11 Plants That Produce Spikes Of Flowers

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Plants that produce spikes of flowers are a surefire way to help add texture and color to any garden that will last for years to come because these plants are all perennials.

Perennials are a favorite choice of gardeners because they will return every season without much effort which gives them more time to do other things in the garden.

When deciding on what to plant, keep in mind the growing needs of each plant to ensure that it will make it through the winter and that they are being planted in the soil conditions that they prefer.

1. SNAPDRAGON

Snapdragon

Snapdragon is a perennial plant native to the Western Mediterranean and Western North America consisting of about 20 varieties.

  • Plant size – grows to about 30 inches tall and 16 inches wide depending on the variety
  • U.S.D.A hardiness zone – 7 through 11
  • Soil pH – 6.2 through 7.0
  • Drought tolerant – yes
  • Sun exposure – full sun
  • Blooming colors – red, orange, yellow, purple, pink, white, and multi-colored blooms that appear in spring and continue blooming until the fall
  • Bloom attracts – bees
  • Foliage – lance-shaped green leaves
  • Deer resistant – yes

2. GLADIOLUS

Gladiolus

Gladiolus are perennials native to South, East, and Northeast Africa as well as the Arabian Peninsula with about 250 varieties including hybrids.

  • Plant size – grows to about 5 feet tall and 6 inches wide depending on the variety
  • U.S.D.A hardiness zone – 5 through 10
  • Soil pH – 6.0 through 6.5
  • Drought tolerant – no
  • Blooming colors – blue
  • Deadheading – yes
  • Blooms attract – bees and hummingbirds
  • Foliage – long narrow green leaves
  • Deer resistant – yes
  • Pests – aphids, thrips, nematodes, snails, slugs, caterpillars, cutworms, spider mites, bulb mites, mealybugs, and plant bugs also known as capsid bugs
  • Disease – stemphlium leaf spot, curularia leaf spot, botrytis blight, scab, stromainia dry rot, and fusarium yellows
  • Viruses – tobacco ringspot, tomato ringspot, cucumber mosaic, and bean yellow mosaic

3. FOXGLOVE

Foxglove

Foxgloves are perennials or annuals depending on the variety and are native to Western Europe with about 20 varieties.

  • Plant size – grows to about 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide depending on the variety
  • U.S.D.A hardiness zone – 4 through 9
  • Soil pH – 5.5 through 6.5
  • Drought tolerant – no
  • Blooming colors – red, purple, pink, yellow, and white
  • Deadheading – yes
  • Blooms attract – bees and hummingbirds
  • Foliage – large broad spear-shaped green leaves with jagged edges
  • Deer resistant – yes
  • Pests – aphids, mealybugs, slugs, snails, and Japanese beetles
  • Disease – powdery mildew, verticillium wilt, and crown rot

4. SPEEDWELL

Speedwell

Speedwells are evergreen perennial plants native to North America that are also available as a ground cover plant that reaches about 10 inches tall with dense but short spikes of flowers.

Speedwells are easy-to-grow plants but taller varieties may need a stake to help hold the plant up.

  • Plant size – grows to about 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide depending on the variety
  • U.S.D.A hardiness zone – 3 through 11
  • Soil pH – 5.5 through 7.5
  • Drought tolerant – yes
  • Blooming colors – blue, purple, pink, or white
  • Deadheading – yes
  • Blooms attract – butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Foliage – long narrow green leaves
  • Deer resistant – yes
  • Pests – scale
  • Disease – powdery mildew, downy mildew, rust, root rot, and leaf smut

5. HYACINTH

Hyacinth

Hyacinths are perennial plants that are native to the Eastern Mediterranean region.

  • Plant size – grows to about 1 foot tall and 6 inches wide depending on the variety
  • U.S.D.A hardiness zone – 4 through 8
  • Soil pH – 5.5 through 6.0
  • Drought tolerant – yes
  • Blooming colors – yellow, orange, blue, purple, pink, red, and white
  • Deadheading – yes
  • Blooms attract – bees and butterflies
  • Foliage – narrow strap-shaped green leaves
  • Deer resistant – yes
  • Animals issues – chipmunks, squirrels, and voles will eat the flowers and dig up the bulb and eat them as well
  • Pests – aphids, nematodes, bulb mites, slugs, and snails
  • Diseases – basal rot and gray mold

6. DELPHINIUMS

Delphiniums

Delphiniums are short-lived perennial plants that will last for 2 or 3 years and are native to the Eastern United States with about 300 varieties.

  • Plant size – grows to about 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide depending on the variety
  • U.S.D.A hardiness zone – 3 through 7
  • Soil pH – 6.5 through 7.0
  • Drought tolerant – yes
  • Blooming colors – yellow, blue, red, purple, and pink
  • Deadheading – yes
  • Blooms attract – bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
  • Foliage – palmate-shaped leaves with deep lobes and 3 to 7 teeth or jagged edges. Mountainous varieties will have smaller leaves and meadowland will have much larger leaves.
  • Deer resistant – yes
  • Pests – aphids, caterpillars, cyclamen mites, snails, and slugs
  • Disease – powdery mildew, botrytis blight, bacterial leaf spot, and seedling rot
  • Also known as – larkspur

7. AMARANTH

Amaranth

Amarnath consist of annual and perennial plants native to North and Central America with about 75 varieties.

  • Plant size – grows to about 8 feet tall and 3 feet wide depending on the variety
  • U.S.D.A hardiness zone – 9 through 11
  • Soil pH – 5.5 through 7.0
  • Drought tolerant – yes
  • Blooming colors – red, pink, or salmon colored
  • Deadheading – no
  • Blooms attract – bees and butterflies
  • Foliage – large oval-shaped green leaves with burgundy in the center of the leaves and veins, their leaves are either smooth or have tiny hairs on them
  • Deer resistant – yes
  • Pests – aphids and weevils
  • Disease – root rot

8. HOLLYHOCK

Hollyhocks are short-lived perennial plants that last for 2 to 3 years.

  • Plant size – grows to about 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide
  • U.S.D.A hardiness zone – 4 through 7
  • Soil pH – 6.0 through 8.0
  • Drought tolerant – yes
  • Blooming colors – blue, yellow, red, pink, white, and black
  • Deadheading – isn’t necessary but it can be done
  • Blooms attract – bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
  • Foliage – rounded green leaves with some varieties have slight to deep lobes
  • Deer resistant – yes
  • Pests – sawflies and caterpillars, and weevils
  • Disease – hollyhock rust

9. FOXTAIL LILY

Foxtail Lilies

Foxtail lilies are perennial plants that are native to Afghanistan and Iran where their blooms appear in late spring to early summer.

  • Plant size – grows to about 6 feet tall and 2 feet wide depending on the variety
  • U.S.D.A hardiness zone – 4 through 9
  • Soil pH – 6.0 through 7.5
  • Drought tolerant – yes after they are mature
  • Blooming colors – orange, yellow, pink, and white
  • Deadheading – yes
  • Blooms attract – bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
  • Foliage – narrow strap-shaped green leaves
  • Deer resistant – yes
  • Pests – slugs, snails
  • Disease – root rot

10. LUPINE

Lupines consist of perennial and annual plants that are native to the Eastern United States.

They are in the family of peas and can fix nitrogen in the soil.

  • Plant size – grows to between 3 to 4 feet tall and 1 to 1 and a half feet wide
  • U.S.D.A hardiness zone – 4 through 8
  • Soil pH – 5.5 through 7.0
  • Drought tolerant – yes
  • Blooming colors – yellow, red, blue, purple, pink, white, and bi-colored
  • Deadheading – yes
  • Blooms attract – bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
  • Foliage – several narrow strap-shaped green leaves that emerge from a stem
  • Deer resistant – yes
  • Pests – aphids
  • Disease – powdery mildew, basal rot, root rot, gray mold, and rust
  • Viruses – cucumber mosaic virus and bean yellow mosaic virus

11. BLAZING STAR

Blazing Star

Blazing stars are perennial plants that are native to the United States where their blooms appear in the summer lasting into the early fall.

  • Plant size – grows to between 2 to 4 feet tall and 1 to 2 feet wide
  • U.S.D.A hardiness zone – 3 through 9
  • Soil pH – 5.5 through 7.5
  • Drought tolerant – the vast majority are not
  • Blooming colors – pink, purple, or white
  • Deadheading – yes
  • Blooms attract – bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
  • Foliage – grass-like green leaves
  • Deer resistant – no
  • Disease – powdery mildew, verticillium wilt, rust, leaf spot, and stem rot,

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