Perennials That Bloom the First Year

Most perennials take a couple of years to get established, especially when started from seed. Find out which plants will bloom the first season.

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The workhorses of a great garden are perennials — those stalwarts like day lilies, peonies, irises and astilbe that come back year after year. You can save a lot of money by sowing perennials from seed rather than putting in young plants bought at a nursery. Most perennials take a couple of years to get established, especially when started from seed. But the plants on the following pages will bloom the first season: Sow the seed in early spring and enjoy the rewards this summer.

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