Tall perennial flowers are plentiful, and we are positive that you will find what you are looking for in our article.

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Which plants should you grow among all the tall flower names to choose? When is the best time to grow them? Continue reading to know the answer to these and so much more.

List of Tall Perennial Flowers

1. Purple Joe Pye Weed (Eutrochium Purpureum)

Growing season
  • Spring
  • Flowering season is late summer to fall
Distinguishing characteristics
  • Tall and upright
  • Clustered Flowers with dome-shaped blooms
  • Spotted
Specific needs
  • Requires moist, well-draining soil and partial shade
  • Fertile, humus-rich, neutral-alkaline soil is a must
  • Adequate watering and support is required with enough space to grow 
Common pests
  • Japanese beetles, caterpillars, aphids
  • Leafhoppers, thrips
  • Snails

This flowering plant is a herbaceous perennial that belongs to the family of Asteraceae. This plant family also includes well-known plants like False Aster. It is native to North America.

It is a tall, striking plant that can reach 6-8 feet in height and produces clusters of pinkish-purple flowers in the summer. The plant gets its name from a Native American healer named Joe Pye, who used it to treat typhus and other diseases.

Majestic Purple Joe Pye Weed

Pye weed has thick spear-shaped stems that bear dark green and grow up to 1 foot long. It blooms mauve to pink-purple flowers that grow on tall stalks. The plant gives off a strong vanilla scent that attracts pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies.

The plant’s attractive, showy flowers make it a popular choice for gardeners and landscapers, who plant it as an ornamental plant in borders and wildflower gardens. The plant is also a food source for many types of wildlife, including butterflies, bees, and other pollinators.

As the plant attracts butterflies, pair it with plants that are not butterfly attractive, like the Butterfly Bush, and help them bloom better too. In addition to its beauty, Purple Joe Pye Weed is also known for its ease of care, making it a low-maintenance option for gardeners who want to add some color to their landscapes.

2. Black-eyed Susan

Growing season
  • Fall
  • Dormant season is spring
Distinguishing characteristics
  • Daisy-like, bright yellow petals with a dark center
  • Long-blooming and easy to grow
  • Attractive to pollinators
Specific needs
  • Provide full sun exposure, water regularly and keep the soil moist
  • Fertilize with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer, deadhead regularly to encourage continued blooming
  • Cut back the plants in the fall to maintain their shape
Common pests
  • Spider mites, Japanese beetles
  • Leaf miners
  • Powdery mildew

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia Hirta) is a popular wildflower native to North America. It is a hardy, low-maintenance plant that grows in various soils and climates.

Cheerful Black Eyed Susan

The plant is also known as the ‘clock vine.’ It is a taller version of Rudbeckia Hirta, belongs to the Acanthaceae family, includes landscape plants like Bear’s Breeches (Acanthus Mollis), and is also native to Africa.

The flowers bloom from mid-summer to early fall and attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. Black-Eyed Susan is a great choice for adding color to natural or wildflower gardens, meadows or as a border plant. 

It is also commonly used in prairies, roadsides, and erosion control on slopes. In addition to its attractive flowers, the plant is drought tolerant and can thrive in various light situations, from full sun to partial shade.

Its flowers are tall perennial flowers that bloom all summer. They look like daisies and are five-petaled in beautiful red, orange, rose, white, and yellow shades.

3. Goat’s Beard (Aruncus Dioicus)

Growing season
  • Late spring
  • Early summer 
Distinguishing characteristics
  • Perennial plant with a height of 3-6 feet
  • Creamy white, feathery flowers, and fern-like foliage
  • Shade-loving
Specific needs
  • Moist soil, partial shade and regular watering is required 
  • Fertilization is essential 
  • Pruning is optional
Common pests
  • Aphids
  • Spider mites
  • Japanese beetles

Goat’s Beard (Aruncus Dioicus) is a striking and architectural perennial plant that is native to the temperate regions of North America and Asia. The herbaceous perennial belongs to the Rosaceae family and is known for plants like the Queen of the Prairie (Filipendula rubra). 

Elegant Goats Beard Plant

It is often grown for its attractive, large, feathery plumes of white or cream flowers blooming in late spring or early summer. These flowers are arranged in a showy, terminal panicle and are a popular nectar source for pollinators like bees and butterflies. The leaves of Goat’s Beard are also notable for their soft, fern-like appearance and dark green color.

The flower clusters of the male plant are more upright than the female ones, but you have to wait till the plant blooms to know which is which, as most nurseries or gardeners do not label them. The plant prefers moist soil at all times but not soggy.

You know it is time to water the plant when you stick your finger in 1 inch of soil, it feels dry. It is mostly propagated through division in early spring or fall. This plant will tolerate shade, making it a good choice for naturalizing in woodland gardens or as a backdrop to perennials and shrubs.

4. Garden Phlox (Phlox Paniculata)

Growing season
  • Early spring
  • Goes dormant in winters
Distinguishing characteristics
  • Tall spikes of fragrant flowers
  • Wide range of colors, including pink, red, purple, and white
  • Blooms in summer and early fall
Specific needs
  • Full sun to partial shade and a well-drained soil is essential 
  • Regular watering, especially during dry spells
  • Fertilize in spring and mid-summer
Common pests
  • Powdery mildew, botrytis (gray mold), and aphids
  • Japanese beetles
  • Slugs and snails

Garden Phlox, also known as Phlox paniculata, is a beautiful and fragrant flowering plant that is native to North America. The herbaceous perennial is a member of the Polemoniaceae family and is native to the Eastern United States.

Fragrant Garden Phlox

It is a common garden plant commonly grown for its long spikes of fragrant, vibrant blooms that appear in a range of colors, such as pink, white, red, and purple. Garden Phlox is a hardy plant that grows best in full sunlight or partial shade and well-drained soil. 

It prefers moist soil and should be watered regularly, especially during hot, dry weather. Garden Phlox is susceptible to powdery mildew and stem rot, so it is important to provide proper air circulation around the plants and to avoid overcrowding.

Its flowers do not have a strong scent and appear in multi-colored florets on top of three to four-foot-tall stems. The plant attracts pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies.

5. Hollyhock (Alcea Rosea)

Growing season
  • Summer
  • Bloom season is mid-spring to early fall
Distinguishing characteristics
  • Tall plant with large, cup-shaped flowers
  • Available in different colors such as pink, red, yellow, and white
  • Stout stems with lobed leaves
Specific needs
  • Requires full sun or partial shade, and well-drained soil
  • Moisture, fertilization, space to grow and support required
  • Perennial that is disease resistant
Common pests
  • Aphids and Japanese beetles
  • Leaf miners
  • Slugs

Hollyhock (Alcea Rosea) is a tall, erect and bushy plant that belongs to the Malvaceae family. It is native to Western Asia and the Mediterranean region, but it is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens and parks throughout the world. It belongs to the Malvaceae family, the same as plants like Rose Mallow and Hardy Hibiscus

Tall and Regal Hollyhock

The plant grows up to 6-7 feet tall and produces large, cup-shaped flowers that can be single or double in a range of colors, including pink, yellow, orange, red, white, and purple. It comes in various colors of double-flowering and single-flowering varieties but sticks to the single-flowering varieties if you want to attract insects and pollinators to your garden.

Hollyhock is a popular garden plant due to its long blooming season, which usually lasts from mid-spring to early fall. It is also known for its drought tolerance, low maintenance, and ability to attract pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. Hollyhock is best grown in full sun to partial shade, in well-draining soil that is moist but not waterlogged. 

It is also disease-resistant and relatively free from pest problems, making it an ideal choice for gardeners looking for an easy-care, low-maintenance plant.

6. Plume Poppy (Macleaya Cordata)

Growing season
  • Summer
  • Dormant season is winter 
Distinguishing characteristics
  • Large, gray-green leaves
  • Large spikes of pink, yellow, or white flowers
  • Tolerates wet soil and can grow up to 6-7 feet tall
Specific needs
  • Thrives best in full sunlight to medium shade and well-draining soil
  • Tolerates wet soil
  • Can be divided every 3-4 years
Common pests
  • Slugs and snails can be an issue, but plume poppy is generally pest-free 

Plume Poppy (Macleaya cordata) is a tall and robust perennial plant that belongs to the poppy family. This species is native to China, Korea, and Japan

Striking Plume Poppy

It produces large, feathery plumes of creamy white or pink blooms that can reach up to 5 feet in height. The foliage of Plume Poppy is a distinctive feature, with large, maple-like leaves that can grow to a height of 12 inches and become 6 inches wide.

The leaves are green on top and purplish underneath. Plume Poppy is a long-lived plant and can live for up to 10 years in the right conditions. It likes moist soil and partial shade but can withstand many soil types and light conditions. 

This plant is drought-tolerant and can attract birds and other wildlife to your garden. Plume Poppy is a great choice for adding height, texture, and interest to your landscape, especially in a moist and shady area. It is a grass-like perennial with wide and heart-shaped green to blue leaves and white blooms that sit atop up to eight feet of orangish-red stems. The plant is deer resistant.

7. Red Hot Poker

Growing season
  • Spring 
  • Late autumn
Distinguishing characteristics
  • Tall plant with spikes and showy flowers that have bright colors
  • Adaptable, hardy, drought-tolerant and long-blooming
Specific needs
  • Requires full sun, moist well-drained soil and regular watering
  • Fertilization 
  • Propagation through division
Common pests
  • Aphids
  • Mealybugs
  • Slugs and snails

Red Hot Poker, also known as Kniphofia, is a stunning perennial plant native to South Africa. The perennial plant belongs to the Asphodelaceae family.

Bold Red Hot Poker Plant

It is known for its tall spikes of colorful flowers that bloom in shades of red, orange, yellow, and pink. The flowers are tubular in shape and are held on sturdy stems that can reach up to 6 feet tall. It produces 8 inch tubular flowers in many colors, including red, orange, and yellow, while the leaves are coarse and sword-shaped. The plant shares many characteristics with the lilies.

Red Hot Poker plants are drought-tolerant and prefer full sun to partial shade. They are relatively easy to grow and require well-drained soil. The flowers of Red Hot Poker attract hummingbirds and butterflies and make great cut flowers. This plant is deer-resistant and is a great addition to any garden or landscape

8. Oriental Lily

Growing season
  • Spring
  • Never go dormant, only deteriorated over time
Distinguishing characteristics
  • Large, fragrant flowers
  • Long stems
  • Various colors including white, pink, yellow, orange, and red
Specific needs
  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Well-drained soil
  • Regular watering and fertilization
Common pests
  • Aphids, thrips, and lily leaf beetles
  • Botrytis blight
  • Crown and root rot

Oriental Lily, also known as Lilium Oriental, is a popular and easy-to-grow flowering plant species native to Asia. The plant is also called “Stargazer Lily” and belongs to the family of Liliaceae. It is a hybrid plant and, therefore, has no native range.

Fragrant Oriental Lily

These plants are prized for their large, fragrant flowers that appear in a range of colors including white, pink, yellow, red, and orange. The flowers can grow up to 6 inches in diameter and are arranged on tall stems, typically growing to 2–4 feet tall. 

They enjoy well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade and are low maintenance once established. They also attract pollinators like bees and butterflies to the garden. Oriental Lilies are commonly grown as cut flowers for indoor arrangements or garden perennials.

9. Delphinium Elatum

Growing season
  • Late summer
  • Early fall
Distinguishing characteristics
  • Blue, purple, white, pink spikes with a 3-6 feet height
  • Green, divided leaves
  • Can be used as Cut flowers, borders, and in cottage gardens.
Specific needs
  • Rich and well-draining soil and direct sunlight
  • Regular watering and balanced fertilization
  • Pruning and staking for tall stems
Common pests
  • Slugs and snails
  • Aphids, lily beetle, thrips
  • Spider mites, and lily leaf beetle

Delphinium elatum, also known as the taller garden delphinium, is a species of flowering plant in the Ranunculaceae family. These tall perennials are known as “Candle Larkspur” and belong to the Ranunculaceae family. They are native to Europe and Asia. The plants grab attention with their unusually shaped, tightly packed, spiked dark purple flowers.

Stunning Delphinium Elatum

It is native to the cool temperate regions of the northern hemisphere and is known for its tall spikes of brightly colored flowers in shades of blue, purple, pink, and white. The plant usually grows to a height of 3-6 feet, and its flowers can reach up to 8 inches in length. Its flowers are popular with pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. 

Delphinium elatum requires well-drained soil, full sun, and partial shade for optimal growth. It is also known for its trait to catch beneficial insects, like ladybugs, which feed on other garden pests.


You must be a little confused with so many hard-to-resist flowering perennials to choose from. But do not worry, as we are here to assist you. Whatever plant you decide to have or grow, remember the following important points from the article above:

  • You can never go wrong with the stargazer plant. It has the perfect spicy aroma that leaves everyone spellbound.
  • The Hollyhock plant is one of a kind with its jewel-colored flowers.
  • The Poker plant produces tubular flowers if you want something different than the regular-shaped flowers.

After knowing more about these plants, which one would you like to grow?


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