Description

Flowering perennials include some of our most colorful and exciting garden plants. Most grow very quickly and reward us with bold and intense flower and foliage colors, while others have striking shapes and wildlife value. Some of these perennials can live for many years; others are best replaced after 3-5 years to keep young and vigorous plants in the garden. More than 60 flowering perennials are included in this list that grow in a variety of soil, sun and moisture conditions.

Plant List

Flowering Perennials

Achillea ‘Moonshine’

Common Name: Moonshine yarrow
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Low 2
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 2 ft.   Width: 2 ft. - 3 ft.

Achillea millefolium + cvs

Common Name: Common yarrow
Plant Type: Ground cover, Perennial, Native
Water Needs: Low 2
Exposure: Moderate shade, All day sun
Height: 18 in. - 30 in.   Width: 18 in. - 30 in.

Agastache species + cvs

Common Name: Hummingbird mint
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Low 2
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 2 ft. - 3 ft.   Width: 1 ft. - 2 ft.

Anigozanthos + cvs

Common Name: Kangaroo paws
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Low 2
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 8 in. - 3 ft.   Width: 1 ft. - 3 ft.

Armeria maritima

Common Name: Common thrift
Plant Type: Ground cover, Perennial, Native
Water Needs: Moderate 4
Exposure: Morning sun, All day sun, Partial sun
Height: 6 in. - 8 in.   Width: 10 in. - 12 in.

Asclepias curassavica + cv

Common Name: Blood flower
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Low 2
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 2 ft. - 3 ft.   Width: 3 ft. - 4 ft.

Asclepias fascicularis

Common Name: Narrow leaf milkweed
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Low 1
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 3 ft. - 4 ft.   Width: 2 ft. - 3 ft.

Asclepias subulata

Common Name: Desert Milkweed
Plant Type: Perennial, Native
Water Needs: Low 2
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 3 ft. - 4 ft.   Width: 3 ft. - 4 ft.

Baileya multiradiata

Common Name: Desert Marigold
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Low 2
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 12 in. - 18 in.   Width: 24 in. - 30 in.

Bulbine frutescens ‘Hallmark’

Common Name: Orange bulbine
Plant Type: Ground cover, Perennial
Water Needs: Low 2
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 1 ft. - 2 ft.   Width: 4 ft. - 5 ft.

Calylophus berlandieri

Common Name: Sundrops
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Low 1
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 12 in.   Width: 3 ft. - 4 ft.

Cerastium tomentosum

Common Name: Snow-in-summer
Plant Type: Ground cover, Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 4
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 4 in. - 6 in.   Width: 2 ft. - 3 ft.

Convolvulus sabiatus

Common Name: Ground morning glory
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Low 2
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 1 ft. - 2 ft.   Width: 2 ft. - 3 ft.

Cuphea hyssopifolia

Common Name: False heather
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 4
Exposure: Morning sun, All day sun
Height: 1 ft. - 2 ft.   Width: 2 ft. - 3 ft.

Cuphea ignea

Common Name: Cigar plant
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 4
Exposure: Morning sun, All day sun
Height: 12 in. - 30 in.   Width: 12 in. - 24 in.

Dianella revoluta ‘Little Rev’

Common Name: Dwarf flax lily
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 4
Exposure: Morning sun, Moderate shade, All day sun, Partial sun
Height: 18 in. - 24 in.   Width: 18 in. - 24 in.

Dianella tasmanica ‘Variegata’

Common Name: Variegated flax lily
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 4
Exposure: Morning sun, Moderate shade, All day sun, Partial sun
Height: 2 ft.   Width: 2 ft.

Dietes bicolor

Common Name: Fortnight lily
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 4
Exposure: Morning sun, All day sun, Partial sun
Height: 30 in.   Width: 3 ft. - 6 ft.

Dietes grandiflora + cvs

Common Name: African iris
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 4
Exposure: All day sun, Partial sun
Height: 4 ft.   Width: 3 ft.

Dymondia margaretae

Common Name: Silver carpet
Plant Type: Ground cover, Perennial
Water Needs: Low 2
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 1 in. - 3 in.   Width: 1 ft. - 2 ft.

Epilobium canum

Common Name: California fuchsia
Plant Type: Perennial, Native
Water Needs: Low 1
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 3 ft. - 4 ft.   Width: 3 ft. - 4 ft.

Erigeron glaucus + cvs

Common Name: Beach aster, Seaside daisy
Plant Type: Perennial, Native
Water Needs: Moderate 3
Exposure: Morning sun, All day sun
Height: 10 in. - 12 in.   Width: 24 in.

Erigeron karvinskianus

Common Name: Mexican daisy
Plant Type: Ground cover, Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 4
Exposure: Morning sun, Moderate shade, All day sun
Height: 15 in. - 20 in.   Width: 2 ft. - 3 ft.

Eriogonum crocatum

Common Name: Saffron buckwheat
Plant Type: Perennial, Native
Water Needs: Low 1
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 12 in. - 18 in.   Width: 18 in. - 24 in.

Eriogonum grande var. rubescens

Common Name: Red buckwheat
Plant Type: Perennial, Native
Water Needs: Low 1
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 2 ft. - 3 ft.   Width: 2 ft. - 3 ft.

Eriogonum umbellatum

Common Name: Sulphur buckwheat
Plant Type: Perennial, Native
Water Needs: Low 1
Exposure: Morning sun, All day sun, Partial sun
Height: 6 in. - 18 in.   Width: 12 in. - 36 in.

Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii

Common Name: Mediterranean spurge
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Low 2
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 3 ft. - 4 ft.   Width: 3 ft. - 4 ft.

Euphorbia myrsinites

Common Name: Creeping spurge
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Low 1
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 12 in.   Width: 18 in.

Fragaria vesca

Common Name: California strawberry
Plant Type: Ground cover, Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 3
Exposure: Moderate shade, Partial sun
Height: 2 in. - 8 in.   Width: 2 ft. - 6 ft.

Gaillardia x grandiflora

Common Name: Blanket flower
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 3
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 15 in. - 24 in.   Width: 2 ft. - 3 ft.

Gaura lindheimeri + cvs

Common Name: Gaura
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 3
Exposure: Morning sun, All day sun, Partial sun
Height: 3 ft. - 4 ft.   Width: 3 ft. - 4 ft.

Hesperaloe parviflora + cvs

Common Name: Red yucca
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Low 1
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 3 ft. - 4 ft.   Width: 4 ft. - 5 ft.

Heuchera cultivars

Common Name: Coral bells
Plant Type: Perennial, Native
Water Needs: Moderate 3
Exposure: Moderate shade, Partial sun
Height: 12 in. - 15 in.   Width: 12 in. - 15 in.

Heuchera maxima

Common Name: Island alum root
Plant Type: Perennial, Native
Water Needs: Moderate 3
Exposure: Moderate shade
Height: 12 in. - 18 in.   Width: 12 in. - 18 in.

Iris douglasiana + cvs

Common Name: Douglas iris
Plant Type: Perennial, Native
Water Needs: Moderate 3
Exposure: Morning sun, Moderate shade
Height: 12 in. - 18 in.   Width: 12 in. - 24 in.

Kniphofia uvaria + cvs

Common Name: Red-hot poker, Torch lily
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 4
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 2 ft. - 5 ft.   Width: 3 ft. - 6 ft.

Lepechinia fragrans

Common Name: Fragrant pitcher sage
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 3
Exposure: Moderate shade, Partial sun
Height: 2 ft.   Width: 2 ft. - 3 ft.

Limonium perezii

Common Name: Sea lavender
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 3
Exposure: Morning sun, All day sun
Height: 12 in. - 18 in.   Width: 2 ft. - 3 ft.

Lobelia laxiflora

Common Name: Mexican bush lobelia
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Low 2
Exposure: Morning sun, All day sun
Height: 2 ft. - 3 ft.   Width: 4 ft. - 6 ft.

Lupinus excubitus

Common Name: Grape soda lupine
Plant Type: Perennial, Native
Water Needs: Low 1
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 2 ft. - 3 ft.   Width: 3 ft. - 4 ft.

Monardella odoratissima

Common Name: Desert mint
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Low 1
Exposure: All day sun, Partial sun
Height: 1 ft.   Width: 3 ft.

Nepeta x faassenii

Common Name: Catmint
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 4
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 12 in. - 15 in.   Width: 2 ft. - 3 ft.

Pelargonium x hortorum

Common Name: Common geranium
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 4
Exposure: Morning sun, All day sun
Height: 1 ft. - 3 ft.   Width: 1 ft. - 3 ft.

Penstemon centranthifolius

Common Name: Scarlet bugler
Plant Type: Perennial, Native
Water Needs: Low 1
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 2 ft. - 3 ft.   Width: 12 in. - 18 in.

Penstemon eatonii

Common Name: Firecracker penstemon
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Low 2
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 2 ft. - 3 ft.   Width: 12 in. - 24 in.

Penstemon spectabilis

Common Name: Showy penstemon
Plant Type: Perennial, Native
Water Needs: Low 1
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 3 ft. - 5 ft.   Width: 2 ft. - 3 ft.

Perovskia atriplicifolia

Common Name: Russian sage
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 3
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 3 ft. - 4 ft.   Width: 3 ft. - 4 ft.

Romneya coulteri + cv

Common Name: Matilija poppy
Plant Type: Perennial, Native
Water Needs: Low 1
Exposure: Morning sun, All day sun, Partial sun
Height: 6 ft. - 10 ft.   Width: 6 ft. - 10 ft.

Ruellia brittoniana

Common Name: Mexican petunia
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 4
Exposure: Morning sun, Partial sun
Height: 12 in. - 15 in.   Width: 24 in.

Russelia equisetiformis

Common Name: Coral plant
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 4
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 3 ft. - 4 ft.   Width: 4 ft. - 6 ft.

Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurescens’

Common Name: Purple garden sage
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 3
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 18 in. - 24 in.   Width: 2 ft. - 3 ft.

Salvia officinalis + cvs

Common Name: Garden sage
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 3
Exposure:
Height: 18 in. - 24 in.   Width: 2 ft. - 3 ft.

Salvia spathacea

Common Name: Hummingbird sage
Plant Type: Perennial, Native
Water Needs: Low 1
Exposure: Morning sun, Moderate shade, Partial sun
Height: 12 in. - 18 in.   Width: 12 in. - 18 in.

Sphaeralcea ambigua

Common Name: Desert mallow
Plant Type: Perennial, Native
Water Needs: Low 2
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 2 ft. - 3 ft.   Width: 2 ft. - 3 ft.

Stachys byzantina

Common Name: Lamb's ear
Plant Type: Ground cover, Perennial
Water Needs: Moderate 3
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 6 in. - 12 in.   Width: 2 ft. - 3 ft.

Verbena bonariensis

Common Name: Purpletop vervain
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Low 2
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 3 ft. - 6 ft.   Width: 3 ft.

Verbena lilacina ‘De La Mina’

Common Name: Lilac verbena
Plant Type: Perennial, Native
Water Needs: Low 2
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 2 ft. - 3 ft.   Width: 2 ft. - 3 ft.

Verbena rigida

Common Name: Sandpaper verbena
Plant Type: Perennial
Water Needs: Low 2
Exposure: All day sun
Height: 8 in. - 12 in.   Width: 3 ft. - 4 ft.