Looking to spruce up your garden in the Connecticut area? We’ve got plenty of suggestions that will make the perfect addition to any gardener’s flower beds, with many of the best flowers we list below growing natively right here in our area.

1. Trumpet Honeysuckle

This native plant makes a great alternative to the invasive species of Japanese honeysuckle that is prevalent in our area and beyond. Twining vines that spread quickly make this the perfect plant to add a bit of greenery anywhere, with beautiful orange-red tubular flowers that are known for attracting hummingbirds.

2. Blue-Stemmed Goldenrod

Another beautiful flower that is native to our area, blue-stemmed goldenrod sports beautiful flowers and is a great pollinator. There are over 25 native varieties of this flower available, allowing for some variety that will make this plant fit in just about anywhere. And don’t let goldenrod’s reputation for being a cause of hay fever put you off, as that is simply a myth.

nsects like the bee fly, a bee and a holly blue butterfly on the flowers of the yellow gardenplant goldenrod ( Solidago virgaurea or European goldenrod or woundwort ) collecting pollen and nectar

3. Allium

The beautiful, colorful bulbs that are characteristic of the allium plant make this another popular choice among gardeners in our area. Plant this bulb in the spring and you’ll see the tall stalks and globes of flowers form that summer, attracting plenty of hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden for you to admire.

4. Petunia

These annual flowers thrive in the heat, so you’ll notice more plentiful blossoming during especially warm summers. They are low maintenance and can grow just about anywhere regardless of light exposure, making this a versatile plant that will fit in anywhere in your garden.

5. Dahlia

A unique shape and striking multicolored petals make dahlias another popular option among gardeners in our state. They grow bests in a container and require little water to thrive, making this a great low-maintenance plant that won’t require too much work on your part.

dahlia flowers

6. Eastern Red Columbine

Blooming in the spring with vibrant colors and distinctive “nodding’ petals” eastern red columbine makes a wonderful addition to any garden. You’ll love the eye-catching appearance of this flower almost as much as the birds and butterflies who will frequent your garden will, with finches, in particular, being one type of bird that is attracted to this flower.

eastern red Columbine flower

7. New England Aster

One of our region’s most iconic flowers, New England Aster blooms late in the season but is well worth the wait. They’ll bring much-needed color to your garden when other plants begin to fade for the season, showing off the vibrant purple petals that make this flower so popular among gardeners.

bright purple New England aster flowers

8. Pearly Everlasting

Relatives of the sunflower, this perennial flower will keep coming back to treat you to the beautiful sights of its blossoms. The white and yellow coloration will add a nice touch in any part of your garden, and this drought-resistant plant needs minimal water to flourish.

pearly everlasting flowers

9. Swamp Milkweed

So many lovely plants are native to our local area, with swamp milkweed being another name on that long list. The large, showy blossoms are instantly recognizable and will look great in any garden, reaching heights of two to five feet in height and showing off violet and white flowers along with purplish-green leaves.

butterfly on swamp milkweed flower

10. Common Witch Hazel

Our state is known by some gardeners as the witch hazel capital of the world, making this another leading choice for anybody looking for a new addition to their garden. The flowers are recognizable for their distinctive yellow color and unique shape, and some medicinal properties can also be derived from the plant.

Hammamelis mollis Jermyns Gold, common;y known as Witch hazel

11. Marigold

This iconic flower features a beautiful color that will liven up your garden, with blooms that can last for between six and eight months. They’ll attract plenty of pollinators to benefit your garden even more and also thrive in either the heat or the cold to give you a durable plant that lasts through the seasons.

marigold flowers in field

12. Lily

These beautiful flowers bloom perennially, giving you something to look forward to every time the summer comes around. Their vibrant colors bloom throughout the summer so that you can enjoy this flower’s attractive looks year-round. They are one of the rare flowers that grow completely vertically, making them a good flower to fill in any small spaces in your garden.

Pink Asiatic lily flower in the garden

13. Coneflower

Named for the distinctive shape of its blossoms, coneflower is another terrific choice that can be planted anywhere in your garden. There are 24 different varieties of this flower to let you find the aesthetic that you like the best, coming in varied colors like yellow, pink, purple, or white.

Echinacea purpurea coneflower

14. Tulip

Out of all the many flowers that blossom in the spring, tulips may just be the most attractive, as seen by their popularity among so many gardeners. Coming in shades of white, black, purple, orange, pink, yellow, and a variety of others, this flower can thrive in any soil and with any amount of sunlight.

Fresh tulips in warm sunlight

15. Black Eyed Susan

Deriving their name from the black center that sits amid the beautiful golden petals of this flower, black-eyed susan thrives in low-water conditions to give you a minimal need for maintenance and upkeep. They’re perfect for any part of your garden because of their ability to thrive in any type of soil.

A cluster of black-eyed susan flowers.

16. Daffodil

Looking for an easy addition to your garden?  Daffodils are low-maintenance plants that require very minimal care, and they thrive in both hot and cold weather. They can survive through periods of inclement weather, attacks by garden pests, as well as different plant diseases and fungi, making them one of the most durable flowers on our list.

Close up of white daffodils

17. Turtlehead

With beautiful blooms, usually in white or pink colors, that really do resemble a tortoise’s head, the turtlehead is one of the most distinctive flowers that you can add to your garden. Since they naturally thrive in marshy land, they need a bit more water than your average plant, requiring moist to wet soil in order to properly grow.

Pink turtlehead (Chelone obliqua) blooming in a garden, close up

18. Pale-Leaved Sunflower

Also known as the woodland sunflower, this stunning golden plant is sure to draw plenty of attention when it blossoms in your garden. They grow up to three feet high, showing off their signature bright yellow blooms that come in between July and October.

Close-up photo of a pale yellow flower among green leaves wrapped in craft paper

19. Cardinal Flower

Another native plant that will look right at home in your garden, cardinal flower gets its name from the red color of its blossoms that resemble the feathers of a cardinal bird. The long, tubular flowers are known to attract feeding hummingbirds, letting you catch a glimpse of these amazing creatures in your garden.

Ruby Throated Hummingbird and Cardinal Flower

20. Blue Vervain

Last on our list but far from least, blue vervain sports beautiful blossoms that range in color from blue to violet. Also known as birdsfoot violet, this flower is known to be very beneficial to birds and butterflies, as well as adding its lovely appearance to your garden.

Adult monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus, order Lepidoptera, gathering nectar with its proboscis from blue vervain flowers, Verbena hastata, in the Esther Currier Wildlife Management Area in New London, New Hampshire.

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