The Best Flowers to Plant in Your New Jersey Garden

The Best Flowers to Plant in Your New Jersey Garden

Sprinkling perennial flowers throughout your landscaping will provide color to your lawn. Perennials are also good because they provide color year after year. Here are some of Chris James Landscaping’s favorite and best flowers to plant in your garden area in NJ.  We can plant any variety of flower you want and help you plan a garden as well.

What Is A Perennial?

A perennial is a flower variety that comes back year after year. These plants typically have a lifespan of about 3-15 years or more. They are also hardy and will survive the cold winter months whereas an annual will die off and need to be replanted every year.

How to Choose the Right Flowers for Your Garden

You’ll want to choose flower varieties that are right for our hardiness zone. Most of New Jersey is in zone 6 and the varieties we have chosen in our flower planting guide below will thrive here. You’ll also want to pick flowers that will grow in your garden area.

There are perennials that need full sun and there are also varieties that need partial to full shade. Take some time to look at your garden area and map out each area and how much sun it provides. Perennials are also versatile and you can use them in borders, planters, and garden boxes. 

10 Best Flowers to Plant in NJ

We’ve listed a variety of perennials that have different planting needs. These will provide your garden with years of color and texture. These are also hardy enough to last through the cold winters.


These are native to the New Jersey area and are easy to grow. They are drought resistant and come in a variety of colors such as lavender, purple, white, and pink. These require full sun and grown anywhere from 6 to 8 feet tall.

Bee Balm

This is another native of New Jersey and will attract beneficial bugs to your gardens such as butterflies and bees. Flowers grow in fragrant clumps and come in red, purple, white, or pink varieties. These require partial sun and grow up to 8 feet tall. 

Blanket Flower

These are hardy enough for sunny, hot areas of your garden. They produce yellow or orange daisy-like flowers and grow 1 to 3 feet tall. 

Butterfly Weed

This is a native plant to New Jersey and thrives with minimal care. Flowers come in red, pink, white, and orange and attract birds and butterflies. They require full sun grow anywhere from 1 to 8 feet tall.


These provide color in late summer and fall and come in varieties of orange, pink, red, green, and blue. These are versatile and can be planted in planters or other garden areas. They require partial to full sun and grow 1 to 3 feet tall.

Painted Daisy

These can be planted just about anywhere and will grow well in wooded gardens, rock gardens, and even at the base of shrubs or trees. They produce bright flowers in a variety of colors. Painted daisies prefer partial to full sun and will grow up to 3 feet tall.


Peonies are a popular perennial because they produce lush greenery with large, vibrant blossoms in a variety of colors. These are hardy and require little maintenance with a lifespan of around 75 years. They prefer partial to full sun and can grow up to 8 feet tall.


Poppies are a great choice for vibrant pops of color in your garden. Poppies are easy to grow and require almost no care. They spread quickly and will grow up to 3 feet tall. They do best in areas of full sun.


Sunflowers are easy to grow and provide vibrant pops of cheerful yellow to your garden in the late summer and early fall. You can get varieties that grow only a couple of feet tall all or varieties that grow up to 20 feet tall. As their name states, they prefer full sun and are easy to care for.


Violets provide vibrant purple blossoms in the spring, summer, and fall. They aren’t picky and can thrive in areas of full sun to full shade. Violets will grow up to about a foot tall and some varieties will spread throughout your garden over the years. 

Call Us If You Need Help

The team here at Chris James Landscaping would be happy to help you out here in the New Jersey area. If you have questions about flower varieties or if you need help getting your garden area in shape then give us a call! We can’t wait to help you have a lush garden with these best flowers to plant in NJ.