Perennials

6 Best Perennial Flowers To Grow In Virginia

In the spring and fall, Virginia residents can plant perennial flowers. Bare-root perennials are best planted in early spring when the ground is still moist and the soil is already warm.

Trees and shrubs are best planted in fall. These plants grow well in a variety of soil types, but the early spring planting is the best time for perennials. Here are some examples of Virginia natives. They are easy to grow and have a wide range of uses.

Choosing perennials is easy, but you need to consider where you live and what conditions you’ll encounter in your garden.

These plants need a full growing season to thrive and can be invasive and require frequent watering. You can find a variety of perennials in Virginia, including those adapted to zone five, seven, and eight. You can also choose from flowering bulbs, which bloom in spring, as well as herbs and vegetables.

Blue Cardinal Flower: This flower is a perennial native of Virginia that produces tall spikes of bluish purple flowers in the summer.

This plant grows well in dappled shade but requires full sun for best blooms. In full sun, this plant produces a rounded, bushy crown of flowers, which bloom in late summer and early fall. Its foliage is blue and turns brown during winter. It grows to a height of 4 feet and can survive some winters.

The Eastern red Columbine is a perennial plant that grows to about two feet tall. Its flowers are two-inch long, with spurred petals.

Moreover, this flower is drought-tolerant and grows well in a garden or patio. Its flowers are best in full sun, but it can also survive in shade. Its taproot helps it grow and spreads easily. This flower is very low-maintenance and requires little water.

Ville De Lyon Clematis

The velvety, cherry-red flowers are composed of perfectly formed overlapping petals, each decorated with a pink bar and looking stunning against the contrasting yellow anthers and anthocyanins.

Early autumn is the time of year when clematis Ville De Lyon reblooms. By the end of the summer, the lower foliage of this plant becomes scorched and is best grown as a part of an evergreen shrub or tree.

A beautiful tree that can reach a height of over twenty feet when it grows through large trees or conifers!

It is important to provide the clematis ‘Ville De Lyon’ with a proper supporting structure in order for it to grow properly.

It is best grown in a rich, porous, alkaline soil with plenty of space between the roots.

In order for vines to perform well, they need to be in full sun and the roots need to be shaded, so apply generous mulch or a shallow-rooted ground cover near the base of the vine. You should prune only after the flowers have finished blooming by removing all weak or dead stems.


Pineapple Punch Hosta


As the name implies, Hosta Pineapple Punch is a type of Hosta plant that has long, thin, rippling, extremely ruffled, lance-shaped leaves that are creamy yellow at first, then turn white as they mature.

Pineapple Punch is an ornamental variation of Pineapple Upsidedown Cake, and it is a medium sized variety with a mound that arches.

Late in the summer, the plant produces light lavender flowers on tall flower scapes.

Because ‘Pineapple Punch’ is a fast-growing plant, it spreads from underground rhizomes, hence making it an excellent groundcover or border plant!

The best conditions for growing Hosta are moist, well-drained, and highly organic soils with a pH range of 5.5 to 7.5.

The roots of plants will gain more aeration if they are planted in sandy loam rather than clay.  To reduce the presence of slugs and snails around hostas, it is best to keep the area around the plant as free of excess leaf debris as possible.


Balmy Purple Bee Balm


Balmy Purple Bee Balm, Monarda didyma ‘Balmy Purple’, starts blooming in late spring and continues into early summer.

From a distance, the profuse blossoms appear somewhat fuzzy, with the adorable blossoms glowing in reddish-purple color.

Dark-green foliage is not only beautiful, but also scented with a delightful mint/basil scent.

“Bee Balm” is named for a reason; Balmy Purple Bee Balm is a sure lure to many types of pollinators, not only encouraging pollination in your garden, but also providing your home with the whimsy of fluttering butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.

In summary, Balmy Purple Bee Balm is a wonderful variety with a lot to offer.

Balmy Purple Bee Balm grows upright and is fast-growing. Balmy Purple is mostly passed by deer and rabbits, and it is disease resistant as well, so it is certainly a hardy little plant!

Balmy Purple is a dwarf plant with a compact nature, so it can be placed in nearly any space to provide color and definition to your garden.


Sinning Sonoran Sunset Hyssop


Hyssop Sinning Sonoran Sunset, Agastache canna ‘Sinning Sonoran Sunset’ (PP#13,673), is a new and improved selection that is far superior to the species.

‘Sinning Sonoran Sunset’ has large lavender-rose flowers which are very showy, and they add a different color to the color palette.

Known as Hummingbird Mint, this plant blooms from summer to fall, and it is hardy in zones 5 and 6.

The foliage of this plant has a characteristic black licorice smell when crushed, hence the common name, Anise Hyssop.

In spring, before flower buds are formed, you may pin back the blue-green foliage of this tall perennial in order to keep it from growing too tall.

It is easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade, but thrives best in full sun. It can also tolerate droughts as well as poor soils. Somewhat tolerant of summer heat and humidity in the summer.


Regal Supreme Hosta


A vase-shaped plant displaying its wavy, attractive blue leaves on an upright stem, Hosta Regal Supreme is an upright plant with wavy, attractive frosty leaves.  They have a cream-yellow margin around the edges of each leaf.

With the passing of the summer, the colors of the leaves change to a deep blue-green, surrounded by wide, creamy white margins.

In the middle to late summer, this hosta is topped with the most beautiful lavender flowers on very tall stems, making it the perfect plant to attract hummingbirds!

It is recommended that hostas grow in moist, well-drained, highly organic soil with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5.

It is advised to use sand loam as opposed to clay because it allows more air to reach the roots.

In order to prevent the presence of slugs and snails around hosta plants, it is advisable to keep the area around the plants clean and free of excess leaf debris.

It is recommended that you place this low-care plant in an area with the right amount of light.  In order to get the best colors out of the leaves, sun should be present in the morning.  Overexposure to the sun may cause the leaves to burn.

In most cases, the ‘Regal Supreme’ plant is most suitable for shaded, woodland settings and is often employed as a specimen plant or as an edging plant. It’s a good idea to mass plant this medium-sized ‘Regal Supreme’ in your garden for a very colorful groundcover!


Queen of the Seas Hosta


With the Hosta Queen of the Seas, Hosta ‘Queen of the Seas’, you can make a beautiful statement in your garden.

I have found a wonderful new hosta that has a beautiful, vivid blue color and forms a large, upright clump of 48 inches!

There are large, blue-green leaves on the ‘Queen of the Seas’ that have wavy pie crust margins, and have heart shaped shapes.

Early to mid-summer is the best time to see the nearly white flowers.

A Hosta variety named ‘Queen of the Seas’ recently won the award for “Best of Show” at the 1997 American Hosta Society national convention!

In midsummer, the clumps of ‘Queen of the Seas’ have 3′ spikes of nearly white flowers which are on the top of the clumps.

It is better for Hostas to grow in moist, well-drained, highly organic soils with a pH of between 5.5 and 7.5.  Clay soil is better for Hostas because it does not provide enough aeration for the roots.  To reduce the presence of slugs and snails around hostas, it is best to keep the area around them free of leaf debris.