19 of the Best Reblooming Flowers for Months of Color

I admit it, I’m greedy. I don’t want to see the flowers on my lilac bushes and clematis vines go. I cling to them desperately, a sense of heaviness in my heart when they start to fade.

I know, not at all zen, but I can’t help it. They add so much joy to my garden that I don’t want it to end.

But these days, I don’t have to.

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There are so many newly-bred plants out there that can rebloom for a second round of flowers, and some that will even rebloom three or more times.

I still feel sad when the flowers fade, but now I can enjoy the abundance for months longer.

Do you feel the same way? Wishing you could enjoy your blooming plants longer?

The 19 plants in this guide come back at least once so you can continue to enjoy them. Here are the varieties we’re about to discuss:

Keep in mind that for some plants, only certain species, cultivars, or hybrids will rebloom.

Not all roses, for instance, send out a second flush of flowers. Some need deadheading to make them return for an encore. We’ll call these out.

A close up horizontal image of pink azaleas growing in the garden.

Plants that produce more than one round of flowers and seeds (or crops) are known as remontant.

This remontancy can happen either because it’s bred into the plant or because a stressor followed by a cool period tricks the plant into thinking it was winter and it sets another round of buds.

We can also trick plants by removing the seeds before they mature. The plant decides it’s not done with its job and it sends out more blossoms (and so, more seeds).

A close up horizontal image of purple wisteria flowers pictured in light sunshine.

Plants that rebloom unexpectedly usually won’t set a bud in that same location next year, so this can impact the next year’s show.

But deadheading, or plants that are bred to rebloom, can do so without impacting the following year’s bud set.

So, with that mini botany lesson out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the great remontant flowering plants out there:

1. Azalea

Associated with temperance, azaleas are finicky and floriferous. Not all azaleas (Rhododendron spp.) rebloom. You have to seek them out.

The Encore series of azaleas is dedicated to producing plants that rebloom.

Any of these, including the speckled pink Autumn Belle ‘Robleo,’ the fiery red dwarf Bonfire ‘Robleza,’ and the fuchsia Autumn Majesty ‘Roblezd’ can be relied on to send out flowers a second time during the year, usually in the fall, but some even bloom a second time in summer and a third in fall.

A square image of 'Autumn Sunburst' azalea flowers pictured on a soft focus background.

‘Autumn Sunburst’

Bring home the ongoing elegance by picking up a live ‘Autumn Sunburst’ plant in a gallon-size container at Home Depot.

Bloom-A-Thon by Proven Winners also features repeat-blooming azaleas to look out for.

And Perfecto Mundo is another series of rebloomers from Proven Winners. They boast being particularly disease-resistant with a dense growth habit.

A square image of 'Perfecto Mundo' azaleas in full bloom with white flowers growing outside a residence.

Perfecto Mundo ‘White’

‘White’ has ice-white double blossoms, and you can find one at Home Depot.

Learn more about azaleas in our growing guide.

2. Black-Eyed Susan

Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are popular across the US, and you can find them growing practically everywhere.

They aren’t traditional rebloomers in the sense that they’ll return after the first flush of blossoms.

But if you deadhead them after they bloom, you can usually entice them into tossing out a second batch.

These plants don’t necessarily need to be deadheaded, and it won’t guarantee a return of flowers. But it’s worth a try, right?

A square image of a clump of 'Goldsturm' black-eyed Susans growing in the garden.

‘Goldsturm’ Black-Eyed Susans

Grab some gloriously golden ‘Goldsturm’ plants at Eden Brothers in packs of three, six, or nine roots.

Our guide to growing black-eyed Susans has cultivation tips.

3. Bougainvillea

Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spp.) reliably rebloom in the fall in temperate zones if you prune them back well after the blossoms fade in the summer.

Bougainvillea blooms when the days are short in the spring and will bloom again when the days are short in the fall, so don’t feel bad if there’s nothing happening during the dog days of summer.

A close up square image of the purple flowers of 'Alexandra' bougainvillea growing in the garden.

‘Alexandra’ Bougainvillea

The majestic purple of ‘Alexandra’ is pretty hard to beat. Make one yours by purchasing a plant at Fast Growing Trees.

Check out our guide to learn more about growing bougainvillea.

4. Butterfly Bush

Butterfly bushes (Buddleja spp.) won’t naturally rebloom, but if you prune them back after the flowers fade, they usually send out a second round of flowers right away.

These plants form buds on new wood, so if you encourage them to send out new growth early enough in the year, you’ll likely get more and more blossoms.

If you end up trimming them later in the growing season, they probably won’t bloom again.

A close up square image of 'Vanilla Treat' butterfly bush flower pictured on a soft focus background.

‘Vanilla Treat’

There’s nothing wrong with the traditional purple-flowered ones, but ‘Vanilla Treat’ is something a little different to add an elegant white hue to your garden.

Fast Growing Trees carries this pretty option.

You can learn more about growing butterfly bush in our guide.

5. Clematis

Clever clematis (Clematis spp.) can cunningly climb up even the flimsiest of supports, and that’s part of why we love her.

These vining plants are sorted into three groups, and Group 2 (or B) is the one packed with plants that put on a floral show in spring and another in summer.

Herbaceous clematis will return for a second round of flowers if you prune back the plant after the initial flush has faded.

‘Belle of Woking,’ ‘Edith,’ ‘Jackmanii Alba,’ ‘Marie Boisselot,’ ‘Nelly Moser,’ ‘Snow Queen,’ and ‘The President’ are cultivars that all reliably rebloom with the right kind of pruning. Check out our guide for tips.

Then there are those that are basically pruning-optional. These are categorized as group B1.

‘Piilu,’ for instance, reblooms in the fall with smaller, semi-double blossoms practically without any effort on your part.

A close up of a Clematis 'Piilu' flower growing in the garden with foliage in soft focus in the background.

‘Piilu’ Clematis

The massive, double flowers in hues of red, purple, and light pink. It’s a pretty eye-catching show, and you get to enjoy an encore performance!

Ready to pick up your tickets for the show? Head to Burpee for a live ‘Piilu’ plant.

Learn more about growing clematis in our guide.

6. Daylily

Daylilies (Hemerocallis spp.) are awesome for so many reasons, and just one of these is their ability to rebloom over and over.

Some bloom early in the year and then rebloom again later in the growing season. Others bloom again and again with one flush after another, from spring until fall.

A square image of a yellow 'Stella d'Oro' daylily blooming in the spring garden pictured on a soft focus background.

‘Stella d’Oro’

Golden yellow ‘Stella d’Oro’ is the most famous, but you can find lots of other great options like yellow ‘Going Bananas,’ orange ‘Earlybird Oriole,’ peach and purple ‘Stephanie Returns,’ and cultivars from the Summer Solstice series.

If you want to try the reliable classic, Dutch Grown has packs of one, three, or six bare root ‘Stella d’Oro’ plants available.

Learn more about daylilies and how to grow them in our guide.

7. Echinacea

No pruning, no deadheading, no fussing necessary. Purple coneflower (Echinacea spp.) reliably reblooms over and over throughout the growing season.

Often, the subsequent blossoms will be a bit smaller than the initial ones, but that doesn’t make them any less lovely.

Deadheading will only make the return more likely.

One of the prettiest options I’ve seen if you want to step away from the typical purple is ‘Playful Meadow Mama.’

A close up of 'Playful Meadow' echinacea flowers growing in the garden pictured on a soft focus background.

‘Playful Meadow Mama’

The petals are raspberry and mango, tipped in white. Bring home a single live plant from Burpee.

Want to learn more about growing Echinacea? Check out our guide.

8. Honeysuckle

Victiorians believed you’d dream about your one true love if you put a sprig of honeysuckle under your pillow.

All I know for sure is that if I slept with honeysuckle under my pillow, I’d wake up even more in love with these fragrant marvels.

Here’s the thing about honeysuckle (Diervilla and Lonicera spp.). Depending on the type, it blooms on old or new growth.

Many bloom on the previous season’s growth, so if you prune these back, they won’t bloom a second time. But those that bloom on new growth can be encouraged to return with some pruning.

After the spring blossoms start to die off, give the plant a general haircut. As new growth emerges, so will new blossoms.

A square image of pink and white 'Peaches and Cream' honeysuckle flowers in full bloom.

‘Peaches and Cream’ Honeysuckle

‘Peaches and Cream’ stands out among a group of stunning plants, with its purple, red, pink, cream, and yellow blossoms.

Fast Growing Trees has this L. periclymenum cultivar in quart or two-gallon options.

Learn more about honeysuckle in our growing guide.

9. Hydrangea

Hydrangeas have such abundant, showy blossoms that they’re associated with boastfulness. Not a bad way to earn your reputation.

Most hydrangeas (Hydrangea spp.) bloom once and are done for the year, but there are many newer reblooming cultivars.

If one is a rebloomer, this information will be on the tag, so just watch for that if you want a hydrangea that puts on multiple performances each year.

There’s no pruning required, because these types bloom on old wood first and then again on new wood later in the season.

Endless Summer® ‘Bloomstruck,’ cultivars from the Everlasting Revolution series, ‘Forever and Ever,’ ‘Penny Mae,’ ‘Tuff Stuff,’ and cultivars from the Let’s Dance® series are all ones to watch for.

Really, any with a version of the words “endless,” “everlasting,” or “forever” in the name are probably the ones you’re looking for.

Endless Summer® Blushing Bride® is particularly stunning. I’m not dogging on the lovely purple and pink blossom types – they’re stunning and I have over a dozen of them in my garden.

But the white ones are awfully pretty, and my Blushing Bride® draws comments every year.

A close up square image of Blushing Bride hydrangeas growing in the garden.

Blushing Bride® Hydrangea

I live in a neighborhood full of hydrangeas, so that should tell you something. It’s a newer cultivar on the market, with white flowers that have just a hint of pink and lavender.

It’s gorgeous, and I only wish that I’d had some of these flowers in my wedding bouquet.

If you’re ready for your big day (of blossoms), put ‘Blushing Bride’ on your registry. Say “I do” to Fast Growing Trees, which has one-, two-, or three-gallon shrubs available.

Learn more about hydrangeas in our growing guide.

10. Ice Plant

Ice plants (Aizoaceae spp., Lampranthus spp, and Delosperma spp.) are one of those types that just need a good deadheading to rebloom.

If you keep up on that common garden chore, you’ll be rewarded month after month with one flush of flowers after another.

These succulent plants have vibrant blossoms that reliably return year after year, covering the ground with bright starbursts of color, so long as you give them full sun, with at least six hours of sunlight.

You don’t need to do anything special. Not all species make a second showing, but many will, and they’ll do it without any input from you.

A close up of Delosperma 'Hot Pink Wonder' flowers growing in the garden.

‘Hot Pink Wonder’ Ice Plant

‘Hot Pink Wonder’ is extremely elegant, forming a carpet of fuchsia, red, orange, and yellow blossoms.

I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to have this beauty in your garden, and if you agree, you can find a live plant at Burpee.

11. Iris

Ever since ancient Egyptians placed irises on the brow of the Sphinx to represent the god Horus, irises (Iris spp.) have been associated with victory and power.

They triumph at conquering our hearts in the garden. So much so that we can’t get enough after just one round of flowers.

Not all irises come back for a second round of blossoms, but some will. They’re usually advertised as reblooming, so they aren’t hard to find if you’re shopping around.

Also look for the term “remontant.” There’s an entire society dedicated to reblooming irises, so this isn’t some sort of obscure type.

The plants typically send out flowers in summer and again in fall in most climates. In warmer climates, you might even see a third flush.

There are constantly new varieties coming out on the market, so keep an eye out. Your local nursery likely has some lovely options that are ideal for your climate.

I totally realize that taste is subjective, but I think ‘Concertina’ is extremely beautiful.

A square image of a single 'Concertina' bearded iris pictured on a soft focus background.

‘Concertina’ Bearded Iris

At first glance, it almost appears white. But on closer examination, the blossoms have dark purple, rose pink, and yellow undertones. The color looks like the iridescent hues of dragonfly wings.

Bring the color to your garden by heading to Eden Brothers to pick up packs of one, three, or five bulbs.

Have a read of our guide to learn more about growing irises.

12. Lilac

Lilacs (Syringa spp.) are another one of those plants that don’t typically rebloom, but breeders have managed to create a few that do. ‘Josee’ and cultivars from the Bloomerang® series all give you a second round of those fragrant flowers in the fall.

Just imagine it. The joy at the sight and scent of the spring lilac, but in the fall. It seems too good to be true.

To be completely honest, it kind of is too good to be true for people in hot locations.

Lilacs thrive best in cool weather and those that rebloom will only do it well in places with cooler summer and fall weather like Canada, New England and the Pacific Northwest.

In those areas, you might see up to four flushes of fragrant blossoms. In hotter regions, the second showing will be less impressive, if it turns up at all.

A square image of the purple flowers of Bloomerang lilac pictured in bright sunshine.

Bloomerang® Lilac

So, if you’re one of the lucky souls who has the opportunity to recreate the magic of spring when winter is on the horizon, grab a medium purple Bloomerang shrub in a quart or two-gallon container at Fast Growing Trees.

You can learn more about growing lilacs in our guide.

13. Lily

True liles (Lilium spp.), not to be confused with daylilies, shouldn’t be counted on to perform all summer long.

But if you have a long enough growing season and you remove any spent flowers, you can usually see a second flush.

Now, I admit that I’m a bit biased. I’m a rose lover, so when I spotted Roselilies, I was sold.

Cultivars in series have a ton more petals than your usual lily flower, which is enough to make me happy. But they don’t produce any pollen either.

A square image of pink and white roselilies growing in the garden.

Roselily Pink and White Mix

If you’ve ever stained your tablecloth or nearby furniture, you know what challenging stuff pollen can be.

Anyway, if you want to try a mix of white and pink Roselilies, visit Eden Brothers for three, six, or nine bulbs.

A close up of colorful lilies growing in the garden in full bloom.

Mixed Perennial Lilies

If you’d rather go the more traditional route, Burpee has a mix of yellow, pink, orange, and red lilies available.

Learn more about how to grow lilies in our complete guide.

14. Magnolia

Magnolias (Magnolia spp.) may be thought of as a harbinger of spring in most regions, but some of them rebloom again in the summer or fall.

Any of the Little Girl series, which includes ‘Ann’ ‘Betty’ ‘Jane,’ ‘Judy,’ ‘Pinkie,’ ‘Randy,’ ‘Ricki’ and ‘Susan,’ rebloom sporadically in the late summer or early fall. ‘Genie’ and ‘Yellow Bird’ will do the same.

‘Ann’ is one of the most popular options from the Little Girl series thanks to its tolerance for a wide range of climates, petite size, and massive, tulip-like flowers.

A square image of an 'Ann' magnolia tree in full bloom pictured on a blue sky background.

‘Ann’ Magnolia

Enjoy the encore that can be every bit as beautiful as the original show. Make ‘Ann’ yours by bringing home a three- to four-foot tree from Fast Growing Trees.

Read our guide to learn how to grow and care for magnolias.

15. Phlox

With phlox (Phlox spp.), you can leave the flowers to fade and go to seed, sending up new plants the following year.

Or, you can deadhead them and encourage a second flush of blossoms. Then, you can allow the second batch of flowers to fade and go to seed, if you’d like.

The second method takes a little more work, but isn’t it worth it to be able to soak up the color for several extra weeks each year?

Obviously, a garden full of a single color of phlox makes a big statement, but picture a spot packed with muted pink and cream blossoms.

A close up square image of pastel phlox flowers in a vase indoors.

Phlox Pastel Mix

It would be more subtle but far more elegant. For five or 10 roots, visit Eden Brothers for their pastel mix.

Learn about growing phlox here.

16. Poppy

Poppies come in two types: annuals and short-lived perennials.

The Iceland poppy (Papaver nudaucaule), oriental poppy (P. orientale), and alpine poppy (P. alpinum) are all perennials.

When these are done showing off their characteristic papery petals, deadhead them. If you do, you can expect to see more color in a few weeks.

A close up square image of a single 'Patty's Plum' poppy flower with foliage in soft focus in the background.

‘Patty’s Plum’ Poppy

It’s nearly impossible for me to narrow down to just one or two of my favorite poppies. There are just so many incredible options! But I will say that ‘Patty’s Plum’ is a standout.

The rich purple, burgundy, and fuchsia hues on big, ruffled petals are luscious, and you can buy two, four, or 10 roots at Eden Brothers.

Check out our guide to growing poppies here.

17. Rose

Some roses (Rosa spp.) rebloom, and some don’t. Some never stop sending out blossoms from spring until fall.

You can make generalizations about a rose’s behavior based on what type it is, and for more information on rose types, you can visit our guide, which has all the details.

Floribundas, for instance, tend to continually bloom all season long. But some take a break between flushes.

China roses, hybrid musks, many climbers, minifloras, and most modern shrubs rebloom or bloom continuously. Hybrid teas send out blossoms, fade for six or seven weeks, and then bloom again.

The safest way to be sure that you have one that will continue to perform in the way you want is to check the nursery tag or do a quick internet search when you’re shopping.

‘Blanc Double de Coubert’ is heavily fragrant with large, semi-double white roses that will return multiple times each season.

A square image of a single white 'Blanc Double de Coubert' rose flower pictured in bright sunshine in the garden.

‘Blanc Double de Coubert’

Whether you need a white addition to your cutting garden or you just want to enjoy the eruption of petals on the plant, you can find this prolific option as a bare root or in a #3 container at Nature Hills Nursery.

Check out our collection of articles about growing roses here.

18. Weigela

Weigela (Weigela spp.) don’t normally rebloom, but breeders have managed to create a few that will put on a second performance.

The Sonic Bloom series is perhaps the best known, but Proven Winners has also bred their own “Wine” line, W. florida cultivars under the names Wine & Roses (‘Alexandra’), Fine Wine (‘Bramwell’), Spilled Wine (‘Bokraspiwi’), Midnight Wine (‘Elvera’) and Wine & Spirits (‘SMNWFGC’).

A square image of bright red 'Sonic Bloom' weigela flowers growing in the garden.

Sonic Bloom Red Weigela

Home Depot carries the Sonic Bloom series, including this wine red option that you can have shipped to you in 4.5-quart or gallon containers.

19. Wisteria

While most wisteria (Wisteria spp.) bloom once in the year and are done until next spring, some rebloom a second time in the summer.

The second flush may be a bit smaller, but it’s always impressive. I always feel so lucky to be able to enjoy the weeping racemes, but being able to revel in them twice a year is downright awesome.

A square image of purple 'Amethyst Falls' wisteria tumbling over the side of an arbor outside a residence.

‘Amethyst Falls’ Wisteria

‘Amethyst Falls’ and ‘Blue Moon,’ for example, will return two or three times each season without any help on your part.

Visit Fast Growing Trees for a two-gallon, two-gallon on a trellis, or a five-gallon live plant.

Learn how to grow and care for wisteria in our guide.

Choose Flowers that Return for an Encore Performance

See? There’s no reason to mourn the end of your favorite flowers early in the season.

There are so many cultivars and hybrids that have been developed, in addition to some marvelous natural rebloomers, that we can keep enjoying when other gardeners are kissing their petals goodbye.

A close up horizontal image of pink roses in full bloom in the garden pictured in bright sunshine on a soft focus background.

Which of the options on this list are calling your name? Do you have a favorite rebloomer that we missed? Share with us in the comments.

If you’re looking for some species of flowers that will bloom continuously all season, we have a few other guides that might be of interest:

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Kristine Lofgren is a writer, photographer, reader, and gardening lover from outside Portland, Oregon. She was raised in the Utah desert, and made her way to the rainforests of the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two dogs in 2018. Her passion is focused these days on growing ornamental edibles, and foraging for food in the urban and suburban landscape.

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