When you grow up Italian, you grow up planting a garden and flower beds along side of them. Our main focus was always the garden. The tomatoes, the basil, oregano, peppers... all the good stuff. But I always loved to fill up the flower beds with awesome colors and plants great for picking and stuffing in a vases.
I love the perennials because once they get established they come back each year. Easy!
I am no expert but here are some of my favorites that I have experience with and that I can't wait to plant!
This plant does best in well-drained soil and full sun. They bloom for four to six weeks, but the timing of it depends on the type of lavender plant you get (there are so many different types). These do take a while to get established but once they are, they come back each year even better!
Lily of the Valley
They prefer semi-shaded areas and well-drained soil. Keep in mind these look so lovely!...but they can be invasive and are poisonous to animals and children. So maybe don't plant these suckers if little Jimmy is going to be eating plants in the garden.
These grow from April to June. They like well-drained soil and will grow in dry shade. Like lavender, these may take a while to get established but when they do they will spread as ground cover. You can also split them up in the fall and separate the plant to make them cover more ground. It's a plant that is super low maintenance.
Once they get established they will come back each year. Some years they are better than others. It seems to depend on the heat of the spring and summer and the winter prior. If they took a beating they may be a little more skimpy.
What I love about the blue ones is they will bloom light blue, then turn darker and then in the fall they turn purple. They are so beautiful! You can plant these in the spring or the fall and they like full sun for part of the day.
These can get very tall so they are best planted in the back of a flower bed or as a border ( I have heard people saying they can grow up to six feet tall!) They are also hard to find in some stores...so you might have to order the seeds.
I will keep you posted on our garden come the summer! Happy planting!