Most flower gardeners enjoy sequences of bloom in their beds.
I would not be without Verbena bonariensis in my garden. It’s an annual, but it attracts birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds...and bees.
Early spring warmth causes some plants to break dormancy too soon with the result that they are damaged if it turns cold again.
For bouquets, cut the goldenrod before the buds open, when they last well and no pollen is released.
Some of their names are almost as lovely as the flowers themselves!
Black-eyed Susans multiply quickly, which can be a blessing, or a curse.
Keeping a garden presentable across all seasons of the year requires an eagle eye, and considerable commitment of time and energy.
There are many mounding plants, but they need to be interspersed in a garden with some vertical accents.
In my zone 5 garden, Corydalis has self-sown in a rock wall and down cracks in the side of a set of cement stairs...