15 Tall Perennial Flowers
Add height and color to your garden with these easy-to-grow flowers.
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Tall and Mighty
Growing tall flowers (we're talking at least 3' and as high as 9') can make your yard look stunning, but they can also serve as a living privacy fence or hide an ugly view. Lofty perennials can also make a dramatic backdrop to a garden that has plants with varying heights and colors. Here’s a list of common perennials to try in your yard.
This towering shrub grows 7' to 9' tall, just as tall as an ornamental tree. Its flowers can grow up to 12" wide and come in gorgeous shades of red, pink and white. The only thing this giant has in common with its fragile, tropical kin is its exotic-looking blooms. It can survive winters as far north as Zone 5.
These hardy beauties grow 4' to 6' tall and burst with big, showy flowers in white, red and pink. They smell sweet and are great for cutting gardens, clip a few blooms for bouquets and flower arrangements.
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These old-fashioned, soaring flowers produce spikes of blooms in color-saturated tones of blue, pink, purple and white. The biggest varieties can reach 6' tall.
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Joe Pye Weed
Butterflies love these tall perennial plants and you will too if you’re looking to go big. Joe Pye grows up to 7' tall and 4' wide. It bears clusters of pale pink-purple flowers that smell like vanilla.
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The cutleaf is not a coneflower at all. It’s in the same family as black-eyed Susans. It can grow to a towering 9' tall and is covered with yellow, daisy-like flowers with coneflower-like drooping petals and domed center disks.
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A staple of cottage gardens, hollyhock will bring old-fashioned beauty to your perennial border. Hollyhocks produce blooms in hot pink, red, white or black on 6' to 8' tall spires. Technically it’s a biennial, but it self-sows and multiplies, so you shouldn’t need to replant.
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Cannas look tropical, but they’re winter hardy to Zone 7. These perennial flowers can reach as high as 6' with big, paddle-shaped leaves and blooms in red, orange, yellow, cream and multi-color.
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These look like their annual cousins, but they bloom in late summer and keep making flowers in the fall. Maximillian sunflowers grow 4' to 7' tall and produce branches full of sunny yellow flowers.
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Red Hot Poker
This exotic looking plant grows 3' to 4' tall and works well in groupings or in the back of a perennial bed. Spikes of red, yellow, white or orange tube-shaped flowers grow from grassy, gray-green foliage.
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The tall spires of foxgloves are a vision. They grow as tall as 8' and produce tube-shaped flowers in blue, pink or white with deep purple spots on their throats. Technically they’re biennials, meaning they’ll live two years and die. But they’re enthusiastic re-seeders and will act like tall perennial plants, coming back for years.
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Also known as false chamomile, Boltania grows 5' to 6' tall and has tiny, daisy-like blooms. These hardy flowers tolerate a wide range of soils including moderately dry ones. They make a lovely backdrop for border gardens.
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Featuring grayish-blue blooms, Globe Thistles generally grow from 2' to 4' and thrive when grown in Zones 3-8. It's a sturdy and attractive flower that grows in dense clumps, making it a striking ornamental accent to any flower bed.
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Also known as Aconitum or Wolf's Bane, this purple-flowered, cool-weather-lover starts opening buds as frost approaches and keeps blooming through light frosts. It will reach a height of 3' to 5' at maturity and spreads to 1-1/2'. It's also deer and rabbit resistant.
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Its common name is Sneezeweed, but this beauty isn't a run-of-the-mill garden weed. It's a native perennial that features blooms in shades of red and orange starting in midsummer and extending well into fall. It can grow up to 3' to 5' making it a nice addition to a border garden.
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This variety of campanula can grow up to over 5' tall. it features bell-shaped purple blooms that grow in a chimney-shaped stalk. It blooms over a long period — mid-summer through fall and tolerates a wide variety of conditions.
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