flowers of the day, you should grow at least a couple of these.

NEW MILLENNIUM™ Purple Passion Delphinium

It’s called Purple Passion Delphinium (Delphinium elatum ‘Purple Passion’), which makes it easy to spot from a distance.

The purple-blue flowers of the Purple Passion Delphinium have a white and purple striped throat.

It produces densely packed flower spikes without the need for staking because the stems are very strong.

These large, deeply incised, green leaves make this plant attractive even when not in bloom.

The blossoms are a favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds. There are many beautiful plants to be seen in the garden, both as individual specimens and as groups. There are no deer or rabbits in the garden.

If your soil is naturally acidic, adding lime will help to provide these conditions. Purple Passion Delphiniums are best grown in rich, well-drained soil with a basic pH.

Furthermore, they consume a lot of food. A soil amendment with compost or manure, along with granular fertilizer, will lead to healthier, stronger plants. Reduce the first flush of blooms quickly to promote rebloom.


Jersey Knight Asparagus Plant


The asparagus is one of those vegetables that can elevate a meal from being good to being outstanding just by adding it to the meal.

The asparagus is a vegetable that is able to make ordinary meals seem special and extraordinary.

The importance of growing your own food and having it on your table fresh from your garden is even more apparent when you grow it yourself.

We would like to suggest that if you had tried to grow asparagus in the past but did not have success, that you try again, but this time using Jersey Knight Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis ‘Jersey Knight’).

Jersey Knight was born and raised on the East Coast, but he is as well known throughout the country as he is on the East Coast.

In spite of its vigorous nature, it is able to grow well in just about any condition, even in heavy clayd soils. As it rises in the early spring, it is known for its large, succulent spears that are very large in size. This is one of the first vegetables which you will be able to harvest every year.

The taste of the meat is mouth-watering and its texture is both tender and firm. After you have harvested the delicious shoots, it grows 3′-4′ tall frothy fern-like foliage that is great for fillers in bouquets.

(You will get a small harvest the first two years, but keep waiting because you will really start to harvest after the third year.)


Thriller Ladys Mantle


A splendid display of tiny, star-like flowers adorn the leaves of Alchemilla ‘Lady’s Mantle’, Alchemilla mollis, with its velvety soft leaves of olive green.

There are a variety of colors for the flowers, ranging from yellow to green, which bloom in late spring to early summer.

Water drops are caught and held in the foliage as it sparkles in the sun. In rich, moist, well-drained soil, ‘Lady’s Mantle’ will grow well, whether in the sun or in the shade.

It is recommended that you grow in partial shade or full shade if you live in an area where summer temperatures are too high.

Usually, it is used to edge or cover bare stems of plants such as Coral Bells, Geraniums, or Hostas, or in large groups around the base of a tree or shrub to hide them.

If you are looking for a perennial that is fast growing, low maintenance, and that can be used as a ground cover or in mass plantings, then this is the one for you.


Catnip Plant


Plants like Catnip, commonly called Catmint, produce tiny, whitish or pink flowers. With its “mint-like” smell, it is strongly scented.

Your Catnip Plant will thrive in almost any location. You can enjoy a relaxing fragrance on your porch or patio by planting it in a pot.

You can’t go wrong planting it with other flowers for a great variety of colors! If you mass plant your Catnip Plant, everyone will be attracted to its bright colors.

You may have heard of Catnip before. The aroma is commonly used in cat toys. Sniffing, licking, and rubbing cheeks occur in response to the scent.

As well as being used as a tea, this plant can be used to treat headaches, stomachaches, colic, and insomnia. Who would have thought that a plant could do that much?

All sorts of creatures are drawn to this magnificent plant, even the local butterflies!

Although it prefers full sun, it will also tolerate partial shade. Nepeta is a plant that is not finicky and is also deer-resistant.

Its silvery foliage, topped with long-blooming flowers, adds a touch of elegance to many plant combinations, and it is easy to grow!

Society Garlic Plant

Its grassy, green foliage and lilac blooms make it one of the most distinguishable garlics.

In addition to its beauty, this groundcover spreads slowly and reproduces easily. Now you can adapt it to your needs wherever you are.

It’s also good as a houseplant in colder climates. Society Garlic gives year-round interest no matter what the weather is outside, since it’s drought and cold tolerant.

You can, however, bring your Society inside if you live in a colder part of the county.

The larger tubular flowers and cream-striped leaves stand out no matter where they are.


Swamp Milkweed Flower


Your plain landscape can be turned into a beautiful butterfly habitat with a little bit of creativity!

There is no easier way than Swamp Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata).

A water-loving variety that develops into an extremely valuable “must-have” for your Butterfly Garden.

Their bright pink and white blooms are made up of many dozens of tiny blooms, each with its own unique fragrance.

During the summer months when temperatures rise, this native choice supports beneficial pollinators and butterflies with nutrient-rich nectar for several months.

Each minute of every day brings a rewarding experience for those who take the time to watch the garden dance with its visitors.

You can give kids and garden visitors a delightful tour of the natural world in our garden. We are delighted to offer you this wonderful clump-forming perennial at Nature Hills…along with many other native wildflowers.

Milkweed plants such as swamp milkweed are very important host plants for Monarch caterpillars. The chrysalis of the Monarch butterfly hangs below the undersides of the long, lance-shaped leaves.

Prepare to be thrilled and amazed by the abundance of “flying flowers” that you will see working over these tiny flowers each day. Butterflies, moths, and other beneficial pollinators love the nectar resources!