Perennials For A Colorful Summer Garden

By filling your garden, flower beds and well-decorated backyard with these low-maintenance perennials, you’re guaranteed fresh blooms, beautiful colors and sweet scents every year

available at Goffle Brook Farms

Just because July is here, doesn’t mean you can’t make some changes in your garden by adding a few new perennials. There are plenty of options, regardless of the type of space you need to fill. Not only can you plant in July, but it can be one of the best summer months to liven up your garden.

By filling your garden, flower beds and well-decorated backyard with these low-maintenance perennials, you’re guaranteed fresh blooms, beautiful colors and sweet scents every year — which could mean three to five years and maybe even over a century of a few hardy perennial flowers. Because the July sun is so warm, opt for doing your gardening and planting in the evening. This will give your plants time to soak up some water before the morning sun and the heat of the following day. Water your plants while they are still in their nursery pot and you are prepping your garden and digging your holes. This will help cut down on the risk of transplant shock. Once your plant is in the ground, water it again.

Start browsing below to find a selection of low-growing ground covers, garden pollinators, tall perennials and cutting flowers. Regardless of whether your outdoor space has full sun or shade, you’re sure to find a plant that will thrive. What’s the best part? Why there is such a divese selection of perennials to choose from, including foliage that’s purple, pink, yellow, blue, white and red.

Low-maintenance blooms to fill your garden this summer. Available in the garden center now….

Anise Hyssop Oodles of soft lavender-blue flowers are held over large deep-green, minty licorice-scented foliage.

Agastache Blue Fortune

Arizona 'Apricot is a uniquely colored Blanket Flower with apricot-orange colored petals.

Gaillardia Arizona Apricot

Liatris spicata, or Dense Blazing Star, produces purple flower stalks that emerge from delicate tufts of grass-like basal foliage, with leaves becoming sparse as they move up the rigid stems.

Liatris Blazing Star

Agastache Poquito Lavender (Dwarf Hummingbird Mint) is prized for its compact bushy growth, long season of bloom, large flowers, and tolerance to heat and drought.

Agastache Poquito Lavender

Light pink flower plumes are striking against coarsely textured, blue-green foliage. The dense, upright form is perfect in a dappled shade border,

Vision In Pink Astilbe

This sweet Buddleia will charm you with its extremely long, 12” light lavender purple flower panicles and a rounded, compact habit.

Buddleia ‘Lavender Cupcake

Bugleweed is a broadleaf, evergreen to semi-evergreen, herbaceous perennial ground cover in the Lamiaceae (mint) family.

Ajuga reptans Bugleweed

A dependable favorite for any garden or meadow, Rudbeckia Marmalade blooms in the spring through early fall and thrives in almost any sunny spot. This variety grows to be about 16” tall, making it perfect for the border of your garden or meadow.

Black Eyed Suzy Marmalade

Butterflies and hummingbirds will ride the waves of 8-10” soft lilac pink flower panicles. The large honey-scented flowers cascade over the mint green arching foliage.

Buddleia Pink Cascade

A plethora of pale blue flowers from June through a hard frost on compact plants. With some salt tolerance and great drought tolerance, these plants will bring the butterflies and other pollinators to the scene.

Nepeta Blue Cloud

a new improved variety of Purple Coneflower bred for its darker red-purple flowers and compact floriferous growth habit. This is an outstanding long blooming variety.

 Echinacea Wild Berry

is a coarse, clump-forming perennial that features a summer bloom of steel-blue, thistle-like flower heads on branched stems rising from a rosette of dark green basal leaves.

Eryngium Blue Hobbit

Thread Leaf Coreopsis is a native perennial in the daisy family that grows in dense bushy clumps. It may grow 2-3 feet tall with a similar spread.

Thread Leaf Coreopsis

Toasty orange flowers with orange-bronzed cones don the warm hues of the western desert at sunset. Newly emerging flowers are vibrant orange.

Echinacea Sombrero Orange

Rattlesnake master is an herbaceous perennial native to mesic tallgrass prairies, savannas and open rocky woods of the central and eastern United States. It is grown as an ornamental for its unique “golf ball” flowers.

Eryngium Rattlesnake

Mounded, evergreen perennial with leathery, dark green leaves and upright stems. Profuse lavender/white tubular flowers bloom on stems late spring to early summer.

Dwarf Beardtongue

Salsa Red produces softly fragrant, spicy orange-red blossoms with an orange-brown cone. The petals overlap, giving the flowers a fuller, more polished look. They are freely produced from early through late summer.

Echinacea Salsa Red

This robust wildflower has multiples of sturdy stems with whorls of attractive foliage. In mid-summer, plants are topped with a frothy crown of rounded rosy pink flower clusters. The vanilla scented blooms are frequented by butterflies.

Eupatorium Joe Pye

Gaillardia x grandiflora ‘Mesa Red’ features showy, intense red, daisy-like flowers displayed above dense, rounded foliage mounds. Holds color well for a long period of bloom.

Gaillardia Mesa Red

Midnight Rose' Coral Bells is characterized by its contrast, color and vigor. The rich, plum-black foliage of this lovely Heuchera is spotted with deep pink tones that fade to ivory cream as the season progresses. Tiny salmon-colored flowers are held above the foliage

Heuchera Midnight Rose

Shasta Daisies are all-time favorites for the perennial border. The cheery flowers begin to appear in early summer and continue on for several months if faithfully deadheaded.

Leucanthemum Snowcap

Geranium sanguineum is a beautiful dark green groundcover with ferny foliage, needs absolutely no care, and it just keeps blooming. The foliage turns a vibrant red in the fall, extending it's season of beauty even longer.

Geranium Cranesbill

This extremely fragrant Lavender is dense, compact and very floriferous. Spikes blanket the mound on strong evenly-branching stems perfect for bouquets or drying.

Lavandula Phenomenal

Meadow Rue’s lacy, blue-green leaves are arranged in airy tiers on strong, upright stems. In mid-to-late summer, wiry flower stems rise above the foliage, holding pendulous clusters of lavender-pink blossoms gently swaying in the breeze.

Meadow Rue

The purples permeate the fluted-edged, silver-veiled foliage. Throughout the day, the sunlight alters foliage colors creating varying shades of purple. Purple-pink flower spikes rise just above the foliage.

Heuchera Forever Purple

One of the tallest and most fragrant varieties, 'Provence' grows to be 30-36” tall and is an excellent choice for creating an aromatic hedge. With exceptionally long, mauve-purple spikes of flowers that are complemented by its silver-green foliage

Lavender Provence

 It blooms all summer with spikes of scented, lavender-blue flowers. It has small gray-green leaves that have a minty smell. It is highly adaptable to most garden conditions and a choice plant for attracting pollinators.

Nepata Junior Walker

Russian sage, Perovskia atriplicifolia, is a handsome sub-shrub that reaches its peak performance towards the end of summer and into early autumn, when it produces masses of lavender-coloured flowers held on branching, aromatic stems.

Pervoskia Russian Sage

Large semi-domed flowerheads composed of tiny blossoms appear in August and remain through fall. Succulent upright, fleshy jade plant foliage of lighter green.

Sedum Autumn Joy

Bright silver lacy mounded foliage is great for edging. Artemisia are prized for their silver leaves and excellent texture.

Wormwood Silver Mound

Striking summer flowers are beloved for their golden orange rays and chocolate brown cones. Butterflies flock to the blooms and songbirds relish the seeds in sunny sites with average soil.

Rudbeckia Deamii

'Little Miss Sunshine' is prized for its incredibly dark green, glossy foliage, compact size, and tidiness in the landscape. From early to midsummer, tiny clusters of yellow flowers cover the polished habit.

Sedum Miss Sunshine

All the above Mid-Summer Perennials are available in the Garden Center

Perennials are the come-back stars of the garden, returning each spring after going dormant in winter. That means you can plant them once and then enjoy them for years. The key to an ever-blooming perennial garden is planting perennial flowers with varying bloom times and colors.

Rudbeckia 'Denver Daisy' A compact black-eyed Susan with huge blooms, up to 4 inches

Rudbeckia Denver Daisy

A winged stem bearing yellow, daisy-like flower heads with fan-shaped, drooping rays; disc flowers forming a conspicuous, greenish-yellow, ball-like structure at center of head.


An attractive, hardy perennial, yarrow can reach about 3 feet in height. Its aromatic, fine, feathery-cut leaves give the plant a soft, fern-like appearance.


Shop local at Goffle Brook Farms and immerse yourself within fascinating selections of perennials to suit any garden setting. Not only are our plants of the highest quality, but you’ll also find rare and unique varieties here that are very difficult to find elsewhere. We’ve chosen many of them because they’ve shown superior disease or pest resistance and excellent performance in drought, heat, cold, or other stresses. Some have been selected because of exciting new bloom colors and forms or new sizes and habits that make them perfect for any garden. And if you have any questions about your selections, help is only a smile away…

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